Pulp Fiction > Weird Menace

The October, 1933 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine kicked off a new era in the pulps where terror, horror, torture, murder, and other bizare and sadistic means were meant to strike fear in all but the most courageous of readers.

The Weird Menace phase, also referred to as the Horror Pulps or Shudder Pulps, lasted the better part of the 1930's. But their peak period was primarily 1934 through 1937.These stories often followed a well defined formula.

Usually, some horrible, devilish, and to some degree, supernatural being was threatening the well being of all, but in most cases caused a great deal of torture and sadistic attacks on women. The pulp covers usually captured the essence of the torture and showed girls in various stages of torture and nudity.

Our hero, usually after his girlfriend has been taken hostage, must now confront the evil villian. After saving the day, our hero then explains how the devilish villian is only human and was using the latest in high-tech science to scare the victims so that he may gain in worldly possesions.

In some respects, this genre spilled over into the hero pulps like the Spider and G-8 and His Battle Aces for certain aspects of this type of story.

But the weird menace phase as featured in such magazines as Dime Mystery, Terror Tales, and Horror Stories was a unique era where the stories were meant to keep you on the edge of your seat with a mixture of page turning action plus the suspense and fear of the unknown.

Featured Titles

    The Bat Staffel by Robert J. Hogan

In the skies of France, G-8 and his men are pitted against a mad German scientist, Doktor Krueger, keen on destruction. In this first novel, giant bat-like creatures are spreading death and destruction in a bizarre plot to turn the Allied cause to defeat. But the Battle Aces' Spads are on the tail of this diabolical scheme. And the Master of daring, deception and disguise, G-8, can bring them down in the final dogfight.

Year: 1933
Genre: Hero PulpsWeird Menace

    The Case of the Black Lotus by Robert J. Hogan

Murder, swift and unseen -- taking as its toll the most prominent citizens of New York, and marking them with blood and horror, the trail of the mysterious Black Lotus. What was the purpose of this silent scourge, that stilled the innocent in sudden death? Val Kildare knew this much at least; that the fiend behind the slaughter killed not for vengeance but for pleasure!

Year: 1936
Genre: Weird Menace



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-- -- -- Satan's Daughter and Other Tales from the Pulps   by E. Hoffman Price
-- -- --1933 The Bat Staffel   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1935 The Case of the Scarlet Feather   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1935 The Case of the Six Coffins   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1935 The Case of the Suicide Tomb   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1935 The Case of the Yellow Mask   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1936 The Case of the Black Lotus   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1936 The Case of the Green Death   by Robert J. Hogan
-- -- --1936 The Case of the Hidden Scourge   by Robert J. Hogan