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David Haws

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Member since: Jun 16, 2012

Hey pulp fans, my name is David Haws. My path to pulps was through my love of reading and writing. When I was about fourteen I made a goal with myself to read a book a month. Not much time passed before I was no longer thinking about the goal because I was reading several books a month without thinking about it. I'm also a writer, starting with what I thought was a mind-blowing ninja story based on the Nintendo NES game Ninja Gaiden when I was about nine years old. Time progressed as did my obsessions of reading and writing, which included reading books on writing.

I have Dean Koontz to thank for my introduction to pulp novels. Several years ago I picked up a mostly forgotten writing book called Writing Popular Fiction from the local library. Inside, Mr. Koontz kept referring to all these stories and plots I'd never heard of...especially from a writer name Donald Westlake. I went back that week and picked up a slim novel titled Slayground by Richard Stark (one of Donald Westlake's pseudonyms). The first two paragraphs hooked me.

The novel was gritty, suspenseful, and excellent. I, of course, picked up another and another of the Parker series. Along the way I read an introduction written by Donald Westlake about his influences and he mentioned Gold Medal Books. Soon I was devouring books like The Desperado by Clifton Adams and Shoot it Again by Ed Lacy.

The Gold Medal Books I was reading were entertaining, but they also included natural glimpses into the time period and culture in which they were written. I picked up more pulp novels and could see the early influences these books had on shaping our modern mystery, western, and science fiction.

Looking at a pile of yellowed-paged books I thought about the pulps and the new digital revolution. Which led me to

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