Just one of the Zines in the Hevelin Project
A posting by John Shirley on the Lovecraft Eternal group on Facebook tipped me to the efforts to digitize a voluminous collection of old paper magazines for a library collection at the University of Iowa. The original collector was Rusty Hevelin, a noted collector of pulp magazines. Hevelin began collecting pulp magazines in the 1930s when they were just published. Pulps were cheaply produced weekly fiction magazines. They got their distinctive nickname because of the poor quality of the paper used to print the magazines on. Pulpy paper might have been cheap, but it doesn’t last long due to the high acid content– so the Hevelin Collection is an important glimpse into the worlds of many early writers that became classic science fiction greats. The pulps were the training ground for many of the most famous science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. So in a very real way, if you value the content of this archive Rusty Hevelin is a bit of a Godsend. The collection contains thousands of pulps, ranging from the early Thrilling Wonder Stories, Weird Tales, The Shadow, The Spider, and Doc Savage, and many examples of mystery, western, and aviation pulps. More importantly, it’s perhaps the largest collection of fan created magazines (fanzines or Zines, as we called such things back in the day)
The digitization process just started.. if you are interested in accessing it it will be reported on regularly by the lady in charge of the project, at the Rusty Hevelin Project on Tumblr. Nothing really new to report at the moment but work has just started. If you’re a pulp/noir/weird fiction geek, and goodness knows, I am, this is exciting news from a lot of angles .. not just that the original work of some famous (and some obscure) authors will be saved for future generations– that’s a big plus. However, I’m even more charged about the fanzine content. Before the internet, social media, Facebook, Twitter, even email, we had Fanzines. This was how geeks networked over the years. It’s great to have this window into the past, I think.
In the meantime, someone else turned me on to Internet Archive Pulp Collection
on the Internet Archive.. you can’t beat that! Many (not all) Weird Tales from bygone eras and magazines I’ve never heard of. A couple of examples (these are supposed to embed on WordPress.com, but that doesn’t seem to be working so I left the link to the digital copy in the titles):
Here’s Seabury Quinn’s DEVIL’S BRIDE in “The Magazine of Horror, Vol. 5, no 226”
Here’s Weird Tales 1937 with the Hounds of the Tyndalos by Frank Belknap Long: