Andrew Nette is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is co-editor of two books, Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980, and Sticking It to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1956 to 1980. He holds a PhD from Macquarie University on the topic post-war Australian pulp publishing, with a focus on Horwitz Publications.
The scant academic attention Australia’s pulp publishing industry has received to date tends to focus on pulp as a quickly and cheaply made form of disposable entertainment, sold to non-elite audiences. This paper will examine Australian pulp fiction from a…