Kemp’s Pulp Database

Earl Terry Kemp has produced the Golden Age of Pulps SF Magazine Database, Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror (1890-200) database.

The database runs as an MS Access application, and masses 786 megabytes once all the CD’s are installed. The cost is $40.

Indexed are contributions to 1,300 different magazine titles, a total of 19,140 separate issues (with over 13,333 cover scans), with contributions by 33,861 writers (with over 1,171 pseudonyms), as well as contributions by over 3,016 cover artists. Indexed are 171,871 entries and serial segments, 24,295 poems, and 44,999 articles and columns.

Earl says it’s the most comprehensive database ever constructed of contributions to magazines in the field of fantastic literature — speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and weird fiction. “It is so comprehensive that it cannot be surpassed, it can only be supplemented,” Earl claims.

The full press release follows the jump.

/Announcing/

THE GOLDEN AGE of PULPS SF MAGAZINE DATABASE

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR (1890-2009)

by EARL TERRY KEMP

The (nearly) Complete Digital Index of all Pulp, Digest, and Magazine Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror From the Beginning to the Present (Dec. 2009) With Pseudonyms and Thumbnail Graphics

This is the most comprehensive database ever constructed of contributions to magazines in the field of fantastic literature (speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and weird fiction).

“It is so comprehensive that it cannot be surpassed, it can only be supplemented,” states Earl Kemp about this “fabulous guide.”

“Few fields have been more remarkably indexed than science fiction and fantasy,” he adds. “This database, of course, updates all previous such bibliographies, and contains complete contents in chronological order as well as by author and title. But where it stands utterly unique is, in addition, recording the contents of perhaps hundreds of semi-professional and amateur publications which carried on the important regimen of fantasy fiction.”

It is a unique tool! It is not a printed book, although all the contents can be printed out. It is not an HTML based application, with all the problems associated with searching for, and printing, data. For the first time ever, it is a relational database enabling the user to find anything, in any combination, and print out the results. The sophisticated user can enhance and personalize his database to reflect his own collection or interests.

This is not an Index, it is more…it is a database containing everything required of an index…and more. /This/ database contains thumbnail cover scans. This database allows the association of data from any field with any other field.

This is a required tool for researchers, collectors, librarians, and fans of the genre. Now not only is the indexed data available, but also the associated cover scans.

This mammoth database — contains more than six separate main indexes — Author, Title, Artist, Series, Contents and thumbnail cover scans — is being issued on a CD (657 megabytes) as an MS Access application.

Indexed are contributions to 1,300 different magazine titles, a total of 19,140 separate issues (with over 13,333 cover scans), with contributions by 33,861 writers (with over 1,171 pseudonyms), as well as contributions by over 3,016 cover artists. Indexed are 171,871 entries and serial segments, 24,295 poems, and 44,999 articles and columns.

As another added feature, over 2,257 associated stories are linked to dust cover scans (224 dust jackets) from their first appearance in the specialty press of the Golden Era (Arkham House, Fantasy Press, FPCI, Gnome Press, Prime Press, and Shasta), representing the very best of the Anthem Series.

Here is a bird’s-eye view of this mammoth undertaking:

Each CD contains over 657 megabytes of information, expanding to over 786 megabytes when installed

Contains both a read-only Author and Story Title search form for ready queries directly from the CD, but also a downloadable application that once installed can be used to generate printed reports or any query that the user can design that isn’t already available

Each of the over 33 fields can be independently searched and associated with any of the other fields

Contains 13,251 thumbnail cover scans, with 154 alternate and 82 back cover scans

Contains 224 thumbnail dust jacket scans making over 2,257 connections to various stories

Contains such fields as Author, Author Type, Story Title, Story Type, Series Title, Series Type, Cover Artist, Back Cover Artist, Publisher, Editor, Country of Origin, Price, Frequency and several different types of comment fields

Contains several ready-made Reports for printing select data… Create your own! (This option for advanced users.)

This database is not only an index, it is also a checklist! It is everything the user can imagine and implement!

In all of science fiction history there is nothing like this database. It is the very first of its kind. And now it is available to the public.

It’s all here!

You will find magazines here that can be found no place else. There is data on magazines that were never published but that were assembled. This database contains the rarest of the rare and the obscurest of the obscure. Ashcan issues do exist and are indexed here. Important rare fanzines are listed.

The creation of this database is a landmark occasion. Its appearance marks a milestone in the scholarship and bibliography of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and weird fiction.

CD (657 megabytes) MS Access 2000 (or higher required) 

US$40 (cash, check or money order payable to Earl Terry Kemp)

IMPORTANT: No Paypal or credit/debit cards. Don’t ask!

(shipping cost contained in purchase price for all US)

All Foreign Orders should be queried first for additional shipping cost: 

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Earl Terry Kemp
Box 6642
Kingman, AZ 86402-6642