Dime Novels


Turkey Vigilantes Dead Rabbits and the Greatest Thanksgiving Story of All Time

Turkey Vigilantes, Dead Rabbits, and the Greatest Thanksgiving Story of All Time

Happy Days #314, the October 20, 1900 cover-dated issue of the weekly story paper from publisher Frank Tousey, is very likely the greatest Thanksgiving newsstand fiction periodical cover in the history of history. The title story is the opening chapter of a multi-issue serial by "C. Little", a pen name for prolific dime novel-era writer […]

P.T. Barnum Steampunk And The Fan Convention Of 1889

P.T. Barnum, Steampunk, And The Fan Convention Of 1889

With the circus which billed itself as The Greatest Show On Earth coming to a close, I'm reminded of a virtually unknown event in which P.T. Barnum himself was involved, and which pre-figures a countless number of similar events in the 128 years since — a fan convention for readers of a periodical adventure fiction newsstand dime novel […]

The Secret Pre-History Of The Green Lantern

The Secret Pre-History Of The Green Lantern

One of my favorite things about studying old paper periodicals, beyond vintage comics and even pulps, is seeing how stories have gotten transmogrified over the course of several lifetimes and up to the present day — watching the threads drift forward through time, unravel, recombine. In addition to being a spooky little proto-Weird Tales-ish sort of […]