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PopcornFiction.com: Pulpy short fiction by well-known screenwriters.

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
September 7th, 2009


UPDATE: I sent a link to this story via Twitter to director Rian Johnson (BRICK, THE BROTHERS BLOOM), telling him this was right up his alley. His reply, from @rcjohnso, was "I'm writing one for Derek. Hopefully will finish it up soon. :-) " If you are unfamiliar with Johnson's short yet fantastic body of work, then let me tell you that this is in fact right up his alley. BRICK was noir revamped for a high school setting, which provided for a story both dark and clever. His second effort with THE BROTHERS BLOOM, the throwback to caper films of the 40s and 50s, was again clever in both its homage as well as its bending of the genre. Johnson's writing style, and penchant for pulp influenced stories, should provide for a very enjoyable read indeed!

Every generation has had its own form of pulp fiction. First found in trades, comics and dime store novels then evolving into radio serials to TV to film to where we are today. It is a history so extensive, with examples ranging from an endless list of writers, artists and filmmakers. They are the stories we all grew up on, no matter the generation you hail from. As children, they were the stories that furthered imagination, inspiration, fright, laughter, etc. They took us on mysteries, adventures and nightmares, from the ends of the Earth to other worlds and even he depths of our psyche.

Subsequently, some of those kids grew up to be the artists we are inspired by today. And some of those artists are making attempts to never leave behind their imaginative genesis. Such is the case with the web-site Popcorn Fiction, founded by screenwriter Derek Haas. Haas may not be a household name to you - after all, screenwriters rarely are - but it is likely that you are familiar with his work. He has brought us the scripts for 3:10 TO YUMA, WANTED, the forthcoming A-TEAM as well as many other notable announced projects.

With PopcornFiction.com, Haas and a few fellow screenwriting brethren have chosen not to forget their pulpy roots. They have created "a place where new popular short fiction could flourish" so that "Hollywood could have a new resource for cultivating great ideas." As Haas notes, not every story published on the site is of a classic pulp genre, like noir or science fiction, yet they are all there to do just as pulp has done for many hearts and minds over the years. To inspire, to imagine and to enjoy.

Currently there are short stories on the site from Scott Frank (MINORITY REPORT), Eric Heisserer (the upcoming A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake), Les Bohem (DANTE'S PEAK, THE HORROR SHOW) and a few other screenwriters. The site is still fairly new, and is consistently being update with new works. So, if this is your kind of thing, I do suggest you check it out! www.popcornfiction.com

And, if pulp fiction is in fact "your thing," HERE is another great web-site to provide you with all things pulp!

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