Today was spent on the pulp Weird Tales, begun in 1923 with editor Edwin Baird. While it existed, in some form, until 2014 (with certain vanishings, unvanishings, and mutations), my focus for the time being, though I hesitate to call it narrow, is on the run from its beginning in 1923 to the first major pause, that which stretched from 1954 to 1973. Please pardon the commas! I have seen many today and they must have hitched a ride in my brain.
To be honest, I am still making my way through Weird Tales. As much as I wanted to skim and peruse and be academic-y, I had some trouble because it seemed each page of this pulp was pulpy with themes that incited the amateur/the fan/the slan in me. It had far more to openly say about bodies than Amazing and Astounding. It has some interesting thoughts on bodies, some weird things to say about bodies, and frankly some obviously bad things to say about bodies.
I imagine I’ll spend a lot more time parsing Weird Tales (perhaps regaining my scholarly distance), but I leave you with a brief excerpt from the May 1923 issue. It addresses so-called “abnormal women who crave notoriety,” but to me it seems like the story of some women who had the chance to mess with medical and spiritual professionals and did it quite well.