in #introduction3 years ago (edited)

This fellow H. P. Oliver is plainly a hack writer. That is to say he does not strive to create grand literary triumphs. In fact, some call his work pulp fiction.

I, being said H. P. Oliver, have no argument with that description. I am quite content to follow in the iconic, if somewhat blurred, footsteps of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, or even those of the more plebian Mickey Spillane. My objective is to entertain, not secure a niche in the hallowed halls of literary antiquity.

To the above description of my favored genre, however, I hasten to add those elements which make my brand of pulp fiction unique. You see, I write historical pulp fiction—thrillers set in bygone days. Well, not too bygone. I lean toward the periods between the World Wars, the 1920s through the early 1940s.

For physical backgrounds I prefer glamorous Golden State seaside locations like San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. That combination of historical periods and locations provides me with colorful eras of palm-infested decadence in which to set thrilling fiction. The era also provides oodles of swell dialogue possibilities and colorful folks to speak the words.

In coming weeks, it is my intention to dazzle you, dear readers, with examples of my historical brand of pulp fiction. Or as one of my favorite characters, a Hollywood gumshoe named Johnny Spicer, would be more likely put it, "If ya can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bull . . . uh, baloney."

If a few personal adjectives about myself are thought desirable, I am proud to be a native Californian, also a history enthusiast and a restorer of classic automobiles. I currently divide my time between the neon glitz of southern California and the tranquility of my home along the course of the last untamed river in our fair state, the Cosumnes.

In closing I should like to make a point of saying that I come by my initials honestly. No reference to the H. P. of horror fiction is intended or desired.


Welcome, HP - glad you finally made it here from Twitter. You know how to load a photo and format a post - more than I did when I came on here way back when.

When you do post your stuff, look at the tags you can use to promote your post (you'll find the tags if you click on the trending heading at the top of your posting page - just click on trending and you'll see tags listed in the drop-down menu. DO NOT make up your own tags - they won't be seen by anyone which kind of defeats the purpose.

I use writing, story, fiction - after that, it depends what genre you're using - ex - love, life, history etc. Remember to use only 5

Thank you, John! I'm going to deal with the tags shortly. I see countrygirl has offered some suggestions on that subject. I'm not sure I'd know which way was up without you guys!

@h-p-oliver, I gave you an upvote on your post! Please give me a follow and I will give you a follow in return and possible future votes!

Thank you in advance!

Welcome to Steem, looking forward to reading your content on here!

I see @johnjgeddes has commented as well...I think he has really demonstrated the usefulness of Steem for serial writers.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Greetings, HP...

Welcome to Steemit!

I hope that, once you get to know me, you'll feel like adding me to the roster of those you consider friends here on Steemit. I have known John and @countrygirl through association here for almost two years now.

I look forward to reading your work as you see fit to publish it here, and invite you to browse my Steemit library at your leisure.

Kind regards,

- @creatr



Hi HP!! It's me, John's wife. Thot I'd introduce myself to you.

I look forward to reading your work - I enjoy historical fiction.

Can I recommend you edit your tag - you can't edit the first one, ever - but you can add #introduceyourself #writing #history - this will make you easier to be found by those who look for new people. John may have more helps for you in the writing genre. I'm not a writer. (and I'm taking a bit of a break for the summer so I won't be active for a bit)

Welcome and have fun. Any questions ask away!

Thank you for the suggestions! I'll see what I can do about the tags. I'm sure glad I have friends here!

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