Artist Turns Vintage Pulp Fiction Into 3D Pop-Up Thrillers

Minnesota-based photographer Thomas Allen turns vintage pulp fiction into pop-up books by cutting images from the covers and pages, and placing the figures into three-dimensional scenes.


haunted lady


The figures are never totally free from the book, popping out to study and react to other figures from their literary worlds. In changing the illustrations from static and bound to active and sprung, Allen brings an old book’s characters to life. Readers have one question: ‘What happens next?’


fair game


Says Allen:

“In addition to being a photographer, I play talent scout, casting director, stage manager, lighting supervisor, and film editor.”

Photographed in stagey lighting and in the style of the blurred View-Master stereoscopic toy that also inspired him, Allen turns tingling trash fiction into happening dioramas.


pulp fiction 3d morgue

nymphet pulp_novels_art_38
pulp_novels_art_39 pulp_novels_art_40
pulp_novels_art_43 dark hunger cat  shoot
  can't tame seductive
doctor   tough posse  way down distraction gulch pulp fiction 3d die pulp fiction 3d trashy slap pulp fiction 3d susie pulp fiction 3d  crod me pulp fiction 3d  pulp fiction 3d pulp fiction 3d pulp fiction 3d pulp fiction 3d pulp fiction 3d


Images courtesy of  Thomas Allen and the Foley Gallery. Buy his book Uncovered here.

Would you like to support Flashbak?

Please consider making a donation to our site. We don't want to rely on ads to bring you the best of visual culture. You can also support us by signing up to our Mailing List. And you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For great art and culture delivered to your door, visit our shop.