Join us August 13-16, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio!

PulpFest’s New Programming Room Banner

PulpFest Panel BannerThe Hyatt Regency Columbus is a pretty big place. That’s why it’s able to have two conventions taking place at the same time — Matsuricon and PulpFest. To help you find your way around and make sure you’re heading for the right spot, the PulpFest organizing committee asked its designer, William Lampkin, to come up with some banner art that will help us mark our various locations.

You’ll find this striking PANEL banner located outside our programming area on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Columbus. This is where PulpFest will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft, the “Thrilling Group” of pulp magazines, and so much more. So watch for the PulpFest PANEL banner when you’re planning to attend our afternoon programming, beginning at 1 PM on Friday, August 14th, and at 12:30 PM on Saturday, August 15th. The banner will again be flying high on Thursday evening, beginning at 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning at 7 PM. That’s when our evening programming gets underway. We’ll have appearances by horror and science-fiction writer Chet Williamson, artist Jon Arfstrom, and presentations on The Shadow, Street & Smith comic books, Golden Age heroes such as The Black Terror and The Fighting Yank, panels on the Cthulhu Mythos, WEIRD TALES, and Standard Magazines’ Leo Margulies, and much more. And don’t forget about our auction and movie programming! It’s all at PulpFest 2015.

(The new PulpFest Programming Room banner, designed by William Lampkin — who also edits THE PULPSTER for the convention — features the artwork of Rafael de Soto. It originally ran on the front cover of the January 1934 issue of THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE, published by Standard Magazines.)

Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 8:45 am
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Weird Prose and Poetry from Scott H. Urban

UrbanSince 2009, PulpFest has annually featured readings by some of the best writers of today’s pulp fiction. Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Dick Eno, Ron Fortier, William Patrick Maynard, Will Murray, and many others have read excerpts from their work, showcasing a wide range of exciting new fiction. This year, given that PulpFest is celebrating H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, we searched for creators who have written fiction inspired by the work of Lovecraft, the Cthulhu Mythos, WEIRD TALES and such writers as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and Seabury Quinn. We think we’ve found some great ones for the PulpFest 2015 New Fictioneers reading series.

PulpFest 2015 is pleased to welcome author and poet Scott H. Urban to its New Fictioneers reading series. Scott will be appearing on Saturday afternoon, August 15th, at 3:30 PM in our second-floor programming area at the Hyatt Regency. Scott’s fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in print and across the web. In 1984, he helped to found the Unnameable Press specialty book publisher. During the late 1990s, he edited the small press, horror poetry zine FRISSON: DISCONCERTING VERSE. In 1998, he co-edited THE CONSPIRACY FILES with Martin H. Greenberg. It was published by DAW Books. Some of Scott’s anthology appearances include FEAR ITSELF, SHOCK ROCK II, HOT BLOOD: SEEDS OF FEAR, THE BEAST WITHIN, and TERMINAL FRIGHTS. His early fiction is collected as BLOODY SHOW, available for Kindle through Amazon. His most recent poetry collection is GOD’S WILL. Published by Mad Rush Books, it is available through Lulu.

Scott Urban was in his early teens when he first came across Lovecraft in a paperback book. He immediately fell under the spell of “The Old Gent,” knowing that he had found something special. It was a universe both unfailingly grim and eerily fantastic. He wrote some juvenalia while under the spell of Lovecraft, including poems and stories. While his writing has moved away from direct pastiches, Lovecraft remains in the back of his mind. As Scott writes, “. . . probably will be until I die.”

With a love of old pulp and a tongue firmly affixed in cheek, Scott is proud to be reading as a New Fictioneer at this year’s PulpFest. He will read from BLOODY SHOW, a collection of “Dark Tales of Decay and Dissolution,” as well as other pieces, both old and new. He promises to leave the bubbling chaos at home; however, he cannot guarantee that there will not be writhing tentacles and the ensuing loss of sanity.

Mr. Urban has spent most of his professional career as a public school teacher and administrator on North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast. In 2011, his family relocated to the mist-shrouded forests of southeastern Ohio, where he teaches at a local college and works with troubled youth. He is currently at work on a novel of erotic horror, slated for publication in 2016. He lives in a renovated Amish farmhouse that isn’t haunted . . . yet.

For information on how to register for PulpFest 2015, please click the red “register” button on our home page. To book a room for this year’s convention, please visit www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/16872/.

Posted Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 8:45 am
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Dining in Style with PulpFest

buca_logoPulpFest 2015 is organizing a group dinner on August 15th. Eating together on Saturday evening while talking about this great hobby of ours has been a long-standing and popular tradition at summer pulp cons. Last year’s group meal was a complete sell-out!

The Saturday night group dinner returns to this year’s PulpFest on August 15th when we’ll be dining together, family style, at the nearby Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Priced at $33 per person—tax and gratuity included—the menu includes:

Mixed Green Salad – Caesar Salad – (Served with House Bread)

Fettuccine Alfredo – Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Chicken Parmigianino

Chocolate Chip Cannoli

Unlimited Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea

As of today, we have fifty members who will be joining our Saturday night group dinner. We’ll be accepting no more than sixty reservations for this popular event, the largest group that Buca di Beppo can easily accommodate. So if you have been thinking about joining our Saturday night meal, now is the time to buy your ticket. We will accept reservations through Monday, August 10, 2015 or until the event sells out. Last year’s meal sold out before the start of the convention.

Payment is due when you place your dinner reservation. You’ll find a group meal form with your member or dealer newsletter. Please send your $33 check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use the “group dinner” button on our Paypal Order page. All payments must be received by Monday, August 10, 2015. We look forward to dining with you in August during “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

For information on how to register for PulpFest 2015, please click the red “register” button on our home page. To book a room for this year’s convention, please visit www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/16872/.

Posted Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 11:00 am
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PulpFest’s New Dealers’ Room Banner

PulpFest Shop BannerThe Hyatt Regency Columbus is a pretty big place. That’s why it’s able to have two conventions taking place at the same time — Matsuricon and PulpFest. To help you find your way around and make sure you’re heading for the right spot, the PulpFest organizing committee asked its designer, William Lampkin, to come up with some banner art that will help us mark our various locations.

You’ll find this stirring SHOP banner located outside our dealers’ room on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Also known as the Regency Ballroom, our dealers’ room is where our registration area is also located. So watch for the PulpFest SHOP banner when you’re looking to register for PulpFest so you can enter our fantastic dealers’ room, featuring nearly 16,000 square feet of selling space and fifty exhibitors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and more.

(The new PulpFest Dealers’ Room banner, designed by William Lampkin — who also edits THE PULPSTER for the convention — features the artwork of Arnold Kohn. It originally ran on the front cover of the June 1949 issue of AMAZING STORIES, published by Ziff-Davis.)

 

Posted Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 11:00 am
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Swords Against Cthulhu–The Horror Fiction of Jason Scott Aiken

Swords against CthulhuIt’s called new pulp – stories by modern writers who recreate the style of fiction that appeared in the pulp magazines of yore. Back then, the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing the new pulp fiction.

Since 2009, we’ve annually featured readings by some of the best writers of today’s pulp fiction. Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Dick Eno, Ron Fortier, Will Murray, and many others have read excerpts from their work, showcasing a wide range of exciting new fiction. Afterward, they’ve talked with their audiences, answering questions, fielding comments, discussing works-in-progress, and selling their books. Both our writers and their audiences have loved these sessions. This year, PulpFest will be offering four afternoon readings — two on Friday and two on Saturday.

Leading off this year’s readings is Jason Scott Aiken, a new fantasy and horror writer who first discovered weird fiction through Del Rey’s publication of the preferred texts of Robert E. Howard’s stories. Reading these stories led him to the works of H. P. Lovecraft, soon followed by Clark Ashton Smith, Seabury Quinn, C. L. Moore, Fritz Leiber, Manly Wade Wellman, Robert Bloch, and H. Warner Munn. Needless to say, WEIRD TALES is Jason’s favorite pulp magazine, which he reads and collects in reprints. Jason has been attending PulpFest and FarmerCon since 2011.

In the last two months, Jason has had three stories published. “The Summoning,” a fantasy tale infused with dark humor, appeared in THE FALL OF CTHULHU, VOLUME II from Horrified Press. Inspired by the works of Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber, “The Summoning” features a naive young thief, Kasar, who is commissioned to procure a valuable commodity from an isle of sorcerers.

“The Sword of Lomar,” which Jason will be reading, is available in SWORDS AGAINST CTHULHU, published by Rogue Planet Press. A prequel to Lovecraft’s “Polaris,” it concerns a red-haired swordwoman, Nuja of Lomar, who attempts to halt a horde approaching the land of Lomar’s capital, Olathoë. Nuja is heavily inspired by the scarlet-haired warrior women created by Robert E. Howard and C. L. Moore. Nuja also appears in “The Other at the Threshold,” a story featured in BARBARIAN CROWNS,  a sword & sorcery anthology that is a tribute to Robert E. Howard. It is a Barbwire Butterfly book, an imprint of Horrified Press.

In addition to these three short stories, Jason has a Doc Arden story in the forthcoming TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN #12: CARTE BLANCHE, which should be released later this year by Black Coat Press. He is also the host and producer of Pulp Crazy, a video blog and podcast dedicated to classic popular literature, characters, and themes. He often devotes episodes to classic weird fiction from the pulps.

Jason Scott Aiken will be reading in PulpFest‘s second-floor programming area at the Hyatt Regency on Friday afternoon, August 14th, at 1 PM. Please visit http://jasonscottaiken.com to learn more about Jason and his work or @jasonscottaiken on Twitter. And don’t forget to join PulpFest 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Thursday, August 13th and running through Sunday, August 16th. We’ll be paying tribute to H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, just a few short days before the author’s 125th birthday. We’ll also be exploring Standard Magazines, also known as the “Thrilling Group,” a long-standing publisher of pulp magazines, comics, and paperback books.

Although our host hotel is completely booked, there are still some rooms available at nearby hotels. Please click here to find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge you to book your room now and not later. Rooms that are relatively close to PulpFest are disappearing fast during the time frame of our convention.

(SWORDS AGAINST CTHULHU is an anthology of sword & sorcery and Cthulhu Mythos crossovers, edited by Gavin Chappell. Although the “synthetic folklore” that grew from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu-related fiction is generally associated with the horror genre, its influence extended to the work of seminal sword & sorcery writers Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith, and its pessimistic tone has continued to dominate the genre to this day. However mighty the hero, the forces of chaos, the blasphemous powers of an insouciant universe, are stronger – or are they? All a doomed swordsman can do is face the outer darkness, blade in hand, a song of defiance on his lips, and hope to die fighting. Pictured above is Stephen Cooney’s cover to SWORDS AGAINST CTHULHU from Rogue Planet Press, an imprint of Horrified Press. It features “The Sword of Lomar,” a story by New Fictioneer Jason Scott Aiken.)