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

Bingo! Win a Free Membership

2015 FlyerAs we did at our 2014 convention, PulpFest will be offering early-bird shopping in the PulpFest dealers’ room on Thursday, August 13th, from 6 PM until 10 PM. For those who prepay for their memberships, it will cost an additional $25 over the regular membership fee. Early-bird shopping privileges will cost $30 if paid for at the door.

But wait! There’s an even better deal for those who want an extra four hours of shopping at PulpFest 2015! To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel–the Hyatt Regency in the heart of ColumbusPulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings of at least $25! Only staff, dealers, and early-bird shoppers will be allowed into the dealers’ room during Thursday evening, August 13th. Please realize that due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every registered dealer will be available during our early-bird hours.

But free early-bird shopping isn’t the only way you can save by staying three nights at the Hyatt Regency. On Saturday, August 15th, PulpFest will be holding a drawing at the close of our annual business meeting for two full membership fee refunds. Two lucky convention attendees who prepay for their membership, book a room for three nights at our host hotel, and choose to attend our business meeting will receive full refunds of their membership fees to PulpFest 2015. You must provide proof of your stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and be present at the drawing to receive your free membership refund. Bingo!

Please remember that PulpFest will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon in August. Therefore, we are urging all of our members to book their hotel rooms for PulpFest 2015 as soon as possible!

The best deal for PulpFest members is to reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Our host hotel is offering a room rate of $116 plus tax per night that includes a complimentary parking pass with in-out privileges and free Wi-Fi. Additional parking passes for people sharing rooms are available for $10 each. You can call 1-888-421-1442 to book a room by telephone. You must register by July 1, 2015 and mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. Alternately, you can register online by clicking here or the “book a room” button on our home page.

The room rate offered by the Hyatt to PulpFest members is one of the best in the downtown area. Matsuricon members will be paying $123 per night to stay at the Hyatt, plus an additional $12 a day for parking. Dollar-for-dollar, the PulpFest rate at the Hyatt pretty much stifles the competition.

So what are you waiting for? Book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” You’ll get a great deal on a room, free early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, August 13th, from 6 to 10 PM, and a chance to win a full membership refund to PulpFest 2015. It’s a deal you can’t afford to miss!

(Join us August 13th – 16th at PulpFest 2015 for a celebration of H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES and a salute to the Thrilling Group of pulp magazines.)

Posted Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 8:45 am
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Head North of the Border this May

Fantastic Pulps 2015 PosterFor almost twenty years, Neil and Leigh Mechem have organized Canada’s one and only pulp convention. It’s called the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale, held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto.

A small but terrific show featuring a variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulps, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

So if you reside in the states, grab your passport, and head north to Ontario for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 9th, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at info@girasolcollectables.com or call 905-820-7572. Please tell ‘em that PulpFest sent you.

(Robert Gibson Jones’ Fantastic Pulps poster was originally painted for the February 1950 issue of FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, published by Ziff-Davis. A Chicago commercial artist, Jones also painted covers for AMAZING STORIES, MAMMOTH ADVENTURE, MAMMOTH DETECTIVE, and MAMMOTH WESTERN.)

Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 8:45 am
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Dealing at PulpFest 2015

Doc Savage Meets the ShadowInterested in selling at PulpFest 2015? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

PulpFest 2015 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 15,800 square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables will cost $80 and island tables will be $70. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and their helpers. For those dealers who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, PulpFest is pleased to offer a third table free for every two tables that they rent, a tremendous savings. That’s buy two and get one free to thank such dealers for helping to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

We’ll also be holding a random drawing for two full membership refunds to PulpFest 2015. Two lucky convention attendees, including dealers, who prepay for their membership, book a room for three nights at the Hyatt Regency, and choose to attend our business meeting will get full refunds of their membership payments.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday, August 14th, and remain open until 4:30 PM. We’ll also have hours on Saturday and Sunday, August 15th & 16th. Please click the schedule button on our home page for more details. And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, August 13th, from 6 PM to 10 PM, when dedicated fans of pulp and genre fiction will enjoy an extra four hours of shopping.

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be writing about the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2015. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites. So if you’re planning to attend PulpFest 2015 as a dealer and would like to be included in this advertising campaign, please contact Mike by writing to mike@pulpfest.com. You can also reach Mike by calling 863-606-8878 and leaving a message. Be sure to include your contact information.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2015 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can learn more about becoming a dealer and register for the convention by clicking on the link below for a download of our 2015 dealer newsletter & registration form.

PulpFest 2015 Dealer Newsletter & Registration Form

To register by regular mail, send your payment and completed registration form to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

(Pictured above is Joe DeVito’s painting for the front cover of the Kenneth Robeson novel, “The Sinister Shadow,” the latest entry in “The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage,” forthcoming from Altus Press and Adventures in Bronze.”

 

Posted Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 8:45 pm
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PulpFest and the New Fictioneers

World War 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.

If you’re a writer who has been inspired by the work of yarn-spinners such as Raymond Chandler, Lester Dent, Frederick Faust, Walter B. Gibson, Edmond Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, H. Bedford-Jones, Henry Kuttner, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and countless others who churned out commercial fiction for the pulp market, PulpFest is looking for you!

Every year since 2009, we’ve featured readings by some of the best writers of today’s pulp fiction. Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, William Patrick Maynard, 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.

We call these hour-long events our “New Fictioneers” readings and we’re hoping to have some great ones at PulpFest 2015. As we have for the last six years, PulpFest is seeking writers for its New Fictioneers program, scheduled for Friday, August 14th, and Saturday, August 15th. If you’re a writer of contemporary genre fiction who would like to participate in this year’s festivities, please send an email to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.comLet him know that you’d like to be one of our celebrated New Fictioneers. Mike is seeking four writers to present their fiction at this year’s convention.

In the past, we’ve selected our readers on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, given our dual themes celebrating H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES and the Thrilling Group of pulp magazines, we’re going to try something different. Although the sooner writers apply to be our 2015 New Fictioneers, the better, priority will be given to those 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, or the pulp offerings of Standard Magazines–the Black Bat, Captain Future, the GhostLone EagleMasked Rider, Phantom Detective, and so on. Since PulpFest 2015 will also be exploring Standard Comics--also known as Better Publications and Nedor Publishing–creators of works featuring such characters as the Black Terror, Doc StrangeFighting Yank, Kara the Jungle PrincessMiss Masque, and Pyroman will also be given priority. However, all new-pulp or writers of supernatural fiction are welcome to apply.

In order to give the convention time to prepare its marketing of this year’s New Fictioneers, all reader applications for PulpFest 2015 need to be submitted by June 1, 2015. Space is limited–only four readers will be selected for this year’s convention. If you’re writing contemporary genre fiction, we look forward to hearing from you.

(WORLD WAR CTHULHU, published in August 2014, features 22 stories from the eternal struggle against the darkness, drawn from desperate battles across the ages. Illustrated by M. Wayne Miller, it features jacket art by Vincent Chong.)


A Century of Kuttner

Startling Stories 47-05One-hundred years ago today, author Henry Kuttner was born. A very prolific writer, Kuttner freelanced for AMAZING STORIES, ARGOSY, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE-FICTION, FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, GALAXY, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, MARVEL TALES, PLANET STORIES, STARTLING STORIES, STRANGE STORIES, SUPER DETECTIVE, THRILLING ADVENTURES, THRILLING MYSTERY, THRILLING WONDER STORIES, UNKNOWN, WEIRD TALES, and many other magazines. Employing a large number of pseudonyms, Kuttner wrote supernatural fiction, mystery and detective stories, space operas, sociological science fiction, scientific romances, and more. As Charles Stoddard, he wrote the Thunder Jim Wade hero-pulp series for Standard’s THRILLING ADVENTURES. He also wrote for television and comic books, including the Golden Age Green Lantern series for DC Comics. In later years, most of his writing was done in collaboration with his wife, C. L. Moore, another talented writer in a range of genres.

Much of Kuttner’s early fiction owed a great deal to H. P. Lovecraft, whose 125th birthday will be feted at this year’s PulpFest. His enjoyment of the pulp magazine WEIRD TALES, led the emerging writer to correspond with the “Old Gentleman from Providence.” Soon Henry Kuttner was adding to Lovecraft’s evolving Mythos:

“My dizziness, my half-fainting state, saved me from seeing the thing too clearly. As it was, a scream of utter horror ripped from my throat as I saw, through a spinning whirlpool of darkness, a squamous, glowing ball covered with squirming, snake-like tentacles–translucent ivory flesh, leprous and hideous–a great faceted eye that held the cold stare of the Midgard Serpent . . . . dimly I could hear Hayward still chanting.

‘Iä! Rhyn tharanak . . . Vorvadoss of Bel-Yarnak! The Troubler of the Sands! Thou Who waiteth in the Outer Dark, Kindler of the Flame . . . n’gha shugg y’haa . . .'” (from “The Invaders,” as by Keith Hammond, STRANGE STORIES, February 1939)

Although he worked for a variety of publishers including Street & Smith, Popular Publications, Short Stories, Inc., and Culture Publications, a great portion of Henry Kuttner’s fiction saw print under the auspices of Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines or Better Publications. In addition to the Thunder Jim Wade stories for THRILLING ADVENTURES, Kuttner contributed weird-menace fiction to THRILLING MYSTERIES; supernatural tales to STRANGE STORIES; science fiction to THRILLING WONDER STORIES, CAPTAIN FUTURE, and others; and scientific romances to STARTLING STORIES. It’s also believed that he wrote a number of the Phantom Detective novels for the long-lived Thrilling hero pulp. In addition to Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, PulpFest 2015 will be paying tribute to the Standard line of pulp magazines.

Henry Kuttner died of heart failure in 1958, at the age of forty-two.

(Artist Earle Bergey began contributing to pulp magazines during the Great Depression, at first creating good girl art for pin-up magazines. In the late thirties, he found a ready market for his work at Ned Pines’ Thrilling Group, painting covers for the publisher’s sports and science-fiction lines–including this one for the May 1947 issue of STARTLING STORIES. As the pulp market started to shrink, Bergey’s work increasingly found its way to the covers of paperback books, particularly those published by Pines’ Popular Library. He died in 1952 at the age of fifty-one.)