While you’re waiting impatiently for the 45th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” we’ll try to keep you posted about other conventions taking place around North America. They just might help to keep your hunger at bay while you wait for the main course – PulpFest 2016, scheduled to take place July 21 – 24, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. It should be an AMAZING time!
The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is an annual pop culture event recognizing the by-gone era of classic movies, retro television, old-time radio, pulp magazines and comic books. Hollywood celebrities sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. The movie room features rare films 24 hours a day. Slide show seminars offer insight from museum curators, authors, historians, magazine editors and other authorities on their respective subjects. Over 200 vendor tables offer loads of merchandise. The event is held every September in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Attendance grows an average of 200 people every year — last year’s attendance topped 2,400. This year’s dates are September 17 to 19, 2015. For more information call 443-286-6821 or visit www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.com.
Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2015 a tremendous success. We could not have done it without you:
Our front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Samantha Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters–Jason Scott Aiken, Jon Arfstrom, Jim Beard, Patrick Belk, Ron Fortier, Jeff Fournier, John Gunnison, John D. Haefele, John Hegenberger, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Ed Hulse, Mike Hunchback, Tony Isabella, Tim King, Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Chuck Loridans, Nathan Madison, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Garyn G. Roberts, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Philip M. Sherman, Duane Spurlock, Anthony Tollin, J. Barry Traylor, Scott Urban, Chet Williamson, and John Wooley; our technical staff–Chuck and Juliette Welch; Lucy Denunzio, for help with the auction and Renee Thomas for the great PulpFest cakes; and our behind-the-scenes help–Dan Zimmer and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Thanks also to the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for authorizing our showings of THE CALL OF CTHULHU and THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS and to Walker Martin.
Many thanks to Ed Hulse, Greg Ketter, and J. Barry Traylor for helping to arrange the appearances of our special guests–Philip M. Sherman, nephew to Thrilling editor Leo Margulies, fantasy and WEIRD TALES artist Jon Armstrom, and author Chet Williamson.
The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #24–editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors Sean Branney, Jason V. Brock, Ramsey Campbell, Tony Davis, W. Paul Ganley, Cody Goodfellow, John D. Haefele, Monte Herridge, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Derick Hussey, Tom Johnson, S. T. Joshi, Marvin Kaye, Tom Krabacher, the late Larry Latham, Nick Mamatas, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Fred Phillips, Tim Powers, W. H. Pugmire, Don Ramlow, Garyn G. Roberts, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Darrell Schweitzer, J. Barry Traylor, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and Chet Williamson, as well as the magazine’s advertisers–Airship 27, Altus Press, Black Coat Press, Doc Con 2015, Dick and Norma Enos, Rich Halegua Posters & Comic Art, Heartwood Auctions, Mike Hunter, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Pegana Press, Prose ‘n Cons Mystery Magazine, PS Publishing, PULPDOM, The Pulp Factory, The Pulp. Net, Stark House Press, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.
Although the new PulpFest gaming track got off to a slow start, we are planning for its return in 2016, albeit on a smaller scale. Many thanks to Rick Thomas for organizing our gaming events and to Bill Adcock, Keith Culbertson, Mark Herbert, Misty Long, Matt McCloud, Justin Ross, Byron Wingate, and Luke Woods for serving as game-masters during the track’s inaugural year.
Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Stephen T. Miller. Congratulations to Steve and to all of the nominees for our 2015 award.
Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., Engle Publishing and THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE, Feral House, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Paizo, Inc., Pelgrane Press, Tom Brown and Radio Archives, and Chet Williamson. And many thanks to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for the loan of their sound system. We’d also like to thank our website sponsors, Galaxy Press and PureCostumes.com.
Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Ed Hulse, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Rick Thomas, Scott Williams, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2015. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2016, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from July 21st through July 24th. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please bookmark the PulpFest website or follow us on RSS. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account. In the months ahead, we’ll also be adding Instagram and Tumblr accounts.
If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will correct the oversight.
Your PulpFest organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch
PulpFest 2015 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Other than our gaming track, there are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.
Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.
The PulpFest 2015 gaming track will begin at 10 AM today and continue until the end of the convention. All games will be set up in the Clark Room, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. The only requirements to play games at PulpFest 2015 are a PulpFest membership, your imagination, and a desire to have a good time. So if you enjoy pulps and you enjoy games, PulpFest will be the place to be. If you have questions about our gaming track, please write to PulpFest programming director Mike Chomko at email@example.com.
If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2015, start making your plans right now to join the 45th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2016. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. At this writing, it is scheduled to take place July 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.
To keep informed about PulpFest 2016, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.
Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2016. Bring your friends!
Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch – your PulpFestOrganizing Committee
(It was hard to miss the first issue of AMAZING STORIES on the newsstand. Letter-size, larger than the typical pulp magazine, with three-dimensional block letters trailing across its masthead and a bright yellow backdrop that framed an alien landscape, a bright red, ringed planet, and a small moon, the magazine certainly stood out on the sales rack. Frank R. Paul was the artist. The issue was dated April 1926.
Within months, the new specialty magazine was selling over 100,000 copies of each issue. In establishing the first specialized science-fiction magazine, Hugo Gernsback had tapped a vein of wonder, shared by lonely individuals prone to “imaginative flights of fancy.”
Next year marks the 90th anniversary of AMAZING STORIES. Please help celebrate this amazing anniversary by joining PulpFest 2016.)
Stephen T. Miller has been named the winner of the 2015 Munsey Award. Nominated by the general pulp community, Steve was selected through a vote cast by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The award is a fine art print created by Dan Zimmer of a David Saunders painting. It is presented annually to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.
A resident of New Jersey, Steve Miller has been helping to index the magazines for years. Along with Michael Cook, he compiled Garland Publishing’s MYSTERY, DETECTIVE, AND ESPIONAGE FICTION: A CHECKLIST OF FICTION IN U.S. PULP MAGAZINES, 1915-1974, an exceptional resource for collectors of not only detective pulps, but also hero and adventure magazines. With Phil Stephensen-Payne and William G. Contento, Stephen recently revised this classic index, issued on CD-ROM by Locus Press as CRIME, MYSTERY AND GANGSTER FICTION MAGAZINE INDEX, 1915-2010. Also with Bill Contento, Steve compiled SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND WEIRD FICTION MAGAZINE INDEX, 1890-2008, a guide to more than 900 different magazines, again published on CD-ROM by Locus Press. Additionally, Steve has helped with much pulp-related research, sharing his knowledge as well as his collection with researchers. Congratulations to our 2015 Munsey winner, Stephen T. Miller.
Our other nominees for this year’s Munsey Award included Ron Fortier, Joel Frieman, Chris Kalb, William Lampkin, Laurie Powers, the late Chris Steinbrunner, Mike Taylor, George Vanderburgh, and Dan Zimmer. Congratulations to all of the nominees for this prestigious award, presented annually at PulpFest.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Munsey and/or Rusty Awards. If you have someone in mind that you feel worthy of either award, please send the person’s name and a brief paragraph describing why you feel that person should be honored to Mike Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous winners of the Lamont, Munsey, or Rusty Award are not eligible for the award. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016. Please click here for additional details. Thanks for your help.
(A limited edition of thirty-six numbered and signed prints (pictured above), designed and painted by artist and pulp enthusiast David Saunders, serves as the Munsey Award.)
There’s still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus will be open today from 10 AM until 4:30 PM. Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games will also be for sale.
Single-day memberships to PulpFest will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Members will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here. You only need to bring the last page of the form. Please visit our registration page for further details.
The PulpFest dealers’ room will closing at 4:30 PM today. This should allow plenty of time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner at Buca di Beppo, a get-together arranged by registration and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers. If you don’t plan to attend, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many fine downtown restaurants by clicking here as well as a map to find them by clicking here.
Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM when author Duane Spurlock will read from AIRSHIP HUNTERS and FIGHTING ALASKA. Afterward, Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “The Heirs of WEIRD TALES.” It will be followed by a presentation on WEIRD TALES artist Lee Brown Coye and another New Fictioneer reading featuring the weird poetry and prose of Scott Urban. Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2015 Business Meeting beginning at 7:10 PM, where two lucky members who had booked a stay at the Hyatt Regency will receive full membership refunds. It will be followed by the 2015 Munsey Award Presentation. Our programming for the evening will include Weird Editing at “The Unique Magazine,” The Thrilling Adventures of Rudolph Belarski, and a showing of THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS and PROFESSOR PEABODY’S LAST LECTURE, part of our Lovecraft at the Movies film series. Tucked in before our movies begin will be our Saturday Night Auction, featuring material consigned by our membership.
Any member of PulpFest 2015 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens on Friday, August 14th. The sooner you submit your consignment to Mike Chomko, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. Mike’s tables will be along the wall, just inside the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. All auction lots must be submitted to Mike prior to 2 PM, Saturday, August 15th. All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. For additional information, please click on the auction link on our programming schedule or contact Barry Traylor via email at email@example.com.
Highlights of this year’s auction include the original typescript for the Phillip José Farmer novel, DAYWORLD, with notes and corrections in the authors’ hand, along with an original 1930’s Shadow mask. It was either a premium or sold as part of a Halloween costume. The auction will also feature a number of lots from the estate of Earl Kussman who, along with Ed Kessell and Nils Hardin, organized the first Pulpcon, held in Clayton, Missouri over a June weekend in 1972.
For pulp fans who like games, gaming fans who like pulps, or just people who like to have fun, PulpFest 2015 will be introducing a gaming track. Many of the themes found in the world of modern games resonate from the pulps and the stories published in those magazines. There are games based on Conan, the Cthulhu Mythos, space operas such as Doc Smith’s Lensman series, westerns, mysteries and, of course, the pulp heroes. Role-playing games, or RPGs, are especially noted for quick action, cliff-hangers, and adventure.
The PulpFest 2015 gaming track will begin at 10 AM on Saturday and last until 10 PM or thereabouts. On Sunday, games will begin at 10 AM and continue until the end of the convention. All games will be set up in the Clark Room, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. The only requirements to play games at PulpFest 2015 are a PulpFest membership, your imagination, and a desire to have a good time. So if you enjoy pulps and you enjoy games, PulpFest will be the place to be. If you have questions about our gaming track, please write to PulpFest programming director Mike Chomko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please visit click the red schedule button on our home page for further details. Each entry is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.
On Sunday, August 16th, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 10 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.
If you will be needing a hotel room for tonight, please remember that PulpFest is sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon. However, there may still be a few rooms available at nearby hotels. Please visit www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/16872/ and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. Alternately, we suggest that you search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website as soon as you possibly can. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge you to book your room now and not wait until you arrive.
(Not long after the appearance of the August Derleth anthology SLEEP NO MORE, the book’s illustrator, Lee Brown Coye, began a long relationship with WEIRD TALES. The first of his ten covers for the magazine appeared on its July 1945 number, featured above. He also produced many interior illustrations for the magazine. His work continued to appear in WEIRD TALES until 1952.
As part of its celebration of the 125th anniversary of H. P. Lovecraft’s birth and his relationship with WEIRD TALES, the leading supernatural fiction magazine of its time, PulpFest 2015 is very pleased to offer a fully authorized showing of THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS. The one-sheet, pictured above, is copyright 2015 by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
One of the quick games that will be played at PulpFest is called CTHULHU DICE, from Steve Jackson Games. Players take turns rolling the big, custom-designed, twelve-sided die, embossed with tentacles, Elder Signs, and more. The objective of the game is to drive your opponents insane with the cast of your die. CTHULHU DICE plays in 5 to 10 minutes, and is great fun for two to six players.)