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

There’s Still Room at the Inn

13th World SF ConventionAs mentioned in our post of March 24th, the PulpFest 2015 newsletters would soon be arriving in the mailboxes of our loyal and supportive members. If you have not received your copy of our newsletter and registration form by April 15th, please contact David J. Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com or at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Please let him know whether you want our member or dealer newsletter and he’ll get one off to you. If you would prefer not to wait, click on the words “member” and “dealer” in the preceding sentence to download copies of this year’s newsletters.

For those who have not yet received their newsletter, PulpFest 2015 will be sharing the Hyatt Regency with Matsuricon, a gathering of Japanese anime and pop culture enthusiasts. Although many of these fans will be coming for a single day, there may be quite a few who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency and other downtown hotels. Therefore, we are urging all of our members to book their hotel rooms for PulpFest 2015 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Apparently, the people who have already received their newsletters have taken our message to heart. Earlier today, we received a message from one of our regular attendees that there were no rooms left at the Hyatt Regency. Soon thereafter, the hotel rearranged a block of rooms to make more available to PulpFest attendees. However, the earlier you place your room reservation for this year’s PulpFest, the greater chance you have of landing a room.

The best deal for PulpFest members is to book 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. Attendees who don’t want to go elsewhere for meals or libations can take advantage of the Hyatt’s cafe, coffee bar, and cocktail lounge. Fitness-minded members can enjoy the hotel’s indoor pool and sun deck, spa services, and gym.

So what are you waiting for? 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 red “book-a-room” button on our home page. The room rate offered by the Hyatt Regency to PulpFest members is one of the best in the downtown area. Matsuricon members will be paying $123 per night, plus an additional $12 a day for parking. Dollar-for-dollar, the PulpFest rate at the Hyatt pretty much stifles the competition.

PulpFest 2015 will take place from August 13th through August 16th. The Hyatt will also honor the PulpFest rate on August 12th and August 17th. Remember, your stay at our host hotel helps to defray some of the convention’s substantial costs. Please show your support of PulpFest by booking a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

(It’s not quite the Hyatt Regency, nor is it Columbus, Ohio, but Frank R. Paul’s “atomic city” painting served as the cover art for the program book of the 13th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Cleveland, Ohio in 1955.)

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015 @ 9:30 pm
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Richard E. Clear

Richard E. Clear, one of the individuals who helped Pulpcon, the predecessor of PulpFest, to survive during its early going, passed away on March 21, 2015. He was 71 years old and had been ill for a number of years. Richard was the winner of the 1988 Lamont Award, the author of OLD MAGAZINES, IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE and other reference works, and worked as a book dealer for nearly forty years. Our condolences to his family and his friends. He will be missed by the pulp community.

Posted Sunday, March 29, 2015 @ 11:33 am
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The Films of H. P. Lovecraft

Whisperer in DarknessWhisperer in DarknessWhisperer in DarknessHoward Phillips Lovecraft’s fiction has been adapted numerous times to film, often badly. Most of the efforts to transform the horror master’s prose to the silver screen have yielded far more groans than screams of terror. The best known motion picture to be inspired by Lovecraft’s work is probably Stuart Gordon’s cult favorite, RE-ANIMATOR, a horror-comedy loosely based on the author’s “Herbert West–Reanimator,” a story originally serialized in HOME BREW in 1922. Gordon’s film, released in 1985, went on to gross nearly three-million dollars and was followed by a pair of sequels–BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (1990) and BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR (2003).

Although financially successful, devoted fans of the author have called Gordon’s film “a desecration of Lovecraft.” Even the film’s admirers, such as Curt Holman in PASTE MAGAZINE, have labeled it “not Lovecrafty.” Holman writes, “RE-ANIMATOR more closely resembles a zombie film than Lovecraft’s signature brand of occult sci-fi.”

It was left to an organization devoted to the live-action role-playing game CTHULHU LIVES, to create two of the most faithful adaptations of the work of H. P. Lovecraft. In 2005, the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society released THE CALL OF CTHULHU, a silent movie based on the story, originally published in WEIRD TALES in 1928, that introduced the author’s most famous creation, Cthulhu. Filmed by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney, with cinematography by David Robertson, THE CALL OF CTHULHU was an official selection at more than thirty international film festivals and winner of numerous awards.

In 2011, the Society followed with an adaptation of Lovecraft’s THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS, a masterful blending of horror and science fiction that originally ran in the August 1931 issue of WEIRD TALES. With Branney and Leman again collaborating with David Robertson, THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS ran in selected theaters nationwide and was again screened at film festivals across the globe.  Mirroring the style of such classic horror films of the 1930s as DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, and KING KONG, this entertaining film features an “atmosphere of barely-controlled hysteria.”

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 fully authorized showings of both THE CALL OF CTHULHU and THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS. The films will be respectively shown on Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th, beginning at 11:30 PM. Each will be paired with an episode from ROD SERLING’S NIGHT GALLERY that originally aired in 1971–“Cool Air” and “Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture.”

To thank the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for their generosity in allowing us to exhibit their films, PulpFest has offered to help the organization with a couple of research projects.

Other than her collaborations “The Curse of Yig,” “Medusa’s Coil,” and “The Mound,” the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society is looking for copies of any pulp stories published by Zealia Brown Reed Bishop. It is thought that she had a number of stories published, probably in romantically inclined pulps, and most likely credited to Zealia Reed or Zealia Bishop, depending on the year in which they were published.

Andrew Leman recently explored a trove of letters from Lovecraft to Bishop, in which he names a number of her manuscripts on which he had worked. Click here for a list of their working titles. Some of these stories may have never been published or they may have appeared under other titles. Zealia’s last name was Reed when she was writing these stories, and she didn’t marry Mr. Bishop until later in life. So if any of these stories were published, it probably would have been under the name Zealia Reed or Zealia Brown Reed. The stories are not weird tales or science fiction, but domestic or love fiction.

Additionally, the Society is seeking high quality scans of any advertisements placed in WEIRD TALES by H. P. Lovecraft for his services as a revisionist. It is thought that one ad appeared in the August 1928 number of “The Unique Magazine,” but there were probably others published at an earlier date.

(If you are able to help with either of these projects, please contact Andrew Leman at leman@cthulhulives.org or Sean Branney at branney@cthulhulives.org. To view a trailer of THE CALL OF CTHULHU, click here. To view a trailer of THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS, click here. The one-sheet, pictured above, is copyright 2015 by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society.)


Coming Soon to Your Home–The PulpFest News

2015 Postcard FrontWith the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention less than a month away, PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers and his stalwart corps of volunteers have been manning the presses and rolling off copies of our annual newsletters. With the ink barely dry, the latest edition of The PulpFest News–member’s and dealer’s editions–have been stuffed into envelopes, stamped, and addressed. Now they await delivery to the United States Postal Service and from there they’ll be off to your home.

Although our newsletter will be filled with information about this year’s convention–a preview of our programming plans, information about our hotel, early-bird shopping details, free memberships, our Saturday night dinner, registration instructions, and much more–please stay tuned to our announcements here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’ll be regularly providing updates in the coming months. So be sure to bookmark our home page, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

In addition to all the news about PulpFest 2015 that’s fit to print, a registration form will be included with your copy of the newsletter. If you have not received your copy of our newsletter and registration form by April 15th, please contact David J. Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com or at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Please let him know whether you want our member or dealer newsletter and he’ll get one off to you.

If you can’t wait, click on the words “member” and “dealer” in the paragraph above to download copies of this year’s newsletters. Start your planning now to attend PulpFest 2015 and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. We look forward to seeing you in August in beautiful, downtown Columbus.

(Watch for our post cards at the upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention, featuring artwork from the November 1944 issue of WEIRD TALES. The artist is Matt Fox, an illustrator who painted about a dozen covers for “the unique magazine.” Fox also worked for other pulps, including CRACK DETECTIVE, FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, and PLANET STORIES. In the 1950s and 1960s he was an artist for Atlas Comics.)

Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 8:57 pm
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Soon It’s Getting Windy!

Astounding Stories 36-02We hope everyone who will be attending the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show over the coming weekend will have a great time. With over fifty authors and artists scheduled to attend, you’re bound to enjoy yourselves. Back east, we’re expecting snow. But in less than a month, it will be getting Windy.

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on Friday, April 17th, beginning with early-bird shopping at 9:30 AM. The convention runs through Sunday afternoon, April 19th, with its dealers’ room closing at 4 PM. Like PulpFest, this year’s Windy will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of H. P. Lovecraft’s birth.

The Windy is noted for its substantial auctions; its art exhibition, sponsored by Illustration Magazine; and its extensive film program, organized by Ed Hulse of Murania Press.

Click on the link above to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook page by clicking herePulpFest chairman Jack Cullers, volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers, and marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will all be attending Windy City. Stop by their tables right next to John and Maureen Gunnison’s Adventure House tables and pick up a registration form for this year’s PulpFest. Jack, Sally, and Mike will be more than happy to answer your questions about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, August 13th and running through Sunday afternoon, August 16th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Click here to book your room.

(Howard V. Brown painted the front cover art for the February 1936 issue of ASTOUNDING STORIES, published by Street & Smith. The issue featured the beginning of H. P. Lovecraft’s novel, “At the Mountains of Madness,” serialized in three monthly segments.)

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 8:45 pm
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