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

Welcome to the New PulpFest.com

PulpFest2015PLogoWe’re happy to debut the new look for PulpFest.com. The clean design by Chris Kalb is an effort to make our site easier to use and to highlight the latest information about PulpFest 2015, our attendees, presenters and dealers.

There might be a missing feature or two, but over the next couple of weeks we’ll be fine-tuning the site as we get user feedback. If you notice anything broken or misplaced, please don’t hesitate to contact our sitesmith, Chuck Welch. ( chuck @ pulpfest.com )

When we finalize all costs and information for 2015, we’ll post links on the top menu — just below the PulpFest logo. The red menu at right will link to posts about programming, our dealers, awards, auction information and more. Most of the posts are about PulpFest 2014, but expect much more about 2015 in the coming weeks.

If you’re into social media, you can follow PulpFest at Facebook, Twitter and through our RSS feed. (Our email list is still active. We’ll publish the address to join in just a few days.)

Thanks for making PulpFest your favorite summer pulp convention. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Columbus August 13th through the 16th, 2015!

Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2014 @ 11:22 am
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Seasons Greetings from PulpFest

Popular Detective 1945-12Don’t wait for the grim reaper to drag you to your first PulpFest. By then, it will be too late! That’s what this fine young woman is about to find out, courtesy of the magnificent brush strokes of artist Rudolph Belarski, created for the December 1945 Popular Detective, published by Standard Magazines.

Why not resolve to make PulpFest 2015 your pulp destination of the New Year? We’ll be back at the Hyatt Regency Columbus beginning on Thursday, August 13th and running through Sunday, August 16th. Our themes for the 2015 convention will be H. P. Lovecraft and Weird Tales and Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines, also known as the Thrilling Group.

In the meantime, the PulpFest organizing committee–Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch–would like to wish everybody and healthy and happy holiday season.

Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
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Many Thanks

FlyerYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who choose to 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 2014 a tremendous weekend. We could not have done it without you:

Our all-volunteer front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Samantha Childers, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, and Lucy Denunzio; our panelists, presenters, and auctioneers–Jason Aiken, Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Croteau, Doug Ellis, Dick Enos, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Chris Kalb, Dr. Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Nathan Madison, Walker Martin, Laurie Powers (who spoke at Ohio State University), Wayne Reinagel, Dr. Garyn G. Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Lisa Scott, Dr. Art Sippo, Paul Spiteri, and Barry Traylor; our technical staff–Chuck and Juliette Welch; and our behind-the-scenes help–Ohio State’s Eric Johnson, Dan Zimmer,  and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create The Pulpster #23–editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors Tony Davis, John Gunnison, Don Herron, Don Hutchison, John Locke, Dwayne Olson, Garyn G. Roberts, Jeffrey Shanks, and Christian A. Vallini Lawson, as well as the magazine’s advertisers–Altus Press, ConnectiCon, Dick Enos, Futures Past Editions, Hang Fire Books, Douglas D. Hawk, Heartwood Auctions, C. E. Martin, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, New Texture, Pro Se Productions, The Pulp Factory, The Pulp. Net, Radio Archives (who also provided the door prizes for PulpFest 2014), Ramble House, Stark House Press, Scott Vaughn, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

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, J. Randolph Cox, and this year’s Rusty Award, J. Barry Traylor. Congratulations to Randy and Barry and to all of the nominees for our 2014 awards.

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: Laura Mac and Bags Unlimited, Ben Ohmart and Bear Manor Media, Engle Publishing and The Paper & Advertising Collectors’ Marketplace, Gordon Van Gelder and Fantasy & Science FictionGolden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones, the Estate of Rusty Hevelin, 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.

Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Scott Williams, and all of the 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 2014. 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 2015, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from August 13th through August 16th. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please subscribe to our PulpFest email list through the boxes found to the right of this post. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with PulpFest 2015, please email Mike ChomkoJack Cullers, Sally CullersBarry Trayloror Chuck Welch.

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Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 @ 7:00 am

Buy THE PULPSTER

The Pulpster 23 Final CoverCopies of the latest issue of The Pulpster are now available for purchase from Mike Chomko, Books. A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, The Pulpster #23 was released at PulpFest 2014. The new number focuses on the 75th anniversary of the blossoming of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.” Additionally, the magazine also examines the so-called “shudder pulps,” magazines such as Terror Tales and Spicy Mystery Stories.

Leading off the issue is “Science Fiction and the Pulps,” the unabridged version of Mike Chomko‘s “History of Magazine Science Fiction,” serialized on the PulpFest home page. Last year’s Munsey Award winner, Garyn G. Roberts, is on board with an article on Futuria Fantasia, the fanzine that Ray Bradbury debuted at the first World Science Fiction ConventionDon Herron, the creator of San Francisco’s Dashiell Hammett Tour, the longest-running literary tour in the USA, takes a look at Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Fritz Leiber’s classic characters that made their first appearance in the August 1939 UnknownDwayne Olson contributes several letters written by Donald Wandrei concerning the death of his friend, Hannes Bok, born one-hundred years ago on July 2, 1914. Additionally, Argentine pulp writer Alfredo Julio Grassi is profiled by Christian Lawson.

Weird-menace fiction came into its own in 1934 and The Pulpster looks back to those days with “Pulp Horrors of the Dirty Thirties,” written by Don Hutchison, author of The Great Pulp Heroes and many other works. Archaeologist  Jeffrey Shanks is also on hand with a look at “Zombies from the Pulps,” an overview of the undead writings of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Manly Wade Wellman, Henry Kuttner, and other great pulpsters.

Filling out the issue is editor Bill Lampkin’s editorial, Tony Davis’ “Final Chapters,” and a tribute to the late Frank M. Robinson, written by John Gunnison of Adventure House.

The Pulpster #23 can be purchased for $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers outside the United States will pay more.  Please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions. You can also write to Mike about Pulpster back issues or visit our “program book” page for a list of what issues are available.

Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014 @ 10:19 pm
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Start Making Plans for PulpFest 2015

InnsmouthPulpFest 2014 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $5 which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, The Pulpster. 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.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2014, start making your plans right now to join the 44th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2015. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. It will take place August 13 – 16 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2015, 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. Finally, there’s our email list. Subscribe to our list and be the first on your block to get news about PulpFest. You’ll find the subscription boxes by clicking on any post. It will be the two boxes directly to the right of the post. Fill them in and hit the submit button and you’re on your way.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2015. Bring your friends!

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Posted Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am
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