THE PULPSTER — Forthcoming and Back Issues

The Pulpster 2016Editor and designer William Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER, the award-winning PulpFest program book. He’ll have articles on such specialty pulps as DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE, WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, and RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE; African-American pulp writers; August Derleth’s stamp collection; and much more. He’s also working to acquire several contributions from the editors of the first continuing science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES as part of our celebration of the magazine’s ninetieth anniversary.

But that doesn’t mean that Bill isn’t interested in more articles. The editor of THE PULPSTER is always on the lookout for a variety of features on the pulps and the writers, editors, and illustrators who worked on them. If you have an idea, he’d like to hear about it. You can contact him at Deadline for submissions for this year’s issue is May 1, 2016, but early submissions are encouraged.

The PulpFest program book is also a great place to advertise. THE PULPSTER‘s readers are serious about pulps and pulp-related products. So it’s also the ideal market for your pulp-related advertising — whether it’s pulps, pulp reprints, “new pulp” fiction, t-shirts, websites, or anything else. Reserve your space now by contacting PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of PulpFest, our 25th issue will be released at PulpFest 2016. Every member — including supporting members — of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER. Following the convention, a limited number of copies of the program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of our 2015 PULPSTER, a small number are still available. Our 24th issue is highlighted by a round-robin article on H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES. Featured are contributions from filmmaker Sean Branney; Marvin Kaye, the current editor of WEIRD TALES; W. Paul Ganley, founder of WEIRDBOOK; Derrick Hussey, the publisher at Hippocampus Press; authors Jason Brock, Ramsey Campbell, Cody Goodfellow, Nick Mamatas, Tim Powers, Wilum Pugmire, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Darrell Schweitzer, and Chet Williamson; poet Fred Phillips; and pulp scholars and collectors John Haefele, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, S. T. Joshi, Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Will Murray, and J. Barry Traylor. It’s truly a slam-bang issue!

The-Pulpster-24-coverCurrently, you can get free shipping on THE PULPSTER #24 if you pair it with an order for a copy of THE PULPSTER #23, released at PulpFest 2014That number focuses on the 75th anniversary 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. It also features articles on Ray Bradbury’s fanzine, FUTURIA FANTASIA; Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser; and Argentine pulp writer Alfredo Julio Grassi. There are also several letters written by Donald Wandrei concerning the death of his friend, Hannes Bok.

As long as copies of both issues remain, you can get THE PULPSTER #23 24 for $20 from Mike Chomko, BooksThis offer is good only in the United States. Mike will accept payments made via check or money order or through Paypal. Please write to him at or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions. Quantities of both issues are very limited.

THE PULPSTER #5, 6, 17, 20, 22, 23, and 24 are all available for $13 each, postage paid, from Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. Reduced postage is available on orders of multiple books. A copy of THE PULPSTER Mini-Edition, published in 2005 and featuring a history of the Lamont Award, will be included free of charge with every order of three or more books. Quantities of the mini-edition are limited. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States, please inquire about rates as postage costs are quite substantial. Mike will accept payments made via check or money order or through Paypal. Please write to him at or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions. Please note that quantities of most issues are limited.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, please write to Bill Lampkin at For any questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering our forthcoming issue #25 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at

(THE PULPSTER #24 — the PulpFest 2015 program book — features a photograph of H. P. Lovecraft on the front cover. The convention paid tribute to the author during the 125th anniversary of his birth.

The front cover art used for THE PULPSTER #23 — the PulpFest 2014 program book — was originally featured as the cover painting for the December 1939 issue of Street & Smith’s UNKNOWN. The work was created by Edd Cartier and illustrated L. Sprague DeCamp’s classic fantasy novel, “Lest Darkness Fall.” PulpFest 2014 paid tribute to the 75th anniversary of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.”)