Happy New Year from PulpFest

Jan 1, 2017 by

detective-story-31-01-03Ring in the new year by planning to join PulpFest 2017! We’ll be exploring the world of detective fiction with a look at DIME DETECTIVE — one of the top detective pulp magazines; female gumshoes; and the pulps’ first hardboiled hero. “Ka-chow!” We’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of Robert Bloch, author of PSYCHO; the villains who battled The Shadow; Pat Savage; the world of Philip José Farmer; and the characters of Erle Stanley Gardner. The Narada Radio Company will perform and author and stage actor Chet Williamson will read from his work. Plus, we’ll have a dealers’ room filled with detective and adventure pulps, science fiction books and magazines, westerns and digest magazines, original art and illustrations, vintage paperbacks and collectible comic books, unique films, and much more. It will all be at PulpFest 2017.

Running from July 27 – 30, the convention will be at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh. The DoubleTree offers ample free parking as well as free wifi for its guests.

To thank those members who will be supporting PulpFest by staying at our host hotel, the convention is holding a “Cyber Monday” sale through January 8, 2017. We’re offering those members who choose to stay at the DoubleTree an opportunity to lock in our 2016 prices for PulpFest 2017. If you act before January 9, you’ll save $5 on your membership fee! Exhibitors will save ten bucks for each table they rent!! What a great deal for the holidays!!!

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch — wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year.

(The front cover art for the January 3, 1931 issue of Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE was painted by John A. Coughlin. Born in Chicago, Coughlin got his start in his home town’s advertising business. He moved to New York City in 1912 and painted his first pulp cover a year later — for Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE. Other pulp clients included ARGOSY, DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY, SHORT STORIES, TOP-NOTCH, and WILD WEST WEEKLY. He also contributed cover art for HARPER’S WEEKLY, FARM AND FIRESIDE MAGAZINE, and THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.)