Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 11, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Best known for DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS, AGE OF CTHULHU, and other role-playing games, GOODMAN GAMES was founded in 2001 by Joseph Goodman. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, you can meet their staff every year at Gen Con and other conventions, including PulpFest. Please welcome ALLYSON & BRETT BROOKS to this year’s PulpFest. They’ll be debuting the second issue of TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, Goodman’s fantasy magazine that is dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The Brooks will also be selling other books, games, and more.

A highly respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, MARTIN GRAMS also carries a large selection of classic DVDs, along with books and magazines. He’ll have copies of his many award-winning books for sale – THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM, INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIESTHE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC – and much more, including his new book, BASS REEVES AND THE LONE RANGER: DEBUNKING THE MYTH.

Scouring flea markets and antique shows up and down the East Coast, RICK HALL rescues pulps for the collections of his fellows in the pulp community. Focusing primarily on pulps, Rick adds fanzines and general magazines with “good authors” to the mix. You may find just what you’ve been looking for among Rick’s “found” treasures.

SCOTT HARTSHORN is an outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer. He will be offering a selection of ADVENTURE pulps, books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, mystery and detective paperbacks, and science-fiction, fantasy, and pulp art. Scott is also planning to have a few collectible surprises as he returns to PulpFest as a dealer for another go-round.

JOHN HAUSER is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, he has brought to market two pedigree collections of comics — The Green River and The Curator collections — and has sold other fine collections on consignment. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John is selling Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2018 will provide an opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron Killian’s terrific collection.

RICHARD MELI & EMMA SLOAN will be representing HEARTWOOD BOOKS & ART at this year’s PulpFest. Richard is a member of the ABAA with more than twenty-five years experience in buying and selling vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, the Barry Levin collection, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal on some of the best collectibles around.much

DOUG SIMMS — who also runs HEROES AND GAMES, a comic book and collectible games store located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center — will be returning as a dealer at PulpFest 2018. Doug will have long runs of all our favorite pulp heroes in the paperback format, Golden, Silver and Bronze age comics, pulp-related games, and much more.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer, will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR. has been a bookseller for over 25 years. He specializes in fine first editions of popular literature, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, and mystery and detective fiction. He also offers pulp magazines, ephemera — such as manuscripts and letters — as well as signed books, limited editions, award winners, and books in all areas of popular fiction. At PulpFest 2018, John will primarily be offering pulps and first editions. Please visit his website at jwkbooks.com.

Virginia’s DAVE KURZMAN returns to Mars with more of the finest pulps around. One of the leading dealers of pulps in the United States, Dave will be selling many issues of WEIRD TALES, PLANET STORIES, and other pulp magazines at this year’s convention. Dave will also be bringing a large, “fresh to market” collection of Arkham House and other specialty press ephemera. He’ll also have a collection of ultra high grade and signed Arkham House books, including all of the scarcest titles.

Of course, PulpFest 2018 is very pleased to welcome our Guest of Honor, author JOE LANSDALE, to our dealers’ room. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, Joe has also written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Mr. Lansdale will have many of his works for sale, including his recent Hap and Leonard novel, JACKRABBIT SMILE. He’s also hoping to having copies of TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS: DANA ROBERTS’ CASEBOOK OF HORROR, the newly released short story collection that Joe co-authored with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Ever since the first PulpFest in 2009, the convention has attracted new and old writers of fiction and non-fiction to its fold. Witness the annual “New Fictioneers” readings at each and every PulpFest since its beginning, and such writers as Wayne Carey, Gary Rabuzzi, Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Roger Alford. Goodman Games is doing much the same thing by publishing TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The first issue also featured great cover art by Jim Pavelec.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for November 1941 with cover art by Rafael DeSoto — a freelance cover paintings for all the major pulp magazine publishers. PulpFest 2018 will be offering a number of DeSoto letters — plus a cover sketch — at this summer’s auction. There are very few conventions where you can find such great collectibles. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to its annual gathering.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States would enter The Second World War. PulpFest 2018 will be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I. Also called “The War to End All Wars” PulpFest will be honoring the 100th anniversary of “The Great War’s” end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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