Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 9, 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 five days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Ligonier resident RON ADAMS can be considered one of true believers when it comes to the classic horror films of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In 1997, he threw the first Monster Bash in the Pittsburgh area. Ron also has his own retail venture called CREEPY CLASSICS. He will be offering rare horrors and “Creepy Classics” on Blu-Ray, DVD and VHS, plus monster magazines, books, tee shirts, posters, collectibles, and information on Monster Bash.

JOHN GUNNISON of ADVENTURE HOUSE will be offering his usual extensive stock of pulp magazines as well as HIGH ADVENTUREG-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES, and the many pulp replicas and collections he has published under the Adventure House banner. John will be our lead auctioneer during this year’s auctions, taking place on July 27 and 28. To learn more about John and Adventure House, please visit www.adventurehouse.com/.

Since 2007, AGE OF ACES BOOKS has been offering high-quality, affordably-priced reprints of classic pulp aviation stories. They have scoured hundreds of issues of titles like DARE-DEVIL ACESBATTLE BIRDSFLYING ACES, and SKY FIGHTERS to present to a modern audience the most thrilling air stories featuring the most unforgettable forgotten heroes — Captain Philip Strange, Smoke Wade, The Red Falcon, The Jailbird Flight, and others! Crack open one of their many volumes and journey back to an AGE OF ACES! You can learn more by visiting their website at ageofaces.net.

JIM & WALTER ALBERT are brothers from Arkansas and Pennsylvania respectively. They’ve been collecting for years and selling at PulpFest since the very beginning. Stop by their tables for an excellent selection of pulps, paperbacks, hardcovers, fanzines, and much more. You’re bound to find excellent values on some terrific items from Jim and Walter. You probably won’t leave empty handed.

Chicago’s MARK ALVARADO, a longtime collector of books and pulp magazines, will once again be exhibiting at PulpFest. He’s hoping to dig out something super exciting to bring along to the con. If he finds something, you’ll be the first to know. Please stay tuned and welcome Mark back to “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”

A decades long attendee, but seldom a dealer at PulpFest and Pulpcon, DAVID ARONOVITZ  looks forward to exhibiting some of his stock at this summer’s convention. His Fine Books Company — which began selling rare and collectible items in 1979 — is located everywhere a computer can be accessed. A 31-year member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, David has travelled to and purchased and sold books on every continent (save Antarctica). Although he has been biased toward all genres of fiction in first edition, he has also branched into many areas of non-fiction published over the last 500 years. His inventory contains over 40,000 items, including books, periodicals, art, letters and manuscripts. David issues occasional virtual catalogues, quickly replies to all inquiries, does appraisals upon request, and has somehow managed to publish nineteen books along the way. A “Heritage” member of AbeBooks, The Fine Books Company’s specialty is service.

BATTERED SILICON DISPATCH BOX is a specialty publisher based in Ontario, Canada with GEORGE VANDERBURGH at the tiller. George has released over 600 books, including a wide variety of detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes scholarship, as well as his LOST TREASURES OF THE PULPS series that reprints many highly regarded pulp classics. You can learn more about George and his dispatch box by visiting batteredbox.com/.

Author CHRISTOPHER PAUL CAREY will be selling right next to his friends from Meteor House. Christopher will have copies of his recent book, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN — from which he will be reading on Friday afternoon — an authorized sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ THE MOON MAIDHe will also have copies of his new collection, THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, to commemorate the Farmer centennial. Christopher is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of THE SONG OF KWASIN, and the author of EXILES OF KHO; HADON, KING OF OPAR; and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, all works set in Farmer’s Khokarsa series. For more about Christopher and his books, please visit cpcarey.com.

The Fayatteville Comic Con has called GENE CARPENTER a legendary comic book dealer. As ALL AMERICAN COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES, Gene has been setting up at comic book conventions for over forty years and is one of the nicest guys around. He has no website or facebook page, but does have an incredible selection of golden age and silver age comics, high-grade pulp magazines, paperbacks, and Big Little Books. Gene comes to us from Maryland.

A dealer since 1976, NICK CERTO always manages to unearth lots of rare and desirable items. A resident of Newburgh, New York, he brings choice selections of pulps and related items — including original artwork — to the conventions where he exhibits. Be sure to stop by his table. In the meantime, please visit the Nicholas J. Certo website at our PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com.

Our 2010 Munsey Award winner, MIKE CHOMKO, will be representing Altus Press, Stark House Press, and other small publishers at PulpFest 2018. He’ll be premiering various titles from these publishers and have a selection of other materials, including our guest of honor‘s MIRACLES AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. Mike will also have tremendous bargains on westerns and Science Fiction Book Club editions from the Woody Hagadish collection. Watch for his cool sale signs and visit the Mike Chomko Books website to download a copy of his latest catalog.

Not only is he the boss of PulpFest, Chairman JACK CULLERS is the person to see if you’re looking for pulps and out-of-print paperbacks, collectible fanzines, pulp reprints or hardbound fiction and non-fiction. Find your way to Jack’s table and you’ll be treated to a wide variety of such material at very reasonable prices. You may just come across something you’ve been questing after for years.

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.

(Designed by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card features the work of freelance artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. Philip José Farmer’s “Open to Me, My Sister” was featured on the issue’s cover. PulpFest 2018 has used Hunter’s cover art to promote our convention at book stores, comic shops, and other conventions and fairs.

Chris Kalb — one of our 2018 Munsey Award nominees — designed the cover for THE DEVIL FLIES HIGH, published in 2018 by Age of Aces Books. It collects the last five adventures of Donald E. Keyhoe’s Jailbird Flight series, originally published in BATTLE BIRDS and DARE-DEVIL ACES. Chris will be part of our “Fighting Ace of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight” panel on Friday evening, July 27.

One of many air war pulps that debuted during the 1930s, BATTLE BIRDS was converted to a character pulp beginning with its July 1934 number. DUSTY AYRES AND HIS BATTLE BIRDS would run for twelve issues, relating the futuristic adventures of Dusty and his pals as they work to defeat the Black Invaders, led by an Asian warlord bent on world conquest. The stories were written by Robert Sidney Bowen. The series is being reprinted in sequential order by Altus Press.)

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