Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Four

Jul 25, 2019 by

THE SPIDER (October 1941), artwork by Rafael DeSotoPulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, 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 2019? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

The author of over sixty novels and assorted books, WILL MURRAY will be selling copies from his various “The All-New Wild Adventures of . . .” series including DOC SAVAGE: MR. CALAMITY, THE SPIDER: THE DOOM LEGION, and KING KONG VS. TARZANExpect to see some of Will’s non-fiction books, as well. Of course, he’ll be glad to sign your purchases. Will publishes his books under the ADVENTURES IN BRONZE banner, in association with Altus Press. You’ll also get to meet Will at our Friday author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room. Additionally, he’ll be appearing as a “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panelist on Saturday afternoon.

PHIL NELSON is from Waverly, Ohio. He will be bringing an assortment of pulp magazines and new-condition Girasol Collectables pulp replicas. This very personable dealer will also have vintage paperbacks, comic books, and other collectibles. He’s a fan of NORTH-WEST STORIES and detective fiction.

Join us on Friday evening, August 16, for “The Key of Imagination: Pulp Television,” our sixtieth anniversary celebration of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. NICHOLAS PARISI will be discussing the creation and history of Rod Serling’s fantastic program and its relationship to the science fiction and fantasy pulps and digests. Before and after Nick’s presentation, stop by his table and pick up a copy of his excellent book, ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION. It’s the definitive book on the television great. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet Nick at our Saturday afternoon author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room.

TIM PAXTON of Grand Rapids, Michigan specializes in paperbacks and small-press, first-edition hardcovers, dealing mainly in high-grade science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as mysteries and pulp-related material. Check out the TIM’S BOOKS website at AbeBooks.com.

Virginia dealer and collector CURT PHILLIPS returns to PulpFest with more material from the Ted White collection, plus even more rare pulps and books harvested from throughout the southern states.  His stock is heavy in science fiction, fantasy, hero, and detective and mystery pulps. Curt will also be bringing more vintage paperbacks and digests, plus some surprises. He’s currently taking want lists for material to bring to the convention as he has “several thousand books and magazines and can’t possibly bring them all.”  Email your want lists to Curt at absarka_prime@comcast.net.

A resident of Virginia, CRAIG POOLE has been attending pulp conventions for many years. He will have several pieces of vintage original cover art, representing a mix of genres, but with science fiction the main focus. Craig will have paperback cover art and, perhaps, a few digest or pulp cover paintings.

LAURIE POWERS will be selling copies of HIDDEN GHOSTS PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREETRIDING THE PULP TRAIL, all written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers. She’ll also have books and ephemera from her grandfather’s estate. Laurie recently completed a biography of Daisy Bacon, editor of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. QUEEN OF THE PULPS is currently available for pre-order through its publisher, McFarland & Company. Hailing from Virginia, Laurie was honored with our annual Munsey Award in 2016.

Recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction, RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESSis dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. Publishers JENNIFER BARNES & JOHN LAWSON are coming to PulpFest 2019 to celebrate sixteen years of publishing “fiction that “foams at the mouth.” In addition to selling their fine publications in our dealers’ room, Jennifer will be the hostess of the “Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” on Friday, August 16. On Saturday morning, join John at the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration.” Dog Star Books is the new Raw Dog Screaming Press imprint for Science Fiction Adventure titles.

Please welcome audio artist MARK REDFIELD of REDFIELD ARTS AUDIO to this year’s PulpFest. Mark is an actor, writer, artist and filmmaker. He’s also the publisher and editor of POE FOREVERMORE, a print magazine specializing in original horror, science fiction and mystery and detective short stories. Mark will have copies of his recent audiobooks including Mark Wheatley’s SONGS OF GIANTS: THE POETRY OF PULP, William Patrick Maynard’s THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU, and more. Sound designer, video editor, web designer and actress JENNIFER ROUSE will also be appearing at PulpFest 2019 Many thanks to Redfield Audio Arts for their very generous contribution for our 2019 hospitality suite.

PulpFest is very pleased to welcome DAVID & DANIEL RITTER of FIRST FANDOM EXPERIENCE to our 2019 convention. Publishers of the forthcoming THE VISUAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM and more, First Fandom Experience seeks to honor, preserve and bring to life the experience of the pioneering fans who were instrumental in defining, driving, growing and supporting science fiction and fantasy in the 1930s and beyond. Please visit their exhibit in our dealers’ room to learn more about their plans. Many thanks to David and Daniel for their very generous contribution for our 2019 hospitality suite.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be bringing lots of good, fresh old treasures at bargain prices. They’ll have science fiction, mystery, and western pulps, young adult series books, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, pulp replicas, hardcovers, paperbacks, and more. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award.  On Friday evening, join Garyn and George Vanderburgh for “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps.” Garyn will also be one of the panelists on “Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences,” presented by FarmerCon XIV on Saturday, August 17.

CHRISTOPHER RYAN is the author of the supernaturally tinged crime thrillers that feature NYPD detectives Mallory and Gunner. He also writes the prose adventures of ALEX SIMMONS’ legendary and award-winning character Blackjack. You can hear Chris and Alex talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics on their weekly podcast, TELL THE DAMN STORY. A New York City school teacher, Chris will be selling at his second PulpFest. He’ll also be part of our popular “New Fictioneers” author readings on Saturday afternoon. This will be Alex Simmons first PulpFest.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest for another go-round. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, radio premiums and some early character badges, and more. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest. He’ll be helping us with our annual Saturday night auction. Prepare to be entertained.

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 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(Beginning on Thursday evening, August 15, and running through Sunday, August 18, PulpFest 2019 will celebrate the many ways that pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired creators such as Stan Lee:

“When I was about 10 years old, I used to read a pulp magazine called THE SPIDER and sub-titled ‘Master of Men.’ Perhaps it was the Master of Men that got me, but to my impressionable, preteen way of thinking, the Spider was the most dramatic character I had ever encountered. He ranked right up there with Doc Savage and the Shadow. Even better, he wasn’t as well known as the others, which gave me the warm feeling that his fans belonged to an elite club. At any rate, in searching for a title for our newest superhero, I remembered by old pulp favorite — and the title Spider-Man instantly hit me.”

The Spider has also inspired other creators over the years. One is PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, who created several PulpFest 2019 images for use exclusively through the Internet. Our lead image is based on Rafael DeSoto’s cover art for “Satan’s Seven Swordsmen,” published in the October 1941 number of Popular Publications’ pulp magazine, THE SPIDER.

Another artist inspired by Norvell Page’s The Spider is Joe DeVito. He painted the cover art for Will Murray’s Spider novel, THE DOOM LEGION. Published by Adventures in Bronze, in association with Altus Press, the story teams up The Spider, Operator 5, and the flying spy known as G-8.

We hope that you’ll join us at PulpFest 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulps on contemporary pop culture.)

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