Announcing PulpFest 2019

Sep 6, 2018 by

The fall pulp con season is getting into full swing. Adventure House’s PULP AND COLLECTIBLES CONVENTION gets the ball rolling on Sunday, September 9. It will be followed by other fine conventions. But what about the main event?

PulpFest 2019 will take place from Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18.  We’ll be returning to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennyslvania’s “Steel City.” PulpFest will be joined by FarmerCon. Hopefully, they’re not too hung over from this year’s Philip José Farmer centennial.

Start making your plans for the 48th convening of PulpFest and its celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Join us for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Please bring your friends!

Bookmark to keep informed about PulpFest 2019. You’ll find us on Facebook at And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

(Doc Savage has been called the first superhero. Created by Lester Dent, the character debuted in the March 1933 issue of DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE, published by Street & Smith. Artist Walter M. Baumhofer contributed the first painted image of “The Man of Bronze.”

About five years later, Superman made his first appearance in the June 1938 issue of ACTION COMICS. Before long, the Man of Steel was joined by many other superheroes.

We hope to see you at PulpFest in 2019 as we explore the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have influenced writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other creators over the decades.)


Happy Labor Day from PulpFest

Sep 3, 2018 by

On the day we honor America’s laborers, we’re taking a break. It’s hard to mount a convention. So the PulpFest organizing committee is happy to have two new volunteers.

Welcome Curt Phillips to the PulpFest team. A book and pulp dealer, Curt will be mailing our post cards. They’ll go to conventions, paper and collectibles shows, comic shops, mail order sellers, and bookstores. They help to sell our convention.

Thanks as well to William Patrick Maynard for offering to write for the PulpFest website. An avid reader of vintage thriller fiction and a student of film and comic art, Bill has been writing since childhood. He’s the authorized author of Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu series. Bill also writes mystery and science fiction screenplays and short fiction. He has authored nearly 300 pop culture articles and classic film commentaries.

Curt and Bill will help us all to enjoy the great pulps of the past and the genre fiction of today and tomorrow.

To volunteer for PulpFest, please write to convention chairman Jack Cullers at or marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at

(The cowboys of the American West worked hard — mending fences, herding cattle, busting broncos, and more.

In 2019, PulpFest will return with more great programming. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of Street & Smith’s WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE. We’ll look at the great cover artists who worked for the pulp. One was Charles Durant. During his career, he painted over fifty covers for ADVENTURE, BATTLE STORIES, EVERYBODY’S MAGAZINE, SKY RIDERS, THE THRILL BOOK, WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE — including the December 11, 1920 number — and other pulps.

We hope you’ll be at PulpFest 2019 for a celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Join us for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at PulpFest 2019.)

Get Your Copy of THE PULPSTER

Aug 27, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27Copies of THE PULPSTER #27 — the annual PulpFest program book — are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

THE PULPSTER is back with a battle-scarred 27th issue tied to the themes of PulpFest 2018 — World War I and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer — written by the man himself — as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all . . .

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team took the name. And editor William Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #27, please write to Mike Chomko at or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The cost of the issue is $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

Back issues of THE PULPSTER are also available through Mike Chomko, BooksA limited number of copies of THE PULPSTER #23 and 26 are available. The cost of each is $13, postage paid. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print.

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.

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, please visit For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, please write to Bill Lampkin at For questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2018

Aug 20, 2018 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2018 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Samantha Childers, Samuel Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters – Roger Alford, Jim Beard, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Mike Croteau, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Henry G. Franke, III, Robert & Loretta Gould, Don Hutchison, Chris Kalb, Sara Light-Waller, Chuck Loridans, Peter McGarvey, Bill Mann, Michelle Nolan, Gary Rabuzzi, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Sai Shankar, and Paul Spiteri; our technical staff – Chuck Welch and J. Welch; our auction staff — John Gunnison and Joseph Saine; and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to Joe Lansdale and his wife, Karen, for being our very special guests. Joe was on hand all throughout the convention. We also want to thank Mark Wheatley for his terrific art show.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Barry Traylor, and Chuck and J. Welch for all the hours devoted to assembling this year’s auctions.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #27 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Tom Krabacher, Joe R. Lansdale, and David W. Smith. We also have to thank Meteor House and the families of the late George Evans and Albert Tonik for their contributions to the issue. Many thanks are offered to the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Black Hood Press, Bold Venture Press and Stuart Hopen, Confluence, Heartwood Auctions, IDW, Larque Press, Lycophos Press and Bob Stewart, Meteor House, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pegana Press, the Pulp Factory Awards, Stark House Press, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks to the nominators and Lamont AwardMunsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, William Lampkin. Congratulations to Bill and to all of the nominees for our 2018 award. Thank you to 2016 Lamont winner David Saunders for presenting this year’s award and to Mike Chomko for accepting the award in Bill’s absence.

We’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Airship 27, Chaosium, Inc., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Mike Chomko, Books, and Radio Archives. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks as well to our website sponsors:, and

Thanks must also be extended to AbeBooks, Meteor House Press, and the members of the PulpFest organizing committee for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Doug Ellis, Steve Ericson, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Jeff Harper, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Curt Phillips, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and the Curious Book Shop, Publicity Chair Karen Yun-Lutz and Confluence, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials.

Special thanks must be extended to Jesseca Muslin — who wrote about PulpFest for PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE — Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, and Julie Oreskovich of AbeBooks. We also want to thank Richard Davies and BEHIND THE BOOKSHELVES for giving us an opportunity to talk about pulps and PulpFest on the AbeBooks podcast.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2018. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see all of you in the coming year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2019.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 welcome banner —  sponsored by — 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, celebrating its 70th year of publication in 2019.)

Get Nostalgic at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Aug 13, 2018 by

Bookmark We’ll keep you posted about related conventions while you await next summer. They might satisfy your hunger until PulpFest 2019.

Martin Grams hosts the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. It recognizes movie classics, old-time radio and television, and more. Hollywood celebrities sign autographs and pose for photos. The movie room features rare films and TV shows. This year’s con will celebrate film noir.

There are lectures by pop culture authorities. Over 200 vendor tables feature loads of collectibles. There’s also Friday’s annual charity auction.

The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will be September 13-15. It’s at the Hunt Valley Delta Hotel. For more information call 443-286-6821 or visit www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.comIt’s a great show!

Introducing the Adventure House Pulp and Collectibles Convention

Aug 9, 2018 by

Longtime pulp dealer and publisher John Gunnison is holding a collectibles show for the Mid-Atlantic region. It’s called the MID-ATLANTIC PULP AND COLLECTIBLES CONVENTION.

Located off I-95, just south of the Baltimore Beltway, the fire hall is 5-10 minutes from BWI Airport and Amtrak. It has two large parking lots and a snack bar on its premises. About fifteen minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and thirty minutes from Washington, DC, you can combine your pulp interests with some sight-seeing.

Please visit the Adventure House website for additional details, including how to register as a dealer. You’ll also find a map of the area. The convention is Sunday, September 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

(The Adventure House flyer for the first Mid-Atlantic Pulp and Collectibles Show is based on the May 1929 number of ACES, published by Fiction House. It features the artwork of H. C. Murphy.)


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Thanks for Making PulpFest 2018 a Great Success!

Aug 6, 2018 by

Thanks to everyone who made PulpFest 2018 a resounding success. The PulpFest organizing committee is extremely pleased with the tremendous support that we received from everyone.

Of course we want to thank our regular dealers who have been backing us since we mounted the first PulpFest in 2009. We are also happy about the dealers who were attending the convention for the first time or who were returning after being away for a few years. We hope that our more than sixty exhibitors had a great show.

We also have to thank all of you who attended the convention as regular members. Without your support, our dealers would have no reason to come to PulpFest. Of course, thank you to all of the usual suspects who attend year after year. Thanks as well to all of those members who came to PulpFest for the first time or who returned after a few years’ absence. The convention’s attendance for this year was 370.

We hope that you’ll all be back next year for PulpFest 2019 and the 48th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for our next convention. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, please bookmark and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card featured the work of 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 on the issue’s cover. We celebrated the centennial of Farmer’s birth at this year’s PulpFest.)

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Head for Louisiana and the 2018 Dum-Dum

Jul 30, 2018 by

Although PulpFest 2018 ended yesterday, all is not lost. Starting in just a few days is the 2018 Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts. Taking place August 2 – 5 in Morgan City, Louisiana, the convention is hosted by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 520 Roderick Street, Morgan City, Louisiana. You can book a room by clicking here or by calling (985) 385-2200. If calling to place a reservation, please mention that you are with the Dum-Dum convention. The convention ends on Sunday, August 5, following a farewell breakfast.

Morgan City was selected as the site of this year’s Dum-Dum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the release of the silent film classic, TARZAN OF THE APES. Directed by Scott Sidney and starring Elmo Lincoln as the jungle lord, it was filmed around Morgan City and became the first of many film adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ adventure classic.

The 2018 Dum-Dum will feature filmmaker Al Bohl; editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles Henry G. Franke, III; Scott Tracy Griffin, the author of TARZAN ON FILM and other works; and author Win Scott Eckert, an expert on famed science fiction writer Philip José Farmer and his connections to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan.

To learn more about the 2018 Dum-Dum — including how to register — please visit

Remember to bookmark to stay informed about PulpFest 2019 and other pulp-related conventions and like the PulpFest Facebook site at And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you up on all things pulp.

(The 2018 Dum-Dum will take place in Morgan City, Louisiana, the location where the silent movie TARZAN OF THE APES was filmed. Produced in 1918 by the National Film Corporation of America and directed by Scott Sidney, TARZAN OF THE APES starred Elmo Lincoln as the adult jungle lord.  Enid Markey played Jane. This year’s Dum-Dum will salute the centennial of Sidney’s classic film.)

Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2018, start making your plans right now to join the 48th anniversary of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2019. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’re also hoping to be joined by our FarmerCon friends following their great celebration of 100 years of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, bookmark and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2019. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch

(This year, in addition to celebrating the century mark of Philip José Farmer, PulpFest 2018 has also honored the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Our focus has been the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century, and the depiction of war in popular culture.

At the start of the twentieth century, reading was a primary form of entertainment in the United States. Cheaply made magazines printed on wood pulp paper and costing a quarter or less were affordable to most. These “pulps” featured a variety of stories: westerns, romances, mysteries, science fiction, and more. Tales of war were largely relegated to the historical past and colonial Britain or France. Except for a single writer — Leonard Nason — stories about the First World War were very limited during the teens and early twenties.

As the century progressed, pulps began to specialize. There were magazines devoted to fantasy, detectives, love, sports, and other genres. In 1926, Dell Publishing introduced WAR STORIES, the first magazine devoted to tales of war. It was followed by many others: BATTLE STORIES — such as the January 1932 number with cover art by Gertrude C. Orde — WINGS, OVER THE TOP, DARE-DEVIL ACES, SKY FIGHTERS, and dozens more. Most had disappeared by 1940.

After World War II, the demand for pulp magazines waned as paperback books took hold. In the fifties, television became the favored form of escapism and the surviving pulps ceased publication. Fiction magazines continued to be published, but in new formats. The science-fiction and mystery digests and men’s “adventure” magazines are considered descendants of the pulps.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2019 when you can expect more great programming from your PulpFest team and more great collectibles in our tremendous dealers’ room. We look forward to seeing you.)

Our 2018 Munsey Winner

Jul 28, 2018 by

William Lampkin has been named the winner of the 2018 Munsey Award. Nominated by the general pulp community, Bill was selected through a vote cast by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The award is a fine art print created by David Saunders and published by Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press. It is presented annually to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community. David Saunders — winner of a special “retro” Lamont Award in 2016 — presented this year’s award. As Bill was unable to attend PulpFest 2018 due to family obligations, the award was accepted by Mike Chomko.

Our 2018 Munsey Award winner, William Lampkin, is a freelance writer/editor and publication designer who has spent much of his work life in the newspaper field, much like Rambler Murphy (but without the cool nickname and crime-solving). After freelancing for a number of years, he’s now the public information officer for a professional licensing board. Like many from his generation, Bill discovered the pulps through paperback reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider. He bought his first actual pulp in the seventies. Bill runs ThePulp.Net, which he created in 1996, and also writes the Yellowed Perils blog. He founded the Facebook group Southern Pulpsters in 2015. A resident of Florida, he has designed THE PULPSTER since 2008, and beginning with its 22nd issue, became editor of the award-winning program book. The first twenty-one issues of the magazine were edited by Tony Davis, winner of the 1999 Lamont Award. Tony calls Bill: “One of the unsung heroes of contemporary pulp fandom.” In late 2013, Bill also began to design PulpFest‘s print advertisements, badges, and other materials. He is a member of the PulpFest organizing committee, serving as the convention’s advertising director and webmaster.

Congratulations to Bill for this most deserved award.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Munsey Awards. If you’d like to make a nomination for this prestigious award, please send a short explanation concerning your reasons for the nomination to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at You can also reach Mike at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542. Previous winners of the Lamont, Munsey, or Rusty Award are not eligible for the award. Click here for a list of our previous winners.

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019. Please click here for additional details. Thanks for your help.