Read All About It! PulpFest 2018

Mar 19, 2018 by

With the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention about three weeks away, PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers and his stalwart corps of volunteers have been manning the presses and rolling off copies of our annual newsletter. With the ink barely dry, the latest edition of THE PULPFEST NEWS is being stuffed into envelopes, stamped, addressed, and mailed.

Although our newsletter is filled with information about this year’s convention — a preview of our programming, a look at our Guest of Honor Joe Lansdale, information about our hotel, early-bird shopping details, registration instructions, auction instructions, and much more — please stay tuned to our announcements here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’ll regularly provide updates in the months ahead. Be sure to bookmark our home page, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

In addition to all the news about PulpFest 2018 that’s fit to print, a registration form will be part of the newsletter. If you have not received a copy of the newsletter by the end of April, please contact David J. Cullers at or at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Provide your mailing address and he’ll get a newsletter off to you.

If you can’t wait, you can visit our home page. Click on one of the registration links and scroll down to the heading that reads “To Learn More.” There, you’ll find a link to our 2018 newsletter.

Start making your plans to attend PulpFest 2018 and join hundreds of genre fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. We look forward to seeing you July 26 – 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the beautiful city of Pittsburgh. If you need a hotel room, you can book one directly through the PulpFest website. Just click one of the “Book a Room” links on our home page or call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate.

(Our 2018 newsletter was written by PulpFest’s marketing and programming director Mike Chomko and designed by advertising director and PULPSTER editor William Lampkin.)

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Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 5, 2018 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center beginning with early-bird shopping at 10 AM on Friday, April 6. The dealers’ room will open to all at 11 AM. Additionally, the Windy City hospitality suite will be open on Thursday night, April 5, from 8 PM to midnight. You can pick up your registration materials during this time. The convention runs through Sunday afternoon, April 8, with its dealers’ room closing at 4 PM.

This year’s Windy will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of WINGS and the air war pulps. It will also be honoring the 125th anniversary of the birth of pulp publisher and editor Harold Hersey. As part of its celebration, Windy City has invited the award-winning and bestselling author F. Paul Wilson to be its Guest of Honor.

The Windy is noted for its substantial auctions; its art exhibition, sponsored by Illustration Magazine; and its extensive film program, organized by Ed Hulse of Murania Press. Once again, there will be “new pulp” panels and presentations on Sunday. This year’s Friday night auction will feature material drawn from the estate of Glenn Lord, the literary executor for the Robert E. Howard estate. You’ll find more details on the Windy home page.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook pagePulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko and volunteer coordinator Chuck Welch will all be attending Windy City. Stop by Mike’s table right next to the Adventure House booth and pick up a registration form for PulpFest 2018. He’ll be sharing his table with author Will Murray.

Chuck and Mike will be more than happy to answer your questions about this summer’s PulpFest. It starts on Thursday evening, July 26, and runs through Sunday afternoon, July 29. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room” link on our home page or call 1-724-776-6900. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate. And we do hope to see you at Windy City!

Visiting Pittsburgh

Feb 26, 2018 by

If you’re thinking about attending PulpFest 2018, why not bring your spouse or even your whole family? The convention will take place from Thursday evening, July 26, through Sunday afternoon, July 29, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Once the center of America’s steel industry, Pittsburgh ranks among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. The city is consistently recognized by major tourism organizations.

Located where the Allegheny and Monongahela converge to form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh was once known as as the “Gateway to the West.” Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War, also served as the western headquarters of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. By the dawn of the 19th century, roads, canals, and eventually railroads connected Pittsburgh with the major cities of the East Coast. Pittsburgh became a hub of entrepreneurs and skilled craftsmen who created a region seething with the fire and smoke of industry, earning a new nickname, the “Smoky City.” The years following the Civil War saw an unparalleled explosion of creative genius and productivity that attracted enormous capital investment and made Pittsburgh one of the world’s great industrial centers. Steel was king and immigrants in search of a better life eagerly responded to the insatiable demand for labor. Under a mighty cloud of industrial smoke, the “Steel City” prospered and matured, giving birth to philanthropy and cultural institutions that became models for the rest of the United States.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the crippling decline of the steel industry changed the region’s image as well as its economic base. Industries and businesses retooled and diversified. Innovative leaders adapted to this changing world, engineering another remarkable renaissance. By the mid-1980s and again throughout the 2000s, Pittsburgh gained the reputation as one the nation’s most livable cities. Today’s Pittsburgh is a model of adaption, maintaining its work ethic, independence, and inventive spirit while exhibiting an “old world charm” that is cherished by people who care about heritage and preservation. It is a rapidly advancing leader in medicine, education, health care, robotics, software engineering, hi-tech industries, and cultural tourism. With 90 neighborhoods and districts, Pittsburgh is a city to be explored one delightful section at a time. What’s most amazing about the city is the people that make up each of these neighborhoods. They are proud of the heritage reflected on their streets and willing to share their stories of strength, perseverance and triumph.

Pittsburgh’s topography has played a large part in how each neighborhood developed.  Start with the city’s dynamic Downtown and Point State Park. Next, cross one of the three rivers — the Allegheny, the “Mon,” or Ohio — to find unique areas shaped by more than the region’s distinctive and beautiful topography. Natural geographic boundaries such as sloping, wooded hillsides and rivers do their part to define, but Pittsburgh neighborhoods are also known for the clusters of attractions they offer.

Visitors can plan their itineraries by the points of the compass, first focusing on attractions Downtown and in the Strip District (one of the city’s most popular spots for great food and nightlife). Across the Mon is the South Side, Mount Washington — home to the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines — Station Square and East Carson Street. On the banks of the Allegheny is North Shore — home to the Pirates and the Steelers, the Rivers Casino, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh’s East End and Oakland are home to a number of outstanding attractions that owe their existence to the philanthropists who made their fortunes in the city’s early industry. Here you’ll find the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural HistoryPhipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the 42-story Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus, and more. While in this corner of the city, don’t miss Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, two walkable neighborhoods with an upscale flavor, and plenty of shopping and dining options. More family fun is waiting on Pittsburgh’s East End in Highland Park, home of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, featuring an indoor penguin exhibit and a rainforest exhibit. In nearby West Mifflin, visit Kennywood Park, the century-old “roller coaster capital of the world.” And, just outside of Pittsburgh are stunning examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing architecture, including Fallingwater, called one of the “fifty places of a lifetime.”

Pittsburgh is very walkable with hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports, museums, and more throughout the city and the surrounding region. So while you’re enjoying yourself at PulpFest — the summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art, and related materials — your family can be taking in the many sites and sounds of this very vibrant city. You can book your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry directly through the PulpFest website. Just click one of the “Book a Room” links on our home page or call 1-800-222-8733. When calling, please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate.

Start making your plans now to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” called PulpFest 2018. We’ll be exploring the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century, the depiction of war in popular culture, and celebrating the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. And please consider staying a bit longer in the “Gateway to the West,” the “Smoky City,” and the “Steel City” known as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Below are some resources for conventioneers and their family members to learn more about the many things that PulpFest’s host city has to offer (including a couple of sites about the city’s independent booksellers):

The Atlas Obscura Guide to Hidden Pittsburgh — 27 unusual things to do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Best Indie Bookstores in Pittsburgh — three stores for lovers of the “old-book smell,” hardcover collectors, and bookaholics on a tight budget.

11 Independent Bookstores in Pittsburgh Worth Browsing — Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods are alive with thriving, local booksellers.

Pittsburgh Eventful — provides the most popular Pittsburgh events, concerts, movies, comedy, nightlife, and family events.

Pittsburgh Pirates — the Bucs will be hosting the New Yorks Mets during PulpFest proper and the Chicago Cubs for a two-game set on July 31 and August 1.

PlanetWare’s Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Pittsburgh — ideas on where to go, what to see, and tips for making the most of your trip.

Popular Pittsburgh — information about one of the most livable cities in the USA and links to help you enjoy the experience.

TripAdvisor Things to Do in Pittsburgh, PA — helping you make the most of every trip.

U. S. News’ Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh is full of fun things to do, especially for families.

What’s Next for Pittsburgh — the must-read Pittsburgh publication about the innovative and cool things happening in the region. — the official site of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The visitors bureau also offers these more specified pages to help you plan your visit:

Discovering a City of Neighborhoods — with 90 neighborhoods and districts, Pittsburgh is a city to be explored one delightful section at a time.

Pittsburgh: City of Champions — a look at the city’s professional sports teams as well as opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Pittsburgh: A Cultural Phenomenon — called one of the best arts and culture destinations in the country, Pittsburgh has built a stellar reputation for the quality and richness of its art and its cultural offerings.

Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh — Pittsburgh is fun, affordable and packed with family entertainment.

Restaurants and Culinary — choose from casual family spots, upscale and romantic eateries, late-night bites or convenient take-out.

Shopping in Pittsburgh — travel in any direction in Pittsburgh and find great shopping to suit every budget and taste.

Things to Do — find out why Pittsburgh has been named one of the best places in the world to visit.

Visitors Guide — get your one-stop guide for everything to see and do in Pittsburgh.

VisitPA — for those who’d like to check out other Pennsylvania destinations, including the birthplace of liberty, the City of Philadelphia.

(Pictured above: a nighttime view of Point State Park and Downtown Pittsburgh from Mount Washington; pouring steel; the Duquesne Incline; Dinosaur Hall, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; and Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC Park — home to the Pittsburgh Pirates — on the city’s North Shore. Remember that the Bucs will be in town during PulpFest 2018. They’ll be hosting the Mets from July 26 through July 29.

If you’re a science fiction fan, please note that Confluence — the annual science fiction convention sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh science fiction club and Parsec, the region’s speculative fiction society — will be held July 27 – 29 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. PulpFest members who desire to visit Confluence will receive $10 off that convention’s daily membership rate.

If you have any questions about Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania, PulpFest Marketing and Programming Director Mike Chomko is the man to contact. You can reach him at For questions about the Pennsylvania Dutch, please write to PulpFest Goodwill Ambassador Barry Traylor at

California Here I Come: The LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show

Feb 12, 2018 by

Although PulpFest 2018 is about five months off, do not despair. There are other collectors conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 18, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its 39th year, this convention was started by Tom Lesser, who invited dealers, fellow collectors and paperback enthusiasts to his home in Chatworth, California in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature more than 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 32 years of appearances). This year the show will feature nearly sixty guests who will be available to meet the attendees and sign their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. And while you’re at the show, be sure to pick up a PulpFest 2018 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 26 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 29. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories — will be the convention’s guest of honor.

Start making your plans now to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2018.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed on his legacy to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s 2018 poster, featuring the cover artwork from the March 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES, painted by Allen Anderson.)

90 Years of Frank Frazetta

Feb 5, 2018 by

Born in Brooklyn, New York on February 9, 1928, Frank Frazetta would turn ninety years old this week. Although he never worked in the pulp industry, Frazetta  — along with James Bama — drew many into the pulp community. Bama’s Doc Savage cover art and Frazetta’s paintings for Lancer’s Conan paperbacks and Ace Books’ Edgar Rice Burroughs line coaxed many hard-earned quarters from the pockets of youngsters growing up during the 1960s. Many of these then-young enthusiasts became pulp collectors, seeking the source material from whence the paperbacks were drawn.

As a child, Frazetta was enrolled in the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts. He studied under Michele Falanga. At the age of sixteen, the talented young artist began working in Bernard Baily’s comic book studio. Recognizing the youngster’s skill, Graham Ingels helped Frazetta find work with Standard Comics. Before long, Frazetta was working in a wide range of genres including fantasy, funny animal, mystery, romance, superhero, war, and western comics. His work was featured in the comic book lines of Avon, Dell, EC, National Comics, and other publishers.

During the 1950s, Frank Frazetta began working with Al Capp on his Li’l Abner comic strip. He also helped Dan Barry with the Flash Gordon daily strip and produced his own comic strip — Johnny Comet — during this period. Eventually, the artist would join Harvey Kurtzman on the Little Annie Fanny strip, produced for PLAYBOY.

In late 1963, Roy Krenkel asked Frazetta to help him paint covers and provide interior illustrations for Ace’s line of Edgar Rice Burroughs books. Between 1963 and 1965, Frazetta produced twenty-five covers and twenty-two interiors for Ace. Soon thereafter, the first of Frazetta’s Conan paintings appeared: CONAN THE ADVENTURER was released by Lancer Books in 1966. The book’s sales assured the artist’s success. He was soon working for Ballantine Books, Dell, Fawcett, Midwood, Paperback Library, Signet, Warner, and many other paperback publishers.

This period additionally featured Frazetta’s spectacular cover work for Warren Publishing’s CREEPY, EERIE, BLAZING COMBAT, and VAMPIRELLA. The artist also began painting movie posters, beginning with WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?, released by United Artists in 1965. His paintings have also been used as covers for record albums, book jackets, calendars, and more.

On May 10, 2010, Frank Frazetta suffered a stroke and died. His bold and inventive work — the artist stated that he read none of the stories that he illustrated, creating his paintings as he saw fit — will long be lauded by the pulp community and those who appreciate illustrative and commercial art.

(The third edition of Ace Books’ THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT was published in March 1973. Featuring cover art by Frank Frazetta, the painting was originally used as the cover art for the 1964 and 1969 editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ BEYOND THE FARTHEST STAR. 

Burroughs novel — the first of three works set on the lost continent of Caprona — takes place during World War I.  From July 26 through July 29, PulpFest 2018 will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended The First World War. We’ll be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” BURROUGHS BULLETIN editor Henry G. Franke, III will discuss THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT and other works in “Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War.” Additional programming on war in popular culture is also planned for the convention.

You can join PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!)

Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 15, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second PulpFest auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

PulpFest will be offering pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody was a Pulpcon regular for years. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, science fiction, and the western field. Also included will be a few premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and much more. We’ll be offering previews of the Hagadish material in the months to come.

This year’s auction will also feature pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. One of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom — one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation — Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. With a degree in motion picture production, Larry worked at Hanna-Barbera Studios in the storyboard department and graduated to directing and producing at Universal, Walt Disney, Scholastic, and the Berlin Film Company. He won an Emmy for TAILSPIN in 1991. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers.

PulpFest will be offering copies of ARGOSY WEEKLY and Street & Smith’s long-running WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, all from Larry Latham’s collection. Additionally, there will be lots submitted to the auction by registered members of the convention. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

Are you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp collection that you’re unsure what to do with? Do you have a collectible book or magazine that you’d like to sell? Consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors.

PulpFest has the buyers you seek. You’ll find collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. That means your collection or that of a loved one will go to those who will treasure and appreciate it.

While we don’t enjoy thinking about our eventual passing, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. PulpFest will be glad to help. Please write to marketing director Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.comwith your questions. You can also reach him by mail at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. If you’d like to submit something to our auction, please contact Mike in the months ahead.

In addition to our auctions, PulpFest will also be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War, the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, and welcoming our guest of honor, award-winning author Joe Lansdale. Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2018 to get in on all the action at Summer’s Great Pulp Con! 

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

(When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the American Library Association established a Committee on Mobilization and War Service Plans to provide library services to U.S. soldiers and sailors in the United States and overseas. ALA’s wartime program became known as the Library War Service and was directed by Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress. Between 1917 and 1920, ALA mounted two financial campaigns and raised $5 million from public donations, erected 36 camp libraries, distributed approximately 7  – 10 million books and magazines gathered through three book drives, and provided library collections to more than 500 locations, including military hospitals.

Charles B. Falls was one of the artists who helped publicize the work of the American Library Association. He designed the “Books Wanted” poster for the ALA, leading to a substantial outpouring of books for the camp libraries of the American Armed Services of The Great War. The poster helped to foster the artist’s reputation as a leader in the fields of advertising and book and magazine art. In addition to his work for such magazines at COLLIER’S, COSMOPOLITAN, and MUNSEY’S MAGAZINE, Fall’s illustrations found their way into pulps such as ADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK.)

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Be a PulpFest Sponsor

Jan 8, 2018 by

Join the PulpFest team! For a number of years, PulpFest has accepted sponsors for its website. A range of organizations have made significant contributions to the convention through their sponsorships. Why not add your organization to the list?

One of our leading sponsors is Launched in 1996, is an online marketplace for books. AbeBooks has a strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs.

Millions of rare and used items are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of sellers around the world. The unique inventory of products for sale from AbeBooks sellers includes the world’s finest antiquarian books, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed, used and new books,  plus a vast selection of collectible items.

AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles. Sellers love AbeBooks for helping them sell items to buyers around the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buyers love AbeBooks for helping them to find and purchase items from its vast online inventory, stretching around the world with six international sites. The AbeBooks blog, Reading Copy, is a valuable daily source of company and book-related news.

PulpFest is extremely proud to have AbeBooks as a sponsor. They’ve been one of our site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — since early 2016. They have also sponsored the convention’s badges, our welcome banners, and the PulpFest program book. In 2017, AbeBooks — along with FarmerCon — also helped to sponsor our con suite.

AbeBooks is not only passionate about books, but also a company with a “passion for pulps!” If you or your organization would like to join them as a convention or hospitality suite sponsor, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director, at

(Join the winning team of and PulpFest! If you or your organization is interested in discussing a PulpFest sponsorship, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director. Perhaps one of our 2018 banners — such as our hospitality suite banner, designed by William Lampkin and featuring art by Gloria Stoll Karn — will feature your logo!)

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Happy New Year from PulpFest!

Jan 1, 2018 by

Ring in the new year by planning to join PulpFest 2018! We’ll be celebrating the centennial of “The Armistice that Ended The Great War” and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. 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. All this plus our guest of honor, Joe Lansdale, author of over forty novels and many short stories. You’ll find it all at PulpFest 2018.

Running from July 26 – 29, the convention will be returning to the 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, free wifi for its guests, and two complimentary breakfasts per room during your stay.

To thank those members who will be supporting PulpFest by staying at our host hotel, the convention will offer free early-bird shopping on Thursday evening in the PulpFest dealers’ room. That’s a savings of $35 if you stay at the DoubleTree! 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 1930 issue of Harold Hersey’s LOVE AND WAR STORIES was painted by Alfred George Skrenda. The artist is best remembered for his dust jacket work for the publishing industry. The sole issue of the pulp — published by Good Story Magazine Company — featured stories by Ross C. Holland, Robert H. Leitfred, Leonard S. Norton, E. Quinton, and Carl Ziegler. Except for Quinton and Norton, all of the authors published regularly in the war and air magazines.)

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Season’s Greetings from PulpFest

Dec 25, 2017 by

From July 26 – 29, 2018, PulpFest will celebrate the centennial of “The Armistice that Ended The Great War.” The convention will also mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

We’ll be exploring the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. PulpFest 2018 will feature presentations on art in the war pulps and men’s adventure magazines, plus a look at war comics. We’ll also have expert presentations on air war pulps, Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War, and the life and fiction of Leonard Nason, an author who served in the First World War and wrote about his experiences. Robert Gould, the son of pulp illustrator John Fleming Gould — who contributed interior illustrations to G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES and many other pulps — will also be on hand to discuss his father’s life and artistic career.

Of course, we’ll also be celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction author and pulp fan Philip José Farmer. The members of FARMERCON 100 will be offering panels and presentations on “World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity,” the author’s novels set in 1918, and much more (including a showing of the French documentary, MOI TARZAN).

And don’t forget about our convention’s Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. He’s also won the Edgar Award, ten Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other honors.

Why not treat yourself to a gift and register for PulpFest 2018? Better yet, bring your entire family. Pittsburgh is a great city to visit, particularly when the Pirates are in town!

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season from your PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Rudolph Belarski painted the cover for the December 20, 1928 issue of Dell Publishing’s WAR STORIES. It’s a particularly moving portrait of a soldier making his way carefully across no-man’s-land. The glare of a flare, rather than that legendary star, lights his way.)

Help Choose the 2018 Munsey Award

Dec 18, 2017 by

Every year, PulpFest recognizes the efforts of those who work to keep the pulps alive for this and future generations. The Munsey Award recognizes an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community. The award is named after Frank A. Munsey, the man who published the first pulp magazine.

Our 2017 Munsey Award winner was Phil Stephensen-Payne. You can read about Phil by clicking here.

Nominations for the 2018 Munsey Award are now being accepted. All members of the pulp community are welcome to nominate a person or institution for this year’s award. 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.

All members of the pulp community — excepting past winners of the MunseyRusty, or Lamont Awards  — are eligible.

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2018. The recipient of the Munsey Award will be selected through a vote cast by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The 2018 Munsey Award will be presented on Saturday evening, July 28, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, the host hotel for PulpFest 2018. The convention will take place over the last weekend in July, beginning on Thursday evening, July 26 and running through Sunday, July 29.

(Pictured above, the Munsey Award was created in 2009 by artist David Saunders, the son of legendary illustrator Norman Saunders. Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press and publisher of ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE produced a limited signed and numbered edition of the award. The PulpFest Committee is indebted to both David and Dan for their generous support of our community.)

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