Saturday Night Auction Catalog

Jul 22, 2017 by

As we previewed on July 5 – 7 of this year, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin shortly after 9 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. Assisting him will be Joseph Saines, a full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop and one of the leading dealers of antique toy soldiers. Joe will be returning to PulpFest after a few years’ absence.

The PulpFest 2017 auction will feature material from the estate of Woody Hagadish — a longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, as well as a regular attendee of Pulpcon — and the estate of  Larry Latham, who enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. 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.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, science fiction, western, and the detective fields. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. We’ll also have copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, a large number of issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

You can see photographs of some of the material that will be offered at this year’s PulpFest auction by viewing our “Auction Highlights” posts of July 5 – 7. You can find them easily by clicking “The PulpFest Auction” button along the righthand side of our home page.

For a catalog listing of the Hagadish and Latham auction material that will be offered during this year’s auction, please click this link. Please note that our catalog listing is subject to change.

(A selection of spicy-style detective pulps will be featured as lot number 160 in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction. Featured in the lot are the November 1942 issue of DETECTIVE SHORT STORIES — published by Red Circle, the forerunner to Marvel Comics — the September 1944 and February 1946 issues of PRIVATE DETECTIVE, plus the April 1945 issue of SUPER-DETECTIVE — all “Speed” magazines, published by Culture Publications, best known for SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES. Their publisher, Harry Donenfeld, is known primarily for being the owner of National Allied Publications, better known as DC Comics.)

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PulpFest Premieres

Jul 21, 2017 by

As they do every year, a number of publishers have chosen to roll out new titles at PulpFest 2017. Altus Press, Murania Press, and Stark House Press will be premiering reprints of classics from the past, while Airship 27 and Meteor House will offer new work inspired by the great fiction of the past. We’ll also have two new authors selling their books at PulpFest — Shaun Perkins and Joab Stieglitz. And since PulpFest will be hosting our annual New Fictioneer readings, expect to meet some of the creators of today’s pulp fiction at the convention. Click the programming for 2017 link on our home page to learn more about this year’s readings.

Age of Aces Books is a publisher of lost pulp fiction treasures with a keen eye for design. At this year’s PulpFest, Chris and David Kalb will be releasing two thrilling collections of stories from the tattered pages of the air war pulps: Donald E. Keyhoe’s CAPTAIN PHILIP STRANGE: STRANGE HELL — their sixth collection to feature the ace pilot and so-called “Brain-Devil” of G-2 Intelligence — and Harold F. Cruickshank’s ACE OF DEVILS — the second volume in the series that originally ran in Popular Publications’ DARE-DEVIL ACES.

“New Pulp” fans will see a number of new and recent books at PulpFest 2017, courtesy of Ron Fortier and Rob Davis of Airship 27 Productions. They’ll have copies of the second volume of THE RUBY FILES, another book in Nancy Hansen’s popular pirate series, recounting the adventures of Jezebel Johnston, and a brand new novel by Fred Adams, Jr., THE EYE OF QUANG CHI. Additionally, please remember to join Ron Fortier on Saturday afternoon, July 29, for our annual “new pulp” panel, featuring Ron and five of the premier writers of new pulp fiction.

As he does every year, Mike Chomko will be premiering the latest books from one of the most active publishers of pulp reprints, Altus Press. Thanks to an arrangement with Altus publisher Matt Moring, Mike will be offering the latest volumes of Robert Sidney Bowen’s Dusty Ayres, Frederick C. Davis’ Moon Man, Robert J. Hogan’s Wu Fang, and Donald E. Keyhoe’s Doctor Yen Sin. There’s also a chance that he’ll have the third issue of the revived BLACK MASK available at the convention. Mike Chomko, Books has been one of the leading purveyors of pulp reprint books and periodicals since the early nineties. Look for his tables at the entrance to the PulpFest 2017 dealers’ room and say “hello” to the convention’s marketing and programming director.

Jim Beard and John Bruening of Flinch Books, publishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their latest prose anthology, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORRORThey’ll also have copies of John’s popular full-length novel,THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS. Jim will be offering a wide selection of his own fiction work, including SAUCY ROBOT TALES — an anthology he co-edited with Nicholas Ahlhelm —  and PLANET OF THE APES: TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE, co-edited by Jim and Rich Handley for Titan Books.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled throughout the weekend, because the Flinch team will be sharing information about their next title, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.

Meteor House, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy that specializes in works set in the worlds created by Philip José Farmer as well as original science fiction and fantasy novels and novellas, will have a trio of new books at PulpFest. Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR follows the continuing adventures of Roger Two Hawks, World War II pilot and “gate” traveler. Meteor House will also have THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE, a collection of rare fiction and nonfiction by Philip José Farmer, as well as  articles and appreciations written by Farmer’s fans and his fellow science fiction authors, from critiques of his work to stories of personal encounters, and everything between. FARMERPHILE was a quarterly fanzine that ran fifteen issues from July 2005 to January 2009. Last of all, the publisher will be launching their third Meteor House Chapbook, Frank Schildiner’s WATCH YOUR BACK, MR. MINAMOTO.

Mike Croteau and many of his authors will be on hand at the convention for their annual book-signing party. We’ll be announcing further details during the convention. And don’t forget about the FarmerCon XII presentations on Friday, July 28, including a pair of readings by Win Scott Eckert, author of the Sherlock Holmes chapbook, THE ADVENTURE OF THE FALLEN STONE, and other works. Check out the programming for 2017 link on our home page to learn more.

Ed Hulse of Murania Press will be offering the second volume of BLOOD ’N’ THUNDER PRESENTS at this year’s PulpFest. THE PENNY-A-WORD BRIGADE: PULP FICTIONEERS EXPLAIN THEIR CRAFT is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of pulp writing. Ed also hopes to have two new entries in his “Classic Pulp Reprints” series. George Bronson-Howard’s THE RETURN OF YORKE NORROY and Francis Lynde’s TYPHOSIS TAKES A HAND originally appeared in the pages of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE.

The director of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, Shaun Perkins is one of two writers appearing for the first time as a PulpFest dealerA Perry Mason and vintage crime fiction enthusiast, Shaun writes detective stories in verse. Featuring fictional bookstore owner Perry Cassidy, Shaun’s tales are based on mysteries found by her protagonist in the written marginalia of old books. You can learn more about Shaun Perkins’ work at https://rompoetry.com/the-book-with/.

In the business of reprinting some of the best mysteries and supernatural fiction of the past 100 years, Stark House Press hopes to have several new titles ready for PulpFest 2017. You’ll find W. R. Burnett’s THE GOLDSEEKERS, a novel about a group of adventurers taking part in the Alaskan gold rush. It  is reminiscent of B. Traven’s THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Arnold Hano’s THE LAST NOTCH is a vintage noir western from the maverick editor of Lion Books. VIRGIN CAY & A NIGHT OUT — two thrillers set in the Florida Keys — is the work of Basil Heatter. Timothy J. Lockhart’s SMITH is the story of a tough as nails killer, a secret operative and tough fighter, while Rick Ollerman’s HARDBOILED, NOIR AND GOLD MEDALS is a collection of essays on crime fiction writers from the fifties through the nineties. Finally, JOHN SILENCE — PHYSICIAN EXTRAORDINARY & THE WAVE — both written by the terrific Algernon Blackwood — may also be appearing in time for the convention. Mike Chomko, Books will be representing Stark House at PulpFest.

Lastly, Joab Stieglitz is also making his debut as a PulpFest dealer. He is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. Joab is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. He will be selling copies of his UTGARDA TRILOGY— a pulp adventure set in the 1920s — at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

We’d also like to mention that Heartwood Auctions will be offering a large new collection of pulp magazines to share at this year’s PulpFest. This collection spans a variety of genres including superhero titles such as FLASH GORDON, THE SHADOW, THE WHISPERER and a copy of the first issue of DOC SAVAGE. Also included are several LONE RANGER and other scarce pulps. They’ll also be bringing large runs of titles such as G-8 AND HIS BATTY ACES and DUSTY AYRES, as well as a wide variety of detective pulps including DETECTIVE STORY, THRILLING DETECTIVE, HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE, and BLACK HOOD DETECTIVE.  Many of these pulps are rare, and most are in mid to high grade. Heartwood is thrilled at the opportunity to share these new items with PulpFesters before anyone else!

These are just a few of the great publications that you’ll find in the PulpFest 2017 dealers’ room. So what are you waiting for? Book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” If you would like 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.

(Not only will the publishers exhibiting at PulpFest 2017 be offering great writing, they’ll have some great art to share. The talented Jerome Rozen — who not only worked for the pulps, but also for the slick magazine and advertising industries — painted the cover art for “The Case of the Suicide Tomb.” Written by Robert J. Hogan, the story originally appeared in the December 1935 issue of THE MYSTERIOUS WU FANG, published by Popular Publications. Running for seven issues, the pulp featured one of the great “psychos of the pulps.”

In 2009, Chris Kalb designed the first PulpFest website. Since then, he’s helped us time and again. This year, he’s been nominated for the 2017 Munsey Award. We wish him the best of luck. Along with his brother David, Chris is the publisher of Age of Aces books. He’s also the company’s art director, the person who comes up with all the great covers featured on each of their books, including one of their latest entries, Donald E. Keyhoe’s STRANGE HELL.

RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, with cover art by Shannon Hall, is just one of the many fine new books that you’ll find at PulpFest 2017. It’s published by Flinch Books, a small press offering some of the best material to be inspired by the pulp fiction of the past.

Mark Wheatley painted the cover for Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR, debuting at the Meteor House tables at this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon. The story is based on the work of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

THE MISSING MEDIUM by Joab Stieglitz — with cover art by Lee Pfenninger — is the middle book in the author’s UTGARDA TRILOGY. Available in paperback and ebook, Joab’s series in a pulp adventure set in the 1920s. It concerns a group of college friends who dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on the world.)

 

One Week to Go!

Jul 20, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 will begin on Thursday, July 27. The dealers’ room will be open to registered sellers to set up their displays from 4 to 11 PM. Early registration for all convention attendees will take place from 4 to 8 PM outside the dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” There will be early-bird shopping from 6 to 9 PM for PulpFest members who will be staying at the DoubleTree or for those who elect to purchase an early-bird membership. Our full slate of programming for Thursday evening will get underway at 9:10 PM.

If you have not yet booked a room for your stay, please call 1-800-222-8733 to reach the DoubleTree. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available. 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 also offers a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a sauna. You’ll find a map to the hotel and the surrounding area on the PulpFest home page.

Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

Below, you’ll find our complete schedule for the entire convention. To learn more about a particular programming event, click on its title link. We look forward to seeing you in a week.

Thursday, July 27

Dealers’ Room

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Early Registration

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open for Early-Bird Shopping (free with your stay at the Double-Tree)

Programming

9:10 – 9:40 PM — Robert Bloch’s PSYCHO: SANITARIUM — A Reading by Chet Williamson

9:40 – 10:10 PM— The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant: Myra Reldon, Margo Lane, and Carrie Cashin (Anthony Tollin)

10:10 – 10:20 PM— Scarlet Adventuress — The Domino Lady — A Reading by Ron Fortier

10:20 – 10:50 PM — Compliments of the Domino Lady (Michelle Nolan)

10:50 – 11:00 PM — Intermission

11:00 – 11:30 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

Friday, July 28

Dealers’ Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Early Registration and Dealers’ Room Set-Up

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

Programming

12:45 – 4:30 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Jim Beard, John Bruening, Peter McGarvey, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Don Shakers)

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest 2017 (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine (Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Art Sippo)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — Win Scott Eckert Reads from THE MONSTER ON HOLD

7:30 – 7:50 PM — Philip José Farmer and Robert Bloch (Mike Croteau of Meteor House)

7:50 – 8:00 PM — Intermission

8:00 – 8:40 PM — 100 Years with the Author of Psycho: Robert Bloch (Garyn Roberts)

8:40 – 8:50 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents Robert Leslie Bellem, a Dan Turner Reading

8:50 – 9:30 PM — Hardboiled and Dangerous: The Many Characters of Erle Stanley Gardner (Jeffrey Marks)

9:30 – 9:40 PM — Intermission

9:40 – 10:20 PM — Hardboiled Dicks: A Look at DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (Matt Moring)

10:20 – 10:30 PM — Philip José Farmer’s Most Dangerous Dame — Win Scott Eckert Reads from THE SCARLET JAGUAR

10:30 – 10:55 PM — The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson: Pat Savage, Nellie Gray and Rosabel Newton (Chuck Welch)

11:00 – 11:30 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play by Robert Bloch

Saturday, July 29

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

3:00 – 4:30 PM — Auction Viewing at the DoubleTree

Programming

12:30 – 2:00 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Win Scott Eckert and Frank Schildiner)

2:15 – 3:15 PM — Six Writers of New Pulp (moderator Ron Fortier and authors Fred Adams, Jr., John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Michael Maynard, and Charles Millhouse)

3:30 – 4:00 PM —  Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

5:00 – 6:50 PM — PulpFest 2017 Group Meal at Ember & Vine in the DoubleTree (Volunteer Coordinator Sally Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest 2017 Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — 2017 Munsey Award Presentation (presented by Laurie Powers)

7:30 – 8:10 PM — Guest of Honor Gloria Stoll Karn with David Saunders

8:10 – 8:20 PM — The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage by Will Murray — A Reading by Pulp-Pourri Theatre

8:20 – 8:50 PM — Hard-Boiled at 100: The Don Everhard Stories of Gordon Young (Tom Krabacher & Walker Martin)

8:50 – 9:10 PM —  Intermission (Auction Viewing)

9:15 – 12:15 AM — Saturday Night at the Auction (John Gunnison and Joseph Saines, Auctioneers)

Sunday, July 30

Dealer’s Room

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All (many dealers will be packing up; buying opportunities may be limited)

All PulpFest members are welcome to attend our afternoon and evening programming right next to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

For questions about our programming, please write to our programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

For questions about our New Fictioneers Readings, please write to our afternoon programming director Chuck Welch at chuck@pulpfest.com.

For questions about our dealers’ room, please write to our convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

(The PulpFest 2017 post card — designed by advertising director Bill Lampkin — features John Newton Howitt’s cover art for the April 15, 1934 issue of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, published by Popular Publications.)

 

Look Out for the PulpFest Banners!

Jul 18, 2017 by

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PulpFest 2017 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Barry Traylor’s table. This is where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Saturday Night Auction. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing in — you guessed it — the PulpFest con suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

(All of our banners were designed by our talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

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Pittsburgh Pulpwood Signings

Jul 17, 2017 by

With PulpFest moving to Pennsylvania’s Steel City, the “New Pulp” community has decided to help promote the convention by holding two separate book signings in the Pittsburgh area over the con weekend. PulpFest 2017 will take place from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30.

Starting at 7 PM on Friday, July 28, the Barnes & Noble located in the Monroeville Mall, 200 Mall Circle Drive, in Monroeville, PA will host new pulp writers Fred Adams, Jr., Jim Beard, Wayne Carey, and Tommy Hancock.

Beginning at 10 AM on Saturday, July 29, Rickert & Beagle Books, 3233 W. Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, will host authors Fred Adams Jr., Barbara Doran, John Simcoe, and David White.

These seven writers are among the finest in new pulp fiction and are only a few of the dozens of talented authors and artists who will be attending PulpFest 2017.

Created to continue and preserve the legacy of this unique literary form, the convention is open to the public. You can join PulpFest for a day or the entire weekend by clicking the Register for 2017 button found on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(Jim Beard was introduced to comic books by his father. His dad passed on to Jim a love for the medium and the pulp characters that preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting, and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since then, he’s written official Spider-Man, X-Files, and Planet of the Apes prose fiction, Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories, and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.

A native of Toledo where he provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, Jim broke into the world of “New Pulp” in 2012 when Airship 27 published SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of ghost stories featuring an occult detective, and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first prose novel based on the 1960s action figure. Along with John Bruening, Jim is the founder and publisher of Flinch Books, a small press offering some of the best material to be inspired by the pulp fiction of the past. RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, with cover art by Shannon Hall, is just one of the many fine books published in the “new pulp” field.)

PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jul 14, 2017 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, 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 2017? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Although Iowa’s BILL THINNES has been attending PulpFest since its beginning, it has been a few years since he came as a dealer. We’re glad to have him back! He will have an assortment of hardcovers and paperbacks, some posters and prints, and smattering of King Kong merchandise, and possibly a recreated SHADOW cover painting. Pay a visit to Bill’s table during PulpFest 2017 and you’ll be surprised by what you find.

Our 2011 Munsey Award winner, ANTHONY TOLLIN, will be selling his SANCTUM BOOKS pulp reprints – The Avenger, The Black Bat, Doc Savage, Nick Carter, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, The Skipper, The Spider and The Whisperer – nine of the greatest pulp heroes in one of the best formats imaginable. He’ll also have his special multi-packs featuring art prints, preliminary pulp cover art by Jerome and George Rozen, original Shadow comic book art, and other special materials available for purchase.

Please welcome TOM SKEMP of SKEPTIC COLLECTIBLES back to PulpFest. Specializing in horror and science fiction, Tom is a resident of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He will be selling collectible hardcovers and a wide variety of paperbacks as well as some magazines. Check out his table for some chills, thrills, and some great finds.

JOAB STIEGLITZ of Virginia is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. Joab will be selling copies of his UTGARDA TRILOGY at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

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 PulpFest sponsor AbeBooks.com.

PulpFest auction director BARRY TRAYLOR will be selling issues of pulps, hardcovers, paperbacks, reference materials, pulp reprints, and a selection of screws, nuts, and bolts. Not really. Remember, if you have any questions concerning the PulpFest auction, please stop by Barry’s table at the convention. Look for the “Auction” banner!

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2017.

JON WEHLER is a very personable dealer and collector who offers pulps, original art, and other paper collectibles. He’ll also have lots of vintage paperbacks from many different genres at PulpFest 2017. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

DAVID WHITE of suburban Chicago returns to PulpFest after a few years absence. He has been collecting for about forty years and selling since 2006, mostly through ebay as DAVE’S COMIC VAULT. At PulpFest 2017, David will have science-fiction pulps as well as some hero and horror magazines. He’ll also be selling fanzines, paperbacks, digests, and pulp reprints.

Author CHET WILLIAMSON, who will be reading from his novel Robert Bloch’s PSYCHO: SANITARIUM on Thursday, July 27, will also be selling at the convention. He’ll have copies of his own books for sale at his table, along with a selection of pulp magazines and pulp-related books. Of course, Mr. Williamson will be glad to sign your purchases. Chet’s Guest-of-Honor speech at our 2015 PulpFest was one of the highlights of the convention.

DAVE WILLOUGHBY is a long-time collector of fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and mysteries in all shapes and sizes. Retired to the Midwest following a career in the Air Force, Dave will be selling hundreds of vintage and signed paperbacks, as well as science fiction and fantasy hardcovers. This will be DAVE’S BOOKS third appearance as a PulpFest dealer.

DERICK WOYWOOD — one of the founders and promoters of the Philadelphia Comic Con and the owner of COLLECTORS COMICS — has been reeling in pop culture lovers for twenty-five years. This will be his first PulpFest. Please welcome him to “the pop culture center of the universe” and “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”

PulpFest is pleased to welcome Chicago’s LARRY HALLOCK of YGOR’S BOOKS to this year’s convention. Specializing in out-of-print science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction, Larry will be selling original art, paperbacks, hardcovers, digests, pulps, and other collectibles, including many signed items.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” 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.

Please be sure to join us for “Summer’s AMAZING Dealers’ Room” at PulpFest 2017! And be sure to visit our home page next week as we offer three days of highlights from this year’s Saturday Night Auction.

(With 2017 being the year that PulpFest celebrates the hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and psychos of the pulps, we’re very pleased to welcome as our Guest of Honor, pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn. In a field dominated by men, it was highly unusual for a woman to be painting covers for pulp magazines. But at age seventeen, Gloria Stoll began contributing black and white interior illustrations to pulp magazines. In a few years, the young artist was painting covers. How’s that for a dangerous dame? A very fine example of her work is the DETECTIVE TALES cover for July 1945. DETECTIVE TALES was the number three title in Popular Publications’ detective pulp group, behind DIME DETECTIVE and BLACK MASK. It ran for eighteen years.

Sanctum Books reproduces the original covers and interior illustrations from the pulp magazines in their continuing series of pulp reprints. Pictured here is George Rozen’s cover art for Sanctum’s volume 118  from its series of Shadow reprints. The artwork originally appeared on the November 15, 1937 issue of THE SHADOW which featured the first appearance of Myra Reldon. Anthony Tollin will discuss Myra and “The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant” on Thursday evening, July 27.

The original PSYCHO novel by Robert Bloch was published in 1959. It took Bloch twenty-three years to write another PSYCHO novel, revealing that Norman had been in a mental institution the entire time. What happened in that asylum during those two decades? Until now no one has known. The dust jacket for Chet Williamson’s novel, PSYCHO: SANITARIUM, was designed by Ervin Serrano.)

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Jul 13, 2017 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, 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 2017? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Dr. Fu Manchu was “…the yellow peril incarnate in one man…” and WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD is the author of the first authorized Fu Manchu thrillers in nearly thirty years. He will be selling and signing copies of THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU and THE DESTINY OF FU MANCHU. His son, MICHAEL MAYNARD, is also a writer. He will be selling copies of TALES OF METROPOLIS. Mike will also be appearing in this year’s “New Pulp” panel on Saturday afternoon, July 29.

Leading Philip José Farmer publisher METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest titles at PulpFest 2017.  Pick up your copies of Heidi Ruby Miller’s Two Hawks Adventure, MAN OF WAR; John H. Watson’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE FALLING STONE, edited by Win Scott Eckert; and THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE, reprinting material from “The Magazine of Philip José Farmer.” We’ll be announcing when the annual Meteor House book-signing party will take place during our regular dealers’ room hours. MICHAEL CROTEAU will also be selling items from Philip José Farmer’s estate and works by attendees of FarmerCon, returning to PulpFest for its seventh straight year.

ED HULSE will debut several new books from MURANIA PRESS at PulpFest 2017. One is the second volume of  BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER PRESENTS. The book is entitled THE PENNY-A-WORD BRIGADE: PULP FICTIONEERS EXPLAIN THEIR CRAFT. The others are new entries in the “Classic Pulp Reprints” series: George Bronson-Howard’s THE RETURN OF YORKE NORROY and Francis Lynde’s TYPHOSIS TAKES A HAND. Both originally appeared in the pages of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE. Ed will also, most likely, be selling his usual smattering of pulp magazines and other related materials.

PETE LUTZ of the NARADA RADIO COMPANY — who will be presenting several audiodramas and readings at this year’s convention — will be selling Pulp-Pourri Theatre merchandise, such as posters from past episodes and promotional posters for next-year’s line-up. There will also be materials from other audio shows, brought to you by the members of our PulpFest Pulp-Pourri Theatre group.

PHIL NELSON is from Waverly, Ohio. He will be bringing an assortment of ADVENTUREARGOSY, and 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.

BARBARA FISTER-LILTZ & BILL HUNT have been field agents for JERRY OHLINGER’S MOVIE MATERIALS for about forty years. Ohlinger’s — located in New York City — has one of the world’s largest collections of movie posters and stills, both vintage and current. Barbara & Bill will be bringing a fine selection of film magazines, men’s adventure magazines, hardcover and paperback books, comic books, film posters, and DVD’s to PulpFest. Please welcome them back to PulpFest! 

A well-respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, MARTIN GRAMS of OTR PUBLISHING 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 MYSTERIES, THE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC and much more.

The director of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, SHAUN PERKINS is also a Perry Mason and vintage crime fiction enthusiast. She creates unique buttons and blank journals from pulp art and also sells her original books, detective stories in verse. To learn more about Shaun’s books, please visit the website of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.

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

Virginia’s CURT PHILLIPS brings his PULP ERA BOOKSELLERS to PulpFest for the first time. Long involved in both science fiction and pulp fandom, and a founding member and former Official Editor of PEAPS, Curt will be offering pulps, digests, and vintage paperbacks at his table. He’ll have material drawn from the Andy Porter collection and from the legendary collection of author Ted White, who served as PulpFest‘s Guest of Honor in 2016. Ted was one of the most respected editors of both AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC, two long-lived fiction magazines of the twentieth century. Curt’s stock will include near complete runs of DOC SAVAGE, THE SHADOW, and many other hero, detective, and SF pulps.

R & B ENTERPRISES has been in the popular culture business for over twenty-five years. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, ROBIN & BRENDAN FAULKNER will be selling a wide selection of pulps, vintage magazines, movie and television classics, paperbacks, digests, and related material at this year’s PulpFest. They’re be returning to the convention after a six-year absence. Please visit their website to learn more about what they have to offer.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be offering a variety of pulp-related publications. They’ll have a few boxes of what they describe as “really good stuff.” They hope to offer a number of Robert Bloch rarities for sale. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award and will be presenting “100 Years with the Author of Psycho: Robert Bloch” on Friday evening, July 28.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest after a few years’ absence. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, and over fifty radio premiums and some early character badges. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” 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 2017 dealers on Friday. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(The final portion of our thematic trilogy involves the “psychos of the pulps.” Perhaps the most famous fictional “psycho” of them all is Norman Bates, the insane killer portrayed by Anthony Perkins in PSYCHO. This classic film — directed by Alfred Hitchcock — was based on a 1959 novel written by Robert Bloch. The author, born on April 5, 1917, got his start as a writing professional in the pulps.

Like Bloch’s PSYCHO, the pulps were a breeding ground for madness. On a monthly basis, mad scientists, crazed hunchbacks, and foul cultists would threaten beautiful women with bodily injury and “fates worse than death” in the pages of weird menace magazines such as TERROR TALES — including its March 1940 number with cover art by Rudolph Zirm —  and HORROR STORIES. Over in the hero pulps, New York City’s population would be decimated by one madman after another in the pages of THE SPIDER. America’s Secret Service Ace, Jimmy Christopher, would save America from tyrant after tyrant in OPERATOR #5. The Shadow would battle Shiwan Khan and Benedict Stark, while Doc Savage had his hands full with John Sunlight.

Meteor House will be releasing three new books at PulpFest 2017, including Heidi Ruby Miller’s Two Hawks Adventure, MAN OF WAR, continuing the adventures of Philip José Farmer’s Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks. The cover art is by Mark Wheatley.

The Shadow, appeared in 326 issues of his own pulp magazine and became the hero of a long-running radio program, broadcast from 1937 through 1954. The cover art for Martin Grams’ history of THE SHADOW radio program is a re-working of George Rozen’s cover to the July 15, 1934 issue of the pulp magazine, illustrating “Chain of Death.”)

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PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jul 12, 2017 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, 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 2017? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

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.

Welcome back SCOTT HARTSHORN. This outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer 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 grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As a young lad he enjoyed the Chicago Comic Con so much, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, John has bought and brought to market two pedigree collections of comics: The Green River and The Curator collections. He has also sold on consignment many fine collections. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John will be presenting Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. Ron Killian owned one of Milwaukee’s earliest direct-sales comics shops and launched the first comic shows in the city. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2017 will provide an opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron’s lifetime collection.

RICHARD MELI and EMMA SLOAN of HEARTWOOD BOOKS have more than twenty-five years experience in vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood Auctions 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, 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.

Even though we left his hometown behind, DOUG SIMMS — who also runs HEROES AND GAMES, a comic book and collectible games store located on the first level of the Greater Columbus Convention Center — will be returning as a PulpFest dealer at our 2017 convention. Doug — who will be assisted by MIKE CARBONARO — will have long runs of all our favorite pulp heroes in the paperback format, Golden, Silver and Bronze age comics, pulp-related games, and 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 — a little bit of everything. 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 2017, John will primarily be offering pulps and first editions. Please visit his website at www.jwkbooks.com.

Virginia’s DAVE KURZMAN returns to PulpFest following an absence of a few years. One of the leading dealers of pulps in the United States, Dave will at loads of WEIRD TALES and PLANET STORIES at this year’s convention.

A professional artist from Pittsburgh, ED LANCASTER will have original, pulp-related paintings and sketches for sale. He also does paintings and cover recreations to order. If you have an idea you’d like to bring to life, he’d be happy to discuss it. Please visit www.edlancaster.com/ to preview his work.

From Buffalo, New York, BILL MANN returns as a dealer to PulpFest. One of the founders and a former editor at Age of Aces Books, he will be selling a variety of aviation pulps and books. Stop by his table and be surprised.

On Saturday, July 29, LAURIE MANN will be selling vintage paperbacks at PulpFest 2017. This will be the first time that she will be exhibiting at our convention. Laurie will be selling her father’s paperback collection. He collected mysteries and pulp magazines, beginning in 1945. An almost complete run of the original paperback editions of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books will be available.  Please give Laurie a big PulpFest welcome.

Collecting since the early days of pulp fandom, legend has it that WALKER MARTIN has owned practically every pulp at least once! A resident of New Jersey, he’ll be selling a variety of pulp magazines, DVD’S, original artwork, and one-of-a-kind canceled checks from the files of Munsey and Popular Publications. Walker contributes a regular column on pulp collecting to Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” 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 2017 dealers in the days ahead. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Another theme of PulpFest 2017 will be a celebration of the “dangerous dames” of the pulps. Female pulp characters such as Cleve Adams’s Violet McDade and Nevada Alvarado, Walter Gibson’s Myra Reldon and Margo Lane, C. L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry, Norvell Page’s Nita Van Sloan, Theodore Tinsley’s Carrie Cashin, and others depicted women in roles often reserved for men. These tough gals helped to remove women from the drawing rooms of Agatha Christie as well as the love and western romance pulps. They paved the way for such modern day gumshoes as Sue Grafton‘s Kinsey Millhone, Marcia Muller‘s Sharon McCone, and Sara Paretsky‘s V. I. Warshawski.

Fiction House was noted for what is termed “good girl art.” You saw an example of on Tuesday with the Allen Anderson PLANET STORIES cover from March 1952. What is particularly impressive about Fiction House covers is the number of “dangerous dames” — such as Allen Anderson’s masked marauder on the March 1950 LARIAT STORY MAGAZINE. Not only was the company fond of depicting beautiful women on its covers, it was also fond of showing female characters in roles often reserved for men on the covers of the competition.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for February 1947 with cover art by Robert Stanley — featuring another “dangerous dame,” but of the “gun moll” variety — in the PulpFest dealers’ room. There are very few conventions where you can find pulps in similar quantities and in such a wide variety of titles and conditions. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to its annual gathering.

Not only will we be celebrating the “dangerous dames” of the pulps and the “hardboiled dicks” of DIME DETECTIVE and other magazines, we’ll also be saluting “a few psychos.” Perhaps the best known fictional “psycho” of them all is Norman Bates, created by Robert Bloch. Starting his writing career in WEIRD TALES, Bloch published nearly seventy stories in “The Unique Magazine,” including “The Cheaters” in the November 1947 issue. It featured cover art by Matt Fox. The artist painted eleven covers for WEIRD TALES and also contributed interior illustrations to the magazine.)

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PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jul 11, 2017 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, 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 2017? For the next four days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Our 2010 Munsey Award winner MIKE CHOMKO will be representing Altus Press, Stark House Press, and other small publishers at PulpFest 2017. He’ll be premiering multiple titles from various publishers and have a selection of other materials, including a number of pulp fanzines. Please visit the Mike Chomko Books website to download a copy of his latest catalog.

RAY WALSH of the CURIOUS BOOK SHOP has been selling a broad array of paper collectibles – pulps, paperbacks, original artwork, collectible hardcovers, vintage comic books, and more — for nearly fifty years. Out of East Lansing, Michigan, Ray has been selling at PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for decades. We appreciate his strong support and heartily recommend the convention he sponsors — Classicon — held twice each year in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to his regular stock, Ray should have some very nice science fiction pulps and collectable science fiction books at this year’s PulpFest.

Working in the antiquarian book trade since the late fifties, LLOYD CURREY is one of the leading specialists in popular fiction from the earliest times to the present. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers of America, Inc., Lloyd operates a full-time, mail order antiquarian bookstore based in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. As L. W. CURREY, INC, he specializes in literary first editions, with an emphasis on popular fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, utopian literature, and mystery and detective fiction. At PulpFest 2017, Lloyd will be offering pulps and first editions.

A new and used book store that also sells pulps and comic books, DARK STAR BOOKS is located about an hour from Columbus, in picturesque Yellow Springs, Ohio. A longtime PulpFest dealer, GARY DIEDRIECH will be representing Dark Star at our 2016 convention. He will be offering a wide range of material including pulps, digests, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and collectible hardcovers and paperbacks.

DEARLY DEPARTED BOOKS of Alliance, Ohio is a brick & mortar shop open by chance or appointment. It primarily sells via the Internet. Established in 1978 by SCOTT and LINDA EDWARDS, this loyal PulpFest dealer offers a large stock of mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, vintage paperbacks, first editions, pulp magazines, and related ephemera. This year they’ll have pulps, paperbacks, hardbound first editions, and a newly acquired collection Big Little & Better Little Books for sale.

KEITH  DILBONE will be  returning to PulpFest after a long absence. If you’re looking for vintage British and foreign paperbacks and digests, be sure to stop by Keith’s tables. He’ll be selling a large portion of his personal British collection, amassed over the past 30 years: WORLD FANTASY CLASSICS, AUTHENTIC SCIENCE FICTION, VARGO STATTEN, plus publishers Scion, Curtis Warren, Dragon and smaller, hard to find publishers, including many key books. Also 100’s of American hard to find and key paperbacks, from Ace to Zenith.We’re glad to have Keith back at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.”

Founded in 1977 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this will be DREAMHAVEN BOOKS third PulpFestGREG KETTER specializes in new and used science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as books, magazines, posters, toys, and other materials related to the film industry. Greg has been selling books and pulps for over forty years. We look forward to having Dreamhaven return to our dealers’ room.

DOUG & DEB ELLIS, two of the founders of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, will be offering a wide selection of general fiction, science-fiction, Burroughs, and other pulps as well as original art and other collectibles. They’ll also be bringing WEINBERG TALES, a tribute book to the late Bob Weinberg.

JIM BEARD & JOHN BRUENING of FLINCH BOOKS, publishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their newest prose anthology, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, as well as copies of their previous anthology titles: BIG TOP TALES: SIX NEW STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW TALES FROM THE FLETCHER HANKS UNIVERSE. They’ll also have copies of John’s 2016 debut novel, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS on hand. Jim – who also provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website – will also be offering a wide selection of his own fiction work, including publications from Airship 27, Meteor House and Pro Se Productions. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled throughout Pulpfest weekend, because the Flinch team will be sharing information about their forthcoming title scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.

Stop by and visit with BOB FLOWERS of central Illinois. He’ll have his son, James, along to help. This good-natured collector and dealer usually has a little bit of everything. He sells pulps, paperbacks, fanzines, and related material. His offerings come from a wide range of genres – hero, detective, adventure, science fiction, and western — all reasonably priced. Shop with Bob for good, honest deals. We think you’ll be extremely happy.

ROBERT GARCIA has been making, publishing and selling books for over 30 years. He’ll be bringing paperback collectibles featuring mystery, science fiction, fantasy and controversial mainstream titles to PulpFest 2017, along with a selection of limited edition fantasy and science fiction titles. Bob will also have American Fantasy Press titles and copies of his book, BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES, published by Titan Books.

PulpFest welcomes LARRY “DOC” GRUBB, a collector since the 1960s, and his son, JASPER, back to PulpFest. They’ll have many first edition works by Edgar Rice Burroughs and a variety of pulp magazines, all at great prices. The Grubbs hail from Maryland and we’re very glad to have them back at our convention.

MARK HALEGUA is the founder of the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. In addition to selling his Pulps 1st CDs — featuring thousands of pulp cover images on each disc — Mark will have an assortment of pulp magazines, including a number of ASTOUNDING STORIES issues published by Clayton. He’ll also have key issues of various comic books available for sale. Be sure to visit with this very personable dealer out of Queens.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2017” 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 2017 dealers in the days ahead. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(One of the themes of PulpFest 2017 will be a celebration of the hardboiled detective genre. It was in the pages of THE BLACK MASK where the style emerged — first in the tales of Carrol John Daly — and evolved — then in the stories of Dashiell Hammett. In 2016, Matt Moring and Altus Press successfully relaunched this magazine classic. The second issue of the new BLACK MASK was released by Mike Chomko, Books at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention. It featured cover art by Norman Saunders. The painting was originally used as the cover for the December 1952 issue of DIME DETECTIVE.

You might find the March 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES, featuring one dangerous-looking dame painted by Allen Anderson, in the PulpFest dealers’ room. Dark Star Books, DreamHaven Books, and other sellers are noted for the science fiction collectibles that they offer. Come to Cranberry DoubleTree outside of Pittsburgh from July 27 – 30 and find out for yourself.

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 John Bruening, Win Scott Eckert, Michael Maynard, and Jim Beard. The latter is also co-editor — with John C. Bruening — of RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, published by Flinch Books with cover art by Shannon Hall and cover design by Maggie Ryel.)

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Jul 10, 2017 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, 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 2017? For the next five days, we’ll be profiling some of 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 ADVENTURE, G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES, and the many pulp replicas and collections he has published under the Adventure House banner. John will be our auctioneer during this year’s Saturday Night Auction, taking place on July 29. To learn more about John and Adventure House, please visit www.adventurehouse.com/.

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 EMPIRE OF DOOM (featuring Doc Savage and The Shadow), KING KONG VS. TARZAN, and SIX SCARLET SCORPIONS (with that “most dangerous dame,” Pat Savage. Expect 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.

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 ACES, BATTLE BIRDS, FLYING 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 Squadron of the Dead, 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 www.ageofaces.net.

RON FORTIER & ROB DAVIS are AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS. One of the leading producers of “new pulp fiction,” Airship 27 brings you the classic heroes of yesteryear. From The Black Bat and Sherlock Holmes to Ki-Gor and Secret Agent X, you’ll find plenty of thrills by visiting their Online Hangar by clicking right here. Airship will have copies of their latest books  SSLITS, JEZEBEL JOHNSON, BASS REEVES FRONTIER MARSHAL, and more — at PulpFest 2017. And watch for Ron at our Six Writers of New Pulp panel, taking place on Saturday afternoon.

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.

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.

Chicago’s MARK ALVARADO, a longtime collector of books and pulp magazines, will be exhibiting at PulpFest yet again. 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!”

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 www.batteredbox.com/.

ROBERT GOULD is the son of pulp illustrator John Fleming Gould. Robert promotes his father’s artwork on the web at www.johngouldart.com. John and Mary Gould founded BETHLEHEM ART GALLERY in 1957 in Cornwall, New York. Today the artwork of artist Gould is available online. At PulpFest 2017, Robert and LORETTA GOULD will offer framed and unframed original sketches — some matched to the original publication page — magnets, and framed and unframed John Fleming Gould pulp art prints.

The editor of the long-lived Doc Savage fanzine, THE BRONZE GAZETTEPulpFest technical and social media director CHUCK WELCH will be offering copies of the first four issues of the bigger, badder, and bronzer Doc fanzine, published by Pulplications. If you enjoy the adventures of Doc Savage and his “fearless five,” be sure to check out Chuck’s Hidalgo Trading Company on the Internet.

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.

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 for 2017” 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 2017 dealers in the days ahead. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

Chris Kalb — one of our 2017 Munsey Award nominees — designed the cover for STRANGE SPECTRES, published in 2016 by Age of Aces Books. It collects six of Donald E. Keyhoe’s Captain Philip Strange stories, originally published between 1932 and 1936 in the pulp FLYING ACES.

Soon after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, John Fleming Gould began free-lancing in the pulp paper field. He began with Clayton Publishing, illustrating titles such as DANGER TRAILS and COWBOY STORIES. His son, Robert Gould will be exhibiting some of the artist’s original sketches such as this one, originally done for Clayton’s COWBOY STORIES.)

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