PulpFest in the News

Jul 16, 2018 by

Throughout the year, PulpFest tries to maintain a presence on the worldwide web, offering posts about other conventions, honoring important pulp writers and artists on their birth anniversaries, and more. Our posts not only appear at pulpfest.com, but on our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well. You’ll also find us on event calendars like ANSIBLE‘s International EventsLocus Online‘s ConventionsPREVIEWSworld’s Convention Calendar, and Pittsburgh sites such as Popular Pittsburgh and the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE events calendar. This year, PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE has listed PulpFest 2018 in its “Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July.”

We also try to get the word out about PulpFest in other ways as well. One is through print advertising. Our ads have appeared in periodicals such as Richard Krauss’ THE DIGEST ENTHUSIASTANTIQUES & AUCTION NEWS, and TwoMorrows Publishing’s ALTER EGO and RETROFAN. We advertise heavily with postcard giveaways at book and comic shops, antique paper shows, and comic book, science fiction, and collectible conventions. Over the last year, we’ve distributed about 16,000 of our PulpFest postcards. Our four-page newsletter also goes out to those who express interest in PulpFest and its partner convention, FarmerCon.

Then there’s our advertising via Facebook — we have one going on right now — and other venues, including THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE, a weekly podcast hosted by best-selling writer. Our advertisements were featured on episodes 166, 169, and 172. Click the link here or listen to Brian’s show via iTunesSpotifyProject EntertainmentiHeartRadio, or Stitcher.

You’ll find other references to PulpFest on gaming sites such as RPGGeek and BoardGameGeek (thanks to pulp and gaming fan, Rick Thomas) and even the trade show site 10times. Recently, the FanSided Network profiled PulpFest 2018 and its Guest of Honor, Joe Lansdale, on 1428 ELM, the network’s horror movies news and opinions site. And our 2018 New Fictioneers guest Sara Light-Waller talked about PulpFest during an interview with LewisTalk. Sara’s work has been compared to that of some of the great pulp writers.

If that’s not enough, you can listen to yours truly wax rhapsodic about pulps and PulpFest on BEHIND THE BOOKSHELVES. It’s an AbeBooks podcast, hosted by Richard Davies. The show is available via iTunesStitcherTunein, and Google Play. Or simply click on the picture at the bottom of this post and you’ll soon be listening to my musical voice. The PulpFest episode was released on June 30.

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

 

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 13, 2018 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? This week, we’ve been profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Landlubber CHRISTOPHER RYAN never expected to be waylaid when he cut through the alley to save some time. Shanghaied aboard a vessel bound for parts unknown, Christopher would find treasure intended for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” You’ll have to stop by his table to learn just what it was that he discovered.

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.

PulpFest would like to welcome BUDDY SAUNDERS and his team from LONE STAR COMICS to this year’s convention. Selling comics since 1961, Buddy and his team will be visiting Mars, Pennsylvania with cash on the barrel. They buy Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age comics as well as high-grade Modern. They’re also in the market for pulps and other collectibles, including paperbacks with cover prices of 75¢ or less. Buddy tells us that they’re especially interested in vintage paperbacks. Please visit mycomicshop.com/ to learn more about Buddy Saunders and his Lone Star Comics.

Mystery man LAURENCE SCHWINGER followed a trail of pulp chips to western Pennsylvania, only to find a collectors gathering at a hotel in Mars. What will The Dark Avenger do as he enters the pop culture center of the universe for his first PulpFest? Stop by his table and lend him a hand, as he sells for the first time at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

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.

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 highly regarded UTGARDA series at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

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 2018.

TODD WARREN is a pulp and comic book collector who attended Pulpfest for the first time in 2017. He liked it so much that he decided to come back this year as a dealer. An Overstreet advisor, Todd will be offering vintage pulps, paperbacks, books, a few comic books, and lots of pulp enthusiasm!  Stop by his table and say, “Hi!”

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 2018. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest auctions. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

The editor of the long-lived Doc Savage fanzine, THE BRONZE GAZETTE, PulpFest technical director CHUCK WELCH will be offering copies of the “bigger, badder, and bronzer” Doc fanzine, published by Pulplications. He’ll also have a miscellany of pulp goodies. 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.

DAVID WHITE of suburban Chicago returns to PulpFest for his second straight year. He has been collecting for about forty years and selling since 2006, mostly through ebay as DAVE’S COMIC VAULT. At PulpFest 2018, 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 is happy to return to PulpFest with his friend, Barry Traylor, the convention’s goodwill ambassador. In addition to his own books for sale at his table, Chet will have some nice condition, bedsheet BLUE BOOKS for sale, along with some rare Hammett magazine appearances. He’ll also have a large number of near mint pulp reprint paperbacks, as well as some miscellaneous stuff.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks, comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

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.

(For more than a decade, Anthony Tollin has been publishing THE SHADOW under the Sanctum Books banner. With issue #132 — featuring front cover art by George Rozen (originally created for the March 1, 1933 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE) — to be released in time for PulpFest 2018, he comes that much closer to reprinting the entire run of the original pulp magazine. Its completion will be an amazing achievement, following his earlier reprinting of the entire runs of DOC SAVAGE and THE AVENGER.

Published by Howard Wright for twenty-five years, THE BRONZE GAZETTE helped to maintain interest in Doc Savage during the character’s “lean years,” when the character was, for the most part, a mere memory. After Wright’s final issue of the GAZETTE was published at the beginning of 2016, the magazine was continued by Terry Allen, Kez Wilson, and Chuck Welch, creator of the Hidalgo Trading Company and a member of the PulpFest organizing committee. Its latest issue — number 81 — features front cover art by Dan Brereton.

Beginning with its March 1942 issue, BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE devoted its monthly front cover — such as its September 1945 number, with cover art by Herbert Morton Stoops — to World War II. The final such cover was dated December 1945, depicting a returned serviceman greeted by well-wishers outside a church. In the bottom corner is a box that reads “Peace on Earth to Men of Good Will” and “Christmas 1945.” Chet Williamson will be selling some nice condition, bedsheet BLUE BOOKS at this year’s PulpFest.

PulpFest 2018 will honor the centennial of the armistice that ended another World War by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 12, 2018 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

JOHN McMAHAN sells collectibles on ebay as mybckpages. He comes to us from Oklahoma, where he has long been active as a fan and dealer. At PulpFest 2018, he’ll be selling pulps, books, comics, original art, movie posters, and more. John will also have copies of HARD-BOILED CHRISTMAS STORIES, the anthology he edited with 2006 Lamont Award winner John Wooley.

Although this will be his third PulpFest, it will be the first time that PETER MACUGA has attended as a dealer. He will be bringing many boxes of pulps and books to sell, including very early issues of ASTOUNDING STORIES up through the 1948 numbers. Peter will also have collectible hardcovers from Gnome Press and other publishers. MITCH IRETON will be along to help. Please welcome them both to their first PulpFest as dealers.

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. Bill will also be part of our panel, “Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight,” on Friday, July 27.

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.

Leading Philip José Farmer publisher METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest titles at PulpFest 2018.  Pick up your copies of the first hardcover publication of Farmer’s authorized Tarzan novel, TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME, and THE PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, a mammoth collection of classic science fiction, poems, articles, tributes, speeches, and more, all from Farmer’s magic pen. 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 an eighth consecutive year.

ED HULSE of MURANIA PRESS will have several recent books at PulpFest 2018. THE WILD WEST OF FICTION AND FILM is a 286-page, 146,000-word tome that concentrates on the nexus of American popular fiction (especially pulp) and Western movies. He’ll also have PULPOURRI and the other three volumes of Murania’s Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents series. Ed will also be premiering a revised and expanded second edition of THE BLOOD ’N’ THUNDER GUIDE TO PULP FICTION. It features more copy, more cover reproductions, updated appendices, and an index, which the 2013 edition lacked.

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 SavageExpect 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.

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.

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 PulpFestsponsor AbeBooks.com.

Virginia dealer and collector CURT PHILLIPS returns to PulpFest with more material from the Ted White collection, plus even more rare pulps and books harvested from throughout the southern states.  His stock is heavy in science fiction, hero, and detective and mystery pulps. This year, he’s bringing a large selection of WEIRD TALES from as far back as 1930. He’ll also be bringing more vintage paperbacks and digests, plus some surprises. He’s currently taking want lists for material to bring to the convention as he has “several thousand books and magazines and can’t possibly bring them all.”  Email your want lists to Curt at absarka_prime@comcast.net.

A resident of Virginia, CRAIG POOLE has been attending pulp conventions for 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.

LAURIE POWERS — creator of the Laurie’s Wild West blog — will be selling copies of HIDDEN GHOSTS,  PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREET, RIDING THE PULP TRAIL, all written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers. She’ll also have books and ephemera from her grandfather’s estate. Laurie is currently writing a biography of Daisy Bacon, editor of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. Also hailing from Virginia, Laurie was honored with our annual Munsey Award in 2016.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be bringing lots of good, fresh old treasures at bargain prices. They’ll have science fiction, mystery, and western pulps, young adult series books, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, pulp replicas, hardcovers, paperbacks, and more. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(In addition to marking the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War, PulpFest 2018 will celebrate the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. PulpFest and its associated convention — FarmerCon — will be saluting the acclaimed author of such works as ESCAPE FROM LOKITHE DARK HEART OF TIME, the classic Riverworld series, and more. Join us for such panels and presentations as “The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918.” And don’t forget that Mark Wheatley — cover artist for the Meteor House edition of TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME — will be offering a rare gallery showing of his original art at this year’s convention.

Year in and year out, PulpFest hosts some of the best practitioners of contemporary pulp fiction. One is Will Murray, the literary agent for the Lester Dent properties, a position he holds to this day. Will is also the authorized author of The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage, including the latest volume, Mr. Calamity, featuring cover art by artist and illustrator Joe DeVito.

During its 2016 convention, PulpFest was honored to have as its Guest of Honor author, editor, musician, and science-fiction and pulp fan Ted White. Beginning with its October 1968 issue, Ted White served as the editor of the first science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES. Among his many achievements as editor, White was able to publish some very striking covers by some of the science fiction field’s most exciting artists, including the November 1971 number with cover art by Mike Hinge. Ted White left AMAZING STORIES in late 1978, having reigned over what has been called “The Golden Age of AMAZING.” Curt Phillips will be selling White’s collection at this year’s PulpFest.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 11, 2018 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Best known for DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS, AGE OF CTHULHU, and other role-playing games, GOODMAN GAMES was founded in 2001 by Joseph Goodman. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, you can meet their staff every year at Gen Con and other conventions, including PulpFest. Please welcome ALLYSON & BRETT BROOKS to this year’s PulpFest. They’ll be debuting the second issue of TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, Goodman’s fantasy magazine that is dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The Brooks will also be selling other books, games, and more.

A highly respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, MARTIN GRAMS 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 MYSTERIESTHE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC – and much more, including his new book, BASS REEVES AND THE LONE RANGER: DEBUNKING THE MYTH.

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.

SCOTT HARTSHORN is an outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer. He 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 is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, he has brought to market two pedigree collections of comics — The Green River and The Curator collections — and has sold other fine collections on consignment. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John is selling Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2018 will provide an opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron Killian’s terrific collection.

RICHARD MELI & EMMA SLOAN will be representing HEARTWOOD BOOKS & ART at this year’s PulpFest. Richard is a member of the ABAA with more than twenty-five years experience in buying and selling vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood 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, the Barry Levin collection, 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 on some of the best collectibles around.much

DOUG SIMMS — who also runs HEROES AND GAMES, a comic book and collectible games store located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center — will be returning as a dealer at PulpFest 2018. Doug will have long runs of all our favorite pulp heroes in the paperback format, Golden, Silver and Bronze age comics, pulp-related games, and much 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. 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 2018, John will primarily be offering pulps and first editions. Please visit his website at jwkbooks.com.

Virginia’s DAVE KURZMAN returns to Mars with more of the finest pulps around. One of the leading dealers of pulps in the United States, Dave will be selling many issues of WEIRD TALES, PLANET STORIES, and other pulp magazines at this year’s convention. Dave will also be bringing a large, “fresh to market” collection of Arkham House and other specialty press ephemera. He’ll also have a collection of ultra high grade and signed Arkham House books, including all of the scarcest titles.

Of course, PulpFest 2018 is very pleased to welcome our Guest of Honor, author JOE LANSDALE, to our dealers’ room. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, Joe has also written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Mr. Lansdale will have many of his works for sale, including his recent Hap and Leonard novel, JACKRABBIT SMILE. He’s also hoping to having copies of TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS: DANA ROBERTS’ CASEBOOK OF HORROR, the newly released short story collection that Joe co-authored with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(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 Wayne Carey, Gary Rabuzzi, Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Roger Alford. Goodman Games is doing much the same thing by publishing TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The first issue also featured great cover art by Jim Pavelec.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for November 1941 with cover art by Rafael DeSoto — a freelance cover paintings for all the major pulp magazine publishers. PulpFest 2018 will be offering a number of DeSoto letters — plus a cover sketch — at this summer’s auction. There are very few conventions where you can find such great collectibles. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to its annual gathering.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States would enter The Second World War. PulpFest 2018 will be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I. Also called “The War to End All Wars” PulpFest will be honoring the 100th anniversary of “The Great War’s” end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 10, 2018 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next four days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

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 will have a great collection of Golden and Silver Age comic books  at this year’s PulpFest. He’ll have CAPTAIN MARVEL, CAPTAIN MARVEL, JR., and DC hero titles, plus Disney books, funny animal comics, and a number of unusual titles.

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 2018, 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 2018 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 be selling pulps, paperbacks, hardbound first editions, Big Little Books, and a selection of the late Gordon Huber’s collection of Chelsea House books in dust jackets. Dearly Departed Books will also have for sale a notebook that contains fourteen cover proofs and 160 slides — all by Ralph DeSoto with a letter of authentication — that once belonged to Fred Cook.

BOB DEIS and WYATT DOYLE are the editors and publishers of THE MEN’S ADVENTURE LIBRARY book series. It collects classic stories and artwork from men’s adventure magazines magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. They’ll be selling copies of their books, published by New Texture. For more information, please visit Bob’s Men’s Adventure Magazines blog at MensPulpMags.com and New Texture’s website, NewTexture.com. Bob and Wyatt will also be discussing The Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War on Friday evening at PulpFest 2018.

Founded in 1977 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this will be DREAMHAVENBOOKS fourth 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.

Find author WIN SCOTT ECKERT at the Meteor House table. He’ll be selling the Pat Wildman novel, THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE (cowritten with Philip José Farmer). Win will also have various other books featuring his tales of popular characters such as Zorro, The Avenger, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Honey West, T.H.E. Cat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hareton Ironcastle, Captain Midnight, The Green Ghost, Sexton Blake, The Domino Lady, Doc Ardan, and Sherlock HolmesFind him online at winscotteckert.com or on Twitter @woldnewton.

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 at this year’s PulpFest. They’ll also have copies of THE ART OF THE PULPS, a book that Doug edited with Ed Hulse and the late Robert Weinberg. It was published in 2017 by IDW.

Please welcome FARMERFAN — the all-new fanzine of the next generation of Wold Newtonians — to this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100JASON SCOTT AIKENSEAN LEE LEVIN, and WILLIAM H. EMMONS will have copies of their inaugural fanzine celebrating the centennial of Science Fiction Grandmaster Philip José Farmer’s birth.  They’ll also be selling Doc Savage and other vintage paperbacks to support a literacy program in Emmons’ native Kentucky.

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

JIM BEARD & JOHN BRUENING of FLINCH BOOKSpublishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their newest prose anthology, QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG, as well as copies of their previous anthologies: RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, BIG TOP TALES: SIX NEW STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR 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 to sell. 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, Pro Se Productions, and self-published tomes. Be sure to attend the special spotlight Flinch Books panel on Saturday to hear John and Jim talk about their adventures in self-publishing, their creation of all things Flinch, and their great love for Pulp in general.

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

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Ray Walsh premiered a great collection of Golden and Silver Age comic books at this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention. “People were fighting over them,” he told us. Pictured here is a copy of the Perry Como issue of SUPERMAN. It’s #67, dated November-December 1950, with cover art by Al Plastino, just one of many collectibles available through Ray’s Curious Book Shop. Follow them on Facebook.

You might find the March 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES, featuring one dangerous-looking dame painted by Allen Anderson, in the PulpFest dealers’ room. Lloyd Currey, 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 26 – 29 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, Christopher Paul Carey, Peter McGarvey, Sara Light-Waller, and Jim Beard. The latter is also co-editor — with John C. Bruening — of QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG, published by Flinch Books, with cover art by Mark Maddox and cover design and logo by Maggie Ryel.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 9, 2018 by

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

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next five days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

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

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

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

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125 Years of Chris Schaare

Jul 5, 2018 by

Born on July 5, 1893, Christian Schaare was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. After moving with his family to West Hoboken, New Jersey, Schaare trained as an engraver’s assistant and a graphic designer. According to pulp scholar and art historian David Saunders, Schaare began selling freelance cover art to a variety of pulp magazines in 1925. His work was used by ACE-HIGH, AIR STORIES, AIRPLANE STORIES, ALL-AMERICAN SPORTS, COMPLETE SKY NOVEL, GUN MOLLS, LARIAT STORY, MASKED RIDER, NAVY STORIES, SKY RIDERS, WAR BIRDS, WAR STORIES, and others. He continued to work for the pulps until 1940.

Beginning in 1932, Schaare began a long series of covers for THE RING, a boxing magazine. He continued to work for the title into the 1950s. During this period, the artist also started working as a penciler and inker for comic books. His work appeared in Fawcett’s WOW COMICS, Holyoke’s BLUE BEETLE, Continental’s CAT-MAN COMICS, and other titles. From 1945 until 1960, Schaare worked as packaging design artist for The American Can Company. He produced several iconic advertising images, including the logos for Maxwell House Coffee and Sunoco.

(PulpFest 2018 will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. As part of our WWI programming, David Saunders will discuss the artists of the war pulps, including Chris Schaare.

From early 1928 through late 1930, C. R. Schaare painted at least fifteen covers for Dell Publishing’s WAR STORIES and its companions, WAR BIRDS and NAVY STORIES. He also contributed at least seven covers for Dell’s aviation title, SKY RIDERS. Although his covers sometimes had a humorous bent — such as the “Sausages” cover for the July 5, 1928 WAR STORIES — they often depicted soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. Chris Schaare died in 1980, at the age of eighty-six.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2018

Jul 4, 2018 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2018 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. The only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 26 through July 29!

In alphabetical order, we’d like to thank Dustin Wright and Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU and other role-playing games. Chaosium has donated a selection of fiction books and game supplements to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2018.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for their generous donation of several hardbound and softcover copies of the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MENInspired by the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Christopher will be reading from his book on Friday, July 27. PulpFest will also be hosting an art exhibition showcasing artist Mark Wheatley’s illustrations for the novel.

The Burroughs organization has also donated four hardbound Tarzan novels from their “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs series.” These will also be awarded as door prizes during PulpFest 2018.

Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 69th anniversary in 2018, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Mike Chomko, Books — a longtime dealer at PulpFest, Pulpcon, and other pulp conventions — has contributed a number of new pulp volumes to be offered as prizes to attendees of this year’s New Fictioneers readings.

Tom Brown and Radio Archives — the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks — for sending six complete audiobooks that will be awarded as door prizes for our members attending selected evening presentations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Including THE BEST OF ADVENTURE, G-8 AND HIS BATTLES ACES, and Will Murray’s WILD ADVENTURES OF DOC SAVAGE, six lucky attendees will be heading home with some new listening material for the trip.

PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, as well as Meteor House and FarmerCon for helping to sponsor our hospitality suite. Our host hotel has provided a room off their lobby where our members can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming.

You are welcome to join in on the fun. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the characters and creators that you love.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the many book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Jim Beard, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various conventions and elsewhere.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, today is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner and along the right hand side of our home page, you’ll find links that read “Book a Room.” Click on one of these links and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(From the late thirties through the early forties, August Schomburg — the younger brother of Alex Schomburg — painted many covers for Magazine Publishers’ FLYING ACES, including the August 1942 number. August’s older brother is well known for drawing over 500 comic book covers for CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HUMAN TORCH, SUB-MARINER, and other Golden Age titles.

During July and August 1942, just months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U. S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.)

July 4 is the Final Day to Book a Room at the DoubleTree

Jul 3, 2018 by

A block of rooms has been reserved for PulpFest 2018 attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for July 25, 2018 – July 30, 2018. However, to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night, you must book your room by Wednesday, July 4.

You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner and along the right hand side of our home pageyou’ll find links that read “Book a Room.” Click on one of these links and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special convention rate. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi privileges in each sleeping room and the hotel’s lobby, plus two complimentary breakfasts per room for each day of your stay. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

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.

By staying at our host hotel, you help to defray the convention’s substantial costs. You also help demonstrate to our hotel that PulpFest is a top-notch convention that will help their bottom line. To thank you for making PulpFest look good, you’ll get free early-bird shopping on Thursday evening in the PulpFest dealers’ room. That’s a savings of $30 if you stay at the DoubleTree!

We’re very happy the DoubleTree Cranberry will be hosting the summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art and related materials. PulpFest seeks to honor pulp fiction and pulp art by drawing attention to the many ways they have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other creators over the decades. Per our members, the DoubleTree is a terrific venue for our convention.

In 2018, PulpFest will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. We’ll also salute the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerJoin PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 for panels and presentations on the celebrated author of TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKEDOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, and many other works.

The convention’s guest of honor will be award-winning author Joe LansdaleThe author of over forty novels and many short stories, Lansdale has also written for comics, television, film, Internet sites, and more. PulpFest will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley

And don’t forget about our Confluence deal! All PulpFest members will receive $10 off the price of a daily membership to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s long-running literary conference on science fiction, fantasy and horror. The conference runs from 3 PM on Friday, July 27, through 3 PM on Sunday, July 29. It takes place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, located at 1160 Thorn Run Road in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Confluence members are also welcome to attend PulpFest 2018. They will receive the same $10 discount off the price of a daily PulpFest admission with proof of membership.

Start planning to attend PulpFest 2018 at the “pop culture center of the universe.” You can do so by clicking one of the Register buttons on our home page. For a look at our planned schedule, please visit our home page and click the Programming button just below our banner. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. You have one more day!

 

(During July and August 1942, just months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U. S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for. The August 1942 issue of Popular Publications’ ADVENTURE featured front cover art by E. Franklin Wittmack.

If you have any problems placing your reservation, please contact PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.)

Starting Today — A Daily PulpFest Post!

Jul 2, 2018 by

Since early April, we’ve had an announcement about PulpFest 2018 three days per week. Beginning today, we’ll have at least one post every Monday through Friday. We’ll be maintaining this pace through the beginning of the convention on July 26. We’ll even have an occasional weekend post and at least one post every day during the convention. PulpFest runs through Sunday, July 29, but even our promotion department needs a day off every now and then.

In future posts, we’ll discuss our free giveaways at the convention, highlights from this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER, our PulpFest 2018 dealers, and more, including our deal with ConfluencePittsburgh’s longest-running literary conference, with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door and you’ll get ten bucks off your daily admission to Confluence.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t live on the edge! Register now for PulpFest 2018 by clicking one of the links on our home page! It’s the only way to be part of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Just below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page, you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click the link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservationYou can also call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton, you’ll help ensure the convention’s success. Given the convention’s popularity, we urge every member to book a room for PulpFest 2018 as soon as possible.

(During July and August 1942, just months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U. S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for. The August 1942 issue of BLUE BOOK featured several flags painted by Herbert Morton Stoops. Also beginning in the same issue was H. Bedford-Jones fifteen-part series, “Flags of Our Fathers.” It would run through the October 1943 issue.)