Will You Join the New Fictioneers?

Feb 13, 2017 by

New Pulp. To the uninitiated, it sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it’s a genre that excels at PulpFest. While we’re a convention dedicated to the magazines published before many of us were born, we’re happy to save space for the authors and publishers who are recreating and reinventing the field.

PulpFest co-founder Mike Chomko once wrote, “If you’re a writer who has been inspired by the work of yarn-spinners such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Walt Coburn, Carroll John Daly, Lester Dent, Frederick Faust, Walter B. Gibson, Edmond Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, H. Bedford-Jones, Henry Kuttner, H. P. Lovecraft, Norvell Page, Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Williamson, and countless others who churned out commercial fiction for the pulp market, PulpFest is looking for you!”

Since 2009, PulpFest has offered the mic to some of New Pulp’s best writers. On Friday and Saturday afternoons we’re hosting readings by some of today’s stars of New Pulp. We call these sessions the New Fictioneers, and we’re making a call for writers to join the ranks of this elite club. If you write genre fiction -– detective, fantasy, pulp hero, science fiction, western, etc –- you could join the New Fictioneers.

As a New Pulp author, we’d like you spend a few minutes reading from a recent work and then take questions from the audience. At press time we have slots available on both Friday, July 28 and Saturday July 29, 2017.

If you’re a writer of contemporary genre fiction who would like to participate in our 2017 festivities, please send an email to me, PulpFest committee member Chuck Welch, at chuck@pulpfest.com. Give me an idea of the theme of your work, where you’ve been published, and whether you’re available Friday, Saturday, or both.

In order to prepare the convention schedule, we need your application submitted by April 15th, 2017. We only have a limited number of slots available, so remember first come is first-served. Send your email as soon as possible.

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Returning to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 16, 2017 by

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

A new year of pulp conventions kicks off with the southern edition of Pulp AdventureCon on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Special guest for the event will be Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman, who contributed to CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS, THE HUMAN TORCH, MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS, SUB-MARINER COMICS, ALL-WINNERS COMICS, and many other Timely titles. (Timely, of course, would morph into Marvel Comics.) Bellman, a longtime South Florida resident, will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about Timely publisher Martin Goodman and his company’s comics and pulps.

Pulp AdventureCon takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale. But attendees staying at the hotel usually hold informal gatherings Friday night before the show, and Saturday evening afterward, and anyone who’d like to participate is welcome. If you’re planning to stay overnight, use the special codeword “pulp” to receive the $109 room rate.

The Florida con, now in its third year, features pulp magazines, of course, but also a variety of pulp culture collectibles, such as New Pulp books, Golden Age comic books, Big Little Books, old-time radio and movie memorabilia, and more. (It’s also a great way to escape the winter weather; typical seasonal temperatures in Fort Lauderdale in February are highs in the upper 70s and lows in around 60.)

For more information, visit the Pulp AdventureCon website and the con’s blog.

Register Now for PulpFest 2017

Jan 9, 2017 by

PulpFest_2017_frontA big thank you to the many folks who took advantage of our PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale. We appreciate your tremendous support of the convention. 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. Thanks for helping to make PulpFest look good.

There are still rooms available at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at our host hotel.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi and two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. Parking is free!

If you have yet to register for PulpFest 2017 — taking place place July 27 – 30 — the convention is now accepting advance registrations from all parties. Here’s how . . .

For All Members

All PulpFest 2017 members, including dealers, must register for the convention.

Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying at the DoubleTree: $35 (includes free early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying elsewhere: $40 (without early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying elsewhere: $70 (with early-bird shopping)

Single-day membership for Friday or Saturday: $20
Single-day membership for Sunday: $10 (available only at the door)
Supporting Membership: $25

Additional Details

Children age 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted for free. However, they must be registered.

Early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27, is free to members staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The cost is $30 to members staying elsewhere.

An early-bird membership will get you into the dealers’ room from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday, July 27, while our dealers are setting up for the convention. Only staff, dealers, and early-birds will be allowed into the dealers’ room during these hours. Please realize that due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every registered dealer will be available during our early-bird hours. Our evening programming will follow our early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27.

If you register for a Sunday single-day membership, please be aware that many dealers will be packing up and buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

All paying members, including supporting members, will receive a complementary copy of our program book, THE PULPSTER, a $10 value.

Early registration will be held outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry on Thursday evening, July 27, running from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Friday morning, July 28, running from 9 AM to 10 AM. If you are paying at the door, please have your completed registration form on hand to speed up the process. You’ll be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

Please click here to download our 2017 member registration form. To pay for your membership, please see the instructions below.

For Dealers Only

Island-table rental fee: $80 per table
Wall-table rental fee: $90 per table
Electrical outlets (if needed): $20 per outlet

All dealers and their helpers are also required to purchase a membership to PulpFest 2017.

Additional Details

PulpFest 2017 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 11,328-square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables and placement within the dealers’ room will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 44 wall tables will be available in our dealers’ room.

PulpFest 2017 Post Card backThere will be no height restrictions on any tables. Displays will be allowed on tables as long as they can stand safely. Please use common sense and courtesy to design your displays. All members registering as dealers must have material for sale at their tables. If you have any special needs — positioning within the room, unique display requirements, and so on — please let us know when you register.

All registered dealers will be profiled in a series of posts that will run on the PulpFest website during the last week of June. Our marketing director, Mike Chomko, will be contacting you about this.

Although the focus of PulpFest 2017 will be pulp magazines and related materials, genre fiction, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books can also be sold. Please remember that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Sexually explicit material, including PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI, will not be allowed.

Dealer set-up will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 4 – 11 PM. Selling to early-bird shoppers will be allowed on July 27, beginning at 6 PM and running until 9 PM. The dealers’ room will be open to dealers on Friday, July 28, beginning at 9 AM. It will open to all PulpFest members beginning at 10 AM. All dealers are expected to be set up on Thursday evening by 11 PM and be open for business on Friday, July 28, at 10 AM. If you are not able to comply, please discuss your needs with convention chairperson Jack Cullers by emailing him at jack@pulpfest.com or writing him at the address noted below.

Please click here to download our 2017 dealer registration form. To pay for your dealer membership, please see the instructions below.

Payment Instructions

The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, 07/24/17 at 10 PM eastern time. To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use our Paypal Order page. If you pay via Paypal, you’ll also have to register via email, providing all of the information required on our registration forms to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

If you have any questions about member or dealer registrations, please write to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

(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.

The back of our PulpFest 2017 post card features the work of Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover for the May 1936 issue of SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTUES, a short-lived title published by Fiction Magazines, Inc.)

The PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale Ends on Sunday

Jan 6, 2017 by

north-west-romances-39-spAre you planning to attend PulpFest 2017? Then now’s the time to register! Through January 8, both regular attendees and dealers who will be staying at our host hotel will be able to register for PulpFest at our 2016 rates. It’s the PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale!

PulpFest 2017 will take place July 27 – 30 at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can now book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at our host hotel. 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 of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi and two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. Parking is free!

To thank those who will be supporting us by staying at the DoubleTree, we’re offering an opportunity to lock in our 2016 prices for PulpFest 2017. Act now as this offer ends Jan 8!

PulpFest 2017 Cyber Monday Sale

From December 12 through January 8, you can register for PulpFest 2017 at the following rates:

Full Weekend DoubleTree membership: $30 (includes free early-bird shopping and $5 savings over 2017)

DoubleTree island-table rental fee: $70 per six-foot table (save $10 by registering now)

DoubleTree wall-table rental fee: $80 per six-foot table (save $10 by registering now)

Only members who will be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be able to register at these rates. If you have booked a room at the DoubleTree, please click here to download our PulpFest 2017 Cyber Monday registration form.

To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use our Paypal Order page. To take advantage of our Cyber Monday Sale, you must book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry and register by January 8, 2017. If you have any questions about registering, please write to Jack Cullers at the address noted above or via email at jack@pulpfest.com.

We will start accepting registrations for all members at our new prices beginning on January 9, 2017.

(Hopefully the two guys on the pulp will get done with their fight in time to take advantage of the PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale! The poor woman is tied up right now. She can’t get to a computer.

Norman Saunders painted the cover for the Spring 1939 issue of NORTH-WEST ROMANCES. The artist was a prolific and talented illustrator who contributed work to the pulps, slicks, digests, paperbacks, comic books, men’s adventure magazines, and trading cards.)

Happy New Year from PulpFest

Jan 1, 2017 by

detective-story-31-01-03Ring in the new year by planning to join PulpFest 2017! We’ll be exploring the world of detective fiction with a look at DIME DETECTIVE — one of the top detective pulp magazines; female gumshoes; and the pulps’ first hardboiled hero. “Ka-chow!” We’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of Robert Bloch, author of PSYCHO; the villains who battled The Shadow; Pat Savage; the world of Philip José Farmer; and the characters of Erle Stanley Gardner. The Narada Radio Company will perform and author and stage actor Chet Williamson will read from his work. Plus, we’ll have a dealers’ room filled with detective and adventure pulps, science fiction books and magazines, westerns and digest magazines, original art and illustrations, vintage paperbacks and collectible comic books, unique films, and much more. It will all be at PulpFest 2017.

Running from July 27 – 30, the convention will be at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh. The DoubleTree offers ample free parking as well as free wifi for its guests.

To thank those members who will be supporting PulpFest by staying at our host hotel, the convention is holding a “Cyber Monday” sale through January 8, 2017. We’re offering those members who choose to stay at the DoubleTree an opportunity to lock in our 2016 prices for PulpFest 2017. If you act before January 9, you’ll save $5 on your membership fee! Exhibitors will save ten bucks for each table they rent!! What a great deal for the holidays!!!

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch — wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year.

(The front cover art for the January 3, 1931 issue of Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE was painted by John A. Coughlin. Born in Chicago, Coughlin got his start in his home town’s advertising business. He moved to New York City in 1912 and painted his first pulp cover a year later — for Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE. Other pulp clients included ARGOSY, DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY, SHORT STORIES, TOP-NOTCH, and WILD WEST WEEKLY. He also contributed cover art for HARPER’S WEEKLY, FARM AND FIRESIDE MAGAZINE, and THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.)

Season’s Greetings from PulpFest

Dec 25, 2016 by

hardboiledxmasFrom July 27 – 30, 2017, PulpFest will celebrate the “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few of the Psychos” of the great pulp magazines. It was in such rough-paper periodicals as BLACK MASK and DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE that the hardboiled detective genre took shape and flourished. Still inspiring authors and readers across the globe, the hardboiled dick and dangerous dame had to be, as Raymond Chandler suggested, “the best man (or woman) in his world and a good enough man (or woman) for any world.”

The “hard-boiled detectives knew well how the world worked, that it was too often an ugly, unfair and brutal place that buried gentle virtues and kind gestures under spadefuls of smothering darkness …. They understood that they were trying to make a decent living in an often indecent business, but it was more than that. Deep down, they wanted to help humanity, wanted to restore compassion and kindness to the world — wanted, say, for themselves and others to be able to enjoy Christmas like a kid.”

Let’s hope a knight errant of the hardboiled school is around to help this poor woman enjoy her holidays. It’s not looking too good for her. The painting — by David Saunders — and the quote just above — by John Wooley and John McMahan — is from HARD-BOILED CHRISTMAS STORIES, an anthology of ten yuletide homicide tales published in 2012 by Reverse Karma Press. It’s highly recommended.

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

(To thank those members who will be supporting PulpFest in a very special well by staying at our host hotel — the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — the convention is holding a “Cyber Monday” sale through January 8, 2017. We’re offering those members an opportunity to lock in our 2016 prices for PulpFest 2017. If you act before January 9, you’ll save $5 on your membership fee! Exhibitors will save ten bucks for each table they rent!! What a great deal for the holidays!!!)