PulpFest 2014 Premiers

Aug 4, 2014 by

Age of Aces 2As they do every year, a number of publishers have chosen to roll out new titles at PulpFest 2014. Age of AcesAltus Press and Black Dog Books will be premiering reprints of pulp classics from the past, while Airship 27 and Meteor House will debut new work inspired by the great fiction of the past. And since PulpFest will be hosting five New Fictioneer readings, expect to meet some of the creators of today’s pulp fiction at the convention.

Additionally, since we have quite a few new dealers at this year’s convention as well as others who will be debuting new, fresh-to-market pulp collections at our 2014 convention, you’ll also find information about them in this post.

Finally, we’ve had a recent donation of a new book from Golden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones that arrived after our Free Stuff at PulpFest post went live. We’ll close this news post with details on Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory. Now it’s time to move on to the new stuff premiering at PulpFest 2014 . . .

Chris and David Kalb of Age of Aces Books will be offering two new titles at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” Visit their tables to pick up copies of their third collection of the adventures of Captain Philip Strange, Strange Operators. Their other PulpFest premier will be the second volume of Robert J. Hogan’s The Adventures of Smoke Wade. Two exciting new volumes of World War I adventures, only from Age of Aces Books!

Airship 27 Productions will be debuting its sixteenth title of the year at PulpFest. Challenger Storm: The Curse of Poseidon is the second adventure in a series created and written by Don Gates. Illustrated by award-winning artist Michael Kaluta, fans of pulp adventure have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to last year’s Challenger Storm novel, Isle of Blood.

Airship comicIn conjunction with Redbud Studio, Airship will also be releasing its first-ever full-color comic book based on a classic pulp hero. I. V. Frost, Scientific Detective is based on the tales of pulp writer Donald Wandrei that appeared in Clues magazine from 1934 through 1937. The first issue includes two stories by Ron Fortier, illustrated and lettered by Gary Kato, with colors by Casey Beamis.

Mike Chomko Books will be representing Altus Press at PulpFest 2014. Winner of the 2010 Munsey AwardMike will be premiering multiple titles from the publisher, including The Adventures of Faidit and Cercamon, Buccaneer Blood: The Adventures of Denis Burke, The Complete Adventures of Thibaut Corday and the Foreign Legion, The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 1, The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volumes 1 & 2, The Crime Master: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 1, Grey Maiden: The Story of a Sword Through the Ages, Tomorrow: The Complete Saga, Volumes 1 & 2, and Street Wolf: The Black Mask Stories of Frederick Nebel. For additional details on these books (and a few others that will be appearing at the convention), please visit the Altus Press Facebook site by clicking here.

Stark HouseMike will also be representing Stark House Press at PulpFest. “Stark House is the best thing to happen to hardboiled noir since the first California housewife got the idea to team up with a door-to-door salesman to off her husband and collect the insurance money.” Be sure to visit Mike’s tables near the main entrance for some of the best in pulp and hardboiled fiction.

Tom Roberts of Black Dog Books will have three new works available at PulpFest. They are Flamehair, an historical adventure by H. Bedford-Jones concerning a Saxon boy kidnapped by Vikings; a collection of Northwestern adventures written by Frederick Nebel entitled Forbidden River; and The Shorthorn Kid, a collection of western stories by Hugh Pendexter that follows a young man as he evolves from greenhorn to seasoned cowhand.

Meteor HouseOne of our FarmerCon partners, Meteor House, will be offering a new, softcover edition of The Evil in Pemberley House. Deeply ingrained in the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Lord Greystoke—as well as the bronze champion of justice, Doc Wildman—The Evil in Pemberley House is a darkly erotic novel with broad appeal to readers of pulp and popular literature, and fans of Philip José Farmer’s own celebrated Wold Newton Family. Co-author Win Scott Eckert will be signing copies for everyone who pre-ordered the book and for anyone who buys the book at PulpFest.

Additionally, Meteor House will be debuting Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows at the convention. Although pre-orders will have all been shipped by this week, PulpFest will be the first event where Josh Reynolds’ sequel to Farmer’s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg will be available.

In addition to the publishers who will be exhibiting at this year’s PulpFest, there will be several dealers who will be debuting new, fresh-to-market pulp collections at our 2014 convention. Doug Sims of Heroes and Games recently purchased a thousand paperback books of all our favorite pulp heroes. Mostly complete series of many different pulp heroes! PulpFest will be the first convention where this collection will be available for sale.

Owen D. Kubik & Rachell Chilton of Kubik Fine Books will be attending their first pulp convention. They will have a variety of books, magazines, and pulps including numerous issues of Argosy and Galaxy, Doc Savage paperbacks, books by Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, and other fantasy and adventure authors, plus a nice selection of Shadow items.

Dave Kurzman will be returning to PulpFest following an absence of several years with a large, fresh-to-market, mid-grade batch of Shadow and Doc Savage pulps, plus many boxes of mid-thirties Argosy. He’ll also be bringing long runs of Planet, Jungle Stories, The Spider, and about 200 Weird Tales.

A hearty PulpFest welcome to Brian Livingston, appearing in our dealers’ room for the first time. He’ll be bringing over 25 long boxes stocked with pulps including a fresh-to-market collection from Indiana that has been in storage since the early seventies. Included are titles such as Black MaskDime DetectiveDime MysteryDoc SavageThe ShadowThrilling AdventuresThrilling Detective and many other detective pulps.

Amazing Stories 28-08A new dealer at PulpFest, David Ritter is a collector from Boston who focuses on ephemera related to H. P. Lovecraft and E. E. “Doc” Smith. He will be offering selected issues of Weird Tales and other items from his collection, including a nice August 1928 Amazing Stories.

One of our Saturday night auctioneers, Joseph Saine, will be offering 350 fresh-to-market science-fiction and some western pulps, most in super condition. And don’t forget the 75 lots of pulps that Joe will be selling at this year’s Saturday Night Auction. Click here to see them.

Although he’s a PulpFest committee member, Barry Traylor has not sold much at recent conventions. This year however, he’ll have bedsheet issues of Astounding and Fantastic Adventures, a smattering of adventure pulps, back issues of Illustration and Blood ‘n’ Thunder, science-fiction and mystery digests, and more. Be sure to look for his table.

Other new dealers to hunt down this year include book and pulp collector Mark Alvarado, autograph and poster dealer Keith Hurd, illustrator Ren McKinzie, and artists Jami Triplett and her friend. Learn more about them all by visiting the dealers page of our website.

Finally, PulpFest 2014 would like to thank Golden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones for contributing a dozen copies of the biography of author Herbert Allingham, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory. Allingham’s melodramatic serial stories ran week after week in the halfpenny papers a hundred years ago. From his first published work in 1886 to his death in 1936, he entertained hundreds of thousands of working-class readers, bringing color and excitement into their hard, precarious lives. Nothing he wrote was ever published in book form and while the proprietors of the flimsy mass-market magazines made fortunes, their writers remained uncelebrated. Julia’s biography seeks to change that.

Fifty Years in the Fiction FactoryWe’ll be offering Julia Jones’ Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory: The working life of Herbert Allingham, 1867-1936 as door prizes at different times during the convention. Many thanks to Julia and Golden Duck for their generous donation.

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Presenting Our 2014 Dealers!

Aug 1, 2014 by

PulpFest will have more than fifty dealers and their partners filling well-over one-hundred tables at our 2014 convention. Seven of our dealers will be brand new to PulpFest. We’ll also be hosting a number of dealers returning to the convention after a few years absence. So please give them all a hearty welcome to “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” We’d like them back again for many conventions to come.

You’ll find a list of all the dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2014 by clicking here. Please pay our dealers’ page a visit to see what our sellers will be offering at this year’s convention. And don’t forget, we’re also planning a great auction for Saturday night featuring seventy-five lots of pulps, twenty-five lots of material from the estate of Weird Tales author Everil Worrell, and other surprises.

The PulpFest 2014 dealers’ room will be open on Thursday night, August 7th, from 6 to 10 PM for early-bird shopping. To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel–the Hyatt Regency in the heart of Columbus–PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. Due to the proximity of our convention, the Hyatt’s online reservation system is now closed, but you may still be able to get a room by calling 1-888-421-1442. Be sure to mention PulpFest when placing your reservation.

For those who will not be staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra four hours of shopping on Thursday evening by paying a nominal fee of $30. However, please be aware that no advance registrations for PulpFest 2014 will be accepted after Monday, August 4th. Our Paypal page will shut down at 10 PM on that day.

For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material at the entrance to the dealers’ room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on Thursday evening, August 7th, between 5 and 9 PM, and on Friday morning, August 8th, between 9 and 10 AM. During the rest of the convention, you will be able to pick up your materials at the registration desk starting at 10 AM.

Our dealers’ room will be open to all registered PulpFest 2014 members beginning on Friday, August 8th, at 10 AM. It will remain open until 5 PM on Friday.

Our Saturday dealers’ room hours on August 9th will be from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. We’ll be shutting down fifteen minutes early for people to get ready for our Saturday night group dinner at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Unfortunately, we can’t take any more reservations for this event as all seats have been taken.

Sunday’s dealers’ room hours will be limited as many of our dealers will be packing up for their trips home. Limited buying and selling opportunities will be available from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, August 10th. Bargains may be available, but please do not come expecting to find  many sellers who are not occupied with packing their wares as they prepare to depart Columbus.

Dealers will be able to set up their displays for the convention on Thurday afternoon, August 7th, beginning at 4 PM. We will remain open until 11 PM for sellers to complete their preparations. All dealers are expected to be set up by 11 PM on Thursday evening. 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 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

PulpFest 2014 is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best pulp cons of all time. Please join us at the Hyatt Regency located at 350 North High Street, in the heart of the active Arena District, just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. Come and enjoy “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” from August 7th – 10th. We’ll be waiting for you!

Dealing at PulpFest 2014

Mar 23, 2014 by

BNT Guide to Pulp FictionInterested in selling at PulpFest 2014? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are primarily interested in pulp and genre fiction as well as pulp and paperback art. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in BronzeAge of AcesBattered Silicon Dispatch Box, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials as do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Likewise, new pulp publishers and authors such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Ron Fortier and Rob Davis of Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

PulpFest 2014 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 15,800 square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables will cost $80 and island tables will be $70. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and for any helpers accompanying them to PulpFest. For those dealers who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency ColumbusPulpFest is pleased to offer a third table free for every two tables that they rent, a tremendous savings. That’s buy two and get one free to thank such dealers for helping to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday, August 8th, and remain open until 5 PM. We’ll also have hours on Saturday and Sunday, August 9th & 10th. Please visit our convention hours page for more details. And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, August 7th, from 6 PM to 10 PM, when dedicated fans of  pulp and genre fiction will enjoy an extra four hours of shopping.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend as a PulpFest 2014 dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can register by clicking on the link below for a download of our 2014 dealer newsletter & registration form.

PulpFest 2014 Dealer Newsletter & Registration Form

If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com and complete our survey by clicking here.  Remember, we’ll be holding a random drawing for three free memberships to PulpFest 2014 for those who respond to our survey questions.

The front cover to Ed Hulse’s The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction was designed by Chris Kalb, a talented illustrator who also put together the PulpFest website way back when. This must-have, non-fiction guide to pulps and pulp fiction was published in 2013 by Murania Press.

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest

Mar 7, 2014 by

Planet Comics 1940-01Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, original artwork, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our 15,800 square-foot dealers’ room.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction books, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAltus PressGirasol CollectablesMeteor House, and Sanctum Books. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday, as well as offerings from Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 5 PM on August 8th and 9th and until 2 PM on Sunday, August 1oth (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home).

And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, August 7th, from 6 PM to 10 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra four hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings of $30!

Remember, “If you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, or slicks . . . PulpFest is the place to be.”

 

The first issue of Fiction House’s Planet Comics, dated January 1940, sported a front cover by Lou Fine. The comic book was a spin-off of Planet Stories, one of seven science-fiction pulps introduced in the genre’s Golden Year of 1939. PulpFest 2014 will be celebrating “75 years of fantastic fiction” at this year’s convention in Columbus, Ohio.