Many Thanks

Sep 23, 2014 by

FlyerYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who choose to attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2014 a tremendous weekend. We could not have done it without you:

Our all-volunteer front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Samantha Childers, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, and Lucy Denunzio; our panelists, presenters, and auctioneers–Jason Aiken, Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Croteau, Doug Ellis, Dick Enos, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Chris Kalb, Dr. Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Nathan Madison, Walker Martin, Laurie Powers (who spoke at Ohio State University), Wayne Reinagel, Dr. Garyn G. Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Lisa Scott, Dr. Art Sippo, Paul Spiteri, and Barry Traylor; our technical staff–Chuck and Juliette Welch; and our behind-the-scenes help–Ohio State’s Eric Johnson, Dan Zimmer,  and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create The Pulpster #23–editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors Tony Davis, John Gunnison, Don Herron, Don Hutchison, John Locke, Dwayne Olson, Garyn G. Roberts, Jeffrey Shanks, and Christian A. Vallini Lawson, as well as the magazine’s advertisers–Altus Press, ConnectiCon, Dick Enos, Futures Past Editions, Hang Fire Books, Douglas D. Hawk, Heartwood Auctions, C. E. Martin, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, New Texture, Pro Se Productions, The Pulp Factory, The Pulp. Net, Radio Archives (who also provided the door prizes for PulpFest 2014), Ramble House, Stark House Press, Scott Vaughn, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, J. Randolph Cox, and this year’s Rusty Award, J. Barry Traylor. Congratulations to Randy and Barry and to all of the nominees for our 2014 awards.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Laura Mac and Bags Unlimited, Ben Ohmart and Bear Manor Media, Engle Publishing and The Paper & Advertising Collectors’ Marketplace, Gordon Van Gelder and Fantasy & Science FictionGolden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones, the Estate of Rusty Hevelin, Tom Brown and Radio Archives, and Chet Williamson. And many thanks to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for the loan of their sound system.

Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Scott Williams, and all of the conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2014. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2015, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from August 13th through August 16th. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please subscribe to our PulpFest email list through the boxes found to the right of this post. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with PulpFest 2015, please email Mike ChomkoJack Cullers, Sally CullersBarry Trayloror Chuck Welch.

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Buy THE PULPSTER

Aug 27, 2014 by

The Pulpster 23 Final CoverCopies of the latest issue of The Pulpster are now available for purchase from Mike Chomko, Books. A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, The Pulpster #23 was released at PulpFest 2014. The new number focuses on the 75th anniversary of the blossoming of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.” Additionally, the magazine also examines the so-called “shudder pulps,” magazines such as Terror Tales and Spicy Mystery Stories.

Leading off the issue is “Science Fiction and the Pulps,” the unabridged version of Mike Chomko‘s “History of Magazine Science Fiction,” serialized on the PulpFest home page. Last year’s Munsey Award winner, Garyn G. Roberts, is on board with an article on Futuria Fantasia, the fanzine that Ray Bradbury debuted at the first World Science Fiction ConventionDon Herron, the creator of San Francisco’s Dashiell Hammett Tour, the longest-running literary tour in the USA, takes a look at Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Fritz Leiber’s classic characters that made their first appearance in the August 1939 UnknownDwayne Olson contributes several letters written by Donald Wandrei concerning the death of his friend, Hannes Bok, born one-hundred years ago on July 2, 1914. Additionally, Argentine pulp writer Alfredo Julio Grassi is profiled by Christian Lawson.

Weird-menace fiction came into its own in 1934 and The Pulpster looks back to those days with “Pulp Horrors of the Dirty Thirties,” written by Don Hutchison, author of The Great Pulp Heroes and many other works. Archaeologist  Jeffrey Shanks is also on hand with a look at “Zombies from the Pulps,” an overview of the undead writings of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Manly Wade Wellman, Henry Kuttner, and other great pulpsters.

Filling out the issue is editor Bill Lampkin’s editorial, Tony Davis’ “Final Chapters,” and a tribute to the late Frank M. Robinson, written by John Gunnison of Adventure House.

The Pulpster #23 can be purchased for $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers outside the United States will pay more.  Please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions. You can also write to Mike about Pulpster back issues or visit our “program book” page for a list of what issues are available.

Start Making Plans for PulpFest 2015

Aug 10, 2014 by

InnsmouthPulpFest 2014 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $5 which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, The Pulpster. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2014, start making your plans right now to join the 44th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2015. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. It will take place August 13 – 16 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2015, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Finally, there’s our email list. Subscribe to our list and be the first on your block to get news about PulpFest. You’ll find the subscription boxes by clicking on any post. It will be the two boxes directly to the right of the post. Fill them in and hit the submit button and you’re on your way.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2015. Bring your friends!

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PulpFest 2014 Continues . . .

Aug 9, 2014 by

TriplettThere’s still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open today from 9 AM to 4:45 PM and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 1 PM when Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by two more New Fictioneers readings.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2014 Business Meeting beginning at 7:30 PM. It will be followed by the 2014 Munsey Award Presentation at 7:50 PM. Our presentations for the evening will include Unknown: The Best in Fantasy FictionThe Mystery and Mastery of John Newton Howitt, and the last four chapters of Buck Rogers following our Saturday Night at the Auction.

Tonight’s auction will include over 150 pulps as well as digests and dime novels as well as a selection of books, fanzines, manuscripts, and ephemera from the collection of Everil Worrell, author of nineteen stories for Weird Tales. Four lots of material from the collection of pulp author Paul S. Powers will also be sold. There will also be approximately eighty more lots submitted for sale by convention members.

You can learn more about all of our great presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

Don’t let PulpFest 2014 slip by. Come to Columbus and join in on the fun! Admission to the show is $15 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday, allowing entry to all convention activities. Children under 15 accompanied by a parent are free. The general public is welcome to attend.

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PulpFest 2014 Underway

Aug 8, 2014 by

Terror Tales 34-09PulpFest 2014 got underway on Thursday evening with early-bird shopping starting at 6 PM and a full slate of programming starting at 8 PM. Now, in just two hours, the PulpFest 2014 dealers’ room will be open to all. Upon entry to the Hyatt’s spacious exhibition hall, collectors will be greeted by more than 100 tables filled with pulps, books, original artwork, vintage comics, and other collectibles. And the feeding frenzy will begin!

There’s still plenty of time to join in on the fun. Members will be able to register today for the convention, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here.

Our dealers’ room will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 5 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1:30 PM with the first of three New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin at 7:30 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees.

Friday night’s programming will feature a brief look at 1939: Science Fiction’s Boom YearStartling Stories: An OverviewA Feast of Farmer: PJF’s Early Science FictionPulp Promos, Part TwoEighty Years of TerrorScience Fiction’s “Golden Age” , and chapters 5 – 8 of Buck Rogers.

We’ll have more exciting programming for you on Saturday, including an auction of more than 100 lots of collectibles. You can learn more about all of our great presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

Admission to the show is $15 per day or $35 for all three days, allowing entry to all convention activities. Children under 15 accompanied by a parent are free. The general public is welcome to attend.

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PulpFest 2014 Begins Today

Aug 7, 2014 by

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PulpFest 2014 will begin today at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 5 to 9 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 5 PM right outside of the dealers’ room located in the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here.

For those of you who have not yet registered forPulpFest, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Three-day memberships will be available for $35. Single day memberships costing $15 per day will also be available. The early-bird shopping option cost an additional $30. It’s free to those members who will be staying at the Hyatt. Please visit our Registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Your membership allows entry to all convention activities. Children, accompanied by a parent, who are fifteen and younger will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family! The general public is very much welcome to attend.

As a prelude to the start of Thursday’s convention, Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will be hosting a lecture by author and pulp fan Laurie Powers. She will be speaking about her grandfather, the noted pulp writer Paul Powers. All PulpFest 2014 attendees are welcome to attend Laurie’s lecture on Thursday, beginning at 4:30 PM. It will be held in Room 150 A/B. The library is located at 1858 Neil Avenue, about two and one-half miles from the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM with a tribute to the late Frank Robinson, winner of the Lamont Award in the year 2000. There will also be presentations on Frank Munsey’s Famous Fantastic Mysteriespulp artist Harold Winfield ScottThe Avenger’s Diamond Jubileeand our annual FamerCon panel, The Farmerian VisionClosing out the night will be the first four chapters of the 1939 science-fiction movie serial, Buck Rogers.

You can find additional details about these and all of our presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

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Safe Journey

Aug 6, 2014 by

Astounding 40-06PulpFest 2014 will begin tomorrow, August 7th. Dealer set-up will take place from 4 to 11 PM. All members will be able to register for the convention from 5 to 9 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM.

To all of you who will be attending PulpFest, we look forward to seeing you. Please have a safe journey to Columbus.

Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Ed Hulse, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch–your PulpFest Organizing Committee

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PulpFest Primer

Aug 5, 2014 by

FlyerPulpFest 2014 will begin on Thursday, August 7th, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 5 to 9 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM with a tribute to the late Frank Robinson, winner of the Lamont Award in the year 2000. There will also be presentations on Frank Munsey’s Famous Fantastic Mysteries, pulp artist Harold Winfield ScottThe Avenger’s Diamond Jubileeand our annual FamerCon panel, The Farmerian VisionClosing out the night will be the first four chapters of the 1939 science-fiction movie serial, Buck Rogers.

 As a prelude to the start of Thursday’s convention, Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will be hosting a lecture by author and pulp fan Laurie Powers. She will be speaking about her grandfather, the noted pulp writer Paul Powers. All PulpFest 2014 attendees are welcome to attend Laurie’s lecture on Thursday, beginning at 4:30 PM. It will be held in Room 150 A/B. The library is located at 1858 Neil Avenue, about two and one-half miles from the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 5 PM right outside of the dealers’ room located in the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking hereAlthough we’d love to have you fill out the survey portion of our registration form, it is optional.

For those of you who have not yet registered forPulpFest, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Three-day memberships will be available for $35. Single day memberships costing $15 per day will also be available. Children, accompanied by a parent, who are fifteen and younger will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our Registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, August 8th, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 5 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1:30 PM with the first of three New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin at 7:30 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will feature a brief look at 1939: Science Fiction’s Boom YearStartling Stories: An OverviewA Feast of Farmer: PJF’s Early Science FictionPulp Promos, Part TwoEighty Years of TerrorScience Fiction’s “Golden Age” , and chapters 5 – 8 of Buck Rogers.

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On Saturday, August 9th, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM to 4:45 PM. It will be closing fifteen minutes early to allow time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner at Buca di Beppo, a get-together arranged by registration and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers. Please note that this event has sold out.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 1 PM when Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by two more New Fictioneers readings. Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2014 Business Meeting beginning at 7:30 PM. It will be followed by the 2014 Munsey Award Presentation at 7:50 PM. Our presentations for the evening will include Unknown: The Best in Fantasy FictionThe Mystery and Mastery of John Newton Howitt, and the last four chapters of Buck Rogers following our Saturday Night at the AuctionOur auction will include over 150 pulps as well as digests and dime novels as well as a selection of books, fanzines, manuscripts, and ephemera from the collection of Everil Worrell, author of nineteen stories for Weird Tales. Four lots of material from the collection of pulp author Paul S. Powers will also be sold.

On Sunday, August 10th, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please visit our Programming page for further details. Each entry is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.

Early indications are that we will surpass last year’s show both in our number of registrations and rooms booked at the hotel. We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. For some time, we’ve been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, you probably should call the hotel and make your reservation immediately. You can do so by calling 1-888-421-1442 or 1-614-463-1234. Please be sure to mention PulpFest when placing your reservation.

The Hyatt Regency is located at 350 North High Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The hotel is south of I-670, just 15-20 minutes from Columbus International Airport. In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are shops and restaurants galore right outside the hotel’s entrance. Click here for directions.

For those who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency during the convention, parking is free at the Chestnut Street Garage, one block south of the hotel. The garage is connected to the hotel via an enclosed and covered walkway. For those visiting PulpFest for the day, you can also use the Chestnut Street Garage. Rates vary based on time, but $16 will get you a day’s parking with in and out privileges. Additional parking is available at the Convention Center underground garage or the Center’s east lot. Again, rates are time-based and $14 will get you parking for 12 hours with no in and out privileges. Click here for a more detailed look at parking near the Hyatt Regency. Alternately, if you don’t mind walking a few blocks, there are many inexpensive options. Click here for an interactive parking map of Columbus and search near 350 North High Street.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. While unloading and transporting your goods should be very easy–there’s a back entrance to the hotel for loading and we have been granted exclusive use of a freight elevator–there is bound to be a certain amount of disorientation as folks negotiate their way around the Hyatt. Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday evening, an extra four hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

All PulpFest attendees will be able to submit material for inclusion in the Saturday Night Auction. For additional information, please visit our Auctions page under “Programming” or contact Barry Traylor via email at barry@pulpfest.com. In addition to 104 auction lots submitted by Joseph Saine and the Worrell and Powers estates, we will be accepting about eighty additional lots from registered members of PulpFest 2014. However, due to the substantial amount of material already submitted, there may be limits on the number of lots that can be offered by each consignee. The sooner you submit your consignment to Mike Chomko, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. Mike’s tables will be along the wall, across from the registration desk just inside the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2014 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, August 10th. He will be arriving between 11 AM and noon and will stay as long as his services are needed. Further information is available on our FAQ  page.

The entire PulpFest 2014 organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Ed Hulse, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch–is looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days. Have a safe trip to Columbus.

Why PulpFest?

Aug 3, 2014 by

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Tonight, we thought that we would share a short essay written by Walker Martin based on something he had recently posted on Yahoo’s Pulpmags newsgroup. Walker, who writes about pulp collecting for Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog, has been a reader and collector for over sixty years. In 1997, he received the Lamont Award at Pulpcon 26 in Bowling Green, Ohio. We’re proud to have him as one of our own and can think of no one better to answer the question, “Why PulpFest?” Take it away Walker . . .

Were you at the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego? Still tired out from that recently concluded media extravaganza?

Will you be attending Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention with Andy Porter, Curt Phillips, and other science-fiction fans?

I guess I better give my 10 cents, though it has been over half-a-century since you could buy a fiction magazine for a dime. I hope Andy and Curt have fun in England, but I’ll be heading for PulpFest on August 7th. This is a joyful trip that I’ve been making every year (with a couple of exceptions) since 1972.

During the seventies, eighties, and nineties, it was called Pulpcon and every year I would see fellow pulp collectors, most of them gone now, damn it. Magazine collectors many of you may still remember. Great guys like Rusty Hevelin, Jack Deveny, Richard Minter, Bob Sampson, Bob Weinberg (he’s still with us), Sheldon Jaffery, Harry Noble, Darrell Richardson, Frank Robinson, Mike Avallone, and such amazing guests like pulp artists Norman Saunders, Walter Baumhofer, Rafael Desoto, and so many more.

I used to attend many of the SF conventions before they started stressing costumes and bookless dealer’s rooms with only a few pulps. I’m talking about the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I remember when Philcon and Lunacon were worth attending if you were a collector of books and magazines. I also went to several of the Worldcons, such as the events held in New York City, Toronto, Washington DC, and Boston.

But then the dealer’s rooms changed and I couldn’t find old magazines except for a couple here and there. Fortunately Pulpcon, PulpFest, and Windy City came along and enabled me to add thousands of pulps to my collection.

If you are big SF fan or writer, then I guess the Worldcon is the place to be I . But if you are a fiction magazine or a book collector, then there is no doubt about it, you have to attend PulpFest from August 7 – 10 in Columbus Ohio. You’ll find all the details at www.pulpfest.com.

I’ve never met a magazine or book collector who regretted attending PulpFest. I hope to see some of you there!

—Walker Martin

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Advance Registrations Ending

Aug 3, 2014 by

FlyerPulpFest 2014 will not be accepting advance registrations after 10 PM on August 4th, 2014. We will be shutting down our Paypal Order page at that time. Through tomorrow night at 10 PM eastern time, a three-day advance membership to PulpFest will cost you $30, a savings of five dollars. If you’d like to take part in our early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday, August 7th, there’s an additional cost of $30. However, if you will be staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus for the three days of the convention, you will get free early-bird shopping, saving that extra thirty bucks. We do this to thank loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, August 7th, beginning at 5 PM right outside of the dealers’ room located in the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here.

For those of you who choose not to register in advance forPulpFest, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Three-day memberships will be available for $35. Single day memberships costing $15 per day will also be available. The early-bird shopping option cost an additional $30. It’s free to those members who will be staying at the Hyatt. Please visit our Registration page for further details.

Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Your membership allows entry to all convention activities. Children, accompanied by a parent, who are fifteen and younger will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family! The general public is very much welcome to attend.

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Thanks to Our Sponsor

Jul 25, 2014 by

StartlingStories50-03As we get ready for this year’s “Great American Pulp Con,” we’d like to take a moment to thank one of the sponsors of our website, Pure Costumesthe most family friendly Halloween costumes store online! Whether you’re planning your next themed party or looking for an exceptional costume for Halloween, Pure Costumes is sure to have the unique costume you want at the prices you need.

Many thanks to Pure Costumes for their support over the last year. If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor of PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko. You can reach him at mike@pulpfest.com.

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More Rooms at the Hyatt!

Jul 11, 2014 by

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With demand for rooms at the Hyatt Regency Columbus very strong, our host hotel has increased the convention’s block of rooms and decided to extend the special PulpFest nightly room rate of $114 plus tax. This rate includes free wi-fi, a complimentary parking pass with in-out privileges, and superb views of downtown Columbus or Ohio State’s scenic campus from each of the Hyatt’s spacious rooms.

In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are dozens of restaurants in the blocks surrounding the hotel. Ohio State University and various tourist attractions are also easily accessible.

Book your reservation now by clicking here to link to an electronic reservations interface customized for PulpFest attendees. Or call 1-888-421-1442 to book a room by telephone. Be sure to mention PulpFest 2014 to get the special convention rate. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success.

Remember, to reward loyal attendees who support the convention by staying at the host hotel, PulpFest will provide an early-bird membership at no extra charge. That’s a $30 savings!

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Free PulpFest Memberships!

Jul 4, 2014 by

Thrilling Wonder Stories 41-06Over the last few months, we’ve been looking for your ideas on how to improve your convention. We have been conducting a poll to learn more about you and your interests and gathering opinions on some options that we’ve been exploring. On this day when we celebrate our nation’s freedom, PulpFest wants to thank everyone who completed our survey.

Back in February when we started our survey,  we also announced that we’d be offering three free memberships to PulpFest 2014, each valued at $30, as a way to thank everyone who took part in our poll. Today, we’re very happy to announce the three winners selected in a random drawing are . . .

Anthony Cardno, Peyton Holden, and Art Sippo.

We’ll be contacting our three winners via email to congratulate them and arrange for the delivery of their free memberships.

If you still want to take part in our survey, please feel free to do so. Just click the link to our survey page and you’ll be there. Although we won’t be offering any more free memberships to this year’s convention, we’ll still be most appreciative of the information you’ll be providing.

For sellers who would like to exhibit in the expansive PulpFest dealers’ room and plan to stay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Columbus, we’ll still be offering a third table free of charge for every two tables rented in our huckster’s room. That’s three tables for the price of two, or six for the price of four. The massive size of the Regency Ballroom enables us to provide this extra exhibit space to loyal PulpFest dealers, for whose continued support we are most grateful. Remember, this special offer is good only to dealers staying at the host hotel. You can learn more about this fantastic offer by visiting our registration page.

For non-exhibiting conventioneers who will be attending PulpFest 2014 and plan to stay at the Hyatt, the convention is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges that will get them into our dealers’ room on Thursday evening, August 7th, from 6 PM until 10 PM. That’s a very significant savings of $30 to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. Only staff, dealers, and early-bird shoppers will be allowed into the dealers’ room during Thursday evening, August 7th, to reward them for their terrific support. So what are you waiting for? Book your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, save thirty bucks, and get in on the action!

Whether or not you take part in these great free offers on this Fourth of July, we want to wish everyone a happy holiday. We hope to see you in Columbus, Ohio for PulpFest 2014, taking place from Thursday, August 7th through Sunday, August 10th.

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Free Stuff at PulpFest 2014

Jul 2, 2014 by

Skull IslandAs our nation prepares to celebrate its freedom in a few days, it’s time for PulpFest 2014 to offer our thanks for some of the free material that our members will receive when they join us at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio on August 7 – 10.

Laura Mac and Bags Unlimited for contributing a variety of collector supplies that will serve as door prizes.

Ben Ohmart and BearManor Media for donating 100 copies of Hold That Joan, a biography of comedienne Joan Davis.

Engle Publishing for sending copies of The Paper & Advertising Collectors’ Marketplace for distribution free of charge at PulpFest.

The Estate of Rusty Hevelin for its donation of several older back issues of PulpFest‘s program book, The Pulpsterfor our members’ enjoyment.

Gordon Van Gelder and Fantasy & Science Fiction, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2014, for donating one-hundred back issues for our members.

Tom Brown and Radio Archives, the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks, for sending seven complete audiobooks that will be awarded as door prizes for our members who attend our afternoon or evening programming.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout Ohio and other states, as well as the many book fairs and conventions that helped us promote “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” all through the past year.

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Dine with PulpFest

Jun 30, 2014 by

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buca_logoPulpFest 2014 is organizing a group dinner on August 9th. Eating together on Saturday evening while talking about this great hobby of ours has been a long-standing tradition at summer pulp cons.

The Saturday night group dinner returns to this year’s PulpFest when we’ll be dining together, family style, at the nearby Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Priced at $30 per person—tax and gratuity included—the menu includes:

Mixed Green Salad – Caesar Salad – (Served with House Bread)

Fettuccine Alfredo – Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Chicken Parmigianino

Chocolate Chip Cannoli

Unlimited Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea

Sorry, but all places have been reserved.

As of today, we have forty members who will be joining our Saturday night group dinner. We’ll be accepting no more than a total of sixty reservations, the maximum number that Buca di Beppo can easily accommodate. So if you have been thinking about joining the group meal, now is the time to place your reservation as we can only accommodate twenty more diners. We will accept reservations through Monday, August 4, 2014.

Payment is due when you place your dinner reservation. Please send your $30 check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use the “group dinner” button on our Paypal Order page. All payments must be received by Monday, August 4, 2014. We look forward to dining with you in August.

Coming to PulpFest! THE PULPSTER!

Jun 26, 2014 by

The_Pulpster_2014Editor Bill Lampkin is hard at work on the 23rd issue of The Pulpster. A freelance writer-editor and publication designer, Bill discovered the pulps through paperback reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider. He’s capably assisted by Peter Chomko, a grant writer and research analyst for an educational fund.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, this highly collectible and informative program book will be released at PulpFest 2014, beginning on Thursday, August 7th. Like the convention, the new number will focus on the 75th anniversary of the blossoming of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.” We’ll also be looking at the shudder pulps of 1934. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

Leading off the issue will be “Science Fiction and the Pulps,” the unabridged version of Mike Chomko‘s “History of Magazine Science Fiction,” recently serialized on our home page. Last year’s Munsey Award winner, Garyn G. Roberts, is on board with an article on Futuria Fantasia, the fanzine that Ray Bradbury debuted at the first World Science Fiction Convention. Don Herron, the creator of San Francisco’s Dashiell Hammett Tour, the longest-running literary tour in the USA, takes a look at Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Fritz Leiber’s classic characters that made their first appearance in the August 1939 Unknown. Dwayne Olson contributes several letters written by Donald Wandrei concerning the death of his friend, Hannes Bok, born one-hundred years ago on July 2, 1914. Additionally, Argentine pulp writer Alfredo Julio Grassi is profiled by Christian Lawson.

Weird-menace fiction came into its own in 1934 and The Pulpster will look back to those days with “Pulp Horrors of the Dirty Thirties,” written by Don Hutchison, author of The Great Pulp Heroes and many other works. Archaeologist  Jeffrey Shanks will also be on hand with a look at “Zombies from the Pulps,” an overview of the undead writings of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Manly Wade Wellman, Henry Kuttner, and other great pulpsters.

For those who are unable to attend PulpFest 2014, you can still get a copy of The Pulpster by becoming a supporting member of the convention. Visit our registration page for further details. Alternately, copies of The Pulpster #23 are available for $14, postage paid, from Mike Chomko, Books, where you can also get back issues of the magazine. Write to mike@pulpfest.com to place your order. Quantities are limited; PulpFest members take priority over orders from non-members.

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Dealers Tables Are Going Fast!

Jun 24, 2014 by

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With only six weeks remaining before the 2014 PulpFest begins, convention chairman Jack Cullers reports that most available exhibit space has already been booked, and that dealers who have not yet registered for the convention should reserve their tables immediately lest they risk being shut out.

Although our huckster room at the Hyatt is quite spacious–almost 16,000 square feet–given the many dealers who have found PulpFest to be a great venue to sell their wares, the space fills up fast.  This is especially true given our generous offer for dealers who stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus during the convention. They receive one free table for every two that they rent. So our remaining space is shrinking fast.  Wall tables are almost all gone. As of this writing we can still accommodate more exhibitors, but the time to book is now!

Although the focus of PulpFest 2014 will be pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, science-fiction, detective, Western, and other genre books and magazines, 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.

Dealers interested in selling at PulpFest 2014 should get in touch with Jack as soon as possible. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Please visit our registration page and take advantage of our downloadable registration form and, if you like, our Paypal Order page to reserve your table space today! Please remember to ask for your free table if you will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and will be renting two or more tables.

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The Early Bird Catches the Pulp

Jun 22, 2014 by

Weird Tales 39-09It has been suggested that, “The early bird catches the worm,” but come August, it will also be catching the pulp. That’s because early-bird shopping will be returning to the PulpFest dealers’ room on Thursday, August 7th, from 6 PM until 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.

But wait! There’s an even better deal! To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial 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. That’s a very significant savings of $30!

Only staff, dealers, and early-bird shoppers will be allowed into the dealers’ room during Thursday evening, August 7th, to reward them for their terrific support. So what are you waiting for? Book your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, save thirty bucks, and get in on the action! We’ll be waiting for you.

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Stay at the Hyatt Regency

Jun 20, 2014 by

13th World SF ConventionPulpFest will be returning to the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio for the third straight year. In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are dozens of restaurants in the blocks surrounding the hotel. Ohio State University and various tourist attractions are also easily accessible.

Through July 11, 2014, the Hyatt Regency Columbus will be offering PulpFest members a nightly guest-room rate of $114 plus tax that includes a complimentary parking pass with in-out privileges and free wi-fi. Views of downtown Columbus or Ohio State’s scenic campus are found in each of the Hyatt’s spacious 338-square-foot guest accommodations. Although the Hyatt will continue to accept reservations after July 11th, there is no guarantee that rooms will be available for PulpFest attendees.

Book your reservation now by clicking here to link to an electronic reservations interface customized for PulpFest attendees. Or call 1-888-421-1442 to book a room by telephone. Be sure to mention PulpFest 2014 to get the special convention rate. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success.

Remember, to reward loyal attendees who support the convention by staying at the host hotel, PulpFest will provide an early-bird membership at no extra charge. That’s a $30 savings!

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Countdown to PulpFest

Jun 18, 2014 by

FlyerIt’s just fifty days to PulpFest 2014! On Thursday, August 7th, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio for the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction. Please visit our registration page to learn how to join the convention that has become summer’s pulp-culture center of the universe.

Over the next three weeks we’ll be posting a new update to our home page every other day. We’ll be talking about our early-bird special, this year’s Munsey Award nominees, our Pulpster program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by subscribing to our “email list.” It’s easy to do. Just scroll down to the small gray box near the top of our the home page, fill in your name and email address, click the “join” button, and you will soon be on your way.

Starting on July 10th, we’ll begin a daily update, offering information about our programmingPulpFest is known for its superb programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2014 convention is shaping up to be one of our best. We’ll be celebrating science fiction’s golden year of 1939 and seventy-five years of fantastic fiction, as well as 80 years of the shudder pulps, zeroing in on the weird-menace magazines of 1934.

In addition to our home page, we’ll also be posting updates to our Facebook site. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups such as Pulpmags and Flearun.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to subscribe, like, or follow PulpFest! There’s no other way to be sure to have all the goods about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” We look forward to seeing you in Columbus. We’ll be there from August 7 – 10 for PulpFest 2014.

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