The Ron Killian Collection

Jul 11, 2016 by

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One of the most exciting posts in our series on the dealers appearing at PulpFest 2016 was the one that appeared on June 29. In that post, we announced that Milwaukee’s John Hauser — who brought to market the Green River and the Curator pedigree comic book collections — would be debuting the Ron Killian collection of pulp magazines and books at this year’s convention.

Ron Killian — who passed away on May 1, 2016 at the age of 78 — was the owner of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, one of the city’s earliest direct-sales comic book shops. He launched the first comic book shows in the city and was very highly regarded in science fiction and comic book circles.

Longtime customer and friend David Beard, wrote about Killian for ICv2, the Website of Geek Culture:

Ron began selling comics in an antique mall before becoming one of Milwaukee’s earliest direct-sales comics shops.  In the 1980s, he carved a niche by importing Doctor Who toys, books, games and magazines and supporting the local and regional Doctor Who fan clubs.  Ron enjoyed pulp fiction and science fiction, and every Saturday, the shop was filled with the sounds of polka.

Ron’s death is the loss of an anchor to the Milwaukee comics community and to this friend and collector.

To learn more about Ron Killian, please read Beard’s entire eulogy at http://icv2.com/articles/talk-back/view/34370/david-beard-passing-ron-killian-owner-the-turning-page and watch Matthew Curley’s You Tube video on Killian and The Turning Page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOuHJQFSHeI.

John Hauser has described Ron Killian’s collection to PulpFest as “massive.” Pulpfest 2016 will be the first opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron’s lifetime collection. Below, you’ll find several photographs of the collection that John will be selling at the convention. We hope that you’ll join us July 21 -24 at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” It’s the only way you’ll be among the first to see and perhaps own part of Ron Killian’s FANTASTIC collection of books and pulp magazines.

 

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Jul 1, 2016 by

Amazing Stories 71-11Although PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “2016 schedule” button just below our banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2016 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room. Beginning on Thursday, July 21, the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center will house collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember: for those members staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $10 if you pay by July 1. After that date, early-bird privileges will be available for an additional $25 (if prepaid) or $30 (at the door).

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 22 – 23 and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 24. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Who will be selling at PulpFest 2016? Today, we’ll be profiling our remaining dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them so you get to know them a little better. Away we go . . .

The creator of the Munsey Award, pulp art historian DAVID SAUNDERS will be selling signed copies of his biographies of pulp artists Norman Saunders, Walter Baumhofer, Ernest Chiriacka, Graves Gladney, Gloria Stoll, Rafael DeSoto and H. J. Ward. Visit David’s website at www.pulpartists.com for brief, illustrated biographies of many pulp artists. David will also be discussing “The Artists Who Make ARGOSY — 120 Years of Sensational Pulp Art” during our Friday night programming on July 23.

Shadow 1Our 2011 Munsey Award winner, ANTHONY TOLLIN, will be selling his SANCTUM BOOKS pulp reprints – The Avenger, The Black Bat, Doc Savage, Nick Carter, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, The Skipper, The Spider and The Whisperer – nine of the greatest pulp heroes in one of the best formats imaginable. He’ll also have his special multi-packs featuring art prints, preliminary pulp cover art by Jerome and George Rozen, original Shadow comic book art, and other special materials available for purchase. This year, PulpFest will salute the tenth anniversary of Sanctum Books with a presentation on Saturday afternoon, July 23, beginning at 3 PM.

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

TIM PAXTON of Grand Rapids, Michigan specializes in paperbacks and small-press, first-edition hardcovers, dealing mainly in high-grade science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as mysteries and pulp-related material. Check out the TIM’S BOOKS website at PulpFest sponsor AbeBooks.com.

PulpFest auction director BARRY TRAYLOR will be selling issues of ARGOSY and RED SEAL WESTERN. He’ll also have a variety of early pulp reprints from Robert Weinberg and Bowling Green’s Popular Press, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan in hardcover, boy’s adventure books, and more. Remember, if you have any questions concerning the PulpFest auction, please stop by Barry’s table at the convention. Look for the “Auction” banner!

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2016.

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 2016. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

Proposed cover for Issue 76 of the Bronze Gazette. Art by Bob LarkinCHUCK WELCH manages the PulpFest website and its social media outlets on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Tumbler. He’ll have information about the social media aspect of Pulpfest – the website and other online methods we use to promote the festival. He’ll also be discussing THE BRONZE GAZETTE, the new version of the magazine for the fans of bronze. If you’re enjoy the Doc Savage adventures, be sure to check out Chuck’s Hidalgo Trading Company on the Internet.

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

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

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2016” button just below the banner at the top of our home page or email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

Please remember that the Hyatt Regency Columbus is sold out of rooms for July 21 through July 23. At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

Please be sure to join us for “Summer’s AMAZING Dealers’ Room” at PulpFest 2016!

(This year’s PulpFest guest-of-honor Ted White ushered in the magazine’s Golden Age when he became the editor of AMAZING STORIES in 1968. White strove to attract good fiction, new writers, and some of science fiction’s most exciting artists to the magazine and its companion, FANTASTIC. Among these artists was  Mike Hinge, whose covers — including the November 1971 issue — were bold, brash, experimental, and colorful.

Author, editor, musician, and science-fiction and pulp fan Ted White will speak to the convention on Saturday evening, July 23, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Over the past ten years, Sanctum Books’ format has not changed: two or three novels per book, the original covers and interior illustrations, and some sort of historical articles or materials are featured in each volume of the series. Pictured here is George Rozen’s cover art to the first volume of Sanctum’s series of Shadow reprints. The artwork originally appeared on the July 15, 1938 issue of THE SHADOW which featured the Lester Dent/Walter Gibson collaboration “The Golden Vulture.”

For the last twenty-five years, Howard Wright has been publishing the Doc Savage fan magazine THE BRONZE GAZETTE. He created his magazine when there was no real Internet and very little information readily available about Lester Dent’s “Man of Bronze.” Now, after seventy-five issues, Howard has turned the magazine over to Terry Allen, Kez Wilson, and Chuck Welch. Currently, they’re planning to use cover art by Bob Larkin on their first issue — number 76. The cover design and magazine logo is by Kez.)

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Love Story 37-05-29Although PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “2016 schedule” button just below our banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2016 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room. Beginning on Thursday, July 21, the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center will house collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember: for those members staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $10 if you pay by July 1. After that date, early-bird privileges will be available for an additional $25 (if prepaid) or $30 (at the door).

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 22 – 23 and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 24. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Who will be selling at PulpFest 2016? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them so you get to know them a little better. Away we go . . .

McMahanJOHN 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 2016, 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.

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.

Dr. Fu Manchu was “…the yellow peril incarnate in one man…” and WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD is the author of the first authorized Fu Manchu thrillers in nearly thirty years. He will be selling and signing copies of THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU and THE DESTINY OF FU MANCHU. Bill will also have Sax Rohmer and other Yellow Peril books for sale (including Robert E. Howard) and a variety of hard-boiled fiction available.

Heart of OsraFarmerCon returns to PulpFest for its sixth straight year and METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest titles at the convention.  Pick up your copies of BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY, PHILEAS FOGG AND THE HEART OF OSRA, and the two-volume CROSSOVERS EXPANDED. 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 FarmerCon attendees.

In addition to the latest issue of his award-winning fanzine, BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER, ED HULSE will have several new titles from the MURANIA PRESS book line at the convention, including his own “groundbreaking history of American cliffhanger serials of the silent-movie era,” HANDSOME HEROES AND VICIOUS VILLAINS. Ed will, most likely, also be selling his usual smattering of pulp magazines.

The author of over sixty novels and assorted books, WILL MURRAY will be selling copies of “The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage,” including the recently published, GLARE OF THE GORGON. He’ll also be debuting the first volume in the new “The Wild Adventures of King Kong,” a novel that features Tarzan of the Apes. Expect to see some of Will’s non-fiction books, as well. Of course, he’ll be glad to sign your purchases.

PHIL NELSON and his daughter HOLLY are from Waverly, Ohio. They will be bringing an assortment of ADVENTURE and ARGOSY. This very personable dealer will also have vintage paperbacks, comic books, and a variety of other collectibles. He’s a fan of NORTH-WEST STORIES and detective fiction.

Glare of the GorgonPlease welcome back California’s LAURIE POWERS, creator of the Laurie’s Wild West blog. She will be selling copies of HIDDEN GHOSTS,  PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREET, RIDING THE PULP TRAIL, all books written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers, as well as books and ephemera from her grandfather’s estate. Laurie is currently writing a biography of Daisy Bacon, editor of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. She is also one of this year’s nominees for the annual Munsey Award.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be offering a variety of pulp-related publications. They’ll have science-fiction and mysteries in both hardcover and paperback. They’ll also have pulps, pulp reprint, pulp studies and more. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award.

Please welcome KENT PEASLEY of ROSEWOOD BOOKS to PulpFest. This first-time seller at our convention hails from Houston, Texas and exhibits regularly at book fairs in the Lone Star State. Kent will be offering Ace science fiction doubles, first edition crime and noir novels, vintage copies of AMAZING STORIES, and more at his tables. We’re hoping this will be the first of many PulpFests for Kent and Rosewood Books.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2016” button just below the banner at the top of our home page or email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

As of June 21, the Hyatt Regency Columbus had a small number of rooms available for July 21 through July 23. Their PulpFest rate ends tonight. Please see our post “There Are Rooms at the Hyatt!

At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

We’ll be profiling more of our 2016 PulpFest dealers for one more day. Please come back tomorrow.

(This year, PulpFest will pay tribute to a century of the specialized pulp fiction magazine. Originated in the fall of 1915 when Street & Smith introduced DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE to the reading public, the first single-genre fiction pulp set the stage for other magazines to specialize, including Street & Smith’s own LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. Introduced in 1921, LOVE STORY eventually achieved a circulation of 600,000 copies an issue, a record that would never be broken by any other pulp magazine. Pictured here is the May 29, 1937 issue, featuring cover art by Modest Stein.

To learn more about LOVE STORY MAGAZINE and the romance genre, please join PulpFest on Friday evening, July 22, when Laurie Powers will discuss “A Century of the Specialty Pulp — LOVE STORY MAGAZINE and the Romance Pulp Phenomenon,” part of the convention’s salute to the specialized pulp magazine.

Stop at John McMahan’s tables and pick-up a copy of the anthology he co-edited with John Wooley, HARD-BOILED CHRISTMAS STORIES. It features cover art by PulpFest presenter David Saunders. On Friday, July 22, David will discuss “The Artists of THE ARGOSY —  120 Years of Sensational Pulp Artists” during our evening programming.

Meteor House will be releasing four new books at PulpFest 2016, including Josh Reynolds’ PHILEAS FOGG AND THE HEART OF OSRA, chronicling the further exploits of Jules Verne’s most iconic hero. The cover art is by Amar Djouad.

“From the concrete canyons of Manhattan to the coal fields of Illinois, Doc Savage tracks a phantom fiend the likes of which he has never before hunted. Or is he the one being hunted?” Will Murray’s GLARE OF THE GORGON features cover art by Joe DeVito.)

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Jun 29, 2016 by

Whisperer 37-06Although PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “2016 schedule” button just below our banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2016 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room. Beginning on Thursday, July 21, the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center will house collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember: for those members staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $10 if you pay by July 1. After that date, early-bird privileges will be available for an additional $25 (if prepaid) or $30 (at the door).

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 22 – 23 and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 24. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Who will be selling at PulpFest 2016? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them so you get to know them a little better. Away we go . . .

PulpFest welcomes LARRY “DOC” GRUBB, a collector since the 1960s, and his son, JASPER, back for the third time with many Edgar Rice Burroughs first edition and reprints, and a great selection of western pulps. Jasper and Larry Grubb hail from Maryland.

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

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.

JOHN HAUSER grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As a young lad he enjoyed the Chicago Comic Con so much that he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the Midwest. Over the years, John has bought and brought to market two pedigree collections of comics: The Green River and The Curator collections. He has also sold on consignment many fine collections. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John will be presenting Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. Ron Killian owned one of Milwaukee’s earliest direct-sales comics shops and launched the first comic shows in the city. Pulpfest 2016 will be the first opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron’s lifetime collection.

RICHARD MELI, KARA ACCETTOLA and EMMA SLOAN of HEARTWOOD AUCTIONS have more than twenty-five years experience in vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood Auctions has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks — a little bit of everything. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

Dime Detective 47-02Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, OWEN KUBIK and RACHELL CHILTON of KUBIK FINE BOOKS will have a variety of books, magazines, and pulps. They specialize in both vintage and modern fantasy and adventure fiction. Expect to see a wide variety of interesting books and magazines at their display.

A dealer from Michigan, DAVE LEPLAE is a longtime pulp collector and convention attendee. He will have a selection of original pulp magazines in a range of conditions for sale, including detective, adventure, hero, and other genres. Please stop by his tables for a nice selection and a good deal.

BRIAN LIVINGSTON will be returning to the PulpFest dealers’ room in 2016. He’ll be bringing a substantial number of long boxes stocked with pulps, including a collection from Indiana that has been in storage since the early seventies. Brian will be selling titles such as BLACK MASK, DIME DETECTIVE, DIME MYSTERY, DOC SAVAGE, THE SHADOW, THRILLING ADVENTURE, THRILLING DETECTIVE, and many other pulps. He will also be offering Golden and Silver Age comic books.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2016” button just below the banner at the top of our home page or email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

As of June 21, the Hyatt Regency Columbus had a small number of rooms available for July 21 through July 23. Their PulpFest rate ends on June 30. Please see our post “There Are Rooms at the Hyatt!

At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

We’ll be profiling more of our 2016 PulpFest dealers in the days ahead. Please come back tomorrow.

(Eighty years ago, in an attempt to introduce a harder edge to their hero pulps, Street & Smith debuted THE WHISPERER, a more “adult” version of THE SHADOW. Join PulpFest 2016 on Thursday evening, July 21, when Will Murray will begin PulpFest‘s much-admired programming with a discussion of “Street & Smith’s Second String Superheroes — The Whisperer and The Skipper.” Many of the issues of THE WHISPERER featured cover art by John Newton Howitt, including the June 1937 number.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for February 1947 with cover art by Robert Stanley in the PulpFest dealers’ room. There are very few conventions where you can find pulps in similar quantities and in such a wide variety of titles and conditions. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to Columbus, Ohio where it is currently based.)

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Argosy 35-05-11Although PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “2016 schedule” button just below our banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2016 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room. Beginning on Thursday, July 21, the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center will house collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember: for those members staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $10 if you pay by July 1. After that date, early-bird privileges will be available for an additional $25 (if prepaid) or $30 (at the door).

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 22 – 23 and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 24. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Who will be selling at PulpFest 2016? For the next four days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them so you get to know them a little better. Away we go . . .

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 two times each year in Lansing, Michigan.

Amazing Stories 41-06A new and used book store that also sells pulps and comic books, DARK STAR BOOKS is located about an hour from Columbus, in picturesque Yellow Springs, Ohio. A longtime PulpFest dealer, GARY DIEDRIECH will be representing Dark Star at our 2016 convention. He will be offering a wide range of material including pulps, digests, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and collectible hardcovers and paperbacks.

DEARLY DEPARTED BOOKS of Alliance, Ohio is a brick & mortar shop open by 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. Of particular interest this year is a collection of original Photoplay editions in dust jackets, highlighted by DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN and KING KONG, plus a large selection of Donald Grant books, including signed limited editions of Stephen King and Ray Bradbury titles.

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

DOUG & DEB ELLIS, two of the founders of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, will be offering a wide selection of general fiction, science-fiction and other pulps as well as original art and other collectibles. They’ll also be bringing a number of issues of the first weird-menace pulp — DIME MYSTERY MAGAZINE — plus some Spicy pulps, and several early Burroughs magazines.

FANTASY PUBLISHING, founded by DICK & NORMA ENOS, will be selling the “new-pulp” adventures of Rick Steele, ace trouble buster from the fifties. A former test pilot with a trio of “ace” assistants, Rick will go anywhere in search of adventure. Dick and Norma will also have their Lara Destiny private-eye books, a series concerning New York’s only trans-gender detective. Visit the Dick Enos site on Amazon.com for more info and meet the author and his editor at PulpFest.

Please welcome to PulpFest author PHIL FARINA. Born in New York City and raised in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, Mr. Farina is a water treatment professional, working on developing technologies to improve our water supplies. He lives with his wife in Toledo, Ohio and writes books for the love of the story. He will be selling copies of his “coming-of-age” novel, GRAVESEND, at this year’s PulpFest. We are looking forward to hosting this Ohio author for years to come.

JIM BEARD & JOHN BRUENING of FLINCH BOOKS, publishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their noted prose anthologies BIG TOP TALES and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW WORLDS OF FLETCHER HANKS. They’ll also have copies of John’s brand new full-length novel, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS. Jim — who also also provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website — will also be offering a wide selection of his own fiction work, including publications from Airship 27, Meteor House, and Pro Se Productions.

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

GramsA widely published 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 MYSTERIES, THE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC and much more.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register for 2016” button just below the banner at the top of our home page or email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

As of June 21, the Hyatt Regency Columbus had a small number of rooms available for July 21 through July 23. Their PulpFest rate ends on June 30. Please see our post “There Are Rooms at the Hyatt!

At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

We’ll be profiling more of our 2016 PulpFest dealers in the days ahead. Please come back tomorrow.

(One of the themes of PulpFest 2016 will be a celebration of the 120th anniversary of the first pulp fiction magazine, Frank Munsey’s ARGOSY. Throughout its long history, the magazine featured a lot of great stories and wonderful covers, including Paul Stahr’s painting illustrating Eustace L. Adams’ “Hell Island,”  featured on ARGOSY WEEKLY for May 11, 1935.

You might find the June 1941 issue of AMAZING STORIES, featuring “Black Pirates of Barsoom,” by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and front cover art by J. Allen St. John in the PulpFest dealers’ room. Come to Columbus from July 21 – 24 and find out for yourself.

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

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 Jim Beard, John Bruening, Dick and Norma Enos, and our newest convert, Phil Farina. Mr. Farina’s GRAVESEND has been called, “Suspenseful and surprising” and, “An absolutely wonderful read.”)

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PulpFest 2016 Dealers

Jun 27, 2016 by

2016 Post CardAlthough PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “2016 schedule” button just below our banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2016 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room. Beginning on Thursday, July 21, the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center will house collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember: for those members staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $10 if you pay by July 1. After that date, early-bird privileges will be available for an additional $25 (if prepaid) or $30 (at the door).

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 22 – 23 and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 24. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Who will be selling at PulpFest 2016? For the next five days, we’ll be profiling some of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them so you get to know them a little better. Away we go . . .

JOHN GUNNISON of ADVENTURE HOUSE will be offering his usual extensive stock of pulp magazines as well as HIGH ADVENTURE, G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES, and the many pulp replicas and collections he has published under the Adventure House banner. John will be our auctioneer during this year’s Saturday Night Auction, taking place on July 23. To learn more about John and Adventure House, please visit www.adventurehouse.com/.

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

RON FORTIER & ROB DAVIS are AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS. One of the leading producers of “new pulp fiction,” Airship 27 brings you the classic heroes of yesteryear. From The Black Bat and Sherlock Holmes to Ki-Gor and Secret Agent X, you’ll find plenty of thrills by visiting their Online Hangar by clicking right here. Airship will have copies of their latest books  THE TOWERS OF METROPOLIS and HOLMES & HOUDINI — at PulpFest 2016. And watch for Ron at our “The AMAZING World of New Pulp” panel, taking place on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

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 publishing efforts at www.batteredbox.com/.

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.

JONATHAN SWEET, a professional writer and editor, is the owner of CHASKA BOOKS, a mostly online business located in Chaska, Minnesota. This will be his second PulpFest. Although Jonathan sells a wide variety of books, he specializes in first editions and signed books, especially from small presses. He’ll also have old paperbacks, pulp reprints, old-time radio, and other pulp-related items.

MetropolisCVROur 2010 Munsey Award winner MIKE CHOMKO will be representing Altus Press, Stark House Press, and other small publishers at PulpFest 2016. He’ll be premiering multiple titles from various publishers and have a selection of other material, including a number of early Arkhams. Please visit the Mike Chomko Books website and 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 for 2016” button just below the banner at the top of our home page or email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

As of June 21, the Hyatt Regency Columbus had a small number of rooms available for July 21 through July 23. Their PulpFest rate ends on June 30. Please see our post “There Are Rooms at the Hyatt!

At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

We’ll be profiling more of our 2016 PulpFest dealers in the days ahead. Please come back tomorrow.

(Most of our promotional materials for PulpFest 2016 featured Frank R. Paul’s cover art from the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES, illustrating H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”

Chris Kalb — one of our 2016 Munsey Award nominees — designed the cover for STRANGE OPERATORS, published in 2015 by Age of Aces Books. It collects seven of Donald E. Keyhoe’s Captain Philip Strange stories, originally published between 1932 and 1939 in the pulp FLYING ACES.

In 1927, German filmmaker Fritz Lang brought to the screen one of the most ground-breaking science fiction films of all time. Set in a futuristic urban dystopia, the story follows the attempts of Freder, the son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a citizen of the lower levels, to bridge the gulf separating the economic classes of the city. It is regarded as a classic and one of the first full-length movies in the genre. THE TOWERS OF METROPOLIS — published by Airship 27 — is an anthology of  four dramatic tales which unfold in this amazing world prior to the events of that film. It features front cover art by the award-winning Michael W. Kaluta.)

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