PulpFest 2011 Blogroll

Following is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of PulpFest 2011, told through the posts that originally appeared on the convention’s home page during 2010 and 2011. They began in October 2011 when the organizing committee started to plan, arrange, and promote the 2011 convention.

Mark Your Calendar for PulpFest 2011

(Oct. 5, 2010) PulpFest will be returning to the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio during the last weekend of July 2011. It will begin Friday, July 29 and run through Sunday, July 31. Early registration and dealer set-up will take place on Thursday evening, July 28. The PulpFest 2011 organizing committee will also sponsor a party in the convention’s hospitality suite on Thursday evening as well as a movie program assembled by Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse. The dealers’ room will open to all on Friday, July 29, at 9 AM.

The Ramada Plaza will be maintaining its $79 per night room rate for PulpFest 2011 attendees. Please visit our hotel page under “Details” for further information about this exceptional offer and start making your plans to attend Summer’s pulp con, celebrating forty years in 2011!!!


Upcoming Events

(Oct. 24, 2010) While you anxiously await the arrival of the next PulpFest, why not attend one of the regional events that may be in your own back yard?

Rich Harvey’s Pulp AdventureCon will take place Saturday, November 6th from 10 AM until 5 PM. This one day show is a very enjoyable event, held once or twice a year at the Ramada Inn in Bordentown, New Jersey, just off Exit 7 of the Turnpike. For more details, please visit http://www.boldventurepress.com/.

On November 13th, one week after Pulp AdventureCon, Ray Walsh will be holding the 38th Classicon at the University Quality Inn in Lansing, MI. One of the oldest pulp and paperback gatherings, you can learn more about this event by visiting http://www.curiousbooks.com/classicon.html.

For those fans in the Southwest, Doc Con XIII will be held in Peoria, Arizona from November 12th – 14th. The 70th birthday of the Doc Savage comic book and the 75th anniversary of Chemistry the ape’s first appearance in the pulps will be the focus of the programming. You can learn more about this Doccentric convention by visiting Bill Lampkin’s Yellowed Perils blog. Details about the show can be found here.

On a more regular basis, namely the second Saturday of each and every month, the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club hold their regular meeting at the Hudson Park Library in Manhattan. Visit their website or write to info@gothampulpcollectors.com for further details.

And don’t forget, the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention will start next year’s pulp con season off with a bang. Help to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Popular Publications by attending this great convention, April 15-17, 2011.


PulpFest 2011 Flyers

(Nov. 22, 2010) The PulpFest organizing committee is pleased to announce that its flyer for the 2011 convention is armed and ready. Many thanks to Chris Kalb for his brilliant design work. Please visit our promotion page for links to the new flyer in a variety of formats. Your help in promoting PulpFest 2011 will be thoroughly appreciated.


Happy Holidays from PulpFest

(Dec. 13, 2010) Here’s wishing all of you the happiest of holiday seasons. May good old St. Nick leave you copious quantities of your favorite pulp magazines to tide you over until the pulp con season begins with the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention starting on April 15, continuing with PulpFest 2011 at the end of July, and on through to next fall’s events.

Many thanks to Jerry Page for sending us this wonderful holiday cover. Interestingly, in 1930, Detective Story Magazine spawned a radio program that featured an announcer that called himself “The Shadow.” Soon thereafter, people began visiting newsstands in search of “that Shadow magazine.” This led Street & Smith to create a single-character magazine known as The Shadow Magazine. In 2011, PulpFest will celebrate the 80th anniversary of this classic magazine, the first of the hero pulps.


Fifty Years After Hammett

(Jan. 10, 2011) Today marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Dashiell Hammett, the Black Mask writer and author of such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and the Continental Op stories. Although Carroll John Daly created the first hardboiled detective–Three Gun Terry Mack–it was Hammett, a former Pinkerton operative, who became the earliest master of the genre. His lean writing style, cynical characters and complex plots were held up as models for other writers by Black Mask editor Joseph “Cap” Shaw.

Fifty years after his death (and nearly eighty years after the publication of his last novel, The Thin Man), Dashiell Hammett’s influence endures in the field of mystery fiction. Much of his work remains in print, retaining its freshness and vibrancy.

For over thirty years, Don Herron, one of the nominees for the 2010 Munsey Award, has honored the author and former Pinkerton detective by leading the Dashiell Hammett Tour through San Francisco’s “mean streets.” The longest running literary tour in the USA, Herron’s four-hour walk not only visits all the known Hammett residences in California’s Baghdad by the Bay, but also many of the locations mentioned or suggested in The Maltese Falcon and the author’s other works.

For further information about the Dashiell Hammett Tour, please visit Up and Down These Mean Streets, the official website of Don Herron.


2011 Registrations Being Accepted

(Jan. 16, 2011) As of today, the PulpFest 2011 website is officially open for business. If you turn to our Registration page, you’ll find updated versions of both our member and dealer registration forms, including ones that you can fill in and print right from your own computer. Additionally, PulpFest will be happy to accept your payment through our Paypal Order page where you can pay for memberships and dealer tables. We look forward to seeing you over the last weekend of July.


 Rare Shadow Films to Be Screened

(Jan. 20, 2011) This year PulpFest celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launching of The Shadow Magazine, which literally changed the course of pulp history by creating the vogue in rough-paper publications devoted to a single character. As it happens, 2011 is also the 80th anniversary of The Shadow’s celluloid debut; the character was featured in six short subjects released to theaters between the summer of 1931 and the spring of 1932. PulpFest, in conjunction with Anthony Tollin’s Sanctum Books, has obtained copies of three Shadow featurettes—including the first—and will kick off its anniversary celebration of The Shadow Magazine by screening them on Thursday evening, July 28th.

Advertised as Shadow Detective Mysteries, these two-reel short subjects (running approximately 20 minutes each) followed the format of The Detective Story Hour, the weekly radio program that began in July of 1930 and dramatized stories from Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine. Created for this show, The Shadow originally served as each episode’s narrator, not its protagonist. His sinister tones and sepulchral laugh—provided by actor Frank Readick—were those Walter Gibson described in his early Shadow novels.

The radio program’s surprise success not only resulted in The Shadow’s retooling as a pulp-magazine hero, but also in his visualization by filmmakers eager in those early “talkie” years to capitalize on the popularity of characters whose adventures traveled over the ether waves. The Detective Story Hour was licensed for screen adaptation less than a year after it began.

Like the individual radio episodes, each Shadow Detective Mystery was based on a yarn from Detective Story Magazine. The first featurette, “A Burglar to the Rescue,” was adapted from a Herman Landon story of the same title, which appeared in the November 1, 1930 issue of the pulp. Shot in New York City, it starred Thurston Hall, Charlotte Wynters, and Frank Shannon—all of whom would make their marks on Hollywood, the latter as “Dr. Zarkov” in the Flash Gordon serials. The Shadow, seen as a cloaked figure whose silhouette flitted across walls, was voiced by radio’s Readick. Fortunately, this two-reeler is one of the three that will be screened at PulpFest.

The other two featurettes we’re running, “House of Mystery” and “The Circus Show-up,” are based on Detective Story Magazine yarns by Judson P. Phillips and Leslie T. White respectively. “Burglar to the Rescue” was screened some years ago at a Hollywood-based film festival shortly after it was discovered and preserved; to date it has not been exhibited elsewhere. “House of Mystery” and “The Circus Show-up” have not been shown in any public venue since being preserved. PulpFest 2011 attendees will be the first people to have seen these short subjects since their theatrical engagements in 1932.

The PulpFest committee thanks Anthony Tollin, publisher of The Shadow and Doc Savage reprint series, for his support of this undertaking, which is certain to generate lots of buzz as convention time draws near. Additional details will be posted on the PulpFest web site as they become available. For more information about these Shadow short subjects, please visit the Sanctum Books website.


Happy 100th to C. L. Moore

(Jan. 24, 2011) Born on January 24, 1911, Catherine Lucille Moore was one of the first women to write in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, helping to pave the way for other female writers of speculative fiction. Her first story, “Shambleau,” was published in the November 1933 issue of Weird Tales and introduced readers to Northwest Smith, an interplanetary adventurer who appeared eleven times in “The Unique Magazine.” About a year later, Moore’s Jirel of Joiry debuted in Weird Tales. Appearing in a half-dozen stories between 1934 and 1939, Jirel was one of the first female protagonists of sword-and-sorcery fiction.

In 1936, Catherine met Henry Kuttner, another laborer for the pulp market. They married in 1940. Afterward, Moore and Kuttner collaborated on many stories, often using the pseudonyms “Lewis Padgett” or “Laurence O’Donnell.” Together, they created such classics as “Clash by Night,” “Mimsy Were the Borogroves,” “The Twonky,” and “Vintage Season.” From 1940 on, most of Moore’s efforts, collaborative or otherwise, appeared in Astounding Science-Fiction.

C. L. Moore’s first book, Judgment Night, a collection of stories from Astounding, was published by Gnome Press in 1952. Her most recent book, a collection by Moore and Henry Kuttner entitled Detour to Otherness, was published by Haffner Press.

Catherine Moore died on April 4, 1987.


 Call for Nominations

(Feb. 27, 2011) With Spring fast approaching, it’s time to get your Munsey Award nominations to PulpFest. All members of the pulp community, whether they plan to attend PulpFest 2011 or not, are welcome to nominate a deserving person for this year’s achievement award.

Named after Frank A. Munsey, the man who published the first all-fiction pulp magazine, the Munsey is presented annually to a deserving person who has given of himself or herself for the betterment of the pulp community, be it through disseminating knowledge about the pulps, publishing, or through other efforts to preserve and to foster interest in the pulp magazines we all love and enjoy. All members of the pulp community, excepting past winners of the Munsey or Lamont awards, are eligible for this prestigious prize.

David Saunders, the son of the legendary pulp artist Norman Saunders, has created a limited-edition print to serve as the Munsey. David’s work, pictured above, is a refreshing homage to classic pulp art that honors the entire pulp community and their common love of the purple prose of the bloody pulps.

If you have someone in mind that you feel worthy to receive this year’s Munsey Award, please let us know. Send the person’s name and a brief paragraph describing why you feel that person should be honored to Mike Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 or to mike@pulpfest.com. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2011. The recipient of the Munsey Award will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of recognized experts in the field of pulp literature. The award will be presented on Saturday evening, July 30 during the convention’s evening programming.


The First Hero Pulp

(March 12, 2011) Eighty years ago, on March 6th, 1931, the first issue of Street & Smith’s The Shadow Magazine appeared on American newsstands. The first modern single character or hero magazine, it revived a fiction format that had disappeared decades earlier with the demise of dime novels.

In the pages of The Shadow Magazine, wordsmith Walter B. Gibson refashioned the sinister narrator of CBS Radio’s The Detective Story Hour into the first dark hero, creating a crime-busting supersleuth who embodied the iconic power of classic melodrama villains like Dracula. Gibson’s novels also introduced the concept of super-crooks and super-crime, and became the template for hero pulps and scores of future comic book superheroes, many of which were created by devoted readers of The Shadow Magazine including Jerry Siegel, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

Earlier this month, Sanctum Books reprinted the original text of “The Living Shadow,” the first of Walter Gibson’s Shadow novels. Previous reprints of this novel had used the Ideal Library edition of Gibson’s initial Shadow adventure.

Join PulpFest 2011 over the last weekend of July as it celebrates the eightieth anniversary of The Shadow Magazine and the birth of the hero pulp. The festivities begin on Thursday night, July 28, with the showing of three film shorts featuring The Shadow’s first celluloid appearances. The first of these twenty-minute movies arrived in theaters while the second issue of The Shadow Magazine was still available on newsstands.  PulpFest 2011 runs through Sunday, July 31. To join the convention, please click here or the Registration button on our home page.


Pulp Con Season Begins

(April 3, 2011) In less than two weeks, the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention opens up the pulp con season with a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Popular Publications and Dime Detective Magazine. Highlights of the convention will include a Popular Publications art show, sponsored by Illustration Magazine, an expanded dealers’ room featuring 140 tables of pulps and other popular culture materials, an extensive program of pulp-related films, and two great auctions. The Windy will run April 15th – 17th.

The PulpFest organizing committee will be well represented at Windy City. Be on the look out for Barry Traylor, Ed Hulse, Jack Cullers, and Mike Chomko. All four will be attending this year’s Windy.

Out on the West Coast, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, in conjunction with the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France and the Mechanics’ Institute Library, will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the arch-villain Fantomas. The creation of Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain, the “Lord of Terror” will be celebrated April 6th – 9th in the city of San Francisco. Further information is available at Fantomas-By-The-Bay.

New York State will play host to a couple of ongoing pulp events in the months ahead. In upstate New York, Orange Pulp: The Pulp Magazine & Contemporary Culture, an exhibition showcasing Syracuse University’s world-class collection of pulp magazines and paintings will be running now through June 17th in the Bird Library and Schaffer Art Building of the university. Please visit the Syracuse University Library for further details. Also, on the second Saturday of each month, the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club meets at the Hudson Park Library in Manhattan’s West Village.

The pulp con season continues in May when a new event, Pulp Ark, will debut in Batesville, Arkansas. The focus of Pulp Ark will be on the writers, artists, and publishing companies working in the world of pulp today. Meet Ron Fortier of Airship 27, Joe Gentile of Moonstone Books, Tommy Hancock of Pro Se Press, and many other of the leading lights of “new pulp.” Pulp Ark will take place May 13th – 15th.

Up north in Toronto, Ontario, the 15th annual Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale will be held at the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, May 14th. For further information on Canada’s premier pulp event, please visit the Girasol Collectables website.

Cinevent 43 will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 27th – 30th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, the home for PulpFest 2011. In addition to 170 tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, stills, pressbooks, DVDs, and 16 mm films, Cinevent features an extensive schedule of sound and silent films and a two-day auction of Hollywood movie posters. Please visit the convention’s website for further details.

ECOF 2011 will also be held over Memorial Day weekend, running May 26th – 29th in Minneapolis, MN. This Edgar Rice Burroughs-focused convention will feature guest appearances by a number of authors and artists, a dealers’ room, picnics and banquets, and more. For further information, please write to Rudy Sigmund and tell him that PulpFest sent you.

Longtime Robert E. Howard publishers Damon Sasser and Dennis McHaney will be the guests of honor at this year’s Robert E. Howard Days, held annually in Cross Plains, Texas. This year’s Howard Days will take place June 10th – 11th. You’ll find plenty of information about Howard Days and Robert E. Howard in general at the REHupa website.

Just a few days after Summer begins, Classicon 39 will take place at the University Quality Inn in Lansing, Michigan. There will be 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, digests, and paperbacks available for sale or trade as well as pinups, original artwork, and other pop culture material. Please visit the Curious Book Shop for further information.

Of course, all these events are just a prelude to PulpFest 2011, Summer’s biggest and best pulp con. Why not register today?


PulpFest’s Guest of Honor

(April 7, 2011) The PulpFest organizing committee is pleased to announce that this year’s guest of honor is none other than Kent Allard. A veteran of the First World War and long rumored to be The Shadow, Mr. Allard will be feted in a variety of ways at our 2011 convention.

Through his reputation, Mr. Allard has long been linked to the publication that PulpFest 2011 will be saluting–Street & Smith’s The Shadow Magazine. Due to his advanced age—Mr. Allard turned 115 this year—it is not certain that he will be able to attend the 80th anniversary celebration of the cloaked character who dominated radio, pulp magazines and movies for many years. Whether or not he is able to attend, Mr. Allard feels that the dynamic programming planned for PulpFest 2011 will be an exceptional salute to the character many believe to be his alter ego.

For further information on Kent Allard, please visit our “Guest of Honor” page under “Programming.” And to learn more about the pulps and the creation of The Shadow Magazine, click on the “Walter B. Gibson” link under “Connections” along the right side of our home page.


Advertise in The Pulpster

(May 1, 2011) 2011 will mark the twentieth anniversary of The Pulpster. As usual, editor Tony Davis and designer Bill Lampkin will be putting together this amazing program book for PulpFest. All members of the convention will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

To help pay the bills, The Pulpster is glad to accept advertising. If you’d like to place an advertisement in this year’s issue, there’s still time to do it. However, the May 31st deadline for reserving advertising space is fast approaching. Rates, specifications, and other information can be found on The Pulpster page of our website. Your questions about advertising can be submitted to Ed Hulse at ed@pulpfest.com.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway table. Last year, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Galaxy Press, Engle Publishing, and Book Source Magazine all donated a variety of publications that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table, please contact Barry Traylor at barry@pulpfest.com.


FarmerCon Coming to PulpFest

(May 26, 2011) PulpFest 2011 is pleased to announce that FarmerCon VI will be held concurrently at our convention. An annual gathering for fans of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, FarmerCon is rooted in Peoria, Illinois, the late author’s home town.

It all started soon after Phil had won the Grand Master award at the 2001 Nebula Awards ceremony. To honor the event, the Peoria Public Library staged a Living Legend Reception for the author. Farmer enthusiast Michael Croteau spread the word about the event through his website, The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page, resulting in fans coming to Peoria from across the country.

In 2006, no longer able to travel to science fiction conventions as they had done in the past, Farmer and his wife Bette decided it was time for the mountain to come to Mohammed. Thus FarmerCon was originally conceived to be a gathering of fans in Peoria, figuratively, and literally, right outside Phil’s back door. With programs, speeches, panels, dinners, and picnics at the author’s house, the convention quickly became a great success. After the passing of Phil and Bette Farmer in 2009, it was decided to take FarmerCon on the road, giving fans of the author an opportunity to meet other Farmer devotees unable to travel to Peoria. And by holding FarmerCon alongside events like PulpFest, Farmer fans get a weekend full of programming (including several Farmer-related presentations on Friday, July 29th) and a room full of pulp and book dealers to enjoy. It also keeps Philip José Farmer’s name in the public eye, reminding fans of his long and amazing body of work.

Please welcome FarmerCon VI to PulpFest 2011. We hope they’ll be back again and again.


2011 Munsey Award Nominees

(May 30, 2011) The PulpFest Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the nomination process for the 2011 Munsey Award has been a tremendous success. Twenty-five people were nominated by pulp fans for this year’s award. The final nominee list has been pared down to the eleven individuals who received the most nominations during the last year.

The following nominees will be forwarded to a committee made up of all the living Lamont and Munsey Award winners who will select the person to receive the 2011 Munsey: William Contento, Win Scott Eckert, Stephen Haffner, Steve Miller, Matt Moring, Laurie Powers, Garyn Roberts, Phil Stephensen-Payne, Anthony Tollin, George Vanderburgh, and Dan Zimmer. You’ll find further details about each nominee on the 2011 Nominees page of our website.

The recipient of the 2011 Munsey Award, a limited edition print designed by artist and pulp enthusiast David Saunders, will be announced on July 30th as part of the Saturday evening programming schedule, open to all PulpFest 2011 registrants.


Dealers’ Room Filling Up

(June 5, 2011) As of today, approximately 25 tables remain available in the PulpFest 2011 dealers’ room. However, new registrations are arriving daily. So if you are interested in registering as a dealer for the “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” time is growing short.

PulpFest 2011 will have approximately 100 eight-foot tables in its nearly 10,000 square-foot dealers’ room. Island tables cost $70 and wall tables are $80. All dealers are also required to purchase prepaid, three-day memberships for themselves and for any helpers accompanying them to the convention.

You’ll find a copy of our Dealer Registration Form by visiting the registration page of our website. For those interested in a three-day, prepaid membership, our Member Registration Form is available on the same page. See you at the end of July!


100 Years of Talbot Mundy

(June 10, 2011) When it comes to adventure fiction, one of its greatest practitioners was Talbot Mundy, born William Lancaster Gribbon in 1879. He began writing in his early thirties, following years of adventuring in India, Africa, and other parts of the world. Or so the story goes; much of his early life was romanticized over the years, largely by the author himself.

Mundy began writing professionally in 1911 with his first published piece, “A Transaction in Diamonds,” appearing in the February issue of Scrap Book, part of the Munsey line of magazines. Two months later marked his first appearance in Adventure magazine and he would be a fairly regular contributor to the magazine that Time Magazine called “The No. 1 Pulp” until his death in 1940.

Most of Mundy’s best fiction appeared in Adventure, including all of the Jimgrim stories and such important novels as “Om,” “The Devil’s Guard,” and “The Ivory Trail.” However, it was in Adventure’s “classier” cousin, Everybody‘s, that Talbot Mundy’s best known work, “King of the Khyber Rifles,” would be serialized, beginning with the May 1916 number. The Bobbs-Merrill book edition would appear in November that same year and prove to be an instant classic.

This summer, PulpFest will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Talbot Mundy’s first appearance in print with a showing of The Black Watch, a film adaptation of Mundy’s “King of the Khyber Rifles” and the first sound picture by famed movie director John Ford. Released by Fox Movietone News in 1929, the film stars Victor McLaglen as Captain Donald Gordon King and Myrna Loy as Yasmani, a descendant of Alexander the Great prophesied by her people to be a great conqueror. It also features both John Wayne and Randolph Scott in minor roles.

The Black Watch will be shown on Thursday, July 28th, beginning at 10:30 PM.


The Shadow on Radio

(June 14, 2011) Almost a full year before his first appearance in the pulps, The Shadow debuted as the mysterious narrator of The Detective Story Hour, a CBS radio program sponsored by Street & Smith. A ghostly sounding storyteller with a sinister voice, the character soon had listeners visiting their neighborhood newsstand to ask for “that Shadow detective magazine.” Bowing to popular demand, Street & Smith created The Shadow Magazine and the hero pulp genre was born.

On Friday evening, July 29th, popular culture historian Martin Grams continues PulpFest’‘s salute to the 80th anniversary of the first hero pulp by presenting a fascinating slide show concerning the radio program that inspired the pulp magazine. Pooling together twelve years of independent research, Martin will offer a fascinating view of the Shadow of the air waves and explain how The Shadow became one of the most recognized and well known radio programs of all time.

Martin Grams is the author of The Shadow: The History and Mystery of the Radio Program, 1930-1954. His presentation will start at 7:10 PM in the sixth floor programming area set aside for PulpFest 2011.


Wild American Pulp Artists

(June 19, 2011) What do illustrators Emery Clarke, Robert Harris, and Milton Luros have in common? They all worked for the pulp magazine industry and were born in 1911.

Clarke and Harris are remembered best for their front cover art on Doc Savage Magazine, while Luros is known for his detective and men’s adventure magazine covers. On Friday, July 29th, PulpFest will be celebrating the 100th anniversaries of the births of these artists with a look at their lives and works.

Wild American Pulp Artists will be presented at 8 PM in the sixth floor programming area set aside for PulpFest 2011. The speaker will be David Saunders, one of the leading experts on pulp art and the author of numerous articles on pulp artists for Illustration Magazine. He is also the author of Norman Saunders, a biography and appreciation of his father. His latest book is H. J. Ward, the most complete examination of the great Spicy cover artist. In addition to his writing, David is an accomplished artist whose work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and other museums and public buildings. He has taught at Yale, Oberlin and other colleges worldwide and is the creator of PulpFest‘s Munsey Award.


Meet the New Fictioneers–Duanne Spurlock

(June 23, 2011) They were called scribes, word slingers, hacks and penny-a-worders. But perhaps the most favored term, especially among the men and women who labored for the bloody pulps, was fictioneer—a fiction writer, especially a prolific creator of commercial or pulp fiction.

Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers—the authors writing the new pulp fiction. Duane Spurlock will get things rolling on Friday afternoon, July 29th at 1 PM. Duane has written tales featuring Ki-Gor, the Jungle Lord for both Wild Cat Books and Airship 27. In “A Quiet Night in the Dark in La Plata, Missouri, 1942,” a surprise visitor shares an astonishing story with Doc Savage author Lester Dent that leads to deadly consequences in the writer’s quiet rural town. His humorous Western, “Pretty Polly,” has recently been turned into an e-book by Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Duane is also an award-winning book illustrator. You can read more about Duane’s work by visiting http://duanespurlock.blogspot.com/.

To start this year’s salute to The New Fictioneers, Duane will be reading from “Shalimar Bang and the Bad Luck Baedeker,” a contemporary pulp adventure about a gang of idiosyncratic heroes, and “Space Detective at Hell Gate,” which concerns a private eye who battles invaders from outer space that hope to make slaves of Earth’s population and steal the planet’s mineral wealth. He’ll also be available for questions, critiques, autographs, and old-fashioned schmoozing.


Meet the New Pulp Heroes of Wayne Reinagel

(June 24, 2011) The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! The Spider! G-8! Operator #5! Along with countless others, they were the great pulp heroes, the original crimefighters and adventurers who helped millions of Americans weather the grim years of The Great Depression and the dark days of World War II.

You’ll have a chance to meet and listen to Wayne Reinagel, the creator of four new champions of pulp justice—Doc Titan, The Darkness, Guardian, and The Scorpion on Friday, July 29th. Wayne is the writer and illustrator of Pulp Heroes—More Than Mortal, Pulp Heroes—Khan Dynasty, and Modern Marvels—Viktoriana. These “Steampulp” novels combine Victorian Age characters, such as Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, and the Frankenstein Monster with Wayne’s own Pulp Era heroes.

Beginning at 2 PM, Wayne will be reading from both Khan Dynasty and Modern Marvels as part of PulpFest‘s continuing salute to today’s word slingers known as The New Fictioneers. He’ll also be available for questions, critiques, autographs, and more.


The Pulpster Off to the Printer

(June 26, 2011) Tony Davis celebrates the twentieth anniversary of The Pulpster with yet another great issue of his award-winning magazine. The official program guide for PulpFest 2011, the new issue is 44 pages long and features a full color cover.

Like this year’s PulpFest, The Pulpster #20 celebrates the 80th anniversary of The Shadow Magazine with a front cover reproduction of the February 1, 1941 Shadow cover by superlative pulp artist Graves Gladney and its lead article, “The Shadows of 1931,” a look at the first five adventures of the character responsible for the birth of the hero pulp written by last year’s Munsey Award winner, Mike Chomko.

There are also several “firsts” in this year’s Pulpster. George Vanderburgh of Arkham House offers a previously unpublished story by English ghost story writer H. Russell Wakefield as well as excerpts from two manuscripts edited by H. P. Lovecraft. In “Return of the Man of Bronze,” Will Murray contributes an exclusive excerpt from his new Doc Savage adventure, The Desert Demons. The last “first” is the four-page supplement at the end of the issue provided by the good folks of FarmerCon, this year’s “guest convention” at PulpFest.

But there’s more: Don Hutchison recalls the visit of Spider illustrator John Fleming Gould to Pulpcon 19; Pulpster designer Bill Lampkin reviews William R. Cox’s stories about amateur detective Malachi Manatee from Dime Detective; Monte Herridge writes about H. Bedford-Jones’ Riley Dillon; Rex Layton unearths more information on L. Ron Hubbard just in time for the hundredth anniversary of the author’s birth. And Captain Midnight writer David Walker offers his views on new pulp fiction in “What? New Pulps? How Dare They!”

Except for “Sunday Only” attendees, all members (including supporting members) of PulpFest 2011 will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster #20.


FarmerCon at PulpFest

(June 28, 2011) As reported previously, PulpFest 2011 is pleased to welcome the members of FarmerCon VI to our convention. An annual gathering for fans of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, please be sure to visit the PulpFest programming area on Friday evening, July 29th, at 10:30 PM for a salute to this celebrated author.

Michael Croteau, creator of The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page, will get things started by explaining the origins of FarmerCon and why it is happening this year at PulpFest. Following Michael’s introductory remarks, Win Scott Eckert will discuss the December 13, 1795 meteor strike in Wold Newton, England that resulted in a “nova of genetic splendor”—the Wold Newton Universe.

Changing gears a bit, Dr. Art Sippo will delve into A Feast Unknown, the author’s controversial novel that featured thinly-veiled versions of Tarzan and Doc Savage.

Tying into PulpFest‘s 80th anniversary salute to The Shadow Magazine, Rick Lai will investigate the character’s ties to the Wold Newton Family and other “secrets” that Farmer knew about the first great pulp hero, The Shadow. Will Murray will close out Friday evening’s programming by reminiscing about interviewing Philip José Farmer in 1990 for Starlog Magazine.


The New Pulp Fiction

(July 1, 2011) Over the last five years there has been a revival of interest in pulp fiction among some of today’s finest writers. With a growing number of publishers producing new pulp fiction, a genre most had thought dead or long forgotten is being reborn. The New Pulp Fiction panel will explore this renaissance and what it portends for the future of the pulp genre.

That contemporary pulp fiction is alive and healthy is evidenced by the six writers who will appear on The New Pulp Fiction panel–Bill Craig, creator of the Hardluck Hannigan seres; Wold Newton expert and popular yarn spinner Win Scott Eckert; Airship 27 and Black Coat Press author Greg Gick; Wayne Reinagel, creator of the Pulp Heroes and Modern Marvels series; Art Sippo, author of Sun Koh: Heir of Atlantis; and Duane Spurlock who has written “A Quiet Night in the Dark in La Plata, Missouri, 1942” and other stories.

The New Pulp Fiction will be moderated by Airship 27 editor-in-chief Ron Fortier, and will be held in PulpFest‘s sixth-floor programming area at 1 PM on Saturday afternoon, July 30th. Audience participation will very much be welcomed.


PulpFest Donations

(July 4, 2011) On this day when we celebrate our freedom, PulpFest 2011 would like to thank the following organizations for their generous contributions to our convention:

Book Source Magazine for sending copies of their magazine for free distribution at PulpFest.

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

Neil and Leigh Mechem of Girasol Collectables for their extremely generous donation of back numbers from their Pulp Doubles series (each featuring two adventures of The Spider) to be passed out to the first four-hundred PulpFest attendees.

Gordan Van Gelder and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, the award-winning magazine that celebrated its sixtieth anniversary in 2009, for donating a number of back issues to give to our members.

We’d also like to thank Acorn Bookshop, Blue Jacket Books, Bonnett’s Bookstore, Dark Star Books, Duncan Books, The Dust Jacket, Karen Wickliff Books, and Mavericks Cards and Comics for their help in promoting our convention. Please try to patronize them during your visit to PulpFest.

Many thanks to cartoonist and publisher Michael Neno and Eric Johnson, Associate Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, for their help promoting PulpFest in the Columbus area, as well as Mark Trost for his work to promote us through the media.

The PulpFest organizing committee will be the official sponsor of the convention suite on Thursday night, July 28th. We are still looking for sponsors for both Friday and Saturday evening. If you or your organization would like to donate snacks and refreshments for either of these nights, please contact Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com. Thank you.


Steampunk at PulpFest

(July 6, 2011) Join Munsey nominee Garyn G. Roberts at 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 30 in the PulpFest programming area for a discussion of Steampunk in the Days of Dime Novels and Pulp Magazines. A longtime pulp fan, Roberts teaches at Northwestern Michigan College and is the editor of The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Garyn’s presentation will investigate the roots of what is today a very popular science fiction category–Steampunk. A throwback to the scientific romances that were characterized by zeppelins, steam men, monstrous dynamos, mad scientists and more, some of today’s leading writers of Steampunk include James P. Blaylock, William Gibson, China Miéville, Tim Powers, Cherie Priest, Neal Stephenson, and Bruce Sterling.

Professor Roberts will begin with a brief discussion of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, the two authors who built the foundation of the movement. He will then turn to the dime novels and story papers of the late nineteenth century. These featured such proto-Steampunk characters as the Steam Man of the Prairies, Frank Reade, Jr., and Jack Wright. With the dawn of the twentieth century, pulp magazines began to supplant dime novels and story papers as the leading source for popular fiction. Early examples of Steampunk can be found in periodicals such as Argosy, The All-Story, Weird Tales, and in the numerous magazines published by Hugo Gernsback, the “father of science fiction,” including Amazing Stories, Science and Invention, Wonder Stories, and Air Wonder Stories.

Not only will Steampunk in the Days of Dime Novels and Pulp Magazines be informative and entertaining, it will be a feast for the eyes, featuring many front cover images from dime novels, story papers, and pulp magazines. It is not to be missed!


C. L. Moore, First Lady of Science Fantasy

(July 9, 2011) After editor Farnsworth Wright had finished reading an unsolicited manuscript entitled “Shambleau,” he closed the Weird Tales office in honor of “C. L. Moore Day.” For the next six years, Catherine Lucille Moore contributed her own brand of sensual and colorful adventures to “The Unique Magazine,” all featuring her interplanetary rogue Northwest Smith or Jirel of Joiry, one of the first female protagonists of sword-and-sorcery fiction.

A correspondent of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Bloch, Moore married writer Henry Kuttner in 1940. Together, they collaborated on many stories. Among her rare non-collaborative efforts following her marriage are “Judgment Night,” “There Shall Be Darkness,”  “The Children’s Hour,” and “Vintage Season” for Astounding Science-Fiction, Startling Stories, Strange Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and others.

Haffner Press has several volumes of C. L. Moore’s works in production, and editor/publisher Stephen Haffner will offer a 45-minute presentation on the life and career of this respected author, featuring many never-before-seen photographs, images of rare editions, and maybe a word from Ms. Moore herself. Stephen’s very informed picture of this pioneering writer of science fiction and fantasy will be presented on Friday, July 29th at 9:40 PM in the PulpFest programming area.


Win Scott Eckert and the Daughter of Bronze

(July 12, 2011) One of the founding members of the New Pulp movement, Win Scott Eckert is co-author (with Philip José Farmer) of the Wold Newton novel The Evil in Pemberley House, concerning the daughter of a certain bronze-skinned pulp hero. Win also edited and contributed to Myths for the Modern Age: Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe, nominated for a Locus Award in 2007. His latest release is the critically acclaimed Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World published by Black Coat Press. He has also written tales featuring many adventure and pulp hero characters, including Zorro, The Avenger, Captain Midnight, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Green Hornet, and Fu Manchu.

As part of PulpFest’s continuing salute to today’s word slingers known as The New Fictioneers, Win will be reading from The Evil in Pemberley House and “Happy Death Men,” his contribution to Moonstone Books’ forthcoming The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files. He’ll also be available for questions, critiques, autographs, etc. So be sure to join Win Scott Eckert on Friday, July 29th, beginning at 3 PM. In the meantime, you can find him on the web at www.winscotteckert.com.


Hardluck Hannigan and Bill Craig

(July 13, 2011) One of today’s more prolific writers of new pulp fiction is Bill Craig, an author whose earliest published work was Valley of Death, the first of five modern adventure thrillers featuring Chicago police detective Jack Riley and his reporter girlfriend Moria Clark.

Bill’s most popular character is Mike “Hardluck” Hannigan. A throw-back to the hero pulps of the thirties and forties, featuring slam bang action and rollicking adventure, Hannigan is a soldier of fortune with the worst luck imaginable.

Craig is also the author of the Sam Decker, P. I. series  and the noir thriller, The Butterfly Tattoo. He credits Lester Dent and Walter B. Gibson, the creators of Doc Savage and The Shadow, as the two greatest influences on his writing style.

On Saturday, July 30th at 2:30 PM, Bill Craig will be reading from The Golden Scorpion, the seventh volume in The Fantastic Adventures of Hardluck Hannigan as part of PulpFest‘s continuing salute to The New Fictioneers. He’ll also be available for questions, critiques, autographs, and more.


Granddaughters of the Pulps

(July 14, 2011) Their names are legendary—Frederick C. Davis, creator of Operator #5, The Moon Man, and a slew of detective-pulp heroes; Norvell W. Page, who wrote over 100,000 words per month for the pulps, including more than ninety novels featuring The Spider, the Master of Men; Paul S. Powers, creator of the Sonny Tabor and Kid Wolf stories for Street & Smith’s Wild West Weekly who wrote over four hundred pulp yarns; and Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson who, after writing well over one hundred adventure tales for a wide variety of magazines, went on to create the modern comic book.

These men all labored mightily in the pulp field, churning out fiction for a penny or two a word in order to support themselves and their families. But as the pulps died, they turned to other fields, leaving behind their rough paper days. For some, the pulps were forgotten or a faint memory of bygone days. Their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews may have known that these men had been writers, but of those pulp era days, little was remembered or mentioned.

But the memories of those long-gone days were not completely forgotten, thanks to the efforts of pulp collectors and researchers working to unearth the history of the pulp era. It was through such efforts that the descendents of such pulp greats as Davis, Page, Powers, and Wheeler-Nicholson learned of their forebears’ abundant labors in the pulp vineyard.

PulpFest 2011 is pleased to offer Granddaughters of the Pulps, a panel featuring four of the descendents of the aforementioned authors. Elizabeth Bissette, Karen Davis Cunningham, Laurie Powers, and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Brown will speak about these four pulp greats and their families. They will also discuss their own personal searches to collect what have become important family heirlooms—the pulps that featured their ancestors’ works. Moderated by Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse, Granddaughters of the Pulps will take place at 8:50 PM on Friday, July 29th in the PulpFest programming area.

Elizabeth Bissette is the great-niece of Norvell W. Page, one of the most prolific pulpsters, best known for his Spider novels. A critically acclaimed actress, director, playwright, and producer of multimedia programs, Elizabeth is also a singer/songwriter, rhythm guitarist, fine artist, and an art and music writer for Fine Art Magazine and a number of music websites. She is currently working on adaptations of Beowulf and the pulp character The Purple Scar for Airship 27 and is the creator of the Norvell Page Page website. Elizabeth lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Karen Davis Cunningham is the granddaughter of author Frederick C. Davis. While she grew up reading many of her grandfather’s mystery novels, she knew little about his pulp career until many years after he’d passed away. When she read an article that suggested he’d written over one thousand pulp stories, she began a quest to find out what they were. Her search brought her to her first Pulpcon in Dayton, Ohio in 2000, where she was sucked into the vortex and has not been able to escape since. In a parallel life out in the real world, she teaches conflict management at Kent State University, and lives with her husband Tom, four cats, Zeke the wonderdog, and has two grown children who are in the process of leaving the nest, but somehow keep finding their way back.

Laurie Powers is the granddaughter of Paul S. Powers, a prolific pulp fiction writer who wrote over 400 stories for such rough paper magazines as Wild West Weekly, Weird Tales, Thrilling Western, and Texas Rangers. Later, Paul wrote a successful and acclaimed Western novel, Doc Dillahay. Laurie did not know of her grandfather’s career as a pulp fiction writer until 1999 when she discovered his contributions to Wild West Weekly through an Internet search. Later that same year, she reunited with Paul’s daughter Pat, who gave Laurie her grandfather’s personal papers. In there was a manuscript, Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, Paul’s memoir of being a pulp fiction writer, which was eventually published in 2007.

Laurie recently edited a new collection of Paul Powers’ Western stories, Riding the Pulp Trail, which will be available for sale at PulpFest 2011. She is a writer and editor, creator of the Laurie’s Wild West blog, and lives in Los Angeles.

Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Brown is the granddaughter of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, prolific pulp fiction writer, founder of DC Comics, military intelligence office, and inventor being among his many accomplishments. Nicky has been actively researching her grandfather’s life and work since 1997. She is a writer, editor and publisher, co-owning Berkshire Media Artists with experience in audio, film, animation, and book publishing. Nicky holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Greek Mythology. Her published work includes articles on the environment, Native American elders, comic book history and scripts for theatre and animated film. Nicky’s most recent published work is, as an editor and contributor to, Oil and Water and Other Things That Don’t Mix, an anthology to benefit environmental groups on the Gulf Coast, and an article about “The Major” for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. She fell madly in love with the “true” pulp genre when she bought her first pulps featuring The Major’s byline—“The Czarina’s Pearls,” (Argosy, July 19 and 26, 1930). With the determination of Nancy Drew, she has been pursuing the elusive trail of collecting all her grandfather’s works ever since.

Unfortunately, Elizabeth Bissette was unable to attend PulpFest 2011.


Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow

(July 17, 2011) Following the Thursday-night screening of three rare 1931-32 “Shadow Detective” featurettes and Martin Grams’ Friday-night presentation on the character’s radio incarnation, PulpFest continues its 80th-anniversary celebration of The Shadow Magazine with an all-star panel that will discuss the series and its primary author, Walter B. Gibson.

Joining us for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion will be J. Randolph Cox, long-time editor of Dime Novel Round-Up and author of Man of Magic and Mystery: A Guide to the Work of Walter B. Gibson; Will Murray, novelist, historian, and author of The Duende History of The Shadow Magazine; and Anthony Tollin, contributing editor to Gibson’s The Shadow Scrapbook and publisher of the Sanctum Books Shadow reprints. All three knew Walter Gibson well and will be able to give the PulpFest audience rare insights into the man’s personality, in addition to details and critiques of his work.

Between 1931 and 1949 Walter B. Gibson wrote a staggering 283 Shadow yarns—most of them running between 50,000 and 60,000 words—for a total of roughly fifteen million words. His achievement in fleshing out a character that, previously, was just a voice on the radio is nothing short of monumental in the history of American popular culture. Gibson rode the whirlwind whipped up by his own success, supplying The Shadow Magazine with novel-length stories at the rate of two per month for ten solid years before World War II paper shortages forced the bi-weekly magazine back to monthly frequency. But the indefatigable Gibson, not about to let the grass grow under his feet, filled his spare time with the writing of scripts for The Shadow’s comic-book adventures.

Our panelists will touch on Gibson’s influences, accomplishments and working methods. Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse, who has himself written at some length about The Shadow, will moderate the panel, which is scheduled to get underway at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday.


Edmond Hamilton: From Ohio to the Stars

(July 20, 2011) Best known to many fans as the creator of Captain Future, Edmond Hamilton was actually one of the first full-time writers of science fiction for the pulps. He pioneered and popularized many themes that later became staples of modern science fiction.

On Thursday evening, July 28th, at Ohio State University, editor and publisher Stephen Haffner will be talking about this popular author’s work for such avidly collected pulps as Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and Wonder Stories. Haffner’s presentation will include several vintage, rarely exhibited photographs of Hamilton and his contemporaries. A collection of Hamilton first editions will also be on display.

“Edmond Hamilton: From Ohio to the Stars” will take place at 6:30 PM in Room 150A/B in the Thompson Library at the Ohio State campus. The address is 1858 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. For directions from the Ramada Plaza, click here.


PulpFest 2011 Begins Thursday

(July 22, 2011) PulpFest 2011 will begin on Thursday evening, July 28th, with a special preview night, featuring three rarely seen Shadow short subjects and a film adaptation of Talbot Mundy’s King of the Khyber Rifles. Refreshments will also be served in the convention’s hospitality suite, complements of the PulpFest organizing committee.

We have already surpassed last year’s show both in our number of pre-registrations and rooms booked at the hotel. Indications are that this year’s con will be our biggest yet. We are still receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but still haven’t pulled the trigger, you probably should call the hotel and make your reservation today.

The hotel’s special room rate of $79 per night plus tax will continue through the start of the convention. You can make a reservation by calling the hotel at 1-877-609-6086 or 1-614-846-0300. Be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate when placing your reservation. For further details, visit the Our Hotel page under “The Details.”

The Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center is located just off Exit 116 of I-71, about ten minutes north of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Heading north on I-71, get off at Exit 116, the Morse Road exit. Turn left onto Morse Road. Follow Morse until you get to Sinclair Road. Turn right onto Sinclair Road. The hotel is at 4900 Sinclair Road.

Heading south on I-71, get off at Exit 116, the Sinclair Road exit. Turn right onto Sinclair Road and follow to the Ramada Plaza. For those who would like a map to get to the hotel, click here.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. During set-up, dealers are asked to arrange their displays and, upon completion, cover them up and then depart the room. No buying, selling, or trading will be permitted during Thursday’s set-up. Dealers should please refrain from all such activity.

Early registration for the general membership will also take place on Thursday, beginning at 6 PM at a location to be determined. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest, 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. Please visit our Registration page for further details.

The dealers’ room will open to all members on Friday, July 29th at 9 AM and remain open until 5 PM. It will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. Dealers will be allowed to enter the room approximately 15 minutes prior to opening in order to prepare their displays.

One autographed copy of Paul Malmont’s new book, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel, will be given away as a door prize on both Friday and Saturday. Many thanks to Paul for his generous donation.

There will be a full schedule of programming on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 PM until about midnight. There will also be several presentations during the daytime hours. Please visit our Programming page for further details.

The PulpFest organizing committee is looking for volunteers to serve as hospitality suite hosts on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are willing, please write to jack@pulpfest.com.

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.

The third annual Munsey Breakfast will take place on Sunday, July 31st, beginning at 9 AM. This will be an informal meal in the hotel’s restaurant to celebrate this year’s Munsey Award winner and your PulpFest experience. All convention attendees are welcome to attend.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2011 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, July 31st. UPS service is also available through a Staples store located near the hotel. Further information is available on our FAQ  page.

The entire PulpFest 2011 organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Ed Hulse, and Barry Traylor–is looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days. Have a safe trip to Columbus.


The Shadow at 80!

(July 24, 2011) Just one last  reminder that PulpFest 2011 is not only celebrating the 80th anniversary of the launching of  The Shadow Magazine, but also the 80th anniversary of The Shadow’s celluloid debut. The character was featured in six short subjects released to theaters between the summer of 1931 and the spring of 1932. PulpFest, in conjunction with Anthony Tollin’s Sanctum Books, has obtained copies of three Shadow featurettes—including the first—and will kick off its anniversary celebration of The Shadow Magazine by screening them on Thursday evening, July 28th, beginning at 9 PM.

Early arrivals to PulpFest will have a chance to see the first Shadow featurette, A Burglar to the Rescue, seen only one other time since its 1931 debut. Two Shadow shorts from 1932, The Circus Show-Up and House of Mystery, will also be shown. PulpFest 2011 attendees will be the first people to have seen both 1932 films since their original theatrical engagements.

PulpFest‘s Shadow programming will continue on Friday evening with a presentation concerning “The Shadow on Radio” offered by popular culture historian Martin Grams. Later, Rick Lai will discuss the character’s ties to the Wold Newton Family and other “secrets” that science-fiction Grand Master Philip José Farmer knew about the first great pulp hero.

On Saturday evening, July 30th, Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse will moderate a panel presentation entitled “Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow.” Joining Ed will be Randy Cox, author of Man of Magic and Mystery: A Guide to the Work of Walter B. Gibson, Will Murray, author of The Duende History of The Shadow Magazine, and Anthony Tollin, co-author with Walter B. Gibson of The Shadow Scrapbook. All three panelists not only wrote books about The Shadow, but personally knew the character’s creator, Walter B. Gibson.

And, of course, there is still the hope that Mr. Kent Allard, who has longed been rumored to be The Shadow, the Dark Avenger whose exploits were recorded in The Shadow Magazine by Walter B. Gibson and others, will still be able to attend PulpFest 2011. Mr. Allard is turning 115 this year and his plans are still up in the air. Whether or not he is able to attend, Mr. Allard feels that the dynamic programming planned for PulpFest 2011 will be an exceptional salute to the character with whom he has long been associated. He wishes us all a very successful convention.


Safe Journey

(July 27, 2011) PulpFest 2011 will begin tomorrow, July 28th. Dealer set-up will take place from 4 PM to 11 PM. Early registration will begin at 6 PM at a location to be determined. Information will be available in the hotel lobby.

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

Barry Traylor, Ed Hulse, Jack Cullers, and Mike Chomko, your PulpFest Organizing Committee.


PulpFest 2011 to Begin!

(July 28, 2011) This evening at 9 PM, PulpFest 2011 will begin with the first showing in nearly eighty years of three short subjects featuring The Shadow. These will be shown in the Ramada Plaza’s sixth floor PulpFest programming area. John Ford’s film adaptation of Talbot Mundy’s King of the Khyber Rifles, The Black Watch, will follow at 10:30 PM.

For early arrivals, Stephen Haffner will present “Edmond Hamilton: From Ohio to the Stars,” a discussion of the life and work of the science fiction great. Stephen’s presentation will take place at 6:30 PM at Ohio State University, located about seven miles south of the Ramada Plaza.

The PulpFest dealer room will open for business beginning at 9 AM on Friday, July 29th. You can register early for what is typically a feeding frenzy as book and pulp collectors scour the room searching for this or that long elusive volume. All you have to do is arrive by Thursday evening at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center and sign up for the convention beginning at 6 PM. Early registration will be held in the convention hospitality suite on the sixth floor of the hotel.

Admission to the show is $15 per day or $35 for all three days, allowing entry to all convention activities. The general public is very much welcome to attend.


PulpFest 2011 is Underway!

(July 29, 2011) PulpFest 2011 got underway on Thursday evening with a film program featuring three rare Shadow short subjects and a welcoming party sponsored by the convention’s organizing committee. Then, just fifteen minutes ago, the doors to the PulpFest dealers’ room opened.

Upon entry to the nearly 10,000 square foot dealers’ room, collectors were greeted by more than 100 tables filled with pulps, books, original artwork, vintage comics, films, and other popular culture collectibles. And the feeding frenzy began!

There’s still plenty of time to join in on the fun. The dealers’ room will be open until 5 PM on Friday and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Sunday will be a bit shorter, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Friday’s programming schedule includes three author readings in the afternoon. The evening programming will begin at 7 PM. There will be presentations concerning the Shadow on radio, pulp illustrators, science-fiction author C. L. Moore, and a panel featuring four women whose grandfathers were writers for the pulp magazine industry.

One autographed copy of Paul Malmont’s new book, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel, will be given away as a door prize to a lucky attendee on both Friday and Saturday. Many thanks to Paul for his generous donation.

Saturday’s programming will include a panel on “new pulp fiction” and one more author reading during the afternoon. On Saturday evening starting at 7 PM, there will be a short business meeting followed by the presentation of the annual Munsey Award. A presentation on steampunk, a panel concerning the creation of The Shadow, and an auction will conclude the night’s festivities.

On Sunday morning beginning at 9 AM, there will be an informal breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant to celebrate this year’s Munsey winner and your PulpFest experience. All convention attendees are welcome to attend.

Admission to the convention is $15 per day or $35 for all three days, allowing entry to all convention activities. The general public is very much welcome to attend.


PulpFest 2011 Continues

(July 30, 2011) Today, PulpFest 2011 continues its salute to the 80th anniversary of The Shadow magazine with a panel presentation on Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow. Moderator Ed Hulse will be joined by Shadow experts Randy Cox, Will Murray, and Anthony Tollin. All three panelists were friends of The Shadow’s creator, Walter B. Gibson, and have written books about the author and his creation. It is scheduled for 8:20 PM.

Our evening programming will also feature the presentation of the annual Munsey Award, an examination of the pulp and dime novel origins of steampunk, and an auction. It all begins at 7 PM with a short business meeting.

During the afternoon hours, beginning at 1 PM, there will be a forum concerning “new pulp fiction,” hosted by Ron Fortier of Airship 27, and a reading by Bill Craig, creator of Hardluck Hannigan and other characters. Also, one autographed copy of Paul Malmont’s new book, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown: A Novel, will be given away as a door prize to a lucky attendee. Many thanks to Paul for his generous donation.

For those of you who were unable to attend the Thursday evening premier of the three Shadow short subjects from 1931-32, PulpFest will be offering a repeat showing of the films following the conclusion of tonight’s auction.

There’s still time to join the fun. The dealers’ room will be open today from 9 AM to 5 PM and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. Admission to PulpFest is $15 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday.


Munsey Goes to Anthony Tollin

(July 31, 2011) On Saturday, July 30, Anthony Tollin was named the winner of the 2011 Munsey Award. Nominated by members of the general pulp community, Tony was selected by a panel of judges consisting of all the living Lamont and Munsey Award winners. The award is a fine art print of a painting by David Saunders, created by Dan Zimmer.

It is very appropriate that in the year that we celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Shadow magazine, that Anthony should be the recipient of the Munsey. As of this month, he had reprinted over one hundred adventures of The Shadow, the character created by Walter B. Gibson for the Street & Smith pulp chain.

It was Anthony who worked to convince Conde Nast to authorize reprints of The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Avenger, and The Whisperer. Tony’s regularly issued Sanctum Books are the most popular pulp reprints of our day. Every month, we get to enjoy some of the pulp’s greatest heroes, coupled with informative articles about the authors and artists, the sources for the stories and the pop culture that they inspired. These books continue to serve as a major gateway for new people to enter the pulp-collecting hobby. Additionally, Tony was the co-author with Walter Gibson of The Shadow Scrapbook and assembled and introduced numerous recorded collections of pulp-related radio programs issued by Radio Spirits. He was also involved with several comic book interpretations of the great pulp heroes. Tony became a lifelong fan of The Shadow as a child, when his father told him about “the invisible crimefighter who taunted his enemies from the darkness.”

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Munsey Award. If you have someone in mind that you feel worthy to receive the Munsey Award, please let us know. Send the person’s name and a brief paragraph describing why you feel that person should be honored to Mike Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 or to mike@pulpfest.com. Previous winners of the Lamont Award or the Munsey Award are not eligible for the award. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2012.


Many Thanks

(August 5, 2011) The PulpFest Organizing Committee would like to thank the following people and organizations whose invaluable assistance helped to make PulpFest 2011 a tremendous success. We could not do it without you:

Our all-volunteer staff, Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Aaron Cullers, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, and Samantha Cullers; our panelists, presenters, and auctioneers, Nicky Brown Wheeler-Nicholson, Randy Cox, Bill Craig, Michael Croteau, Karen Davis Cunningham, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, Greg Gick, Martin Grams, John Gunnison, Stephen Haffner, Ed Hulse, Rick Lai, Will Murray, Laurie Powers, Wayne Reinagel, Garyn Roberts, Joe Saine, David Saunders, Dr. Art Sippo, Duane Spurlock, and Anthony Tollin; our hospitality suite sponsors, Rusty Burke and the Robert E. Howard Foundation and Michael Croteau and Win Scott Eckert of Meteor Press, and the co-sponsor of our Shadow short subject presentation, Sanctum Books; our behind-the-scenes help, Mike Chomko, Chris Kalb, Lohr McKinstry, Michael Neno, Rick and Renee Thomas (who baked the great PulpFest cakes), Barry Traylor, Mark Trost, and Dan Zimmer; and Meri Lynne Stumbo, Beth Sweet, and the rest of the staff at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.

The Organizing Committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create The Pulpster #20:

Tony Davis and Bill Lampkin, plus Peter Chomko, Monte Herridge, Don Hutchison, Rex Layton, John Locke, David Rajchel, George Vanderburgh, David Walker, and the magazine’s sponsors–Black Dog Books, Haffner Press, Paul Malmont (who also donated our door prizes),  Origins Game Fair, The Pulp Factory, and Recoverings.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award and Munsey Award  winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s winner, Anthony Tollin. Congratulations to our winner.

Finally, thanks to all of the conventions, book and paper fairs, websites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2011. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was a great success. We hope to see you all back in  the summer of 2012 along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2012. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please subscribe to our PulpFest email list through the small gray box found along the right side of our home page.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with PulpFest 2012, please email Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Ed Hulse, or Barry Traylor.


Biggest PulpFest Yet

(Sept. 18, 2011) The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank all of our members for making PulpFest 2011 our most successful convention to date. For the first time, a Summer pulp con topped four hundred people in attendance. PulpFest is very proud of that accomplishment.

Thanks as well to all those who have taken the time to review PulpFest 2011 both online and off. This includes Nicky Brown Wheeler-Nicholson writing on her website devoted to her grandfather, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, Randy Cox in Dime Novel Round-Up, Ron Fortier of Airship 27 on All Pulp, Walker Martin on Mystery*File, Laurie Powers on Laurie’s Wild West, and Duane Spurlock writing on his Pulp Rack blog. You can also read about PulpFest from the viewpoint of first time attendees by visiting the Collectors Society Message Boards and She Never Slept.com where Sean Lewis, a FarmerCon attendee, has reported on his PulpFest experience. Michael Neno has also posted a photographic diary of PulpFest on his Eventized blog under PulpFest Day One and More PulpFest 2011 Pics, while Ric Croxton has posted a multi-part PulpFest Special on his The Book Cave podcast. Still others have shared photographs and memories of PulpFest on various newsgroups, blogs, and so on.

PulpFest 2012 is still many months away, but there are plenty of other conventions to attend. You’ll be able to read about them here in the weeks to come. So please keep visiting our website.

 

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