Happy Thanksgiving from PulpFest

Nov 21, 2016 by

dime-detective-39-08Today, the PulpFest organizing committee would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. After the holiday, we hope your ice box doesn’t contain any surprises for you like this young maid has encountered. It looks like one instance when the butler really did do it!

Over the last few months, we’ve been featuring various covers from DIME DETECTIVE, the pulp that helped Popular Publications become one of the leaders of its industry. The company was launched in 1930 by Henry Steeger and Harold S. Goldsmith. It was the dark days of the Depression and many pulps were having hard times. With most of their titles losing money, Steeger and Goldsmith decided to begin a line of magazines that sold for ten cents.

Using some of the writers from the leading detective pulp of the day — BLACK MASK — the new Popular magazine became a terrific seller. Publishing stories by Raymond Chandler, Carroll John Daly, Frederick Davis, Erle Stanley Gardner, John Lawrence, Frederick Nebel, Cornell Woolrich, and other hardboiled writers, DIME DETECTIVE moved to the top of its field. It ran for 274 issues, its last one dated August 1953.

We’ll be offering a profile of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE at PulpFest 2017. It’s all part of our salute to “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” We’ll also have live theater, author readings, and presentations on the villains of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, “The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson,” Hollywood detective Dan Turner, Pat Savage and the Domino Lady, Philip José Farmer, and much more. PulpFest 2017 will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 27 – 30.

We’ll keep you informed about all  of these exciting topics through our website and social media sites. So please be sure to bookmark PulpFest.com and visit at least once a week. We’ll be offering a new post every Monday morning around 9 AM, eastern time. Alternately, you can read our posts via our facebook site or catch our tweets by following us via our Twitter page.

(Debuting with its November 1931 number, DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE was one of the leaders in its fiction category. Part of the reason for its success was its great covers. Featuring work by such artists as Walter Baumhofer, Samuel Cherry, Rafael DeSoto, Albert Drake, John Newton Howitt, Tom Lovell, William Reusswig, Norman Saunders, and Robert Stanley, DIME DETECTIVE flew off America’s newsstands. Unfortunately, the cover art for the August 1939 issue was not credited.)

Happy Halloween from PulpFest

Oct 31, 2016 by

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From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us . . . to PulpFest 2017!

As part of its celebration of “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos,” PulpFest will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch, author of PSYCHO. The convention is pleased to announce that the Narada Radio Company will be bringing their Pulp-Pourri Theatre to next summer’s PulpFest. The group will be dramatizing Bloch’s “Return to the Sabbath,” a short story that originally appeared in the July 1938 WEIRD TALES. Based in Corpus Christi, Pulp-Pourri Theatre is an all-new audio drama anthology series that has its origins in vintage pulp fiction, but presents its stories in the modern way. Pete Lutz is the company’s producer-director. You can sample their work online or via iTunes.

Additionally, PulpFest is planning to have presentations on DIME DETECTIVE, the villains of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, “The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson,” Hollywood detective Dan Turner, Señorita Scorpion and the Domino LadyPhilip José Farmer, and much more.

We’ll keep you informed about all  of these exciting topics through our website and social media sites. So please be sure to bookmark PulpFest.com and visit at least once a week. We’ll be offering a new post every Monday morning around 9 AM, eastern time. Alternately, you can read our posts via our facebook site or catch our tweets by following us via our Twitter page.

(Debuting with its November 1931 number, DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE was one of the leaders in its fiction category. Part of the reason for its success was its great artwork. William Reusswig painted the covers for the first 37 issues of the Popular Publications pulp, including the May 1932 issue. Reusswig sold freelance pulp covers to general fiction magazines such as ARGOSY, SHORT STORIES and ADVENTURE and contributed cover art for the detective, war, and western genre magazines. Additionally, he illustrated stories for COSMOPOLITAN, LIBERTY, OUTDOOR LIFE, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, SPORTS AFIELD, and other magazines.)

Happy Labor Day from PulpFest 2017

Sep 5, 2016 by

Dime Detective 41-11On this day when we honor America’s laborers, PulpFest is pleased to announce that the organizing committee is working to find a new venue for our 2017 convention. Due to the business decision of the Hyatt Regency to concentrate on larger groups than the 400+ pulp fans who have been attending the Columbus-based PulpFest since 2009, the summertime pulp con will have a new home come next year. It’s a tough job, but your organizing committee — particularly convention chairman Jack Cullers and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers — are up for the task. No wonder we’ve decided to call our 2017 confab, “Summer’s Hardboiled Pulp Con!”

Our programming theme for 2017 will be “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing and programming director, is already lining up a fine slate of pulp culture scholars. We’ll have presentations on DIME DETECTIVE, the villains of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, “The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson,” Hollywood detective Dan Turner, Señorita Scorpion and the Domino LadyPhilip José Farmer, and much more.

PulpFest 2017 will also be honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch, author of PSYCHO, and offering live theater on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. The convention is pleased to announce that the Narada Radio Company will be bringing their Pulp-Pourri Theatre to next summer’s PulpFest. Based in Corpus Christi, Pulp-Pourri Theatre is an all-new audio drama anthology series that has its origins in vintage pulp fiction, but presents its stories in the modern way. Pete Lutz is the company’s producer-director. You can sample their work online or via iTunes. The group will also be performing several readings at the convention.

PulpFest auction coordinator J. Barry Traylor is already lining up some exciting material for next year’s Saturday Night Auction. Once again, we’ll be offering pulps from the collection of Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody often attended the old Pulpcon and bought a wide array of magazines. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection. We’ll be offering magazines from such diverse genres as sports fiction, air stories, westerns, science fiction, and the detective field. The estate is hoping to find good homes for all of these collectibles, getting them to the people who would best appreciate them, as Woody Hagadish had done during his lifetime.

Advertising director and PULPSTER editor William Lampkin is putting together some knock-out concepts for our 2017 marketing campaign as well as planning our award-winning program book. If you’re new to PulpFest and are not familiar with the magazine that Bill puts together each year, a few copies remain of our 2016 PULPSTER. Centered around “90 years of AMAZING STORIES,” a collection of essays on the history and legacy of the first all-science-fiction pulp magazine written by many of its editors, including founder Hugo Gernsback, Howard Browne, Joseph Wrzos (Joe Ross), Barry N. Malzberg, PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor Ted White, Elinor Mavor, and Patrick L. Price, you can learn more about THE PULPSTER #25 and how to acquire a copy by visiting http://www.pulpfest.com/2016/08/copies-pulpster-25-available/.

Of course we couldn’t market PulpFest 2017 without technical and social media director Chuck Welch keeping all of the nuts and bolts of our various websites in line. As always, Chuck is tinkering in the background to make sure you won’t meet up with any glitches when you try to register for next summer’s convention. Of course, our registration page won’t be ready until we have a time and place for next year’s convention. So please stay tuned by visiting www.pulpfest.com at least once a week. We’ll be offering a new post every Monday morning around 9 AM, eastern time. Alternately, you can read our posts via our facebook site or catch our tweets by following us via our Twitter page.

(While training for the priesthood in his native Puerto Rico, Rafael DeSoto began taking private art lessons with a local artist. He emigrated to the United States in 1923 and soon found work at an advertising company. He began to draw interior story illustrations for Street & Smith’s western pulp magazines in 1930. Two years later, he started to sell freelance cover paintings to all the major pulp magazine publishers including Clayton, Dell, Fiction House, Popular, Street & Smith, and the Thrilling Group. It was DeSoto who created the cover art for the November 1941 issue of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

DeSoto continued to produce pulp covers up until the demise of the industry during the 1950s. He also sold freelance illustrations to slick magazines, many paperback book covers, and covers and interior story illustrations for men’s adventure magazines. The artist retired from freelance illustration in 1964 and began teaching at the State University of New York, Farmingdale. He taught art for the rest of his life and embarked on a very successful career as a portrait artist.)