THE PULPSTER wants you!

Jan 30, 2017 by

The Pulpster logoDo you have an idea for an article? THE PULPSTER would like to hear from you.

Bill Lampkin, the editor of THE PULPSTER, is in the planning stages for the 2017 edition of the annual magazine and is looking for articles related to the pulp magazines. He would welcome articles on the themes of this year’s PulpFest — hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos — or any other pulp-related topic that you’re interested in.

THE PULPSTER has a terrific lineup of articles every year, and you can make it even better by contributing.

If you have an idea for an article, please email Bill at bill@pulpfest.com. Deadline for submitting articles is April 30, 2017.

In addition to articles, THE PULPSTER also accepts advertising for anyone wanting to reach a very dedicated audience of pulp fans. Email publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com for advertising rates and availability. For more details about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please visit THE PULPSTER‘s website.

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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Apr 25, 2016 by

The Pulpster 2016Editor and designer William Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER, the award-winning PulpFest program book. He’ll be featuring articles on DETECTIVE STORY and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, two of the first pulp magazine to specialize in a certain fiction genre; African-American pulp writers; the 110th anniversary of Munsey’s RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE; August Derleth, the founder of Arkham House; the pulps’ paperback legacy; and much more.

To commemorate PulpFest‘s salute to the ninetieth anniversary of AMAZING STORIES, Bill is putting together a round-robin article featuring Barry Malzberg, Elinor Mavor, Ted White, and Joseph Wrzos, editors emeritus of the first continuing science fiction magazine. He’s also hoping to line up both Kim Mohan and Patrick Price, as well as Steve Davidson, the magazine’s current editor and publisher. He’ll also have a piece on Philip José Farmer’s AMAZING stories. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book.

In addition to the 90th anniversary of AMAZING, PulpFest 2016 will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells; 120 years of THE ARGOSY, the first pulp magazine; 100 years of the genre pulp — magazines specializing in detective, romance, western, and other fiction types; eighty years of The Whisperer and The Skipper, two of the “superheroes” of the pulps; and ten years of Sanctum Books, one of today’s leading publishers of pulp fiction. And don’t forget that science fiction author and editor Ted White will be the convention’s guest of honor! With such a wide range of interests represented at the convention, the PulpFest program book will be a great place to advertise. THE PULPSTER‘s readers are serious about pulps, genre fiction, and pulp-related products. So it’s the ideal market for your advertising — whether it’s pulps, pulp reprints, “new pulp” fiction, t-shirts, science fiction, graphic novels, role-playing games, original art, websites, or anything else.

If you’d like to reserve advertising space in this year’s PULPSTER, you have until May 31 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover – $200; inside front color cover – $140; inside back color cover – $140; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $70; black-and-white half-page – $40; black-and-white quarter page – $30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications of our program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER. The magazine has a circulation of 500 copies.

The deadline for submitting your advertisements to THE PULPSTER #25 is June 8, 2016. Please feel free to send material as early as possible to ease production of our magazine. Submission guidelines will be provided upon receipt of your payment. Your space is not reserved until payment is received.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years Chaosium, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials 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 or something to serve as a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available for our website at a cost of $100 per year. We currently have five sponsors for www.pulpfest.comAbeBooks.com, Galaxy Press, Essayscribes, College Homework Help, and PureCostumes.comIf you or your organization would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Write for THE PULPSTER — PulpFest’s Program Book

Feb 8, 2016 by

The Pulpster 2016Articles for this year’s edition of THE PULPSTER, the program book for PulpFest, are coming together nicely, but it’s not too late for your contribution.

Editor Bill Lampkin is looking for a variety of features on the pulps, and the writers, editors, and illustrators who worked on them. If you have an idea, he’d like to hear about it. You can contact him at bill@pulpfest.com. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016, but early submissions are encouraged.

THE PULPSTER‘s readers are serious collectors. It’s the ideal market for your pulp-related advertising — whether it’s pulps, pulp reprints, “new pulp” fiction, t-shirts, websites, or anything else. Reserve your space now by contacting PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

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The Organizing Committee Grows

Sep 7, 2015 by

Amazing Stories 1943-09On this day when we salute the American worker, PulpFest is pleased to welcome its newest “laborers,” William Lampkin and Garyn G. Roberts, to its organizing committee.

William Lampkin, or Bill, has been reading fiction from the pulp magazines and collecting the magazines since the 1970s. He became involved in pulp fandom in the early 1990s when he discovered other like-minded individuals on the then-new Internet.

In 1996, he founded what later became ThePulp.Net, a website devoted to the pulps. The five-page website, which originated on AOL as .Pulp, has grown over the past two decades to include blogs, articles, histories, bibliographies, and more. He also writes the Yellowed Perils blog.

He attended his first pulp show in Tampa in the late 1990s, Pulpcon 35 in 2006, was actively involved with Doc Con from 2004 to 2011, and is on a two-year string of PulpFest appearances. In 2008, he became designer of THE PULPSTER. Bill assumed the editorship in 2013 when founding editor Tony Davis stepped down after 20 years.

Bill has been designing promotional material and advertising for PulpFest the past few years. His new role on the PulpFest organizing committee will be as director of advertising. He will also continue designing and editing THE PULPSTER. Why mess with a great thing?

Our other new committee member, Garyn Roberts, is an avid pulp collector and fan. He has written extensively about the pulps, both professionally and as a fan.

Garyn has edited or co-edited some of the best collections of stories from the pulp magazines, including A CENT A STORY: THE BEST FROM TEN DETECTIVE ACES, MORE TALES OF THE DEFECTIVE DETECTIVE IN THE PULPS, THE COMPLEAT ADVENTURES OF THE MOON MAN, THE MAGICAL MYSTERIES OF DON DIAVOLO, and THE COMPLEAT GREAT MERLINI SAGA. His anthology, THE PRENTICE HALL ANTHOLOGY OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, a college-level textbook, is notable for the attention paid to the pulp magazines.

In 2013, Garyn received the Munsey Award, which recognizes an individual who has given of himself or herself for the betterment of the pulp community, be it through disseminating knowledge about the pulps or through publishing or other efforts to preserve and to foster interest in the pulp magazines.

A long-time college professor, Garyn also taught a class in science fiction at Northwestern Michigan College.

In addition to pulps, he is an expert on the Dick Tracy comic strip, was a friend of creator Chester Gould, and has written DICK TRACY AND AMERICAN CULTURE: MORALITY AND MYTHOLOGY, TEXT AND CONTEXT. Garyn will help with the convention’s programming.

If you’d like to congratulate Bill or Garyn via email, please write to them at bill@pulpfest.com or garyn@pulpfest.com.

(Robert Gibson Jones, a native of Ohio, began to work as a commercial artist for a Chicago advertising agency during the First World War. Nearly thirty years later, his first pulp magazine cover appeared on the January 1943 issue of FANTASTIC ADVENTURES. According to pulp art scholar David Saunders, “He was soon painting many covers for this title as well as for AMAZING STORIES, MAMMOTH ADVENTURE, MAMMOTH DETECTIVE, and MAMMOTH WESTERN, all of which were produced in Chicago by the Ziff-Davis Publishing Company.” During the 1950s, Jones painted painted covers for OTHER WORLDS SCIENCE STORIES and UNIVERSE SCIENCE FICTION. His cover for the September 1943 is a wonderful depiction of the women who took on many non-traditional roles, helping with the war effort during the Second World War.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Apr 20, 2015 by

The-Pulpster-24-coverEditor and designer Bill Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER, the award-winning PulpFest program book. He’ll be featuring articles on Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, adventure writer and the founder of DC Comics, the Thrilling Group of pulps and comic books, and other topics. The highlight of the issue will be a round-robin article on H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES. We’re currently expecting contributions from filmmakers Andrew Leman and Sean Branney; game designer Kenneth Hite; Marvin Kaye, the current editor of WEIRD TALES and W. Paul Ganley, founder of WEIRDBOOK; authors David Drake, Cody Goodfellow, Richard Lupoff, John Pelan, Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer, Chet Williamson, and Gahan Wilson; pulp scholars Scott Connor, John Haefele, S. T. Joshi, Will Murray, Damon Sasser, and others. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

If you’d like to reserve advertising space in this year’s PULPSTER, you have until June 15th to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover–$200; inside front color cover–$125; inside back color cover or color full page–$100; inside black-and-white full page–$80; color half-page–$70; black-and-white half-page–$40; black-and-white quarter page–$30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications and back issues of our program book. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of approximately 450 copies.

The deadline for submitting your advertisements to THE PULPSTER #24 is July 4, 2015. Please feel free to send material as early as possible to ease production of our magazine. Submission guidelines will be provided upon receipt of your payment. Your space is not reserved until payment is received.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials 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 Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(Join PulpFest 2015 in August at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Thursday, August 13th and running through Sunday, August 16th as we celebrate H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, just a few short days before the author’s 125th birthday.)

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Advertise in The Pulpster

Mar 30, 2014 by

The_Pulpster_2014Our editor and designer Bill Lampkin is already hard at work on the next issue of The Pulpster. He’ll be featuring articles on science fiction’s golden year of 1939, the shudder pulps, and other interesting topics. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in this year’s Pulpster, you have until June 1st to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover–$170; inside color covers–$130; inside color full page–$100; inside black-and-white full page–$70; half-page–$40; quarter page–$30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications and back issues of our program book. The Pulpster has a circulation of approximately 450 copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years The Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionBook Source MagazineGirasol CollectablesRadio ArchivesStark House Press, and other organizations have 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 Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Graves Gladney contributed the cover art to the July 1939 Astounding Science Fiction, considered by many longtime science-fiction fans to be the true beginning of the genre’s Golden Age. With its October 1960 issue, Astounding became Analog Science Fact & Fiction. It retained that title until the April 1965 number when it became Analog Science Fiction & Fact, its name today. It is published by Dell Magazines. Gladney’s art illustrated A. E. Van Vogt’s “Black Destroyer,” as well as this year’s cover for The Pulpster.

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Write for “The Pulpster”

Nov 18, 2013 by


Unknown 39-03PulpFest 2014
may still be over eight months away, but it’s not too early to start working on an article for the next number of The Pulpster. As you know, PulpFest will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.” Startling Stories, Unknown, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Planet Stories, and similar magazines debuted in 1939. The year also witnessed the first World Science Fiction Convention.

PulpFest 2014 will also be saluting the shudder pulps of 1934. Although the weird-menace tale came into being in the latter months of 1933, it wasn’t until the following year that the genre blossomed with the advent of Popular Publications’ Terror Tales and Horror Stories, as well as Spicy Mystery Stories.

The Pulpster is the award-winning program book of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of PulpFest, this highly collectible and informative magazine has been around for over twenty years. First edited  by Lamont Award winner Tony Davis, The Pulpster now has Bill Lampkin at the helm. Bill also runs The Pulp.Net, which he created in 1996, and writes the Yellowed Perils blog.

Although The Pulpster is actively seeking articles about science fiction and fantasy and the great magazines of 1939, as well as explorations of the weird-menace story and the shudder pulps, it’s not limited to those themes alone. If you have an interesting, pulp-related article or idea (preferably never-before-published in print or online), Bill would love to hear from you. Unfortunately, he can’t pay you, but you will receive a free copy of the issue in which your contribution appears. The submission deadline is April 30, 2014.

Articles should be submitted in a plain text or Word document (no PDFs please). Artwork and illustrations should be PNG, JPG, TIF, EPS or PSD formats. Articles and artwork can be emailed to bill@pulpfest.com or mailed to The Pulpster, c/o Bill Lampkin, P. O. Box 12741, Tallahassee, FL 32317. If you have any questions about the magazine’s editorial content, please feel free to contact Bill.

If you would like to advertise in The Pulpster, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. More information on advertising can be found on the Program Book page of our website, where you’ll also find information about back issues.

H. W. Scott’s cover to the March 1939 issue of Unknown illustrates the first issue’s lead story, “Sinister Barrier,” written by Eric Frank Russell.

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