Watch for the PulpFest Banners

Jul 18, 2018 by

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PulpFest 2018 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Mike Chomko’s table. That’s where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Friday and Saturday night auctions. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing at the entrance to the PulpFest hospitality suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

But that’s not all. With our special programming to celebrate the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, we’ll be featuring three additional banners. The first will mark our special gallery showing of original art: “Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.” There will be another during our afternoon showing of the FarmerCon 100 video presentation, “Memories of Phil.” The third banner will mark the location of our “New Fictioneers” readings. With all that’s happening this year at PulpFest 2018, we’ll be pretty much taking up all of the meeting spaces at the DoubleTree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there’s our main banner, right by our registration desk. That’s the banner sponsored by AbeBookswelcoming you to PulpFest 2018. Our convention is very proud to that AbeBooks.com has renewed its sponsorship of our convention. Launched in 1996, AbeBooks.com is an online marketplace for books. AbeBooks has a strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs.

Not only is AbeBooks one of our web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s convention badges, our welcome and hospitality suite banners, and the PulpFest program book. AbeBooks will also be sponsoring our con suite for a night. So the snacks and suds will be on them. You’ll have to bring the pulps and a good sense of humor.

AbeBooks is not only passionate about books, but also a company with a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for their banners at the PulpFest 2018 entrance and outside our convention suite. PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(All of our banners were designed by our talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

 

Saturday Night Auction

Jun 29, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

Our Saturday night auction will again feature material from the collections of the late Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. There will also be signed letters and post cards from pulp artists and writers written to the late Albert Tonik.

The auction will also include nearly 400 copies of WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, a selection of sports pulps and Martin Goodman’s Red Circle magazines, a collection of letters from Popular Publications founder Henry Steeger, a painting by paperback cover artist Rudy Nappi, long and nearly complete runs of science fiction digests such as ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASTIC, and IMAGINATIVE TALESquantities of science fiction digests from the United Kingdom including NEBULA, NEW WORLDS SCIENCE FICTION, and SCIENCE FANTASY, and a selection of western pulps such as DIME WESTERN, WESTERN ACTION, REAL WESTERN, and 10 STORY WESTERN MAGAZINE.

Click here for a look at the preliminary catalog for our Saturday Night Auction.

Please note that we are still working on the Hagadish collection and may be adding more items — most likely, early science fiction paperbacks — to the list. Keep watching www.pulpfest.com for any revisions to our catalogs. If time allows, we also hope to post a few images featuring material from our 2018 auctions.

In addition to more than 300 estate lots, all members of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to sell at auction. All auction lots must have a $20 minimum value. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that does not meet our standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold at auction. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 1:30 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the auction, please contact programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

If you cannot attend PulpFest 2018 and are interested in submitting an absentee bid, please contact Mike Chomko at one of the addresses noted above.

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can register for the convention by clicking one of the Register buttons on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. You have one more week to book at the convention’s special rate!

(Rudy Nappi’s recreation of his original paperback cover art for Bradford Scott’s BADLANDS BOSS — a Walt Slade adventure, originally published in 1956 by Pyramid Books — will be one of the lots offered at our Saturday Night Auction. The auction will begin at 10:05 PM on Saturday, July 28 in the programming room at PulpFest 2018.)

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Friday Night Auction

Jun 27, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second PulpFest auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

PulpFest will be offering pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody was a Pulpcon regular for years. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, science fiction, and the western field. Also included will be a few premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and much more.

This year’s auction will also feature pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. One of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom — one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation — Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. Larry worked at Hanna-Barbera Studios in the storyboard department and graduated to directing and producing at Universal, Walt Disney, Scholastic, and the Berlin Film Company. He won an Emmy for TAILSPIN in 1991. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers. PulpFest will be offering numerous copies of ARGOSY WEEKLY and Street & Smith’s long-running WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, all from Larry Latham’s collection.

Our Friday Night Auction will include nearly 500 copies of WILD WEST WEEKLY, about 180 issues of ARGOSY, a nearly complete run of PLANET STORIES, the first three volumes of Leonard Robbins’ monumental THE PULP MAGAZINE INDEX, over fifty Ace Science Fiction Doubles in paperback format, a first edition of C. L. Moore’s JUDGMENT NIGHT, signed letters and post cards from author Mike Avallone and several western authors, a SHADOW MAGAZINE premium, art prints by fan favorite Frank Hamilton, and nearly complete runs of ANALOG, ISAAC ASIMOV’S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE, and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION into the early 1990s.

Click here for a look at the preliminary catalog for our Friday Night Auction.

Please note that we are still working on the Hagadish collection and may be adding some more items — most likely, early science fiction paperbacks — to the list. Keep watching www.pulpfest.com for any revisions to the catalog. If time allows, we also hope to post a few images featuring material from our 2018 auctions.

In addition to more than 300 estate lots, all members of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to sell at auction. All auction lots must have a $20 minimum value. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that does not meet our standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold at auction. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 1:30 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the auction, please contact programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

If you cannot attend PulpFest 2018 and are interested in submitting an absentee bid, please contact Mike Chomko at one of the addresses noted above.

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can register for the convention by clicking one of the Register buttons on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. You have one more week to book at the convention’s special rate!

(The September 19, 1942 issue of WILD WEST WEEKLY — featuring front cover art by Henry William Kiemle, Jr. — is just one of nearly 500 copies of the Street & Smith pulp magazine that will be offered in our Friday Night Auction. The auction will begin at 10:05 PM on Friday, July 27 in the programming room at PulpFest 2018.)

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Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 15, 2018 by

PulpFest is very well known for its auctions. This year, due to an abundance of material, the convention will host not one, but two auctions. The first will be held on Friday, July 27, beginning at 10:05 PM. Our second PulpFest auction will take place on Saturday, July 28. It will also begin at 10:05 PM.

PulpFest will be offering pulps and related materials from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish. A longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, Woody was a Pulpcon regular for years. Primarily interested in western pulps — particularly WILD WEST WEEKLY — Woody was a reading enthusiast and enjoyed his collection.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as sports, science fiction, and the western field. Also included will be a few premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and much more. We’ll be offering previews of the Hagadish material in the months to come.

This year’s auction will also feature pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. One of the founding members of the Oklahoma Alliance of Fandom — one of the earliest comics clubs in the nation — Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. With a degree in motion picture production, Larry worked at Hanna-Barbera Studios in the storyboard department and graduated to directing and producing at Universal, Walt Disney, Scholastic, and the Berlin Film Company. He won an Emmy for TAILSPIN in 1991. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers.

PulpFest will be offering copies of ARGOSY WEEKLY and Street & Smith’s long-running WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, all from Larry Latham’s collection. Additionally, there will be lots submitted to the auction by registered members of the convention. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number.

Are you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp collection that you’re unsure what to do with? Do you have a collectible book or magazine that you’d like to sell? Consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors.

PulpFest has the buyers you seek. You’ll find collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. That means your collection or that of a loved one will go to those who will treasure and appreciate it.

While we don’t enjoy thinking about our eventual passing, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. PulpFest will be glad to help. Please write to marketing director Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.comwith your questions. You can also reach him by mail at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. If you’d like to submit something to our auction, please contact Mike in the months ahead.

In addition to our auctions, PulpFest will also be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War, the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, and welcoming our guest of honor, award-winning author Joe Lansdale. Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2018 to get in on all the action at Summer’s Great Pulp Con! 

PulpFest 2018 will take place from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

(When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the American Library Association established a Committee on Mobilization and War Service Plans to provide library services to U.S. soldiers and sailors in the United States and overseas. ALA’s wartime program became known as the Library War Service and was directed by Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress. Between 1917 and 1920, ALA mounted two financial campaigns and raised $5 million from public donations, erected 36 camp libraries, distributed approximately 7  – 10 million books and magazines gathered through three book drives, and provided library collections to more than 500 locations, including military hospitals.

Charles B. Falls was one of the artists who helped publicize the work of the American Library Association. He designed the “Books Wanted” poster for the ALA, leading to a substantial outpouring of books for the camp libraries of the American Armed Services of The Great War. The poster helped to foster the artist’s reputation as a leader in the fields of advertising and book and magazine art. In addition to his work for such magazines at COLLIER’S, COSMOPOLITAN, and MUNSEY’S MAGAZINE, Fall’s illustrations found their way into pulps such as ADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK.)

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Saturday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2017 by

There’s still time to get in on the action. The PulpFest dealers’ room will be open today from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Single-day memberships to PulpFest will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend. There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

Members will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. If you have not yet registered, you can download a copy by clicking herePaper forms will also be available at the door. Please visit our registration page for further details.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. Afterward, author and editor Ron Fortier will be joined by five authors to discuss their writing and today’s “New Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by an encore presentation of an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATREThe Adventures of Mr. Fye” introduces a new hero inspired by classic pulp fiction and the single character hero pulps. The play will begin at 3:30 PM.

The PulpFest dealers’ room will be closing today at 4:45 PM. This should allow plenty of time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner. Currently, we’re planning to dine informally at ember & vine, located right in the DoubleTree. However, if you don’t plan to attend PulpFest‘s group meal, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many restaurants in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by clicking here.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2017 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. It will be followed by the 2017 Munsey Award presentation. Laurie Powers, the winner of our 2016 Munsey, will reveal the name of this year’s recipient. Laurie was selected through a vote cast by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The Munsey is a fine art print created by Dan Zimmer of a David Saunders painting. It is presented annually to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.

Our programming for Saturday evening will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring one of the few living pulp magazine artists, Gloria Stoll Karn. A Pittsburgh resident, Gloria will be joined by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders — winner of our 2016 Lamont Award — to discuss her freelance career in the pulps and much more. In a field dominated by men, it was highly unusual for a woman to be painting covers for pulp magazines. But at age seventeen, Gloria Stoll began contributing black and white interior illustrations to pulp magazines. In a few years, the young artist was painting covers. How’s that for a dangerous dame?

Another dangerous dame of the pulps — Pat Savage — gets her night to shine when members of the Narada Radio Company read from Will Murray’s SIX SCARLET SCORPIONS, the first book in the author’s THE ALL-NEW WILD ADVENTURES OF PAT SAVAGE series.

The convention’s celebration of the hardboiled dicks of the pulps continues with a look at The Don Everhard Stories of Gordon Young, featuring Professor Tom Krabacher of California State University. A member of the Pulp Era Amateur Press Association, Tom has often presented at PulpFest. He’ll be joined by Walker Martin, one of the foremost collectors of pulp magazines in the country. Walker is one of the few people who have owned and read complete runs of both BLACK MASK and DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. The convention will be offering about 100 lots of material from the collection of Woody Hagadish. We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, science fiction, western, and the detective fields. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. 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.

This year’s auction will also feature a number of pulp magazines from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Larry enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. PulpFest will be offering a variety of pulps from Larry Latham’s collection, such as copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, the first three issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, a selection of THE WIDE WORLD, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed to Latham by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

One of our members has also mentioned that he may be offering a complete set of the second volume of AMRA — no. 1 to no. 71 — published by George Scithers from 1959 to 1982. AMRA featured high-quality artwork by Roy G. Krenkel, Gray Morrow, and other articles. The magazine’s writers included L. Sprague de Camp, Poul Anderson, Leigh Brackett, Fritz Leiber, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and many others.

Click on the “PulpFest Auction” link along the right side of our home page for highlights featured in this year’s auction.

Rounding out the auction will be material consigned by our membership. Any member of PulpFest 2017 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. To learn more about selling material through our Saturday night auction, please click here.

You can find additional details about these and all of our events by clicking the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in pulpdom and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’re new to the hobby, please join us in our con suite and learn more about pulps and pulp fiction and art.

Saturday’s sponsor of the PulpFest hospitality suite is Meteor House, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy. Their main specialty is authorized limited edition novels and novellas, set in the worlds of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest is extremely pleased to have Meteor House as our Saturday evening hospitality suite sponsor.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

PulpFest 2017 will continue tomorrow. Our dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our exhibitors pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday, July 30, will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Like Robert Bloch, John D. MacDonald — who was born 0n July 24, 1916 — got his start in the pulp magazines. From about 1946 through 1951, he placed dozens of stories each year with various pulp magazines. His output included adventure, detective, fantasy, science fiction, sports fiction, and western stories. When his story “Dead to the World” garnered the cover spot for the February 1947 issue of Popular’s DIME DETECTIVE — featuring cover art by Robert Stanley — MacDonald had become a reliable producer for the pulp market. Not long after, MacDonald began selling increasingly to the original paperback market. His first Travis McGee novel — THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY –was published by Fawcett in 1964.

Granted, the PulpFest auctions are a bit more tame than this depiction by Milton Luros for the DIME DETECTIVE from February 1939. Nevertheless our auctions are quite exciting. Plan to attend PulpFest 2017 and find out for yourself why it’s called “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”

Pulp Fiction’s “hardboiled dicks” will come to the fore during PulpFest’s final night of programming, scheduled to begin at 7 PM this evening. We hope to see you in at the DoubleTree Grand Ballroom for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con! You’ll find today’s schedule immediately below.)

Saturday, July 29

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

3:00 – 4:30 PM — Auction Viewing at the DoubleTree

Programming

12:30 – 2:00 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Win Scott Eckert and Frank Schildiner)

2:15 – 3:15 PM — Six Writers of New Pulp (moderator Ron Fortier and authors Fred Adams, Jr., John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Michael Maynard, and Charles Millhouse)

3:30 – 4:00 PM —  Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

5:00 – 6:50 PM — PulpFest 2017 Group Meal at Ember & Vine in the DoubleTree (Volunteer Coordinator Sally Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest 2017 Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — 2017 Munsey Award Presentation (presented by Laurie Powers)

7:30 – 8:10 PM — Guest of Honor Gloria Stoll Karn with David Saunders

8:10 – 8:20 PM — The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage by Will Murray — A Reading by Pulp-Pourri Theatre

8:20 – 8:50 PM — Hard-Boiled at 100: The Don Everhard Stories of Gordon Young (Tom Krabacher & Walker Martin)

8:50 – 9:10 PM —  Intermission (Auction Viewing)

9:15 – 12:15 AM — Saturday Night at the Auction (John Gunnison and Joseph Saines, Auctioneers)

PulpFest Primer

Jul 25, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksPulpFest 2017 will begin on Thursday, July 27, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin shortly after 9 PM with a reading by author Chet Williamson. Closing out the evening programming will be an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE.

PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.  Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 4 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or the link found on our registration page. Look for the SHOP banner to find our dealers’ room. You’ll also see our large welcome banner, sponsored by AbeBooks.com. With its strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs, AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2017, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Full weekend memberships will cost $35 for those staying at the DoubleTree and $40 for those staying elsewhere. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

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

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574. If Jack is not available, please text Chuck Welch at 608.406.4774. You can also call Chuck, but text will probably be faster.

Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, July 28, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with the first of our New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will include our FarmerCon XII presentations, plus several discussions of Robert Bloch, psychos, and hardboiled dicks. Once again, the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE will close out our programming. They’ll be performing “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play based on a story by Robert Bloch.

On Saturday, July 29, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Afterward, all convention attendees are welcome to join an informal Saturday Night Dinner. Details will be announced at the convention. If you don’t plan to attend PulpFest‘s group meal, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many restaurants in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by clicking here.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings and a panel on “New Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by an encore presentation by the Narada Radio Company

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2017 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. All members of the convention are urged to attend. The 2017 Munsey Award — presented for service to the pulp community — will also be awarded on Saturday evening.

Other programming on Saturday night will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring one of the few living pulp magazine artists, Gloria Stoll Karn. A Pittsburgh resident, Gloria will be joined by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders — winner of our 2016 Lamont Award — to discuss her freelance career in the pulps and much more. We’ll also have another presentation on the hardboiled dicks of the pulps.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. The convention will be offering about 150 lots of material from the collections of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. Included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, as well as the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

Any member of PulpFest 2017 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday. The sooner you submit your consignment to our auction coordinator, Barry Traylor, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. We will be accepting material for our auction near the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. Watch for the auction banner. All auction lots must be submitted to Barry prior to 2 PM on Saturday, July 29.

All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please click the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

On Sunday, July 30, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We’ve already registered a record number of dealers. We’ve also been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. You can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is located at 910 Sheraton Drive in Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Pittsburgh. It is easy to find at the intersection of three major roadways: Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Please click here for a map of the hotel’s location or click the map along the right side of our home page. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there.

The entire PulpFest 2017 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Pittsburgh for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.”

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

Robert Bloch’s “Return to the Sabbath” originally ran in the July 1938 issue of WEIRD TALES, featuring front cover art by the great pulp and fantasy artist, Virgil Finlay. The artist got his start during the Great Depression when he sent unsolicited illustrations to his favorite pulp magazine, WEIRD TALES. In addition to “The Unique Magazine,” he also contributed interior illustrations and covers to many other pulps and digests. Even today, Finlay remains one of the most highly regarded and collected artists in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

DETECTIVE TALES was the number three title in Popular Publications’ detective pulp group. It was preceded by DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and BLACK MASK, the pulp where the hardboiled detective genre originally took form. Between 1943 and 1945, Gloria Stoll Karn contributed six covers to DETECTIVE TALES, including the July 1945 number.

The cover art for the 2017 PULPSTER was painted by Norman Saunders for the July 1949 number of BLACK MASK. The painting appears courtesy of his son, pulp art historian David Saunders. A limited edition poster of the painting is available in the “gift shop” at the Norman Saunders website, normansaunders.com.)

Set Sail with Gordon Young

Jul 24, 2017 by

Here’s your chance to own a piece of pulp history! Over the past weekend, the granddaughter of pulp author Gordon Ray Young contacted the convention’s Facebook page. Years ago, Young’s granddaughter and her mother attended an Ohio Pulpcon. They had a wonderful experience at the convention, meeting the people who were keeping the pulps alive for posterity.

Young’s family still has the author’s travel trunk that he used while traveling to Europe with his family in 1927. The trunk is rather worn, but it still bears his name. His family would like to find a good home for this piece among the people who would appreciate it the most. Therefore, they have decided to donate the trunk to PulpFest for inclusion in this year’s Saturday Night Auction.

Gordon Ray Young was the author of some of the finest adventure fiction to grace the pages of the American pulp magazines during the first half of the twentieth century. His work appeared regularly in titles such as ADVENTUREARGOSYBLUE BOOKROMANCE, and SHORT STORIES, his fiction spanned genres as diverse as westerns, crime stories, South Seas adventure, international intrigue, historical fiction, and humor.

Young’s travel trunk has been added to our auction catalog as Auction Lot #88. Any proceeds from the sale will be donated to PulpFest. There is one stipulation: the trunk is currently in northern California. The winning bidder will be responsible for paying the costs to have the trunk shipped to its destination. These costs will be over and above the winning bid.

Below are a few photographs of the trunk. These will also be shown during the PulpFest Saturday Night Auction.

(As part of its celebration of the hardboiled dicks of the pulps, PulpFest 2017 has asked pulp scholar and historian Tom Krabacher and esteemed collector and hardboiled fiction authority Walker Martin to discuss Young’s character Don Everhard — AKA “The Most Dangerous Man in America.” They’ll examine the character’s relationship to the development and evolution of the hardboiled detective story. Young’s character was pictured twice on the cover of ADVENTURE magazine — including the May 1936 issue with cover art by Walter M. Baumhofer.)

Saturday Night Auction Catalog

Jul 22, 2017 by

As we previewed on July 5 – 7 of this year, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin shortly after 9 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. Assisting him will be Joseph Saines, a full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop and one of the leading dealers of antique toy soldiers. Joe will be returning to PulpFest after a few years’ absence.

The PulpFest 2017 auction will feature material from the estate of Woody Hagadish — a longtime collector and reader of books and pulps, as well as a regular attendee of Pulpcon — and the estate of  Larry Latham, who enjoyed a varied career in animation, film, TV, theater and teaching. Larry was also admired by the pulp community for his covers and illustrations for ECHOES, THE PULP COLLECTOR, PULP VAULT, and other fanzines. He also created the popular webcomic LOVECRAFT IS MISSING in 2009, which attracted many followers.

We’ll have a variety of both pulps and digests from such diverse genres as air war, science fiction, western, and the detective fields. Also included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Finally, there will be a number of Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers offered. We’ll also have copies of THE ARGOSY and THE ALL-STORY, a large number of issues of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, and a number of hero pulps, including the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

You can see photographs of some of the material that will be offered at this year’s PulpFest auction by viewing our “Auction Highlights” posts of July 5 – 7. You can find them easily by clicking “The PulpFest Auction” button along the righthand side of our home page.

For a catalog listing of the Hagadish and Latham auction material that will be offered during this year’s auction, please click this link. Please note that our catalog listing is subject to change.

(A selection of spicy-style detective pulps will be featured as lot number 160 in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction. Featured in the lot are the November 1942 issue of DETECTIVE SHORT STORIES — published by Red Circle, the forerunner to Marvel Comics — the September 1944 and February 1946 issues of PRIVATE DETECTIVE, plus the April 1945 issue of SUPER-DETECTIVE — all “Speed” magazines, published by Culture Publications, best known for SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES. Their publisher, Harry Donenfeld, is known primarily for being the owner of National Allied Publications, better known as DC Comics.)

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Look Out for the PulpFest Banners!

Jul 18, 2017 by

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PulpFest 2017 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Barry Traylor’s table. This is where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Saturday Night Auction. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing in — you guessed it — the PulpFest con suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

(All of our banners were designed by our talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

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More Auction Highlights

Jul 6, 2017 by

As mentioned on Wednesday, the Saturday Night Auction returns to PulpFest on July 29. It will begin at 10 PM with the always entertaining John P. Gunnison of Adventure House serving as auctioneer. We’ll have a variety of both pulps, digests, first edition hardcovers, and other collectibles from the estate of Woody Hagadish as well as a variety of pulps from the collection of the late Larry Latham. Today and tomorrow, we’ll be showing more examples from these collections. On Saturday, July 8, we hope to publish a list of our scheduled auction lots. Please note that the list is subject to change.

Below, you’ll find photographs of the first edition hardcovers that PulpFest will be offering this year. These are from the estate of Woody Hagadish. The books were published by Avalon Books, Gnome Press, and Shasta Publishers in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Also featured are a few of the issues of AMRA that are being offered at this year’s auction by one of the convention’s members. They are part of a complete set of the second volume of the award-winning fanzine, numbers 1 – 71. Published by George Scithers and edited by Scithers, Liz Wilson, Dan Adkins, and others, AMRA ran from 1959 through 1982. According to FANCYCLOPEDIA 3, “It was Volume 2 because starting in April 1955 George Heap published a fanzine which was probably a direct predecessor. It had few issues.” AMRA won Best Fanzine Hugos in 1964 and 1967.

If you can’t make it to PulpFest 2017 and would like to bid on any of these highly collectible volumes, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko by email at mike@pulpfest.com.

Start making your plans now to attend PulpFest 2017 to see some of the great material that Barry Traylor is assembling for this year’s auction. We hope to see you from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Please call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(COSMIC ENGINEERS, written by Clifford D. Simak was published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1950. The jacket artist was Edd Cartier. It was originally serialized in three parts by John W. Campbell in the February, March, and April 1939 issues of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, published by Street & Smith.

Pictured below are some of the first edition hardcovers that we’ll be offering in the PulpFest 2017 Saturday Night Auction.)

THE STARMEN by Leigh Brackett (Gnome Press)

SCIENCE FICTION CARNIVAL, edited by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (Shasta Publishers)

INVADERS FROM THE INFINITE by John W. Campbell (Gnome Press)

THE RIM OF SPACE by A.
Bertram Chandler (Avalon Books)

THE GLORY THAT WAS by L. Sprague de Camp (Avalon Books)

DAY OF THE GIANTS by Lester del Rey (Avalon Books)

METHUSELAH’S CHILDREN by Robert Heinlein (Gnome Press)

THE DARK PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

ENCOUNTER by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE GREEN PLANET by J. Hunter Holly (Avalon Books)

THE CYBERNETIC BRAINS by Raymond F. Jones (Avalon)

THIS ISLAND EARTH by Raymond F. Jones (Shasta Publishers)

THE OUTLAWS OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE SWORDSMAN OF MARS by Otis A. Kline (Avalon Books)

THE GLASS CAGE by Adam Lukens (Avalon Books)

THE DRUMS OF TAPAJOS by S. P. Meek (Avalon Books)

SF 58, edited by Judith Merrill (Gnome Press)

NORTHWEST OF EARTH by C. L. Moore (Gnome Press)

ARMAGEDDON 2419 A. D. by Philip Francis Nowlan (Avalon)

ALIEN PLANET by Fletcher Pratt (Avalon Books)

THE DAWNING LIGHT by Robert Randall (Gnome Press)

COLLISION COURSE by Robert Silverberg (Avalon Books)

STARMAN’S QUEST by Robert Silverberg (Gnome Press)

COSMIC ENGINEERS by Clifford Simak (Gnome Press)

THE ATOM CONSPIRACY by Jeff Sutton (Avalon Books)

AMRA, Volume 2, Numbers 1 and 2

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