Starting Today — A PulpFest Post Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday!

May 1, 2017 by

Since the beginning of September 2016, we’ve had an announcement about PulpFest 2017 once a week. Starting today, we’ll be releasing a post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We’ll be maintaining that pace until early June when we’ll begin offering one post every weekday. Even the PulpFest promotion department needs a day off every now and then.

During the next month, we’ll be discussing our 2017 Munsey Award nominees, related conventions, and some of our programming plans for the upcoming convention. PulpFest 2017 will be saluting the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch and the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” 0f the pulps. We’ll be exploring DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — one of the pulps where the hard-boiled detective story began to take shape — and Robert Leslie Bellem’s tough-guy detective, Dan Turner; Pat Savage, The Domino Lady, and other dangerous dames of the pulps; and some of the mad scientists, crazed hunchbacks, and foul cultists who decimated American cities on a monthly basis in the rough-paper magazines.

Our Guest of Honor will be Pittsburgh artist Gloria Stoll Karn. 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 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?

So what are you waiting for? Register now for PulpFest 2017! There’s no other way for you to be part of “Summer’s HARDBOILED Pulp Con.” While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry by clicking one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads “Book a Room.” You can also call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given its popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room for PulpFest 2017 as soon as possible.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card 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. PulpFest 2017 has used Howitt’s cover art since last fall to promote our convention at book stores, comic shops, and other conventions and fairs.)

Register Now for PulpFest 2017

Jan 9, 2017 by

PulpFest_2017_frontA big thank you to the many folks who took advantage of our PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale. We appreciate your tremendous support of the convention. By staying at our host hotel, you help to defray the convention’s substantial costs. You also help demonstrate to our hotel that PulpFest is a top-notch convention that will help their bottom line. Thanks for helping to make PulpFest look good.

There are still rooms available at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at our host hotel.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi and two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. Parking is free!

If you have yet to register for PulpFest 2017 — taking place place July 27 – 30 — the convention is now accepting advance registrations from all parties. Here’s how . . .

For All Members

All PulpFest 2017 members, including dealers, must register for the convention.

Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying at the DoubleTree: $35 (includes free early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying elsewhere: $40 (without early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying elsewhere: $70 (with early-bird shopping)

Single-day membership for Friday or Saturday: $20
Single-day membership for Sunday: $10 (available only at the door)
Supporting Membership: $25

Additional Details

Children age 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted for free. However, they must be registered.

Early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27, is free to members staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The cost is $30 to members staying elsewhere.

An early-bird membership will get you into the dealers’ room from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday, July 27, while our dealers are setting up for the convention. Only staff, dealers, and early-birds will be allowed into the dealers’ room during these hours. Please realize that due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every registered dealer will be available during our early-bird hours. Our evening programming will follow our early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27.

If you register for a Sunday single-day membership, please be aware that many dealers will be packing up and buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

All paying members, including supporting members, will receive a complementary copy of our program book, THE PULPSTER, a $10 value.

Early registration will be held outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry on Thursday evening, July 27, running from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Friday morning, July 28, running from 9 AM to 10 AM. If you are paying at the door, please have your completed registration form on hand to speed up the process. You’ll be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

Please click here to download our 2017 member registration form. To pay for your membership, please see the instructions below.

For Dealers Only

Island-table rental fee: $80 per table
Wall-table rental fee: $90 per table
Electrical outlets (if needed): $20 per outlet

All dealers and their helpers are also required to purchase a membership to PulpFest 2017.

Additional Details

PulpFest 2017 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 11,328-square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables and placement within the dealers’ room will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 44 wall tables will be available in our dealers’ room.

PulpFest 2017 Post Card backThere will be no height restrictions on any tables. Displays will be allowed on tables as long as they can stand safely. Please use common sense and courtesy to design your displays. All members registering as dealers must have material for sale at their tables. If you have any special needs — positioning within the room, unique display requirements, and so on — please let us know when you register.

All registered dealers will be profiled in a series of posts that will run on the PulpFest website during the last week of June. Our marketing director, Mike Chomko, will be contacting you about this.

Although the focus of PulpFest 2017 will be pulp magazines and related materials, genre fiction, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books can also be sold. Please remember that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Sexually explicit material, including PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI, will not be allowed.

Dealer set-up will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 4 – 11 PM. Selling to early-bird shoppers will be allowed on July 27, beginning at 6 PM and running until 9 PM. The dealers’ room will be open to dealers on Friday, July 28, beginning at 9 AM. It will open to all PulpFest members beginning at 10 AM. All dealers are expected to be set up on Thursday evening by 11 PM and be open for business on Friday, July 28, at 10 AM. If you are not able to comply, please discuss your needs with convention chairperson Jack Cullers by emailing him at jack@pulpfest.com or writing him at the address noted below.

Please click here to download our 2017 dealer registration form. To pay for your dealer membership, please see the instructions below.

Payment Instructions

The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, 07/24/17 at 10 PM eastern time. To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use our Paypal Order page. If you pay via Paypal, you’ll also have to register via email, providing all of the information required on our registration forms to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

If you have any questions about member or dealer registrations, please write to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above. If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2017 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card 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.

The back of our PulpFest 2017 post card features the work of Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover for the May 1936 issue of SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTUES, a short-lived title published by Fiction Magazines, Inc.)

The PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale Ends on Sunday

Jan 6, 2017 by

north-west-romances-39-spAre you planning to attend PulpFest 2017? Then now’s the time to register! Through January 8, both regular attendees and dealers who will be staying at our host hotel will be able to register for PulpFest at our 2016 rates. It’s the PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale!

PulpFest 2017 will take place July 27 – 30 at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can now book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at our host hotel. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi and two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. Parking is free!

To thank those who will be supporting us by staying at the DoubleTree, we’re offering an opportunity to lock in our 2016 prices for PulpFest 2017. Act now as this offer ends Jan 8!

PulpFest 2017 Cyber Monday Sale

From December 12 through January 8, you can register for PulpFest 2017 at the following rates:

Full Weekend DoubleTree membership: $30 (includes free early-bird shopping and $5 savings over 2017)

DoubleTree island-table rental fee: $70 per six-foot table (save $10 by registering now)

DoubleTree wall-table rental fee: $80 per six-foot table (save $10 by registering now)

Only members who will be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be able to register at these rates. If you have booked a room at the DoubleTree, please click here to download our PulpFest 2017 Cyber Monday registration form.

To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use our Paypal Order page. To take advantage of our Cyber Monday Sale, you must book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry and register by January 8, 2017. If you have any questions about registering, please write to Jack Cullers at the address noted above or via email at jack@pulpfest.com.

We will start accepting registrations for all members at our new prices beginning on January 9, 2017.

(Hopefully the two guys on the pulp will get done with their fight in time to take advantage of the PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale! The poor woman is tied up right now. She can’t get to a computer.

Norman Saunders painted the cover for the Spring 1939 issue of NORTH-WEST ROMANCES. The artist was a prolific and talented illustrator who contributed work to the pulps, slicks, digests, paperbacks, comic books, men’s adventure magazines, and trading cards.)

Book a Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry

Dec 19, 2016 by

World Science Fiction Convention 1955Are you planning to attend PulpFest 2017? If you are, you can now book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi privileges in each sleeping room and the hotel’s lobby, plus two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel. You must book your room by July 5, 2017 in order to get the special convention rate.

Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh. The DoubleTree also offers a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a sauna.

We’re very happy the DoubleTree Cranberry will be hosting the summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials. PulpFest seeks to honor pulp fiction and pulp art by drawing attention to the many ways they have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other creators over the decades. The DoubleTree will be a great venue for our convention.

Now through January 8, 2017, PulpFest is offering reduced advance registrations for members who will be staying at the DoubleTree. Save $5 on your membership fees and $10 per dealer table during the PulpFest Cyber Monday sale event!

In 2017, PulpFest will be paying tribute to the history of the pulps by saluting the hardboiled dicks that transformed the traditional mystery story into the tough guy (and gal) crime fiction that remains popular to this very day. We’ll also be focusing our attention on the dangerous dames of the pulps, the hardboiled ladies who helped to pave the way for such modern day gumshoes as Sue Grafton‘s Kinsey Millhone, Marcia Muller‘s Sharon McCone, and Sara Paretsky‘s V. I. Warshawski. And we’ll set our sites on the psychos of the pulps as we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Robert Bloch — the pulp writer who penned the novel PSYCHO — and the countless diabolical madmen who battled the heroes of pulp fiction.

Start planning to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30 outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as we explore “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” So please book your room right now and plan to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.

(Frank R. Paul, the “grandfather of science-fiction art,” painted the cover for the program book of the 13th World Science Fiction Convention — Clevention — held on September 2 – 5, 1955 at the Manger Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.  Although the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is not quite as futuristic as Paul’s illustration, the hotel was completely renovated in 2016.)

Register Now for PulpFest 2017 and Save!

Dec 12, 2016 by

PulpFest_2017_frontAre you planning to attend PulpFest 2017? Then now’s the time to register! From December 12 through January 8, both regular attendees and dealers who will be staying at our host hotel will be able to register for PulpFest at our 2016 rates. Call it the PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale!

PulpFest 2017 will take place July 27 – 30 at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can now book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at our host hotel. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi and two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. Parking is free!

To thank those who will be supporting us by staying at the DoubleTree, we’re offering an opportunity to lock in our 2016 prices for PulpFest 2017. Act now as this offer ends Jan 8!

PulpFest 2017 Cyber Monday Sale

From December 12 through January 8, you can register for PulpFest 2017 at the following rates:

Full Weekend DoubleTree membership: $30 (includes free early-bird shopping and $5 savings over 2017)

DoubleTree island-table rental fee: $70 per six-foot table (save $10 by registering now)

DoubleTree wall-table rental fee: $80 per six-foot table (save $10 by registering now)

Only members who will be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be able to register at these rates. If you have booked a room at the DoubleTree, please click here to download our PulpFest 2017 Cyber Monday registration form.

We will start accepting registrations for all members at our new prices beginning on January 9, 2017.

Additional Details

All dealers and their helpers are also required to purchase a membership to PulpFest 2017. Electricity is not included in table fees. Dealers will have to pay an additional $20 for each table that requires electricity.

An early-bird membership will get you into the dealers’ room from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday, July 27, while our dealers are setting up for the convention. Only staff, dealers, and early-birds will be allowed into the dealers’ room during these hours. Please realize that due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every registered dealer will be available during our early-bird hours.

Children age 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge. However, they must be registered.

All paying members will receive a complementary copy of our program book, THE PULPSTER, a $10 value.

PulpFest 2017 Post Card backEvery year, the dealers’ room at PulpFest is brimming with a wide variety of material. Although the focus of PulpFest 2017 will be pulp magazines and related materials, genre fiction, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books can also be found. Please note that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Also the sale of sexually explicit material, including PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI, will not be allowed.

Payment Instructions

To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use our Register by Paypal page. To take advantage of our Cyber Monday Sale, you must book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry and register by January 8, 2017. If you have any questions about registering, please write to Jack Cullers at the address noted above or via email at jack@pulpfest.com.

So what are you waiting for? Book a room at the DoubleTree to take advantage of their free breakfast deal and be very close to all of the PulpFest 2017 action. If you act before January 9, you’ll save $5 on your membership fee! Exhibitors will save ten bucks for each table they rent!! What a great deal for the holidays!!!

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card 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.

The back of our PulpFest 2017 post card features the work of Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover for the May 1936 issue of SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTUES, a short-lived title published by Fiction Magazines, Inc.)