Last Minute Dealer Changes

Aug 12, 2019 by

We’d like to announce a few dealers who have joined PulpFest 2019 during early August.

HEROINEBURGH is a comic book and live-action video series based in Pittsburgh featuring all-original characters. They’ll be sharing a table at this year’s PulpFest with another local comic book creator, Marvin Wynn. The comics and video episodes of HEROINEBURGH are influenced by Silver Age and Bronze Age comics, nineties bad-girl aesthetics, and 50 years of TV shows and movies starring powerful and beautiful superheroines. It’s action, adventure, drama, romance, and plenty of camp, all in the finest spandex and capes. Check out their website to learn more about the courageous champions and vengeful villainesses of HEROINEBURGH. And please welcome this local creator to PulpFest.

Please welcome MARVIN WYNN— co-creator of THE EDGE — to his first PulpFest. A local comic book creator, Marvin will be sharing a table with HEROINEBURGH, a comic book and live-action video series also based in Pittsburgh. Wynn’s comic book — published by Short Fuse Media Group —  is a continuing series following genetically enhanced characters that debuted in 2012. Marvin’s co-creator is Phillipines-based artist Mark VuycanKiat. THE EDGE reached its ninth issue earlier this year and has gained a solid social media following.

At the same time, we regret to inform you that CHRISTOPHER RYAN — the author of the supernaturally tinged crime thrillers that feature NYPD detectives Mallory and Gunner and the prose adventures of ALEX SIMMONS’ award-winning character Blackjack — will not be able to attend our convention. He had a pressing deadline that forced him to cancel his appearance at this year’s PulpFest. We look forward to having Chris back in 2020 at your summertime PulpFest.

(THE EDGE #9, written by Marvin Wynn with art by Mark VuycanKiat, was released by Short Fuse Media Group in May 2019. You can pick up all the books in the series via the Short Fuse webpage or by attending PulpFest 2019.)

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Five

Jul 26, 2019 by

PulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the last five days, we’ve been profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Pittsburgh’s DONALD E. SIMPSON is the cartoonist/creator of the comic books MEGATON MAN, BORDER WORLDS, and BIZARRE HEROES. Don has taught workshops in cartooning and figure drawing for a number of years, and earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in History of Art and Architecture in 2013. He’ll be selling copies of his dark and visionary graphic novel, BORDER WORLDS, a nice Kong-themed print, and more at his table at PulpFest 2019. Catch him near the Meteor House corner of the room.

STEVEN SPILGER, out of of South Bend, Indiana, has been collecting and selling both Silver and Golden Age comics, pulps, books, fanzines and more for over thirty years. More recently, he’s added illustrative art to the mix. He calls his business, MR. POLYESTER BOOKS & COMICS. The name came from his college friends, who watched him wear the same polyester leisure suit for all of his college yearbook photos. Steven has been a regular PulpFest dealer and supporter for many years.

JOAB STIEGLITZ of Virginia is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He will be selling copies of his highly regarded UTGARDA series at this year’s PulpFest. Joab’s series will appeal to pulp fans, H. P. Lovecraft readers, gamers, and horror movie fans in equal measure. Joab will be one of our “New Fictioneer” readers on Friday, August 16. In the meantime, check out Joab’s blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz.

JONATHAN SWEET, a professional writer and editor, is the owner of BRICK PICKLE MEDIA, a bookseller and communications firm located in Chaska, Minnesota. This will be his third PulpFest. Although Jonathan sells a wide variety of books, he specializes in first editions and signed books, especially from small presses. Jonathan is also representing Airship 27 as an authorized agent at PulpFest and will be carrying a wide selection of their latest new pulp offerings. He’ll also have old paperbacks, pulp reprints and other pulp-related items. Joining him will be DAVID and JULES SWEET.

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2019.

RAY WALSH of the CURIOUS BOOK SHOP has been selling a broad array of paper collectibles – pulps, paperbacks, original artwork, collectible hardcovers, vintage comic books, and more — for nearly fifty years. Out of East Lansing, Michigan, Ray has been selling at PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for decades. We appreciate his long support and heartily recommend the convention he sponsors — Classicon — held each year in Lansing, Michigan.

TODD WARREN is a pulp and comic book collector who attended Pulpfest for the first time in 2017. Last year was his first as a dealer. He did so well that he added more tables to his PulpFest 2019 exhibit. He’s also bringing along ROSS WARREN to lend a hand. An Overstreet advisor, Todd will be offering vintage pulps, paperbacks, books, a few comic books, and lots of pulp enthusiasm!

JON WEHLER is a very personable dealer and collector who offers pulps, original art, and other paper collectibles. He’ll also have lots of vintage paperbacks from many different genres at PulpFest 2019. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest auctions. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

CHRISTOPHER MAFFEI of WELL-STACKED BOOKS comes to PulpFest 2019 out of Parkville, Maryland. A member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, Chris will be bringing vintage paperbacks, first-edition hardcovers and series books, art books, graphic novels and comics, and more to his first PulpFest. Please welcome him to the convention.

One of the many highlights from PulpFest 2018 was the art show featuring the work of illustrator MARK WHEATLEY. Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Mark Wheatley is a long-time Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and admirer of the work of Philip José Farmer. He’s also painted covers for Norvell W. Page’s THE SPIDER: SATAN’S MURDER MACHINES and AMAZON NIGHTS by Arthur O. Friel and, in collaboration with G. D. Falksen, created the book DOCTOR CTHULITTLEHow’s that for some top-notch pulp credentials. Please welcome Mark and his wife, CAROL, back for another PulpFest.

Author CHET WILLIAMSON is happy to return to PulpFest with his friend, Barry Traylor, the convention’s goodwill ambassador. In addition to his own books for sale at his table, Chet will have some nice condition pulp rarities for sale at this year’s convention. You’ll also get to talk with Chet at our Friday author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room.

Please welcome MARVIN WYNN— co-creator of THE EDGE — to his first PulpFest. A local comic book creator, Marvin will be sharing a table with HEROINEBURGH, a comic book and live-action video series also based in Pittsburgh. Wynn’s comic book — published by Short Fuse Media Group —  is a continuing series following genetically enhanced characters that debuted in 2012. Marvin’s co-creator is Phillipines-based artist Mark VuycanKiat. THE EDGE reached its ninth issue earlier this year and has gained a solid social media following.

BEN & TRACY ELLER are bringing WORLD OF STRANGE to PulpFest 2019. The Ellers create T-shirts featuring vintage comic book covers, science fiction motifs, Cthulhu-inspired artwork, and pulp magazine covers and other fantastic apparel. They’ve appeared at Dragon Con, Wonderfest, and other pop culture conventions over the last few years. Click here to check out the cool PLANET STORIES video from their website.

PulpFest is pleased to welcome back Chicago’s LARRY HALLOCK of YGOR’S BOOKS to this year’s convention. Specializing in out-of-print science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction, Larry will be selling original art, paperbacks, hardcovers, digests, pulps, and other collectibles, including many signed items.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We hope to see you at PulpFest 2019 where you’ll be able to meet in person the dozens of dealers that we’ve profiled over the last five days. You’ll also be able to enjoy our celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Our 2019 convention will focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture. Click the programming button just below our homepage banner to learn more.

(Here’s the last of our 2019 images designed for use on the Internet by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin. The artwork is by Norman Saunders. The painting originally illustrated H. G. Wells’ “The Time Machine,” reprinted by Popular Publications in the August 1950 issue of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES.

Don Simpson’s King Kong art served as the cover for AMAZING HEROES #183, published by Fantagraphics in September 1990. In the early nineties, Simpson wrote and drew a six-issue graphic adaptation of Delos W. Lovelace’s 1932 novelization of the Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace story for Fantagraphics’ Monster Comics. It was originally published in 1991 – 92. Simpson has called his KING KONG “the most poorly marketed comic book in history.”)

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Four

Jul 25, 2019 by

THE SPIDER (October 1941), artwork by Rafael DeSotoPulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

The author of over sixty novels and assorted books, WILL MURRAY will be selling copies from his various “The All-New Wild Adventures of . . .” series including DOC SAVAGE: MR. CALAMITY, THE SPIDER: THE DOOM LEGION, and KING KONG VS. TARZANExpect to see some of Will’s non-fiction books, as well. Of course, he’ll be glad to sign your purchases. Will publishes his books under the ADVENTURES IN BRONZE banner, in association with Altus Press. You’ll also get to meet Will at our Friday author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room. Additionally, he’ll be appearing as a “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panelist on Saturday afternoon.

PHIL NELSON is from Waverly, Ohio. He will be bringing an assortment of pulp magazines and new-condition Girasol Collectables pulp replicas. This very personable dealer will also have vintage paperbacks, comic books, and other collectibles. He’s a fan of NORTH-WEST STORIES and detective fiction.

Join us on Friday evening, August 16, for “The Key of Imagination: Pulp Television,” our sixtieth anniversary celebration of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. NICHOLAS PARISI will be discussing the creation and history of Rod Serling’s fantastic program and its relationship to the science fiction and fantasy pulps and digests. Before and after Nick’s presentation, stop by his table and pick up a copy of his excellent book, ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION. It’s the definitive book on the television great. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet Nick at our Saturday afternoon author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room.

TIM PAXTON of Grand Rapids, Michigan specializes in paperbacks and small-press, first-edition hardcovers, dealing mainly in high-grade science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as mysteries and pulp-related material. Check out the TIM’S BOOKS website at AbeBooks.com.

Virginia dealer and collector CURT PHILLIPS returns to PulpFest with more material from the Ted White collection, plus even more rare pulps and books harvested from throughout the southern states.  His stock is heavy in science fiction, fantasy, hero, and detective and mystery pulps. Curt will also be bringing more vintage paperbacks and digests, plus some surprises. He’s currently taking want lists for material to bring to the convention as he has “several thousand books and magazines and can’t possibly bring them all.”  Email your want lists to Curt at absarka_prime@comcast.net.

A resident of Virginia, CRAIG POOLE has been attending pulp conventions for many years. He will have several pieces of vintage original cover art, representing a mix of genres, but with science fiction the main focus. Craig will have paperback cover art and, perhaps, a few digest or pulp cover paintings.

LAURIE POWERS will be selling copies of HIDDEN GHOSTS PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREETRIDING THE PULP TRAIL, all written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers. She’ll also have books and ephemera from her grandfather’s estate. Laurie recently completed a biography of Daisy Bacon, editor of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. QUEEN OF THE PULPS is currently available for pre-order through its publisher, McFarland & Company. Hailing from Virginia, Laurie was honored with our annual Munsey Award in 2016.

Recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction, RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESSis dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. Publishers JENNIFER BARNES & JOHN LAWSON are coming to PulpFest 2019 to celebrate sixteen years of publishing “fiction that “foams at the mouth.” In addition to selling their fine publications in our dealers’ room, Jennifer will be the hostess of the “Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” on Friday, August 16. On Saturday morning, join John at the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration.” Dog Star Books is the new Raw Dog Screaming Press imprint for Science Fiction Adventure titles.

Please welcome audio artist MARK REDFIELD of REDFIELD ARTS AUDIO to this year’s PulpFest. Mark is an actor, writer, artist and filmmaker. He’s also the publisher and editor of POE FOREVERMORE, a print magazine specializing in original horror, science fiction and mystery and detective short stories. Mark will have copies of his recent audiobooks including Mark Wheatley’s SONGS OF GIANTS: THE POETRY OF PULP, William Patrick Maynard’s THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU, and more. Sound designer, video editor, web designer and actress JENNIFER ROUSE will also be appearing at PulpFest 2019 Many thanks to Redfield Audio Arts for their very generous contribution for our 2019 hospitality suite.

PulpFest is very pleased to welcome DAVID & DANIEL RITTER of FIRST FANDOM EXPERIENCE to our 2019 convention. Publishers of the forthcoming THE VISUAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM and more, First Fandom Experience seeks to honor, preserve and bring to life the experience of the pioneering fans who were instrumental in defining, driving, growing and supporting science fiction and fantasy in the 1930s and beyond. Please visit their exhibit in our dealers’ room to learn more about their plans. Many thanks to David and Daniel for their very generous contribution for our 2019 hospitality suite.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be bringing lots of good, fresh old treasures at bargain prices. They’ll have science fiction, mystery, and western pulps, young adult series books, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, pulp replicas, hardcovers, paperbacks, and more. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award.  On Friday evening, join Garyn and George Vanderburgh for “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps.” Garyn will also be one of the panelists on “Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences,” presented by FarmerCon XIV on Saturday, August 17.

CHRISTOPHER RYAN is the author of the supernaturally tinged crime thrillers that feature NYPD detectives Mallory and Gunner. He also writes the prose adventures of ALEX SIMMONS’ legendary and award-winning character Blackjack. You can hear Chris and Alex talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics on their weekly podcast, TELL THE DAMN STORY. A New York City school teacher, Chris will be selling at his second PulpFest. He’ll also be part of our popular “New Fictioneers” author readings on Saturday afternoon. This will be Alex Simmons first PulpFest.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest for another go-round. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, radio premiums and some early character badges, and more. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest. He’ll be helping us with our annual Saturday night auction. Prepare to be entertained.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(Beginning on Thursday evening, August 15, and running through Sunday, August 18, PulpFest 2019 will celebrate the many ways that pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired creators such as Stan Lee:

“When I was about 10 years old, I used to read a pulp magazine called THE SPIDER and sub-titled ‘Master of Men.’ Perhaps it was the Master of Men that got me, but to my impressionable, preteen way of thinking, the Spider was the most dramatic character I had ever encountered. He ranked right up there with Doc Savage and the Shadow. Even better, he wasn’t as well known as the others, which gave me the warm feeling that his fans belonged to an elite club. At any rate, in searching for a title for our newest superhero, I remembered by old pulp favorite — and the title Spider-Man instantly hit me.”

The Spider has also inspired other creators over the years. One is PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, who created several PulpFest 2019 images for use exclusively through the Internet. Our lead image is based on Rafael DeSoto’s cover art for “Satan’s Seven Swordsmen,” published in the October 1941 number of Popular Publications’ pulp magazine, THE SPIDER.

Another artist inspired by Norvell Page’s The Spider is Joe DeVito. He painted the cover art for Will Murray’s Spider novel, THE DOOM LEGION. Published by Adventures in Bronze, in association with Altus Press, the story teams up The Spider, Operator 5, and the flying spy known as G-8.

We hope that you’ll join us at PulpFest 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulps on contemporary pop culture.)

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Three

Jul 24, 2019 by

PulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

RICHARD MELI & JANET GEE will be representing HEARTWOOD BOOKS & ART at this year’s PulpFest. Richard is a member of the ABAA with more than twenty-five years experience in buying and selling vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, the Barry Levin collection, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal on some of the best collectibles around.

HEROINEBURGH is a comic book and live-action video series based in Pittsburgh featuring all-original characters. They’ll be sharing a table at this year’s PulpFest with another local comic book creator, Marvin Wynn. The comics and video episodes of HEROINEBURGH are influenced by Silver Age and Bronze Age comics, nineties bad-girl aesthetics, and 50 years of TV shows and movies starring powerful and beautiful superheroines. It’s action, adventure, drama, romance, and plenty of camp, all in the finest spandex and capes. Check out their website to learn more about the courageous champions and vengeful villainesses of HEROINEBURGH. And please welcome this local creator to PulpFest.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer, will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

2018 Munsey Award winner WILLIAM LAMPKIN is the advertising director for PulpFest as well as the editor and designer of THE PULPSTER, the convention’s award-winning program book. Bill will have a tempting selection of pulp fanzines and other collectibles for sale at his table.

KURT MCCOY is a West Virginia writer with a lifelong fascination for monsters, ghost stories, and folklore. He’s the author of THE WEREWOLF’S HEART — a sequel to the very first werewolf film ever made — MONSTER BEACH PARTY, and more. A 2019 nominee for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, Kurt will be exhibiting at PulpFest 2019 with fellow writer BRAD BRADDOCK. Brad is the award-winning author of MEMOIRS OF MURDER, a prequel to the 1932 film classic, WHITE ZOMBIE. It has been praised by Bela Lugosi scholars and fans of classic horror alike. His other published works include fiction and non-fiction based on folklore, history, and horror. Check them out: their writing is sometimes serious, sometimes quirky, but always fun!

One of our very first supporters when PulpFest came to Mars, Pennsylvania was TODD McDEVITT of NEW DIMENSION COMICS. Owned by Todd since 1986, New Dimension Comics has six stores in the Pittsburgh region, including one just 2.5 miles away from Pulpfest.  Please visit the store while you are in town. It’s at 20550 Route 19, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.  Todd will be bringing some his dealer buddies to convention, offering our members some vintage treats for the first time.

JOHN McMAHAN sells collectibles on ebay as mybckpages. He comes to us from Oklahoma, where he has long been active as a fan and dealer. At PulpFest 2019, he’ll be selling pulps, books, comics, original art, movie posters, and more. John will also have copies of HARD-BOILED CHRISTMAS STORIES, the anthology he edited with 2006 Lamont Award winner JOHN WOOLEY. The latter will be available for book signings at our main entrance on Saturday afternoon.

PETER MACUGA will be selling at PulpFest for the second year in a row. He will be bringing many boxes of pulps and books to sell, including early issues of ASTOUNDING STORIES, up through the 1948 numbers. Peter will also have collectible hardcovers from Gnome Press and other publishers.

From Buffalo, New York, BILL MANN returns as a dealer to PulpFest. One of the founders and a former editor at Age of Aces Books, Bill will be selling a variety of aviation pulps and books.

Collecting since the early days of pulp fandom, legend has it that WALKER MARTIN has owned practically every pulp at least once! A resident of New Jersey, he’ll be selling a variety of pulp magazines, DVD’S, original artwork, and one-of-a-kind canceled checks from the files of Munsey and Popular Publications. Walker contributes a regular column on pulp collecting to Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog.

WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD is the assisting marketing director for PulpFest. He is the author of the first authorized Fu Manchu thrillers in over thirty years. He will sign and sell copies of his books, but also brings a large selection of pulp titles from his own collection to sell. In addition to manning a table in our dealers’ room, Bill will be hosting our ” Fu Manchu Film Festival” and its encore presentations, performing an author reading on Friday afternoon, and moderating our Saturday panel on “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction.” He’ll have a rather busy convention.

Leading Philip José Farmer publisher METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest title at PulpFest 2019.  Pick up your copy of the first hardcover publication of the science fiction Grand Master’s GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES, a collection of six stories inspired by the author’s life-long love affair with the pulps. MICHAEL CROTEAU and PAUL SPITERI will also be selling items from the author’s estate and works created by attendees of FarmerCon, returning to PulpFest for the ninth consecutive year.

ED HULSE of MURANIA PRESS will be reviving his much admired pulp journal, BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER. He’ll have a brand new issue at PulpFest 2019, available in a smaller format and at a cheaper price, but with the same exceptional quality. The first issue will feature articles by Will Murray, David Saunders, Rick Lai, David Kalb, and Ed Hulse, himself.  He’ll also have all ten volumes of the terrific Murania Press series, “Forgotten Classics of Pulp Fiction,” as well as William Corcoran’s THE PURPLE EYE, the template for countless hero pulp stories of the 1930s, and more. And don’t forget about Ed’s presentation on Friday evening: “Hollywood Pulp — From Pulp Page to the Silver Screen.”

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, not only designed our PulpFest 2019 post card — that has been distributed at various conventions and book fairs, as well as through book stores and comic shops over the last year — he also created several PulpFest 2019 images for use exclusively through the Internet. Our lead image is based on George Rozen’s cover art for “Black Hush,” published in the August 1, 1933 number of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE.

Philip José Farmer had a life-long love affair with the pulps that he read as a boy. They influenced nearly everything he wrote, but in the 1970s he paid special tribute to them with several stories. GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES collects these stories for the first time in hardcover. To be released at PulpFest 2019, the book — published by Meteor House — features jacket art by Keith Howell.)

 

 

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Two

Jul 23, 2019 by

PulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the next four days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Not only is he the boss of PulpFest, Chairman JACK CULLERS is the person to see if you’re looking for pulps and out-of-print paperbacks, collectible fanzines, pulp reprints or hardbound fiction and non-fiction. Find your way to Jack’s table and you’ll be treated to a wide variety of such material at very reasonable prices. You may just come across something you’ve been questing after for years. Jack and his wife Sally were the winners of our Rusty Award in 2012

DEARLY DEPARTED BOOKS of Alliance, Ohio is a brick & mortar shop open by chance or appointment. It primarily sells via the Internet. Established in 1978 by SCOTT and LINDA EDWARDS, this loyal PulpFest dealer offers a large stock of mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, vintage paperbacks, first editions, pulp magazines, and related ephemera. This year, they’ll be selling pulps, paperbacks, hardbound first editions, Big Little Books, and a selection of the late Gordon Huber’s collection of Chelsea House books in dust jackets. Dearly Departed Books will also have for sale a notebook that contains fourteen cover proofs and 160 slides — all by Ralph DeSoto with a letter of authentication — that once belonged to Fred Cook.

BOB DEIS and WYATT DOYLE are the editors and publishers of THE MEN’S ADVENTURE LIBRARY book series. It collects classic stories and artwork from men’s adventure magazines magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. They’ll be selling copies of their books, published by New Texture. For more information, please visit Bob’s Men’s Adventure Magazines blog at MensPulpMags.com and New Texture’s website, NewTexture.com. Bob and Wyatt will also be discussing “ARGOSYADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK — The Men’s Adventure Pulps” on Friday evening at PulpFest 2019.

Find author WIN SCOTT ECKERT at the Meteor House table. He’ll be selling copies of his latest book, HUNT THE AVENGER, recently published by Moonstone Books. Win will also have various other books featuring his tales of popular characters such as Zorro, Pat Wildman, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Honey West, T.H.E. Cat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hareton Ironcastle, Captain Midnight, The Green Ghost, Sexton Blake, The Domino Lady, Doc Ardan, and Sherlock HolmesFind him online at winscotteckert.com or on Twitter @woldnewton. On August 17, Win will be part of our “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” presentation and one of the panelists on “Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences,” presented by FarmerCon XIV. He will also be part of our author signings on Friday afternoon.

DOUG ELLIS & DEB FULTON, two of the founders of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, will be offering a wide selection of general fiction, science-fiction, Burroughs, and other pulps as well as original art and other collectibles at this year’s PulpFest. Stop by their tables and you’re bound to find something that you can’t do without!

ROBIN and BRENDAN FAULKNER have been in the popular culture business for over twenty-five years. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, R & B ENTERPRISES will be selling a wide selection of pulps, vintage magazines, movie and television classics, paperbacks, digests, and related material at this year’s PulpFest. Please visit their website to learn more about what they have to offer.

Please welcome JIM DYER of FENHAM PUBLISHING to his first PulpFest. A small independent publishing house located in Narragansett, Rhode Island, Fenham Publishing was established in 2000 by Jim, the grandson of C. M. Eddy, Jr. Mr. Eddy was an author of short stories from the pulp magazine era of the 1920’s, most notably WEIRD TALES. Perhaps his best known work is “The Loved Dead,” published in the May, June, July 1924 number of “The Unique Magazine.” C. M. was a confidant and friend to both H. P. Lovecraft and Houdini during The Roaring Twenties.

JOHN BRUENING of FLINCH BOOKSpublishes “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with his latest book, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: ANNIHILATION MACHINE.  He’ll also have copies of Flinch anthologies QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, BIG TOP TALES: SIX NEW STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE, and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW TALES FROM THE FLETCHER HANKS UNIVERSE. Be sure to attend our special Flinch Books spotlight on Saturday to hear John discuss his adventures in self-publishing, creation of all things Flinch, and his great love for pulp in general. John will also be part of our “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” on August 17. Unfortunately, John’s Flinch partner, JIM BEARD, will not be able to attend this year’s PulpFest.

Stop by and visit with BOB FLOWERS of central Illinois. His mountain man son, JAMES FLOWERS, will be along to help (and to buy vintage Marvel comic books). These good-natured collectors and dealers usually have a little bit of everything. The Flowers sell pulps, paperbacks, fanzines, and more. You’ll find offerings from a wide range of genres – hero, detective, adventure, science fiction, and western — all reasonably priced. Shop with Bob and James for good, honest deals.

R. DAVID FULCHER is an author of poetry, science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction. His books include BLOOD SPIDERS AND DARK MOON, THE CEMETERY OF HEARTS, THE LIGHTHOUSE AT MONTAUK POINT AND OTHER STORIES, THE MOVIES THAT MAKE YOU SCREAM!, and TRAINS TO NOWHERE AND OTHER STORIES OF WORLD WAR II. His work has also appeared in numerous small press publications. R. David’s major literary influences include H. P. Lovecraft, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allan Poe, Fritz Leiber, and Stephen King. Along with his wife, LISA FULCHER, R. David is the editor of the small press magazine SAMSARA, which has showcased the work of writers and poets for over a decade. The Fulchers come to us from Virginia.

Scouring flea markets and antique shows up and down the East Coast, RICK HALL rescues pulps from the bottoms of musty old boxes for the collections of his fellows in the pulp community. Focusing primarily on pulp magazines, Rick adds fanzines and general magazines with “good authors” to the mix. You may find just what you’ve been looking for among Rick’s “found” treasures.

SCOTT HARTSHORN is an outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer. He will be offering a selection of pulps, books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, mystery and detective paperbacks, and science-fiction, fantasy, and pulp art. Scott is also planning to have a few collectible surprises as he returns to Pittsburgh for another PulpFest.

JOHN HAUSER is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, he has brought to market two pedigree collections of comics — The Green River and The Curator collections — and has sold other fine collections on consignment. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John is selling Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2019 will provide another opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron Killian’s terrific collection.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, the back of our PulpFest 2019 post card features the work of H. J. Ward. His painting of the “Man of Steel” originally hung in the office of Harry Donenfeld, president of DC Comics during its early history. The painting was commissioned to promote the Superman radio show that went on the air in 1940.

John Bruening debuted THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS to great acclaim in 2016. Inspired by the great pulp heroes of the past, John’s first novel has been called “pulp world-building at is high-octane finest!” Be sure to visit Flinch Books at PulpFest 2019 to grab a copy of John’s sequel to that fine book — THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: ANNIHILATION MACHINE. It features cover art by Douglas Klauba and Thomas Gianni.)

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part One

Jul 22, 2019 by

PulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the next five days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

JOHN and MAUREEN GUNNISON of ADVENTURE HOUSE will be offering their usual extensive stock of pulp magazines as well as HIGH ADVENTUREG-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES, and the many pulp replicas and collections he has published under the Adventure House banner. John will also be our lead auctioneer during this year’s auction, taking place on August 17. To learn more about Adventure House, please visit www.adventurehouse.com/.

Since 2007, AGE OF ACES BOOKS has been offering high-quality, affordably-priced reprints of classic pulp aviation stories. CHRIS and DAVID KALB have scoured hundreds of issues of titles like DARE-DEVIL ACESBATTLE BIRDSFLYING ACES, and SKY FIGHTERS to present to a modern audience the most thrilling air stories featuring the most unforgettable forgotten heroes — Captain Philip Strange, Smoke Wade, The Red Falcon, The Three Mosquitoes, and others! Crack open one of their many volumes and journey back to an AGE OF ACES! You can learn more by visiting their website at ageofaces.net.

JIM & WALTER ALBERT are brothers from Arkansas and Pennsylvania respectively. They’ve been collecting for years and selling at PulpFest since the very beginning. Stop by their tables for an excellent selection of pulps, paperbacks, hardcovers, fanzines, and much more. You’re bound to find excellent values on some terrific items from Jim and Walter. You probably won’t leave empty handed.

Chicago’s MARK ALVARADO, a longtime collector of books and pulp magazines, will once again be exhibiting at PulpFest. He’s hoping to dig out something super exciting to bring along to the con. If he finds something, you’ll be the first to know. Please stay tuned and welcome Mark back to the summertime Pulp Con!

BATTERED SILICON DISPATCH BOX is a specialty publisher based in Ontario, Canada with GEORGE VANDERBURGH at the tiller. George has released over 600 books, including a wide variety of detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes scholarship, as well as his LOST TREASURES OF THE PULPS series that reprints many highly regarded pulp classics. You can learn more about George and his dispatch box by visiting batteredbox.com/. On Friday evening, join George and Garyn Roberts for “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps.”

PulpFest 2019 welcome BELT PUBLISHING to their first PulpFest. According to marketing director MARTHA BAYNE, Belt is a small, independent press founded in Cleveland in 2013 as a platform for new and influential voices from the Rust Belt and Midwest. Their Belt Revivals imprint brings back influential works — including that by pioneer female science fiction writer Clare Winger Harris — from the past to illuminate the present and inform our future.

BOLD VENTURE PRESS is a heroic little publishing company, rolling out quality editions of new and classic pulp fiction. Their scope spans many genres — mystery, science fiction, horror, western, romance and humor. Stop by their table to check out their publications and say hello to AUDREY PARENTE, an award-winning, retired newspaper reporter, and RICH HARVEY, founder of the company and one of our nominees for the 2019 Munsey Award. Rich will also be saluting “A Century of Zorro” during our evening programming on Thursday, August 15.

PulpFest 2019 welcomes MICHAEL BRENNER of BRENNER’S COLLECTABLE BOOKS to his first PulpFest. Michael specializes in science fiction and mystery books, signed first editions, vintage paperbacks, books into film, and more. He has been buying, selling and passionately collecting books for over thirty years. Michael is a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA.

THE BURROUGHS BIBLIOPHILES is a nonprofit literary society devoted to studying and promoting interest in the works, creations, and life of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The members of the organization will be represented at this year’s PulpFest by Treasurer HENRY G. FRANKE, III  — who also serves as the editor of THE BURROUGH BULLETIN and THE GRIDLEY WAVE — and GARY BUCKINGHAM. The Burroughs Bibliophiles will also be sponsoring our 2019 art show, “The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” near the convention’s hospitality suite. To learn more about this fine organization, please visit burroughsbibliophiles.com/.

MIKE CARBONARO — the founder of New York City’s Big Apple Comic Con — will be representing HEROES & GAMES of Columbus, Ohio at this year’s PulpFest. We’re looking forward to seeing Mike at this year’s confab.

Author CHRISTOPHER PAUL CAREY will be located near his friends from Meteor House. Now Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., he will have copies of the brand-new, first hardcover edition of TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD by Fritz Leiber on hand, as well as his own 2018 books, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN and THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER. Christopher is the author or coauthor of several works set in Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa series. He will also be moderating a panel on the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe on Friday and appearing as a “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panelist on Saturday.

The Fayatteville Comic Con has called GENE CARPENTER a legendary comic book dealer. As ALL AMERICAN COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES, Gene has been setting up at comic book conventions for over forty years and is one of the nicest guys around. He has no website or facebook page, but does have an incredible selection of golden age and silver age comics, high-grade pulp magazines, paperbacks, and Big Little Books. Gene comes to us from Maryland.

A dealer since 1976, NICK CERTO always manages to unearth lots of rare and desirable items. A resident of Newburgh, New York, he brings choice selections of pulps and related items — including original artwork — to the conventions where he exhibits. Be sure to stop by his table. In the meantime, please visit the Nicholas J. Certo website at AbeBooks.com.

Our 2010 Munsey Award winner, MIKE CHOMKO, will be representing Altus Press, Stark House Press, and other small publishers at PulpFest 2019. He’ll be premiering various titles from these publishers and have a selection of other materials. To learn more about the many books that he carries, please visit the Mike Chomko Books website and download a copy of his latest catalog. Mike is also the marketing and programming director for PulpFest.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2019 post card features the work of artist Walter Baumhofer. His painting was originally used as the cover for the March 1933 number of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.

Christopher Paul Carey’s SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN is a sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic science fantasy novels THE MOON MAID and THE MOON MEN. Published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., it features cover art by Chris Peuler and interior illustrations by Mark Wheatley. It is volume 6 in the “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs” series.)

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Thanks for Making PulpFest 2018 a Great Success!

Aug 6, 2018 by

Thanks to everyone who made PulpFest 2018 a resounding success. The PulpFest organizing committee is extremely pleased with the tremendous support that we received from everyone.

Of course we want to thank our regular dealers who have been backing us since we mounted the first PulpFest in 2009. We are also happy about the dealers who were attending the convention for the first time or who were returning after being away for a few years. We hope that our more than sixty exhibitors had a great show.

We also have to thank all of you who attended the convention as regular members. Without your support, our dealers would have no reason to come to PulpFest. Of course, thank you to all of the usual suspects who attend year after year. Thanks as well to all of those members who came to PulpFest for the first time or who returned after a few years’ absence. The convention’s attendance for this year was 370.

We hope that you’ll all be back next year for PulpFest 2019 and the 48th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for our next convention. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, please bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card featured the work of artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. Philip José Farmer’s “Open to Me, My Sister” was on the issue’s cover. We celebrated the centennial of Farmer’s birth at this year’s PulpFest.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 13, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? This week, we’ve been profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Landlubber CHRISTOPHER RYAN never expected to be waylaid when he cut through the alley to save some time. Shanghaied aboard a vessel bound for parts unknown, Christopher would find treasure intended for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” You’ll have to stop by his table to learn just what it was that he discovered.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest after a few years’ absence. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, and over fifty radio premiums and some early character badges. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest.

PulpFest would like to welcome BUDDY SAUNDERS and his team from LONE STAR COMICS to this year’s convention. Selling comics since 1961, Buddy and his team will be visiting Mars, Pennsylvania with cash on the barrel. They buy Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age comics as well as high-grade Modern. They’re also in the market for pulps and other collectibles, including paperbacks with cover prices of 75¢ or less. Buddy tells us that they’re especially interested in vintage paperbacks. Please visit mycomicshop.com/ to learn more about Buddy Saunders and his Lone Star Comics.

Mystery man LAURENCE SCHWINGER followed a trail of pulp chips to western Pennsylvania, only to find a collectors gathering at a hotel in Mars. What will The Dark Avenger do as he enters the pop culture center of the universe for his first PulpFest? Stop by his table and lend him a hand, as he sells for the first time at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

Our 2011 Munsey Award winner, ANTHONY TOLLIN, will be selling his SANCTUM BOOKS pulp reprints – The Avenger, The Black Bat, Doc Savage, Nick Carter, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, The Skipper, The Spider and The Whisperer – nine of the greatest pulp heroes in one of the best formats imaginable. He’ll also have his special multi-packs featuring art prints, preliminary pulp cover art by Jerome and George Rozen, original Shadow comic book art, and other special materials available.

JOAB STIEGLITZ of Virginia is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. Joab will be selling copies of his highly regarded UTGARDA series at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2018.

TODD WARREN is a pulp and comic book collector who attended Pulpfest for the first time in 2017. He liked it so much that he decided to come back this year as a dealer. An Overstreet advisor, Todd will be offering vintage pulps, paperbacks, books, a few comic books, and lots of pulp enthusiasm!  Stop by his table and say, “Hi!”

JON WEHLER is a very personable dealer and collector who offers pulps, original art, and other paper collectibles. He’ll also have lots of vintage paperbacks from many different genres at PulpFest 2018. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest auctions. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

The editor of the long-lived Doc Savage fanzine, THE BRONZE GAZETTE, PulpFest technical director CHUCK WELCH will be offering copies of the “bigger, badder, and bronzer” Doc fanzine, published by Pulplications. He’ll also have a miscellany of pulp goodies. If you enjoy the adventures of Doc Savage and his “fearless five,” be sure to check out Chuck’s Hidalgo Trading Company on the Internet.

DAVID WHITE of suburban Chicago returns to PulpFest for his second straight year. He has been collecting for about forty years and selling since 2006, mostly through ebay as DAVE’S COMIC VAULT. At PulpFest 2018, David will have science-fiction pulps as well as some hero and horror magazines. He’ll also be selling fanzines, paperbacks, digests, and pulp reprints.

Author CHET WILLIAMSON is happy to return to PulpFest with his friend, Barry Traylor, the convention’s goodwill ambassador. In addition to his own books for sale at his table, Chet will have some nice condition, bedsheet BLUE BOOKS for sale, along with some rare Hammett magazine appearances. He’ll also have a large number of near mint pulp reprint paperbacks, as well as some miscellaneous stuff.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks, comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(For more than a decade, Anthony Tollin has been publishing THE SHADOW under the Sanctum Books banner. With issue #132 — featuring front cover art by George Rozen (originally created for the March 1, 1933 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE) — to be released in time for PulpFest 2018, he comes that much closer to reprinting the entire run of the original pulp magazine. Its completion will be an amazing achievement, following his earlier reprinting of the entire runs of DOC SAVAGE and THE AVENGER.

Published by Howard Wright for twenty-five years, THE BRONZE GAZETTE helped to maintain interest in Doc Savage during the character’s “lean years,” when the character was, for the most part, a mere memory. After Wright’s final issue of the GAZETTE was published at the beginning of 2016, the magazine was continued by Terry Allen, Kez Wilson, and Chuck Welch, creator of the Hidalgo Trading Company and a member of the PulpFest organizing committee. Its latest issue — number 81 — features front cover art by Dan Brereton.

Beginning with its March 1942 issue, BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE devoted its monthly front cover — such as its September 1945 number, with cover art by Herbert Morton Stoops — to World War II. The final such cover was dated December 1945, depicting a returned serviceman greeted by well-wishers outside a church. In the bottom corner is a box that reads “Peace on Earth to Men of Good Will” and “Christmas 1945.” Chet Williamson will be selling some nice condition, bedsheet BLUE BOOKS at this year’s PulpFest.

PulpFest 2018 will honor the centennial of the armistice that ended another World War by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 12, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

JOHN McMAHAN sells collectibles on ebay as mybckpages. He comes to us from Oklahoma, where he has long been active as a fan and dealer. At PulpFest 2018, he’ll be selling pulps, books, comics, original art, movie posters, and more. John will also have copies of HARD-BOILED CHRISTMAS STORIES, the anthology he edited with 2006 Lamont Award winner John Wooley.

Although this will be his third PulpFest, it will be the first time that PETER MACUGA has attended as a dealer. He will be bringing many boxes of pulps and books to sell, including very early issues of ASTOUNDING STORIES up through the 1948 numbers. Peter will also have collectible hardcovers from Gnome Press and other publishers. MITCH IRETON will be along to help. Please welcome them both to their first PulpFest as dealers.

From Buffalo, New York, BILL MANN returns as a dealer to PulpFest. One of the founders and a former editor at Age of Aces Books, he will be selling a variety of aviation pulps and books. Bill will also be part of our panel, “Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight,” on Friday, July 27.

Collecting since the early days of pulp fandom, legend has it that WALKER MARTIN has owned practically every pulp at least once! A resident of New Jersey, he’ll be selling a variety of pulp magazines, DVD’S, original artwork, and one-of-a-kind canceled checks from the files of Munsey and Popular Publications. Walker contributes a regular column on pulp collecting to Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog.

Leading Philip José Farmer publisher METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest titles at PulpFest 2018.  Pick up your copies of the first hardcover publication of Farmer’s authorized Tarzan novel, TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME, and THE PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, a mammoth collection of classic science fiction, poems, articles, tributes, speeches, and more, all from Farmer’s magic pen. We’ll be announcing when the annual Meteor House book-signing party will take place during our regular dealers’ room hours. MICHAEL CROTEAU will also be selling items from Philip José Farmer’s estate and works by attendees of FarmerCon, returning to PulpFest for an eighth consecutive year.

ED HULSE of MURANIA PRESS will have several recent books at PulpFest 2018. THE WILD WEST OF FICTION AND FILM is a 286-page, 146,000-word tome that concentrates on the nexus of American popular fiction (especially pulp) and Western movies. He’ll also have PULPOURRI and the other three volumes of Murania’s Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents series. Ed will also be premiering a revised and expanded second edition of THE BLOOD ’N’ THUNDER GUIDE TO PULP FICTION. It features more copy, more cover reproductions, updated appendices, and an index, which the 2013 edition lacked.

The author of over sixty novels and assorted books, WILL MURRAY will be selling copies from his various “The All-New Wild Adventures of . . .” series including EMPIRE OF DOOM (featuring Doc Savage and The Shadow), KING KONG VS. TARZAN, and SIX SCARLET SCORPIONS (with that “most dangerous dame,” Pat SavageExpect to see some of Will’s non-fiction books, as well. Of course, he’ll be glad to sign your purchases. Will publishes his books under the ADVENTURES IN BRONZE banner, in association with Altus Press.

PHIL NELSON is from Waverly, Ohio. He will be bringing an assortment of ADVENTUREARGOSY, and Girasol Collectables pulp replicas. This very personable dealer will also have vintage paperbacks, comic books, and other collectibles. He’s a fan of NORTH-WEST STORIES and detective fiction.

TIM PAXTON of Grand Rapids, Michigan specializes in paperbacks and small-press, first-edition hardcovers, dealing mainly in high-grade science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as mysteries and pulp-related material. Check out the TIM’S BOOKS website at PulpFestsponsor AbeBooks.com.

Virginia dealer and collector CURT PHILLIPS returns to PulpFest with more material from the Ted White collection, plus even more rare pulps and books harvested from throughout the southern states.  His stock is heavy in science fiction, hero, and detective and mystery pulps. This year, he’s bringing a large selection of WEIRD TALES from as far back as 1930. He’ll also be bringing more vintage paperbacks and digests, plus some surprises. He’s currently taking want lists for material to bring to the convention as he has “several thousand books and magazines and can’t possibly bring them all.”  Email your want lists to Curt at absarka_prime@comcast.net.

A resident of Virginia, CRAIG POOLE has been attending pulp conventions for years. He will have several pieces of vintage original cover art, representing a mix of genres, but with science fiction the main focus. He will have paperback cover art and, perhaps, a few digest or pulp cover paintings.

LAURIE POWERS — creator of the Laurie’s Wild West blog — will be selling copies of HIDDEN GHOSTS,  PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREET, RIDING THE PULP TRAIL, all written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers. She’ll also have books and ephemera from her grandfather’s estate. Laurie is currently writing a biography of Daisy Bacon, editor of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. Also hailing from Virginia, Laurie was honored with our annual Munsey Award in 2016.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be bringing lots of good, fresh old treasures at bargain prices. They’ll have science fiction, mystery, and western pulps, young adult series books, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, pulp replicas, hardcovers, paperbacks, and more. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(In addition to marking the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War, PulpFest 2018 will celebrate the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. PulpFest and its associated convention — FarmerCon — will be saluting the acclaimed author of such works as ESCAPE FROM LOKITHE DARK HEART OF TIME, the classic Riverworld series, and more. Join us for such panels and presentations as “The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918.” And don’t forget that Mark Wheatley — cover artist for the Meteor House edition of TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME — will be offering a rare gallery showing of his original art at this year’s convention.

Year in and year out, PulpFest hosts some of the best practitioners of contemporary pulp fiction. One is Will Murray, the literary agent for the Lester Dent properties, a position he holds to this day. Will is also the authorized author of The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage, including the latest volume, Mr. Calamity, featuring cover art by artist and illustrator Joe DeVito.

During its 2016 convention, PulpFest was honored to have as its Guest of Honor author, editor, musician, and science-fiction and pulp fan Ted White. Beginning with its October 1968 issue, Ted White served as the editor of the first science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES. Among his many achievements as editor, White was able to publish some very striking covers by some of the science fiction field’s most exciting artists, including the November 1971 number with cover art by Mike Hinge. Ted White left AMAZING STORIES in late 1978, having reigned over what has been called “The Golden Age of AMAZING.” Curt Phillips will be selling White’s collection at this year’s PulpFest.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 11, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Best known for DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS, AGE OF CTHULHU, and other role-playing games, GOODMAN GAMES was founded in 2001 by Joseph Goodman. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, you can meet their staff every year at Gen Con and other conventions, including PulpFest. Please welcome ALLYSON & BRETT BROOKS to this year’s PulpFest. They’ll be debuting the second issue of TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, Goodman’s fantasy magazine that is dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The Brooks will also be selling other books, games, and more.

A highly respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, MARTIN GRAMS also carries a large selection of classic DVDs, along with books and magazines. He’ll have copies of his many award-winning books for sale – THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM, INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIESTHE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC – and much more, including his new book, BASS REEVES AND THE LONE RANGER: DEBUNKING THE MYTH.

Scouring flea markets and antique shows up and down the East Coast, RICK HALL rescues pulps for the collections of his fellows in the pulp community. Focusing primarily on pulps, Rick adds fanzines and general magazines with “good authors” to the mix. You may find just what you’ve been looking for among Rick’s “found” treasures.

SCOTT HARTSHORN is an outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer. He will be offering a selection of ADVENTURE pulps, books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, mystery and detective paperbacks, and science-fiction, fantasy, and pulp art. Scott is also planning to have a few collectible surprises as he returns to PulpFest as a dealer for another go-round.

JOHN HAUSER is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, he has brought to market two pedigree collections of comics — The Green River and The Curator collections — and has sold other fine collections on consignment. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John is selling Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2018 will provide an opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron Killian’s terrific collection.

RICHARD MELI & EMMA SLOAN will be representing HEARTWOOD BOOKS & ART at this year’s PulpFest. Richard is a member of the ABAA with more than twenty-five years experience in buying and selling vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, the Barry Levin collection, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal on some of the best collectibles around.much

DOUG SIMMS — who also runs HEROES AND GAMES, a comic book and collectible games store located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center — will be returning as a dealer at PulpFest 2018. Doug will have long runs of all our favorite pulp heroes in the paperback format, Golden, Silver and Bronze age comics, pulp-related games, and much more.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer, will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR. has been a bookseller for over 25 years. He specializes in fine first editions of popular literature, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, and mystery and detective fiction. He also offers pulp magazines, ephemera — such as manuscripts and letters — as well as signed books, limited editions, award winners, and books in all areas of popular fiction. At PulpFest 2018, John will primarily be offering pulps and first editions. Please visit his website at jwkbooks.com.

Virginia’s DAVE KURZMAN returns to Mars with more of the finest pulps around. One of the leading dealers of pulps in the United States, Dave will be selling many issues of WEIRD TALES, PLANET STORIES, and other pulp magazines at this year’s convention. Dave will also be bringing a large, “fresh to market” collection of Arkham House and other specialty press ephemera. He’ll also have a collection of ultra high grade and signed Arkham House books, including all of the scarcest titles.

Of course, PulpFest 2018 is very pleased to welcome our Guest of Honor, author JOE LANSDALE, to our dealers’ room. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, Joe has also written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Mr. Lansdale will have many of his works for sale, including his recent Hap and Leonard novel, JACKRABBIT SMILE. He’s also hoping to having copies of TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS: DANA ROBERTS’ CASEBOOK OF HORROR, the newly released short story collection that Joe co-authored with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Ever since the first PulpFest in 2009, the convention has attracted new and old writers of fiction and non-fiction to its fold. Witness the annual “New Fictioneers” readings at each and every PulpFest since its beginning, and such writers as Wayne Carey, Gary Rabuzzi, Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Roger Alford. Goodman Games is doing much the same thing by publishing TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The first issue also featured great cover art by Jim Pavelec.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for November 1941 with cover art by Rafael DeSoto — a freelance cover paintings for all the major pulp magazine publishers. PulpFest 2018 will be offering a number of DeSoto letters — plus a cover sketch — at this summer’s auction. There are very few conventions where you can find such great collectibles. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to its annual gathering.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States would enter The Second World War. PulpFest 2018 will be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I. Also called “The War to End All Wars” PulpFest will be honoring the 100th anniversary of “The Great War’s” end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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