Our Newest Sponsor

May 2, 2016 by

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For a number of years, PulpFest has accepted sponsors for its website. Organizations such as Galaxy Press and EssayScribes.com have made significant contributions to the convention through their sponsorships.

In March of this year, PulpFest added its newest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for books. Millions of brand new books, used books, rare books, and out-of-print books are offered for sale from thousands of booksellers around the world through the AbeBooks websites. Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books.

AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books. Booksellers love AbeBooks for helping them to sell books to buyers around the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buyers love AbeBooks for helping them to find and purchase books from its vast online inventory, stretching around the world with six international sites. The AbeBooks blog, Reading Copy, is a valuable daily source of company and book-related news.

PulpFest is extremely pleased to welcome AbeBooks as a sponsor. Not only has AbeBooks added their name to our growing list of web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s PulpFest name tags and program guides. Additionally, AbeBooks will be offering two hardcover copies of Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE FICTION REBELS, the fourth volume in the author’s History of the Science-Fiction Magazine as door prizes at the July convention. Covering the period from 1981 to 1990, Ashley’s book charts a significant revolution throughout science fiction, much of which was driven by the alternative press, and by new editors at the leading magazines. The period saw the emergence of the cyberpunk movement, and the drive for, what the late David Hartwell called, “The Hard SF Renaissance.”

Amazing Stories 31-05Published by the Liverpool University Press as part of its Liverpool Science Fiction Texts series, SCIENCE FICTION REBELS retails for over $100. PulpFest will be randomly selecting two members present at this year’s convention to receive hardbound copies of Mike Ashley’s new work of science fiction scholarship. An expert in popular culture, Mike has specialized in the history of science fiction and fantasy for over thirty years. He is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide. His seven-part series “The AMAZING Story” ran on the PulpFest website during February and March 2016 and proved to be tremendously popular.

AbeBooks remains a company with a passion for books as well as a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for the AbeBooks banner at PulpFest 2016 and you may be one of our two lucky winners who take home a copy of Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE FICTION REBELSWe hope to see you at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 21 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 24 in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Leo Morey’s cover to the May 1931 issue of AMAZING STORIES also served as the cover art for the first volume in Mike Ashley’s acclaimed “The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine.” Originally published by Liverpool University Press in 2000, Ashley’s book is long out of print. Copies however, can still be located via AbeBooks.com.)

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The Last Fictioneer: Frank Schildiner

Jul 18, 2014 by

ShadowmenClosing out our 2014 New Fictioneer programming will be Frank Schildiner. A pulp fan since reading Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive, Frank is a martial arts instructor from New Jersey. He will be reading from from his forthcoming Thunder Jim Wade novella and one of his pieces for Black Coat’s Tales of the Shadowmen on Saturday, August 9th, at 3 PM.

Frank has written Black Bat, Ravenwood, and Secret Agent X stories for Airship 27; Avenger yarns for Moonstone Books; tales of Thunder Jim Wade and Richard Knight for Pro Se Productions; and contributed regularly to Black Coat Press’s Tales of the Shadowmen series. He has also published several articles on horror in comic books, television, and film including essays on Hellboy, the Frankenstein films, Dark Shadows, and television’s Lovecraftian links.

For those attending our Saturday afternoon programming, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage and King Kong adventure, Skull Island, read by Michael McConnohie.

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The Beard Returns to PulpFest

Jul 17, 2014 by

Monster Earth 2 cover -embeddedJim Beard was introduced to comic books by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters that preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting, and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since then, he’s written stories for Dark Horse Comic’s Star Wars as well as IDW Publishing’s Ghostbusters comic books.

A native of Toledo where he is a regular columnist for the Toledo Free Press, Jim broke into the world of “New Pulp” in 2012 when Airship 27 published Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker, a collection of ghost stories featuring an occult detective, and Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men, the first prose novel based on the 1960s action figure. Other fiction by the author includes Captain Action: Hearts of the Rising Sunthe sequel to his best-selling Airship 27 novel; Monster Earth, a shared-world anthology of giant monster tales; and Sgt. Janus Returns, a second, all-new collection of suspenseful adventures featuring his popular creation. Jim also provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website and has contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. His work has also been featured in Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, a critical evaluation of the ABC television show.

Join “The Beard” on Saturday, August 9th, at 2 PM when Jim will be reading from Sgt. Janus ReturnsBetrayal on Monster Earth, and Pride of the Mohicans, a new anthology based upon The Last of the Mohicans. To learn more about this exciting new fictioneer, please visit The Beard: The Jim Beard Fan Page.

For those attending our Saturday afternoon programming, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage and King Kong adventure, Skull Island, read by Michael McConnohie.

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The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction

Jul 16, 2014 by

Captain HazzardWriting can be a lonely business, but it can also be fun. On Saturday, August 9th, at 1 PM, writer, editor-in-chief of Airship 27, and two-time Pulp Factory Award winner Ron Fortier and five contemporary authors will chat about the pleasure and enjoyment they’ve experienced as writers of the new and exciting genre known as “New Pulp.”

Winner of the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best New AuthorRalph L. Angelo, Jr. has written in the epic-fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, science-fiction and new-pulp genres as well as numerous non-fiction works about motorcycling. Creator of The Cagliostro ChroniclesThe Crystalon Saga, and the Torahg the Warrior series, Ralph has also written for Airship 27, Pro Se Press, and other publishers.

A native of Toledo, Jim Beard is the creator Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker, co-creator of the Monster Earth anthology series, and author of the Captain Action novels for Airship 27. His recent work includes stories for White Rocket’s Pride of the Mohicans, The New Adventures of Major Lacy & Amusement, Inc. for Pro Se Press, and an upcoming project from Meteor House.

A veteran comic writer best known for his work on The Green Hornet and Terminator, Ron Fortier is a pioneer of the New Pulp movement. The managing editor of Airship 27 Productions, Ron writes the adventures of Captain Hazzard and Brother Bones, the Undead Avenger.

Nobody writes non-stop adventure books like Wayne Reinagel. Author, illustrator, and publisher of the epic Pulp Heroes and Modern Marvels series of pulp adventure novels and short stories for Knightraven Studios, Wayne’s stories are packed with incredible action and breath-taking adventure. Coming soon are Sanctuary Falls, the concluding segment of the Pulp Heroes trilogy and two more novels in the Gothic horror Modern Marvels trilogy.

A pulp fan since reading Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive, Frank Schildiner is a martial arts instructor from New Jersey. He has written Black Bat, Ravenwood, and Secret Agent X stories for Airship 27; Avenger yarns for Moonstone Books; tales of Thunder Jim Wade and Richard Knight for Pro Se Productions; and contributed to Black Coat Press’s Tales of the Shadowmen series. Frank has also published several articles on horror in comic books, television, and film.

An emergency room physician in southwestern Illinois, Art Sippo is the co-host of The Book Cave, a podcast that reviews adventure fiction, novels, comic books, movies, and all things pulp. His first novel, Sun Koh: Heir of Atlantis, was a 2010 Pulp Factory Award nominee for Best Pulp Novel. Art has also written numerous essays and short stories for magazines and anthologies, and has served as a panelist and moderator at many recent FarmerCons.

For those attending our Saturday afternoon programming, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage and King Kong adventure, Skull Island, read by Michael McConnohie.

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New Fictioneer, Ralph Angelo

Jul 15, 2014 by

Cagliostro ChroniclesThey were called scribes, word slingers, hacks, and penny-a-worders. But perhaps the most favored term, especially among the men and women who labored for the bloody pulps, was fictioneer or, more specifically, a fiction writer, particularly a prolific creator of commercial or pulp fiction. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers—the authors writing the new pulp fiction—the New Fictioneers!

On Friday, August 8th, at 3:30 PM, meet Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. as he continues our 2014 New Fictioneers programming with readings from My Enemy, Myself: The Crystalon Saga, Book Two, The Cagliostro Chronicles 2: Conflagration, and a forthcoming superhero novel entitled Hyperforce.

The 2014 New Pulp Award for Best New Author, Ralph has written in the epic-fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, science-fiction and new-pulp genres as well as numerous non-fiction works about motorcycling. His other books include Redemption of the Sorcerer: The Crystalon Saga, Book One, The Cagliostro Chronicles, and Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance. Ralph has also written short stories for several Pro Se Productions and Airship 27 anthologies and Tales of Torahg the Warrior, Vol. 1, soon to be released  by Pro Se. Additionally, he contributes regularly to Backroads Motorcycle Touring Magazine, Motorcycle Consumer News, and Motorcycle Online. Ralph lives with his family in suburban Long Island and is an avid motorcyclist, skier, guitar player, and martial artist. You can learn more about Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. and his books by visiting http://RLAngeloJr.com.

For those attending our New Fictioneers readings on Friday afternoon, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventure, The Frightened Fish, read by Michael McConnohie.

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Voyage to Strange Days with Christopher Paul Carey

Jul 14, 2014 by

Worlds of PJFJoin Christopher Paul Carey on Friday, August 8th, at 2:30 PM as he reads from “The Goddess Equation,” part of our New Fictioneers programming. Set in the 23rd century of Philip José Farmer’s early tales “Some Fabulous Yonder,” “Strange Compulsion,” and Night of Light, Carey’s story appears in the new Meteor House anthology, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days.

Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, and the author of Exiles of Kho, a prelude to the Khokarsa series. His short fiction can be found in anthologies such as Tales of the Shadowmen, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer, Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, and The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files. He is an editor with Paizo Publishing on the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and has edited numerous collections, anthologies, and novels. Chris holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and lives with his wife Laura in Seattle, Washington. Visit his website at www.cpcarey.com, and follow him on Twitter @cpcarey.

For those attending our New Fictioneers readings on Friday afternoon, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventure, The Frightened Fish, read by Michael McConnohie.

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The Adventures of Dick Enos!

Jul 12, 2014 by

Rick SteeleAuthor Dick Enos, creator of The Adventures of Rick Steele, learned how to read from the man in the blue suit and the “S” on his chest. Soon he was devouring science fiction by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and “Doc” Smith and detective yarns from Lawrence Block, Ian Fleming, and Mickey Spillane. When he discovered a writer named Lester Dent, his love for action and adventure was cemented.

Enos was soon fashioning his own heroes and trying to write in the manner of Spillane and Dent, creating fast, descriptive action scenes, endless adventures, and larger than life heroes. Everything he had learned in life and read eventually gave birth to Rick Steele, a hard-living Korean War veteran turned test pilot who can’t seem to avoid adventures. He is aided by his loyal war buddy, Joey Campbell; his love interest, the very capable Dr. Kate Gallagher; and Kate’s polyglot assistant, Thelma McCally. A character in the mold of Doc Savage and other pulp heroes, Steele also possesses the same fears, qualities, and foibles we all face in our lives.

Dick Enos gets our 2014 New Fictioneers readings started on Friday, August 8th, at 1:30 PM. He’ll be sharing excerpts from Killer Kowboys from Space,Vengeance of the Wolf, Lost City of Azgara, The Yesterday Men, and the forthcoming Rick Steele adventure, The Monster of Chinatown.

For those attending our New Fictioneers readings on Friday afternoon, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventure, The Frightened Fish, read by Michael McConnohie.

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