Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2018, start making your plans right now to join the 48th anniversary of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2019. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’re also hoping to be joined by our FarmerCon friends following their great celebration of 100 years of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, 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.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2019. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch

(This year, in addition to celebrating the century mark of Philip José Farmer, PulpFest 2018 has also honored the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Our focus has been the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century, and the depiction of war in popular culture.

At the start of the twentieth century, reading was a primary form of entertainment in the United States. Cheaply made magazines printed on wood pulp paper and costing a quarter or less were affordable to most. These “pulps” featured a variety of stories: westerns, romances, mysteries, science fiction, and more. Tales of war were largely relegated to the historical past and colonial Britain or France. Except for a single writer — Leonard Nason — stories about the First World War were very limited during the teens and early twenties.

As the century progressed, pulps began to specialize. There were magazines devoted to fantasy, detectives, love, sports, and other genres. In 1926, Dell Publishing introduced WAR STORIES, the first magazine devoted to tales of war. It was followed by many others: BATTLE STORIES — such as the January 1932 number with cover art by Gertrude C. Orde — WINGS, OVER THE TOP, DARE-DEVIL ACES, SKY FIGHTERS, and dozens more. Most had disappeared by 1940.

After World War II, the demand for pulp magazines waned as paperback books took hold. In the fifties, television became the favored form of escapism and the surviving pulps ceased publication. Fiction magazines continued to be published, but in new formats. The science-fiction and mystery digests and men’s “adventure” magazines are considered descendants of the pulps.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2019 when you can expect more great programming from your PulpFest team and more great collectibles in our tremendous dealers’ room. We look forward to seeing you.)

PulpFest Primer

Jul 24, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 will begin on Thursday, July 26, at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to set up their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. To find our registration desk, please look for the large welcome banner, sponsored by AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for books. AbeBooks not only has a passion for books, but a “passion for pulps” as well!

To help our registration proceed smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday. It’s free for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our evening programming will begin at 8:40 PM with a presentation by Sai Shankar on Leonard H. Nason — Soldier and Writer.

2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Also called “The War to End All Wars” and “The Great War.” PulpFest 2018 is honoring the 100th anniversary of the war’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” and the depiction of war in popular culture.

We’ll also be celebrating the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest 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.

And don’t forget about our Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the award-winning author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Mark is a much acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. If you’d prefer to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/. We’ll have banners outside each room where our programming events are taking place.

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

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2018, Thursday will be an ideal time to do so. Full weekend memberships will cost $35 for those staying at the DoubleTree and $40 for those staying elsewhere. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down at 10 PM on Monday night.

If you’re a member of Confluence — Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference — and you’d like to attend PulpFest, just show your Confluence badge at our registration desk and you’ll get $10 off the price of our daily admission. PulpFest members who visit Confluence will receive the same discount. The two conventions are taking place over the same weekend! Watch for the Confluence posters at PulpFest.

From 3 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

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

Remember that we’ll have early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

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

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, July 27, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. There will be five authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments during the afternoon. Times can be found on our programming schedule. A copy of the schedule will be on the back of your membership badge.

The gallery showing of original art by acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer Mark Wheatley will open at 1 PM, as will the FarmerCon 100 showing of Memories of Phil, a video tribute to the late author.

The convention’s evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM, with PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers welcoming all attendees. Afterward, our FarmerCon 100 panelists will discuss 100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy. Presentations on men’s adventure magazines, the air war pulps, and artist John Fleming Gould round out the evening’s programming. At 10 PM, PulpFest will host the first of two, large estate auctions. The convention will also accept material for the auction from its members. You’ll find additional details below.

On Saturday, July 28, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will begin at 12:30 PM with our Farmer Jam. All members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work.

Following the jam, our New Fictioneers readings will continue. There will be five authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments until 4:30 PM.

The gallery showing of original art by acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer Mark Wheatley will open at 1 PM, as will the FarmerCon 100 showing of Memories of Phil, a video tribute to the late author.

From 5 to 6:30 PM, join your friends for our popular Saturday Night Dinner at ember & vine, in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2018 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFestIt will be followed by the 2018 Munsey Award presentation. After the award ceremony, our Guest of Honor — award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale — will be interviewed by former journalist Tony Davis.

Presentations on the art of the war pulps and Philip José Farmer’s World War I writings round out the evening’s programming. At 10 PM, PulpFest will host the second of two, large estate auctions. The convention will also accept material for the auction from its members.

Any member of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on both Friday and Saturday. The sooner you submit your consignments to our auction coordinator, Mike Chomko, the earlier it will come up for auction. Mike will be accepting material for our auction at his dealer’s tables. Watch for the auction banner and the Mike Chomko Books sign. All auction lots must be submitted by 1 PM on the day of the auction.

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

THE PULPSTER #27On Sunday, July 29, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

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

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

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Sundays.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there. If not, there is contact information  on the page for the person to ask.

The entire PulpFest 2018 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Pittsburgh for “Summer’s GREAT Pulp Con.”

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features 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 featured on the issue’s cover. We’ll be celebrating the centennial of Farmer’s birth at this year’s PulpFest.

Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale will be the Guest of Honor at PulpFest 2018. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, his work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He 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. He has received the Edgar Award, ten Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other awards.

PulpFest 2018 is honored to host a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Held in conjunction with the convention, the event will showcase Wheatley’s extensive array of illustrations for the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN. Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Mark Wheatley holds the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem and Speakeasy awards and nominations for the Harvey award and the Ignatz award. He is also a longtime pulp collector. Our art show banner was designed by William Lampkin, using one of Wheatley’s illustrations for SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

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 entered 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 salute the 100th anniversary of The Great War’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” and the depiction of war in popular culture. Bill Lampkin used Bok’s cover art for our New Fictioneers banner. It will mark the place to meet the ten writers who we’ll be featuring at this year’s PulpFest.

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

The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.)

PulpFest’s New Fictioneers for 2018

Jun 18, 2018 by

It’s called new pulp – stories by modern writers who recreate the style of fiction that appeared in the pulp magazines of yore. Back then, the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing the new pulp fiction! On Friday and Saturday, we’ll feature ten authors reading from their works and answering a few questions from the audience.

Reading from their works on Friday, July 27

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Gary Rabuzzi was born in Sebring, Ohio. He moved to Las Vegas at age 24, where he attended the film studies program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gary tells us, “Guys like Jim Thompson, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett are my main influence, but I also really like guys like Lovecraft and Poe. So I’ve done a few horror stories as well.” Gary will be reading from his first collection of short stories and screenplays, VIOLENCE IN BLOOM, released in 2017 and available via Amazon. His second collection of screenplays, FOUR FOR FLINCHING, will be appearing this summer. Gary resides in Ohio where he is working on a collection of detective fiction stories featuring his character, John Destry.

 

 

 

1:10- 1:45 PM — Wayne Carey grew up reading such authors as Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, Talbot Mundy, and Robert E. Howard, providing the desire to write from an early age. He has worked as a pharmaceutical research scientist and a science teacher. He is the author of THE NANON FACTOR — a young adult contemporary science fiction thriller from Leo Publishing — and has appeared in a variety of anthologies including LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION. For Airship 27, Wayne has written two adventures featuring Haggard’s hero from KING SOLOMON’S MINES: ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE BEAST MEN — from which he will be reading — and the soon-to-be released ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE LIGHTNING BIRD. His books are available via Amazon. Wayne and his wife Brenda live in the wilds of Central Pennsylvania with their three children, who provide a great deal of inspiration for his work.

 

 

1:50- 2:25 PM — Peter McGarvey has been a magazine columnist, radio journalist, advertising copywriter, marketing and sales executive, and filmmaker.  He grew up in the Ontario towns of Orillia and Chatham and has made Toronto his home for most of his adult life. Peter’s novels include two series set in Michigan — MOLLY PARSONS MYSTERIES and RIP & WILMA HITS, the adventures of a pair of improbable contract killers. Don Hutchison — author of THE GREAT PULP HEROES — has suggested that McGarvey’s Rip could “. . . well be a successor to Donald E. Westlake’s wonderfully amoral super crook, Parker.” Peter will be reading from FOGGY SUNSET, the newest Molly Parsons novel. He is currently working on a third series of mysteries which will take place in a small Canadian town. Follow Peter on Facebook, and for more about Peter and his books, please visit PeterMcGarvey.com.

3:10 – 3:50 PM — Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of THE SONG OF KWASIN, and the author of EXILES OF KHO; HADON, KING OF OPAR; and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, all works set in Farmer’s Khokarsa series. His novel SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN — from which he will be reading — is an authorized sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ THE MOON MAID. He has edited four collections of Philip José Farmer’s work — UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND OTHER STORIES, VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL AND OTHERS, THE OTHER IN THE MIRROR, and (with Win Scott Eckert) TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He was the coeditor of FARMERPHILE: THE MAGAZINE OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER from 2005–2007. His latest book, THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, debuts in July 2018 in commemoration of the Philip José Farmer centennial. For more about Christopher and his books, please visit cpcarey.com.

 

3:55 – 4:30 PM — Sara Light-Waller is an author and illustrator living in southwestern Washington state. An avid reader of pulp science fiction stories, space opera is a particular favorite. She chose to write in the old pulp style as she feels that it offers an enjoyable respite from the stresses of the modern world. Her recent illustrated novelette, LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS — from which she be will reading — is a pulp story in the tradition of Henry Kuttner and Edmond Hamilton and has been compared favorably to a Captain Future tale. Sara attended the prestigious Scientific Illustration program at the University of Arizona  and has worked for large publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Lippincott and many small presses and independent authors. Her work has appeared in art collections, mainstream magazines, newspapers, trade and science journals and in educational materials, in print and online. Light-Waller has been a professional writer since 1985, working for magazines, science and education journals, newspapers, blogs, and for businesses as a content creator and copy writer. She’s written extensively for the children’s market, producing several books in her own name as well as a ghost writer. Her imprint is Lucina Press. She can be found online at lucinapress.com, saralightwaller.com and flyingponystudios.com.

Reading from their works on Saturday, July 28

1:55 – 2:50 PM — We’re calling this our Flinch Books Fest! Join Flinch Books co-founders Jim Beard and John Bruening as they discuss pulp, publishing and other pertinent pursuits through a combination of readings, discussions and audience Q&A. They’ll make you Flinch!

Jim Beard became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he’s written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. His prose work includes co-editing and contributing a story to PLANET OF THE APES: TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE; a story for X-FILES: SECRET AGENDASGOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a shared-world giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure. He co-edited and contributed to QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG. Jim currently provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website.

John Bruening has been writing professionally for more than 30 years, first as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor and later as a marketing copywriter. As far back as he can remember, he’s been a fan of comics, pulps, adventure fiction, vintage movies and serials, old-time radio and any other form of heroic storytelling. His 2016 debut novel, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS, has been called “a Republic serial set to prose (Ron Fortier) and “the creative construct of a first-rate storyteller” (William Patrick Maynard, blackgate.com). His most recent published work is “The Warrior and the Stone,” a short story appearing in RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR. He also co-edited QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG. John is currently working on the next adventure in the MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN saga, which is scheduled for release in late 2018. He lives in a suburb of Cleveland with his wife and two teenage children.

 

 

2:55 – 3:50 PM — Another pair of writers will be appearing together for our next reading and panel. Join Win Scott Eckert and Frank Schildiner for our FarmerCon 100 Reading Duet!

Win Scott Eckert is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE and the author of THE SCARLET JAGUAR, both featuring Patricia Wildman, daughter of the pulp hero Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice. He coedited and contributed stories to three Green Hornet anthologies, and his short fiction tales of Zorro, The Avenger, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hareton Ironcastle, Captain Midnight, The Green Ghost, Sexton Blake, The Domino Lady, Doc Ardan, and Sherlock Holmes can be found in various anthologies. A Honey West/T.H.E Cat crossover novel, A GIRL AND HER CAT (coauthored with Matthew Baugh), came out in 2014. He is currently working on: the third Pat Wildman adventure; a new novel of one of the preeminent pulp heroes of the ’40s, The Avenger; and completing Philip José Farmer’s manuscript of THE MONSTER ON HOLD, the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series.

Frank Schildiner is a martial arts instructor at Amorosi’s Mixed Martial Arts in New Jersey. He is the writer of the novels, THE QUEST OF FRANKENSTEINTHE TRIUMPH OF FRANKENSTEIN, NAPOLEON’S VAMPIRE HUNTERS,  THE DEVIL PLAGUE OF NAPLES, and the forthcoming SATANIC GANGS OF NEW YORK. He is a regular contributor to the fictional series TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN and has been published in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THUNDER JIM WADE, Airship 27’s SECRET AGENT X series, THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO: FRONTIER JUSTICETHE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE FILES, and other anthologies. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Gail, who is his top supporter and two cats who are indifferent on the subject.

 

 

 

 

3:55 – 4:30 PM — Roger Alford will close out our New Fictioneers readings for 2018. Many thanks to all of the writers who volunteered to present their work at PulpFest 2018. Roger grew up on a steady diet of STAR WARS and Jim Henson. After discovering old time radio and movie serials in college, he realized he’d been born in the wrong decade. His Internet videos, which include the popular mash-ups THE TWILIGHT ZONE: PLANET OF THE APES AND RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE SERIAL, have been featured on ABC News, CNN, Inside Edition, and in multiple books and newspapers. An independent author and writer under the imprint of Black Hood PressRoger gets his inspiration from the pulp novels, radio dramas, and movie serials of the 30s and 40s. He has written five novels about The Black Spectre and also writes the Veronica Mars FBI series for Kindle Worlds. Additionally, Roger is the webmaster for The Forbidden Zone, one of the oldest and most complete PLANET OF THE APES sites on the Internet and recently served as a panelist at the USC School of Cinematic Arts PLANET OF THE APES 50th Anniversary exhibit. Roger will be reading from the second Black Spectre book, NO VICTORY WITHOUT SCARS.

PulpFest 2018 will also be celebrating the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer with FarmerCon 100. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor and hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. In addition to our author readings, there will be a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, and men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks and comic books, unique films and more.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can join both PulpFest and FarmerCon by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(Our featured image for this post is from the jacket art to Christopher Paul Carey’s SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN. The artist is Chris Peuler, a genre illustrator based in Chicago, working primarily in fantasy and science fiction. A traditionally trained digital painter, Chris has created vivid imagery for various gaming and book publications.)

Farmer Jam and Memories of Phil

Jun 13, 2018 by

As we’ve mentioned over the last month, not only does 2018 mark the centennial of the armistice that ended The First World War, it is also the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 and its partner, FarmerCon 100will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of Philip José Farmer. We’ll be celebrating at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City.

When Philip José Farmer died on February 25, 2009 at home in Peoria, Illinois, there were countless tributes on the author featured in such diverse forums as LOCUS MAGAZINE and Tor Books to CNN and THE NEW YORK TIMES. PulpFest 2018 guest of honor, Joe Lansdale, credited Farmer with changing the face of science fiction. “I just can’t begin to tell you how important he is to the field as well as other fields,” Lansdale said.

Farmer’s legacy endures and continues to entertain his many fans and readers. Perhaps the best testament to this is the annual FarmerCon gathering, held at PulpFest since 2011. This year, we’re very pleased to welcome our FarmerCon members back to our joint conference, particularly during the centennial year of Philip José Farmer’s birth. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with an expanded FarmerCon programming schedule.

On Saturday, July 28, at 12:30 PM our FarmerCon programming continues with a “Farmer Jam.” Please join a like-minded group of Farmer fans and congregate to share stories, anecdotes, and memories of Phil. All members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work. In the great tradition of jazz jams, this session is a chance to articulate, in an informal setting, what Farmer meant to you and enjoy the interaction with other fans who share your joy and appreciation for the Science Fiction Grand Master. You can sign up for the jam by visiting the Meteor House table in the PulpFest dealers’ room and reserve a slot. Or feel free to just come along and enjoy the words and cool vibes.

A video of pulp and science fiction luminaries sharing their remembrances of Phil and his work will also be shown throughout the weekend. “Memories of Phil” will run on the hour on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. There will be showings at 1, 2, and 3 PM in one of the meeting rooms on the first floor of the DoubleTree. Stop by the Meteor House table in the PulpFest dealers’ room to learn more about the showing and watch for the “Memories of Phil” banner at Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100. That will get you to the right place.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer than by registering for Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100? The Science Fiction Grand Master will be one of the main themes of the conventions, with plenty of programming about Farmer and his work. Also planned is a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley, plus the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and the introduction to THE BEST OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER. You can join both conventions by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(PulpFest 2018 will host a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Held in conjunction with the convention, the event will showcase Wheatley’s extensive array of illustrations for the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

Mark Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. The acclaimed writer-illustrator has written for television, created comic books and graphic novels, illustrated books, designed cutting-edge role-playing games, hosted a weekly radio program, and was an early innovator of the on-line daily comic strip form. For Meteor House, he has provided the cover and interior illustrations for Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR and the forthcoming THE PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER CENTENNIAL COLLECTION. This massive collection will be debuting at PulpFest 2018/FarmerCon 100. Reserve your copy today!)

FarmerCon 100: An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke

Jun 11, 2018 by

Not only does 2018 mark the centennial of the armistice that ended The First World War, it is also the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 and its partner, FarmerCon 100will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of Philip José Farmer. We’ll be celebrating at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City.

It is a matter of public record that while Philip José Farmer was researching his biography TARZAN ALIVE, he met and interviewed in the flesh the man known to the world as Lord Greystoke. On Friday, July 27, experience the shocking truths revealed by the legendary ape-man during that fateful meeting in this dramatic reading of “An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke.” It will feature Chuck Loridans playing the part of the Eighth Duke of Greystoke, Christopher Paul Carey in the role of Philip José Farmer, and Win Scott Eckert presenting the editor’s commentary. It’s part of the celebration of all things Farmer at PulpFest 2018/FarmerCon 100.

Chuck Loridans lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he makes his primary living as a hospital groundskeeper. He also teaches art at an after-school program for at risk kids and occasionally makes a little extra money in the visual and performing arts. A huge fan of both Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer, he is the author of “The Daughters of Greystoke” in MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He hopes to visit Opar someday.

Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of THE SONG OF KWASIN, and the author of EXILES OF KHO; HADON, KING OF OPAR; and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, all works set in Farmer’s Khokarsa series. His novel SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN is an authorized sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ THE MOON MAID. He has edited four collections of Philip José Farmer’s work — UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND OTHER STORIES, VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL AND OTHERS, THE OTHER IN THE MIRROR, and (with Win Scott Eckert) TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He was the coeditor of FARMERPHILE: THE MAGAZINE OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER from 2005–2007. His latest book, THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, debuts in July 2018 in commemoration of the Philip José Farmer centennial.

Win Scott Eckert is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE and the author of THE SCARLET JAGUAR, both featuring Patricia Wildman, daughter of the pulp hero Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice. He is the editor of and a contributor to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE — a 2007 Locus Awards finalist — and the coeditor with Christopher Paul Carey of TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He was the coeditor of FARMERPHILE: THE MAGAZINE OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER from 2007–2009. In 1997, he launched the first Wold Newton website, The Wold Newton Universe. He is currently completing Philip José Farmer’s manuscript of THE MONSTER ON HOLD, the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer than by registering for Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100? The Science Fiction Grand Master will be one of the main themes of the conventions, with plenty of programming about Farmer and his work. Also planned is a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley, plus the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and co-author of TARZAN: THE LOST ADVENTURE, a novel left unfinished when Edgar Rice Burroughs passed away in 1950. You can join both conventions by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(Philip José Farmer’s biography of the Lord of the Apes — TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKE — has been printed in six editions in the United States and Great Britain. The latest edition — released by The University of Nebraska’s Bison Books in 2006 — featured the portrait of the Duke of Greystoke at Westerfalcon Hall, Chamston-Hedding, Yorkshire. It was painted by graphic designer and illustrator Jean-Paul Goude and originally published in ESQUIRE in 1972.)

FarmerCon 100 — Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy

May 30, 2018 by

Not only does 2018 mark the centennial of the armistice that ended The First World War, it is also the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 and its partner, FarmerCon 100will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of Philip José Farmer. We’ll be celebrating at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City.

Few people think of Philip José Farmer as a pulp writer, but he was a child of the pulps and launched his career in the pulps. Before trying his hand at science fiction, he wrote mainstream stories. He sold his first story, “O’Brien and Obrenov,” to ADVENTURE magazine. It was published in the March 1946 issue. His first science fiction story, “The Lovers” — published in the August 1952 STARTLING STORIES — is famous for breaking the taboo on sex in science fiction. It launched his science fiction career and won Farmer the 1952 Hugo Award as the “Most Promising New Talent.”

Over a long career, Farmer continued to write and sell science fiction short stories to such pulps and digests as AMAZING STORIES, ARGOSY, BEYOND FANTASY FICTION, FANTASTIC UNIVERSE, GALAXY, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, THE SAINT MYSTERY MAGAZINESCIENCE FICTION PLUSSTARTLING STORIES, THRILLING WONDER STORIESWORLDS OF IF, and WORLDS OF TOMORROW. He also wrote novels and published stories in anthologies. In 1967, he won a second Hugo Award for the story “Riders of the Purple Wage,” published in DANGEROUS VISIONS. Farmer was also one of very few writers to win both the lifetime achievement award from the World Fantasy Society and the Grand Master Award presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

When Philip José Farmer died on February 25, 2009 at home in Peoria, Illinois, there were countless tributes on the author featured in such diverse forums as LOCUS MAGAZINE and Tor Books to CNN and THE NEW YORK TIMES. PulpFest 2018 guest of honor, Joe Lansdale, credited Farmer with changing the face of science fiction. “I just can’t begin to tell you how important he is to the field as well as other fields,” Lansdale said.

Farmer’s legacy endures and continues to entertain his many fans and readers. Perhaps the best testament to this is the annual FarmerCon gathering, held at PulpFest since 2011. This year, we’re very pleased to welcome our FarmerCon members back to our joint conference, particularly during the centennial year of Philip José Farmer’s birth. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with an expanded FarmerCon programming schedule.

On Friday, July 27, at 7 PM our FarmerCon programming continues with “100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy,” a panel featuring authors Joe Lansdale and Christopher Paul Carey, artist and illustrator Mark Wheatley, and FarmerCon co-founder and Meteor House publisher Mike Croteau. They’ll be discussing the importance of the author to the fields of science fiction and fantasy, as well as his importance to the many fans and readers of his work.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer than by registering for Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100? The Science Fiction Grand Master will be one of the main themes of the conventions, with plenty of programming about Farmer and his work. Also planned is a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley, plus the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and the introduction to THE BEST OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER. You can join both conventions by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(In the late 1990s, one of the local newspapers published an article on Philip José Farmer. It was illustrated by a picture of the author, seated in front of some of his book cases. The same photograph was used for Farmer’s obituary in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, a national British daily founded by Arthur B. Sleigh in 1855.)

FarmerCon 100: Moi, Tarzan!

May 16, 2018 by

Not only does 2018 mark the centennial of the armistice that ended The First World War, it is also the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 and its partner, FarmerCon 100will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of Philip José Farmer. We’ll be celebrating at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City.

As a child, Philip José Farmer discovered the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Farmer’s interest in the popular pulp writer would lead him to pen a biography of Burroughs’ best-known creation. Entitled TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKE, the book revealed that the “character” known as Tarzan was, in fact, based on a real, living person. It also served to introduce the Wold Newton Family mythos, a concept that may be one of Farmer’s most enduring creations.

Since 2011, PulpFest has been hosting its convention with the help of FarmerCon. We’re very pleased to welcome our FarmerCon members back to our joint conference, particularly during the centennial year of Philip José Farmer’s birth. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with an expanded FarmerCon programming schedule.

On Thursday, July 26, at 11:25 PM our FarmerCon programming continues with a showing of the excellent and informative French documentary MOI, TARZAN. Set in an English castle, this French documentary features George McWhorter, editor emeritus of THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN, Philip José Farmer, and popular culture expert Francis Lacassin in a discussion about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous creation, Tarzan. An exploration of the fabulous jungle lord, the film adopts the viewpoint that Tarzan was a real person. MOI, TARZAN is full of fun, fancy and mystery. Here’s a link to a trailer for the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-nvueuWYIw.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer than by registering for Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100? The Science Fiction Grand Master will be one of the main themes of the conventions, with plenty of programming about Farmer and his work. Also on hand will be the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and co-author of TARZAN: THE LOST ADVENTURE, a novel left unfinished when Edgar Rice Burroughs passed away in 1950. You can join both conventions by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(Philip José Farmer’s biography of the Lord of the Apes — TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKE — has been printed in six editions in the United States and Great Britain. The first paperback edition — released by Popular Library in 1973 — featured front cover art by artist and illustrator Richard Amsel.)

 

FarmerCon 100 — World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity

May 14, 2018 by

 

Last week, we discussed how 2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended The First World War. Our current year is also the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 and its partner, FarmerCon 100will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of Philip José Farmer. We’ll be celebrating at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City.

Few people think of Philip José Farmer as a pulp writer, but he was a child of the pulps and launched his career in the pulps. Born January 26, 1918 in North Terre Haute, Indiana, Farmer grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He spent much of his childhood reading everything he could find in the local library and drug store. Farmer read everything from the classics by Baum, Carroll, Cervantes, Chesterton, Cooper, Defoe, Dickens, Dumas, Homer, London, Shaw, Stevenson, Swift, Thackeray, Twain, Verne, Wells, and others, to popular fiction by Burroughs, Doyle, Haggard, and on through the pulps: AIR WONDER STORIES, ARGOSY, BLUE BOOK, DOC SAVAGE, SCIENCE WONDER STORIES, THE SHADOW, WEIRD TALES, and more.

Farmer’s interest in the rough-paper magazines of his youth would lead him to pen two biographies about pulp characters  TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. He would also author official Doc Savage and Tarzan novels: ESCAPE FROM LOKI, and THE DARK HEART OF TIME. Farmer would also create “The Secrets of the Nine” series, beginning with the controversial novel A FEAST UNKNOWN, followed by two more straightforward adventure novels, LORD OF THE TREES and THE MAD GOBLIN.

Since 2011, PulpFest has been hosting its convention with the help of FarmerCon. We’re very pleased to welcome our FarmerCon members back to our joint conference, particularly during the centennial year of Philip José Farmer’s birth. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with an expanded FarmerCon programming schedule. The fun begins on Thursday, July 26, at 10:45 PM, with a panel exploring “World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity.” England’s Paul Spiteri, who served as co-editor of FARMERPHILE and the collection PEARLS OF PEORIA, and also collaborated with Phil, finishing the short story “Getting Ready to Write,” will be moderating the panel.

Paul will be joined by authors Win Scott Eckert and Frank Schildiner to talk about the challenges and rewarding aspects of writing in the world of Philip José Farmer’s Lord Grandrith, Doc Caliban, and the Nine.

Win Scott Eckert is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE and the author of THE SCARLET JAGUAR, both featuring Patricia Wildman, daughter of the pulp hero Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice. He is the editor of and a contributor to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, a 2007 Locus Awards finalist, and the coeditor with Christopher Paul Carey of TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He was the coeditor of FARMERPHILE from 2007–2009. In 1997, he launched the first Wold Newton website, The Wold Newton Universe. He is currently completing Philip José Farmer’s manuscript of THE MONSTER ON HOLD, the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series.

Frank Schildiner is a martial arts instructor at Amorosi’s Mixed Martial Arts in New Jersey. He is the writer of the novels, THE QUEST OF FRANKENSTEINTHE TRIUMPH OF FRANKENSTEIN, NAPOLEON’S VAMPIRE HUNTERS,  THE DEVIL PLAGUE OF NAPLES, and the forthcoming SATANIC GANGS OF NEW YORK. He is a regular contributor to the fictional series TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN and has been published in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THUNDER JIM WADE, Airship 27’s SECRET AGENT X series, THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO: FRONTIER JUSTICETHE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE FILES, and other anthologies. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Gail, who is his top supporter and two cats who are indifferent on the subject.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer than by registering for Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100? The Science Fiction Grand Master will be one of the main themes of the conventions, with plenty of programming about Farmer and his work. Also on hand will be the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and the introduction to THE BEST OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMERYou can join both conventions by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(Philip José Farmer began his “Secrets of the Nine” series with the controversial novel, A FEAST UNKNOWN. First published in 1969 by Essex House, the book has gone through numerous international printings, including four by Playboy Press in the early 1980s. Each featured front cover art by Jordi Penalva.

Farmer’s THE MAD GOBLIN was originally released in 1970 by Ace Books as part of their double line of paperbacks. The other half the book featured LORD OF THE TREES. Both sides of the book featured covers created by Gray Morrow, a comic book and paperback artist who also illustrated many science-fiction magazines. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for best professional artist in 1966, 1967, and 1968.)

100 Years of Philip José Farmer

Jan 22, 2018 by

Over the last few months, we’ve been discussing that 2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended The First World War. However, our current year is also the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Beginning on Thursday evening, July 26, and running through Sunday, July 29, PulpFest 2018 will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of Philip José Farmer. We’ll be celebrating at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City.

Few people think of Philip José Farmer as a pulp writer, but he was a child of the pulps and launched his career in the pulps. Born January 26, 1918 in North Terre Haute, Indiana, Farmer grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He spent much of his childhood reading everything he could find in the local library and drug store. From the classics by Baum, Carroll, Cervantes, Chesterton, Cooper, Defoe, Dickens, Dumas, Homer, London, Shaw, Stevenson, Swift, Thackeray, Twain, Verne, Wells, and others, to popular fiction by Burroughs, Doyle, Haggard, and on through the pulps: AIR WONDER STORIES, ARGOSY, BLUE BOOK, DOC SAVAGE, SCIENCE WONDER STORIES, THE SHADOW, WEIRD TALES  . . . the list goes on and on. He also read the Bible and many books on mythology.

His wide reading prepared Farmer well for a career as a writer. Before trying his hand at science fiction, he wrote mainstream stories. He sold his first story, “O’Brien and Obrenov,” to ADVENTURE magazine. It was published in the March 1946 issue. His first science fiction story, “The Lovers” — published in the August 1952 STARTLING STORIES — is famous for breaking the taboo on sex in science fiction. It launched his science fiction career and won Farmer the 1952 Hugo Award as the “Most Promising New Talent.”

After selling several more stories to STARTLING STORIES, THRILLING WONDER STORIES, and SCIENCE FICTION PLUS, Farmer entered and won the Shasta Prize Novel Contest in 1953. The award included a grand prize of four thousand dollars (about $36,000 in today’s dollars). Though married with two children, Farmer now felt confident enough to quit his job and become a full-time writer. Unfortunately, his career immediately hit a stumbling block when Shasta didn’t pay him the prize money. Instead they strung him along asking for rewrites, while investing the money in the publication of another book. It bombed. Farmer was never paid and by the time the truth came out, he had lost his house and had to find full-time work.

After falling back on manual labor jobs for a few years, Farmer and his family left Peoria in 1956 and moved around the country. He worked as a technical writer for the space-defense industry, eventually ending up in Beverly Hills in 1965. All the while, he continued to write and sell science fiction short stories to such pulps and digests as AMAZING STORIES, ARGOSY, BEYOND FANTASY FICTION, FANTASTIC UNIVERSE, GALAXY, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, THE SAINT MYSTERY MAGAZINEWORLDS OF IF, and WORLDS OF TOMORROW. He also wrote novels and published stories in anthologies. In 1967, he won a second Hugo Award for the story “Riders of the Purple Wage,” published in DANGEROUS VISIONS. Then — just before the moon landing in 1969 — he was laid off from his technical writing job. Once again, Farmer turned to full-time fiction writing.

In 1970, the Farmers moved back to Peoria and his writing career again began to take off. His World of Tiers series was very popular and he received his third Hugo Award for the first novel in the Riverworld series, TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO. A reworking of the novel that had won the Shasta contest, Farmer’s novel won the 1972 Hugo. Soon thereafter, his career hit another obstacle: writer’s block.

Although fans and publishers alike were clamoring for the next World of Tiers or Riverworld title, Farmer seemed to be out of ideas. Unable to work in those worlds, he spent the next few years looking to his favorite literature and the pulps for inspiration: THE WIND WHALES OF ISHMAEL (a science fiction sequel to MOBY DICK); THE OTHER LOG OF PHILEAS FOGG (the true story behind Jules Verne’s AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS); THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER (a pastiche of Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes); HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR and FLIGHT TO OPAR (inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard); and VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL, written “by” Kilgore Trout (wherein Farmer pretended he was Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s sad-sack science fiction author).

Farmer also penned two biographies during this period — TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKE and DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE — revealing to the world that the “characters” known as Tarzan and Doc Savage were, in fact, based on real, living people. These books also served to introduce the Wold Newton Family mythos, a concept that may be one of his most enduring creations.

With his writer’s block vanquished by the end of the 1970s, Farmer continued the Riverworld and World of Tiers series. The next two decades also saw the fulfillment of his life-long ambitions to write an Oz book and to author official Doc Savage and Tarzan novels: A BARNSTORMER IN OZ, ESCAPE FROM LOKI, and THE DARK HEART OF TIME.

Farmer enjoyed a long career and attended hundreds of conventions, many of them as a guest of honor  (including PulpCon in 1989). Although he retired from writing in 1999, he worked with an ardent fan base over the next decade that continued to make his work available. Projects ranged from a mammoth collection of rarities (PEARLS FROM PEORIA, published in 2006) to unsold mainstream stories written at the start of his career and collected alongside an unpublished novel (UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND OTHER STORIES, published in 2007). Also published were new editions of novels, new collections, and unfinished works, completed in collaboration with others: “Getting Ready to Write” (with Paul Spiteri), THE CITY BEYOND PLAY and DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY (both with Danny Adams), THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE (with Win Scott Eckert), and THE SONG OF KWASIN (with Christopher Paul Carey).

Philip José Farmer passed away on February 25, 2009, shortly after his 91st birthday. His legacy endures and continues to entertain his many fans and readers. Perhaps the best testament to this is the annual FarmerCon gathering, held at PulpFest since 2011.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer than by registering for Pulpfest 2018/FarmerCon 100? The Science Fiction Grand Master will be one of the main themes of the conventions, with plenty of programing about Farmer and his work. Also on hand will be the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and the introduction to THE BEST OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMERYou can join both conventions by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(While working in the aerospace and defense industry as a technical writer, Philip José Farmer continued to write and sell science fiction to the pulp and digest markets. THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION — which published “Open to Me, My Sister” in its May 1960 issue, featuring front cover art by Mel Hunter — was one of many magazines to which he sold.

By the 1970s, Farmer was writing fiction full time, winning the Hugo Award for “Best Novel” in 1972. Additionally, he penned many works inspired by the classics of literature and the pulps of his youth. One of these was the fictional “biography,” DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. A revised edition of this work — with bonus material — was published in 2013 by Meteor House and Altus Press. It featured front cover art by Joe DeVito.

Mike Croteau is one of the founders of FarmerCon and Meteor House. He’s also the founder and one of the developers of Philip José Farmer’s Official Web Page.)

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Season’s Greetings from PulpFest

Dec 25, 2017 by

From July 26 – 29, 2018, PulpFest will celebrate the centennial of “The Armistice that Ended The Great War.” The convention will also mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

We’ll be exploring the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. PulpFest 2018 will feature presentations on art in the war pulps and men’s adventure magazines, plus a look at war comics. We’ll also have expert presentations on air war pulps, Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War, and the life and fiction of Leonard Nason, an author who served in the First World War and wrote about his experiences. Robert Gould, the son of pulp illustrator John Fleming Gould — who contributed interior illustrations to G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES and many other pulps — will also be on hand to discuss his father’s life and artistic career.

Of course, we’ll also be celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction author and pulp fan Philip José Farmer. The members of FARMERCON 100 will be offering panels and presentations on “World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity,” the author’s novels set in 1918, and much more (including a showing of the French documentary, MOI TARZAN).

And don’t forget about our convention’s Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. He’s also won the Edgar Award, ten Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other honors.

Why not treat yourself to a gift and register for PulpFest 2018? Better yet, bring your entire family. Pittsburgh is a great city to visit, particularly when the Pirates are in town!

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season from your PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Rudolph Belarski painted the cover for the December 20, 1928 issue of Dell Publishing’s WAR STORIES. It’s a particularly moving portrait of a soldier making his way carefully across no-man’s-land. The glare of a flare, rather than that legendary star, lights his way.)