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.)

PulpFest Premieres

Jul 21, 2017 by

As they do every year, a number of publishers have chosen to roll out new titles at PulpFest 2017. Altus Press, Murania Press, and Stark House Press will be premiering reprints of classics from the past, while Airship 27 and Meteor House will offer new work inspired by the great fiction of the past. We’ll also have two new authors selling their books at PulpFest — Shaun Perkins and Joab Stieglitz. And since PulpFest will be hosting our annual New Fictioneer readings, expect to meet some of the creators of today’s pulp fiction at the convention. Click the programming for 2017 link on our home page to learn more about this year’s readings.

Age of Aces Books is a publisher of lost pulp fiction treasures with a keen eye for design. At this year’s PulpFest, Chris and David Kalb will be releasing two thrilling collections of stories from the tattered pages of the air war pulps: Donald E. Keyhoe’s CAPTAIN PHILIP STRANGE: STRANGE HELL — their sixth collection to feature the ace pilot and so-called “Brain-Devil” of G-2 Intelligence — and Harold F. Cruickshank’s ACE OF DEVILS — the second volume in the series that originally ran in Popular Publications’ DARE-DEVIL ACES.

“New Pulp” fans will see a number of new and recent books at PulpFest 2017, courtesy of Ron Fortier and Rob Davis of Airship 27 Productions. They’ll have copies of the second volume of THE RUBY FILES, another book in Nancy Hansen’s popular pirate series, recounting the adventures of Jezebel Johnston, and a brand new novel by Fred Adams, Jr., THE EYE OF QUANG CHI. Additionally, please remember to join Ron Fortier on Saturday afternoon, July 29, for our annual “new pulp” panel, featuring Ron and five of the premier writers of new pulp fiction.

As he does every year, Mike Chomko will be premiering the latest books from one of the most active publishers of pulp reprints, Altus Press. Thanks to an arrangement with Altus publisher Matt Moring, Mike will be offering the latest volumes of Robert Sidney Bowen’s Dusty Ayres, Frederick C. Davis’ Moon Man, Robert J. Hogan’s Wu Fang, and Donald E. Keyhoe’s Doctor Yen Sin. There’s also a chance that he’ll have the third issue of the revived BLACK MASK available at the convention. Mike Chomko, Books has been one of the leading purveyors of pulp reprint books and periodicals since the early nineties. Look for his tables at the entrance to the PulpFest 2017 dealers’ room and say “hello” to the convention’s marketing and programming director.

Jim Beard and John Bruening of Flinch Books, publishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their latest prose anthology, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORRORThey’ll also have copies of John’s popular full-length novel,THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS. Jim will be offering a wide selection of his own fiction work, including SAUCY ROBOT TALES — an anthology he co-edited with Nicholas Ahlhelm —  and PLANET OF THE APES: TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN ZONE, co-edited by Jim and Rich Handley for Titan Books.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled throughout the weekend, because the Flinch team will be sharing information about their next title, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017.

Meteor House, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy that specializes in works set in the worlds created by Philip José Farmer as well as original science fiction and fantasy novels and novellas, will have a trio of new books at PulpFest. Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR follows the continuing adventures of Roger Two Hawks, World War II pilot and “gate” traveler. Meteor House will also have THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE, a collection of rare fiction and nonfiction by Philip José Farmer, as well as  articles and appreciations written by Farmer’s fans and his fellow science fiction authors, from critiques of his work to stories of personal encounters, and everything between. FARMERPHILE was a quarterly fanzine that ran fifteen issues from July 2005 to January 2009. Last of all, the publisher will be launching their third Meteor House Chapbook, Frank Schildiner’s WATCH YOUR BACK, MR. MINAMOTO.

Mike Croteau and many of his authors will be on hand at the convention for their annual book-signing party. We’ll be announcing further details during the convention. And don’t forget about the FarmerCon XII presentations on Friday, July 28, including a pair of readings by Win Scott Eckert, author of the Sherlock Holmes chapbook, THE ADVENTURE OF THE FALLEN STONE, and other works. Check out the programming for 2017 link on our home page to learn more.

Ed Hulse of Murania Press will be offering the second volume of BLOOD ’N’ THUNDER PRESENTS at this year’s PulpFest. THE PENNY-A-WORD BRIGADE: PULP FICTIONEERS EXPLAIN THEIR CRAFT is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of pulp writing. Ed also hopes to have two new entries in his “Classic Pulp Reprints” series. George Bronson-Howard’s THE RETURN OF YORKE NORROY and Francis Lynde’s TYPHOSIS TAKES A HAND originally appeared in the pages of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE.

The director of the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, Shaun Perkins is one of two writers appearing for the first time as a PulpFest dealerA Perry Mason and vintage crime fiction enthusiast, Shaun writes detective stories in verse. Featuring fictional bookstore owner Perry Cassidy, Shaun’s tales are based on mysteries found by her protagonist in the written marginalia of old books. You can learn more about Shaun Perkins’ work at https://rompoetry.com/the-book-with/.

In the business of reprinting some of the best mysteries and supernatural fiction of the past 100 years, Stark House Press hopes to have several new titles ready for PulpFest 2017. You’ll find W. R. Burnett’s THE GOLDSEEKERS, a novel about a group of adventurers taking part in the Alaskan gold rush. It  is reminiscent of B. Traven’s THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Arnold Hano’s THE LAST NOTCH is a vintage noir western from the maverick editor of Lion Books. VIRGIN CAY & A NIGHT OUT — two thrillers set in the Florida Keys — is the work of Basil Heatter. Timothy J. Lockhart’s SMITH is the story of a tough as nails killer, a secret operative and tough fighter, while Rick Ollerman’s HARDBOILED, NOIR AND GOLD MEDALS is a collection of essays on crime fiction writers from the fifties through the nineties. Finally, JOHN SILENCE — PHYSICIAN EXTRAORDINARY & THE WAVE — both written by the terrific Algernon Blackwood — may also be appearing in time for the convention. Mike Chomko, Books will be representing Stark House at PulpFest.

Lastly, Joab Stieglitz is also making his debut as a PulpFest dealer. He is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. Joab is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. He will be selling copies of his UTGARDA TRILOGY— a pulp adventure set in the 1920s — at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

We’d also like to mention that Heartwood Auctions will be offering a large new collection of pulp magazines to share at this year’s PulpFest. This collection spans a variety of genres including superhero titles such as FLASH GORDON, THE SHADOW, THE WHISPERER and a copy of the first issue of DOC SAVAGE. Also included are several LONE RANGER and other scarce pulps. They’ll also be bringing large runs of titles such as G-8 AND HIS BATTY ACES and DUSTY AYRES, as well as a wide variety of detective pulps including DETECTIVE STORY, THRILLING DETECTIVE, HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE, and BLACK HOOD DETECTIVE.  Many of these pulps are rare, and most are in mid to high grade. Heartwood is thrilled at the opportunity to share these new items with PulpFesters before anyone else!

These are just a few of the great publications that you’ll find in the PulpFest 2017 dealers’ room. So what are you waiting for? Book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” If you would like 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.

(Not only will the publishers exhibiting at PulpFest 2017 be offering great writing, they’ll have some great art to share. The talented Jerome Rozen — who not only worked for the pulps, but also for the slick magazine and advertising industries — painted the cover art for “The Case of the Suicide Tomb.” Written by Robert J. Hogan, the story originally appeared in the December 1935 issue of THE MYSTERIOUS WU FANG, published by Popular Publications. Running for seven issues, the pulp featured one of the great “psychos of the pulps.”

In 2009, Chris Kalb designed the first PulpFest website. Since then, he’s helped us time and again. This year, he’s been nominated for the 2017 Munsey Award. We wish him the best of luck. Along with his brother David, Chris is the publisher of Age of Aces books. He’s also the company’s art director, the person who comes up with all the great covers featured on each of their books, including one of their latest entries, Donald E. Keyhoe’s STRANGE HELL.

RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, with cover art by Shannon Hall, is just one of the many fine new books that you’ll find at PulpFest 2017. It’s published by Flinch Books, a small press offering some of the best material to be inspired by the pulp fiction of the past.

Mark Wheatley painted the cover for Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR, debuting at the Meteor House tables at this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon. The story is based on the work of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

THE MISSING MEDIUM by Joab Stieglitz — with cover art by Lee Pfenninger — is the middle book in the author’s UTGARDA TRILOGY. Available in paperback and ebook, Joab’s series in a pulp adventure set in the 1920s. It concerns a group of college friends who dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on the world.)