The AMAZING World of New Pulp

Jun 17, 2016 by

legends-new-pulp-coverOne of PulpFest‘s hallmarks has been its willingness to seek out and try new ideas. This was amply demonstrated by its decision in 2009 to present readings by “The New Fictioneers,” contemporary authors whose fiction is inspired by a love of the pulps. Since then, several other conventions have added a “New Pulp” track to their programming schedules.

PulpFest‘s dedication to new ideas and “New Pulp” continues with its annual panel moderated by Ron Fortier, a professional writer for over forty-five years. In 2007, Ron teamed up with illustrator Rob Davis to start Airship 27 Productions and built a home for new adventures featuring many of the pulp characters long remembered by our community. Ron’s own creation, the undead avenger known as Brother Bones, would certainly have been at home with Paul Ernst’s Doctor Satan in the pages of WEIRD TALES and Norvell Page’s The Spider. Ron has also penned the adventures of pulp heroes Captain Hazzard and the Domino Lady, as well as pop culture icons The Green Hornet and The Phantom.

In recent posts on this page, we’ve delved into the world of the specialty pulp, one of the themes of this year’s PulpFest.  The first of these — Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE premiered with its October 5, 1915 issue. The first pulp magazine successfully dedicated to one fiction genre, its success would lead to a proliferation of pulp magazines devoted to a single theme or genre, eventually culminating in the single-character pulp or hero pulp. For our 2016 “New Pulp” panel, Fortier has set his sights on the topic, “Writing the Pulp Hero.” He’ll be joined by four of the leading practitioners of contemporary pulp fiction.

Barbara Doran is a science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writer. Her father introduced her to the work of S. J. Perelman and P. G. Wodehouse, as well as Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. Her earliest influences however, were pulp heroes such as Doc Savage and The Shadow. Another influence was The Green Hornet and Kato. These characters inspired Barbara’s first published work, CLAWS OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON, released in 2015 by Airship 27. Most recently, Barbara penned an adventure of Sinbad the Sailor for the fifth volume of Airship’s SINBAD — THE NEW ADVENTURES.

One of the founding members of the “New Pulp” movement, Win Scott Eckert is co-author (with Philip José Farmer) of the Wold Newton novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE, concerning the daughter of a certain bronze-skinned pulp hero, and its sequel, THE SCARLET JAGUAR. Win also edited and contributed to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, nominated for a Locus Award in 2007, and wrote the critically acclaimed CROSSOVERS: A SECRET CHRONOLOGY OF THE WORLD, published by Black Coat Press. He has also written tales featuring many adventure and pulp hero characters, including The Avenger, Captain Midnight, The Green Hornet, Honey West, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sherlock Holmes, and Zorro. Win is currently finishing another incomplete Farmer manuscript, THE MONSTER ON HOLD, which will almost certainly debut at a future PulpFest. The latter features Philip José Farmer’s celebrated character, Doc Caliban.

Nominated for a Pulp Ark New Pulp Award as the 2016 “Best New Writer,” the work of Andy Fix has appeared in several anthologies of “New Pulp” fiction. His story, “Face to Face with Agent Loki,” appeared in the fifth volume of Airship 27’s celebrated SECRET AGENT X series. Andy also contributed a tale to LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION, an all-new anthology to benefit new pulp publisher, editor, and writer Tommy Hancock, recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Andy is currently working on an air war story for Airship 27 and is featured on the Global Adventure Society Pulpcast, which “covers all aspects of Pulp Culture.”

Like Andy Fix, Jeff Fournier contributed to LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION and is featured on the Global Adventure Society Pulpcast. And like Barbara Doran, Jeff has penned an adventure of Sinbad the Sailor. It appeared in the fourth volume of Airship’s SINBAD — THE NEW ADVENTURES.

Our panel, “The AMAZING World of New Pulp,” will take place at 2 PM on Saturday, July 23 in the Union Rooms on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Watch for the PulpFest PANELS banner outside the entrance to our programming room. PulpFest 2016 —  the destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art and related materials — will begin on Thursday, July 21, and run through Sunday, July 24.  Join us at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time.

Please remember that the Hyatt Regency Columbus is sold out of rooms for July 21 through July 23. At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention CenterAlternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(In case you’re wondering about the term “fictioneer,” most dictionaries place its origin during the early twenties. However, it was relatively commonplace in magazines between 1910 and 1920 and has been spotted in works dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. H. Bedford-Jones used it in a series of articles called “The Graduate Fictioneer,” originally published by AUTHOR & JOURNALIST in the early thirties. In 1932, a group of Wisconsin writers got together and called themselves “The Milwaukee Fictioneers.” At various times, Robert Bloch, Fredric Brown, August Derleth, Ralph Milne Farley, Lawrence Keating, Ray Palmer and Stanley Weinbaum were members of this group. In the late 30s, Popular Publications started Fictioneers, Inc., a pulp line that paid its authors half the going market rate of a penny a word. E. Hoffmann Price, soldier-of-fortune, and prolific pulp author, used the term in his memoirs from the pulp years, BOOK OF THE DEAD — FRIENDS OF YESTERYEAR: FICTIONEERS & OTHERS, published by Arkham House in 2001. Pulp historian and anthologist John Locke likewise used it in his non-fiction anthology PULP FICTIONEERS: ADVENTURES IN THE STORYTELLING BUSINESS, published by Adventure House in 2004.

LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION, an all-new anthology to benefit new pulp publisher, editor, and writer Tommy Hancock, features front cover art by Douglas C. Klauba.)

The Heirs of WEIRD TALES

Jun 27, 2015 by

Weird Tales 35-08As part of its celebration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. LovecraftPulpFest 2015 will be paying tribute to WEIRD TALES, the rough-paper magazine where many of the author’s most influential works were published. The first periodical to be largely devoted to the fantasy genre, WEIRD TALES also introduced readers to the sword-and-sorcery genre through Robert E. Howard’s stories of Kull, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and Conan, and shared Clark Ashton Smith’s wonderfully evocative stories of Hyperboria, Averoigne, and Zothique. It gave us C. L. Moore’s “Schambleau” and Jirel stories, Henry S. Whitehead’s voodoo masterpiece, “Jumbee,” and many other classics of fantasy and horror.

Robert Weinberg has stated, “It was in WEIRD TALES . . . that traditions were broken . . . that unusual writing and poetry was featured . . . . It was a magazine where anything might find a home . . . . Most important, it was the policy and nature of the magazine that influenced the entire spectrum of fantasy and SF publishing.”

Even in today’s fast-moving society, WEIRD TALES is still inspiring authors, artists, and publishers. Join PulpFest on Saturday, August 15th, at 1:30 PM as we welcome a talented group of today’s fictioneers — the scribes and word-slingers who are creating the new pulp fiction — to discuss the writers and stories published by “The Unique Magazine,” the genres it helped to generate, and how WEIRD TALES has influenced contemporary writers. It’s called “The Heirs of WEIRD TALES” and promises to be the most fantastic “new pulp” panel we’ve ever assembled.

Ron Fortier, a professional writer for nearly three decades, will be moderating our “Heirs” panel. In 2007, Ron teamed up with illustrator Rob Davis to start Airship 27 Productions and build a home for new adventures featuring many of the pulp characters long remembered by our community. Ron’s own creation, the undead avenger known as Brother Bones, would certainly have been at home with Paul Ernst’s Doctor Satan in the pages of “The Unique Magazine.”

Joining Ron will be “new pulp” authors Jim Beard, a Toledoan whose Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker could certainly have matched wits with Seabury Quinn’s occult detective, Jules de GrandinJeff Fournier, author of new and exotic tales of Sinbad;  John Hegenberger, author of the Lovecraft-inspired short story, “Howard’s Toe,” and the forthcoming Stan Wade private eye series; Rick Lai, whose character, The Revenant, was trained by Erik, the enigmatic Phantom of the Opera; Michael Panush, author of the Stein and Candle Detective Agency series concerning a pair of private detectives specializing in the paranormal, the supernatural, and the just plain weird (who certainly could have taken on Edmond Hamilton’s “Vampire Master“); and Frank Schildiner, whose latest novel, THE QUEST OF FRANKENSTEIN, has Frankenstein’s monster meet H. P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West: Reanimator.

Given the make-up of this seven-writer panel presentation, expect a very fast-moving hour for your Saturday afternoon listening pleasure! Learn how you can register for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” to be sure not to miss this powerhouse panel by clicking the red register button found on our home page at www.pulpfest.comAnd be sure to book a room! They’re going fast. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PulpFest and click on the post pinned to the top of the page. You’ll be directed to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, please book your room now and not later. Rooms that are relatively close to the Hyatt Regency are rapidly disappearing. When booking through our Facebook link, please be sure to request the Matsuricon group rate.

(Readers first saw Paul Ernst’s Doctor Satan courtesy of WEIRD TALES premier cover artist Margaret Brundage. The character was introduced in the August 1935 issue. “Doctor Satan. A man who took pride in his fiendishness! A man who robbed and killed, and broke the laws of man and God, not for gain, because he already had more than any one person could spend, but solely for thrills! A being jaded with the standard pleasures of the world, and turning to monstrous, sadistic acts to justify his existence and give him the sense of power he craved!” It’s regrettable that he never faced off against Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones, whose “face, hidden forever behind an ivory white skull mask, is the entrance to madness for those unfortunate enough to behold it.”)