THE PULPSTER: Call for Contributions

Nov 5, 2018 by

Like PulpFest, planning for next year’s issue of THE PULPSTER begins well in advance of the annual convention.

The Pulpster logoWe always start with a clean slate, other than the usual departments, and that means we need your help with articles.

The theme for the 2019 PulpFest is “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an exploration of how the pulp magazines influenced today’s genre fiction and popular culture.

Although we like to echo the convention’s theme in THE PULPSTER, we also include other articles pertaining to the pulps, to the men and women who wrote, illustrated, edited, and published the pulps, and to the pulp collecting hobby itself.

Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to write for THE PULPSTER? Please let us know.

THE PULPSTER #27Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to read in THE PULPSTER (but not necessarily write)? Let us know that, too, and we will see what we can do about finding someone to write it.

You can drop Editor Bill Lampkin an email at bill@pulpfest.com. The sooner he hears from you, the better. He has to plan space for articles and start collecting artwork and illustrations.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #27, the latest issue, are available from Mike Chomko, Books. He also has limited copies of issues #23 and #26.

(THE PULPSTER #27 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and how the Great War influenced the pulps. The cover, depicting a charge by French soldiers across “No Man’s Land,” was by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES.)

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Get Your Copy of THE PULPSTER

Aug 27, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27Copies of THE PULPSTER #27 — the annual PulpFest program book — are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

THE PULPSTER is back with a battle-scarred 27th issue tied to the themes of PulpFest 2018 — World War I and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer — written by the man himself — as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all . . .

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team took the name. And editor William Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #27, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The cost of the issue is $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

Back issues of THE PULPSTER are also available through Mike Chomko, BooksA limited number of copies of THE PULPSTER #23 and 26 are available. The cost of each is $13, postage paid. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print.

Mike will accept payments made via check or money order or through Paypal. Please write to him at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions.

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, please visit thepulpster.com. For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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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.)

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 6, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27THE PULPSTER returns with a battle-scarred 27th issue at PulpFest 2018. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

Assistant editor Peter Chomko and editor William Lampkin put the issue to bed earlier this week. After the July 4 holiday, our printer got to work on the magazine, readying it for the members of this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100.

Number 27 will offer articles that tie into the themes of this summer’s pulp convention — the war pulps and the depiction of war in popular culture, and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer, written by the man himself, as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all:

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team-up took up that name. And Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #27 will be released at PulpFest 2018. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

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

You can join both PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Following the convention, a limited number of copies of our program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy. Mike also has selected back issues of THE PULPSTER. Please write to him to learn about availability.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER or comments about the issue, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For any questions about advertising in future issues of THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #27 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.)

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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Mar 26, 2018 by

Bill Lampkin is already hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER. Expect another slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor and designer of our award-winning program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in our 2018 PULPSTER, you have until June 1 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our advertising rates are reasonable: color back cover – $200; inside front color cover – $150; inside back color cover – $125; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $75; black-and-white half-page – $40; black-and-white quarter page – $30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of 450 – 500 copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables and to serve as door prizes. Over the years Chaosium, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that have been given away free of charge to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available for our website at a cost of $150 per year. Our current sponsors include AbeBooks.com and two writing services. PulpFest also accepts sponsorships of the convention’s hospitality suite. For $50, you’ll be listed as one of our evening sponsors for our hospitality suite. What a great way to get your name out there as a supporter of the pulp community.

If you or your organization would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The proposed cover art for the forthcoming 2018 PULPSTER was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. The cost of the issue is $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. For additional information, please write to Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.)

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THE PULPSTER Wants You!

Feb 19, 2018 by

In 2018, PulpFest will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The War to End All Wars had been raging in Europe since 1914. Though the Allied Forces and the Central Powers signed an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the war was only getting started in the pulp magazines. THE PULPSTER will look at how World War I was reflected in the pulp magazines during and in the decades after the Great War.

A draft cover for this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER is shown at left. French troops rush across no man’s land in artwork by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURES.

However, World War I is not the only subject we hope to cover in the issue. And that’s where you come in.

THE PULPSTER reflects not only the themes of PulpFest, but also the pulp magazine collecting hobby in general. We’re looking for articles on the pulps, their authors, artists, and editors, pulp history, and collecting itself. If you’ve got an idea, we’d like to hear it!

New material is preferred, but reprinted features — of limited distribution that our readers may not have seen — are also welcome.

PulpFest 2018 will also be saluting the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. So THE PULPSTER is certainly interested in articles on the celebrated author of TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKEDOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, and many other works.

Please email editor Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com with your ideas. We have a number of articles in the works. So the earlier you reach out, the better. The deadline for completed articles is May 1, 2018.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please contact publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. He can provide prices for ads and reserve your space. For information on ad sizes, please see the Advertising page at THE PULPSTER website. Cover spaces sell quickly, so order early.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Write for THE PULPSTER

Sep 25, 2017 by

In 2018, PulpFest will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The War to End All Wars had been raging in Europe since 1914. Though the Allied Forces and the Central Powers signed an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the war was only getting started in the pulp magazines. THE PULPSTER will look at how World War I was reflected in the pulp magazines during and in the decades after the Great War.

A draft cover for next year’s issue of THE PULPSTER is shown at left. French troops rush across no man’s land in artwork by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURES.

But World War I is not the only subject we hope to cover in the issue. And that’s where you come in.

THE PULPSTER reflects not only the themes of PulpFest, but also the pulp magazine collecting hobby in general. We’re looking for articles on the pulps, their authors, artists, and editors, pulp history, and collecting itself. If you’ve got an idea, we’d like to hear it!

New material is preferred, but reprinted features of limited distribution that our readers may not have seen are also welcome.

Please email Editor Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com with your article pitch. We already have a number of articles in the works, so the earlier you can reach out, the better. The deadline for completed articles is May 1, 2018.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please contact publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. He can provide prices for ads and reserve your space. For information on ad sizes, please see the Advertising page at THE PULPSTER website. Cover spaces sell quickly, so order early.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Get Your Copy of THE PULPSTER

Aug 28, 2017 by

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 — the annual PulpFest program book — are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

Hardboiled and dangerous, the latest issue of the convention’s award-winning magazine is tied to the themes of PulpFest 2017 — hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames and a few psychos.

Authors and pulp historians Ron Goulart and Bill Pronzini each write about those dangerous dames. Goulart’s piece looks at the few female detectives from the pulps, while Pronzini examines the women authors whose fiction could be found in the rough-edged pages of the detective pulps.

Longtime pulp aficionados Walker Martin and Monte Herridge tackle the hardboiled dicks with two pieces on DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY, a pulp that was launched by Frank A. Munsey with its September 1924 number. It ran for 28 years and 929 issues.

As for the psychos angle, how about author Robert Bloch? He’s best known these days for writing the 1959 novel on which Alfred Hitchcock based his classic movie, PSYCHO. But before that, Bloch got his professional writing start in the pulp magazines. His first sale was made to WEIRD TALES, naturally. Professor Garyn Roberts profiles Bloch, and looks at the novel PSYCHO.

Tony Davis, editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER, writes about horror author and poet Mary Elizabeth Counselman, whom he corresponded with during the late 1970s and early ’80s.

In addition to articles about the pulps and their creators, THE PULPSTER will also feature an article by Curt Phillips offering tips on preserving your collection of the aging pulpwood magazines, while Douglas Dra discusses how paperbacks kept the pulps alive during the 1960s and 1970s.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by editor Lampkin, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have recently passed away.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #26, please write to Mike Chomko — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The cost of the issue is $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

Back issues of THE PULPSTER are also available through Mike Chomko, BooksA limited number of copies of THE PULPSTER #5, 6, 23, and 25 are available. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. Issues 5 & 6 are $8 each, postage paid. All others are $13 each, postage paid. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

Mike will accept payments made via check or money order or through Paypal. Please write to him at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For any questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, please visit THE PULPSTER ONLINE at thepulpster.com.

(The cover art for the 2017 PULPSTER was painted by Norman Saunders for the July 1949 number of BLACK MASK. The painting appears courtesy of his son, pulp art historian David Saunders. A limited edition poster of the painting is available in the “gift shop” at the Norman Saunders website, normansaunders.com.)

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Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jun 28, 2017 by

THE PULPSTER returns with a hardboiled and dangerous 26th issue at PulpFest 2017. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

The articles are in hand, the advertising is coming in, and assistant editor Peter Chomko and editor William Lampkin are editing the copy, and assembly of the magazine has begun. So now seems like a good time for a tease of what will be jam-packed into the issue.

Number 26 will offer a number of articles that tie into two of the themes of this summer’s pulp convention: dangerous dames and psychos.

Authors and pulp historians Ron Goulart and Bill Pronzini each write about those dangerous dames. Goulart’s piece looks at the few female detectives from the pulps, while Pronzini examines the women authors whose fiction could be found on the pages of the detective pulps.

As for the psychos angle, how about author Robert Bloch? He’s best known these days for writing the 1959 novel that Alfred Hitchcock based his classic movie, PSYCHO, on. But before that, Bloch got his professional writing start in the pulp magazines. His first sale was made to WEIRD TALES, naturally. Professor Garyn Roberts profiles Bloch, and looks at the novel PSYCHO.

Tony Davis, editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER, writes about horror author and poet Mary Elizabeth Counselman, whom he corresponded with during the late 1970s and early ’80s.

In addition to articles about the pulps and their creators, THE PULPSTER will also feature an article by Curt Phillips offering tips on preserving your collection of the aging pulpwood magazines, and articles on DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by editor Lampkin, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have recently passed away.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #26 will be released at PulpFest 2017. Every member — including supporting members — of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER. Following the convention, a limited number of copies of the program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy.

You can also order back issues of THE PULPSTER through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike at mike@pulpfest.com to learn about availability.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER or comments about the issue, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For any questions about advertising in future issues of THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #26 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for the 2017 PULPSTER was painted by Norman Saunders for the July 1949 number of BLACK MASK. The painting appears courtesy of his son, pulp art historian David Saunders. A limited edition poster of the painting is available in the “gift shop” at the Norman Saunders website, normansaunders.com.)

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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Feb 6, 2017 by

Cover of THE PULPSTER, No. 25Our editor and designer Bill Lampkin is already hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER. He’ll be featuring articles on “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos,” as well as other interesting topics. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in this year’s PULPSTER, you have until June 1 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover – $200; inside front color cover – $150; inside back color cover – $125; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $60; black-and-white half-page – $40; black-and-white quarter page – $30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications and back issues of our program book. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of 500+ copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years Chaosium, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or something to serve as a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available for our website at a cost of $200 per year. Our current sponsors for www.pulpfest.com are AbeBooks.comEssayscribes, College Homework Help, SmartWritingService.com, and DoMyEssay.netIf you or your organization would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for the 2016 PULPSTER was painted by H. W. McCauley for the August 1942 number of AMAZING STORIES. What actually ran on the 1942 AMAZING was a modified version of the painting. PULPSTER editor William Lampkin discusses the alterations to McCauley’s painting in his editorial column in the magazine. If you’d like a copy, please write to Mike Chomko today! Only a few copies remain.)

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