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, 22, 23, and 25 are available for $13 each, postage paid. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. 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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Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2017

Aug 21, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2017 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; Lucy Denunzio, Bill Thinnes, and J. Welch, for help with the auction; our panelists and presenters – Fred Adams, Jr., Jim Beard, John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Mike Croteau, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Pete Lutz and the other members of the Narada Radio Company — Austin Beach, Barbi Beach, Keane Lutz, Derek Lutz, Cora Devoir, and Edward Champion — Tom Krabacher, Peter McGarvey, Jeffrey Marks, Walker Martin, Michael Maynard, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Charles Millhouse, Matt Moring, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Garyn G. Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Art Sippo, Joab Stieglitz, Gloria Stoll Karn, J. Welch, and Chet Williamson; our technical staff – Chuck and J. Welch; and our behind-the-scenes help – Dan Zimmer and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to J. Barry Traylor for helping to arrange the appearance author Chet Williamson. Likewise, thanks to Barry, Jack Cullers, Chuck and J. Welch, and Mike Chomko for all the hours put in to assemble this year’s auction.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #26 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Douglas Draa, Ron Goulart, Monte Herridge, Walker Martin, Curt Phillips, Bill Pronzini, and Garyn G. Roberts. We’d also like to thank the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Bear Manor Media, Black Hood Press, Fedogan & Bremer, Freeman’s Auctions, Girasol Collectables, Heartwood Auctions, Larque Press, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pulp Factory Awards, Stark House Press, SleuthFest, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Phil Stephensen-Payne. Congratulations to Phil and to all of the nominees for our 2017 award. Thank you to 2016 Munsey winner Laurie Powers for presenting this year’s award and Walker Martin for accepting the award in Phil’s absence.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., John L. Coker, III, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Lohr McKinstry, Wyatt Doyle and Robert Deis of New Texture, and the family of pulp author Gordon Young. We would also like to thank Pittsburgh’s Caliban Book Shop for offering a discount to our members who visited their store during the convention, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention and Charley Schuerholz for loaning the convention their sound systems. Thanks as well to our website sponsors: AbeBooks.comEssayscribesCollege Homework HelpSmartWritingService.com, and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to AbeBooks, Meteor House Press, and the members of the PulpFest organizing committee for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Joe Collucio, Keith  Culbertson, Doug Ellis, Harold Forman, Henry Franke and the Burroughs Bibliophiles, Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and Curious Book Shop, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials.

Special thanks must be extended to Jennifer Baron — who wrote a great little piece about PulpFest for NextPittsburgh, Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Sara Holzer and Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, David Saunders for all of his help identifying cover artists, Mary Thomas of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE for her piece on our guest of honor Gloria Stoll Karn, and Katie Yakovleva of AbeBooks.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2017. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2018 when we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Also, it just so happens to be the century mark of a certain Grand Master of Science Fiction named Philip José Farmer.

So please bookmark the PulpFest website at 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.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.)

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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THE PULPSTER wants you!

Jan 30, 2017 by

The Pulpster logoDo you have an idea for an article? THE PULPSTER would like to hear from you.

Bill Lampkin, the editor of THE PULPSTER, is in the planning stages for the 2017 edition of the annual magazine and is looking for articles related to the pulp magazines. He would welcome articles on the themes of this year’s PulpFest — hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos — or any other pulp-related topic that you’re interested in.

THE PULPSTER has a terrific lineup of articles every year, and you can make it even better by contributing.

If you have an idea for an article, please email Bill at bill@pulpfest.com. Deadline for submitting articles is April 30, 2017.

In addition to articles, THE PULPSTER also accepts advertising for anyone wanting to reach a very dedicated audience of pulp fans. Email publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com for advertising rates and availability. For more details about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please visit THE PULPSTER‘s website.

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THE PULPSTER — Call for submissions

Sep 12, 2016 by

It may seem as if PulpFest 2016 is barely over, but it’s not too early for us to start thinking about PulpFest 2017 and the next issue of THE PULPSTER.

The Pulpster logoEditor Bill Lampkin is looking for a variety of articles on the pulps, and the writers, editors, and illustrators who worked on them. If you have an idea, he’d like to hear about it. You can contact him at bill@pulpfest.com.

Next summer’s issue, #26, will debut at PulpFest 2017, but the magazine must be edited and assembled before the convention. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017, but early submissions are encouraged. Our theme for 2017 will be “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos,” but any pulp-related article is welcome.

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. For publication sizes and specifications, please refer to the detailed advertising information at THE PULPSTER‘s website.

Looking for a copy of the 2016 issue? Mike Chomko, Books has THE PULPSTER #25 available for $10 each, plus $3 postage within the United States.

Cover of THE PULPSTER, No. 25The issue features a cover article tracing 90 years of AMAZING STORIES written by editors Hugo Gernsback, Howard Browne, Joseph Wrzos, Barry N. Malzberg, Ted White, Elinor Mazor, and Patrick L. Price; a study of Philip José Farmer’s stories published in AMAZING, by Art Sippo; J. Randolph Cox and Walker Martin recall two long-running pulps, DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE respectively; David Earle has an article about African-American fictioneers in the pulps, which is paired with a short story by Michael Bittner that originally appeared in HARLEM STORIES; David Smith offers tips to help you plan ahead to ensure your pulp collection is properly taken care of after you’re gone; and Bill Lampkin looks at two of Street & Smith’s second-string hero pulps, THE WHISPERER and THE SKIPPER. Rounding out the issue are Final Chapters, an annual column noting the passing of those involved with the pulps, written by Tony Davis; and columns by publisher Mike Chomko and editor Bill Lampkin.

In addition to #25, you can also order back issues of THE PULPSTER through Mike Chomko, Books. Copies of THE PULPSTER #5, 6, and 23 are available. Issues 5 and 6 cost $10 each, plus $3 postage within the United States. Number 23 is $7, plus $3 postage within the United States. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from other countries must inquire about shipping charges before ordering. 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. Quantities of most issues are very limited.

(THE PULPSTER #25 features a cover by Harold W. McCauley originally for AMAZING STORIES, August 1942. Copies are quickly disappearing. Write to Mike Chomko, Books at mike@pulpfest.com to learn how you can order the issue.)

Copies of THE PULPSTER #25 Are Available

Aug 22, 2016 by

Cover of THE PULPSTER, No. 25A limited number of copies of THE PULPSTER #25 — 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 centerpiece of this year’s PULPSTER is “90 years of AMAZING STORIES,” a collection of essays on the history and legacy of the first all-science-fiction pulp magazine written by many of its editors, including founder Hugo Gernsback, Howard Browne, Joseph Wrzos (Joe Ross), Barry N. Malzberg, PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor Ted White, Elinor Mavor, and Patrick L. Price.

Dr. Art Sippo looks at the AMAZING STORIES of Philip José Farmer, who had four tales published in the digest version of the magazine during the 1960s and ’70s. FarmerCon XI takes place alongside PulpFest.

David W. Smith explains how planning ahead can ensure that your pulp collecting efforts won’t be squandered after you’re gone.

J. Randolph Cox, the 2014 Munsey Award winner, celebrates the 100th anniversary of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE; while THE PULPSTER‘s editor, Bill Lampkin, marks 80 years since THE WHISPERER and THE SKIPPER took Street & Smith’s hero pulps in a new direction.

David M. Earle examines HARLEM STORIES, Wallace Thurman, and African-American writers in the pulp magazines. Alongside, Michael Bittner’s short story, “No Greater Love,” from HARLEM STORIES appears in its entirety.

Walker Martin hits the lonesome trail with an article about collecting the long-running pulp WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE.

In the Departments section, rounding out the issue, are columns by Editor William Lampkin, Publisher Michael Chomko, and Final Chapters, in which Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have recently passed away.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #25, 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, and 22 are available for $13 each, postage paid. Copies of THE PULPSTER #23 are available for $10 each, postage paid. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. 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 this year’s 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. Order your copy today!)

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Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 24, 2016 by

Dime Detective 34-04-15PulpFest 2016 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 10 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.

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 2016, start making your plans right now to join the 46th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2017. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’ll be celebrating “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and Some Psychos” at PulpFest 2017. As always, expect a great dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2017, 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. You’ll also find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pulpfest/ and Tumbler at http://pulpfest.tumblr.com/. 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 2017. Please bring your friends!

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

(One of the anniversaries celebrated by PulpFest 2016 was “A Century of Specialty Pulps.” Beginning with the October 5, 1915 issue of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE, pulps devoted to a single theme or genre began to blossom on the newsstands across America. “While not the first of the specialized fiction magazines, being preceded by THE OCEAN and THE RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE, it accomplished what they had not by creating a trend that would result in the proliferation of the pulps into western, love, air, science fiction, and supernatural, as well as detective.”

One of the most successful genre magazines was Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Among the publisher’s most popular magazines, it debuted in the fall of 1931 and ran for 274 issues. Its final issue was dated August 1953. Pictured here is the April 15, 1934 number, with front cover art by John Newton Howitt.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2017. You just might meet up with some hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, or even a few psychos. We look forward to seeing you.)

Advance Registrations End Monday

Jul 17, 2016 by

2016 Post CardIf you are not from the Columbus area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, please do so without delay. Do not wait until you arrive, as PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to Columbus, Ohio where it is currently based. Why do you think it’s nicknamed “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con?” You can call 1-888-421-1442 to reach the Hyatt Regency. Perhaps there has been a cancellation.

If you can’t find a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center at www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpAlternately, 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.

PulpFest will be accepting advance registrations until 10 PM eastern time on Monday, July 18. We will be shutting down our Paypal Order page at that time. Through tomorrow evening, a four-day advance membership to PulpFest will cost you $30 — if you will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, a savings of ten dollars. If you are staying elsewhere, a four-day advance membership will cost you $35, a savings of five dollars over your price at the door. So please register now for PulpFest 2016.

If you’d like to take part in our early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday, July 21, there’s an additional cost of $25 if you pay ahead of time. However, if you will be staying at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus for the three days of the convention, you will get free early-bird shopping. We do this to thank loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at least three nights at our host hotel.

Early registration for PulpFest members will take place on Thursday, July 21, beginning at 4 PM right outside of the dealers’ room in Battelle South located across from the Regency Ballroom’s foyer in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. All members — dealers included — can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking the link on the registration page of our website. Early registration will end at 8 PM.

For those of you who choose not to register in advance for PulpFest 2016, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Four-day memberships will be available for $40. The early-bird shopping option will cost an additional $30 at the door. It’s free to those members who will be staying at the Hyatt. Single-day memberships costing $20 for Friday or Saturday will also be available. A Sunday-only membership, available only at the door, will cost $10. Be aware that many dealers will be packing up on Sunday and buying and selling opportunities may be limited. There will be no single-day membership available for Thursday evening. 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. Your membership allows entry to all convention activities including all of our evening programming and our Saturday gaming track. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family! The general public is very much welcome to attend. Registration materials will be available at the door.

(PulpFest 2016 will be paying tribute to the history of the pulps by saluting the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells; the 120th anniversary of the debut of the first pulp magazine, THE ARGOSY; the 100th anniversary of the genre pulps such as DETECTIVE STORY and LOVE STORY; the ninetieth anniversary of the creation of the first science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES; the 80th anniversaries of the premieres of two exciting hero pulpsTHE SKIPPER and THE WHISPERER; and the tenth anniversary of Sanctum Books, well known for their reprints of THE SHADOW, DOC SAVAGETHE SPIDER, and other hero pulps. Our Guest of Honor will be author, editor, and pulp fan Ted White, the man who ushered in the Golden Age of AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC during the 1970s. He also wrote the Captain America novel THE GREAT GOLD STEAL and many other books. We’ll also be hosting our friends from FarmerCon XI — the convention within a convention that honors the memory of that Grand Master of Science Fiction, Philip José Farmer. For a look at our planned schedule, please visit http://www.pulpfest.com/2016/01/coming-soon-to-columbus-pulpfest-2016/.

Our post card for this year’s convention features post card features Frank R. Paul’s cover art from the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES, illustrating H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” The card was designed by our advertising director, William Lampkin. Bill also serves as the editor and designer of our award-winning program book, THE PULPSTER. All members of the convention will receive a free copy of this year’s program book.)

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 6, 2016 by

Cover of THE PULPSTER, No. 25THE PULPSTER returns with an AMAZING 25th issue at PulpFest 2016. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

The centerpiece of the issue is “90 years of AMAZING STORIES,” a collection of essays on the history and legacy of the first all-science-fiction pulp magazine written by many of its editors, including founder Hugo Gernsback, Howard Browne, Joseph Wrzos (Joe Ross), Barry N. Malzberg, PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor Ted White, Elinor Mavor, and Patrick L. Price.

Dr. Art Sippo looks at the AMAZING STORIES of Philip José Farmer, who had four tales published in the digest during the 1960s and ’70s. FarmerCon XI takes place alongside PulpFest.

On a topic every pulp collector should pay attention to but often ignores, David W. Smith explains how planning ahead can ensure that your pulp collecting efforts won’t be squandered after you’re gone.

J. Randolph Cox, the 2014 Munsey Award winner, celebrates the 100th anniversary of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE; while THE PULPSTER‘s editor, Bill Lampkin, marks 80 years since THE WHISPERER and THE SKIPPER took Street & Smith’s hero pulps in a new direction.

David M. Earle examines HARLEM STORIES, Wallace Thurman, and African-American writers in the pulp magazines. Alongside, Michael Bittner’s short story, “No Greater Love,” from HARLEM STORIES appears in its entirety.

Walker Martin hits the lonesome trail with an article about collecting the long-running pulp WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE.

In the Departments section, rounding out the issue, are columns by Editor Lampkin, Publisher Michael Chomko, and Final Chapters, in which Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have recently passed away.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #25 will be released at PulpFest 2016. 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 THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #25 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

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The Pulpster 2016Editor and designer William Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER, the award-winning PulpFest program book. He’ll be featuring articles on DETECTIVE STORY and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, two of the first pulp magazine to specialize in a certain fiction genre; African-American pulp writers; the 110th anniversary of Munsey’s RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE; August Derleth, the founder of Arkham House; the pulps’ paperback legacy; and much more.

To commemorate PulpFest‘s salute to the ninetieth anniversary of AMAZING STORIES, Bill is putting together a round-robin article featuring Barry Malzberg, Elinor Mavor, Ted White, and Joseph Wrzos, editors emeritus of the first continuing science fiction magazine. He’s also hoping to line up both Kim Mohan and Patrick Price, as well as Steve Davidson, the magazine’s current editor and publisher. He’ll also have a piece on Philip José Farmer’s AMAZING stories. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book.

In addition to the 90th anniversary of AMAZING, PulpFest 2016 will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells; 120 years of THE ARGOSY, the first pulp magazine; 100 years of the genre pulp — magazines specializing in detective, romance, western, and other fiction types; eighty years of The Whisperer and The Skipper, two of the “superheroes” of the pulps; and ten years of Sanctum Books, one of today’s leading publishers of pulp fiction. And don’t forget that science fiction author and editor Ted White will be the convention’s guest of honor! With such a wide range of interests represented at the convention, the PulpFest program book will be a great place to advertise. THE PULPSTER‘s readers are serious about pulps, genre fiction, and pulp-related products. So it’s the ideal market for your advertising — whether it’s pulps, pulp reprints, “new pulp” fiction, t-shirts, science fiction, graphic novels, role-playing games, original art, websites, or anything else.

If you’d like to reserve advertising space in this year’s PULPSTER, you have until May 31 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 – $140; inside back color cover – $140; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $70; 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 of our program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER. The magazine has a circulation of 500 copies.

The deadline for submitting your advertisements to THE PULPSTER #25 is June 8, 2016. Please feel free to send material as early as possible to ease production of our magazine. Submission guidelines will be provided upon receipt of your payment. Your space is not reserved until payment is received.

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 $100 per year. We currently have five sponsors for www.pulpfest.comAbeBooks.com, Galaxy Press, Essayscribes, College Homework Help, and PureCostumes.comIf 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.