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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Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2018

Aug 20, 2018 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2018 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Samantha Childers, Samuel Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters – Roger Alford, Jim Beard, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Mike Croteau, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Henry G. Franke, III, Robert & Loretta Gould, Don Hutchison, Chris Kalb, Sara Light-Waller, Chuck Loridans, Peter McGarvey, Bill Mann, Michelle Nolan, Gary Rabuzzi, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Sai Shankar, and Paul Spiteri; our technical staff – Chuck Welch and J. Welch; our auction staff — John Gunnison and Joseph Saine; and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to Joe Lansdale and his wife, Karen, for being our very special guests. Joe was on hand all throughout the convention. We also want to thank Mark Wheatley for his terrific art show.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Barry Traylor, and Chuck and J. Welch for all the hours devoted to assembling this year’s auctions.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #27 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Tom Krabacher, Joe R. Lansdale, and David W. Smith. We also have to thank Meteor House and the families of the late George Evans and Albert Tonik for their contributions to the issue. Many thanks are offered to the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Black Hood Press, Bold Venture Press and Stuart Hopen, Confluence, Heartwood Auctions, IDW, Larque Press, Lycophos Press and Bob Stewart, Meteor House, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pegana Press, the Pulp Factory Awards, Stark House Press, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks to the nominators and Lamont AwardMunsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, William Lampkin. Congratulations to Bill and to all of the nominees for our 2018 award. Thank you to 2016 Lamont winner David Saunders for presenting this year’s award and to Mike Chomko for accepting the award in Bill’s absence.

We’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Airship 27, Chaosium, Inc., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Mike Chomko, Books, and Radio Archives. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks as well to our website sponsors: AbeBooks.comSmartWritingService.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, Doug Ellis, Steve Ericson, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Jeff Harper, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Curt Phillips, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and the Curious Book Shop, Publicity Chair Karen Yun-Lutz and Confluence, 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 Jesseca Muslin — who wrote about PulpFest for PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE — Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, and Julie Oreskovich of AbeBooks. We also want to thank Richard Davies and BEHIND THE BOOKSHELVES for giving us an opportunity to talk about pulps and PulpFest on the AbeBooks podcast.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2018. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see all of you in the coming year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2019.

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 2018 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com — features the work of freelance artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, celebrating its 70th year of publication in 2019.)

Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2018 by

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

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

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

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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