PulpFest Primer

Jul 25, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksPulpFest 2017 will begin on Thursday, July 27, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin shortly after 9 PM with a reading by author Chet Williamson. Closing out the evening programming will be an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE.

PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps.

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, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. 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.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 4 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree. 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 here or the link found on our registration page. Look for the SHOP banner to find our dealers’ room. You’ll also see our large welcome banner, sponsored by AbeBooks.com. With its strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs, AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2017, Thursday evening 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.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

From 4 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 also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 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 28, 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 1 PM with the first of our New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will include our FarmerCon XII presentations, plus several discussions of Robert Bloch, psychos, and hardboiled dicks. Once again, the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE will close out our programming. They’ll be performing “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play based on a story by Robert Bloch.

On Saturday, July 29, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Afterward, all convention attendees are welcome to join an informal Saturday Night Dinner. Details will be announced at the convention. If you don’t plan to attend PulpFest‘s group meal, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many restaurants in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by clicking here.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings and a panel on “New Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by an encore presentation by the Narada Radio Company

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2017 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. All members of the convention are urged to attend. The 2017 Munsey Award — presented for service to the pulp community — will also be awarded on Saturday evening.

Other programming on Saturday night will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring one of the few living pulp magazine artists, Gloria Stoll Karn. A Pittsburgh resident, Gloria will be joined by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders — winner of our 2016 Lamont Award — to discuss her freelance career in the pulps and much more. We’ll also have another presentation on the hardboiled dicks of the pulps.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. The convention will be offering about 150 lots of material from the collections of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. Included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, as well as the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

Any member of PulpFest 2017 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 Friday and Saturday. The sooner you submit your consignment to our auction coordinator, Barry Traylor, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. We will be accepting material for our auction near the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. Watch for the auction banner. All auction lots must be submitted to Barry prior to 2 PM on Saturday, July 29.

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.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please click the Programming for 2017 button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

On Sunday, July 30, 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’ve already registered a record number of dealers. We’ve also been receiving 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 6 PM on Saturdays and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there.

The entire PulpFest 2017 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 AMAZING Pulp Con.”

(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.

Robert Bloch’s “Return to the Sabbath” originally ran in the July 1938 issue of WEIRD TALES, featuring front cover art by the great pulp and fantasy artist, Virgil Finlay. The artist got his start during the Great Depression when he sent unsolicited illustrations to his favorite pulp magazine, WEIRD TALES. In addition to “The Unique Magazine,” he also contributed interior illustrations and covers to many other pulps and digests. Even today, Finlay remains one of the most highly regarded and collected artists in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

DETECTIVE TALES was the number three title in Popular Publications’ detective pulp group. It was preceded by DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and BLACK MASK, the pulp where the hardboiled detective genre originally took form. Between 1943 and 1945, Gloria Stoll Karn contributed six covers to DETECTIVE TALES, including the July 1945 number.

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.)

Advance Registrations Are Ending

Jul 24, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 will stop accepting advance registrations tonight at 10 PM. We will be shutting down our Paypal Order page at that time. A full-weekend advance membership to PulpFest will cost you $35 — if staying at our host hotel — and $40 if staying elsewhere. If you’d like to take part in our early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday, August 27, there’s an additional cost of $30. However, if you will be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry during the convention, you will get free early-bird shopping, saving that extra thirty bucks. We do this to thank loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel.

Early registration for our members will take place on Thursday, July 27, beginning at 5 PM at the entrance to our dealers’ room in the DoubleTree. 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 here.

For those of you who prefer not to register in advance for PulpFest, you will be able to do so on Thursday evening. Our full weekend memberships will be available at the door, with early-bird shopping costing an additional $30 for those members not staying at the DoubleTree. Single day memberships — costing $20 for Friday or Saturday — will also be available. A Sunday single day membership will cost $10, the price of THE PULPSTERPlease click our Register for 2017 button 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 our evening programming. PulpFest badges are required to attend all activities. Children, accompanied by a parent, who are fifteen and younger will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family! The general public is very much welcome to attend.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card 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.

Please remember that if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. Call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.)

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One Week to Go!

Jul 20, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 will begin on Thursday, July 27. The dealers’ room will be open to registered sellers to set up their displays from 4 to 11 PM. Early registration for all convention attendees will take place from 4 to 8 PM outside the dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” There will be early-bird shopping from 6 to 9 PM for PulpFest members who will be staying at the DoubleTree or for those who elect to purchase an early-bird membership. Our full slate of programming for Thursday evening will get underway at 9:10 PM.

If you have not yet booked a room for your stay, please call 1-800-222-8733 to reach the DoubleTree. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available. Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh. The DoubleTree also offers a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a sauna. You’ll find a map to the hotel and the surrounding area on the PulpFest home page.

Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

Below, you’ll find our complete schedule for the entire convention. To learn more about a particular programming event, click on its title link. We look forward to seeing you in a week.

Thursday, July 27

Dealers’ Room

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Early Registration

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open for Early-Bird Shopping (free with your stay at the Double-Tree)

Programming

9:10 – 9:40 PM — Robert Bloch’s PSYCHO: SANITARIUM — A Reading by Chet Williamson

9:40 – 10:10 PM— The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant: Myra Reldon, Margo Lane, and Carrie Cashin (Anthony Tollin)

10:10 – 10:20 PM— Scarlet Adventuress — The Domino Lady — A Reading by Ron Fortier

10:20 – 10:50 PM — Compliments of the Domino Lady (Michelle Nolan)

10:50 – 11:00 PM — Intermission

11:00 – 11:30 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

Friday, July 28

Dealers’ Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Early Registration and Dealers’ Room Set-Up

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

Programming

12:45 – 4:30 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Jim Beard, John Bruening, Peter McGarvey, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Don Shakers)

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest 2017 (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine (Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Art Sippo)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — Win Scott Eckert Reads from THE MONSTER ON HOLD

7:30 – 7:50 PM — Philip José Farmer and Robert Bloch (Mike Croteau of Meteor House)

7:50 – 8:00 PM — Intermission

8:00 – 8:40 PM — 100 Years with the Author of Psycho: Robert Bloch (Garyn Roberts)

8:40 – 8:50 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents Robert Leslie Bellem, a Dan Turner Reading

8:50 – 9:30 PM — Hardboiled and Dangerous: The Many Characters of Erle Stanley Gardner (Jeffrey Marks)

9:30 – 9:40 PM — Intermission

9:40 – 10:20 PM — Hardboiled Dicks: A Look at DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (Matt Moring)

10:20 – 10:30 PM — Philip José Farmer’s Most Dangerous Dame — Win Scott Eckert Reads from THE SCARLET JAGUAR

10:30 – 10:55 PM — The Dangerous Dames of Kenneth Robeson: Pat Savage, Nellie Gray and Rosabel Newton (Chuck Welch)

11:00 – 11:30 PM — Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play by Robert Bloch

Saturday, July 29

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

3:00 – 4:30 PM — Auction Viewing at the DoubleTree

Programming

12:30 – 2:00 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (author readings by Win Scott Eckert and Frank Schildiner)

2:15 – 3:15 PM — Six Writers of New Pulp (moderator Ron Fortier and authors Fred Adams, Jr., John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Michael Maynard, and Charles Millhouse)

3:30 – 4:00 PM —  Pulp-Pourri Theatre Presents “The Return of Mr. Fye”

5:00 – 6:50 PM — PulpFest 2017 Group Meal at Ember & Vine in the DoubleTree (Volunteer Coordinator Sally Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest 2017 Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — 2017 Munsey Award Presentation (presented by Laurie Powers)

7:30 – 8:10 PM — Guest of Honor Gloria Stoll Karn with David Saunders

8:10 – 8:20 PM — The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage by Will Murray — A Reading by Pulp-Pourri Theatre

8:20 – 8:50 PM — Hard-Boiled at 100: The Don Everhard Stories of Gordon Young (Tom Krabacher & Walker Martin)

8:50 – 9:10 PM —  Intermission (Auction Viewing)

9:15 – 12:15 AM — Saturday Night at the Auction (John Gunnison and Joseph Saines, Auctioneers)

Sunday, July 30

Dealer’s Room

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All (many dealers will be packing up; buying opportunities may be limited)

All PulpFest members are welcome to attend our afternoon and evening programming right next to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

For questions about our programming, please write to our programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

For questions about our New Fictioneers Readings, please write to our afternoon programming director Chuck Welch at chuck@pulpfest.com.

For questions about our dealers’ room, please write to our convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

(The PulpFest 2017 post card — designed by advertising director Bill Lampkin — features John Newton Howitt’s cover art for the April 15, 1934 issue of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, published by Popular Publications.)

 

Look Out for the PulpFest Banners!

Jul 18, 2017 by

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PulpFest 2017 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Barry Traylor’s table. This is where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Saturday Night Auction. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing in — you guessed it — the PulpFest con suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

(All of our banners were designed by our talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

Wedding Bells!

Jul 16, 2017 by

PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko and his wife, Dianne, are very happy to announce that their daughter, Maureen, married Jesse Abbott Klafter on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The wedding took place just outside of Leavenworth, Washington.

Mike was very honored to walk his daughter “down the aisle” at the Tierra Retreat Center, nestled in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. Although Leavenworth bills itself as “a fully-functioning Bavarian town in the middle of Washington,” Mike chose not to wear Lederhosen during the festivities. He did drink a lot though.

The proud parents will be returning to Pennsylvania about a week before the start of PulpFest 2017. Hopefully, you’ll get to congratulate Maureen’s dad at this year’s convention, taking place from July 27 through July 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

Please remember that if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. Call 1-800-222-8733 and be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(The November 1947 cover art for Popular Publications’ RANGELAND ROMANCES was painted by Gloria Stoll Karn. The artist, who began contributing black and white interior illustrations to pulp magazines at the age of seventeen, started to paint covers for the industry after just a few years.

Ms. Karn will be this year’s PulpFest Guest of Honor. She will be interviewed on stage by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders on Saturday, July 29, beginning at 7:30 PM. Please be sure to register for PulpFest 2017 to be able to enjoy this interesting and entertaining presentation.)

 

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Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2017

Jun 7, 2017 by

Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 28 and 29, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, July 30 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings!

You can book your room at the DoubleTree by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page. To learn about registering for the convention, click the Register for 2017 button below our home page banner. Remember, if you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find one of the early issues of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — such as the July 1932 issue, featuring cover artwork by William Reusswig — at this year’s PulpFest. Debuting with its November 1931 number, DIME DETECTIVE was one of the leaders in its fiction category and helped to turn Popular into a powerhouse of the pulp magazine industry.

We’ll be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps at this year’s convention. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the “pop culture center of the universe” in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.)

Starting Today — A Daily PulpFest Post!

Jun 5, 2017 by

For the last month, we’ve had an announcement about PulpFest 2017 three days per week. Beginning today, we’ll have at least one post every weekday, Monday through Friday. We’ll be maintaining that pace through the last day of the convention on July 30. We’ll even have an occasional Sunday post and a post every day of the convention. But even the PulpFest promotion department needs a day off every now and then.

Starting next week, we’ll get back to discussing our programming for the upcoming convention. PulpFest 2017 will be paying tribute to the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos,” of the pulps. We’ll be exploring DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — one of the pulps where the hard-boiled detective story began to take shape — and Robert Leslie Bellem’s tough-guy detective, Dan Turner; Pat Savage, The Domino Lady, and other dangerous dames of the pulps, the hardboiled ladies who helped pave the way for such modern day gumshoes as Sue Grafton‘s Kinsey Millhone, Marcia Muller‘s Sharon McCone, and Sara Paretsky‘s V. I. Warshawski; and some of the mad scientists, crazed hunchbacks, and foul cultists who decimated American cities on a monthly basis in the rough-paper magazines. We’ll also be saluting the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch, the author of PSYCHO — later adapted to film by Alfred Hitchcock. Bloch got his start as a writing professional in the pulps. We’ll also be celebrating the life and work of former pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn, who will be attending PulpFest 2017 as our Guest of Honor.

So what are you waiting for? Are you a psycho? There’s no need to live dangerously! Register now for PulpFest 2017! How else can you be part of “Summer’s hard-boiled Pulp Con?” While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry by clicking one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads Book a RoomYou can also call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest 2017 to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given the convention’s popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room forPulpFest 2017 as soon as possible.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card 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.)

Selling at PulpFest 2017

May 31, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 dealers

Are you interested in selling at PulpFest 2017? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts and lovers of genre fiction and art. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The exhibition hall at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will enable PulpFest 2017 to have over 100 six-foot tables in its dealers’ room. Wall tables — which are limited — will cost $90 and island tables will be $80. If you require an electrical outlet, there will be an additional $20 charge. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and their helpers. You can download a copy of our registration form by clicking one of the “Register” buttons on our home page.

To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, please click one of the “Book a Room” buttons our our home page. Two complimentary breakfast coupons are included in the DoubleTree’s nightly rate — a $30 value — as well as free wifi. Parking is free. Rest assured, PulpFest is very appreciative of all the dealers who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday, July 28 – 29, and remain open until 4:45 PM. It will also be open on Sunday, July 30, from 9 AM until 2 PM. And don’t forget about our early-bird shopping hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM, when dedicated fans of pulp and genre fiction and art will enjoy an extra three hours of shopping.

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be writing about the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2017. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites. So if you’re planning to attend PulpFest 2017 as a dealer and would like to be included in this advertising campaign, please email Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can register for the convention as a dealer by clicking on the link below.

PulpFest 2017 Registration Form

To register by regular mail, send your payment and completed registration form to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com. You can pay for your registration and table fees via our PayPal Order page.

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2017 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

For more information on selling at PulpFest, please feel free to contact Jack Cullers at one of the addresses listed above. We look forward to seeing you from July 27 – 30 at PulpFest 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Please join us at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” where your sales will be utterly FANTASTIC!

(Although you can no longer find them on newsstands — such as the one pictured above from Manhattan in late 1935 — the pulps are still with us. You’ll find thousands of them for sale at PulpFest 2017. Please join us July 27 through July 30 for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, pictured above.)

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Countdown to PulpFest 2017

May 28, 2017 by

It’s just sixty days to PulpFest 2017. On Thursday, July 27, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Please visit our registration page to learn how to join the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be talking about our dealers, shopping for collectibles at PulpFest 2017, our PULPSTER program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by bookmarking pulpfest.com and visiting often or by liking our Facebook page. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups including Pulpmags.

PulpFest is known for its superb programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2017 convention is shaping up to be great! PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos of the pulps. We’ll also be saluting the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch and the fantastic artwork of former pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn, our guest of honor. PulpFest 2017 will feature presentations on DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES; the many characters of Erle Stanley Gardner and the first hardboiled pulp character; the dangerous dames of Maxwell Grant and Lester Dent; the Domino Lady and Pat Savage; and the psychos of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE and of Philip José Farmer. We’ll also have live theater, author readings, and more.

Our dealers’ room will feature tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to register for PulpFest 2017! There’s no other way for you to be part of “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry by clicking one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” You can also call 1-800-222-8733 to place a reservation by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given its popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room for PulpFest 2017 as soon as possible. The earlier you place your room reservation for this year’s PulpFest, the greater chance you will have of landing a room at this beautiful hotel.

Although the DoubleTree by Hilton is the ideal place to stay during the convention, we want everyone to be able to make it to the “pop culture center of the universe” and “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con. So if you’re not from the Pittsburgh region, please book a room as soon as possible to be sure you have a place to stay for PulpFest 2017. With the programming line-up that we have and our spacious dealer’s room, we want everyone to have a chance to attend our convention. Rest assured, you’ll have a FANTASTIC time! We look forward to seeing you near Pittsburgh from July 27 – 30 for PulpFest 2017.

PulpFest’s New & Improved PayPal Page

May 3, 2017 by

PulpFest is always seeking new and improved ways to help keep the pulps vibrant and alive. That’s why we’ve revised our PayPal page. Click here and check it out. You’ll find that the page is far smoother and sleeker. Best of all, after you place your Paypal order, you’ll be sent back to PulpFest.comThat’s where you’ll find the latest news about summer’s fantastic pulp con!

If you don’t use Paypal, you can also pay for your registration by sending a check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

If you have any questions about member or dealer registrations, please write to Jack Cullers at the address noted above or by email at jack@pulpfest.com. If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2017 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

We look forward to seeing you at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 27 – 30 for PulpFest 2017 and our salute to the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos,” of the pulps.

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