Tom Johnson

Nov 9, 2019 by

Not long after midnight on the morning of November 5, 2019, the pulp community lost one of its cornerstones. Tom Johnson passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Tom and his wife of many years, Ginger Johnson, were the longtime editors and publishers of ECHOES, a fanzine about the pulp magazines. For nearly twenty years, Tom and Ginger could be counted on for a new issue of ECHOES every other month. Started in 1982, the Johnsons’ fanzine lasted for 100 issues, its final number dated August 1998. Afterward, ECHOES continued as an eight-page newsletter for another 76 issues. Its final number was dated December 2004.

ECHOES was a treasure-trove of popular culture. It featured articles about the pulps, old-time-radio, movie serials and old movies, juvenile books, and more. During its life as the leading journal about the pulp magazine era, ECHOES published countless articles by leading popular culture scholars Nick Carr, Shawn Danowski, Don Hutchison, Will Murray, Robert Sampson, Albert Tonik, and many others. William Thom also began his “Coming Attractions” in the pages of ECHOES.

The Johnsons were also the publishers of BEHIND THE MASK and THRILLING NOVELS, two reprint magazines that featured stories drawn from the pulps. They also published a number of genre fiction magazines — CLASSIC PULP FICTION STORIES, DOUBLE DANGER TALES, WEIRD STORIES, and others — that ran stories inspired by pulp fiction.

Tom Johnson was also a writer himself, creating new “pulp fiction” such as the adventures of The Masked Avenger and The Black Ghost, as well as tales set in the Lost Land of Jur. Tom also wrote several non-fiction books about the heroes of the pulp magazines. These included THE BLACK BAT COMPANION, DAN FOWLER: G-MAN COMPANION, OPERATOR #5: THE HISTORY OF THE PURPLE WARS, THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE COMPANION, and THE SECRET AGENT COMPANION (co-authored with Will Murray). They are all available from Steeger Books.

A twenty-year veteran of the United States Army, Tom Johnson is survived by his wife, Ginger, as well as several children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

(The cover art for THE BLACK BAT COMPANION — painted by Rudolph Belarski — is a reworked version of the artist’s cover for the Fall 1945 issue of Standard Magazines’ BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE. The issue featured Norman Daniels’ Black Bat story, “Murder Among the Dying.”)

THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION at 70

Sep 30, 2019 by

For more years than we can count, the publishers of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION  have been donating copies of their back issues to the members of PulpFest and its predecessor, Pulpcon.

In the fall of 1949, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY first appeared on newsstands. A digest magazine that began as a quarterly, it added the words, “. . . AND SCIENCE FICTION” to its title with the Winter-Spring 1950 issue.

First edited by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and published by Lawrence Spivak, its founders sought to move away from pulp concepts. They asked writers for science fiction and fantasy that met “the literary standards of the slick magazines that had shaped U. S. short-story writing between the wars.” Publishing works such as Richard Matheson’s “Born of Man and Woman,” the “People” series by Zenna Henderson, Walter Miller’s stories that served as the basis for the award-winning novel, A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ, Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon,” Roger Zelazny’s “A Rose for Ecclesiastes,” and many other classic tales, F&SF has played a tremendous role in humanizing science fiction and helping it mature as a fiction genre.

THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION will soon publish its 746th issue. Congratulations to current publisher Gordon Van Gelder and editor C. C. Finlay.

(The debut issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY was dated Fall 1949. It featured a photographic cover created by Bill Stone. The artist would go on to create two similar covers for FANTASY FICTION in 1950.)

Reviews and Recordings of PulpFest 2019

Sep 23, 2019 by

The dealers' room at PulpFest 2019

PulpFest 2019 is over a month past now, but you can partly re-live it through the reports and recordings posted online.

We’re sorry if you couldn’t make PulpFest this year. You missed a pulp-packed weekend of programming, readings, signings, dealers, and more. Hopefully these links will encourage you to make the trip next August 6-9 to PulpFest 2020.

Read all about it

  • Lewis Forro posting as “The Supreme Leader” once again has a bit of fun with his photographic report from PulpFest 2019 on his blog, The Leader’s Chronicles.
  • Mike Glyer has posted about this year’s Munsey Award winner, George Vanderburgh, at his File 770 blog.
  • J.L. Gribble posted her report of PulpFest on her blog.
  • Ed Hulse, publisher at Murania Press, offers his report of traveling to PulpFest 2019 on his EDitorial Comments blog.
  • Walker Martin‘s annual report on PulpFest has moved to Sai Shankar’s Pulp Flakes blog this year.
  • Raw Dog Screaming Press, which celebrated its 16th anniversary at PulpFest 2019, has posted photos from author readings it held at the convention.
  • Speaking of Sai Shankar, his PulpFest report is a photographic one, with shots of some of the interesting and rare pulps he came across in the well-stocked dealers’ room.
  • Bill Lampkin of ThePulp.Net posted photos from PulpFest 2019 to Instagram throughout PulpFest 2019, but you can now view them on his blog, Yellowed Perils.

For your listening (or viewing) pleasure

  • Bold Venture Press, which has reprinted the Zorro stories, has posted a video of editor Rich Harvey’s presentation, “A Century of Zorro,” from PulpFest 2019.
  • Raw Dog Screaming Press also posted a reading by author John Edward Lawson on its Facebook page.
  • ThePulp.Net has posted audio recordings and photos of 11 PulpFest 2019 panels (almost seven-and-a-half hours) on its website, as well as through its Pulp Event Podcast. The podcast is available for free through the iTunes App Store or Google Play store
  • And ThePulp.Net did a Facebook Live video walk-through of the PulpFest 2019 dealers’ room.

This year’s PulpFest may be over, but there’s plenty of time to start planning to attend 2020’s gathering. The convention returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pittsburgh, from Thursday, August 6, through Sunday, August 9. See you then!

(The dealers’ room at PulpFest 2020 was a popular gathering spot during the day, as pulp fans and collectors searched for items and visited with friends.)

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2019

Sep 9, 2019 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest such a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2019 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Marge Coiner, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers.

Our panelists and presenters – Jason Aiken, Roger Alford, Jennifer Barnes and the writers from Raw Dog Screaming Press — Mike Arnzen, Carrie Gessner, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, and Stephanie Wytovich — John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Gene Christie, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, John Gunnison, Rich Harvey, Morgan Holmes, Ed Hulse,  John Edward Lawson and the writers from Dog Star Books — Matt Betts, J. L. Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. W. Taylor, Albert Wendland, and K. Ceres Wright — Sara Light-Waller,  John Locke, William Patrick Maynard, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Nicholas Parisi, Garyn Roberts, David Saunders, E. C. Skowronski, Paul Spiteri, Joab Stieglitz, Sara Tantlinger, George Vanderburgh, Chet Williamson, and John Wooley.

Thanks to Henry G. Franke, III and the Burroughs Bibliophiles for putting together our 2019 art show. We’d also like to thank Jason and Sunni Brock for authorizing our showing of their film, CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko and Barry Traylor for the time they devoted to assembling this year’s auction. Thanks also to our auctioneers John Gunnison and Joseph Saine and our auction staff, Maura Childers, Marge Coiner, and Sally Cullers.

We want to thank our technical staff – Bill Lampkin and William Patrick Maynard – and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Kate Knecht, Kirsty McCray, and Kyle Thompson and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry, including Austin and Stephanie, who helped a great deal with set-up.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #28 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Richard Bleiler, Tony Davis, Doug Ellis, Scott Tracy Griffin, D. Kepler, Sara Light-Waller, Will Murray, Aaron H. Oliver, and Jess Terrell. We also want to thank James T. Roberts, Esq., for allowing us to reprint his father’s article about Sherlock Holmes. Many thanks are also offered to the magazine’s advertisers – Bear Manor Media, Black Hood Press, CONvergence, Heartwood Auctions, Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, New Texture, the Pulp Factory Awards, Readercon, Recoverings, 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, George Vanderburgh. Congratulations to George and to all of the nominees for our 2019 award. Thank you to 2018 Munsey winner Bill Lampkin for presenting this year’s award.

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., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION,  and Mike Chomko, Books. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks to Meteor House Press for sponsoring this year’s PulpFest banner and to our website sponsors, SmartWritingService.com and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to John and Maureen Gunnison of Adventure House, David and Daniel Ritter of First Fandom Experience, Richard Meli of Heartwood Books and Art, Mike Croteau, Paul Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert of Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko, Books, Mark Redfield and Jennifer Rouse of Redfield Arts Audio, author Christopher Ryan, Steven Spilger of Mr. Polyester Books and Comics, Christopher Maffei of Well-Stacked Books, and Doug Ellis and John Gunnison of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention 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, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, 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. We should also mention Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Hanna Lynn and PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER, and Mike Robertson of VisitPittsburgh, who helped in various ways.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2019. 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 2020.

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, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2019 welcome banner —  sponsored by Meteor House Press — features the work of artist Walter Baumhofer. His painting was originally used as the cover to the March 1933 issue of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.)

Happy Labor Day from PulpFest

Sep 2, 2019 by

On this day when we honor working people, PulpFest is pleased to announce that the organizing committee is taking the day off.

Planning is well underway for PulpFest 2020. We’ll be returning to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. The convention will run from August 6 – 9, 2020.

It will be the 49th convening of the summertime pulp con.

We’ll be focusing on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage. We may even throw in a touch of Brackett and Burroughs for good measure.

FarmerCon XV — saluting the life and legacy of Philip José Farmer — will also join us.

As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2020,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, catch our tweets. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page! You’ll enjoy our take on the pulps and their offspring.

Having read this post, please take the rest of the day off. You deserve it!

(A New York City building manager and apartment rental agent, Albert Roanoke Tilburne began selling freelance illustrations to Popular Publications in 1935. He became a regular contributor to SHORT STORIES and WEIRD TALES during the late thirties. In 1947, he painted the cover for H. P. Lovecraft’s THE LURKING FEAR AND OTHER STORIES, published by Avon Books in 1947. After retiring from commercial illustration, he developed a reputation as a Western artist.

Tilburne contributed a total of ten covers — including the September 1944 number — to “The Unique Magazine.” Ray Bradbury’s Johnny Choir story — “Bang! You’re Dead!” — was featured in the issue.)

Thanks for Making PulpFest 2019 a Great Success!

Aug 26, 2019 by

Thanks to everyone who made PulpFest 2019 a resounding success. The PulpFest organizing committee is extremely pleased with the tremendous support that we received from everyone.

First, we want to thank our regular dealers who have been backing us since we mounted the first PulpFest in 2009. We are also happy about the dealers who were attending the convention for the first time or who were returning after being away for a few years. We hope that our 68 exhibitors had a great show.

We also have to thank everyone who attended the convention as a regular member. Without such support, our dealers would have no reason to come to PulpFest. Of course, thank you to all of the usual suspects who attend year after year. Thanks as well to all of those members who came to PulpFest for the first time or who returned after a few years’ absence. The convention’s attendance for 2019 was 430.

Planning is already well underway for PulpFest 2020 and the 49th convening of our summertime pulp con.  We’ll be setting our sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. For good measure, we may add a touch of Brackett and Burroughs to the mix. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2020,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page where we have been exploring “The Children of the Pulps.”

Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

(Designed by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2020 post card features Margaret Brundage’s cover painting for the October 1933 issue of WEIRD TALES. Brundage’s work — one of the most iconic images ever created for “The Unique Magazine” — illustrates the first segment of Edmond Hamilton’s four-part serial, “The Vampire Master.” The novel features Hamilton’s psychic detective, Dr. John Dale.

“The Vampire Master” is one of four stories that Hamilton wrote under the pseudonym of Hugh Davidson. All were originally published by WEIRD TALES, and later reissued by Haffner Press in the collection THE VAMPIRE MASTER AND OTHER TALES OF HORROR.)

Sunday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 18, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 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, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, 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 to head home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2019, start making your plans right now to join the 49th anniversary of summer’s annual pulp con in 2020. We’ll be setting our sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. For good measure, we may add a touch of Brackett and Burroughs to the mix. Our FarmerCon friends should also be back to celebrate the life and legacy of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2020,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page where we have been exploring “The Children of the Pulps.” 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 plan to return for PulpFest 2020. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, & Barry Traylor

(PulpFest is the summertime destination for fans and collectors of popular fiction — old and new — and related materials. It seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, game designers, and other creators over the years.

While Batman artist Bob Kane cited Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy as one of his inspirations — particularly for his villains — Bill Finger, Batman’s writer, admitted that, “My first (Batman) script was a take-off on a Shadow story . . . . I patterned my style of writing Batman after the Shadow . . . . It was completely pulp style.” The Batman was introduced to readers in DETECTIVE COMICS #27, dated May 1939.

Although The Shadow certainly played the most influential role in the creation of the Batman saga, other pulp characters also inspired Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

PulpFest 2019 has focused on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. Next year, the convention will set its sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage (with a touch of Brackett and Burroughs thrown in for good measure).

Saturday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 17, 2019 by

There’s still time to get in on the action. The PulpFest dealers’ room will be open today from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, 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. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend.

You will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. Registration forms will also be available at the door.

There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The hotel is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

Our author readings will begin at 10:00 AM with “Popular Fiction from Seton Hill” (introduced by Heidi Ruby Miller) and continue with the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” at 11:00 AM. Coffee, tea, and sweets will be available, compliments of the publisher. Flinch Fest, featuring John Bruening, begins at 12:30 PM and is followed by Roger Alford at 1:10 PM, Sara Light-Waller at 1:50 PM, and Christopher Ryan at 2:30 PM.

Our author signings will begin at 1:30 PM at the main entrance. Win Scott Eckert, Nicholas Parisi, and John Wooley will be available to sign your books. “The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” will open at 2:30 PM, while the “Genre Fiction Panel” will begin at 3:15 PM. The afternoon wraps up with the Auction Preview at 4:15 PM.

From 5 to 6:45 PM, join your friends — old and new — at ember & vine in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry for our popular Saturday Night Dinner. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2019 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFest. The meeting will be followed by the 2019 Munsey Award presentation. Bill Lampkin — winner of last year’s Munsey  — will reveal the name of this year’s recipient. The Munsey is a fine art print created by David  and published by Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press.

Following the Munsey presentation, FarmerCon XIV will get underway at 7:45 PM, followed by John Locke’s presentation on Arthur J. Burks at 8:30 PM. Last minute auction viewing is at 9:30 PM, immediately before the Saturday Night Auction at 9:45 PM. The Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore will follow the conclusion of our auction.

All members of PulpFest 2019 can submit items to our auction. If you’d like to submit something, you’ll find instructions in your registration packet. Your lots must be submitted by 2 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the PulpFest auctions, please talk to programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at his dealer tables.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. 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 at the convention.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

PulpFest 2019 will continue tomorrow. Our dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our exhibitors 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, July 29, will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Arthur J. Burks was a prolific and successful pulp writer who usually wrote over one million words per year. He wrote hundreds of stories for the adventure, aviation, detective, fantasy, science fiction, sports, war, and weird menace pulps.

Burks wrote fourteen stories for ASTOUNDING STORIES and its later incarnation, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION. Most of these tales were of novella or longer length. “The Mind Master” — a two-part serial featured in the January (with cover art by H. W. Wessolowski) and February 1932 issues — concerns a mad scientist who replaces the brains of several apes with human brains. It’s part of a short series that Burks began in 1931 with the story, “Manape the Mighty.”

Come and go ape at the DoubleTree over summer’s pulp con! Our complete schedule for Saturday, August 17, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 17

Dealers’ Room

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

Author Readings — Today’s Fictioneers

10:00 – 10:50 AM — Popular Fiction from Seton Hill (introduced by Heidi Ruby Miller)

Readings by Jeremiah Dylan Cook, E. C. Skowronski, and Sara Tantlinger

11:00 – 12:20 AM — Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration (Publisher John Edward Lawson)

Readings by Matt Betts, J. L. Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. W. Taylor, Albert Wendland, and K. Ceres Wright, plus coffee, tea, and sweets, compliments of the publisher

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Flinch Fest, featuring John Bruening, author of The Midnight Guardian Series

1:10 – 1:45 PM — Roger Alford, author of The Black Spectre Series

1:50 – 2:25 PM — Sara Light-Waller, author of ANCHOR and LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS 

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Win Scott Eckert, author of HUNT THE AVENGER and many other works

Afternoon Programming

1:30 – 2:30 PM — Author Signings — Win Scott Eckert, Nicholas Parisi, and John Wooley will be available for signings at our main entrance

2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

3:15 – 4:30 PM — Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction (featuring John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Craig McDonald, and Will Murray, with William Patrick Maynard moderating)

4:15 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview

Evening Programming

5:00 – 6:45 PM — PulpFest 2019 Group Meal

7:00 – 7:30 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:30 – 7:40 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by William Lampkin)

7:45 – 8:25 PM — FarmerCon XIV: Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences (featuring Jason Aiken, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, and Garyn G. Roberts, with Paul Spiteri moderating)

8:30 – 9:30 PM — Born Writing: The Unparalleled Career of Arthur J. Burks (John Locke)

9:30 – 9:45 PM —  Last Minute Auction Viewing

9:45 – 12:00 AM — Saturday Night Auction

12:00 – 1:00 AM — Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore (William Patrick Maynard)

Friday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 16, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 enters it second day, following a successful dealer set-up, early registration, early-bird shopping, and a full slate of programming. If you missed our first day, there’s still more to come.

From 9 to 10 AM today, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. All visitors will be able to register for the convention this morning — beginning at 9 PM — and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours.

All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention at the entrance to our dealers’ room. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. Paper forms will also be available at the door. The general public is welcome to attend.

A full-weekend advance membership to PulpFest will cost $40. Single day memberships for Friday or Saturday will be available for $20. A Sunday-only membership will cost $10. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge.

There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The hotel is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

The dealers’ room will open to all at 10 AM and will remain open until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, 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. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Our daytime programming will start at 11 AM with the Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration. Coffee, tea, and sweets will be available, compliments of the publisher. Friday’s “New Fictioneers” readings will begin at 12:30 PM with Wayne Carey, author of QUATERMAIN: THE NEW ADVENTURES. He’ll be followed by Craig McDonald at 1:10, Joab Stieglitz at 1:50, and William Patrick Maynard at 3:10.

Our author signings will begin at 1:30 PM at the main entrance. John Locke, Will Murray, and Chet Williamson will be available to sign your books. We’ll also have a panel presentation on the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe, moderated by Christopher Paul Carey, the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. “The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” — sponsored by the Burroughs Bibliophiles — will open at 2:30 PM. Closing out the afternoon will be an encore showing of our Fu Manchu Film Festival, presented by William Patrick Maynard, the licensed continuation author of the Fu Manchu thrillers.

The convention’s evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers officially welcomes all our attendees. Afterward, we’ll have presentations on men’s adventure magazines, Sherlock Holmes, women pulp artists, Dashiell Hammett, and Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Closing out the night will be an authorized screening of Jason and Sunni Brock’s documentary, CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. 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 at the convention.

When our programming is over, PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. Perhaps you’ll even clear up some of the great mysteries of the pulps with your pals — both old and new — at PulpFest 2019. You sure can’t do that on your smart phone!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available. 

PulpFest 2019 will continue on Saturday and Sunday. It concludes at 2 PM on Sunday, August 18. Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Almost ten years after killing Holmes off at the Reichenbach Falls, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought his character back in “The Adventure of the Empty House.” The story would appear first in the September 26, 1903 number of COLLIER’S, featuring a cover illustration by Frederic Dorr Steele.)

Why not come to the DoubleTree for summer’s Pulp Con? It’s elementary! Our complete schedule for Friday, August 16, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Friday, August 16

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

Author Readings — Today’s Fictioneers

11:00 – 12:20 AM — Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration (Publisher Jennifer Barnes)

Readings by Mike Arnzen, Carrie Gessner, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, and Stephanie Wytovich, plus coffee, tea, and sweets, compliments of the publisher

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Wayne Carey, author of Quatermain: The New Adventures

1:10 – 1:45 PM — Craig McDonald, author of The Hector Lassiter Series

1:50 – 2:25 PM — Joab Stieglitz, author of The Utgarda Series

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Christopher Paul CareyThe Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Series and The Khokarsa Series author, will be moderating our “Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe” at this time

3:10 – 3:50 PM — William Patrick Maynard, authorized author of Fu Manchu

Afternoon Programming

1:30 – 2:30 PM — Author Signings — John Locke, Will Murray, and Chet Williamson will be available for signings at our main entrance

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe (featuring Matt Betts, Win Scott Eckert, and Heidi Ruby Miller, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)

2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

4:00 – 4:40 PM — Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore (William Patrick Maynard)

Evening Programming

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

7:05 – 7:50 PM — ARGOSYADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK — The Men’s Adventure Pulps (Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle)

7:55 – 8:40 PM — The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps (George Vanderburgh & Garyn Roberts)

8:45 – 9:30 PM — The Secret Life of Women Pulp Artists (David Saunders)

9:35 – 10:25 PM — Dashiell Hammett and the Detective Story (John Wooley with John Gunnison)

10:25 – 11:10 PM — The Key of Imagination: THE TWILIGHT ZONE and the Pulps (Nicholas Parisi)

11:15 – 12:45 AM — Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man (A film by Jason V. Brock)

PulpFest 2019 Begins Today

Aug 15, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin this afternoon at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for summertime’s pulp con! The dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up until 10 PM. 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.

All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Everyone 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 through the link found on our registration page. A full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019 will cost $40 at the door. Daily memberships for Friday or Saturday will also be available for $20 per day.

There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The hotel is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

There will be free early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $70 for those who stay elsewhere. This price includes a full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019.

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, 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.

Our full evening programming slate will begin at 8:15 PM with a presentation by Gene Christie on THE ALL-STORY editor Bob Davis. We hope you can join us for “Bob Davis — Grandfather of Science Fiction.”

August 2019 marks the centennial of Johnston McCulley’s “The Curse of Capistrano,” the story that introduced Zorro to the world. On Friday evening, we’ll have a presentation on McCulley’s “Fox,” plus a look at Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the sword & sorcery duo introduced in John Campbell’s UNKNOWN. Sandwiched between these two presentations will be a talk by pulp and film expert, Ed Hulse. He’ll be looking at pulp stories that were turned into motion pictures.

William Patrick Maynard — the licensed continuation author of the Fu Manchu thrillers — will close out the night with a “Fu Manchu Film Festival.” Bill will be sharing a 1952 pilot film shot for NBC for a FU MANCHU television series starring John Carradine as the Devil Doctor. It is a surprisingly faithful adaptation of the 1912 Sax Rohmer story that began the Fu Manchu series — “The Zayat Kiss.”

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. 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 at the convention.

When our programming is over, PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. Perhaps you’ll even clear up some of the great mysteries of the pulps with your pals — both old and new — at PulpFest 2019. You sure can’t do that on your smart phone!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

(THE MYSTERIOUS DR. FU MANCHU — directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Warner Oland in the title role — was released by Paramount Pictures in 1929. The first talking Fu Manchu movie, it was based on Sax Rohmer’s novel, THE MYSTERY OF DR. FU MANCHU. Set during the Boxer Rebellion in China, Dr. Fu Manchu’s wife and child are killed by foreigners. Enraged, he vows to take his revenge on the British army officers he holds responsible for the killings. The poster advertising the film — one of several — was created by an unknown artist.

Our complete schedule for Thursday, August 15, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 15

Dealers’ Room

3:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Member Registration and Early-Bird Shopping

Evening Programming

8:15 – 9:00 PM — Bob Davis — Grandfather of Science Fiction (Gene Christie)

9:05 – 9:50 PM — A Century of Zorro — (Rich Harvey)

9:55 – 10:40 PM — Hollywood Pulp — From Pulp Page to the Silver Screen (Ed Hulse)

10:45 – 11:30 PM — Two Sought Adventure — Eighty Years of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser (Jason Aiken & Morgan Holmes)

11:40 – 1:00 AM — Fu Manchu Film Festival (William Patrick Maynard)

Safe Travels

Aug 14, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin tomorrow. Dealer set-up will take place from 3 to 10 PM. All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM. Our registration desk will be right outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA.

There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM for loyal attendees who help the convention by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8:15 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.

The DoubleTree is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

We look forward to seeing you at PulpFest 2019. Take your time — unless you have an anti-gravity vehicle similar to the one driven by the two fellows pictured here in Leo Morey’s cover painting for the March 1935 issue of AMAZING STORIES. Please travel safely to this summer’s AMAZING pulp con.

Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, & Barry Traylor — your PulpFest Organizing Committee

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PulpFest Primer

Aug 13, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to set up their displays for summertime’s pulp con! From 3 PM to 10 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. It will also be open for set-up on Friday, August 16, from 9 – 10 AM.

At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period on Thursday. 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 Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574.

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, 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.

Advance registrations to PulpFest 2019 are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down at 10 PM on Monday, April 12.

For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material at our registration desk outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree. To find our registration desk, please look for our “Welcome” banner, sponsored by Meteor House.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2019, you will be able to do so at the door. All members — including dealers — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. Registration will take place at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree.

For the remainder of the convention, you will be able to register at the entrance as you are approaching the dealers’ room. Just stop at the registration desk during our dealers’ room hours. You’ll find our hours by clicking the Programming button on our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule.

You will be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

To help our registration proceed smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

A full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019 will cost $40 at the door. Daily memberships for Friday or Saturday will also be available for $20 per day. A Sunday single day membership will cost $10 to pay for our program book. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. However, they still must be registered for the convention.

There will also be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. It’s free for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at the DoubleTree. The cost is $70 for those who stay elsewhere. This includes a full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019.

PulpFest 2019 will focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture.

There will be programming during the evening hours on Thursday, August 15, beginning at 8:15 PM and running until after midnight. There will also be programming during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 PM and running until after midnight. An auction will also be held on Saturday evening.

The convention will host talks on Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, detective and science fiction, sword & sorcery, Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and much more. PulpFest 2019 will also host FarmerCon XIV, celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction’s Philip José Farmer.

PulpFest 2019 will also offer daytime programming, including author readings and signings, writer panels, an art show sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles, and more. Over thirty writers will be at PulpFest.

Our daytime programming will run from 11 AM until 4:40 PM on Friday, August 16. It will run from 10 AM until 4:45 PM on Saturday, August 17. There will be no programming on Sunday.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Copies of the schedule will also be printed on the back of all membership badges and on signs placed around the PulpFest 2019 dealers’ room.

Watch for our various PulpFest banners. They will mark the location of our programming events.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2019 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFestIt will be followed by the 2019 Munsey Award presentation.

PulpFest 2019 is currently planning to hold one live auction on Saturday evening, August 17. It will begin at 9:45 PM, following our scheduled programming. Currently, the auction will consist of items submitted by the members of PulpFest 2019, plus a number of estate items.

Any member of PulpFest 2019 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on both Friday and Saturday. Our auction coordinator, Mike Chomko, will be accepting material for the auction at his dealer’s tables. Watch for the auction banner and the Mike Chomko Books sign. All auction lots must be submitted by 2 PM on Saturday, August 17.

All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards, as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. Our auction rules are included with your registration packet.

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)On Sunday, August 18, 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.

For those attendees who would like to ship purchases made at PulpFest to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Sundays.

If you would like to lend a hand with the convention, please contact our chairman, Jack Cullers. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. You can submit your programming items to our programming director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com or via regular mail at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We have over sixty registered dealers and have been receiving member registrations every day, many from people who have never previously attended PulpFestIf 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. By staying at the DoubleTree, you help to ensure the convention’s continued success.

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.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there. If not, there is contact information on the page listing who to ask.

The entire PulpFest 2019 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Mars for summertime’s pulp con.

(Nearly sixty years ago, Stan Lee — along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others — introduced the world to The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men, and other superheroes. Marvel’s greatest success of the period was Peter Parker, The Amazing Spider-Man. Debuting in the August 1962 AMAZING FANTASY — with cover art by Jack Kirby — Spider-Man blended a mixture of “unconventional humor and emotional agony.” In short, Spider-Man mirrored the rather unconventional pulp hero that Lee claimed as inspiration: Richard Wentworth, The Spider.

Following the one-two punch of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Under the Moons of Mars” and “Tarzan of the Apes,” ALL-STORY editor Robert H. Davis cultivated a school of writers to create “pseudoscientific” or “different” stories for the Munsey chain of magazines. At the same time, he continued to ask Burroughs for similar works, including “Thuvia, Maid of Mars.” It was serialized in three parts, beginning with the April 8, 1916 issue of ALL-STORY WEEKLY, featuring cover art by P. J. Monahan.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States entered The Second World War. Bill Lampkin used Bok’s cover art for our New Fictioneers banner. It will be outside our programming area where many of the writers attending this year’s PulpFest will appear.

The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 issue of BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE. It was published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. The pulp featured The Black Bat, a character that debuted about the same time as Batman. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.)

Advance Registrations Are Ending

Aug 12, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will stop accepting advance registrations tonight at 10 PM eastern time. We will shut down our PulpFest Paypal page at that time.

A full-weekend advance membership to PulpFest will cost you $35 — if staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — and $40 if staying elsewhere. If you’d like to take part in our early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15, it’s free if you’re staying at our host hotel. That’s how we thank loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. For those staying elsewhere, there’s an added cost of $30 to be an early-bird.

For those of you who prefer not to register in advance, you will be able to do so at the door. A full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019 will cost $40 at the door. Early-bird memberships for those not staying at the DoubleTree will cost an additional $30. All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. Our registration desk will be at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

Daily memberships for Friday or Saturday will also be available for $20 per day. A Sunday single day membership will cost $10 to pay for our program book.

Our registration desk will be open throughout the convention during our dealers’ room hours. You’ll find our hours by clicking the Programming button on our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule.

For more details, please click the Register button on our home page.

Your PulpFest membership allows entry to all convention activities, including our evening programming and our auction. 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 advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card 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. Philip José Farmer’s “Open to Me, My Sister” was featured on the issue’s cover. We’ll be celebrating the centennial of Farmer’s birth at this year’s PulpFest.

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!

Aug 8, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15. The dealers’ room will be open to registered sellers to set up their displays from 3 to 10 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 in Mars, Pennsylvania. There will be early-bird shopping from 4 to 8 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 8:15 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.

PulpFest is the summertime destination for fans and collectors of popular fiction — both old and new — and related materials. It seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, game designers, and other creators over the years.

Our 2019 convention will focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture. Join PulpFest 2019 for panels and presentations on Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, detective and science fiction, sword & sorcery, Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and more.

We’ll also be hosting over 30 popular fiction writers and FarmerCon XIV, celebrating the life and legacy of author Philip José Farmer. Meteor House’s latest fantastic collection of stories by the Science Fiction Grand Master will also debut at the convention. GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES collects for the first time in hardcover the stories that Farmer wrote in the 1970s to pay tribute to the pulps he devoured as a youth. 

Start planning to attend PulpFest 2019 at the “pop culture center of the universe.” You can do so by clicking the Register button on our home page. Our advance registrations end at 10 PM on Monday, August 12. So what are you waiting for?

For your convenience, you’ll find below the complete schedule for the entire convention. You can also click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. To learn more about a particular programming event, click on its title link. We look forward to seeing you in a week.

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 15

Dealers’ Room

3:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Member Registration and Early-Bird Shopping

Evening Programming

8:15 – 9:00 PM — Bob Davis — Grandfather of Science Fiction (Gene Christie)

9:05 – 9:50 PM — A Century of Zorro — (Rich Harvey)

9:55 – 10:40 PM — Hollywood Pulp — From Pulp Page to the Silver Screen (Ed Hulse)

10:45 – 11:30 PM — Two Sought Adventure — Eighty Years of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser (Jason Aiken & Morgan Holmes)

11:40 – 1:00 AM — Fu Manchu Film Festival (William Patrick Maynard)

Friday, August 16

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

Author Readings — Today’s Fictioneers

11:00 – 12:20 AM — Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration (Publisher Jennifer Barnes)

Readings by Mike Arnzen, Carrie Gessner, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, and Stephanie Wytovich, plus coffee, tea, and sweets, compliments of the publisher

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Wayne Carey, author of Quatermain: The New Adventures

1:10 – 1:45 PM — Craig McDonald, author of The Hector Lassiter Series

1:50 – 2:25 PM — Joab Stieglitz, author of The Utgarda Series

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Christopher Paul CareyThe Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Series and The Khokarsa Series author, will be serving as the moderator of our “Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe” at this time

3:10 – 3:50 PM — William Patrick Maynard, authorized author of Fu Manchu

Afternoon Programming

1:30 – 2:30 PM — Author Signings — John Locke, Will Murray, and Chet Williamson will be available for signings at our main entrance

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe (featuring Matt Betts, Win Scott Eckert, and Heidi Ruby Miller, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)

2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

4:00 – 4:40 PM — Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore (William Patrick Maynard)

Evening Programming

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

7:05 – 7:50 PM — ARGOSYADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK — The Men’s Adventure Pulps (Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle)

7:55 – 8:40 PM — The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps (George Vanderburgh & Garyn Roberts)

8:45 – 9:30 PM — The Secret Life of Women Pulp Artists (David Saunders)

9:35 – 10:25 PM — Dashiell Hammett and the Detective Story (John Wooley with John Gunnison)

10:25 – 11:10 PM — The Key of Imagination: THE TWILIGHT ZONE and the Pulps (Nicholas Parisi)

11:15 – 12:45 AM — Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man (A film by Jason V. Brock)

Saturday, August 17

Dealers’ Room

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

Author Readings — Today’s Fictioneers

10:00 – 10:50 AM — Popular Fiction from Seton Hill (introduced by Heidi Ruby Miller)

Readings by Jeremiah Dylan Cook, E. C. Skowronski, and Sara Tantlinger

11:00 – 12:20 AM — Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration (Publisher John Edward Lawson)

Readings by Matt Betts, J. L. Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. W. Taylor, Albert Wendland, and K. Ceres Wright, plus coffee, tea, and sweets, compliments of the publisher

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Flinch Fest, featuring John Bruening, author of The Midnight Guardian Series

1:10 – 1:45 PM — Roger Alford, author of The Black Spectre Series

1:50 – 2:25 PM — Sara Light-Waller, author of ANCHOR and LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS 

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Win Scott Eckert, author of HUNT THE AVENGER and many other works

Afternoon Programming

1:30 – 2:30 PM — Author Signings — Win Scott Eckert, Nicholas Parisi, and John Wooley will be available for signings at our main entrance

2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

3:15 – 4:30 PM — Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction (featuring John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Craig McDonald, and Will Murray, with William Patrick Maynard moderating)

4:15 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview

Evening Programming

5:00 – 6:45 PM — PulpFest 2019 Group Meal

7:00 – 7:30 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:30 – 7:40 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by William Lampkin)

7:45 – 8:25 PM — FarmerCon XIV: Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences (featuring Jason Aiken, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, and Garyn G. Roberts, with Paul Spiteri moderating)

8:30 – 9:30 PM — Born Writing: The Unparalleled Career of Arthur J. Burks (John Locke)

9:30 – 9:45 PM —  Last Minute Auction Viewing

9:45 – 12:00 AM — Saturday Night Auction

12:00 – 1:00 AM — Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore (William Patrick Maynard)

Sunday, August 18

Dealers’ Room

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

To learn more about each presentations, click on the available links.

Click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule.

Please note that the schedule above is subject to change.

(Although the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series began in the pulp UNKNOWN, it was Cele Goldsmith of FANTASTIC who commissioned Fritz Leiber to revive the series in 1959. FANTASTIC would run eleven tales featuring Leiber’s duo, concluding with “Under the Thumbs of the Gods,” published in the April 1975 number. The issue featured front cover art by Stephen E. Fabian.

Join Jason Aiken & Morgan Holmes on Thursday, August 15, for Two Sought Adventure — Eighty Years of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser.” It’s one of many fine presentations that will be offered at PulpFest 2019, taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania.)

Our PulpFest 2019 Sponsors

Aug 5, 2019 by

As PulpFest prepares for this summer’s annual pulp con — running from August 15 – 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, we would like to thank our sponsors for their significant contributions.

Our 2019 “Welcome to PulpFest and FarmerCon” banner was sponsored by Meteor House. Many thanks to this fine small publisher for their generous donation. Meteor House will be launching a new collection at this year’s convention, Philip José Farmer’s GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES.

Although we’re rightfully proud of our substantial dealers’ room — featuring sixty-six different exhibitors — and our highly regarded programmingPulpFest is first and foremost a gathering where “you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest collectors and dealers.”

You can meet and socialize with these folks in the PulpFest hospitality suite. It will be back at the DoubleTree thanks to the generosity of the following PulpFest 2019 dealers:

We’d also like to thank two organizations for their help to fund the PulpFest website. For pulp enthusiasts pursuing educations, DoMyEssay.net and SmartWritingService are there to help. Take advantage of one of their great options to ease your burden.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous support of PulpFest. If you or your organization would like to join them as a convention or hospitality suite sponsor, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director, at mike@pulpfest.com.

(Hugo Gernsback announced the formation of “The Science Fiction League” in the April 1934 issue of WONDER STORIES. The League was being organized to “coordinate all who are interested in science fiction, into one comprehensive international group.”  One month later, Gernsback continued, “The (Science Fiction) movement still has not reached the great public, but efforts are made by all Science Fiction enthusiasts to spread its vogue . . . By word of mouth in the school and classroom, by getting new readers to read Science Fiction magazines, by inducing motion picture corporations to run Science Fiction films, by getting newspapers to publish Science Fiction stories, by getting broadcast stations to broadcast Science Fiction . . .”

The goals of The Science Fiction League pretty much mirror those of PulpFest:

“. . . a convention dedicated to the premise that the pulps had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. . . . It seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, game designers, and other creators over the years.”

They also mirror the goals of our hospitality suite sponsor, First Fandom Experience:

“Our goal is to bring to life the experience of the pioneering fans who were instrumental in defining, promoting and supporting science fiction in the 1930s and beyond.”

For an opportunity to meet First Fandom Experience and our other fine sponsors, please register for PulpFest by clicking the Register button below our homepage banner. The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, August 12, 2019, at 10 PM eastern time. So what are you waiting for?)

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Saturday Night Dinner

Aug 1, 2019 by

Dining together on Saturday has been a long-standing tradition at summer pulp cons. It gives everyone the chance to break bread together, while batting the bull about pulps, books, collecting, and more. This year, PulpFest will be dining informally at ember & vine, located right off the lobby of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Cranberry. It’s the perfect place to gather, grab a bite, and relax.

Last year’s dinner buffet at the DoubleTree was a real hit. PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers will be consulting with the hotel staff to come up with this year’s menu, available at a reasonable price. Further details will be made available at the convention.

Although this is a strictly informal gathering, seating is limited. So be sure to sign up early to assure a seat at the table. Just let us know by 1 PM on Saturday, August 17, that you’ll be coming. We look forward to gathering and talking about our wonderful shared interests — the pulps, books, and popular fiction and art!

 

(On Saturday evening, August 17, from 5 to 6:30 PM, join your friends — old and new — at ember & vine in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming. Unlike this sheriff — painted by Carl Bertsch for the May 30, 1925 WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE— you should have no problem getting coffee at the DoubleTree.)

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Look for the PulpFest Banners!

Jul 31, 2019 by

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From August 15 – August 18, you’ll be able to find your way around PulpFest 2019 by looking for our special banners.

The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Mike Chomko’s table. That’s where all of our 2019 members can bring materials that they’d like to place into our Saturday night auction. It will later be moved to our preview room to direct the curious where they can go for a peek at our auction lots. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. That’s where our presentations will take place. The CHILL AND RELAX banner will be outside the PulpFest hospitality suite.

But that’s not all. We’ll also have a READINGS banner outside our programming area. Find it to enjoy our New Fictioneers readings on Friday and Saturday. The banner will also mark the “Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” on Friday morning, as well as the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” and “Popular Fiction from Seton Hill” presentation on Saturday morning.

The ART SHOW banner will mark the location of our gallery showing of “The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs.” Join PulpFest 2019 on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, for this special art exhibition examining of the pervasive influence of Edgar Rice Burroughs on popular culture. The exhibit will be open for viewing from 2:30 to 4:30 PM on both days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there’s our main banner, right by our registration desk. That’s the banner sponsored by Meteor House that will WELCOME you to PulpFest 2019. Many thanks to this fine small publisher for their generous donation to help create our main banner.

With all that’s happening at PulpFest 2019, we’ll have banners just about everywhere. To check them out, register for the convention by clicking the Register button below our homepage banner. The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, August 12, 2019, at 10 PM eastern time. So what are you waiting for?

(Our SHOP banner is based on Arnold Kohn’s cover for the June 1949 AMAZING STORIES; our AUCTION banner features a colorized photo of a June 26, 1942 magazine display rack located in Yreka, California; the source of our PANELS banner is the January 1934 issue of THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE, featuring cover art by Rafael DeSoto; the CHILL AND RELAX banner uses Gloria Stoll’s cover art for the September 1945 BLACK MASK.

Hannes’ Bok’s WEIRD TALES cover for the November 1941 number graces our READINGS banner; Margaret Brundage’s cover for the May 1943 WEIRD TALES appears on the ART SHOW banner; our welcome banner is based on Walter Baumhofer’s cover for the March 1933 DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.)

All of our banners were designed by PulpFest’s talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

 

Erle Stanley Gardner — The 20 Million Word Man

Jul 16, 2019 by

When the magazine BLACK MASK is discussed, author Dashiell Hammett generally comes into play. But the creator of Sam Spade and The Continental Op was far from the most prolific contributor to the greatest of the hard-boiled detective magazines. That honor would go to Erle Stanley Gardner, best known for creating Perry Mason. Gardner would appear in THE BLACK MASK over one hundred times. Tomorrow is the 130th anniversary of his birth.

A practicing lawyer interested in a better income, Erle Stanley Gardner forced “himself to churn out four thousand words a night. It took two years, but he made his first sale to the pulps. It wouldn’t be the last.” During his fifty-year writing career, Gardner would publish close to twenty million words of fiction and create “no less than 49 unique detectives and adventurers who made two or more appearances in book or magazine form . . .”

According to Bill Pronzini’s introduction to THE DANGER ZONE AND OTHER STORIES — published by Crippen & Landru in 2004 — Gardner published 128 novels between 1933 and 1970. Eighty-two of these feature Perry Mason, while Bertha Cool and Donald Lam appear in 29 book-length adventures. Crusading district attorney Doug Selby appears in nine novels, while the remaining eight feature other characters.

“All of Gardner’s other series characters . . . were created for the magazine markets, both pulp-paper and slick-paper, and appear only in novelettes and short stories. Several hundred of these yarns saw print from the 1920s into the 1950s, the preponderance in a ten-year-span from 1926 to 1936 when Gardner lived up to his billing as “King of the Woodpulps” by producing and selling an average of one million words of fiction annually. ARGOSY, BLACK MASK, and DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY were his favorite pulp markets, printing nearly 200 stories among them. Series tales and one-shots also ran regularly in DIME DETECTIVE, CLUES, STREET & SMITH’S DETECTIVE STORY, TOP-NOTCH, BLACK ACES, ALL DETECTIVE, SHORT STORIES, and a host of others . . . .

 

Foremost among his amazing array of short-fiction creations are Ed Jenkins, the Phantom Crook, an outlaw and ‘famous lone wolf’ who lives by his wits and solves crimes unjustly pinned on him by the police, many of which have San Francisco Chinatown settings; and Lester Leith, debonair man-about-town, whose ‘chain lightning mind’ allows him to both outfox criminals and outmaneuver his butler, Scuttle, an undercover police spy. Jenkins appears in 72 novelettes published in BLACK MASK between 1925 and 1943 . . . Leith can be found in 65 novelettes in DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY from 1929 to 1943 . . .”

Other oft-published series characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner include Bob Zane of the “Whispering Sands” tales; Sidney Zoom, master of disguises; Señor Lobo, Mexican soldier of fortune; the Patent Leather Kid; Paul Pry, who steals from crooks; Bob Larkin, an adventurer armed with a billiard cue; attorney Ken Corning; gunslinger Black Barr; and Speed Dash, the Human Fly.

All told, Erle Stanley Gardner published about 600 short stories and novelettes. Called a hack by his critics, Gardner admitted that he wrote “to make money.” He also admitting that he wrote “to give the reader sheer fun.” Who can ask for more from any author?

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

(July 17, 2019 is the 130th anniversary of the birth of the prolific writer, Erle Stanley Gardner.

First introduced to BLACK MASK readers with the story, “The Shrieking Skeleton,” published in the December 15, 1923 number under the pseudonym Charles Green, Gardner quickly established himself as a readers’ favorite. Soon thereafter, he introduced his first series character, Bob Larkin. But it was with the January 1925 number that Gardner truly hit paydirt, introducing Ed Jenkins in “Beyond the Law.” By the end of 1926, Jenkins was garnering the cover spot of the magazine, including the March 1933 issue featuring artwork by J. W. Schlaikjer. Erle Stanley Gardner’s Phantom Crook would appear in 72 novelettes published in BLACK MASK between 1925 and 1943.)

Starting Today — A Daily PulpFest Post!

Jul 15, 2019 by

Since mid-April, we’ve had an announcement about PulpFest 2019 three days per week. Beginning today, we’ll have at least one post every Monday through Friday. We’ll be maintaining this pace through the end of the convention on August 18. We may even have an occasional weekend post. However, even our hardworking marketing staff needs a day off every now and then.

In future posts, we’ll discuss our PulpFest 2019 dealers, highlights from this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER, the first of Johnston McCulley’s Zorro adventures, and more. So what are you waiting for? Don’t live on the edge! Register now for PulpFest 2019 by clicking the “Register” button just below our home page banner. It’s the only way to be part of “Summer’s Pulp Con.”

While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Simply click the Book a Room button, found on our homepage. Alternately, you can call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. When calling, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. Given the convention’s popularity, we urge everyone to book a hotel room as soon as possibleThe convention rate is available through July 31.

To keep abreast of the convention, please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram  page! PulpFest is exploring “The Children of the Pulps” on that site.

(Frank R. Paul‘s cover for the November 1929 issue of Hugo Gernsback’s SCIENCE WONDER STORIES is just one of more than 600 images that you’ll find on the PulpFest Instagram site.

Currently, PulpFest is exploring the evolution of science fiction, part of our 2019 salute to “The Children of the Pulps.” Find out why our Instagram feed has been growing in leaps and bounds since we relaunched it last December.)

Why PulpFest?

Jul 10, 2019 by

Today, we’re sharing a short essay written by Walker Martin for Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog. Walker has been a reader and collector for over sixty years. In 1997, he received the Lamont Award at Pulpcon 26 in Bowling Green, Ohio. We’re proud to have him as one of our own and can think of no one better to answer the question, “Why PulpFest?” Take it away Walker . . .

The last couple days I’ve been thinking about PulpFest, which will be held August 15 through 18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s about a month from now! I’ve been deluged by logical and sane-looking collectors and non-collectors all asking me the same question: why bother attending PulpFest? They have shown up at my house; they have called me on the telephone; they have sent me emails. Enough is enough! Here’s a list of excuses for not attending that I hear all the time, and why none of them are valid:

1 – I have no money! Sorry, but I’ve attended many a Pulpcon in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s and I went with very little money. Are there no credit cards? Are there no credit unions? Are there no non-collecting spouses to borrow money from? Even when I had the money, I often blew it before the convention by visiting local bookstores like Bonnett’s and Dragon’s Lair in Dayton, Ohio. If not in the bookstores, then in the hotel rooms of friends who let me see what they were bringing to sell. I learned to go without much cash, but I brought a few boxes of pulps to trade and sell at my table.

2 – I’m in poor health and too sick to attend. Sorry again! I had a friend who had a terminal illness and came to Pulpcon anyway. Another friend actually collapsed at the convention and died soon after. I myself once threw my back out three days before the show and my doctor and chiropractor both told me to forget about making the long drive to the convention. I felt like I was crippled for life, but I managed to squeeze into the car and drive out. I had to stop numerous times near hotels because I thought I was not going to make it. Perhaps I could rent a room and lay there for a couple weeks until I could stand. It took me 16 hours instead of the usual 9 hours, but I made it. I spent the entire convention standing because sitting down caused back spasms.

3 – I have no space or I live in a small apartment. Collectors always make space for the things they love! When I first met Bob Lesser in the 1970’s he had an apartment full of Disney toys. This was New York City and the place was tiny. A path from the front door to the bed and another path to the bathroom. Otherwise, every inch was toys, robots, and paintings. I once ran out of space and I hunted for over a year until I found a bigger house. I went to dozens of open houses and looked at hundreds of houses. I finally found a big house. Unfortunately, I soon filled it up with books. Now I need a bigger place! The old story. . .

4 – My wife is a non-collector and forbids me to go. Tell me about it! I’ve been married over 40 years and I’ve heard it all. I still go and I still collect. Les Mayer told me in 1990 at the Wayne, New Jersey Pulpcon that his wife thought he was at a business meeting. If she knew he was at Pulpcon she might burn his pulps. Collectors have to become masters of deception and great liars to defeat the non-collector. Many a time I’ve lied and many a time I’ve smuggled books into the house in the dead of night while “she who must be obeyed” slept the innocent sleep of the non-collector. Non-collectors exist to be ignored . . .

5 – I can’t get off from work. Sorry, but this is not a valid reason. My employers always knew I was a rabid book collector who took off without exception a week for Pulpcon in the summer. I made sure that my vacation request was in as early as I knew the convention dates. Once they sorrowfully told me I couldn’t go because of some work bullshit. I went anyway and left it to them to ignore my absence without leave or put up with one pissed-off book collector. I realize the employment situation is different nowadays, but which is more important, your job or your collection? Your marriage or your collection? Right, your collection.

6 – Who cares about the convention? I can buy my pulps off ebay. Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, dime novel collectors existed. But they didn’t have a convention and died off. Now I know of only a few in existence and dime novels are just about worthless. If I had a table full of dime novels priced at a buck apiece, most collectors would scurry away in disgust. We have to support the two big pulp conventions — Windy City in Chicago and PulpFest in Columbus. If we don’t, then one day we will wake up and the pulps will be dead. These shows garner a lot of attention and people keep talking about the pulps because of the efforts of Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Doug Ellis, John Gunnison, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, William Patrick Maynard, and all the other people who lend a hand.

7 – It’s too late! Like hell. There are hotels with rooms available nearby. What’s the most important thing in a serious collector’s life? His collection, without a doubt. We work, we slave, we march on to the bitter end where we will eat dirt in the boneyard. We live lives of quiet desperation and worry about the afterlife. Go to PulpFest and collect some books and pulps! You only live once . . .

8 – And finally the best reason for attending! They are a hell of a lot of fun. Not only do you get to roam around a gigantic dealers’ room full of books and pulps, but you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest collectors and dealers. These will lead to future deals and contacts. Plus you can eat and drink with them! Though I seem to be one of last of the drinkers. And the panels! All day and all night, we will be discussing pulps and books. What’s cooler than that?

I’ve never met a magazine or book collector who regretted attending PulpFest. I hope to see some of you there!

(And so do we. The convention will take place from Thursday evening, August 15, through Sunday afternoon, August 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2019. You’ll have a GREAT time!

If you don’t make it to PulpFest 2019 . . . The Shadow will know!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner, you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. 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.

Our lead image is based on George Rozen’s cover art for the August 1, 1933 number of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. Walker Martin’s essay, “Why Attend PulpFest?” originally appeared — in slightly different form — on Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog on August 9, 2015 as the seventeenth segment of “Collecting Pulps: A Memoir.”)