Introducing “PulpFest Profiles”

Aug 17, 2020 by

The pulp magazines of the early twentieth century have had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. The fiction and art of the pulps reverberated through a wide variety of media — comic books, movies, paperbacks, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, video, anime, manga, role-playing games, and more.

PulpFest seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these rough-paper magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and countless other creators over the years. Their influence extends to this very day.

In September, we’ll be introducing “PulpFest Profiles” to our homepage and social media sites. Appearing around the middle of each month, this exciting, new series will focus on contemporary creators who have been inspired by the throwaway fiction magazines called pulps. Our digest capsules about today’s pop culture creators will be orchestrated by a team of crack writers:

Sara Light-Waller has been a professional journalist and illustrator for over thirty years. She is also an accomplished new pulp fiction author/illustrator with two books out and more on the way. Sara is the winner of the 2020 Cosmos Prize for her illustrated short story, “Battle at Neptune.” A huge pulp fan, Sara is especially fond of science fiction pulps. The extent of her pulp fandom can best be measured by the oversized rendition of Frank R. Paul’s AMAZING STORIES cover that she painted on her garage. Sara is proud to be helping out with PulpFest to keep the stories and art alive and available to new readers who, as Sara puts it, “really need some whiz-bang in the face of the dystopian mess we’re living through.”

William Patrick Maynard is the licensed continuation author for the Sax Rohmer Literary Estate. His short fiction has been published in anthologies by Titan Books, Black Coat Press, Edge Publishing, Bold Venture Press, Riviere Blanche, Airship 27, and MX Books. He has authored over 250 articles for numerous magazines and websites. He has contributed Blu-ray commentary tracks and produced bonus features for releases by MGM, Shout Factory, Kino Lorber, and The Serial Squadron. Bill is on the editorial board of The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box and is a member of the PulpFest Organizing Committee where he serves as Assistant Director of Marketing and Afternoon Programming Director. He resides in Northeast Ohio.

Laurie Powers is the granddaughter of pulp author Paul S. Powers, Laurie Powers was introduced to the pulp community in 2007 through the publication of PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREET, her grandfather’s memoir of writing for the pulps, especially WILD WEST WEEKLY. She has also edited several collections of her grandfather’s work in various genres, releasing a number of previously unpublished stories. In 2013, she helped to arrange the donation of her grandfather’s personal papers as well as more than 400 pulp magazines featuring his work to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Ohio State University in Columbus. She is the author of QUEEN OF THE PULPS: THE REIGN OF DAISY BACON AND LOVE STORY MAGAZINE, which was published by McFarland Books in 2019. At PulpFest 2016, Laurie presented “100 Years of the Specialty Pulp — LOVE STORY MAGAZINE and the Romance Pulp Phenomenon,” and was awarded the Munsey Award the same year. Laurie resides in Virginia.

Christopher Ryan has worn many creative hats in his life. An award-winning journalist and columnist in the Bronx and Manhattan, he also earned honors for playwriting, screenwriting, and acting. Active in community service, Chris has also taught high school, co-founded (as writer and performer) an urban comedy troupe, co-wrote a one-man show, and performed stand-up comedy. For over three decades, Chris has been a close collaborator of author Alex Simmons. The two discuss all things creative on their TELL THE DAMN STORY podcast.  An accomplished independent author and publisher with over a dozen books to his name. Most of Chris’ work is focused on detectives Mallory and Gunner in a modern urban interpretation of Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.” Chris teaches at Hackensack High School in northern New Jersey where he lives with his wife and their twin sons.

For our initial “PulpFest Profile,” Sara Light-Waller will be joined by David & Daniel Ritter of First Fandom Experience. Father and son, the Ritters are working to recreate the sense of wonder that was experienced by the early fans of science fiction. Their recent books include THE EARLIEST BRADBURY and THE VISUAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM, VOLUME 1.

Watch for the first “PulpFest Profile” on Monday, September 14. Later profiles will include Win Scott Eckert, Joe Lansdale, Will Murray, Alex Simmons, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and other contemporary creators.

(One of the major themes of PulpFest 2021 will be a celebration of the 90th anniversary of THE SHADOW, A DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. The Street & Smith pulp magazine debuted with its April 1931 number. Pictured here is its December 1, 1932 number, featuring a profile of The Shadow painted by George Rozen.

The first single character or hero pulp, THE SHADOW revived a fiction format that had disappeared with the demise of the dime novels and story papers. Author Walter B. Gibson refashioned The Shadow — the sinister narrator of CBS Radio’s THE DETECTIVE STORY HOUR — into the first pulp hero. Gibson’s character was a dark and mysterious crime-busting super-sleuth who embodied the iconic power of classic villains like Dracula. The Shadow served as the template for other hero pulps and, later, scores of comic book superheroes. Gibson and his occasional fill-in, Theodore Tinsley, also introduced the concept of super-crooks and super-crime. Lasting 325 issues and spanning eighteen years, THE SHADOW pulp was canceled in 1949.

We hope you’ll join us next year in Mars, Pennsylvania for “Love in the Shadows,” a celebration of ninety glorious years of The Dark Avenger, 100 years of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE, and much more. You’ll find us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from August 18 – 21 for PulpFest 2021.)

Thanks for Helping with PulpFest 2020

Jul 20, 2020 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest such a great show. Although this year’s PulpFest has been postponed until August 18 – 21, 2021, the PulpFest organizing committee is very grateful to the following for their generous assistance over the last year:

Jim Beard, Steve Ericson of Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Jeff Harper, Tom Lesser and the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, and the conventions, websites, magazines, 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 and Mike Robertson of VisitPittsburgh.

Our website sponsors, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., For the Love of All Things Edgar Rice Burroughs, and SmartWritingService.com.

Although they were not able to offer their presentations at PulpFest 2020, our presenters worked with PulpFest Programming Director Mike Chomko throughout 2019 and 2020 to assemble a great programming schedule. These volunteers included Matt Betts, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Doug Ellis, FarmerCon, Henry Franke of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, Martin Grams, Geary Gravel, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Sara Light-Waller, Craig McDonald, Walker Martin, William Patrick Maynard, Will Murray, Daniel Ritter, David Ritter, Garyn Roberts, Frank Schildiner, Don Simpson, Joab Stieglitz, Albert Wendland, Cathy Willibanks of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., John Wooley and our very special guest of honor, Eva Lynd. Many of our planned 2020 presenters will be contributing to this year’s expanded PulpFest program book, THE PULPSTER #29.

Mike Chomko and Barry Traylor devoted many hours assembling, cataloging, and photographing this year’s auction material. They’ll be at it in the months ahead, adding more auction lots to our 2021 estate auction, scheduled for Saturday morning, August 21, 2021.

PulpFest Advertising Director Bill Lampkin logged countless hours putting together our postcards, web images, newsletter, print advertisements, and new and improved convention banners, not to mention managing the PulpFest homepage. Mike Chomko, Sara Light-Waller, William Patrick Maynard, and a number of guest writers contributed a great deal of interesting content to our homepage.

Jack and Sally Cullers devoted a great deal of time and energy to registrations, newsletter mailing, and many other tasks completed behind the scenes.

Kate Knecht, the Director of Sales & Marketing for the DoubleTree by Hilton – Pittsburgh Cranberry was very helpful throughout the year, taking care of the hotel’s reservation page and helping with the difficult decision to cancel this year’s convention.

The various people who put forward the names of the fourteen individuals who have been nominated for the 2020 Munsey Award and the previous winners of the Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award who elected the winner of this year’s award. We will be announcing our 2020 Munsey Award winner on Monday morning, August 3, on the PulpFest homepage. So please stay tuned.

Those individuals and organizations who are helping to create the forthcoming PulpFest 2020 program book, THE PULPSTER #29: editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, and contributors Delinda Stephens Buie, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Henry Franke, Martin Grams, Brooks E. Hefner, Stuart Hopen, Don Hutchison, Sara Light-Waller, John Locke, Sam Maronie, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Garyn Roberts, Christopher Ryan, Darrell Schweitzer, Michael Christian Shaw for the excerpt from Milton Shaw’s book, JOSEPH T. SHAW: THE MAN BEHIND BLACK MASK, David Walker, Albert Wendland, and John Wooley. Also, the magazine’s advertisers – The Burroughs Bibliophiles, Camille Cazedessus, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Fantasy Illustrated, First Fandom Experience, Heartwood Books, Larque Press, Lucina Press, Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Garyn Roberts, Don Simpson, New Texture, the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society, the Pulp Factory Awards, ThePulp.Net, Recoverings, Stark House Press, Titan Books, Scott P. ‘Doc’ Vaughn, Well-Stacked Books, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Finally, the dealers, members, and supporting members who registered for PulpFest 2020. It is your encouragement and support that truly makes our convention what it is. We hope to see all of you next year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2021.

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 2020 postcard image features the work of artist Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover art for the March 1950 SUPER SCIENCE STORIES, published by Popular Publications subsidiary, Fictioneers, Inc. The issue featured Ray Bradbury’s short story “Outcast of the Stars.”

You’ll be able to learn more about Ray Bradbury by purchasing a copy of THE PULPSTER #29, our annual program book. We’ll have more details about our forthcoming issue in the weeks ahead. So please stay tuned to www.pulpfest.com.)

The Earliest Bradbury

Jul 6, 2020 by

An Exploration and Celebration of Ray Bradbury’s Earliest Writings as a Science Fiction Fan

 

Ray Bradbury is an author who inspires fanaticism in his readers. A virtuoso composer with language, he sang the bodies electric and human, blending science fiction with eerie horror and mysticism to create stories that have stood the test of time. Today, he is perhaps the most revered of the science fiction Grand Masters of the 20th century. Among his fans are countless “completists,” who have made it a mission to absorb as much of his work as possible. We at First Fandom Experience are proud to fall into this camp.

Bradbury’s work is, as the saying goes, part of the furniture of our minds. But at some point in our pursuit of finding every word written by Ray Bradbury, we tripped and fell down a rabbit hole. We wanted to access the time before Bradbury was a grandmaster; the time before he was a professional author. We wanted to explore the period when he was an amateur writer, testing the waters and honing his craft.

So, we began digging. Some of Bradbury’s pre-professional work, like FUTURIA FANTASIA — the fanzine he published in 1939 and 1940 — is well known. Bradbury published his own facsimile edition of the fanzine with Michael Graham and Craig Graham in 2007. But much of his other amateur work is obscure and unavailable to most readers, existing only in the archives of fanatical collectors or in special library collections. It has been our pleasure to locate these artifacts and compile them in full facsimile format in our new collection, THE EARLIEST BRADBURY.

To be clear, Bradbury entered the ranks of professional authors at a young age. Born in 1920, Bradbury entered organized science fiction fandom, formally, in October 1937, when he joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League (LASFL). He sold his first story, “The Pendulum” (a collaboration with Henry Hasse), in August 1941. He received payment for the story on August 22, his 21st birthday. This period from 1937 to 1941 — from his entry into fandom to the publication of his first professional story — is the time we explore in THE EARLIEST BRADBURY.

Ray Bradbury’s early writing is everything one might expect to see from a young amateur destined for mastery. Many of his early articles, written under pseudonyms like “Kno Knuth Ing and D. Lerium Tremaine,” were silly and satirical, packed with puns and bad jokes, and shining examples of the kind of juvenalia that filled the pages of many fanzines of the time. Bradbury’s penchant for puns, sharp wit, and love of humor quickly earned him the title of the “funny man” of the LASFL.

But even as an amateur, we see glimpses of what Bradbury would become as an author. His talent with language is clear, not only in the delightful deployment of puns and wit in his humor pieces but in powerfully evocative phrases that pepper his early fiction. The iconic poetic style and otherworldly themes that would define much of his later work began to take shape in his early years as a young fan in the LASFL.

Bradbury became deeply entrenched in the Los Angeles science fiction community. Through it, he met many of the people who would help him on the road to a professional career. It was at the 100th meeting of the LASFL in August 1939 that Bradbury met Robert Heinlein, who had a profound impact on Bradbury’s career. Forrest J Ackerman edited IMAGINATION! — the first fanzine Bradbury wrote for — and famously lent Bradbury $50 so that he could attend the 1939 WorldCon. It was at WorldCon that Bradbury met Julius Schwartz, who would later sell Bradbury’s first story.

For a Bradbury fanatic, the story of his early years as an amateur fan and writer is a fascinating prequel to his long professional career. It reveals a relentlessly jovial, if juvenile, writer pursuing mastery of a craft he deeply and authentically loved. It brings light to the many influences that shaped him and provides insight into a community of science fiction fans that produced not just Bradbury the Grand Master, but many others who went on to define the genre for decades.

As Bradbury fanatics, we hope to honor and celebrate Ray Bradbury’s legacy by exploring his earliest contributions to fandom. THE EARLIEST BRADBURY combines original artifacts with historical commentary to bring this story to life.

(PulpFest is pleased to welcome father and son, David and Daniel Ritter, as guest writers to our website. David is the Editor-in-Chief of First Fandom Experience, while Daniel serves as the organization’s Managing Editor. First Fandom Experience attempts to generate a more direct and visceral sense of what it would have been like to be an early science fiction fan, striving to preserve an essential part of cultural history in both letter and spirit.

We’d like to thank David and Daniel for their contribution to our celebration of the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth. Planned as one of the themes for this year’s PulpFest, we’ll continue our salute to the “Poet of the Pulps” in the pages of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER. Watch for further details about this very special issue, right here, later this month.

THE EARLIEST BRADBURY — featuring cover art by Overstreet Hall of Fame member, Mark Wheatley — is now available from First Fandom Experience for $125, postage paid. Please visit their website for further details.)

Happy Independence Day from PulpFest!

Jul 3, 2020 by

In a normal year, PulpFest would take the time today to say thanks for all of the donations received. Over the years, Chaosium Inc.Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, and other generous organizations have donated their products as free giveaways to PulpFest attendees.

We’ve also used this day to thank the many bookstores and comic shops from the Pittsburgh metropolitan region where PulpFest is based, as well as book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s Pulp Con.” Although our promotional efforts were drastically reduced earlier this year, we’d still like to thank Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams, Jeff Harper, New Dimension Comics, Mike Chomko, Books, and Curt Phillips for helping to promote PulpFest during the last year.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus threw a monkey wrench into all of our plans. Given the substantial risks involved and our desire to maintain the health and well-being of our many supporters, the PulpFest organizing committee voted unanimously to postpone this year’s convention until August 18 – 21, 2021.

Although there will be no PulpFest in 2020 and no items donated to give away to our attendees free of charge, we’d still like to celebrate freedom by offering our PulpFest 2020 postcards free to anyone interested as long as supplies last. Designed by the convention’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our postcards have become collector’s items in and of themselves. Bill has been creating these cards each and every year since 2011.

If you’d like a few copies of our PulpFest 2020 postcard, please send a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Michael Chomko, 2217 W Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542. Requests from outside the United States will be honored, but it’s up to the sender to provide the correct United States postage.

(Our PulpFest 2020 postcard 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 back of the postcard highlights the work of Norm Eastman. His painting — featuring models Eva Lynd and Steve Holland — was used for the cover of BLUEBOOK for October 1966.)

 

DreamHaven Books

May 30, 2020 by

In a week of sad news on the pulp front, PulpFest regretfully has more to add. PulpFest dealer Greg Ketter’s DreamHaven Books has been vandalized, with significant damage to the store’s interior and inventory.

According to our 2013 Munsey Award winner, Garyn G. Roberts:

Greg and Lisa Ketter have been my dear friends since I first walked into their store — DreamHaven Books of Minneapolis — in the fall of 1986.

 

DreamHaven is located on East 38th Street in what was once an absolutely beautiful setting. I have been in touch with Greg every day for the last three days. Last night, I saw DreamHaven’s neighborhood — I know the buildings, architecture, artwork, and more very well — burning on television news.

 

Earlier today, I spoke with an absolutely devastated Greg. He had been secluded in his store’s basement, working and hiding out in recent days. His beautiful store was vandalized last night. Glass was broken and bookcases turned over. There were several attempts to start a fire, but none caught.  Greg was quite choked up as he supplied me with details. He said, though, “I will survive, Garyn.” I reminded him that Virginia and I could be there in 4 and 1/2 hours if needed. I assured him that we love him and his wife, Lisa, and that we are here for them.

 

Ray Bradbury once told me that while books are very important, there is something even more important: the people behind the books. Greg and Lisa are family, and I am praying for them.

 

Not many people like books as much as I do, but I love all of you even more. I will not wait any longer to tell you all that.

An independent bookseller for over forty years, DreamHaven Books was founded in 1977. Specializing in new and used science fiction, fantasy, horror, film and media books, comics, and graphic novels, DreamHaven was described as “A book seeker’s cave of miracles,” by the late Harlan Ellison. Over the years, DreamHaven has been a significant presence at both PulpFest and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Sadly, two other Minneapolis bookstores located about two miles from DreamHaven — Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s — were destroyed by fire. In business since 1974, Don Blyly’s Uncle Hugo’s had been the nation’s oldest surviving science fiction bookstore. Mike Glyer’s File 770 has more on these tragic events.

Our heart goes out to Greg and Lisa Ketter and the entire DreamHaven Books family, as well as Don Blyly of Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s.

(The December 1970 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION featured one of Mel Hunter’s more poignant paintings of his signature robot. Hunter’s automaton debuted on the October 1955 issue of the now seventy-year-old digest magazine. The robot continued to appear on the magazine into the early 1970s, gracing its covers for one last time on the May 2003 number. PulpFest 2018 used one of Mel Hunter’s robot paintings for its annual postcard and welcome banner.)

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May 25, 2020 by

PulpFest — Postponed Until Next Year

 

Throughout the latter months of 2019 and early 2020, PulpFest was planning for a banner year. From our vivacious Guest of Honor — Eva Lynd — to a significant estate auction and our the plethora of “B’s” in our theme — “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage,” with a touch of “Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, and a couple of “B” movies,” PulpFest 2020 was going to be one “B”eautiful convention.

Alas, it was not meant to be. Or should we say, “B?” Or maybe it should be “C” . . . for coronavirus.

We regret to announce that PulpFest is being postponed until August 18 – 21, 2021.

Although it is likely that businesses and events in the region where PulpFest is staged will be allowed to resume operations in June, they will have to follow guidelines issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

According to the most recent CDC coronavirus guidelines regarding large gatherings, “At a minimal-to-moderate level of community transmission, it is recommended to cancel community-wide mass gatherings (for example, >250 people).”

The CDC also recommends that gatherings of more than ten people for organizations that serve higher-risk populations should be canceled. According to “currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.”

Given the substantial risks involved and our desire to maintain the health and well-being of our many supporters, the PulpFest organizing committee voted unanimously to postpone this year’s convention until August 18 – 21, 2021.

The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank Kate Knecht, the Director of Sales & Marketing for the DoubleTree by Hilton – Pittsburgh Cranberry for all her help and guidance with this difficult decision.

For those who have already registered for PulpFest 2020, the convention will be more than happy to refund your registration fee. However, if you’d like to attend PulpFest 2021, the convention will honor your 2020 registration for next year’s convention at no additional cost to you. These offers apply to both regular attendees and dealers.

PulpFest 2021 will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania from August 18 – 21, 2021.

If you’ve already registered for PulpFest 2020, please write to the convention’s chairman, Jack Cullers, to inform him of your desire for a refund or to carry over your registration to 2021. You can reach Jack by email at jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

For those who have booked a room with our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be canceling the reservations associated with this year’s room block. Currently, the hotel’s staffing level is minimal with only one person working. This makes it difficult to answer each phone call. Guests will receive an email confirming the cancellation, sent to the address that was provided when the reservation was made.

Because the summer of 2021 is a long way away, the PulpFest marketing staff — William Patrick Maynard, William Lampkin, Sara Light-Waller, and Mike Chomko — along with our occasional guest writers will be here for you.

To keep abreast of our updates, please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find short tweet updates. And don’t forget about our Instagram page! Over recent months, PulpFest has been running a well-illustrated and informative history of science fiction in pulp magazines.

We look forward to seeing you in Mars, Pennsylvania from August 18 – 21, 2021 for our next PulpFest.

(Designed by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2020 postcard 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 Return of Carson of Venus — And Other True Accounts from Strange Worlds!

Apr 29, 2020 by

The secret is out! We at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., are again receiving transmissions from other worlds, just as Edgar Rice Burroughs himself did during the first half of the twentieth century. And just like Mr. Burroughs, we are presenting the accounts of these transmissions to an eager reading public under the guise of “novels,” featuring a spectacular array of heroes and heroines such as Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and more.

The first out of the gate is CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS, transcribed by author Matt Betts. The whole thing began when Matt visited our Tarzana offices last year and had an unexpected encounter with Carson Napier. In Matt’s book, which was released last week, we finally catch up with Carson on the planet Amtor after more than a half century of silence. Napier’s last recorded adventure, THE WIZARD OF VENUS, was first published in 1964.

CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS is set in 1950, the year of Mr. Burroughs’ passing. It launches what we are calling the Swords of Eternity super-arc, a cycle of “novels” and “novelettes” set in the interconnected Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. Here is a teaser for the new tale:

When a mysterious enemy attacks his adopted nation of Korva, Earthman Carson Napier discovers his own arrival on Venus years ago may have unknowingly triggered the strike. The invaders’ trail of death and destruction leads Carson and his beloved princess Duare headlong into battle against a seemingly invincible, primordial race. But that is not Carson’s only challenge, for an uncanny phenomenon has entangled him with two strange individuals from beyond spacetime. Will Carson be able to solve the mysteries of his past and the enigmatic visitors before the entire planet descends into chaos?

But wait — I can already hear your question! How can these “novels” and “novelettes” possibly be real? We know that Venus is too hot and inhospitable to support human life, and that the many Martian landers have indicated that Mars — the adopted home of that famed fighting man of Virginia, John Carter — appears to be uninhabited. Moreover, Pellucidar, the hollow world at the Earth’s core that Mr. Burroughs wrote of — how could it feasibly exist?

The latter is just the question that young physics student Victory Harben asks at the opening of “Pellucidar: Dark of the Sun,” the bonus “novelette” at the end of CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS. I have personally transcribed this tale from transmissions received via our Gridley Wave set, here in Tarzana. We recently discovered the device in a locked drawer in Mr. Burroughs’ old desk. As the Swords of Eternity super-arc continues in new releases over the next year, the reader will discover the answers to these enigmatic questions and learn to ask new ones.

The saga of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe is just getting started! Stay tuned for further accounts of adventure and wonder over the coming months, including TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR by Win Scott Eckert, JOHN CARTER OF MARS: GODS OF THE FORGOTTEN by Geary Gravel, and VICTORY HARBEN: FIRES OF HALOS by yours truly. I can assure you, the ERB Universe is a reality you’re going to want to get lost in!

(Christopher Paul Carey is the author of several books, including SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN — an authorized sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ THE MOON MAID — and the forthcoming ERB Universe novel VICTORY HARBEN: FIRES OF HALOS. He has also scripted comic books featuring Burroughs’ characters such as Tarzan, Dejah Thoris, and Carson of Venus. He is Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and the creative director of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series.

Covered by clouds and shrouded in mystery, the planet Venus was the last place Carson Napier expected to touch down when he launched his rocket for Mars. But a miscalculation sent him hurtling out of control through the cloaking mists of Earth’s sister world. When Napier’s rocket crashed on Venus, he knew that there would be no return to Earth for him.

Edgar Rice Burroughs originally wrote about the world of Venus — known as Amtor — during the 1930s for ARGOSY. The first novel in the series — “The Pirates of Venus” — was serialized in six parts by the Munsey pulp magazine. The initial segment of the story appeared in the September 17, 1932 issue, behind a cover by Paul Stahr.

Burroughs’ original Venus series included five novels, first published between 1932 and 1964. Matt Betts continues the adventures of Carson Napier this April with THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS. Published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., it features cover art by Chris Peuler.

Copyright © Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. All rights reserved. Trademarks Edgar Rice Burroughs®, Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™, ERB Universe™, Tarzan®, John Carter®, John Carter of Mars®, Carson of Venus®, Pellucidar®, and Victory Harben™ owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. All relevant logos, characters, names, and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks or registered trademarks of ERB, Inc. Used by permission.)

Read All About It! PulpFest 2020!

Apr 10, 2020 by

With all the spectacular news that PulpFest 2020 has to share, Jack Cullers and his volunteers have been manning the presses. With the ink barely dry, our latest newsletter will soon be winging your way.

The PulpFest newsletter tells all about this year’s convention. You’ll find a programming preview, hotel information, registration and auction details, and much more. A registration form for both dealers and regular members is also part of the newsletter.

If you have not received a copy of the PulpFest newsletter by the middle of May, please contact David J. Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com or at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Provide your mailing address and he’ll get one off to you.

If you can’t wait for the post office, you can visit our home page. Click on our registration link and scroll down to the heading that reads “To Learn More.” There, you’ll find a link to our 2020 newsletter. Print yourself a copy!

Although the newsletter contains plenty of great info, don’t forget about us here. Be sure to bookmark our homepage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and InstagramWe’ll have plenty more to tell you before convention time.

Start making your plans to attend PulpFest 2020 and join hundreds of genre fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. We’ll see you August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh. If you need a hotel room, you can book one directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room” link below our home page banner or call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate.

(The December 1931/February 1932 number of FRONT PAGE STORIES — cover artist unknown — was the first issue of this short-lived pulp. Published by Harold B. Hersey through his Headquarters Publishing Corporation, it seemed to lean toward stories about murder. Two of the three tales in this first of three issues centered around that very topic.

Rest assured, our 2020 newsletter will attempt to offer happier news. Written by PulpFest’s marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, and designed by advertising director, webmaster and PULPSTER editor, William Lampkin, the PulpFest newsletter contains all the pulp that’s fit to print!)

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Flattening the Curve with Meteor House

Apr 8, 2020 by

As those of you who have attended PulpFest over the years know, one of its strongest backers has been Meteor House. From running full-page ads in THE PULPSTER to helping sponsor the hospitality suite and the PulpFest welcome banner, Meteor House has been there for the convention.

They’ve been joining PulpFest every year since 2011. That’s when they helped to bring FarmerCon VI to Columbus, Ohio and the PulpFest community. So PulpFest is honored to give Meteor House this opportunity to tell how they are trying to help out during these dark days.

One of the things we love here at Meteor House is the opportunity to allow other writers to create new stories based in Philip José Farmer‘s worlds. Here we spotlight MAN OF WAR: A TWO HAWKS ADVENTURE, written by the very talented Heidi Ruby Miller. We’ve included a link to her website here, but do us a favor and order the MAN OF WAR ebook before you go down that rabbit hole!

In Philip José Farmer’s novel, TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH, Native American pilot Roger Two Hawks flew through his first “gate” while on a bombing run over Romania during World War II. The gate brought him to Earth 2, a world where the Americas never existed. Since then he has continued to fight battles on Earth after Earth, each stranger than the last.

In Heidi Ruby Miller’s short story “Dakota’s Gate” (WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 3 and included in MAN OF WAR as a prelude), set on Earth 3, North America never advanced past stone tools and rock shelters. But that’s where Two Hawks met another gate traveler, Dakota Cummings. It was Dakota, a woman turned friend and lover, who pulled him through a gate to her Earth, the most alien and deadly of all.

Earth 4. Two hundred years in the future. A war thirty-six thousand feet underwater. Two Hawks must draw upon all he’s learned during his gate travels in order to survive war between technologically advanced humans and their far-future hybrid cousins. This time more than just his and Dakota’s lives are at stake — the fate of an entire world is in his hands.

Heidi’s short novel is one of many ways to get through these hard times. As of April 5, 2020, more than 300 million people in 41 U. S. states are under stay-at-home orders. And more of our loyal readers around the world are under similar conditions.

During these difficult days — literally unprecedented in our lifetimes — we at Meteor House want to do what little we can to help flatten the curve. We and our families are all self-isolating in our homes, doing our part to protect not only ourselves, but also the vulnerable — and we know our readers are also doing the right thing.

It’s not easy, for any of us. But please, continue to self-isolate and stay the course. As our thanks to you for doing your part, Meteor House has put all of our ebooks on sale, setting them to the minimum prices allowed by Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble NOOK.

All Meteor House novels, normally $4.99, are now only $2.99 — that’s 40% off! (Prices adjusted for local currencies in non-U. S. locations.)

All novellas, normally $3.99 are now also only $2.99 — that’s 25% off! (Prices adjusted for local currencies.)

We value each and every one of you, we thank you, and we hope this helps, in some small way, in these trying times.

(Mark Wheatley painted the cover for Heidi Ruby Miller’s MAN OF WAR, which debuted at PulpFest 2011 and FarmerCon VI. Like Meteor House before them, both Mark and Heidi have been very strong PulpFest supporters since its move to Pittsburgh, PA. We thank them and their families during these difficult days.)

Starting Today — 3 Posts a Week

Apr 6, 2020 by

Since last August, we’ve had an announcement about PulpFest once a week. Starting today, we’ll release a post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We’ll maintain that pace until early July. Then we’ll have one post every weekday. Even the PulpFest promotion department needs a day off.

In the next few weeks, we’ll look at the prolific pulpster G. T. Fleming-Roberts, upcoming conventions, the Munsey Award, and Philip José FarmerWe’ll also welcome guest author Mike Croteau, one of the founders of both Meteor House and FarmerCon.

Throughout most of May and early June, we’ll explore our 2020 programming. This year’s convention will focus on “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” and their continuing influence on pop culture.

And if three “B’s” aren’t enough for you, how about Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, a couple of “B” movies, plus the “B”eautiful Eva Lynd. The PulpFest 2020 guest of honor was a top model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, and a frequent collaborator with Doc Savage model Steve Holland.

So what are you waiting for? Register now for PulpFest 2020! There’s no other way to be part of “Summer’s Amazing Pulp Con.” While you’re at it, reserve a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Click the “Book a Room” button under the PulpFest banner on our home page. You can also call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room. Be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given its popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room for PulpFest 2020 as soon as possible.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2020 post card features the work of artist Frank Kelly Freas. His painting was originally used as the cover art for the Fall 1953 number of TOPS IN SCIENCE FICTION, published by Fiction House.

Our post cards are being distributed by book stores, comic shops, mail order dealers, conventions, book fairs, and other venues. They publicize all the wonders that are PulpFest 2020. If you’d like to help with our promotion efforts, please email the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com.)

PulpFest 2020 and COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020 by

On March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. A week later, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that cases of coronavirus disease were being reported in many states, with some areas experiencing community spread of the virus.

Several US popular culture conventions — including the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 20 and this year’s Robert E. Howard Days — have either been postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Currently, the PulpFest organizing committee is monitoring the situation and consulting with our host hotel. At the same time, we are continuing to work toward mounting PulpFest 2020 from August 6 – 9 in Mars, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

PulpFest will continue to assess developments. We will advise you about any changes to our plans through our website and social media pages. So please stay tuned to pulpfest.com.

In the meantime, stay safe and be aware of the needs of others. We hope to see all of you August 6 – 9 for PulpFest 2020.

Jack Cullers, PulpFest Chairperson

(The first and only issue of MEDICAL HORRORS was published in late 1931 with a cover date of January 1932. Published by Harold Hersey’s Green Band Publishing Corp. it ran for a single issue. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, it featured such articles and stories as “The Million Dollar Baby Farm,” “Chloroformed” and “Doctor A. W. Waite: Satan’s Personal Representative.”

It has never been quite understood what gave Hersey the idea that a magazine entitled MEDICAL HORRORS could be successful in a field that partially relied on drugstores for distribution. He was, however, a publisher who often thought outside the box.

Although COVID-19 can certainly be described as a medical horror, remember all of the heroic doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel tirelessly serving us and helping the world get through these difficult times. They are the first responders now putting their own well-being at risk. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.)

Visiting Pittsburgh

Mar 16, 2020 by

If you’re thinking about attending PulpFest 2020, why not bring your entire family? The convention will take place from Thursday evening, August 6, through Sunday afternoon, August 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Once the center of America’s steel industry, Pittsburgh ranks among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. The city is consistently recognized by major tourism organizations as a great destination.

Located where the Allegheny and Monongahela converge to form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh was once known as the “Gateway to the West.” Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War, also served as the western headquarters of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. By the dawn of the 19th century, roads, canals, and eventually railroads connected Pittsburgh with the major cities of the East Coast. Pittsburgh became a hub of entrepreneurs and skilled craftsmen who created a region seething with the fire and smoke of industry, earning a new nickname, the “Smoky City.” The years following the Civil War saw an unparalleled explosion of creative genius and productivity that attracted enormous capital investment and made Pittsburgh one of the world’s great industrial centers. Steel was king and immigrants in search of a better life eagerly responded to the insatiable demand for labor. Under a mighty cloud of industrial smoke, the “Steel City” prospered and matured, giving birth to philanthropy and cultural institutions that became models for the rest of the United States.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the crippling decline of the steel industry changed the region’s image as well as its economic base. Industries and businesses retooled and diversified. Innovative leaders adapted to this changing world, engineering another remarkable renaissance. By the mid-1980s and again throughout the 2000s, Pittsburgh gained the reputation as one the nation’s most livable cities. Today’s Pittsburgh is a model of adaption, maintaining its work ethic, independence, and inventive spirit while exhibiting an old world charm that is cherished by people who care about heritage and preservation. It is a rapidly advancing leader in medicine, education, health care, robotics, software engineering, hi-tech industries, and cultural tourism. With 90 neighborhoods and districts, Pittsburgh is a city to be explored one delightful section at a time. What’s most amazing about the city is the people that make up each of these neighborhoods. They are proud of the heritage reflected on their streets and willing to share their stories of strength, perseverance and triumph.

Pittsburgh’s topography has played a large part in how each neighborhood developed.  Start with the city’s dynamic Downtown and Point State Park. Next, cross one of the three rivers — the Allegheny, the “Mon,” or Ohio — to find unique areas shaped by more than the region’s distinctive and beautiful topography. Natural geographic boundaries such as sloping, wooded hillsides and rivers do their part to define, but Pittsburgh neighborhoods are also known for the clusters of attractions they offer.

Visitors can plan their itineraries by the points of the compass, first focusing on attractions Downtown and in the Strip District (one of the city’s most popular spots for great food and nightlife). Across the Mon is the South SideMount Washington — home to the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines — Station Square and East Carson Street. On the banks of the Allegheny is North Shore — home to the Pirates and the Steelers, the Rivers CasinoCarnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh’s East End and Oakland are home to a number of outstanding attractions that owe their existence to the philanthropists who made their fortunes in the city’s early industry. Here you’ll find the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural HistoryPhipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the 42-story Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus, and more. While in this corner of the city, don’t miss Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, two walkable neighborhoods with an upscale flavor, and plenty of shopping and dining options. More family fun is waiting on Pittsburgh’s East End in Highland Park, home of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, featuring an indoor penguin exhibit and a rainforest exhibit. In nearby West Mifflin, visit Kennywood Park, the century-old “roller coaster capital of the world.” And, just outside of Pittsburgh are stunning examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing architecture, including Fallingwater, called one of the “fifty places of a lifetime.”

Pittsburgh is very walkable with hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports, museums, and more throughout the city and the surrounding region. So while you’re enjoying yourself at PulpFest — the summertime destination for fans and collectors of all types of popular fiction, art, and related materials — your family can be taking in the many sites and sounds of this very vibrant city. You can book your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the Book a Room button found on our homepage or call 1-800-222-8733. When calling, please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate.

Start making your plans now to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” called PulpFest 2020. We’ll be celebrating  the centennial of author Ray Bradbury’s birth; the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK — the pulp where the hardboiled detective story took root; and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES artist Margaret Brundage.  “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” have inspired and continue to inspire creators the world over.

While you’re visiting the Pittsburgh area for PulpFest, please consider staying a bit longer in this vibrant Pennsylvania city. Below are some resources for conventioneers and their family members to learn more about the many things that PulpFest’s host city has to offer (including a couple of sites about the city’s independent booksellers):

The Atlas Obscura Guide to Hidden Pittsburgh — 43 unusual things to do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Best Indie Bookstores in Pittsburgh — three stores for lovers of the “old-book smell,” hardcover collectors, and bookaholics on a tight budget.

6 Indie Bookstores You’ll Love — a guide to some of Pittsburgh’s coolest literary hangouts.

Guide to Independent Bookstores in Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh is home to over a dozen independent booksellers

11 Independent Bookstores in Pittsburgh Worth Browsing — Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods are alive with thriving, local booksellers.

Pittsburgh Current — free weekly alternative newspaper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that covers local news and the arts.

Pittsburgh Eventful — provides the most popular Pittsburgh events, concerts, movies, comedy, nightlife, and family events.

Pittsburgh Improv Jam — a night of spontaneous, comedic scenes inspired by audience suggestions and performed by experienced improvisers.

Pittsburgh Pirates — the Bucs will be hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks during PulpFest proper.

PlanetWare’s Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Pittsburgh — ideas on where to go, what to see, and tips for making the most of your trip.

Popular Pittsburgh — information about one of the most livable cities in the USA and links to help you enjoy the experience.

TripAdvisor Things to Do in Pittsburgh, PA — helping you make the most of every trip.

U. S. News’ Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh is full of fun things to do, especially for families.

What’s Next for Pittsburgh — the must-read Pittsburgh publication about the innovative and cool things happening in the region.

VisitPittsburgh.com — the official site of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The visitors bureau also offers these more specified pages to help you plan your visit:

Arts in the Spotlight — arts and culture in the city of Pittsburgh

Discovering a City of Neighborhoods — with 90 neighborhoods and districts, Pittsburgh is a city to be explored one delightful section at a time.

Parks and Green Spaces — the top green spaces and public parks in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh: City of Champions — a look at the city’s professional sports teams as well as opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Pittsburgh: A Cultural Phenomenon — called one of the best arts and culture destinations in the country, Pittsburgh has built a stellar reputation for the quality and richness of its art and its cultural offerings.

Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh — Pittsburgh is fun, affordable and packed with family entertainment.

Restaurants and Culinary — choose from casual family spots, upscale and romantic eateries, late-night bites or convenient take-out.

Shopping in Pittsburgh — travel in any direction in Pittsburgh and find great shopping to suit every budget and taste.

Things to Do — find out why Pittsburgh has been named one of the best places in the world to visit.

Visitors Guide — get your one-stop guide for everything to see and do in Pittsburgh.

VisitPA — for those who’d like to check out other Pennsylvania destinations, including the birthplace of liberty, the City of Philadelphia.

(Pictured above: a nighttime view of Point State Park and Downtown Pittsburgh from Mount Washington; pouring steel; the Duquesne Incline; Dinosaur Hall, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; and Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC Park — home to the Pittsburgh Pirates — on the city’s North Shore. Remember that the Bucs will be in town during PulpFest 2020. They’ll be hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks from August 6 through 9.

If you’re a science fiction fan, please note that Confluence — the annual science fiction convention sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh science fiction club and Parsec, the region’s speculative fiction society — will be held July 24 – 26 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. Novelist Martha Wells is this year’s guest of honor.

If you have any questions about Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania, PulpFest Marketing and Programming Director Mike Chomko is the man to contact. You can reach him at mike@pulpfest.com. For questions about the Pennsylvania Dutch, please write to PulpFest Goodwill Ambassador Barry Traylor at barry@pulpfest.com.)

Join the Winning Team!

Mar 9, 2020 by

Be a PulpFest Sponsor!

 

Join the PulpFest team! For a number of years, a range of organizations have made significant contributions to the convention through their sponsorships. Why not add your organization to the list?

One of our most popular sponsorship categories is our website sponsorship. For a contribution of $150, your link will appear in the bar on the right side of the PulpFest homepage. You’ll be alongside Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., For the Love of All Things EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, and our other site sponsors. Six-month sponsorships are also available for $80.

This year, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. will be sponsoring the convention’s welcome banner. The banner will be displayed near the PulpFest 2020 registration desk for all of our members to admire. We’d like to thank Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for their generous contribution to PulpFest 2020.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor the PulpFest 2021 banner, we’d be happy to talk with you.

Although our 2020 welcome banner has already been sponsored, there are other ways for you to help. If you donate $120, you can sponsor the PulpFest 2020 membership badges. Your name or logo will appear on each member’s badge, reminding them of your generosity. As our membership badges also feature a copy of the convention’s program schedule, our members regularly refer to them.

We’re looking for several sponsors who can contribute $100 or more to help defray the authorization expenses for this year’s film program. Prior to each film showing, your name and logo will be displayed on our screen, acknowledging your contribution to our programming.

For a contribution of $50 or more, you can be a hospitality suite sponsor. Last year, ten individuals and organizations contributed a substantial sum of money to help PulpFest stock its con suite with snacks and beverages. The convention was even able to buy a large quantity of pizzas for everyone’s enjoyment.

As a hospitality suite sponsor, your name or logo will be listed on a poster that will be displayed in the PulpFest con suite at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

All of our various sponsors, large and small, will be thanked through several posts that will run on our homepage and social media sites.

Other opportunities to help PulpFest financially include advertising in the convention’s program book, THE PULPSTER, or donating material to be given free to PulpFest members or to serve as door prizes.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com.

(Join the PulpFest team! If you or your organization is interested in discussing a PulpFest sponsorship, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director. We’d be honored to have your name or logo appear on something like our PulpFest 2019 welcome banner, sponsored by Meteor House. Designed by PulpFest advertising director William Lampkin and featuring art by Walter Baumhofer, it also featured the Meteor House name and logo.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc is sponsoring our PulpFest 2020 welcome banner. Please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com if you’d like to join them as a PulpFest 2020 sponsor.)

Happy New Year from PulpFest!

Dec 30, 2019 by

The PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor — would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

Ring out the old, ring in the new. Ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the grief that saps the mind, ring in Pulpfest and the joys you’ll find . . . on Mars (Pennsylvania, that is). That’s where PulpFest 2020 will celebrate the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK, and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES cover artist Margaret Brundage. There will also be presentations brimming with Baum, Burroughs, Barsoom, Brackett, B-movies, and more. And don’t forget about our guest of honor, the beautiful Eva Lynd, one of the top magazine models of the fifties and sixties.

A New Year means new beginnings. We have B’s aplenty, so forget your blues and be sure to join us August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA for a PulpFest like no other.

(Although primarily remembered today for the fourteen covers that he painted for DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE during 1936 and 1937, Robert G. Harris also contributed many interior illustrations and cover paintings to other pulp magazines.

After joining the American Artists Agency in 1937, Harris began working for the slick magazines and advertising market. He worked for Coca-Cola, COSMOPILITAN, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, LIBERTY, REDBOOK, THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, and other accounts. The cover painting for the January 1, 1938 issue of LIBERTY is an excellent example of his work for the slicks.)

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Season’s Greetings from PulpFest

Dec 23, 2019 by

The PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor — would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season. We hope you’ll all be getting a PulpFest 2020 membership in your stocking from Santa this year, but if you were naughty instead, be sure to turn over a new leaf and treat yourself to another memorable extended weekend on Mars (Pennsylvania, that is).

PulpFest 2020 will celebrate the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK, and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES cover artist Margaret Brundage. There will also be presentations brimming with Baum, Burroughs, Barsoom, Brackett, B-movies, and more. And don’t forget about our guest of honor, the beautiful Eva Lynd, one of the top magazine models of the fifties and sixties. Be sure to join us August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA.

(From 1951 through 1960, Ed Emshwiller painted eight memorable holiday covers — including the January 1956 number — for H. L. Gold’s GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION.

This talented artist began working in the pulp magazine industry during the 1950s. Although he painted a few covers for various pulps, most of his work was done on the interior pages for the rough-paper magazines. He turned to the digest market as that magazine format began to dominate the industry.

Emshwiller contributed many interior story illustrations and covers to digest magazines such as ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, FANTASTIC, FUTURE SCIENCE FICTION, GALAXY, IF, INFINITY SCIENCE FICTION, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and other titles. Emsh — as he often signed his artwork — also created interior story illustrations for men’s adventure magazines, paperback covers, and dust jackets for hardbound books.)

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Ten Months to PulpFest

Nov 4, 2019 by

PulpFest will return to Mars, Pennsylvania for our 2020 convention. What better location for a convention saluting the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury‘s birth? We’ll also be looking at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leigh Brackett, and others who wrote about Mars at PulpFest 2020.

We’ll be trekking to Mars to honor pulp fiction and pulp art by celebrating the many ways both have inspired creators over the years. Please join us at PulpFest 2020 for “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage.” Expect another great dealers’ room and superb programming at PulpFest. And don’t forget our special guest — the beautiful Eva Lynd, a favorite model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi.

PulpFest will be returning to the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located where three major roadways intersect, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant. Many other restaurants are nearby, suitable for a variety of tastes. The adventurous can find more dining, shopping, and nightlife in downtown Pittsburgh. Click the “Book a Room” button just below the PulpFest banner on our home page.

You can also make a reservation by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are two complimentary breakfasts per room during your stay. Also included is free Wi-Fi in each sleeping room. Ample free parking surrounds the hotel. You must book your room by July 22, 2020 in order to get the special convention rate.

Our 2020 convention will begin on Thursday evening, August 6, and run through Sunday, August 9. Please join us for our celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. If you enjoy  genre writers such as J. K. Rowling, Michael Connelly, and Stephen King, you’ll love PulpFest!

(Along with Ray Bradbury, the late Roger Zelazny was one of many writers to explore the red planet of Mars. Zelazny’s story, “A Rose for Ecclesiastes,” was originally published in the November 1963 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. The issue featured a special wraparound cover painting by Hannes Bok.

Regarded as one of Roger Zelazny’s best stories, “A Rose for Ecclesiastes” was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1964 in the short fiction category. Anthologized several times, it was included in THE SCIENCE FICTION HALL OF FAME VOLUME ONE, 1929-1964, an anthology of the greatest science fiction short stories prior to 1965, as judged by the Science Fiction Writers of America.)

 

Happy Halloween from PulpFest

Oct 28, 2019 by

At PulpFest 2020, we’ll be celebrating “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage.” Perhaps we’ll throw in a touch of Burroughs and Brackett for good measure. So why not add a couple more “B’s” to the mix? Enoch Bolles’s cover art for the November 1935 issue of BREEZY STORIES was simply too hard to resist.

With the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth in August 2020, there’s no better way to celebrate it than at PulpFest. Garyn G. Roberts — Bradbury’s pal for more than thirty years — will talk about the Science Fiction Grand Master. Our 2013 Munsey Award winner promises to share many unique items he collected during his friendship with Bradbury.

We’ll also have presentations on Bradbury in comic books, television, and film. Filling out our salute will be several presentations concerning Mars in fiction, plus a look at early science fiction fandom.

Of course, we can’t forget that 2020 also marks the centennial of the magazine where the hardboiled detective story took root — BLACK MASK. It’s also the 120th anniversary of pulp artist Margaret Brundage, best known for her 60+ WEIRD TALES covers.

Finally, our PulpFest 2020 guest of honor will be the beautiful Eva Lynd, a favorite model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi. You can read more about Eva in our post “The Countess of PulpFest.”

You’ll have plenty of “B’s” in your trick-or-treat bag if you plan to attend PulpFest 2020. It will take place from August 6 – 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

We’ll keep you informed about our plans through our homepage and social media sites. So be sure to bookmark PulpFest.com. We’ll be offering a new post every Monday morning around 9 AM, eastern time. Alternately, you can read what we’ve written via our facebook site, catch our tweets by following us on Twitter, or check out our daily posts to our Instagram page.

Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date about our plans.

(Enoch Bolles studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Student’s League. His first magazine assignments appeared in 1914 on the covers of JUDGE and PUCK.

According to David Saunders’s Field Guide To Wild American Pulp Artists, Bolles “went on to establish a significant reputation for his distinctive cover paintings for the spicy magazines . . . Bolles was also a versatile illustrator who created advertising for Sun-Maid Raisins, Vicks VapoRub, and Zippo lighters.

Incidentally, BREEZY STORIES liked Bolles’s cover so much that they used it a second time. You’ll also find it on their December 1945 number.)