Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage

Nov 25, 2019 by

What Was Planned for the Canceled PulpFest


PulpFest is the summertime convention for fans of popular culture both old and new. 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.

Although PulpFest 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, we thought we’d leave up our planned schedule for a taste of what was meant to be another fine convention.

In 2020, PulpFest was to focus on a pair of creators and a magazine at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. We hope to announce our 2021 programming plans by the fall of this year. In the meantime, please check out what we were planning for this year’s gathering.

PulpFest 2020 will salute 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.

And if three “B’s” aren’t enough for you, how about Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, and a couple of “B” movies?

So what’s your taste? Uncanny tales of wizards and warriors? Mysteries that leave you breathless? Dark demonic plots? Awe-inspiring intergalactic wars? They all have their roots in the pulps.

At PulpFest, you’ll discover new tales by the writers of Batman and Green Lantern. The novels that inspired STAR WARS. Horror tales that’ll freeze your spine and thrillers awash in enough blood to make Quentin Tarantino blanch.

Join us at PulpFest 2020 to find your next favorite read!


PulpFest 2020 Schedule

Thursday, August 6

Dealers’ Room
1:00 PM – 7:30 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up
3:00 PM – 7:30 PM — Member Registration and Early-Bird Shopping

Evening Programming
8:00 – 8:45 PM — Visions of Mars: The Early Years (Henry G. Franke, III)
8:50 – 9:35 PM — Science Fiction: To What Purpose? (David and Daniel Ritter of First Fandom Experience)
9:40 – 10:25 PM — BLACK MASK — The Early Years (Walker Martin and Ed Hulse) (1920 – 1940)
10:30 – 11:15 PM — Visions of Mars: The Pulp Years (Sara Light-Waller)
11:20 – 12:50 AM — Ray Bradbury’s THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS

Friday, August 7

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 PulpFest Members

Afternoon Programming
12:00 – 2:00 PM — Visions of Mars — The Art of Barsoom  (Sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)
3:30 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview
4:00 – 4: 50 PM — Bradbury in Oz — The Yellow Brick Road to the Pulps (Sara Light-Waller)

Author Readings
1:00 – 1:30 PM — Craig McDonald, author of the Edgar-nominated HECTOR LASSITER series
1:35 – 2:05 PM — Wayne Carey, contributing author of QUATERMAIN: THE NEW ADVENTURES, published by Airship 27
2:10 – 2:40 PM — Geary Gravel, author of JOHN CARTER OF MARS: GODS OF THE FORGOTTEN, published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
2:45 – 3:15 PM — Win Scott Eckert, Wold Newton writer and author of TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR, published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
3:20 – 3:50 PM — Christopher Paul Carey, Wold Newton author and Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Evening Programming
6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)
7:00 – 7:45 PM — Visions of Mars: The Modern Years (Albert Wendland)
7:50 – 8:35 PM — BLACK MASK — The Popular Years (John Wooley and John Gunnison) (1940 – 1951 and beyond)
8:40 – 9:25 PM — Ray Bradbury in the 25th Century (Donald Simpson)
9:30 – 10:15 PM — The Weird Tales of Margaret Brundage (Doug Ellis)
10:20 – 11:05 PM — Bradbury in Hollywood (Martin Grams)
11:10 – 11:55 PM — FarmerCon XV — The Many Adventures of Philip José Farmer (panelists to be announced)
12:00 – 1:30 AM — Ray Bradbury’s IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

Saturday, August 8

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

Afternoon Programming
12:00 – 2:00 PM — Visions of Mars — The Art of Barsoom (Sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)
2:35 – 3:20 PM — News from Tarzana: Thrilling Updates from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. (featuring ERB, Inc. Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey and ERB, Inc. Vice President of Operations Cathy Willibanks)
3:25 – 4:10 PM — The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Expands: New Tales of Tarzan, John Carter, Carson of Venus, and More! (authors Win Scott Eckert, Geary Gravel, and Matt Betts, with ERB, Inc. Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey moderating)
3:30 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview
4:15 – 5:00 PM — World-Building in Genre Fiction (authors Win Scott Eckert, Geary Gravel, Sara Light-Waller, and Joab Stieglitz, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)

Author Readings
12:50 – 1:20 PM — Will Murray, licensed author of THE WILD ADVENTURES OF DOC SAVAGE and THE WILD ADVENTURES OF TARZAN
1:25 – 1:55 PM — Frank Schildiner, Wold Newton alternate history and continuation author of Carriere’s THE MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN series, published by Black Coat Press
2:00 – 2:30 PM — Matt Betts, author of CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS, published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Evening Programming
7:00 – 7:30 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)
7:30 – 7:45 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by George Vanderburgh)
7:50 – 8:40 PM — Visions of Bradbury: The Author at 100 (Garyn Roberts)

7:30 – 8:30 PM — Registration for Auction Bidding by non-PulpFest Members
9:00 – 11:55 PM — Saturday Night Auction

Sunday, August 9

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

Please note that the schedule above is for informational purposes only. PulpFest 2020 has been canceled.

(Every year, PulpFest celebrates mystery, adventure, science fiction, and other forms of genre fiction. The rough paper magazines played a major role in the development of fiction categories. Pulp publisher Street & Smith pioneered the specialized fiction magazine when it introduced DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE in late 1915. Although DETECTIVE STORY emphasized the more traditional or “clued” detective story, it helped to pave the way for BLACK MASK and its gritty style of crime fiction.

Debuting in 1920, BLACK MASK would introduce the world to the hardboiled detectives of Carol John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and many other fine writers. The BLACK MASK style of storytelling continues to influence fiction writers to this very day.

Perhaps one of the most iconic of the BLACK MASK detectives was Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. The character was the protagonist of “The Maltese Falcon,” a novel serialized in five parts, beginning with the September 1929 number of BLACK MASK. The issue featured cover art by H. C. Murphy.)


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.)


The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Jul 3, 2019 by

The late Ray Bradbury called Edgar Rice Burroughs “the most influential writer, bar none,” of the twentieth century. In TARZAN: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, Tracy Scott Griffin labels Burroughs’ Tarzan as “one of the greatest literary achievements in history,” placing the character alongside “King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Superman in worldwide popularity.”

As part of our focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators, PulpFest 2019 will host an exhibition dedicated to artwork inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs. On display will be original art for books, newspaper strips, comic books, graphic albums, and fan magazines, created by such major illustrators as Bob Abbett, Richard Hescox, Joe Jusko, and Richard Powers. Other prominent professional and fan artists will also be featured in the show.

A follow-up to last year’s rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley, here is your chance to view works featured in some of the most prominent archive editions and books featuring Burroughs’ work. With the support of The Burroughs Bibliophiles — the nonprofit literary society devoted to Burroughs and his works — this year’s PulpFest art show promises to be a unique way to experience the creative worlds 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 Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” will be open for viewing from 2:30 to 4:30 PM on both days.

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 in Mars, PA.

To become a member of 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.

(Founded in September 1960, The Burroughs Bibliophiles is a worldwide organization of aficionados who share a love for the works and characters of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the celebrated creator of Tarzan. The group’s membership list boasts its fair share of bestselling authors, artists, scientists, teachers, and academicians, as well as readers who simply love a good story well told. Their logo is based upon J. Allen St. John‘s dust jacket art for TARZAN AND THE GOLDEN LION, published by A.C. McClurg & Co. in 1923.)



Watch for the PulpFest Banners

Jul 18, 2018 by

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PulpFest 2018 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Mike Chomko’s table. That’s where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Friday and Saturday night auctions. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing at the entrance to the PulpFest hospitality suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

But that’s not all. With our special programming to celebrate the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, we’ll be featuring three additional banners. The first will mark our special gallery showing of original art: “Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.” There will be another during our afternoon showing of the FarmerCon 100 video presentation, “Memories of Phil.” The third banner will mark the location of our “New Fictioneers” readings. With all that’s happening this year at PulpFest 2018, we’ll be pretty much taking up all of the meeting spaces at the DoubleTree.














And then there’s our main banner, right by our registration desk. That’s the banner sponsored by AbeBookswelcoming you to PulpFest 2018. Our convention is very proud to that has renewed its sponsorship of our convention. Launched in 1996, is an online marketplace for books. AbeBooks has a strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs.

Not only is AbeBooks one of our web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s convention badges, our welcome and hospitality suite banners, and the PulpFest program book. AbeBooks will also be sponsoring our con suite for a night. So the snacks and suds will be on them. You’ll have to bring the pulps and a good sense of humor.

AbeBooks is not only passionate about books, but also a company with a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for their banners at the PulpFest 2018 entrance and outside our convention suite. PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

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


PulpFest 2018 Art Show — Mark Wheatley

May 18, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 is very pleased to announce that it will host a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Held in conjunction with the convention — which begins Thursday, July 26, 2018 — the event will showcase Wheatley’s extensive array of illustrations for the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

Wheatley, the acclaimed writer-illustrator of the DC/Vertigo graphic novel BREATHTAKER, the cutting edge First Comics series MARS, pioneering WaRP Graphics mini-series BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT, ComicMix/IDW Publishing graphic novel series LONE JUSTICE, and other works, is also a longtime pulp collector. Active with The Burroughs Bibliophiles, he has contributed cover art and interior illustrations for THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN, THE NATIONAL CAPITAL PANTHANS JOURNAL, and EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE SECOND CENTURY. With frequent collaborator Marc Hempel, Wheatley also created TARZAN THE WARRIOR and produced other Tarzan comic book series for Semic International, published by Malibu in the United States. Additionally, two new Wheatley illustrated Philip José Farmer books — TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME and THE PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER CENTENNIAL COLLECTION — will be released by Meteor House at PulpFest 2018/FarmerCon 100.

Mark Wheatley has also painted covers for Norvell W. Page’s THE SPIDER: SATAN’S MURDER MACHINES and AMAZON NIGHTS by Arthur O. Friel. He adapted The Spider into a graphic novel and followed that up with his own pulp-inspired FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER for Image Comics. He has also illustrated the award-winning Rick Ruby series for new pulp fiction publisher Airship 27. His most recent pulp-infused project is a collaboration with G. D. Falksen entitled DOCTOR CTHULITTLE. Copies of the signed, limited edition will be available at PulpFest. Art from DOCTOR CTHULITTLE and several other pulp projects will also be on view at the convention.

SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN is part of the new “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs” series published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Conceived as a continuation of Burroughs’ Moon novels, Christopher Paul Carey expands on the original series while remaining solidly true to the established lore of Edgar Rice Burroughs. “This was a great project to be a part of, and I can’t wait for everyone at PulpFest to see the art from it,” Wheatley told us. “As a long-time Burroughs fan, I can tell you that Christopher is an excellent author, very much to my taste. If I had any problem illustrating this book, it was that I was limited to eighteen pages of illustrations, and Christopher easily had a hundred great scenes in his manuscript!”

Wheatley drew and painted the illustrations for the book, using a combination of traditional and digital media. “I’ve been painting in Photoshop for over a decade, but I still prefer to draw in ink. So I rough out my composition in Photoshop, print that and ink over it, scan that back into the computer and paint!”

The inked originals will be framed and presented along with high quality, full size Giclée prints of the digital paintings, offering a unique chance to see the entire set of illustrations for the book all in one place. The showing is made possible because a single collector purchased all the art for the book, and is allowing it to be displayed for the public.

“I have had my art displayed in museums across the country, but sharing my art with pulp fans is connecting with my own clan. And there is nothing better than that!” Wheatley concluded.

PulpFest 2018 will take place July 26 – 29 at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s Steel City. PulpFest 2018 and its partner, FarmerCon 100will honor both the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I AND the century mark of author Philip José Farmer. Also on hand will be the conventions’ Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and co-author of TARZAN: THE LOST ADVENTURE, a novel left unfinished when Edgar Rice Burroughs passed away in 1950. All this, plus you can get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2018 button on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular DOCTOR WHO covers for Titan, completed a set of STARGATE ATLANTIS covers for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel MAN OF WAR, by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on THE MILLERS, 2 BROKE GIRLS, and SUPER CLYDE, and the SQUARE ROOTS pilot for ABC.

In print Mark was featured in the acclaimed JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of EXILES OF KHO by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well-received art book, STARS, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER, RADICAL DREAMER, RETURN OF THE HUMAN, HAMMER OF THE GODS, EZ STREET, SKULTAR, and LONE JUSTICE, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.)