PulpFest Profile — Christopher Paul Carey: To Khokarsa & Beyond

Oct 19, 2020 by

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William Patrick Maynard (WPM): Chris, you’re Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., as well as one of the leading lights in the Wold Newton Universe. How did you first discover the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer?

Christopher Paul Carey: The first time I read ERB was at age eight, after my father took me to see the film adaptation of AT THE EARTH’S CORE. I picked up the Ace Books movie edition of the same novel off a grocery store spinner rack. My uncle was a big Burroughs fan. He used to read the Barsoom novels aloud to my siblings and me during my family’s annual summer trips from Pennsylvania to Illinois. It was a magical time. When I was twelve, I read A PRINCESS OF MARS. That was it — I became obsessed. I had to read every single story that ERB wrote as quickly as I could track them down, in addition to knowing I wanted to be a writer. During that glorious three-year period when I read almost all of ERB’s fiction, I found Farmer’s TARZAN ALIVE, HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, and FLIGHT TO OPAR on the bookstore shelves. I was drawn to them, of course, because of the Burroughs connection. I could see right away that Farmer was modernizing and innovating on the same adventure formula that Burroughs had implemented in his own novels. So I began devouring all of Farmer’s works as well.

WPM: What is your approach to bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Wold Newton Universe to new readers?

Christopher Paul Carey: My first several books were set in Farmer’s Khokarsa, the motherland civilization of Burroughs’ Opar. First and foremost, I tried to write them like I thought Phil would have. So you’re going to have a grittier, darker, more realistic story. But as I continued to write about Khokarsa and Ancient Opar, I decided to dial up ERB’s style very subtly. Actually, there’s a little H. Rider Haggard mixed in there, too. I’d like to write another trilogy in the Khokarsa cycle, which I’ve been referring to as the “Foundation of Kôr” series. This would be inspired by H. Rider Haggard’s Ayesha novels. I’ve got a lot of it outlined already. I’d also like to write two more novellas about Lupoeth, the priestess-heroine who was the protagonist in my novella EXILES OF KHO.

When I turned to writing SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN, an authorized sequel to ERB’s THE MOON MAID, I tried to be as faithful to Burroughs’ works and style as possible. There’s no Farmer in there at all. Right now, I’m working on a novel in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series titled VICTORY HARBEN: FIRES OF HALOS. This will be just as faithful to ERB’s works, though it begins in 1950 and features a young woman who was born in the hollow world of Pellucidar. Victory’s mother is from the outer crust and her father is from the Earth’s core.

Victory Harben is something of a prodigy in physics and science. She was university-educated in the outer world. So her voice and perspective are going to be different from the typical Burroughs hero, a bit more modern. She’s grown up with ERB’s famous heroes and heroines all around her: David Innes, Dian the Beautiful, Abner Perry, Jason Gridley, Tarzan, Jane, etc., so she has all that in her literary DNA. She’s the most challenging and ambitious character I’ve written to date. A hybrid of old world and new. It’s exciting because she brings an opportunity to breathe new life into the canon.

A lot of people forget that when ERB was writing, he was expanding the canon and doing new and crazy things with it. It must have blown readers’ minds in 1929 when Burroughs sent Tarzan to the Earth’s core or in 1932 when he wrote a new series about a suicidal stunt pilot who, trained by a Hindu mystic in the art of mental projection, launched himself in a rocket intended for Mars and ended up on Venus instead. If he’d had an immortality elixir like Tarzan and was still writing today, Edgar Rice Burroughs would be taking his universe off in directions that people would never anticipate to keep things fun and fresh. The present and the past don’t have to compete with one another; they can blend gracefully together into the future.

WPM: As Creative Director of The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe titles, tell us what is available, what is next in the pipeline, and which past continuation works are considered part of the ERB Universe canon?

Christopher Paul Carey: CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS by Matt Betts kicked off the new ERB Universe novels with what we’re calling the “Swords of Eternity” super-arc. TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR by Win Scott Eckert is up for preorder at ERBurroughs.com and will be published on October 27. That will be followed by JOHN CARTER OF MARS: GODS OF THE FORGOTTEN by Geary Gravel next spring, and my own novel, VICTORY HARBEN: FIRES OF HALOS later in the year. Moreover, we have two “Classic ERB Universe” titles available, TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD by Fritz Leiber and TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME by Philip José Farmer (the latter published through Meteor House, but also under the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe banner). These are all considered canon alongside ERB’s original works.

WPM: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., has taken on the ambitious task of reprinting all of ERB’s works in uniform hardcover editions. The first eight Tarzan books are presently available. What can fans expect to see over the next few years?

Christopher Paul Carey: We’re hard at work right now on volumes 9–12 of the Tarzan series. We’ll continue to put out batches of four volumes until we’ve published all of the Tarzan books. Then we’ll move on to the Barsoom series, and then each series in turn until we move on to the standalone books. In total, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library will comprise eighty-plus volumes. It will be a multiyear project to release them all. Joe Jusko is adorning all of the books with stunning cover art and frontispieces. We’re also getting luminaries from different fields to write forewords and afterwords. As we continue to produce more volumes, we’ll dig deeper into the archives. So the bonus material included in each of the books will get even more interesting and in many cases longer.

WPM: How do you see Edgar Rice Burroughs’ place in the twenty-first century, particularly as the past is held up to an increasingly critical light?

Christopher Paul Carey: I think Edgar Rice Burroughs stands the test of time because his stories hit the same sweet spot as mythology. He was also a more complex writer than he is sometimes portrayed. There’s a lot of commentary, humor, and satire in ERB’s writing that is often missed or misinterpreted, but lofty critical and scholarly studies don’t really matter in the end. More than a hundred years after he began writing, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories remain popular. I can say that with certainty because it’s all we can do to keep up with all the orders that are pouring in for the new books we’re publishing!

WPM: You’ve done quite a bit to educate our readers as to the goals of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. What personal creative aspirations have you set for yourself as an author that you still hope to achieve?

Christopher Paul Carey: One of the things I plan to write next is an original novel and a short story collection set in the continuity of my novelette “With Dust Their Glittering Towers,” about the mysterious legacy of Sir Francis Bacon. I also have a cross-genre historical/science fiction/fantasy novel set in Mongolia that I’d like to tackle someday. If I can get all the books I’ve talked about writing in this interview done in the time remaining to me, that would be more than good enough for me.

WPM: Chris, thank you for your time. This has truly been a pleasure.

(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.

The banner that heads our post is based on Chris Peuler‘s dust jacket art for SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN by Christopher Paul Carey.)

 

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Visions of Mars: The Early Years

May 11, 2020 by

Mars has long fascinated people, due to its color and not being “fixed” as were most other lights in the night sky. The ancient Greeks and the Romans christened the red planet, both naming it after their god of war.

Following the invention of the telescope in 1609, early astronomers began to discern some features of Mars, notably a dark spot on the planet’s surface — probably Syrtis Major — and a white one near its south pole. In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli called the lines he observed on Mars, “canali,” or “channels.” Unfortunately, Schiaparelli’s word was misinterpreted as “canals,” suggesting that intelligent life existed on Earth’s neighbor.

One person who helped popularize the Martian canals was French astronomer and popular science writer, Nicolas Camille Flammarion. A prolific author of more than fifty titles — including some early works of science fiction — Flammarion researched the so-called “canals” during the 1880s and 1890s. In his book, LA PLANÈTE MARS ET SES CONDITIONS D’HABITABILITÉ, Flammarion suggested, “the canals were the product of an intelligent species attempting to survive on a dying world.”

The idea of Martian canals inspired many of the writers of the late nineteenth century to imagine utopias on the red planet. Science fiction and pulp historian Mike Ashley lists Percy Greg’s ACROSS THE ZODIAC (1880), Robert Cromie’s A PLUNGE INTO SPACE (1890), Thomas Blot’s THE MAN FROM MARS (1891), James Cowan’s DAYBREAK (1896), UNVEILING A PARALLEL: A ROMANCE (1893) by “Two Women of the West,” and others in the anthology, LOST MARS (2018). Charles Cole’s VISITORS FROM MARS (1901) has Jesus Christ educated on the red planet, while Hugo Gernsback describes an advanced Martian civilization in “The Scientific Adventures of Baron Münchausen,” published in THE ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER from October 1915 through February 1917.

A much grimmer view of the inhabitants of Mars was postulated in the 1897 serialization of the science fiction novel, “The War of the Worlds.” Although H.G. Wells‘s Martians are still an advanced race, the author depicts them as many legged alien creatures who are wedded to giant walking machines in their war to conquer our planet. Wells’s invasion would inspire countless other popular tales including Homer Eon Flint’s “The Planeteer” (ALL-STORY WEEKLY for March 9, 1918), Austin Hall’s “The Man Who Saved the Earth” (ALL-STORY WEEKLY for December 13, 1919), and Edmond Hamilton’s “Across Space” (serialized in WEIRD TALES for September through November 1926). THE WAR OF THE WORLDS remains a popular story in contemporary media.

While H.G. Wells was scaring the bejesus out of the reading public, a more romanticized version of the red planet was also growing in popularity. In Gustavus W. Pope’s A JOURNEY TO MARS (1894), Mars is populated by three races with different skin tones, struggling for the throne of the red planet. Similarly romanticized versions of Mars can be found in British writer Edwin Lester Arnold’s LIEUT. GULLIVAR JONES: HIS VACATION (1905), Avis Hekking’s A KING OF MARS (1908), and other works.

Perhaps the impetus for the more romantic Mars was the work of American astronomer Percival Lowell. Between 1895 and 1908, Lowell wrote three books about Mars that “championed the now-abandoned theory that intelligent inhabitants of a dying Mars constructed a planet-wide system of irrigation, utilizing water from the polar ice caps, which melt annually. He thought the canals were bands of cultivated vegetation dependent on this irrigation.”

Which brings us to “Under the Moons of Mars,” a six-part serial credited to Norman Bean. The story began in the February 1912 issue of THE ALL-STORY. Retitled A PRINCESS OF MARS for its book publication, Bean’s serial is told by Captain John Carter of Virginia. A wondrous tale of four-armed Tharks and red-skinned Heliumites, of fantastic airships and many-legged thoats, of vast dead seas and long-abandoned cities, and of a lost princess and the man from another world who won her heart, the novel was actually the work of a gifted storyteller named Edgar Rice Burroughs. His tale inspired ten sequels and a host of adventures written by Otis Adelbert Kline, Leigh Brackett, Michael Moorcock, Will Murray, Mike Resnick, and a “magician of words” named Ray Bradbury.

At PulpFest 2020, we’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Bradbury. Our keynote address will be presented by Professor Garyn G. Roberts. Bradbury’s pal for more than thirty years, Garyn will discuss the life and works of the Science Fiction Grand Master and “Poet of the Pulps.”

As part of our celebration of the Ray Bradbury centennial, PulpFest 2020  will also pay tribute to the author’s lifelong affair with the planet Mars, best remembered through his work, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. As Ray Bradbury wrote in his introduction to Irwin Porges’s EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE MAN WHO CREATED TARZAN:

“For how can one resist walking out of a summer night to stand in the middle of one’s lawn to look up at the red fire of Mars quivering in the sky and whisper, “Take me home.”

Please join PulpFest 2020 on Thursday, August 8, as we welcome Henry G. Franke, III to discuss early visions of the planet Mars at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. It’s the first part of our series exploring “Visions of Mars,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Douglas Bradbury.

(As many other creators before and after him, Frank R. Paul was very much inspired by the Martians of H.G. Wells. Pictured here is William Lampkin’s modified version of the artist’s cover art for the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES. Wells’s “The War of the Worlds” was serialized in two parts by the Hugo Gernsback science fiction magazine.

P.J. Monahan, on the other hand, was inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ romantic adventures on the planet Mars. Pictured here is Monahan’s cover art for the April 8, 1916 issue of ALL-STORY WEEKLY, depicting a scene from Burroughs’ fourth novel of Barsoom, “Thuvia, Maid of Mars.” The story was serialized in three parts in the Munsey magazine.

Henry G. Franke, III is the Editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, the non-profit literary society devoted to the life and works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Bibliophiles publish THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN journal and THE GRIDLEY WAVE newsletter.  Henry is only the third editor of THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN since its debut in 1947. He was the Contributing Editor and penned the introductions for IDW Publishing’s Library of American Comics archival series reprinting Russ Manning’s Tarzan daily and Sunday newspaper comic strips. The first volume won the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection – Strips. He has written articles and other book introductions on Tarzan comic books and strips for TwoMorrows Publishing, Titan Books, and IDW’s Library of American Comics. Henry was the Official Editor of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association (ERBapa) in 1994-1996, 2004, and 2019-2020. He served in the United States Army from 1977 to 2009 and is now a government civilian employee of the Army.

For a look at our entire programming schedule, please click the Programming button below the PulpFest banner on our home page.)

Ray Bradbury’s THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

May 4, 2020 by

In his introduction to Irwin Porges’s EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE MAN WHO CREATED TARZAN, Ray Bradbury suggested that during the summer of 1930, “a mob of boys and girls” were running away from him. That he made the summer excruciating and unbearable “for everyone.” Why you may ask?

You see my problem was Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan and John Carter, Warlord of Mars.

Problem, you ask. That doesn’t sound like much of a problem.

Oh, but it was. You see, I couldn’t stop reading those books. I couldn’t stop memorizing them line by line and page by page. Worst of all, when I saw my friends, I couldn’t stop my mouth. The words just babbled out. Tarzan this and Jane that, John Carter here and Dejah Thoris there. And when it wasn’t those incredible people it was Tanar of Pellucidar or I was making noises like a tyrannosaurus rex and behaving like a Martian thoat, which, everyone knows, has eight legs.

In the view of Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs stands above other writers because of his . . .

. . .  unreason, because of his natural impulses, because of the color of the blood running in Tarzan’s veins, because of the blood on the teeth of the gorilla, the lion, and the black panther. Because of the sheer romantic impossibility of Burroughs’ Mars and its fairytale people with green skins and the absolutely unscientific way John Carter traveled there. Being utterly impossible, he was the perfect fast-moving chum for any ten-year-old boy. For how can one resist walking out of a summer night to stand in the middle of one’s lawn to look up at the red fire of Mars quivering in the sky and whisper, “Take me home.”

As a writer, Ray Bradbury first visited Mars in print in the story, “The Piper,” self-published in the Spring 1940 issue of his fanzine, FUTURIA FANTASIA. A revised version under the same title would appear in the February 1943 number of THRILLING WONDER STORIES. 

Originally published as by Ron Reynolds, “The Piper” is far removed from the Mars depicted in his seminal work, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. The first of his “Chronicles” stories — “The Million Year Picnic” — would first appear in the Summer 1946 PLANET STORIES. “Lorelei of the Red Mist,” a novella started by his friend and mentor, Leigh Brackett, and completed by Bradbury would also run in the same issue.

Initially released by Doubleday & Company seventy years ago today, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES was a “fix-up” novel comprised of a mixture of previously published stories and bridge chapters. Crediting Sherwood Anderson’s WINESBURG, OHIO and John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH as major influences on the book’s structure, Ray Bradbury labeled his book, a “half-cousin to a novel.”

Inspired by a suggestion by Doubleday editor Walter I. Bradbury (no relation), the initial outline for THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES was put together on a portable typewriter at the Sloane House YMCA in New York City in 1949. As the author later recalled, “It was a typical hot June night in New York. Air conditioning was still a luxury of some future year. I typed until 3 A.M., perspiring in my underwear as I weighted and balanced my Martians in their strange cities in the last hours before arrivals and departures of my astronauts.”

According to Sam Weller’s biography of the author — THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES: THE LIFE OF RAY BRADBURY — Walter Bradbury loved the idea behind THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES:

This idea for a novel-in-stories would provide a mirror for humanity, its faults, foibles, and failures. The book would be a cautionary tale, warning against the cultural perils that lay ahead.

Recognizing Ray Bradbury as a “rising literary talent who could be a key player in Doubleday’s new science fiction line,” the editor offered the writer a book deal on the spot, sending him back to Southern California with a check for $1500 for a pair of books.

Over the next year, Ray Bradbury reviewed all of his Martian stories, selecting and revising those to be included in his “book of stories pretending to be a novel.” Initially compiled as eighteen stories and eleven bridge chapters, it was paired down by the author and his editor, Walter Bradbury. Four segments were removed from the final manuscript.

THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES would be welcomed by both the science fiction community and, later, by mainstream critics led by the respected author, Christopher Isherwood. It has remained in print since 1950 and has been adapted for radio, comic books, theater, television, and as an opera and a video game. To date, although both MGM and Paramount have owned the book’s film rights, no motion picture version has ever been produced.

In Sam Weller’s book, LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS, the Science Fiction Grand Master and “Poet of the Pulps” suggests:

I love to say it because it upsets everyone terribly — Burroughs is probably the most influential writer in the entire history of the world . . . . By giving romance and adventure to a whole generation of boys, Burroughs caused them to go out and decide to become special. That’s what we have to do for everyone, give the gift of life with our books. Say to a girl or boy at age ten: “Hey, life is fun! Grow tall!” I’ve talked to more biochemists and more astronomers and technologists in various fields, who, when they were ten years old, fell in love with John Carter and Tarzan and decided to become something romantic. Burroughs put us on the moon. All the technologists read Burroughs.

Like Edgar Rice Burroughs before him, Ray Bradbury has inspired a fair share of “technologists.” As astronaut Chris Hadfield wrote in his introduction to the 2015 Folio Society edition of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES:

The spaceship was improbable, at best. Having been blasted from the Earth’s surface, pushed hard to an incredible speed, and then having to endure a silent nine-month coast through interplanetary space, it was now being pulled unstoppably by the gravity of planet Mars, inexorably down into the Martian atmosphere. Jealously protecting its precious cargo, a carton-of-eggs rover named Curiosity, the ship gradually, deliberately gave its life to the wicked heat, the punishing deceleration and the sudden, final impact onto the dusty surface of Mars. And as the newly landed Curiosity slowly, safely awoke and began to look around, its robot eyes showed us a new place in our history – just south of Mars’ equator, on an ancient sea floor in Gale Crater, forevermore known as Bradbury Landing. The dreamers and scientists and engineers who guided Curiosity to the landing site chose that name because “many of us and millions of other readers were inspired in our lives by stories Ray Bradbury wrote to dream of the possibility of life on Mars.” Those stories, the sparks of imagination that helped fire the flames that lifted Curiosity, are . . . THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES.

(At PulpFest 2020, we’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Bradbury. Our keynote address will be presented by Professor Garyn G. Roberts. Bradbury’s pal for more than thirty years, Garyn will discuss the life and works of the Science Fiction Grand Master and “Poet of the Pulps,” including “The Million Year Picnic,” originally published in the Summer 1946 PLANET STORIES and featuring front cover art by Chester Martin.

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

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.)

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.)

 

Head to Chicago for the 2016 Dum-Dum

Jul 5, 2016 by

Worlds of ERBAs we’ve been reminding you for pretty much all of the last year, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” will take place from Thursday, July 21, through Sunday, July 24 in the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio.

If you are not from the Columbus area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-888-421-1442 to reach the Hyatt Regency. Perhaps there are rooms still available. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor  or a similar website to find a hotel. Other sites include www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpcourtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and the Experience Columbus lodging page at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/stay Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

PulpFest 2016 will be here before you know it and then . . . like all good things . . . it will be over. What to do then? All is not lost . . .

The Chicago Muckers chapter of the Burroughs Bibliophiles is planning to celebrate its tenth anniversary by hosting the 2016 Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts. It will be held in the Quality Inn in Morris, Illinois from Thursday through Saturday, August 4 to 6, with a farewell breakfast Sunday, August 7. The convention’s guests of honor will be Mike Resnick, Hugo-Award winning science fiction author, former ERB fandom writer, and co-editor of WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS; and Robert Garcia, his co-editor and the book’s graphic designer.

Also appearing at the convention will be artist Doug Klauba and pulp expert Doug Ellis, co-chairman of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. Hopefully, Chicago’s Dum-Dum will help get you through the next thirteen months, until the arrival of PulpFest 2017 in August of next year.

(WORLDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS — featuring cover art by Dave Seeley — is an anthology of eleven stories by modern authors set in the fantastic worlds created by the early twentieth century master of the adventure story. Published by Baen Books in 2013, it features stories from every one of Burrough’s series, including some of his later and lesser known ones.)