Contribute to THE PULPSTER

Nov 18, 2019 by

The PulpsterEven though the next issue of THE PULPSTER won’t be released until PulpFest 2020, we’re already starting work on it.

Top on the to-do list is filling out the lineup for the issue, and that means turning to you for those for articles.

The theme of next year’s PulpFest is “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage.” We’re always happy to have articles related to that theme, but we don’t limit contributions to the convention’s theme. We like to have a variety of articles in each issue, articles related to the men and women who wrote, illustrated, edited, and published the pulps, and to the pulp collecting hobby itself.

There are two routes you can take to help us out:

• Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to write for THE PULPSTER? Please let us know.

• Or, do you have an idea for an article that you would like to read in THE PULPSTER (but not necessarily write)? Let us know that, too, and we will see what we can do about finding someone to write it.

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)You can drop editor Bill Lampkin an email at bill@pulpfest.com. The sooner he hears from you, the better. He has to plan space for articles and start collecting artwork and illustrations.

If you’d like to advertise in THE PULPSTER, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director (and THE PULPSTER‘s publisher) Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

There are limited quantities of issues #27 (2018) and #28 (2019) remaining in stock at Mike Chomko, Books. Visit his website for details.

If you missed out getting your copy of THE PULPSTER this year, don’t delay. Register for PulpFest 2020 to ensure you get a copy of next year’s issue. (If you can’t attend PulpFest, consider registering as a supporting member, and your free copy of the issue will be mailed following the convention.)

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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Get Your Copy of THE PULPSTER

Sep 16, 2019 by

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)Copies of THE PULPSTER #28 — the annual PulpFest program book — are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

Echoing the “Children of the Pulps” portion of our PulpFest 2019 theme, THE PULPSTER takes a look at how characters and fictioneers from the pulpwood paper magazines influenced other characters, television, movies, and more that came after them.

Fronting the magazine is art by Rudolph Belarski from the cover for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE magazine. It illustrates one aspect of how the pulps influenced the creation of the superhero in comics, with a decidedly Batman-looking Black Bat. That leads into the first of our cover stories.

Will Murray recalls how he and Anthony Tollin pieced together how the creators of Batman lifted elements from THE SHADOW MAGAZINE for their Dark Knight. Will also writes about Johnston McCulley, whom he calls the grandfather of the superhero. Meanwhile, D. Kepler looks at how McCulley’s most famous character — Zorro — on the 100th anniversary of his debut, has been portrayed on screens around the world.

Scott Tracy Griffin surveys how Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan begat generations of jungle men, women, and children in popular culture.

Three articles examine the pulp magazines’ influence on movies and television: Aaron H. Oliver writes about the 1960s western/spy TV series THE WILD WILD WEST; Jess Terrell looks at the original STAR WARS trilogy; and Sara Light-Waller details how Japanese anime (animated) and tokusatsu (live-action special effects film) drew from the pulps.

THE PULPSTER also celebrates the 100th anniversaries of two pulp magazines: ROMANCE and THE THRILL BOOK. Doug Ellis writes about how ROMANCE struggled for a year with its name and its place in the adventure field, while Richard Bleiler looks at the ambitious oddity that was THE THRILL BOOK.

Then editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER, Tony Davis, writes about Bertrand Sinclair and his nearly 50-year career in the pulps. And THE PULPSTER reprints a letter from fictioneer G. T. Fleming-Roberts in which he reflects on the influence of Sherlock Holmes on his career.

Of course, this issue has the regular departments: “Final Chapters,” by Davis, which notes those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year; and columns by publisher Michael Chomko and editor Bill Lampkin. And we would be remiss without noting assistant editor Peter Chomko’s help with this issue.

If you’d like to order a copy of THE PULPSTER #28, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The cost of the issue is $13, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

Back issues of THE PULPSTER are also available through Mike Chomko, BooksA limited number of copies of THE PULPSTER #26 and 27 are available. The cost of each is $13, postage paid. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print.

Please note that all issues of THE PULPSTER — included this year’s number — are in very short supply. Order your copies before they are gone!

Mike will accept payments made via check or money order or through Paypal. Please write to him at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 for further instructions.

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, please visit thepulpster.com. For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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Write for “The Pulpster”

Nov 18, 2013 by


Unknown 39-03PulpFest 2014
may still be over eight months away, but it’s not too early to start working on an article for the next number of The Pulpster. As you know, PulpFest will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.” Startling Stories, Unknown, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Planet Stories, and similar magazines debuted in 1939. The year also witnessed the first World Science Fiction Convention.

PulpFest 2014 will also be saluting the shudder pulps of 1934. Although the weird-menace tale came into being in the latter months of 1933, it wasn’t until the following year that the genre blossomed with the advent of Popular Publications’ Terror Tales and Horror Stories, as well as Spicy Mystery Stories.

The Pulpster is the award-winning program book of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of PulpFest, this highly collectible and informative magazine has been around for over twenty years. First edited  by Lamont Award winner Tony Davis, The Pulpster now has Bill Lampkin at the helm. Bill also runs The Pulp.Net, which he created in 1996, and writes the Yellowed Perils blog.

Although The Pulpster is actively seeking articles about science fiction and fantasy and the great magazines of 1939, as well as explorations of the weird-menace story and the shudder pulps, it’s not limited to those themes alone. If you have an interesting, pulp-related article or idea (preferably never-before-published in print or online), Bill would love to hear from you. Unfortunately, he can’t pay you, but you will receive a free copy of the issue in which your contribution appears. The submission deadline is April 30, 2014.

Articles should be submitted in a plain text or Word document (no PDFs please). Artwork and illustrations should be PNG, JPG, TIF, EPS or PSD formats. Articles and artwork can be emailed to bill@pulpfest.com or mailed to The Pulpster, c/o Bill Lampkin, P. O. Box 12741, Tallahassee, FL 32317. If you have any questions about the magazine’s editorial content, please feel free to contact Bill.

If you would like to advertise in The Pulpster, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. More information on advertising can be found on the Program Book page of our website, where you’ll also find information about back issues.

H. W. Scott’s cover to the March 1939 issue of Unknown illustrates the first issue’s lead story, “Sinister Barrier,” written by Eric Frank Russell.

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