Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 23, 2020 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention 20 commemorates twenty years of pulp con excellence as it returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from September 11 to 13 this year. The convention doors open at 11:00 AM on Friday, but Early Bird Shoppers can get in 90 minutes early starting at 9:30 AM. The con suite will be open from 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 10, until midnight. The convention runs until 3:00 PM on Sunday.

This year’s show marks the centennial of BLACK MASK, the pulp that came to define the hardboiled detective and crime story genre, as well as the 90th anniversary of ASTOUNDING, Street & Smith’s pulp predecessor to today’s ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT digest.

Additionally, there’s the annual Windy City Film Festival, organized and emceed by the one and only Ed Hulse of Murania Press. The Friday and Saturday night auctions will feature the collections of the Robert Weinberg Estate and the Glenn Lord Estate. The annual art show, panels, and New Pulp Sunday are also on the schedule.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook page.

You don’t have to wait until September to discover pulp treasures. This year, Windy follows PulpFest 2020, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” PulpFest 2020 will begin Thursday evening, August 6, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 9. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. It’s easy to register, just click the register button below the PulpFest homepage banner.

(In conjunction with their host hotel, The Westin Lombard, the organizers of Windy City 20 have rescheduled their convention to early September to help assure the safety of its members. Please watch the Windy City homepage or Facebook site for additional announcements.

The revised Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 20 promotional flyer was adapted from Fred Craft‘s front cover art for the December 1927 issue of BLACK MASK. From 1927 to 1936, Craft sold freelance artwork to pulp magazines, primarily to western and detective pulps. He is best remembered today for his extensive cover work for BLACK MASK, the magazine that PulpFest will be celebrating in August.)

California, Here I Come!

Feb 10, 2020 by

The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

PulpFest 2020 may be six months off, but the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale is right around the corner. It will take place on Sunday, March 8, at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. Featuring an admission price of five bucks, it’s the best bargain in town!

Now in its 41st year, the convention was started by Tom Lesser in 1980. It has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. The 2020 show will feature over eighty dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the rarest collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the one who discovers a hidden gem at the event. This year, you could be that lucky person!

Meet Authors and Artists

Over the years, the show has featured an exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, and A. E. Van Vogt (all for over 10 years); and the champ, William F. Nolan (with nearly 35 appearances). This year’s show will feature over forty authors and artists talking with attendees and signing their works for free! Click here for a schedule of the show’s guests.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website, its Facebook page, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2020 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

PulpFest 2020 will begin Thursday evening, August 6, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 9. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. To learn how to join PulpFest 2020, click the register button below our home page banner.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s posters were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza. He started in the early 1990s and continued through 2007. He then handed the job over to Tony Gleeson.

Tony’s 2020 poster for the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale features the artwork of the talented illustrator Earle K. Bergey. The painting was originally used as the front cover art for the June 1951 issue of Standard Magazines’ THRILLING WONDER STORIES.)

Coming Soon! Pulp AdventureCon and Classicon!

Oct 7, 2019 by

Pulp AdventureCon returns to New Jersey on November 2. What’s there? Rare pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, golden age comic books, movie memorabilia, and more! It’s in Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Check it out on the Bold Venture Press website.

Pulp AdventureCon is a pop culture paradise. If you like cloaked crimefighters, tough gunslingers, damsels in distress, hardboiled detectives, space pirates, or weird monsters, you’ll love Pulp AdventureCon! What more do you want?

How about Classicon? It’s one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows in the country. Two times each year, Classicon takes place in Lansing, Michigan. A one-day show, you’ll find calendar, pin-up, and illustration artwork, plus thousands of rare pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, and other collectibles for sale or trade. Although a date has not yet been set for this fall’s Classicon, you can learn more about the convention by visiting

Events like Pulp AdventureCon and Classicon may keep you satisfied until the next summer’s PulpFest. To keep informed about our 2020 convention,  please bookmark or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page where we continue to explore “The Children of the Pulps.”

PulpFest 2020 will take place from August 6 – 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(The Pulp AdventureCon advertisement — based on Allen Anderson’s cover art for the July 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES — was designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

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Reviews and Recordings of PulpFest 2019

Sep 23, 2019 by

The dealers' room at PulpFest 2019

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

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

Read all about it

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

For your listening (or viewing) pleasure

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

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

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

Why PulpFest?

Jul 10, 2019 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Head for Arizona and the 2019 Dum-Dum

Jul 1, 2019 by

While you’re waiting for PulpFest 2019 to arrive, why not check out this year’s Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts? Taking place August 1 – 4 in Willcox, Arizona, the convention is hosted by the Apache Devils Chapter of The Burroughs Bibliophiles and the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society. You can book a room at the convention’s host hotel — the Holiday Inn Express in Willcox — by calling 520-384-3333 and using the ERB letter code.

The dealers’ room and most of the programming will be at the Willcox Community Center. Bob Boze Bell, president and executive editor of TRUE WEST MAGAZINE, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation will examine “Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Apache Kid.” There will also be presentations on the Apache Wars, and a showing of the film TARZAN’S GREATEST ADVENTURE at the historic Willcox Theater.

To learn more about the 2019 Dum-Dum — including how to register — please visit or contact Frank Puncer at or by phone at 520-281-1818.

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

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

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

(The focus of the 2019 Dum-Dum will be the Apache novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The first of these — “The War Chief” — was serialized in five parts, beginning with the April 16, 1927 issue of ARGOSY ALL-STORY WEEKLY. The author’s second Apache novel began about a year later in the May 19, 1928 issue of the same magazine. Entitled “The Apache Devil,” it was serialized in six parts. The first segment copped the cover spot of the magazine, featuring a painting by Paul Stahr. From 1924 until 1934, Stahr worked extensively as a pulp cover artist for the Munsey magazines. He also painted covers for many books.

Writing about the Apache novels, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. suggests that, “Burroughs’ great respect for the West and compassion for the exploitative treatment of the Indians at the hands of the treacherous pin-dah-lickoyee (“white eyes”) is manifested throughout this honest, vivid, and sympathetic portrait of the West that does credit to both the Indians and Edgar Rice Burroughs.”)

June 2019 — More Cons!

Apr 29, 2019 by

With just over 100 days to go until PulpFest 2019, you might be getting a bit antsy for some pulps or pulp fiction. To whet your appetite for summer’s “Celebration of Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More,” here are a few related conventions that will take place in June.

This year’s Robert E. Howard Days will feature David C. Smith as its guest of honor. The author of ROBERT E. HOWARD: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY, Smith will appear on at least one panel and be the guest speaker at the convention’s Celebration Dinner. Howard Days will be celebrating the ninetieth  anniversary of Sword & Sorcery, created in Robert E. Howard’s “The Shadow Kingdom.” 2019 is also the ninetieth birthday of Sailor Steve Costigan and the 30th anniversary of the acquisition of the Howard House by Project Pride (purchased by Howard’s father in 1919).

The annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is sponsored by Project Pride of Cross Plains, the Robert E. Howard Foundation, and the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Visit the Howard Days home page or Facebook site to learn more about this great event. You can also write to for information. The convention takes place in Cross Plains, Texas on June 7 – 8.

The 2019 gathering of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship is planned for the weekend of June 13 – 15. Hosted by the Chicago Muckers, it will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located in Oakbrook, Illinois. Award-winning artist Joe Jusko will be the guest of honor. He will also provide the cover art and a frontispiece for THE OAKDALE AFFAIR, a free hardcover book that will be presented to every attendee at the convention. The book will feature interior illustrations by a dozen artists.

For additional information on the 2019 ECOF — including a schedule of events — please visit Bill and Sue-On Hillman’s ERBzine or write to Jim Hadac at 3618 Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513-1564.

Classicon is one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. It’s usually held in the spring and fall in Lansing, Michigan. At this time, it’s not certain when the next Classicon will take place. You’ll find more information about this one-day convention on the Curious Book Shop webpage.

Hopefully, these cons will keep your thirst at bay while you await PulpFest 2019 —  the destination for fans and collectors of genre fiction — both old and new — pop art and illustration, and much more. The convention will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

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

(The banner for the 2019 Robert E. Howard Days was designed and copyrighted by Justin Sweet.)

Lights, Camera, Action: Cinevent 2019

Apr 19, 2019 by

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 2019 is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent runs from May 23 through May 26 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

For over fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. The convention was co-founded by Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest — who passed away in April of 2015.

In addition to over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs and 16 mm films, Cinevent hosts one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. The convention also features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films. For a look at this year’s Cinevent film program, click here.

To book a room at the Renaissance Columbus, the convention’s host hotel, click here. And to keep abreast of the latest details on this fun convention, be sure to like the Cinevent Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2019 will have a limited film program, the convention will have some great programming. Add onto that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. We’ll also have a hospitality suite featuring great beer and snacks. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to celebrate “Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More” at PulpFest 2019.

(One of the highlights of this year’s Cinevent will be the showing of the twelve-part Republic Movie serial HAWK OF THE WILDERNESS, starring Herman Brix. It is based on William L. Chester’s novel of the same title, serialized in BLUE BOOK starting with the April 1935 issue. Herbert Morton Stoops contributed the cover art for the issue.

Started more than 50 years ago by a few folks who had a shared interest in watching films on 8mm and 16mm, Cinevent has grown into a Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together every year. Movie screenings are available nearly continually every day of the convention from morning through late evening.)

Head North Young Pulp Fan

Apr 8, 2019 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is celebrating its 23rd year! The show is held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.

A small but terrific show featuring a wide variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find over twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulp magazines, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

Admission is only $3, with tickets available at the door. Children under ten are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

So if you reside in the states, head north for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at Please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s Fantastic Pulps poster — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — features the art of the great Jerome Rozen. It originally appeared on the cover to the July 1935 issue of NICK CARTER MAGAZINE. A Street & Smith hero pulp, it ran for 34 issues.

The pulp was a revival of a dime-novel character that had debuted in 1886. “America’s top dime novel detective” appeared in several thousand stories, many written by Frederic van Rensselaer Dey. Nick also made it into the movies, both in France and the United States. There was also a radio program entitled NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE. It ran on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1943 to 1955.

According to the Thrilling Detective website, “By 1949, it was estimated that Carter had appeared in over 4000 dime novels, pulps, films (both silents and talkies, including many in French), comic books, comic strips and radio shows. There were probably more Nick Carter adventures than those of any other fictional detective.”

Beginning in 1964, the character was revived as a super spy for paperback books. The NICK CARTER: KILLMASTER series was written by Michael Avallone, Bill Crider, Michael Collins, Dennis and Gayle Lynds, Robert J. Randisi, Martin Cruz Smith, and others, all writing under the house name of Nick Carter. At least 261 novels were released by a variety of publishers. The series ran until 1990.

Nick Carter has been inspiring creators for over 130 years. We hope you can join us at PulpFest 2019 to explore “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” The convention will begin on Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. Just click the button below the PulpFest banner to “Book a Room.)

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Windy City Pulp & Paper

Mar 11, 2019 by

Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention commemorates the end of its teen years with its 19th convention. It will return to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from April 12 to 14 this year. The convention doors open at 11:00 AM on Friday, but Early Bird Shoppers can get in 90 minutes early starting at 9:30 AM. The con suite will be open from 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 11 until Midnight. The convention runs until 4:00 PM on Sunday.

This year’s show marks the 80th anniversary of PLANET STORIES, Fiction House’s interplanetary pulp. That’s not all, of course. As if you needed another reason to gather at Windy City, there’s the annual Windy City Film Festival organized and emceed by the one and only Ed Hulse of Murania Press, plus the Friday and Saturday night Auctions which this year features the collection of the Robert Weinberg Estate. There’s also the Art Shows, the Pulp Factory Awards, panels, author readings, and New Pulp Sunday.

You can bet your bottom dollar, you can lose your blues in that toddlin’ town. Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook page. It’s the most fun you can have for an extended weekend this side of Mars.

While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2019 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The convention will begin Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. It’s easy to register, just click the register button below our home page banner. Mars needs pulp fans. Don’t make them invade again.

(The 2019 Windy City poster was adapted from the May 1952 PLANET STORIES with front cover art by Allen Anderson.)




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