Up From the House of Meteor

Jul 13, 2020 by

Like everyone else, the folks at Meteor House — the organizers of the annual FarmerCon — are devastated that PulpFest 2020 has been canceled. However, we very much agree with the decision made by the PulpFest organizing committee to emphasize the safety and well-being of convention attendees and postpone this year’s PulpFest until August 2021.

Every year since 2011, Meteor House has debuted our new books at PulpFest. From THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER series to novellas like THE SCARLET JAGUAR and MAN OF WAR, novels such as THE SONG OF KWASIN and DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY, collections like THE BEST OF FARMERPHILE and THE PHILIP JOSÉ CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, and even reference books such as CROSSOVERS EXPANDED Volumes 1 and 2, they’ve all premiered at PulpFest.

While Meteor House always takes preorders for our latest books through our website, every year we have copies of our books available at PulpFest for walk-up sales. We want all of our PulpFest friends to know that while we are sure to have trade paperback versions of our new books — UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT and A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN (both written by Philip José Farmer) — available in 2021, we may not have copies of the signed hardcover limited edition of A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN by the summer of 2021. The print run for the four-signature hardcover is only 150 copies. With more than half of them already spoken for, PulpFest fans of Meteor House may want to consider placing a preorder, before they’ve all been allocated. To preorder the signed hardcover limited edition of A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN, please click here.

Meteor House also has package deal discounts if you want to get both UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT and A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN. Please click here is you’d like to take advantage of one of these special offers available from Meteor House.

The FarmerCon organizing committee of Meteor House wishes you all a safe and peaceful 2020. We look forward to seeing you in August 2021 for next year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon XVI.

(Meteor House is very much looking forward to PulpFest 2021 and FarmerCon XVI, scheduled for August 18 – 21, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We hope to see you in Mars, Pennsylvania for these two AMAZING conventions.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll fill your craving for the work of the late Philip José Farmer by considering our two newest books from the Science Fiction Grand Master — UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, featuring cover art by Keith Howell, and A ROUGH KNIGHT FOR THE QUEEN, featuring cover art by Charles Berlin.)

 

Pittsburgh’s Convention Scene Shuts Down

Jun 5, 2020 by

Like dominoes, Pittsburgh’s pop culture conventions have shut down for the summer.

First, it was the Three Rivers Comicon, scheduled to take place May 30 – 31 at the spectacular David L. Lawrence Convention Center overlooking the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh.

Founded by a couple of Pittsburgh nerds who were hoping to make comic con all about comics again, Three Rivers was postponed until May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next came Confluence, the region’s longest-running literary conference. Slated for the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, the conference was postponed until July 23 – 25, 2021.

Organized by Parsec — a non-profit organization that has been promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror in literature, media, and music for over 25 years — Confluence features award-winning authors, editors, artists and songwriters. With panel discussions, concerts, and talks that broaden and deepen appreciation of the genres, Confluence gives attendees a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the writers and artists who create the science fiction, fantasy, and horror of today, helping to shape those genres for the future.

The PulpFest organizing committee canceled this summer’s conference on Memorial Day. Postponed until July or August 2021, you can read about the cancelation of PulpFest 2020 in our post, “There Is Nothing Wrong with Your Television Set . . .

The last domino to fall was Monster BashLike PulpFest, the “International Classic Monster Movie Conference and Film Festival” was to be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. Realizing that their attendees wouldn’t be able to enjoy the usual Bash experience, Ron and Ursula Adams decided to cancel their June show shortly after PulpFest 2020 had met a similar fate.

Monster Bash celebrates the classic horror and science fiction films of the silent era through the 1970s. It’s a film festival; a place to meet the people in the movies, behind the movies, and fellow fans of the movies; and a monster memorabilia shopping spree.

Produced by Ron Adams of Creepy Classics Collectibles and SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE, Monster Bash is a state of mind — a place, like Skull Island, where our imaginations ignite and burn through our everyday lives. The Bash is an appreciation of the fun movies we all love. Whether it’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or THE KILLER SHREWS, if you have fun watching it . . . that’s what Monster Bash is all about.

The “Monster Boomers” and their Monster Kids flock to Monster Bash from all over the world. Now, instead of one or two friends in the neighborhood who love monster movies, there are thousands! At Monster Bash you’ll meet others who, like you, loved Forry Ackerman’s FAMOUS MONSTER OF FILMLAND, the local TV horror host, the Aurora monster models, and much more.

Sadly, you’ll now have to wait until October 16 – 18 when the fall Monster Bash is scheduled for the Pittsburgh Marriot North in Mars. A Bela Lugosi Film Fest is also planned for August 14 – 15 at the Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio. We’ll have more details about these and other pop culture conventions, right here at pulpfest.com.

Which is one of the many reasons why PulpFest is a Pittsburgh Smash!

Confluence convention logo

(The 2020 Monster Bash was to be a MUNSTER Bash! Green was Herman Munster’s skin tone (although his co-workers at Gateman, Goodbury and Graves never seemed to notice). Both Pat Priest — who played the “abnormal” Marilyn Munster — and Butch Patrick — Eddie — on THE MUNSTERS — were scheduled to be the convention’s special guests. Joining them were many other notables. Special events such as Mexican Monster Night — featuring free tacos and burritos — and a drive-in style showing on Saturday night were also planned.)