Sunday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 18, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up to head home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2019, start making your plans right now to join the 49th anniversary of summer’s annual pulp con in 2020. We’ll be setting our sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. For good measure, we may add a touch of Brackett and Burroughs to the mix. Our FarmerCon friends should also be back to celebrate the life and legacy of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2020,  please bookmark pulpfest.com 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 have been exploring “The Children of the Pulps.” Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and plan to return for PulpFest 2020. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, & Barry Traylor

(PulpFest is the summertime destination for fans and collectors of popular fiction — old and new — and related materials. 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.

While Batman artist Bob Kane cited Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy as one of his inspirations — particularly for his villains — Bill Finger, Batman’s writer, admitted that, “My first (Batman) script was a take-off on a Shadow story . . . . I patterned my style of writing Batman after the Shadow . . . . It was completely pulp style.” The Batman was introduced to readers in DETECTIVE COMICS #27, dated May 1939.

Although The Shadow certainly played the most influential role in the creation of the Batman saga, other pulp characters also inspired Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

PulpFest 2019 has focused on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. Next year, the convention will set its sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage (with a touch of Brackett and Burroughs thrown in for good measure).

Saturday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 17, 2019 by

There’s still time to get in on the action. The PulpFest dealers’ room will be open today from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend.

You will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. Registration forms will also be available at the door.

There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The hotel is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

Our author readings will begin at 10:00 AM with “Popular Fiction from Seton Hill” (introduced by Heidi Ruby Miller) and continue with the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” at 11:00 AM. Coffee, tea, and sweets will be available, compliments of the publisher. Flinch Fest, featuring John Bruening, begins at 12:30 PM and is followed by Roger Alford at 1:10 PM, Sara Light-Waller at 1:50 PM, and Christopher Ryan at 2:30 PM.

Our author signings will begin at 1:30 PM at the main entrance. Win Scott Eckert, Nicholas Parisi, and John Wooley will be available to sign your books. “The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” will open at 2:30 PM, while the “Genre Fiction Panel” will begin at 3:15 PM. The afternoon wraps up with the Auction Preview at 4:15 PM.

From 5 to 6:45 PM, join your friends — old and new — at ember & vine in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry for our popular Saturday Night Dinner. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2019 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFest. The meeting will be followed by the 2019 Munsey Award presentation. Bill Lampkin — winner of last year’s Munsey  — will reveal the name of this year’s recipient. The Munsey is a fine art print created by David  and published by Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press.

Following the Munsey presentation, FarmerCon XIV will get underway at 7:45 PM, followed by John Locke’s presentation on Arthur J. Burks at 8:30 PM. Last minute auction viewing is at 9:30 PM, immediately before the Saturday Night Auction at 9:45 PM. The Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore will follow the conclusion of our auction.

All members of PulpFest 2019 can submit items to our auction. If you’d like to submit something, you’ll find instructions in your registration packet. Your lots must be submitted by 2 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the PulpFest auctions, please talk to programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at his dealer tables.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area at the convention.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

PulpFest 2019 will continue tomorrow. Our dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our exhibitors pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday, July 29, will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Arthur J. Burks was a prolific and successful pulp writer who usually wrote over one million words per year. He wrote hundreds of stories for the adventure, aviation, detective, fantasy, science fiction, sports, war, and weird menace pulps.

Burks wrote fourteen stories for ASTOUNDING STORIES and its later incarnation, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION. Most of these tales were of novella or longer length. “The Mind Master” — a two-part serial featured in the January (with cover art by H. W. Wessolowski) and February 1932 issues — concerns a mad scientist who replaces the brains of several apes with human brains. It’s part of a short series that Burks began in 1931 with the story, “Manape the Mighty.”

Come and go ape at the DoubleTree over summer’s pulp con! Our complete schedule for Saturday, August 17, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 17

Dealers’ Room

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

Author Readings — Today’s Fictioneers

10:00 – 10:50 AM — Popular Fiction from Seton Hill (introduced by Heidi Ruby Miller)

Readings by Jeremiah Dylan Cook, E. C. Skowronski, and Sara Tantlinger

11:00 – 12:20 AM — Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration (Publisher John Edward Lawson)

Readings by Matt Betts, J. L. Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. W. Taylor, Albert Wendland, and K. Ceres Wright, plus coffee, tea, and sweets, compliments of the publisher

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Flinch Fest, featuring John Bruening, author of The Midnight Guardian Series

1:10 – 1:45 PM — Roger Alford, author of The Black Spectre Series

1:50 – 2:25 PM — Sara Light-Waller, author of ANCHOR and LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS 

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Win Scott Eckert, author of HUNT THE AVENGER and many other works

Afternoon Programming

1:30 – 2:30 PM — Author Signings — Win Scott Eckert, Nicholas Parisi, and John Wooley will be available for signings at our main entrance

2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

3:15 – 4:30 PM — Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction (featuring John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Craig McDonald, and Will Murray, with William Patrick Maynard moderating)

4:15 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview

Evening Programming

5:00 – 6:45 PM — PulpFest 2019 Group Meal

7:00 – 7:30 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:30 – 7:40 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by William Lampkin)

7:45 – 8:25 PM — FarmerCon XIV: Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences (featuring Jason Aiken, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, and Garyn G. Roberts, with Paul Spiteri moderating)

8:30 – 9:30 PM — Born Writing: The Unparalleled Career of Arthur J. Burks (John Locke)

9:30 – 9:45 PM —  Last Minute Auction Viewing

9:45 – 12:00 AM — Saturday Night Auction

12:00 – 1:00 AM — Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore (William Patrick Maynard)

Friday at PulpFest 2019

Aug 16, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 enters it second day, following a successful dealer set-up, early registration, early-bird shopping, and a full slate of programming. If you missed our first day, there’s still more to come.

From 9 to 10 AM today, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. All visitors will be able to register for the convention this morning — beginning at 9 PM — and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours.

All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention at the entrance to our dealers’ room. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. Paper forms will also be available at the door. The general public is welcome to attend.

A full-weekend advance membership to PulpFest will cost $40. Single day memberships for Friday or Saturday will be available for $20. A Sunday-only membership will cost $10. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge.

There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The hotel is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

The dealers’ room will open to all at 10 AM and will remain open until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Our daytime programming will start at 11 AM with the Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration. Coffee, tea, and sweets will be available, compliments of the publisher. Friday’s “New Fictioneers” readings will begin at 12:30 PM with Wayne Carey, author of QUATERMAIN: THE NEW ADVENTURES. He’ll be followed by Craig McDonald at 1:10, Joab Stieglitz at 1:50, and William Patrick Maynard at 3:10.

Our author signings will begin at 1:30 PM at the main entrance. John Locke, Will Murray, and Chet Williamson will be available to sign your books. We’ll also have a panel presentation on the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe, moderated by Christopher Paul Carey, the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. “The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” — sponsored by the Burroughs Bibliophiles — will open at 2:30 PM. Closing out the afternoon will be an encore showing of our Fu Manchu Film Festival, presented by William Patrick Maynard, the licensed continuation author of the Fu Manchu thrillers.

The convention’s evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers officially welcomes all our attendees. Afterward, we’ll have presentations on men’s adventure magazines, Sherlock Holmes, women pulp artists, Dashiell Hammett, and Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Closing out the night will be an authorized screening of Jason and Sunni Brock’s documentary, CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area at the convention.

When our programming is over, PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. Perhaps you’ll even clear up some of the great mysteries of the pulps with your pals — both old and new — at PulpFest 2019. You sure can’t do that on your smart phone!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available. 

PulpFest 2019 will continue on Saturday and Sunday. It concludes at 2 PM on Sunday, August 18. Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Almost ten years after killing Holmes off at the Reichenbach Falls, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought his character back in “The Adventure of the Empty House.” The story would appear first in the September 26, 1903 number of COLLIER’S, featuring a cover illustration by Frederic Dorr Steele.)

Why not come to the DoubleTree for summer’s Pulp Con? It’s elementary! Our complete schedule for Friday, August 16, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Friday, August 16

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

Author Readings — Today’s Fictioneers

11:00 – 12:20 AM — Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration (Publisher Jennifer Barnes)

Readings by Mike Arnzen, Carrie Gessner, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, and Stephanie Wytovich, plus coffee, tea, and sweets, compliments of the publisher

12:30 – 1:05 PM — Wayne Carey, author of Quatermain: The New Adventures

1:10 – 1:45 PM — Craig McDonald, author of The Hector Lassiter Series

1:50 – 2:25 PM — Joab Stieglitz, author of The Utgarda Series

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Christopher Paul CareyThe Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Series and The Khokarsa Series author, will be moderating our “Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe” at this time

3:10 – 3:50 PM — William Patrick Maynard, authorized author of Fu Manchu

Afternoon Programming

1:30 – 2:30 PM — Author Signings — John Locke, Will Murray, and Chet Williamson will be available for signings at our main entrance

2:30 – 3:05 PM — Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe (featuring Matt Betts, Win Scott Eckert, and Heidi Ruby Miller, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)

2:30 – 4:30 PM — The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

4:00 – 4:40 PM — Fu Manchu Film Festival Encore (William Patrick Maynard)

Evening Programming

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:05 – 7:50 PM — ARGOSYADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK — The Men’s Adventure Pulps (Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle)

7:55 – 8:40 PM — The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps (George Vanderburgh & Garyn Roberts)

8:45 – 9:30 PM — The Secret Life of Women Pulp Artists (David Saunders)

9:35 – 10:25 PM — Dashiell Hammett and the Detective Story (John Wooley with John Gunnison)

10:25 – 11:10 PM — The Key of Imagination: THE TWILIGHT ZONE and the Pulps (Nicholas Parisi)

11:15 – 12:45 AM — Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man (A film by Jason V. Brock)

PulpFest 2019 Begins Today

Aug 15, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin this afternoon at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for summertime’s pulp con! The dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up until 10 PM. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period.

Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Everyone can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. A full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019 will cost $40 at the door. Daily memberships for Friday or Saturday will also be available for $20 per day.

There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The hotel is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

There will be free early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $70 for those who stay elsewhere. This price includes a full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019.

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

Our full evening programming slate will begin at 8:15 PM with a presentation by Gene Christie on THE ALL-STORY editor Bob Davis. We hope you can join us for “Bob Davis — Grandfather of Science Fiction.”

August 2019 marks the centennial of Johnston McCulley’s “The Curse of Capistrano,” the story that introduced Zorro to the world. On Friday evening, we’ll have a presentation on McCulley’s “Fox,” plus a look at Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, the sword & sorcery duo introduced in John Campbell’s UNKNOWN. Sandwiched between these two presentations will be a talk by pulp and film expert, Ed Hulse. He’ll be looking at pulp stories that were turned into motion pictures.

William Patrick Maynard — the licensed continuation author of the Fu Manchu thrillers — will close out the night with a “Fu Manchu Film Festival.” Bill will be sharing a 1952 pilot film shot for NBC for a FU MANCHU television series starring John Carradine as the Devil Doctor. It is a surprisingly faithful adaptation of the 1912 Sax Rohmer story that began the Fu Manchu series — “The Zayat Kiss.”

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area at the convention.

When our programming is over, PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. Perhaps you’ll even clear up some of the great mysteries of the pulps with your pals — both old and new — at PulpFest 2019. You sure can’t do that on your smart phone!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

(THE MYSTERIOUS DR. FU MANCHU — directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Warner Oland in the title role — was released by Paramount Pictures in 1929. The first talking Fu Manchu movie, it was based on Sax Rohmer’s novel, THE MYSTERY OF DR. FU MANCHU. Set during the Boxer Rebellion in China, Dr. Fu Manchu’s wife and child are killed by foreigners. Enraged, he vows to take his revenge on the British army officers he holds responsible for the killings. The poster advertising the film — one of several — was created by an unknown artist.

Our complete schedule for Thursday, August 15, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2019 SCHEDULE

Thursday, August 15

Dealers’ Room

3:00 PM – 10:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Member Registration and Early-Bird Shopping

Evening Programming

8:15 – 9:00 PM — Bob Davis — Grandfather of Science Fiction (Gene Christie)

9:05 – 9:50 PM — A Century of Zorro — (Rich Harvey)

9:55 – 10:40 PM — Hollywood Pulp — From Pulp Page to the Silver Screen (Ed Hulse)

10:45 – 11:30 PM — Two Sought Adventure — Eighty Years of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser (Jason Aiken & Morgan Holmes)

11:40 – 1:00 AM — Fu Manchu Film Festival (William Patrick Maynard)

PulpFest Primer

Aug 13, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to set up their displays for summertime’s pulp con! From 3 PM to 10 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. It will also be open for set-up on Friday, August 16, from 9 – 10 AM.

At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period on Thursday. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the Grand Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574.

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, contemporary genre fiction and pulp reprints, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

Advance registrations to PulpFest 2019 are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down at 10 PM on Monday, April 12.

For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material at our registration desk outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree. To find our registration desk, please look for our “Welcome” banner, sponsored by Meteor House.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2019, you will be able to do so at the door. All members — including dealers — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. Registration will take place at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree.

For the remainder of the convention, you will be able to register at the entrance as you are approaching the dealers’ room. Just stop at the registration desk during our dealers’ room hours. You’ll find our hours by clicking the Programming button on our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule.

You will be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

To help our registration proceed smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

A full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019 will cost $40 at the door. Daily memberships for Friday or Saturday will also be available for $20 per day. A Sunday single day membership will cost $10 to pay for our program book. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. However, they still must be registered for the convention.

There will also be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday, August 15. It’s free for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at the DoubleTree. The cost is $70 for those who stay elsewhere. This includes a full weekend membership to PulpFest 2019.

PulpFest 2019 will focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture.

There will be programming during the evening hours on Thursday, August 15, beginning at 8:15 PM and running until after midnight. There will also be programming during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 PM and running until after midnight. An auction will also be held on Saturday evening.

The convention will host talks on Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, detective and science fiction, sword & sorcery, Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and much more. PulpFest 2019 will also host FarmerCon XIV, celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction’s Philip José Farmer.

PulpFest 2019 will also offer daytime programming, including author readings and signings, writer panels, an art show sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles, and more. Over thirty writers will be at PulpFest.

Our daytime programming will run from 11 AM until 4:40 PM on Friday, August 16. It will run from 10 AM until 4:45 PM on Saturday, August 17. There will be no programming on Sunday.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Copies of the schedule will also be printed on the back of all membership badges and on signs placed around the PulpFest 2019 dealers’ room.

Watch for our various PulpFest banners. They will mark the location of our programming events.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2019 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFestIt will be followed by the 2019 Munsey Award presentation.

PulpFest 2019 is currently planning to hold one live auction on Saturday evening, August 17. It will begin at 9:45 PM, following our scheduled programming. Currently, the auction will consist of items submitted by the members of PulpFest 2019, plus a number of estate items.

Any member of PulpFest 2019 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on both Friday and Saturday. Our auction coordinator, Mike Chomko, will be accepting material for the auction at his dealer’s tables. Watch for the auction banner and the Mike Chomko Books sign. All auction lots must be submitted by 2 PM on Saturday, August 17.

All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards, as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. Our auction rules are included with your registration packet.

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)On Sunday, August 18, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

For those attendees who would like to ship purchases made at PulpFest to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Sundays.

If you would like to lend a hand with the convention, please contact our chairman, Jack Cullers. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. You can submit your programming items to our programming director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com or via regular mail at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We have over sixty registered dealers and have been receiving member registrations every day, many from people who have never previously attended PulpFestIf you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. You can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available. By staying at the DoubleTree, you help to ensure the convention’s continued success.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is located at 910 Sheraton Drive in Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Pittsburgh. It is easy to find at the intersection of three major roadways: Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Please click here for a map of the hotel’s location or click the map along the right side of our home page. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there. If not, there is contact information on the page listing who to ask.

The entire PulpFest 2019 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Mars for summertime’s pulp con.

(Nearly sixty years ago, Stan Lee — along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others — introduced the world to The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men, and other superheroes. Marvel’s greatest success of the period was Peter Parker, The Amazing Spider-Man. Debuting in the August 1962 AMAZING FANTASY — with cover art by Jack Kirby — Spider-Man blended a mixture of “unconventional humor and emotional agony.” In short, Spider-Man mirrored the rather unconventional pulp hero that Lee claimed as inspiration: Richard Wentworth, The Spider.

Following the one-two punch of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Under the Moons of Mars” and “Tarzan of the Apes,” ALL-STORY editor Robert H. Davis cultivated a school of writers to create “pseudoscientific” or “different” stories for the Munsey chain of magazines. At the same time, he continued to ask Burroughs for similar works, including “Thuvia, Maid of Mars.” It was serialized in three parts, beginning with the April 8, 1916 issue of ALL-STORY WEEKLY, featuring cover art by P. J. Monahan.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States entered The Second World War. Bill Lampkin used Bok’s cover art for our New Fictioneers banner. It will be outside our programming area where many of the writers attending this year’s PulpFest will appear.

The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 issue of BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE. It was published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. The pulp featured The Black Bat, a character that debuted about the same time as Batman. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.)

Last Minute Dealer Changes

Aug 12, 2019 by

We’d like to announce a few dealers who have joined PulpFest 2019 during early August.

HEROINEBURGH is a comic book and live-action video series based in Pittsburgh featuring all-original characters. They’ll be sharing a table at this year’s PulpFest with another local comic book creator, Marvin Wynn. The comics and video episodes of HEROINEBURGH are influenced by Silver Age and Bronze Age comics, nineties bad-girl aesthetics, and 50 years of TV shows and movies starring powerful and beautiful superheroines. It’s action, adventure, drama, romance, and plenty of camp, all in the finest spandex and capes. Check out their website to learn more about the courageous champions and vengeful villainesses of HEROINEBURGH. And please welcome this local creator to PulpFest.

Please welcome MARVIN WYNN— co-creator of THE EDGE — to his first PulpFest. A local comic book creator, Marvin will be sharing a table with HEROINEBURGH, a comic book and live-action video series also based in Pittsburgh. Wynn’s comic book — published by Short Fuse Media Group —  is a continuing series following genetically enhanced characters that debuted in 2012. Marvin’s co-creator is Phillipines-based artist Mark VuycanKiat. THE EDGE reached its ninth issue earlier this year and has gained a solid social media following.

At the same time, we regret to inform you that CHRISTOPHER RYAN — the author of the supernaturally tinged crime thrillers that feature NYPD detectives Mallory and Gunner and the prose adventures of ALEX SIMMONS’ award-winning character Blackjack — will not be able to attend our convention. He had a pressing deadline that forced him to cancel his appearance at this year’s PulpFest. We look forward to having Chris back in 2020 at your summertime PulpFest.

(THE EDGE #9, written by Marvin Wynn with art by Mark VuycanKiat, was released by Short Fuse Media Group in May 2019. You can pick up all the books in the series via the Short Fuse webpage or by attending PulpFest 2019.)

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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.)

 

Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Five

Jul 26, 2019 by

PulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the last five days, we’ve been profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Pittsburgh’s DONALD E. SIMPSON is the cartoonist/creator of the comic books MEGATON MAN, BORDER WORLDS, and BIZARRE HEROES. Don has taught workshops in cartooning and figure drawing for a number of years, and earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in History of Art and Architecture in 2013. He’ll be selling copies of his dark and visionary graphic novel, BORDER WORLDS, a nice Kong-themed print, and more at his table at PulpFest 2019. Catch him near the Meteor House corner of the room.

STEVEN SPILGER, out of of South Bend, Indiana, has been collecting and selling both Silver and Golden Age comics, pulps, books, fanzines and more for over thirty years. More recently, he’s added illustrative art to the mix. He calls his business, MR. POLYESTER BOOKS & COMICS. The name came from his college friends, who watched him wear the same polyester leisure suit for all of his college yearbook photos. Steven has been a regular PulpFest dealer and supporter for many years.

JOAB STIEGLITZ of Virginia is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He will be selling copies of his highly regarded UTGARDA series at this year’s PulpFest. Joab’s series will appeal to pulp fans, H. P. Lovecraft readers, gamers, and horror movie fans in equal measure. Joab will be one of our “New Fictioneer” readers on Friday, August 16. In the meantime, check out Joab’s blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz.

JONATHAN SWEET, a professional writer and editor, is the owner of BRICK PICKLE MEDIA, a bookseller and communications firm located in Chaska, Minnesota. This will be his third PulpFest. Although Jonathan sells a wide variety of books, he specializes in first editions and signed books, especially from small presses. Jonathan is also representing Airship 27 as an authorized agent at PulpFest and will be carrying a wide selection of their latest new pulp offerings. He’ll also have old paperbacks, pulp reprints and other pulp-related items. Joining him will be DAVID and JULES SWEET.

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2019.

RAY WALSH of the CURIOUS BOOK SHOP has been selling a broad array of paper collectibles – pulps, paperbacks, original artwork, collectible hardcovers, vintage comic books, and more — for nearly fifty years. Out of East Lansing, Michigan, Ray has been selling at PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for decades. We appreciate his long support and heartily recommend the convention he sponsors — Classicon — held each year in Lansing, Michigan.

TODD WARREN is a pulp and comic book collector who attended Pulpfest for the first time in 2017. Last year was his first as a dealer. He did so well that he added more tables to his PulpFest 2019 exhibit. He’s also bringing along ROSS WARREN to lend a hand. An Overstreet advisor, Todd will be offering vintage pulps, paperbacks, books, a few comic books, and lots of pulp enthusiasm!

JON WEHLER is a very personable dealer and collector who offers pulps, original art, and other paper collectibles. He’ll also have lots of vintage paperbacks from many different genres at PulpFest 2019. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest auctions. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

CHRISTOPHER MAFFEI of WELL-STACKED BOOKS comes to PulpFest 2019 out of Parkville, Maryland. A member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, Chris will be bringing vintage paperbacks, first-edition hardcovers and series books, art books, graphic novels and comics, and more to his first PulpFest. Please welcome him to the convention.

One of the many highlights from PulpFest 2018 was the art show featuring the work of illustrator MARK WHEATLEY. Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Mark Wheatley is a long-time Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and admirer of the work of Philip José Farmer. He’s also painted covers for Norvell W. Page’s THE SPIDER: SATAN’S MURDER MACHINES and AMAZON NIGHTS by Arthur O. Friel and, in collaboration with G. D. Falksen, created the book DOCTOR CTHULITTLEHow’s that for some top-notch pulp credentials. Please welcome Mark and his wife, CAROL, back for another PulpFest.

Author CHET WILLIAMSON is happy to return to PulpFest with his friend, Barry Traylor, the convention’s goodwill ambassador. In addition to his own books for sale at his table, Chet will have some nice condition pulp rarities for sale at this year’s convention. You’ll also get to talk with Chet at our Friday author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room.

Please welcome MARVIN WYNN— co-creator of THE EDGE — to his first PulpFest. A local comic book creator, Marvin will be sharing a table with HEROINEBURGH, a comic book and live-action video series also based in Pittsburgh. Wynn’s comic book — published by Short Fuse Media Group —  is a continuing series following genetically enhanced characters that debuted in 2012. Marvin’s co-creator is Phillipines-based artist Mark VuycanKiat. THE EDGE reached its ninth issue earlier this year and has gained a solid social media following.

BEN & TRACY ELLER are bringing WORLD OF STRANGE to PulpFest 2019. The Ellers create T-shirts featuring vintage comic book covers, science fiction motifs, Cthulhu-inspired artwork, and pulp magazine covers and other fantastic apparel. They’ve appeared at Dragon Con, Wonderfest, and other pop culture conventions over the last few years. Click here to check out the cool PLANET STORIES video from their website.

PulpFest is pleased to welcome back Chicago’s LARRY HALLOCK of YGOR’S BOOKS to this year’s convention. Specializing in out-of-print science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction, Larry will be selling original art, paperbacks, hardcovers, digests, pulps, and other collectibles, including many signed items.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We hope to see you at PulpFest 2019 where you’ll be able to meet in person the dozens of dealers that we’ve profiled over the last five days. You’ll also be able to enjoy our celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Our 2019 convention will focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture. Click the programming button just below our homepage banner to learn more.

(Here’s the last of our 2019 images designed for use on the Internet by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin. The artwork is by Norman Saunders. The painting originally illustrated H. G. Wells’ “The Time Machine,” reprinted by Popular Publications in the August 1950 issue of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES.

Don Simpson’s King Kong art served as the cover for AMAZING HEROES #183, published by Fantagraphics in September 1990. In the early nineties, Simpson wrote and drew a six-issue graphic adaptation of Delos W. Lovelace’s 1932 novelization of the Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace story for Fantagraphics’ Monster Comics. It was originally published in 1991 – 92. Simpson has called his KING KONG “the most poorly marketed comic book in history.”)

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Four

Jul 25, 2019 by

THE SPIDER (October 1941), artwork by Rafael DeSotoPulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the next two days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

The author of over sixty novels and assorted books, WILL MURRAY will be selling copies from his various “The All-New Wild Adventures of . . .” series including DOC SAVAGE: MR. CALAMITY, THE SPIDER: THE DOOM LEGION, and KING KONG VS. TARZANExpect to see some of Will’s non-fiction books, as well. Of course, he’ll be glad to sign your purchases. Will publishes his books under the ADVENTURES IN BRONZE banner, in association with Altus Press. You’ll also get to meet Will at our Friday author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room. Additionally, he’ll be appearing as a “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panelist on Saturday afternoon.

PHIL NELSON is from Waverly, Ohio. He will be bringing an assortment of pulp magazines and new-condition Girasol Collectables pulp replicas. This very personable dealer will also have vintage paperbacks, comic books, and other collectibles. He’s a fan of NORTH-WEST STORIES and detective fiction.

Join us on Friday evening, August 16, for “The Key of Imagination: Pulp Television,” our sixtieth anniversary celebration of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. NICHOLAS PARISI will be discussing the creation and history of Rod Serling’s fantastic program and its relationship to the science fiction and fantasy pulps and digests. Before and after Nick’s presentation, stop by his table and pick up a copy of his excellent book, ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION. It’s the definitive book on the television great. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet Nick at our Saturday afternoon author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room.

TIM PAXTON of Grand Rapids, Michigan specializes in paperbacks and small-press, first-edition hardcovers, dealing mainly in high-grade science fiction, fantasy, and horror as well as mysteries and pulp-related material. Check out the TIM’S BOOKS website at AbeBooks.com.

Virginia dealer and collector CURT PHILLIPS returns to PulpFest with more material from the Ted White collection, plus even more rare pulps and books harvested from throughout the southern states.  His stock is heavy in science fiction, fantasy, hero, and detective and mystery pulps. Curt will also be bringing more vintage paperbacks and digests, plus some surprises. He’s currently taking want lists for material to bring to the convention as he has “several thousand books and magazines and can’t possibly bring them all.”  Email your want lists to Curt at absarka_prime@comcast.net.

A resident of Virginia, CRAIG POOLE has been attending pulp conventions for many years. He will have several pieces of vintage original cover art, representing a mix of genres, but with science fiction the main focus. Craig will have paperback cover art and, perhaps, a few digest or pulp cover paintings.

LAURIE POWERS will be selling copies of HIDDEN GHOSTS PULP WRITER: TWENTY YEARS IN THE AMERICAN GRUB STREETRIDING THE PULP TRAIL, all written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers. She’ll also have books and ephemera from her grandfather’s estate. Laurie recently completed a biography of Daisy Bacon, editor of LOVE STORY MAGAZINE. QUEEN OF THE PULPS is currently available for pre-order through its publisher, McFarland & Company. Hailing from Virginia, Laurie was honored with our annual Munsey Award in 2016.

Recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction, RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESSis dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. Publishers JENNIFER BARNES & JOHN LAWSON are coming to PulpFest 2019 to celebrate sixteen years of publishing “fiction that “foams at the mouth.” In addition to selling their fine publications in our dealers’ room, Jennifer will be the hostess of the “Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” on Friday, August 16. On Saturday morning, join John at the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration.” Dog Star Books is the new Raw Dog Screaming Press imprint for Science Fiction Adventure titles.

Please welcome audio artist MARK REDFIELD of REDFIELD ARTS AUDIO to this year’s PulpFest. Mark is an actor, writer, artist and filmmaker. He’s also the publisher and editor of POE FOREVERMORE, a print magazine specializing in original horror, science fiction and mystery and detective short stories. Mark will have copies of his recent audiobooks including Mark Wheatley’s SONGS OF GIANTS: THE POETRY OF PULP, William Patrick Maynard’s THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU, and more. Sound designer, video editor, web designer and actress JENNIFER ROUSE will also be appearing at PulpFest 2019 Many thanks to Redfield Audio Arts for their very generous contribution for our 2019 hospitality suite.

PulpFest is very pleased to welcome DAVID & DANIEL RITTER of FIRST FANDOM EXPERIENCE to our 2019 convention. Publishers of the forthcoming THE VISUAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM and more, First Fandom Experience seeks to honor, preserve and bring to life the experience of the pioneering fans who were instrumental in defining, driving, growing and supporting science fiction and fantasy in the 1930s and beyond. Please visit their exhibit in our dealers’ room to learn more about their plans. Many thanks to David and Daniel for their very generous contribution for our 2019 hospitality suite.

GARYN and VIRGINIA ROBERTS from northern Wisconsin will be bringing lots of good, fresh old treasures at bargain prices. They’ll have science fiction, mystery, and western pulps, young adult series books, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, pulp replicas, hardcovers, paperbacks, and more. Garyn is the winner of our 2013 Munsey Award.  On Friday evening, join Garyn and George Vanderburgh for “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps.” Garyn will also be one of the panelists on “Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences,” presented by FarmerCon XIV on Saturday, August 17.

CHRISTOPHER RYAN is the author of the supernaturally tinged crime thrillers that feature NYPD detectives Mallory and Gunner. He also writes the prose adventures of ALEX SIMMONS’ legendary and award-winning character Blackjack. You can hear Chris and Alex talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics on their weekly podcast, TELL THE DAMN STORY. A New York City school teacher, Chris will be selling at his second PulpFest. He’ll also be part of our popular “New Fictioneers” author readings on Saturday afternoon. This will be Alex Simmons first PulpFest.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest for another go-round. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, radio premiums and some early character badges, and more. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest. He’ll be helping us with our annual Saturday night auction. Prepare to be entertained.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(Beginning on Thursday evening, August 15, and running through Sunday, August 18, PulpFest 2019 will celebrate the many ways that pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired creators such as Stan Lee:

“When I was about 10 years old, I used to read a pulp magazine called THE SPIDER and sub-titled ‘Master of Men.’ Perhaps it was the Master of Men that got me, but to my impressionable, preteen way of thinking, the Spider was the most dramatic character I had ever encountered. He ranked right up there with Doc Savage and the Shadow. Even better, he wasn’t as well known as the others, which gave me the warm feeling that his fans belonged to an elite club. At any rate, in searching for a title for our newest superhero, I remembered by old pulp favorite — and the title Spider-Man instantly hit me.”

The Spider has also inspired other creators over the years. One is PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, who created several PulpFest 2019 images for use exclusively through the Internet. Our lead image is based on Rafael DeSoto’s cover art for “Satan’s Seven Swordsmen,” published in the October 1941 number of Popular Publications’ pulp magazine, THE SPIDER.

Another artist inspired by Norvell Page’s The Spider is Joe DeVito. He painted the cover art for Will Murray’s Spider novel, THE DOOM LEGION. Published by Adventures in Bronze, in association with Altus Press, the story teams up The Spider, Operator 5, and the flying spy known as G-8.

We hope that you’ll join us at PulpFest 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulps on contemporary pop culture.)

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Our PulpFest 2019 Dealers, Part Three

Jul 24, 2019 by

PulpFest is lauded for both its excellent programming and its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, August 15, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2019? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

RICHARD MELI & JANET GEE will be representing HEARTWOOD BOOKS & ART at this year’s PulpFest. Richard is a member of the ABAA with more than twenty-five years experience in buying and selling vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, the Barry Levin collection, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal on some of the best collectibles around.

HEROINEBURGH is a comic book and live-action video series based in Pittsburgh featuring all-original characters. They’ll be sharing a table at this year’s PulpFest with another local comic book creator, Marvin Wynn. The comics and video episodes of HEROINEBURGH are influenced by Silver Age and Bronze Age comics, nineties bad-girl aesthetics, and 50 years of TV shows and movies starring powerful and beautiful superheroines. It’s action, adventure, drama, romance, and plenty of camp, all in the finest spandex and capes. Check out their website to learn more about the courageous champions and vengeful villainesses of HEROINEBURGH. And please welcome this local creator to PulpFest.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer, will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

2018 Munsey Award winner WILLIAM LAMPKIN is the advertising director for PulpFest as well as the editor and designer of THE PULPSTER, the convention’s award-winning program book. Bill will have a tempting selection of pulp fanzines and other collectibles for sale at his table.

KURT MCCOY is a West Virginia writer with a lifelong fascination for monsters, ghost stories, and folklore. He’s the author of THE WEREWOLF’S HEART — a sequel to the very first werewolf film ever made — MONSTER BEACH PARTY, and more. A 2019 nominee for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, Kurt will be exhibiting at PulpFest 2019 with fellow writer BRAD BRADDOCK. Brad is the award-winning author of MEMOIRS OF MURDER, a prequel to the 1932 film classic, WHITE ZOMBIE. It has been praised by Bela Lugosi scholars and fans of classic horror alike. His other published works include fiction and non-fiction based on folklore, history, and horror. Check them out: their writing is sometimes serious, sometimes quirky, but always fun!

One of our very first supporters when PulpFest came to Mars, Pennsylvania was TODD McDEVITT of NEW DIMENSION COMICS. Owned by Todd since 1986, New Dimension Comics has six stores in the Pittsburgh region, including one just 2.5 miles away from Pulpfest.  Please visit the store while you are in town. It’s at 20550 Route 19, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.  Todd will be bringing some his dealer buddies to convention, offering our members some vintage treats for the first time.

JOHN McMAHAN sells collectibles on ebay as mybckpages. He comes to us from Oklahoma, where he has long been active as a fan and dealer. At PulpFest 2019, he’ll be selling pulps, books, comics, original art, movie posters, and more. John will also have copies of HARD-BOILED CHRISTMAS STORIES, the anthology he edited with 2006 Lamont Award winner JOHN WOOLEY. The latter will be available for book signings at our main entrance on Saturday afternoon.

PETER MACUGA will be selling at PulpFest for the second year in a row. He will be bringing many boxes of pulps and books to sell, including early issues of ASTOUNDING STORIES, up through the 1948 numbers. Peter will also have collectible hardcovers from Gnome Press and other publishers.

From Buffalo, New York, BILL MANN returns as a dealer to PulpFest. One of the founders and a former editor at Age of Aces Books, Bill will be selling a variety of aviation pulps and books.

Collecting since the early days of pulp fandom, legend has it that WALKER MARTIN has owned practically every pulp at least once! A resident of New Jersey, he’ll be selling a variety of pulp magazines, DVD’S, original artwork, and one-of-a-kind canceled checks from the files of Munsey and Popular Publications. Walker contributes a regular column on pulp collecting to Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog.

WILLIAM PATRICK MAYNARD is the assisting marketing director for PulpFest. He is the author of the first authorized Fu Manchu thrillers in over thirty years. He will sign and sell copies of his books, but also brings a large selection of pulp titles from his own collection to sell. In addition to manning a table in our dealers’ room, Bill will be hosting our ” Fu Manchu Film Festival” and its encore presentations, performing an author reading on Friday afternoon, and moderating our Saturday panel on “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction.” He’ll have a rather busy convention.

Leading Philip José Farmer publisher METEOR HOUSE will be releasing its newest title at PulpFest 2019.  Pick up your copy of the first hardcover publication of the science fiction Grand Master’s GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES, a collection of six stories inspired by the author’s life-long love affair with the pulps. MICHAEL CROTEAU and PAUL SPITERI will also be selling items from the author’s estate and works created by attendees of FarmerCon, returning to PulpFest for the ninth consecutive year.

ED HULSE of MURANIA PRESS will be reviving his much admired pulp journal, BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER. He’ll have a brand new issue at PulpFest 2019, available in a smaller format and at a cheaper price, but with the same exceptional quality. The first issue will feature articles by Will Murray, David Saunders, Rick Lai, David Kalb, and Ed Hulse, himself.  He’ll also have all ten volumes of the terrific Murania Press series, “Forgotten Classics of Pulp Fiction,” as well as William Corcoran’s THE PURPLE EYE, the template for countless hero pulp stories of the 1930s, and more. And don’t forget about Ed’s presentation on Friday evening: “Hollywood Pulp — From Pulp Page to the Silver Screen.”

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2019 dealers through Friday, July 26. Please visit our site again tomorrow.

(PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, not only designed our PulpFest 2019 post card — that has been distributed at various conventions and book fairs, as well as through book stores and comic shops over the last year — he also created several PulpFest 2019 images for use exclusively through the Internet. Our lead image is based on George Rozen’s cover art for “Black Hush,” published in the August 1, 1933 number of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE.

Philip José Farmer had a life-long love affair with the pulps that he read as a boy. They influenced nearly everything he wrote, but in the 1970s he paid special tribute to them with several stories. GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES collects these stories for the first time in hardcover. To be released at PulpFest 2019, the book — published by Meteor House — features jacket art by Keith Howell.)

 

 

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