And Then There Was One

Apr 27, 2020 by

PulpFest 2020 is still over three months away. The coronavirus lockdown is impacting many of the great conventions we normally would look forward to attending come June.

For now, pulp con history still looks to be made when you attend the very first Pulp Fiction Convention on June 14 at the Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland-Westlake. It’s being organized by Jeff Harper, a longtime comic book convention promoter and friend and supporter of PulpFest. Forty dealers will gather from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  alongside special guests: Edgar-nominated historical mystery author Craig McDonald; new pulp writers Charles F. Millhouse, S. T. Hoover, and Faryl Hoover; Flinch! Books author/publishers John Bruening and Jim Beard, and vintage pulp continuation authors William Patrick Maynard and Jim Fix. Check out Jeff’s webpage for more information. In the event, circumstances dictate a cancellation; you can be certain Jeff will re-schedule as he has with other shows earlier this year.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum-Dum planned for the weekend of June 24 – 28 has been cancelled. Roger and Sheila Herzog had planned to host guests Burroughs Bibliophile Jim Goodwin, Edgar Rice Burroughs Books’ Jim Gerlach, and the good folks at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were to receive a copy of “The Terrible Tenderfoot” (the pulp version of ERB’s THE DEPUTY SHERRIFF OF COMANCHE COUNTY), take part in tours of The Alamo, and sail away on a river barge tour of San Antonio. Regrettably, concerns over the Coronavirus have caused the cancellation of the 2020 Dum-Dum. Refunds of registrations will be processed shortly. If you have further questions, please contact the

We would be remiss if we did not mention at this time the passing of George T. McWhorter, the retired Curator of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection at the University of Louisville. McWhorter passed away on April 25, 2020 at the age of 89. Please visit the Reminiscences Page on the ERBzine website for more on this giant from the world of Burroughs fandom.

Hopefully, life has reverted to normal enough that we can enjoy PulpFest 2020 —  the destination for fans and collectors of genre fiction — both old and new — pop art and illustration, and much more. This year’s PulpFest will begin on Thursday, August 6, and run through Sunday, August 9.  Join the convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. PulpFest will be celebrating “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” at this year’s gathering. Click the Programming button below the PulpFest homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2020, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — the convention’s host hotel — click the Book a Room button, likewise on the PulpFest homepage.

(Usually, we also have great news to share about Robert E. Howard Days, held annually in the author’s hometown of Cross Plains, Texas. This year, unfortunately, all we can say is that the 2020 edition of Robert E. Howard Days has been cancelled.

According to the convention’s homepage, “The uncertainty of the current timelines for the outbreak, the potential risks involved in bringing people from all over the US and other countries, from places with varying rates of infection, to a very small town with limited health care resources, and the need to make a decision now so everyone can adjust their plans, have led the Board of the Robert E. Howard Foundation and our partners at Project Pride to this extremely difficult decision. Ultimately, we had to come down on the side of everyone’s safety.”

So here’s a salute to our friends in Howard Fandom and the fine folks of Cross Plains, Texas. We’ll be here for you when you get ready to mount Robert E. Howard Days in June of 2021.

Although Robert E. Howard wrote about many different characters — Pike Bearfield, Sailor Steve Costigan, Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis, Turlogh O’Brien, and others — his most famous is Conan.

Howard’s inspired character was introduced to readers in the story “The Phoenix on the Sword.” Published in the December 1932 issue of WEIRD TALES, it was quickly followed the next month by “The Scarlet Citadel.” By the time of his death in 1936, Howard had completed twenty-one stories of the Cimmerian. WEIRD TALES would publish seventeen of them, including “The People of the Black Circle,” serialized over three monthly issues. The initial segment — published in the September 1934 number — would garner a cover illustration by Margaret Brundage.

On Friday evening, August 7, we hope you’ll join PulpFest as we welcome award-winning writer and publisher Doug Ellis for “The Weird Tales of Margaret Brundage.” It’s part of the convention’s celebration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of this great female pulp artist.

Please join us for “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” at PulpFest 2020. We’ll be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania from August 6 – 8.)

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.”)

Head for Louisiana and the 2018 Dum-Dum

Jul 30, 2018 by

Although PulpFest 2018 ended yesterday, all is not lost. Starting in just a few days is the 2018 Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts. Taking place August 2 – 5 in Morgan City, Louisiana, the convention is hosted by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau. It will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 520 Roderick Street, Morgan City, Louisiana. You can book a room by clicking here or by calling (985) 385-2200. If calling to place a reservation, please mention that you are with the Dum-Dum convention. The convention ends on Sunday, August 5, following a farewell breakfast.

Morgan City was selected as the site of this year’s Dum-Dum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the release of the silent film classic, TARZAN OF THE APES. Directed by Scott Sidney and starring Elmo Lincoln as the jungle lord, it was filmed around Morgan City and became the first of many film adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ adventure classic.

The 2018 Dum-Dum will feature filmmaker Al Bohl; editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles Henry G. Franke, III; Scott Tracy Griffin, the author of TARZAN ON FILM and other works; and author Win Scott Eckert, an expert on famed science fiction writer Philip José Farmer and his connections to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan.

To learn more about the 2018 Dum-Dum — including how to register — please visit

Remember to bookmark to stay informed about PulpFest 2019 and other pulp-related conventions and like the PulpFest Facebook site at And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you up on all things pulp.

(The 2018 Dum-Dum will take place in Morgan City, Louisiana, the location where the silent movie TARZAN OF THE APES was filmed. Produced in 1918 by the National Film Corporation of America and directed by Scott Sidney, TARZAN OF THE APES starred Elmo Lincoln as the adult jungle lord.  Enid Markey played Jane. This year’s Dum-Dum will salute the centennial of Sidney’s classic film.)

Head to Michigan for the 2017 Dum-Dum

Jun 29, 2017 by

As we’ve been reminding you for pretty much all of the last year, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” will take place from Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, July 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And if you’re not from the Pittsburgh area, don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast! Plus, you only have until July 5 to get a room at the special PulpFest rate.

PulpFest 2017 will be here before you know it and then, like all good things, it will be over. But all is not lost . . . .

Michael A. Hatt of Montgomery, Michigan will be hosting the 2017 Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts. It will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites in Coldwater, Michigan from Thursday, August 3 through Saturday, August 5, with a farewell breakfast planned for Sunday, August 7. The convention’s guests of honor will be Martin Powell, a writer for ERB, Inc, and story board and comic book artist Bo Hampton.

Also appearing at the convention will be Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. president, Jim Sullos along with the ERB team of Cathy and Tyler Wilbanks.  Jim will update the convention attendees with the latest projects and events emerging from Tarzana. Bob Zeuschner, the author of the detailed bibliography EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY, and author Mike Chapman will also be guests at the convention.

Edgar Rice Burroughs vacationed in Coldwater for almost twenty years. It was the summer home to his wife’s family, the Hulberts. In celebration of the area’s history, all members of this year’s Dum-Dum will receive a copy of a special limited edition of BEYOND THIRTY, partially written by Burroughs in Coldwater.

We hope you enjoy the 2017 Dum-Dum. It will certainly help ease your pop culture needs and get you through the next year, as you await the arrival of PulpFest 2018.

(The logo for the Coldwater Dum-Dum was drawn by Oscar Gonzales, created by Casey Daws based on an idea by Michael Hatt, and used with the permission of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. The aero submarine “Coldwater” was originally drawn by Gonzales for the online comic strip, “The Lost Continent.”)

Head to Chicago for the 2016 Dum-Dum

Jul 5, 2016 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Lovecraft and a Dum Dum

Aug 2, 2015 by

NecronomiCon 2015PulpFest 2015 won’t be the only convention celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft, the writer whom Stephen King has called, “The twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” Just four days after the close of our conference, the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council, based in Providence, Rhode Island, and several sponsors and collaborators will hold NecronomiCon Providence in the hometown of the author.

NecronomiCon Providence is a many-faceted convention and academic conference exploring the life and works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and fellow creators of weird fiction, past and present, as well as the myriad Lovecraftian authors, artists, and academics who continue to carry the torch. Its theme for this year is a Lovecraft International Homecoming, with guests and attendees joining the convention from all around the world and from all corners of weird fiction, art, and scholarly endeavors. It will take place August 20th through the 23rd. Please visit their website at for additional details.

For those pulp and popular culture fans who prefer jungle adventures over cosmic horrors, the 2015 Dum Dum will be held over the same weekend as NecronomiCon Providence. It will take place at the Andrew Memorial Town Hall in Clinton, Connecticut. You’ll be able to meet the author and the illustrator of the first new Tarzan novel in years — Will Murray and Joe DeVito — as well as members of the Burroughs family, the President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and his Executive Assistant. The widow of Tarzan actor Denny Miller, Nancy Miller, will also be attending the Dum Dum.

To learn more about the 2015 Dum Dum, please visit or write to the convention’s organizer, Peggy Adler, at 5 Liberty Street, Clinton, CT 06413.

And remember, if you have yet to book your room for this year’s convention, please do so without delay. PulpFest will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon next week. There may still be some rooms available at nearby hotels. Please visit and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge you to book your room now and not wait until you arrive. Please book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

(Pictured above is the poster for the 2015 NecronomiCon Providence. The artist is Lee Moyer, an American painter, illustrator, graphic designer, web designer, poster artist and painter of book jackets, comic books, games and pin-ups. Moyer has created many Lovecraftian works of art, including the film poster for THE CALL OF CTHULHU, produced by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society in 2005. It will be shown at PulpFest 2015 on Friday, August 14th, beginning at 11:30 PM. Lee Moyer lives in Portland, Oregon.)

Fishing for Pulps

Feb 25, 2014 by

its-got-to-be-old-wally by HowittHere in the Northeast, the only fishing that we’ve been doing for the last few months has been through a hole cut in the ice. Thankfully, there’s a thaw in our future and soon we’ll be digging out our tackle boxes and our rods and heading for the “old fishing hole,” hoping to catch us a big ‘un.  But that’s not the only place to catch fish. You’ll find some of our favorite spots below.

Check out the fishing at the 35th annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show. This one-day show on Sunday, March 6th, will feature appearances by over forty-five writers and illustrators including James Blaylock, Christa Faust, Gary Gianni, Tim Kirk, Richard Lupoff, Larry Niven, Tim Powers, and many others. It will be held in the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California.

Unfortunately, the creek ran dry for the South’s leading pulp convention, Pulp Ark. This Arkansas-based event was noted for gathering together writers, artists, and fans of “new pulp” fiction. As such, it was home to the movement’s annual award ceremony. But all is not lost, thanks to MidSouthCon. Based in Memphis, Tennessee for over two decades, the convention will be handing out the New Pulp Awards on Sunday, March 23rd.

Grab your flashlight, catch some nightcrawlers, and head for Chicago’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. Now in its 14th year, the Windy will be celebrating the 85th anniversary of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, one of the best-known detective characters to emerge from the pulps. Noted for its excellent auctions and pulp art exhibition, this Second City convention will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from April 25th – 27th.

Fantastic PulpsLatch on to your oars and start rowing for Canada’s 18th annual Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale at the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library in Ontario. A small show featuring twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with vintage pulps and paperbacks, pulp reprints, posters, and more, it is set for Saturday, May 10th. You can learn more about this entertaining event by visiting the Girasol Collectables website.

If you’d rather fish than cut bait, then Cinevent 46, scheduled for May 22nd -25th, is for you. In addition to 170 tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, presskits, DVDs, and 16 mm films, Cinevent features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films and one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. It will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Cast your line at Adventure Fest, the latest edition of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship Convention. It will be held June 19th – 21st at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo, New Dakota and feature guest appearances by several of the creators of the Burroughs comic strips published by ERB, Inc.

Reel ’em in later this spring at Classicon 45, one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. Featuring 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more, it is held twice a year in Lansing, Michigan. For further information, write to the Curious Book Shop at 304 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 or by email at

See how the fish are biting on June 13th and 14th in Cross Plains, Texas at Robert E. Howard Days. This annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is presented by Project Pride of Cross Plains and sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation, with help from the members of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Patrice Louinet, one of the premier scholars in Howard studies, will be guest of honor.

What, you still haven’t caught your limit? Less than a week before summer’s great pulp con, the 2014 Burroughs Dum-Dum will be held at the LaSalle Hotel in Bryan, Texas from July 31st to August 2nd. Guests will be announced at a later date. For additional details, please write to Brad Vinson at

FlyerDon’t let the big one get away! Bring it in, hook, line, and sinker, by attending the destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials, PulpFest 2014. Join us from August 7th – 10th at the Hyatt Regency Columbus for summer’s great pulp con, celebrating science fiction’s golden year of 1939 and 75 years of fantastic fiction, as well as the shudder pulps of 1934!

At the same time he was churning out covers for Popular Publications’ Horror Stories, Operator #5, The Spider, Terror Tales, and other pulps, John Newton Howitt, the subject of David Saunders‘ 2014 presentation, was also contributing cover paintings to slick magazines such as The Country Gentleman, Liberty, and The Saturday Evening Post. He also created covers  for outdoor sporting magazines such as the  painting that leads off our post, entitled “It’s Got to Be Old Wally,” used on the July 1937 issue of National Sportsman.

Robert Harris painted the cover for the October 1937 issue of Doc Savage Magazine, illustrating Lester Dent’s “Repel,” while Graves Gladney contributed the artwork for the July 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, illustrating A. E. Van Vogt’s “Black Destroyer.”