Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage

Nov 25, 2019 by

Programming at PulpFest 2020

 

PulpFest is the summertime destination for fans of popular culture both old and new. 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.

From August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA, PulpFest will focus on a pair of creators and a magazine.

PulpFest 2020 will salute the centennial of author Ray Bradbury’s birth; the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK — the pulp where the hardboiled detective story took root; and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES artist Margaret Brundage. “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” have inspired and continue to inspire creators the world over.

And if three “B’s” aren’t enough for you, how about Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, a couple of “B” movies, plus our special guest: the “B”eautiful Eva Lynd.

Eva was a top model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, and a frequent collaborator with Doc Savage model Steve Holland.

So what’s your taste? Uncanny tales of wizards and warriors? Mysteries that leave you breathless? Dark demonic plots? Awe-inspiring intergalactic wars? They all have their roots in the pulps.

At PulpFest, you’ll discover new tales by the writers of Batman and Green Lantern. The novels that inspired STAR WARS. Horror tales that’ll freeze your spine and thrillers awash in enough blood to make Quentin Tarantino blanch.

Join us at PulpFest 2020 to find your next favorite read!

 

PulpFest 2020 Schedule

Thursday, August 6

Dealers’ Room
1:00 PM – 7:30 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up
3:00 PM – 7:30 PM — Member Registration and Early-Bird Shopping

Evening Programming
8:00 – 8:30 PM — Visions of Mars: The Early Years (Henry Franke)
8:35 – 9:20 PM — Science Fiction Fandom: The Early Years (David and Daniel Ritter)
9:25 – 10:10 PM — BLACK MASK: The Early Years (Walker Martin and Ed Hulse) (1920 – 1940)
10:15 – 10:55 PM — Bradbury in Hollywood (Martin Grams)
11:00 – 11:40 PM — Visions of Mars: The Pulp Years (Sara Light-Waller)
11:45 – 1:15 AM — Ray Bradbury’s IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

Friday, August 7

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

Afternoon Programming
1:00 – 2:30 PM — 2020 Art Show (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

1:00 – 1:30 PM — Author reading (to be announced)
1:35 – 2:05 PM — Author reading (to be announced)
2:10 – 2:40 PM — Author reading (to be announced)
2:45 – 3:15 PM — Author reading (to be announced)
3:20 – 3:50 PM — Author reading (to be announced)

4:00 – 4: 50 PM — Bradbury in Oz: How Baum’s Classics Influenced the Pulp Era (Sara Light-Waller)

3:45 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview

Evening Programming
6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)
7:00 – 7:45 PM — BLACK MASK: The Popular Years (John Wooley and John Gunnison) (1940 – 1951 and beyond)
7:50 – 8:35 PM — Visions of Bradbury: The Author at 100 (Garyn Roberts)
8:40 – 9:25 PM — The Weird Tales of Margaret Brundage (Doug Ellis)
9:30 – 10:10 PM — Visions of Mars: The Modern Years (Heidi Ruby Miller)
10:15 – 11:00 PM — FarmerCon XV Presentation: Topic Forthcoming (panelists to be announced, with Paul Spiteri moderating)
11:05 – 11:40 PM — Visions of Mars: Bradbury in the Comics (Don Simpson)
11:45 – 1:15 AM — Ray Bradbury’s THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS

Saturday, August 8

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

Afternoon Programming
1:00 – 2:30 PM — 2020 Art Show (sponsored by The Burroughs Bibliophiles)

12:50 – 1:20 PM — Author reading (to be announced)
1:25 – 1:55 PM — Author reading (to be announced)
2:00 – 2:30 PM — Author reading (to be announced)

2:35 – 3:20 PM — News from Tarzana: Thrilling Updates from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. (panelists to be announced, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)
3:25 – 4:10 PM — The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Expands: New Tales of Tarzan, John Carter, Carson of Venus, and More! (panelists to be announced, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)
4:15 – 5:00 PM — World-Building in Genre Fiction (authors Win Scott Eckert, Sara Light-Waller, Heidi Ruby Miller, and Joab Stieglitz, with Christopher Paul Carey moderating)

3:45 – 4:45 PM — Auction Preview

Evening Programming
7:00 – 7:30 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)
7:30 – 7:40 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by George Vanderburgh)
7:45 – 8:45 PM — An Evening with Eva Lynd (interview by Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle)
9:00 – 11:30 PM — Saturday Night Auction

Sunday, August 9

Dealers’ Room
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All (dealers may be packing up; buying opportunities may be limited)

Please note that the schedule above is subject to change.

(Every year, PulpFest celebrates mystery, adventure, science fiction, and other forms of genre fiction. The rough paper magazines played a major role in the development of fiction categories. Pulp publisher Street & Smith pioneered the specialized fiction magazine when it introduced DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE in late 1915. Although DETECTIVE STORY emphasized the more traditional or “clued” detective story, it helped to pave the way for BLACK MASK and its gritty style of crime fiction.

Debuting in 1920, BLACK MASK would introduce the world to the hardboiled detectives of Carol John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and many other fine writers. The BLACK MASK style of storytelling continues to influence fiction writers to this very day.

Perhaps one of the most iconic of the BLACK MASK detectives was Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. The character was the protagonist of “The Maltese Falcon,” a novel serialized in five parts, beginning with the September 1929 number of BLACK MASK. The issue featured cover art by H. C. Murphy.)

 

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)

Win Scott Eckert — HUNT THE AVENGER

Aug 11, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 is pleased to announce that Win Scott Eckert will read from his newest book, HUNT THE AVENGER, on Saturday, August 17 at 2:30 PM.

2019 Munsey Award nominee Win Scott Eckert launched the first Wold Newton website, The Wold Newton Universe in 1997. Over the next twenty-two years, he has written or co-written novels and short stories featuring characters such as Philip José Farmer’s Patricia Wildman, cult favorites Honey West and T. H. E. Cat, and classic properties such as The Green Hornet, Zorro, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Ghost, Captain Midnight, Phileas Fogg, Doc Ardan, Sexton Blake, and Sherlock Holmes. His latest novel is HUNT THE AVENGER which pairs The Avenger and The Domino Lady for a new pulp adventure.

Win is the editor of and a contributor to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE — a 2007 Locus Awards finalist — and co-editor with Christopher Paul Carey of TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He was co-editor  with Paul Spiteri of FARMERPHILE from 2007–2009. His massive timeline of crossover stories — CROSSOVERS: A SECRET CHRONOLOGY OF THE WORLD— was published by Black Coat Press in 2010. A tireless chronicler of Philip José Farmer’s idiosyncratic view of a broad shared universe, Eckert has shown remarkable fidelity to Farmer’s vision and serves as an inspiration to the many new pulp writers and pulp fiction scholars who have followed in his wake. Like Farmer, Win is one of the leading “Children of the Pulps.”

Win’s Saturday afternoon reading immediately follows his 1:30 PM book signing. After the author reading, please join Win as he takes part in the panel, Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction alongside Will Murray, Christopher Paul Carey, John C. Bruening, Craig McDonald, and moderator William Patrick Maynard. Saturday evening at 7:45 PM, Win joins Christopher Paul Carey, Garyn G. Roberts, Jason Aiken, and moderator Paul Spiteri for FarmerCon XIV: Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences.

Next year, Win will contribute TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR to the new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series of canonical novels coming from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He will take part in Friday afternoon’s panel, Entering the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe with Matt Betts, Heidi Ruby Miller, and moderator Christopher Paul Carey. Win is also working on a third Pat Wildman adventure and completing Philip José Farmer’s manuscript of THE MONSTER ON HOLD, the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series.

Win’s appearance takes the place of the previously announced reading by Christopher Ryan, author of Alex Simmon’s Blackjack and The Mallory and Gunner Series. Chris, unfortunately, had to change his plans at the last minute and will not be able to attend this summer’s convention.

(Win Scott Eckert’s HUNT THE AVENGER was recently released by Moonstone Books. It features cover art by Malcolm McClinton.)

Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe

Jul 30, 2019 by

A century before the term “crossover” became a buzzword in popular culture, Edgar Rice Burroughs created the first expansive, fully cohesive literary universe. Coexisting in this vast cosmos was a pantheon of immortal heroes and heroines. In Burroughs’ eighty-plus novels, their epic adventures transported them to strange and exotic worlds, the lost civilizations of Earth, and even to realms beyond the farthest star. Now the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe expands in an all-new series of canonical novels written by today’s talented authors!

Join Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Director of Publishing Christopher Paul Carey for an exclusive first glimpse at the recently announced Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series. The series represents the first time ERB, Inc., has declared official canon beyond the classic tales of wonder and imagination penned by Mr. Burroughs. Christopher will discuss the secrets of the newly expanding universe. He will be joined by several critically acclaimed authors who will be writing for the series. These include Matt Betts — who will be writing CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS — and Win Scott Eckert — who will be writing TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR. Heidi Ruby Miller — author of AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT and  MAN OF WAR: A TWO HAWKS ADVENTURE — will also be on hand with a special exclusive announcement.

The “Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe” PulpFest panel will take place on Friday, August 16, beginning at 2:30 PM. It will take the place of our previously announced “New Fictioneers” reading by Christopher Paul Carey.

(Trademark EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS UNIVERSE™ owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. The EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS UNIVERSE™ logo is a trademark of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Used by permission.)

Children of the Pulps — Part Three

Jul 19, 2019 by

The stories and art of the pulp magazines have had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. They have reverberated through a wide variety of media — comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video, anime, manga, and role-playing games.

Although science fiction can trace its roots to the imaginary voyages, satires, and utopias of the seventeenth century, scholars have repeatedly pointed to Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN  — originally published in 1818 — as the first science-fiction novel. Twenty-five years later — beginning with “MS. Found in a Bottle” — Edgar Allan Poe began to use logic and science to explain elements of his fantastic stories. The strength of Poe’s stories inspired authors around the world. One was Jules Verne, who introduced “precise, scientific details” into FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, and other tales.

As the 19th century progressed and more people were reading, magazines naturally developed a wider audience. For the more literary, there were titles such as BLACKWOOD’S MAGAZINE and HARPER’S NEW MONTHLY. For those with less refined tastes, there were dime novels, penny-dreadfuls, and story papers. It was in these publications that the “American Jules Verne,” Luis Senarens, developed the Frank Reade, Jr. series that featured steam-powered contraptions in exciting adventure yarns. During the late nineteenth century, the thrilling yarns of Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard, and later, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H. G. Wells, helped to develop a market for the British popular fiction magazine. The United States would follow in late 1896 when Frank A. Munsey converted THE ARGOSY to an all-fiction, rough-paper magazine.

From its start as a pulp, THE ARGOSY was home to fantastic fiction, reprinting a dystopian short story in its first issue. Other works featured by the magazine included Park Winthrop’s “The Land of the Central Sun” and William Wallace Cook’s “A Round Trip to the Year 2000.”

Selling in the hundreds of thousands, THE ARGOSY was bound to generate imitators. Street & Smith — the longtime publisher of dime novels and story papers — was first to meet the call, debuting THE POPULAR MAGAZINE with its November 1903 issue. Munsey himself would be next in line, introducing THE ALL-STORY in late 1904.

More than any other pulp prior to the introduction of the science fiction and fantasy fiction magazines, THE ALL-STORY became the major repository for the “different” tale, the pseudo-scientific yarn, the scientific romance, or the “off-the-trail” story. In its February 1912 issue, the Munsey pulp would begin serializing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Under the Moons of Mars.” The author would follow with Tarzan of the Apes,” published in its entirety in the October 1912 number.

Burroughs’ two classics, along with the pseudo-scientific works of H. G. Wells and his American counterpart, George Allan England, would serve as templates for much of the science fiction written over the next twenty-five years, generating a type of story best known as “the scientific romance.” THE ALL-STORY editor Robert H. Davis, in particular, worked to develop this school of fiction, creating a stable of writers who could contribute such stories. Davis can very well be thought of as “The Grandfather of Science Fiction.”

Although the scientific romances published in the Munsey pulps remained popular, beginning in late 1915, a trend toward specialized magazines slowly emerged. Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE was the first successful specialty pulp. Over the next decade, magazines specializing in western fiction, love stories, sea yarns, and sports fiction would follow. In early 1923, a pulp devoted to the fantasy and horror genres — WEIRD TALES — would be launched.

In addition to publishing some of the best fantasy and supernatural fiction of the twentieth century, WEIRD TALES, like the Munsey magazines, featured science fiction in its pages. Edmond Hamilton — who began selling to the magazine in 1926 — was the pulp’s leading contributor of science fiction. With tales of super-science about alien invasions, space police, and evolution gone wild, the author became known as “World-Wrecker” Hamilton. Other notable science fiction contributors included Austin Hall, Otis Adelbert Kline, Frank Belknap Long, C. L. Moore, Donald Wandrei, Jack Williamson, and H. P. Lovecraft, spinning his own brand of science fiction in tales of cosmic horror.

Although science fiction was frequently found in its pages, WEIRD TALES was not the first specialized science fiction magazine. That was left for Hugo Gernsback to develop. Called “The Barnum of the Space Age” in 1963, Gernsback came to the United States in 1904. He began importing electronic parts and equipment and sold them via mail order catalog. Gernback’s catalog soon evolved into a magazine, MODERN ELECTRICS, selling for ten cents. In 1911, it began publishing fiction, serializing Gernsback’s own story, “Ralph 124C 41+,” in twelve parts.

In the spring of 1913, Gernsback began publishing a new science periodical, THE ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER. Before long, it was also publishing fiction alongside technical articles. Beginning with its August 1920 number, Gernback’s magazine became SCIENCE AND INVENTION.

The scientifically-trained Gernsback was committed to educating his audience about science and technology through the fiction he published. That all changed in early 1923 when — perhaps in an effort to boost circulation or to test the waters in the growing market for specialized fiction magazines — Gernsback began publishing fiction that was meant to entertain. He reprinted two short works by H. G. Wells, and later, new works by George Allan England and Ray Cummings. The August 1923 issue of SCIENCE AND INVENTION was a “Scientific Fiction Number.” It featured six “scientifiction” stories including “The Man from the Atom,” a short story by a new author, sixteen-year-old G. Peyton Wertenbaker.

SCIENCE AND INVENTION and his other technical magazines were mere stepping stones for Hugo Gernsback. In the spring of 1926, he introduced a full-fledged science fiction — or as he then termed it, “scientifiction” — magazine. It was hard to miss the first issue of AMAZING STORIES — dated April 1926 — on the newsstand. It was larger than the typical pulp magazine. Vivid, three-dimensional block letters trailed across its masthead, set against a bright yellow backdrop. Frank R. Paul’s cover art depicted a number of ice skaters, gliding in front of snow heaps crowned by two stranded sailing vessels. Looming behind this scene was a bright red, ringed planet and a small moon.

In 1987, the late Jack Williamson wrote: “I don’t think anybody today can entirely understand what it meant to me and many like me then . . . but we found sheer wonder in AMAZING STORIES, a rich new revelation of exciting things to come, a dazzling vision of new ideas and discoveries and inventions that could push our future frontiers wider, make all our lives richer.”

Within months of its introduction, AMAZING STORIES was selling over 100,000 copies of each issue. In establishing the first specialized science-fiction magazine, Gernsback had tapped a vein of wonder shared by lonely individuals scattered across the country, all of them prone to “imaginative flights of fancy.”

The names on the front covers of the early AMAZING STORIES were certainly major selling points: Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Edgar Allan Poe, Garrett P. Serviss, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and others. Gernsback also offered story contests. These helped him to acquire a stable of new writers willing and able to write scientifiction: Miles J. Breur, Clare Winger Harris, David H. Keller, S. P. Meek, H. Hyatt Verrill, Harl Vincent, and others. Through the AMAZING STORIES letter column — “Discussions” — Hugo Gernsback also reeled readers into his world of wonder.

With the August 1928 number of AMAZING STORIES, Gernsback introduced his readers to E. E. “Doc” Smith’s “The Skylark of Space.” Also appearing in the issue was Philip Francis Nowlan’s “Armageddon — 2419 AD,” the first tale to feature Buck Rogers. These two “space operas” would color science fiction for well over a decade, turning the genre away from the Munsey type of story — popular with a wide range of readers, both male and female — and toward “that crazy Buck Rogers stuff.”

Although he introduced AMAZING STORIES QUARTERLY in the winter of 1928, Hugo Gernsback was increasingly experiencing cash flow problems. Plowing money into his radio interests and paying very hefty salaries to his brother and himself, Gernsback’s Experimenter Publishing Company was forced into bankruptcy.

Although down but not out, Hugo Gernsback used assets tied to his importing and radio businesses to launch a new larger-sized pulp in May 1929. Called SCIENCE WONDER STORIES, Gernsback called the stories in his new magazine, “science fiction.” Unlike “scientifiction,” this name would stick.

With the growth of the science fiction field — both AMAZING and SCIENCE WONDER also issued quarterlies — other publishers began to notice the field. William Clayton — publisher of SNAPPY STORIES, RANCH ROMANCES, and other titles — was the first to take a bite. Not enamored with the Gernsback style of science fiction, Clayton was more interested in stories of action and adventure . . . “that crazy Buck Rogers stuff.” His new magazine would be called ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SUPER-SCIENCE. According to Alva Rogers:

ASTOUNDING was unabashedly an action adventure magazine and made no pretense of trying to present science in a sugar-coated form . . .  The amount of science found in its pages was minimal – just enough to support the action and little more. Lessons in science could be obtained in school or in text books; driving action and heroic adventure was what the reader of ASTOUNDING wanted. Interplanetary wars and space battles, hideous and menacing Bug Eyed Monsters . . . the courage, ingenuity and brains of a single puny man, or small group of men, pitted against the terrible might and overwhelming scientific knowledge of extraterrestrial aliens – with defeat the inevitable fate of the invaders: that was what set the reader’s pulse pounding. . . . Action was the hallmark of ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SUPER-SCIENCE.”

Although the early ASTOUNDING would serve as a repository for space battles and bug-eyed monsters, after it was acquired by Street & Smith in 1933, it would launch what has become known as Science Fiction’s Golden Age. Utilizing writers both old and new, editor John W. Campbell began to set the stage in 1938 and early 1939, publishing such stories as Lester Del Rey’s “Helen O’Loy,” Clifford D. Simak’s “Cosmic Engineers,” Don A. Stuart’s “Who Goes There?” and “Cloak of Aesir,” and Jack Williamson’s “The Legion of Time” and its sequel, “One Against the Legion.”

The July 1939 issue however, is cited most often as the start of the Golden Age of ASTOUNDING and, in turn, of science fiction. Behind a very effective cover by SHADOW cover artist Graves Gladney, the reader would find the first prose fiction by radio soap opera writer A. E. van Vogt as well as the young Isaac Asimov’s first story for ASTOUNDING SCIENCE-FICTION. August’s and September’s issues continued the trend with the first stories of Robert A. Heinlein and Theodore Sturgeon appearing in the magazine. October’s number began the serialization of E. E. Smith’s cosmic adventure, “Gray Lensman,” along with another tale by Heinlein.

The start of the new decade brought with it the flowering of Robert Heinlein as he contributed “Reqiem,” his first novel “If This Goes On—,” “The Roads Must Roll,” and “Blowups Happen.” L. Ron Hubbard’s “Final Blackout” as well as A. E. van Vogt’s “Slan,” were also serialized by Campbell during the year. 1941 continued apace with the first of Heinlein’s works as Anson McDonald—“Sixth Column,” “Solution Unsatisfactory,” and “By His Bootstraps”—as well as “—And He Built a Crooked House,” “Logic of Empire,” “Universe,” and “Methuselah’s Children,” all published under his own name. Heinlein however, was not alone in 1941. Leigh Brackett contributed “Martian Quest;” L. Sprague de Camp offered “The Stolen Dormouse;” Theodore Sturgeon shared “Microcosmic God;” Eric Frank Russell and A. E. van Vogt respectively produced the first tales in their “Jay Score” and “Weapon Shops” series; Isaac Asimov presented “Nightfall” and the first of his robot stories; and E. E. Smith began “Second Stage Lensmen.”

ASTOUNDING SCIENCE-FICTION would continue to publish outstanding works of science fiction throughout World War II and for many years to come. More importantly, it would inspire new magazines dedicated to fantasy and science fiction — GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and others — and older magazines — including AMAZING STORIES and THRILLING WONDER STORIES — to step up their game and publish quality science fiction. We’re still enjoying the results eighty years after that momentous issue of ASTOUNDING SCIENCE-FICTION, dated July 1939.

Over the last three days, we’ve explored just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the profound effect of the stories and art of the pulp magazines on popular culture. THE SHADOWWEIRD TALES, and the early science fiction pulps are just a few of the many rough-paper magazines that have inspired pop culture creators over the decades. 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,” with presentations on Zorro, Dashiell Hammett, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Sherlock Holmes, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and more. It’s all part of our examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture. We hope you’ll join us from August 15 – 18 at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania.

(Soon after starting his monthly SCIENCE WONDER STORIES, Hugo Gernsback debuted a quarterly title. Its first issue was dated Fall 1929. After three quarterly issues, the “Science” was dropped from its title. In his editorial remarks published in the May 1930 issue of SCIENCE WONDER STORIES, Gernsback noted, “It has been felt for some time that the word “Science” has tended to retard the progress of the magazine, because many people had the impression that it is a sort of scientific periodical rather than a fiction magazine.” Although he continued to publish his science fiction magazine, future issues would feature a new title: WONDER STORIES. His quarterly was likewise retitled.

Frank R. Paul painted all of the covers for Hugo Gernsback’s WONDER STORIES QUARTERLY. We believe that that the artist’s cover for the Fall 1932 quarterly aptly depicts the “sheer wonder” that Jack Williamson and other readers found in the early science fiction pulps.

Unlike the Munsey pulps, THE POPULAR MAGAZINE offered a smattering of the fantastic over the years: H. Rider Haggard’s “Ayesha: The Further History of She,” Edgar Wallace’s “The Green Rust,” Fred MacIsaac’s “The Last Atlantide,” and Sean O’Larkin’s “Morgo the Mighty” are a few examples. The latter novel garnered the cover art on three of the four issues in which it was serialized. Howard V. Brown contributed the cover painting for the first installment, which ran in the second August 1930 number. It was one of very few fantastic covers to be featured on the Street & Smith pulp magazine.

Who knows whether the “Scientific Fiction Number” was an effort to boost circulation or to test the waters in the growing market for specialized fiction magazines? Unfortunately, Hugo Gernsback did not share that information. However, we do know that Howard V. Brown painted the cover for the August 1923 issue.

Not long after the appearance of the November 1928 number of AMAZING STORIES — with its wondrous Frank R. Paul cover — Gernsback’s printer demanded payment on past due bills. The publisher filed for bankruptcy. In early 1929, the Experimenter Publishing Company went into receivership. The last issue of AMAZING STORIES to be edited by Hugo Gernsback was dated April 1929.

Prior to creating the cover art for the first issue of ASTOUNDING STORIES OF SUPER-SCIENCE, H. W. Wessolowski had done a half-dozen covers for AMAZING STORIES and its quarterly companion. Beginning with the January 1930 number, he would become the primary cover artist for the Clayton science fiction pulp.

One of the many changes — or “mutations” as he called them — that John W. Campbell instituted at ASTOUNDING after taking over as editor in late 1937, was the hiring of long-time ADVENTURE artist, Hubert Rogers. The free-lance illustrator’s first cover was the February 1939 number. Eventually, he would paint nearly sixty covers for Campbell’s ASTOUNDING, including the April 1940 number, illustrating L. Ron Hubbard’s “Final Blackout.”

To learn more about the influence of the early science fiction pulps, please visit the PulpFest Instagram page.)

What’s This PulpFest All About?

Jul 5, 2019 by

So what’s this PulpFest that has so many people talking? With over 3,200 likes on Facebook, hundreds of followers on Instagram, and nearly 1,100 followers on Twitter, it certainly has been generating a lot of excitement. But what’s it all about?

PulpFest is named for pulp magazines — fiction periodicals named after the cheap pulp paper on which they were printed. Frank A. Munsey pioneered the format in 1896 with THE ARGOSY. Stories like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan and the Apes” and Max Brand’s “Destry Rides Again” really got things moving.

The pulps started to flourish following the introduction of specialized magazines such as DETECTIVE STORY and LOVE STORY. Publishing legends BLACK MASKWEIRD TALES and AMAZING STORIES debuted during the 1920s. The early thirties introduced the hero pulps, while science fiction exploded as the world went to war in 1939.

By the early fifties, the pulps had largely disappeared. Although displaced by paperback books, comics, radio, television, movies, and more, the rough-paper periodicals had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. They inspired everything from STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK to Batman and Spider-Man. The fiction and art of the pulps reverberated through comic books, movies, paperbacks, television, and even anime and role-playing games.

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. To see what PulpFest is all about, click the Programming button below our home page banner to get a taste for the topics that we’ll explore in 2019.

Beyond our programming, the PulpFest dealers’ room will feature tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, genre books, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and collectible comic books and newspaper adventure strips.

The convention will take place from Thursday evening, August 15, through Sunday afternoon, August 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the button below the PulpFest banner to “Book a Room. Alternately, you can call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. When calling, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate.

Start planning now to join PulpFest 2019 at the “pop culture center of the universe.” You can join the convention by clicking the Register button below our home page banner. If you’d like to pay for your membership via Paypal, you’ll find our Paypal link on our registration page.

(Published by the Frank A. Munsey Company, the October 1912 issue of THE ALL-STORY featured Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” published in its entirety. Clinton Pettee painted the front cover art for the magazine.

Burroughs’ Tarzan is the most famous character to emerge from the pulps. Others include Zorro, Conan the Barbarian, Dr. Kildare, The Shadow, Buck Rogers, Sam Spade, Doc Savage, and Cthulhu.

Come to PulpFest 2019 and learn how the pulps continue to inspire the world’s pop culture creators.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2019

Jul 4, 2019 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest to say thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? We’ll be giving them to our members free of charge. The only requirement is to attend PulpFest 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry between August 15 and August 18!

In alphabetical order, we’d like to thank Dustin Wright and Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU and other role-playing games. Chaosium has donated a selection of horror and fantasy books to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2019.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. has donated several softcover copies of books inspired by the fantastic work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. PulpFest is also happy to welcome Christopher Paul Carey — the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. — to this year’s convention. He’ll be reading from his own fiction and appearing on a number of panels. Christopher is the authorized continuation chronicler of Philip Jose Farmer’s KHOKARSA series and among the stable of licensed authors in THE WILD ADVENTURES OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS series.

Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION — celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019 — has provided PulpFest with several cartons of back issues. These will be handed out by our registration staff as long as supplies last. The award-winning magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Science fiction and fantasy publisher Meteor House has sponsored this year’s “Welcome to PulpFest” banner. It will be on display at our registration desk. Watch for our post about this year’s banner in August.

Mike Chomko, Books — a longtime dealer at PulpFest, Pulpcon, and other conventions — has contributed a handful of recent Sherlock Holmes books to be offered as prizes to attendees of “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps” on Friday evening, August 16.

Mike is also helping to sponsor our hospitality suite. PulpFest‘s host hotel has provided a room near its elevators where our members can socialize after a hearty day of collecting and programming. Stop by to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting.

Raw Dog Screaming Press — the recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction — for deciding to hold their “Sweet Sixteen” celebration at this year’s PulpFest. Coffee, tea, and sweets — celebrating sixteen years of high quality fiction — will be available at their “Rapid-Fire Reads” on both Friday and Saturday morning.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s Pulp Con” through the past year. Special thanks to Jim Beard, Steve Ericson of Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, John Koch, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various venues.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, July 31 is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner, you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(On July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day. Herbert Morton Stoops‘ cover to the March 1946 issue of THE BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE — entitled “The Birth of a Nation” — is a perfect illustration for the occasion. From January through November 1946, BLUE BOOK ran an eleven-part series of Stoops cover paintings entitled “This Is Our Land.”

The first issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION was released in the Fall of 1949. Help it celebrate seventy years of publishing great speculative fiction by picking up a copy of the July and August 2019 number, featuring cover art by Mondolithic Studios.)

The Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Jul 3, 2019 by

The late Ray Bradbury called Edgar Rice Burroughs “the most influential writer, bar none,” of the twentieth century. In TARZAN: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, Tracy Scott Griffin labels Burroughs’ Tarzan as “one of the greatest literary achievements in history,” placing the character alongside “King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Superman in worldwide popularity.”

As part of our focus on the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators, PulpFest 2019 will host an exhibition dedicated to artwork inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs. On display will be original art for books, newspaper strips, comic books, graphic albums, and fan magazines, created by such major illustrators as Bob Abbett, Richard Hescox, Joe Jusko, and Richard Powers. Other prominent professional and fan artists will also be featured in the show.

A follow-up to last year’s rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley, here is your chance to view works featured in some of the most prominent archive editions and books featuring Burroughs’ work. With the support of The Burroughs Bibliophiles — the nonprofit literary society devoted to Burroughs and his works — this year’s PulpFest art show promises to be a unique way to experience the creative worlds 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 Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs” will be open for viewing from 2:30 to 4:30 PM on both days.

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 in Mars, PA.

To become a member of 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.

(Founded in September 1960, The Burroughs Bibliophiles is a worldwide organization of aficionados who share a love for the works and characters of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the celebrated creator of Tarzan. The group’s membership list boasts its fair share of bestselling authors, artists, scientists, teachers, and academicians, as well as readers who simply love a good story well told. Their logo is based upon J. Allen St. John‘s dust jacket art for TARZAN AND THE GOLDEN LION, published by A.C. McClurg & Co. in 1923.)

 

 

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 erbzine.com/dumdum/ or contact Frank Puncer at fwpuncer@gmail.com 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 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! 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.”)

Robert H. Davis — The Grandfather of Science Fiction

May 29, 2019 by

Born in Nebraska on March 23, 1869, Robert Hobart Davis has been called the greatest editor of the pulp era. Trained in the newspaper industry, Davis became the managing editor of Frank A. Munsey’s NEW YORK SUNDAY NEWS in the early 1900s. He soon shifted to fiction editor for MUNSEY’S MAGAZINE. As Munsey added more magazines to his stable, he turned them over to Davis. THE ALL-STORY MAGAZINE, THE CAVALIER, RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE, THE SCRAP BOOK, and others were edited by Bob Davis.

Sam Hellman — a Davis protégé — knew of no other editor who had “graduated more writers from pulp to prominent pay.” Pulp historian John Locke also noted that, “More than sixty authors — many of them well-known — dedicated their books to Bob Davis.”

Bob Davis was the literary godfather to “Edgar Rice Burroughs, Zane Grey, Edison Marshall, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Octavus Roy Cohen, Max Brand, Fannie Hurst, Israel Zangwill, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Sophie Kerr, Frank L. Packard, Montague Glass, Arthur Somers Roche, Faith Baldwin, James Oliver Curwood, Rex Beach, Louis Joseph Vance, Charles Van Loan, and Ben Ames Williams,” according to Richard Cary. He also signed O. Henry to a long-term contract — giving Munsey first look at the author’s works — and acquired the rights to Joseph Conrad’s last major work, “Victory.”

Science fiction and fantasy also owe a great deal to Robert H. Davis. He was a major force in their development during the early years of the twentieth century. Using the scientific romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs as a template, Davis inspired a style of fiction for the Munsey stable of magazines. He called this style the “different” story. The Munsey editor discovered or cultivated the talents of Ray Cummings, George Allan England, Philip M. Fisher, Homer Eon Flint, J. U. Giesy, Austin Hall, Murray Leinster, A. Merritt, Todd Robbins, Victor Rousseau, Garrett P. Serviss, Perley Poore Sheehan, Francis Stevens, and Charles B. Stilson. Robert H. Davis can very well be thought of as “The Grandfather of Science Fiction.”

Join PulpFest 2019 on Thursday evening, August 15, as we welcome Gene Christie for a look at the life of Bob Davis and his importance to the development of science fiction and fantasy.

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. 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.

(Although he cultivated a school of writers to create “pseudoscientific” or “different” stories for the Munsey chain of magazines, Robert H. Davis also turned to Edgar Rice Burroughs for many such works. One was “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.

Gene Christie will explore the life and influence of “The Grandfather of Science Fiction” at PulpFest 2019. A longtime pulp collector and scholar, Gene has edited over a dozen anthologies for various publishers. THE CRIME MAGNET: THE ADVENTURES OF MAJOR BERNARD DE TREVILLE, THE MAN WHO FOUND ZERO: EARLY SCIENCE FICTION AND WEIRD FANTASY FROM THE BLACK CAT, THE PEOPLE OF THE PIT AND OTHER EARLY HORRORS FROM THE MUNSEY PULPS, THE SPACE ANNIHILATOR: EARLY SCIENCE FICTION FROM THE ARGOSY, and THE THING FROM — OUTSIDE are just a few of Gene’s books.)