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.)

 

Author Signings at PulpFest 2019

Jun 17, 2019 by

There will be more than 30 fiction writers attending PulpFest 2019. Most of them will be reading from their work or participating in panels on writing and pulp fiction.

PulpFest 2019 will host nine readings by contemporary authors of genre fiction as part of its long-running New Fictioneers series. You can read about this year’s New Fictioneers readings here and here.

The convention will also host the Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration on Friday and the Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read on Saturday. Additionally, PulpFest 2019 will showcase Popular Fiction from Seton Hill prior to the Dog Star event. Join Dog Star Books founder and author Heidi Ruby Miller and three writers from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program on Saturday morning, August 17, in the convention’s programming hall.

One of the highlights of Saturday’s programming line-up will be a panel on Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction. Fu Manchu continuation author William Patrick Maynard will be joined by Midnight Guardian creator John Bruening; Christopher Paul Carey, Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc; Philip José Farmer collaborator Win Scott Eckert; Edgar-nominated author Craig McDonald, creator of the Hector Lassiter historical crime series; and Will Murray, author of “The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage and Tarzan.”

In addition to the previously mentioned, PulpFest 2019 will stage two formal author signing sessions, right outside the entrance to our dealers’ room. The signings will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Our writer guests will also have copies of their recent books available for sale.

Friday afternoon’s signings will feature pulp historian and 2004 recipient of the Lamont award John Locke in advance of his Saturday evening presentation, “Born Writing: The Unparalleled Career of Arthur J. Burks;” pulp’s indefatigable Renaissance man, 1979 Lamont award recipient, and official continuation author of Doc Savage, Tarzan, and The Spider, Will Murray; as well as renowned horror, science fiction, and suspense author and PulpFest 2015 guest of honor, Chet Williamson.

Saturday afternoon’s signings will feature the author of ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATIONNicholas Parisi following his Friday evening presentation, “The Key of Imagination: THE TWILIGHT ZONE and the Pulps.” Also appearing will be critically acclaimed pop culture historian and 2006 Lamont Award recipient John Wooley of Reverse Karma Press following his Friday evening presentation, “Dashiell Hammett and the Detective Story” and 2019 Munsey Award nominee, Win Scott Eckert who will be signing copies of his new novel, HUNT THE AVENGER.

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.

(This year’s PulpFest will host over thirty writers of contemporary genre fiction. Most of them will be part of the convention’s afternoon programming on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17.

Of particular note will be PulpFest’s first organized book signing event. Our guest authors will be more than happy to sign copies of their books on August 16 and 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. So be sure to bring your copy of MR. CALAMITY, the latest Doc Savage adventure, featuring cover art by Joe DeVito.)

 

Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction

May 10, 2019 by

PulpFest is proud that over 30 popular fiction writers will be attending our 2019 convention. “Back in the day,” the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing today’s pulp fiction!

At 3:15 PM on Saturday, August 17, please join Fu Manchu continuation author William Patrick Maynard in the PulpFest 2019 programming hall for a look at contemporary genre fiction. Joining him for the panel will be a quintet of established authors.

John C. Bruening is the co-founder of Flinch Books, publisher of Bruening’s critically acclaimed Prohibition-era pulp hero series MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN that began with 2016’s HOUR OF DARKNESS and continues with the 2019 publication of THE ANNIHILATION MACHINE. Bruening has also edited Flinch Books‘  adventure, horror, and science fiction anthologies BIG TOP TALES, RESTLESS, and QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS

Recently named the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Christopher Paul Carey is also among the most accomplished of the stable of licensed authors in THE WILD ADVENTURES OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS series. He is also the authorized continuation chronicler of Philip Jose Farmer’s KHOKARSA series that bridges the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard. Carey has authored the novels SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN, BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, HADON — KING OF OPAR, EXILES OF KHO, and THE SONG OF KWASIN. He is also an accomplished editor, comic book writer, essayist, and author of short fiction.

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 Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Ghost, Phileas Fogg, The Domino Lady, and Sherlock Holmes. His latest novel is HUNT THE AVENGER. A tireless chronicler of 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 who have followed in his wake.

Author of the Edgar-nominated HECTOR LASSITER historical crime series, Craig McDonald is an award-winning novelist, journalist and editor. The HECTOR LASSITER series chronicles the exploits of a fictional BLACK MASK author and his encounters with such notable figures as Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Ian Fleming, and Lester Dent. McDonald’s internationally acclaimed works have found a global audience and have also been adapted in graphic novel format. His works have been published by Simon & Schuster and Macmillan Press.

It is arguable if a man who has penned so many introductions needs one of his own, but Will Murray’s many accomplishments and the esteem in which he is held by his peers demand recognition. Will Murray is the legendary author, historian, and comic book writer who continues to set the bar for everyone else in the field. The official continuation author of Doc Savage, Murray has also been licensed to continue the adventures of Tarzan, The Shadow, and King Kong. A tireless researcher of pulp and comics history, Murray has written extensively for both Marvel and DC Comics and co-created Squirrel Girl with the late Steve Ditko. Recipient of numerous industry awards for his scholarship, his fiction has also been recognized with Pulp Ark and Pulp Factory with Awards for Best Series Revival and Best Novel, respectively. A Lamont Award recipient in 1979 for his contributions to the betterment of the pulp community, Will Murray is just as vital 40 years later as he has ever been.

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.

(In 2018, acclaimed artist Mark Wheatley shared with PulpFest the extensive array of illustrations that he created for the novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

In his novel, Christopher Paul Carey expands on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Moon novels, while remaining solidly true to the established lore of the series. “This was a great project to be a part of,” Wheatley told us. “As a long-time Burroughs fan, I can tell you that Christopher is an excellent author. If I had any problem illustrating this book, it was that I was limited to eighteen pages of illustrations, and Christopher easily had a hundred great scenes in his manuscript!”)

Buying at PulpFest 2019

Apr 26, 2019 by

PulpFest is a paradise for fans of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. Collectors will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, vintage comic books, and more in our spacious dealers’ room. W’ere at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp or genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus PressMeteor HouseSanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of contemporary fiction will have readings by authors on both Friday and Saturday, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in Bronze, Flinch Books, Raw Dog Screaming Press, and other publishers.

In addition to our great dealers’ room, PulpFest 2019 will hold a live auction on Saturday night.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on August 16 and 17. It will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, August 18. Sunday buying and selling opportunities may be limited as many dealers will be packing to return home.

We will also have early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, August 15, from 4 to 8 PM. If you stay at the DoubleTree, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a great savings to reward loyal attendees who reduce the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. If you stay elsewhere, you can still purchase early-bird privileges for $30.

You can book a room at the DoubleTree by clicking the “Book a Room” button below the PulpFest banner on our home page. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night.

To learn more about registering for the convention, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner on our home page.

If you read or collect pulps, genre fiction, books, vintage paperbacks or comic books, original artwork, or other pop culture collectibles, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES — featuring cover art by Hannes Bok — at this year’s PulpFest. Or how about a copy of John Bruening’s Midnight Guardian novel, HOUR OF DARKNESS? The one with cover art by Tom Gianni.

Start planning now to attend PulpFest and its celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. This year, we’ll be focusing on “The Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” Our programming will explore the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire pop culture creators.

Be sure to join PulpFest 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry this summer. We’ll be there August 15 – 18, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2019 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or jack@pulpfest.com.)

Have a Programming Idea? Share It with PulpFest!

Sep 24, 2018 by

For the last ten years, PulpFest has put on some of the best programming around. It’s our claim to fame.

PulpFest is the summertime destination for fans of vintage popular fiction and related collectibles. It has become the “pop culture center of the universe” due to our celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. If you enjoy  genre writers such as J. K. Rowling, Michael Connelly, and Stephen King, PulpFest is for you!

PulpFest celebrates the pulps by calling attention to the ways these throw-away magazines still inspire writers, artists, film directors, game designers, and other creators.

Tell us what you want to see at PulpFest. Write to programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.comHe wants to hear from you. Then join us next year at PulpFest 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.”

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(Released in 1939, THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS collects the stories  of H. P. Lovecraft. With jacket art by Virgil Finlay, Arkham House only printed 1,268 copies. You can find it at PulpFest.

Earlier this year, Scribner released THE OUTSIDER by bestselling author Stephen King. We don’t know how many copies were printed, but it was more than 1,268. If you like King, you’ll love PulpFest.)

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Buying at PulpFest

Apr 20, 2018 by

Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and more in our spacious dealers’ room, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

In addition to our great dealers’ room, PulpFest 2018 will hold two live auctions. The convention will be offering pulps and other materials from the estates of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. We’ll have pulps and digests from such diverse genres as science fiction, adventure, sports, and the western field. Also included will be some rare premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and more. The auctions will follow our programming on both Friday and Saturday nights.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus PressMeteor HouseSanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, Flinch Books, and other purveyors of today’s finest genre fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 27 and 28, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, July 29. However, buying and selling opportunities may be limited on Sunday as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home.

Don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, if you stay at the DoubleTree, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings to reward loyal attendees who help us reduce the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel!

You can book your room at the DoubleTree by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page. To learn more about registering for the convention, click one of the Register buttons on our home page. Remember, if you read or collect pulps, genre fiction, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find an issue of Fawcett’s BATTLE STORIES at this year’s PulpFest. Perhaps it will be the July 1930 issue, featuring cover art by George Rozen.  Debuting with its September 1927 number, BATTLE STORIES was one of the leaders in its fiction category. It debuted about a year after Dell’s WAR STORIES, the first of the so-called “war pulps.”

We’ll be honoring the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the war pulps of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. We’ll also be celebrating the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. Our guest of honor will be award-winning author Joe Lansdale.

Start planning now to attend PulpFest and its celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Be sure to join PulpFest 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry this summer. We’ll be there July 26 – 29, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the “pop culture center of the universe.”

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2018 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or jack@pulpfest.com.)

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2017

Jun 7, 2017 by

Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 28 and 29, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, July 30 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings!

You can book your room at the DoubleTree by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page. To learn about registering for the convention, click the Register for 2017 button below our home page banner. Remember, if you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find one of the early issues of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — such as the July 1932 issue, featuring cover artwork by William Reusswig — at this year’s PulpFest. Debuting with its November 1931 number, DIME DETECTIVE was one of the leaders in its fiction category and helped to turn Popular into a powerhouse of the pulp magazine industry.

We’ll be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps at this year’s convention. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the “pop culture center of the universe” in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.)

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2016

May 16, 2016 by

Detective Story 1915-10-05Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, original artwork, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located in the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction. We’ll also have pulp-related gaming supplies.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 22 and 23, and until 2 PM on Sunday, July 24 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $25-30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings! Plus, if you prepay your membership and attend our annual business meeting on Saturday evening, you might win a free membership to next year’s PulpFest!

You can book your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page and learn about registering for the convention by clicking the Register for 2016 button below our home page banner. Remember, “If you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books .  .  .  PulpFest is the place to be.”

(Perhaps you’ll find the first issue of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE — dated October 5, 1915 and featuring cover artwork by John A. Coughlin — at this year’s PulpFest. You won’t find out unless you attend. We’ll be celebrating the specialty pulp magazine — DETECTIVE STORY was the first — at this year’s convention. Later specialty pulps included LOVE STORY, SPORTS STORY, and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE. We hope to see you in beautiful, downtown Columbus, Ohio from July 21 to 24 at the pop culture center of the universe — Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”)

Your Last Chance to Guess Our Guest’s Identity

Jan 10, 2016 by

Amazing Stories 26-04On Thursday evening, we drew your attention to the fact that we are planning to announce our convention’s 2016 guest of honor on Monday, January 11th. The news will be released here and on our social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We also mentioned that we’re planning to offer a wide array of programming at PulpFest 2016, including salutes to the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells — author of “The Time Machine,” “War of the Worlds,” and other classic science-fiction novels — and the 90th anniversary of the first science-fiction pulp, AMAZING STORIES.

As we mentioned in our post concerning THE ARGOSY  the first American periodical specifically designed for the common man — pulp magazines were named for the cheap paper on which they were printed. Nearly two decades after Frank A. Munsey pioneered the format in late 1896, the rough-paper periodicals began to specialize with the introduction of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE by Street & Smith. During the 1920s more magazines geared toward specific genres were introduced: LOVE STORY, SEA STORIES, SPORT STORY MAGAZINE, GHOST STORIES, WAR STORIES, and others. The movement would culminate in single-character magazines such as THE SHADOW or DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.

It was hard to miss the inaugural issue of AMAZING STORIES — the first magazine to be geared toward the science-fiction reader. Larger than the typical pulp magazine with three-dimensional block letters trailing across its masthead, with a bright yellow backdrop that framed an alien landscape, a ringed planet and small moon, the magazine certainly stood out on the sales rack.

The names on the front cover of the early issues of AMAZING STORIES were also major selling points for the magazine: Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Edgar Allan Poe, Garrett P. Serviss, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and others. Using stories drawn from the Munsey magazines, BLUE BOOK, THE STRAND, and other sources, Gernsback offered reprints of science-fiction classics, eventually coupling these with new stories generated through contests. It was just as Gernsback wrote in his editorial for the pulp’s first issue: “By ‘scientifiction’ I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Edgar Allan Poe type story — a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision.”

Amazing Stories 27-08It would be difficult to deny the importance of Herbert George Wells to the development of both science fiction and AMAZING STORIES. During his three years as editor and publisher of the first science-fiction magazine, Gernsback turned to Wells’ fictional output for nearly thirty stories, reprinting such tales as “The Country of the Blind,” “The Crystal Egg,” “The Empire of the Ants,” “The First Men in the Moon,” “The Invisible Man,” “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” “The Man Who Could Work Miracles,” “A Story of the Days to Come,” “The Time Machine,” “The Valley of the Spiders,” “The War of the Worlds,” and “When the Sleeper Wakes” in his magazine and its companion titles.

PulpFest 2016 will be celebrating both H. G. Wells and AMAZING STORIES at its convention in July. Please join us at “the pop culture center of the universe” for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” from July 21st through July 24th in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center.

Here’s our final clue to the identity of our PulpFest 2016 guest of honor: in 1926, Hugo Gernsback introduced the reading public to the first science-fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES. Since then, Gernsback’s magazine has inspired countless imitators. During our 2016 guest of honor’s career, he or she has also been associated with the science-fiction genre. Here’s your last chance to leave your guess to our special guest’s identity on our Facebook page. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to “like” us. We’ll provide a free membership to PulpFest 2016 to the first person who guesses the identity of this year’s honored guest. And remember to visit www.pulpfest.com on Monday, January 11th when we will reveal the identity of the PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor.

(Frank R. Paul, the “grandfather of science-fiction art,” painted the covers to both the inaugural issue of AMAZING STORIES — dated April 1926 — and the August 1927 number of the magazine. The latter issue of the rough-paper periodical featured the first half of the classic H. G. Wells novel, “The War of the Worlds,” serialized by the magazine in two parts. Wells’ story of an alien invasion of planet Earth — originally published in PEARSON’S MAGAZINE in 1897 — is still enjoyed to this very day.)

A Third Clue to Our Guest of Honor

Jan 9, 2016 by

The Whisperer 1936-10On Thursday evening, we drew your attention to the fact that we are planning to announce our convention’s 2016 guest of honor on Monday, January 11th. The news will be released here and on our social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We also mentioned that we’re planning to offer a wide array of programming at PulpFest 2016, including a salute to the 80th anniversaries of THE WHISPERER and THE SKIPPER.

In 1931, Street & Smith was promoting their DETECTIVE STORY pulp by dramatizing stories from the magazine over the radio. The program’s narrator called himself “The Shadow.” When this memorable name began to eclipse the title of the magazine being promoted, the publisher decided to launch a new form of pulp magazine, the single-character or “hero” pulp. Within two years, the phenomenal success of  THE SHADOW MAGAZINE had started a rash of hero pulps including THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE, DOC SAVAGE, THE SPIDER, and G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES.

Although most of the hero-pulp titles that were introduced during 1933 experienced long runs, two of the magazines — Street & Smith’s own NICK CARTER DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and PETE RICE WESTERN ADVENTURES — were cancelled during the summer of 1936. Their spots in the publisher’s line-up were not long left vacant. THE WHISPERER was introduced to readers with its October 1936 issue, while THE SKIPPER debuted two months later.

THE WHISPERER related the adventures of Police Commissioner Wildcat Gordon, “a new character,” as the magazine’s first number proclaimed, who was “vigorous” and “fascinating.” The new pulp hero was meant to be a more adult version of Walter Gibson’s Shadow character, battling organized crime, racketeers, political corruption, and the like. Disguised in gray and wearing special dental plates that caused him to speak in a spooky whisper, Wildcat carried a pair of silenced automatics and was prone to kill those who ignored the law. The novels of the magazine’s first run were all written by Laurence Donovan, using the house name of Clifford Goodrich.

Hoping to duplicate the success of their globe-trotting super-hero, Doc Savage, Street & Smith released THE SKIPPER. Likewise intended to be a grown-up version of the popular Lester Dent adventure hero, the publisher again turned to Laurence Donovan to create the character and his adventures. The Skipper was Captain John Fury, master of the freighter Whirlwind. Following the death of his brother — killed by ocean-faring evildoers — Cap Fury promises to rid the seas of pirates and criminals. Commanding a tramp steamer that has been outfitted for war, The Skipper battles a number of fantastic foes who control death rays, a meteorite that removes oxygen from the air, voodoo practitioners, plague-bearing rats, and other nefarious evil-doers.

The Skipper 1936-12Here’s another clue to the identity of our PulpFest 2016 guest of honor: as mentioned in our post of  January 8th, the 1930s was the era of the hero pulp, inspired by the phenomenal success of Street & Smith’s THE SHADOW MAGAZINE. During our 2016 guest of honor’s career, he or she has also been associated with super heroes. Drop by our site tomorrow for our final hint. You can leave your guess to our special guest’s identity on our Facebook page. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to “like” us. We’ll provide a free membership to PulpFest 2016 to the first person who guesses the identity of this year’s honored guest. And remember to visit www.pulpfest.com on Monday, January 11th, when we will reveal the identity of the PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor.

(THE WHISPERER was introduced to readers with its October 1936 number, featuring front cover art by the talented John Newton Howitt, a devoted landscape painter whose work was sold at fine art galleries in New York City. With the advent of the Great Depression, the artist turned to the pulps for income. An excellent painter, Howitt found a ready market in the rough-paper periodicals, selling freelance pulp covers to ADVENTURE, DIME DETECTIVE, HORROR STORIES, THE SPIDER, TERROR TALES, THE WHISPERER, WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, and other pulp magazine titles.

THE SKIPPER debuted two months after the introduction of THE WHISPERER, its first issue dated December 1936. Lawrence Donner Toney, a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, was the cover artist. During the 1930s and 1940s, Toney painted covers for pulp magazines, such as CLUES, COMPLETE STORIES,WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, and WILD WEST WEEKLY, all published by Street & Smith. Most of his work for pulp magazines was signed only with his initials.

To learn more about these talented artists, be sure to visit David Saunders’ Field Guide to Wild American Pulp Artists where you will find more than 300 biographical profiles of American pulp artists.)