Children of the Pulps Meet Children of the Night

Oct 29, 2018 by

HORROR STORIES was introduced in January 1935 as the sister title to TERROR TALES. Both Popular Publications titles harkened back to pulp’s roots in penny dreadfuls. They fell victim to the wartime paper shortage in 1941. During its six year run, HORROR STORIES boasted some of the genre’s best cover art by the great John Newton Howitt.

The Children of the Pulps, much like “the Children of the Night,” are happily still with us. As Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula noted, “What music they make.” Beginning on Thursday evening, August 15, and running through Sunday, August 18, PulpFest 2019 will celebrate that heritage with “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulps on contemporary pop culture.

You can book your room directly through our website. Book early and don’t miss the chance to stay at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Just click the link that reads “Book a Room” below the PulpFest banner. You’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservation.


“On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling” to go

To PulpFest 2019!


(Hugh B. Cave’s “Death Calls from the Madhouse” was the lead story for the September 1935 issue of HORROR STORIES. The cover art was by the great John Newton Howitt (1885-1958). An accomplished landscape artist whose work was showcased at fine arts galleries, the prolific Howitt worked for slicks as well as pulps . He was also active in the advertising industry as a graphic artist. His 1936 legal battle with Street & Smith over tax burden established a precedent that benefits artists to this day. Howitt turned his back on pulps in 1939 at the behest of his wife. A veteran of the First World War, Howitt painted propaganda posters for the U.S. Government during World War II.)



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Detective Story 31-02-07 HalloweenEvery year, PulpFest invests a lot of time, thought, and effort to come up with a top-notch programming schedule. We think 2015 was one of our best yet. Our celebration of Standard Magazines had presentations on a wide range of topics, including looks at sports and western pulps, once popular genres that are little explored. We even touched on Standard’s line of Golden Age comic books. Of course, the highlight of our “Thrilling” salute was Philip Sherman’s intimate presentation on his uncle, Leo Margulies, the managing editor of the Standard line of pulp magazines.

This year also marked the 125th birthday of H. P. Lovecraft, the master of cosmic horror. PulpFest celebrated this important anniversary with panels on the author’s so-called “Cthulhu Mythos” and WEIRD TALES, the pulp magazine where the bulk of his work appeared. We also featured films that were inspired by Lovecraft’s fiction as well as presentations featuring WEIRD TALES artists and authors inspired by his tales.

We kept you apprised about all these exciting topics through our website and social media sites and we’ll continue to do so as we plan for our 2016 convention, scheduled to take place from July 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and The Greater Columbus Convention Center. But such things cost money and we have site sponsors such as to thank for their help to defray such costs.

The PulpFest organizing committee is now hard at work, planning for next year’s convention. In the months ahead, we’ll be redesigning our website for another go-round and announcing our plans right here, thanks to and our other site sponsors. So please bookmark or follow us on RSS. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account. Additionally, we’re in the process of adding Instagram and Tumblr accounts and reviving our email update list. All aboard!!!

(Although John A. Coughlin’s depiction of the grim reaper appeared on the February 7, 1931 issue of Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE, we could not resist using it for this year’s Halloween post. It’s a good one, don’t you think? Notice the blurb for the contest to describe The Shadow who, at the time, was the announcer for the CBS radio series, DETECTIVE STORY HOUR. The direct result of this advertising campaign was the first of the single-character pulp magazines, THE SHADOW DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Its success would lead to the hero pulp explosion of 1933 and all of the great character pulps to follow.)