Ten Dollar Discounts!

May 4, 2018 by


Hey PulpFest members? Are you interested in genre fiction? Then you’ll be happy to know that PulpFest has worked out a discount exchange with Confluence, Pittsburgh’s longest-running literary conference, with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror.

All PulpFest members will receive $10 off the price of a daily membership to Confluence. The conference runs from 3 PM on Friday, July 27, through 3 PM on Sunday, July 29. It takes place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, located at 1160 Thorn Run Road in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. To receive your discount, simply show your PulpFest badge when you register at the door.

Confluence members are also welcome to attend PulpFest 2018. They will receive the same $10 discount off the price of a daily PulpFest admission with proof of membership. Click one of the Register buttons on our home page for our daily rates.

About Confluence 2018

Confluence is a cooperative effort between the University of Pittsburgh science fiction club and Parsec, a non-profit organization that has been promoting science fiction, fantasy and horror in literature, media and music for over 25 years. Joe Coluccio, who has attended PulpFest for the last few years, serves as the president of Parsec.

Award-winning authors, editors, artists and song-writers gather in Pittsburgh for three full days, holding panel discussions, concerts and talks that broaden and deepen appreciation of the genres. Welcoming and personal, Confluence gives attendees a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the writers and artists who create the science fiction, fantasy, and horror of today, helping to shape those genres for the future.

This year’s Confluence will offer many activities including musical filk concerts, an exciting dealers’ room, science programming, an art show, poetry readings, workshops, art demos, a cosplay/costume contest, and Saturday night entertainment. Additionally, Hugo-winning science fiction writer David D. Levine will conduct a Writers’ Workshop. A select number of authors will have the chance to have a professional writer and several of their peers critique their work. These will be done in a round-robin, Clarion West style, allowing all the participants to read and critique everyone’s work.

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente will be the Confluence 2018 Guest of HonorA writer of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry, Catherynne has  won or been nominated for every major award in her fields, including the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. She has taken home the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and other honors. Singer-songwriter S. J. Tucker and filk performer and interpreter Judi Miller will also be appearing at the 2018 Confluence.

About PulpFest 2018

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, with early-bird shopping in our dealers’ room from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We’ll also have a full slate of programming, beginning at 8:40 PM. Our dealers’ room is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 4:45 PM and on Sunday from 9 AM until 2 PM while dealers are packing up for their trip home. We’ll also have programming events on Friday and Saturday afternoons, plus evening programming on both nights from 7 PM until 10 PM. There will be no programming on Sunday.

The convention will salute the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerJoin PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 for panels and presentations on the celebrated author of TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKEDOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, and many other works. We’ll also honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the Programming button under our home page banner to learn more.

Award-winning author Joe Lansdale will be the PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor. The author of over forty novels and many short stories, Lansdale has also written for comics, television, film, Internet sites, and more. His novella “Bubba Ho-Tep” was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. The film adaptation of his novel COLD IN JULY was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Sundance Channel has adapted his Hap & Leonard novels for television.

In addition to our great programming, our dealers’ room features tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. It’s perfect for the reader and/or the collector!

PulpFest 2018 will also hold two live auctions featuring material from two estates. The convention will be offering pulps, books, and digests from such diverse genres as science fiction, adventure, sports, and the western field. Some highlights include a number of rare premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks including a selection of Ace Doubles, British science fiction magazines, long runs of Analog, Galaxy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and other digests, and much more. The auctions will begin on both Friday and Saturday nights at 10 PM.

PulpFest will take place at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh, the DoubleTree is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Our host hotel is at 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, Pennsylvania. For driving directions, please visit http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-pittsburgh-cranberry-PITMADT/maps-directions/index.html.

(Philip José Farmer was a leading contributor to the science fiction digests of the fifties and sixties. THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION — which published “Open to Me, My Sister” in its May 1960 issue, featuring front cover art by Mel Hunter — was one of many magazines to which he sold.)

Get a Dual Membership with Matsuricon

Jul 15, 2015 by

PulpFest Panel BannerHey PulpFest members? Are you interested in Japanese anime, manga, or video games? Then you’ll be happy to know that your PulpFest organizing committee has worked out a dual membership with Matsuricon, the annual pop-culture event that showcases both Japanese and American popular culture. The two conventions will be sharing the Hyatt Regency Columbus this year. Matsuricon will also be holding some events in the Columbus Convention Center and the Crowne Plaza, right across the street from the Hyatt.

According to the convention’s web pageMatsuricon is “a festival of everything geeky and otaku, from anime to video games, Doctor Who to Marvel, My Little Pony to Homestuck, and everything in between.” It is an anime con first, but likes to include as much as possible because of the obvious overlap of fandoms. The Matsuri family was created to reflect its family-friendly environment. It strives to be an event that the entire family can go to, and encourages families to attend. There is something for everyone at Matsuricon!

Matsuricon 2015 will open on Friday, August 14th at 10 AM. Its hours on Friday and Saturday are 10 AM to 10 PM and Sunday, August 16th, 10 AM to 1 PM. The gaming area will be open until 2 AM on Friday and Saturday nights and 4 PM on Sunday afternoon. Normally, a full weekend membership, paid at the door would cost $55. However, if you show your PulpFest badge and some form of identification — such as a driver’s license — at the Matsuricon registration area, located in the Crowne Plaza at 33 East Nationwide Boulevard, you will be able to purchase a membership to Matsuricon for the entire weekend for $35, a discount of twenty dollars.

You will be able to enjoy music video contests, cosplay, social gaming, tabletop gaming, video gaming, panel presentations, the convention’s dealers’ room, artist alley, photoshoots, an extensive guest list, auctions, raffles, and much, much more. Enjoy TOKYO ATTACK, the SAILOR MOON INVASIONand everything else Matsuricon has to offer. And all this is on top of the great programming and tremendous dealers’ room that PulpFest is so well known for!

To learn more about what Matsuricon has to offer, please visit the convention’s website at matsuricon.org/.

PulpFest Shop BannerBut there’s more! Matsuricon members who show their badge and some form of identification at the PulpFest registration area, located outside our dealers’ room in the Regency Ballroom on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency Columbus, will receive a four-day membership to PulpFest 2015 for $30, a savings of 25% off our regular at-the-door registration fee! One-day memberships will also be available for $20. Look for the PulpFest SHOP banner and you’ll find our registration area.

PulpFest begins on Thursday, August 13th, with early-bird shopping in our dealers’ room from 6 PM to 10 PM. We’ll also have a full slate of programming, beginning at 8 PM and running to about 1 AM. Our dealers’ room is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 4:30 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM until 2 PM. We’ll also have programming events on Friday and Saturday afternoons, plus evening programming on each night from about 7 PM until 1 AM. There will be no programming on Sunday. PulpFest will also have a gaming track located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in the Clark Room. Games will run from 10 AM to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday and from 10 AM until 2 PM on Sunday. Find the PulpFest PLAY banner and you’re there!

PulpFest Gaming BannerIn 2015, PulpFest will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft, the writer who created “Great Cthulhu.” Additionally, we’ll be saluting the “Thrilling Group” of pulp magazines, the company that gave us The Phantom Detective, The Black Bat, Captain Future, Thunder Jim Wade, and so much more! We’ll also have appearances by horror and science-fiction writer Chet WilliamsonWEIRD TALES artist Jon Arfstrom, and presentations on The Shadow, Street & Smith comic books and Golden Age heroes such as The Black Terror and The Fighting Yank! All PulpFest programming will take place on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. Look for the PulpFest PANELS banner and you’re there and to learn more about all of the great programming that PulpFest 2015 has to offer, please click the red “schedule” button located on our home page. You’ll find us at www.pulpfest.com/.

(This year, PulpFest will mark its different locations with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room. That’s where you’ll be able to register. The PANELS banner will be located outside our programming area, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. The PLAY banner will be standing outside our gaming area, also located on the Hyatt’s second floor. Find them and you’re there!)

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