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.

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(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.)


The Key of Imagination: Pulp Television

Jun 3, 2019 by


There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.




Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964. It remains in syndication to this very day. A new version of the series — narrated by filmmaker Jordan Peele — premiered on CBS All Access on April 1, 2019. Sixty years after its original debut, Rod Serling’s remarkable creation is still very much embedded in the public consciousness.

The creator of THE TWILIGHT ZONE was born on December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York. His brother, the late novelist and aviation writer Robert Serling, said: “We were fairly close as kids and we played together a hell of a lot, despite the seven-year difference. The two of us used to read AMAZING STORIES, ASTOUNDING STORIES, WEIRD TALES — all of the pulps. If we saw a movie together, we’d come home and act it out, just for the two of us.”

After serving in World War II as an army paratrooper, Rod Serling entered Antioch College in Ohio. He majored in language and literature and became involved in the college’s radio programming. While still in college, he began to sell his radio and television scripts. Long an admirer of Norman Corwin — a writer and producer who used entertainment to explore social issues — Serling complained that he was “. . . bitter about everything and at loose ends.” He began writing “. . . to get it off my chest.”

Rod Serling’s big break came in 1955 when KRAFT TELEVISION THEATER produced his drama, “Patterns.” It won the writer the first of his six Emmy awards. Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” written for PLAYHOUSE 90, won him another Emmy in 1956. “The Comedian,” starring Mickey Rooney, won Serling a third Emmy  in 1958.

At the top of the entertainment world, but still dissatisfied, Rod Serling began to search for a new way to get things off his chest. He had previously written science fiction and fantasy while working for THE STORM, a television series that aired live in the Cincinnati area. He had also attempted to sell a few science fiction scripts to the ABC series, TALES OF TOMORROW. However, having written no published science fiction or fantasy and — according to author Ray Bradbury — knowing little about the field, Serling turned these genres for his first television series. In a 1963 interview published in the first issue of GAMMA, Rod Serling explained:

“Because I loved this area of imaginative storytelling — and because there had never been a TV series like it. The strength of TWILIGHT ZONE is that through parables, through placing a social problem or controversial theme against a fantasy background you can make a point which, if more blatantly stated in a realistic frame, wouldn’t be acceptable. Because of this from time to time, we’ve been able to make some pertinent social comments on conformity, on prejudice, on political ideologies, without sponsor interference. It offered a whole new outlet, a new approach.”

Although he wrote or adapted nearly sixty percent of the series’ 156 total episodes, Rod Serling also employed writers Ray Bradbury, Earl Hamner, Jr., Jerry Sohl, and his “three writing gremlins,” Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, and Richard Matheson, for the series. Most were actively writing science fiction or fantasy for the magazines of the day.

Join PulpFest 2019 on Friday, August 16, as we welcome Nicholas Parisi for “The Key of Imagination: THE TWILIGHT ZONE and the Pulps.” He will be discussing the creation and history of Rod Serling’s fantastic program and its relationship to the science fiction and fantasy pulps and digests. A former staff writer and editor for GOOD TIMES magazine, Nicholas is the author of ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION.

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.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension — a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

(Rod Serling was interviewed for the first issue of GAMMA, a short-lived science fiction magazine that debuted in 1963. In addition to the Serling interview, five authors who wrote for THE TWILIGHT ZONE also had stories in the issue — Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, and John Tomerlin. The cover painting for GAMMA #1 was by Morris Scott Dollens, an artist who got his start in the science fiction fanzines of the late 1930s.)