PulpFest 2015 Begins Today!

Aug 13, 2015 by

Shadow Comics #1PulpFest 2015 will begin this afternoon at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members, dealers included, will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. They can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here. You only need to bring the last page of the form.

There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM with a rapid-fire presentation on Walter Gibson’s use of real-world counterintelligence and espionage secrets in his Shadow novels. There will also be presentations on the detective andwestern heroes of the “Thrilling Group,” Street & Smith Comics, and sports pulps. Closing out the night will be a showing of OUT OF MIND: THE STORIES OF H. P. LOVECRAFTone of the most admired films to be inspired by the master of the cosmic terror tale. We will also be featuring “Pickman’s Model,” a short film made for ROD SERLING’S NIGHT GALLERY and based on the Lovecraft work of the same title. You can find additional details about these and all of our presentations by clicking the red schedule button on our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.

If you have yet to book your room for this year’s convention, please do so without delay. Remember that PulpFest will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon this week. However, there may still be a few rooms available at nearby hotels. Please visit www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/16872/  and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. Alternately, we suggest that you search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website as soon as you possibly can. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge you to book your room now and not wait until you arrive.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2015, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Four-day memberships will be available for $40. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

Thrilling Detective 1943-11From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. While unloading and transporting your goods should be very easy – there’s a back entrance to the hotel for loading and we have been granted exclusive use of a freight elevator – there is bound to be a certain amount of disorientation as folks negotiate their way around the Hyatt. Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday evening, an extra four hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, 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 are also allowed.

(Street & Smith entered the comic book market in January 1940 by publishing an anthology title called SHADOW COMICS. The first issue featured cover art by George Rozen. Beginning tonight at 9:20 PM, Anthony Tollin, Tony Isabella, Will Murray, and Michelle Nolan will explore 75 Years of Street & Smith Comics in PulpFest‘s second floor programming area at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Tonight at 8:40 PM, John Wooley and John Gunnison pay a visit to some of the continuing characters from the Thrilling line of detective pulps including their flagship title, THRILLING DETECTIVE. Pictured here is the November 1943 number of the magazine, also featuring cover artwork by George Rozen.)

Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft

May 16, 2015 by

Out of Mind_The Stories of HP Lovecraft-1Although he died a virtual pauper, Howard Phillips Lovecraft is now celebrated the world over as one of the leading practitioners of the horror story. Called “The Copernicus of the horror story” by Fritz Leiber, and “The twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale,” by Stephen King, Lovecraft was able to effectively blend elements of the supernatural tale with the concepts of science fiction to create what has been termed the tale of cosmic terror. Called by some the “Cthulhu Mythos” and by others the “Lovecraft Mythos,” his ideas inspired many talented writers of his day–Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Robert E. Howard, Henry Kuttner, Frank Belknap Long, Clark Ashton Smith, and others–to develop stories in the same vein. Today his ideas continue to reverberate, influencing authors, artists, filmmakers, game designers, and other creators to add to Lovecraft’s Mythos.

In August, PulpFest 2015 will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of H. P. Lovecraft’s birth. As part of its salute, the convention will be offering several films as part of its nightly programming. Opening up its “Lovecraft at the Movies” series will be an hour-long picture directed by Raymond St-Jean and originally aired on the Bravo cable network in Canada.

Almost universally praised, OUT OF MIND features Christopher Heyerdahl as the author himself, speaking into the camera to create the illusion that the viewer is watching a lost newsreel of Lovecraft.  Employing ideas from his fiction, his essays, and the voluminous correspondence that H. P. Lovecraft conducted during his lifetime, Heyerdahl discusses the author’s life, his vision, and his work.

Melding its imagined documentary of Lovecraft with a story about a contemporary artist who inherits a copy of Abdul Alhazred’s NECRONOMICON–the fictional book described by Lovecraft that generally brings a premature and undesirable end to those who explore it–OUT OF MIND is one of the most admired films to be inspired by the master of the cosmic terror tale.

Leading off PulpFest’s “Lovecraft at the Movies” series at 11:30 PM on Thursday, August 13th, OUT OF MIND will be preceded by “Pickman’s Model,” a short film made for ROD SERLING’S NIGHT GALLERY and based on the Lovecraft work of the same title.

The Lovecraft film series continues on Friday evening with THE CALL OF CTHULHU. It concludes on Saturday evening with THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS. Both films, produced by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, will be accompanied by NIGHT GALLERY episodes inspired by Lovecraft’s fiction.

“Lovecraft at the Movies” is part of PulpFest 2015, running from August 13th to August 16th at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Click here to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” and its “125 Years of H. P. Lovecraft” celebration.

(Christopher Heyerdahl plays writer H. P. Lovecraft in Raymond St-Jean’s made-for-television movie, OUT OF MIND: THE STORIES OF H. P. LOVECRAFT. The 1998 film explores the author’s vision of the conflict between dreams and reality.)

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