Debuting at PulpFest 2019

Aug 6, 2019 by

PulpFest has become a top venue for writers and publishers to roll out their newest titles. Following are some of the books that will be premiering at our 2019 convention . . .

Age of Aces Books is a publisher of pulp fiction treasures with a keen eye for design. At this year’s PulpFest, Chris and David Kalb will be releasing two thrilling collections from the tattered pages of the air war pulps: Donald E. Keyhoe’s CAPTAIN PHILIP STRANGE: STRANGE DEATHS — their eighth collection to feature the so-called “Brain-Devil” of G-2 Intelligence — and THE X-GUN FLIGHT — the fourth volume in Ralph Oppemheim’s Three Mosquitoes series from Popular Publications’ BATTLE ACES.

Writer and editor Jonathan Sweet — the owner of Brick Pickle Media — will be representing new pulp publisher Airship 27 as their authorized agent at PulpFest. He’ll have a wide selection of their latest offerings including BULLDOG DRUMMOND: ON POISONED GROUND, DOMINO LADY, VOLUME 3, IKE MARS: BLOODY KEY (set in Pittsburgh), MARTY QUADE, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, and SHERLOCK HOLMES, CONSULTING DETECTIVE, VOLUME 13. Jonathan will also have his own book, THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PULP FICTION: THE HEROES, THE VILLAINS AND THE WRITERS. Consider it the 101-level course on the pulp magazine writers, heroes, and villains that dominated popular entertainment in the first half of the 20th century.

Roger Alford is best known as the author of THE BLACK SPECTRE series. Featuring five gritty noir thrillers, the books effortlessly combine new pulp with a classic 1930s style. Inspired by the masked heroes of the great pulps, Alford’s series is published by Black Hood Press. Come meet Roger Alford in person Saturday afternoon, August 17, at PulpFest and let him introduce you to both THE BLACK SPECTRE and HOLLYWOOD NEWSHAWK. The latter is a new series detailing the exploits of Tom Miller, hardboiled reporter in 1940s Los Angeles. Roger will be releasing THE CITY BURNS AT NIGHT — the first book in the series — on August 13, just in time for PulpFest 2019. “When a mysterious firebug is loose in 1947 Los Angeles, adventurous reporter Tom Miller will have to risk everything to find the truth. Including his life!”

Bold Venture Press is a heroic little publishing company, specializing in quality editions of new and classic pulp fiction. Their publications span many genres — mystery, science fiction, horror, western, romance and humor. We’re pleased to welcome Audrey Parente and Rich Harvey back to PulpFest after an absence of some years. They’ll have copies of the latest issue of PULP ADVENTURES, more from pulp great Johnston McCulley, the newest adventure of The Twilight Patrol — “equal parts H. P. Lovecraft and G-8 and His Battle Aces” — and more. One of our nominees for the 2019 Munsey AwardRich will also be saluting “A Century of Zorro” during our evening programming on Thursday, August 15.

Please welcome Brad Braddock — the award-winning author of MEMOIRS OF MURDER, a prequel to the 1932 film classic, WHITE ZOMBIE — to his first PulpFest. The award-winning author’s novel has been praised by Bela Lugosi scholars and fans of classic horror alike. His other published works include fiction and non-fiction based on folklore, history, and horror. Brad’s writing is sometimes serious, sometimes quirky, but always fun!

PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will be exhibiting six new volumes in the Altus Press DIME DETECTIVE LIBRARY. He’ll also be selling a pair of Frederick Faust titles and three by H. Bedford-Jones, plus the third volume of L. Patrick Greene’s THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF THE MAJOR. Thanks to a special arrangement with publisher Matt Moring, Mike will also have the deluxe editions of Ray Cummings’ THE COMPLETE TALES OF THE SCIENTIFIC CLUB and Donald E. Keyhoe’s DR. YEN SIN: THE COMPLETE SERIES on hand for PulpFest 2019.

You’ll also be able to get copies of Camille Cazedessus’ long-running PULPDOM fanzine from Mike Chomko, Books. Started in 1989 as THE FANTASTIC COLLECTOR, it was retitled at the beginning of 1997. Now published online, Mike will have printed copies of PULPDOM ONLINE #15 – 23 and the H. Bedford-Jones classic, THE BUDDHA’S ELEPHANT.

Courtesy of Sinister Cinema, comes the Armchair Fiction Library of pulp yarns. Mike will have several volumes from the publisher’s HORROR GEMS series — collecting great tales of the supernatural from WEIRD TALES and other sources — plus their Richard Shaver collections of Richard Shaver and a variety of science fiction and lost race classics.

Mike Chomko, Books — one of the leading purveyors of pulp reprint books and periodicals since the early 1990s — will also be representing Stark House Press at this year’s PulpFest. The publisher is planning several new titles for the convention, including the Fredric Brown 1953 classic, MADBALL. This short novel concerns “all manner of thieves, murderers, strippers, carnival barkers, knife throwers, drifters, fortune tellers, and others . . . all linked by greed.” Mike will also have a brand new anthology of 1950s noir fiction from Lion Books and THE BEST OF MANHUNT, featuring stories by David Goodis, Fredric Brown, Donald E. Westlake, Harlan Ellison, James M. Cain, Evan Hunter and many more.

Dog Star Books will have a PulpFest exclusive hardcover, lettered edition of Heidi Ruby Miller’s first novel AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT available for $40 during the convention. Both Heidi and artist Amy Gartley have signed a special interior page graced with one of Amy’s woodblock prints. Dog Star Books is also offering a package of the special edition book and a signed print from Amy for $50. If you’d like to pre-order your copy or package to pick up at PulpFest, please contact Heidi at

One of the founders of Dog Star Books — the science fiction adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press — Heidi is also the author of the Meteor House bestseller, MAN OF WARShe teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from their renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program. She’ll be hosting “Popular Fiction from Seton Hill” and be part of the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration,” both taking placing on Saturday morning, August 17.

Additionally, Heidi will be offering a number of door prizes, including a free membership to Pennwriters and a free registration to the 2020 Seton Hill In Your Write Mind Conference. Several publishers may also be contributing to the mix. The prizes will be awarded on Saturday night, following the presentation of our 2019 Munsey Award. Stop by the Raw Dog Screaming Press tables for further details.

Christopher Paul Carey — the Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. — will have copies of the first hardcover edition of TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD by Fritz Leiber. It’s part of the newly announced Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe. Chris will also have his own books — SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN and THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER — and more. He will be moderating a panel on Burroughs on Friday and appearing as a “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panelist on Saturday.

2019 Munsey Award nominee Win Scott Eckert launched the first Wold Newton website in 1997. Since that time, 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. Win will be selling copies of his latest novel, HUNT THE AVENGERalong with his other books at the Meteor House tables. On August 17, Win will be part of our “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” presentation and one of the panelists on “Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences,” presented by FarmerCon XIV. He will also be part of our author signings on Friday afternoon.

Please welcome Jim Dyer of Fenham Publishing to his first PulpFest. Jim is the grandson of C. M. Eddy, Jr., perhaps best known for his gruesome work, “The Loved Dead,” published in the May, June, July 1924 number of WEIRD TALES. Jim will be selling a collection of thirteen tales of classic horror, mystery, supernatural and fantasy, written by his grandfather. He’ll also have IN THE GRAY OF THE DUSK: A COLLECTION OF TYPEWRITTEN TREASURES, collecting the prose and poetry of his grandmother, Muriel E. Eddy. This volume is comprised of eight short stories and four poems that are a combination of mystery and the macabre, fantasy and the supernatural. Muriel’s tales will conjure up visions and imagery to captivate your imagination.

PulpFest is very pleased to welcome David and Daniel Ritter of First Fandom Experience to our 2019 convention. First Fandom Experience is a collaborative publishing project that aims to honor, preserve, and bring to life the experience of the pioneering fans who defined, drove, and grew science fiction in the 1930s and beyond. At PulpFest 2019, First Fandom Experience will be debuting the Deluxe Preview Edition of the forthcoming THE VISUAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM. This special edition is a sample of the story of early science fiction fandom, told through the original artifacts of the time alongside historical commentary and an illustrated graphic novel segment.

Along with their preview edition, First Fandom Experience will be offering carefully reproduced facsimile reproductions of the early seminal fanzines, SCIENCE FICTION DIGEST and FANTASY MAGAZINE, plus the companion novel, COSMOS.

John Bruening, co-publisher of Flinch Bookswill have copies of his newly released second Midnight Guardian novel, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: ANNIHILATION MACHINE.

“After bringing down criminal sociopath Nicky Diamond in 1936, the masked hero of Union City virtually disappeared. But when a Nazi scientist and saboteur – aided by a fifth column organizing on the outskirts of town – sets up a secret operation on American soil two years later and points a doomsday weapon at the heart of the city, it’s time for assistant DA Jack Hunter to step up and reassume his avenging alter ego. The world is slowly inching toward war, and it’s up to The Midnight Guardian to prevent the first strike by dismantling the enemy from within.”

John will also have copies of various Flinch Books anthologies on hand, including QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG and other titles. And be sure to catch John’s appearances at our “Flinch Fest” and “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panel, both on Saturday, August 17.

R. David Fulcher is the co-editor of SAMSARA, a small press magazine that has showcased the work of writers and poets for over a decade. An author of poetry, science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction, his major literary influences include H. P. Lovecraft, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allan Poe, Fritz Leiber, and Stephen King. R. David is also a fan of horror films and will be selling THE MOVIES THAT MAKE YOU SCREAM! — a book new to PulpFest — as well as other work.

Lucina Press‘ second illustrated pulp story, ANCHOR: A STRANGE TALE OF TIME, will make its PulpFest premier at our 2019 convention. This time, author/illustrator, Sara Light-Waller, created a time travel/horror story in the manner of WEIRD TALES from the 1930’s. The book is lavishly illustrated with works in pen & ink, pencil, and scratchboard. The cover art is hand-painted. Light-Waller’s first pulp story, LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS: A NOVELETTE OF THE SPACE PATROL , debuted at PulpFest in 2018. Sara Light-Waller will be reading from ANCHOR on Saturday afternoon, August 17. Come meet her in person at PulpFest 2019 and take a home copies of both of her science fiction thrillers.

Kurt McCoy is a West Virginia writer with a lifelong fascination for monsters, ghost stories, and folklore. He’ll be selling THE WEREWOLF’S HEART, a sequel to the very first werewolf film ever made. The story is a rousing pulp western horror tale about a gang of desperate outlaws who try to elude capture by hiding out on a haunted mountain. They are soon struggling to survive against a werewolf and the other dark spirits that dwell on Ghost Mountain. Kurt will also be offering his affectionate satire of classic beach horror movies, MONSTER BEACH PARTY. A 2019 nominee for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, Kurt will be exhibiting at PulpFest 2019 with fellow writer Brad Braddock.

In his new historical thriller, ONCE A WORLD, Craig McDonald tells the story of teenage Hector Lassiter, an aspiring pulp author inspired by propaganda and a siren’s song of throbbing war drums. He lies about his age, mounts a horse, and storms across the Mexican border behind General “Black Jack” Pershing and George S. Patton to bring the terrorist and Revolutionary General Pancho Villa to justice. Soon, the still underage Hector is shipped off to the bloody trenches of France, fighting the so-called “War to End All Wars.” There he meets fellow novelists-in-waiting, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway.

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 Hemingway, Orson Welles, Ian Fleming, and Lester Dent. Visit PulpFest 2019 on Friday afternoon, August 16, to meet Craig McDonald and become a fan of Hector Lassiter’s adventures.

Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle — the editors and publishers of THE MEN’S ADVENTURE LIBRARY series — will have their latest book, POLLEN’S ACTION, at this year’s PulpFest. It collects the cream of the Samson Pollen’s high-octane action paintings for the men’s adventure magazines. They’ll also have a limited number of copies of EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL. These are being produced exclusively for members of PulpFest. This special edition — predating the title’s wide release by several months — will look at actress, pin-up model, and men’s adventure magazine artist’s model Eva Lynd. Interestingly, Eva often posed with Steve Holland — James Bama’s model for the DOC SAVAGE paperbacks — for the men’s adventure magazine cover and interior illustrations painted by both artists Al Rossi and Norm Eastman. After checking out their books, please don’t forget to catch Bob’s and Wyatt’s presentation ARGOSYADVENTURE and BLUE BOOK — The Men’s Adventure Pulps, a look at the metamorphosis of these “pulp giants” into men’s adventure magazines. It’s on Friday evening, August 16.

Meteor House will be releasing its newest title at PulpFest 2019.  Pick up your copy of the first hardcover publication of Philip Jose Farmer’s GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES, a collection of six stories inspired by the author’s life-long love affair with the pulps. Michael Croteau and Paul Spiteri will also be selling items from the author’s estate and works created by attendees of FarmerCon, returning to PulpFest for the ninth consecutive year.

Ed Hulse of Murania Press has decided to revive his much admired pulp journal, BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER. He’ll have a brand new issue at PulpFest 2019, available in a smaller format and at a cheaper price, but with the same exceptional quality. The first issue will feature articles by Will Murray, David Saunders, Rick Lai, David Kalb, and Ed Hulse, himself. He’ll also have all ten volumes of the terrific Murania Press series, “Forgotten Classics of Pulp Fiction,” William Corcoran’s THE PURPLE EYE — the template for countless hero pulp stories of the 1930s — and two other recent fiction reprint collections, THE JOHNSTON MCCULLEY OMNIBUS and SATAN LIVES FOR MY LOVE. And don’t forget about Ed’s presentation on Thursday evening: “Hollywood Pulp — From Pulp Page to the Silver Screen.”

The author of over sixty novels and assorted works, Will Murray will be selling copies from his various “The All-New Wild Adventures of . . .” series including DOC SAVAGE: MR. CALAMITY, THE SPIDER: THE DOOM LEGION, and KING KONG VS. TARZANExpect to see some of Will’s non-fiction books, too. Of course, he’ll be glad to sign your purchases. Will publishes his books under the Adventures in Bronze umbrella, in association with Altus Press. You’ll also get to meet Will at our Friday author signings, just outside the PulpFest dealers’ room. Additionally, he’ll be appearing as a “Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction” panelist on Saturday afternoon.

Join us on Friday evening, August 16, for “The Key of Imagination: Pulp Television,” our sixtieth anniversary celebration of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Nicholas Parisi 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. Before and after Nick’s presentation, stop by his table and pick up a copy of his excellent book, ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION. In great detail and including never-published insights drawn directly from Serling’s personal correspondence, unpublished writings, speeches, and unproduced scripts, Nicholas explores Serling’s massive body of work.

You’ll also have an opportunity to meet Nicholas Parisi at our Saturday afternoon author signings, just outside of the PulpFest dealers’ room.

The recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction, Raw Dog Screaming Press is dedicated to putting into print the highest quality literature from the fringe. Publishers Jennifer Barnes and John Lawson are attending PulpFest for the first time to celebrate sixteen years of publishing “fiction that “foams at the mouth.” In addition to selling their fine publications in our dealers’ room, Jennifer will be the hostess of the “Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration” on Friday, August 16. On Saturday morning, join John at the “Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration.” Dog Star Books is the Raw Dog Screaming Press imprint for Science Fiction Adventure titles.

Please welcome audio artist Mark Redfield of Redfield Arts Audio to this year’s PulpFest. Mark is an actor, writer, artist and filmmaker. He’s also the publisher and editor of POE FOREVERMOREa print magazine specializing in original horror, science fiction and mystery and detective short stories. Mark will have copies of his recent audiobooks including Mark Wheatley’s SONGS OF GIANTS: THE POETRY OF PULP, William Patrick Maynard’s THE TERROR OF FU MANCHU, and more. Sound designer, video editor, web designer, and actress Jennifer Rouse will also be appearing at PulpFest 2019 Many thanks to Redfield Audio Arts for their very generous contribution for the convention’s 2019 hospitality suite.

Author Christopher Ryan is returning to his second PulpFest. Chris pens the novella-length adventures of Alex Simmons’ Blackjack. The character — first introduced in 1996 through a comic book miniseries — is an African-American soldier of fortune globetrotting during the turbulent 1930s. In addition to his Blackjack novellas, Christopher will have his award-winning Mallory and Gunner series, as well as other books. He’ll be accompanied by Blackjack creator Alex Simmons.

As a PulpFest exclusive, Chris will be debuting a free 32-page excerpt from a new project, SANDS OF TIME. It’s a potential mystery series set on the Jersey Shore that combines Chris’s fast-paced storytelling and humor with a touch of . . . romance?

“Harry and Genevieve Sands are half-siblings with different moms but the same dad, the late private investigator and local legend Donnie Sands. Together they confront murderers, thieves, and intrigue amid the bungalows, boardwalks, and beaches of the famous south Jersey coastline.”

Pick up a copy of the SANDS OF TIME excerpt at Christopher Ryan’s table, give it a try, fill out the survey included, and drop the survey off at the box on his table. You can keep the mini-book. On Saturday evening at PulpFest, Chris will draw one completed survey from the box and that person will win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

“We want to see what readers think about the project and this is a fun way to find out,” Chris said. “We hope PulpFest patrons think it is fun, too.”

Pittsburgh’s Donald E. Simpson is the cartoonist/creator of the comic books MEGATON MAN, BORDER WORLDS, and BIZARRE HEROESDon has taught workshops in cartooning and figure drawing for a number of years. He earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in History of Art and Architecture in 2013. He’ll be selling copies of his dark and visionary graphic novel, BORDER WORLDS, a nice Kong-themed print, and more at his table at PulpFest 2019. Catch him near the Meteor House tables in our dealers’ room.

The author of the UTGARDA pulp adventure series, Joab Stieglitz has crossed his love for cosmic horror and fantasy and role-playing games into a Lovecraftian occult horror series that will appeal to pulp fans, Cthulhu Mythos acolytes, gamers, and horror movie fans in equal measure. The UTGARDA trilogy comprises three titles: THE OLD MAN’S REQUEST, THE MISSING MEDIUM, and THE OTHER REALM. The UTGARDA trilogy is a fast-paced, well-written supernatural thriller that channels H. P. Lovecraft’s and August Derleth’s Cthulhu Mythos in detailing the unspeakable entity that was unleashed upon the world in the 1920s by The Cabal. Come meet Joab Stieglitz in person Friday afternoon, August 16,  at PulpFest as he ushers UTGARDA into the 21st Century.

One of the highlights from PulpFest 2018 was the art show featuring the work of illustrator Mark Wheatley. Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Mark is a long-time Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and admirer of the work of Philip José Farmer. He’s also painted covers for Norvell W. Page’s THE SPIDER: SATAN’S MURDER MACHINES and AMAZON NIGHTS by Arthur O. Friel and, in collaboration with G. D. Falksen, created the book DOCTOR CTHULITTLEHow’s that for some top-notch pulp credentials?

At PulpFest 2019, Mark will have copies of his recently released book, SONGS OF GIANTS. Discover all the romance, the secret fears, and the unknown and surprising cosmos in poems written by Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H. P. Lovecraft. Each poem has been lovingly illustrated, capturing the essence of words set down as long as a century ago. Mark Wheatley has brought these poems to life with a fine line illustration style inspired by the early, classic, golden age illustrators. He’ll also have some of the original art from SONGS OF GIANTS on display at the convention.

With SEVENTH SENSE, Lamont Award winner John Wooley teams up with pulp collector and author Robert A. Brown for an epistolary tale, set in 1939. It concerns a worker for the WPA Folklore Project who uncovers unspeakable horrors in the hills of Arkansas. Among those praising SEVENTH SENSE for its evocation of old-school pulp-style horror is online reviewer Chad Calkins: “Recently finished reading a series of WEIRD TALES stories before devouring this book, and it felt like I never left.” If that’s not enough, ask PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko what he thought of the book.

Published by Babylon Books. SEVENTH SENSE is the first volume in a trilogy. You’ll be able to pick up copies of John’s book at John McMahan’s dealer tables and during our author signings on Saturday, August 17, near the entrance to our dealer’s room. And be sure to catch John’s PulpFest presentation, “Dashiell Hammett and the Detective Story,” on Friday evening.

Last of all, Ben and Tracy Eller will be bringing World of Strange to PulpFest 2019. The Ellers create T-shirts and other fantastic apparel featuring vintage comic book covers, science fiction motifs, Cthulhu-inspired artwork, and pulp magazine covers. They’ve appeared at Dragon Con, Wonderfest, and other pop culture conventions over the last few years. Click here to check out the cool PLANET STORIES video from their website.

Some of the creators listed above will be part of our “New Fictioneers Readings” on Friday and Saturday, while others will be signing books near our dealers’ room entrance or participating in panels and presentations. For more information, check out our programming schedule by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Or click here to link to our 2019 mobile schedule. And don’t forget to look for the “New Fictioneers Readings” banner at the convention.

So what are you waiting for? Book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” If you would like a reservation at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(Not only will the publishers exhibiting at PulpFest 2019 be offering great writing, they’ll also have some great art to share. In 2009, Chris Kalb designed the first PulpFest website. Since then, he’s helped us time and again. This year, he’s been nominated for the 2019 Munsey Award. We wish him the best of luck. Along with his brother David, Chris is the publisher of Age of Aces books. He’s also the company’s art director, the person who comes up with all the great covers featured on each of their books, including one of their latest entries, Donald E. Keyhoe’s STRANGE DEATHS.

If you like the work of James Ellroy or Raymond Chandler, then you’ll love Roger Alford’s THE CITY BURNS AT NIGHT. It’s a gritty new mystery that effortlessly combines new pulp with a classic noir style. And not only does Alford know how to tell a fine hardboiled story, he’s pretty darn good as a cover artist too!

Running from 1952 to 1967, MANHUNT MAGAZINE was the premier American crime fiction magazine of its time. Running for almost fifteen years, it succeeded in finding a market for the finest crime fiction authors of the 20th century. THE BEST OF MANHUNT — published by Stark House Press — “reprints 39 short stories from a who’s-who of mid-20th century crime fiction.” It also features essays about the magazine, including articles by Lawrence Block and Barry Malzberg.

Sara Light-Waller has worked in writing, illustration, and publishing for many years. She developed Lucina Press as a platform for certain ideas about the future. Lucina Press celebrates Hugo Gernback’s original vision for science fiction — grand adventures mixing science fact and prophetic vision that celebrate the greatness of mankind and make our imaginations soar. Each Lucina Press book — including ANCHOR — is illustrated in the style and hand-drawn manner of the original pulp magazines.

Heidi Ruby Miller’s AMBASADORA: MARKED BY LIGHT — featuring cover art by Bradley Sharp — is the first book in a series. Other books include GREENSHIFT and STARRIE (both set in the same world) and the forthcoming AMBASADORA BOOK 2: SCARRED BY LIGHT. The series is published by Dog Star Books.

TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD — written by Fritz Leiber and originally released by Ballantine Books in 1966 — was the first authorized Tarzan novel by an author other than Edgar Rice Burroughs. A novelization of the Sy Weintraub movie of the same title, it is being released for the first time in hardcover by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.. The new book features jacket art by Richard Hescox and interior art by Douglas Klauba.

The Deluxe Preview Edition of THE VISUAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION FANDOM features 100 pages of content. This volume contains all the material from the publisher’s Special Preview Edition in addition to 70+ pages of new content, including a second originally illustrated graphic novel segment. It will be released at this year’s PulpFest. The book’s cover art is from THE SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTIONEER for May 1938 and THE SCIENCE FICTION FAN, Volume 2 Number 10, dated June 1938. The artist is James M. Rogers.

John C. Bruening — along with Jim Beard — is the founder of Flinch Books, publisher of Bruening’s critically acclaimed Prohibition-era pulp hero series MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN. It began with 2016’s HOUR OF DARKNESS and continues with the 2019 publication of THE ANNIHILATION MACHINE. Bruening’s latest novel of the masked avenger features a terrific cover created by Douglas Klauba and Thomas Gianni.

Craig McDonald’s new historical thriller, ONCE A WORLD, explores the teen years of his fictional BLACK MASK author, Hector Lassiter. The volume — published by Down & Out Books — features cover design by Finnish-American designer and conceptual artist J. T. Lindroos.

The beautiful painting of Eva Lynd shooting a machine gun on EVA: MEN’S ADVENTURE SUPERMODEL was painted by Norm Eastman. It was originally created as the cover art for the December 1968 issue of NEW MAN. Eastman’s wild and often politically-incorrect cover paintings are among the most famous (and infamous) ever done for the men’s adventure magazines.

Philip José Farmer had a life-long love affair with the pulps that he read as a boy. They influenced nearly everything he wrote. In the 1970s, Farmer paid special tribute to the hero pulps with several stories. GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES collects these stories for the first time in hardcover. To be released at PulpFest 2019, the book — published by Meteor House — features jacket art by Keith Howell.

Published by the University Press of Mississippi/Jackson, Nicholas Parisi’s ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION explores the entire body of work of the creator of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. The book was designed by Pete Halverson, with a cover collage by Rob Cooper.

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Christopher Ryan’s book — THE SANDS OF TIME — was developed and written with his wife under the pseudonym T. C. Tylsen. “I usually write pulpy cop thrillers with a supernatural touch or suspense thrillers, or straight pulp action with the Blackjack series. This book is an attempt to broaden the audience for what I do, hopefully to include husband and wife readers, pure readers who love the Jersey Shore, and fans of fun adventures.”

Don Simpson’s BORDER WORLDS was first published by the Kitchen Sink Press in issues #6 to #10 of MEGATON MAN. It was continued in its own self-titled series and the one-shot BORDER WORLDS: MAROONED. Simpson has now added an all-new chapter that finally brings his acclaimed work to a long-anticipated conclusion. Published by Dover Books, BORDER WORLDS is “An adult merger of science fiction, mystery, noir, and eroticism.”

It was a wild time in publishing in the early part of the 20th century. The Pulps produced three particularly impressive authors: Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H. P. Lovecraft. The names of these legendary authors have echoed down through the years, inspiring many more creators. One such creator is the award winning Hall of Fame illustrator, Mark Wheatley. He’ll have copies of his new book, SONGS OF GIANTS, at this year’s PulpFest. And don’t forget, if you’d like the audiobook version, you’ll find copies at the tables of Mark Redfield and Jennifer Rouse, representing Redfield Arts Audio at PulpFest 2019.)



Debuting at PulpFest 2018

Jul 20, 2018 by

Once again, a number of authors and publishers have decided to roll out their new titles for PulpFest 2018. You’ll get to meet some of those authors at our annual New Fictioneers readings. You can learn about who is reading by clicking the programming button at the top of our home page. Our readings will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons, beginning at 12:30 PM. Look for the “New Fictioneers Readings” banner at the convention.

Age of Aces Books is a publisher of pulp fiction treasures with a keen eye for design. At this year’s PulpFest, Chris and David Kalb will be releasing two thrilling collections from the tattered pages of the air war pulps: Donald E. Keyhoe’s CAPTAIN PHILIP STRANGE: STRANGE SQUADRONS — their seventh collection to feature the so-called “Brain-Devil” of G-2 Intelligence — and THE DEVIL FLIES HIGH — the second volume in Keyhoe’s Jailbird Flight series from Popular Publications’ BATTLE BIRDS and DARE-DEVIL ACES.

PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will be exhibiting the latest books from Altus Press. Thanks to an arrangement with publisher Matt Moring, Mike will be selling six new volumes in Altus’ THE DIME DETECTIVE LIBRARY, the second volume of Frederick Nebel’s COMPLETE AIR ADVENTURES OF GALES & MCGILL, the eighth number from Robert Sidney Bowen’s DUSTY AYRES series, and the final volume of SECRET AGENT X. There’s also a chance that he’ll have THE COMPLETE UP AND DOWN THE EARTH, collecting over 500 pages of Talbot Mundy’s stories from ADVENTURE. Mike Chomko, Books has been one of the leading purveyors of pulp reprint books and periodicals since the early 1990s. Look for his tables in the PulpFest 2018 dealers’ room.

Christopher Paul Carey — authorized author of the recently released SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN — will have copies of his new collection, THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, available at the convention. Written over a period of more than twenty years, these pieces, many of them originally published in obscure and hard-to-find publications, offer insights into some of Farmer’s most important and popular works. Be sure to catch Christopher on Friday, July 27, as part of our New Fictioneers program.

Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle, the editors and publishers of THE MEN’S ADVENTURE LIBRARY book series will have copies of their latest volume: CUBA: SUGAR, SEX, AND SLAUGHTER. It’s a collection of stories and full-color artwork from the men’s adventure magazines about Cuba, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath. The book’s title is taken from one of the stories included in the collection. You can read more about the book by clicking hereThey’ll have both the trade paperback and expanded hardcover edition for sale.

Jim Beard and John Bruening of Flinch Bookspublishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their latest prose anthology, QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG. They’ll also have copies of previous Flinch Books anthologies and some of their own work. Be sure to attend the special spotlight Flinch Books panel on Saturday afternoon, July 28, to hear John and Jim talk about their adventures in self-publishing, their creation of all things Flinch, and their great love for Pulp in general.

Be sure to welcome Allyson & Brett Brooks of Goodman Games to their first PulpFest. Best known for DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS, AGE OF CTHULHU, and other role-playing games, Goodman Games is based in the San Francisco Bay area. Brett and Allyson will be debuting the second issue of TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, Goodman’s fantasy magazine dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. They’ll also be selling other Goodman products at PulpFest 2018 including several DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS adventure modules that have a definite old-school feel to them: THE EMERALD ENCHANTER, HOLE IN THE SKY, INTRIGUE AT THE COURT OF CHAOS, JEWELS OF THE CARNIFEX, and THE 13TH SKULL.

A highly respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, Martin Grams will have his latest book at PulpFest 2018BASS REEVES AND THE LONE RANGER: DEBUNKING THE MYTH looks into the origins of the fictional character known as The Lone Ranger. Martin will also have copies of his other award-winning books for sale.

Of course, PulpFest 2018 is very pleased to welcome author Joe R. Lansdale as our Guest of Honor. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, Joe has also written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Mr. Lansdale will have many of his works for sale, including his recent Hap and Leonard novel, JACKRABBIT SMILE. He’s also hoping to having copies of TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS: DANA ROBERTS’ CASEBOOK OF HORROR, the newly released short story collection that Joe co-authored with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale. Additionally, PulpFest‘s Mike Chomko will have copies of Joe’s outstanding collection, MIRACLES AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. Published by PM Press, it features short fiction alongside some of Lansdale’s hard-to-find TEXAS OBSERVER columns. Mike will also be selling GIRL GANGS, BIKER BOYS, AND REAL COOL CATS: PULP FICTION AND YOUTH CULTURE, 1950 TO 1980, also published by PM Press.

Meteor House — a publisher of science fiction and fantasy that specializes in works set in the worlds created by Philip José Farmer — will have two new books at PulpFest 2018. Pick up your copies of the first hardcover publication of Farmer’s authorized Tarzan novel, TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME, and THE PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER CENTENNIAL COLLECTION, a mammoth collection of classic science fiction, poems, articles, tributes, speeches, and more, all from Farmer’s magic pen. Both feature magnificent covers by the great Mark Wheatley. Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Wheatley will be offering a rare gallery showing of his original art at PulpFest 2018. The event will showcase his illustrations for the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MENAnd don’t forget about the annual Meteor House book-signing party.

Ed Hulse of Murania Press will be releasing a revised and expanded second edition of THE BLOOD ’N’ THUNDER GUIDE TO PULP FICTION at this year’s PulpFest. The new volume features more copy, more cover reproductions, updated appendices, and an index, which the 2013 edition lacked. He’ll also have copies of the recently released THE WILD WEST OF FICTION AND FILM — a 286-page, 146,000-word tome that concentrates on the nexus of American popular fiction (especially pulp) and Western movies — as well as PULPOURRI.

Unfortunately, it looks as if Will Murray’s THE DOOM LEGION — the first “Wild Adventure of The Spider will not make it to PulpFest 2018. The author will only have a display copy on hand and will be taking orders. The new novel  has The Spider teaming up with Operator #5 and America’s Flying Spy, G-8. The heroic trio battles a pair of powerful adversaries intent on harnessing and unleashing the malevolent power of a fallen meteorite. A bonus Secret 6 story will be featured in the hardbound edition. Will Murray will be sharing a table with Laurie Powers. She will be selling books written by her grandfather, pulp author Paul S. Powers.

It has been four years since John Locke’s last book. The winner of the 2004 Lamont Award, John will have THE THING’S INCREDIBLE! THE SECRET ORIGINS OF WEIRD TALES at PulpFest 2018. A revisionist history of “The Unique Magazine,” Locke’s book is “the grand story of the challenges in establishing a radical, new magazine in the early 1920s — and not just any magazine, but the immortal WEIRD TALES.” Published in June 2018 by Off-Trail Publications, John Locke’s long-awaited book will be available at PulpFest from Mike Chomko, Books in both hardcover and softcover.

Please welcome author Christopher Ryan to his first PulpFest. He’s a “new pulp” writer who pens the novella-length adventures of Alex Simmons’ Blackjack. The character — first introduced in 1996 through a comic book miniseries — is an African-American soldier of fortune globetrotting during the turbulent 1930s. Simmons won an Inkpot Award at last year’s San Diego Comic Con. In addition to his Blackjack novellas, Christopher will be selling his award-winning Mallory and Gunner series, as well as other books.

For more than a decade, Anthony Tollin has been publishing THE SHADOW and other great pulp heroes under the Sanctum Books banner. Our 2011 Munsey Award winner, Anthony will be selling the 132nd issue of his historic SHADOW reprint series. It will feature classic pulp thrillers by Walter. B. Gibson and Bruce Elliott writing as “Maxwell Grant.”

In the business of reprinting some of the best mysteries and supernatural fiction of the past 100 years, Stark House Press should have several new titles ready for PulpFest 2018. You’ll find hardboiled crime fiction by Bill Ballinger, Carter Brown, Orrie Hitt, Henry Kane, and Lionel White, as well as soaring fantasy from the pen of Algernon Blackwood. As usual, Mike Chomko, Books will be representing Stark House at this year’s PulpFest.

Lastly, Joab Stieglitz will be returning to this year’s PulpFest. He is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. Joab is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at RANTINGS OF A WANDERING MIND ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. He will be selling copies of his UTGARDA series— a pulp adventure set in the 1920s and 30s — at PulpFest 2018. Joab’s books were a big hit at last year’s convention.

In addition to all of these great premieres, come the evening of July 26, our dealers’ room will also be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. Check out our posts from last week to see who will be selling at PulpFest 2018. We profiled all of our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you get to know them.

So what are you waiting for? Book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” If you would like to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(Not only will the publishers exhibiting at PulpFest 2018 be offering great writing, they’ll have some great art to share. In 2009, Chris Kalb designed the first PulpFest website. Since then, he’s helped us time and again. This year, he’s been nominated for the 2018 Munsey Award. We wish him the best of luck. Along with his brother David, Chris is the publisher of Age of Aces books. He’s also the company’s art director, the person who comes up with all the great covers featured on each of their books, including one of their latest entries, Donald E. Keyhoe’s STRANGE SQUADRONS.

The king of the pulps — Walter Baumhofer — who not only worked for the pulps, but also for the slick magazines and as a fine artist — painted the cover art for THE COMPLETE CASES OF KEN CARTER. Written by Norvell Page, the series primarily ran in A. A. Wyn’s TEN DETECTIVE ACES. Baumhofer’s art was originally used by Popular Publications as the front cover to the September 1935 issue of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

The wild painting used as the cover for New Texture’s CUBA: SUGAR, SEX, AND SLAUGHTER was painted by Norm Eastman. It was originally created as the cover for MEN IN CONFLICT, February 1962, then reused as the cover for BATTLE CRY, May 1965. Eastman’s wild, politically-incorrect Nazi bondage and torture cover paintings are among the most famous (and infamous) ever done for the men’s adventure magazines of the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s.

Diesel LaForce — who created the cover for the second issue of Goodman Games’ TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL — is best known for his fantasy illustrations and cartography skills for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and other role playing games. Never formally trained, Diesel has had hands-on experience with some of the top names in fantasy art. He continues to work on gaming products and helps to organize the Gen Con Art Show in Indianapolis every year.

Mark Wheatley painted the cover for THE PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER CENTENNIAL COLLECTION. Meteor House is working hard to debut the volume at this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100. It’s a mammoth collection of classic science fiction, poems, articles, tributes, speeches, and more, all from Farmer’s magic pen. In addition to works set in the worlds created by Philip José Farmer, Meteor House also publishes original science fiction and fantasy novels and novellas by various authors.

With THE SHADOW #132 — featuring front cover art by George Rozen (originally created for the March 1, 1933 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE) — to be released in time for PulpFest 2018, Sanctum Books comes that much closer to reprinting the entire run of the original pulp magazine. Its completion will be an amazing achievement, following its earlier reprinting of the entire runs of DOC SAVAGE and THE AVENGER.

THE HUNTER IN THE SHADOWS by Joab Stieglitz — with cover art by Eugene Chugunov — is the fourth book in the author’s UTGARDA series. Available in paperback and ebook, Joab’s series is a pulp adventure with Lovecraftian influences, set in the 1920s and 1930s. He recently started to write the fifth book in the series.)

Premiering at PulpFest 2015

Aug 3, 2015 by

MurrayAs they do every year, a number of publishers have chosen to roll out new titles at PulpFest 2015. Altus PressMurania Press, and Stark House Press will be premiering reprints of classics from the past, while Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and Meteor House will debut new work inspired by the great fiction of the past. And since PulpFest will be hosting four New Fictioneer readings, expect to meet some of the creators of today’s pulp fiction at the convention. Check out our schedule page for the times of our readings.

Tarzan. Doc Savage. The Shadow. All three of these iconic characters will be at PulpFest, courtesy of Adventures in Bronze and author Will Murray. You’ll be able to get signed copies in both hardcover and softcover of the fully authorized editions of RETURN TO PAL-UL-DON and DOC SAVAGE: THE SINISTER SHADOW. They’ll be available at PulpFest 2015 where their author, pop culture historian Will Murray, will be appearing on four different panel presentations.

GunnisonAlthough it originally appeared in 2007, THRILLING DETECTIVE HEROES certainly deserves a mention here. Edited by John Locke and John Wooley, it was published by Adventure House, one of the leading publishers of pulp reprints and reference works in the country. On Thursday, August 13th, at 8:40 PM, John Wooley and Adventure House publisher John Gunnison will pay a visit to some of the continuing characters that were featured in the Thrilling line of detective pulps. Join them for a discussion of “Thrilling Detectives” during our Thursday evening presentations in PulpFest‘s second-floor programming area at the Hyatt Regency. Their discussion will center around many of the characters featured in THRILLING DETECTIVE HEROES, a book that also includes the most complete history of the Thrilling Group of pulp magazines ever to be published. You’ll be able to pick up a copy at the Adventure House tables during the convention and have one of its editors and its publisher sign it for you. That won’t happen on ebay!

Airship 27New pulp fans will see a number of books for the very first time at PulpFest 2015, courtesy of Ron Fortier and Rob Davis of Airship 27 Productions. Frederick C. Davis’ occult detective, Ravenwood, the Stepson of Mystery, will appear in his first, full-length novel. Author Micah Harris links the classic pulp hero with one of the most notorious crimes in Hollywood history in RETURN OF THE DUGPA. Also debuting is the second volume of SIX-GUN TERRORS in which the Wild West meet WEIRD TALES. Fred Adams, Jr. weaves a weird western novel concerning warriors able to transform themselves into beasts!

AltusAs he does every year, Mike Chomko will be premiering the latest books from America’s leading pulp reprint house Altus Press. Thanks to an arrangement with Altus publisher Matt Moring, Mike will be offering both hardcover and softcover editions of THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF THE MOON MAN, VOLUME ONE; THE MASKED RIDER ARCHIVES, VOLUME TWO; THE BLACK BAT OMNIBUS, VOLUME THREE; and five books written by H. Bedford-Jones, including THE DEVIL’S BOSUN, GHOST HILLS, and WILL O’ THE WISP. Mike will also have the first ten volumes of the recently released ARGOSY LIBRARY, including Lester Dent’s GENIUS JONES, Victor Rousseau’s DRAFT OF ETERNITY, Otis Adelbert Kline’s THE SWORDSMAN OF MARS and W. Wirt’s WHEN TIGERS ARE HUNTING. Mike Chomko, Books has been one of the leading purveyors of pulp reprint books and periodicals since the early nineties. Look for his tables just inside the entrance to the PulpFest 2015 dealers’ room and say hi to the convention’s marketing and programming director.

Bold VentureWe’re very happy to have Rich Harvey and Audrey Parente of Bold Venture Press as one of this year’s fifty exhibitors. Since 1992, Bold Venture has been publishing quality reprints of classic pulp fiction. At this year’s convention, Rich and Audrey will be premiering John Wooley’s and Robert Leslie Bellem’s HOMICIDE HIGHBALL: THE LOST DAN TURNER MOVIE SCRIPT, Richard Lupoff’s DREAMER’S DOZEN, PULP JAZZ: THE CHARLES BOECKMAN STORY, the latest issue of PULP ADVENTURES featuring stories by Bellem, Lupoff, Stewart Sterling, and others, and Audrey’s own PULP NOIR: A CLUTTERED ROMANCE, in which two avowed hoarders of paper memorabilia try to make room in their lives for each other. It’s a funhouse mirror image of the world of collecting pulps and comics. Bold Venture Press brings you vintage pulp fiction and exciting new stories. Learn for yourself at PulpFest 2015.

EnosDick and Norma Enos of Fantasy Publishing will have a new adventure of Rick Steele at PulpFest 2015. Watch for DEATH ON THIN ICE, the latest yarn featuring the ace trouble buster from the fifties. A former test pilot with a trio of “ace” assistants, Rick will go anywhere in search of adventure. It’s part one of THE MONSTER OF CHINATOWN and you’ll see it at PulpFest.

Derleth MythosJohn D. Haefele, who will be part of our panel on the development of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, will be offering copies of his landmark study, A LOOK BEHIND THE DERLETH MYTHOS: ORIGINS OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS. Published by The Cimmerian Press, Haefele’s book answers numerous questions about the Lovecraft/Derleth controversy with fresh evidence and thunderous revelations, covering in unprecedented detail everything from the notorious “Black Magic Quote” to Derleth’s infamous “posthumous collaborations” with Lovecraft. Signed copies will be available at Mike Chomko, Books.

MaynardOn Saturday, August 15th, co-authors William Patrick Maynard and Alexandra Martukovich will be on hand to sign copies of FURTHER ENCOUNTERS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, released by Titan Books in 2014. Their story, “The Adventure of the Coin of the Realm,” was one of twelve stories selected by George Mann for this new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk. Visit Bill’s tables in the PulpFest dealers’ room to meet the authors.

Meteor HouseMeteor House, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy that specializes in works set in the worlds created by Philip José Farmer and and original science fiction and fantasy novels and novellas, hopes to offer four new books at PulpFest 2015. Jim Beard’s and Duane Spurlock’s AIRSHIP HUNTERS delves into the mystery of 19th-century UFOs as the skies are haunted by mysterious airships and unfathomable secrets. Can two agents of a newly formed secret government agency discover the truth behind the greatest mystery of them all? HADON, KING OF OPAR, written by Christopher Paul Carey, picks up fourteen years after the novel THE SONG OF KWASIN, co-authored by Farmer and Carey. FLIGHT TO OPAR features nearly 4,000 words cut from Farmer’s original manuscript when it was originally published in 1976. Lastly, EXILES OF KHO is a new hardcover edition of the out-of-print prequel to Philip José Farmer’s beloved Khokarsa adventure series.

Murania Press PreviewEd Hulse and Murania Press will be offering a new issue of the award-winning “Journal of Adventure, Mystery and Melodrama in American Popular Culture” BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER at this year’s PulpFest. The Summer 2015 issue takes a detailed look at the classic Munsey and Popular Publications pulp FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES. Also appearing will be a Wold Newton article on “The Secret Son of Bran Mak Morn,” a piece entitled “32 from ’32: A Banner Year for Fantastic Cinema,” the story behind the all-but-forgotten radio dramatization of KING KONG, and much more.

Ed will also have several new titles from the MURANIA PRESS book line at the convention — William Corcoran’s THE PURPLE EYE,  a 60,000-word novel that could very well have served as the template for Popular’s hero pulps, and three volumes of crime and mystery yarns written by Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro — ALIAS THE THUNDERBOLT, THE RETURN OF BLACK STAR, and THE SPIDER SPINS HIS WEB.

Stark HouseIn the business of reprinting some of the best mysteries and supernatural fiction of the past 100 years, Stark House Press hopes to have several new titles ready for PulpFest 2015. Douglas Sanderson wrote a series of white hot thrillers in the 1950s which were published under his two pseudonyms, Martin Brett and Malcolm Douglas. But he also published a good many novels under his own name, and Stark House is proud to reprint two of them: NIGHT OF THE HORNS & CRY WOLFRAM. Peter Rabe was a psychology professor turned hardboiled crime writer back when Gold Medal ruled the original paperback racks of the fifties and sixties. The second volume of Rabe’s fictional study of the use and abuse of power features the final three stories of the Daniel Port gangster series. Other titles that Stark House hope to have ready for PulpFest include Robert W. Chambers’ THE KING IN YELLOW & THE MYSTERY OF CHOICE,  two collections of decadent horror fiction that will feature an introduction by noted critic, Stefan Dziemianowicz; Bruno Fischer’s THE BLEEDING SCISSORS & THE EVIL DAYS, two hard-boiled classics from one of Cap Shaws’ BLACK MASK  boys; and Ed Gorman’s GRAVE’S RETREAT & NIGHT OF SHADOWS, two classic western mysteries. Mike Chomko, Books will be representing Stark House at the convention.

These are just a few of the great publications that you’ll find in the PulpFest 2015 dealers’ room. So what are you waiting for? Book a room for three nights and register now for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” To book a room for this year’s convention, please visit

PulpFest 2014 Premiers

Aug 4, 2014 by

Age of Aces 2As they do every year, a number of publishers have chosen to roll out new titles at PulpFest 2014. Age of AcesAltus Press and Black Dog Books will be premiering reprints of pulp classics from the past, while Airship 27 and Meteor House will debut new work inspired by the great fiction of the past. And since PulpFest will be hosting five New Fictioneer readings, expect to meet some of the creators of today’s pulp fiction at the convention.

Additionally, since we have quite a few new dealers at this year’s convention as well as others who will be debuting new, fresh-to-market pulp collections at our 2014 convention, you’ll also find information about them in this post.

Finally, we’ve had a recent donation of a new book from Golden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones that arrived after our Free Stuff at PulpFest post went live. We’ll close this news post with details on Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory. Now it’s time to move on to the new stuff premiering at PulpFest 2014 . . .

Chris and David Kalb of Age of Aces Books will be offering two new titles at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” Visit their tables to pick up copies of their third collection of the adventures of Captain Philip Strange, Strange Operators. Their other PulpFest premier will be the second volume of Robert J. Hogan’s The Adventures of Smoke Wade. Two exciting new volumes of World War I adventures, only from Age of Aces Books!

Airship 27 Productions will be debuting its sixteenth title of the year at PulpFest. Challenger Storm: The Curse of Poseidon is the second adventure in a series created and written by Don Gates. Illustrated by award-winning artist Michael Kaluta, fans of pulp adventure have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to last year’s Challenger Storm novel, Isle of Blood.

Airship comicIn conjunction with Redbud Studio, Airship will also be releasing its first-ever full-color comic book based on a classic pulp hero. I. V. Frost, Scientific Detective is based on the tales of pulp writer Donald Wandrei that appeared in Clues magazine from 1934 through 1937. The first issue includes two stories by Ron Fortier, illustrated and lettered by Gary Kato, with colors by Casey Beamis.

Mike Chomko Books will be representing Altus Press at PulpFest 2014. Winner of the 2010 Munsey AwardMike will be premiering multiple titles from the publisher, including The Adventures of Faidit and Cercamon, Buccaneer Blood: The Adventures of Denis Burke, The Complete Adventures of Thibaut Corday and the Foreign Legion, The Complete Cases of Keyhole Kerry, Volume 1, The Complete Tales of Kingi Bwana, Volumes 1 & 2, The Crime Master: The Complete Battles of Gordon Manning & The Griffin, Volume 1, Grey Maiden: The Story of a Sword Through the Ages, Tomorrow: The Complete Saga, Volumes 1 & 2, and Street Wolf: The Black Mask Stories of Frederick Nebel. For additional details on these books (and a few others that will be appearing at the convention), please visit the Altus Press Facebook site by clicking here.

Stark HouseMike will also be representing Stark House Press at PulpFest. “Stark House is the best thing to happen to hardboiled noir since the first California housewife got the idea to team up with a door-to-door salesman to off her husband and collect the insurance money.” Be sure to visit Mike’s tables near the main entrance for some of the best in pulp and hardboiled fiction.

Tom Roberts of Black Dog Books will have three new works available at PulpFest. They are Flamehair, an historical adventure by H. Bedford-Jones concerning a Saxon boy kidnapped by Vikings; a collection of Northwestern adventures written by Frederick Nebel entitled Forbidden River; and The Shorthorn Kid, a collection of western stories by Hugh Pendexter that follows a young man as he evolves from greenhorn to seasoned cowhand.

Meteor HouseOne of our FarmerCon partners, Meteor House, will be offering a new, softcover edition of The Evil in Pemberley House. Deeply ingrained in the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Lord Greystoke—as well as the bronze champion of justice, Doc Wildman—The Evil in Pemberley House is a darkly erotic novel with broad appeal to readers of pulp and popular literature, and fans of Philip José Farmer’s own celebrated Wold Newton Family. Co-author Win Scott Eckert will be signing copies for everyone who pre-ordered the book and for anyone who buys the book at PulpFest.

Additionally, Meteor House will be debuting Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows at the convention. Although pre-orders will have all been shipped by this week, PulpFest will be the first event where Josh Reynolds’ sequel to Farmer’s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg will be available.

In addition to the publishers who will be exhibiting at this year’s PulpFest, there will be several dealers who will be debuting new, fresh-to-market pulp collections at our 2014 convention. Doug Sims of Heroes and Games recently purchased a thousand paperback books of all our favorite pulp heroes. Mostly complete series of many different pulp heroes! PulpFest will be the first convention where this collection will be available for sale.

Owen D. Kubik & Rachell Chilton of Kubik Fine Books will be attending their first pulp convention. They will have a variety of books, magazines, and pulps including numerous issues of Argosy and Galaxy, Doc Savage paperbacks, books by Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, and other fantasy and adventure authors, plus a nice selection of Shadow items.

Dave Kurzman will be returning to PulpFest following an absence of several years with a large, fresh-to-market, mid-grade batch of Shadow and Doc Savage pulps, plus many boxes of mid-thirties Argosy. He’ll also be bringing long runs of Planet, Jungle Stories, The Spider, and about 200 Weird Tales.

A hearty PulpFest welcome to Brian Livingston, appearing in our dealers’ room for the first time. He’ll be bringing over 25 long boxes stocked with pulps including a fresh-to-market collection from Indiana that has been in storage since the early seventies. Included are titles such as Black MaskDime DetectiveDime MysteryDoc SavageThe ShadowThrilling AdventuresThrilling Detective and many other detective pulps.

Amazing Stories 28-08A new dealer at PulpFest, David Ritter is a collector from Boston who focuses on ephemera related to H. P. Lovecraft and E. E. “Doc” Smith. He will be offering selected issues of Weird Tales and other items from his collection, including a nice August 1928 Amazing Stories.

One of our Saturday night auctioneers, Joseph Saine, will be offering 350 fresh-to-market science-fiction and some western pulps, most in super condition. And don’t forget the 75 lots of pulps that Joe will be selling at this year’s Saturday Night Auction. Click here to see them.

Although he’s a PulpFest committee member, Barry Traylor has not sold much at recent conventions. This year however, he’ll have bedsheet issues of Astounding and Fantastic Adventures, a smattering of adventure pulps, back issues of Illustration and Blood ‘n’ Thunder, science-fiction and mystery digests, and more. Be sure to look for his table.

Other new dealers to hunt down this year include book and pulp collector Mark Alvarado, autograph and poster dealer Keith Hurd, illustrator Ren McKinzie, and artists Jami Triplett and her friend. Learn more about them all by visiting the dealers page of our website.

Finally, PulpFest 2014 would like to thank Golden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones for contributing a dozen copies of the biography of author Herbert Allingham, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory. Allingham’s melodramatic serial stories ran week after week in the halfpenny papers a hundred years ago. From his first published work in 1886 to his death in 1936, he entertained hundreds of thousands of working-class readers, bringing color and excitement into their hard, precarious lives. Nothing he wrote was ever published in book form and while the proprietors of the flimsy mass-market magazines made fortunes, their writers remained uncelebrated. Julia’s biography seeks to change that.

Fifty Years in the Fiction FactoryWe’ll be offering Julia Jones’ Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory: The working life of Herbert Allingham, 1867-1936 as door prizes at different times during the convention. Many thanks to Julia and Golden Duck for their generous donation.

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