Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale — Postponed Until 2021

Apr 13, 2020 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale, Canada’s premier pulp event held in the hallowed halls of the Toronto Public Library, has been postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. A small show, but one that satisfies the hardcore collector and the pulp curious alike with twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with vintage pulp, affordable reprints, collectible paperbacks, posters, and much more. So pulp fans, mark your calendar for 2021 because the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is already scheduled to return next year.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ontario has declared a state of emergency and all non-essential business has been closed. The organizers of the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale hope you will plan on joining them next year to attend their one-day event. For additional information about next year’s con, please email Neil or Leigh Mechem at Tell ’em PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s poster for the now-cancelled Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — featured Rafael M. DeSoto’s cover art for the October 1933 issue of BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Originally published by Newsstand Publications of Chicago, the pulp’s first issue was dated June 1933. The magazine’s early issues seem to be very much along the lines of the first detective pulp, Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE.

For about six years, BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE plodded along, occasionally pushing the envelope by introducing weird menace fiction or a continuing character such as A. J. Raffles or Arthur B. Reeve’s Craig Kennedy. Then, in its July 1939 number, the magazine published a story entitled “Brand of the Black Bat.”

Written by Norman Daniels, “Brand of the Black Bat” introduced the “mysterious nemesis of crime” known as The Black Bat. Modeled after The Shadow and other popular pulp heroes, Daniels’ tale would be the start of a lengthy series that would run for over fifty issues.

Although we won’t be focusing on The Black Bat at PulpFest 2020, we will have plenty of other “B’s” for you. The convention will salute the centennial of author Ray Bradbury’s birth; the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK — the pulp where the hardboiled detective story took root; and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES artist Margaret Brundage. “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” have inspired and continue to inspire creators the world over.

And if three “B’s” aren’t enough for you, how about Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, a couple of “B” movies, plus our guest of honor, the “B”eautiful Eva Lynd.

Eva was a top model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, and a frequent collaborator with Doc Savage model Steve Holland.

PulpFest 2020 will have panels and presentations on all of these topics and a whole lot more. We hope you can join us from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA.

Currently, the PulpFest organizing committee is monitoring the situation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and consulting with our host hotel. At the same time, we are continuing to work toward mounting PulpFest 2020 from August 6 – 9 in Mars, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

PulpFest will continue to assess developments. We will advise you about any changes to our plans through our website and social media pages. So please stay tuned to

Ten Years in The Shadow’s Sanctum — Anthony Tollin’s Sanctum Books

Jun 23, 2016 by

Shadow 1One of PulpFest‘s longtime supporters has been Anthony Tollin, the publisher of Sanctum Books. On Saturday, July 23, at 3 PM, PulpFest 2016 will salute the tenth anniversary of Sanctum Books. Our celebration of the occasion will take place in our programming area, located in the Union Rooms on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

Anthony Tollin launched his Sanctum double novel pulp reprints in July 2006. During the past decade, Sanctum Books has reprinted all 182 DOC SAVAGE pulp novels, all 24 of Paul Ernst’s AVENGER novels, the 14 WHISPERER novels from the original pulp series and more than 220 SHADOW novels — all in non-flaking editions with the classic color covers and original interior illustrations, plus comprehensive historical articles and features. Some of these features have included rare radio scripts as well as reprints of Street & Smith comic book stories such as the Iron Munro yarns of Theodore Sturgeon. Additionally, Sanctum Books has reprinted selected NICK CARTER, PHANTOM DETECTIVE, and THE SKIPPER adventures in the double novel format. The publisher has also added THE SPIDER and THE BLACK BAT to its publishing schedule. It goes without saying that Sanctum Books has been one of the leading pulp reprint houses for the last ten years.

Please join Anthony Tollin and his contributing editor Will Murray as they recall Sanctum’s first decade, preview its new anniversary special and annuals, and showcase some of its upcoming projects —  including a hardcover collection of the complete 1940 – 1942 SHADOW newspaper strips.

The only way that you can join this celebration of “Ten Years in The Shadow’s Sanctum” is to attend PulpFest 2016, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” Find out “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” only at PulpFest. Taking place in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center, it begins on Thursday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 24. As of June 21, the Hyatt Regency Columbus has a small number of rooms available for July 21 through July 23. Please see our post “There Are Rooms at the Hyatt!

At, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

As of June 1, 2016, the Hyatt Regency is sold out on Friday, July 22. Please read our post “Friday Night Sell-Out” for alternatives. Thank you.

(Back in 2006, the advertising copy for the first of Sanctum Books’ double novel reprints read: “The Shadow returns in two of his greatest pulp adventures: “Crime, Insured” (acclaimed as Walter Gibson’s greatest thriller) and “The Golden Vulture” (revised by Gibson from Lester Dent’s 1932 tryout novel that won him the Doc Savage contract), featuring writers Walter B. Gibson and Lester Dent (writing as “Maxwell Grant”), and artists George Rozen and Edd Cartier. The first volume of this new series reproduces both original covers by George Rozen, plus all of the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier. This book also includes new historical background articles by popular culture historians Anthony Tollin and Will Murray (who collaborated posthumously with Dent on Seven new Doc Savage novels previously published by Bantam).”

Over the past ten years, Sanctum’s format has not changed: two or three novels per book, the original covers and interior illustrations, and some sort of historical articles or materials are featured in each volume of the series. The only thing that has changed is the price: the early volumes cost $12.95, while today’s Sanctum reprints can be had for $14.95. They’re a tremendous value at both prices!)