PulpFest Profile — Christopher Paul Carey: To Khokarsa & Beyond

Oct 19, 2020 by

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William Patrick Maynard (WPM): Chris, you’re Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., as well as one of the leading lights in the Wold Newton Universe. How did you first discover the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer?

Christopher Paul Carey: The first time I read ERB was at age eight, after my father took me to see the film adaptation of AT THE EARTH’S CORE. I picked up the Ace Books movie edition of the same novel off a grocery store spinner rack. My uncle was a big Burroughs fan. He used to read the Barsoom novels aloud to my siblings and me during my family’s annual summer trips from Pennsylvania to Illinois. It was a magical time. When I was twelve, I read A PRINCESS OF MARS. That was it — I became obsessed. I had to read every single story that ERB wrote as quickly as I could track them down, in addition to knowing I wanted to be a writer. During that glorious three-year period when I read almost all of ERB’s fiction, I found Farmer’s TARZAN ALIVE, HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, and FLIGHT TO OPAR on the bookstore shelves. I was drawn to them, of course, because of the Burroughs connection. I could see right away that Farmer was modernizing and innovating on the same adventure formula that Burroughs had implemented in his own novels. So I began devouring all of Farmer’s works as well.

WPM: What is your approach to bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Wold Newton Universe to new readers?

Christopher Paul Carey: My first several books were set in Farmer’s Khokarsa, the motherland civilization of Burroughs’ Opar. First and foremost, I tried to write them like I thought Phil would have. So you’re going to have a grittier, darker, more realistic story. But as I continued to write about Khokarsa and Ancient Opar, I decided to dial up ERB’s style very subtly. Actually, there’s a little H. Rider Haggard mixed in there, too. I’d like to write another trilogy in the Khokarsa cycle, which I’ve been referring to as the “Foundation of Kôr” series. This would be inspired by H. Rider Haggard’s Ayesha novels. I’ve got a lot of it outlined already. I’d also like to write two more novellas about Lupoeth, the priestess-heroine who was the protagonist in my novella EXILES OF KHO.

When I turned to writing SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN, an authorized sequel to ERB’s THE MOON MAID, I tried to be as faithful to Burroughs’ works and style as possible. There’s no Farmer in there at all. Right now, I’m working on a novel in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series titled VICTORY HARBEN: FIRES OF HALOS. This will be just as faithful to ERB’s works, though it begins in 1950 and features a young woman who was born in the hollow world of Pellucidar. Victory’s mother is from the outer crust and her father is from the Earth’s core.

Victory Harben is something of a prodigy in physics and science. She was university-educated in the outer world. So her voice and perspective are going to be different from the typical Burroughs hero, a bit more modern. She’s grown up with ERB’s famous heroes and heroines all around her: David Innes, Dian the Beautiful, Abner Perry, Jason Gridley, Tarzan, Jane, etc. She’s the most challenging and ambitious character I’ve written to date. A hybrid of old world and new. It’s exciting because she brings an opportunity to breathe new life into the canon.

A lot of people forget that when ERB was writing, he was expanding the canon and doing new and crazy things with it. It must have blown readers’ minds in 1929 when Burroughs sent Tarzan to the Earth’s core or in 1932 when he wrote a new series about a suicidal stunt pilot who, trained by a Hindu mystic in the art of mental projection, launched himself in a rocket intended for Mars and ended up on Venus instead. If he’d had an immortality elixir like Tarzan and was still writing today, Edgar Rice Burroughs would be taking his universe off in directions that people would never anticipate to keep things fun and fresh. The present and the past don’t have to compete with one another; they can blend gracefully together into the future.

WPM: As Creative Director of The Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe titles, tell us what is available, what is next in the pipeline, and which past continuation works are considered part of the ERB Universe canon?

Christopher Paul Carey: CARSON OF VENUS: THE EDGE OF ALL WORLDS by Matt Betts kicked off the new ERB Universe novels with what we’re calling the “Swords of Eternity” super-arc. TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR by Win Scott Eckert is up for preorder at ERBurroughs.com and will be published on October 27. That will be followed by JOHN CARTER OF MARS: GODS OF THE FORGOTTEN by Geary Gravel next spring, and my own novel, VICTORY HARBEN: FIRES OF HALOS later in the year. Moreover, we have two “Classic ERB Universe” titles available, TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD by Fritz Leiber and TARZAN AND THE DARK HEART OF TIME by Philip José Farmer (the latter published through Meteor House, but also under the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe banner). These are all considered canon alongside ERB’s original works.

WPM: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., has taken on the ambitious task of reprinting all of ERB’s works in uniform hardcover editions. The first eight Tarzan books are presently available. What can fans expect to see over the next few years?

Christopher Paul Carey: We’re hard at work right now on volumes 9–12 of the Tarzan series. We’ll continue to put out batches of four volumes until we’ve published all of the Tarzan books. Then we’ll move on to the Barsoom series, and then each series in turn until we move on to the standalone books. In total, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Authorized Library will comprise eighty-plus volumes. It will be a multiyear project to release them all. Joe Jusko is adorning all of the books with stunning cover art and frontispieces. We’re also getting luminaries from different fields to write forewords and afterwords. As we continue to produce more volumes, we’ll dig deeper into the archives. So the bonus material included in each of the books will get even more interesting and in many cases longer.

WPM: How do you see Edgar Rice Burroughs’ place in the twenty-first century, particularly as the past is held up to an increasingly critical light?

Christopher Paul Carey: I think Edgar Rice Burroughs stands the test of time because his stories hit the same touchpoint as mythology. He was also a more complex writer than he is sometimes portrayed. There’s a lot of commentary, humor, and satire in ERB’s writing that is often missed or misinterpreted, but lofty critical and scholarly studies don’t really matter in the end. More than a hundred years after he began writing, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories remain popular. I can say that with certainty because it’s all we can do to keep up with all the orders that are pouring in for the new books we’re publishing!

WPM: You’ve done quite a bit to educate our readers as to the goals of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. What personal creative aspirations have you set for yourself as an author that you still hope to achieve?

Christopher Paul Carey: One of the things I plan to write next is an original novel and a short story collection set in the continuity of my novelette “With Dust Their Glittering Towers,” about the mysterious legacy of Sir Francis Bacon. I also have a cross-genre historical/science fiction/fantasy novel set in Mongolia that I’d like to tackle someday. If I can get all the books I’ve talked about writing in this interview done in the time remaining to me, that would be more than good enough for me.

WPM: Chris, thank you for your time. This has truly been a pleasure.

(William Patrick Maynard is the licensed continuation author for the Sax Rohmer Literary Estate. His short fiction has been published in anthologies by Titan Books, Black Coat Press, Edge Publishing, Bold Venture Press, Riviere Blanche, Airship 27, and MX Books. He has authored over 250 articles for numerous magazines and websites. He has contributed Blu-ray commentary tracks and produced bonus features for releases by MGM, Shout Factory, Kino Lorber, and The Serial Squadron. Bill is on the editorial board of The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box and is a member of the PulpFest Organizing Committee where he serves as Assistant Director of Marketing and Afternoon Programming Director. He resides in Northeast Ohio.

The banner that heads our post is based on Chris Peuler‘s dust jacket art for SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN by Christopher Paul Carey.)

 

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Win Scott Eckert — HUNT THE AVENGER

Aug 11, 2019 by

PulpFest 2019 is pleased to announce that Win Scott Eckert will read from his newest book, HUNT THE AVENGER, on Saturday, August 17 at 2:30 PM.

2019 Munsey Award nominee Win Scott Eckert launched the first Wold Newton website, The Wold Newton Universe in 1997. Over the next twenty-two years, 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 Scarlet Pimpernel, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Ghost, Captain Midnight, Phileas Fogg, Doc Ardan, Sexton Blake, and Sherlock Holmes. His latest novel is HUNT THE AVENGER which pairs The Avenger and The Domino Lady for a new pulp adventure.

Win is the editor of and a contributor to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE — a 2007 Locus Awards finalist — and co-editor with Christopher Paul Carey of TALES OF THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He was co-editor  with Paul Spiteri of FARMERPHILE from 2007–2009. His massive timeline of crossover stories — CROSSOVERS: A SECRET CHRONOLOGY OF THE WORLD— was published by Black Coat Press in 2010. A tireless chronicler of Philip José Farmer’s idiosyncratic view of a broad shared universe, Eckert has shown remarkable fidelity to Farmer’s vision and serves as an inspiration to the many new pulp writers and pulp fiction scholars who have followed in his wake. Like Farmer, Win is one of the leading “Children of the Pulps.”

Win’s Saturday afternoon reading immediately follows his 1:30 PM book signing. After the author reading, please join Win as he takes part in the panel, Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction alongside Will Murray, Christopher Paul Carey, John C. Bruening, Craig McDonald, and moderator William Patrick Maynard. Saturday evening at 7:45 PM, Win joins Christopher Paul Carey, Garyn G. Roberts, Jason Aiken, and moderator Paul Spiteri for FarmerCon XIV: Farmer of the Pulps: A Harvest of Influences.

Next year, Win will contribute TARZAN: BATTLE FOR PELLUCIDAR to the new Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe series of canonical novels coming from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He will take part in Friday afternoon’s panel, Entering the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe with Matt Betts, Heidi Ruby Miller, and moderator Christopher Paul Carey. Win is also working on a third Pat Wildman adventure and completing Philip José Farmer’s manuscript of THE MONSTER ON HOLD, the fourth novel in the Secrets of the Nine series.

Win’s appearance takes the place of the previously announced reading by Christopher Ryan, author of Alex Simmon’s Blackjack and The Mallory and Gunner Series. Chris, unfortunately, had to change his plans at the last minute and will not be able to attend this summer’s convention.

(Win Scott Eckert’s HUNT THE AVENGER was recently released by Moonstone Books. It features cover art by Malcolm McClinton.)

Philip José Farmer’s Most Dangerous Dame: Patricia Wildman

Jun 22, 2017 by

PulpFest is very pleased to welcome its FarmerCon members back to our joint conference. Since 2011, FarmerCon has offered to help with our programming. They’re mixing things up for 2017, with a panel on “The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine” and a solo presentation on the friendship of “Philip José Farmer and Robert Bloch.”

Additionally, FarmerCon has asked Win Scott Eckert to perform a couple of short readings: THE MONSTER ON HOLD — a chapter from a planned book that Philip José Farmer offered at the 1983 World Fantasy Convention — and an excerpt from Win’s short novel, THE SCARLET JAGUAR.

During his life, Philip José Farmer maintained that his book DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE was a biography of a real person named Doctor James Clarke Wildman. Pat Wildman is the daughter of Doc Wildman, “the world-renowned adventurer and crimefighter of the 1930s and 40s.”

Introduced in the Wold Newton novel, THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE — which Eckert coauthored with Philip José Farmer — Patricia’s adventures continue in THE SCARLET JAGUAR, written solely by Win Scott Eckert.

The winner of the 2014 New Pulp Award for best novella, Eckert’s story tells of a young girl whose father has been kidnapped by the Scarlet Jaguar. Pat, following in her father’s footsteps of righting wrongs and assisting those in need, agrees to help the girl. Now, it’s a race against time, deep in the wilds of the Central American jungle, as Pat Wildman and her crew search for the girl’s father, and confront the Scarlet Jaguar’s weird power to eliminate his enemies from afar.

“But who—or what—is the Scarlet Jaguar? A power-mad dictator determined to reclaim power? A revolutionary movement bent on taking over the country, and the rest of Central America? Or a front for something even more sinister . . . ?”

Win Scott Eckert is the editor of and contributor to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He has coedited three Green Hornet anthologies for Moonstone Books. His short tales of Zorro, The Avenger, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hareton Ironcastle, Captain Midnight, The Green Ghost, Sexton Blake, The Domino Lady, Doc Ardan, and Sherlock Holmes can be found in several character-themed anthologies available from various publishers. Eckert’s critically acclaimed, encyclopedic CROSSOVERS: A SECRET CHRONOLOGY OF THE WORLD 1 & 2, was released by Black Coat Press in 2010.

A Honey West/T.H.E Cat crossover, A GIRL AND HER CAT, the first new Honey West novel in over forty years, came out in 2014. Forthcoming works include: the third Pat Wildman adventure; a new novel of one of the preeminent pulp heroes of the ’40s, The Avenger; and the unfinished fourth novel in Farmer’s “Secrets of the Nine” series. You can find Win Scott Eckert online at winscotteckert.com and @woldnewton on Twitter.

Join Win Scott Eckert of FarmerCon on Friday, July 28, at 10:20 PM for a short reading from THE SCARLET JAGUAR. To learn more about Philip José Farmer, please visit The Official Philip José Farmer Web Page. It’s the Brobdingnagian collection of all things Farmerian! And please join us at PulpFest 2017/FarmerCon XII from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast!

(Win Scott Eckert’s THE SCARLET JAGUAR was released in 2016 by Meteor House, featuring cover art by Mark Sparacio. A resident of Boca Raton, Florida, Mark is a Professor of Fine Arts at Digital Media Arts College. He has also worked as a comic book illustrator for Marvel, DC, and other companies.)

The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Monster on Hold

May 26, 2017 by

PulpFest is very pleased to welcome its FarmerCon members back to our joint conference. Since 2011, FarmerCon has offered to help with our programming. They’re mixing things up for 2017, with a panel on “The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine” and a solo presentation on the friendship of “Philip José Farmer and Robert Bloch.”

Additionally, FarmerCon has asked Win Scott Eckert to perform a couple of short readings. We’ll be profiling “Philip José Farmer’s Most Dangerous Dame: Patricia Wildman,” in late June. Today we’ll close out our posts on “. . . a few psychos” with a look at Farmer’s and Eckert’s THE MONSTER ON HOLD. The fourth volume in “The Secrets of the Nine” series, the forthcoming novel is based on a chapter, notes and text found in Farmer’s “Magic Filing Cabinet,” and a high-level outline written by the late author and published in the program book of the 1983 World Fantasy Convention.

Started in the volume A FEAST UNKNOWN and continued in LORD OF THE TREES and THE MAD GOBLIN, “The Secrets of the Nine” recounts the ongoing battle of the ape-man, Lord Grandrith, and the man of bronze, Doc Caliban, against the Nine, a secret cabal of immortals bent on amassing power and manipulating the course of world events.

Alternately called THE UNSPEAKABLE THRESHOLD and DOWN TO EARTH’S CENTRE, THE MONSTER ON HOLD evokes the sense of mystery and horror that the bronze-hued superman, Doc Caliban, feels when faced with a descent deep into a subterranean complex to confront an unfathomable evil. Philip José Farmer utilized all three titles, at various times, while working on his fourth Nine book. However, THE MONSTER ON HOLD was the latest title, and the one under which he announced the book in 1983. Thus, it is only fitting that this Doc Caliban adventure will finally appear under the title best known to Farmer’s legions of fans.

Win Scott Eckert is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of the Wold Newton novel, THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE. It concerns Patricia Wildman, the daughter of pulp hero Doc Wildman, the bronze champion of justice. Her adventures continue in Eckert’s sequel, THE SCARLET JAGUAR, which won the 2014 New Pulp Award winner for best novella.

Eckert is the editor of and contributor to MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE. He has coedited three Green Hornet anthologies for Moonstone Books. His short tales of Zorro, The Avenger, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hareton Ironcastle, Captain Midnight, The Green Ghost, Sexton Blake, The Domino Lady, Doc Ardan, and Sherlock Holmes can be found in several character-themed anthologies available from various publishers. Eckert’s critically acclaimed, encyclopedic CROSSOVERS: A SECRET CHRONOLOGY OF THE WORLD 1 & 2, was released by Black Coat Press in 2010.

A Honey West/T.H.E Cat crossover, A GIRL AND HER CAT, the first new Honey West novel in over forty years, came out in 2014. Forthcoming works include: the third Pat Wildman adventure; a new novel of one of the preeminent pulp heroes of the ’40s, The Avenger; and the unfinished fourth novel in Farmer’s Secrets of the Nine series. You can find Win Scott Eckert online at winscotteckert.com and @woldnewton on Twitter.

Join Win Scott Eckert of FarmerCon on Friday, July 28, at 7:20 PM for a short reading from THE MONSTER ON HOLD. He’ll be delving into the chapter that Philip José Farmer offered at the 1983 World Fantasy Convention. Perhaps he might also be persuaded to read from the lesser-known DOWN TO EARTH’S CENTRE fragment . . . if the Nine will allow it!”

(Philip José Farmer’s THE MAD GOBLIN was originally released in 1970 by Ace Books as part of their double line of paperbacks. The other half the book featured LORD OF THE TREES. Both sides of the book featured covers created by Gray Morrow, a comic book and paperback artist who also illustrated many science-fiction magazines. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for best professional artist in 1966, 1967, and 1968.)

The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine

May 15, 2017 by

Since 2011, PulpFest has hosted FarmerCon, a convention that began in Peoria, Illinois, the hometown of Philip José Farmer. Originally a gathering of Farmer fans figuratively, and literally, in Farmer’s back yard, FarmerCon offered presentations, dinners, and even picnics at the author’s house.  After the passing of Phil and Bette Farmer in 2009, it was decided to take FarmerCon on the road to broaden its horizons. By holding the convention alongside events such as PulpFest, Farmer fans get a variety of programming and a room full of pulp and book dealers to enjoy. As always, PulpFest is very pleased to welcome its FarmerCon members to our joint conference.

We’re equally pleased that year after year, FarmerCon has asked to help with our programming. On Friday, July 28 at 7 PM, please join PulpFest as we turn our programming stage over to our FarmerCon XII members and “The Psychos of Philip José Farmer — The Nine.” Win Scott Eckert, who edited the anthology MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE and collaborated with Phil on THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE, the novel that introduced adventuress Patricia Wildman, will moderate the panel. Joining him will be Frank Schildiner — author of THE QUEST OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE TRIUMPH OF FRANKENSTEIN, and other works — and Dr. Art Sippo, author of SUN KOH: HEIR OF ATLANTIS and host of the ArtsReviews podcast.

As this year’s PulpFest will be focusing on the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps, our FarmerCon friends have decided to turn their attention toward Philip José Farmer’s novels of the Nine: A FEAST UNKNOWN, LORD OF THE TREES, and THE MAD GOBLIN. Win Scott Eckert is currently working on the fourth book in the series — a Doc Caliban novel entitled THE MONSTER ON HOLD — which is based on a chapter and high-level outline written by Farmer and published in the program book of the 1983 World Fantasy Convention. The series recounts the ongoing battle of the ape-man, Lord Grandrith, and the man of bronze, Doc Caliban, against the Nine, a secret cabal of immortals bent on amassing power and manipulating the course of world events.

With both Art Sippo and Win Scott Eckert having contributed introductions or afterwords to the Titan Books editions of Philip José Farmer’s books, expect a thought provoking and in-depth look at the Nine and the two men who seek to defeat them. It’s all part of PulpFest 2017 and FarmerCon XII at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. To register for both conventions, please click the Register for 2017 button just below the PulpFest home page banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click one of the Book a Room buttons likewise located on the PulpFest home page.

Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 and FarmerCon XII and join hundreds of pulp fiction and Philip José Farmer fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. You’ll have a maddening time, especially if you’re planning to stay at the DoubleTree! We look forward to seeing you from July 27 – 30.

(Philip José Farmer’s LORD OF THE TREES was originally released in 1970 by Ace Books as part of their double line of paperbacks. The other half the book featured THE MAD GOBLIN. Both sides of the book featured covers created by Gray Morrow, a comic book and paperback artist who also illustrated many science-fiction magazines. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for best professional artist in 1966, 1967, and 1968.)

Collaborating with a Grand Master — FarmerCon XI

Jun 7, 2016 by

Hole in WednesdaySince 2011, PulpFest has hosted FarmerCon, a convention that began in Peoria, Illinois, the hometown of Philip José Farmer. Originally a gathering of Farmer fans figuratively, and literally, right outside Phil’s back door, FarmerCon offered presentations, dinners, and even picnics at the author’s house.  After the passing of Phil and Bette Farmer in 2009, it was decided to take FarmerCon on the road to broaden its horizons. By holding the convention alongside events such as PulpFest, Farmer fans get a variety of programming and a room full of pulp and book dealers to enjoy. As always, PulpFest is  very pleased to welcome its FarmerCon members to our joint conference.

We’re equally pleased that year after year, FarmerCon has asked to help with our programming. On Friday, July 22, at 7 PM, please join PulpFest as we turn our programming stage over to our FarmerCon XI members and “Collaborating with Philip José Farmer.” England’s Paul Spiteri, who served as co-editor of FARMERPHILE and the collection PEARLS OF PEORIA, and also collaborated with Phil, finishing the short story “Getting Ready to Write,”will be moderating the panel. Joining Paul will be Danny Adams, Christopher Paul Carey, and Win Scott Eckert.

Danny Adams collaborated with Phil on the short novel THE CITY BEYOND PLAY (PS Publishing, 2007) and has also just completed A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY, a work that Farmer began before he wrote the three novels DAYWORLD, DAYWORLD REBEL, and DAYWORLD BREAKUP. The latest Adams/Farmer collaboration will debut at PulpFest in July. Farmer’s Dayworld series imagines a severely overcrowded future that cures the overpopulation problem by “stoning” most of the population each day.

Christopher Paul Carey collaborated with Farmer on the novel THE SONG OF KWASIN, the third climactic volume in the Ancient Opar/Khokarsa series. He has continued the series with the prequel novella EXILES OF KHO, and the novellas HADON, KING OF OPAR and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR. The latter will also be debuting at PulpFest in July.

Win Scott Eckert edited the anthology MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE and collaborated with Phil on THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE, the novel that introduced adventuress Patricia Wildman. He has continued the Pat Wildman series with the novella THE SCARLET JAGUAR, and will be finishing another incomplete Farmer manuscript, THE MONSTER ON HOLD, which will almost certainly debut at a future PulpFest. The latter features Philip José Farmer’s celebrated character, Doc Caliban.

To most pulp enthusiasts, the late Philip José Farmer is best known as “A prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional pieties of the genre with caustic fables set on bizarre worlds of his own devising.” In science-fiction circles, Farmer is most remembered for his novels. Called “sprawling, episodic works that gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action,” his best were set in the Riverworld and World of the Tiers series. He was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 2001. To those who know and love him the best — the members of FarmerCon who first joined our convention in 2011 — Philip José Farmer is revered for his work concerning the Wold Newton Family.

To learn more about Philip José Farmer, please visit The Official Philip José Farmer Web Page. It’s the Brobdingnagian collection of all things Farmerian! And join us at PulpFest 2016/FarmerCon XI from Thursday evening, July 21, through Sunday afternoon, July 24, in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center for “Collaborating with Philip José Farmer.” Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2016/FarmerCon XI.

(DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY is a prequel to Philip José Farmer’s Dayworld trilogy about an overcrowded future that cures the problem by “stoning” six-sevenths of the population each day. Set between the events of the classic short story, “The Sliced-Crosswise Only-On-Tuesday World,” and the three Dayworld novels, the Farmer/Danny Adams collaboration — with cover art by Keith Howell — will debut at  PulpFest 2016/FarmerCon XI.)

 

The Weird Tales of Philip José Farmer

Jul 2, 2015 by

F&SF 79-05To most pulp enthusiasts, the late Philip José Farmer is best known as “A prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional pieties of the genre with caustic fables set on bizarre worlds of his own devising.” In science-fiction circles, Farmer is most remembered for his novels. Called “sprawling, episodic works that gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action,” his best were set in the Riverworld and World of the Tiers series. He was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 2001. To those who know and love him the best — the members of FarmerCon who first joined our convention in 2011 — Philip José Farmer is revered for his work concerning the Wold Newton Family. But what about Philip José Farmer, the horror writer? In this year when PulpFest celebrates the 125th anniversary of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft, it seems fitting that our FarmerCon friends turn their attention to Philip José Farmer, the writer of weird tales.

Farmer’s short story “The Freshman,” originally published in the May 1979 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, is certainly the story that owes the most to Lovecraft. Set at the New Englander’s fabled Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, it concerns a sixty-year-old occult novelist who enrolls at the university. Soon thereafter, he is invited to pledge at a fraternity called the House of Hastur. A fairly playful horror story, it was selected for the 1990 edition of Arkham House‘s TALES OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS.

Image of the BeastOther notable Farmer weird tales include such short stories as “Duo Miaule,” “Evil Be My Good,” “It’s the Queen of Darkness, Pal,” “Monolog,” “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Opening the Door,” “The Rise Gotten,” and “Wolf, Iron and Moth.” There are also the science-fiction/horror novels IMAGE OF THE BEAST and its sequel BLOWN. These concern a private detective who is led into a waking nightmare of sexual brutality and supernatural bestiality in a universe populated by erogenous vampires, werewolves and other polymorphic creatures from the darkest recesses of the human imagination. Additionally, the collaborative novel THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE  — written with Win Scott Eckert — is not only an addition to the Wold Newton cycle, but plays with pulp and Gothic horror traditions. Finally, there are elements of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to be found in his renowned classic DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE and “The Monster on Hold,” the first chapter of an unfinished Doc Caliban novel that originally appeared in the World Fantasy Convention program book for 1983. Win Scott Eckert has entered into an agreement with the Estate of Philip José Farmer to complete this novel.

Help PulpFest and FarmerCon celebrate H. P. Lovecraft’s lasting influence, less than a week before the 125th anniversary of his birth, by attending “The Weird Tales of Philip José Farmer” on Friday evening, August 14th, at 9:10 PM. Featuring Jason Scott Aiken, Chuck Loridans, and Frank Schildiner, all leading scholars of popular culture and Farmerphilia, our FarmerCon X panel will take place in the second-floor programming area of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” at the Hyatt-Regency Columbus.

Jason Scott Aiken  is a fantasy and horror writer and is also the host of Pulp Crazy, a blog and podcast dedicated to classic popular literature, characters, and themes. He has many episodes devoted to the works of Philip José Farmer and weird fiction from the pulp era. Chuck Loridans is one of the founding members of the New Wold Newton Meteoritics Society with whom he has appeared on panels at San Diego Comic-Con and ArchCon in St. Louis. His essay “The Daughters of Greystoke” appeared in MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, published by MonkeyBrain Books. He teaches cartooning at the Renzi Education and Art Center in Shreveport, Louisiana and serves as the art director for the Gaslight Players theatre group. Frank Schildiner is a “new pulp” author who has also published several articles on horror in comic books, television, and film including essays on HELLBOY, the Frankenstein films, DARK SHADOWS, and television’s Lovecraftian links. His latest novel, THE QUEST OF FRANKENSTEIN, has Frankenstein’s monster meet H. P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West: Reanimator.

Chuck Loridans, it all started with Tarzan of the Apes, then Doc Savage. At the age of twelve he discovered Philip Jose’ Farmer had connected them. Farmer lead him to the incredible world of Pulp Heroes and the Wold Newton Universe. He is one of the founding Members of the NEW WOLD NEWTON METEORITICS SOCIETY with whom he has appeared in panels at Archon/Tuckercon/NASFIC in St. Louis and San Diego Comic-Con, promoting Wold Newton. He is the creator of MONSTAAH (Maximum Observation and/or Neutralization of Supernatural Terrors, Autonomous Agents Headquarters) and the Wold Newton Scholar who discovered that Tarzan of the Apes had two daughters (MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE: PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER’S WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE, edited by Win Scott Eckert). Chuck makes his living in the real world as a hospital groundskeeper and a cartooning teacher at the Renzi Education and Art Center in Shreveport, LA. He is also the art director for the Gaslight Players theatre group.

Since 2011, PulpFest has hosted FarmerCon, a convention that began in Peoria, Illinois, the hometown of Philip José Farmer. Originally a gathering of Farmer fans figuratively, and literally, right outside Phil’s back door, FarmerCon offered presentations, dinners, and even picnics at the author’s house.  After the passing of Phil and Bette Farmer in 2009, it was decided to take FarmerCon on the road to broaden its horizons. By holding the convention alongside events such as PulpFest, Farmer fans get a variety of programming and a room full of pulp and book dealers to enjoy. As always, PulpFest is  very pleased to welcome its FarmerCon members to our joint conference.

To learn more about Philip José Farmer, please visit The Official Philip José Farmer Web Page. It’s the Brobdingnagian collection of all things Farmerian!

(Farmer’s “The Freshman” was originally published in the May 1979 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, featuring cover art by British artist David A. Hardy.

As a teenager, Hardy discovered Chesley Bonestell’s pioneering astronomical art and worked to emulate the “Father of Modern Space Art.” He got his big break when Patrick Moore, the host of the BBC’s THE SKY AT NIGHT, asked him to illustrate his next book. So began a lengthy collaboration between the two men. During the 1960s, Hardy became a freelance artist. He began to contribute cover art to science fiction magazines in early 1970. One year later, he started a long association with FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, creating more than fifty covers and many interior illustrations. He also painted numerous covers for both ANALOG and INTERZONE.

Farmer’s IMAGE OF THE BEAST was originally published in 1968 by Essex House, a Los Angeles publishing imprint that specialized in highbrow erotica. About half of their forty-two titles were science fiction or fantasy, including novels by Philip José Farmer, Richard E Geis, David Meltzer, and others. In 1979, Playboy Press reissued IMAGE OF THE BEAST, pairing it with its sequel, BLOWN. The cover art was by Enrich Torres, a painter best known for his work on the various Warren magazines, most prominently VAMPIRELLA, for which he rendered many covers.)

 

A Feast of Farmer

Jul 26, 2014 by

Startling1952-08Although noted for his “pioneering use of sexual and religious themes,” Philip José Farmer was, in short, a pulp writer. While most people don’t think of the pulps when they hear Farmer’s name, he began his career selling stories to pulps such as Adventure, Startling Stories, and Thrilling Wonder Stories. In fact he sold over fifteen stories to pulp magazines and digests before his first novel was published in 1957. In all, Farmer had nearly forty stories published in a wide variety of magazines in the 1950s and 60s.

“A prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional pieties of the genre with caustic fables set on bizarre worlds of his own devising,” Farmer was best known for his novels. Called “sprawling, episodic works that gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action,” his best were set in the Riverworld and World of the Tiers series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 2001, Farmer is also remembered for his work concerning the Wold Newton Family.

Beginning at 8:30 PM on Friday, August 8th, Farmerphiles Michael Croteau and Art Sippo will explore Philip José Farmer’s work  as a magazine writer in the waning years of the pulps. Like many of his contemporaries, Farmer sold stories to over a dozen magazines—five different magazines in 1954 alone—constantly looking for new markets for his work. Accompanying the presentation will be a slide show of magazine covers in which Farmer’s early work appeared.

Michael Croteau, one of the founders of FarmerCon, is the publisher of Meteor House books and editor of The Worlds of Philip José Farmer and Farmerphile. Art Sippo  is a physician board certified in Aerospace medicine and Occupational medicine who is currently working in various emergency rooms in southwestern Illinois. He is the co-host of The Book Cave, a podcast that reviews adventure fiction, comics, movies and all thinks pulp-related.  He has also written the book, Sun Koh: Heir of Atlantis, a re-imagining of a German pulp hero of the 1930s, as well as numerous essays and short stories for magazines and anthologies.

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