PulpFest and Ray Bradbury on Instagram

Aug 27, 2020 by

Here is one of the many fine cover images that we’ve been posting to the PulpFest Instagram page over the last few days. It’s just one small part of our Ray Bradbury tribute, honoring the August 22 centennial of the author’s birth.

The image displayed here is the cover for the Spring 1944 issue of PLANET STORIES. Painted by “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, it’s the artist’s only cover for the Fiction House science fiction pulp. Best known for his work for EC Comics during the 1950s — notably THE HAUNT OF FEAR and TALES FROM THE CRYPT — Ingels also contributed interior art to PLANET STORIES and other Fiction House pulps.

Ray Bradbury’s “The Monster Maker” — a short story reprinted in THE COLLECTED STORIES OF RAY BRADBURY: A CRITICAL EDITION, VOLUME 1: 1938-1943 — originally appeared in this particular issue of PLANET STORIES. Bradbury established himself as one of the leading “Golden Age” voices of science fiction in the pages of the Fiction House magazine.

Join us every Monday through Friday — between 7:30 and 8 PM, eastern time — for selected images and commentary related to Bradbury appearances on the PulpFest Instagram page. Why not become one of the 1100+ followers we have on Instagram? You’ll find us at https://www.instagram.com/pulpfest/.

PulpFest and Ray Bradbury on Instagram

Aug 24, 2020 by

As part of our celebration of the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, PulpFest will explore some of the author’s magazine fiction on our Instagram page. For the next few weeks, PulpFest will post magazine cover images and remarks concerning Bradbury and his development as a writing professional on Instagram.

As we recently mentioned in our post, “PulpFest Historical — Bradbury’s Centennial,” Ray Bradbury sold his first story in 1941. A collaboration with Henry Hasse, “Pendulum” was based on a work originally published in Bradbury’s own FUTURE FANTASIA. The two authors would sell two more collaborations before the younger Bradbury set off on his own.

Beginning tonight, we’ll discuss the first regular market for Bradbury’s solo work: WEIRD TALES. Between 1942 and 1948, editor Dorothy McIlwraith published 25 Ray Bradbury short stories and a poem in “The Unique Magazine.” The content of Bradbury’s first book — DARK CARNIVAL, published by Arkham House in 1947 — was largely drawn from his WEIRD TALES fiction.

Later this week, we’ll turn our attention to the science fiction pulps. There, Bradbury established himself as one of the leading lights of the genre’s “Golden Age” as World War II drew to a close. PulpFest will also explore his work for the crime and detective pulps, as well as his fiction in the digest and “slick” magazines.

Every Monday through Friday — between 7:30 and 8 PM, eastern time — we’ll post selected images related to Bradbury appearances, plus commentary, to the PulpFest Instagram page. Why not become one of the 1100+ followers we have on Instagram? You’ll find us at https://www.instagram.com/pulpfest/.

(Ray Bradbury’s novella, “The Fireman,” originally appeared in the February 1951 issue of H. L. Gold’s GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION. Bradbury’s story would serve as the basis for his classic dystopian novel, FAHRENHEIT 451.

Chesley Bonestell painted the cover art for the February 1951 issue of GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION. The artist was much admired for his contributions to the science fiction digest magazines, including ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION, GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION, and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. He later collaborated with several authors on such books as THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, THE EXPLORATION OF MARS, and BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM. The Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists’ Chesley Award for achievement in science fiction and fantasy art is named for him, and a crater on Mars and asteroid 3129 Bonestell are also named in his honor.)

Author Signings at PulpFest 2019

Jun 17, 2019 by

There will be more than 30 fiction writers attending PulpFest 2019. Most of them will be reading from their work or participating in panels on writing and pulp fiction.

PulpFest 2019 will host nine readings by contemporary authors of genre fiction as part of its long-running New Fictioneers series. You can read about this year’s New Fictioneers readings here and here.

The convention will also host the Raw Dog Screaming Press Rapid-Fire Read & Sweet Sixteen Celebration on Friday and the Dog Star Books Rapid-Fire Read on Saturday. Additionally, PulpFest 2019 will showcase Popular Fiction from Seton Hill prior to the Dog Star event. Join Dog Star Books founder and author Heidi Ruby Miller and three writers from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program on Saturday morning, August 17, in the convention’s programming hall.

One of the highlights of Saturday’s programming line-up will be a panel on Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction. Fu Manchu continuation author William Patrick Maynard will be joined by Midnight Guardian creator John Bruening; Christopher Paul Carey, Director of Publishing at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc; Philip José Farmer collaborator Win Scott Eckert; Edgar-nominated author Craig McDonald, creator of the Hector Lassiter historical crime series; and Will Murray, author of “The All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage and Tarzan.”

In addition to the previously mentioned, PulpFest 2019 will stage two formal author signing sessions, right outside the entrance to our dealers’ room. The signings will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Our writer guests will also have copies of their recent books available for sale.

Friday afternoon’s signings will feature pulp historian and 2004 recipient of the Lamont award John Locke in advance of his Saturday evening presentation, “Born Writing: The Unparalleled Career of Arthur J. Burks;” pulp’s indefatigable Renaissance man, 1979 Lamont award recipient, and official continuation author of Doc Savage, Tarzan, and The Spider, Will Murray; as well as renowned horror, science fiction, and suspense author and PulpFest 2015 guest of honor, Chet Williamson.

Saturday afternoon’s signings will feature the author of ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATIONNicholas Parisi following his Friday evening presentation, “The Key of Imagination: THE TWILIGHT ZONE and the Pulps.” Also appearing will be critically acclaimed pop culture historian and 2006 Lamont Award recipient John Wooley of Reverse Karma Press following his Friday evening presentation, “Dashiell Hammett and the Detective Story” and 2019 Munsey Award nominee, Win Scott Eckert who will be signing copies of his new novel, HUNT THE AVENGER.

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

(This year’s PulpFest will host over thirty writers of contemporary genre fiction. Most of them will be part of the convention’s afternoon programming on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17.

Of particular note will be PulpFest’s first organized book signing event. Our guest authors will be more than happy to sign copies of their books on August 16 and 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. So be sure to bring your copy of MR. CALAMITY, the latest Doc Savage adventure, featuring cover art by Joe DeVito.)

 

Contemporary Pulp: Writing Genre Fiction

May 10, 2019 by

PulpFest is proud that over 30 popular fiction writers will be attending our 2019 convention. “Back in the day,” the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing today’s pulp fiction!

At 3:15 PM on Saturday, August 17, please join Fu Manchu continuation author William Patrick Maynard in the PulpFest 2019 programming hall for a look at contemporary genre fiction. Joining him for the panel will be a quintet of established authors.

John C. Bruening is the co-founder of Flinch Books, publisher of Bruening’s critically acclaimed Prohibition-era pulp hero series MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN that began with 2016’s HOUR OF DARKNESS and continues with the 2019 publication of THE ANNIHILATION MACHINE. Bruening has also edited Flinch Books‘  adventure, horror, and science fiction anthologies BIG TOP TALES, RESTLESS, and QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS

Recently named the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Christopher Paul Carey is also among the most accomplished of the stable of licensed authors in THE WILD ADVENTURES OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS series. He is also the authorized continuation chronicler of Philip Jose Farmer’s KHOKARSA series that bridges the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard. Carey has authored the novels SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN, BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, HADON — KING OF OPAR, EXILES OF KHO, and THE SONG OF KWASIN. He is also an accomplished editor, comic book writer, essayist, and author of short fiction.

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 Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Ghost, Phileas Fogg, The Domino Lady, and Sherlock Holmes. His latest novel is HUNT THE AVENGER. A tireless chronicler of 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 who have followed in his wake.

Author of the Edgar-nominated HECTOR LASSITER historical crime series, 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 Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, Ian Fleming, and Lester Dent. McDonald’s internationally acclaimed works have found a global audience and have also been adapted in graphic novel format. His works have been published by Simon & Schuster and Macmillan Press.

It is arguable if a man who has penned so many introductions needs one of his own, but Will Murray’s many accomplishments and the esteem in which he is held by his peers demand recognition. Will Murray is the legendary author, historian, and comic book writer who continues to set the bar for everyone else in the field. The official continuation author of Doc Savage, Murray has also been licensed to continue the adventures of Tarzan, The Shadow, and King Kong. A tireless researcher of pulp and comics history, Murray has written extensively for both Marvel and DC Comics and co-created Squirrel Girl with the late Steve Ditko. Recipient of numerous industry awards for his scholarship, his fiction has also been recognized with Pulp Ark and Pulp Factory with Awards for Best Series Revival and Best Novel, respectively. A Lamont Award recipient in 1979 for his contributions to the betterment of the pulp community, Will Murray is just as vital 40 years later as he has ever been.

PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

(In 2018, acclaimed artist Mark Wheatley shared with PulpFest the extensive array of illustrations that he created for the novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

In his novel, Christopher Paul Carey expands on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Moon novels, while remaining solidly true to the established lore of the series. “This was a great project to be a part of,” Wheatley told us. “As a long-time Burroughs fan, I can tell you that Christopher is an excellent author. If I had any problem illustrating this book, it was that I was limited to eighteen pages of illustrations, and Christopher easily had a hundred great scenes in his manuscript!”)