Aug 152013

Roberts, Garyn 2013 Award WinnerWe’ve just updated the Past Award Winners page of our website, adding an entry on the winner of the 2013 Munsey Award, Professor Garyn G. Roberts, pictured to the left with his well-deserved honor. Just click on the link above and you will be directed to the page.

About a week back, Garyn sent us a letter concerning the award he received at this year’s PulpFest. We’d like to share it with you as it clearly demonstrates why Professor Roberts was very deserving of his Munsey. Way to go, Garyn! You’re the best!

August 5, 2013

Dear Friends:

Thank you for naming me the 2013 Munsey Award recipient. The honor of being this year’s representative means a great deal to me. There are so many others worthy of this award—for research, writing and publication, presentations, service and promotion of pulp magazine history, preservation, scholarship and fandom. To be associated with our extended group of visionaries and friends, for more than three decades personally, means so much and is an ongoing honor in itself—because of the people and close friends committed to this very important part of American and world literature and culture.

I have read Walter Gibson’s Shadow, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E, Howard and Ray Bradbury since youth. My mother had given me paperback copies of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Long After Midnight in the early seventies. I have collected and read Big Little Books, comic books, and newspaper strips since I was six or seven in the mid-sixties. My dad told me that, in the 1930s and ‘40s, his cousin Fred used to hide pulp magazines in the barn of the family farm in northeastern Illinois—probably some with semi-provocative covers like Spicys and Saucys and Detectives and Weird Tales and so on.

Years later in graduate school, somewhere during the fall of 1981, my new-found friend and classmate Gary Hoppenstand provided me with my first Fu Manchu story—the yellow Pyramid paperback of The Insidious Fu Manchu, my first Arkham House volume—Carl Jacobi’s Revelations in Black, and my first pulp—a 1940s Weird Tales (with an uncharacteristically and unintentionally dreadful cover—no, I mean the art stunk, the same cover which misspelled Fredric Brown’s name on the cover); Brown’s story there is the really great “Come and Go Mad.” (I still have all three, and now, many dozen Rohmer hardcovers, an 85 percent complete Arkham House collection including multiple copies of some volumes, and a couple hundred Weird Tales.) More importantly, Gary has been a lifelong friend ever since. Today, together we continue writing projects; back then, we published the first volume of Frederick C. Davis’s Moon Man stories under the Purple Prose Press imprint (Bob Sampson, Nick Carr, Will Murray and Bob Weinberg joined us on that project; Don Hutchison was scheduled for the second volume; we donated some the meager profits from that endeavor—by and large we lost money—to Manly Wade Wellman’s end-of-life care), and wrote of defective detectives for Ray Browne’s Bowling Green Popular Press. We later got to meet Fred Davis’s son (Rick Davis) and granddaughter (the talented and beautiful Karen Cunningham)—I number them as good friends, too. We published a volume of dime novel reprints featuring female detectives, and I edited a little volume entitled A Cent A Story! The Best from Ten Detective Aces for the Popular Press at this time as well.

Somewhere around 1982-3, I met someone else. The best student I would ever have in a university class—and many thousands of students later still the best, though I love them all for different reasons—was Robert “Bob” Craig from the greater Cleveland area. I’d have been about 23 when Bob was 18 or 19. After 27 or 28 years, Bob found me again at PulpFest. For three or four years now, Bob and I have been back in touch, meeting at PulpFest, and planning a book project together (on the pulps) soon. One day in class some thirty years ago, Bob scared the hell out of me in my Fantasy and Science Fiction class at BGSU. I had a beautiful lecture prepared on Robert E. Howard, and as I made this presentation, Bob very politely and respectively added specific details to my lecture. Decades later, no one has scared me so badly in the classroom. Bob is scary bright. He is an even nicer person. Soon, Gary got Bob published in Echoes—this article might have been about the pulp-like Ahern novels including The Takers or about The Destroyer novels by Sapir and Murphy.

From Bowling Green in the first half of the 1980s, Gary and I increasingly strayed in quest of books and pulps. Soon we were in Ann Arbor and Dayton. Richard Clear ran The Dragon’s Lair in Dayton (exactly 124 miles south on Hwy 75 from BG), and he had the original “Pulp Vault”—literally a bank vault with a thick heavy metal door and spinning tumbler lock. White paper copies of the rarest, most wonderful pulps lived in this vault. In the meantime, back at BGSU, Bob Craig had completed a set of Bantam Doc Savage paperbacks to date—save one. Bob was missing Bantam #50, The Devil on the Moon. Gary and I bought Bob the issue—only it was the original pulp. I think we paid $15 for a nice copy from Dragon’s Lair. But in those days, at my first PulpCon auction at the University of Dayton, a really nice copy of “Zemba,” a 1930s Shadow pulp novel, went for $12.

At Bowling Green, I used to order pulps and pulp reprints and pulp related publications from Robert and Phyllis Weinberg’s catalogs. In those days we ordered by phone, and it got to a point where—whether Bob or Phyllis answered in Chicago—we knew each other’s voices so well that we did not have to introduce ourselves to each other.

One day, about 1984 or ‘85, Gary and I drove northwest of Ann Arbor another hour and arrived in East Lansing at Ray Walsh’s Curious Bookshop. The summer of 1985 saw us working in East Lansing for Michigan State, cataloguing Fantasy and Science Fiction fanzines donated by P. Schuyler Miller and others. Lots of ERB and REH. (Two strangely titled fanzines I remember were Amoeboid Scunge and The Four Door Grape. We used a hot-burning Apple IIE and lots of note cards.) There was one strange photo of a young Ray Bradbury, who later became my good friend, but . . . .

The summer of 1985 also saw the debut of two wonderful movies: Goonies and Return to Oz. Gary and I visited Curious Books almost daily that summer—especially when we had a little money to spend. I got a really nice copy of Arkham House’s Tales of Science and Sorcery by Clark Ashton Smith from Ray that summer. Still have it and a couple other copies of the book. Oh, that was also the summer that Ray sold me Clark Ashton Smith’s first book (of poetry)—corrected in fountain pen by the author—The Star Treader (1912). That one is locked away in a special place in my collection.

Ray Walsh has been my dear friend ever since. (Unlike Bradbury, Mr. Walsh has yet to be found in any embarrassing photos!) Working part-time in Ray’s shop in 1988 I met his new employee, Virginia, a reddish-brown haired art major; well you know . . . . Virginia and I were married July 31, 1994 in Madison. One winter about 1990 or ‘91, I spent my tax refund on part of an Arkham House collection Ray had on consignment. I think the seller was from Minnesota. But, that is ahead of the story.

May 10, 1986 I completed five years of graduate school and went through commencement at BGSU. After one last summer at my parents’ home in northern Wisconsin, I became an Assistant Professor at Mankato State University in Minnesota. More very important friends appeared.

During the fall of 1986, I journeyed northeast of Mankato about an hour and fifteen minutes to the Twin Cities. My little red Pontiac Sunbird (two-door, hatchback, four-on-the-floor) was filled with fourteen boxes of books to sell and/or trade—in the boxes were multiple copies of what for me were duplicate British Clark Ashton Smith paperbacks and much more. Eventually I walked into this really beautiful store called “DreamHaven” and met a guy named “Greg.” Greg Ketterer has been my good friend ever since.

A few months later, I discovered that Jack and Helen Deveny lived in Edina, a nice, semi-rural suburb of the cities. I visited them often after Friday morning classes at the university. I had corresponded with Jack and had bought pulps from his catalogs for several years. But I cannot tell you how important Jack and Helen were in my life. My friend, Tony Davis, printed a short essay/tribute I wrote about Jack and Helen in The Pulpster about five years ago. I was so happy that Tony let me provide happy personal memories of Jack and Helen. Thanks, Tony.

During the spring of 1987, I had an offer of an interview for a professorial position at Michigan State University. I got a job offer and Mankato countered. I loved Mankato and I have often wondered what would have happened had I not headed east for the big city lights of a Big Ten school. But Ray Walsh and then later Jay, Mark, Christian, Bob, Virginia and so many others would meet me there.

I mention this transition of career and life to set up another pulp remembrance. Michigan State flew me from the Twin Cities (Hubert H. Humphrey airport) to Detroit for my interview. At the time, my old buddy Gary Hoppenstand was teaching in Toledo; he came north to Detroit to meet me. I got off the plane briefcase in hand, and we went to Gary’s car as if to complete some sinister espionage transaction straight from the pulps. Gary brought out his briefcase and we simultaneously opened our cases on the hood of his car. Gary handed me pulps and books, and I handed Gary pulps and books. It was all unscripted. The shady transaction was complete.

There are so many others stories and friends before, in between and after.

I started at Michigan State University fall of 1987; Gary started at MSU exactly a year later in 1988—the place where, back during the summer of 1985, we cataloged fanzines for the Russel B. Nye Special Collections section of the MSU libraries—and where we haunted Curious Books. In 1994, I moved 175 miles northwest to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

A few years later I started work on what would be an award-winning volume of Fantasy and Science Fiction—not because of me, but because of the content of the volume and the vision of my Senior Editor, Ms. Carrie Brandon. (In 1995 I was a Mystery Writers Finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Dick Tracy and American Culture: Morality and Mythology, Text and Context—McFarland.) Again, pulp fiction was the mainstay of the F and SF project. Late in life, the great pulp artist Edd Cartier (Shadow and Unknown artist) actually provided an original pulp painting for color reproduction in the book. The book, a college and university textbook and, yet, popular anthology, is still in print: The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Pearson Education). Bob Weinberg and Forry Ackerman helped with that one. And my friend, Carrie? She is the granddaughter of the prolific pulp Western writer, C. W. Harrison. She has become a member of the Roberts family. Carrie toured us through the Louisa May Alcott House outside of Boston during the spring of 2012. It was a trip of a lifetime for my youngest, Morgan, then eleven years old. Before and after, Morgan had and has read the vast majority of what Alcott wrote—memoirs, romances, social melodramas, Civil War hospital accounts, bodice-rippers, supernatural stories, as well as all the Little Women type books.

It was about ten years ago (in the early days of the twenty-first century) when I first met Dr. George Vanderburgh. I was participating in a National American Culture/Popular Culture Association meeting in Toronto. Virginia and our children were with me. Another shady pulp deal was in the offing. George drove to the conference hotel to sell me three hardcover volumes—a complete set of reprints of Seabury Quinn’s Jules de Grandin stories. The whole experience was unbelievable. The volumes were and are extraordinary, and George was a really neat man who quickly became a very dear friend. Dr. George brought me on to his publishing company and has included me in several publishing projects ever since. Bob Weinberg, Rodney Shroeder, and Randy Vanderbeek were and are part of George’s team, too. I got to edit and introduce a range of pulp reprints for George under The Lost Treasures from the Pulps heading. We completed (along with Gary) Frederick C. Davis’s Moon Man saga, and we got Rick Davis and Karen Cunningham on board for that one, too. George had me edit Clayton Rawson volumes, including some very rare Don Diavlo and related pulp stories; volumes of G.T. Fleming-Roberts (no direct relation to me) Green Ghost stories; Park Avenue Hunt Club stories; and more. George’s books are massive and definitive, and we all need them. I hope George, our friends and I will be releasing some new projects soon. There are some great ones in the wings.

A couple of years ago my friend, Steve Haffner, had me write a lengthy introduction to the first of two large volumes of Henry Kuttner weird-menace stories. I got to share the cover bylines on that great book with Kuttner, and the recently passed Richard Matheson. A couple of months ago, I published essays on Kuttner and Robert Bloch in a book for Salem Press. Two or three more essays on my late friend, Ray Bradbury, are due in a book from Salem later this year.

Rick Hall and I are contributing essays to Matt Moring’s Altus Press reprint volumes of James B. Hendryx novels and stories. I have some neat stories to share about Hendryx, probably my favorite adventure writer. Hendryx and I, at different times, both spent lots of years in the greater Traverse City, Michigan area. More introductions for volumes of Giesy and Smith Semi Dual stories are upcoming for Altus Press. Thanks, Matt, for the opportunities.

Mark Hickman is letting me write an essay for the second collection of his father’s (Lynn’s) historic Pulp Era prozines. If you do not have the first collection of Lynn and Mark’s book, you need to get it. Here’s a preview: in part, I am going to talk about how Lynn’s excellent life and work is carried on in his son, my dear friend, Mark.

Ed Hulse has published my work before, too. What an honor for me to be in Blood ‘n’ Thunder. Ed, I promise you something new soon. Ed and Murania Press have recently released The Blood ‘n’ Thunder Guide to Pulp Fiction. This study is an instant cornerstone of any pulp scholarship. If you haven’t already done so, add Ed’s book and Nathan Vernon Madison’s Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books (McFarland, 2013) to your personal library as soon as possible.

There is another friend of more than three decades I need to mention here—one of the genuine gentlemen of the pulp community. Albert “Al” Tonik has provided sincere friendship, excellent research and camaraderie all that time, and I am so very glad that I was able to get a few of the pieces from his research library through the PulpFest auctions of 2012 and ‘13.

I haven’t even mentioned the legendary Doug Ellis (and Deb Fulton) and John (and Maureen) Gunnison, Mike (and Dianne) Chomko, Jack (and Sally) Cullers and their family, and Barry Traylor, Neil and Leigh Mechem, Martin (and Michelle) Grams, Jr., and Francis “Mike” Nevins.

Tom Roberts (friend and family, but not blood relation), John Locke (excellent researcher), Gene Christie (excellent researcher), Bill Mann (Bill, I have enjoyed some G-8 stories through the years, but hadn’t considered myself an Aviation pulp guy until your books—thanks for some really wonderful research and scholarship), Chris Kalb (looking forward to part two of your pulp premiums next summer), Anthony Tollin (master of The Shadow), Laurie Powers (I am so glad to get to know you, Laurie), Walker Martin (we need to collect your blogs and writing in one volume—you are very good, and funny), Phil Nelson and Holly, and Dave Schmidt and Zoey and their family.

What lifelong friends you all are. You have made my life much more than it would have been without you. There are so many others—I am sorry I have not listed you all here. May be that there will be more stories of all of you soon—all good, I promise.

Maybe I am naïve. Yet it seems to me that, the Pulp community, as it has expanded, is comprised of people who work together; petty jealousies and squabbles do not exist. The sincere mutual support for collectors, researchers, writers, publishers, newcomers and others is extraordinary. I think the old pulpmasters of days gone by would approve of what today’s Pulp community has done for their collective legacy.

All this is to say “Thank You” for naming me the 2013 recipient of the Munsey Award. I have been honored beyond words to be associated with the Pulp community for thirty plus years. The image on that Munsey, by my very good friend, David Saunders, is better up close than I could have ever imagined—I was always afraid to ever consider that I might one day have this image as an award. I am still in awe and humbled, but mostly you need to hear my sincere “thank you,” and know my love for you, my friends—no, my extended family. I bet there are pulps in Heaven, and I bet Bob Sampson and Jack Deveny are already cataloging them there.

Garyn G. Roberts, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Chuck Welch, webmaster of the Hidalgo Trading Company site, snapped the above photo of Garyn offering his Munsey acceptance speech on July 27, 2013. If you’d like to hear Garyn’s address, Jason Aiken has posted a recording of it on his Pulp Crazy website.

 Posted by at 12:55 am
Aug 042013

PulpFest 2013 PreliminaryAs he has for the last two years, Ric Croxton has been posting recordings of our PulpFest 2013 panels and presentations to The Book Cave. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank Ric and the fans who recorded our PulpFest programming events for their past and continuing support. Their help in promoting PulpFest and its exceptional programming is very much appreciated.

Click here for a direct link to The Books Cave‘s Panel Fest recordings and remember to add The Book Cave to your favorites for regular podcasts about books, comics, pulps, movie serials, old-time radio, and TV series.

 Posted by at 8:36 pm
Aug 042013

PulpFest 2013 PreliminaryThe spirits within the PulpFest Committee are quite low right now. Perhaps some of the low spirits can be attributed to being tired, but we are also disappointed, frustrated, and questioning whether or not we are on the right track with the convention. I am speaking mainly for myself, but I believe at least a couple of the other committee members agree with my thoughts.

The turnout was somewhat less than we had anticipated. We, and especially Mike, had spent a lot of time preparing for this year’s PulpFest. Mike spent hour after hour updating and writing new material for the social media where we have a presence. I am not exaggerating—hour after hour. Ed spent a lot of time with interviews, press releases, presentations and other such activities. Barry contacted other events and coordinated getting us mentioned on other sites. After all this, we didn’t see much of a jump in attendance. There were some new faces, but I don’t think they offset the number of people who have attended in the past but chose not to this year.

The auction was somewhat of a disappointment. None of the material that was submitted was, shall we say, extraordinary. Barry, Mike, and others spent a lot of the weekend preparing for the auction and we did not have anything that caused anyone to sit up and take notice. Do we discontinue the auction?

I, since it is my area, was disappointed in the hotel. Their response to problems I encountered was dismal. Some of the front desk people appeared to have had no communication concerning the convention and the guests who were attending (parking, wi-fi, location, etc). There was no signage within the hotel announcing the convention and its location. Doors that were supposed to be locked were unlocked, which meant I had to stand guard outside the programming room until someone showed up to lock it (45 minutes). The freight elevator got jammed up on Sunday (horror of horrors), and I had to contact a kitchen worker to help resolve the issue—no one else could be found with a search warrant). I know, minor stuff to most people, but they were things that should not have happened.

And then, still with the hotel, they tell me our dates for next year are not available. The weekend they offered me is August 8-10. We have been trying to stay with the last weekend in July, but it was given to a couple of large local groups (money talks). As of right now, the committee is unsure of our next step. The August weekend is a little further away from Windy City, but we have heard in the past that attendees do not necessarily like August conventions. So, here is another potential impact to attendance.

Very few comments after the convention had to do with the tremendous amount of informative and interesting programing we presented. We had many comments about the lack of WiFi in the ballroom. We negotiated for free WiFi in the rooms, but we decided not to spend the money for the ballroom. This would have entailed raising the price for everyone to accommodate a few. Not on our watch.

We had a comment that the halls were too long and it hurt an attendee’s knees. He or she is not returning. I should mention, by the way, that the attendee did not stay at the Hyatt. He or she stayed at a hotel in the neighborhood which, if you think about it, might have contributed to the long walks.

I got blistered by a woman who arrived at 12:30 on Sunday afternoon, paid nothing at the door, and then wanted to scratch my eyes out because dealers were packing up. She said they had driven all the way from Cincinnati. As chairman I sympathized, but inside my head, not so much. Our postings on the Internet stated that although we were open on Sunday, many dealers would be packing up for their trip home.

So here you have a brief outline of the current status of your PulpFest committee and some of the questions for which we are trying to find answers.

Do we quit advertising? In the beginning, we promised to do more advertising and we have fulfilled that promise. But has it gained us enough in the way of new attendees to justify the considerable cost?

Do we lower our expectations? Is 400-425 the most we can ever expect for our summer pulp convention?

Do we look for new blood to take over part of the convention? Do we merge with another convention to have just one major convention a year? Some of the committee members are no longer spring chickens (I hate to use the barnyard analogy) and eventually, we will step aside anyway.

Stay tuned. We will get to a point where information will need to be filtered to you. Until then, send me your constructive comments and we will add them to the mix. You can contact me at jack@pulpfest.com.

Jack Cullers
Chairman, PulpFest Organizing Committee

 Posted by at 6:02 pm
Aug 012013

Collier's, 04-01-39Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who choose to attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The PulpFest Organizing Committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2013 a wonderful weekend. We could not have done it without you:

Our all-volunteer front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Aaron Cullers, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Samantha Cullers, and Tess Massey; our panelists, presenters, and auctioneers–Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Nick Carr, Gene Christie, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Don Hutchison, Chris Kalb, Rick Lai, Nathan Madison, William Patrick Maynard, Matt Moring, Will Murray, Van Allen Plexico, Roger Price, Garyn Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Art Sippo, and John Allen Small; our behind-the-scenes help–Mike Chomko, Mike Croteau of FarmerCon, Ohio State’s Eric Johnson, Chris Kalb, Lohr McKinstry, Rick and Renee Thomas, Barry Traylor, Chuck Welch, Dan Zimmer,  and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

The Organizing Committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create The Pulpster #22–Editor and designer Bill Lampkin and proofreader Peter Chomko, plus contributors Michael Chomko, Tony Davis, Monte Herridge, Tom Johnson, John Locke, Nathan Vernon Madison, William Patrick Maynard, Vella Munn, Will Murray, Laurie Powers, William Preston, David Rajchel, George Vanderburgh, , and the magazine’s sponsors–Baen Books, The Comic Book Shop in Spokane, Washington, Doug Frizzle, Richard Halegua, Heartwood Auctions, Larry Latham and Lovecraft is Missing, Murania Press, Pro Se Productions, The Pulp Factory, Radio Archives (who also provided the door prizes for PulpFest 2013), Stark House Press, Alfred R. Taylor, Titan Books, and Weird Tales.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Garyn G. Roberts. Congratulations to Garyn and to all of the nominees for our 2013 awards.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: John Huckans and Book Source Magazine, Engle Publishing and The Paper & Advertising Collectors’ Marketplace, the Estate of Rusty Hevelin, Gordon Van Gelder and Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tom Brown and Radio Archives, Greg Shepard and Stark House Press, and Charles F. Millhouse and Stormgate Publishing.

Finally, thanks to all of the conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2013. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2014. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please subscribe to our PulpFest email list through the small gray box found along the right side of our home page. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with PulpFest 2014, please email Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Ed Hulse, or Barry Traylor.

 Posted by at 11:58 pm
Jul 282013

PulpFest 2013 FlyerPulpFest 2013 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $5 which even includes a copy of our highly ollectible program book, The Pulpster. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2013, start making your plans right now to join the 43rd convening of “The Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2014. The PulpFest committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2014, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Finally, there’s our email list. It’s the gray box to the right of this post. Subscribe to our list and be the first on your block to get news about PulpFest.

Many thanks to all those who attended this year’s convention. We hope everyone will be able to make it to PulpFest 2014!

Many thanks to our art designer Chris Kalb for his usual excellent work in formulating our flyer for the 2013 convention. The background painting is, of course, Walter M. Baumhofer’s The Man of Bronze that was used as the cover for the first issue of Doc Savage Magazine dated March 1933.

 Posted by at 6:02 pm
Jul 282013

Final Munsey AwardGaryn G. Roberts has been named the winner of the 2013 Munsey Award. Nominated by the general pulp community, Garyn was selected through a vote by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The award is a fine art print by Dan Zimmer of a painting by David Saunders and is presented annually to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.

Garyn has worked in the field of higher education for many years, teaching English and popular culture studies. He is also an unabashed fan of the pulps. Garyn has written extensively about the pulps, both professionally and as a fan. He has edited or co-edited some of the best collections from the pulps including A Cent a Story: The Best from Ten Detective Aces, More Tales of the Defective Detective in the Pulps, The Compleat Adventures of the Moon Man, The Magical Mysteries of Don Diavolo, and The Compleat Great Merlini Saga. His insightful essays in these books and elsewhere have led to a greater understanding of the pulps both inside and outside of the pulp community. His collection, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a college level textbook, is notable for the attention paid to the pulp magazines. Additionally, Garyn has helped other researchers with various pulp-related projects and is a regular attendee of pulp conventions where he often serves as a presenter and panelist. Last year’s Munsey Award winner, Matt Moring, publisher of Altus Press, recently said about Garyn: “He’s been nothing but helpful and outgoing with anything I’ve ever asked of him.” That pretty much describes how Professor Roberts reacts to all the requests made of him by the pulp community.

Other nominees for this year’s award included Charles Ardai, J. Randolph Cox, Stephen T. Miller, Laurie Powers, J. Barry Traylor, George Vanderburgh, Dan Zimmer, William G. Contento, Chris Kalb, Phil Stephensen-Payne, Celina Summers, and Howard Wright. John DeWalt also received votes.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Munsey and/or Rusty Awards. If you have someone in mind that you feel worthy of either award, please send the person’s name and a brief paragraph describing why you feel that person should be honored to Mike Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 or to mike@pulpfest.com. Previous winners of the Lamont, Munsey, or Rusty Award are not eligible for the award. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2014. Please visit the Awards  page of the PulpFest website for additional details. Thanks for your help.

 Posted by at 12:28 am
Jul 272013

Spider's WebThere’s still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open today from 9 AM to 5 PM and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.

Today at 1 PM, Ron Fortier will host a forum on “new pulp fiction.” Afterward, Radio ArchivesRoger Price will be reading from Will Murray’s Doc Savage/King Kong crossover, Skull Island, while Jim Beard, a columnist for the Toledo Free Press and a freelance writer, will read from several of his works.

Our evening programming begins at 7:30 PM. PulpFest 2013 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the creation of Sax Rohmer, with a panel on the devil doctor and his influence on the pulps and American popular culture. There will also be a presentation on hero pulp premiums and promotions as well as a showing of the concluding chapters of The Spider’s Web, Columbia Pictures’ classic movie serial based on one of the most popular hero pulp magazines of the thirties and forties.

The presentation of the annual Munsey Award  and an auction featuring the collection of pulp historian Albert Tonik and other collectible material will also take place during the evening hours. You can learn more about all of our great presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

Don’t let PulpFest 2013 slip by. Come to Columbus and join up! Admission to the show is $15 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday, allowing entry to all convention activities. Children under 15 accompanied by a parent are free. The general public is welcome to attend.

Above is a two-color advertising bill for the 1947 re-release of The Spider’s Web in Australia. To learn more about this great movie serial and its sequel, please visit The Spider Returns website.

 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Jul 262013

docpulp1PulpFest 2013 got underway on Thursday evening with a full slate of programming starting at 8 PM. Now, in just a few short minutes, the PulpFest 2013 dealers’ room will be open to all. Upon entry to the Hyatt’s spacious exhibition hall, collectors will be greeted by more than 100 tables filled with pulps, books, original artwork, vintage comics, and other collectibles. And the feeding frenzy will begin!

There’s still plenty of time to join in on the fun. The dealers’ room will be open until 5 PM today and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday. Sunday will be a bit shorter, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Friday’s programming schedule includes three author readings in the afternoon. The evening presentations will begin at 7:30 PM with a panel discussion of Philip José Farmer’s contributions to the Doc Savage mythos. Another panel will examine Doc Savage and the pulp heroes of 1933, while pulp art historian David Saunders will look at the life and work of artist Walter M. Baumhofer. Ending tonight’s programming will be a showing of chapters 6 – 10 of The Spider’s Web, Columbia Pictures’ classic chapter play based on the adventures of Norvell W. Page’s vigilante hero.

We’ll have more exciting programming for you on Saturday, including an auction of more than 100 lots of collectibles. You can learn more about all of our great presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

Admission to the show is $15 per day or $35 for all three days, allowing entry to all convention activities. Children under 15 accompanied by a parent are free. The general public is welcome to attend.

The cover art above is by Walter M. Baumhofer for the March 1933 issue of Doc Savage Magazine.

 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Jul 252013

Yen Sin 36-09-10Tonight at 8 PM, PulpFest 2013 will begin its programming with a look at the pulp descendents of Dr. Fu Manchu and a presentation on Hollywood’s attempts to bring the pulps to the silver screen. Finishing off the night will be a showing of the first five chapters of the classic Columbia chapter play, The Spider’s Web. This 1938 production is considered one of the best movie serials of all time.

You can find additional details about these and all of our presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

The PulpFest dealers’ room will open for business beginning at 9 AM on Friday, July 26th. Tonight, you can register early for what is typically a feeding frenzy as book and pulp collectors scour the room searching for this or that long elusive volume. All you have to do is arrive by Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and register for the convention from 6 PM – 8 PM. Early registration will take place right outside of the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor.

Admission to the show is $15 per day or $35 for all three days, allowing entry to all convention activities. The general public is very much welcome to attend.

Jerome Rozen’s cover art above appeared on the September/October 1936 issue of Dr. Yen Sin.

 Posted by at 3:58 pm
Jul 242013

Doc Savage Spook LegionPulpFest 2013 will begin tomorrow, July 25th. Dealer set-up will take place from 4 PM to 11 PM. Early registration will start at 6 PM outside the Regency Ballroom on the third floor of the Hyatt Regency. Information will be available upon your arrival at the hotel.

To all of you who will be attending PulpFest, we look forward to seeing you. Please have a safe journey to Columbus.

Barry Traylor, Ed Hulse, Jack Cullers, and Mike Chomko–your PulpFest Organizing Committee.

Doc and Ham are hurrying to PulpFest in Walter Baumhofer’s front cover to the April 1935 Doc Savage Magazine, originally thought to illustrate “The Spook Legion.” The image is from the pulpcovers.com website.

 Posted by at 11:58 pm

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