Mar 142014
 

Skull Island CoverIt’s called new pulp–stories by modern writers who recreate the style of fiction that appeared in the pulp magazines of yore. Back then, 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 the new pulp fiction.

If you’re a writer who has been inspired by the work of yarn-spinners such as Lester Dent, Robert E. Howard, Edmond Hamilton, H. Bedford-Jones, Norvell Page, Frederick Faust, and countless others who churned out commercial fiction for the pulp market, PulpFest is looking for you! Every year since 2009, we’ve featured readings by some of the best writers of today’s pulp fictionRon Fortier, Will Murray, Duanne Spurlock, Win Scott Eckert, William Patrick Maynard, and many others have read excerpts from their work, showcasing a wide range of exciting new fiction. Afterward, they’ve talked with their audiences, answering questions, fielding comments, discussing works-in-progress, and selling their books. Both our writers and their audiences have loved these sessions.

We call these hour-long events our “New Fictioneers” readings and we’re hoping to have some great ones for you at PulpFest 2014. As we have for the last five years, PulpFest is looking for writers for its New Fictioneers program, scheduled for Friday, August 8th, and Saturday, August 9th. If you’re a writer of new pulp fiction who would like to participate in this year’s festivities, please send an email to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com to let him know that you’d like to join us as one of our celebrated New Fictioneers.

Feb 142014
 

Terror Tales 39-11PulpFest is known for its great programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2014 convention is shaping up to be one of our best. As mentioned previously, we’ll be celebrating science fiction’s golden year of 1939 and seventy-five years of fantastic fiction, as well as eighty years of the shudder pulps, zeroing in on the weird-menace magazines of 1934.

As always, we’ll have a wide variety of panels and presentations, including a discussion of Famous Fantastic Mysteries featuring Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse and author Nathan MadisonMeteor House publisher Mike Croteau’s review of Philip José Farmer’s early science fiction stories for the pulps and digests; art historian David Saunders‘  presentation on John Newton Howitt, one of the leading cover artists for the weird-menace pulps; and preeminent pulp authority and author of The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage, Will Murray’s celebration of the diamond jubilee of The Avenger, the last of Street & Smith’s major pulp heroes to get his own magazine.

You’ll find information on these and much, much more by visiting our programming page for a look at the preliminary schedule for PulpFest 2014.

The great John Newton Howitt, whose life and artistic career will be profiled by David Saunders on Saturday, August 9th at PulpFest 2014, contributed the front cover art to the November 1934 issue of Popular Publications’ Terror Tales. Although the first weird-menace tales appeared in Dime Mystery in the fall of 1933, it was not until the debut of Terror Tales and later, Horror Stories and Spicy Mystery, that the genre began to flourish.

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
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 222013
 

PulpFest 2013 FrontPulpFest 2013 will begin on Thursday evening, July 25th, with a salute to the 100th anniversary of the first American appearance of Dr. Fu-Manchu and a presentation on Hollywood’s attempts to introduce the hero pulps to the silver screen. Chapters 1-5 of the classic movie serial, The Spider’s Web, based on the classic Popular Publications’ pulp, will also be shown. The remaining chapters will run on Friday and Saturday nights.

As a prelude to the start of Thursday’s convention, Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will be hosting a lecture by Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor and PulpFest committee member Ed Hulse. Entitled “The Ancestors of Batman: Colorful Crime Fighters of Pulp Fiction,” Ed’s lecture will begin at 4:30 PM. Due to a recent schedule change, the university asked PulpFest to move the talk up by a half hour. Click on the lecture title for additional details about Ed’s presentation.

Friday, we’ll celebrate the 80th anniversary of “The Hero Pulp Explosion of 1933.” In that special year, The Phantom Detective, Doc Savage, The Spider, and four other hero pulps were introduced to pulp readers. PulpFest attendees will also learn about the life and work of Walter M. Baumhofer, the artist who was known as “The King of the Pulps.”

Saturday, PulpFest returns to Dr. Fu-Manchu with a look at the devil doctor’s influence on the pulp fiction that followed his introduction to the reading public. The night will continue with a lively and interesting auction of pulps, books, comics, artwork, and much, much more.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please visit our Programming page for further details. Each entry is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.

Early indications are that we will surpass last year’s show both in our number of registrations and rooms booked at the hotel. We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. For some time, we’ve been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, you probably should call the hotel and make your reservation immediately. You can do so by calling 1-888-421-1442 or 1-614-463-1234 or by clicking our link to the Hyatt Regency Columbus on our home page under “Book a Room.” Please be sure to mention PulpFest when placing your reservation.

The Hyatt Regency is located at 350 North High Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The hotel is south of I-670, just 15-20 minutes from Columbus International Airport. In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are shops and restaurants galore right outside the hotel’s entrance. Click here for directions.

For those who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency during the convention, parking is free at the Chestnut Street Garage, one block south of the hotel. The garage is connected to the hotel via an enclosed and covered walkway. For those visiting PulpFest for the day, you can also use the Chestnut Street Garage. Rates vary based on time, but $9 will get you 12 hours of parking. Additional parking is available at the Convention Center underground garage. Again, rates are time-based and $14 will get you parking for 12 hours. At the Convention Center’s east and north lots, you get 12 hours of parking for $11. Click here for a more detailed look at parking near the Hyatt Regency. Alternately, if you don’t mind walking, more inexpensive options abound. Click here for an interactive parking map of Columbus. Just search using the hotel’s address and you’re good to go.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. During set-up, dealers are asked to arrange their displays and, upon completion, cover them up and then depart the room. No buying, selling, or trading will be permitted during Thursday’s set-up. Dealers should please refrain from all such activity.

At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. While unloading and transporting your goods should be very easy–there’s a back entrance to the hotel for loading and we have been granted exclusive use of a freight elevator–there is bound to be a certain amount of disorientation as folks negotiate their way around the Hyatt. We feel very strongly that attendees have every right to expect a fully-set-up hucksters’ room as soon as the convention opens on Friday, which is why PulpFest has always offered a lengthy load-in period on Thursday. We welcome your cooperation in this aspect of the show.

Early registration for the general membership will also take place on Thursday, beginning at 6 PM right outside of the dealers’ room located in the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Three-day memberships will be available for $35. Single day memberships costing $15 per day will also be available. Please visit our Registration page for further details. Please note that tonight is the last night for advance registrations. Our Paypal page will shut down around 10 PM tonight.

The dealers’ room will open to all members on Friday, July 26th at 9 AM and remain open until 5 PM. It will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. Dealers will be allowed to enter the room approximately fifteen minutes prior to opening each day in order to prepare their displays.

All PulpFest attendees will be able to submit material for inclusion in the Saturday Night Auction. For additional information, please visit our Auctions page under “Programming” or contact Barry Traylor via email at barry@pulpfest.com. In addition to 115 auction lots drawn from the collection of pulp scholar Albert Tonik, we will be accepting a total of 100 additional lots from registered members of PulpFest 2013. However, due to the substantial amount of material remaining from the Tonik collection, there may be limits on the number of lots that can be offered by each consignee. The sooner you submit your consignment to Mike Chomko, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. Mike’s tables will be along the wall, across from the registration desk just inside the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. A link to a spreadsheet listing the Tonik lots is also available on our Auctions page.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2013 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, July 28th, from 10 AM to noon. Further information is available on our FAQ  page.

The entire PulpFest 2013 organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Ed Hulse, and Barry Traylor–is looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days. Have a safe trip to Columbus.

 Posted by at 11:58 pm
Jul 182013
 

PulpFest 2013 FrontPulpFest 2013 will start on Thursday, July 25th. The dealers’ room will be open only to registered sellers to set up their displays from 4 PM to 11 PM. Ohio State’s Thompson Library will also offer a free lecture on the pulps at 5 PM. Early registration for all convention attendees will take place outside the dealers’ room from 6 PM to 8 PM. Beginning at 8 PM, a full slate of programming will get underway. Why not arrive early?

Thursday, July 25th

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Dealer Set-Up – the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers to assemble their displays

4:30 PM – Ohio State Lecture Series – Ed Hulse, the editor of Blood ‘n’ Thunder, examines “The Ancestors of Batman: Colorful Crime Fighters of Pulp Fiction” at Ohio State’s Thompson Library

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Early Registration – general members and dealers will be able to register for PulpFest

Evening Programming

8:00 PM - The Pulp Descendents of Fu Manchu – Rick Lai discusses the influence of Sax Rohmer’s devil doctor on the pulps with a look at villains such as Wu Fang, Shiwan Khan, the Blue Scorpion, and Robert E. Howard’s Skull Face and Erlik Khan

9:00 PM – Hollywood and the Hero Pulps Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse looks at The Spider’s Web, Columbia Pictures’ classic chapterplay, and Hollywood’s other attempts to bring the pulps to the silver screen

10:00 PM - The Spider’s Web – Chapters 1 – 5 of the 1938 Columbia Pictures movie serial starring Warren Hull as “The Master of Men” and Iris Meredith as his beloved, Nita Van Sloan

Friday, July 26th

9:00 AM – 5 PM – Wheeling and Dealing – the dealers’ room will be open to all

1:00 PM – The New FictioneersWilliam Patrick Maynard reads from his forthcoming novel, The Triumph of Fu Manchu

2:00 PM - The New Fictioneers – Van Allen Plexico has more than two dozen books under his belt. One of the leading figures of “New Pulp,” he will be reading from Lords of Fire and “River of Deceit” from Monster Aces

3:00 PM – The New Fictioneers – FarmerCon panelists Win Scott Eckert and John Small offer a variety pack of fiction including John’s tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer, “The Bright Heart of Eternity”

Evening Programming

7:25 PM – Welcome to PulpFest – Jack Cullers offers an official welcome

7:30 PM - The Mad Goblin, Escape from Loki, and His Apocalyptic Life – Art Sippo leads a discussion of Philip José Farmer’s contributions to the Doc Savage mythos. Panelists include Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Rick Lai, and John Allen Small

8:30 PM - Doc Savage and the Pulp Heroes of 1933 – Nick Carr, Don Hutchison, Will Murray, and Garyn Roberts join Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse to discuss eighty years of “The Great Pulp Heroes”

9:30 PM - Walter Baumhofer: King of the Pulps – pulp art historian David Saunders looks at the life and work of the artist who brought The Man of Bronze, The Master of Men, Pete Rice, and other pulp heroes to life

10:30 PM - The Spider’s Web – Chapters 6 – 10 of the 1938 Columbia Pictures serial in which The Spider battles The Octopus, a criminal mastermind bent on crippling the nation through a wave of terror

Saturday, July 27th

9:00 AM – 5 PM – Wheeling and Dealing – the dealers’ room will be open to all

1:00 PM - The Future of New Pulp Fiction – moderator Ron Fortier is joined by five new writers inspired by the pulp fiction of yore – Jim Beard, Win Scott Eckert, Rick Lai, Frank Schildiner, and Art Sippo

2:00 PM – Doc and the King Radio ArchivesRoger Price will be reading from Will Murray’s Skull Island, recently released as an audiobook. Both Will and Roger will be available for questions following the reading

3:00 PM - The New Fictioneers – Jim Beard, a columnist for the Toledo Free Press and a freelance writer, will read from Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men, Monster Earth, and Sgt. Janus: Spirit-Breaker

Evening Programming

7:30 PM – PulpFest 2013 Business Meeting – all members are invited to ask questions and offer suggestions at this session

7:50 PM – 2013 Munsey Award Presentation – Matt Moring of Altus Press will present this year’s Munsey Award

8:00 PM - Fu Manchu and the Yellow Peril Pulps  – Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor Ed Hulse is joined by Gene Christie, Win Scott Eckert, Nathan Madison, William Patrick Maynard, and Will Murray for a discussion of Sax Rohmer’s infamous creation and the character’s influence on the pulps and popular culture

9:00 PM - Hero Pulp Premiums and Promotions – Chris Kalb takes us back to a time when a dime not only bought a pulp magazine filled with thrills, but also a Spider Ring or a membership to Friends of the Phantom

9:30 PM – Saturday Night at the Auction – auctioneers John Gunnison and Joseph Saine complete the sale of pulp researcher Albert Tonik’s substantial collection, plus various lots from the convention’s regular consigners

11:30 PM – The Spider’s Web – Chapters 11 – 15 of the 1938 Columbia Pictures serial directed by James W. Horne and Ray Taylor in which The Spider unmasks the nefarious Octopus and wins the day for the good old USA

Sunday, July 28th

Daytime Schedule

9:00 AM – 2 PM – Wheeling and Dealing – the dealers’ room will be open to all

 Posted by at 11:58 pm
Jul 142013
 

White RocketDue to a recent, unexpected cancellation by one of our previously announced readers, Van Allen Plexico has graciously consented to fill that hole in our programming schedule.

Van is the award-winning and Amazon.com bestselling author of ten novels and nearly two dozen short stories and novellas, as well as five non-fiction books. His works have included everything from Sherlock Holmes to space opera to 1930s air ace combat to Marvel’s Avengers, though he is best known for his ongoing superhero pulp novel series, Sentinels.

A three-time nominee for Pulp Writer of the Year at PulpArk and a founding editor of the All Pulp news site, he has been published by Airship 27, Pro Se Productions, White Rocket Books, Permuted Press, Red Bud Studios, Maple Street Press, and Rittenhouse Archives, among others. He also hosts the weekly pop culture and New Pulp discussion show, The White Rocket Podcast. In his spare time Van is an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Southwestern Illinois College. You can find links to all of his stuff at www.plexico.net.

Join New Fictioneer Van Allen Plexico on Friday, July 26th at 2 PM in the Hyatt Regency’s Fairfield Room where he will be reading “River of Deceit,” from the anthology Monster Aces, and a selection from Lords of Fire, the first novel in a new military science fiction/space opera series entitled The Shattering.

 Posted by at 11:58 pm
Jul 122013
 

AuctioneerOne of the many highlights of PulpFest is its Saturday night auction. Organized by J. Barry Traylor and a gaggle of enthusiastic volunteers, the auction is always the final programming event of summer’s great pulp con. Any registered member of the convention may submit items to sell at auction as long as they meet the guidelines listed on our Auctions page.

PulpFest is very proud that this year’s auction will include 115 lots made up of approximately 250 books from collector and scholar Al Tonik’s huge library of hardcovers, paperbacks, pulps, dime novels, comic books, fanzines, and reference books. At its 2012 convention, PulpFest sold about seventy percent of the Tonik collection with more than $15,000 bid on a wide range of items. Most of what remains from Al’s library are hard-to-find reference books and author biographies. Over many years, Albert Tonik was one of the leading scholars of pulp history. The winner of a Lamont Award in 1994, Al researched aspects of pulp history previously covered sketchily and loved to share his knowledge with our community.

In addition to the Tonik material, PulpFest will be accepting about 100 lots from registered members of PulpFest 2013. However, due to the substantial amount of Tonik lots, there may be limits on the number of lots that can be offered by each consignee. The sooner you submit your consignment to Mike Chomko (who will be collecting all the auction consignments), the more likely that it will be included in our auction. Mike’s tables will be along the wall, across from the registration desk just inside the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room.

For a look at what books will make up the Tonik lots, we are providing an auction spreadsheet. The Tonik lots will be lot numbers 1-30, 56-85, 111-140, and 166-190. The gaps of 25 lots between the Tonik segments represent the 100 lots of consignment material that we will be accepting from PulpFest 2013 members during the actual convention. To examine the spreadsheet, click the “auction spreadsheet” link above.

PulpFest‘s annual Saturday night auction will start at approximately 9:30 PM on July 27th, following the conclusion of Chris Kalb’s presentation, Hero Pulp Premiums and Promotions. Remember to bring your convention badge: your badge number will be used when buying and/or selling during the auction. Our auctioneers will be Adventure House‘s John Gunnison and Joseph Saine, a full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop and licensed auctioneer from northwest Ohio.

If you have any questions concerning the auction or you represent an estate that would like to submit a substantial collection for sale at PulpFest, please contact Barry Traylor via email or at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

 Posted by at 11:58 pm

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