Mar 302014
 

The_Pulpster_2014Our editor and designer Bill Lampkin is already hard at work on the next issue of The Pulpster. He’ll be featuring articles on science fiction’s golden year of 1939, the shudder pulps, and other interesting topics. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in this year’s Pulpster, you have until June 1st to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover–$170; inside color covers–$130; inside color full page–$100; inside black-and-white full page–$70; half-page–$40; quarter page–$30. Print specifications, payment information, and more are listed on the Program Book page of our website. To inquire about space availability, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.comThe Pulpster has a circulation of 450-500 copies. You can also submit your advertising copy to Mike and ask him about back issues.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years The Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionBook Source MagazineGirasol CollectablesRadio ArchivesStark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of publications that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Graves Gladney contributed the cover art to the July 1939 Astounding Science Fiction, considered by many longtime science-fiction fans to be the true beginning of the genre’s Golden Age. With its October 1960 issue, Astounding became Analog Science Fact & Fiction. It retained that title until the April 1965 number when it became Analog Science Fiction & Fact, its name today. It is published by Dell Magazines. Gladney’s art illustrated A. E. Van Vogt’s “Black Destroyer,” as well as this year’s cover for The Pulpster.

Nov 192013
 

Unknown 39-03PulpFest 2014 may still be over eight months away, but it’s not too early to start working on an article for the next number of The Pulpster. As you know, PulpFest will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of science fiction’s Golden Age, when fantastic fiction “grew up.” Startling Stories, Unknown, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Planet Stories, and similar magazines debuted in 1939. The year also witnessed the first World Science Fiction Convention.

PulpFest 2014 will also be saluting the shudder pulps of 1934. Although the weird-menace tale came into being in the latter months of 1933, it wasn’t until the following year that the genre blossomed with the advent of Popular Publications’ Terror Tales and Horror Stories, as well as Spicy Mystery Stories.

The Pulpster is the award-winning program book of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of PulpFest, this highly collectible and informative magazine has been around for over twenty years. First edited  by Lamont Award winner Tony Davis, The Pulpster now has Bill Lampkin at the helm. Bill also runs The Pulp.Net, which he created in 1996, and writes the Yellowed Perils blog.

Although The Pulpster is actively seeking articles about science fiction and fantasy and the great magazines of 1939, as well as explorations of the weird-menace story and the shudder pulps, it’s not limited to those themes alone. If you have an interesting, pulp-related article or idea (preferably never-before-published in print or online), Bill would love to hear from you. Unfortunately, he can’t pay you, but you will receive a free copy of the issue in which your contribution appears. The submission deadline is April 30, 2014.

Articles should be submitted in a plain text or Word document (no PDFs please). Artwork and illustrations should be PNG, JPG, TIF, EPS or PSD formats. Articles and artwork can be emailed to bill@pulpfest.com or mailed to The Pulpster, c/o Bill Lampkin, P. O. Box 12741, Tallahassee, FL 32317. If you have any questions about the magazine’s editorial content, please feel free to contact Bill.

If you would like to advertise in The Pulpster, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. More information on advertising can be found on the Program Book page of our website, where you’ll also find information about back issues.

H. W. Scott’s cover to the March 1939 issue of Unknown illustrates the first issue’s lead story, “Sinister Barrier,” written by Eric Frank Russell.

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Mar 112013
 

The_Pulpster_22_cover_testOur editor and designer Bill Lampkin is already hard at work on the next issue of The Pulpster. Along with articles on the pulp heroes of 1933 and Fu Manchu and the yellow peril, Bill has a number of surprises up his sleeves. So expect a slam-bang issue from the new editor of our award-winning program book.  Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in this year’s Pulpster, there’s still time to do so. However, the June 1st deadline for reserving advertising space is fast approaching. Our rates are very reasonable: color back cover–$160; inside color covers–$125; inside black and white full page–$65; half-page–$40; quarter page–$25. Print specifications, payment information, and more can be found on the Program Book page of our website. To inquire about space availability, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. The Pulpster has a circulation of 450-500 copies. All advertising is sold on a first come, first served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. You can also submit your advertising copy to Mike and ask him about back issues.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Book Source Magazine, Girasol Collectables, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of publications that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

The front cover of this year’s Pulpster uses Walter Baumhofer’s magnificent portrait of The Man of Bronze from the July 1935 issue of Doc Savage Magazine. Doc Savage is a registered trademark of Advance Publishers, Inc. d/b/a Conde Nast.

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Jun 262012
 
Paperback 543: Ember Library 394 (PBO, 1967)

Title: The Shame Sell
Author: Alan Marshall (sometime pseudonym of Donald Westlake)
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $30

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Best things about this cover:
  • "Gee, putting together this new life-model kit is a blast!"
  • "So, you're telling me the cup goes ... like this ... and it keeps those things on the front of your chest from bouncing so much? Wow."
  • Seriously, he's putting that bra *on* to that girl, and he's even doing *that* wrong.
  • "I call this painting 'Drunk Girl Airs Out Her Pits.'"
  • Actually, I would call this painting "How To Ruin a Perfectly Good Picture of a Naked Woman." 1. Add creepy man-child. 2. have her do something inexplicable with her arms while making stupid drunk-face. 3. Replace pubic area with scary, uniformly black patch. Boner averted!


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Best things about this back cover:
  • "Who could believe the truth?" I'm guessing Not Me.
  • Ah, the ad game. Oh, so the guy on the cover must be Dan Drooper from AMC's "Sad Men." 
  • I hope the butterfly net is nonmetaphorical.

Page 123~

Jon sat back, rested his elbows on the arms of the swivel chair, tapped his fingers together, and eyed the ceiling. "C. F., the way I see it, it's time for you to escalate against Oona. The situation is peaking out, and so a certain accclimatizing seems to be in order."

Even the guy in the book replied, "A certain what?" Now if you'll pardon me, I have to go escalate against Oona ... *if* you know what I mean (do you? 'cause I don't)

~RP

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May 212012
 

June 15th, PulpFest’s deadline for advertising in The Pulpster, is fast approaching. Tony Davis and Bill Lampkin are already hard at work to make this year’s issue the best ever. We’ve promised to deliver all ads to them by mid-June to provide them with plenty of time to polish the eye-catching design that has distinguished the long-running ‘zine since PulpFest took it over in 2009.

When you advertise in The Pulpster, you aren’t only reaching the hundreds of people who attend our convention. Each yearly issue of The Pulpster has an afterlife as a stand-alone magazine, selling to interested buyers as long as supplies last.

Although the cover positions have long been spoken for, we can still accommodate interior B&W ads in all configurations–but only for the next two weeks. So if you’re among those who have been thinking about advertising but have not yet pulled the trigger, now’s the time! You’ll find prices and guidelines on the Program Book page of our website or by writing to ed@pulpfest.com.

 Posted by at 2:39 pm
Mar 112012
 

After 21 years, Pulpster editor Tony Davis plans to call it quits. He and designer Bill Lampkin will be pulling out all of the stops to make The Pulpster #21 one of the most memorable issues of their award winning magazine. All members of PulpFest 2012 will receive a complimentary copy of The Pulpster.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in this year’s Pulpster, there’s still time to do so. However, the May 31st deadline for reserving advertising space is fast approaching. Our rates are very reasonable: color back cover–$160; inside color covers–$125; inside black and white covers or full page–$65; half-page–$40; quarter page–$25. Print specifications, payment information, and more can be found on the Program Book page of our website. To inquire about space availability, please write to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com. The Pulpster has a circulation of 450-500 copies. All advertising is sold on a first come, first served basis, with payment expected immediately after reserving a space.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway table. Over the years, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Book Source Magazine, Girasol Collectables, Engle Publishing, and other organizations have donated a variety of publications that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table, please contact Barry Traylor at barry@pulpfest.com.

 Posted by at 8:39 pm