Jul 212014
 

Famous Fantastic Mysteries 40-03In a letter published in “The Readers’ Viewpoint” column in its June 1948 issue, Robert Boyer labeled Famous Fantastic Mysteries as “. . . the Aristocrat of the Pulps, the acme of stf perfection,” a title that can likewise be conferred upon the magazine’s later companions, Fantastic Novels and A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine.

Started by the Frank A. Munsey Company in the fall of 1939 and edited by Mary Gnaedinger, Famous Fantastic Mysteries was created to reprint the scientific romances originally published in The All-Story, Argosy, and The Cavalier. Welcomed by readers anxious to experience the classics found in the Munsey files, Famous Fantastic Mysteries was joined by a companion title, Fantastic Novels, in the early summer of 1940. For most of the next year, the two magazines were published in alternating months.

In late 1942, Munsey sold many of its pulps—including their two classic reprint magazines—to Popular Publications. Reluctant to take on a pair of fantasy titles, the new publisher opted to continue Famous Fantastic Mysteries, but not Fantastic Novels. Popular would wait until 1948 to return Fantastic Novels to the stands, once again relying on the Munsey archives for its content. A third title, A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine, was added in late 1949.

On Thursday, August 7th, beginning at 8:30 PM, Ed Hulse, author and editor of Blood ‘n’ Thunder and Nathan Madison, popular culture historian and author of Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960, discuss Famous Fantastic Mysteries, one of the major science-fiction titles started in 1939, as well as its two brethren, Fantastic Novels and A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine. Highly regarded during the pulp era, all three remain highly collectible pulp magazines, given their exceptional fiction and beautiful illustrations.

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Jul 202014
 

Pulp Culture PirateOn June 30, 2014, the pulp community not only lost a great collector, but even more so, a great friend. Frank M. Robinson was 87 years old at the time of his passing. A science-fiction and thriller writer, editor, speech writer for gay activist Harvey Milk, and a movie actor, Frank was known in the pulp community as the leading collector of top-grade pulp magazines.

Although he majored in physics in college, Frank Robinson always wanted to write. He sold his first story to Astounding Science Fiction in 1950. Following the Korean War, Robinson studied journalism and soon began a career as an editor, first with Science Digest and later with Rogue and Playboy. In 1974, The Glass Inferno was published, a novel written by Robinson and Thomas Scortia. Later filmed as The Towering Inferno, Frank invested much of the proceeds he received from the book in his pulp collection. Years later, the sale of the Frank Robinson Pulp Collection attained almost legendary status among the pulp community.

Winner of the 2000 Lamont Award, Frank Robinson was the author of The Power, Pulp Culture, Science Fiction of the 20th Century, and other works. On Thursday, August 7th, beginning at 8 PM, PulpFest will pay tribute to this fine writer and editor, great collector, and good friend who recently passed. Be sure to be at the Hyatt Regency Columbus for “Remembering Frank Robinson.”

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Jul 192014
 

Riding the Pulp TrailOhio State University’s Thompson Library will again be hosting a lecture by a prominent pulp authority in conjunction with the start of this year’s PulpFest. Laurie Powers, the granddaughter of author Paul S. Powers, will be discussing her grandfather’s life and work. The editor and co-author of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, an autobiography and appreciation of her grandfather, Laurie is the publisher of Laurie’s Wild West, an Internet blog site that has become a favorite destination for those interested in the pulps. She is currently working on a biography of pulp editor Daisy Bacon, editor of Love Story Magazine.

Paul S. Powers was a prolific pulp fiction writer whose career spanned over twenty-five years. From 1925 to 1950, Powers wrote over 450 stories for a variety of fiction magazines. An expert in the American West, he wrote over 400 stories for the famous pulp magazine Wild West Weekly alone. His western characters Sonny Tabor, Kid Wolf, Freckles Malone, and Johnny Forty-five enraptured an entire generation of readers during the Great Depression. Other stories appeared in magazines such as Weird Tales, Thrilling Detective, Mystery Tales, Exciting Western, Thrilling Western, Texas Rangers, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and more.

In December 2013, Laurie and her aunt and uncle, Pat and Ted Binkley,  generously donated a collection featuring the personal papers of Paul S. Powers as well over 400 pulp magazines featuring his work to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Ohio State University. They will be part of the university’s significant popular fiction holdings in the William Charvat Collection of American Literature, one of the world’s foremost collection of materials in this field, and their growing pulp fiction magazine collection. There they will be available for viewing and study by scholars, students, and pulp fiction enthusiasts and historians.

All PulpFest 2014 attendees are cordially invited to attend Laurie Powers’ lecture at Ohio State’s Thompson Library on Thursday, August 7th, beginning at 4:30 PM. It will be held in Room 150 A/B. The library is located at 1858 Neil Avenue, about two and one-half miles from the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Click on the Thompson Library link above for directions.

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Jul 182014
 

ShadowmenClosing out our 2014 New Fictioneer programming will be Frank Schildiner. A pulp fan since reading Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive, Frank is a martial arts instructor from New Jersey. He will be reading from from his forthcoming Thunder Jim Wade novella and one of his pieces for Black Coat’s Tales of the Shadowmen on Saturday, August 9th, at 3 PM.

Frank has written Black Bat, Ravenwood, and Secret Agent X stories for Airship 27; Avenger yarns for Moonstone Books; tales of Thunder Jim Wade and Richard Knight for Pro Se Productions; and contributed regularly to Black Coat Press’s Tales of the Shadowmen series. He 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.

For those attending our Saturday afternoon programming, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage and King Kong adventure, Skull Island, read by Michael McConnohie.

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Jul 172014
 

Monster Earth 2 cover -embeddedJim Beard was introduced to comic books by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters that preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting, and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since then, he’s written stories for Dark Horse Comic’s Star Wars as well as IDW Publishing’s Ghostbusters comic books.

A native of Toledo where he is a regular columnist for the Toledo Free Press, Jim broke into the world of “New Pulp” in 2012 when Airship 27 published Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker, a collection of ghost stories featuring an occult detective, and Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men, the first prose novel based on the 1960s action figure. Other fiction by the author includes Captain Action: Hearts of the Rising Sunthe sequel to his best-selling Airship 27 novel; Monster Earth, a shared-world anthology of giant monster tales; and Sgt. Janus Returns, a second, all-new collection of suspenseful adventures featuring his popular creation. Jim also provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website and has contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. His work has also been featured in Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters, a critical evaluation of the ABC television show.

Join “The Beard” on Saturday, August 9th, at 2 PM when Jim will be reading from Sgt. Janus ReturnsBetrayal on Monster Earth, and Pride of the Mohicans, a new anthology based upon The Last of the Mohicans. To learn more about this exciting new fictioneer, please visit The Beard: The Jim Beard Fan Page.

For those attending our Saturday afternoon programming, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage and King Kong adventure, Skull Island, read by Michael McConnohie.

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Jul 162014
 

Captain HazzardWriting can be a lonely business, but it can also be fun. On Saturday, August 9th, at 1 PM, writer, editor-in-chief of Airship 27, and two-time Pulp Factory Award winner Ron Fortier and five contemporary authors will chat about the pleasure and enjoyment they’ve experienced as writers of the new and exciting genre known as “New Pulp.”

Winner of the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best New AuthorRalph L. Angelo, Jr. has written in the epic-fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, science-fiction and new-pulp genres as well as numerous non-fiction works about motorcycling. Creator of The Cagliostro ChroniclesThe Crystalon Saga, and the Torahg the Warrior series, Ralph has also written for Airship 27, Pro Se Press, and other publishers.

A native of Toledo, Jim Beard is the creator Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker, co-creator of the Monster Earth anthology series, and author of the Captain Action novels for Airship 27. His recent work includes stories for White Rocket’s Pride of the Mohicans, The New Adventures of Major Lacy & Amusement, Inc. for Pro Se Press, and an upcoming project from Meteor House.

A veteran comic writer best known for his work on The Green Hornet and Terminator, Ron Fortier is a pioneer of the New Pulp movement. The managing editor of Airship 27 Productions, Ron writes the adventures of Captain Hazzard and Brother Bones, the Undead Avenger.

Nobody writes non-stop adventure books like Wayne Reinagel. Author, illustrator, and publisher of the epic Pulp Heroes and Modern Marvels series of pulp adventure novels and short stories for Knightraven Studios, Wayne’s stories are packed with incredible action and breath-taking adventure. Coming soon are Sanctuary Falls, the concluding segment of the Pulp Heroes trilogy and two more novels in the Gothic horror Modern Marvels trilogy.

A pulp fan since reading Philip José Farmer’s Tarzan Alive, Frank Schildiner is a martial arts instructor from New Jersey. He has written Black Bat, Ravenwood, and Secret Agent X stories for Airship 27; Avenger yarns for Moonstone Books; tales of Thunder Jim Wade and Richard Knight for Pro Se Productions; and contributed to Black Coat Press’s Tales of the Shadowmen series. Frank has also published several articles on horror in comic books, television, and film.

An emergency room physician in southwestern Illinois, Art Sippo is the co-host of The Book Cave, a podcast that reviews adventure fiction, novels, comic books, movies, and all things pulp. His first novel, Sun Koh: Heir of Atlantis, was a 2010 Pulp Factory Award nominee for Best Pulp Novel. Art has also written numerous essays and short stories for magazines and anthologies, and has served as a panelist and moderator at many recent FarmerCons.

For those attending our Saturday afternoon programming, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage and King Kong adventure, Skull Island, read by Michael McConnohie.

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Jul 152014
 

Cagliostro ChroniclesThey were called scribes, word slingers, hacks, and penny-a-worders. But perhaps the most favored term, especially among the men and women who labored for the bloody pulps, was fictioneer or, more specifically, a fiction writer, particularly a prolific creator of commercial or pulp fiction. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers—the authors writing the new pulp fiction—the New Fictioneers!

On Friday, August 8th, at 3:30 PM, meet Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. as he continues our 2014 New Fictioneers programming with readings from My Enemy, Myself: The Crystalon Saga, Book Two, The Cagliostro Chronicles 2: Conflagration, and a forthcoming superhero novel entitled Hyperforce.

The 2014 New Pulp Award for Best New Author, Ralph has written in the epic-fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, science-fiction and new-pulp genres as well as numerous non-fiction works about motorcycling. His other books include Redemption of the Sorcerer: The Crystalon Saga, Book One, The Cagliostro Chronicles, and Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance. Ralph has also written short stories for several Pro Se Productions and Airship 27 anthologies and Tales of Torahg the Warrior, Vol. 1, soon to be released  by Pro Se. Additionally, he contributes regularly to Backroads Motorcycle Touring Magazine, Motorcycle Consumer News, and Motorcycle Online. Ralph lives with his family in suburban Long Island and is an avid motorcyclist, skier, guitar player, and martial artist. You can learn more about Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. and his books by visiting http://RLAngeloJr.com.

For those attending our New Fictioneers readings on Friday afternoon, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventure, The Frightened Fish, read by Michael McConnohie.

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Jul 142014
 

Worlds of PJFJoin Christopher Paul Carey on Friday, August 8th, at 2:30 PM as he reads from “The Goddess Equation,” part of our New Fictioneers programming. Set in the 23rd century of Philip José Farmer’s early tales “Some Fabulous Yonder,” “Strange Compulsion,” and Night of Light, Carey’s story appears in the new Meteor House anthology, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 4: Voyages to Strange Days.

Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, and the author of Exiles of Kho, a prelude to the Khokarsa series. His short fiction can be found in anthologies such as Tales of the Shadowmen, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer, Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, and The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files. He is an editor with Paizo Publishing on the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and has edited numerous collections, anthologies, and novels. Chris holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and lives with his wife Laura in Seattle, Washington. Visit his website at www.cpcarey.com, and follow him on Twitter @cpcarey.

For those attending our New Fictioneers readings on Friday afternoon, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventure, The Frightened Fish, read by Michael McConnohie.

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Jul 122014
 

Rick SteeleAuthor Dick Enos, creator of The Adventures of Rick Steele, learned how to read from the man in the blue suit and the “S” on his chest. Soon he was devouring science fiction by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and “Doc” Smith and detective yarns from Lawrence Block, Ian Fleming, and Mickey Spillane. When he discovered a writer named Lester Dent, his love for action and adventure was cemented.

Enos was soon fashioning his own heroes and trying to write in the manner of Spillane and Dent, creating fast, descriptive action scenes, endless adventures, and larger than life heroes. Everything he had learned in life and read eventually gave birth to Rick Steele, a hard-living Korean War veteran turned test pilot who can’t seem to avoid adventures. He is aided by his loyal war buddy, Joey Campbell; his love interest, the very capable Dr. Kate Gallagher; and Kate’s polyglot assistant, Thelma McCally. A character in the mold of Doc Savage and other pulp heroes, Steele also possesses the same fears, qualities, and foibles we all face in our lives.

Dick Enos gets our 2014 New Fictioneers readings started on Friday, August 8th, at 1:30 PM. He’ll be sharing excerpts from Killer Kowboys from Space,Vengeance of the Wolf, Lost City of Azgara, The Yesterday Men, and the forthcoming Rick Steele adventure, The Monster of Chinatown.

For those attending our New Fictioneers readings on Friday afternoon, we’ll be offering a chance to win a fabulous door prize donated to PulpFest by Radio Archives–an audio-book edition of Will Murray’s Doc Savage adventure, The Frightened Fish, read by Michael McConnohie.

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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.