Mar 132015
 

Weird Tales 31-11Friday the 13th and black cats don’t have to be unlucky! I’m not sure you can convince this young lady of that fact, but if she realized that PulpFest 2015 would be starting in exactly five months, she certainly would think that her luck had changed. Heck, she might even die happy!

PulpFest will start in five short months. Thursday, August 13th is not that far away. That’s the date when “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” will start at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio. The convention’s dealers’ room in the spacious Regency Ballroom will be open from 6 PM to 10 PM for early-bird shopping. PulpFest members who will be staying at the Hyatt for three nights will be admitted free of charge. For those members who will unfortunately be staying elsewhere, early-bird privileges can be purchased for an additional $25 (if prepaid) or $30 (at the door). Click the registration button below our home page banner to learn how to register for the convention.

PulpFest 2015 will also have a full slate of programming on Thursday, beginning at 8 PM. We’ll have presentations on pulp writer Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the founder of DC Comics; detective and western heroes of the Thrilling Group of pulp magazines; The Shadow; and Street & Smith comics. We’ll also be screening a couple of films inspired by the work of horror master H. P. Lovecraft. Click the schedule button near the right end of our home page banner to learn more about our programming plans.

The Hyatt Regency Columbus is an extremely popular venue for conventions, including the World Fantasy Convention and the highly popular Origins Game Fair. That’s just one of many reasons that PulpFest has selected the Hyatt as its host hotel. Click the hotel button below our home page banner to learn more about this great venue.

This August, PulpFest will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon, a gathering of Japanese anime and pop culture enthusiasts. Although many of these fans will be coming for a single day, there will be a good number who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency as well as other hotels in downtown Columbus. Therefore, we are urging all of our members to book their hotel rooms for PulpFest 2015 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The earlier you place your room reservation for this year’s PulpFest, the greater chance you have of landing a room. Your organizing committee is working with Matsuricon to help both gatherings have a great and fun-filled weekend.

You can reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency at the special convention rate of $116 per night plus tax, which includes one free parking pass and free Wi-Fi, if you do so by July 1, 2015. Additional cars will be charged at the discounted rate of $10 overnight with in/out privileges. Matsuricon members will be paying nearly twenty dollars more for rooms and parking.

There are two ways to place a reservation. You can book a room online by clicking here, an electronic reservations interface customized for PulpFest attendees. Alternately, click the “book a room” button on our home page. You can also call 1-888-421-1442 to book a room by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest 2015 to get the special convention rate. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2015 and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. We look forward to seeing you in August in beautiful, downtown Columbus.

(In 1927 C. C. Senf began to paint covers and draw pen and ink story illustrations for WEIRD TALES, an innovative pulp magazine that featured otherworldly and macabre subjects. He drew hundreds of black-and-white interior story illustrations, and he painted forty-five covers for “The Unique Magazine,” the last of which appeared on the July 1932 issue. Pictured above is the November 1931 issue. Just a few days before the 125th anniversary of the author’s birth, PulpFest 2015 will salute H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, the magazine that published the bulk of his fictional work. Many thanks to David Saunders of The Field Guide to Wild American Pulp Artists for helping us to keep our facts straight.)

 

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Jan 302015
 

Thrilling Detective 1931-11This summer, PulpFest 2015 will salute Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines, also known as Beacon Magazines, Best Books, Better Publications,  Nedor Publishing, and others. It’s most widely known by its nickname, the “Thrilling Group,” bestowed upon it for its use of the word “Thrilling” in many of its titles.

One of the leading publishers of the pulp era, Pines began operations during the Roaring Twenties. In the early years of the Great Depression, he was asked by The American News Company to start a chain of pulp magazines that it would distribute for him. Hiring former literary agent and Frank A. Munsey employee, Leo Margulies, to be his managing editor, Pines launched THRILLING DETECTIVE, THRILLING ADVENTURES, and THRILLING LOVE in late 1931, each selling for a dime. Within two years, the line was expanding, first with THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE, and soon thereafter with THE LONE EAGLE, SKY FIGHTERS, THRILLING RANCH STORIES, and THRILLING WESTERN.

Thrilling Comics 1939-1Between 1931 and 1958, Pines published more than seventy rough-paper magazines. His titles included ARMY-NAVY FLYING STORIES, BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, CAPTAIN FUTURE, DETECTIVE NOVELS MAGAZINE, EXCITING LOVE, EXCITING NAVY STORIES, FANTASTIC STORY QUARTERLY, FIVE SPORTS CLASSICS MAGAZINE, THE GHOST SUPER-DETECTIVE, GIANT WESTERN, G-MEN, HOPALONG CASSIDY’S WESTERN MAGAZINE, THE MASKED DETECTIVE, MASKED RIDER WESTERN, POPULAR BASEBALL, POPULAR DETECTIVE, POPULAR FOOTBALL, POPULAR ROMANCES, R.A.F. ACES, RANGE RIDERS, THE RIO KID WESTERN, RODEO ROMANCES, STARTLING STORIES, STRANGE STORIES, TEXAS RANGERS, THRILLING CONFESSIONS, THRILLING FOOTBALL STORIES, THRILLING MYSTERY, THRILLING WONDER STORIES, TOP DETECTIVE ANNUAL, TRIPLE WESTERN, and WEST. In 1939 Pines debuted a couple of comic book lines, publishing AMERICA’S BEST COMICS, THE BLACK TERROR, COO COO COMICS, EXCITING COMICS, THE FIGHTING YANK, HAPPY COMICS, NEW ROMANCES, REAL LIFE COMICS, SUPERMOUSE, THRILLING COMICS, and many other titles through 1956. Paperback books under the Popular Library banner were added to the mix in 1942. They were still being published in 1977 when the company was purchased by CBS.

Action Comics 1938Although many pulp collectors find much of the fiction published by the Thrilling line to be somewhat bland, average, or “run-of-the-mill,” they often find the cover art to be quite striking.  So why are we celebrating Standard Magazines in 2015? The pulp line, after all, turns 84 this year. That’s hardly a sexy anniversary. However, many leading figures in the history of Pines Publishing have notable anniversaries in 2015: Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, THRILLING ADVENTURES writer and creator of the first comic book is 125; Tom Curry, western writer and creator of The Rio Kid, and Leo Margulies, managing editor of the “Thrilling Group,” are 115; Norman Daniels, who created the Black Bat and wrote many Phantom Detective, Candid Camera Kid, and Masked Detective stories, and Thrilling publisher Ned Pines are 110; and Mort Weisinger, editor of CAPTAIN FUTURE and other Thrilling magazines, as well as editor of the Superman books for DC Comics, and Leigh Brackett and Henry Kuttner, both noted writers for Standard’s line of science-fiction pulps, are 100 years old. That’s eight reasons to make 2015 the year for Standard Magazines.

So here’s your chance to wish all these giants a “happy birthday” as PulpFest 2015 pays tribute to this leading pulp magazine publisher. The action begins on Thursday evening, August 13th and runs through Sunday, August 16th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Click here to learn how to register for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” and join your friends at the “pop culture center of the universe” for a salute to Ned Pines and the “Thrilling Group!”

(To learn more about Ned Pines and Standard Magazines, pick up a copy of THRILLING DETECTIVE HEROES, edited by John Locke & John Wooley, published by Adventure House, one of the leading purveyors of pulps and pulp reprints. It’s available for $20.)

(Pictured above are the first issue of THRILLING DETECTIVE, dated November 1931 and featuring artwork by an unknown cover artist; the first issue of THRILLING COMICS, dated February 1940 and featuring cover artwork by Alexander Kostuk; and the first issue of DC Comics ACTION COMICS, dated June 1938, and featuring cover artwork by Joe Shuster and the initial appearance of Superman.)

 

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Jan 142015
 

“The twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” — Stephen King

“The Copernicus of the horror story” — Fritz Leiber

“To me, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an entity. A most important one. And I rejoice to see that his work–and his memory among readers and writers–endures” — Robert Bloch

In his introduction to THE BEST OF H. P. LOVECRAFT: BLOODCURDLING TALES OF HORROR AND THE MACABRE (Del Rey Books, 1982), Robert Bloch remembers the man who, “. . . befriended a fifteen-year-old fan, who gave him a lifelong career, who set an example of fellowship and good-will . . .”

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island on August 20, 1980. He was the last lineal descendant of an old New England family that had seen better days. His father died of paresis in 1898; his mother survived until 1921, but her own mental instability increased as the family fortunes declined.

Lovecraft wrote: “As a child I was very peculiar and sensitive, always preferring the society of grown persons to that of other children.” Actually it was his neurotic mother who labelled him peculiar and “protected” him from contact with other youngsters. A precocious child, he learned to read when he was four and soon experimented with writing. Poor health kept him from college and economic necessity eventually caused him to neglect amateur journalism in favor of ghostwriting or revising the work of others for professional publication. Gradually he began to produce poetry and fiction of his own.

After his mother’s death he lived for a time in New York, married an older woman from whom he separated amicably two years later, then returned to Providence. Here he made his home with two elderly aunts. One of them died in 1932; he and his surviving relative resided together until his own death on March 15, 1937.

Lovecraft’s career as a professional writer was largely compressed into a span of about sixteen years. He remained virtually unknown except to the limited readership of pulp magazines such as WEIRD TALES in which his work appeared. It earned only a pitiful pittance to supplement the income from a meager inheritance, and he continued his anonymous chores for other writers. At the same time he brightened and broadened his uneventful existence with a widespread correspondence among fellow writers and readers of fantastic fiction. The most constant and devoted members of this group formed what would later be called “the Lovecraft Circle”; his lengthy letters of comment, criticism, and literary advice encouraged them to write or attempt writing in the genre. When a combination of cancer and Bright’s disease claimed his life at the age of forty-six the loss was mourned by far-off friends, many of whom had known him only as a correspondent.

Lovecraft’s literary style was distinctive and frequently imitated by protégés. With his approval, they and others borrowed the imaginary settings of his stories, together with the weird books and grotesque gods he created to heighten horror.

At the time of his death he had already become what would now be called a “cult figure.” But the cult was comparatively small and had absolutely no influence on contemporary critics or publishers. It took long years to bring the man and his work to the attention of a larger audience.

Today Lovecraft is established as a major American fantasy writer, frequently ranked as the equal of Poe. His work is in print here and abroad and the mild-mannered, old-fashioned, conservative New England gentleman has become an acknowledged master of horror fiction.

Join PulpFest 2015 in August at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Thursday, August 13th and running through Sunday, August 16th as we celebrate H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, just a few short days before the author’s 125th birthday. We’ll be announcing more about the convention and our Lovecraft salute as we flesh out the details in the months ahead.

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

H. P. Lovecraft, writing in “Supernatural Horror in Literature”

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The artwork is from the November 1944 issue of WEIRD TALES. The artist is Matt Fox, an illustrator who painted about a dozen covers for “the unique magazine.” Fox also worked for other pulps, including CRACK DETECTIVE, FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, and PLANET STORIES. In the 1950s and 1960s he was an artist for Atlas Comics.

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125 Years of the Major

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Jan 092015
 

Thrilling Adventures 32-10One of the youngest majors to serve in the United States Calvary, he saw action in Mexico and the Philippines. He also worked as an intelligence officer in the far reaches of Siberia. His experiences around the world would serve him well as he turned to adventure writing during the 1920s. He would create the first original comic book in 1934 and discover Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and their character, Superman, the Man of Steel. The founder of the company that would become DC Comics, his family still calls him the “old man.”

Born 125 years ago on January 7, 1890 in eastern Tennessee, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson was also one of the leading adventure fiction writers for the pulp industry. His fiction appeared for nearly twenty-five years in Adventure, Argosy, Battle Stories, Blue Book, Danger Trail, Far East Adventure Stories, The Popular Magazine, The Rio Kid Western, Short Stories, Soldiers of Fortune, Thrilling Adventures, Top-Notch, War Stories, and many other pulp magazines.

In August 2015, PulpFest will welcome Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, the “Old Man’s” granddaughter,  as we celebrate a century-and-a-quarter of the Major during our salute to Standard Magazines, the “Thrilling” line of pulps, one of her grandfather’s  leading markets. Nicky will be sharing with us memories of her grandfather, soon to be the subject of a new book entitled Lost Hero.

PulpFest 2015 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Thursday, August 13th and running through Sunday, August 16th. We’ll be announcing more about the convention and Nicky’s presentation as we flesh out the details in the months ahead.

You can learn more about the Major by visiting the Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson website by clicking here.

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Aug 092014
 

TriplettThere’s still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open today from 9 AM to 4:45 PM and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 1 PM when Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by two more New Fictioneers readings.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2014 Business Meeting beginning at 7:30 PM. It will be followed by the 2014 Munsey Award Presentation at 7:50 PM. Our presentations for the evening will include Unknown: The Best in Fantasy FictionThe Mystery and Mastery of John Newton Howitt, and the last four chapters of Buck Rogers following our Saturday Night at the Auction.

Tonight’s auction will include over 150 pulps as well as digests and dime novels as well as a selection of books, fanzines, manuscripts, and ephemera from the collection of Everil Worrell, author of nineteen stories for Weird Tales. Four lots of material from the collection of pulp author Paul S. Powers will also be sold. There will also be approximately eighty more lots submitted for sale by convention members.

You can learn more about all of our great presentations by visiting the Programming page of our website.

Don’t let PulpFest 2014 slip by. Come to Columbus and join in on the fun! 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.

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Aug 082014
 

Terror Tales 34-09PulpFest 2014 got underway on Thursday evening with early-bird shopping starting at 6 PM and a full slate of programming starting at 8 PM. Now, in just two hours, the PulpFest 2014 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. Members will be able to register today for the convention, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here.

Our dealers’ room will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 5 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1:30 PM with the first of three New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin at 7:30 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees.

Friday night’s programming will feature a brief look at 1939: Science Fiction’s Boom YearStartling Stories: An OverviewA Feast of Farmer: PJF’s Early Science FictionPulp Promos, Part TwoEighty Years of TerrorScience Fiction’s “Golden Age” , and chapters 5 – 8 of Buck Rogers.

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.

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Aug 072014
 

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PulpFest 2014 will begin today at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 5 to 9 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 5 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. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here.

For those of you who have not yet registered forPulpFest, 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. The early-bird shopping option cost an additional $30. It’s free to those members who will be staying at the Hyatt. Please visit our Registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Your membership allows entry to all convention activities. Children, accompanied by a parent, who are fifteen and younger will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family! The general public is very much welcome to attend.

As a prelude to the start of Thursday’s convention, Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will be hosting a lecture by author and pulp fan Laurie Powers. She will be speaking about her grandfather, the noted pulp writer Paul Powers. All PulpFest 2014 attendees are welcome to attend Laurie’s lecture on Thursday, 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.

Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM with a tribute to the late Frank Robinson, winner of the Lamont Award in the year 2000. There will also be presentations on Frank Munsey’s Famous Fantastic Mysteriespulp artist Harold Winfield ScottThe Avenger’s Diamond Jubileeand our annual FamerCon panel, The Farmerian VisionClosing out the night will be the first four chapters of the 1939 science-fiction movie serial, Buck Rogers.

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

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Aug 052014
 

FlyerPulpFest 2014 will begin on Thursday, August 7th, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 5 to 9 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM with a tribute to the late Frank Robinson, winner of the Lamont Award in the year 2000. There will also be presentations on Frank Munsey’s Famous Fantastic Mysteries, pulp artist Harold Winfield ScottThe Avenger’s Diamond Jubileeand our annual FamerCon panel, The Farmerian VisionClosing out the night will be the first four chapters of the 1939 science-fiction movie serial, Buck Rogers.

 As a prelude to the start of Thursday’s convention, Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will be hosting a lecture by author and pulp fan Laurie Powers. She will be speaking about her grandfather, the noted pulp writer Paul Powers. All PulpFest 2014 attendees are welcome to attend Laurie’s lecture on Thursday, 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.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 5 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. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking hereAlthough we’d love to have you fill out the survey portion of our registration form, it is optional.

For those of you who have not yet registered forPulpFest, 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. Children, accompanied by a parent, who are fifteen and younger will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our Registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, August 8th, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 5 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1:30 PM with the first of three New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin at 7:30 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will feature a brief look at 1939: Science Fiction’s Boom YearStartling Stories: An OverviewA Feast of Farmer: PJF’s Early Science FictionPulp Promos, Part TwoEighty Years of TerrorScience Fiction’s “Golden Age” , and chapters 5 – 8 of Buck Rogers.

Buck Rogers Film Poster

On Saturday, August 9th, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM to 4:45 PM. It will be closing fifteen minutes early to allow time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner at Buca di Beppo, a get-together arranged by registration and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers. Please note that this event has sold out.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 1 PM when Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by two more New Fictioneers readings. Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2014 Business Meeting beginning at 7:30 PM. It will be followed by the 2014 Munsey Award Presentation at 7:50 PM. Our presentations for the evening will include Unknown: The Best in Fantasy FictionThe Mystery and Mastery of John Newton Howitt, and the last four chapters of Buck Rogers following our Saturday Night at the AuctionOur auction will include over 150 pulps as well as digests and dime novels as well as a selection of books, fanzines, manuscripts, and ephemera from the collection of Everil Worrell, author of nineteen stories for Weird Tales. Four lots of material from the collection of pulp author Paul S. Powers will also be sold.

On Sunday, August 10th, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

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. 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 $16 will get you a day’s parking with in and out privileges. Additional parking is available at the Convention Center underground garage or the Center’s east lot. Again, rates are time-based and $14 will get you parking for 12 hours with no in and out privileges. Click here for a more detailed look at parking near the Hyatt Regency. Alternately, if you don’t mind walking a few blocks, there are many inexpensive options. Click here for an interactive parking map of Columbus and search near 350 North High Street.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. 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. Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday evening, an extra four hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

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 104 auction lots submitted by Joseph Saine and the Worrell and Powers estates, we will be accepting about eighty additional lots from registered members of PulpFest 2014. However, due to the substantial amount of material already submitted, 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. All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2014 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, August 10th. He will be arriving between 11 AM and noon and will stay as long as his services are needed. Further information is available on our FAQ  page.

The entire PulpFest 2014 organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Ed Hulse, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch–is looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days. Have a safe trip to Columbus.

Aug 022014
 

WWW 34-01-27PulpFest is very pleased to announce that Lisa Scott, the granddaughter of pulp artist Harold Winfield Scott, will be attending our 2014 convention. We’ve asked pulp art historian David Saunders to create a short presentation on Lisa’s grandfather to welcome Ms. Scott to “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!”

Join PulpFest on Thursday evening, August 7th at 9:15, for a brief profile on the life and work of H. W. Scott. Afterward, Lisa will join David Saunders onstage for a short question-and-answer session.

Harold Winfield Scott studied art with Dean Cornwell at the Pratt Institute. By 1930, he was regularly selling freelance cover paintings to such pulps as Danger Trail, Top-Notch, Complete Stories, Wild West Weekly, Star Sports, The Avenger, Doc Savage, Two-Gun Western, Quick-Trigger Western, and others. He later sold freelance work to slick magazines, such as Liberty, Colliers and Red Book. In the 1950s, his work appeared on paperback books from Dell as well as comic books.

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Schedule of Events

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Jul 312014
 

FlyerPulpFest 2014 will start on Thursday, August 7th. The dealers’ room will be open to registered sellers to set up their displays from 4 to 11 PM. Ohio State’s Thompson Library will also offer a free lecture at 4:30 PM. Early registration for all convention attendees will take place outside the dealers’ room from 5 to 9 PM. There will be early-bird shopping available to PulpFest members who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from 6 to 10 PM. Our full slate of programming will get underway at 8 PM.

Thursday, August 7th

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

4:30 PM – Ohio State Lecture Series – author and pulp fan Laurie Powers will be speaking about her grandfather, the noted pulp writer Paul Powers, at Ohio State’sThompson LibraryPulpFest members are invited to attend this annual lecture sponsored by Ohio State University.

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Early Registration – general members and dealers will be able to register for PulpFest.

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Early-Bird Shopping – the dealers’ room will be open to loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere.

Evening Programming

8:00 PM – Remembering Frank Robinson – winner of the 2000 Lamont Award,Frank Robinson was the author of The Power, Pulp Culture, Science Fiction of the 20th Century, and other worksYears before setting pen to paper, Frank was collecting pulp magazines. PulpFest pays tribute to the author, collector, and friend who passed away on June 30th of this year.

8:30 PM – Frank Munsey’s Famous Fantastic Mysteries – Blood ‘n’ Thunder editorEd Hulse and author Nathan Madison discuss this reprint magazine, one of the major science-fiction titles started in 1939. It introduced new readers to the classic “scientific romances” that originally appeared in the premier Munsey magazinesThe Argosy and All-Story Weekly.

9:15 PM – The Avenger’s Diamond Jubilee – in 1939, Richard Henry Benson, the chalk-faced crime fighter who founded “Justice, Incorporated,” was the last of Street & Smith’s major pulp heroes to get his own magazine. Pop-culture scholar Rick Lai offers a behind-the-scenes history of the character’s creation and development.

10:00 PM – The Farmerian Vision – moderator Paul Spiteri and panelists Jason Aiken and Christopher Paul Carey will discuss the unique way in which the Hugo awardwinning author blended pulp elements and themes with his science-fictional works..

11:00 PM – Buck Rogers – Chapters 1 – 4 of this science fiction classic from 1939, this Universal serial starred Larry “Buster” Crabbe as the time-traveling hero introduced in Philip Nowlan’s 1928 pulp novella “Armageddon 2419 A.D.”

Friday, August 8th

9:00 AM – 10 AM – Early Registration – all members will be able to register for PulpFest. The dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up.

10:00 AM – 5 PM – Wheeling and Dealing – the dealers’ room will be open to all.

1:30 PM – The New Fictioneers – Dick Enos, author of the popular Rick Steele adventure books, will read from four of his novels as well as his not-yet-released Rick Steele adventure, The Monster of Chinatown.

2:30 PM – The New Fictioneers – Christopher Paul Carey, the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of Gods of Opar: Tales of Lost Khokarsa, and the author of Exiles of Kho, will read from the Farmer-inspired “The Goddess Equation.”

3:30 PM – The New Fictioneers – Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., winner of the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best New Author, will read from his Crystalon series and The Cagliostro Chronicles.

Evening Programming

7:30 PM – Welcome to PulpFest – Chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees

7:40 PM – 1939: Science Fiction’s Boom Year – a brief overview of the “big bang” that launched six science-fiction pulps and ushered in the genre’s Golden Age.

8:00 PM – Startling Stories: An Overview – designed as a companion to Thrilling Wonder Stories, this pulp outlasted most of its competitors and became one of the most respected science-fiction pulps in the field. PulpFest‘s Ed Hulse presents a slideshow of Startling’s 99 covers and touches on the many famous yarns published in its pages.

8:30 PM – A Feast of Farmer: PJF’s Early Science Fiction – Meteor Housepublisher Mike Croteau and Book Cave co-host Art Sippo review Philip José Farmer’s pulp and digest stories, including “The Lovers,” a classic tale from Startling Stories that pioneered the intelligent use of sex in science fiction.

9:00 PM – Pulp Promos, Part Two – in a sequel to his extremely well-received presentation of last year, Chris Kalb takes another look at the now-rare premiums that pulp fans of yore could obtain for a dime and a coupon.

9:30 PM – Eighty Years of Terror – weird-menace fiction was less than a year old when its most successful and long-lasting exponent, Terror Tales, first appeared on the nation’s newsstands in the summer of 1934. A blue-ribbon panel of fans and collectors weighs in on this Popular Publications title, as well as other shudder pulps.

10:30 PM – Science Fiction’s “Golden Age” – under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Street & Smith’s Astounding Science Fiction was the genre’s trend setter, introducing many of the field’s top authors and publishing some of its most memorable stories. This presentation reviews Astounding’s 1939 issues, which featured the early fiction of Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, and A. E. van Vogt.

11:00 PM – Buck Rogers – Chapters 5 – 8 follows Buck and his pal Buddy Wade in their battle against the ruthless dictator, Killer Kane, and his army of super-racketeers.

Saturday, August 9th

9:00 AM – 4:45 PM – Wheeling and Dealing – the dealers’ room will be open to all.

1:00 PM – New Pulp Fiction Panel – moderator Ron Fortier is joined by writers Ralph Angelo, Jim Beard, Wayne Reinagel, Frank Schildiner, and Art Sippo as they discuss “The Fun of Writing Pulp Fiction.”

2:00 PM – The New Fictioneers – Jim Beard, author of the Captain Action novels and creator of Sgt. Janus, Spirit Breakerwill read from Sgt. Janus Returns,Monster Earth, and Pride of the Mohicans.

3:00 PM – The New Fictioneers – Frank Schildiner, who has written for Black Coat PressPulp Obscura, and others, will read from his forthcoming Thunder Jim Wade novella and a story from the Tales of the Shadowmen series.

5:00 PM – 7 PM – Saturday Night Dinner – join your fellow fans of pulp fiction for a delightful meal at Buca di Beppo in this get-together arranged by registration and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers. (Note: Sorry, but this has sold out!)

Evening Programming

7:30 PM – PulpFest 2014 Business Meeting – all members are invited to ask questions and offer suggestions at this session.

7:50 PM – 2014 Munsey Award Presentation – Pop Culture Professor and unabashed pulp fan Garyn G. Roberts will present this year’s Munsey Award to a select individual.

8:00 PM – Unknown: The Best in Fantasy Fiction  – celebrate the 75th birthday of Street & Smith’s Unknown, the home to many of the pulp era’s most memorable—and oft-anthologized—fantasy and horror stories. We revisit the magazine’s highlights, including Edd Cartier’s magnificent artwork, in our tribute.

8:30 PM – The Mystery and Mastery of John Newton Howitt –art historian David Saunders chronicles the life and career of this prolific pulp artist, paying special attention to his memorable covers for the Popular Publications weird-menace magazines Terror Tales and Horror Stories.

9:30 PM – Saturday Night at the Auction – auctioneers John Gunnison and Joseph Saine are back to sell rare collectibles consigned by PulpFest dealers and attendees.

11:30 PM – Buck Rogers – Chapters 9 – 12 bring the 1939 Universal serial directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind to an exciting and satisfying close.

Sunday, August 10th

Daytime Schedule

9:00 AM – 2 PM – Wheeling and Dealing – the dealers’ room will be open to all as our dealers pack up. Buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

For questions and/or suggestions about our programming, please write to programming director Ed Hulse at ed@pulpfest.com.