If you have any money left after Howard Days you might want to pay a visit to Columbus, Ohio the weekend of July 29 – 31. That is the weekend of this year’s PulpFest. This convention is the premier pulp collecting event of the year and the venue is the excellent Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. This year PulpFest celebrates the 80th anniversary of The Shadow, with the screening of some rare Shadow films. Of course, the dealer’s room will be brimming over with rare pulps, including Weird Tales. As the date of the convention draws nearer, activity is picking up on the PulpFest website. For all you Phillip Jose Farmer fans, it was just announced that FarmerCon VI will be combined with this year’s PulpFest. Also, the Munsey Award nominees have just been posted. Among those nominated is our good friend Don Herron, who was also a nominee last year.
REHupan Morgan Holmes regularly attends the event and wrote about his experiences at the 2010 PulpFest on the REHupa website. Here is an excerpt from his report: The weekend of July 30-August 1st was the time for PulpFest 2010. Rising from the ashes of the old Pulpcon, PulpFest is picking up speed. If you ever thought of getting into reading pulp magazines, this is the place to go. Held in Columbus, Ohio, which makes for easy driving for me, it is an excuse for a three-day weekend, 2/3 of the way into the summer. There you will finds dealers of pulp magazines, paperbacks, and pulp reprints which includes both books and pulp replicas.
Membership was just a few people shy of 400 this year. Guest William F. Nolan, author of Logan’s Run among others, proved to be a great raconteur. I was able to ask him about the claim that he rewrote some Frederick Faust/Max Brand stories for several collections back in the 80s. He denied he did, stating he wrote a framing sequence for one novella at the request of Faust’s family for copyright purposes. He told me there is a Faust biography by him on the way. Also a new treatment of Logan’s Run. Saturday, there was a Robert E. Howard Foundation luncheon at the Pig Iron Grill. Those pictured below include myself, Jason Landers, Jim Barron, Ed Chaczyk, Eric Johnson, Scott Hartshorn, Rusty Burke, Don Herron, and John D. Squires. Don Herron told tales of E. Hoffmann Price while John Squires reminisced about Karl Edward Wagner. It certainly sounds like it is a great way to spend a late summer weekend.