Conventions

PulpFest 2015: A Report

Posted in Conventions on August 21, 2015 @ 9:38 am

Last Thursday morning 5:30 rolled around pretty damn early, but I managed to drag myself out of bed to hop into a rented minivan with my buddy, rare-book dealer Nick Certo, and drive down to Trenton, New Jersey. We had agreed to meet friends and fellow pulp collectors Walker Martin and Digges La Touche at […]

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PulpFest Begins This Week — At Last!

Posted in Conventions on August 9, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

The long wait is over; the big event is about to begin. This Thursday I head to Columbus, Ohio, with three good friends in tow, to attend the 7th annual PulpFest, where the country’s devotees and collectors of pulp fiction will congregate to buy, sell, talk, and trade vintage rough-paper magazines — along with books, […]

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R.I.P. Steve Kennedy, 1945-2015

Posted in Conventions,Pulp People on July 4, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

I was just getting ready to enjoy the traditional Independence Day repast of hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad when I made the mistake of logging onto Facebook, where I learned that my friend and fellow pulp enthusiast Steve Kennedy has just passed away at the age of 70. Don’t know any of the details […]

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7 Weeks to the 7th PulpFest

Posted in Conventions,PulpFest on June 26, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

Seven weeks from today, the pulp-fan cognoscenti will descend upon Columbus, Ohio, for the seventh annual PulpFest.  Launched in 2009 to continue the tradition of a summer show for readers, scholars and collectors of vintage rough-paper magazines and related items, PulpFest quickly made its mark on the hobby with a concentration on informative and entertaining programming, and […]

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Birthday Girl: Iris Meredith

Posted in Birthday,Conventions,Pulps,Serials on June 3, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

One of the most popular and frequently commented upon articles in Blood ‘n’ Thunder history is “My Dinner with Nita,” my tribute to Iris Meredith, the lovely actress who played pulp-fiction heroine Nita Van Sloan in a 1938 Columbia serial, The Spider’s Web. It first ran in issue #15 (Summer 2006) and was later reprinted […]

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Convention Report: Windy City 2015

Posted in Conventions on April 22, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

This past weekend found me in Lombard, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) for the 15th annual Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, a wildly successful event that drew approximately 500 fans and collectors of vintage books, pulp magazines, original art, and related memorabilia. “The Windy,” as it’s been named by regular attendees, has become a mecca […]

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Flashback Friday: 1998 Pulpcon

Posted in Conventions on January 30, 2015 @ 4:49 pm

Having just come across some long-buried photos in the Blood ‘n’ Thunder archives, and with nothing better to post here today, I’m attaching a handful of shots from Pulpcon 27, which was held in July 1998. This was either the last or next to last Pulpcon held at the university in Bowling Green; my memory […]

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Windy City 2015 Film Program

Posted in Conventions,Movies on January 16, 2015 @ 7:35 pm

Our 125th birthday tribute to H. P. Lovecraft extends to movies and TV episodes adapted from his classic pulp stories.  Amazingly, it took four decades for Hollywood to discover HPL: the first Lovecraft film, 1963’s The Haunted Palace, flashed on the nation’s big screens fully 40 years after publication of his first story in Weird […]

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Windy City 2015: 100 Days to Go!

Posted in Conventions on January 6, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

The countdown begins! As I write these words it’s exactly 100 days to the beginning of this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.  “The Windy,” as it’s popularly known, has become a mecca for fans and collectors of vintage pulp fiction and related material.  Now in its 15th year, the confab gets underway on […]

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