2019 Windy City con’s Film Program: Friday schedule

Posted in Conventions,Movies on February 1, 2019 @ 3:32 pm

Each year’s programming at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention includes a pulp-related Film Festival sponsored by Murania Press. Below are our program notes for the 2019 lineup. Due to their length, we’re giving you just the Friday selection in this post; blurbs covering Saturday’s films will follow immediately in a second post. Windy […]


2019 Windy City con’s Film Program: Saturday schedule

Posted in Conventions,Movies on @ 3:12 pm

10:00 a.m. — THE LEOPARD MAN (1943), 66 minutes. Adapted from “The Street of Jungle Death” (Strange Detective Mysteries, July-August 1939), revised and expanded into the novel Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich. Cornell Woolrich’s output—novels and pulp stories combined—was the basis of a good many classic “B” movies and films noir. We’ve already run some […]


2018 Windy City Film Program

Posted in Conventions,Movies on February 12, 2018 @ 10:05 pm

As always, this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention film program boasts a number of obscure motion pictures adapted from pulp stories. There’s often an exception, though, and this year it’s The Keep (1983), based on the novel by special guest F. Paul Wilson, who will be on hand for the screening. Also as […]


Speaking of Serials….

Posted in Movies,Serials on February 27, 2015 @ 4:48 pm

If you’re a film buff who spends a fair amount of time watching the Turner Classic Movies channel, you’re probably familiar with Flicker Alley. Originally a small boutique DVD label that offered rare and obscure silent films to hard-core collectors, they have broadened their activities to include full-scale restorations and marketing of archival gems sourced […]


Birthday Boy: Elmo Lincoln

Posted in Movies on February 6, 2015 @ 5:05 pm

The first actor to play Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes in a motion picture was born on this day in 1889 in Rochester, Indiana. Otto Elmo Linkenheit was a burly youth when he left his middle-class home for California. He held several jobs (including one as a longshoreman, where his prodigious strength was […]


Birthday Boy: Johnston McCulley

Posted in Movies,Pulps on February 2, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

Today we celebrate the birthday of Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro and one of the giants of pulp fiction. Born and raised in Illinois, he began his literary career as a crime reporter for The Police Gazette. McCulley turned to fiction writing in 1906 and made his pulp-magazine debut in the June issue of […]


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 […]


Countdown: 100 Days to Windy City!

Posted in Conventions,Movies,Western Movies on January 15, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

At this writing the beginning of 2014’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention is just 100 days away. I’m already excited. The Windy City con is always a great show, and I’m proud to have been a part of it since 2002, when Doug Ellis invited me to handle the film program. For the first […]


THE SHADOW (1994) on Blu-ray

Posted in Movies on June 7, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

In 1997 Universal entered the fledgling DVD market with four titles, one of them being The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin as the cloaked crimefighter of pulp and radio fame. The Russell Mulcahy-directed film, released in 1994 to mixed reviews, had previously been made available to collectors in both VHS and laserdisc form. Curiously, the Shadow […]


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