Archive for October, 2008

Pulpcon 2009, a new and improved version of the venerable convention catering to fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, will be held from Friday, July 31st, through Sunday, August 2nd, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Sellers of pulp magazines, all-fiction digests, dime novels, and other collectible books and periodicals are already lining up for exhibit space, and the convention will be advertised and promoted extensively to capture the attention of new hobbyists as well as veteran attendees. Preliminary flyers carrying basic information are being distributed at various collectibles shows this fall, beginning with Bouchercon, the annual gathering for collectors of mystery fiction. The Pulpcon 2009 committee has already contacted several publications to inquire about advertising the convention, and additional flyers will be designed and distributed throughout the year.

Additionally, the Pulpcon 2009 website is now operational and can be found at In the weeks and months to come, it will be updated regularly to provide new information on guests and programming as soon as it becomes available.

Dealers interested in helping promote Pulpcon 2009 can download and print out either of two flyers already available on the website in PDF form. These can be distributed at collectibles shows and sent with mail-order shipments.

Following an extensive search for the best available venue, the Pulpcon 2009 committee chose the Ramada Plaza for its spacious accommodations, numerous amenities, ease of access, and competitive pricing. The committee has negotiated a guest-room rate of $84 plus tax per night, significantly less than that offered by other pulp conventions.

The Convention Center’s main room boasts more than 10,000 square feet of space and will accommodate up to 80 eight-foot tables. A separate room on the same floor will be set up theater-style for our evening programming. A con suite will be open for after-hours conversation and conviviality.

Located just off Exit 116 of Interstate 71, the Ramada Plaza is just 20 minutes from Columbus International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, making our convention site easily accessible to attendees whether they’re driving or flying. Those who don’t fancy long-distance drives and/or air travel should be happy to learn that Columbus can easily be reached by rail via Amtrak.

The Ramada offers complementary transportation via shuttle to and from the airport, downtown Columbus, and various other locations (including restaurants) within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

The newly renovated hotel additionally offers all the usual amenities. High-speed wireless Internet access is now available in the main lobby, convention center, and guest rooms. Guests can avail themselves of a whirlpool, an exercise room, and both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a full-service business center. Parking is free for hotel guests and single-day convention attendees.

The Ramada’s spacious restaurant, Justin’s Place, serves traditional American cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The hotel’s cozy lounge, Bowties, is open until two a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Ramada Plaza is an extremely popular venue for conventions of our type and size. For 15 years now it has hosted Cinevent, an annual confab of vintage-film fans and collectors of movie memorabilia. Hotel management is both committed to and experienced in providing the courteous, comprehensive service that produces satisfied conventioneers.

Pricing schedules for dealer tables and registrations will be forthcoming shortly. Information on guests and programming will be posted here and on the Pulpcon 2009 website as soon as it is confirmed.

This entry filed under News, Weird Tales.

Howard was a big fan of Talbot Mundy and heavily influenced by him, particularly in his writing of historical and desert adventures.  Girasol is coming out with a complete facsimile edition of the original nine part serial that was published in 1916 and 1917.  Here are the details:

King, of the Khyber Rifles

For nine consecutive issues, from May 1916 to January 1917, Talbot Mundy’s epic eastern adventure delighted fans of the pulp Everybody’s Magazine.

Even more amazing was the overwhelming volume of stunning illustrations by pen & ink master Joseph Clement Coll. Collected here in facsimile form, scanned right from the original pages, is the complete story.  No editing or reset text. See it as it first appeared.
Pulp sized, same overall format as The Exotic Writings of Robert E. Howard. A single volume at 208 pages including introduction.

The most profusely illustrated story of Coll’s career, true to the original.
Additional frontispiece, thought-to-be-an-unpublished Coll pen and ink art!

Limited Edition: $85 + $5 shipping & handling
Regular Edition: $65 + $5 shipping & handling

The Regular Edition will not have the additional frontispiece art, and is not signed or numbered. The LE will ship somewhat ahead of the regular.

 Heck, the amazing Coll drawings alone make it well worth the cover price.

This entry filed under Howard's Favorite Authors, News.

Ohio State University has a collection of Lin Carter’s papers.  It  has recently come  to light that some important lost Howard poetry typescripts were among those papers; Paul Herman enlightens us (posted at

To start off, let me say, no new stories were found. But still, pretty interesting.

Eric Johnson, an English Lit guy and REH fan, recently moved to start working at the Ohio State University Rare Book library. He has purchased books from the REH Foundation before, so we know the guy. One day he sends me an email pointing out that when he was browsing through the OSU collections, he saw that Lin Carter’s papers had been donated there. I asked him to go see if any REH materials had made it into those papers, ya never know, and Lin didwork on some unfinished Conan and Kull stories.

Well, nothing interesting there, but then he thought to check the library database, and lo and behold it says there is a stack of REH typescripts of poetry! So I dutifully order copies of everything, and give it a read.

Most interesting. Without boring you with the forensic details (unless you’re a CSI fan), Patrice and I are pretty confident that the bulk ofthese papers were prepared between 1957 and 1961, by Glenn Lord, and represented what was known at the time as all the remaining unpublished REH poetry, 75 pages of it. Glenn most likely loaned this hand-typed stack to Lin Carter either in the mid 1960s or early 1980s, and Lin just never got around to returning them. In many cases, these typescripts represent the oldest and likely closest to original version of a bunch of REH poems that we don’t have original REH typescripts for, and hence, will be used in proofing  The Collected Poetry book we’re working on. And indeed, after only reviewing a few of them, we are finding all sorts of differences between these texts and the published versions, including things like missing lines.  

So boy oh boy are we glad we found out about these now instead of after the book was printed. It will knock back the release date a couple more weeks while we get these corrections loaded, but getting it as close to right as we can is what we’re doing.

This entry filed under Glenn Lord, Howard Scholarship, Howard's Poetry, News.

Charles Saunders is having a bit of fun over at his blog, creating a take-off on Facebook by matching celebrity photos to some of his more notable characters.  Heck, Gary Coleman even makes the cut as a less than lovable Pomphis.  Also, Charles is not sitting on his laurels and is hard at work on Dossouye II and Imaro III.

This entry filed under Charles R. Saunders, Sword & Sorcery.