What do Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Batman, and The Shining all have in common? All were inspired by the pulps. The pulps generally refer to any fiction dealing with wild or sensational subject matter and printed on low quality wood pulp paper. This genre roughly dated to the first half of the 20th century with lasting influence in Hollywood and beyond.
PulpFest Convention Slated For Aug. 15 To 18
PulpFest is a convention for fans of this genre of fiction and pop culture celebrating the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art has inspired creators old and new. Children of the Pulps and Other Stories is the topic of PulpFest 2019. There will be lectures on many specific and general subjects, such as Sherlock Holmes, Zorro, detective genre, science fiction, sword and sorcery, Rod Sterlings the Twilight Zone, and more. Over 30 fiction writers will be present, and the 2019 FarmerCon program will celebrate the life and legacy of science fictions Philip José Farmer.
Also featured will be a dealers room packed with pulp, digest, and other unique magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks and comic books, cult films, and more, all for sale.
PulpFest 2019 will take place Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15 to 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry, located in Mars, Pa. Admission will be $35 for the weekend if staying at the hotel, $40 otherwise. A $20 per-day admission is also available, except Sunday, which is $10. Dealers room show hours will from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Programing for attendees runs to 11 p.m. or later.
There will be a full slate of programs consisting of panels, discussion groups, movie screenings, an auction, and more.
The public is invited. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.