Sorry for the delay in posts from PulpFest! I guess you could say that I was having such a good time that I couldn't drag myself to the laptop at the end of each day to do any posts. And now that I'm home, I still having Internet connectivity problems and will probably have them for another day until the Time Warner Tekkie comes out to see what the problem is. So I can't guarantee that I'll have a post up until Wednesday. Maybe tomorrow if we're all lucky.
By the way, what do you all do when you can't get Internet connection at home? Grind your teeth? Smash your laptop against the wall? Get up and calmly walk away? Or jump in the car and go to the nearest Starbucks? I've been going to the library, mainly because the WiFi is free. The past few times I've tried Starbucks, there's been no place to sit. Besides, you feel obligated to buy something and as much as I love Vanilla Lattes, they are really fattening.
Anyway, back to PulpFest. The short report is that it was a very successful weekend, both for me and for most of the dealers. I sold almost all of the RIDING THE PULP TRAIL copies I had brought, and a number of PULP WRITER copies too, even though it's been out for 4 years now. The dealer room was continually crowded and loud, which is a good thing. I heard that registrations were up from last year, and the hotel room bookings were way up from last year. Dealers were saying they have had a lot of good sales, and there were practically feeding frenzies going on at a few of the pulp tables some times. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd see grown men walking by with love pulps in their hands, but I did.
Rick Hall (on the right in the photo above) and I were talking at one point about how the hobby of collecting these magazines isn't just about collecting pieces of paper in a musty basement somewhere. It's a dynamic community in which people who have been collecting pulps for 50+ years and who then pass it down to others. I casually mentioned to Rick that I was looking for an obscure genre that a friend wanted to start collecting, and Rick not only told me of the best magazines to look for, but also literally tore out 4-5 pages of inventory out of his binder - lists of writers who specialized in this genre and whose works are scattered throughout several different magazines - and gave them to me to pass along to my friend. That saves my friend hundreds of hours of research.
More people are starting to come forward and express an interest in collecting their descendants' work in the pulps. There's at least three of us now who are collecting the works of our grandfathers. Others are collecting with the goal or reprinting stories written by authors that haven't been seen outside of the pulps for 70-80 years, stories that would never have been read again if it wasn't for the pulp community. And everywhere, the "old timers" are passing down information and leads to newbies like me so the history of the magazines, the writers, the artists, and the editors isn't lost forever. And everyone has a pretty good time while they're at it.
I'll be back later. I hear that Walker Martin will be posting a report soon, and he has graciously offered to let me post it here. So stay tuned.