Today I went to the Paperback Show in Mission Hills that I've been telling you about. Despite the downpour of rain from the biggest storm this entire year there was a good turnout. I can always tell whether there's going to be a good turnout by the number of people that have to park in the overflow lot behind the hotel, and today was no exception.
But this year was somewhat of a disappointment for me as there was almost no pulps for sale. There was one dealer that I could see that had pulps of any number, and those probably totaled two boxes of DOC SAVAGEs and some science fiction. Another dealer had a smattering of WEIRD TALES. It wasn't my imagination either. I met up with Paul Bishop from Bish's Beat, and the first thing he mentioned was the lack of pulps for sale. This was a huge turnaround from last year when there were several dealers with many boxes of pulps for sale.
My only pulp-ish purchase was a WEIRD TALES anthology. For the first time since I can remember, I came home with most of my money still in my pocket.
Paperback fans probably had a great day at the show. Pulp fans, I'm sure, were disappointed.
Perhaps it's time for a West Coast pulp show, folks.