Pulp Crazy – The Song of Kwasin by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey


Christopher Paul Carey joins me in discussing the new standalone edition of The Song of Kwasin, the climax of Philip José Farmer‘s original Khokarsa/Ancient Opar series. Chris co-wrote The Song of Kwasin with Farmer and he gives us a nice overview of the novel and the character, as well as what’s to come in the future of the Khokarsa series.


Purchase Hadon of Ancient Opar (Khokarsa Series Book 1) from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1N7uOIL

Purchase Flight to Opar – The Expanded Edition (Khokarsa Series Book 2from Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/flight-to-opar/  or from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SU18P8

Purchase The Song of Kwasin (Khokarsa Series Book 3)from Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-song-of-kwasin/

Purchase Hadon, King of Opar (Khokarsa Series Book 4)from Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/hadon-king-of-opar/

Purchase Exiles of Kho (Khokarsa Series Prequel): http://meteorhousepress.com/ebooks/

Purchase “Iron & Bronze” (Khokarsa & Wold Newton tie-in): http://amzn.to/1SU1Z2w

Purchase “Caesar’s Children” (Pluritopia #1): http://amzn.to/1SU1SE9

Purchase Ghosts in the Cogs ( contains “City of Spirits” Pluritopia#2) from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1SU2bij

The Official Khokarsa Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/khokarsa/

Christopher Paul Carey’s website: http://www.cpcarey.com/

The Official Philip José Farmer website: http://pjfarmer.com/


Pulp Crazy – The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H. P. Lovecraft


In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing “The Doom that Came to Sarnath” by H. P. Lovecraft. It’s a fantasy short story that made its first pulp magazine appearance in the pages of the March-April 1935 issue of  Marvel Tales of Science and Fantasy. It would later appear in the June 1938 issue of Weird Tales. It was first published in the June 1920 issue of the Scot, an amateur journal.

The story chronicles the rise and fall of the city of Sarnath, which is located on the shore of a vast still lake in the land of Mnar. The story takes place roughly from 9,081 B. C. to 8,081 B. C. in a lost age akin to Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age and Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborea.



Free Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft eBook by Cthulhu Chick:  http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

The Doom that Came to Sarnath etext: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ds.aspx

The Doom that Came to Sarnath Audio: http://cthulhuwho1.com/2013/09/07/the-worlds-largest-h-p-lovecraft-audio-links-gateway/


The Doom that Came to Sarnath @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doom_that_Came_to_Sarnath

The Lovecraft e-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/



Christopher Paul Carey Interview

Cover artwork by Bob Eggleton
Cover artwork by Bob Eggleton

Pulp Crazy got a chance to sit down with author Christopher Paul Carey to discuss the upcoming standalone release of The Song of Kwasin, the conclusion to Philip José Farmer’s original Khokarsa/Ancient Opar trilogy.  This is the first time the novel will be available as a standalone edition; it’s the perfect time to pick this up if you’ve been wondering what happens after Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar

Chris gives us the lay of the land in terms of the Khokarsa/Ancient Opar series and discusses the history of The Song of Kwasin, providing some insight into the process of working with Philip José Farmer in completing it.  

The Song of Kwasin is the sequel to Philip José Farmer’s Hadon of Ancient Opar (1974) and Flight to Opar (1976), and yet the novel has a different main character. How does The Song of Kwasin continue the storyline of those books?

The first novel of the series stars Hadon of Opar and his wayward adventures after the power-hungry King Minruth cheats him out of winning the throne of Khokarsa by sending him on a fool’s errand into the Wild Lands beyond the empire. Here Hadon runs across his giant, half-mad cousin Kwasin, who has been exiled for his crimes against a priestess of the Great Mother Goddess Kho. After succeeding in his quest, Hadon returns back to the capital with Kwasin and their companions, only to find the empire torn asunder by a civil war. We last see Kwasin in the prow of a boat, swinging his mighty ax of meteoritic iron against Minruth’s overwhelming forces while Hadon and the others escape. In the second novel of the series, a prophecy of the oracle hurls Hadon back to his home city of Opar, but we hear nothing of Kwasin except that he has somehow become king of Dythbeth, a city on the island of Khokarsa that’s at war with Minruth and his armies. The Song of Kwasin picks up right after the events of Hadon of Ancient Opar, and is the story of how Kwasin tries to clear his name and take the fight to Minruth against insurmountable odds. So The Song of Kwasin actually takes place concurrently with many of the events in Flight to Opar.

How did you come to coauthor The Song of Kwasin with Philip José Farmer?

I was serving as coeditor of Farmerphile, a periodical dedicated to publishing Philip José Farmer’s rare and previously unpublished writing, when the original outline and partial manuscript of The Song of Kwasin was found in Phil’s files in 2005. When Farmerphile’s publisher, Michael Croteau, sent me photocopies of the outline and manuscript so we could see whether we wanted to use them in the magazine, I could hardly believe what I was seeing—Kwasin’s epic tale and the entire arc of the war against King Minruth spelled out in full. I knew immediately that the story had to be written, so I wrote up a pitch and sent it to Phil, who at that time had retired from writing. Much to my surprise, he accepted it. I think the fact that we both had a mutual love of anthropology and the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard—all inspirations for the series—had a lot to do with his decision. I also believe he was excited by the idea of seeing the main arc of the trilogy finally completed. He’d been considering completing the third volume of the series as late as 1999, but he retired shortly after that and then had a number of health setbacks in the years that followed. In 2005, I was in the middle of a graduate study program in writing. Phil and his wife Bette both agreed that I should complete my studies before I began writing the novel, which I did. Though I completed The Song of Kwasin in early 2008, novel wasn’t published until 2012 due to other Farmer projects in the pipes with the publisher. But Phil, who passed in February 2009, was able to see the completed novel, which Bette read aloud to him. And for that I’m glad. I think it meant a lot to Phil to know the novel he’d long planned was at last finished.

What did Philip José Farmer think of the completed novel?

Bette Farmer told me it brought a big smile to Phil’s face to hear Kwasin’s adventures, and that they both really enjoyed it.

Did Mr. Farmer give you any direction while you were working on the novel?

Yes. Early on he told me how he wanted the novel to end. I was able to ask him some questions about alternative courses he’d left open in the outline, and he told me to disregard those and how he wanted the novel to wrap up now that it was to be positioned as the climax of a trilogy. That was all extremely helpful. Later on he was too ill to give me much input, but by then I was already writing the novel and we’d worked out where the story was headed. I’ll always be grateful to Phil for his generosity and encouragement.

The Song of Kwasin was previously available only as part of an omnibus. Could you discuss the bonus materials that will appear in the new standalone edition of The Song of Kwasin, which is due out from Meteor House in December 2015?

First up, there’s a stellar introduction by Paul Di Filippo. That’s a huge honor and treat for me because I admire his writing so much. Then I’ve written a preface to the new edition, giving a lot of background on how the book came to be written. Following the novel comes “Kwasin and the Bear God,” a 20,000-word novella based on Philip José Farmer’s outline that relates a lost adventure set between the first two chapters of The Song of Kwasin. The new edition also includes a “Guide to Khokarsa,” rare articles by Farmer, reproductions of some of his notes on the series, the original and alternate outlines to The Song of Kwasin, and previously unpublished correspondence by Farmer with Frank J. Brueckel and John Harwood, authors of “Heritage of the Flaming God,” the monumental essay that inspired the Khokarsa series.

You mentioned that The Song of Kwasin was the climax of a trilogy. Has the series been completed or is there more coming?

If you read The Song of Kwasin, you’ll understand why I say it’s the end of the main story arc of a trilogy. But there’s still a lot left to tell of the saga of Khokarsa. At one time, Phil said he planned to write twelve books in the series. Using Phil’s notes on where the story was headed, I wrote Hadon, King of Opar, which should be considered the fourth volume in the Khokarsa series. Its sequel, Blood of Ancient Opar, is slated to be published in 2016. After that, I have plans for a trilogy about Hadon’s son, Kohr. I’m also toying with the idea of someday returning to the character Lupoeth, the priestess-heroine of Exiles of Kho, my novella about the origin of the city of Opar. But we’ll see. Right now I’m committed to writing Blood of Ancient Opar and the new trilogy about Kohr. Only Kho and the golden tablets from the lost cities of Opar and Kôr know what happens after that!

The Song of Kwasin releases in December 2015 and can be preordered here.

Christopher Paul Carey
Christopher Paul Carey

Christopher Paul Carey is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of The Song of Kwasin, and the author of Exiles of Kho and Hadon, King of Opar. His short fiction may be found in anthologies such as Ghost in the Cogs, Tales of the Shadowmen, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer, Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, and The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files. He is a senior editor at Paizo on the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and has edited numerous collections, anthologies, and novels. He holds a master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Visit him online at http://cpcarey.com.

Pulp Crazy – Douglas Klauba Interview

Artwork by Douglas Klauba
Artwork by Douglas Klauba


Douglas Klauba
Douglas Klauba

Odds are if you’re a pulp fan, you’ve heard the name Douglas Klauba, or at least seen an image he’s illustrated. Douglas was kind enough to answer some questions about what got him interested in the pulps, as well as his latest projects. This includes the 2016 Douglas Klauba Adventure Calendar, currently going into its final few days on Kickstarter.

Pulp Crazy: Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview, Douglas. Your name is a familiar one to pulp fans, and it’s an honor to interview you on Pulp Crazy. As someone who owns a number of the Moonstone anthologies your covers adorn, I love your illustrations of pulp characters. How did you first get interested in the pulps?

Douglas Klauba: Thank you so much! I started getting into pulp art at an early age, early teens while collecting comic books, monster magazines, and paperbacks. And because I was a Steranko fan, I collected his Shadow and other paperbacks that he did covers for, like Weird Heroes. Eventually, Steranko’s Chandler was released and it made a huge impression upon me as a young artist. I was then picking up the comic book versions of The Shadow, The Avenger, Doc Savage, Conan, and John Carter of Mars. It all started to click with me that these new interpretations came from an original source, aside from old time radio… and I ended up becoming a bigger fan of pulp heroes over comic book heroes.

Pulp Crazy: Who are some of your favorite pulp artists? Do any particular pulp covers stand out in your mind?

Douglas Klauba: J. Allen St. John, Rudolph Belarski, Walter Baumhofer, Norm Saunders, Virgil Finlay, Edward Cartier, George Rozen, Rafael DeSoto, and Hubert Rogers. I don’t think I could pick a favorite cover… way too hard: maybe a Rozen cover of The Shadow or a Doc Savage. I do love many Astounding covers by Hubert Rogers.

Pulp Crazy: Has classic pulp art influenced your style? If yes, how so?

Douglas Klauba: Very much so. From figurative, colors, lighting, and composition. I also enjoy working in a black and white pulp influenced style.

Pulp Crazy: What is your favorite genre to draw? Do you find yourself more at home with the hero pulps, science fiction, fantasy, crime, or some other genre within the greater realm of the pulps?

Douglas Klauba: I really do love all that you’ve mentioned. I’ve been fortunate to have been hired by Moonstone for many of their pulp hero books. I like developing paintings with science fiction woman with plenty of retro ray guns and space ships. I’m also a huge fan of the hard boiled private eyes and detectives. I plan on continuing a personal series of paintings in that genre.

Pulp Crazy: What pulp character do you enjoy drawing the most? Is this your favorite pulp character?

Douglas Klauba: While I’m a huge fan of The Shadow, and Doc Savage, as well as The Spider – I really like illustrating crime / detective images. I think I enjoy all the characters equally. I’ve never illustrated The Shadow in color but hope to in the next couple of weeks, after I finish my current painting I’m working on of John Carter, Dejah Thoris, and Tars Tarkas.

Pulp Crazy: Do you have a particular pulp series or character you enjoy reading?

Douglas Klauba: I really enjoy the John Carter books. Some days I like to read The Shadow, while other days I’m in the mood for The Spider.

Pulp Crazy: Outside of pulp characters, what other types of illustrations do you like to create?

Douglas Klauba: Anything to do with movies! I recently completed a commemorative poster for the Clive Barker film, Lord of Illusions. I’m also working on an original pulp inspired adventure graphic
novel, that I hope to finish one day….

Pulp Crazy: You currently have a Kickstarter campaign going to fund a 2016 calendar featuring your artwork, The Douglas Klauba 2016 Adventure Calendar. The Kickstarter campaign has a really nice selection of backing options and reward levels. As of this interview you have 5 days left and are only $500 away from the project being funded. Tell us a little bit about this project. How did it come into being? How difficult was it to pick just 12 images?

Douglas Klauba: I really owe it all to my friend, Bob Garcia. We were discussing projects one day, probably at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Show, and he really got the ball rolling. I wanted to put some of these pulp themed images in a collection of some sort. Bob ended up presenting a calendar design that blew me away, and then he redesigned it – and it blew me away even more. He also helped me decide on which images.

Bob and I have worked on many book covers and poster projects together. I love his art direction, I trust his judgement, and we work really well together. After his successful, and beautiful The Collectors Book Of Virgil Finlay on Kickstarter, he thought that I could publish this with his guidance. I’ve been pleasantly surprised finding out that there are art fans, and pulp art fans that want to hang my work up every month. So, here we are days away of knowing if the Adventure Calendar will be fully funded or not.

Pulp Crazy: Do you have any other pulp related projects in the works that you can talk about?

Douglas Klauba: Well, as I mentioned, I’m working on a black and white pulp inspired graphic novel. I have a few commissions lined up that need to be taken care of. There are a couple of other projects that are too early to discuss, but I’d be thrilled to announce once they begin.

Pulp Crazy: Thanks again for agreeing to the interview, Douglas. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the 2016 calendar and future pulp related books featuring your artwork.

Douglas Klauba: Thank you, Jason! I can’t wait to get it into your hands and onto your wall as well!

Back the Douglas Klauba 2016 Adventure Calendar on Kickstarter:

Visit Douglas’ Website: http://www.douglasklauba.com/index.php

Pulp Crazy – Pigeons from Hell by Robert E. Howard



In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing “Pigeons from Hell” by Robert E. Howard. It first appeared in the May 1938 issue of Weird Tales, being published after Howard’s death in 1936.

I read this in The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard published by Del Rey. Like all of the Del Rey Robert E. Howard series, I can’t recommend The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard enough. Howard’s widely known for his Conan, Solomon Kane, and Kull stories, but he was one hell of a writer, period. This collection of his horror tales isn’t to be missed. Besides the wonderful stories within, there’s some amazing interior artwork by Greg Staples.

“Pigeons from Hell” is a short story set in the southern United States, and seems to take place around the time it was published, the mid 1930’s.


Purchase The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howardhttp://amzn.to/1P6Kj3M

Read “Pigeons from Hell” at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600721.txt

Greg Staples website: http://www.gregstaples.co.uk/

The Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

The Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

“Pigeons from Hell” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeons_from_Hell

Pulp Crazy – The Horror of Frank Schildiner


In this week’s episode Chuck Loridans and I talk to Frank Schildiner about his latest work, THE QUEST OF FRANKENSTEIN from Black Coat Press. We also discuss Frank’s collection of weird fiction FIRST SEAS AND OTHER TALES from Pro Se Productions. There’s also some interesting conversations about classic horror films in honor of Halloween.

B Roll featuring discussion of Masked Mexican Wrestler movies: http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/128broll.mp3


Frank Schildiner on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GUlams

About Gouroull, The French Frankenstein: http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/hallucinations.htm

Chuck’s original Children of the Night Timeline: http://www.pjfarmer.com/secret/contributors/Children-of-the-Night1.htm

The Quest of Frankenstein on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GUj4CZ

The Quest of Frankenstein via Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/questfrankenstein.htm

First Seas and Other Tales on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1RoXNa0

First Seas and Other Tales on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-seas-and-other-tales-frank-schildiner/1120432765?ean=9781502537058

Airship 27 Flight Log: http://www.airship27.com/flight-log/

Pulp Crazy: The Adventures of Pat Wildman: On the Trail of the Wild Huntsman




Win Scott Eckert and Chuck Loridans join me in discussing the Pat Wildman series and Win’s wider body of fiction from Meteor House, Blackcoat Press, and Moonstone Books.

The Adventures of Pat Wildman Series

The Evil in Pemberely House: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-evil-in-pemberley-house/

The Scarlet Jaguar:  http://meteorhousepress.com/the-scarlet-jaguar/

The Official Adventures of Pat Wildman Website: http://pemberleyhouse.blogspot.com/

Wold Newton 101

Wold Newton Primer: http://www.thepulp.net/pulp-info/pulp-articles/wold-newton/

What Makes a Wold Newton Universe Tale?:http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/10/excerpt-read-the-introduction-from-tales-of-the-wold-newton-universe-edited-by-win-scott-eckert-and-christopher-paul-carey/

What is the Wold Newton Family?:http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm


Chuck’s “Daughters of Greystoke” article:http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles2.htm#TarzansDaughters


The Wold Newton Origins Series 

Is He in Hell? – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-1-protean-dimensions/ | http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0615370055

The Wild Huntsman – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-jose-farmer-3/ | http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0983746117 | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Newton-Universe-Philip-Farmer/dp/1781163049

Wold Newton Side-Ways Stories

Nadine’s Invitation:http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen7.pdf |http://allpulp.blogspot.com/2010/12/this-tale-in-wold-newton-origins-cycle.html |http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen07.htm |http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-7-Femmes-Fatales/dp/1935558447

Marguerite’s Tears:http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen08.htm |http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-8-Agents-Provocateurs/dp/1612270506/

Violet’s Lament:http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen09.htm |http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-La-Vie-Noir/dp/1612271456/
The Pat Wildman Series by Win Scott Eckert:

Win Scott Eckert Bibliography with additional links to purchase: http://www.winscotteckert.com/p/bibliography.html

Meteor House: http://meteorhouse.com

The Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Black Coat Press: http://blackcoatpress.com

Moonstone Books:  http://www.moonstonebooks.com/shop/default.aspx

Chuck Loridans: http://www.nwlaartgallery.com/Chuck%20Loridans.htm

Pulp Crazy – The Charnel God by Clark Ashton Smith




In this week’s episode I discuss “The Charnel God” by Clark Ashton Smith. This short story is set in Smith’s Zothique Cycle, as well as the larger Cthulhu Mythos.

“The Charnel God” deals with Phariom, a nobleman who visits the city of Zul-Bha-Sair. This is a strange city where the citizens give their dead over to their local deity, Mordiggian, to feed upon without hesitation. Phariom’s love, Elaith falls into a death-like state after suffering a seizure while in the city. She’s pronounced dead by the local physician and the priests of the Charnel God collect her body. The story follows Phariom as he attempts to rescue her from Mordiggian’s temple.


Read “The Charnel God” at the Eldritch Dark: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/22/the-charnel-god

“The Charnel God” at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?62562

The Eldritch Dark Website: http://www.eldritchdark.com/
The Double Shadow – A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast: http://thedoubleshadow.com/

Zothique on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zothique



Pulp Crazy – Is He in Hell? by Win Scott Eckert



In this weeks episode, I’m going to be discussing “Is He In Hell?” by Win Scott Eckert. This Wold Newton Universe short story first appeared in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 6: Grand Guignol published by Black Coat Press in December 2009. It was later revised and expanded for the definitive release in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer: Protean Dimensions, published by Meteor House in June 2010. I’ll be discussing the latter as it’s the definitive edition of the story and contains more elements tying it to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe.

“Is He in Hell?” stars the Scarlet Pimpernel. It’s set in November 1795 and takes place largely in France and Belgium.

The story focuses on Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as he attempts to save the Baron de Musard from the guillotine. But…things aren’t what they seem on the surface. This is a fast paced action and espionage story, but there are definitely some elements of weird fiction present as well.

Wold Newton 101:

Wold Newton Primer: http://www.thepulp.net/pulp-info/pulp-articles/wold-newton/

What Makes a Wold Newton Universe Tale?: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/10/excerpt-read-the-introduction-from-tales-of-the-wold-newton-universe-edited-by-win-scott-eckert-and-christopher-paul-carey/

What is the Wold Newton Family?: http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm

The Wold Newton Origins Series by Win Scott Eckert:

Core Stories:

Is He in Hell? – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-1-protean-dimensions/ | http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0615370055

The Wild Huntsman – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-jose-farmer-3/ | http://www.amazon.com/The-Worlds-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0983746117 | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Newton-Universe-Philip-Farmer/dp/1781163049


Nadine’s Invitation: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen7.pdf | http://allpulp.blogspot.com/2010/12/this-tale-in-wold-newton-origins-cycle.html | http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen07.htm | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-7-Femmes-Fatales/dp/1935558447

Marguerite’s Tears: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen08.htm | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-8-Agents-Provocateurs/dp/1612270506/

Violet’s Lament: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/talesshadowmen09.htm | http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Shadowmen-La-Vie-Noir/dp/1612271456/
The Pat Wildman Series by Win Scott Eckert:

The Evil in Pembrely House (paperback) (co-authored with Farmer) -http://meteorhousepress.com/the-evil-in-pemberley-house/

The Scarlet Jaguar (ebook and new hardcover up for preorder) – http://meteorhousepress.com/the-scarlet-jaguar/
Win Scott Eckert’s website: http://www.winscotteckert.com/

Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/

The Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com/

Pulp Crazy – PulpFest 2015 Convention Report

PulpFest 2015


It’s a little late, but I’ve managed to get down my PulpFest 2015 convention report. As you might have guessed from the panel recordings I’ve posted, I once again attended the Summer’s Greatest Pulp Convention in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve been attending PulpFest and the convention within a convention, FarmerCon, since 2011 and I’ve enjoyed every minute of doing so. Here’s what I was up to this year.

I arrived in Columbus on Thursday, October 13, 2015 a little past 10 A. M. One of the nice things about staying at the convention’s host hotel, The Hyatt Regency (located on High Street), is the parking accommodations. I parked my vehicle in the Chestnut Street parking garage, then walked over through the sky walk to the Hyatt Regency. I was able to check into my room right away. Pro-tip, if you’re new to coming to PulpFest , plug in the Chestnut Street garage’s address in your GPS. The Hyatt Regency is a huge hotel that doesn’t have a parking lot.

Upon unpacking my suitcase, I discovered I forgot to pack socks. Before meeting up with the FarmerCon crew, I decided to try and find a few pairs. Alas, the hotel gift shop didn’t have any in stock.

When I exited the hotel gift shop I spotted three of the FarmerCon crew, The Turks and Rick Lai. We chatted it up for a few minutes then met up with Win Scott Eckert, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Croteau, and Chuck Loridans in the hotel lobby.

Once we were assembled, we headed out to the Acorn Bookshop in Columbus. Incidentally, while we were out, I was able to grab several pairs of socks from a nearby Walgreens.

The Acorn Bookshop has an amazing selection of hardcover and paperback books. I was especially impressed with the amount of sword-and-sorcery titles they had on hand.

Now, when it comes to the works of classic pulp authors such as H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, I’ve largely been a purist when it comes to prose featuring their creations. However, when one is in the company of fellow fans, whose recommendations carry a great deal of weight with me, I found myself buying some pastiche. The highlights include a large portion of David C. Smith & Richard L. Tierney’s Red Sonja novels. As far as pastiche goes, I think this was the easiest sell for me, as Red Sonja, with a “j”, isn’t really a Robert E. Howard character. For more info on that, see my Pulp Crazy episode The Sword Woman of Robert E. Howard & C.L. Moore: The Lineage of Red Sonja.

The shop also had a copy of Smith & Tierney’s Bran Mak Morn novel, For the Witch of the Mists, and I added that to the pile as well. I picked up a copy of Karl Edward Wagner’s Conan: The Road of Kings, which is often regarded as the best Non-Robert E. Howard Conan story ever written. I own a copy for Kindle, but I couldn’t pass up owning a physical copy. I also purchased three Cormac MacArt novels written by Andrew J. Offutt.

Offutt also wrote some cool looking books featuring his own creations which were pointed out to me by fellow convention goers at the book store. The first is a cool John Carter-like book titled Chieftain of Andor. Offut also wrote an interesting looking fantasy series titled War of the Gods of Earth, I purchased the first two books of that series, The Iron Lords and Shadows out of Hell. I’m going to keep my eyes out for the final piece of the trilogy, Lady of the Snowmist.

I also purchased the first book of Offut’s collaboration with Richard K. Lyon, Demon in the Mirrior. It’s the first book in the pairs War of the Wizards trilogy. The other two books are The Eyes of Sarsis and Web of the Spider. These books feature Offut and Lyon’s red-haired sword and sorcery heroine Tiana of Reme.

One sword & sorcery author that I haven’t read yet is Lin Carter, so I made sure to pick up a few of his books as well. I purchased The Dark Star and Under the Green Star. The former appears to be sword and sorcery, the latter looks to be sword and planet.

I also picked up some anthologies while at the bookstore. One was Flashing Swords #4: Barbarians and Black Magicians edited by Lin Carter. I also grabbed a copy of Swords against Darkness IV edited by Andrew Offutt, DAW’s The Book of Fritz Leiber, The Shadows of Sanctuary edited by Robert Lynn Asprin (Book Three of the Thieves’ World series), and one aptly titled swords & sorcery anthology Swords & Sorcery with stories selected by L. Sprague de Camp. Swords & Sorcery contains stories by Poul Anderson, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Henry Kuttner, Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton, Smith, and C.L. More. It also has illustrations by Virgil Finlay.

I was very pleased with my haul from the Acorn Bookshop and am really looking forward to diving into these.

After returning to the hotel, it was time for shopping in said dealer room. This was the second year that PulpFest offered “Early Bird Shopping” on Thursday night. It’s hard to pass up getting first dibs on such a high quality and wide selection of merchandise. The PulpFest dealer room is loaded with classic pulps, hardcovers, and paperback books, along with rare original artwork and other pulp collectibles. If you’re looking for a particular pulp related book, chances are it’s going to be in the dealer room.

Now I should say, I’m going to discuss the purchases I made over the course of the whole weekend. After three days of shopping, everything kind of gels together, so I can’t say for certain when I bought each particular item in the dealer room.

One find that absolutely blew me away was a signed copy of The Swordbearer by Glen Cook for ten dollars. This is the paperback Timescape edition. From Pocket Books. I’m a big fan of Glen Cook’s Black Company series and I loved this particular standalone fantasy novel. It was an easy ten dollars for me to spend.

Another great find was a big stack of Weirdbooks for just $5.00 a piece, which in some cases is even less than the cover price. I’ve been wanting to start collecting Weirdbook for some time and this was a great opportunity to acquire approximately a dozen issues at a more than fair price. I also purchased an issue of the sword-and-sorcery small press mag, AMRA off the same dealer. Volume 2 Number 67 which has some great Roy Krenkel interior illustrations. From this same dealer I bought a poetry book titled Myrddin Four. I believe Myrddin was a fanzine, this must have been an all poetry issue. The dealer sold me on it by mentioning it had a poem by H. Warner Munn in it.

There was one dealer who had some great paperbacks that I had been looking for. The Haakon series by Eric Neilson. He had all four books and I picked those up in a heartbeat. I haven’t been able to find anything substantial online about Eric Neilson, so I’m wondering if it’s a pseudonym. Other than the four Haakon books, nothing pops up in Internet searches. This sounds like a cool series featuring a viking named Haakon the Dark being gifted a golden ax by the Norse god, Thor.

This same dealer also had three newer paperbacks that caught my attention. These were three anthologies edited by Kathern Kurtz featuring Tales of the Knights Templar. It appears Kurtz also wrote two solo novels featuring the Knights Templar. These anthologies looked cool and caught my eye, so I picked them up.

I was also able to complete my collection of Solar Pons paperbacks that I began at last year’s PulpFest. I picked up the final Pons books by August Derleth, and the Basil Cooper written novels that followed.

I also bought a paperback copy of Thieves’ World, the first book in the Thieves’ World anthology series edited by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lyn Abbey from this same dealer. As well as a copy of Swords against Darkness, the first book in the anthology series, edited by Andrew J. Offutt.

Some Lovecraft or Cthulhu Mythos related paperbacks I picked up from a few different dealers were: Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Volume 1, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Volume 2, and The Lurker at the Threshold, the latter is credited to just H. P. Lovecraft, but evidently it’s a posthumous collaboration with August Derleth. I bought Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Volume 2, since judging from the back cover text, I thought The Lurker at the Threshold was in there. I didn’t realize it was a novel. Luckily, Rick Lai told me not to worry, I had made a happy accident, as Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Volume 2 contains all of the Robert Blake trilogy comprised of: “The Shambler from the Stars” by Robert Bloch, “The Haunter of the Dark” by H. P. Lovecraft, and “The Shadow from the Steeple” by Robert Bloch. I’ve been wanting to read these for a while. It all worked out as I was able to find an inexpensive copy of The Lurker at the Threshold somewhere else in the dealer room.

I picked up two interesting looking titles from one dealer. One is called Planet of Peril by Otis Adelbert Kline. It’s a sword and planet story, featuring Robert Grandon, an Earthman who swaps bodies with a prince of the planet Venus. Naturally he finds himself in the midst of intrigue once he arrives on Venus. I also grabbed an interesting book called Lords of Atlantis by Wallace West. It deals with Mars, Atlantis, and the Titans. It sounds like a lot of fun.

One dealer had several boxes of paperbacks for a dollar apiece. You had to get down on your knees and dig through the boxes, but it was worth it to uncover some interesting paperbacks. I purchased: King of The World’s Edge by H. Warner Munn, The Wizard of Lemuria by Lin Carter, Lin Carter Presents: The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories: 5, A Private Cosmos by Philip Jose Farmer, The Castle of Iron by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, The King of Swords by Michael Moorcock, and The Changing Land by Roger Zelzany. I also grabbed a copy of The Iliad by Homer, translated by W.H.D. Rouse.

Besides paperbacks, I also purchased some other items.

I bought a handful of inexpensive pulp magazines from the 1950’s. These were pure impulse buys looking through a dealer’s $5.00 and under boxes. I just picked the covers that looked interesting. I picked up 3 issues of Fantastic Adventures and one issue of A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine. I don’t collect pulp magazines, as I’m more of a reader, but I can’t go to PulpFest and not buy a few inexpensive ones.

While at the convention I’m always sure to pick up the latest issue of Blood ‘N’ Thunder, a magazine published by Ed Hulse. I hesitate to call Blood ‘N’ Thunder a fanzine, it just looks too professional for that. This new issue for Summer 2015 grabbed my attention with Rick Lai’s article titled The Secret Son of Bran Mak Morn. It’s a creative mythography piece in the spirit of Philip José Farmer. It’s a very interesting concept, that if you’re a Robert E. Howard fan or Rick Lai fan, it’s a must read.

I mentioned FarmerCon before. This is a convention within a convention that’s comprised of fans of the late, great Philip José Farmer. The publisher of new and classic Farmer related books, Meteor House, is the sponsor of FarmerCon. They usually have at least a few books debuting at the show. If you preorder the books online, you can pick them up when you’re at the show and not have to wait for them to be mailed. This year Meteor House released: Flight to Opar: The Restored Edition by Philip José Farmer, edited by Christopher Paul Carey, Hadon, King of Opar by Christopher Paul Carey, Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey (first time in hardcover), and Airship Hunters by Jim Beard and Duane Spurlock. I’ve been talking about these books on Pulp Crazy for a while. I have it on good authority that supplies of all of these books are becoming limited. If you want to own a copy of these books, definitely head to the Meteor House website, meteorhousepress.com and get your order in while you can.

I was fortunate enough to receive two books as gifts during my time at PulpFest. My friend Chris Carey gifted me a copy of Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword, and my buddy Win Scott Eckert was kind enough to offer me a copy of Philip Jose Farmer’s Down in the Black Gang.

Before I move onto talking about the programming, I should mention some items I got off the freebie or swag table. There were three issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction available for PulpFest attendees to take. These were the January/February, March/April, and May/June editions of this digest sized publication. I also grabbed two issues of Quantum Science Fiction & Fantasy Review from the early 1990’s that looked to contain some interesting articles. Basically picking them up on name recognition: Gene Wolfe, Poul Anderson, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson being just some of the names mentioned on the covers.

One other item that I have to mention is The Pulpster. It acts as the convention magazine. Like Blood ‘N’ Thunder, I hesitate to call this a fanzine, as the production quality of the publication is so high. The magazine is edited by William Lampkin of thePulp.net, Peter Chomko is the assistant editor, and the magazine is published by Mike Chomko (who is also a member of the PulpFest committee). This year as always, The Pulpster included articles related to the convention’s themes by an array of experts. Members get a free copy of the magazine when picking up their registration packet. There’s a great Lovecraft round robin article in here that especially caught my eye. There’s also articles on Street & Smith comics and the Thrilling Group to name just a few. If you’re interested, the magazine is for sale. I’d contact Mike Chomko books for more information.

Now onto the programming. This I can do day by day thanks to my handy PulpFest badge with the programming on the back.

I didn’t make it to any of the programming on Thursday night. I basically shopped and hung around in the dealer room.

Friday was a pretty busy day for me personally. I had a New Fictioneers reading at 1 P. M. and I was on the FarmerCon X panel at 9:10 P. M.

I’m very grateful to the PulpFest Committee for giving authors like myself the opportunity to read our work. I’d like to especially thank committee member Mike Chomko who spearheads these New Fictioneer readings.


If you’re interested in checking out my author website, it’s http://jasonscottaiken.com

I read from “The Sword of Lomar” which was published in Swords against Cthulhu from Rogue Planet Press. It’s a prequel to H.P. Lovecraft’s “Polaris” and stars my red-haired sword-and-sorcery heroine, Nuja of Lomar. Nuja and her elite force of soldiers make a stand at the fortress of Daikos and attempt to halt the advancing Inutu army pushing towards Lomar’s capital city of Olathoe.

It was a great experience and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to read the story and answer questions afterward. I was blown away by how many people showed up and asked questions afterwards. If you were in the audience, thank you so much for coming.

I don’t have a recording of my author reading, as I forget to hit record, but Christopher Paul Carey put the start of my reading up on his YouTube Channel, and Art Sippo of Art’s reviews has the entire reading and the q&a session afterwards. Art also interviewed me while we were there.

The panel I was on in the evening was titled, The Weird Tales of Philip José Farmer. This was the FarmerCon X panel this year. I was joined by fellow Farmer fans, Chuck Loridans and Frank Schildiner. The panel was a lot of fun, and it was great to spread the word on Farmer’s horror fiction. Farmer is mostly known for his science fiction work (Riverworld, World of Tiers, The Lovers, The Unreasoning Mask, etc…) and his work with the pulp heroes (Tarzan Alive, Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, The Ancient Opar/Khokarsa Series, The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, Doc Savage: Escape From Loki, and The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan Novel, etc..) but he also had a sizable amount of horror output. I have a recording of this panel up on Pulp Crazy’s channel if you’re interested in listening to it.

Later that evening was a very informative panel, The Call of Cthulhu: The Development of Lovecraft’s Mythos. The panel was moderated by Tom Krabacher and featured John D. Haefele, Don Herron, Rick Lai, and Nathan Madison. One of the big things I took away from this panel was the passion of Johnathan D. Haefele in regards to August Derleth. So much so, that I went and purchased his book, A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos at the convention and had him sign it. I’ve never really given Derleth much though, but between Haefele’s book and Pete Rawklik’s recent The Lurking Chronology, I’m definitely interested. You can check out this panel on Pulp Crazy’s YouTube page.

Saturday afternoon saw me attending a few panels during daylight hours. I attended Duane Spurlock’s New Fictioneers reading. Duane gave some great readings of his work, including excerpts from Airship Hunters coauthored with Jim Beard and published by Meteor House, Fighting Alaska published by Fight Card, and an all new work titled Space Detective. I have a recording of Duane’s reading available on Pulp Crazy.

Duane’s reading was followed by the annual New Pulp Panel. This year it was titled, “The Heirs of Weird Tales”. As always it was moderated by Ron Fortier from Airship 27, and the authors featured this year were Jim Beard, Rick Lai, Jeff Fournier, and Frank Schildiner. The authors discussed their favorite weird tales authors, characters, and stories, and how the legendary magazine inspired their own writings. I have a recording of this panel as well available on Pulp Crazy’s YouTube page.

Saturday evening brought another amazing panel, Weird Editing at The Unique Magazine. This panel was once again moderated by Tom Krabacher, and featured Morgan Holmes, Will Murrary, Don Herron, and Garyn G. Roberts. The panel focused on the editing practices of Weird Tales editor, Farnsworth Wright, and was one of the most informative and engaging panels I’ve ever witnessed. If you’re a fan of Weird Tales, you owe it to yourself to check out the recordings for this one. I have it up on Pulp Crazy’s YouTube channel.

I didn’t get a chance to record all of the panel this years, but between me, Bill Lampkin at the Pulp.Net, and Arthur Sippo of Art’s Reviews, we should have you pretty much covered I think. Bill and Art both recorded a great deal of panels, and Art has some author interviews up on his site as well that he conducted at PulpFest, including me. So definitely check out the show notes for links to the Pulp.Net and Art’s Reviews for some more PulpFest listening pleasure.

In case you can’t tell, I really enjoyed PulpFest 2015. I can’t say enough about it to truly do it justice, but in my opinion it’s the ideal convention. It sports an amazing dealer room, excellent programming, and the host hotel is a great place to stay. The hotel is right in the Arena District of downtown Columbus, Ohio, so there’s plenty of restaurants nearby to eat at. Not only that, but there’s a hotel food court that’s ideal for getting a quick bite to eat. I ate Subway for lunch ever day and couldn’t have been happier.

Besides all of these perks, the PulpFest crowd is just full of good people. That’s one thing I’ve learned while attending these past five PulpFests, there are some great people at this convention. From the committee members, dealers, and fellow fans, I don’t know if you’ll meet a friendlier group of people.

If you’re into pulps, heroic fiction, paperbacks, book collecting, or enjoy reading in general, definitely pencil Pulpfest in on your calendar every year. Pulpfest 2016 will be from July 21-24, and I’m sure it will keep the tradition going.

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Well that’s it for my PulpFest 2015 convention report. I’m sorry it’s so late, but I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experiences and the programming I recorded.

Here’s to PulpFest 2016!


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