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movie fest update

Every year, Ed Hulse of Murania Press does a bang up job putting together the film program at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. As Ed noted in a post yesterday, “Since 2002 we’ve exclusively (with rare exceptions) shown movies adapted from stories originally published in pulp magazines, a unique mandate we take seriously. Program notes for this year’s selections have just been posted to the blog at our web site (muraniapress.com). Since they run to some 3100 words, we’ve split them up into consecutive posts covering Friday and Saturday separately. Stop by and take a gander. And if you haven’t already made plans to attend the convention, hop on over to its con site (windycitypulpandpaper.com) and register today!”

The image here is the poster for one of the films in this year’s program, “The Sin of Nora Moran.” As Ed notes in his blog at muraniapress.com, it’s adapted from “Burnt Offering” (The Underworld, August-October 1930) and “The Woman in the Chair” (Complete Underworld Novelettes, Summer 1932) by Willis Maxwell Goodhue.

weird tales with a british accent

Several rare U.K. pulps, books and magazines will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

Here’s one of ’em — “The Weird Story Magazine”, dated August 1940. Put out by publisher Gerald G. Swan, it was the only issue in pulp format; two other issues published years later were in digest format.

not so friendly iron giant

I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a sucker for a giant robot pulp cover. Here’s a giant robot going to town on a helpless city on the cover of Uncanny Tales, April 1942. Twenty issues of this rare Canadian pulp, including this copy, will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

Derleth window ad

Here’s a window display advertising card promoting August Derleth and his series, “History Passed This Way”, which appeared in the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1948. Sadly, it looks like someone may not have been careful with tape near his face! Still, it’s not an item you see every day. It will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

fantasy press beauty

I’ve seen catalogs before from small press SF publishers published in the 1940’s and 1950’s. But I’ve never seen one that had inserts like this one does. This is the Fantasy Press Books catalog for 1950-1951. Inside the catalog itself were three color inserts, advertising “Masters of Time” by A.E. van Vogt, “The Bridge of Light” by A. Hyatt Verrill and “Genus Homo” by L. Sprague de Camp & P. Schuyler Miller. Since these are just laid in, I assume that most copies of the catalog have probably lost them over time. This set, however, remains intact, and will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

Jacks or better to open

The 1955 Worldcon, held in Cleveland, commissioned artist Virgil Finlay to create an original drawing. They used this on a deck of playing cards which was available as a souvenir at the convention for $1.25 per deck. The deck was printed in an edition of only 250. Given the very limited number of decks, they’re very scarce, but one of them will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

wright or wrong

Here’s one of the gorgeous issues of Weird Tales that will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

Here’s one of them. Dated September 1934, Margaret Brundage’s cover illustrates Robert E. Howard’s Conan tale, “People of the Black Circle”

By the way, Bob told Doug on several occasions that a number of his Weird Tales were Farnsworth Wright’s copies, and that those were in great shape, but he didn’t have notes on which ones those were anymore! Some copies have a “W” penciled in on them, or other penciled marks in the “W” of “Weird”. Given how beautiful those copies are, those may be the Wright copies, but we can only speculate as to that. And there are others that have no mark but which, based on the condition of the covers, spine and paper, appear to have come from the same source. If these were Wright’s copies, then perhaps the office boy or secretary who was in charge of passing out copies to editorial staff when the copies arrived used their own pencil notation system, or none, as they saw fit. It’s a mystery worthy of the Unique Magazine!

Fungi from yuggoth

There will be several gorgeous issues of Weird Tales auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

I just scanned this copy, which will be in the auction, and couldn’t resist posting it. Dated December 1930, it’s one of the nicest condition pulps that it’s ever been my pleasure to fondle. And the paper inside is as nice as its exterior. Having recently celebrated its 88th birthday, this is one pulp that’s certainly not looking its age! And it even has an installment of H.P. Lovecraft’s “Fungi From Yuggoth” as a bonus!

Uncanny eh?

The Canadian fantasy magazine, Uncanny Tales, began as a digest. It ran for four issues in that format before changing to pulp format; here are those four issues. These four are part of the twenty issues of Uncanny Tales that will be auctioned as part of the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.