2020 Pulp Factory Awards

The 2020 Pulp Factory Award winners were named April 20. The announcement was made on YouTube instead of at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention as planned because the event is cancelled this year. The winners were chosen by the public, voting on a shortlist generated by members of the Pulp Factory, a professional association of pulp writers, artists, editors and publishers.

BEST PULP NOVEL

  • Nightveil: Crisis at the Crossroads of Infinity – Bobby Nash – Pro Se Productions

BEST PULP SHORT STORY

  • The Death of Robin Hood – IA Watson – The Legend of Robin Hood – Airship 27

BEST PULP ANTHOLOGY

  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Tommy Hancock, editor – Moonstone Books

BEST PULP INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS

  • Bulldog Drummond: On Poisoned Ground – Howard Simpson – Airship 27

BEST PULP COVER

  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Doug Klauba – Moonstone Books

2020 Pulp Factory Awards Nominees

The 2020 Pulp Factory Awards ballot is out, the finalists chosen by votes from members of the Pulp Factory, a professional association of pulp writers, artists, editors and publishers.

The public is invited to vote on this shortlist/final ballot–not just Pulp Factory members. The voting deadline is Midnight (EST) Friday March 13. The ballot is here

The awards will be presented at the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention on April 17 in Chicago, IL.

BEST PULP NOVEL

  • Bulldog Drummond: On Poisoned Ground – IA Watson – Airship 27
  • Ike Mars: Bloody Key – Fred Adams, Jr – Airship 27
  • Jezebel Johnson: Danseuse – Nancy Hansen – Airship 27
  • Mark Justice’s The Dead Sheriff: Holster Full of Death – Fred Adams, Jr – Airship 27
  • Nightveil: Crisis at the Crossroads of Infinity – Bobby Nash – Pro Se Productions

BEST PULP SHORT STORY

  • The Death of Robin Hood – IA Watson – The Legend of Robin Hood – Airship 27
  • The Dream Key – James Palmer – Falstaff Books
  • Dillon and the Night Before Christmas – Derrick Ferguson – Dillion Annual Collection 2019 – Pro Se Productions
  • The Girl’s Best Friend Matter – Bobby Nash – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Moonstone Books
  • Lance Star: Sky Ranger and the Mystery of Island X – Bobby Nash – Pulp Adventures #32 – Bold Venture Press
  • The Locked Cell Murder – Ron Fortier – Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not – IFWG Publishing
  • Publish or Perish – Gordon Dymowski – Marty Quade Private Detective – Airship 27
  • The Relay Station at Wrigley’s Pass – Derrick Ferguson – Straight Outta Deadwood – Baen Books
  • Shadows Beneath the Stone – Jonathan Maberry – Weird Tales Magazine # 363
  • Snow Flies – Bobby Nash – Paul Bishop Presents… Disorderly Conduct – Wolfpack Publishing

BEST PULP ANTHOLOGY

  • Dillion: Odd Jobs – Derrick Ferguson, editor – Pro Se Productions
  • Marty Quade: Private Detective, Vol 1 – Ron Fortier, editor – Airship 27
  • Straight Outta Deadwood – David Boop, editor – Baen Books
  • The Wraith, Vol. 1 – Ron Fortier, editor – Airship 27
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Tommy Hancock, editor – Moonstone

BEST PULP INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS

  • Bulldog Drummond: On Poisoned Ground – Howard Simpson – Airship 27
  • Code Name: Intrepid – James Lyle – Airship 27
  • Company of Shadows – Ed Cato – Airship 27
  • Marty Quade: Private Investigator – Brian Loner – Airship 27
  • Quatermain The New Adventures V.5 – Clayton Hinkle – Airship 27
  • Tarzan and the Lost Valley – Douglas Klauba – Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

BEST PULP COVER

  • Allan Quatermain the New Adventures Volume Five – Ted Hammond – Airship 27
  • Behowls the Moon – Steve Otis – Airship 27
  • Codename: Intrepid – Ted Hammond – Airship 27
  • Company of Shadows – Laura Givens – Airship 27
  • Dillon Annual Collection 2019 – Sean Ali – Pro Se Productions
  • Mark Justice’s Dead Sheriff : Holster Full of Death – Chris Rawding – Airship 27
  • Marty Quade: Private Detective – Rob Davis – Airship 27
  • Nightveil: Crisis at the Crossroads of Infinity – Bill Black – Pro Se Productions
  • Sinbad The New Voyages, Vol 6 – Adam Shaw – Airship 27
  • The Wraith Vol. 1 – Adam Shaw – Airship 27 Productions
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Doug Klauba – Moonstone Books

Pulp Renaissance

The 2013 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention runs April 12-14 in Lombard, IL. Organizers Doug Ellis and John Gunnison predict it will be the largest yet. They’ve sold out all 150 tables in the dealers room. Over 200 lots of material from the collection of Jerry Weist will be on the block at the con’s Friday night auction. And Sunday’s program will emphasize pulp’s promising future.

Wait, pulp has a future? Yes, and a present too.

Decades ago Ed Cox astonished me by opening copies of early pulps in his collection that still had ivory-white pages like they were fresh off the newsstand. Thereafter I associated “pulp” with the effort to collect and preserve these venerable relics of science fiction history, but nothing more.

I’ve discovered I was too pessimistic.  Pulp writing and publishing never really went away. If no longer conducted on the scale of Ziff-Davis with 200,000-copy runs, pulp does occupy its own niche in the market. That’s something to ponder, amid speculation about the survival of a market for physical books. (Though it must not be overlooked that some “pulps” appear in digital editions).

Tommy Hancock explains pulp’s continued heartbeat on the New Pulp site:

New Pulp is fiction written with the same sensibilities, linear storytelling, pattern of conflict, and creative use of words and phrases of original Pulp, but crafted by modern writers, artists, and publishers.  New stories with either completely original characters or new tales of established characters from Pulp past.   It’s really that simple.  New Pulp is Pulp written today.

So much New Pulp is now available, including work from noted pulp historians such as Will Murray and Tom Johnson as well as the entire Wold Newton family of creators and beyond.   Add to that the literal multitude of mavericks and new guns that have stepped forward, myself thankfully included, and New Pulp is suddenly more than just a group of guys and gals telling stories like the ones we grew up on.  It’s its own movement, its own subgenre, within Pulp as a whole. 

The New Pulp Movement will be celebrated by Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention in five-hour program block. Ron Fortier, Managing Editor of Airship 27 Productions and Tommy Hancock, Managing Editor of Pro Se Productions have arranged three panels and eight authors’ readings. They’ll be joined by Chris Bell, Rob Davis, Joe Bonnadonna, David C. Smith, Wayne Reinagel, William Patrick Maynard, David White and Terrence McCauley.

The con will also hosts the Pulp Factory Awards, given to the best in new pulp fiction and artwork.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

 

Pulp Factory Awards