William Lampkin is the winner of the 2018 Munsey Award. The award was presented at PulpFest in Pittsburgh on July 28.
William Lampkin, is a freelance writer/editor and publication designer who has spent much of his work life in the newspaper field, much like Rambler Murphy (but without the cool nickname and crime-solving). After freelancing for a number of years, he’s now the public information officer for a professional licensing board. Like many from his generation, Bill discovered the pulps through paperback reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider. He bought his first actual pulp in the seventies. Bill runs ThePulp.Net, which he created in 1996, and also writes the Yellowed Perils blog. He founded the Facebook group Southern Pulpsters in 2015. A resident of Florida, he has designed THE PULPSTER since 2008, and beginning with its 22nd issue, became editor of the award-winning program book.
The first twenty-one issues of the magazine were edited by Tony Davis, winner of the 1999 . Tony calls Bill: “One of the unsung heroes of contemporary pulp fandom.” In late 2013, Bill also began to design <PulpFest‘s print advertisements, badges, and other materials. He is a member of the <PulpFest organizing committee, serving as the convention’s advertising director and webmaster.
The award, named for Frank A. Munsey, publisher of the first pulp magazine, recognizes someone who has contributed to the betterment of the pulp community through disseminating knowledge, publishing, or other efforts to preserve and to foster interest pulp magazines. The winner is selected by a committee made up of all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award recipients. The award is a fine art print created by David Saunders and published by Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press.
The blog title “Yellowed Perils” is wince-making. I’m sure it seemed funny at the time, but I’m gonna guess it is not funny to any East Asian-descended readers.
I think the “Yellowed” bit is supposed to refer to the fact that pulp paper tends to turn yellow with age here, but yes, it’s not really appropriate anymore and I’m sure they can find a less problematic name.
That said, The Pulp Net is a great site for those who are interested in vintage pulp fiction. And unlike the whole Pulp Revolution/Appendix N complax, it’s not puppy adjacent.
Yeah, I’m sure that is the pun, but the other reference is to a racist trope. I hope they’ll realize and change it soon.