Windy City Report and an Auction SCORE

Lots of pulp-related stuff going on.

Walker Martin has written another one of his great reports on the convention at Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. You can read it over at the Mystery File blog here.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been writing a proposal to hopefully obtain a grant to help finance some research I want to conduct in New York City, writing the introduction to the new edition of LOVE STORY WRITER, Daisy Bacon’s how-to book on writing love stories that was originally published in 1954, and starting to compose my talk LOVE STORY MAGAZINE and the Other Love Pulps for PulpFest.

I also became the proud owner of 37 more issues of LOVE STORY, thanks to Jack Cullers who acted as my proxy at the Friday night and Saturday night auction at Windy City. Out of those 37, 11 are pre-1930, and the rest are from 1941 and mainly 1942. I know from a collector’s standpoint, the pre-1930 issues are of more value, but I’m just as excited over the post 1940 issues, and here’s why.

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When you’re writing a book about a magazine, it helps to be able to get a feel for all of the different kinds of stories that appeared in the magazine. LOVE STORY standard format was to include six or seven short stories and at least one, usually two longer stories that were broken up into installments (“serials”) and spread out over four, or five, or six consecutive issues. Try compiling six consecutive issues of a 1940s fiction magazine together, and you see my dilemma. The result has been that, up until now, I only had complete runs of perhaps two or three serials even though I had over 100 issues in my collection. Now with another 27 added to the 1941-42 years, I have a much better chance of having more serials to read.

I guess it’s official. I’m a complete pulp geek.  At least my dog is, too.

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So thank you again, Jack, for acting on my behalf at the auction. It made my inability to be there in person a little less painful.

For those of you who are interested in collecting these kinds of magazines and scoring these types of wins, check out PulpFest, which is coming in July to Columbus, Ohio.

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