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.


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.


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.


5 thoughts on “Windy City Report and an Auction SCORE

  1. Laurie, I’m glad that Jack Cullers won those LOVE STORY pulps at the Windy City auction. I figured that they must be for you. I hope you get your grant for your research on the book. I’m looking forward to reading it.


  2. Hi Walker – Scott H. mentioned that Jack lost a lot of “street cred” in the room when he was seen bidding on the love pulps. I owe Jack so much for what he sacrificed for me. 🙂


  3. I saw this on Pulpmags a few minutes ago.
    Pretty neat.

    James Madison University is hosting The 1st Annual Pulp Studies
    Symposium: Sensational Scholarship. The symposium will be held October
    7th and 8th, 2016. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison
    University’s Special Collections hosts one of the finest publicly
    accessible collections of pulp magazines in the United States, including
    a recent acquisition of over eighty issues of Street and Smith’s romance
    pulp Love Story.

    There has been a recent explosion of scholarly interest in pulp
    magazines and popular print culture. This conference builds upon
    emerging scholarship in this exciting and expanding field. We are
    currently looking for presentation proposals related to methodologies of
    pulp scholarship, focusing on pulps from 1895 to 1955. We invite
    proposals that can include discussions related to:

    * Pulps and print history
    * Histories of pulp readership
    * Literary and visual aesthetics of pulp magazines
    * Pulp authorship and editorship
    * Pulps in the international scene
    * Pulps and genre
    * Romance pulps
    * Collecting and preservation of pulp magazines
    * Commercial and industrial concerns of pulps (including advertising,
    distribution, ownership, etc.)
    * Reprinting pulps/pulp legacies
    * Pulps and the politics of representation (gender, race, ethnicity,
    sexuality, social class, empire)

    Proposals will be accepted through July 1, 2016. Please send proposals
    to Dr. Brian Flota ( ). For more
    information, please contact JMU Special Collections at 540-568-3612 or


  4. Hi Barry – Thanks for posting this! David Earle told me about about this yesterday. Very exciting, especially since it mentions the LOVE STORY issues. It does seem that there is a much more heightened interest in the study of pulp fiction magazines in academia. Long overdue.


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