2013 Munsey Nominees

There were thirteen nominating petitions for the 2013 Munsey Award that met the criteria for the award. In the interest of manageability, the final ballot was pared down to include those individuals who had received the most nominations. Many thanks from the PulpFest organizing committee to all who participated in the nominating process. No nominations were received for the Rusty Hevelin Service Award. Please visit our Awards page for the criteria used for our service awards.

The final voting ballot was forwarded to the past winners of the Munsey, Lamont, and Rusty Hevelin Service Awards who then selected the person to be honored. The 2013 Munsey Award was presented to Garyn G. Roberts during Saturday evening’s programming on July 27th, 2013.

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2013 Munsey.

Charles Ardai

Ardai Munsey ImageWinner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Shamus Award for his own crime fiction, Charles is one of the founders of Hard Case Crime, a publisher dedicated to reviving the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills, the sheer entertainment of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today’s most powerful writers and artists. Since its founding in 2004, Hard Case Crime has published lost manuscripts by top authors like Mickey Spillane, Lester Dent, and James M. Cain; works left buried for decades in pulp magazines, crime digests, and paperback originals written by Lawrence Block, David Goodis, Steve Fisher, Harlan Ellison and others; and exciting new works by authors such as Domenic Strawberry, Christa Faust, Max Phillips, and Ardai himself, written in the hard-boiled or noir style pioneered in the pulps and paperback originals. To top things off, the covers created for the Hard Case Crime line are done in the pulp style by artists such as Robert McGinnis and Glen Orbik. “Ardai’s Hard Case Crime series serves as a gateway for new readers to discover the great and varied works found in the old pulps, digests, and paperback originals of the 20th century.”

J. Randolph Cox

For more than 45 years, Randy has conducted research into pulp magazines and dime novels. He served as the editor-publisher of Dime Novel Round-Up for over twenty years. His bibliography, Man of Magic & Mystery: A Guide to the Work of Walter B. Gibson, is an excellent resource for those seeking greater understanding of the work of the man who created The Shadow. With David S. Siegel, Randy authored Flashgun Casey: Crime Photographer, a book-length study of the character originally created for Black Mask by George Harmon Coxe. Other books he has authored include Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography and The Dime Novel Companion: A Source Book. Randy has donated his collection of comic books and newspaper strips fanzines, pulps, series books, story papers, and other materials to the University of Minnesota Libraries and his extensive collection of Walter Gibson books and Shadow pulps and comics to Gibson’s alma mater, Colgate University.

Stephen T. Miller

Steve has been helping to index the pulps for years. Along with Michael Cook, he compiled Garland Publishing’s Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Fiction: A Checklist of Fiction in U. S. Pulp Magazines, 1915-1974, an exceptional resource for collectors of not only detective pulps, but also hero and some adventure magazines. With Phil Stephensen-Payne and William G. Contento, Steve recently revised this classic index, issued on CD-ROM by Locus Press as Crime, Mystery and Gangster Fiction Magazine Index, 1915-2010. Together with Bill Contento, Steve also compiled Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazine Index (1890-2006), a guide to more than 900 different magazines, published on CD-ROM by Locus Press and updated periodically by the publisher. Over the years, Steve has also helped many different people with pulp-related research, sharing his knowledge as well as his collection with them.

Laurie Powers

The granddaughter of pulp author Paul S. Powers, Laurie was introduced to the pulp community in 2007 through the publication of Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street, an autobiography and appreciation of her grandfather. Later that same year, she started Laurie’s Wild West, an Internet blog site that has become a favorite destination for those interested in the pulps. She has published articles on “Who Read the Pulps?,” female pulp writers, a series of articles put together by various pulp fans entitled “My Favorite Pulps,” and more. Although relatively new to the world of pulps, Laurie has shown tremendous support for the community by spreading the word about pulp fiction and publicizing the conventions that salute our wonderful hobby. She is currently working on a biography of pulp editor Daisy Bacon, editor of Love Story Magazine.

Garyn Roberts (winner 2013 Munsey Award)

Professor Roberts has worked in the field of higher education for many years, teaching English and popular culture studies. He is also an unabashed fan of the pulps. Garyn has written extensively about the pulps, both professionally and as a fan. He has edited or co-edited some of the best collections from the pulps including A Cent a Story: The Best from Ten Detective Aces, More Tales of the Defective Detective in the Pulps, The Compleat Adventures of the Moon Man, The Magical Mysteries of Don Diavolo, and The Compleat Great Merlini Saga. His insightful essays in these books and elsewhere have led to a greater understanding of the pulps both inside and outside of the pulp community. His collection, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, a college level textbook, is notable for the attention paid to the pulp magazines. Additionally, Garyn has helped other researchers with various pulp-related projects and is a regular attendee of pulp conventions where he often serves as a presenter and panelist.

J. Barry Traylor

BatgirlRichard Wentworth, AKA The Spider, had his Ram Singh; G-8 turned to Nippy Weston and Bull Martin for help; and Doc Savage had Monk, Ham, and three other geniuses to lend a hand. But who does a pulp con organizer turn to for assistance? None other than J. Barry Traylor! For over twenty-five years, Barry has been organizing convention auctions, almost single-handedly pulling together a couple hundred lots for a Saturday auction. In 2008, Barry quickly mastered the art of digital photography and stunned the convention crowd with his wonderful images of pulps ranging from rarities like Far East Adventure Stories to more common titles such as Amazing Stories. He’s also the person most often performing the “grunt work” that goes into organizing a convention–contacting comic shops and book stores to help with promotion activities; managing the links on the PulpFest website; hunting down extension cords for use in the dealers’ room and programming area; and much more. A longtime contributor to letter columns–you can find his comments in Age of the Unicorn, Echoes, Xenophile, and other classic fanzines–this unsung hero is a devoted fan of Weird Tales. Barry learned about giving back to the pulp community from his pulp mentor, the late Richard Minter, co-winner of the 1993 Lamont Award.

George Vanderburgh

Through his Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, George has published over 600 books, many of them directly related to the pulps. He was largely responsible for finally getting all of Fred Davis’ classic Moon Man stories back into print. And what about his Peter the Brazen series, his five volumes featuring the work of Seabury Quinn, The Compleat Adventures of the Park Avenue Hunt Club, his Green Ghost set, The Compleat Saga of John Solomon, The Adventures of the Golden Amazon, and The Compleat Adventures of the Suicide Squad? He has also given us numerous collections of detective fiction, including volumes featuring the Thinking Machine, Dr. Thorndyke and Martin Hewitt. Looking at his website, his future plans include several books reprinting pulp authors who have been unjustly forgotten. Along with Robert Weinberg, George served as the co-editor of Arkham House until the death of April Derleth. A regular attendee of pulp conventions, George has helped both longtime and new fans to collect the tales of some of the most fantastic heroes from the pulps.

Dan Zimmer

For many years, Dan has been working to promote greater awareness of pulp artists by producing and distributing Illustration Magazine. He has tirelessly contributed his time, expertise and his personal wealth to promote a more respectful awareness of the artistic accomplishments of pulp artists through the deluxe publication of the many biographical articles on pulp artists that have appeared in his magazine, distributed around the globe. He has done this despite the overwhelming fact that his creative vision is far beyond receiving any reasonable economic return for his efforts. Dan’s devotion to classic American illustrators is manifest in the elegant presentation of his magazine and has helped to turn the tide in our culture’s growing appreciation of pulp art. Additionally, he has supported the pulp community by drawing his readers’ attention to various pulp conventions, including the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, Pulpcon, and PulpFest. Dan has also served as the sponsor of Windy City’s annual pulp art exhibit and created the limited edition print of David Saunder’s Munsey Award painting without cost to the PulpFest organizing committee.

Other Nominees

Also nominated were William G. Contento, indexer and organizer of the online FictionMags Index; Chris Kalb, art designer for a number of pulp reprint publishers, including Age of Aces Books and Murania Press, as well as the designer of the PulpFest website; Phil Stephensen-Payne, a prolific bibliographer and pulp researcher based in the United Kingdom whose Galactic Central website contains an online checklist of pulp magazines that is attempting to include the cover to every pulp ever published; Celina Summers, editorial director of Musa Publishing, a digital publishing house that is home to the work of American science-fiction pioneer Homer Eon Flint; and Howard Wright, editor and publisher of The Bronze Gazette, the long-running Doc Savage fanzine. John DeWalt, longtime PEAPS member and author of Keys to Other Doors, also received several votes during the process. Again, congratulations to all of the nominees.