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CC Humphreys New Novel Coming Soon: Plague

cchumphreysportrait.Author. Actor. Swordsman. That’s the title of CC Humphreys’s website. http://cchumphreys.com

He’s got a new novel coming out on July 15th.  Watch for Plague —and for chances to hear Chris read from it. Because CC Humphreys gives one hell of a reading.

With one sweep of his blue-green beacon of a gaze, he casts you hugger-mugger into the fray of his thriller. Now, you’re tottering in your padded jerkin on London’s South Embankment, nose to nose with a gang of armed Elizabethan thugs. He thrusts a sword and buckler your way, and the conflict overtakes you. It’s fight or die….

I love CC Humphreys’s books, and by a very good fortune, he enjoys writing them. Not that rapidly paced, well-researched storytelling is a doddle. He likens writing to climbing a mountain: step by step, and don’t look down. But it’s exciting, too, like his stories.

I last heard him read in London’s Samuel French Ltd, Bookstore—established 1830—a great venue whereat to entertain his listeners with stories of his quite epic career: how he became a Shakespearian actor, how he wrote his first play in 24 hours and won first prize, and how the idea for his first full-length novel occurred to him: there was CC Humphreys, chinning himself on gym bars, and noticing in the mirror as he did so that he had quite a long neck. Easy work for the axeman, he thought. Or… for the swordsman. From there, it was a leather-booted leap of inspiration to six-fingered Anne Boleyn and the swordsman hired to behead her. The French Executioner, which has one of the best opening lines ever penned. Look it up. On his site: cchumphreys.com

And never miss one of the man’s readings.

Also by CC Humphreys:

Shakespeare’s Rebel, Orion, 2013

A Place Called Armageddon, Orion, 2012

The Hunt of the Unicorn, Knopf, 2011

Vlad: the Last Confession, Orion, 2009

The Runestone Saga, Knopf, 2006 – 2008

The Jack Absolute Series, Orion, 2003 – 2006

The French Executioner Series, Orion, 2002 – 2003

 

 

Author Spotlight: JJ Lee

Issue 2, Spring 2014
Issue 2, Spring 2014

Our magazine is dedicated to breaking boundaries of fictional genres and encouraging established authors to go boldly where they have never gone before. This blog salutes our second issue feature author, JJ Lee. Whereas “Built to Love” is a science fiction story built around a teddy bear, JJ is best known for his sensitive memoir, The Measure of a Man. Nominated for highest awards in Canada, this book is one you will never forget. For those fortunate to attend his local library readings, JJ is known to capture his audience so completely the normally punctual librarians forget to check their clocks. Tissues are pulled out of pockets and tapping feet are stilled. He’s that good. A description of the book from his website:

For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the navy suit that hung at the back of his closet — his late father’s last suit. When he decides to finally make the suit his own, little does he know he is about to embark on a journey into his own past. Part personal memoir, part social history of the man’s suit, it is a deeply moving and brilliantly crafted story of fathers and sons, love and forgiveness, of fitting in and standing out — and discovering what it means to be your own man.JJ with hat

Maclean’s magazine calls this ‘An exquisite book.’ We highly recommend this memoir as a gift for both men and women, so please visit JJ’s website and do a little early Christmas shopping: http://jj-lee.com/MOAM

 

The Pleasure of Paying

Last month’s Pulp Literature bank statement came this week.  It was a long one, and contained all the cleared cheques written to our Issue 1 contributors.  This made me much happier than you might think.

Because, you see, I enjoy writing cheques.

Yes, read that again.  I enjoy writing cheques.  Especially to writers and artists.  It means that here at Pulp Literature, in our very small way, we are contributing to the sustainability of the Arts as a profession.

We’re able to do that because of you, the people who backed our Kickstarter campaign, and those of you who have subscribed and bought single issues since then.  Every issue purchased helps us pay creators to do what they do best.

When you buy a copy of the book, its worth lies not in the printed page or file you download onto your reader.  The worth is in the inspiration the artist has shared with you when she put words or brush strokes on that blank page.  The story stays with you when you put down the book.  Even if you never read that story or see that illustration again it is still a part of your memory.  How do we even put a price on that?

Sublime intangibles of Art aside, we must put a price on it.  Writers need to be paid to write.  Artists need to be paid to create.  Otherwise they have to spend their time making a living in other ways, and the world becomes a poorer place.

And that’s why it makes me happy to write cheques to contributors.  The funds in our bank account are not ours.  It is money you have entrusted to us to distribute to the creative minds that make this magazine what it is, and we’re happy to be that conduit.

We wish we could pay our creators more, though.  After production costs for our first issue we were able to pay the contributors 50% of our full rates.  So we’ve promised to pay them the same amount again when sales of the first issue reach 500 copies. The promise applies to stories and artwork for future issues as well.  And if we reach 1000 subscribers we’ll be able to pay full rates on acceptance, and make the magazine viable into the future.

You can help make that happen by encouraging your friends to subscribe, spreading the word in person and on social media, and asking your local bookstore to carry Pulp Literature.

And I will be happy to continue writing cheques.