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Three pages from Colouring Paradise

Our new Kickstarter project, Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book, launched yesterday, and today we thought we’d give you a closer look at the three drawings that are available as single images.  They all appeared in Issue 1 of Pulp Literature, and even though they are some of Mel Anastasiou’s earliest published work they are remarkable in their detail and feeling.


magpiesmallerDeep in the magic forest, a magpie rules all she surveys.  This drawing is one of the first instances of Mel’s signature, rope-like, tangled trees.  The magpie at first seems caged by the forest, until you realize she might fly away at any moment into the clearing behind her.  The orginal drawing now lives in Australia, feeling regal amid her short-tailed down-under cousins.


Michael, by Mel AnastasiouMichael holds the world up for review.  When CC Humphrey‘s story ‘Where the Angels Wait’ came to us, we knew Michael was the perfect angel for its title page.  Here’s a peek at the work in progress, before Mel added the globe to this drawing in the style of Carlo Crivelli.  You can already see Mel has captured the delicate hands, nose and mouth typical of the 15th century painter’s work.

Lost Lady

smallhistorical2After Paolo Veronese;  Veronica  is lost in the woods with only her shining jewels and silks to light the darkness around her.  This drawing first appeared as an incidental illustration in Issue 1.  In Issue 2, she reappeared in a plain white dress to accompany David Clink’s poem, ‘The Lady in White’.  Here she is, with her intricate dress restored for your colouring pleasure.

These three images are on offer as high-resolution pdfs on the Kickstarter page for only $2 each, or $5 for all three.  This is nowhere near what the intricate works are worth, but Mel is very generously offering them for those just dipping their toes into the colouring craze.  And if three’s not enough, you can get the entire book for $10 as a pdf, or $20 in print.

We are a registered non-profit organization, and once we have covered our production and shipping costs, all remaining funds to paying artists and authors.    Please consider backing us on Kickstarter:  this colouring book project will help keep Pulp Literature, and the stories and artwork you’ve come to love, alive!

A Branch and a Turning Point

poorthingnogreyI love the story “Poor Thing” by KM Vaghela. Fellow editor Jen Landels suggested that I draw the branch that the story turns on. I hoped to show the turning by pointing branches towards each possible outcome: up or down. A detail from a Filippo Lippi painting was most helpful.

You can read ‘Poor Thing’ in Issue 2 of Pulp Literature, along with gripping tales and poetry, beautifully written by JJ Lee, Mary H Auerbach Rykov, Milo James Fowler, Sarah Pinsker, Kris Sayer and other terrific storytellers and artists.

Issue 2, Spring 2014
Issue 2, Spring 2014

We think you will love this issue so much that we are making it the first milestone reward on our Patreon page. When we reach $200 a month we’ll give Issue 2 to all our patrons for free! 

Back Issue Blowout!

pulp year 1Spring is here and it’s time to clean house!  Help us empty our back issue shelves with a fabulous special offer!

All 2014 print issues are on special, and the more you buy the more you save.  You can get one issue for $12 ($3 off the regular price), two for $20, three for $27, four for $32 and five or more books for only $7 each!

You can mix and match any number of each issue as long as our stock holds out.  And if 2014 issues aren’t enough you can also get a 2015 print subscription for only $35 (regular $40), or an ebook subscription for $15.

Use the order form below to request your back issues and we will send you an invoice.  The offer is subject to availability, and ends this Friday April 4th. Get yours while they last!

Interview with the Muse

musefinalbwWouldn’t you love to pin your Muse down and ask her a few pointed questions?  Susan Pieters managed it with Capture of the Muse in Issue 2 … and then got a few more out of her for this questionnaire.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? A day in the Louvre.
  2. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Diligence and devotion to the mundane.  Dutiful people who never take time to smile or dream or appreciate beauty, and call their dullness a virtue.
  3. On what occasion do you lie?  Isn’t all art a lie? Otherwise we’d call it reality.  And wouldn’t that be a pity, if we had to stick with reality?
  4. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  The fact it keeps changing upon my mood. This morning I woke up in a diaphanous gown, with waltz music playing in my head.  Now that I’ve had to do this interview, my dress has turned a dismal navy blue.
  5. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  “Beautiful! Lovely! Gorgeous!”
  6. When and where were you happiest?  When I was a child, before my parents separated.  I dream of helping them re-unite, but that seems unlikely.
  7. What do you consider your greatest achievement?  I’m very fond of Michelangelo’s David, but I really can’t take credit myself.  All my work must come through human hands.
  8. What is your most marked characteristic?   Cat-like unpredictability.
  9. Who are your favourite writers?  I’ve known so many, but I had the most fun back in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  I’d go anywhere with Jules Verne, and he knew it.  Stories started slowing down around the time of James Joyce, but now things are picking up again.
  10. What is your greatest regret?  That I must use others to create something beautiful.  I’ve been invoked, thanked, and blamed.  But never do I get to sign my own name to anything.
  11. What is your motto?  Art for art’s sake.
Susan Pieters
Susan Pieters

Susan is the author of many short stories, several of which have won prizes.  Aside from ‘Capture of the Muse‘, you can find ‘Glass Curtain‘, ‘Invisible‘ and ‘Below the Knee‘ in past issues of Pulp Literature.  Look for ‘A Discussion of Keats’s Negative Capability‘ in issue 5.

All of the above issues are available on our Kickstarter page.  Subscribe so you don’t miss any.  And if all this talk of Muses has yours nagging you, why not treat her to our Year of the Muse Retreat in January, where you can meet Sue … and her Muse … in person!

Interview with a Daughter

The protagonist from KM Vaghela’s beautifully haunting ‘Poor Thing’ in issue 2 doesn’t have a name.  We know her only as ‘girl’.  But that doesn’t mean we don’t live, breath, and feel with her long after the story is finished.poorthingnogrey

  1. What is your greatest fear?   My mother’s stare.
  2. On what occasion do you lie?  When my mother has the stare in her eyes.
  3. Which talent would you most like to have?   Rock climbing, or better yet, tree climbing.
  4. What is your greatest regret?  Never telling Nirav that he’s my one and only crush.
  5. How would you like to die?  Old age, in my sleep.

KM Vaghela, who holds a MFA in Fiction, and teaches writing at the university of Maryland, tells us this about the story:  ‘Poor Thing’ originated from a phone call. I was thirteen and my mother was habitually twirling the curly, long cord connected to the head piece while watching something on the stove. It was her voice that made me lift my head from my work and listen. There were too many exclamation marks in her breath. When she hung up, we children gathered around curiously. The story she told clung to us for weeks. It was a story we could not understand, living in America where 911 was the answer for all trouble. How could there be no 911 solution in our mother country of India? I wrote the first draft at fifteen, and it has evolved slowly into a piece which I hope will touch any who read it.

You can find ‘Poor Thing’ in the Spring 2014 issue of Pulp Literature, available as ebook or in print on our Kickstarter page:


Interview with a Troll Hunter

Tatterhood by Kris Sayer
Tatterhood by Kris Sayer

Next up in the Proust Questionnaire lineup is Kris Sayer’s Tatterhood, the goat riding, spoon wielding, exterminator-for-hire first seen in Pulp Literature Issue 2, and more recently in her own eponymous graphic novel.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Meat on the table, mead in my mug, a ship on the waters and an unexplored land, ya?
  2. What is your greatest fear?  I am terrified over the thought of somethin’ bad happening to my sister.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?   Alright, sometimes my temper may get the better of me and I may overreact to situations…so I guess I don’t like how I’m a little too brash at times. 
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  I hate how people can be so rude, and assumptive. 
  5. On what occasion do you lie?  Whenever I find myself in a tight situation.  Or if I’m in a negotiating situation.  Or sometimes a personal situation. But it’s not really lying. I only tell what needs to be told.unwanted visitors p 9
  6. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  What’s not to love? 
  7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  “Ya”. And I probably grunt more than I’d like – that’ll be the trolls influencin’ me. 
  8. When and where were you happiest?  Everyone keeps saying how I was just so happy when I was born. Then again, everyone says I was just so ugly too.
  9. Which talent would you most like to have?  Aw, I’d give anything to know how to use a sword! 
  10. What do you consider your greatest achievement?   I took down a Hrímþursar once by myself when I was in Ísland.  Barely survived.
  11. What is your most treasured possession?  He’s going to hate me for saying this, but it’s Bokki. He may protest and proclaim his independence, but hey, he’s my goat.
  12. What is your most marked characteristic?  My loud, undaunted spirit that craves adventure!
  13. Who are your favourite writers?  Writers? No idea. But I’m a big fan of Gunnlaugr Ormstunga.  
  14. What is your greatest regret?  I really don’t want to talk about it. It got me banished from Nóregr for a while, let’s leave it at that.
  15. How would you like to die?  With blood on my hands and my weapon in the heart of the beast that slayed me. Ya.
  16. What is your motto?  Don’t trust trolls. Don’t trust men.
  17. What is something we’d never glean about you from Tatterhood?   Tatterhood, Totra, Bergljót, Kona, Raggi, Sponhild – these titles and many more I am known and called by … but no-one knows my real name!Kris portrait

You can read more of Tatterhood in Kris Sayer’s graphic novels, available from Weald Comics.  The 5-page horror comic ‘Bait’ by Kris will be appearing in Issue 5 of Pulp Literature, followed by ‘Bite’ in issue 6.

If you fancy your portrait drawn by this talented costumer, artist and swordfighter, check out the reward on our Kickstarter page.  Hurry, only 6 of these colour portraits are available!


Interview with a Ghost

Have you ever finished a story and thought “I want to hear more from that character” or wondered who the subject of a painting really was?  We do.  All the time.  So we’ve asked our Pulp Literature authors and artists to give their main characters our version of the Proust Questionnaire.

Over the next several weeks we’ll be posting the results.  We hope you find them as amusing and intriguing as we do.  And if it makes you want to read the story go to our Kickstarter page where you can acquire back issues in as little as $5 for an ebook.

First up we have an interview with the title character of ‘Mercer’s Ghost’ by Milo James Fowler from Issue 2, Spring 2014.  If this doesn’t make you want to go an pick up that story right now, I don’t know what will.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?  A fresh bottle of Eurasian whiskey.
  2. What is your greatest fear?  Living forever.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  Greed.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Selfishness.
  5. On what occasion do you lie?  Whenever I have to.
  6. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  It varies from corpse to corpse.
  7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  Fleshbag.
  8. When and where were you happiest?  A couple millennia ago, before I was cursed.
  9. Which talent would you most like to have?  Dying.
  10. What do you consider your greatest achievement?  Staying on Saint Peter’s good side — somewhat.
  11. What is your most treasured possession?  Bottle of Eurasian whiskey.
  12. What is your most marked characteristic?  Ability to body-swap.
  13. Who are your favourite writers?  Don’t read.
  14. What is your greatest regret?  Denying Christ.
  15. How would you like to die?  Yes, please. Beggars can’t be choosers.
  16. What is your motto?  Live today like it could be your last. I should be so lucky.  
  17. What is something we’d never glean about you from Mr Fowler’s tale?  I’m a big baseball fan. Played with Babe Ruth for a while, back in the day.Longriderhills2fowlerMilo James Fowler is a teacher by day, writer by night, and an active SFWA member. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what the world might be like in a dozen alternate realities. His work has appeared in AE SciFi, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Shimmer. www.milojamesfowler.com


You can order Issue 2 containing ‘Mercer’s Ghost’, as well as other fabulous backer rewards on our Kickstarter page: