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2019 Year of Authors: 3 – 7 June

Blooms maxed out, baby birds bumbling from their nests, and breezes that aren’t bracing … How is it already June?!  Well, there’s only a limited window of time before August swaggers in and ruins the fun — two months, to be exact — so buy books that are guaranteed to fill long hours at the beach or amuse around the campfire.  Week 22 is here, and it will be gone before you know it!

3rd – 7th June 2019

Monday: KM VaghelaIssue 2

KM Vaghela is an avid reader who sometimes writes and holds a MFA in fiction from the University of Maryland. Being a lecturer, a spouse, and a parent graciously allows for experiences and reflections worthy enough to warp, just a little, and share.

Tuesday: Kris Sayer, Issue 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 15

What can we say about Kris Sayer? Kris Sayer is an independent game developer, illustrator, graphic designer and comic warrior. In the rare times she’s not drawing, she can be found making (often elaborate) costumes and self- studying swordplay (and spoonplay). She is the artistic-half of Dingo Games, the viking-half of Weald Comics, and a regular contributor to the likes of Pulp Literature and Cloudscape Comics. Boiled down, Kris is a maximum storyteller, artist, and life-liver.

Issue 10 small

Wednesday: Krista Wallace, Issue 6

Krista Wallace is a writer, musician, and actor in the Vancouver area. When she is not in her cubby hole writing fantasy and short fiction, she is likely singing jazz, or working with talented young people in musical theatre. She has a fabulous Significant Other and two (mostly) adult kids who simply refuse to be plumbers.  Her story ‘The Inner Light’ won the first ever Raven contest, and is based on the cover of Issue 6 by Tais Teng.

Thursday: Kristene Perron, Issue 20

Kristene Perron has been shot, stabbed, drowned, run over and thrown from a building. During her ten years as a professional stunt woman, she learned all the interesting ways a person can get injured or die and then applied this unique education to her fiction. She is the co-author of the adventure science fiction series Warpworld, the 2010 winner of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Award, and a 2015 Writers of the Future finalist. Her stories have appeared in Escape PodDenizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller MagazineThe Barbaric Yawp, and Hemispheres Magazine. Her friends wish she would stop talking about cats.

Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

Friday: Laird Long, Issue 3

Laird Long pounds out fiction in all genres. Big guy, sense of humour; been freelancing for twelve years, free-styling for more. Tends to speak in short clips, write in long-hand. His penned credits included in the magazines Albedo One, Baen’s UniverseSherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, The Mammoth Book of New Comic Fantasy, The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunits, The Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes and Impossible Mysteries, and the action-accounting adventure novel No Accounting for Danger.

Issue 13 cover art by Tais Teng

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! 

Award Season!

We are pleased as punch to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize.  How did we pick them?  It was hard.  Have you even looked at a fantastic menu and couldn’t decide what to order?  Twice Sue’s had the pleasure of dining at renowned Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver.  Both times she asked the owner which dish he’d recommend, and his reply was the same:  how can a parent choose his favourite child?  As publishers, we find ourselves in a similarly impossible position trying to pick favourites, but by studying the inclinations of each prize, we recommend the stories we think stand the best chance of winning each competition.  The Pushcarts are geared to literary fiction, which we have in each issue, but we proved our cross-genre dedication by nominating a literary vampire story. (Think they’ll notice?) The competition is fierce for these awards, but we know these stories are gems. And win or lose, we trust the authors of these stories will feel how much we value them in our magazine.

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2015:Victorygirlbutterfly

We have also have suggested the following stories for Imaginarium 4, an anthology of Canadian Spec Fic by Chizine.

In addition, ‘Blackthorne & Rose: Agents of DIRE’ by KG McAbee has been submitted for a Bram Stoker Award.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our Journey Prize nominations.  And hey, all you members of the SFWA, now’s your chance to be a hero and nominate a favourite fantasy or science fiction story for a Nebula Award!  If you’d like a complete list of our stories in that genre, just let us know.  We’d also like to hear from you if there is one or more of our stories you think ought to be submitted for other prizes.

Finally, the estimable CC Humphreys has finished judging our very own Raven Cover Story Contest  and we’ll be announcing the winners on Monday.  To whet your appetite, here, in no particular order, is the list of finalists:

  • ‘The Hemisphere Stone’ by Mike Glyde
  • ‘Dear Louis’ by Sara Cedeno
  • ‘Claws In’ by Ace Baker
  • ‘Odd Jobs’ by KL Mabbs
  • ‘Family Relics’ by Katherine Wagner
  • ‘The Ravens’ by Anna Belkine
  • ‘The Inner Light’  by Krista Wallace
  • ‘The Jealous Valley’ by Kiril Lavarevski

Congratulations to all these authors and best of luck in the final judgment!

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: