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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

Spring is here!

Pulp Literature Issue 6
Pulp Literature Issue 6

Or at least the print proof of our Spring 2015 issue is.  We never get tired of that first glimpse of the book in its ink and paper glory, even if it’s an unbound proof.

Sadly for the rest of you, it will be a few weeks more before bound copies are ready to ship to your doorsteps.  However, to tide you over until then, here’s a snippet of the cover story, ‘The Inner Light’ by Raven Contest winner Krista Wallace, based on the cover painting by Dutch artist Tais Teng.

And if you haven’t ordered a copy yet, be sure to subscribe here to make sure yours will be in the mail.

The Inner Light

by Krista Wallace

“I’m trying my best,” Matilda said.

“Yes, of course I hear you.” Matilda stared into the shiny blackness.

“I know.” Matilda stroked the glossy surface.

“I’m sorry.” Matilda’s pitch rose as anxiety crept up her throat. “There is more coming, I promise.”

“No, please. Please don’t.” Fear scratched at her chest. “Please. I promise there’s more. Lots more. Just please leave Andrew alone.”

Matilda backed away, her fingertips kissing the cold sphere before finally disconnecting. Then she turned and hastened out of the lobby and into the theatre, where the cast was waiting. The stage manager had handed out scripts, and they were all seated around the table on the stage. Waiting for her. Ah. There was Andrew, at the head of the table, of course. She strode down the stairs through the seating in the house.

“Right, ladies and gentlemen.” She articulated the next word distinctly. “Macbeth!”

Predictably, the theatre erupted in the hysterical shrieks of high-strung, superstitious actors. Matilda went up the stage-right steps two at a time, while Lady Macbeth dashed down the stage-left steps and ran through the house into the lobby, likely to turn around three times and yell, “Shit!” Banquo and Duncan fled into the back hall, probably to do the same. Macduff spun around on the spot and spat on the floor to his left, while the three witches clung to each other and recited some piece of verse to chase away the evil spirits Matilda had summoned by not referring to the work as ‘The Scottish Play’ within the theatre. The rest of the actors made all sorts of noises and protestations, complaining that Matilda should have known better. The stage manager had to go and invite Lady Mac, Duncan, and Banquo back into the theatre.

“And it must follow, as the night the day / Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Lady Mac intoned the line from Hamlet to nobody in particular, thereby completing her antidote to the curse. Only Andrew — Macbeth himself — remained completely calm; he had stayed seated at the table, patiently awaiting the read-through, with only a glance and an eye roll to indicate he was aware of the panicked bustle surrounding him. Andrew’s calm was an important element of his character.

Matilda smiled to herself at the minor chaos. Fear. Anxiety. Irritation. Anger. If only she could see the sphere from here.

Read the rest in Pulp Literature Issue 6, available soon!

And the Raven Contest Winner Is…

Pesky Summer Jobs by Tais Teng
Pesky Summer Jobs by Tais Teng

Our third contest was a tough one: write a story to go with the intriguing and detailed cover painting, ‘Pesky Summer Jobs’ by Dutch artist Taïs Teng.  Some of the stories submitted merely touched peripherally on the theme of ravens or the ancient artifacts, while others made full use of the visual images, but all of the finalists had something, whether in the theme, the writing, or cleverness of the plot, that caught our eye.

We congratulate once more our 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

From this list the editors would like to make special mention of ‘Odd Jobs’ by KL Mabbs, which was a witty encounter with Babylonian mythology, and ‘Family Relics’ by Katherine Wagner, which managed to encorporate almost all the elements of the painting in an excellent story.

The winner and runner up were both so good that we have decided we will publish both stories in Issue 6, with the runner up receiving our regular per word rate.  We would love to be able to award first prize to both of these, but a favourite must be chosen.  The Runner up in the 2014 Raven Cover Story Contest is

  • ‘The Ravens’ by Anna Belkine.

And the winner is …

  • ‘The Inner Light’ by Krista Wallace!

Actor, author and swordsman CC Humphreys took time out of his busy speaking and writing schedule to choose our winner, and he had this to say:

“The subtlety of Inner Light won me over.  I loved the total immersion in a clearly realized world.  Of course I am an actor and I get the references.  But the story works on many levels other than the theatrical. The writing is clear, precise from the beginning. The unease is there, but subtly, making me want to read on. In such a short piece, the several characters are distinct.  Matilda is nicely nuanced, the arrogance of an award winning director, the fear of someone dealing with forces beyond control.  There’s a distinct sense that the characters will go on – except perhaps for one who won’t!  Sacrifices must be made for art. For success.  As Macbeth discovers. Bravo!”

Our congratulations to Krista Wallace for writing the winning story — and even more for garnering such praise from the brilliant CC Humphreys!

Krista Wallace will be the featured author for Issue 6 of Pulp Literature.  Along with publication and her name in large font on the cover she will receive a prize of $500.00. We are so pleased!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took the time to write such wonderful stories for our contest.

From Jen, Sue and Mel