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Where the Angels Wait

Pulp Literature Issue 14 is with the printer and will be available in time for The Creative Ink Festival (31 Mar – 2 Apr) and our launch at Steamworks on Monday April 3rd.  We’re delighted to have another story, ‘The Ankle Bracelet’, from our very first feature author, CC (Chris) Humphreys.

Chris will be on hand at the launch to give a reading and sign books, but in the meantime, let us whet your appetite with a snippet of the poignant ‘Where the Angels Wait’ from all the way back in Pulp Literature Issue 1.

Granada, Andalusia, Spain. August 1986.

Sitting on the edge of the bed now, listening. A door opened, shut, someone has come and gone, that much is certain. They’ve hidden them, and he must find them.

Unless they didn’t leave.


No reply. He has to start. The drawers? Too obvious but he tries a couple. The cushions? He pulls them off the sofa, feels down the back and side, moves carefully because if they
are there what state might they be in? He finds a crumb covered coin, nothing else. On the high shelves then, at the back of the cupboard, rolling in dust? Or in a jar in the bureau, pickled, floating like onions? With others? Alone? Alone, yes, has to be.

He starts to move quicker. Grapes on the table, that’s frightening. Eat one? Too risky. Time’s nearly up, pull back the sheets, grope under the pillows.

“Who’s there?”

He lies back down. “There’s no one there,” he says, challenging the dark.

He sits up. He knows where they are. His father is in the doorway, making it look small, and he has them exactly where they should be.

“Looking for these?” Dad says, and starts to squeeze his eyeballs from his face.

Off the bed,
groping for a light, blundering in an unfamiliar dark to a wall, a door, a switch, filling the room with yellow, running to the window, pulling back the thick curtains. He thrusts his head out into fierce sun and furnace air and the heat brings him back. He remembers where he is.

It takes him longer to remember why.

Six PM. Jet lag muzzles his head like a warm, wet towel and he can’t figure if home is ahead of Granada or behind. No, behind, it’s nine in Vancouver now. Gwen will be getting Sunday breakfast. French toast. Wearing her blue smock to protect her church clothes. If he was there they’d eat, then she’d take the smock off.

“Coming?” she’d ask.

“Nothing to confess,” he’d say.

He’ll call, catch her before she goes, but after a shower. He wants to make sense when he speaks to her. Before the shower though…

read the entire story in Pulp Literature Issue No. 1, Winter 2014.


The Not a Launch Party Party

Wow, it’s been less than a week since we hit our funding goal, and in that time the print copies of issue 5 have arrived, the ebook proof has come in, and we’ve been busy organizing our mailing list to get your rewards out to you … while working on issue 6 content!  All of which means we’ve been too busy to put together a big bash like we did for last year’s launch.

But that’s not going to stop us from celebrating! Mel will be arriving back in town on Wednesday and we three editors invite you to join us at the Irish Heather in Gastown.

time: Wednesday December 10th, 7pm till ??
location: The Irish Heather Gastropub, 212 Carrall St, Vancouver
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511283392492168/

The food’s great, the beer, wine and whiskey list impressive, and the company’s fantastic, since it will consist of all you people who love good books … and beer!

It’s not often you catch all three of us at the same event, and we’d love to meet as many of you as we can.

See you there!

Jen, Sue & Mel

Launch Party tonight!

Yes, it’s today!

PULP Literature Launch / Academie Duello Yule Party
at:  Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay,
412 West Hastings, Vancouver BC
time: 7pm – midnight, blues dancing till 3am
tickets: $20 at the door

As is traditional with for the Duello Yule party, there is a potluck contest.  If you wish to take part bring your best dish, sweet or savoury — you could win the title of potluck champion — though please don’t feel obliged to bring anything.

JJ Lee

Here’s a schedule for the evening
7pm – doors and bar open, mistletoe bingo begins, have your picture taken with Santa.
7:30 – welcome, stage-fighting performances, readings by CC Humphreys, JJ Lee, and Kimberleigh Smithbower Roseblade.
8:15 – Mensur (German duelling sabre) lesson and tournament
8:50 – Prizes for potluck, bingo and tournament
9pm – dancing & swordfighting to the rocking sounds of the Fabulous Ringtones
10pm – book signings in the museum, Blues in the City on the dance floor
midnight – bar closes, but blues dancing continues till 3:00am

CC Humphreys

Our dress code is as you like it:  put on your best ballgown, black tie or an ugly Christmas sweater … it’s all good as long as you’ve got your dancing feet and your festive spirit.

See you there!



A Countdown Calendar

Whatever your holiday persuasion is at this time of year, one of the best things about the season is anticipation.  Even growing up as I did in an entirely secular household, I loved the countdown to Christmas.  Not every year, but every once in a while, I would receive an advent calendar.  They were just gaudy pieces of cardboard with cheap and nasty confections that somehow had the nerve to be called milk chocolate , but I loved them.  Each tiny thrill of opening a new window and getting closer to the big one somehow added up to much more than a collection of 24 candies.

We here at Pulp Literature are more excited than kids on Christmas eve as we get ready for Launch Party on December 20th.  We thought we’d share the anticipation by making an advent calendar of sorts for you, our blog readers.  Each day until the 20th we’ll be posting a special offer on the blog, most of them good for one day only.

However, to start off with a bang our very first special will be good for the whole month!

Advertising Special

For the month of December we are offering ad rates of three issues for the price of two in our 2014 print and digital editions!  For details, see our adverts page.

Check back tomorrow, to see what special offer is available on December 2nd …

30 days to Launch

Magic Forest by Mel Anastasiou
Magic Forest by Mel Anastasiou

It may have seemed very quiet here from the outside, but we have been busy busy busy!

Our fabulous designer Kirsten Call has put together an absolutely gorgeous magazine.  The issue #1 files are at the printer and we are eagerly awaiting the proof.  In the meantime we’re working on the e-book files, and everything should be ready to send to you, whether by postman or aether, in December.  As a teaser, here’s the title page image, by our own very talented Mel Anasatasiou.

And of course the other thing we’re planning is our launch party, happening in one short month  Earlybird tickets are gone, but you can still get tickets from the front desk at Academie Duello for only $15, or on our subscription page for $16.  A steal for a literary swordfighting evening, complete with food, festivities, photos with Santa and mistletoe!


Launch Party!

We have a date and venue for our launch party!

PULP Literature Launch
Friday 20 December 2013
7pm – midnight
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 W Hastings St, Vancouver BC

This is in conjunction with Academie Duello’s annual Yule Party.  That means that, as well as book signings from many of our creators, including Chris Humphreys and JJ Lee, there will be an appetizer contest, dancing, and best of all swordfighting!

(As Chris will attest from the rousing success of the Shakespeare’s Rebel launch last summer, all the best book launches include swordfighting!)

Shakespeare's Rebel book launch: Author vs Giant Spaniard
Shakespeare’s Rebel book launch: Author vs Giant Spaniard

Tickets will be $15, but as a special bonus for our supporters we’ve added early bird prices to the Kickstarter rewards.  You can buy a single ticket for $12, or combine it with previous other rewards such as The Pint, The Flight, The Pub Crawl or The Keg for only $9 extra.

  • The Festive Punch: $12
  • The Festive Pint: $17
  • The Festive Flight: $24
  • The Festive Pub Crawl: $34
  • The Festive Keg: $59

The Punch saves you $3, and the other combos save you $6.  These prices are available only through the Kickstarter campaign, so if you were planning to come to the Academie Duello Yule Party anyway, get your tickets before November 5th!

For those of you who have already contributed to the campaign, you can change your pledge and upgrade to include a ticket by going to your Kickstarter account click on ‘Manage my Pledge’.

Those who have pledged $100 or more will be offered a complementary ticket as our special ‘thank you’.

We hope all of our supporters can make it — we’d love to thank you in person for backing Pulp Literature!