Congratulations Rebecca Gomez Farrell, author of ‘Thlush-a-lum’ in Pulp Literature Issue 5, on her new book out with Meerkat Press. Her fantasy novel Wings Unseen is available for preorder. Here’s a taste of what lies in store for her readers.
To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water. … more here.
Rebecca Gomez Farrell writes all the speculative fiction genres she can conjure up. An associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Becca’s shorter works have been published by the Future Fire, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and Pulp Literature, among other outlets. She is thrilled to have Meerkat Press publish her debut fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, in August 2017.
excerpted from Pulp Literature Issue 5, Winter 2015
Markella’s earliest memories are of the sounds outside her window. At hours when no men moved, rustling branches and shuffling grass woke her. A beating pulse like slower, fleshier helicopter blades banished sleep: thlush-a-lum thlush-a-lum. In summers, the heat in her attic bedroom hot enough to incubate, Markella pushed the window open and dozed to the endless static drone of cicadas. In winters, choking radiator warmth wrapped tight around her, she cracked the window and the low, deep hoots of an owl drifted in with the freezing breeze. … read more in Issue 5.
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This interview is a teaser for the flash fiction piece ‘Waiting for Twilight’, the 2014 Hummingbird Prize runner-up by Daniela Elza. Savour this glimpse into the protagonist’s mind while you wait for the story to come out in issue 5.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Getting lost in the moment. Or under a tree. Or by the sea. Where I am less aware of myself.
- What is your greatest fear? Existentially? That I have misread my life.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? To attempt to solve other’s problems when they do not want solutions.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others? Gossip. Judging other people. Small mindedness. Jealousy. Is that too many? Perhaps group them under “stop being boring and pathetic.” There are much better things to waste your breath on. Like, sing, for a change.
- On what occasion do you lie? I do not lie since I cannot remember what I said. But if it saves a life … maybe then.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I was wondering …
- When and where were you happiest? You mean am happiest? When I create music. Or write. When I flirt with life.
- What is your most treasured possession? My piano, of course.
- What is your most marked characteristic? It is hard to not pay attention. It is hard for me to ignore people.
- What is your motto? Do onto others as twilight will do onto you. By which I mean ‘dusk’, not the book.
- What is something we’d never glean about you from ‘Waiting for Twilight’? I love swimming.
Daniela Elza has won prizes in both the Hummingbird and Magpie Awards. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in close to 100 publications. Daniela’s poetry collections are: the weight of dew, the book of It, and, most recently, milk tooth bane bone, of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela was the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley and the 2014 guest editor of emerge anthology.
You can find ‘Waiting for Twilight’ in the upcoming Winter 2015 issue of Pulp Literature, available for another week only on our Kickstarter page
Teenagerhood is an awkward time of strange sensations and metamorphoses. For some it’s worse than others. Meet Markella, the protagonist of Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s ‘Thlush-a-lum’, coming up in Pulp Literature issue 5.
- What is your greatest fear? The unknown, especially when I’m trying to sleep and there are sounds coming from outside that I cannot place. It happens all the time. Some mornings I wake up and feel more worn out than when I went to bed.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? That I don’t satisfy my parents. That must be why they don’t hug and kiss me like other families do.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance? I have four birthmarks on my back: patches of dimpled flesh on my shoulders and on my lower back. I press my fingers into them sometimes, looking in the mirror, and expect it to hurt, but I guess I don’t press hard enough. Can you press too hard? I don’t want to know.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Sizzle, snap, flutter, pulse.
- When and where were you happiest? When Mother gave me wine and a smile for my seventeenth birthday.
- How would you like to die? I’ve never thought about that before, though I overheard Mother and Father discussing it once. They always think I can’t hear them when they speak in hushed tones, but I can. All they said was that they hoped it happened “anywhere but here.” I’ve never lived anywhere but home, but I think I’d want that too.
- What is your motto? Don’t listen to what you don’t know.
- What is something we’d never glean about you from ‘Thlush-a-Lum’? I wish I had a sibling. I think — I think I wouldn’t feel so alone if I did. We could learn about everything together, maybe even investigate the sounds outside the window together. I think, with someone else around, I’d feel brave.
In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe, maybe, sea captain was the right choice after all. Becca’s speculative fiction and food and drink blogging can be found at rebeccagomezfarrell.com.
Find out what those sounds outside Markella’s window are in the Winter 2015 issue of Pulp Literature, which can be purchased through our Kickstarter page.
From the Beer Faerie to her great grandaddy, today’s interview is with the Green Man from Margaret Kingsbury’s haunting spec fic story ‘The Longing is Green when the Branches are Trees’, due out in Pulp Literature issue 5.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Roaming through forests that rise and fall over hills and mountains, sap and bark scenting the air.
- What is your motto? Grow.
- What is your greatest fear? Fire and man.
- When and where were you happiest? The centuries I lived as a yew in my grove, our branches entwining, our leaves whispering to one another in the wind.
- What is your most marked characteristic? To humans my skin of bark, to trees my rootless wandering.
- Who are your favourite writers? The ones that publish online and write e-books.
Margaret Kingsbury’s short stories and poems have appeared in Expanded Horizons, NonBinary Review, and in the anthology Battle Runes: Writings on War. Her fairy tale, post apocalypse novel, currently undergoing revision, was recently awarded honourable mention in the Diverse Writers/Worlds grant. You can follow her on twitter @MargaretKWrites.
‘The Longing is Green when the Branches are Trees’ will appear in the Winter 2015 edition of Pulp Literature, due out in December. You can preorder your copy here.
Issue 5 feature author Eileen Kernaghan interviewed the lead character from ‘The Robber Maiden’s Story’. Said Eileen, “She is not an easy subject, but this is what she had to say”:
- What is your greatest fear? If I was afraid of anything, do you think I would admit it?
- On what occasion do you lie? Whenever it seems useful.
- What do you most dislike about your appearance? There is nothing to dislike in my appearance. Say there is, and you’ll feel my knife at your throat.
- When and where were you happiest? When Gerda, my little yellow-haired rabbit, was here with me in the camp.
- What is your most treasured possession? My reindeer Ba. Also the dagger my father stole from a prince (and I stole from my father).
- Who are your favourite writers? I’m sorry, I don’t understand that question.
- How would you like to die? In a blaze of glory, when all my enemies are dead.
Eileen Kernaghan lives in New Westminster, B.C. She is the author of nine historical fantasy novels and a three-time winner of the Aurora Award for Canadian speculative fiction. Her latest novel, Sophie, in Shadow (Thistledown Press, 2014) is set in 1914 India. An associated novel, Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural (2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, while The Alchemist’s Daughter (2004) was shortlisted for the Sheila Egoff Award for Children’s Literature. As well, her short stories and poems have appeared in many North American literary and speculative publications.
The ‘Robber Maiden’s Story’ will appear in Pulp Literature Issue 5, due out in early December. You can purchase individual print or ebook copies as well as subscriptions on our Kickstarter page.