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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 7 December

With twenty-four fabulous back issues, one to mark each day of Advent, we hope to share with you the joy and magic of the season. When you purchase an issue on its corresponding day on our Advent Calendar, not only will you be collecting great literature, but you will also receive a special gift.

Today is the seventh day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 7, Summer 2015

In the Summer 2015 Issue:

  • Canada’s king of Science Fiction, Hugo and Nebula award winner Robert J Sawyer ventures into the realm of gothic fantasy with ‘Fallen Angel’.
    “I especially enjoyed the cover story, Sawyer’s “Fallen Angel”: captivating and chilling, it goes beyond what you thought you could imagine, while still convincing you it’s all real.  I recommend this literary magazine to anyone wanting something entertaining and thought provoking to read through. I’m looking forward to reading more!” – Nina M
  • Mel Anastasiou rounds out the first Stella Ryman Omnibus with ‘The Case of the Vanishing Resident’
  • Feel the summer sun scorch you from an alien world in Marta Salek’s ‘It was Summer When He Left’.
  • You will never feel the same about the lazy drone of insects after reading ‘Wings of Nemesis’ by Oscar Windsor-Smith … or about the scuttling of many tiny feet after Rina Piccolo’s ‘Centipedes’.
  • Fling yourself foolishly into midsummer and love with ‘The Wishing Well’ by Susan Pieters, and then cool off in the dangerous watery depths of Holly Walrath’s ‘Mermaid Hunt’.
  • Discover new secrets in Bastion and the Greatwood alike with the continuation of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels.
  • All this beneath a glorious cover by JJ Lee!
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Congratulations to Robert J Sawyer

Please join us in congratulating Issue 7’s feature author, Robert J Sawyer. As the holder of various distinctions in the sci-fi literary community, including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Robert is known around the world as the Canadian master of science fiction.

Now, his contributions to Canadian fiction have earned him a place in the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievements in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond.

Robert will be officially appointed on February 27th. Until then, see the writing chops of this award-winning author for yourself in this excerpt from Pulp Literature Issue 7, Summer 2015.

Fallen Angel

by Robert J Sawyer

Angela Renaldo never knew if it was an act of homage or of defiance—whether it was the ultimate show of faith in God, or whether it was tantamount to flipping the bird at the Almighty.

Carlo, the eldest of her five brothers, doubtless had an opinion.From his position, planted firmly on the ground, near the bleachers, hands resting on the gray rubber rims of the twin wheels that propelled him along, there could be no doubt. God had enough to keep Himself busy looking after regular folk; He had no time for those who deliberately tempted fate.

Angela, the youngest Renaldo child, loved Carlo; she didn’t love all her brothers, but her affection for Carlo was pure. He was the only one who had played catch with her, the only one who had listened to her, the only one who never seemed to mind her being around.

Now, of course, things were different. Now, Carlo didn’t play catch with anyone. He just sat in his chair, almost never looking up.

There was nothing to fear, Poppa always said. We’ll be so high up that we’ll catch God’s eye. 

Read the rest of ‘Fallen Angel’ in Pulp Literature Issue 7,
on sale for only 9.99 print / 3.49 ebook till the end of the month!






Summer is Coming!

With summer, come lazy days on the beach, in the garden, or in transit to your holiday escape.  Wherever you find yourself this summer, you’ll want a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other.  To help you stack your sidetable we’re offering a $2 discount on pre-orders of Issue 11, featuring Matthew Hooton, Robert Jeshonek and the last episode of Allaigna’s Song: Overture, due out July 1st, just in time for Canada Day!

Issue 11 cover smallIssue 11, Summer 2016



And if you need reading material before July, we’ve dropped the prices on Amazon.com for our Summer 2014 and Summer 2015 issues to $2.99 each for the month of June as well.  Stock up your e-reader and save!

Issue 7 cover

Issue 7, Summer 2015

Issue 3 cover

Issue 3, Summer 2014

Crafting Supporting Characters: Robert Sawyer and GRR Martin Show How It’s Done

I’m a great admirer of authors who make exceptional use of supporting characters.  A cast of extras is fun to write, of course.  And supporting characters can say with charm, or the complete lack of it, what the character wouldn’t.  But their magic goes deeper than that. Here are three steps farther than snappy dialogue…Sawyer cropped

1. We should hear a supporting character state the theme of the story early on, as in Robert Sawyer’s brilliant “Fallen Angel”, where the father tells his daughter Angela that there was nothing to fear. “We’ll be so high up we’ll catch God’s eye.’’ But she does fear, and the story turns on her fear and what she does because of it.

2.  Supporting characters force the protagonist to show the readers his heroic qualities in contrast with their less heroic aspects. They make sure we don’t miss the hero’s flaws, either. Take a look at the many Brothers who have taken the Black on the Wall in Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Their leader Jon Snow is so remarkably steadfast and true that it takes an army of supporting characters to bring out his weaknesses.

3. Supporting characters at their best force the protagonist – and antagonist – to make choices they would not have faced on their own, no matter how stubborn or brave they might be.  I was just re-reading (for about the fiftieth time since I got it in my stocking at fourteen) Bel Kaufman’s amazing Up the Down Staircase. There’s not a character in there that doesn’t force young teacher Sylvia Barrett to make agonizing choices.  That’s pretty rare craft in a book told through notes, letters, memos, and scribbles on the backboard.

What can your supporting characters do for your protagonist?

 Robert Sawyer. Fallen Angel. Pulp Literature Press, Issue 7. Vancouver, 2014.

GRR Martin. A Game of Thrones. Bantam, 1996.

Bel Kaufman. Up the Down Staircase. Avon Books, New York. 1964.small singer copy



Issue 7 Spotlight: Oscar Windsor-Smith

There’s a story behind Oscar Windsor-Smith’s Issue 7 story.  In Oscar’s own words:

‘Wings of Nemesis’ is a short story about the rehabilitation of a military drone pilot suffering posttraumatic mental breakdown.  The story began life as an entry for a multi-round international literary competition, where it achieved joint first place in its round.  But there’s a sting in tail, which led me into the most surreal situation of my writing life thus far.

A writer friend, who also happens to be a scientist, suggested he knew of a suitable home for ‘Wings of Nemesis’ in what he described as an anthology. This led to my submitting the story to a scientist friend of his at a well-known UK university.  I duly received an email telling me that ‘Wings of Nemesis’ had “been accepted for development into a full paper submission for…” [A scientific journal concerned with technological forecasting].  The email went on: “…from a very competitive field you have been selected… This is a very commendable achievement and we acknowledge your talents and skills in this newly emerging research area.”  So far, so bizarre, but it got even stranger.

I received detailed instructions as to how, when and in what form my “paper” should be submitted, under the overall title: “Creative science prototyping [truncated title]…” My story was further elevated to the status, variously, of an “extended abstract”, a “creative prototype” and a “vignette”, none of which made the slightest sense to me. What did become clear was:  in order to bring my humble, under 3000 word, story up to these lofty standards, I was expected to write at very least another 7500 words, at most 17,500.

Issue 7 coverResearch into the T&Cs of the scientific journal’s publisher revealed that, if published, I would lose my copyright and I would receive no payment, although the journal and articles it contained would be exorbitantly priced.  I declined this opportunity of unpaid scientific glory.

Which is why ‘Wings of Nemesis’ was available to take up its present happy home in Issue 7 of Pulp Literature, complemented by superb illustrations and surrounded by other excellent stories.

My experience of publication in Pulp Literature was very positive.  They’re a friendly and cooperative team to work with.  Oh, and they do pay – promptly.

Oscar Windsor SmithSounds surreal, eh? Don’t forget to pick up your own copy of Pulp Literature Issue 7, to read ‘Wings of Nemesis’ for yourself!  For more from Oscar see Nighthawks a Fable of New York, in The View from Here, Trumpet Volunteer, in Flash Fiction Online and No Alligators in Virginia, in Everyday Fiction. Or visit his blog at http://oscarwindsor-smith.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Issue 7 feature author: Robert J Sawyer

Untitled-2Canadian readers will especially recognize the name of our feature author for Issue 7 as a leading name in science fiction: Robert J Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, Arthur Ellis, and Aurora awards, and with good reason. His books are intelligent and dynamic, introspective and fast-paced. They are true to the calling of great science fiction, seeing our present sharply through the mirror of the future.

Sawyer’s latest book, Red Planet Blues, is unique for its genre crossing, combining traditional pulp genre elements in the futuristic setting of Mars. The novel begins in classic detective fashion, so much so that I can’t help but see fishnet stockings and film noir shadows crossing the set as a hot babe walks in to the only detective agency on Mars to ask a private eye to locate her missing husband…

Before you rush off to buy the book (which I recommend), don’t forget to purchase your issue of Issue 7, to read another cross-genre Sawyer story, ‘Fallen Angel.’ It’s a fantasy story with gothic tones, as a young girl tries to worm out of a deal with the devil. Issues will be mailed out this week! Or come and purchase a copy at our Issue 7 launch party Monday night at the Wolf and Hound pub — we’re set to enjoy ourselves with a beer and a bit of storytelling. What could be a better way to enjoy summer?




Summer 2015 Launch

Issue 7 coverWe enjoyed the Magpie Award party so much at the Wolf & Hound, we’ve decided to go back for our annual Summer Launch Party!

Join us at the Wolf & Hound on Monday July 6th.  You can pick up your hot-off-the-presses copies of Issue 7.  Please RSVP to info(at)pulpliterature.com so we can give pub a heads-up for numbers. All three editors are in town, and we look forward to meeting you and raising a glass or three of beer!

Issue 7 Launch Party
Monday 6 July, 7 – 9pm
The Wolf & Hound, 3617 W Broadway
rsvp: info(at)pulpliterature.com