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CC Humphreys New Novel Coming Soon: Plague

cchumphreysportrait.Author. Actor. Swordsman. That’s the title of CC Humphreys’s website. http://cchumphreys.com

He’s got a new novel coming out on July 15th.  Watch for Plague —and for chances to hear Chris read from it. Because CC Humphreys gives one hell of a reading.

With one sweep of his blue-green beacon of a gaze, he casts you hugger-mugger into the fray of his thriller. Now, you’re tottering in your padded jerkin on London’s South Embankment, nose to nose with a gang of armed Elizabethan thugs. He thrusts a sword and buckler your way, and the conflict overtakes you. It’s fight or die….

I love CC Humphreys’s books, and by a very good fortune, he enjoys writing them. Not that rapidly paced, well-researched storytelling is a doddle. He likens writing to climbing a mountain: step by step, and don’t look down. But it’s exciting, too, like his stories.

I last heard him read in London’s Samuel French Ltd, Bookstore—established 1830—a great venue whereat to entertain his listeners with stories of his quite epic career: how he became a Shakespearian actor, how he wrote his first play in 24 hours and won first prize, and how the idea for his first full-length novel occurred to him: there was CC Humphreys, chinning himself on gym bars, and noticing in the mirror as he did so that he had quite a long neck. Easy work for the axeman, he thought. Or… for the swordsman. From there, it was a leather-booted leap of inspiration to six-fingered Anne Boleyn and the swordsman hired to behead her. The French Executioner, which has one of the best opening lines ever penned. Look it up. On his site: cchumphreys.com

And never miss one of the man’s readings.

Also by CC Humphreys:

Shakespeare’s Rebel, Orion, 2013

A Place Called Armageddon, Orion, 2012

The Hunt of the Unicorn, Knopf, 2011

Vlad: the Last Confession, Orion, 2009

The Runestone Saga, Knopf, 2006 – 2008

The Jack Absolute Series, Orion, 2003 – 2006

The French Executioner Series, Orion, 2002 – 2003



A Literary Evening

Susan Pieters
Susan Pieters

Tonight, Wednesday November 27th, Sue Pieters will be reading excerpts from our first issue at the George Mackie Library in North Delta along with other emerging and published Fraser Valley authors.

Come down and join them for an evening of literary fun and prizes.  Participate in the open mic portion of the evening or sit back and have some coffee/tea and goodies while you listen to the written word, including poems, short stories, novel excerpts and more!

George Mackie Library
8440 112th Street, North Delta
November 27th, 2013
7:00PM to 8:30PM

Bring your own works for the open mic, and get a sneak preview of our printers’ proof!

Pulp Literature Issue 1
Pulp Literature Issue 1
If you can’t make it down to hear Sue in person, you can always check out her guest blog this week on the Vancouver School of Writers‘ site.

It’s here!

Or at least, the unbound printer’s proof has arrived.  As gorgeous as the pdf proof was, there’s nothing quite like the magic of printed pages in your hands.  First Choice Books / Victoria Bindery have done a beautiful job and we can’t wait to get copies into your hands!Pulp Literature proofPhysical books will be going into the mail mid-December, but remember, you can always pick your copy up at the launch party.  There will be a few extras on hand for last minute stocking-stuffers, as well authors available to sign them for you.

Now, I think I’ll sit down — beer in hand, of course — and take a leisurely look through the proof.

Featured Author: CC Humphreys

We don't recruit most of our writers with a buckler to the back of the head.  Honest!
We don’t recruit most of our writers with a buckler to the back of the head. Honest!

Chris (CC) Humphreys was the first author I approached to contribute to Pulp Literature back in the heat of summer when the idea was just simmering.  I caught him at a weak moment:  we had just spent an hour rehearsing our swordfight for the spectacular Bard on the Beach launch of his latest novel, Shakespeare’s Rebel, and were nursing our aching muscles with a couple of beers at the Ascot on Pender.

He cocked his head and a small gleam appeared in his eye.  “I’ve got something” he said.  “It’s not historical though, and it needs a bit of cleaning up.”

I was sold.  Anyone wanting to read Chris’s historical books has a dozen to choose from.  To be able to offer something different from a well-known author, now that is a treat!  And the cleaning up didn’t worry me.  A writer who can put out a quality book every year for the past decade certainly has the chops to tidy up a short story in a matter of months.

It’s possible he may have regretted offering it up, especially when I was politely clearing my throat to see how it was coming while he was finishing edits on his next book, Plague.  However, from the author’s note that accompanied ‘Where the Angels Wait’, I think you can tell he’s pleased with the end result:

CC Humphreys
CC Humphreys

“It has been fascinating revisiting a piece of work I wrote some years ago, before I became a professional writer. I remember being very proud of ‘Where the Angels Wait’ at the time. It seemed to say exactly what I wanted to say at the time, explore what was concerning me. Now… well, it needed some work. I got back into the spirit of it. I also was very aware of all the ticks I had as a young writer. The energy was there but the execution was a little… slipshod?

     “One of the big lessons I’ve learned as a novelist is economy. Saying what you want to say in less. Leaving things unsaid. I’ve probably cut one third of the original and think its much better for it. I’ve also recast it in the present tense when the original was in my more customary past. The story called for it, that immediacy of experience. I wouldn’t have known how to do that at the time.

    “I have to say, I am delighted with the result – and want to thank my editors for this opportunity to go back in time. I wouldn’t want to live there now, as writer or person. But it was good to visit.”

We’re not just delighted — we’re thrilled with the result!  And we can’t wait to show it to you in Issue no. 1 of Pulp Literature!