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.
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.