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2019 Year of Authors: 5th Aug – 9th Aug

It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 30 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

5th – 9th August 2019

Monday: Rhea RoseIssue 12

Rhea Rose is a speculative fiction writer. She holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC, has edited poetry for Edge Press, and has hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers’ workshops. Her most recent work appears in Clockwork Canada and Tesseracts 20. Her three indie novels, The Final Catch: A Tarot Sorceress series, can be found at Amazon or through her website, rheaerose.weebly.com.

Tuesday: Richard E Gropp, Issue 4
Richard E. Gropp lives on the bottom of a lake in Central Florida. It is a shallow lake. He writes stories (mostly science fiction and dark fantasy), takes photographs, and lavishes attention on his husband Jim, and on his 3-year-old German shepherd, Ripley. His first novel, Bad Glass, won the Del Rey Suvudu Writing Contest and was a Bram Stoker Award finalist. His short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Wilde Stories, and Daily Science Fiction. His current novel-in-progress is an epic work of pornographic dystopia. It is only slightly autobiographical.
 

Wednesday:
Richard J O’BrienIssue 19

Richard lives in New Jersey where he teaches writing and literature at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University. His novels include The Garden of Fragile Things, Infestation, and Under the Bronze Moon. Visit Richard at obrienwriter.com and follow him @obrienwriter on Twitter.

Thursday: Rina Piccolo, Issues 7, 16

Rina Piccolo is a cartoonist and writer. Her body of work spans thirty years, and includes a diverse collection of comics, cartoons, illustration, flash fiction, and animation. Rina’s syndicated daily newspaper comic strip “Tina’s Groove” ran from 2002 to 2017. She was also a contributor to the syndicated gag panel strip “Six Chix.” Her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Parade, Glamour Magazine, and more. Rina is co-author and illustrator of “Quirky Quarks: A Cartoon Guide to the Fascinating Realm of Physics.” (Springer Publishing 2016).  In 2017, Rina joined up with cartoonist Hilary Price to collaborate on the daily syndicated comic “Rhymes With Orange.”

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Friday: Rob Taylor, Issue  5
Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. His poetry has appeared in numerous print and online magazines, and he has published a chapbook, entitled splattered earth. He is a co-founder of SFU’s High Altitude Poetry.
 

Moliere Likes Your Page One

Small treeEvery first page is a challenge, often happily so.  We have to establish time and place, hint at the central character and establish tone and authority that lets the reader know she is in good hands.

But Moliere said, The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

As I leaf through Issue 4 of Pulp Literature, I am struck by the excellent craft of the opening lines throughout. Here’s a challenge for you:  match these wonderful first sentences with author and story title.

  1. I’m baking myself a boyfriend, kneading him out with my hands, my elbows, my shoulders.
  2. The boy fell last.
  3. If my mother had insisted it be above the knee, I would have said something.
  4. My name is Chouko (‘butterfly gGirl’) Takeda, and I was born on August 29th, 1967, in a little town called Slocan, BC, just outside of where the old Japanese internment camp used to be.
  5. Standing on her front porch, her eyes crinkle up in that way I love, the laugh lines flowing up from her cheeks, the shadows, as the moon rises overhead, lacing her cheeks.
  6. I was taking a piss and I fell over.
  7. The fight with Carollus was the end of my formal training as a magician.
  8. There is a particular and odious smell that permeates the underworld.
  1. Soldier, Wake by Susanna Kearsley
  2. Victory Girl by Ace Baker
  3. Doughboy Lovers and the Appetites of Desire by Karlo Yeager
  4. Things to Live For by Richard Gropp
  5. Blackthorne & Rose: Agents of DIRE by KG McAbee
  6. Below the Knee by Susan Pieters
  7. The Death of Me by KL Mabbs
  8. Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels

We will send a free ebook issue of your choice if you are the first person to correctly match these first lines with their titles.  Put your answers in the comment section below.

First pages and opening lines… say, what was Moliere’s first line? I checked out the start of his most famous oeuvreTartuffe….

“Mme. Pernelle: Let’s go, Flipote, let’s go. I hate this place.”

Not bad at all, sir. Well played.