Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon 2019

Back by popular demand we bring you our holiday afternoon of swordplay, readings, and tea-drinking, set amid the annual artisan fair at Academie Duello.  This year, we’ve upped the excitement and deliciousness with a baking contest, open to all! Read on for more details …

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 15 December, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 W Hastings, Vancouver BC
RSVP here!

The Artisans

Here to tempt you with all things delightful, the artisans of this year’s event have got your holiday shopping list covered! From artwork to playtime. From tasty treats to literary feats. From leather to clay to metal. Our vendors, with their fabulous creations, make shopping local the must-do of the holiday seaso:  Big Pear, Crossed Promise, Donald’s Eye Chainmail Jewellery, Geekcessories, Hussar Armoury, Ian and Quintin’s Leatherworks, Illuminated Geek, Ilena Lee Pottery, Miss Livia Rose, NYWN Art, Scrap Paper Entertainment,Tiger Butter Etc, and Wildwood Spiderling.

The Authors

With readings that span genre, geography, and generation, storytime just got fabulous! So lend an ear as the words of Akem, CC Humphreys, Gregory Brown, JJ Lee, JM Landels, Laura Kostur, Matthew Hughes, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, and others take you on adventures near and far.

The Books

What the Wind Brings

Sunday is the official launch day for the trade and ebook versions of What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes.  We released the hardcover earlier this year, and it’s been gathering some very positive press.   If you’re on the fence about whether or not to read it, why not let the words of these reviewers and interviewers sway you?

  • Locus interview here
  • Amazing Stories reviews here and here
  • SFFWorld review here
  • BCBookLook review here
  • Goodreads reviews here

Have they convinced you to read it for yourself? Good! Let’s get a copy in your hands!  Choose from limited edition hardcover, trade paper-back, and ebook. Then join us at our 2019 Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon to get a signature and listen to a reading from Matthew himself.

Pulp Literature Issue 25, Winter 2020

You’ll find our big 25th issue hot off the presses at the launch! With the beautiful red pointe shoe of On Thin Ice, cover artist Ann-Marie Brown (who will be appearing in person at the launch) offers the poignant opening act. Just as a dancer en pointe appears weightless, suspended in a moment of grace, so too do our authors, balancing the weight of beauty and sorrow.

  • Blood and booze set the stage in ‘Wrap Party’ as featured author AM Dellamonica takes us behind the scenes of community theatre.
  • It’s turtles all the way down as Frances Rowat explores the itch and scratch of reckoning in ‘The Smell of Antiseptic’, and Graham Robert Scott and Wallace Cleaves consider the weight of legacy in ‘A Parable of Things that Crawl and Fly’.
  • Two very different genies awake when Susan Pieters casts off ill-fitting confines in ‘Buddha in a Bottle’, and Akem explores capture and deliverance in ‘Shotguns and Jinn’.
  • Elusive moments slip away as Rebecca Ruth Gould’s ‘Hands’ and Allison Bannister’s ‘Ghost Room’ remind us that love and memory are companion phantoms.
  • Adult children ask what is owed by a daughter to her mother, and a son to his father, as our Hummingbird contest winners, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki and Chad V Broughman, explore loss and longing in ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Featherweight’.
  • Poets David Troupes, Matthew Walsh, and Nicholas Alti deftly guide us through landscape, dreamscape, and escape, each finding unique ache in the ties that bind.
  • And finally, two fan favourites reappear: Mel Anastasiou’s Frankie Ray arrives in Hollywood in part three of The Extra, and JM Landels gives us a prequel glimpse of Irdaign, her twin sister, and the caper gone wrong that sets the wheel of the Allaigna’s Song trilogy in motion.

Order issue 25 here or pick it up along with back issues at a 3 for 2 deal on Sunday!

The Great Bookish Bake-Off

Put down your pens and pick up your rolling pins, it’s a cookie contest, a bar brawl, a tart tournament. It’s The Great Bookish Bake-Off!  This year as part of the Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon on December 15th, we are inviting you to take place in a baking contest.

Bring two dozen homemade cookies, bars, tiny tarts, or savoury snacks that would look at home on a 3-tiered high tea platter and we’ll give you a free ebook and enter you in our prize draw. Plus your creations will compete to win prizes for the tastiest treats. Bonus prizes for literary allusions and swordy themes.

If you don’t bake but you do eat, you can join the ranks of our judges (aka all the attendees) in delivering your verdict popular vote.  In addition to all this deliciousness there will be author readings and signings, an artisan craft fair, and (natch) swordfighting. See you there with your finest fare!  Entry to the event is free, but please RSVP so we have an idea of how many pots of tea to brew.

The Swordplay

In between shopping, sampling sweets, and enjoying author readings and signings, be sure to catch three thrilling displays of swashbuckling by Academie Duello’s daring demo team.

The Silent Auction and Door Prizes

As you browse the artisan fair, be sure to check out the bid sheets for our silent auction.  There are books, artwork, jewellery, and delicious treats, as well as gift certificates for adventure to be had.  The auction closes at 4:30, and the prizes will be drawn by 5:00, so be sure to enter the prize draw and keep an eye on your bids!

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 15 December, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 W Hastings, Vancouver BC
RSVP here!

Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 14 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 fourteenth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 14, Spring 2017

Planes, trains, automobiles, and mechanical bears carry us away this issue!

  • Bestselling author, actor, and swordsman CC Humphreys sets two strangers on a train ride in ‘The Ankle Bracelet’.  
  • Colin Thornton’s ‘Candy Apple Baby’ spins us out of control on the road.
  • Poetry from Ian Haight’s ‘Detroit’ takes us to the gritty streets of motor city.
  • Joseph Stilwell’s and Hugh Henderson’s graphic novel Blue Skies Over Nine Isles, soars to an intriguing post-post-apocalyptic future.
  • The protagonist of ‘Robin Hood’ by Susan Pieters takes a road she hadn’t planned to travel.
  • We’re stalked by two very different bears, in Greg Brown’s ‘Bear’ and William Charles Brock’s ‘Jonathan S Primrose Gets Eaten by a Bear’.
  • David Clink’s ‘Birdcage’ takes a suburban trip to the final destination.
  • There are two contest winners this issue.  Our Raven Short Story Contest champion Pat Flewwelling’s ‘The Handler’ is a superhero tale that doesn’t put a foot — or wing — wrong; and the winner of the Surrey International Writers’ Conference’s Storyteller’s Award, Claire Gregory, tells a poignant tale of heartbreak and betrayal from the beginning of the last century in ‘Forget Me Not’.
  • Stella Ryman is back with more amateur sleuthing and righteous red-tape slashing in The Case of the Fallen Crusader.
  • And with the second instalment of Allaigna’s Song:  Aria, our heroine wields magic and a hero’s conscience as she gets farther and farther from home.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 13 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 Friday the lucky thirteenth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 13, Winter 2017.

Peek beneath the fascinating and ominous cover by Zoran Pekovic to discover a wealth of stories inside Issue 13:

Issue 13 cover by Zoran Pekovic
  • Matthew Hughes brings masterful storytelling to two great tales as a twentieth-century statesman weighs the value of fate in ‘The Devil You Don’t’ and a hapless investigator sees more than he imagines — and less than he should — in ‘Fishface and the Leg’.
  • A hitchhiker and a band of aliens cut loose on a road trip from hell in FJ Bergmann’s ‘How to Lose a Week’, while an organ courier faces down a heart with designs of its own in Rebecca Wurtz’s prizewinning tale, ‘Xuefei and His Heart’.
  • ‘Piano Music’ by Susan Pieters uncovers a busy family’s true heart; another family balances disappointment with beauty on a shoestring in Jenna Park’s coming-of-age tale ‘Painted Nails’; and it’s hard for kids to keep merry when there’s a Santa-shaped monster behind the walls in Anna Belkine’s ‘Better Watch Out’.
  • Discover death, darkness, light, and love in poetry by Susie Taylor, Daniel Aristi, Jude Neale, and Elizabeth Armerding.
  • Anat Rabkin’s beautifully drawn ‘It Rained Then Too’ tells the story of a relationship broken by agony and transformed by revelation.
  • A young woman faces dark magic and a cursed choice in Carolyn Oliver’s ‘The Green Thread and the Blue’, while a mermaid smuggler struggles with his career choices in Eric Del Carlo’s ‘Mermail’.
  • In The Case of the Cavalier’s Rapier, Book 3 of Mel Anastasiou’s Seven Swans Mysteries in Time, Spencer Stevens gets a second chance at happiness during the English Civil War
  • And finally, swordswoman Allaigna returns to our pages with gripping adventures rich in enchantment, political intrigue, and the secrets of a royal family in part one of the new serialized novel by JM Landels, Allaigna’s Song:  Aria.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 12 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 twelfth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 12, Autumn 2016

In this issue curl up at the feet of Melissa Mary Duncan’s Story Teller, pull the blankets snug about you, and sink into the worlds of story:Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

  • In keeping with the season, our feature story by Bob Thurber, ‘If You’d Like to Make a Call, Please Hang Up’, is suitably chilling, as is the eerie ‘Night Stylist’ by Peter Norman and ‘Curse of the Woods’ by Bevan Thomas and Eric Johnson.
  • Even our beloved Stella’s mystery is more ominous than usual in Mel Anastasiou’s ‘Stella Ryman and the Man with the Gun’, and JM Landels turns from fantasy to horror with ‘Masquerade’.
  • Filling in the fantasy niche this issue we have Douglas Smith’s high fantasy ‘Last of a Thing’ and Rhea Rose’s modern folk tale ‘The Gamogue’.
  • But it’s not all dark.  We have unlikely matchmaking in ‘Analyze and Discuss’ by Stephen Koster, tongue-in-cheek drama from Sue Pieters in ‘Family AGM’, and a touching marriage of minds with Alexis A Hunter’s ‘Nightshade and Datura’.
  • We also have our Magpie Award–winning poem by Nicola Aimé, and the runners-up by Katie Vautourand Marnie Eldridge.  All this is bookended by another piece by Bob Thurber, this one an excerpt from his brilliant and recently re-released novel, Paperboy.
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Awards Nomination Season: the 2019 Round Up

What a pleasure to nominate our amazing authors for this year’s awards.  As a multi-genre publisher, we try to nominate our authors for as many as we can to help their careers along.  For fan-based awards we rely on you, our fans who are members of organizations like the CFFSA and SFWA, and attendees of World Con, World Fantasy, and other conventions to nominate your favourites.  To help you sort out eligibility, here’s a list of everything we’ve published this year, with the exception of reprints and novel excerpts, sorted by genre.  Stories that overlap genres may be listed more than once.

If you are interested in receiving complimentary review copies of any of these works, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page, and don’t forget to put us down for consideration in your respective circles!

2019 Publications

Asterisks * indicate Canadian authors.  Contest winners are identifed following the title.  For lists of specific author identities, such as women writers, writers of colour, or self-identified LGBTQIA writers please email us at info (at) pulpliterature.com.

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror

Novels

Advent by Michael Kamakana
When the aliens came, everything we thought we knew was wrong.  This is the motif that runs through Michael Kamakana’s refreshingly different take on alien invasion.  It’s not War of the Worlds or even Childhood’s End.  It’s a far more subtle and quiet takeover, which unfolds in the periphery of everyday lives.  The rolling language repeats like waves on a shore, carrying the reader deeper and deeper, until we too, feel like we have been colonized.

What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes
Out of the fires of Caribbean revolution, shipwrecked onto the shores and jungles of Ecuador, a slave, a captive, and a shaman fight Inquisition-era Spain for freedom. In times like these, when power spends blood like pennies, what chance do these disparate underdogs have to create an independent nation? A sweeping slipstream historical epic from Matthew Hughes.

Novellas & Novelettes

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘The Seven Swans: The Mystery of the Forgotten Soldier’ by Mel Anastasiou*

Short Stories

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘The Fishmonger’s Wife,’ by Michael Bracken
‘A Seed in Every Womb’ by Emily Lonie*
‘Rules of Salvage: by Margot Spronk*
‘A Pleasant Walk, a Pleasant Talk’ by Graham J Darling*
‘The Golden Feather’ by Jenny Blackford
‘Stonecold’ by Leslie Wibberley*
‘Day Three’ by Robert Runté * (Hummingbird Prize Runner-up)
Pulp Literature
 Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘The Nix’s Wife’ by Kathryn Yelinek
‘Spin Doctor’ by Susan Pieters*
‘Snapshots’ by Leo X Robertson
‘Late Night Fun Facts on the No. 65’ by JTF King
Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
‘Wolf, Dog, Sun,’ by Christian Walter
‘The Thieving Pot’ by Lena Mahmoud
‘On the Sixth Day’ by Deborah L Davitt
‘Black Market’ by Susan Pieters*
‘Biophilia’ by Margot Spronk*
Pulp Literature Issue 24. Autumn 2019
‘The Man in the Long Black Coat: Bekker’ by JJ Lee*
‘Black Glass’ by Adam Fout
‘Cabin Fever’ by KT Wagner*
‘Yellow Paint’ by FJ Bergmann

Graphic Arts Short Stories

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘Under Pale Flesh’ by Kris Sayer*
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘The Endless Drop’ by Minna Hakkola & Matthew Nielsen*

Mystery & Crime

Novels

The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman: Further Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou
When the machineries of institution fail to protect Fairmount Manor, octogenarian amateur sleuth Mrs Stella Ryman rolls up her fleece jacket sleeves to ferret out  a thief, investigate a gun-toting resident, set right a mishandled investigation of a man’s death, pursue spectres and footpads walking at midnight, and discover Thelma Hu’s long-lost fortune.  No good deed goes unpunished, though, and Stella will face struggles, mysteries, and sacrifices that hit her where she lives.

Novellas & Novelettes

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘The Seven Swans: The Mystery of the Forgotten Soldier’ by Mel Anastasiou*
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘The Extra’ by Mel Anastasiou*
Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
‘Stella Ryman and the Locked Room Mystery’ by Mel Anastasiou*
Pulp Literature Issue 24, Autumn 2019
‘The Extra: Frankie Ray Goes to Hollywood’ by Mel Anastasiou*

Short Stories

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘The Fishmonger’s Wife,’ by Michael Bracken
‘The Golden Feather’ by Jenny Blackford
‘Stonecold’ by Leslie Wibberley*
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘The Nix’s Wife’ by Kathryn Yelinek
Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
‘Good for Grapes’ by Kelly Robson*
Pulp Literature Issue 24, Autumn 2019
‘Cabin Fever’ by KT Wagner
‘Red Tiger’ by Chuck Lim

Contemporary, Literary, and Historical

Novels

What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes

Novellas & Novelettes

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘The Seven Swans: The Mystery of the Forgotten Soldier’ by Mel Anastasiou*
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘The Extra’ by Mel Anastasiou*
Pulp Literature Issue 24, Autumn 2019
‘The Shepherdess’ by JM Landels*
‘The Extra: Frankie Ray Goes to Hollywood’ by Mel Anastasiou*

Short Stories

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘Echo/Narcissus’ by Joelle Kidd*
‘Madame Sylvie’s Three Rules on Speaking for the Dead’ by Susan Pieters*
‘The Angler’ by Nicholas Christian (Hummingbird Prize Winner)
‘Day Three’ by Robert Runté * (Hummingbird Prize Runner-up)
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘Late Night Fun Facts on the No. 65’ by JTF King
‘Spin Doctor’ by Susan Pieters*
‘Girls who Dance in the Flames’ by Cheryl Wolner (Raven Short Story Contest Winner)
Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
‘Wolf, Dog, Sun,’ by Christian Walter
‘Black Market’ by Susan Pieters*
‘White Rabbit’ by Deepthi Atukorala*
‘Wife Giver’ by Josephine Greenland (Hummingbird Prize Winner)
‘The Inherited Love of Unexplainable Things’ by Zoë Johnson*
Pulp Literature Issue 24, Autumn 2019
‘Cabin Fever’ by KT Wagner*
‘The Bumblebee’s Daughter’ by Robin Malcolm
‘The Map According to Me’ by Susan Pieters*
‘Red Tiger’ by Chuck Lim

Graphic Arts Short Stories

Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
‘Wall Street at Night’ by Lola Ridge and Chaille Stovall

Poetry

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
‘Gone,’ ‘Forest Edge,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ by Evelyn Lau*
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
‘Cry’ by David Ly*
‘Tantrum’ by Heather Christle
‘Snowshoeing’ by Mary Willis
Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
‘An Examination of a Freckle’ by Casey Reiland
‘Asturias’ by Alison Braid
‘Waltz for My Brother’ by Raluca Balasa
Pulp Literature Issue 24, Autumn 2019
‘A Short History of Space Travel’ by Susan Haldane (Magpie Award Winner)
‘Whiskey Breath’ by Jack Waldheim (Magpie AwardFirst Runner-Up)
‘The Last of the Iron Lungs’ by Roxanna Bennett (Magpie Award Second Runner-Up)

Artwork

Cover Art

Pulp Literature Issue 21, Winter 2019
Frost and Snow by Melissa Mary Duncan*
Pulp Literature Issue 22, Spring 2019
Purple Siren, by Herman Lau*
Pulp Literature Issue 23, Summer 2019
Greetings, by Akem*
Pulp Literature Issue 24, Autumn 2019
Vimy, by Steve R Gagnon*

Illustrations

Body of work, Mel Anastasiou*: Pulp Literature Issues 21-24

Astounding (formerly John W Campbell) Award for New Writer

Michael Kamakana for Advent.

Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 11 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 eleventh day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 11, Summer 2016

Under Kris Sayer‘s Songbird award-winning painting you’ll find a smörgasbord of summer reading.

  • Taste the transience of heroism in Matthew Hooton’s feature story, ‘How to Write an Obituary for a Superhero’.
  • Memory is bittersweet and frangible in the sharply chiselled ‘Chipping’ by Jono Naito, the haunting ‘As If My Every Word Has Turned to Glass’ by Robert Jeschonek, and the ominous ‘The Third Man’ by Michael Ryan.
  • ‘Finding Relatives’ by Susan Pieters is laced with the subtle western nuance of small-town California, half-way around the world from ‘Yellow Scarves’ by Jonathon Dalton, a tale based in Chinese history with relevance for today.
  • Discover if the rich reward of loyalty is love or death in Mel Anastasiou’s ‘Seven Swans:  The Sword and Pikestaff Mystery’.
  • Sweet dreams come in Amy Fant’s ‘Babies for Sale’ and in poems from PA Levyand Megan Waring, but nightmares come to life in ‘The Third Man’ by Michael Ryan.
  • We satisfy our readers at last with the final chapters of Allaigna’s Song:  Overture by JM Landels … but don’t blame us if you wind up wanting more!
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 10 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 tenth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 10, Spring 2016

Mysteries, monsters, and myths are all the rage in this issue, guarded by Britt-Lise Newstead’s fierce cover girl in ‘She Doesn’t Know She’s Small’.

Issue 10 small
  • Follow Hue de Paien, the High Constable whose detective work could cost him more than just his knees in Carol Berg’s ‘Uncanonical Murder’;
    “Berg’s world, redolent of medieval France, is populated with living, breathing characters. … it’s clear the depth of thought she has brought to her creation.  Her prose is clear and uncluttered. ‘Uncanonical Murder’ is also a decent mystery, something I’ve seen too many sci-fi and fantasy writers forget to succeed at.” – Fletcher Vredenburgh, Black Gate
  • Meet Moishe Cohen, self-appointed vampire-slayer in Gregg Chamberlain’s ‘Monster Hunter’;
  • Rejoin our favourite octogenarian sleuth Stella Ryman as she tracks down ‘The Thief Called Edge’, by Mel Anastasiou;
  • Discover the difference between beast and human in Sarina Bosco’s haunting fairy tale interpretation, ‘Soul Making’;
  • Find out from Susan Pieters how to rid yourself of the ‘Five Finger Blade’ — and why you may not want to;
  • Read between the lines in Andrea Lewis’s ‘Vellum’, and reveal the identity of the mysterious visitor in Stephen Case’s ‘Two Twenty-Two’;
  • Find truths in fabricated fairy tales and myths with the winners of our Raven contest, Emily Linstrom’s ‘Black Blizzard’ and PE Bolivar’s ‘The Lament for iCarus’.
  • Uncover a haunting past in Kris Sayer’s short comic, ‘Where her Armour was Weakest’.
  • Finally, unravel more secrets of Allaigna’s heritage in the penultimate installment of Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 9 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 ninth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 9, Winter 2016

This carefully crafted issue is brought to you by the letter C …

  • Climb up a GMO fairytale of the future, in George McWhirter’s feature story, ‘Stalk.
  • Crawl painfully across the pub floor in the opening novella of contributing editor Mel Anastasiou’s time-travelling mystery series, The Seven Swans.
  • Collapse into the dentist’s chair at your own risk in ‘Aliens in Your Teeth by Matt Andrew.
  • Contemplate the ways of winter in poetry by Ashley-Elizabeth Best and Mary H Auerbach Rykov.
  • Cork your emotions in ‘Space Tears Can Hurtby Greg Walklin.
  • Clasp your drink in ‘Take this Cup’ by contributing editor Susan Pieters.
  • Classify a new species in ‘Hot House Flower’ by Stephanie Charette.
  • Conclude an eternal argument in our graphic story, ‘Forbidden Fruit’ by Anat Rabkin.
  • Congratulate our Hummingbird Prize winners Cristina Crocker Escribano and Jennica Broom for their stories, ‘The Last Neanderthals’ and ‘Dream Home’.
  • Finally, collect your sword in the next instalment of Allaigna’s Song: Overture by our own JM Landels.
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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 8 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 eighth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 8, Autumn 2015

In this eighth Issue:

Travel through time and space with our cover hero, Mel Anastasiou’s ‘Albert Ball on Galactic Shore Leave’ to meet characters you will never forget.CoverJuly13

  • Go back to the Second World War to discover monsters and men of mystery in JJ Lee’s ‘The Man in the Long Black Coat’.
  • Then jump to the future so fast you can almost erase your past, in Julian Mortimer Smith’s ‘World of Dew’.
  • Closer to the present, try your luck at making a deal with the devil in Fred Zackel’s ‘The Devil’s Condom’ and take sibling rivalry to a new level in Tais Teng’s ‘Growing up with Your Dead Sister’.  
  • Top that off with a miracle pill in ‘Full Spectrum’ by Susan Pieters before attending a steampunk ball in your borrowed best with Donald Duncan’s ‘Cropper’s Ball’, and find out the real way to become a zombie in ‘Whole’ by Joanna Lesher.
  • Enjoy our graphic short about true heroes in Mel Anastasiou’s ‘The Dragon Archer’ before raising a toast to British Columbia talent in poems from our Magpie Award winners Diane Tucker, Ace Baker, and Jude Neale.
  • Last but not least, join Allaigna as she dances a reel and hides her royal blood from her relatives in the next instalment of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels.
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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

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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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As we begin this holiday season and our look back at the great issues of the past, I feel the same suspense I did as a child, knowing that with each day comes the treasure of the season’s familiar comforts and of the unexpected surprises along the way.

Sign up for our Advent Calendar here, and explore back issues of the magazine here.