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Origins of a Magnum Opus

This month will see the highly anticipated debut of Matthew Hughes’ novel, What the Wind Brings. With a slip stream narrative, and elements of magical realism, readers might be tempted to believe this novel is a work of fiction — which it is — but it is also based very firmly on real people, real ideologies, and real history. Here is the inspiration for his novel, some 50 years in the making:

In 1971, Matthew Hughes came across an intriguing footnote in a university textbook on cross-cultural conflicts and assimilations. In fewer than two dozen words, the footnote said that a group of shipwrecked slaves had been castaways on the coast of 16 th century Ecuador and had managed to build a new society in conjunction with the indigenous people. 

Hughes thought, “That would make a great historical novel.” 

But researching the events proved difficult. There was very little English-language scholarship about the Zambo state; most of what was available was in Spanish-language journals in Spain and South America. But as the years went by, Hughes kept a watching brief on the subject, gathering what information was to be found in academic papers.

By the second decade of this century, the Zambo state had caught the attention of several North American scholars. Papers and books began to appear, and the true shape of what had happened in Esmeraldas began to emerge. In 2014, The Canada Council for the Arts awarded Hughes a major grant and he began the process of putting the story together.

In 2018, he found a publisher in Pulp Literature Press.

The Zambo state remains a distinct ethnic identity in parts of Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Their history was largely ignored, thanks in large part to historical whitewashing that has only recently been re-examined. We believe What the Wind Brings is a credit to that new research, as well as a credit to well-researched and masterfully written historical fiction.

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2019 Year of Authors: September 16th – 20th

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 have been 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. Perhaps we’ve saved the best for last, but that’ll be up for you to decide. Please raise your glasses to week 36, the final week of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

16th – 20th September 2019

Monday: Valentina Cano, Issue 7

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also watches over a veritable army of pets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Of the Web.

 

Tuesday: Wally Swist, Issue 7
Wally Swist has produced over three dozen books and chapbooks of poetry and prose.  His poems have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, such as Alaska Quarterly Review and Spiritus, the latter issued by Johns Hopkins University Press, as well as popular magazines such as Rolling Stone and Yankee. Readings of his work are online at National Public Radio and Sahara: A Journal of New England Poetry published a special issue devoted to his work in the winter of 2003.  His recent books include The Bees of the Invisible (Shanti Arts) and A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds & Nature (Ex Ophidia Press).
 

 

Wednesday: William Charles Brock, Issue  14
William Charles Brock lives in LA, where he writes mostly screenplays but occasionally does short stories as a break. He enjoys weird things, like talking polar bears and dragons.
 

 

Thursday: William Kaufmann, Issue 17

William Kaufmann’s passion for writing is matched only by his passion for clay. He is an award-winning potter working in Western Wisconsin. His recently completed first novel, The Change, won the 2017 SDSU Conference Choice Award and is being shopped by Trident Media for publication.

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise Newstead

Friday: Zoran Pekovic, Issue  13
Zoran Pekovic is illustrator, animator, ux and graphic designer kindly nested in Montreal, Canada. His portfolio is called Pekta and his latest projects are “Relationship,” “Running,” and “Psychology.”
 

Issue 13 cover by Zoran Pekovic

2019 Year of Authors: Sept 9th – Sept 13th

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 35 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

9th – 13th September 2019

Monday: Tais Teng, Issue 3, 6, 8, 9, 19

Tais Teng works as a writer, cover artist, illustrator and sculptor. He also paints murals and decors for theater. When he was a bit younger he wanted to become a starship pilot, but writing and drawing those places isn’t too bad.  He’s been the cover artist for four issues of Pulp Literature and his story ‘Growing up with Your Dead Sister’ appeared in Issue 8.

Issue 13 cover art by Tais TengIssue 8 cover art by Mel Anastasiou

Tuesday: Theric Jepson, Issue 6

Theric Jepson is author of the novel Byuck and the novella Perky Erect Nipples, neither of which feature as many naked women as you might expect. You can find him online by visiting thmazing.com, or by just googling “thmazing” and clicking at random. He lives in El Cerrito, California, with his wife, three sons, and an unholy convergence of snails.

Wednesday: Tobi Cogswell (Alfier), Issue 6

Tobi Alfier (formerly Cogswell) is a multiple Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee. Credits include  various journals in the US, UK, Sweden and Australia. In 2012 and 2013 she was short-listed for the Fermoy International Poetry Festival. In 2013 she received Honorable Mention for the Rachel Sherwood Poetry Prize. “Lapses & Absences” (Blue Horse Press), is her sixth and latest chapbook. She is the co-editor of San Pedro River Review.

 

Thursday: Trevor ShikazeIssue 2
Trevor Shikaze from Edmonton, Alberta, enjoys long walks on the beach, fine wines, cheap whisky, watery beer, free champagne, and hangovers. His turn-offs include cat people, dog people, and mole people.
 

 

Friday: Tyner Gillies, Issue 1
Tyner Gillies, author of the novel The Watch, lives in the Fraser Valley of BC with a girl who is far too good for him and two moderately chubby cats. He’s a full time lawman, a novice scotch drinker, and a bit of a meat head. Tyner won the 2013 Surrey International Writer’s Conference non-fiction writing contest with the gut-twisting, beautifully written ‘Blood in Her Hair.’  His humorous fantasy ‘Of Siege and Sword’ in our inaugural issue was of an entirely different tone, and we’re delighted to be publishing another light-hearted dark story ‘The Lord of Lawn Ornaments’ in Issue 24, coming out this fall.
 

 

2019 Year of Authors: Sept 2nd – Sept 6th

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 34 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

2nd – 6th September 2019

Monday: Susan Alexander, Issue 18
Susan Alexander is the author of The Dance Floor Tilts
(Thistledown Press, 2017). Her work has received poetry prizes from the Vancouver Writers Festival (2015), Grain magazine (2016), and the township of Whistler (2017). Susan’s poems appear or are upcoming in several literary journals and chapbooks across Canada.
 

Tuesday: Susan Pieters, Pulp Literature

Sue is a short story and novel writer who was part of the founding team for Pulp Literature, and one of her stories can be found in every issue. Sue has an MA in English Literature, but considers her experience as editor for the magazine to have been worth far more than any diploma. She invites (nay, challenges!) other writers to join the party and get their feet wet by volunteering for the magazine.

Wednesday: Susanna KearsleyIssue 4
Susanna Kearsley is a former museum curator, avid amateur genealogist, and writer of modern gothic novels that interweave contemporary suspense and romance with historical adventure, meaning they don’t fit neatly into any category and are therefore a marketer’s nightmare.
 

Thursday: Susie TaylorIssue 13

Susie Taylor lives and writes in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. She won the 2015 NLCU Fresh Fish Award for her novel Dispelling the Myths. Her work has appeared in Riddle Fence.

Issue 13 cover by Zoran Pekovic  

Friday: Sylvia Stopforth, Issue  3, 19
Sylvia Stopforth is a university archivist. Her stories, essays,
and poems have appeared in Room, The New Quarterly,
[spaces], and Shy (University of Alberta Press). For more
than ten years she has served as a regular column editor for BC History magazine. Her short fable ‘Dragon Rock’ was turned into a sequential art story by Mel Anastasiou for the Summer 2014 issue of Pulp Literature and has since been published as a colouring book.
 

Issue 13 cover art by Tais Teng

2019 Year of Authors: Aug 26 – Aug 30

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 33 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

26th – 30th August 2019

Monday: Soramimi Hanarejima, Issue 17

Image result for Visits to the Confabulatorium Soramimi HanarejimaSoramimi Hanarejima is a writer of innovative fiction and the author of Visits to the Confabulatorium, a fanciful story collection from Montag Press Collective. Soramimi’s recent work has appeared in various literary magazines, including Panoply, Foliate Oak, and Rigorous.
 

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise Newstead  

Tuesday: Stephanie CharetteIssue 9

Recently from the wilds of northern Ontario, now transplanted to British Columbia, this cat-wrangling fountain pen enthusiast writes stories and is a graduate of the science fiction and fantasy writing workshop Viable Paradise. 
 

Wednesday: Stephen CaseIssue 5, 10

Stephen Case gets paid to teach people about space, which is pretty much the coolest thing ever. He also occasionally  gets paid for writing stories about space (and other things),  which have appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, among others. His novel First Fleet (Retrofit Publishing) is a science fiction horror epic described as HP Lovecraft meets Battlestar Galactica. He lives with his wife, four children, and varying numbers of illegal backyard chickens in an undisclosed suburb of Chicago, and online at stephenrcase.wordpress.com.
 

Issue 10 small

Thursday: Stephen KosterIssue 12

Stephen Koster is never quite sure which way it is to Albuquerque, but he’s content in the meantime to dig tunnels, chew carrots, and be snarky. His work has been published in The Feathertale Review, Bide Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, Tincture Journal, and Spark:  A Creative Anthology, among others. 

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Friday: Summer Jewel Keown, Issue  20
Summer Jewel Keown in a writer of speculative and other fictions from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her short stories have been printed in Bikes Not Rockets, Hooser Lit, and So It Goes, the literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Library. She recently published the romance novel Painted Over under the pen name Sofi Keren. Follow her on Twitter @TheSummerJewel.  
 

Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

 

2019 Year of Authors: 19th Aug – 23rd 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 32 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

19th – 23rd August 2019

Monday: Sara Mang, Issue 20

Originally from Labrador, Sara was an artillery officer in the Canadian Forces before retiring to be at home with her three children. In 2017, Sara’s short stories were finalists for numerous awards including The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Award and the Disquiet International Literary Prize. She is currently an MFA candidate in UBC’s Creative Writing Program.

Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

Tuesday: Sarah PinskerIssue 2

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “Our Lady of the Open Road,” winner of the Nebula Award in 2016. Her novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” was the Sturgeon Award winner in 2014 and a Nebula finalist for 2013. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, Fireside, and Uncanny and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce FamilyAccessing the Future, and numerous year’s bests. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, among other languages.  This year she is celebrating the release of her debut novel Song for a New Day, as well as an acclaimed short story collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea.

 

Wednesday: Sarina Bosco, Issue  10 
Sarina Bosco is a chronic New Englander, full-time homeowner, and hiker of trails. She quietly pursues an interest in mythology from home. Her work has previously appeared in The Missing Slate, Corium Magazine, Town Creek Poetry, and others.
 

Issue 10 small  

Thursday: S.L. NickersonIssue 1

SL Nickerson, whose work has appeared in Analog and Kaleidatrope, is a Canadian astrophysicist at NASA Ames who recently completed her PhD in Zürich. She is an author of fantasy and science fiction.

 

Friday: Sophie PanzerIssue 18
Sophie Panzer recently completed a BA at McGill University and spent a year teaching English in Prague, Czech Republic. She is the author of the chapbooks Mothers of the Apocalypse (Ethel Press 2019) and Survive July (Red Bird Chapbooks 2019). She edits prose for Inklette and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Coffin Bell Journal, Little Old Lady, Lavender Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Josephine Quarterly
 

 

2019 Year of Authors: 12th Aug – 16th 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 31 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!

12th – 16th August 2019

Monday: Robert J Sawyer, Issue 7
Robert J Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has published 24 novels, including FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and the Hugo Award-winning Hominids. Rob is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
 

 

Tuesday: Robert T JeschonekIssue 11
Robert Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction,
non-fiction, comics, and poetry have been published around the world. He has won a Scribe Award and the grand prize in Pocket Books’ Strange New Worlds contest. A full list of his publications is on his Wiki page. Visit him online at thefictioneer.com and support him on Patreon.
 

Wednesday: Roy GrayIssue 18
Roy Gray’s short writings and poetry have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online journals. Another Roy Gray writes erotic poetry online—do not confuse them. Roy’s chapbook The Joy of Technology (Pendragon Press, 2011—now a self-published ebook) could persuade some he is that other, but this Roy’s poetic efforts remain decidedly chaste. ‘Bone Dry’ is his first successful graphic short story.
 

Thursday: RS WynnIssue 19

R.S. Wynn lives in Maine in an antique farmhouse, which she shares with her family and the perfect number of dogs (four, in case you were wondering). She earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her short fiction won Pithead Chapel’s 2017 Larry Brown Short Story Award.

 

Friday: S Ross Browne, Issue  15
S. Ross Browne studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Browne is a professional studio artist with over 23 years experience. With an emphasis on painting, he has exhibited domestically and internationally in over 70 gallery and museum exhibitions and is in multifarious private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Browne is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, paints and writes out of his studio in Richmond, Virginia.

 

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.
 

2019 Year of Authors: 29th July – 2nd Aug

This week we move into the blaze of August, and Pulp Literature is going to be busy! Catch us in Toronto, Calgary, and of course, Vancouver for launch parties and other special events. Or, if that doesn’t jive with your end of summer schedule, stay tuned for our weekly author and artist deals. This is week 29 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — get ’em while they’re hot!

29th July – 2nd Aug 2019

Monday: Patrick BollivarIssue 10 & 16

Patrick Bollivar is a writer and an air traffic controller (do tell!) living in Vancouver, BC. His short stories have previously appeared in Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe, and The Outliers of Speculative Fiction.

Issue 10 smallIssue 16 cover art by Akem

Tuesday: Peter Norman, Issue 12

Born and raised in Vancouver, Peter Norman received a Creative Writing BFA from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Windsor (Ontario), Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto, where he now lives with his wife, fellow writer-editor Melanie Little. He is the author of a novel, Emberton, and three collections of poetry.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Wednesday: R Daniel Lester, Issue 5

R Daniel Lester reads, writes and lives in Terminal City, aka Vancouver, BC. He is the author of the poetry collection It’s All in the Interpretation, the short story collection Caffeine Fueled Revelation Machines and the novel, Die, Famous! His writing has been seen online in Geist, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, The Flash Fiction Offensive and The Big Adios, and he was a semi-finalist in Broken Pencil’s Indie Writers’ Deathmatch.

Thursday: Rebecca Gomez FarrellIssue 5

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. And when Rebecca says she’s a writer… she’s not joking. More than 20 published short stories, a romance novella, and an epic fantasy novel are just the tip of the iceberg. She’s also a television commentator and food/drink/travel blogger... basically, she puts us all to shame.

Friday: Rebecca Wurz, Issue 13

Rebecca Wurtz is the author of County, Kind of a Love Story, a novel in verse, and she was a runner up in the 2015 Texas Observer Short Story Contest with ‘Hands moving through hair’. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. ‘Xuefei and his Heart’ was the winner of the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize in 2016.

Issue 13 cover by Zoran Pekovic

2019 Year of Authors: 22 – 26 July

It’s another week dominated by the poets! Week 28 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors starts out strong with two Magpie Poetry Contest winners, stays steady in the middle with two poets from across the pond, and finishes with the odd woman out — though something tells us that Pat revels in being the outlier.

22nd – 26th July 2019

Monday: Nicola Aimé, Issue 12

Nicola Aimé writes about the spaces in between, those places where people touch but never entirely find each other: immigration with its sacrificial gains, the ambiguous embraces of tango, the tangled demands of being a woman in the modern era, the vast failures of justice in an indifferent world. Her work has always been among words—stories, screenplays, editing, ESL, and literacy. Poetry arrived unbidden and took her by surprise. It continues to keep her curious and is her route both into herself and out into the world.

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

Tuesday: Oak Morse, Issue 16

Oak Morse is a poet, spoken word artist, speaker and teacher who has travelled and toured across the Southeast as a performing artist as well as a teacher of performance poetry. He now is becoming recognized for his recent literary works, which aim to bring attention to a speech disorder known as ‘cluttering’, which Oak has worked tirelessly to overcome. Oak Morse now speaks and serves as an ambassador for cluttering and writes poetry which seeks to engage readers and immerse them into the cluttering experience. Oak currently lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he works on his poetry collection titled When the Tongue Goes Bad.

Issue 16 cover art by Akem

Wednesday: Oscar Windsor-Smith, Issue 7

Oscar Windsor-Smith writes fiction, creative non-fiction, non-fiction and poetry from his home in Hertfordshire, UK. His stories have been finalists in the New York City Midnight Short Story Challenge and the University of Plymouth short fiction competitions.

Thursday: PA Levy, Issue 11
Born in East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, PA Levy has been published in many magazines, from A cappella Zoo to Zygote In My Coffee and stations in between. He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective.
 

Friday: Pat Flewwelling, Issue  14
By day, Pat is a senior business analyst at a major telecommunications company; by evening, she works at a brand-new micropress; on weekends, she runs Myth Hawker Travelling Bookstore; and by night, she fights ninja vampires using nothing but radioactive garlic and weapons-grade sarcasm. And sometime between Never O’Clock and the Second Tuesday of Next Week, Pat writes short stories and novels, including Helix: Blight of Exiles, Helix: Plague of Ghouls, and Helix: Scourge of Bones.  Her story ‘The Handler’ won the 2016 Raven Short Story contest.