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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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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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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 ~ 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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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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Pulp Literature Advent Calendar ~ 6 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 sixth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 6, Spring 2015

In the Spring 2015 issue:

  • Let our Raven Cover Story Contest winner Krista Wallace launch you into our first adventure of the spring, with ‘The Inner Light’, a chilling tale of the theatre, and the sacrifices made for art.  Then hold your breath while runner-up Anna Belkine takes you beyond the great blue in ‘The Ravens’.
  • For a collection of sweet, savoury, and surprising tastes along the way, lift the lid on a basket of flash fiction by the devastatingly succinct Bob Thurber.
  • Meet two women you don’t want to mess with:  the seemingly normal and unassuming Jane from Laura Kostur’s ‘Super’, and the entrancing subject of ‘The Naked Woman’ by Theric Jepson.
  • Poetry and poetic short fiction by Kate Austin and Tobi Cogswell show us which relationships to hold on to and which to let go on the journey through life.
  • ‘Channel W’ with Sue Pieters takes you to a future that’s not what it seems to be.
  • Warm your heart at ‘The Love Offices’ by Kirsty Favell; and step into another world with FJ Bergmann’s ‘Opening Doors’.
  • Two mini horror stories will drag you out of your comfort zone:  Ev Bishop’s ‘Not All Magic is Nice’, and ‘Bite’, another five-page comic by regular contributor Kris Sayer.
  • In the next verses of Allaigna’s Song by JM Landels, journey with our heroine from the comfort of home into her new life as an anonymous page at the fascinating and intimidating Bastion of Rheran.

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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 ~ 5 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 fifth day of Advent, and the issue that holds the secret prize is Issue 5, Winter 2015

In our fifth issue of Pulp Literature Magazine:

  • We dare you to be held captive by Eileen Kernaghan’s ‘The Robber Maiden’s Story’, and then try to escape alongside the intrepid Stella Ryman as she attempts a jailbreak in The Four Digit Puzzle by Mel Anastasiou.
  • Next, travel by boat and by bus to places you’d rather not go, with the fantastical ‘Polycarp on the Sea’ by Stephen Case and the gritty detective Finley in ‘The Pledge’ by Donald Dewey.
  • Three pulp poems by Mark J Mitchell will prepare you for the cruel transformations of ‘Thlush-a-lum’ by Rebecca Gomez Farrell and ‘Some Say the World Will End in Fire’ by R Daniel Lester.
  • These are followed by a few stories of wishing for more, in ‘A Discussion of Keats’s Negative Capability’ by Susan Pieters and Margaret Kingsbury’s ‘The Longing is Green when Branches are Trees’.
  • A treat lies in store as we publish the winners of the first annual Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, followed by the short, sharp horror cartoon ‘Bait’ by Kris Sayer.
  • For dessert, we hope you’ve saved room for the next installment of Allaigna’s Song. It’s the perfect way to round out a good family feast.
  • All this beneath a beautiful new cover entitled “Fondly Remembered Magic” by our first cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan.

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