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2019 Year of Authors: 4 – 8 Feb

In honour of Pulp Literature Press’s fifth anniversary and of all the people who have contributed to our success we have declared 2019 our Year of Authors, celebrating the amazing artists and authors from the first twenty issues of Pulp Literature.

Every weekday we are featuring one of these creators on our Facebook page, and the issues that person contributed to will be on sale for a whopping 50% off.  Make a note of the authors and artists you’re following and jump on these deals.  Some print issues are rare and getting scarcer, so nab them while you still can!

Here’s our line-up for the fifth week …

4th February – 8th February 2019

Monday: Beverley Boissery, Issue 1

Transplanted from Australia to Vancouver, BC, Beverley Boissery was slated as an up and comer by the Surrey International Writer’s Conference back in 2006 (and they do know how to pick ’em!). She usually writes young adult novels, but in Issue 1, she gives us a taste of her poetic prowess with ‘Encompassed’.

Tuesday: Bevan Thomas, Issue 12

Bevan is a prominent member of Cloudscape Comics and has contributed to many of their graphic novel anthologies as a writer and editor. He doesn’t restrict himself to any one medium or genre, and practices the art of world building through a variety of formats. He collaborated with Eric Johnson for Issue 12’s graphic short, ‘Curse of the Woods’.

     

Wednesday: Bob Thurber, Issue 3, 6, & 12

The name Bob Thurber should be familiar to you, whether it’s because you’ve been following his award-winning writing career for some time now, or you see his name pop up as the judge in our annual flash fiction contests. Renowned for his very brief stories, Bob has been called a master of Micro Fiction and a pioneer of Flash Fiction. His story, ‘The Summer of Sweet Mary (circa 1972)’, won the 2018 Story of the Year Award from 50-Word Stories. Bob’s work appears in Issues 3 & 6, and he dishes up a tension loaded tale as Issue 12’s feature author.

Thursday: Brandon Crilly, Issue 16

Educator and self-described ‘writer for life’, Brandon Crilly has been previously published by On Spec, The 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, Third Flatiron Anthologies and other markets. He received an Honourable Mention in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, contributes regularly to BlackGate.com, and develops programming for Can-Con in Ottawa.

       

Friday: Brenda Carre, Issue 15

Another educator, and artist to boot! Brenda Carre writes long and short fiction with a dark, mythic twist—stories often set in locations near her home on Vancouver Island or in the Chronicles of Ardebrin, the epic fantasy series she is currently crafting. Brenda’s short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, as well as anthologies from Fiction River and Ragnarok Press. Her piece in Issue 15 introduced the titular heroine of her upcoming novel set in Ardebrin: Gret.

     

Author News: Brandon Crilly

If you missed author Brandon Crilly at ConFusion this past weekend in Detroit, don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time to get a spot at Can-Con 2018, where Brandon (and many other writers) will be speaking, workshopping, and/or roaming the dealer’s room.

In the meantime, Brandon’s literary time-travel piece, ‘Moments‘, was published in Daily Science Fiction. About the piece, the author says:

Ideas sometimes come from strange places. ‘Moments’ actually originated with a yearbook comment I wrote for one of my students in June (2017). There was a running joke in class where every time I said something like, “Don’t worry, I won’t change the date of the test,” this student would pull out her phone and say, “So at this time, on this date, you said this”–basically pretending to keep a record to hold me to my word, since too many teachers didn’t keep theirs, in her experience. I came up with the structure of ‘Moments’ on the fly when I was scribbling in her yearbook, and then realized it would be an awesome structure for an actual story. The time travel narrative came naturally, and the rest of the story followed. And since this is my first ever DSF story, I’m dedicating ‘Moments’ to my students and colleagues at Merivale High School, who gave me no shortage of inspiration and entertainment.

Brandon can also be found in Pulp Literature Issue 16 with his short story, ‘Clearing Out Nests’.

Clearing Out Nests
By Brandon Crilly

Hana triple-checked that she had cleaned all the dried blood off her skin before she left the restroom. No one in the coffee shop had noticed it when she walked in, so focused were they on their conversations or smart phones. There had only been a few patches of gore; she thought about sitting down at the counter to see how long it took for someone to give her a weird look. Or scream. Willis would have killed her if she’d tried that, though, so her bloody hijab, shirt and pants went into her backpack, to join the pile of similar laundry waiting at home.

A steaming cup of coffee was waiting for her at the long counter that looked out on the street. Willis had a newspaper in front of him, but that was just for show; between sips of herbal tea, his eyes were on the empty building across the street, one hand resting near the duffel bag that held their weapons. The place across the street had been a clothing store before a couple of unexplained deaths led to it closing down. There was a gap in the polite FOR LEASE signs lining the windows, but if no one had seen Hana take it down with her when one of the ghouls threw her across the interior, she doubted anyone would bat an eye now.

“Nothing, I’m guessing?” Hana asked.

“Not a peep.”

Hana took a careful sip of coffee, but the motion still made her throat ache where that ghoul had grabbed her. She grimaced, and Willis shook his head.

“Please don’t start already.”

“You should’ve gone left,” he said. He licked drips of tea from his shock-white
mustache.

“Are you really going to criticize me for making the wrong choice on a fifty-fifty chance?  If you thought I should’ve gone left, maybe you could’ve shouted or something, because going right seemed perfectly fine to me at the time.”

Willis grunted.  “You’re being too loud.”

“Like anyone would care in here,” Hana murmured.  She glanced around.  The patrons in here had been two lanes of traffic away from a nest of ghouls that would have gladly ripped their faces off and danced in their skin.  But of course they had no clue, and would go on with their blissfully ignorant lives, thanks to people like Hana and Willis.  …

The entirety of ‘Clearing Out Nests’ can be read in Pulp Literature Issue 16, currently half off in our bookstore with the code BEATTHEBLUES.