Every Thursday for the next few months, we’ll be taking a peek back in time to look at authors and stories from past issues. And during the week they’re featured, you, dear reader, can pick up the issue at the author price of 25% off! This Thursday, take in Frost and Snow, the cover painting for Issue 21, Winter 2019.
Melissa Mary Duncan
Fantasy artist and illustrator Melissa Mary Duncan lives in New Westminster, BC, with her husband, author dvs Duncan. An avid historic re-enactor, neo-Edwardian, and wishful thinker, Melissa has a passion for life, learning, and the creative process. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and her art has found homes in private collections from Japan to Great Britain. Her book, Faye—the Art of Melissa Mary Duncan, was released in 2013 and is available for sale through her website . Melissa was our first cover artist. Her paintings The Beer Fairy, Fondly Remembered Magic, and The Storyteller have graced the covers of Pulp Literature and she is the cover artist for Allaigna’s Song: Overture and the forthcoming Allaigna’s Song: Aria from Pulp Literature Press as well. Find more of her beautiful paintings at melissamaryduncan.com.
This week is one of national celebration for our Canadian and American readers and we don’t mind celebrating with stellar savings on seven issues this week. Only ten weeks remain in our year of celebration, so let week 26 commence with a bang as we raise a glass to friends, flags, and fireworks!
Fantasy artist and illustrator Melissa Mary Duncan lives in New Westminster, BC, with her husband, author dvs Duncan. An avid historic re-enactor, neo-Edwardian, and wishful thinker, Melissa has a passion for life, learning, and the creative process. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and her art has found homes in private collections from Japan to Great Britain. Her book, Faye—the Art of Melissa Mary Duncan, was released in 2013 and is available for sale through her website along with her 2019 calendar. Melissa was our frst cover artist. Her paintings The Beer Fairy, Fondly Remembered Magic, and The Storyteller have graced the covers of Pulp Literature and she is the cover artist for Allaigna’s Song: Overture from Pulp Literature Press as well.
Michael is a writer and an architect who, through his essays, short stories and longer works, explores the ways in which lives are forever changed by love, war and travel. His book-length project, “The Wars I Fought”, is a recollection of his experiences as a 21-year-old infantryman in Quang Ngai province, Viet Nam, and his return there forty years later, hoping to find peace among people who, like him, have led lives marked by the desolate savagery of war. Michael lives in Denver with Capt. Blackie and Chloë, whose amazing feats have never been seen on Facebook or Youtube. His poem ‘Autumnal Equinox’ was a runner-up in our inaugural Magpie Award for Poetry in 2014.
Michael Kamakana is a Calgary-based novelist with a talent for storytelling that holds readers rapt. He is a prolifc writer who works almost non-stop to get his work out of his head and into print. His first novel Advent was excerpted in Issue 19 last year, and made its way into the world as a full novel in early 2019.
Michael G Ryan has been an editor for over 25 years, beginning with the National Council of Teachers of English and currently as Publisher for Skull Island, an imprint of Privateer Press. After decades of writing short stories and novels, only to bottom-drawer as many as seven novels for some future time, he’s finally begun to submit them for consideration.
Michelle Barker is an award-winning author whose works include a poetry chapbook, a YA fantasy novel, and a picture book. Michelle also works as an editor and workshop leader. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. When she isn’t writing, Michelle does totally normal things like triathlons for fun, sailing, and traveling the world. Her story ‘MVP’ was the winner of the 2017 SiWC Storyteller’s Award.
Congratulations to Melissa Mary Duncan. She is nominated in the Best Artist category for the Aurora awards. This is Melissa’s second nomination.
A Pulp Literature Favourite
We are big fans of Melissa’s work. Managing Editor Jen Landels found Melissawhile we were putting together Issue 1 of Pulp Literature. The Beer Fairy became the first compelling visual for the magazine.
We always find it hard to choose among her bewitching works. Melissa also created the covers for Issue 5, Fondly Remembered Magic, Issue 12, The Story Teller, and soon-to-be-released Allaigna’s Song: Overture,by JM Landels.
Melissa writes: “My inspiration comes from only one source. When I draw or paint the subject may be sparked from a Celtic legend, a tale from the Brother’s Grimm, the lyric from an ancient ballad or the melody of a carol but the finished painting and whatever the viewer finds in it comes from the heart.” More here.
Melissa lives in the historic city of New Westminster, British Columbia with her husband, author dvsduncan. Having a playful inner landscape, she confesses to having a hat addiction, wearing Edwardian clothing, reading in the bath, and watching British dramas whilst drinking lemonade. A proud mother of two and grandmother of three, Melissa remains a student of Celtic, English and Northern European history and mythology.
We love Melissa’s calendar, and her gorgeous, magical, book Faye: The Art of Melissa Mary Duncan. Her new book, Sketches on the Road to Elfland, will be out in time for Christmas. Melissa also has a video coming out soon on the process of her art. Check out her trailer message here.
Amazon reviews of Melissa Mary Duncan ’s work
“LOVELY BOOK fabulous artist!!!! a must own if you love fantasy art.”
“Sometimes whimsical, sometimes haunting, always exquisitely detailed and beautiful, Melissa Mary Duncan’s artwork is full of folkloric, historic, and classical influences, as she shows us glimpses of a world which surely must be right behind the next tree. Each piece has a tale to tell, and every time I look through this book I see something new tucked in a border or hidden in the background which I hadn’t seen before.”
“The pictures are beautiful at first look and extraordinary when you look closer and see all of the nuances she builds into each piece of art. The anecdotal stories in the book are a very special insight into the artist and her daughters which adds a heart-warming personality to each piece.”
We are thrilled and still a bit giddy after the nail-biting hours of the campaign last night! Our funding was successful and we cannot thank enough all the wonderful backers who made Something Novel happen!
Issue 13 is at the printers, and Boon Companion will be soon too. Kris Sayer is hard at work on the cover for Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and we’ve just seen the first sketch by Melissa Duncan for Allaigna’s Song: Overture. Mel and Jen will be tidying up the documents and we’ll be getting the pre-launch gears rolling for the novels soon.
But today is Friday, and it’s time to relax with a glass of prosecco. Hope your weekend is wonderful!
Even after 12 issues, there’s nothing like cracking open a fresh box from First Choice Books and admiring the stacks of freshly bound issues waiting to be delivered into readers’ hands. We love that we can use a local printing house, and that they do such a beautiful job.
You can pick up your copy of Issue 12, Autumn 2016 in person this weekend at VCON, and if you’re lucky, get it signed by author Rhea Rose and cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan. If you have time to stay around for a drink let us know — I’m sure there will be a few of us celebrating our 12th (!!) issue in the bar after the vendors’ hall closes.
For those of you who aren’t local, we’ll miss shaking your hands, but you can still order issue 12 at the pre-order discount till Friday night.
Rhea, CC, Robert, Eileen, Brenda, and Jen all have readings and panels throughout the weekend (and Jen will be picking up swords as usual at the Academie Duello demo on Saturday evening), so be sure look up their schedules and track them down.
And of course visit our table at any time throughout the weekend. Admission to the vendors’ room is free and we’d love to see you there!
Hot off the presses! Issue 8 will be available at VCON, the Vancouver Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, this weekend October 2-4.
Come and pick your copy up from Jen or Sue in the Vendor Hall … and get it signed by at least three of the authors. You’ll also be able to hear dvsduncan read from his steampunk story set in New Westminster, ‘Cropper’s Ball’ on the Friday evening multi-book launch.
While you’re at it track down Issue 1 and 5 cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan in the Artists’ Hall, hear Issue 5 feature author Eileen Kernaghan read from her captivating books, and listen to Issue 1 feature author CC Humphreys talk about writing the past.
We haven’t heard whether feature author JJ Lee will be able to attend, but keep your eyes out in case you spot him … or perhaps the Man in the Long Black Coat!
See you there!
VCON #40 Friday – Sunday, October 2-4 Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
It must have been quite a feat, but somehow artist Melissa Mary Duncan managed to track down and extract some answers from that cheeky, ephemeral creature, first face of Pulp Literature, the Beer Faerie.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Hmmm, I am the Beer Faerie, so my idea of perfect happiness is? … Beers! All of them! The pale ones, the stout ones. Amber or Dark. The fruit ones. The Belgian. German. Lager. Root. Birch. Wheat and hops the perfect blend. Rowan andWinter and Cream. They each have their charm and place. When brewing I amhappiest.
What is your greatest fear? The Temperance Movement.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My inability to always think things through with clarity.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Unrepentant, joyless sobriety.
On what occasion do you lie? How dare you! A Faerie never lies. WE of the glorious Fey prevaricate.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? The crown of greens can be a little itchy. Outside of that I am perfect in every way!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Profanity.
When and where were you happiest? Seems that I am mostly always happy. Prohibition was a bit of a downer but I managed enough mischief to keep things hopping. Hopping! Get it? Seriously, I miss the days of yore when beer was the staple beverage of everyone, back when no one blinked an eye at a beer ration of several liters a day! Those were good times. I was needed then … Now? Not so much.
Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to sing like an angel. Have you ever heard an Angel sing? Well, if you had you would know what I mean. Intoxicating!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My charm. My wit. My cunning. Sooo many to choose from!
What is your most treasured possession? My magic cauldron.
What is your most marked characteristic? Mischief.
Who are your favourite writers? Hmm. I like Charles deLint, Bram, Charles Dickens, and those brothers … Grimm.
What is your greatest regret? I do not regret. I live in the moment and in hope.
How would you like to die? I am a Faerie, I will not die. Although I am not quite immortal either … I think Master Tolkien said it best. He is an okay writer too. I shall go into the West and remain, Beer Faerie!
What is your motto? Bottom’s up!
What is something we’d never glean about you from the cover of Pulp Lit #1? I do community work for displaced Gnomes and Hedgerow Pixies. I also feed homeless moles.
Melissa Mary Duncan lives in the historic city of New Westminster, British Columbia with her husband, author dvsduncan. Having a playful inner landscape, she confesses to having a hat addiction, wearing Edwardian clothing, reading in the bath, and watching British dramas whilst drinking lemonade. A proud mother of two and grandmother of three, Melissa remains a student of Celtic, English and Northern European history and mythology. Her painting “Fondly Remembered Magic” will be the cover of Pulp Literature Issue 5.
You can meet Melissa in person at the Surrey Museum on Saturday, November 15th from 1 – 4pm, where she will be talking about all things Viking.
Print copies of Pulp Literature Issue 1, featuring the Beer Faerie, are in limited supply and currently only available through our Kickstarter campaign.
We had a fabulous time at VCon, and we hope to see you again their next year. Be sure to subscribe, either here on the website or through our Kickstarter campaign, so as not to miss Eileen Kernaghan’s and Robert J Sawyer’s stories in upcoming issues!