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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every first page is a challenge, often happily so. We have to establish time and place, hint at the central character and establish tone and authority that lets the reader know she is in good hands.
But Moliere said, The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
As I leaf through Issue 4 of Pulp Literature, I am struck by the excellent craft of the opening lines throughout. Here’s a challenge for you: match these wonderful first sentences with author and story title.
I’m baking myself a boyfriend, kneading him out with my hands, my elbows, my shoulders.
The boy fell last.
If my mother had insisted it be above the knee, I would have said something.
My name is Chouko (‘butterfly gGirl’) Takeda, and I was born on August 29th, 1967, in a little town called Slocan, BC, just outside of where the old Japanese internment camp used to be.
Standing on her front porch, her eyes crinkle up in that way I love, the laugh lines flowing up from her cheeks, the shadows, as the moon rises overhead, lacing her cheeks.
I was taking a piss and I fell over.
The fight with Carollus was the end of my formal training as a magician.
There is a particular and odious smell that permeates the underworld.
Soldier, Wake by Susanna Kearsley
Victory Girl by Ace Baker
Doughboy Lovers and the Appetites of Desire by Karlo Yeager
Things to Live For by Richard Gropp
Blackthorne & Rose: Agents of DIRE by KG McAbee
Below the Knee by Susan Pieters
The Death of Me by KL Mabbs
Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels
We will send a free ebook issue of your choice if you are the first person to correctly match these first lines with their titles. Put your answers in the comment section below.
First pages and opening lines… say, what was Moliere’s first line? I checked out the start of his most famous oeuvre, Tartuffe….
“Mme. Pernelle: Let’s go, Flipote, let’s go. I hate this place.”
We are pleased as punch to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize. How did we pick them? It was hard. Have you even looked at a fantastic menu and couldn’t decide what to order? Twice Sue’s had the pleasure of dining at renowned Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver. Both times she asked the owner which dish he’d recommend, and his reply was the same: how can a parent choose his favourite child? As publishers, we find ourselves in a similarly impossible position trying to pick favourites, but by studying the inclinations of each prize, we recommend the stories we think stand the best chance of winning each competition. The Pushcarts are geared to literary fiction, which we have in each issue, but we proved our cross-genre dedication by nominating a literary vampire story. (Think they’ll notice?) The competition is fierce for these awards, but we know these stories are gems. And win or lose, we trust the authors of these stories will feel how much we value them in our magazine.
In addition, ‘Blackthorne & Rose: Agents of DIRE’ by KG McAbee has been submitted for a Bram Stoker Award.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our Journey Prize nominations. And hey, all you members of the SFWA, now’s your chance to be a hero and nominate a favourite fantasy or science fiction story for a Nebula Award! If you’d like a complete list of our stories in that genre, just let us know. We’d also like to hear from you if there is one or more of our stories you think ought to be submitted for other prizes.
Finally, the estimable CC Humphreys has finished judging our very own Raven Cover Story Contest and we’ll be announcing the winners on Monday. To whet your appetite, here, in no particular order, is the list of finalists:
‘The Hemisphere Stone’ by Mike Glyde
‘Dear Louis’ by Sara Cedeno
‘Claws In’ by Ace Baker
‘Odd Jobs’ by KL Mabbs
‘Family Relics’ by Katherine Wagner
‘The Ravens’ by Anna Belkine
‘The Inner Light’ by Krista Wallace
‘The Jealous Valley’ by Kiril Lavarevski
Congratulations to all these authors and best of luck in the final judgment!
To celebrate the spookiest day of the year, we are giving away pdf copies of the Autumn 2014 issue! This issue contains the risen dead in Wallace’s Scotland, zombies roaming the streets of Victorian London, as well as wolves, golems and aliens! For today only you can find these chilling, haunting stories here.
That’s the treat. What’s the trick? Absolutely none. This is a free gift for followers of our blog. We sincerely hope you enjoy this issue as you huddle by the fire while goblins roam the streets tonight.
However if you enjoy the stories and the spirit moves you to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, that would be a treat for us!