Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Write Pulp?

A few days ago I attended PulpArk 2012 in Batesville, Arkansas, a convention conceived and hosted by Tommy Hancock and Pro Se Press. I had a great time and got a chance to meet some wonderful talent like John Lucas, Will Mangin, Levi White, and the entire stable of Pro Se Press writers. Also attending were my old friends Robert and Ana Krog, JL Mulvihill, Stuart "Shorty" Bergman, Allan Gilbreath, Kimberly Richardson, Georgia Jones, Selina Rosen and Lynn Stranathan, and the inimitable Sean Taylor. One thing I realized as I sat at my table and watched the antics of my fellow conventioneers: until I met Tommy, it never occured to me that what I typically write used to be called pulp fiction.

As a boy, I was fascinated with the fiction of the first half of the 20th century. It heavily influences the writing I do (and sometimes actually sell) even today. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered it being called pulp, but I never thought I might actually be considered among that company until now. I am delighted at the description. I am more delighted that Tommy has expressed an interest in me writing for one or more of Pro Se's publications.

I currently am involved in several writing projects. Besides the novels Deity for Sam's Dot Publishing and Traitor Angel for Seventh Star Press, I am working on a story for the Dreams of Steam III anthology from Kerlak Publishing. If I can manage it, I would like to grind out a story for SSP's anthology call. I already have stories scheduled to appear this year from Perseid Press (in the Rogues of Hell anthology) and Evil Jester Press (in the Call of Lovecraft anthology). Add to those my editing duties on parABnormal Digest and I have a full ticket. I sent Pro Se a story, Kelly's Beast, which was bought for an anthology that never appeared, but have yet to hear back. Tommy's been ill for some time. Hope he's better soon.

Anyway, I'm gratified to see pulp fiction getting a new audience. The stories with real heroes and villains are always easier to read and more enjoyable than the angst-ridden "fiction" of the last couple of decades. If I wanted real-life panic in my entertainment, I'd watch the news.

I'm going to dedicate May to my writing. My next convention isn't until Fandom Fest in Louisville, so I have some time to try to catch up. Will keep you posted. Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

March Update

Yes, I know it's April. But I didn't miss March by much, so bear with me.

There was quite a bit of excitement this last month, not the least of which was the long-awaited launch of Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. This project stretched from November 2010, when the initial call went out, to Midsouthcon 30, which saw the official release of the book. I am very pleased at how the publication came out and encourage everyone to pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells is steampunk with a twist: machine vs. magic (an idea conceived by Phillip Barringer). Edited by Herika R. Raymer, it contains works by noted and award-winning writers and artists. Inside you will find:

The Ironwork Falcon by Jackie Gamber
Discombabulation by Robert Krog
Moved to Action by Angelia Sparrow
The Taste of Treasure by Kathryn Sullivan
Quest for the Dragon Scale by MR Williamson
Bit of a Bind by CRS Bailey
The Leprechaun's Story by JL Mulvihill
The Witch of Midnight Hollow by Alexander S. Brown
When the Heart Lies Open to Steam and Star by Anne Barringer
Wax Seal by Mandi Lynch
Survival by S. P. Dorning
The Black Dress by Nick Valentino

Poetry from Windsong Levitch, Michael Greenway, and Henry L. Sanders and artwork from Emily Mottesheard, Michael Bielaczyc, and Nigel Sade. Oh, let's not forget that cover art by Dan Gamber.

Needless to say, I attended Midsouthcon 30 and once again it was a great event. This convention is one of my favorites and I try to never miss it. I had a wonderful time, was able to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. The panels were entertaining and the audiences engaged. Can't wait until the next one.

My novella High Kings received First Runner-Up for the 2012 Darrell Award for Best Novella. Many thanks to the jury and congratulations to A. Christopher Drown! His Path of an Arrow won the award.

My short story Evidence of the Eternal appeared in parABnormal Digest #3. This is a reprint of a story that appeared in 1999 at The Harrow, a UK based webzine. I was very excited about getting the story Voodoo Redgunk for that issue from Nebula Award recommended author William Eakin. His work has previously appeared in some of the most prestigious science fiction and fantasy magazines.

Still no word on when the Call of Lovecraft (Greg Norris, editor) anthology will appear from Evil Jester Press, although the rumor is it won't see light until September or later. It will contain my short story The Shed.

The next issue of The Martian Wave (Sam's Dot Publishing, J. Alan Erwine, editor) will contain my story Sparks, about the trials of a space station beleaguered by a mysterious and lethal virus. I understand that it will appear very soon.

Well, I believe that's it for now. Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry!