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Down on the Street by Alec Cizak

downonthestreetAlec Cizak is the editor of Pulp Modern. He’d published ten issues before I met him over the ether, and he welcomed me to help with its revival in May. Alec is also a filmmaker and author. His latest book, Down on the Street, from ABC Group Documentation, an imprint of Down & Out Books, is out today.

If I was the kind of guy who ever read a book in a single sitting, this would be it. I’m half way through and it’s terrific. If you like your crime fiction dire, climb aboard this one-way fare down the city’s backside. The writing is terse, the journey bleak; just the way I like it.

Down on the Street is available direct from Down & Out Books, select booksellers, and the big river.

Help Wanted

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Betty Fedora #3

As the “News Digest” section comes together for The Digest Enthusiast book six I’m in touch with several indie editor/publishers. Kristen Valentine of Betty Fedora reminded me of issue #3’s first appearance of a story by Victoria Reidfeld, titled “Breadcrumbs.” It was nominated, and very recently won the Derringer award for “Best Long Story” (4001 to 8000 words).

Betty Fedora #3 was published on September 18, 2016. Yesterday, when I looked on Amazon it had zero customer reviews.

Most indie projects struggle for existence. Their creators need financial and emotional support to help motivate them to continue. Buying their books provides financial help. But frankly, the balance sheet on these efforts is usually red even after a hundred sales. So why continue?

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Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1

Each issue require hundreds of hours of effort to create. That’s not an inflated stat. I know from first hand experience. Indie publishers of series like Betty Fedora, Pulp Modern, and The Digest Enthusiast (and many others) strive to produce the best work possible. A Derringer award for a story is just one proof point of that quality.

Indie magazines and other indie projects need your help. Buy them. Read them. Rate them. Don’t sweat the review. A single sentence is enough. Write more if it feels right, otherwise a quick, honest summary is golden.

It matters. The number of reviews raises visibility on amazon, where it’s easy to be unnoticed among millions of books. And, just as important, your feedback is a voice from the dark. It helps publishers to know somebody out there cares about those hundreds of hours of work that are just beginning on their next edition.

 

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The Digest Enthusiast #5

Now go rate some indie digest magazines that you’ve read. Your help is wanted.

Betty Fedora
Crime Syndicate Magazine
Pulp Literature
Pulp Modern
The Digest Enthusiast
Weirdbook
(These are just a few of the titles available.)

On amazon.com, pick an issue, scroll down to the “Customer Reviews” section and click the “Write a customer review” button.

Thanks for reading and considering this request.

The new Pulp Modern is available now

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The new Pulp Modern is available now!

Larque Press recently partnered with Uncle B. Publications for the triumphant return of Pulp Modern. Volume Two, Issue One features fiction from multiple genres, including crime, horror, and science fiction. Pulp Modern resumes its mission to publish the very best fiction from around the world. In this issue, writers from Europe, Canada, the United States, Asia, and Australia contribute a diverse selection of thirteen short stories for the most discerning readers.

Editor Alec Cizak is a writer and filmmaker from Indianapolis. His latest novella, Down on the Street, is coming from ABC Group Documentation on June 16, 2017. Art Director Richard Krauss is the editor and publisher of The Digest Enthusiast. Gag cartoonist Bob Vojtko contributes a half dozen new cartoons.

Contents
From the Editor by Alec Cizak
“Housewarming” by Lucy Kiff
“Maddy Lee Reviews the Movie They Made About Her and Buck” by Tim P. Walker
“Now is Not a Good Time to Die” by Mark David Adam
“The Hand We’re Dealt” by Michaël Wertenberg
“Lady of the Mask” by L.S. Engler
“The Star Trail” by Nick Manzolillo
“Wall Whispers” by Adam S. House
“La Cross” by Stephen D. Rogers
“Out of the Woods” by Joseph Rubas
“Mickey Strange” by Calvin Demmer
“Death Sentence” by Marc E. Fitch
“All Sales Final” by Mario E. Martinez
“Out of Sight” by Myke Edwards

Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1 is a 132-page digest magazine (5.5” x 8.5”)
Available in Print ($6.99), and in Kindle in Magzter ($2.99) digital versions.

Project Updates

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Final print files have been submitted to CreateSpace. Files for the digital versions for Magzter and Kindle will be submitted this weekend, so all versions will be available by next week.

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The final article has arrived, layout to begin next week. News updates and art are arriving for the “News Digest.” Review of Weirdbook #34 is in process. Cover scan from Brian Buniak is pending. About 3/4 of the issue is complete, ready for the final proofread. Everything looks good for its June release.

Pulp Modern Ad

Set for release next month, here’s the ad for the revived Pulp Modern (Vol. 2 No. 1. May 2017). The 132-page book includes 13 dark tales edited by Alec Cizak, author of the upcoming Down on the Street from Down & Out Books. The new Pulp Modern includes 13 photo illustrations in the style of the cover and six brand new cartoons by Bob Vojtko, whom The Saturday Evening Post dubbed “the working-class cartoonist.”

A joint production of Uncle B. Publications and Larque Press, we’ll post an update as soon as the book is available.

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Project Updates

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Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1
Production is crackling like Arizona lightning. The return of Pulp Modern launches next month with a brand new 132-page edition featuring 14 stories, Print and Digital. The latest: our pal, cartoonist Bob Vojtko has signed on to provide a few moments of mirth amid the gloriously dark dreams of the authors lined up by editor Alec Cizak.

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You got it, things are pealing along here as well. B.K. Stevens, whose standalones and series have graced the pages of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine for over twenty years, promises to enlighten us with her inside stories on Lt. Johnson and Sgt. Bolt, Iphegenia and Harriet, Leah Abrams, and more. It’s happening in June, in Print and Digital, so mark your calendar, diary, or palm.

Digital digests

Print on demand (POD) and ePub technologies make it possible for individuals and shoestring operations to publish print and electronic magazines that can measure up to the quality standards of the big publishers. These new digital digests are a breath of fresh air for readers who want a wider choice of titles that feature short genre fiction. Titles like Weirdbook, Sherlock Holmes, Pulp Literature, Betty Fedora and Mystery Weekly are a few examples available in multiple formats made possible by digital technology.

Pulp Modern was an early entry in this new territory. Editor Alec Cizak explains, “Initially, I started Pulp Modern because I didn’t see a lot of print journals that published good, interesting fiction in a variety of genres.”

After ten issues the digest magazine has been on hiatus, but once the publishing bug has bit, it’s hard to ignore. Cizak is preparing to relaunch the book later this year. I’ll contribute the design and production tasks, so Alec can focus on the editorial work. Writers should keep an eye on the Pulp Modern website for the submissions window that’s coming in March.

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Alec Cizak has restarted his Pulp Modern fiction journal and will be open for submissions from March 1–10, 2017. He’s looking for crime, horror, fantasy, science fiction and western yarns of 2000 to 3500 words.

See the Pulp Modern website for complete submission guidelines and No Moral Center for updates and announcements. Read a few of the past issues for the type of stories he’s looking for.

I’ll handle the design and production of Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1, so Alec can focus on sourcing the best fiction.

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