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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.

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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The Digest Enthusiast #4 is here!

The Digest Enthusiast #4

The Digest Enthusiast #4

The fourth edition of our book-length magazine celebrating yesterday’s and today’s digest magazine titles is now available in print and digital versions. Here’s what’s inside:

Interviews:

Art Taylor: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Editors of the new generation of digital digests:
  Alec Cizak (Pulp Modern), Jennifer Landels (Pulp Literature),
  John Kenyon (Grift Magazine),
 Kristen Valentine (Betty Fedora), Sheri White (Morpheus Tales
)

Articles:

Suspense Magazine and Novels by Richard Krauss

Galaxy Science Fiction Novels by Steve Carper
Galaxy Magabooks by Gary Lovisi

Criswell Predicts: Fate & Spaceway by Tom Brinkmann

Shock Mystery Tales by Peter Enfantino

Max Allan Collins’ Pocket Pin-ups trading cards

Reviews:
H.G. Wells Society Newsletter #30
Bulldog Drummond by Sapper
Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines by Michael L. Cook


Fiction:

“A Rat Must Chew” by Gary Lovisi

“The Hideout” by Ron Fortier
“Strangers in Need” by Joe Wehrle, Jr.

“Wounded Wizard” by John Kuharik

Artwork and Cartoons:

Sean Azzopardi

Rob Davis 

Brad Foster

Michael Neno

Bob Vojtko
Joe Wehrle, Jr.

Also includes:

Editor’s Notes
Suspense Magazine index
Social media round-up
Opening Lines

Print $8.99 (b&w interior) 
Includes ~100 cover images, 152 pages
amazon.com     CreateSpace
eBook $2.99 (color throughout) 
Includes ~ 50 cover images
Kindle     Kindle Preview

Larque Press website

It’s pivotable, but the title escapes me.

Jack Langer by Michael Neno

Jack Langer by Michael Neno

I started writing “A Foul Breath of Fresh Air” several years ago and went through numerous iterations, critique group sessions and two developmental edits before I finally considered it finished.

During these drafts, the most elusive aspect was the title. The earliest was “Ruts,” then it became “Rearview Drive” for most of its drafts. The first editor recommended something around the idea of “mercy.” I explored that idea over several brainstorming sessions but never quite found one that grabbed me. I finally set it aside and one day the title came to me. “A Foul Breath of Fresh Air” reflects the story literally and figuratively, and sets the tone for what’s ahead.

Here’s the opening line as it appeared in TDE1:
“There are seven different kinds of murder. Which kind all comes down to intent. The intent you can sell.”

D. Blake Werts, who was a huge help in getting The Digest Enthusiast started, asked Michael Neno to create the illustrations. Michael drew five illos that captured Jack Langer and his crew masterfully.

It’s funny how something as simple as a title can be so elusive. Sometimes they come easy, sometimes they come first and the story follows, and once in a while they may take longer to write than the story itself.

Now available: TDE3

The Digest Enthusiast #3

The Digest Enthusiast #3

Great news, the third edition of The Digest Enthusiast is now available in print and Kindle from Amazon.

The issue leads off with D. Blake Werts’ interview with Heather Jacobs, editor of the handcrafted Big Fiction small press digest from the Seattle area.

Tom Brinkmann is back with an overview of that other Beyond digest; the one about strange phenomena, plus a profile about one of the digest’s writers, Timothy Green Beckley.

New Pulp champion Ron Fortier joins TDE with four reviews and a fast-paced story, “The Rail City Rolls.”

Cover artist Joe Wehrle, Jr. provides a noirish new cover painting, a SF yarn, “Planetstorm” and a look at the Italian digest comic Diabolik (with his portraits of the character’s creators).

Peter Enfantino joins TDE with an overview of Super-Science Fiction and Gunsmoke, along with an all-inclusive synopsis of each issue.

We also welcome Steve Carper to our pages, who provides a terrific piece on Dashiell Hammett’s digests: Bestseller Mystery, Mercury Mystery and Jonathan Press.

Gryphon Press’ editor and publisher, Gary Lovisi returns with a wonderful western yarn, “Old Aunt Sin” with brand new artwork provided by the talented Michael Neno.

Plus, an overview of Dope Fiends trading cards; new reviews of A Blonde for Murder by Walter B. Gibson, Jeff Canja’s Popular Fiction Periodicals reference book, Betty Fedora #2, Paperback Parade #89, Manhunt (Dec. 1953), Children’s Digest (Spring 1972), and Fate #727; and artwork and cartoons by Brad Foster and Bob Vojtko.

Print version, $8.99, includes nearly 100 B&W cover images, 152 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″ digest.
Kindle version, $2.99, includes nearly 50 color cover images.

PS: If you’d like to help spread the word TDE3 is now available, visit www.larquepress.com/factsheet.htm for the full contents list and cover images.

NaNoWriMo 2015

nano_logoI’m starting NaNoWriMo today. This is my third time, and past successes in 2007 and 2013 (Camp NaNo) gives me some confidence going into this year’s marathon. After two novels (first drafts) and several dozen short stories I self-identify as an outliner. I’m more prepared for this NaNo than the previous and fully intend to meet or exceed the 50,000-word finish line. (Warning: I may post progress reports here or on Facebook.)

If any writers out there in the virtual world want to buddy up my handle in NaNoLand is “Krauss.” Thus far, Sam Gafford (lordshazam) is on-board—thanks man!