Much of “The Seven Swans, Book Four: The Highwayman’s Deception” by Mel Anastasiou is a self-contained adventure/romance set in olde England. Three chapters frame the tale of Spencer Stevens’ past life, while eight immerse the reader in his captivating adventure there as he courts the life of the highwayman and his teacher, the provocative Charlotte. Anastasiou is the acquisitions editor for Pulp Literature, and her stories appear regularly in the magazine.
Stories from Pulp Literature No. 15 Summer 2017:
“Gret” by Brenda Carre sets the issue’s opening bar high. It’s the first chapter of a forthcoming novel of the same name, so beautifully written it overshadows any hesitation of reading an excerpt, so don’t miss out. Gret’s world is harsh and dangerous, filled with magic and intrigue. Carre’s skill with dialect in narration and dialogue transports you to Gret’s world at once. “I grabbed Isk’s meat knife and a bannock or two for my tattered pockets and I was out that windee and into the shore mist faster than a clam can fart.” A three-page interview with Carre follows her novel’s chapter.