My intention was to capture a go-to list of authors that I can read, from various subgenres of fantasy and science fiction, and mostly from eras when a good story was considered more important than ham-fisted activist drivel masquerading as plot.
Why do I like pulp stories? I'll tell you why. They are tales filled with plot, action, adventure, and happy endings. Well, mostly happy endings. You'll find stories about good guys and bad guys and where good ultimately triumphs over evil, as it should. There is another reason I love the stories of old. We … Continue reading Pulptastic: StoryHack Action and Adventure, Issue 1
I want to introduce you to a new up-and-coming literary magazine this week. StoryHack Action & Adventure is a modern-day pulp magazine that celebrates pulse-pounding fiction that is fun to read and crosses the genre divide in creative ways. Publisher and editor, Bryce A Beattie's goal is to develop the magazine into a pro-rate paying market. … Continue reading Pulptastic StoryHack, Issue Zero is Here!
So after unpacking almost 30 boxes of books and magazines last weekend and rediscovering old memories--including a perfectly decent-looking set of Popular Mechanics' Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia printed in 1968 that belonged to my dad--and their counterpart emotions, I've now compiled 8 small heaps I'll be rereading in the coming weeks. Which also means I won't be throwing them away … Continue reading Old Memories Revisited
I found a wonderful article written by Caleb Pirtle III on Venture Galleries. It's about Raymond Chandler and if you love words or are a Chandler admirer like me, you will find unreserved joy in reading this piece. It deals with rejection and strong opinions. Chandler had a style all his own. I love his voice. The … Continue reading The day Raymond Chandler struck back…
A couple of weeks ago I wrote Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones, a three-thousand-word short story about finding courage in the unlikeliest of places. I wrote it in a day from initial idea to complete semi-final draft. Now, it's not even remotely publishable and requires some fleshing out and maybe more showing and less telling, but the point … Continue reading 11 Most Prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of All Time