Do you remember those Wrigleys gum commercials from the 80s for Doublemint Gum? (If you dont click here, although fair warning: That song is an earworm.) The commercials promise the gum is a double pleasure and that it will give you a double great feeling. I cant speak to whether the product stands up to its marketing (I was more of a Juicy Fruit girl), but the concept holds water. Double the potential, double the fun.
And so, it is with great pleasure that I announce the release of not one but two fantastic short fiction products.
First up is, well, a first: Issue One of the recently relaunched Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, edited by Dean Wesley Smith. Whereas Issue Zero featured exclusively classic reprints, Issue #1 launches the magazines standard format, which will mix old favorites with new original stories. (Look: another duality.)
Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Back after over twenty years. A three-time Hugo Award-nominated magazine, Pulphouse returns with eighteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.
No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.
Table of Contents
In the Empire of Underpants by Robert T. Jeschonek
Queen of the Mouse Riders by Annie Reed
Group by Ray Vukcevich
The Heart Has Reasons by ONeil De Noux
Molten Souls by Jerry Oltion
The Sea Girls Survival by Valerie Brook
Looking for the Bastard by David H. Hendrickson
The Reign to Come by Kevin J. Anderson
A Spud Full of Stars by Kent Patterson
Body Memory by M. L. Buchman
Catastrophe Baker Makes First Contact by Mike Resnick
Playing with Trains by J. Steven York
A Few Minutes in The Plantation Bar and Grill Outside Woodville, Mississippi by Steve Perry
At Witts End: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Minions at Work 2.0: Roll Call by J. Steven York
Issue #1 released on Jan. 25, and is available here.
Heres the synopsis:
Justice comes in many forms. And the wide variety of stories presented in this latest volume of Fiction River make that case. Of the fifteen powerful stories in this volume, some will twist your heart, others will pound you in the gut, and still others will make you feel like the world has meaning. From a man avenging a wrongful conviction, to heroic women fighting to reclaim their homeland, to kids trying to find justice in the chaotic world of adults, this volume will prove one you wont soon forget.
Table of Contents
The Ball Breakers Summer Club by Valerie Brook
Grace by Michael Kowal
Pariah by Louisa Swann
Spoils by Eric Kent Edstrom
The Night Takes You by Leslie Claire Walker
My Honor to Kill You by Dan C. Duval
A Pearl into Darkness by Lisa Silverthorne
Mercy Find Me by Diana Deverell
Best Served Salted by Lauryn Christopher
Domus Justice by Michèle Laframboise
Uncle Philbert by Dory Crowe
Bone by T. Thorne Coyle
A Vulture Waits by Rob Vagle
The Supporters in Panama City by Brigid Collins
The Darks of Their Eyes by Robert T. Jeschonek
So, there you have it. Double your pleasure in the form of amazing short fiction. You even get double the stories from some of our favorite authors, who appear in both of these books.
Now, stop watching that commercial over and over on YouTube, and get reading.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.