The excellent NH Public Radio program “Word of Mouth,” hosted by intergalactic priestess of cool Virginia Prescott, broadcast an interview today with the editor of the NH Pulp Fiction series talking about Live Free or Sci-Fi. No problem if you missed it, since they post the show online. Check it out at the friendly attached link.
Question: Why did the martian keep zapping himself with his Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator?
Answer: Because it felt so good when he stopped.
This pretty much sums up my only excuse for my proneness to procrastination, and that tendency has never been more clearly demonstrated than with this, the third volume in the NH Pulp Fiction Series, i.e. “Live Free or Sci-Fi.”
It’s taken two years but I’m here to tell you the feeling good has begun. The book is due back from the printer by the end of the first week of October, which means it should be on sale at all worthy book dealers in plenty of time to be purchased by the caseload and added to the trick or treat candy bowls of wealthy Granite State science fiction fans. Those less wealthy may want to limit themselves to buying only a few copies for now, but remember that Christmas and Hanukkah (and Muharram, which doesn’t involve gift-giving but just to be PC about it) are just around the corner.
If anyone is actually still checking this site, thanks for your patience. And spread the word.
Sincerely, your humble and procrastinatory-no-more-editor,
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The London Olympic Stadium is 53 meters high. This blog had about 610 visitors in 2012. If every visitor were a meter, this blog would be 12 times taller than the Olympic Stadium – not too shabby.
Maintaining two blogs is not that complicated, but it does allow for stupid errors. When I extended the date for submissions to Live Free or Die, Die, Die! I made the corrections on the NHPulpFiction.com blog, but forgot to do so here. The deadline is March 31, and if you’ve got something coming and need another day or three, just let me know.
Hope I didn’t lose anyone because of the oversight.
Volume two of the NH Pulp Fiction is finally on track (a bit behind schedule, but we’ll make up time in the air). Below is the press release we’ve sent out, but most people familiar to this site know the ropes. Just submit your fiction with a detective/mystery/murder theme set firmly in the familiar settings of the Granite State and get it to me by March 31.
If you want more details, they appear below:
New Short Story Anthology of Combines Familiar New Hampshire Locales with the Devious Plots of Pulp Detective Fiction
A new publishing venture will use familiar New Hampshire locations and landmarks as the setting for twisted tales of hardboiled detectives, femme fatales and two-bit thugs in a style inspired by the classic pulp fiction of the early 20th century. “Live Free or Die, Die, Die!: Granite State Murder, Mystery and Mayhem,” will be released by Plaidswede Publishing in the fall of 2011, but editor Rick Broussard wants to get the investigation started now. He’s seeking submissions for his anthology, and he’s offering local writers a chilling challenge.
“All the best detective fiction is endowed with a sense of place,” says Broussard, “Think about Robert B. Parker’s “Spencer” books, based in Boston, or Raymond Chandler’s tales of Los Angeles crime. I want writers to use New Hampshire like that.” As encouragement, he’s offering the book’s title, “Live Free or Die, Die, Die!” to be affixed to the one mystery tale that creates the most immortal characters, either criminal mastermind or plucky private eye. “I think New Hampshire deserves its own Philip Marlowe,” says Broussard.
Writers need to get busy. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2011. Anyone, whether a seasoned author or a new talent, is invited to submit a story of less than 8,000 words, but with three requirements: “It’s got to be set in New Hampshire and it’s got to be have that special atmosphere you find only here,” says Broussard, “Oh, and it ought to have a mystery.”
All entries will be considered but the editor and publisher reserve the right to select the one that will appear in print. Other efforts may be posted on the NHPulpFiction.com Web site with the authors’ permission.
The mystery anthology is the second is a series of collections of short stories to known as the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series. The first anthology, “Live Free or Undead: Dark Tales from the Granite State,” was published by Plaidswede Publishing last fall and is available at most N.H. book sellers and from nhbooksellers.com. Volumes featuring science fiction and historical romance are planned as well. Stories featured in the series will be written mostly by New Hampshire authors but they will always be embedded firmly in the Granite State.
“The state is rich with fascinating lore and compelling locales,” says Broussard. “With our combination of deep, rugged nature and fast-growing urban complexes, any writer seeking a setting for fiction can find ample inspiration here.”