Publisher’s Note: Our First Pulphouse Book is Here!


For those of you who supported our Pulphouse Kickstarter in 2017 (again, thank you!), you might remember we had three books we promised as stretch goals.

Well, now that we have a year of Pulphouse under our belts, we’re ready to publish the first of those books. And we started with a compilation of reader’s favorites, called—in true Pulphouse style—You Really Liked That?

Pulphouse editor Dean Wesley Smith has spent the past year keeping track of reader comments to put this book together. Here’s the synopsis and table of contents:

The readers, the fans, the reviewers all weighed in over the first year of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. Five issues, almost 100 stories. They raved about some stories, liked others, and found some eye-opening, shall we say?

And editor Dean Wesley Smith kept track.

So now, as promised in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine’s first Kickstarter campaign, here come the favorites, the stories the readers and reviewers loved from the first full year (plus Issue Zero, our test issue). These stories wonderfully represent Pulphouse’s mission: attitude, feel, no genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories.

This might be one of the strangest anthologies ever put together of extremely high-quality fiction. But editor Dean claims no credit. He just listened to all of you.

Includes:
“Spud Wrangler” by Kent Patterson
“A Few Minutes in the Plantation Bar and Grill Outside of Woodville, Mississippi” by Steve Perry
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Clockwork Man’s Canteen” by J. Steven York
“A Good Negro” by Ezekiel James Boston
“Collector’s Curse: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“nanoturds” by Ray Vukcevich
“Queen of the Mouse Riders” by Annie Reed
“Who’s the Abomination?” By Johanna Rothman
“In the Empire of the Underpants” by Robert Jeschonek
“At Witt’s End: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If you’ve never read Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, this book is a great way to experience the cutting-edge fiction that epitomizes Pulphouse.

So, what are you waiting for? You can buy the book here (it’s available in ebook and trade paperback). And if you like what you read, you might want to consider a subscription. You can find out more about that here.

Our next issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine publishes later this week, so stay tuned.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: Vision 2020


When I was in graduate school studying journalism, we created a special insert into the Columbia Missourian called Vision 2020. I don’t recall now what stories we published, but as you might expect, it was trying to envision what Columbia, Missouri, would look like in 2020. This was 2003, and 2020 seemed so far off. Now, it’s only months away.

I felt the same way when the Prince song “1999” came out. When that came out in 1982, it seemed like the world would be a much different place in 1999. And it was…but not as much in the way we expected. We thought for sure there would flying cars by 1999, for example.

As we approach 2020, still no flying cars. But we do have cars that drive themselves, so I suppose that’s something.

I’m thinking about all this because WMG just announced its 2020 Vegas Workshops schedule.

We have three craft workshops, our annual anthology workshop (which is where we buy some of our Fiction River and Pulphouse stories), and the annual Business Master Class, which is where some of the best minds in the publishing business look at where we are in the industry and what’s on the horizon.

You can read more about the 2020 workshop schedule here.

And don’t forget, if you want to sign up for the 2019 Business Master Class, you still have time (although it’s filling up fast). And there’s still a couple spots in the fall craft workshop. Sign up here for the Master Class and here for the Romance Workshop.

And, of course, our online lectures and workshops are available year-round. You can check those out here.

So, go check them out. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that we all need to keep learning and growing; because you never can predict where the future might lead you.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: Black History Month Kicks Off with a Powerful “Truth”


Note: The link below to download a free copy of “The Arrival of Truth” has been fixed. Thank you for informing us of this issue.

February 1 marks the start of Black History Month and to kick it off, the Google Doodle featured African-American abolitionist and American women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. You can read more about this amazing woman here.

Seeing that Doodle nudged something in my memory. I seemed to remember that Kristine Kathryn Rusch might have written a story about her. (And this is one of the many reasons WMG keeps me around—with almost 700 titles, I’m usually the only one who can recall such things.)

Turns out I was right. It’s an alternative history story called “The Arrival of Truth.” And I thought in honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d share it with you for free.

Here’s the synopsis:

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s alternate history stories have won or been nominated for every award in the sf field. “The Arrival of Truth” shows why. In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or will it force her to make terrible choices of her own?

In “The Arrival of Truth,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch casts light on the powerful struggle between right and wrong, slavery and freedom.

You can download the story for free here.

Kris has written a number of stories and novels about the injustices faced by the African-American community, most frequently under her Kris Nelscott pen name.

Speaking of Nelscott, WMG will be releasing a new edition of A Dangerous Road featuring book discussion questions later this month.

So, stay tuned.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: Fantastic Mysteries


I remember having my first TV crush when I was 10. It was 1983, and a new show called Automan hit the air. The show followed the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer who had created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (“Automan”) which could leave the computer world at night and fight crime.

I was in love: with the concept, the plot, the futuristic sf/superhero world the show created, and, of course, with Automan himself, Chuck Wagner.

As these were the days before we had a VCR, it was appointment viewing in my household, at my insistence. I remember taking a two-minute shower once because my mother wouldn’t let me watch it until I’d showered. I think I showed up in the living room in a towel, but I didn’t miss a minute of the show.

Unfortunately, my relationship with Automan was short-lived. The show only lasted 12 episodes.

That was 35 years ago. And I still remember it.

Those fantastic detectives really stick with you.

And while none can ever compare with your first love, there are plenty more fantastic detectives in the world of fiction. And Dean Wesley Smith has curated a Storybundle full of them.

The Fantasy Detectives Storybundle offers ten titles sure to light your interest: Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; They’re Back: A Poker Boy Adventure by Dean Wesley Smith; Five Fantastic Tales by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Slimy Chicken Zomnibus Edition by Kevin J. Anderson; Modern Sorcery by Gary Jonas; The Greatest Sin: Books 1-2 by Erik Kort and Lee French; Searching for Sanctuary by Chrissy Wissler; Devil’s Shoestring by Stefon Mears; Earthshaker by Robert Jeschonek; and The Shredded Veil Mysteries by Leah Cutter.

You can name your price, but if you pay at least $15, you get all ten fantastic mysteries.

Find out more about the bundle here.

But you’d better hurry. Like Automan, this bundle won’t be around for long.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: Hard Choices and Easy Decisions


Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to start planning ahead for the New Year. But first, I have some new releases I wanted to be sure didn’t get lost in the festivities.

Associate Publisher Gwyneth Gibby briefly mentioned our latest volume of Fiction River in her fantastic end-of-year recap last week, but it’s time to shine a spotlight on that incredible volume.

I’ve recently had to make some very hard choices of my own, so I can empathize with some of the situations faced by the protagonists in Hard Choices, edited by Dean Wesley Smith.

Here’s the synopsis:

In this latest volume of Fiction River, editor Dean Wesley Smith pulls together an eclectic but cohesive group of stories filled with difficult decisions. From a man who must question the line between justice and vengeance to a teenage fixer fighting hypocrisy to a post-apocalyptic survivor’s mission to deliver one last message, each of these stories demonstrates extremely hard choices—and some very real consequences.

Table of Contents
“Equal Justice” by Annie Reed
“Payback” by Tonya D. Price
“Eric the Monkey” by Dan C. Duval
“Prospecting” by Ron Collins
“Toots” by Michael Kowal
“The Devil’s Muse” by Laura Ware
“Clean and Godly in Denmark” by Diana Deverell
“Killshot” by Annie Reed
“Four Hundred Yards” by Dale Hartley Emery
“A Life with Meaning” by David Stier
“Nightmare Scenario” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Echo” by Leslie Clare Walker
“Haunted” by Jamie Ferguson
“Skinwalker” by Valerie Brook
“Missiles of October” by Dan C. Duval
“Girl with a Mission” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“A New Day” by Kendall Heintzelman
“They Taught Us Wrong” by M.L. Buchman
“Tendrils” by Leigh Saunders
“Little Byte and Big Pieces” by Valerie Brook

You can buy it here. Or subscribe here and let Fiction River show up in your inbox automatically and start the year off right.

But Hard Choices wasn’t the only magazine we released in December. We also released Issue #4 of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, also edited by Dean Wesley Smith (we kept Dean busy, as you can see).

Here’s the Table of Contents:
“Bigger Than the Monkey” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Coyote Equation” by J. Steven York
“THE Wereyam” by Kent Patterson
“The Apple Tart of Eden” by M. L. Buchman
“The Dead on Somerset Hill” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Home” by Michael Kowal
Peace and Quiet” by Jerry Oltion
“Word from on High: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“For the Love of Killer” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Earth Day” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Why” by O’Neil De Noux
“Ornamental Animals” by Ray Vukcevich
“Crossing Over the River” by Sabrina Chase
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Chicken Time Machine” by Valerie Brook
“People Person” by Stephanie Writt
“The Old Guy” by Annie Reed
 “Wishful Thinking: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson

Click here to buy Issue #4 or here to subscribe to the magazine.

Now, those are some easy decisions.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.