Publisher’s Note: Pulphouse Enters Year Two

On Feb. 28, we released the first issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Year Two (that’s Issue #5, for the record). It’s the Winter Issue for this quarterly magazine edited by Dean Wesley Smith, and like all Pulphouse issues, it has some spectacularly creative stories.

Of particular note is Robert Jeschonek’s story, “Offensive in Every Possible Way.” This one was hell on our staff because we had to figure out how to format (and we had different issues in the epub and paperback versions) it while still maintaining the author’s voice (which takes Planet Bob to a whole new level). But the story is consummately Pulphouse. It’s a unique (and I don’t use that word lightly) must-read.

So, now that I have you intrigued about Bob’s story, check out the entire fantastic table of contents:

“The Geezer Squad” by Annie Reed
“The Dog That Ate Homework” by J. Steven York
“Battery-operated Boyfriend” by Barbara G. Tarn
“Offensive in Every Possible Way” by Robert Jeschonek
“Gravity Well” by Kent Patterson
“The Sport of Queens: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“The New Crop” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Blind Lagoon Misadventure” O’Neil De Noux
“Practice” by Ray Vukcevich
“One-Night Stands for Love and Glory” by David H. Hendrickson
“Maiden’s Dance” by Rebecca Lyons
“The True Story of Stanley and Stella” by Johanna Rothman
“Death Be Nimble” by James Gotaas
“Under the Blood-Red Maple” by Joslyn Chase
“Head Case: A Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Minions at Work: Allen Wrenched” by J Steven York

Click here to buy Issue #5 or here to subscribe to the magazine.

And if you missed my blog last week announcing the release of our first Pulphouse book, You Really Liked That?, you can buy that here.

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

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: A New Edition of A Dangerous Road


As promised in my blog two weeks ago, WMG has released a new edition of A Dangerous Road by Kris Nelscott featuring a reader’s guide and book discussion questions.

This is by popular demand. Kris has been getting inquiries for years about this kind of edition, because A Dangerous Road—the first book in the Smokey Dalton series—is perfect for book clubs and reader groups to discuss.

But writing discussion questions is a particular skill. One I don’t have any experience doing. Fortunately, multi-talented associate publisher Gwyneth Gibby does possess such experience.

She wrote the questions and I designed a whole new cover for this edition.

If you’ve never read A Dangerous Road, this is a great time to start. Here’s the synopsis:

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why.

So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will challenge everything he’s ever known, including his own identity.

Set against the backdrop of the strike and protests that will end with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, A Dangerous Road combines the politics of race, betrayal, unexpected love, and the terrible cost of trust.

It’s a story so memorable the Mystery Writers of America chose it as one of the top five novels of the year and the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society honored it as the winner of the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery.

The new edition is available in ebook and trade paperback and is the same price as the regular edition. You can buy the new edition here.

The regular edition—which is available in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook—is available here.

So, if you’re looking for a new book to recommend to your book club or reading group, consider A Dangerous Road. I promise, you won’t regret it.

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: The Power of Love


Love is a powerful thing. I’m talking about the kind of unconditional love of which we humans are capable. Sometimes, we find that love in a partner. Sometimes, we find it for the animals we share our lives with. Every child should feel a parents’ love, in my opinion.

But love is also a risky thing. Love can bring great joy…and devastating pain.

Fiction River editor Mark Leslie guides us through the ups and downs of love in all its forms for our latest volume, Feel the Love.

Here’s the synopsis:

Love. An essential and important part of the human experience. And in Feel the Love, editor Mark Leslie takes readers on a journey through the various forms of that powerful emotion. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, these eighteen talented writers brilliantly capture the concept of love. Comforting and thoughtful, uplifting and warm, these stories might just restore your faith in humanity.

Table of Contents
“Thief” by Michael Kowal
“Death’s Other Cousin” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Making Amends” by David Stier
“Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Goddess Killer” by Lauryn Christopher
“Love Locks” by Dale Hartley Emery
“Love Bots” by Dæmon Crowe
“Loving Abby” by Angela Penrose
“Foiled” by Brigid Collins
“A Love to Remember” by Tonya D. Price
“The Refurbished Companion” by Kelly Washington
“The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears
“Lifeblood” by Alexandra Brandt
“Who Loves the Unloved?” by Laura Ware
“Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home” by Joe Cron
“Truth and Lies” by David H. Hendrickson
“With Love in Their Hearts” by Robert Jeschonek
“Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful” by Annie Reed

Like the last Fiction River volume Mark edited (Feel the Fear), Feel the Love is the product of a publishing partnership with Kobo. And as such, if you buy the paperback edition, you will find a code in the back for a free ebook edition exclusively from Kobo.

Feel the Love’s official pub date is January 31, but the ebook is available for preorder now. You can find it here. This page will be updated on release day to provide links to the paperback, too.

We love great short fiction here at WMG. And if you want to keep feeling the love, you can subscribe to Fiction River here.

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

Make 100 Paperbacks A Kickstarter Project


A guest blog from Dean Wesley Smith

This week Allyson, the wonderful publisher of WMG Publishing, turned her blog over to me to write a little about a really fun project I am doing. So let me start from the very beginning.

A couple years back Kickstarter started a promotion to get people to make one hundred of a certain object and have a limited to one-hundred copies award of the object. When I first heard that, I figured I could make 100 short story paperbacks, all never-before published short stories.

That’s right, the stories would be out in electronic form, but also in small, very short paperbacks. I have done a number of these before and the length runs from 24 pages to about 50 pages. Too thin for writing on the spine, so they sort of feel like chapbooks, only with real glossy paperback covers on them.

Everyone who holds one thinks they are really nifty.

Last two years I didn’t have time to even try this challenge, but this year, when Kickstarter offered the promotion again, I figured why not? I would do almost all the work. I would, of course, write the short stories. I would lay them out for print, create the covers myself, and even load them up.

Allyson and the wonderful crew at WMG Publishing convinced me that they could load them to the stores like Amazon (I would just mess up the works is what they were saying, basically) and that they would do all 100 short stories in 3 limited (and very large) collections.  

So I went for it and started a Kickstarter campaign. You can get different forms of my stories or the three final collections. (If you support the campaign at all you get the three collections of all 100 stories in electronic form.)

Also, since I teach a lot of workshops for WMG Publishing, we decided to include discounts to all our writing and publishing workshops. So you can support the Make 100 Paperbacks Kickstarter Campaign by getting a discount on a workshop you’d like to take. Nifty, huh?

So I do hope you will take a look at this really crazy idea. I am going to have a great time doing this and I hope you would have a great time reading all the stories as well. 

Thanks.

Click here to view the kickstarter project.