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The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty.
Get ready to be surprised, challenged, and entertained--whether you enjoy the style of the Golden Age of mystery (e.g., Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle), the glorious pulp digests of the early twentieth century (e.g., Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), or contemporary masters of mystery.
In our cover story, “Up The Chimney He Rose” by Gerard J Waggett, three weeks before Christmas, Lester Manning is found bludgeoned to death inside his study, a room locked from the inside. Just because the only way out seems to have been the chimney, that doesn't make Santa Claus a suspect, does it?In “Naughty Or Nice” by Michael Mallory former teacher Roy Talman finally lands a new job, as a department store Santa Claus. But when a seven-year-old boy confesses that he murdered the girl next door, Roy is compelled to discover the truth … no matter where it leads.“Chandler In The Classroom” by Susan Oleksiw explores reaction or lack of reaction when a man with a gun bursts into a classroom.“Charlie’s War” by John M. Floyd: Military veteran Charlie Reardon, homeless and hopeless, has decided crime might be his only way out of poverty—until a mysterious stranger offers him advice. The new plan still involves a crime, but in a way that will change his life forever.In “Gina’s Greatest Hits” by Lina Chern a streetwise thirteen-year-old girl becomes a gambling debt enforcer in an attempt to keep her struggling family afloat.“The Gnomes” by A.M. Porter: When a small-town harpy returns a pair of gnomes her husband used to commit suicide in his backyard pool to their place on the lawn, pathologist's assistant Tamsin Bruce suspects murder. No one listens until it's (almost) too late.In “The Last Dance Of Don Diego” by John Kojak, a young girl witnesses a murder that could change her life, and her family's fortunes, forever. All she has to do is trust the killer.In “Chain Of Hearts” by J.T. Siemens a mild-mannered bank clerk meets his true love and gets involved in a life of crime.“Fleece Navidad” A You-Solve-It by Stacy Woodson: When a float at Pottsville’s annual Christmas parade is vandalized, it’s up to Mabel to identify the culprit and the motives behind this holiday crashing crime.
A little boy and girl disappear at Bible camp in the Big Thicket.
An amateur sleuth discovers the true meaning of the phrase “dead end” in his pursuit of a Lovecraftian imp.
A kitchen appliance becomes a portal to another dimension.
A Nacogdoches jogger tries a hellish cure for his nicotine addiction.
And, an aging, iconic monster confronts an existential quandary in West Texas...
These horrors - and more - await you in this, the fifth volume of Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers
In this world, it takes between 2,500 and 4,000 reading words to pay a visit to the smallest, but terrifyingly necessary, room, and stories are written precisely to chill the bones as you wait for nature to make its call. You open up the book, and one of the 32 tales skulking within its hellish pages chooses you...
It's too late to turn back now. You are about to set foot into another dimension, so best watch out for that signpost up ahead. You've just crossed over into... The Toilet Zone: Number Two
Featuring stories by:* Jay Baird * Matt Bliss * Sarah Cannavo * Matthew A. Clarke * Josh Darling * Hayden Gilbert * Ken Goldman * Gerri R. Gray * Jameson Grey * Chisto Healy * Carlton Herzog * Barbara Jacobson * Vivian Kasley * Joanna Koch * John Kojak * Matt Martinek * Tim Mendees * J Louis Messina * Henry Myllyla * Drew Nicks * Joe Palumbo * Frederick Pangbourne * Wolfgang Potterhouse * David Rose * Rob Santana * Pamela Scott * J.B. Toner * J. Tonzelli * Mark Towse * Thomas K.S. Wake
In this issue we host Logospilgrim, The Quiet Professor, in our “The Author Bordello” a feature fiction and poetry from Abdul-Qaadir Taariq Bakari-Muhammad, Davide Nixon, David Estringel, Eric Neher, Lee Clark Zumpe, Magister Phineas, Viktor Wolfe, John Kojak, Ashley Dioses, Bryan Miller, J.B. Toner, Oliver Baer, T.C. Mill, Ronin Howlett.
This magazine contains adult content and themes and is not meant for readers under eighteen years of age.
Pulp Adventures #37 features pulp fiction classic and new, ranging from hardboiled mystery to fascinating science fiction.
Classic Pulp Fiction
"Death is My Shadow" by Day Keene — Danton’s promise to Johnny Oakhurst was an invitation to disaster; "Nymph in the Keyhole" by Charles Boeckman — He wasn’t a murderer, but nobody believes a peeping tom; "Honor Bright"by E.C. Tubb — Space flight was changing, not necessarily for the better; "The Trap" by Erle Stan ley Gardner — The Trap was set for a deadly rat, and when it sprung ...
NEW PULP FICTION
"Mudbugs" by John Kojak — A small town suffers a terrible infestation …; "Blondes , Blondes , Blondes" by Jack Bludis — As a peep-show barker, P.I. Ken Sligo hawks a murder mystery; "Paandor’s Box" by Martin Roy Hill — “I am one of you.” But was Paandor to be trusted?; "Superhero" by Lee Weinstein — More than just a daydreamer, a hero of sorts …; "Clue, Though?" by Charlotte J.R. Baker — Death on the menu at a Roaring 20s-themed mystery party; "His Hour Upon the Stage" by Adam McFarlane — Sherlock Holmes’ daughter investigates a terrible crime.
"Bannerman: Riding the Lawless Land" by Rich Harvey — Cleveland Publishing’s ‘Enforcer’ returns with Piccadilly Publishing; "Day Keene: Troubled Heroes" by Rich Harvey
These nine quality cheap thrills of the dankest macabre and criminally petty, are guaranteed to delight your senses, tickle your outrage, and engorge your brain with blood. Read original stories by Daniel Marcus, Preston Lang, Serena Jayne, John Kojak, Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, Robb T. White, Paul McCabe, J.D. Graves, and Chris Fortunato only in EconoClash Review #6 from Down & Out Books.