Since we’ve stepped up the pace of the pulp fiction flow this year, co-editor Elaine Isaak and I have decided to extend the deadline until the end of February. We’ve had a lot of attention just recently and this will give any new writers who have just climbed aboard the NH Pulp Fiction bandwagon (or, in this case, stagecoach) enough time to conceive their own Granite State Western. This also gives you slow pokes who have been just sitting around the campfire whittling on your pencils a little more time to start spinning your yarns. But don’t let the cry of the lonesome coyote lull you to sleep. Get those stories in to livefreeorridefiction@gmail.com before Feb. 28 or you’ll be eating trail dust.

Reading Reminder

Live Free or Sci-Fi will be the featured book on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Littleton Village Book Store and Cafe at 81 Main St., Littleton. A handful of our pulp fiction authors will be reading there starting at 3 p.m. and there’s a contest for the best mask or headgear representing a Sci-Fi character (or theme).

The readers who will be there (along with Editor Rick Broussard) will be

Elaine Isaak reading from Merge
Clay Wirestone reading from First in the Galaxy
S.J. Cahill reading from Touchdown
Alex Caldwell reading from The Wormhole of Wilson, NH
Gregory Norris reading from The Moths

This is a wonderful roster of readers and stories. If you can make it, you should.

See you there.

WNTK Presents the Pulp

Just had a great interview with WNTK Talk Radio. Thanks Abby Peel! Forgot to mention the reading in Littleton at the Village Book Store and Cafe on January 12 at 3 p.m. so I encourage all WNTK listeners to check it out.

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.

Live Free or Sci-Fi will be the featured book on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Littleton Village Book Store and Cafe at 81 Main St., Littleton. A handful of our pulp fiction authors will be reading there starting at 3 p.m.

Just to prove that quaint Littleton is not immune to the quest-into-the-unknown DIY mindset of pulp fiction, the store is planning a cool event to tie into the current volume:

“Getting into the sci-fi spirit, the Village Bookstore is running a contest: At least one complimentary, and signed, copy of the anthology will be awarded to the most creative–and original−sci-fi-inspired head gear or above-the-shoulder mask to be worn by a patron during this Sunday afternoon reading.”

So, start preparing your headgear and roll out your star charts. Littleton is a bit of a drive for those in the Southern tier, but as one who has made the trip many times with less incentive than this, I can tell you it’s worth it. I call it the Shangri La of NH. Once you get there you won’t want to leave.

*In the event of snow, this program will be scheduled for the following Sunday, January 19.

The Media Responds!

Here’s a great Concord Monitor story by Melanie Plenda on the NH Pulp Fiction series (particularly “Live Free or Sci-Fi”) with some great quotes from contributor Alex Caldwell. http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/9430125-95/pulp-fiction-rooted-in-nh-back-for-a-third-round

(This is actually a letter I just sent out to the many contributors to the NH Pulp Fiction Series. Being a lazy man, I’ve chosen to repurpose it as a blog post.)

Dear Diverse Hands,

The first reading of the third volume of the one and only New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series is scheduled for this coming Saturday (Nov. 23), 7 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. in Concord. This note is going out to anyone who is on my list and has been involved with the series, so even if you can’t make it or don’t know what I’m talking about, I want you to feel invited.

Here are the Live Free or Sci-Fi readers, so far:

David O’Keefe
Nathan Wyckoff
Steven Cahill
Clay Wirestone
Susan Nye
Alex Caldwell

Jim Kelly sent his regrets. He’s in NYC. Joyce Wagner is also out of reach and Suzanne Sykora, who wrote a fabulous piece for Live Free or Sci-Fi has the best excuse of all as she lives in Germany.

The six readers (did I miss anyone?) are probably plenty to fill our time and if the crowd is chanting for more I can read them some of my introduction which, like Vogon poetry, will make their ears bleed and have them lunging through the plate glass to escape. That’s what you call a finale.

By the way, there will be some kind of a write up on the latest book (and on the series) in the Concord Monitor on Thursday, so keep an eye out. Be sure to put it back, though. They squish if they roll on the floor and get stepped upon. Media coverage might bring us a few more earballs to delight, but the best way to ensure an audience for these readings is to bring one, so don’t forget to compel your significant other or your insignificant brother or some hapless bystander to join you.

See some of you there. Maybe the next reading will be in Hanover, Germany and we can all crash at Suzanne’s place afterwards.

With kindest regards from your humble and obedient editor,



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