I am still a novice and outsider to the greater “neo pulp movement,” and likely will remain that way, but I like the idea of it. Bringing back the ideals of storytelling embodied in the adventure stories of the ’30s and ’40s and beyond. (That’s where superhero roots started, too, ya know—in the pulps!)
I managed to accidentally trip over some of the modern pulp revolutionists recently, and wish I had more time to explore and advocate for this revival.
But I don’t, really.
I wish I had more writing and reading time to contribute to the conversations and submit stories to some of the new magazines that have grown up to emulate those of the past.
But, unfortunately, I just don’t. My dance card is pretty full just fulfilling all my own current publishing dreams. I’ve started quite a few series and have plenty more to start, after I make some progress on the ones I’ve already initiated.
But I think my stuff is pretty “pulpy.” I’ve actually had a couple of stories published by some of these new young revolutionaries already. And I’ve found a few more opportunities. (I just don’t think I can fit it into my writing schedule to try and contribute.)
On kind of a down side, there’s also the faint air of politics to some of talk. I guess that goes with the term “revolution,” right? And I’m not quite ready to throw my hat into any political rings when it comes to literature and writing/reading tastes. I figure there’s a flavor out there for everybody, and it’s no ones business what you like. I’m not here to say one style is better than another. I know my tastes, and that they often differ from what the mainstream spec fic giants are pushing. So I certainly sympathize with the underground. (And hell, it’s always more fun to be part of the underground than the establishment regime anyway, right?) But I’m not sure I’m ready to burn any citadels to the ground.
I think I’d be more likely to advocate for building your own fortresses, flying your own colors, and allowing the masses (readers) to make up their own minds. Filter over (or flock to) your banners and leave the regime to figure out for themselves that maybe the aristocracy has been too exclusive all this time.
Anyone confused so far by what I’m talking about? Not sure you follow?
I am being pretty vague. Rather noncommittal. And I’m doing so on purpose.
To be a bit more clear, some of the topics of discussion might be about the major SF/F magazines’ trend for decades toward publishing fluffy literary stories rather than the exciting sci-fi stuff we go to the movies for. And for bending so far toward, shall we say, “political correctness” as to completely alienate the “evil majority.” (Very much like everything else in America these days.) This has also been a hot topic during science fiction award season, and continues to be. I don’t know all the politics—nor do I want to—but I remember reading some articles last year about how nasty some of it’s been getting when it comes to the Hugo and Nebula awards.
And again, that’s one reason I’m not getting too specific or taking up a pitchfork myself right now. Because I’d rather advocate for a pulp revival, versus a revolution, and let readers make their own choices. And hell, you don’t even have to pick one side or the other! You can read both, appreciate both, depending on your mood. Personally, I do like some of the literary stuff, but I certainly don’t think it should be the dominant art form that excludes more exciting fiction. Or that there should even be a dominant art form. And I don’t think most sci-fi/fantasy fans do either.
So if I’m not jumping on board one way or the other, what’s the point of me typing all this out? Why should you, the reader of this post, give a shit about this noncommittal rambling?
Well, I just wanted to say something about it, that’s all. ‘Cuz it’s there. And I like it, mostly. And because I wanted to raise awareness and let you, the reader, decide what you like. Who you want to support. What books, magazines, blogs, and podcasts you want to frequent and even chip your hard-earned dollars toward supporting (simply by purchasing and reading—and enjoying!—their stuff).
So, if you’re interested, here’s a few places you might go. Some are forums and blogs, some are sources of reading material, and I see a few neo pulp mags open for submissions. (If I get the time, maybe I can even submit something. In some of these cases, I already have!) This is by no means a long list, it’s just a few leads I have found very recently. Heck, if you have more, feel free to post them in a comment!
- Castalia House: http://www.castaliahouse.com
- Swords of REH forum: http://swordsofreh.proboards.com
- Cirsova Magazine: https://cirsova.wordpress.com/cirsova-magazine/
- Crimson Streets: http://www.crimsonstreets.com
- Weirdbook Magazine: http://weirdbook-magazine.com/submissions/
- 21st Century Wonder Stories: https://mishaburnett.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/21st-century-wonder-stories-call-for-submissions/
So there you go, a small sample for your perusal.
Now it’s 9am, I’ve been up since 4pm yesterday, and I need to get my ass to bed so I can go back to work again tonight! (And I’ll blame that, too, for why this post is vague and unreadable.)