When you say "Pulp Fiction," most people automatically think of the Quentin Tarantino movie of the same name. But actually, pulp fiction is a genre of writing that has been around for centuries and got its name from the cheap, pulp paper the sensationalist short story magazines were printed on.
It's gaining a new resurgence of interest in the past few years.
The guys at Twit Publishing in Dallas, Texas, have gathered together some of the best "pulp ficition" stories around and present them in a well-made seasonal anthology called "Twit Publishing Presents: Pulp!"
The Winter/Spring 2011 anthology is the second in an eight volume series of Pulp inspired stories. And Twit Publishing pledges to publish only what they themselves are willing to read.
They include danger and murder in the exotic streets of Cairo's seedy underbelly in Peter Michael Rosenberg's story "A Shot in the Dark." The lone female writer in this collection, Jennifer Loring, tells a chilling children's nightmare of a folktale with her story, "Balalaika," which is set in Czarist Russia that brings to mind The Pied Piper of Hamlin with a bloody twist.
Other stories include a stroll through the halls of Miskatonic University with David DeMar and his tale, "The Interview," and a dose of shivery delight from macabre horror of "In the Bones," by Eric Anderson. Frank R. Sjodin brings a bit of fanstasy and sorcery in his story, "Whatever Happened to the Dark Lord?".
My favorite story in this issue is "Montana Jack," a Western story from Dave P. Fisher. Fisher brings a mixture of romance and revenge in the Old West to his tale that will leave readers wanting to know more about the mysterious Montana Jack Kingman.
So, if you're looking for quick, intriguing and captivating reads, check out the collections from Twit Publishing. I guarantee you'll be well-satisified.
For more information on Twit Publishing and their great collections of pulp fiction stories, visit their website at http://www.twitpublishing.com/