Looking Through the Twenty Issues of the Original Pulphouse Magazine…
In the last Pulphouse Kickstater, we offered a stretch reward that we said would be coming out about now that was a sample of the stories I published back in the original Pulphouse: A Fiction Magazine. So I was putting that together tonight.
I quickly came to realize a few things.
The small volume I was putting together could not be a best-of volume because there are just far, far too many great stories in those twenty volumes. I needed to pick eight for this short sample of stories from back 30 years. So this would not be a best-of volume in any way. Got that out of my head.
Then as I was looking through the issues, I realized that in some issues, over half the authors were dead. And another large percentage had vanished, not really selling any more stories after they sold to me. I even did Google searches on a few of them with no luck at all. Sold me a story and then became a “Whatever happened to?” for some reason or another.
So finding the writers, or the author’s estates would be very, very difficult. Worth the time to try if we were doing a large “best of” issue, but not for this fun, little sampling book.
So I went through a second time through all twenty issues and just made myself sad leaving out all the dead or lost writers in my picks. So many of those writers who have passed on were good friends. Mike Resnick, J.N. Williamson, Edward Bryant, Harlan Ellison, and so on. Andre Norton had a great original story in the very first issue. I only worked with her a few times and met her only once, but she was an amazing writer and a very nice person.
So finally I made myself ignore that death aspect of the issues and worked to just find eight stories that would really represent the craziness of that time period and the fun as well.
So as soon as Kris reads my introductions tomorrow for typos, I will turn the book in to WMG Publishing. And then maybe in a few years down the road, we can plan a real “Best of” volume from those twenty issues. But wow will that be fun, a lot of work, and very sad, all at the same time.