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The old becomes new again as fifteen talented authors go back to the lurid pulp titles of yesteryear through today’s rich, nuanced storytelling. Enjoy original tales featuring rebel angels fighting a heavenly enforcement squad, a cop whose life might depend on ordering the right deli sandwich, and a wizard who has just three days to pay off the loan on his tower or lose his very soul. Whatever your taste in stories, Recycled Pulp is sure to have something that will amaze, surprise, and delight you.
Playboy Magazine once called Colfax Avenue “the longest, wickedest street in America.” A hundred years ago, it was the main road into and out of Denver, Colorado. East Colfax was the address to have for many of the city’s elite, and West Colfax was a trail that led to the mountains and dreams of Gold Rush riches. A 105-acre tuberculosis sanatorium for the poor once fronted the street – the Golden Hill Cemetery still houses many of the White Plague’s victims.
Colfax Avenue has been a part of almost every major era that defines the American West. It has housed the richest and the poorest, supported massive public works and the seediest criminal enterprises. If that isn’t the stuff of great fiction, we don’t know what else qualifies.
We invite you to explore Colfax Avenue – its past, present, and future. Its greatest moments, real or imaginary, and its darkest secrets. Tales of romance, action, fantasy and more – Colfax has seen it all.
Amazing new science fiction guest edited by Rick Novy.
Edited by Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett, this volume is the eleventh Hot Blood erotic horror collection — and according to Cemetery Dance, “one of the best volumes in this long- running series – a top rating.” Fatal Attractions is the most lauded roster of contributors in the rich three-decade history of the Hot Blood series. Fatal Attractions is One to Die For, the pinnacle of erotic horror and a must read for fans.
Astounding Tales! (Also Amazing and Astonishing!)
Tell the truth: you flat-out love science fiction and fantasy. Time travel. Space opera. Alternate history. Doesn’t matter. What you love is the story. The great idea. The adventure and action. That good old-fashioned science fiction staple, the Sense of Wonder.
Misha Millik, a hearth witch brought to Chisolm Keep by the headmaster, feels out of her depth at this magic school for the children of established magicians. Branded a misfit by the wealthy students, she finds a friend in a stray cat who can talk to her. Desperately unhappy and completely inept at any kind of magic the school teaches, she wonders why the headmaster insists she stay at the school. When she finds the horrifying answer, she must use her humble powers to save herself and find her true place as a practicing witch.
“Buffalo on a Vinegar Morning”
Davis Bessinton’s life changed the day lightning struck him. His company, already teetering on the edge, fails when he loses the expertise he used to have, and his wife leaves him, unable to cope with his new compulsion to create art. When Davis finds an intruder rifling through his art, the man cuts a hole in thin air and steps through it. Who he is and where he goes will change Davis’ life.
“Over the Wire”
Brice Sebastian, a half breed, runs wire for Western Union across the great plains, open to white settlement since the Indians are moving down the Trail of Tears in this alternate history 19th Century America. An odd interaction between the solder and a new spool of copper wire creates a door into a new world empty of men, and full of giant creatures long since gone from his. Such a land has promise as safe home for the Indians, but he has to convince them to trust him long enough to cross over while keeping the soldiers from killing everyone in the process.
“Waiting for on Humanity’s Table”
Chuck Perlman is the world’s first recreated Neanderthal. Nearly adult, he is the prize in a corporate struggle to own what Chuck represents. He must find a place in the world of Homo Sapiens, a world he doesn’t fit into, often doesn’t understand, and discover what he can offer that will give him a place and a future in it.
“Message by Chotchkies”
When Maddie Robertson takes a job importing a statue of a Babylonian goddess from England to a gallery in Denver, it seems like a simple task–until a spirit in her house starts arranging the knick knacks on her bookshelf into messages of danger. When she researches further, she discovers the statue has a history of violence and despair. Maddie soon finds herself in the thick of the desperate position the spirit warned against. She’ll have to save herself or end up on the sacrificial altar.
Riggy, a newly minted Guide, agrees to guide a strangely innocent young man, on a spring walkabout through the forests of Ushban, a small moonlet at the edge of colonized space. When a pair of oddly marked dragons begin to stalk them, Riggy must get them safely to a station while protecting her client from the creatures and his ignorance of the dangers of a wilderness.
Thea Hutcheson explores far away lands full of magic and science with one hand holding hope and the other full of wonder. Lois Tilton of Locus called her work “sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done…” Her work has appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions, M-Brane Issue 12, Baen’s Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1, the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation, Realms of Fantasy’s 100th issue, and Fiction River’s Recycled Pulp anthology. September 2016 will see her latest story, “Hoarding” appear in Fiction River’s Haunted anthology. She lives in an economically depressed, unscenic, nearly historic small city in Colorado with four semi-feral cats, 1000 books, and an understanding partner. She’s a factotum when she’s filling the time between bouts at the computer.