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The most influential independent fiction digest evolves yet again. In addition to the usual selection of outstanding short stories by today's top writers, Pulp Modern now features a host of non-fiction articles and opinion pieces.
Continuing its celebration of its first decade of independent publishing excellence, the year 1981 is examined, a year pivotal in the formation of society's current state. This means a number of stories taking place in the year 1981 as well as articles about the events and social concerns of the era. The AIDS and crack-cocaine crises are explored as well as the dawn of hip hop as a major musical force and 1981's gold rush of slasher cinema.
Before the issue closes out, Switchblade Magazine editor Scotch Rutherford addresses the infection in independent publishing that generated needless controversy over the course of 2020 and 2021.
Interior illustrations are provided by the immensely talented Carmelo J. Guarnera while cover art is provided by Michael Neno. This issue features cartoons by Clark Dissmeyer. As always, art direction by Richard Krauss and super easy editor-in-chief duties are attended to by Alec Cizak.
Sleaze is King.
Hollywood Boulevard is littered with junkies, pimps, and prostitutes. Up and down the lane you'll find small movie theaters showing films no studio executive would ever sign off on, even if those same executives sneak into the grindhouse theaters to see what sort of filth the masses prefer to saccharine schlop like Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People...
You'll get three sordid features for one ticket price:
The 1979 tale of a deranged preacher, a homeless combat vet, and a B-Movie power couple driven to madness inside the mecca of licentious evil & outside on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard.
TEMPLE OF THE RAT
by Alec Cizak
THE ROACH KING OF PARADISE
by Scotch Rutherford
A pandering motel manager makes a pact with a street pimp to turn a downtown motor inn into a brothel. A Hollywood vice cop who owes a loan shark a hefty vig attempts to squash her debt while settling an old score.
by Andrew Miller
In 1980 the top male escort of the decadent Hollywood elite is stalked by an indomitable female predator with a shadowy past while exposing an unholy alliance between the rites of traditional morals, and their diabolical scribes.
So, come on in, grab yourself a bucket of popcorn and a soda. Nobody will bother you for wearing a raincoat. After all, everybody else is wearing one! Ignore the sounds of streetwalkers earning a living all around you. And if your shoes stick to the floor, well, might be a good idea to put on some gloves and scrub them with a wire brush when you get home...
This is L.A. Stories. A wild ride across the bridge between the permissive 1970s and the repressive decades that followed.
And sure, most of these clowns are armed. They’re less than concerned about the moral ramifications of their actions. Hell, they might be demonic. We’ve got it all. Clown cars, rodeos, adultery, robbery, mayhem, balloon animals, self-immolation, big red noses, cremation chambers, a funeral and kids’ TV shows, just to name some.
But for a dad who dresses as the most infamous clown ever to sneak into his son’s party or a woman who uses her costume as a ruse to rob and cheat to a man who’s lifelong companion is a clown apparition, the hair and make-up are just a means to an end.
An untimely end.
Edited by Ryan Sayles and featuring stories by Patricia Abbott, J.L. Abramo, Jen Conley, Jeffery Hess, Grant Jerkins, David James Keaton, Ed Kurtz, R. Daniel Lester, Marietta Miles, Warren Moore, Chuck Regan, Scotch Rutherford, Liam Sweeney, Richard Thomas, James R. Tuck, and Lono Waiwaiole.
Nick works for a casino. He's an insider. He greases palms. He uses his fists when he has to. He knows the players & he doesn't need a score card. He knows the only way to truly win is avoid playing the game. But some games you can't avoid. Some games--& some dames--seem to know how to find you. Nick gets in over his head with a multi- millionaire "whale" & a femme fatale with more than one trick in her garter belt.
Get Caught in The Neon Glare, a Pro Se Single Shot by Scotch Rutherford. From Pro Se Productions.
"Highlighting lowlifes in hardboiled homilies - these stories stick it in and break it off. Tender as a brick, subtle as a Molotov Cocktail." - Jedidiah Ayres author of Fierce Bitches.
"ALL DUE RESPECT is the sort of anthology you dole out to yourself piecemeal. You read 'Even Sven' and then shake your head, looking off into the distance, trying to make sure you start breathing again. You read Matt Funk and Patti Abbott the way you eat a good meal in that restaurant you go to for your anniversary. You savor the characters, the plot undertones. When a Joe Clifford character says that something 'tastes like a cat's ass,' you nod that, yeah, that character probably has that experience. Full of great stories from David Cranmer, R Thomas Brown, Fiona Johnson, Ryan Sayles and more, ALL DUE RESPECT is a book you'll read a story at a time, maybe one a night, like that after-dinner drink you can't put down." - Steve Weddle, editor, NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir
"ALL DUE RESPECT is full of bars and beatings, guns and grifters, not necessarily the kind of crime to cozy up with by the fire, unless it's one of those burning cars on the side of the road. All of these were good fast reads. Highly recommended." - David James Keaton, author of FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities
This issue features an evocative cover illustration by Phil Good and 20+ SF, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy & Romance stories by Andrez Bergen, Geoffrey W. Cole, Daniel Davis, Adele Gardner, Tracy Hauser, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Chris Longhurst, Paco José Madden, Django Mathijsen, Catfish McDaris, Brandon Nolta, Terrie Leigh Relf, Jason Ridler, Philip Roberts, WC Roberts, Scotch Rutherford, Gwyn Ryan, Timothy A. Sayell, Natalie Stachowski, Michael D. Turner, and Nu Yang.