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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 1

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 20, 2017

Some folks have asked that I post my notes from the presentations I’ve done on writing pulp fiction. Now, I don’t pretend to be the expert on the subject. That’s why I grab a veteran modern-pulpist partner on these things… I figure between the two of us we might be able answer most questions. My […]


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StoryHack Meets Funding Goal, and Cirsova #7 Open for Submissions

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 1, 2017

Great stuff for modern pulp writers and pulp readers… First of all, StoryHack has met its funding goal for issue #1. The story doesn’t end there, but if nothing else… it means the magazine is happening. At least one more issue. ūüėÄ ¬†There are five days left to¬†sign up as an early backer / preorder […]


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StoryHack – Free Issue and Kickstarter Reminder

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 22, 2017

Have you read Issue 0 of StoryHack yet? If not, be sure and grab it while it’s free! It includes my story, “Dead Last” (which appears… dead last… of course). Actually, let me know what you think of the story. I’d like to do more with this character and this world of sorcery-meets-espionage. Get StoryHack […]


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Leigh Brackett on Space Opera

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 16, 2017

Tor.com and Barnes & Noble are calling this “Space Opera Week,” and several other blogs are following suit. Why not? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 recently came out, there’s a new teaser out for the next movie in the Star Wars saga, the harder-SF TV show “The Expanse” seems to be a huge success for […]


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StoryHack and DragonComet…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 9, 2017

As I announced several days ago, I¬†have a story published in a brand-new magazine that emphasizes PULP STORIES! ¬†“Storyhack Action & Adventure” is launching, and it’s pretty awesome. My story is called “Dead Last.” It’s an urban fantasy of secret societies and magic-wielding agents.¬†And guns. And a necromancer. And it’s out NOW! Issue #0 is […]


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STORYHACK 0! Extra pulpy!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 27, 2017

My story, “Dead Last,” will be appearing in the inaugural issue of StoryHack magazine… issue zero! Hopefully the first of many, many, many issues, StoryHack is a magazine of action & adventure stories across¬†multiple genres. In fact, in the tradition of the early pulps that predate genre definitions, it sounds like it’s deliberately turning a […]


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Closest I’ll Get to Being Nominated for a Hugo…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 14, 2017

Well, this has been a really weird turn. The Hugo Awards aren’t quite as meaningful to me as they once were, but I enjoyed participating in the voting and nomination process in the past. I tried to be a good voter and really put effort into reading everything in my Hugo packet… which was pretty […]


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Cirsova #5 – Now Available Digitally and in Paperback

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 6, 2017

Okay, ladies and gentlemen… the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Maybe you didn’t know you were waiting for it. Vaguely aware counts, I’m pretty sure. Cirsova #5 is now fully released, in both digital and paper formats, now available on Smashwords, Amazon, and other fine sites. Featuring my story, “The Queen of Shadows.” […]


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FanX 2017

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 20, 2017

Friday and Saturday, I was at FanX, the sister-convention for Salt Lake Comic Con. FanX is a little smaller and more focused on the celebrity visits. We had some great ones this year. Sadly, Stan Lee had the flu and couldn’t make it, but he did Skype in for his panel. Hopefully he’ll be able […]


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Pulps: Just a Training Ground for Authors?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 2, 2017

When I first started browsing the science fiction section in bookstores as a kid, they weren’t all that huge. Fantasy and science fiction were mixed together. This was smack-dab in the era of the original Star Wars trilogy… probably around the time The Empire Strikes Back came out. The school bookshelves were far more limited. […]


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Crawlers – A New Short Story

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 28, 2017

My short story “Crawlers” is now up at Electric Spec. The long-overdue earthquake hits the Wasatch Fault. In the midst of the devastation in the hub of Utah, things long hibernating underground are forced to the surface… and they are hungry. My editor used the phrase “creepy as hell” in his feedback to me, which […]


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Cirsova reaches funding goal, says: “I Want You to Read Me.”

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 10, 2017

Yes, I’m old, and I think using modified versions of¬†ancient Cheap Trick lyrics is cool. Ah, well. Anyway – Cirsova Magazine! I’m a fan. I’m a writer. Besides promoting the story I wrote for issue #6 in a cool prehistoric Lovecraft shared world (“Queen of Shadows”), I do want to encourage folks who are at […]


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Cyberpunk is dead, long live cyberpunk!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 13, 2017

In his introduction to the new cyberpunk anthology Altered States II, Isaac Wheeler of Neon Dystopia¬†suggests that a lot of what cyberpunk envisioned¬†back in the 1980s has come to fruition today. We’re living cyberpunk. Not just technologically (in some¬†ways, our technology has exceeded the wildest dreams of the authors in the 1980s), but culturally. He […]


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What is the Pulp Aesthetic?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 3, 2016

Misha Burnett writes a bit about what, in his mind, represents the “Pulp Revival Aesthetic.”¬†I’ve read a bit about this from various corners over the last year. In part,¬†I was trying to educate myself a bit after hearing some of the bickering in SF literary circles. And the fun part was that in exploring it, […]


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Looking Forward: Optimistic Speculation Wanted

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 30, 2016

I think I’ve noted my somewhat recent delves into reading pulp fiction from the early-to-mid 20th century. I can’t say I’m reading it extremely broadly… it’s a huge area, and I have my favorite authors. Like every field, Sturgeon’s Law applies: 90% of everything is crap. Theodore Sturgeon oughta know. He was a pulp writer, […]


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Cirsova Magazine Preorders – The Final Push

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 9, 2016

Hey folks. Just a reminder that the chance to order Cirsova #4, with my story “The Priests of Shalaz,” is closing down in 3 days. If you want to get a paper edition, this will probably be your best chance.¬†Grab ’em while they are cheap! Cirsova Science Fiction & Fantasy Pulp-Style Magazine “Mini-Sub” for Issues […]


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