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- Print Length: 98 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976274567
- Publisher: Broadswords and Blasters (October 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07622ZCZ2
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Broadswords and Blasters Issue 3: Pulp Magazine with Modern Sensibilities (Volume 1) Kindle Edition
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This periodical has stood out for a while among the new pulp crowd in terms of the original concepts its stories address, and here, the story selections crank that distinction up to eleven. Herein you will find tongueless cowboys with skinless faces, computer code laced with magic, and cities which morph into constantly-shifting Rubik’s Cubes.
The writers in this issue are perhaps a more eclectic lot than in previous editions—veterans of semipro publications, but with backgrounds as professors of history and in artistic collectives and the like. The general quality of the prose and storytelling feels a bit more polished than was the case in issue #2, and elements such as dialogue and story structure play a larger role in making the stories fully immersive.
This magazine hasn’t published a weak story at any point in its run, but any reviewer will have personal favorites. I’ll single out:
MOSS by WILL BERNARDARA JR.—the tale of a cursed pirate with apparent access to a thesaurus. Bizarre, loquacious, utterly original.
COMPARTMENTS by JOHN WAYNE COMUNALE—Set in a city in which all outdoor areas have been entirely enclosed, this story metaphorically explores the walls we build against the people with whom we are forced to spend time, and eschews the happy-sappy take on that concept in favor of something a bit spicier. Both character and concept-driven; the writer has a gift for juxtaposing realistic dialogue with surreal circumstances.
VALERO SERVES A HUNGRY GRAVE by COY HALL—a fairly standard western, but extraordinarily well-written and cunningly structured.
Gomez and Mount have stepped up their game in the third edition of their speculative fiction/pulp anthology. The writing is more smoother and the stories, in which you will find cowboys and pirates and drug runners and aliens, run deep.
Typically, anthologies run hot and cold, with weak stories intermingled among strong ones. There's not a weak on in the bunch here. They share a common link, strong central characters facing stressful or life-threatening situations. Well-written and well-edited, this is a worthy addition to the series.