A belated review (updated from my initial entry on Goodreads).
This was my first go at this anthology magazine, and I'm really, really impressed. I am definitely going to be a regular reader of this one. As I've said before, one of the aspects of anthologies of short fiction I love is the introduction to a wealth of authors new to my reading list. And I certainly was not disappointed here - I'll be searching out individual works from several of the featured writers.
Of course the collection lives up to its "Pulp Modern" title - full of noir, twists and hard-boiled delights. The editor, Alec Cizak, has done a tremendous job collecting the variety of pulp here – all darkness, but with a great ride across different genres. I did enjoy the whole lot, whether crime, horror, or fantasy. Hard to pick a favourite – a common problem I have with anthologies. However, “Lady of the Mask” by L.S.Engler is up there – it’s a dance with terrible twist. “Now is Not a Good Time to Die” by Mark David Adam is great, and a salutary reminder of the perils of picking up in bars! Also really enjoyed “Housewarming” by fellow Aussie, Lucy Kiff – and it’s the neighbours from hell.
Femmes fatales abound in this great hard-boiled collection - "Busted Valentines and Other Dark Delights" by Frank De Blase.
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