Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Sword That Breaks Stone ~斬岩刀~

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By Rawle Nyanzi

Shirato Katsunori sought to regain his lost honor. After he failed his daimyo in a decisive battle, he ran away, choosing to live as a ronin rather than committing honorable suicide. For a year he wandered the land, offering his sword to anyone willing to give him a meal. The work satisfied him and kept him sharp, and every robber learned to fear his blade.

But when he heard of Zanganto, the sword that breaks stone, he quit the life of a sellsword and sought its wielder so that he may regain his place in the court of his former daimyo.

His quest brought him to the fishing village of Kawaguchi. Goro, the famed wielder of Zanganto, had made his home there, and Katsunori intended to steal the famed blade.

Monday, September 18, 2017

We're Bringing Wonder Back

The dust-filled wastelands of the dry sea beds of Barsoom. The menace emanating from every leaf in Arboria on Mongo. Hungry tigers in a still-dark African wilderness. The moon reflecting off the surface of the wine-dark sea at night during a full moon, and that same depth seen in the jet-black opal eyes of the sea siren now holding you as her prize aboard her ship.

Wonder and terror, too often too close together, but not often seen enough these days in the stories told to us in our media. Just as Romance and Escape are ruthlessly run down and then run through by the killjoys seeking to keep Mankind in a prison invisible, so too is Wonder. Terror, to a degree, is allowed only because it is useful to those John C. Wright correctly calls "Morlocks"- and once expended of use, it too shall be pitted and roasted to be consumed utterly by them.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Devil May Cry--Simple Virtues and Sincere Optimism

Some time ago I left a comment on the Castalia House blog about my love for the ending of Devil May Cry 4. Today I'm going to expand on that with a point-by-point analysis of the final scenes of Devil May Cry 4, from climax to denouement, and explain what it has that you will not see in western media today. Obviously, there are INTENSE SPOILERS henceforth.

The climax of the game is a confrontation between the young rebellious hero, Nero, and a powerful magician named Sanctus. Sanctus is the Arch-priest of a cult-ish “church” worshiping Sparda, a demon who supposedly rebelled against Hell in ancient times, and constituted himself the guardian of the human race, defending them from other demonic powers. Nero had served this cult as a sort of Knight-Templar demon-hunter, until demonic power begins to manifest in him, resulting in his arm warping into a grotesque luminous claw. A mysterious, seemingly immortal man attacks the church and Nero is sent to hunt him down, whereupon he discovers that the church is experimenting with the very demonic magic that it claims to abhor, and the man who attacked them is Dante, none other than the son of a human woman and Sparda himself. Dante is a rakish demon-hunter-for hire bent on destroying the cult. The church imprisons Nero and his beloved, Kyrie, inside a magical super-weapon, but Dante frees the former and sets him on the path to rescue his betrothed. Facing Sanctus before Kyrie's magical prison, Nero defeats him in single combat. Sanctus, wielding the Sword of Sparda, begs it to turn the tide:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Can Steemit Revitalise Short Fiction?

A century ago, pulp magazines were the popular entertainment of the working class. Cheap and ubiquitous, the pulps brought exciting tales of action and adventure to the everyman. Fiction was no longer the pursuit of the leisure class; it was now within the reach of regular people. And the secret was length.

Friday, September 15, 2017

PulpRev Newsletter - It's Happening!

We're going to do this manually, no autoresponders, no code, just humans sharing information and helping everyone make real connections. Maybe at some point in the future necessity will change the process, but for now, the PulpRev newsletter will have a human touch at every point of contact. So if you want to be in on this, send an e-mail to scoop[-at-]pulprev[-dot-]com. Your email can say anything from "Hands up and give me your newsletters!" to "yo". Just put "newsletter" in the title so we know that's the reason you are reaching out. The newsletter will offer information and links to the newest releases from PulpRev authors, calls for submissions, and complimentary book offerings. Your email address will not be sold or shared with any outside parties.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to Slay a Bandit ~山賊を殺す方法~

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by Rawle Nyanzi

Hanazono Teruko kicked and screamed as a mountain bandit carried her away over his broad shoulder. The town burned all around her as the bandits' dragons ravaged every street. Everyone surrendered whatever valuables they had, and much rice found itself strapped to dragons' saddles.

Mighty Bai-an Province had felt the bite of flying raiders.

"You're a real beauty! I should come here more often," the bandit said as he slid his hands up and down Teruko's legs. Like many women of means in Bai-an Province, Teruko did not wear the kimono typical throughout the land. Instead, she wore a garment of barbarian origin that fit tightly on the upper body, yet flared out at the waist and gave the legs great room to maneuver. The people of Bai-an Province called this clothing the "dando."

"Put me back, you animal!" Teruko said. The bandit threw her to the ground, then bound her wrists and ankles.

"Shut your mouth. Bai-an's warriors tremble before our dragons. You belong to us now," the bandit said. He laid Teruko across the saddle of his dragon, then tied her to a pommel on the front. He mounted the great beast and signaled to his comrades to gather up their loot and follow him back to their mountain lair. Teruko screamed as the dragon took flight.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ROCKTOBER and NaNoWriMo'17

September means only two months until NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a marathon event focusing on creative writing from November 1 to November 30. Traditionally, the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in the timeframe. It's evolved to allow various goals (want to write 100,000-words instead? That's cool... or perhaps you'd like to try Pulp Speed One for a month? Awesome!)

As NaNoWriMo's site says,
"NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."
So if you've thought about writing a novel (or for some of us, another one), why not set aside a month and go for it?

Yes, November seems far away, but it'll be here before you know it! The bonus of participating is having a bunch of other writers going through the process at the same time in a mad dash of festivity. It's usually pure heart and pure fun so it's a perfect fit for PulpRev!
One could say in this instance.... Pulp Revelry!