Friday, December 30, 2022

Looking Back, Planning Ahead: 2023 Edition


As 2022 draws to a close, I can confidently say that few people would want to live through it again. Certainly I wouldn't. Though there's been a let up in the madness since Covid mania gripped the world, we're a long way off from what we used to call 'normal'. It may well be that we'll never see 'normal' again.

Times are changing, and we have to change with them. But to make the right moves, we have to learn from our missteps.

Friday, December 23, 2022

To Write In the World, But Not Of It

When seeking entertainment, people have two contradictory drives: they want novelty, and they also want familiarity. Today, the scale is tipped heavily towards familiarity.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Three Storytellers, Two Listeners, One Story


In his essay 'The Counterfactual Dialectic' in Pulp on Pulp, Misha Burnett discusses the use of dialectic to determine what is said to the reader, how it is said, and what the reader will take away from it. I loved the concept so much, I used it for my own work Diary of A Bomoh—with a twist.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Pulp legend J. Manfred Weichsel announces his next two books!!!


Breaking news!!! J. Manfred Weichsel has announced his next two books!!!

First off, coming in January or February, is Tales to Make You Vomit: Savage Headhunters.  

Says J. Manfred Weichsel, "I was never really interested in writing a World War II story, but then I learned that in the Pacific theater, American soldiers collected the skulls of dead Japanese as trophies, and I knew I had to write this book."

Savage Headhunters is a 100% historically accurate extreme horror book that follows a brave American soldier on Guadalcanal collecting Japanese skulls, as his exploits are documented by a hot female war correspondent from Life magazine, for the entertainment of his fellow Americans back home.  

Weichsel explains, "It's been a while since I wrote something specifically for my extreme horror fans, and I am very happy to be working on this. In case you missed my Tales to Make You Vomit series, the first book is She Was Asking for It, and the second is Kittycat Massacre. These are standalone books that can be read in any order." 

They're normally $2.99, but all of Weichsel's books are currently on sale for 99 cents on Smashwords. So, if you haven't read Weichsel's extreme horror series yet, pick them up now to get yourself ready for next year!

After Savage Headhunters, sometime in late March or early April, Weichsel will release a special treat for his pulp fans, a story collection called The Pulp Stories. This book is going to be the definitive edition of all his published pulp stories from various magazines, including his five Cirsova stories and his two from the Planetary Anthology Series. The cover, which will be from Weichsel's regular cover artist Scott P. "Doc" Vaughn, is going to illustrate Warrior Soul, probably his most well-known short story, as it first appeared alongside a "lost" Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan story

So that's about it. J. Manfred Weichsel would like to wish everybody reading this has a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. As always, you can find info on all J. Manfred Weichsel books on his website