So, way back in the 90s there was this interesting thing called Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine. It was soon followed by Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. At the time I was a starving graduate student who wanted to be a writer. That last part is still true.
The hardback was a little out of my budget at the time, although I’ve got an almost complete set now, with a couple of duplicates.
I did manage to find the cash for a subscription to Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, all the way to the end. (I think I have a complete run.) I read each issue eagerly, not just for the fiction but the columns on writing. I’d met the editorial team of Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch at a science fiction convention in Dallas early in Pulphouse’s run. I paid attention to what they said about writing.
Pulphouse folded in 1996. Time marched on, and the publishing landscape changed. Rusch and Smith dipped their toes back into publishing with Fiction River, a publication regular readers of this blog know I‘m a fan of. (I’m also way behind on in my reading, but we won’t go there.)
Fiction River has been a success, as has Smith’s Monthly. Now Pulphouse is being revived, with Dean Wesley Smith as the editor and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serving as Executive Editor. They’ve launched a Kickstarter. I’ve pledged and subscribed. (My only complaint is there isn’t an option for a combined electronic and print subscription. I went with print.) Pulphouse isn’t going to be limited to a particular genre. That is something I like.
So if you like short fiction and want to see more of it, especially a variety, consider pledging.