Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, your Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1 Lineup!

Here are the authors who have provided some fantastic fiction for the rebirth of Pulp Modern:

Mark David Adam
Calvin Demmer
Myke Edwards
L.S. Engler
Marc E. Fitch
Adam S. House
Lucy Kiff
Nick Manzolillo
Mario E. Martinez
Stephen D. Rogers
Joseph Rubas
Tim P. Walker
Michael Wertenberg

Richard Krauss (The Digest Enthusiast) has worked overtime to make this the finest fiction journal ever produced. Get your copy this May.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


You may now put in your pre-orders for my new book, Down on the Street. Buy one for yourself and one to donate to your local university. The histrionic college kiddies are gonna' cream over this one!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Submission Time!

Hopefully you are aware that the submission window for Pulp Modern, Vol. 2, Issue 1, has opened. We will be taking submissions all month.

Also, if you write fiction that is shocking and would "trigger" the spineless editors at most "literary" journals, you might like to know the submission window for Profane Journal has also opened.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mr. Cizak interviewed at Bad Citizen Corporation

S.W. Lauden was kind enough to ask me some questions about Down on the Street and other things. You may find the interview here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

First new submission window for Pulp Modern, Volume Two, Number One

In effort to make sure things are done better than before, I am going to open submissions for Pulp Modern in a very orderly fashion so I don't break my back reading submissions. The first submission window will open March 1, 2017, and end March 10, 2017. Depending on the quality of the submissions received, there will either be no more submission windows before the first issue is produced, or I will open another one in a month or so in attempts to find more quality submissions. What that means is, prepare your best work for that first window, because that may be the only one until we start work on the second issue. There is also a new email address for submissions:

therealpulpmodern (at) gmail (dot) com

Also, very important: Pulp Modern once again will publish crime, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and westerns.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pulp Modern, Volume Two

After some discussion with Richard Krauss, who edits the outstanding Digital Digest Enthusiast, I am bringing back Pulp Modern way, way ahead of schedule. I'm afraid it won't be quite what I had suggested a few weeks ago, but I've decided it's more important to have Pulp Modern available as a market for writers than it is to nourish my nostalgia for the 1930s magazine market. I still will not be able to pay what I would like to, but I will enact a ten dollars per story flat rate that I will be paying out of my own pocket. Richard Krauss is going to help with the layout and other aspects to make sure this is the best, most professionally-presented independent journal possible while I focus on making sure the best possible stories are published. As I know more, I will post here, at twitter, and facebook.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Well, if I haven't pissed off the entire world yet, my next novella just may do the trick.

Stay tuned.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Coming Soon!

"Faces shine, real low mind" -- The Stooges

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Grant Jerkins' ABNORMAL MAN: Testing Thresholds of Empathy

Abnormal Man is one of those books—it’s going to take you places you would never voluntarily go. But you’ll go along for the ride, because Grant Jerkins gives you little choice. Written in the second-person present tense, Grant implicates the reader in the thoughts and actions of his three main characters, forces empathy with people you normally hope the law will catch up with and either lock them away for good.

The book is about Billy, a teenager who gets a sexual thrill from fire. Circumstances put him on the road with Frank, an older, violent, even more troubled character. They end up at a trailer with Chandler, a much older, much more twisted individual who deals in dope and mild child pornography (if there is such a thing). From that description, the average person no doubt feels compelled to turn away. But Jerkins’ writing chops are on-point—just enough description to put you in the time and place of the action. Observations are made that all people, whether they’re suffering similar psychosis to the characters or consider themselves “normal,” have made (the most obvious being the impression young Billy has of the moon, and how he carries that impression with him throughout the book).

This is not always an easy book to read. Squeamish, unimaginative (and I would argue, people devoid of genuine empathy) readers might toss it out early on, excusing their lack of empathy by saying, “I don’t like these characters.” But for the reader interested in understanding minds unlike their own, it does what great books are supposed to do—it drops you right in the shoes of strangers and allows you to think about society’s “undesirables” in ways more complex than simple black and white generalizations. I couldn’t help but think of Lolita as I read it, and how that book no doubt shocked readers when it was first published. Abnormal Man should shock the status quo, but it should also be elevated to the same critical status as Nabokov’s book.

(Abnormal Man was the first publication from ABC Group Documentation, who will be publishing my novella Down on the Street in a few months)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mr. Cizak Returns to Beat to a Pulp!

So the first story in the Lake County mythology I'm putting together has been published at Beat to a Pulp. It's called "Creepy" and takes on what I think of the over-use of that particular word. Enjoy!