Wednesday, August 5, 2020

C.W. Blackwell at Pulp Modern Flash

If you haven't already done so, please stop by Pulp Modern Flash and check out C.W.Blackwell's story, "Memories of Fire." If you dig it (and, I know you will), let C.W. know in the comments section. C.W. Blackwell is one of, if not the, top writers in the indie scene today. If anybody in New York has half a brain, they'll sign this guy real soon.

Thursday, July 30, 2020


With the end of summer comes the beginning of the next chapter in the online independent fiction movement. Here's your lineup of authors for August:

August 3 - C.W. Blackwell
August 10 - Tom Leins
August 17 - Ara Hone
August 24 - Gabriel Hart
August 31 - Michael Bracken

The year is almost booked, so get your flash fiction in ASAP. Keep in mind that we are looking to book all horror for the month of October, so stories in those genres go to the front of the line.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Big News from the Pulp Modern Empire

All living creatures must evolve in order to survive. Can a fiction digest be a living thing? Who the hell knows. Point I’m getting at here: Pulp Modern is going to go through some changes. This is nothing new with Pulp Modern. Almost the entire first volume was an exercise in constant exploration and experimentation. Maybe that was Pulp Modern’s time in college or something. Since the launch of the second volume in 2017 with Richard Krauss taking over as art director, the journal has quietly evolved from the use of altered public domain images to accompany stories to original art thanks to Ran Scott and several others. Well, it’s time to evolve some more. 

First order of business: pay the writers more. Not much. Writers of standard short stories will now earn twenty-five dollars. It’s still not professional, I know, but I’m still not a millionaire and I’m still paying for this out of my pocket (with help from my wife and from Richard as well). This means competition will get a little fiercer for writers looking to appear in the digest. That’s good for everyone, however. 

In addition to fiction, Pulp Modern will now include non-fiction articles and poems. Pay will not be as significant for those contributions, however. On a side note, I am working on bringing back the Patreon account for Pulp Modern, so if we can raise sufficient funds, these numbers will change, all to the benefit of contributors (I have never made a profit off Pulp Modern and I’m not concerned with doing so any time in the near future; Pulp Modern exists as a platform for truly marginalized voices—the voices of great, independent writers).

As if this news isn’t exciting enough, we are also starting a flash fiction site on the Internet, Pulp Modern Flash. We will publish (roughly) one new story a week (similar to Beat to a Pulp and the original All Due Respect site, back in the day). As with the fiction digest, all the major pulp genres are welcome (Crime/Noir, horror, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and western). While there is no financial compensation at this point for the flash site, we will, from time to time, compile and publish collections of stories from the site and authors will be paid if their work is included (and, again, if the Patreon account ever produces decent funds, the numbers here will change as well).

Please see the guidelines (you have to scroll to the bottom of the page for the Pulp Modern Flash guidelines) for all the necessary information.

Saturday, June 20, 2020


The latest and greatest issue of PULP MODERN is now available HERE.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Mr. Cizak has an official YouTube channel

I have started a YouTube channel called Alec Cizak Television for your enjoyment. I read from my work as well as the work of other writers. I have links to other videos on YouTube I was involved with in some way. I have also created a playlist to serve as a virtual drive-in movie theater. If you can broadcast YouTube on your television, you can click on this playlist at night and enjoy just over three hours' entertainment. I will be switching out the movies once a week. By the way, this week's movies are Day the World Ended and Xtro. The first feature is family-friendly, the second is more grindhouse oriented. I will switch the movies (and previews, cartoons, etc.,) every Saturday, so look to make this your new lockdown tradition! Also, I'll post my own content on a regular basis, so make sure you check back. My wife and I are, additionally, creating a short little television series. Look for the first episode of that to be on the channel in the next couple of weeks.

Here is a trailer I made for Lake County Incidents, oh by the way:

Monday, May 4, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, your PULP MODERN 2.5 Lineup:

We've spent a lot of time in lockdown putting together the new issue of Pulp Modern. Ran Scott is working hard on the illustrations while Richard Krauss and I make last minute adjustments to the text and layout. This issue also features a wonderful cover by Rick McCollum. The biggest stars of the show, as always, are the writers. Here's who you can look forward to reading in the new issue:


Look for the Volume Two, Issue Five on June 9!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

New Drifter Detective at Mystery Weekly Magazine

Anyone interested in reading more about the Drifter Detective, feast your reading eyes on the latest issue of Mystery Magazine Weekly. My lengthy DD story "The Don Juan of Eldorado" is the cover story. They did a wonderful job illustrating it. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, January 6, 2020

First PULP MODERN submission window of 2020

The first 2020 submission window for Pulp Modern will be Wednesday, January 8. From midnight to 11:59PM, PM will be accepting stories. Please review the guidelines.