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We're putting on our big girl pants! Help us publish full-length novels, as well as the short fiction, poetry, and comics you love.
The campaign is over, but don't worry if you missed out!  You can still pre-order the novels and subscribe to the magazine on our bookstore page.
The campaign is over, but don't worry if you missed out!  You can still pre-order the novels and subscribe to the magazine on our bookstore page.
175 backers pledged CA$ 13,970 to help bring this project to life.

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Pulp Literature: Something Novel!

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Over the past three years Pulp Literature has published a dozen beautiful issues packed full of genre-busting short stories, comics, poetry, novellas and novel excerpts.

Now it's time to take the next step in our evolution -- novels!

You've told us you love the tantalizing excerpts of the heroic fantasy Allaigna’s Song: Overture. And our feisty octogenarian sleuth, Stella Ryman, of the wry and witty Fairmount Manor Mysteries novellas is one of your favourite ongoing characters.  But many of you have said you want to read these stories as the full-length novels they were intended to be.  And we've listened.

For Fantasy Lovers

We are collecting for the first time the full text of Allaigna’s Song: Overture in trade paperback format, with maps, updated illustrations, and new material.

For Lovers of Mystery

A beautiful omnibus edition of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, with the first five puzzles in the order they were meant to be read, including new illustrations and extra pages.

Rewards

What's a Kickstarter campaign without awesome rewards?  We've put together a basket of treats we think you're going to love!

Instant Rewards for every backer

Great Gift Ideas

All our rewards can be given as gifts, and by adding $7 to your reward we will hand write your message on one of Mel's beautiful cards and send it anywhere in the world.

Want to split your bundled reward to different addresses? No problem -- you can drop us a line through the messages or include the information on your backer survey at the end of the campaign.

Want more than one reward?  Just hit 'manage' my pledge and add the amount of any additional rewards to your existing ones.  Be sure to send us a message to let us know what the extra amount is for though!

The Digital Sampler

At the $5 level all backers will receive a digital issue of Pulp Literature.  You can choose which issue you'd like at the end of the campaign.  If you don't state a preference we'll send you the hot-off-the-digital-press Issue 13, Winter 2017 with stories from Matt Hughes, Carolyn Oliver, Eric del Carlo, and Anat Rabkin, plus the Seven Swans Mysteries Book 3, and the first chapter of Allaigna's Song: Aria.

You can turn this reward into a 1 year subscription by adding $10 to your pledge for a total of $15 , and an additional $10 per 4 issues for longer subscriptions.  For completionists, you can include back issues all the way to Issue 1 as part of your subscription.

  • $5 = one digital issue, 250 pages of stories you can't put down in pdf, mobi, and epub.
  • $15 = 1 year / 4 issues
  • $25 = 2 years / 8 issues
  • $35  = 3 years / 12 issues ... and so on.
     

The Writer's Boon Companion 

A beautifully illustrated pocket book journal by Mel Anastasiou to motivate, organize, and invigorate you for 30 days. This handy book offers reflection, outlines, writing prompts, structural guidance and something no other writing guide can: the future visions of a steam-powered robot. The Writer’s Boon Companion is a clever sidekick for the adventurous author, and an excellent gift for the writer who has everything.

  • $10 gives you a beautiful print journal in time for Christmas, plus a digital issue of Pulp Literature for extra inspiration and evenings by the fireplace.
  • Add $10 to convert your digital issue of Pulp Literature to print so you can take it into the bathtub après ski!

Colouring Paradise

Limited reward! Get your hands on one of the last few copies of the popular Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book by Mel Anastasiou. This book of beautiful full-sized frameable colouring pages is the perfect gift for the colouring afficionado in your life.  Relaxing and inspiring, colouring may be just what you need to de-stress and re-invigorate your creative brain.

  • $10 for a gorgeous print version, plus the pdf to print addtional pages.
  • Add $9 to include The Writer's Boon Companion and digital issue of Pulp Literature as above.
  • Add $9 to include a print edition of Pulp Literature.
     

Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries

This novel by Mel Anastasiou contains first five stories of the Stella Ryman mysteries, recounting Stella’s rebellion and transformation as she battles institutional injustice and ageist attitudes in a one-woman crusade to find out the truth about the misdeeds and mysteries in Fairmount Manor Care Home.  With line drawings by the author, and a brand-new cover by the multi-talented Kris Sayer.

"Anastasiou's protagonist is not only funny, but finds the funny in warehouse of the death expectant"

"Stella is a feisty and believable octogenarion, and astonishes even herself by daring ... to make the world just a little less cranky."

"Carefully written and a rewarding read.  Stella is an unlkely sleuth, like Precious Ramotswe, facing obstacles with courage.  A good read for thoughtful people."

  • Get it in print at the $20 level, or in the Digital Duo at $10.
  • Add Allaigna's Song for only $15 with the Double Dare reward.
Artwork for The Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou
Artwork for The Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou

Allaigna's Song: Overture 

First serialized in issues 1 through 11 of Pulp Literature, this coming-of-age fantasy saga by JM Landels twines the tale of young swordswoman and spellsinger Allaigna with the poignant stories of her mother and grandmother in a novel laced with political intrigue, subtle magic, and peril.  Featuring new material, maps, and illustrations, wrapped in a gorgeous cover by Melissa Mary Duncan.

"Beautiful writing and gripping storytelling throughout."

"Allaigna, Lauresa, and Irdaign are tough, flawed, and appealing heroines"

"Superb writing, a gripping tale."

"... great tension, big world, perfect pacing, intriguing politics [and] lovely magic."

  • Get it in print at the $20 level, or in the Digital Duo at $10.
  • Add Stella Ryman for only $15 with the Double Dare reward.
Detail of Issue 11 cover art by Kris Sayer featuring Allaigna
Detail of Issue 11 cover art by Kris Sayer featuring Allaigna
     

Subscribe to Pulp Literature

With stories from Matthew Hughes, CC Humphreys, Carolyn Oliver, Jack Whyte, Greg Brown, Eric del Carlo, Anat Rabkin and many more, plus gorgeous covers from Zoran Pekovic and S. Ross Browne lined up, you won't want to miss an issue!

  • Get a digital subscription by choosing the $5 Digital sampler and adding $10 per year.
  • Get a one-year (4 issue) print subscription for $55, with The Writer's Boon Companion as our bonus gift to you.
  • Add extra years or back issues for only $25 per year / 4 issues.
Detail of cover art for Issue 13 by Zoran Pekovic
Detail of cover art for Issue 13 by Zoran Pekovic

Reader's Delight

A package for the avid reader!  A print subscription to Pulp Literature plus Allaigna's Song: Overture and Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.

  • Two books plus four issues of the magazine at the $80 level
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.
     

Writer's Delight

Limited Reward!  All the items in the Reader's Delight above, plus The Writer's Boon Companion and a critique of up to 1000 words of your short story or work in progress.

  • Rev up your writing in the new year at the $100 level
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.

 

     

Creative Writer's Delight

Only 3 available! All the perks of the Writer's Delight, plus a full membership to the Creative Ink Literary Festival from 31 March to 2 April 2017 in Burnaby, BC.  Don't miss this amazing conference for writers, readers, and artists!

  • All the above awards plus a festival membership for only $150!
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.
     

Collector's Delight

Limited Reward! For the completionist, this reward includes everything we publish in print and digital formats.  That's all 12 back issues of Pulp Literature, plus a 2017 subscription, Allaigna's Song, Stella Ryman, The Writer's Boon Companion, as well as one of the last few copies of Colouring Paradise.

  • Get the whole shebang at $250 level, including free shipping!

Art Lover's Delight

Only 5 available! An 8.5 x 11" pen and ink portrait of yourself or a loved one in Mel's breathtaking renaissance style, plus all the perks of the Writer's Delight, a rare copy of Colouring Paradise, and a fun set of limited edtion JJ Lee paper dolls by Kris Sayer.

  • All this plus free shipping at the $500 level!
  • Upgrade to include the additional perks in the Collector's Delight for only $100 more.
Portraits by Mel
Portraits by Mel
     

Art Collector's Delight

Only 1 available! The original artwork for Two for Joy, by Mel Anastasiou.  This signed16x24" pen and ink composition is drawn on high-quality acid-free paper and is suitable framing. Plus you get all the perks of the Collector's Delight and a thank-you card from Mel.

  • Two for Joy plus the Collector's Delight for $1000 makes you true patron of the arts
  • Option to swap the Art Lover's Delight for the Collector's Delight as part of your reward to get even more art from Mel.
Detail from 'Two for Joy'
Detail from 'Two for Joy'
     
     

Two for Joy by Mel Anastasiou
Two for Joy by Mel Anastasiou

 

What does the funding go towards?

The funds we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will pay for creative costs, production, marketing, and distribution to deliver Stella Ryman & The Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna's Song: Overture into your hands.

  • Creative Costs: These include hiring a graphic designer, copy-editor, and proofreader for each book, plus the cost of new cover paintings for Allaigna and Stella by Melissa Mary Duncan and Kris Sayer.  Mel and Jen have contributed their texts at no cost to the project and will only get paid through royalties.
  • Printing & Distribution:  Books for the Canadian market will be printed locally at First Choice Books in Victoria BC, while international markets will be served by local print-on-demand services to reduce both shipping times and our carbon footprint.
  • Reward Fulfillment: This includes costs of rewards outside printing and distribution of the novels.
  • Marketing: We have allotted $1000 per book for marketing both during the campaign and afterwards to make sure these novels reach the eyes of readers like you around the world.
  • Kickstarter Fees: 3-5% of the funds go to credit card processing fees, and 5% of the money raised stays with Kickstarter to support the platform and make crowdfunding like this possible.

Thank you for your support of Pulp Literature.  We're excited to have you on board with us on this new adventure.  If these two novels are successful we will be opening the doors to more full-length fiction in 2017, while continuing to publish the anthology magazine you've come to know and love.

Here's to even more Good Books for the Price of a Beer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As we enter our fourth Kickstarter campaign and our fourth year of publishing, we are confident we have the experience and skills to get these books to you. We've been putting out book-sized magazines on time and on budget four times a year, and adding two novels to that line-up is well within our ablity, barring complete catastrophe (such as an earthquake taking out the west coast -- and even that would probably only delay production a bit).

If this campaign is fully funded we don't see any reason why Stella and Allaigna won't hit the shelves ... and your doorsteps ... in March and May respectively.

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    The Digital Sampler

    Any digital back issue of Pulp Literature OR the upcoming Issue 13, Winter 2017, with stories from Matt Hughes, Carolyn Oliver, Eric del Carlo, Anat Rabkin, plus the Seven Swans book 3, and the first chapter of Allaigna's Song: Aria. Increase your pledge to $15 and get a one-year, 4-issue subscription (regular $18). Add $10 for each additional year, and back date to any issue you choose.

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    The Digital Duo

    Two heros are better than one! The eBook versions of Allaigna's Song: Overture and Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries. Add a digital subscription to Pulp Literature for only $10 more.

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    The Writers' Boon Companion

    A perfect gift for writers! Organize your thoughts and plan your novel in with the aid of steam-powered robot in this beautiful and insightful writers' journal. Includes a free digital back issue of Pulp Literature.

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    Colouring Paradise - Limited Reward!

    One of the few remaining print copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book. Add $9 to include the Writer's Boon Companion, or $9 for a print issue of Pulp Literature

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    Early Bird! Allaigna's Song: Overture

    Limited quantity for early backers! Collected at last with maps and new material, the entire first book of Allaigna's Song in novel format, previously serialized in Pulp Literature Issue 1-11. Includes eBook.

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    Early Bird! Stella Ryman

    Limited Quantity! Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries. The first five puzzles in the order they were meant to be read, including new material and bonus eBook!

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    Stella Ryman, print

    Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries. The first five puzzles in the order they were meant to be read, including new material and bonus eBook!

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    Allaigna's Song: Overture

    Limited quantity for early backers! Collected at last with maps and new material, the entire first book of Allaigna's Song in novel format, previously serialized in Pulp Literature Issue 1-11. Includes eBook.

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    Double Dare

    Both Stella Ryman and Allaigna's Song in glorious print, as well as the digital editions.

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    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
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    Pulp Literature in Print

    A gift that lasts all year long! A one-year print subscription to Pulp Literature. That's four beautiful, illustrated issues of short stories, poetry, comics and novellas in digest format. Add additional years or back issues for only $25 per year / 4 issues. Includes digital versions and the Writer's Boon Companion.

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    • Pulp Literature Digital Subscription
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    Early Bird! Reader's Delight

    Delight a reader! Both Stella and Allaigna plus a 4-issue subscription to Pulp Literature. Includes digital versions so you can keep the ebooks for yourself and solve your gift shopping with the print copies.

    Includes:
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
    • Pulp Literature Print Subscription
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
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    Reader's Delight

    Delight a reader! Both Stella and Allaigna plus a 4-issue subscription to Pulp Literature. Includes digital versions so you can keep the ebooks for yourself and solve your gift shopping with the print copies.

    Includes:
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
    • Pulp Literature Print Subscription
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    Writer's Delight - Limited Reward!

    All the perks of the Reader's Delight above, plus The Writer's Boon Companion and an editorial critique of 1000 words of your manuscript.

    Includes:
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
    • Stella Ryman eBook
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    Creative Writer's Delight - Limited!

    All the perks of the Writer's Delight plus a full 3-day membership to the 2017 Creative Ink Literary Festival in Burnaby BC, 30 Mar - 17 Apr 2017.

    Includes:
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
    • Stella Ryman eBook
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    Collector's Delight - Limited!

    Everything we publish in print and digital formats! All 12 back issues of Pulp Lit, a 2017 subscription, Allaigna, Stella, Boon Companion, and one of the remaining copies of Colouring Paradise, with free shipping!

    Includes:
    • Pulp Literature issues 1-12, print & eBook
    • Pulp Literature Print Subscription
    • Pulp Literature Digital Subscription
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
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    Art Lover's Delight

    A beautiful pen and ink portrait of yourself or a loved one by Mel Anastasiou. Includes all the perks of the Writer's Delight plus a copy of Colouring Paradise. Or upgrade to include the Collector's Delight package for only $100 more.

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    • Portrait by Mel
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
    • Stella Ryman eBook
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
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    • Pulp Literature Digital Subscription
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    • Colouring Paradise
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    Art Collector's Delight - only 1!

    Two for Joy, orignal artwork by Mel Anastasiou. This signed16x24" pen and ink composition is drawn on high-quality acid-free paper and is suitable framing. Includes the rewards of the Collector's Delight and a thank-you card from Mel.

    Includes:
    • Two for Joy, original art
    • Pulp Literature issues 1-12, print & eBook
    • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, print
    • Stella Ryman eBook
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, print
    • Allaigna's Song: Overture, ebook
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