Cheapjack Pulp 616 (2) by David Ulnar Slew (ed)

Cheapjack Pulp 616 (2) by David Ulnar Slew (ed)Thrills! Spills! Dark-hearted villains stalking the grimy streets of the urban jungle! And heroes with feet of muck! Do you dare enter… This Review!!

This collection contains seven short stories, each unashamed pulp entertainment rather than high literature. Ulnar Slew divides the contents into Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dark Fantasy; Romance; Western and Adventure; and Detective and Horror; however, these reflect a major aspect of the story rather than a boundary.

‘Killing Infinity’ by John Haas: a woman dedicates her life to killing Gregory Miller, in whichever universe he is.

‘Feather’s Song’ by David Castlewitz: a bard whose music protects her from threats must choose between justice and mercy

‘Paranoia Persona’ by Benjamin Cooper: a man is offered a job as supplier of beer to a secret community.

‘The Man with a Box’ by Kirsten L Nichols: many years ago a man trapped a great horror in a box. His life since has been ordinary, but the box preys on his mind.

‘Cargo of Souls: A Jon Shadows Case’ by Teel James Glenn: wallowing in a storm, the crew of a people-smuggling vessel prepare to throw their cargo overboard; however, justice lurks within.

‘Joe The Lion’ by Dionisio ‘Don’ Traverso Jr: a telekinetic tired of being special tries to run a tenement for hero wannabes; but his old life won’t leave him alone.

‘SHE CAME’ by Joseph Rubas: a young man finds what he thinks is the girl of his dreams; until she refuses to let him sleep.

With the contributions spanning a range of genres, readers might not find all the stories to their taste; however, none of the pieces are either epic or slow of pace, so even the most picky of readers is unlikely to be trapped in the doldrums.

Similarly, while there are differences of style, each story is at its heart a continuation of the noble tradition of a rollicking story; even in e-book format, the reader is likely to smell the ink and end up with smudges on their fingers.

As such, this is not a collection for readers who expect perfect prose and deep meaning in every sentence.

Overall, I enjoyed this collection. I recommend it to readers seeking a selection of short diversions.

I was neither given a copy of this collection nor asked to write a review; however, I have appeared on a couple of podcasts with the editor.

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