Steampunk, voodoo, science fiction, horror/western. All these genres are included in “Hunting Monsters Is My Business.” One reviewer called the book an omnibus– a collection of some previously published stories and the first publication of the novella that bears the book’s name. That’s good as far as it goes. But if your looking for some kind of consistency, or a thematic thread in the book, you could say that these stories are the sort of thing you might have found at your corner news stand back in the 1930s-40s– the golden age of the pulp magazines.
The difference is these stories weren’t written 70 years ago. They were written in the last few years and aren’t true pulp magazine tales, but something I call stories from the “Neo-Pulp Electronic Revolution.” I’ve coined that term to include the kind of writing being done by modern-day pulpsters, most of whom started writing for free ezines on the internet, and have since gone on to independent and small press publishing. This kind of story provides the kind of thrills and excitement you used to get in the pulps combined with the more modern sensitivities and writing styles of today.
Just as you would have found tales of voodoo, racked on the stand alongside a western, a science fiction mag shelved next to a horror magazine, or a Jules Verne-type of adventure story (that nowadays we like to call Steampunk), rubbing elbows with a magazine dedicated to Jungle fiction, so “Hunting Monsters Is My Business,” tries to present a bit of each of several genres, with bounty hunter Mordecai Slate at the center of them. Somehow, he seems to fit in all of them.
When people ask me what kind of hero Mordecai Slate is I tell them he isn’t really a hero at all. If anything he’s a low-down, genre-crossing anti-hero who is probably more evil than the monsters he hunts. He only looks like a hero because the things he hunts are so much worse. But then maybe I’m being too harsh. I’ll let the readers decide that.
So far the book is being very well received. Thanks to all the readers who seem to be enjoying the collection. At least I hope you’re enjoying it. So far there have been no customer reviews added to the the book’s Amazon page. There have been some very good editorial reviews from thepulpchronicler.com, amazingstoriesmag.com, Billcriderspopculture magazine and Ed Gorman’s blog. But it probably doesn’t hurt to have a few positive reviews from satisfied customers to help potential readers decide in favor of trying the book out. If you’re one of them, how about writing a few lines. It’s easy enough to do. Just click on here.
That’s it for now– the latest news from your humble neo-pulpster.