Pulp Fly, a new Kindle e-book (and if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free application to read it on your PC or Mac here), is a collection of just such characters and stories by the contributing writers of Ralph Bartholdt, Alex Cerveniak, Matt Dun, Davin Ebanks, Michael Gracie, Alex Landeen, Pete McDonald, Matt Smythe, Bruce Smithhammer, Bjorn Stromsness, Bob White, and with an introduction by Kirk Deeter.
This is a collection of characters in the true sense of the word – the features and traits, aggregate in one physical body. The sum of parts. And in Pulp Fly, you’ll meet such characters as self medicated Frank and a storied presidential library dedication; and you'll meet Jakob and his long sought brown trout; and also, his regret. You’ll be introduced to a new definition of grand slam and to yourself as a bug through a series of stages in life, slowly metamorphosizing into something beautiful (yet left with some ugly parts from where it’s been), there at the end. Right before you die (and there’s the rub if it, eh?).
There is a young woman named Leah who finds healing through an old fly box and old man. And there’s the barracuda harbinger for a marriage.
You’ll be told the story of old friends and Clyde, Ohio -- and about growing up and out of them both. And if you’re like me, you’re imagination will illustrate the man scrimping for change (like we all do, there among the lint and lists and pencils in our pockets), and the one who has a beard “advertising” him as a radical.
I can picture it. I can picture them. These characters (that beard) – living and breathing in this compilation. I can picture the animal heart in me as I read on -- the one who pushes on, hunting…long after I’ve lost the smell. I can feel the ancient lust for the domination of that which holds our respect.
In reading, you will be haunted by an Iraq War vet and the power of one cast back, and out of sight; even, if never out of mind.
And will be left speechless by the end, at two men…outliving life.
These characters, they are all mirrors. Reflections. And the stories in Pulp Fly do as all good ones should, they tell us a little something about ourselves.