Protecting Project Pulp 65: JC Hemphill

Main Fiction: “The Island Trovar” by J. C. Hemphill, first published in Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations. Used by permission of the author.

Narrator: Adam Pracht.

It was as beautiful and mysterious and chilling as the rumors had said. More so, even. A black crag protruded from the sea like the jagged remains of a seaman’s half-rotted tooth, giving way to sloping land that graded into the ocean where the mountain grew to leviathan proportions. Beneath the tropical waters, where even light dared not delve, Trovar hid its molten-beating heart.

3 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp 65: JC Hemphill”

  1. First off, let me say I enjoyed this story quite a bit. Keep up the good work guys!

    That said, I have to ask, how are we defining pulp these days? I’d gotten used to these stories having a bit of age on them. Far as I can tell, this one was only published about a year ago. Are we going to start doing more modern stories?

    I’m not entirely opposed to the idea, I just want to know what to expect in the future. It’s a tad bit jarring going from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the modern day if I’m not expecting it.

  2. Hi SetarconeX – you’ve hit on a question we spend a lot of time thinking about here at PPP – in fact if you listen to this week’s extra content, you’ll hear Fred our author wrestling with precisely that issue.

    The only thing I’d add to their discussion is that we take a pretty inclusive approach – if it feels like a pulp story to us then we’ll run it – regardless of when it was written.

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