Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lights Out Tonight...

Zelmer Pulp and Gutter Books Set to Release
A collection of stories inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen
Zelmer Pulp, a group of fearless, genre-bending writers, and Gutter Books, renowned publisher in the noir/crime field, has taken an all-star roster of twenty-two established and up-and-coming authors and entrusted them with one simple mission: use a Springsteen song title to craft a piece of kick-ass pulp fiction. And the results are staggering, running the gamut from gritty, shoot ’em out hardboiled capers, to the perils of isolation in the cold vacuum of space. Each story is a touching portrait on the plight of the downtrodden, in the rich tradition of the Boss himself.

Bruce Springsteen’s music has always spoken to the heart, conveying the trials of marginalized, the put-upon, the losers who need just that one lucky break to turn it all around. Which so rarely comes. Ask anyone to name a favorite Springsteen song, and your answer will be as varied as his storied career. Bruce Springsteen is a storyteller, first and foremost, his lyrical acumen a cut above the rest. His empathy and understanding toward the wide-eye dreamers and ne’er-do-wells has garnered him a legion of devoted fans from around the world. And the pairing with crime fiction is a natural one. In each case, the writer understands the crushing weight of wanting more, and the burden of insufficient tools to make those dreams come true. We were amazed at the overwhelming desire to participate in this project.
Anchoring the collection is New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane. Also featured are Steve Weddle, Hilary Davidson, Chris F. Holm, Todd Robinson, and Peter Farris. Their work, along with sixteen other authors will be available this summer in both print and eBook format.
Zelmer Pulp was formed in 2012 by authors Brian Panowich and Ryan Sayles. Their vision of a fearless, pulp-style rehash book series has led to several collections of genre-based fiction. Gutter Books is the publishing wing of Out of the Gutter, a pillar in the noir fiction community. Chris Leek, a member of Zelmer Pulp and Gutter Books editor Joe Clifford—both dedicated fans of Springsteen—conceived the collection as the ultimate way to thank the Boss for what his music has meant to their lives, both personally and professionally.

A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which benefits wounded veterans.