Cliffhanger Detective Agency is interested in publishing "cases" (aka stories) that are pulp/serial/old time radio inspired. The actual story can cover any sub-genre (detective, sci-fi, fantasy, spy, adventure, horror, or any mixture of genres that your imagination can think of). As long as the stories have captured the atmosphere of the era, then I'm interested.
Does this include faux-Pulp like Indiana Jones, Hellboy, or Sky Captain? Yes and no. I would say Indiana Jones & Sky Captain are okay, but I'm trying to get away from comic based characters for this site (I'm not interested in
Hellboy - even though I loved the movie & comic). If I want comics, I'll go over to DCL or JLU: 2001 or any of the other comic fanfic sites. I want this site to be more than just comic fanfic. I guess I see Cliffhanger as being more a webzine than a fanfic site.
Original pulp stories are also welcomed. I'm looking for well plotted, well written stories that capture the pulp atmosphere/genre. What I am not interested in is ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen. If you have an idea for a story, that's great. But what I'm interested in seeing is the story and not the idea. Write the story and then send it to me.
I don't normally accept stories sight unseen. I want to read the final story before I say I'll publish it (or not as the case may be). Naturally, there are exceptions to this rule but a writer needs to earn a reputation to qualify for such an exception. Either way, I reserve the final say as to what will or will not appear on the site (consider it one of the perks for paying the bills so the site can exist).
If you do send in a story and I (or Derrick) read it and we send it back with suggestions - we're not doing it to be mean. We're trying to help by making your story better. *Everyone* benefits from having constructive feedback.
A proof-reader will often catch things that the original author might miss.
I've known people who get angry/feel resentment when you offer feedback. If you're just interested in getting your ego stroked then this isn't the right place for you (we try to balance the ego stroking with constructive feedback as much as we can ;p). I prefer quality over quantity anyday. And an author who can do both... they are worth their weight in gold.
That's all for now.
CLIFFHANGER DETECTIVE AGENCY @ http://www.paratime.ca/cliffhanger/