Monday, October 31, 2011

TALES OF YESTERYEAR FROM PRO SE TO DEBUT AT IPULPFICTION.COM!

PRESS RELEASE

Pro Se Productions and Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief/Partner in Pro Se and Author of the novel YESTERYEAR, announced today that a series of stories set in the YesterYear universe Hancock created in his novel would be debuting on November 4th from iPulpFiction!

www.iPulpFiction.com is the brainchild of Keith Shaw and is a venue where short stories, both Classic and New Pulp, appear as individual tales and can be downloaded and enjoyed at extremely reasonable prices. "This," Hancock stated, "relationship with iPulpFiction is a natural fit for Pro Se, but especially for TALES OF YESTERYEAR (the name of the series of short stories from Hancock to appear on the site).  This is a chance to tell tales of the Heroic Era, the Golden Age of my cast of characters.  And the fact that they will appear regularly and be extremely affordable only adds to my excitement about this partnership."

Tales of YesterYear will feature stories from 1929-1955 in Hancock's YESTERYEAR Universe and will add insight to events in the first novel and coming tales, but also will work as stand alone Pulp adventures.  The first four stories to kick off this series are actually drawn from the novel itself, taken right from the pages of the fictional book that is the axis the story turns around.  "These tales," Hancock explained, "are a great jumping on point and that's why they showed up in YESTERYEAR.  You get the origin of the Heroes basically and some of the earliest stars in that pantheon. But many have requested even more tales from this part of the story, from this era.  So don't worry, there'll be all new never before published stories from the fifth one on in this series as well."

The initial story, THE FIRST YESTERYEAR, introduces the series and will be FREE and available on November 4th.  Next will be MURPHY'S WAKE, probably the most popular tale of the YesterYear mythos thus far, the origin of The Night. This intriguing Pulp tale debuts on December 2nd for 50 cents!  January 2nd sees the release of ONE GOOD EYE introducing yet another hero at a price of 75 cents!  The fourth tale, FOR FLAG AND COUNTRY, goes live on January 27th for the fantastic price of one single quarter!

TALES OF YESTERYEAR revisits an era held dear by many Pulp fans and mixes in Hancock's own characters with that period of history, weaving action, adventure, excitement and mystery into this familiar, yet new world of Heroes and Villains!

Pro Se Productions- www.prosepulp.com
iPulpFiction-www.iPulpFiction.com

PULPTACULAR | Dark Horse



For the next couple of weeks we’re going to turn our attention from prose (and audio) to comics, a medium with extremely close ties to classic pulp. The most famous pulp heroes have enough in common with superheroes to be indistinguishable from them for all practical purposes. And it was pulp characters that directly inspired many of today’s most popular superheroes. The Black Bat of course shares some very similar characteristics with Batman, but since his secret identity is a blind lawyer, he’s even closer to Daredevil. Another example is Iron Man, who owes a great deal to the villains of a classic Spider story.

But like pulps, comics cover many more genres than just costumed heroes. There are as many comics genres as there are sections in a bookstore, many of them falling under the category of pulp. And one of the biggest publishers of non-superhero pulp comics is Dark Horse.

Dark Horse didn’t respond to my interview request for this article, but their history is well-documented enough that we can get by without talking to them directly. They were formed in 1986 by comics retailer Mike Richardson who started the company with two titles: the dark parody comic Boris the Bear (in the first issue he "slaughters the Teenage Radioactive Black Belt Mutant Ninja Critters," if that gives you any idea about the target of the book’s humor) and the anthology title Dark Horse Presents. DHP quickly became popular for including Paul Chadwick’s stories about Concrete, a man trapped in a stone body by aliens (a pulpy concept if ever there was one) and went on to feature other stories like Frank Miller’s extremely pulp-inspired crime thriller Sin City.

In 1988, Dark Horse added licensed comics to their plate, starting with the very pulpy space-horror Aliens and Predator. When Star Wars followed in 1990, the company not only revived the all-but-dead Star Wars franchise (Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy came a couple of years later), they also secured their own future as a successful licensor of comics about pulp films. Today, their publishing schedule is still dominated by pulp comics of all genres.

It’s cool that we’re talking about Dark Horse on Halloween, because they’re especially good with horror in several subgenres. If Lovecraftian horror is your thing, Hellboy and BPRD are the best comics to ever touch that style. If you like your scares mixed with a bit more fantasy, they’ve got you covered with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For horror-comedy, it doesn’t get any better than The Goon, and if you want some noir in there, Criminal Macabre is the series for you.

If sword-and-sorcery is more your thing, Dark Horse has an entire line devoted to the father of the genre, Robert E Howard. And of course they’re still going strong with Star Wars, the most famous space pulp series in the galaxy. They’ve even got those pre-WWII costumed heroes if that’s what you want.

Dark Horse has always published pulp and it continues to overshadow their output, but they’re also starting a new imprint called Sequential Pulp that puts the influence right there in its title. We’ll take a closer look at that later in this series and see how it differentiates itself from the rest of the company.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Press Release - GIDEON CAIN: DEMON HUNTER Now Smites Evil—via Kindle!


Puritan Swordsman’s Adventures Debut on Amazon’s Popular e-Reader

Smithton, IL (October 27, 2011)  White Rocket Books proudly announces the release in Kindle format of Gideon Cain: Demon Hunter, the multi-award-nominated Sword-and-Sorcery anthology co-created by Van Allen Plexico (SENTINELS; LUCIAN) and Kurt Busiek (Dark Horse’s CONAN; ASTRO CITY), among other New Pulp luminaries.

The book contains seven stories that see the dour Puritan battling evil both demonic and all-too-human, on land and sea, in deserts and forests and frozen wastes. 

Having witnessed the travesty of the Salem Witch Trials first hand, Cain leaves his home and family behind to fulfill his divinely-decreed destiny.  Now, armed only with his flintlock pistols, imposing mortuary sword engraved with angelic runes, and his unshakeable faith in his holy cause, Cain relentlessly pursues the arch-demon Azazel, corruptor of Mankind, across the globe.  Along the way, he clashes with pirates, savages, monsters and madmen.

“New Pulp” all-star scribes Scott Harris, K. G. McAbee, James Palmer, Ian Watson, David Wright, and Brian Zavitz join writer/editor/co-creator Van Allen Plexico in delivering seven savage tales of holy vengeance.

Says Plexico of this new electronic edition: “I was extremely proud to bring GIDEON CAIN to the world as part of another publisher’s paperback line.  Now I’m equally excited to see the grim Puritan hacking-and-slashing his way onto Kindles, by way of White Rocket Books!  Having the involvement from day one on this project of the guy who wrote one of the greatest CONAN runs ever—Kurt Busiek—should guarantee readers of what kind of Sword-and-Sorcery adventure they have in store here.”

Originally published in trade paperback in 2010 by Airship 27, GIDEON CAIN: DEMON HUNTER was nominated for three Pulp Factory Awards (two for Best Story; one for best artwork).  Additionally, Plexico and Watson were nominated for Best Pulp Writer by PulpArk.  The new Kindle edition presents all seven stories in their entirety, along with the Introduction by Busiek, at the low price of only $2.99.

White Rocket Books is a leader in the New Pulp movement, publishing exciting action and adventure novels and anthologies since 2005, in both traditional and electronic formats.   White Rocket books have hit the Amazon.com Top 15-by-Genre and have garnered praise from everyone from Marvel Comics Editor Tom Brevoort to Kirkus Reviews.

On sale as of October 27, 2011, GIDEON CAIN: DEMON HUNTER is a $2.99 e-book from White Rocket Books.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

UNDERCOVER REVIEWS - Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science

ROBO POWER
A Review of Red 5 Comics’ Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science
by Andrew Salmon

“THIS ONE HAS GOT IT ALL!!”

Okay, we’ve all heard that before and, let’s face it, 99% of the time it turns out to be utterly false. But, oh, when a work falls into that precious, lofty, rare 1%, then you know you’ve found something truly special. One for the ages.

ATOMIC ROBO AND THE DEADLY ART OF SCIENCE belongs in that 1%!

Remember when comics were fun? That’s another one we hear a lot and I’m not knocking the good stuff being produced today. Grim and gritty is the way and when done well, it can truly entertain. The problem is that whenever someone makes a splash doing comics a certain way, everyone else follows suit and every comic you pick up begins to read and look the same. That can be a good thing if the quality of the work is on the page.

However too much of anything is not so good a thing and every now and then this reader likes to sit down and just get caught up in a story, be swept away in a yarn that has captivating characters, tons of action, laugh out loud humor and, because we’re talking comics, wondrous images.

This latest Atomic Robo collection is, in a word, fun. By that I’m don’t mean to say that it is merely light-hearted fluff but I am saying you won’t feel like you need a shower after reading it. This collection of the Deadly Art of Science arc contains the elements mentioned above. It does, in fact, have it all!

Also, unlike the previous four Robo collections, this one is pure pulp! Writer Brian Clevinger, artist Scott Wegener and crew have crafted a fantastic two-fisted wild ride set smack dab in the 1930s. And it is a hoot!

It’s about time we got to enjoy Atomic Robo’s origin as well. For those of you who don’t know Robo, he is the creation of Nikola Tesla and his time-spanning adventures have chronicled in the four previous collections – all of which I give my highest recommendation. If you want a preview of what his other adventures are like, the Free Comic Book Day Robo adventure, set in the present day, is included in the collection as a back-up feature and it’s indicative of what you’ve been missing if you’ve never gone adventuring with Robo before. But let’s focus on the Deadly Art of Science.

When we first encounter Robo, he is living with his creator in New York City, the year is 1930.  Robo is bored, seeking adventure – as any young robot would – but he is cooped up with his reclusive creator and can only dream of action and adventure until a run-in with pulp hero extraordinaire Jack Tarot opens the door for Robo’s adventurous life to come. Tarot is chasing down a gang bent on getting their grubby mitts on a crystal skull from Atlantis. I won’t tell you who is backing them!

Robo, finally getting this first taste of adventure, latches on to Tarot for the duration and the exchanges between the “gritty” vigilante and the wide-eyed Robo – especially when Tarot’s ace mechanic daughter takes a shine to Tesla’s creation – will have you on the floor laughing. But this beautifully crafted humor won’t take you out of the action.

Bungling, but eager, Robo tags along as Tarot and his daughter investigate the gang and Robo has to be careful Tesla doesn’t find out his creation has been sneaking out of the house... What’s that you say? A rollicking robot coming of age pulp adventure tale with gangsters, first love, humor, adventure, a giant robot with a bowler and action galore... Well, didn’t I tell you Atomic Robo belongs in that precious 1%? You’ll be on the edge of your seat, you’ll cheer, you’ll laugh your head off and you might even find a lump in your throat along the way. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science is one of the best pulp releases this year, certainly the best pulp comic release of 2011. Period. I defy you to put it down once you’ve begun. I know I couldn’t. This one, folks, is an absolute gem.

For more on Atomic Robo, check out Atomic-Robo.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PULP ARK-OFFICIAL NEW PULP CONVENTION-SCHEDULED-DATES AND MORE!


PRO SE PRODUCTIONS announces today that PULP ARK 2012, The Official New Pulp Convention, will be held April 20-22, 2012.  PULP ARK will be held once again in the scenic Ozark Mountains in Batesville, Arkansas, a town with a rich history and full of life all its own that sets it apart from other small town venues.  PULP ARK 2012 will be held at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville with ample room for vendors, guests, panels, and multiple outside activities!

"This is our second year," Tommy Hancock, PULP ARK Founder and Coordinator states, "and even though our first year was in many ways indicative of the first year of anything, we actually have quite a lot to live up to.  With our 30 or so guests last year, we found the perfect mix of Convention and Creators' Conference.   We found a formula that works for PULP ARK that is a little different than other conventions and conferences and we have to make sure we continue that aspect of it.  Also, though, we have to make sure PULP ARK 2012 is an event that brings in fans from all over Arkansas, nearby states, and from wherever else, fans that will interact with our guests and make it a successful weekend for all.  So, with our eye on keeping some of the closeness that developed on the conference side of PULP ARK, this is all going to be a full blown Fan's Convention experience as well.  Guaranteed."

Hancock states that announcements will be forthcoming with details regularly concerning PULP ARK 2012 and can be found at http://www.prosepulp.com/#!pulp-ark.  

"We have," Hancock said, "returning guests and will be revealing those in the next day or so.  We are also pleased to announce we have many new guests  attending, including writers, publishers, artists, and several cool enthusiasts and performers.  One such group is the Clockwork Mechanalists, a fantastic Steampunk group out of Memphis, Tennessee.  Steampunk is an exciting area of interest and, in my opinion, as pulp as anything can be and the Mechanilists will be at PULP ARK to entertain and educate us all!"  Hancock stated that future announcements would provide more information on the  Mechanalists, Steampunk, and even a surprise announcement related to the Mechanalists and the Convention/Conference.  Hancock also promised that other guests and performers would receive similar spotlights as given the Mechanilists here in coming announcements.

PULP ARK 2012 will also have several contests going in association with the event.  "We will once again," Hancock stated, "present the Pulp Ark Awards for excellence in Pulp Fiction in the previous year.  But there'll be other awards presented in an unique way as well.  We'll be announcing several writing and art contests within the next week and the prizes for some of them are actually exciting prospects for the winning creators."

A major selling point of PULP ARK 2012 to guests, exhibitors, vendors, and performers who may be interested in attending is that there is no charge for single table space and no membership fee for vendors, guests or performers.  "We want these people to come and entertain and meet fans.  At this point in our life as a convention/conference, it's most important to us to make sure PULP ARK has a great lineup of guests and talent."

With the promise of releases and announcements rather consistently from now until PULP ARK 2012, Pro Se Productions invites you as fans, writers, creators, performers, exhibitors and vendors to be a part of PULP ARK 2012!  Email Hancock at proseproductions@earthlink.net or call 870-834-4022 for more information and remember to check out http://www.prosepulp.com/#!pulp-ark for regular updates!

Press Release - THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN AT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

NEW COMIC BOOK SERIES AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2012

Runnemede, NJ (October 26th, 2011) - Dynamite Entertainment and Classic Media welcome the return of America's quintessential Western hero-The Lone Ranger® to the comic world! The masked man returns with a new #1 in January 2012 as an ongoing series. This new The Lone Ranger comic series kicks off with a six-part story called "Hard Country." To allow new fans to jump into the series, the first two issues will be included within a larger story. It will then move into a longer, serialized tale, respecting the excellent template provided by Brett Matthews and Sergio Cariello with John Cassaday, setting off on a new trail.

At the end of the Matthews series, The Lone Ranger and Tonto were ready to strike out in the old west, fighting for what is right and helping those in need. "Hard Country" is about the old west striking back - a harsh environment where only the tough really make it. This is the story about these two American legends, early in their development, as they learn this bleak reality. While they're not going to fold, they will come to see that this is a hard task they've set for themselves. A hard task in a vast "hard country."

"The Lone Ranger #1 begins our Hard Country arc with a heart-breaking tale of loss that holds a mirror up to John Reid's past," says writer Ande Parks. "The man John Reid has become in his The Lone Ranger identity was shaped by tragic loss. Now he sees that loss on the faces of a new generation. Can one man make a difference in the lives of a father and his children whose world is crumbling? The Lone Ranger is damn well going to try!"

"Kudos to Ande and Esteve doing an incredible job leading in to The Lone Ranger #1 and following up Brett, Sergio, and John's series so successfully with The Lone Ranger: Death of Zorro series, which has received a considerable amount of critical acclaim," said Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "The Lone Ranger: Death of Zorro showed fans that Ande and Esteve were the right successors for the series. They "know" The Lone Ranger, and are making the series their own. Fans will be excited when they read the first issue, and with covers by Award-Winning artists including an Alex Ross painted cover and Francesco Francavilla as the ongoing cover artist, The Lone Ranger will be a must-read book!"

"The Lone Ranger is arguably the most popular Western character of all time and we are thrilled to team up with Dynamite Entertainment to introduce fans to another adventure," said Nicole Blake EVP, Global Marketing & Consumer Products, Classic Media.

Here are some of the critic's reactions for The Lone Ranger: Death of Zorro series:

"Anyone who naturally finds themselves drawn to the legends of Zorro or The Lone Ranger will be enraptured by this crossover." - Comics Bulletin

"The Death of Zorro is a solid read!" - Major Spoilers

"The Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro is, at its heart, the epitome of a good western story. It's the story of good people struggling against bad people. It's the story of a road dusty hero avenging a fallen hero." - Invest Comics

"A few months back I mentioned in a review that Dynamite currently publishes the finest comics. The Death of Zorro is another clear example proving that point.." - Inside Pulse

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com For art and more information, please visit: www.dynamite.net

Press Release - LUCIAN: Dark God’s Homecoming--Now Available for Kindle!

Acclaimed SF/Action/Mystery Pulp Debuts on Popular E-Reader

Smithton, IL (October 26, 2011)  White Rocket Books proudly announces the release in Kindle format of LUCIAN: Dark God’s Homecoming, the acclaimed Science Fiction/Action/Mystery pulp by Van Allen Plexico (SENTINELS; GIDEON CAIN).

Drawing inspiration from the fantastic pulp-SF tales of Roger Zelazny (Chronicles of Amber), Jack Vance (The Dying Earth) and Philip Jose Farmer (World of Tiers), LUCIAN introduces us to the Dark Lord of the Golden City, an arrogant and selfish god whose insurgency to rule in Heaven failed and led to his exile on the human-occupied worlds of the far-future.  When circumstances conspire to bring him back to his celestial City, Lucian discovers that most of his fellow gods and goddesses have been murdered and that, as the devil, he is of course the prime suspect.  Now he’s on the run, barely a step ahead of his vengeful brothers and sisters, seeking evidence to prove his innocence (at least this once!) and to find the real killer—before his fellow gods catch him and end his immortal existence once and for all. Along the way, he becomes saddled with a beautiful and resourceful starship captain, who may force him to confront the hard truths about himself—if he doesn’t kill her first!

Says Van Allen Plexico of this new electronic edition: “The response this book has received in its paperback format, from Airship 27, has been more than gratifying.  Readers seem to love this black sheep of a character and find themselves enjoying rooting for the bad guy!  Now that it’s available on Kindle, I’m hoping it finds a whole new audience that will take the Dark Lord into their hearts!”

Pulp Fiction Reviews said of LUCIAN: “Fans of Jack Vance and Roger Zelazny will eat this up. Good stuff start to finish."

Van Allen Plexico is best known for the popular SENTINELS series of contemporary superhero pulp novels, as well as for the sword-and-sorcery anthology GIDEON CAIN: DEMON HUNTER (with Kurt Busiek and others) and the ASSEMBLED! books, exploring the history of Marvel Comics’ Avengers.  In 2011 he was nominated for Pulp Story of the Year (by the Pulp Factory, for “The Red Flame of Death,” from GIDEON CAIN) and Writer of the Year (by PulpArk).

White Rocket Books is a leader in the New Pulp movement, publishing exciting action and adventure novels and anthologies since 2005, in both traditional and electronic formats.   White Rocket books have hit the Amazon.com Top 15-by-Genre and have garnered praise from everyone from Marvel Comics Editor Tom Brevoort to Kirkus Reviews.

On sale as of October 25, 2011, LUCIAN: Dark God’s Homecoming is a $2.99 Kindle e-book from White Rocket Books.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Martin Powell Takes Tarzan To The Earth's Core!

Tarzan © ERB, Inc. Artwork Tim Burgard
New Pulp author Martin Powell recently announced that he is writing the graphic novel of TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE that will be illustrate by Tim Burgard, for Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse Comics.

The Tarzan At The Earrth's Core graphic novel is officially licensed and authorized by the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and will be published as a special edition in celebration of the ape-man's 100th Anniversary in 2012. "Tarzan has always been at the top of my list for characters to write," Powell said on his blog. "And this is possibly the biggest project of my twenty-five year career. I honestly never thought I'd get this chance. Very special thanks to ERB, Inc. and Michael Hudson for making this possible."

For more on Martin Powell, visit http://martinpowell221bcom.blogspot.com/.
For more on Sequential Pulp Comics, visit http://www.sequentialpulpcomics.com/
For more on Dark Horse Comics, visit http://www.darkhorse.com/
For more on Tim Burgard, visit http://www.timburgardart.com/

PULPTACULAR | BrokenSea Audio Productions



As promised last week, this week’s New Pulp endeavor is another unique approach to bringing pulps to modern audiences. BrokenSea specializes not in the written word at all, but the spoken. The most popular pulp heroes of the ‘30s and ‘40s had their own radio shows in addition to their printed adventures and that’s where BrokenSea draws its inspiration.

The studio creates free audio-drama podcasts adapting pulp TV shows and films like The X-Files and Logan’s Run. They also have some original series in pulp genres like fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

I’m a big fan of listening to podcasts during my commute to and from work, so I’m eager to check out what BrokenSea’s put together. Doctor Who and Planet of the Apes seem like good places to start because I’m so familiar with both of them. BrokenSea’s Planet of the Apes appears to be a straight adaptation of the 1968 film (they’ve also adapted Beneath the Planet of the Apes) while Doctor Who features new, fanfic adventures. Trying them sounds like a good way to test the waters. I also want to try one of their completely original characters and Jake Sampson: Monster Hunter is a familiar enough concept that I feel like I know what I'm getting into.

Before I do any of that though, I wanted to talk to Stevie Farnaby, one of BrokenSea’s producers and directors to find out more about the project.

Michael: Hi, Stevie. What led you to start BrokenSea? What was missing that you wanted to provide?

Stevie: BrokenSea Audio Productions was actually founded by some of my colleagues/friends. I joined the crew a few months later. The original intention though was to provide a fun framework for folks to get creative within. Somewhere that wasn't burdened by politics. Somewhere where people were given opportunities to shine, and somewhere where we could really let our imaginations fly.

Michael: What differentiates BrokenSea from other New Pulp endeavors?

Stevie: The fact that we’re not afraid to take chances and push the boundaries, from both writing and production fronts. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan for example and produce/direct BSAP’s [Doctor Who] series. I wanted something really special to use as a main theme, specifically for our series, so I approached an ex-member of the Radiophonic Workshop. The result was that I collaborated on a version of it with Jay Ellington-Lee (who worked on the TV series with Delia Derbyshire and Company). I also pioneered a number of production techniques for shows like Escape From New York, Doctor Who, and Maudelayne.

Michael: Where did the name BrokenSea come from?

Stevie: The name came from a comic book that Paul Mannering and Bill Hollweg were working on. There was a scene where the main characters had to walk across a frozen sea. The ice was cracking and breaking as they stumbled across. That kinda became somewhat of a metaphor for us. We’re forever on the edge. Forever treading on a Broken Sea of life and imagination. We could splash down to the bottom at any minute, swim back to the top, and continue onwards. Kinda an exciting concept: not knowing what to expect next from us.

Michael: Which one BrokenSea title do you recommend for someone who’s never listened to one of your podcasts? Where’s the perfect place to start to get an accurate feel for what BrokenSea represents?

Stevie: That’s somewhat subjective and would depend on what sort of shows you like to listen to. I suppose the show that has the widest appeal, from my own personal point of view of course, would be Maudelayne. It’s a completely original, fantasy-comedy series set at Oxford College in the 1930s. Imagine that a rift has opened, through which all manner of mythical characters and creatures “leak” through and wreak havoc. Basically a really good mix of Python-esque humour, action, and fantasy elements. Every episode contains it’s own mythology, and all the characters are beautifully realized and well-rounded. Great entertainment for the whole family.

Michael: Let’s say someone has enjoyed every Broken Sea title available and is still craving more like it. What classic pulp would you suggest he or she read or listen to that would be comparable to yours?

Stevie: Wow, that’s a tough one, as our shows cover a huge range of different genres and styles. From my point of view though, I’d recommend works by the likes of HG Wells, Douglas Adams, JRR Tolkien, Arthur C Clarke, CS Lewis, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, and HP Lovecraft to name but a few. 

Michael: Thanks for talking with me!

Stevie: Cheers! Take Care.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

CONAN: ROAD OF KINGS finale and KING CONAN: PHOENIX ON THE SWORD debut in January

CONAN: ROAD OF KINGS #12

Conan's journey on the Road of Kings concludes, as the Cimmerian finds himself at the end of every sword in a small port city. Once again betrayed by the hypocrisy of civilized men, Conan must embrace barbarism to fight his way free!

* The final issue!
* No prison cell can hold Conan!
* Dark Horse's Conan is the definitive telling of the barbarian's life!

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Mike Hawthorne
Inker: John Lucas
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publication Date: January 18, 2012
Format: FC, 32 pages
Price: $3.50
UPC: 7 61568 17525 7 01211


KING CONAN: THE PHOENIX ON THE SWORD #1 (of 4)
Coming in January!
Tim Truman (Writer)
Tomás Giorello (Art)
José Villarrubia (Color)
Andrew Robinson (Cover)
Gerald Parel (Variant cover)

First hailing Conan as a liberator after he annihilated Aquilonia's foes on the battlefield, common folk and politicians alike now rally to unseat the Cimmerian from his stolen throne. Conspirators plot to kill King Conan and take the crown for themselves, but their schemes pale in comparison to a terror waiting quietly in the wings — Thoth-Amon, an enemy who has haunted Conan his whole adult life and whose wicked aspirations dwarf those of maneuvering politicians!

Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50, On sale January 25

For more information on Conan and Dark Horse Comics other pulpy offerings, visit them athttp://www.darkhorse.com

Press Release - BEN BOOKS PLAYS DEADLY GAMES.

The print edition of Deadly Games! is now available at https://www.createspace.com/3704764 for the low introductory price of $11.99.
The print edition will be available on Amazon and in bookstores soon.
Digital editions coming soon.



About Deadly Games!:
Deadly Games! A madman's death triggers the most deadly game of all!

They played the most dangerous game of all and death was only the beginning...

Six years ago, Police Detective John Bartlett and journalist Benjamin West were instrumental in the capture of notorious master criminal Darrin Morehouse. Their story played out in the media, rocketing both Bartlett and West into local celebrity status.

Today, Morehouse, still a master game player and manipulator, commits suicide while in prison. His death initiates one final game of survival for the people Morehouse felt wronged him the most. At that top of the list are Bartlett and West, who must set aside their differences to save the lives of Morehouse's other victims and solve one last game before a dead man’s hired killers catch them and his other enemies.

Deadly Games! is a fast-paced action/thriller featuring action, suspense, murder, and the occasional gunfire from Author Bobby Nash, the writer of Evil Ways, Domino Lady, Lance Star: Sky Ranger, and more.

Deadly Games!
Written by Bobby Nash
Publication Date: Oct 10 2011
ISBN: 0615553435
ISBN13: 9780615553436
Page Count: 316
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Related Categories: Fiction / Thrillers
Introductory Price: $11.99

The print edition of Deadly Games! is now available at https://www.createspace.com/3704764 for the low introductory price of $11.99.
The print edition will be available on Amazon and in bookstores soon.
Digital editions coming soon.

Visit BEN Books at http://BEN-Books.blogspot.com.
Visit Deadly Games! author Bobby Nash at www.bobbynash.com.

About Bobby Nash:
From his secret lair in the wilds of Bethlehem, Georgia, Bobby Nash writes. A multitasker, Bobby is certain that he doesn’t suffer from ADD, but instead he... ooh, shiny.

When he finally manages to put fingers to the keyboard, Bobby writes novels (Evil Ways; Fantastix; Deadly Games!), comic books (Fuzzy Bunnies From Hell; Demonslayer; Domino Lady vs. The Mummy; Lance Star: Sky Ranger “One Shot”), short prose (A Fistful of Legends; Full Throttle Space Tales Vol. 2: Space Sirens; Green Hornet Case Files; Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar; Zombies vs. Robots), novellas (Lance Star: Sky Ranger; Ravenwood: Stepson of Mystery, Night Beat), graphic novels (Yin Yang; I Am Googol: The Great Invasion), and even a little pulp fiction (Domino Lady; Secret Agent X; The Avenger) just for good measure. And despite what his brother says, Bobby swears he is not addicted to buying DVD box sets and can quit anytime he wants to. Really.

Bobby's work can be found at www.bobbynash.com, www.lance-star.com, www.facebook.com/bobbyenash, and www.twitter.com/bobbynash, among other places across the web.

The print edition of Deadly Games! is now available at https://www.createspace.com/3704764 for the low introductory price of $11.99.
The print edition will be available on Amazon and in bookstores soon.
Digital editions coming soon.

Visit BEN Books at http://BEN-Books.blogspot.com.
Visit Deadly Games! author Bobby Nash at www.bobbynash.com.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Press Release - AIRSHIP 27 LEAVES 'THE MARK OF TERROR' ON ITS NEW NOVEL!

Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are excited to announce the release of their third Jim Anthony Super Detective book, a full length novel, THE MARK OF TERROR.

From the early days of his crime fighting career, comes this brand new adventure of the man known as Jim Anthony; Super Detective. Half Irish, half Comanche and All American, Jim Anthony finds himself caught up in a world-wide conspiracy of murder and carnage as two ancient Greek cults square off against each other in modern times; each vying for world dominance over the other.

When several of New York’s leading business men suddenly go insane and begin committing suicide, the police are baffled and reluctantly look to the Super Detective for help. Soon, with the aid of a renowned archeological historian and a spunky, fearless female reporter, Jim Anthony is quickly caught up in a mystery like no other he has ever faced before. With danger from deadly masked assassins at every turn, the famous adventurer’s own life is soon hanging in the balance as he becomes the primary target of both warring cults.

Acclaimed New Pulp scribe, Joshua Reynolds delivers a fast paced, non-stop action thriller that is pure pulp gold. “This is Reynold’s second Jim Anthony story for us,” reported Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “It’s very clear in how well he writes this classic hero that he has a genuine affection for the character and that comes across on every page.” Accompanied by nine illustrations from artist Isaac Nacilla and a stunning cover by painter Jeff Herndon, with designs by Rob Davis, JIM ANTHONY – SUPER DETECTIVE – THE MARK OF TERROR is the latest in an on-going series of brand new Jim Anthony adventures.

Cornerstone Book Publishers also publishes Masonic and esoteric books, selected pulp fiction, art literature, limited children's books, and poetry collections. For more information about Cornerstone, go to www.cornerstonepublishers.com.

Airship 27 packages and publishes anthologies and novels in the pulp magazine tradition.
In addition to Weird Horror Tales, Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting, and Weird Horror Tales: Light’s End, Airship 27 has released Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, a series of “Captain Hazzard” pulp thrillers, more pulp fiction in The Green Lam,a and Secret Agent X. For more information on Airship 27, go to www.airship27.com.


AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

ISBN 1-613420-16-1
ISBN-13 978-1-613420-16-4

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Table Talk - Which Side of The Control Fence Are You On?

This week, Barry, Bobby and Mike discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing versus working with traditional publishers and then dig into the two sides of the work-for-hire/creator-owned treasure trove.

Question (Mike): What do you guys think about self-publishing versus working with a publisher? Obviously you both know a little bit about that with the announcements of Reese Unlimited and Ben Books. What do you see as the benefits of each?

Bobby: Personally, I prefer to work for a publisher so I can focus on the writing and marketing side of things. That said, I have started BEN Books and I’m excited to do a limited number of projects on my own terms. The downside, for me, is that I don’t overly enjoy the design and other behind the scene work that comes with putting a book together.

I started BEN Books because the publishing industry is in such turmoil right now and I wanted to get my latest novel, Deadly Games! in front of readers and had been shopping it around for a year. That was about where my patience ended so I decided to try publishing it myself. I’m looking at Deadly Games! as an experiment. If it goes well then BEN Books will continue to do more stuff. If not, well...

Barry: I definitely prefer working with a publisher. I don’t enjoy the publishing side of things and try to avoid getting too involved in them. I like writing and then letting someone else take it from there. Reese Unlimited is an imprint of Pro Se so they’re still handling the entire publishing end. I self-published the first couple of Rook novellas and it went okay but I quickly realized that I wanted to move away from that. Things have changed a lot in recent years but I think there’s still a stigma attached to self-publishing (which shouldn’t be the case but I hear it often).

Mike: I think we all agree on those points, for sure. I do enjoy doing some design work and such, but really have no big desire to handle any more of business side of things than I already do. In fact, I'd prefer it if I didn't have to handle any of it.

It's tough enough doing promotion and marketing for a single book, so doing that for an entire publishing venture, while trying to create and write, and handle the variety of business dealings would really just suck a lot of the fun out of it for me.

I kind of get that self-publishing stigma, as I've seen many a 'self published' effort that isn't even close to being ready for prime time, but on the flipside, there's a lot of self published stuff that's really quite nice. Hopefully, when I start doing things under the Runemaster Press banner, people will say we fall into the latter category.

Bobby: I think the stigma isn’t as bad as it used to be now that many bestselling authors, y’know, the ones that used to look down their noses at self publishers, are jumping ship and going the self publishing route. Yes, I am speaking of a few folks I’ve talked to in particular. I won’t name names, but one bestseller once gave me a stern lecture on the evils of self publishing and the small press. Just this year, that writer self published a novel. Hmmm...

Barry: Bobby, you’re 100% correct about the stigma. But when I went to get my books carried by a local bookstore, the first thing they said was “We don’t stock self-published books.” I had to explain that I didn’t self-publish them and give them publisher info to establish that but it was unfortunate. Hell, even if I did self-publish them, it doesn’t mean the books aren’t good. I read stuff that’s traditionally published all the time that’s awful, too.

For some of the old-school folks out there, self-published is synonymous with “amateur.” It’s an erroneous thought, though. Look at Wayne Reinagel’s stuff – he’s one of the absolute best New Pulp authors right now and he runs his own publishing house.

Mike: Yeah, and Van Allen Plexico's Sentinels stuff is better than a lot of what I've read from standard publishers. So, it's definitely a stigma that's inaccurate at best.

That stigma notwithstanding, if you had to do only one, which would it be?

Bobby: Barry, I get that same thing at conventions. People will come by my table and flip through one of the books and at least half the time they ask if I self published the book. Then when I explain that I did not self publish the Green Hornet anthology (for example) they seem almost disappointed, put the book down, and walk away. It’s weird.

I’d prefer not to be my own publisher for the simple reason that I do not enjoy that aspect of it. I want to write it, turn it in to a publisher, then move on to write the next story. For that reason I plan to keep my self published projects to a minimum, maybe 1 or 2 a year. We’ll see how it goes.

Mike: I've toyed with the idea of self publishing, or creating my own publishing entity to publish the works of others, but I just don't think now is the time to do it. Which sounds like a good excuse not to. [wink]

On a tangent, if you guys could only do one, would you prefer to only write work-for-hire or work on your own creations?

Bobby: That’s a tough one. I do love writing my own creations, but I also wouldn’t balk at writing Thor or the Fantastic Four so... I guess, if I had to choose, I’d go with working on my own creations.

Barry: Well, there’s a definite thrill to writing classic characters like The Avenger or The Green Hornet. I wouldn’t have traded those experiences for anything. But writing your own creations is ultimately more satisfying. Before I ever wrote one word on The Green Hornet, I received a big fat email attachment listing all kinds of things that I couldn’t do with him and other things that I should definitely include. With Lazarus Gray or The Rook, I’m able to age them, kill off characters, radically shift the tone of the series when I want, etc. Much more freedom.

Mike: Sounds like we're all in agreement. I loved working with Phantom, Zorro, Black Bat and others, but at the end of the day if I was forced to choose, working on my own creations is far more satisfying.






Over the past decade, Barry Reese has written for publishers as diverse as Marvel Comics, Moonstone Books and West End Games. Primarily known for his pulp fiction creations The Rook and Lazarus Gray, Barry has also penned stories featuring The Green Hornet, The Avenger and Ki-Gor. He won the Best Author Award at the 2011 Pulp Ark Conference.

From his secret lair in the wilds of Bethlehem, Georgia, Bobby Nash writes novels, short stories, novellas, comic books, and graphic novels. Visit him at www.bobbynash.com

Born with an excessively overactive imagination, Mike Bullock has parlayed that into a successful career writing comics and prose fiction. Bullock has written more Phantom comic book stories than any other US author and won the Angouleme Discovery Prize in 2007 for his creator owned series Lions, Tigers and Bears. 

iPulp Releases Third DEATH ANGEL prose tale

iPulpfiction.com, the internet's leading provider of pulp fiction, new and old, has just released the third DEATH ANGEL story, authored by Mike Bullock.

In My Dominion II is the second part of serialized short prose tales starring the New Pulp heroine Death Angel as she unravels a mystery of violence and ancient gods. The story logline is as follows:

Ellen Fromme hopes to come to grips with the macabre events that led to her hus­band's death and put her past be­hind her. But, she soon finds that her safe pent­house apart­ment and in­su­lat­ed lifestyle are no pro­tec­tion from... Do­min­ion.


Future Death Angel stories are scheduled to appear monthly on iPulp, a cloud-based reading service that publishes classic and contemporary short stories accessible from any device with an up-to-date browser and Internet connection.

The first two Death Angel tales to appear on iPulp can be found here:

Death Angel: Hung Jury
Death Angel: In My Dominion

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

UNDERCOVER REVIEWS - The Rook volume I

Few names are as synonymous with the New Pulp movement as Barry Reese. Reese started writing new pulp way back in 2006 with Conquerors of Shadow.

It wasn’t until two years later that he created arguably the most famous of the New Pulp heroes: The Rook.

The Rook Volume One is a strange little book. Its design seems to be a facsimile of the recent Shadow and Doc Savage collections, i.e. about the size of a conventional graphic novel. Inside, the book is formatted in to two columns, again it seems to imitate the pulps.

Despite those odd stylistic choices, the words are pretty dang good. The first volume contains five stories of Max Davies, a young man literally haunted by his dead father. As the Rook, he is compelled to fight crime, often with the help of his fiancée/wife Evelyn.

While the stories are all self-contained, they are linked by a common threat (either in full force or lurking behind the scenes). The tales span a few years, even stretching into a strange version of modern day London. The first four give a full pulp adventure from start to finish, always featuring fiendish villains and a few supernatural twists. Reese peppers the stories with allusions to other pulp characters and even has a public domain hero, the Moon Man, guest star in one tale. Each story builds upon the last; this helps the stories to never to feel repetitive.

I found only one bit of the writing irksome, and that was Barry’s need to fill in the back story of the Rook in almost every tale. Now, Wild Cat Books may have presented these stories in other forms before their collection (though no note is made of it on the copyright page). Even so, when put together it seems clear that some introductory exposition in the later stories could be left on the cutting room floor.

That one minor snafu isn’t nearly enough to bring the collections of stories down. This isn’t just good new pulp. It’s straight up good storytelling, well worth a read by anyone that enjoys adventure fiction.

The Rook Volume One comes Highly Recommended.


Review by Nick Ahlhelm

Pulp AdventureCon Returns!


Pulp AdventureCon
November 5th, 2011
Ramada Inn, Bordentown, NJ

Thousands of rare PULP MAGAZINES, vintage paperbacks and movie collectibles on display in this pleasant one-day show that attracts collectors and exhibitors from as far as New Hampshire and Virginia. Held the first Saturday of November from 10AM until 5PM.
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $5
Email us for information -- boldventurepress@aol.com

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Update -- October 17, 2011
LORD OF THE TREES
ALEX SIMMONS and ERIC BATTLE will be joining us as special guests. As the writer and illustrator team of the syndicated TARZAN newspaper strip, between the years of 2000 and 2002, they provided Lord Greystoke with plenty of challenges of hair-raising thrills.

These strips appeared as part of the story-arc "Day of the Hunter", which appeared in newspapers across the country from January 6, 2002 - May 19, 2002.

Follow the link to the Official ERB, Inc. and Tarzan® Webzine Site, Bill & Sue-On Hillman's ERBzine, to read "Day of the Hunter" and more of the Tarzan newspaper strips.

Update -- October 18, 2011
As of October 18, 36 tables are spoken for. That leave approximately eight tables remaining. Now is the best time to jump in, if you've been stalling. Our erstwhile vendors include Paul Herman, Rich Harvey, Rick Hall, Gary Lovisi, Darrell Schweitzer, Henry Greenbaum, Bruce Tinkel, Gale Heimbach, Ed Hulse, Martin Grams, Rich Greene, Bill Parisho, Brendan Faulkner, John Gunnison, Mike Chomko, Chuck Miller, Eric Battles, Rodger Lowenthal, Nick Certo, Cowboy Tony, Walker Martin, and Mark Halegua.


CLICK HERE ... to read about past shows. Walker Martin provides a pretty comprehensive overview of the stuff you missed in 2008.

Press Release - MEET BEN BOOKS

New Pulp publisher BEN Books has released an ad featuring their first two offerings. A black and white version of this ad will appear in the back of the upcoming Deadly Games! novel by Bobby Nash.

The BEN Books website - http://ben-books.blogspot.com/
- is now live.

Note: There are no changes to the publication of the Lance Star: Sky Ranger prose series. The Lance Star: Sky Ranger anthologies and novels will continue to be published by Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Books. The Lance Star: Sky Ranger comic books will be published by BEN Books.

Deadly Games! will premiere Late October.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Press Release - CURSE OF THE PHANTOM SHADOW RESUMES PRODUCTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Las Vegas, Nevada -October 17, 2011- Curse of the Phantom Shadow, a short concept film based on the popular genres of film noir, pulp magazines, dime store novels and Republic movie serials, has completed nearly 75% of its principle photography.

The year is 1948 and the United States has a new enemy, The Phantom Shadow. This dark figure has diabolical plans for captured War Department scientist, Dr. Hammond and his weapons of mass destruction. The government is forced to take action when the Phantom Shadow launches a treacherous missile attack on key locations in the United States.

In times like this, there is only one man to call, Agent 236, an elite government operative.

Along the way, Agent 236 is befriended by a spunky, sarcastic, gas station attendant who just happens to have pinup girl good looks. She also just happens to be looking for a little action and excitement and Agent 236 is just the man to fulfill her dreams. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Agent 236 puts the station attendant and her tow truck into service in pursuit of the Phantom Shadow.

Paying homage to the great stories that came before, Pulp enthusiasts new and old will find something to like in Phantom Shadow. Within the movie there is a secret decoder badge, a Phantom Shadow radio drama, and of course a teaser for the next chapter. The movie also features cameo appearances of old Vegas, the Brown Derby in Hollywood, some stars of the 1940s, and a top secret mysterious appearance by the enigmatic Howard Hughes. Along the way there are nods to Star Wars, Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged), and a few other surprises for sci fi genre fans.

Curse of the Phantom Shadow has been primarily shot in the Las Vegas area and on soundstages in North Hollywood. Shooting is once again ramping up to complete the film's climax, a duel between a 1940's vintage tow truck, a pin up girl, and a 10 story high assault robot.

Staff and crew have been dedicated to the project for the last three years as director Mark Ross has funded the entire project from his personal savings. Mark Ross has had the project in development for almost 10 years, while he had custom props built. The film features elaborate props, a secret government agent, and a retro style similar to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Recent set backs in the economy had put the production tion into jeopardy. Mark Ross has depleted his available funds. A kickstarter fundraising campaign has been started to keep the project on track and finish shooting the film's climax:
http://kck.st/o7JT2f

Contact:
Mark Ross
busterfuzz@gmail.com
702-988-0222

PULPTACULAR | Black Coat Press


I’m continually surprised at the diversity of New Pulp publishers. Airship 27 is dedicated primarily to telling new stories with classic pulp characters, Pro Se focuses mainly on new characters with a classic feel, and folks like Age of Aces and Altus are mostly about reprinting classic pulp in a new way. Those are all excellent approaches and I’m ashamed to admit that my limited imagination prevented me from thinking of other reasons for publishing New Pulp beyond them. I figured that the rest of the publishers I looked at would fall into one of those three categories. It only took the next couple of publishers on the list to show me how incomplete my thinking was.

According to its website, Black Coat Press is “primarily devoted to publishing English-language translations of classics of French popular literature” with a focus on science fiction, fantasy and mystery. They also deal in some classic French comics and stage plays.

My knowledge of French adventure fiction begins and ends with Jules Verne, but I’m pretty familiar with some English translations of French comics like Asterix, Blacksad, and The Killer and the works of guys like Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and Jacques Tardi. I really sort of love French comics, so I’m excited by the possibility of reading English translations of some of their adventure prose too.

Browsing Black Coat’s front page, the first book to catch my eye was Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper. It’s not a unique concept, I know, but I haven’t actually read a book or film about that yet, so it would be new to me. The cover to Amilec looks wonderfully strange and though I’m cautious about digging into an eighteenth century trilogy of satire travelogues in the tradition of Tom Swift, I’m curious to see what a modern translation does with that kind of prose.

More exciting to me though is The Nyctalope Steps In, an upcoming collection of 15 stories about a French character who’s arguably the world’s first superhero (he first appeared in 1911). Most of the stories are from the 1920s and ‘30s, but I’m especially fascinated by the prospect of the title story, published in 1942, in which the Nyctalope’s creator uses the character to come to terms with the Nazis occupation of France. The book’s got a beautiful cover by Ladrönn (Elephantmen, Green Arrow/Black Canary, The Spirit) too.

The Black Coat site divides its catalog into nine sections: Mysteries/Thrillers, Gothic/Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children’s, Stage Plays, Screenplays, Comics, Non-Fiction, and Art Books. That’s a bit daunting, even when narrowing it down to genres and formats I’m partial to. Looking over the catalog doesn’t help; there’s just so much! The list is full of names I recognize – Holmes, Fantômas, Frankenstein, Fu Manchu – fighting people and going to places I really want to see them fight and go to. There’s even a book called Edgar Allan Poe on Mars. Overwhelmed, I decided to let co-founder, editor, and writer Jean-Marc “J-M” Lofficier help me add some things to my reading pile.

Michael: What led you to start your business? What was missing that you wanted to provide?

J-M: From a practical standpoint, the technology of print-on-demand made it possible for a small press like us to put out many books aimed at a rather limited audience without keeping a costly inventory. Also, the prodigious desire and ability of Brian Stableford to embark on a massive program of translations of French pulps, proto-SF and fantasy. It will be clear to anyone that without Brian our catalog would be but a shadow of what it is now.

On a personal level, I found it very satisfying to actually be in charge of a publishing venture myself, as opposed to dealing with publishers as an author. Not being best-selling authors, Randy (my wife and writing partner) and I never made that much money anyway, so this way if we don’t make more money, we’re at least in control. No one tells us what to do or not do and I never let commercial considerations affect our decisions. Not ever.

The lack of availability of translations – or sometimes good translations – of classic French pulps, SF, etc. on the English-speaking market always bothered me greatly. When I grew up in France, the same book imprints would publish Arsene Lupin next to Sherlock Holmes, the Black Coats next to the Scarlet Pimpernel, the Nyctalope next to Tarzan, etc. So from the start, our mission was to make English-language versions of a number of French classic works available to the American and English public.

Michael: What differentiates Black Coat from other New Pulp publishers?

J-M: In the practice, nothing, but we are the #1 publisher of translated French works in the US and likely the world. (I sometimes wish we would get more recognition for that.) And it’s not just the translations, but the erudite introductions and annotations by Brian Stableford or myself. Each work is located in its historical and literary context. A lot of effort goes into the presentation of the works.

Michael: Where did the name Black Coat come from?

J-M: From Paul Féval’s masterful saga, The Black Coats – seven volumes – published in the 1860s, which is really the founding stone of criminal fiction. It’s a little as if Balzac had decided to write the kind of stories that Conan Doyle or Mario Puzzo wrote much later.

Michael: Which one Black Coat title do you recommend for someone who’s never read one of your books? Where’s the perfect place to start to get an accurate feel for what Black Coat represents?

J-M: It sort of depends. Our output falls into three categories: 1) Mystery/Thrillers/Pulps; 2) Gothic/Fantasy/Horror and 3) Science Fiction. Obviously what appeals to one reader may not appeal to another. For each category, my selection would be:

Mystery/Thrillers/Pulps: John Devil by Paul Féval: the first detective story ever.

Gothic/Fantasy/Horror: Lamekis by the Chevalier de Mouhy: a prodigious, post-modern 18th-century fantasy epic.

Science Fiction: The Blue Peril by Maurice Renard: a really creepy alien-encounter story from 1911.

Michael: Let’s say someone has enjoyed every Black Coat title available and is still craving more like it. What classic pulp would you suggest he or she read that would be comparable to yours?

J-M: I don't think anyone else does what we do, but I understand there are newer and better translations of Jules Verne now available (I haven't read them myself) and I would warmly recommend that.

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Thanks to J-M for talking with me about Black Coat and especially for the reading recommendations. I love all three of those categories, so clearly I have a lot of reading to do.

Next week: Broken Sea, another endeavor with a different spin on New Pulp.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Conan Creative Team Adapts Robert E. Howard's "Queen of the Black Coast"

Conan Art: Becky Cloonan
At this weekend's New York Comic Con, Dark Horse Comics announced a new Conan the Barbarian comic book series by the DEMO creative team of writer Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan that will be in stores beginning on February 8, 2012.


The first story arc will adapt Robert E. Howard's "Queen of the Black Coast," in which Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Belit.

For more information on Conan and Dark Horse Comics other pulpy offerings, visit them at http://www.darkhorse.com

Thursday, October 13, 2011

An Interview with Derrick Ferguson



Derrick Ferguson is first and foremost a gentleman. He is the author of Dillon and the Voice of Odin, Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, and more -- an anthology of Dillon stories Four Bullets for Dillon has just come out from Pulpworks Press.


Pulp Magnet: Besides Dillon, whom you created, what other characters have you written about?

Derrick Ferguson: There's Sebastian Red, a supernatural gunslinger roaming a Weird Wild West I like to describe as a combination of Sergio Leone and Michael Moorcock. Diamondback is the main character of an upcoming trilogy of books I call my “Urban Westerns.” Fortune McCall is part of The Sovereign City Project and we'll get into his deal a little later.


PM: What classic pulp hero or villain is your favorite?

DF: Doc Savage is my absolute favorite pulp hero of all time. Favorite villain? Fu Manchu.


PM: Do you have a favorite classic pulp or new pulp author? If so whom would it be?

DF: Favorite Classic Pulp author: Lester Dent. The man had a way of just keeping a story going that still amazes me. He wrote stories that went full-tilt boogie from the first sentence to the last. But yet, his prose never feels rushed My favorite New Pulp author? Wayne Reinagel. I've only read two of his books so far but that's enough to convince me the man is a genius. Seriously. There's Wayne Reinagel and then there's the rest of us. 'Nuff Said.

PM: What is your favorite thing about reading/writing pulp fiction as opposed to any other kind of fiction?

DF: It's just so much FUN to read and write, y'know? I pick up a Classic Pulp or New Pulp anthology/novel and I just know I'm going to have a good time reading it. These are stories that have no interest in educating or uplifting or redressing the moral ills of our modern day society. I think that in order to write Pulp you also have to have a pretty high optimism level and faith in the inherent heroism inside of all men and women. I think that's why a lot of literary types look down on Pulp. They're too cynical. You can't write about heroes and heroines saving the world when you don't believe in heroes.


PM: What other projects are you working on currently? (That you can tell us about, of course...)

DF: The major projects I'm currently involved with is my contribution to Pro Se Productions SOVEREIGN CITY PROJECT: “The Adventures of Fortune McCall” Fortune McCall is a man of seemingly unlimited wealth and mastery of exotic weaponry who travels the world on his gambling yacht. He comes to Sovereign City to help out a friend and ends up staying to combat crime. He's got a crew of specialists to help him out and he needs all the help he can get because Fortune McCall is a black man and there weren't a lot of them being crime fighting vigilantes in the 1930's. “The Adventures of Fortune McCall” should see print in November.

I'm also in the final stages of wrapping up “Dillon and The Pirates of Xonira” a semi-sequel to “Dillon and The Legend of The Golden Bell.” Look for that in January 2012.


PM: When did you first start writing about Dillon?

DF: 1983. I remember so well because that's the first year my wife and I went to Florida. I was writing short stories/novellas about the character then with only the vaguest ideas of what eventually became “Dillon and The Legend of The Golden Bell” rattling around in my melon of a head.


PM: What made you want to write about this particular character?

DF: The desire to write the adventures of an African-American pulp adventure character. There wasn't one when I first discovered pulp. And my thing is that if there isn't anybody writing the stories I like to read then I have to write them.


PM: What was your main source of inspiration for Dillon?

DF: Dillon has a lot of grandfathers. Doc Savage, first off. But there's a lot of Derek Flint and Paladin from “Have Gun Will Travel” in there as well. The works of George C. Chesbro were a major source of inspiration as well. He's a writer who wasn't afraid of mixing genres and his writing taught me not to be afraid of doing the same as well. That's why there's such a diverse mix of elements in my Dillon stories.


PM: Dillon has gone through some pretty intense adventures so far, but what do you have in store for him next?

DF: “Dillon and The Pirates of Xonira” has him returning to that island kingdom with a submarine full of mercenaries to investigate the rumors of an old friend of his being involved in an international plot to disrupt treaty talks between the U.S. and Xonira. The next one after that will be “Dillon and The Devil's Bounty” which is based on a plot by none other than Joshua Reynolds.


PM: What would you like to say about the forthcoming Dillon story being written by Joel Jenkins for the Four Bullets for Dillon anthology?

DF: Just that it's a story that had me cracking up from start to finish. A story like this really entertains me as it shows that maybe Dillon doesn't have it as together as he likes for others to think. And pairing him with a character that's just as ego-driven, smart and skilled as he is makes for wonderful character interaction. Dillon and Sly Gantlet together are a team in the great tradition of pair-up's such as Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck, Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon and Bing Crosby/Bob Hope. I've been working on “Dead Beat In Khusra” which will have Sly and Dillon on a quest to find a secret weapon buried in a lost Nazi base somewhere in the North African desert. Hilarity ensues.

PM: When you write Dillon's adventures, do you listen to any thing in particular?

DF: When I write the first draft of anything I prefer to work in silence. But for second and third drafts/editing I listen to a variety of stuff. I like a lot of music. The only thing I won't listen to is Heavy Metal and Klingon Opera.



LINKS
Derrick Ferguson's (and Dillon's) blog: http://dillon-dlferguson.blogspot.com
Livejournal: http://dferguson.livejournal.com/
Better In The Dark: http://betterinthedark.podomatic.com/

Fortune McCall / The Sovereign City Project: (See Tommy Hancock/Pro Se Productions)