Monday, January 30, 2012

PRESS RELEASE-Pulp Obscura Debuts!

Press Release-For Immediate Release

FIRST VOLUME FROM PULP OBSCURA DEBUTS-
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT!

January 30, 2012

Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher in the New Pulp Movement, announces today the release of the first collection from its PULP OBSCURA line.  Pro Se, in conjunction with Altus Press, noted Publisher of Pulp reprints as well as the home of Will Murray’s new Doc Savage novels, developed the PULP OBSCURA line to spotlight characters from the classic days of Pulp Fiction that are considered unknown or rare in the modern era.  

“This concept,” stated Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se, “is really the brainchild of Altus Press’ founder and publisher, Matt Moring.  He saw the potential in many of the characters he plans to reprint the original adventures of via Altus Press to be used in new stories by modern day writers.  The characters he and I discussed are in the Public Domain and therefore free writers to tackle and publishers to print.  Out of that rose PULP OBSCURA, a name I’d come up with a year or so ago out of my own thoughts of one day focusing on rare characters that most people, even the hardcore Pulp fans, don’t know exist.”

The first PULP OBSCURA volume is THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT.   The title character originally appeared in FLYING ACES Magazine in the 1930s and was written by Donald E. Keyhoe, an author known later in his career for his writing on UFOs.   Appearing in numerous tales into the 1940s, Knight was considered a flying detective type, an agent of the government who used the cover of millionaire flyboy to investigate plots, usually those involving things such as lost valleys or other oddities, against America.  

As stated on the book itself-
From the past flies new tales of one of Pulp’s forgotten heroes!  Pro Se Productions in conjunction with Altus Press presents the first volume in its PULP OBSCURA line!  Bringing adventures and heroes lost in yesterday blazing to life in new pulp tales today!  Six high flying, wild and weird adventures from I.A. Watson, Barry Reese, Frank Schildiner, Joshua Reynolds, Terry Alexander, and Adam Lance Garcia!

Come fly with this hero of the airways as he battles threats to America from the common to the extraordinary! The first new stories since 1942!

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT is available now from Pro Se Press as a Kick Off Special for PULP OBSCURA.  Altus Press’ volume which this New Pulp book is a companion to, THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT, VOLUME ONE, will be out within days.  In the future, Hancock explained, Altus’ reprint volume and Pro Se’s New Pulp companion volume will be released on the same day.  “We did this,” Hancock said, “as a special gift to those who have been following the development of PULP OBSCURA and readers eager to see what we’re doing.  There’s been a lot of buzz about this project, which we all greatly appreciate, and we wanted to reward that.”

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT features a spectacular cover by Mike Fyles and the cover design work of Sean Ali.  Interior Format and Design is the work of Matt Moring and the ebook design is by Russ Anderson.  THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT is now available via Pro Se’s Createspace store at https://www.createspace.com/3783368 and will be available via Amazon in print within the week, $12.00 in print.  It is also available for $2.99 for the Kindle on Amazon and in various formats at www.smashwords.com and coming soon to Barnes & Noble for the Nook. 

This first release from PULP OBSCURA is featured in the following trailer-

PULP OBSCURA-Bringing Heroes Lost in Yesterday Blazing to Life in New Pulp Tales Today!

Pro Se Press- www.prosepulp.com
Altus Press- www.altuspress.com

PULPTACULAR | Meteor House



Hello, pulp fans. Though it’s taken me longer than I expected to get back on track after the holidays, Pulptacular returns with another look at a New Pulp publisher. This week, we’re talking about science fiction and fantasy publisher, Meteor House.

The company has only been around for a year-and-a-half and doesn’t have a lot of product yet. According to their website, they came into being specifically to publish an annual Worlds of Philip José Farmer anthology featuring “a tour through SF Grand Master Philip José Farmer’s many creations” with essays, interviews, “stories set in Farmer’s expanded worlds,” and “previously unpublished fiction and more by Farmer himself.” I'm not that familiar with Farmer's work, but I'm curious and eager to know more about Meteor House’s plans, so I talked to editor Michael Croteau.

Michael May: Hi, Michael. What’s the short history of Meteor House?

Michael Croteau: Meteor House was founded in 2010 with the primary goal of bringing fans of science fiction Grand Master Philip José Farmer "new" material to read. The Worlds of Philip José Farmer anthologies contain both new and older, hard-to-find material. They contain fiction and non-fiction, but everything in each book is written by, or about, Phil Farmer, or are new stories using his characters or set in his worlds.

We also have plans for non-Farmer books as well. We have some interesting projects lined up for 2012.

May: What can you tell me about those?

Croteau: [The first one is] the strange story of an apeman test pilot who accidentally travels into the future where he encounters as many science fiction tropes from 1930s pulp fiction as the author could remember; all mixed together and served with a generous helping of satire, parody, ironic whimsy, and deadpan humor and allowed to develop oddly to the strains of an inaudible prog-rock soundtrack...

May: Ha! Sounds awesome. What differentiates Meteor House’s books from those published by other science fiction and fantasy publishers?

Croteau: We believe the Worlds of Philip José Farmer series is unique – first because we have access to Phil's files. It is here we've discovered all sorts of material that would have never seen the light of day: speeches, interviews, articles about him written for local magazines, unfinished works; even previously unpublished stories. Second, we also have a network of very knowledgeable and passionate fans who know just about everything about Phil's career and even who he's influenced. The latter is important as we reach out to established writers such as Paul Malmont, James Gunn, David Bischoff, Chris Roberson, Greg Bear, Charles Platt, James Sallis, Spider Robinson, and many others for stories and essays for the books.

May: Where did the name Meteor House come from?

Croteau: Everyone involved in Meteor House is a fan of Farmer's Wold Newton Family theory that states that radiation from the Wold Newton Meteorite (which landed in England in 1795) caused beneficial mutations in those nearby when it fell. These mutations were passed down to their children and subsequent generations who went on to become some of the most accomplished and famous people in history: Solomon Kane, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Professor Moriarty, Phileas Fogg, Allan Quatermain, A.J. Raffles, Professor Challenger, Bulldog Drummond, Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Sam Spade, Nero Wolfe, Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer, Travis McGee, and even Doc Savage, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond, among many others.

May: Is there one book in particular that you’d recommend to someone who’s never read one of your anthologies?

Croteau: To date we have only published two books, The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions, and The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul. You could start with either book, or, because they are numbered limited editions you could get a matched set of them. Being bibliophiles ourselves, if you start with one volume, we will of course send you the matching number of the next volume—as long as it is still available.

May: Let’s say someone discovers Farmer’s work through your anthologies. Where would you suggest he or she go to read more?

Croteau: They should go to Phil Farmer's official website and click Ten Things You Should Know About Philip José Farmer. This is a great place to start, or if they have read his more famous works: The Riverworld, Dayworld and World of Tiers series, it will give suggestions as to what to read next.

May: Thanks so much for talking with me!

Croteau: It has been a pleasure!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Press Release/Trailer-Tales of the Vagabond Bards from HANSEN'S WAY!

Pro Se Productions has released a sneak peek at what awaits you between the covers of Nancy Hansen's latest collection from Pro Se.   Interested in the first book from the latest author focused imprint, HANSEN'S WAY?  Then check out this trailer featuring the art of David Russell and share with the world that everyone should learn of the "Tales of the Vagabond Bards!'

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Friday, January 27, 2012

UNDERCOVER REVIEWS - Airboy Presents Air Vixens #1

Review by Nick Ahlhelm

While New Pulp has taken the book world by storm in the last couple years, it seems strange that only Moonstone Books has really focused their publishing line on to a series of great pulp books. Unfortunately that seems to be the case, with only an occasional pulp title popping up from other publishers. Thankfully, Moonstone at least gives us solid fare.
The latest of these is Airboy Presents Air Vixens #1, a rather wordy title for a fun little action book. Written by New Pulp’s own Mike Bullock and drawn by Ben Hansen, “Maiden Voyage” is a fun little read mostly set aboard a Nazi dirigible.

The story revolves around a rescue mission that leads to a team up between the Black Angel and the updated version of the Bald Eagle. They are after a maguffin called the Ion Emitter, apparently taken by the Nazis along with a hostage. Eagle and Angel rescue the hostage from the Nazis and their leader, the old Airboy foe Valkyrie (apparently before her later reformation).

After a daring rescue attempt aboard the dirigible, the story of course moves in to some aerial action which leads to a solid ending that still leaves room open for future tales.
Bullock provides a solid fun script and for the most part Hansen handles the work ably. Unfortunately, Hansen’s action sequences tend to get a bit muddied as the book continues and the black & white art can occasionally make it hard to tell which lovely lady is which. None of these compare to the biggest hindrance to the story however: a missing page 16 that just reprints the previous page.

Still the lack of color and even the misprint don’t take away from the fun of the full length tale. For only $3.50 for 26 comic pages, even in black & white this comic is a deal.
Wrapped in a cover by Franchesco, Airboy Presents Air Vixens is now available through your local comic shop.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

So... Why Pulp: I Scry...



I Scry, With My Little Eye…


In my last column, I talked about the changes in book publishing due to the introduction of E-books, and how that affects the reading market in general. At the end of that article, I said I would have some predictions for the future of books. So I got out my crystal ball, sat down and squinted into it, and here’s what I see is going to happen with the PAPER vs. ELECTRONIC brouhaha…

E-books are going to continue to climb in popularity, especially among the younger generations, who wholeheartedly embrace the technology like it was life support. If you have ever seen two kids furiously texting back and forth over a distance of feet, you know what I mean. This is their preferred medium to communicate ideas in, and if we want to reach them, we have go where they are. So books definitely need a digital copy, and eventually an audio counterpart that will play over those MP3 players everyone has plugged into their heads. I don’t think actual print copies are going away, but I do believe the solid copy book market is going to contract even further until ballyhooed hardcover releases are the exception rather than the norm. If you want new readers, then you have to put the words into a format they prefer. Simple economics there.

If they are going to survive, the big publishers have to get with what the independent ones already know: It’s not about names or hype, or even the medium, but CONTENT and AFFORDABLE DELIVERY.

E-books are for the most part (but not always) considerably cheaper than the print version. That tempts folks to buy something on speculation, because if it turns out to be a dud, they can just delete it without a whole lot of angst over what was paid and tossing an expensive item in the recycling bin or donation box. E-books are wonderfully portable and take no shelf space, so if you are getting them inexpensively, you have no reason not to get more than one. This is already opening markets to unknown writers who can sell their electronic copies anywhere, because the technology for making them available is not necessarily proprietary anymore. There are far less hoops to jump through for producing an E-book than there is for a print copy, so it is conceivably something that can be done by the author with some knowledge of how the medium works. Which leads to being able to serve an overlooked niche market—for example the ever hungry New Pulp readers—exactly the kind of material they crave, without having to do a market study. More avenues are opening up for selling self published E-copies as word gets around. Some of the bigger publishers have caught onto this, and are making reasonably priced E-copies of recent releases. Others are pricing themselves out of the market. It’s a new technology, and still sorting itself out in the plodding world of marketing. Look for big changes over the next several years.

Print on demand (POD) has become a game changing force in the publishing industry. So much so that now Harper Collins is looking into installing the Expresso Book Machine (Google it, fascinating stuff) in some of their retail outlets for backlist books. This is so they no longer have to keep a huge warehouse inventory of everything that might sell. Basically what this thing does is print you a copy of a book that is in the machine’s memory but not in the store’s physical inventory, right on the spot. Since backlist sales are the bread and butter of the big publishers, you can see how this would be a worthwhile venture. Of course outsourced POD has been the mainstay of the independent publishers that are springing up all over the place these days. Even megalithic Amazon.com has gotten on the bandwagon with a separate division called Createspace that can publish books, music, and videos offsite and then distribute them through their own online storefront as well as other mainstream outlets. And no, this isn’t a new version of the vanity press of the past where you buy X-amount of copies and store them in your garage, selling them from your car. They do the selling, you do the advertising, and it’s all good. It’s a brave new world out there for those with a passion to be printed and some cash to throw into a venture that will have them listed with an actual ISBN #. And yeah, they do E-publish as well, at least on Amazon’s Kindle.

Novel sizes are going to get smaller. Those cumbersome, multiple inches thick books are getting far too expensive, even in paperback. Those are something that you see regularly in genre fiction like Fantasy, where the average book seems to be about 500 pages and many are far larger. Oh that’s great, lots of reading, except that many people who buy books are busy, and they don’t have more than small snatches of time to read here and there. A 200 page book is far easier to read and digest over several appointments in waiting rooms or a half hour at bedtime than an 800 page tome will be. There are times when I have to set a book aside for a while, and not only have a tough time recalling where I left off, but what went on 300 pages before that. So that less expensive 200 page book is more likely to get picked back up and finished in fewer sittings, leaving readers hungry for more, which is a good thing. Affordable books of a smaller size are just going to sell better, and they’ll lead to further sales.

Along with that idea of smaller books, mainstream genre fiction plots are going to evolve, based on that tidal wave of shorter, more focused and entertaining, and less angst-ridden indie fiction. If there is one thing I’ve seen done very successfully within the New Pulp world, it is that ability to give breathless, page turning thrills without all the fluffy fillers and introspective moments of navel examining. Pulp books hit the ground running and take you on a wild ride, getting right to the heart of the story, with a formula that becomes familiar and beloved. That tends to develop loyal long term followings for favorite authors and characters, as word about them spreads. The mainstream romance, detective, and franchise-linked (think Star Trek or Dungeons & Dragons) novel market have long since capitalized on that, but it is taking the rest of genre fiction a while to catch on. People who take the time to read these days, with so many gadgets and gizmos screaming for attention, just want to sit quietly somewhere and be entertained without breaking the budget, which is what pulp was originally designed to do. It’s no longer a guilty read, but a fun way to kill some free time and feel good about it. The big publishing houses will figure it out eventually, and go with stories with more impact and less long streams of consciousness.

Those niche markets I mentioned can be quite lucrative as well. If you don’t have a tiny New York office and big expense accounts for promotion, you might be able to print a reasonably priced book that is targeted to a specific reader group. I think those indie books that are exceptional will get picked up by the mainstream, because in this electronic age, word of mouth takes mere seconds to spread all over the world on a site like Facebook or Youtube. Because a big house has far larger resources to tap than the independents—which often run on shoestring budgets with fingers crossed that they’ll break even—they can produce the numbers of copies needed to blanket a market at a far more affordable price. So I see big and little publishers in amicable partnerships, where the little guys break the niche book out to test the waters, and then when it catches fire, the big guns make sure it gets distributed more widely. As I’ve pointed out, most of the big houses make their money on back list books anyway, so to me that’s a no-brainer. Win/win for the indie authors, who will see royalties and following increase.

There will be a lot more room for author-as-publisher gigs in this brave new world. For the love of the craft, folks are already out there hawking their own word-filled wares. You’ll see more of that, as well as pooling of talent and resources as time goes by. Eventually, before they become altogether extinct, the big houses will stop peering down their noses, and open their jaundiced eyes to take a good hard look at what is going down below their level. Some of those paperback imprints that have been bought out and stripped down by the Big 6 will likely become secondary releasers for independent and author published books that have proven successful. The contracts offered might not be as meaty as a first run book, but the distribution will be wider and longer lasting, and that helps make up the difference. In the long run I think it will stabilize the field, with both paper and electronic versions available. With the advent of MP3 players and whatever comes after them, rentable/downloadable audio book recordings are going to be the rage too.

No, I don’t think paper books are going away, although the market is contracting. Collectors and nostalgia buffs as well as technophobes are still going to buy their books that way. There will always be libraries for the masses, and aftermarket sellers for used books on the cheap. Right now it’s a bit tough to sign a digital copy of a book for someone, but I suspect that technology is not far off, with all the little gadgets that have touch screens with plastic protectors and styluses. In fact, with the advent of online video conferencing, in the future fans may get their E-book signed in their own home by an author thousands of miles away at a live streaming pay-per-view convention.

Chain bookstores might become a thing of the past, because unfortunately they did not diversify as quickly as they should have, and their upscale storefront overhead is far too high. There were some good ideas, but they never were as quickly upgraded as the technology changed. The combination of WIFI, café, reading room, and meeting place, with retail commission space for selling books, art, crafts, and music, as well as highlighting local entertainment, is what the future of surviving booksellers looks like to me. In other words, the hometown approach to a creator’s coop, where you can go and relax, meet friends, have a cuppa with a light bite, see a show, browse and buy something, or sell your own independent wares. The more diverse groups you bring in, the better the chance of staying alive in an ever changing market. So many of our downtowns have empty store fronts, and old factory or municipal buildings, just sitting dormant. Away from the glitzy malls and the traffic, that’s where the books need to be—in a setting with something for everyone.

So there you have the future of fiction, straight from my scrying eye to your screen. While I am far from an expert in the publishing field. I can spot trends that are here to stay. While the technology to make paperless books is all around us, it’s not the only thing going on in the market. How we sell and reach readers is just as important as what format we offer them. A good business person knows you have to go to the people and give them what they want. Authors and publishers need to become far more savvy about that when it comes to pushing words on the page. It’s not just a matter of paper over pixels, it’s what does the potential reader wants today and how it gets delivered.

Give them a little bit of everything, I say.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

PRESS RELEASE-Pro Se announces New Book and New Imprint-Pulp Fantasy Done 'Hansen's Way!'


Pro Se Productions
Press Release for Immediate Release-

FANTASY DONE ‘HANSEN’S WAY’-NEW IMPRINT AND NEW BOOK FROM PRO SE!


Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher in the New Pulp Movement, announced its latest release today!  A three story collection entitled ‘Tales of the Vagabond Bards’ written by Nancy Hansen is now available.   Hansen, a prolific author in Pulp Fantasy, follows up her first novel, “Fortune’s Pawn” with this trio of tales set in the same world as the novel, but looking at events through a different set of eyes.

According to Pro Se, “In a time of upheaval, where magick and religion often collide, those who keep the old ways are increasingly shunned and ridiculed. The Vagabond Bards, a dedicated group of musicians, singers, actors, poets, and teachers of the unwritten oral folklore of the Terran Worlds, are finding themselves coming under pressure to disband or face probable imprisonment—even death. For generations these roving men and women have spread throughout the population, dedicating their lives to educating and assisting their fellow Humans while recording and preserving their knowledge and experiences, making sure the tales of the past are kept alive throughout the mostly illiterate masses. Sworn to Understand, Love, and Keep the Truth, they now face strong opposition from the upstart religion of Helios the Sun God, whose belief is sweeping the countryside, rewriting history and changing views of the past in the most alarming manner. These are the tales of those heroic troubadours, who fight for justice not with weapons, but with words.”

This exciting collection of fantasy fiction from one of New Pulp’s brightest stars in the genre not only debuts a whole new cast of characters and tales from Hansen, but is also the first volume in Pro Se’s latest author focused imprint-Hansen’s Way!

There are times when it is mindboggling,” commented Hansen concerning her work leading to her own imprint, “and I’m surprised I can keep the details straight. When I was approached about having my own imprint—which is an honor for someone who previous to 2010 was an unknown writer—I immediately thought about all those Terran World (the home of the Vagabond Bards) short stories, and bringing them in under one banner. I have 5 different series amongst those right now; each series with its own unique setting and recurring characters, and there have been some crossover characters and settings between them. It just makes more sense to keep them under one flagship imprint than scattering them hither and yon in other publications.”

“Nancy is a hit,” stated Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se, “both with the company and readers eager to follow her work.  “Fortune’s Pawn” had a great showing as a debut novel and Nancy has so many stories bubbling and ready to boil over, stories that appeal to all sorts of readers-Pulp fans, fantasy followers, and more!  And now they can all easily find her work by following ‘Hansen’s Way.’”

Hansen’s Way is the latest Pro Se imprint.  Following the announcement mid 2010 of Reese Unlimited, the first Pro Se imprint, Hansen’s Way is the second Author Focused Imprint from the publisher.  “When an author,” Hancock commented, “presents not only with a large, but a solid body of work, such as the imaginative worlds of fantasy whirling around in Nancy’s mind, it makes sense to put them in a package, in a sense.  Especially when the stories hit a vein with fans as Nancy’s obviously have.” 

“Tales of the Vagabond Bards” is available via Amazon as well as via Pro Se Pulp’s CreateSpace store (https://www.createspace.com/3778916) in print and will be available via Smashwords and Amazon as an ebook within the next week!  With an excellent cover by David Russell and formatting for the print version by Sean Ali and for the ebook by Russ Anderson, this is truly a Pro Se Book to add to your collection!

For more information on this title or any Pro Se publication, email Hancock at proseproductions@earthlink.net and check out Pro Se at www.prosepulp.com!

Monday, January 23, 2012

DEBUT RELEASE FROM NEW NEW PULP PUBLISHER-UCHRONIC PRESS!

Press Release


The Uchronic Press is proud to announce “Uchronic Tales: The Zeppelin,” our debut release. This action-packed 18,000 word novella by W. Peter Miller with a cover by Mike Fyles features the premiere appearance of Clark Tyler, a man that trouble seems to find. Or perhaps he is just good at finding it. This story is available now on Kindle, with Nook and all other formats to follow as soon as possible.

 The Uchronic Press is here to serve all readers that crave action, excitement, and a bit of an edge in their pulp adventure fiction. Our stories take place in an alternate past, a uchronic world greatly like our own, but with a dash more mystery, danger, and the macabre. Here you will find heroic adventures, outlandish science, ferocious alchemy, mystic forces, and an alternate history just slightly larger than our own.

 Uchronic Tales: The Zeppelin features a young Clark Tyler, an American airman caught up in a conspiracy that threatens to turn the tide of the Great War. Reich Zeppelins have been bombing London mercilessly, but the night one of them takes a strange detour could turn the tide of the war. The Germans have kidnapped a mysterious passenger and it is up to Clark Tyler and a band of elite commandos to stop the massive airship Eisern Feist from returning her secrets to the Fatherland.

In the months ahead, danger will put Clark in a number of Uchronic Tales. Look for stories featuring the classic days of Hollywood, earth-shattering danger, lost civilizations, and bizarre visitors from the unknown aether.

Welcome to Uchronic Tales

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Airship 27 Productions Announces First Release of 2012! It's Holmes!

THE RETURN OF THE BARON GRUNER!

Following the overwhelming success of the second Robert Downey Jr. film blockbuster, Airship 27 Productions is pleased to present a brand new mystery suspense novel starring the Great Detective; Sherlock Holmes – The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi.

In 1902 Sir James Damery enlisted the aid of Sherlock Holmes to prevent the daughter of an old friend from marrying a womanizing Austrian named Adelbert Gruner who was suspected of murdering his first wife.  Dr.Watson chronicled the case as “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client.”  By its conclusion, Gruner was exposed to the young lady when Holmes came into possession of an album listing his many amorous conquests.  Then a former prostitute mistress took her own revenge by throwing acid in his face and permanently disfiguring him.

Holmes believed the matter concluded. He is proven wrong when a hideous murder occurs rife with evidence indicating the Baron has returned.  Soon the Great Detective will learn he has been targeted for revenge in a cruel and sadistic fashion. Not only does the Baron wish his death but he is obsessed with causing Holmes emotional suffering.  He desires nothing less than the complete and utter destruction of the Great Detective in body and soul.

Now Gary Lovisi spins a fast paced tale of horror and intrigue that is both suspenseful and poignant, all the while remaining true to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.  “The Baron’s Revenge” is a thrilling sequel to a classic Holmes adventure fans will soon be applauding.

“We are thrilled to have this as both our first release of the new year and also as our first solo effort as a publisher,” Editor In Chief Ron Fortier reported.  “As of Jan. 1st, 2012 Airship 27 Productions titles will be available at the site listed below.”

Airship 27 Productions – Pulps For A New Generation!

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We invite you to visit our new website.

Here you will find two links.  One to our PDF digital store were all our titles are on sale for only $3 as downloads.  Please consider registering an account which will put you on our Newsletter mailing list.

The second link is to our Indy Planet pages, where you can purchase Print-On-Demand hard copies of our titles for $14.95 (plus shipping and handling).  At present we have our latest titles available here and hope to have our entire catalogue added by the end of the year.  Thanks for your continued support.

Friday, January 20, 2012

PULP ARK AWARD VOTING HAS BEGUN!
Tommy Hancock, Pulp Ark Coordinator, announced the end of nominations and the release of the ballot for the second Pulp Ark Awards to be given out at Pulp Ark 2012 in Batesville, AR, April 20-22, 2012.

"We had a fantastic turn out in terms of nominations again this year," Hancock stated. "More than 25 publishers represented across the board, this is a ballot that truly reflects not only the popularity that Pulp has today, but also the variety and creativity within the field."

Listed below is the Ballot qualified voters received today. Only those who nominated a work or individual in one of the categories are qualified to vote. Voting will end on February 20, 2012 with winners announced soon after.

If you did nominate someone and did not receive a ballot, please email Hancock at proseproductions@earthlink.net and this will be corrected.

There will also be a Pulp Ark 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award given. This will be selected by a committee already chosen and results will be announced on or before February 21, 2012.


Best Novel Nominees
Yesteryear by Tommy Hancock-Pro Se Productions
Deadly Games by Bobby Nash-BEN Books
The Damned Thing by Barry Reese-Wildcat Books
Wake of the Red Mistress by Teel James Glenn-Eternal Press
Sentinels: Stellarax by Van Allen Plexico-White Rocket Books
Damballa by Charles Saunders-Airship 27 Productions
Hammered by Kevin Hearne-Random House
Viktoriana by Wayne Reinagel-Knightraven Studios
Misty Johnson, Supernatural Dick in Capitol Hell by R. P. Steeves-Seven Realms Publishing
Truly Deeply Disturbed by Andrew Nienaber-Postmortem Press
The Halloween Legion by Martin Powell-Wildcat Books
Dark Destiny by Jeff Melton-Jeff Melton
The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage-Desert Demons by Will Murray-Altus Press
Fortune’s Pawn by Nancy A. Hansen-Pro Se Productions
Challenger Storm: Isle of Blood by Don Gates-Airship 27 Productions
The Myth Hunter by Percival Constantine-Pulpwork Press (?)
Knight Moves by John G. Hartness-Falstaff Books
Arron of the Black Forest: The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff by Phil Athans and Mel Odom-Arron of the Black Forest Partnership

Best Collection/Anthology Nominees
The Adventures of Fortune McCall by Derrick Ferguson-Pro Se Productions
Lance Star: Sky Ranger Volume 3 by Various-Airship 27 Productions
Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars by Various- White Rocket Books
Hugh Monn, Private Detective by Lee Houston, Jr- Pro Se Productions
Shadows of New York by Teel James Glenn- BooksforaBuck.com
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray by Barry Reese-Pro Se Productions
How the West was Weird II by Various-Pulpwork Press
The Game by Various -Seven Realms Publishing
The Beer Chronicles: Tales from the Paddy Rodriguez Pub by Scott Lange-Postmortem Press
The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files by Various-Moonstone
The Rook Volume Six by Barry Reese-Pro Se Productions
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Volume 3 by various-Airship 27 Productions
Mystery Men and Women Volume 2 by Various-Airship 27 Productions
Four Bullets for Dillon by Derrick Ferguson-Pulpwork Press
Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts by Various-Kerlak Publishing

Best Short Story Nominees
Sting of the Yellowjacket By Howard Hopkins from the Green Hornet Casefiles-Moonstone
Red Badge Attacks by Mark S. Halegua and Andrew Salmon from Mystery Men and Women Vol II-Airship 27 Productions
Sherringford Bell: The Scandal of the Bohemian by Ken Janssens from Pro Se Presents #1-Pro Se Productions
A Bargain with Bandit Ping by Teel James Glenn from Tales of Old Magazine-Tales of Old
The Adventure of the Towne Manor Haunting by Andrew Salmon in Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Volume 3-Airship 27 Productions
Gunmen of the Hollow Earth by Joel Jenkins from How the West Was Weird: Campfire Tales-Pulpwork Press
Vengeance is Mine by Ron Fortier from the Avenger: The Justice Inc Files-Moonstone
Storms of Blood and Snow by Derrick Ferguson from How the West was Weird Volume II - Pulpwork Press
Misty Johnson and the Monsters of the Caribbean by R. P. Steeves from The Game- Seven Realms Publishing
Sewer Rats-C. Bryan Brown from Dark Doorways: Best of Post Mortem Press-Post Mortem Press
Death with a Glint of Bronze by Sean Taylor from Dreams of Steam II:Nuts and Bolts-Kerlak Publishing
Bastion of the Black Sorcerer by Van Allen Plexico from Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars-White Rocket Books
Summer of Death by Barry Reese from The Green Hornet Casefiles-Moonstone
Clockworks by William Preston from Asimov’s-Asimov’s
The Devil’s Workmen by Barry Reese from The Avenger: The Justice, Inc. Files-Moonstone
Shortages-Lee Houston Jr. from Hugh Monn, Private Detective-Pro Se Productions
Dock Doyle by Adam Garcia from Mystery Men and Women volume 2-Airship 27 Productions
The Hunter Island Adventure by Wayne Reinagel from Pro Se Presents #3-Pro Se Productions
Felony Fists by Paul Bishop-Fight Card
Romney Marsh, The Scarecrow of Space by Phil Bledsoe-Phil Bledsoe
Dillon and the Bad Ass Belt Buckle by Derrick Ferguson from Four Bullets for Dillon-Pulpwork Press
The Real Magic by H. David Blalock from Dreams of Steam II-Kerlak Publishing
Beast of the Black Hills by Tony Wilson from How The West was Weird II-Pulpwork Press

Best Cover Nominees
Challenger Storm: The Isle of Blood by Wm. Michael Kaluta - Airship 27 Productions
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray by Anthony Castrillo-Pro Se Productions
Hugh Monn, Private Detective by David Russell-Pro Se Productions
Pro Se Presents #3, ‘The Hunter Island Adventure’ by Wayne Reinagel-Pro Se Productions
How The West Was Weird II by Jim Rugg-Pulpwork Press
Mars McCoy, Space Ranger by Chad Hardin-Airship 27 Productions
Strange Gods of the Dire Planet by MD Jackson-Pulpwork Press
These Trespasses by Philip R. Rogers-Post Mortem Press
The Halloween Legion by Danny Kelly-Wildcat Books
Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars by James Burns-White Rocket Books
The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage: Desert Demons by Joe DeVito-Altus Press
The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files by E.M. Gist-Moonstone
Creeping Dawn: Rise of the Black Centipede by David Russell-Pro Se Productions
Mystery Men and Women Volume 2 by Mike Fyles-Airship 27 Productions
The Damned Thing by Jason Levesque-Wildcat Books
Arron of the Black Forest: The Haunting of Dragon’s Cliff- by Keith Birdsong-Arron of the Black Forest Partnership
Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts by Darrell Osborn-Kerlak Publishing

Best Interior Art Nominees
Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars-Chris Kohler-White Rocket Books
The Rook Volume Six –Anthony Castrillo-Pro Se Productions
Yesteryear-Pete Cooper-Pro Se Productions
Robin Hood: Arrow of Justice-Rob Davis
Challenger Storm: Isle of Blood-Wm. Kaluta-Airship 27 Productions
The Damned Thing-Kevin Duncan-Wildcat Books
Lance Star Sky Ranger, Volume 3-Shannon Hall-Airship 27 Productions
Sentinels: Stellarax-Chris Kohler-White Rocket Books
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray-George Sellas-Pro Se Productions
Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Volume 3-Rob Davis-Airship 27 Productions
Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede-Pete Cooper-Pro Se Productions
Green Lama: Case of the Final Column-Mike Fyles-Altus Press
The Hunter Island Adventure-Wayne Reinagel-Pro Se Productions
The Silver Pentacle-Peter Cooper-Pro Se Productions

Best Pulp Related Comic Nominees
Green Hornet Year One-Dynamite
Domino Lady Vs. The Mummy-Moonstone
All-Star Pulp Comics #1-Airship 27 Productions
Warlord of Mars-Dynamite Comics
Atomic Robo: Deadly Art of Science-Red 5 Comics
Beware…The Frog Men from Neptune!-215Ink Comics
Mystery Men-Marvel Comics
The Lone Ranger-Dynamite Comics
The Spirit-DC Comics
Vic Boone-215Ink Comics
Kolchak The Night Stalker-Moonstone

Best Pulp Magazine Nominees
Startling Stories- Wildcat Books
Pro Se Presents-Pro Se Productions
Dark Worlds –Rage Machine Press

Best Pulp Revival Nominees
Green Hornet Year One-Dynamite Comics
More Tales of Zorro-Moonstone
Return of the Monsters-Moonstone
The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage: Desert Demons-Altus Press
Jim Anthony-Mark of Terror -Airship 27 Productions
The Return of The Originals-Moonstone

Best New Character Nominees
Dr. Dusk created by Mike Bullock
John Blackthorn created by Van Plexico
Hairy Khetar created by Teel James Glenn
Nicholas Saint created by Tommy Hancock
Damballa created by Charles Saunders
Dock Doyle created by Adam Garcia
Misty Johnson created by R. P. Steeves
Doc Thunder created by Thomas Deja
Vic Boone created by Shawn Aldridge
Jeremiah Courage created by Jeff Melton
Violet Cambridge created by Barry Reese
Challenger Storm created by Don Gates
Red Badge created by Mark Halegua
The Black Centipede created by Chuck Miller
Elisa Hill, The Myth Hunter created by Percival Constantine
The Impostor created by Richard Lee Byers
Bubba the Monster Hunter created by John G. Hartness
Arron of the Black Forest crated by Phil Athans and Mel Odom

Best Author Nominees
Tommy Hancock
Howard Hopkins
I.A. Watson
Nancy Hansen
Teel James Glenn
Kevin Hearne
Joshua Reynolds
Derrick Ferguson
Martin Powell
Van Plexico
Ed Brubaker
Barry Reese
William Preston
Adam Garcia
Wayne Reinagel
Richard Lee Byers
John G. Hartness
Allan Gilbreath
Paul Bishop
Percival Constantine

Best New Writer Nominees
Danny Wall
Mark S. Halegua
MD Perkins
Don Gates
R.P. Steeves
Sean Taylor
Shannon Hall
Jeff Melton
Chuck Miller

Press Release: Airship 27 Hangar Prepares for Liftoff


New Pulp publisher Airship 27 announced today the opening of their new website, the Airship 27 Hangar, featuring direct links to purchase Airship 27 books in both digital and physical editions. 



“Now our fans can find all books with one click of their mouse button,” Airship 27 Managing Editor-in-Chief Ron Fortier announced.  “These new internet shops have allowed us to drop the prices of our product while maintaining the high standard of quality our readers have come to expect from Airship 27 Productions.  These steps insure our continued growth with dozens of great new titles now in the planning stages.”

“Expect our first title of 2012 to be released within the next week,” Fortier continued.  “Both Rob and me are very, very excited about the future of Airship 27 Productions.”

Press Release: The Shadow Returns!

THE SHADOW #1 ONGOING SERIES BY GARTH ENNIS!

IN STORES APRIL 2012!!!

January 16th, 2012, Runnemede, NJ - Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Shadow returns to comic stores written by the man born to write him - Garth Ennis. The artist joining Garth will be Aaron Campbell. Featuring covers by fan favorite artists Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Jae Lee and John Cassaday. The Shadow #1 his stores in April 2012!

In the first issue of the ONGOING SERIES, it's 1938 and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all... but what that might be, only the Shadow knows. Be sure to get The Shadow #1 in April 2012!

"The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven't gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this side of the Atlantic," says writer Garth Ennis. "It makes a kind of bloody, bullet-riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later."

"The Shadow is an awesome character in an awesome time," adds artist Aaron Campbell. "I mean what's not to like? You have the old school mystique of eastern mysticism wrapped up with a badass gunslinger!"

"Garth is a writer who was born to write The Shadow," states Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Not since Howard Chaykin's acclaimed mini-series have I been this excited for a Shadow series. Garth will take The Shadow to a new level, and Aaron will compliment his scripts well. I cannot wait for fans to see Garth's take on the character!"

Garth Ennis is a Northern Irish comics writer, best known for his immensely successful revival of Marvel Comics' Punisher franchise and the DC/Vertigo series Preacher, co-created with artist Steve Dillon.

His work is characterized by extreme violence, black humor, profanity, an interest in male friendship, an antagonistic relationship with organized religion, and irreverence towards superheroes. Frequent artistic collaborators include Steve Dillon, Glenn Fabry, Carlos Ezquerra and John McCrea. Garth Ennis' current work includes Dynamite's hit series The Boys.

The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in pulp magazines, then on 1930s radio and then in a wide variety of media, that follow the exploits of the title character, a crime-fighting vigilante in the pulps, which carried over to the airwaves as a "wealthy, young man about town" with psychic powers. One of the most famous pulp heroes of the 20th century, The Shadow has also been featured in comic books, comic strips and at least five motion pictures.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Undercover Reviews: JUST BEFORE THE DAWN

Pulp Fiction Reviews by Ron Fortier
JUST BEFORE THE DAWN
By Bonnie Kozek

A while back I read a book called THRESHOLD that impressed me greatly.  It was modern day, grunge thriller written by a truly fearless writer.  Kozek’s prose, like her protagonist, Honey McGuiness, is not for the faint of heart.  Honey is a broken soul, abused constantly by her father as a child, tossed from one foster home to another; her life has been nothing but a constant swim through the sewers of society.  In that first outing, Honey, with the help of a selfless, naïve police officer, helped topple a corrupt administration and almost got both of them killed in the process.  By the book’s end, she was packing it up for parts unknown.

Which, as it turned out, became an out of the way burg called Pie Town.  As this sequel opens, Honey is working in a restaurant/bar in the small hamlet and slowly getting accustomed to the eccentricities of the colorful locals.  Still there is a recurring oddity about Pie Town, all its young people run off the second they finish high school, leaving the town to children and seniors.  But Honey isn’t a private eye and solving mysteries really isn’t her thing.  Getting by is and as a expert survivor who has taken the worst this world can dish out, she’s lulled herself into thinking Pie Town is a safe, boring corner into which she can crawl and disappear.

Sadly that assumption is the furthest from the truth.  Pie Town harbors a dark and unholy secret and when Honey is kidnapped by a psycho killer operating a sex cult in the nearby woods, she begins a descent into a drug induced hell that is both horrifying and mind-numbing.  Kozek doesn’t spare any of the details of Honey’s sexual degradation and continues to explore her twisted, wounded psyche every painful step of the way.  This book is one woman’s personal journey to that hell and the writing is as sharp and brutal as a razor blade.  It cuts…often.  Still, it is never sensationalized and believe me, that is incredible.  Oh, I am positive there will be readers and critics who will decry it as such, calling the shock-value a gimmick.  They’re wrong.  Like any exploration of the human condition, one has to peel away the layers to find then gristle and bone beneath.  That process is never pretty.  It is real.

And despite its in-your-face portrayal of abject cruelty, JUST BEFORE THE DAWN manages to find a glimmer of hope and salvation at its conclusion.  It may be fragile at best, but then again, in the real world, there are no guarantees.  Each of us gets by, if we’re lucky, with a little help from our friends.  Honey McGuinness is one of the most memorable characters you will ever encounter, if you’ve got the fortitude to take the trip.
Good luck.


Table Talk: Reader Questions 3.0


Reader questions continue to enter arrive at the Table Talk offices. So, this week, Barry Reese, Bobby Nash and Mike Bullock take some time to respond to two readers and their great questions.

Question (Mark Holmes): I first met Bobby Nash after reading a comic he co-wrote titled Domino Lady vs Mummy. I personally thought the writing on the book completely missed the main focus of the story. I contacted Bobby and his co-author. Bobby answered me and we had a pretty lively discussion about the book. His co-author never replied to my e-mail. He acted like a complete professional where as I acted too emotionally.
Having said that I still have the same opinion about the book. I have read and enjoyed other samples of Bobby's work. Generally how do you guys as writers take negative feedback from a story and have you ever agreed with negative feedback?

Bobby: I appreciate the fact that someone takes the time to write. It’s always great when it’s positive feedback, but even when it’s negative feedback I still appreciate the fact that the person writing not only plunked down their hard-earned money for the book, but that they also took the time to look me up and write to me.

While I hope that everything I work on will be well received I realize that there will always be some that don’t like it. I don’t like reading negative reviews of my work, I’m sure no one does, but it comes with the territory. Mark and I had lively discussions about the book on my website and on Facebook. Mark was very passionate in his comments and his explanation of why he did not like the comic book in question (and he had some good and valid points) because he cared about the characters and the story. I enjoyed our discussion because it was about the work, the book, and the characters. It wasn’t a “you suck” type of discussion. I’ve seen many of those on comic book sites and forums and I always feel bad for the creators that are being trashed. I think our discussion went very well and Mark and I still have the occasional friendly chat via Facebook.

Not only did I come out of the experience with a new friend, but Mark read some of my other work afterward, which he informed me he liked better than the Domino Lady/Mummy comic. Had our discussion gone differently, or I not responded to his comments, that might not have happened. I love talking with people about the work and it’s great when someone takes the time to write.

Thanks for the question, Mark.

Barry: Well, we all want everyone to love our work but that’s just not possible. I’ve gotten some negative feedback along the way – some of it of the mean-spirited variety. One guy posted a review of one of my books that was incredibly vitriolic, to the point where I wondered if I’d kicked the guy’s dog or something and forgotten about it. He really seemed to take his dislike of my work to a personal level. But it was kind of funny how extreme it was so I actually passed it around to people, asking them to read it! When it comes to the over-the-top negativity, I try not to let it hurt my feelings and tell myself that even if that person doesn’t like it, I’ve accomplished an awful lot so I must be better than they said.

If it’s a legitimate set of criticisms, I certainly listen to them and try to see if there are things there that I might want to incorporate going forward. I’ve changed things after seeing people’s comments, to be sure. And there are certainly criticisms I’ve read that I immediately recognized, because I was afraid that was a weakness in the work when I wrote it.

Mike: I actually enjoy getting negative feedback more than praise. While it's great to hear people say they love my work, there's something of a challenge in getting negative feedback. If someone can articulate why they didn't like something that is. If all I get is [paraphrase] that sucks [/paraphrase] they I simply disregard it. But, as Bobby says, if someone plunked down their cash and then took the time to give a well thought out critique, it helps me grow as a writer and gives me a virtual viewpoint of my work I wouldn't have otherwise.

Great question, Mark.

Question (C William Russette): When it comes to the germ of the tale what comes first most often: one of the main characters, the story or the world? Why do you think that is?

Bobby: It varies from project to project, but for me it often starts with a character and a question. With my schedule, especially the past several months, I tend to finish one story and immediately start on the next. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always leave me with a lot of time to plot ahead. I don’t do outlines because when it comes time to write the story I feel like I’ve already done it because I spent all that time on the outline.

I usually start with a character and ask “What if...?” Sometimes it’s the main character of the story as in my story for Barry’s upcoming Tales of The Rook anthology. “What if The Rook were trapped in a fire?” From there I start with our hero, The Rook stepping into a trap and the room bursting into flames around him. Then I follow the character to see where he goes next.

Sometimes it’s a character created for the story as in my story for the upcoming The Spider anthology. “What if a psychic has a vision of herself and Nita Van Sloan being chased by a monster that she thinks is The Spider because she sees him in the vision as well?” In that story I start with a character who will interact with our heroes and follow that character through to their meeting. In both of those instances it all started with character. I had to get to know those characters and then watch how that character handled that particular situation.

Even if I have a story idea, it would turn out differently considering which character was dropped into it. The Rook handles being trapped in a burning building differently than Doc Savage or The Avenger would. The story adjusts to fit the character. I try never to adjust the character to fit the story because then it won’t feel true and the character will be written “out of character.”

Barry: It varies every time. Right now I’m working on a Thunder Jim Wade tale for Pulp Obscura and in that case, I started by understanding the character and then reading all the old stories – then I said “What’s a plot that would feel right for this character and wouldn’t be a repeat of what’s been done before?” So in that case, I started with the character and then came up with a story. But there are certainly times, I’ve had the setting first or a plot with no characters to begin with. It really depends.

Mike: For me, just as with Barry and Bobby, it varies greatly. Xander sprang to life in my head as a character with no story other than the one I imagined that spawned him and gave him his mission. Conversely, with Dr. Dusk, I had the story and built the character to suit it.

Inspiration has a mind of its own and seems to come from all angles, hurtling along in any number of different vectors.

Bobby: Sometimes the characters take on a life of their own and you follow where they lead.

Mike: Exactly. It's as if we're just reporters following them around chronicling their adventures. Man, the very idea of that gig makes my adrenalin pump!