Wednesday, August 12, 2020

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTION PRESENTS EL’ARIS

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of a new science-fiction action adventure novel by Wayne Carey; “EL’ARIS.”

After the planet El’aris was first discovered, human colonists enslaved the alien Tz-en. Then they mined the world’s natural resources for themselves. Eventually the Tz-en organized a rebellion with the help of paid intergalactic mercenaries, among which were Tony Michaels and Jon Perry. With the financial backing of the powerful star-spanning Deltan Technologies, they were victorious.

Ten years later, Michaels is summoned back to El’aris. Now it is the Tz-zen who rule with an iron fist subjugating the human Elarans. A desert tribe known as the Skir’ka has begun terrorist attacks on the major trade centers and Deltan Tech wants him to find and kill their leader. His name is Jon Perry.

“Wayne Carey’s new book is like a trip back in time,” says Airship 27 Production’s Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “It recalls the late 60s and early 70s when Ace and Daw paperbacks dominated the spinner racks. Month after month some of the finest science-fiction books were offered by such luminaries as Andre Norton, E.C. Tubb, A.E. Van Vogt, Frederick Pohl, Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov and so-so many more.”

Fortier recalls his teen years devouring those action adventure space operas. “Carey has captured the enthusiasm and magic of those galactic settings with fascinating aliens and truly memorable new worlds.” Artist James Lyle provides the black and white interior illustrations and Ted Hammond the cover with Art Director Rob Davis assembling the package. “This is the first in a new series,” Fortier concludes, “and we can promise our readers one hell of a fun sci-fi ride.”

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available now from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Why So Serious Pulp vs Literature in Genre Fiction

 

Last weekend, the Hoover Public Library, Hoover, Alabama held their annual Scifi/Fantasy Fest online as a Virtual SciFi/Fantasy Fest event this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing measures. I was honored to be part of the event.

If you missed the panels live, they have now been archived and are available on the library's Youtube channel, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/c/hooverlibrary/video

SciFi/Fantasy Fest 2020: Why So Serious Pulp vs Literature in Genre Fiction
Featuring: Van Allen Plexico, Sean Taylor, Jared Millet, Denise Lhamon, and Author Bobby Nash

Monday, August 10, 2020

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUTION PRESENTS BROTHER BONES – TALES OF CAPE NOIRE

Airship 27 Production is thrilled to announce the release of “Brother Bones – Tales of Cape Noire” fifth in the bestselling series by writer/editor Ron Fortier. Only this time Fortier has brought a few friends along to play in his pulp sandbox.

Cape Noire is a bustling, commercial seaport on the northwest coast. It is also an urban jungle where over a million souls reside. Among these are monsters both human and supernatural. Keeping them in check is the skull masked Brother Bones, the Undead Avenger. In this new collection of tales, writers Fred Adams Jr., Andy Fix and Drew Meyer join creator Ron Fortier in presenting the next chapter in Hell’s own backyard.

“The idea for this book came about a few years ago,” Fortier reports. “Several colleagues mentioned the fact that after four books, comics and a RPG game module, many of the supporting characters I’d created showed tons of potential for their own adventures. Realizing that might work, I reached out to my three amigos and asked if each would like to take on one of these figures in a new story. This book is the result of their overwhelmingly happy replies.”

Dr. Bugosi, the Mad Scientist of Cape Noire is dead and Harry Beest, the gorilla mobster, is assailed on all fronts as he tries to salvage the dead man’s journals. Meanwhile the sexy vampire, Sister Blood encounters a creature descended of island magic while trying to save a friend. At the same time Lt. Dan Rains hunts a kidnapped girl amidst a bloody gang war that threatens to flood in streets in blood.

Here is a mash-up of action, adventure and horror as only the saga of Brother Bones can provide. “Tales of Cape Noire” is a quartet of fevered nightmares you will not soon forget. Pulp Factory Award winning Art Director Rob Davis provides the interior illustrations and artist Michael Stribling provided the stunning cover.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available now from Amazon in both paperback & on Kindle.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

[Link] Authors Ask That Their Work Be Removed From Flashing Swords #6

by Rich Johnston

Flashing Swords! was a series of fantasy anthologies published by Dell Books from 1973 to 1981 under the editorship of Lin Carter. It showcased the heroic fantasy work of the members of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America and included Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber, Dying Earth stories by Jack Vance, the first two parts of the novel The Merman's Children by Poul Anderson, two Amalric the Mangod stories by Lin Carter, the first part of the novel The Incorporated Knight by L. Sprague de Camp, two Elric of Melniboné stories by Michael Moorcock and many more.

Recently Robert M. Price, Carter's literary executor, sought to revive the series with Lin Carter's Flashing Swords #6, to be published next month.

Again with a number of fantasy tales of the old school from some familiar names – including Cliff Biggers, long-standing comic store owner as Dr No's and publisher of Comic Shop News. But he was also a founding member of the amateur press alliance (APA) Myriad, the Atlanta Science Fiction Club for which he wrote and edited their publication Atarantes, and was active in the Southern Fandom Press Alliance, Galaxy, CAPA-Alpha, Apa-5, and other amateur press alliances.

But on the upcoming publication of Flashing Swords #6, the foreword by Robert M Price, as partially seen in an Amazon.com preview, has caused considerable concern by a number of the included authors. Here is one example page from the Amazon 'Look Inside' that is amongst that which has caused concern.

Read the full article:
https://bleedingcool.com/comics/authors-ask-that-their-work-be-removed-from-flashing-swords-6/https://bleedingcool.com/comics/authors-ask-that-their-work-be-removed-from-flashing-swords-6/

Saturday, August 8, 2020

WHO’S WHO in NEW PULP

WHO’S WHO in NEW PULP is now available at Amazon. Here are 222 bios of the finest New Pulp writers, artists, reviewers, editors and publishers. All proceeds from sale of the book to go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Note – all participants can purchase copies directly from Rob Davis – Art Director Airship 27 Production.

Thanks to all who helped make this book possible.

AMAZON LINK

Sunday, July 5, 2020

[Link] A Timeline of Recent Allegations in the Comic Book Industry

Editor's Note: This is too important not to repost.

Believe.


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By Christopher Chiu-Tabet

Since June 15, 2020, when artist/writer Cameron Stewart was widely accused of abusing his clout to prey on aspiring teenage comic book creators, the industry has continued to be rocked by allegations of other prominent figures sexually harassing, assaulting, or coercing their colleagues. Other creators have also begun to speak out about general sexism in the industry.

This list of recent allegations will continue to be updated.

– June 16, 2020: multiple women accuse writer Warren Ellis of similarly preying on them like Stewart, alleging he used his influence to make them feel they owed him sexual relationships. Ellis responded with a statement on June 18, acknowledging he had made “mistakes,” and announced the end of his newsletter. DC subsequently replaced a story he wrote for “Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Knights” with one by writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Jamal Igle.

Artist Patrick Zircher defended Stewart and Ellis, prompting criticism from other creators like Christopher Sebela as well as fans and critics. Zircher subsequently made his Twitter account private, but Nick Hanover explained Zircher often made “weird ‘look at this couple from classic Hollywood who had an age gap relationship’ tweets.”

– June 19, 2020: former Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright was accused by freelance editor Bekah Caden of stalking and harassing her “for over a year.” Starburns Industries Press, where Wright worked as VP and Executive Editor, cut ties with him, as did other publishers and projects he was involved with.

Read the full article.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Back in the Saddle Again

It’s certainly been a while since I was able to show the love to this little blog, huh? Never fear, I’m back and soon enough you’ll see all those articles and interviews you’ve always loved about this site. I’ve even got a couple of specialty things coming to make it more like a min-series podcast from time to time.

And I also wanted to let you know about a new project I started with a few other writers to entertain readers/listeners during their social distancing—Indie Author’s Read! We’re also on YouTube and Facebook.



Feel free to drop by and check out folks like Bobby Nash, Van Allen Plexico, Jen Mulvihill, Robert Krog, James Palmer, and Matt Bieniek reading from their stories and novels. If you’re a writer who would like to take part, just email me at staylor104@aol.com.

And a great big welcome back to all you genre keyboard cowbo—cow personnel.

Friday, July 3, 2020

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS PROUDLY PRESENTS THE ROAD TWICE TRAVELED

Airship 27 Productions, one of the leaders in New Pulp fiction is extremely happy to announce the release of writer R.A. Jones’ latest novel, “The Road Twice Traveled.”

“This is truly unlike anything we’ve ever done,” claims Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “This is a truly remarkable story with a fantasy element remindful of tales that were told on the old Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone television series.”

James Francis sits on a bar stool the night of his 65th birthday reflecting on his sad life. He grew up hating his father, married the wrong girl and was soon divorced. He never had any children or close friends and now he’s alone facing his twilight years. Bitter memories are his sole companions. Or so he believes until he is approached by a funny little man who suggest that he might be able to go back and re-live his life….a second time. Only with one major difference. This time he would make the right decisions. If that were at all possible, would he accept the offer?

And thus begins R.A. Jones’ wonderful tale of a man miraculously given a second chance at life. It is a poignant story that reveals the significance of every choice we make along the journey. Each having endless cause and effect to shape the person we will ultimately become. As for James Francis, his do-over is one filled with love, heartache and forgiveness no reader will ever forget.

“Having the privilege and honor to publish this amazing book is one of the reasons we started Airship 27,” Fortier continues. “It was our hope to not only offer our readers classic action adventure stories ala the classic pulps, but to also find new and original works that would elevate the idea concept of populace fare. In ‘The Road Twice Traveled’, R.A. Jones has created something truly beautiful and it was our pleasure to bring to the rest of the world.  Pulp Factory Award winning Art Director Rob Davis provided soft pencil interior illustrations and designed the cover.

Available now in paperback at Amazon and soon on Kindle.

Friday, January 4, 2019

[Link] Writing with a day job

by Andrea Judy

Most of the writers I know manage some kind of a day job for at least 40 hours a week, but sometimes a lot more than that, as well as all of their writing projects. It can be really hard to figure out ways to manage that and in my case, I don't even have a spouse or kids to complicate my schedule further. What I want to share today are some tips and tricks I’ve found to help manage my energy while spending my day working.

1. Taking a serious look at what my schedule actually looks like.

I know that it may sound a little silly but actually conceptualizing the times that you are committed to anything related to your day job is vital. If your commute is an hour in the morning then you probably can't try and squeeze in an extra 45 minutes of writing without sacrificing some major sleep. If your job allows for remote working then maybe you can easily fit that in first thing in the morning.

Know the reality of your job: do you actually get to take a lunch break where you could write? It's a really vital part of figuring out what times are even available for you to write. Know when the busy seasons are for your day job. If you work in financials than the end of fiscal year is probably going to be a really stressful time for you. By knowing that, you can try to mitigate the number of projects or external creative due dates you have during that time. Be aware of the most stressful times in your job if it follows a pattern like that and try to work around them.

2. What are your priorities? 

Figuring out what projects are the most important to you can really help make sure that when you do you have time to work on your creative endeavors you actually know what to work on. For a long time, I spent a lot of energy spinning my wheels trying to figure out what project I was even supposed to be working on or wanted to work on next. I lost a lot of time by not having my priority set. Now I know what projects I have coming up and what projects I really want to accomplish. It really helps make sure that the limited time I do have is used well.

Read the full article: http://www.judyblackcloud.com/blog/2018/10/15/writing-with-a-day-job

Thursday, January 3, 2019

[Link] It’s All About Writing: Point of View

Authors Kristi Bradley, Pat Sawtelle, and Allan Gilbreath provide insight into the point of view and how it affects your writing with this seminar.

Want to learn more about writing? Check out the other videos on the YouTube Dark Oak Press and Media / It’s All About Writing Channel.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Nugget #147-- Big Rock Candy Writer


Any time can be a good time to reinvent yourself
as a writer, but do so only when it's time to grow
into that new you. Change for the sake of change
is like using turpentine instead of sugar in a
recipe for rock candy. Yuck.


Friday, December 28, 2018

THE DEAD SHERIFF RIDES AGAIN

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to present “Mark Justice’s The Dead Sheriff – Cannibals & Bloodsuckers.”

Before his death in February 2016, radio personality turned pulp writer, Mark Justice wrote “The Dead Sheriff,” a weird western that merged his love of both horror fiction and cowboy movies. Last year Airship 27 Productions proudly produced a new edition of that one and only book. Later, it was learned that Mark had actually begun a second book featuring the creepy lawman and his Indian companion, Sam. After reading the partial manuscript, fellow pulp scribe Ron Fortier volunteered to complete the tale with Mark’s widow, Norma Kay Justice, giving her approval.

“It’s always intimidating to pick up a story from another writer,” Fortier confesses. “At first I’d thought I would find someone else to take the job and I’d merely edit. Instead, while reading through Mark’s original section, it became all to clear to me that we shared the same kind of quirky black humor. In the end, I knew it would be up to me to finish this over-the-top adventure. Now I leave it to Mark’s fans to say if I got it right.”

Starting only months after the conclusion of their first adventure, Sam and journalist, Richard O’Malley, along with the Dead Sheriff, find themselves battling twisted cannibal brothers, a traveling bordello of vampire prostitutes and a demon from hell. Can even the Dead Sheriff survive this Trio of Terror?  Returning to the series were artists Zachary Brunner (cover) and Art Cooper (interior illustrations) with Art Director Rob Davis on book design. This new book also features a special post-script by Mrs. Norma Kay Justice.

So get ready to saddle up for some truly wild and hair raising adventure, pulp fans, as the Dead Sheriff rides again!

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available now at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Holiday Re-Runs -- Favorite Holiday Movies

What are your favorite holiday movies? -- Anonymous

This is going to have to be a list. Sorry.

In no particular order...

Gremlins
Die Hard
The Bishop's Wife
Batman Returns
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Trading Places
Christmas in Connecticut
White Christmas
Holiday Inn
Nightmare Before Christmas
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Muppet Christmas Carol
Santa's Slay
Silent Night, Bloody Night
The Hebrew Hammer
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott)
Die Hard II
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Edward Scissorhands
Krampus
Home Alone (only the first one)

And the ones topping the list:
Rare Exports
Scrooged
It's A Wonderful Life
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (sue me, it's TV)
The Little Drummer Boy (ditto)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (yep)
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Holiday Re-Runs -- Favorite Holiday Stories?


What's your favorite Christmas story? Why?

Well, like in most things I can't pinpoint down to a single favorite, so I'll have to do a list of my top three.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

I tell my family and friends all the time this is the second greatest redemptive story for the holidays. Everything in this story hinges on the moment when every Who down in Whoville (the tall and the small) comes out to sing the joy of Christmas in spite of their missing tinsel and presents. (Which incidently is why I don't like the live-action movie version. It totally changes the mood Ted Geisel was aiming for.)

2. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

One of the most beautiful, most sacrificing love stories every told. Period. The first time I read this I felt sad that the lovers would lose their cherished possession, but each reading since makes me happy for them to have found such love for each other that values the stuff so little ultimately in order to focus on the loved one instead.

3. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

There's a tragic beauty to this incredibly sad story. If I can ever capture the pathos of tragedy in a story as well as Anderson does in this tale, I'll not have written a single word in vain.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

HOLLYWOOD’S AFRICAN AMERICAN SINGING COWBOY RIDES AGAIN IN PROSE! ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE BRONZE BUCKAROO’ DEBUTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From out of the Wild West, gun on his hip, song on his lips, returns a historic hero of the silver screen in brand new stories. THE ADVENTURES OF THE BRONZE BUCKAROO is now available in print and digital formats from Pro Se Productions.

Portrayed by singer/actor Herb Jeffries, The Bronze Buckaroo, Bob Blake, appeared on screens in 1939 as the first African American singing cowboy. Cast in the mold of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, The Buckaroos’ films had one major difference. They sported largely African American casts and were produced by African American companies. With four films usually listed as the Buckaroo’s legacy, this truly great moment in cinema history has been largely forgotten, except for film experts and fans of great stories. THE ADVENTURES OF THE BRONZE BUCKAROO features Robert J. Randisi, John Lutz, Gary Phillips, Christopher Alan Chambers, Frankie Y. Bailey, Michael Gonzales, and Percy Spurlark Parker, each giving their own take on the most unique Singing Cowboy to ever ride into a theater! Load your sixguns, saddle up, and get ready to charge into two-fisted matinee movie action with THE ADVENTURES OF THE BRONZE BUCKAROO!

With a rip-roaring cover and logo design by Jeffrey Hayes and print formatting by Marzia Marina and Antonino Lo Iacono, THE ADVENTURES OF THE BRONZE BUCKAROO is available now at Amazon and Pro Se’s own store for 11.99.

This unique anthology celebrating one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Lo Iacono and Marina for only $2.99 for the Kindle. The book is also available on Kindle Unlimited, which means Kindle Unlimited Members can read for free.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.