Sunday, November 18, 2018

All-Star Pulp Comics Now Available!

ALL-STAR PULP COMICS Volume 4 REDBUD STUDIO & AIRSHIP 27 presents this newest issue featuring three amazing heroes: Mask of the Gargoyle (created by Dario Carrasco) as he battles remnants of the Third Reich in “Rockets Red Glare”; golden age comics great The Veiled Lady as she takes on crooked government officials in “The Veiled Avenger” and; Major Liberty, where the U.S. Army debuts its very own super-heroine “Operation: American Maid.” Amazing pulp comic adventures featuring writer Ron Fortier with artists Montos, Kevin Broden and Kevin Wiggins. Edited by Rob Davis. This is 40 pages of non-stop action pulp style!  Cover by Rob Davis pits our three heroes against an army of ninjas.

Available from Amazon.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

PRINCESSES GET PULPY! NEW SUBMISSIONS CALL OPEN FROM PRO SE PRODUCTIONS


Known for innovative ideas, Pro Se Productions, a Publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, also often takes inspiration from other sources. The work of an artist shared on social media proved to lead to such a moment as Pro Se announces open submission calls for ‘PRINCESSES OF PULP’, a new anthology slated for release in 2019-20.

“It’s amazing,” says Pro Se Productions Editor in Chief Tommy Hancock, “when someone’s work not only makes me go ‘Wow, that’s awesome’, but also leads to an idea. That happened today when the work of artist Astor Alexander made its rounds on social media. Taking his cue from Disney movies, Alexander created several images featuring Disney’s version of fairy tale princesses as Noir characters. This simply blew me away and gave a new spark to an old general idea that Pro Se has played with before- taking folklore, fairy tales, myths, and other such stories and having writers do a Pulpy take on them. So, to follow up Pro Se’s ONCE UPON A SIXGUN, TALL PULP, and PULPOLOGY, we are now taking submissions for PRINCESSES OF PULP, giving writers the opportunity to reimagine either well known Fairy Tale princesses or even little known female leads in such stories into explorers, shadowy avengers, nearly superhuman team leaders, or any other Pulpy type character they might fit.”

Proposals for PRINCESSES OF PULP must be 1-3 paragraphs long and completely outline an overall synopsis, from beginning to end, of the proposed story. These stories are to be retellings of fairy tales from any country, popular or obscure, that originally featured female leads, either princesses or simply women, and must feature those same characters in the retelling. The retelling can be any genre considered Pulp, which would include westerns, detective mysteries, weird tales, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and more. Pro Se staff will determine if the concept is ‘pulpy’ enough for acceptance.

Proposals are to be sent to submissions@prose-press.com.

Stories must be 8-10,000 words in length. Writers who have not submitted to Pro Se before must submit a four-page writing sample with their proposal. Proposals will be accepted until November 10th or until all available slots are filled. Completed stories will be due by February 10th, 2019.

For more information on this submissions call, contact Hancock at editorinchief@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.

Friday, November 16, 2018

FRANK SCHILDINER’S TAKE ON CLASSIC PULP RETURNS! ‘THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THUNDER JIM WADE VOLUME THREE’ DEBUTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Hero from the Past Thunders to life once More! Pro Se Productions proudly presents the latest volume in its PULP OBSCURA series-THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THUNDER JIM WADE VOLUME THREE: TOMB OF ANCIENT EVIL by Frank Schildiner!

“Thunder Jim Wade,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “was a character created to basically ride the coattails of the success of Doc Savage. His effectiveness was hampered by some writing issues as well as packaging in terms of pulp covers. What Thunder Jim Wade does have, however, was more than enough for Frank Schildiner to take and mold into a timeless hero ready to take on eternal evils like no other Pulp hero ever. Frank’s third Thunder Jim Wade novel takes Jim and his companions even further into the edges of action and adventure and, as usual, this book delivers a two-fisted explosive punch!”

Even as men like Jim Wade and his companions furiously push the world forward, long forgotten malevolence once feared and worshipped by humans still lurks, hidden away in antiquity! Thunder Jim discovers that the world’s past can truly come back to haunt…and destroy when he discovers what lies in the TOMB OF ANCIENT EVIL From Pulp Obscura and Pro Se Productions!

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THUNDER JIM WADE VOLUME THREE features a stunning cover by Mikey Fyles and logo design and print formatting by Sean Ali and is available in print at https://www.amazon.com/New-Adventures-Thunder-Wade-Three/dp/1728674638/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540952947&sr=8-1&keywords=thunder+jim+wade+volume+three&fbclid=IwAR3u91CPG31kCdQtvbUbcZZIvZCGGjXy2eyOqmGFEh8MpZYDWJOXWBzl0mw and on Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com/store for $6.99.

TOMB OF ANCIENT EVIL is also available as an eBook formatted by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/New-Adventures-Thunder-Wade-Three-ebook/dp/B07JQN7RKL/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1540952947&sr=8-1&fbclid=IwAR0oNz_csh_CLmmod7Si0a_GypmN5qRCc2-G99lYrpsh5rhCEwrLQwqAahU for only $2.99. The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, contact Kristi Morgan, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, 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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS SUN KOH : HEIR TO ATLANTIS

Airship 27 Productions answers the question, “Who is Sun Koh?”

During the 1930s German pulp writer Paul Muller wrote a series of adventures featuring his hero, Sun Koh: Heir of Atlantis. From the very start he was intended to an Aryan version of America’s Doc Savage. Like Savage he was larger than life and accompanying him on his adventurers was a group of loyal, unique individuals. Whereas Doc Savage was a man of science and his companions all experts in various technical fields, Sun-Koh’s stories were slanted towards mythology and mysticism. He was supposedly a time-traveler from the sunken continent of Atlantis, a member of the royal family and master of arcane abilities. Although there were plenty of super scientific gizmos in his adventures, it was the magic that took center stage. His aides were magicians, immortals and religious Hindu assassins. Quite an eclectic mix.

In 2010, in the midst of the New Pulp explosion, Dr. Art Sippo wrote a brand-new adventure novel featuring these characters. “Sun-Koh: Heir of Atlantis.” It premiered to rousing acclaim by pulp fans and a sequel was planned. Sadly that second book never materialized and eight years later, the first book is out of print. Now Airship 27 Productions is about to rectify all that. Ron Fortier, Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, entered into an agreement with Dr. Sippo to reprint “Sun-Koh: Heir to Atlantis.” 

“We couldn’t be happier,” Fortier reported after getting Dr. Sippo’s green light. “Whatever one’s thoughts on this German-based character, he clearly has a place in the history of pulps and Art has written a whopping great book that demands to stay in print and we at Airship 27 are going to see it does.”

Now Dr. Art Sippo’s controversial New Pulp offering returns in this newly expanded Airship 27 edition with an introduction by Pulp Factory Award winner writer, Andrew Salmon and interior illustrations by Art Director Rob Davis and a stunning cover by Adam Shaw. The book also contains a Bonus Back-Up feature spotlighting Sun Koh’s amazing crew.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available from Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PUBLISHER RELEASES FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK- ‘FUNNY ZOMBIE’ CREATED BY TWELVE YEAR OLD DEBUTS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pro Se Productions, a publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, proudly announces its first foray into books aimed at a very special audience-children under the age of 8.  As a part of Pro Se’s YOUNGPULP! imprint, FUNNY ZOMBIE by Kailee Hancock and illustrated by Jo Sumrall is now available in print and digital formats.

“Children’s books,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “and I mean those that are aimed at small children, are something that Pro Se has looked at for a while. Other companies have made that leap and we’ve considered it, but have waited on an idea that would fit what we do perfectly, be different enough to be a Pro Se book and still be enjoyed by kids.  And it just so happens my own daughter, Kailee, had that very idea when she was five years old. It has taken seven years to get FUNNY ZOMBIE turned into images and text that could be made into a book, but we are finally here and I am so proud of Kailee and the work Jo Sumrall has put into this volume as well. Kailee, at her present age of twelve, did a rewrite of the book as she originally wrote it at age five, and it’s now time for the world at large to meet the most unique and diverse bunch of friends in any book ever. FUNNY ZOMBIE is a small child’s view of the world through the eyes of beings that we normally see as scary, but really can be just like us as well.”

FUNNY ZOMBIE is a book for small children written by Kailee Hancock. Now twelve years old, Kailee first created Funny Zombie when she was five. Now this unique character and his entire host of spooky and humorous friends star in their own children's book. From Vampire Vance to Smiley the Ghost to Funny himself, the crew of characters in this book show kids and adults how to be friends with all kinds of people and how to simply be yourself and enjoy life as you! Whimsically illustrated by Jo Sumrall, FUNNY ZOMBIE is definitely a children's book like no other and will be a hit with kids of all ages.

FUNNY ZOMBIE features a hauntingly cute cover and matching interiors by Jo Sumrall and logo design and print formatting by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina and is available in print for $10.99 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1728960959?keywords=funny+zombie+hancock&qid=1540679858&sr=8-2-fkmrnull&ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2 and on Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com/store.

The first Pro Se children’s book is also available as an eBook for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQLB56M?keywords=funny+zombie+hancock&qid=1540679858&sr=8-1-fkmrnull&ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1for only $3.99. The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, contact Kristi Morgan, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, 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/ProSeProduction.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS COLLECTS JEZEBEL JOHNSTON SERIES IN BIRTH OF A BUCCANEER

Several years ago, popular New Pulp writer Nancy Hansen created a pirate series based on the life and exploits of a Caribbean Island girl named Jezebel Johnston; the daughter of a bordello madam and a British freebooter.  At the age of 14, longing for a life of seafaring adventure, Jezebel disguises herself as a boy and signs on to a pirate ship.

All that is told in the first book, “Devil’s Handmaid.” Hansen continued the girl’s story in three subsequent sequels, “Queen of Anarchy,” “Sea Witch” and “Mourning Star.” Now Airship 27 Productions has collected all four in one omnibus volume, “Birth of a Buccaneer.”

“It was time for this collection,” says Airship 27 Production’s Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “All too often we’d be at a pulp convention and people would come to our table only to learn certain volumes were sold out, or new readers couldn’t find the first book. After some discussion with Nancy, all of us agreed the saga had in fact reached a critical point and was about to move on to an entire new phase in Jezebel’s life. Ergo this was the best point to do a collection.”

Colorado based artist Kevin A. Johnson signed on to do the cover and Art Director and book designer Rob Davis assembled all four volumes to include all his previous interior illustrations, for a grand total of 36. “After Legends of New Pulp Fiction, this is the biggest book we’ve ever released, at 638 pages,” Fortier adds. “We’re sure Nancy’s fans are going to be thrilled with it while we look forward to her fifth novel in this amazing on-going saga.”

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON IN PAPERBACK AND ON KINDLE.


Monday, November 12, 2018

RIP: Stan Lee Is Dead at 95; Superhero of Marvel Comics


"Under Mr. Lee, Marvel transformed the comic book world by imbuing its characters with the self-doubts and neuroses of average people, as well an awareness of trends and social causes and, often, a sense of humor.

"In humanizing his heroes, giving them character flaws and insecurities that belied their supernatural strengths, Mr. Lee tried “to make them real flesh-and-blood characters with personality,” he told The Washington Post in 1992.

“That’s what any story should have, but comics didn’t have until that point,” he said. “They were all cardboard figures.”

-- from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/obituaries/stan-lee-dead.html

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

[Link] Pick Up A Bad Habit

by The Wandering Quille

Since I started this blog, I've been trying to figure out something that I could do that hasn't been done a thousand times before. All the advice I know has been given by far better bloggers than I and far better than I'm capable of. The Moments of the Week slowed to a boring crawl. I don't want to be the jerk who just talks about me.

But you know what I've realized? I am really good at making lists. And between writing and years of playing tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons, I've come to enjoy making characters and helping others make them. So why not continue making lists like the hobbies one to help other people with their character creation? Most likely, this won't be a long-running thing, as there are only so many lists needed for character and world building, but I guarantee, you'll be able to find it here.

Today, we're looking at bad habits. No character is perfect. Everyone's got these little quirks that they know they should work on fixing. Pick one or two (or more!) for your characters to make them more well-rounded and maybe give them something to improve about themselves.

Read the full article: http://thewanderingquille.blogspot.com/2016/06/pick-up-bad-habit.html

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Falstaff Books annouces Cabinet of Aberrations by Judy Black!


If Sam Winchester was the illustrated lady in a traveling sideshow in the 1900s, he'd be Hazel Finnegan.

Hazel has a power, and with that power, a responsibility. She hunts down the things that go bump in the night, and once she kills them, traps them into her skin via magical tattoo transference. Then she can call upon the monsters she's vanquished to help her take out other baddies. But she may have bitten off more than she can chew this time.

The troll was big, dumb, and strong as an ox, but that wasn't the real threat. The real threat lurks in the woods, and just maybe in whatever made her father disappear…

The Shadow Council Archives are historical novellas set in the universe of the Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter books. They are the tales of folklore and legend collected by The Shadow Council in the centuries since their founding.

Get your copy on Amazon.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Geek's Guide announces Unlocking Your Super Powers by Frank Fradella!

 The Geek's Guide Program — Unlocking Your Super Powers — is available to you as three different paths: a manual and workbook, a self-directed video course, or 6-week live coaching program. Each one has its own benefits, but the 9 life-altering tools are included in each one!

"What can this do for me?"

No matter where you are in your particular journey, the Geek's Guide can help you level up. If you're feeling stuck, or limited in your possibilities; if you're suffering from depression or anxiety, or even if you're already on the road to better things, the program is designed to help you shift your point of view and give you 9 tools that enable you to make rapid, radical change.

The Geek's Guide Program delivers the same concepts used by everyone from Tony Robbins to Plato, but focuses them through the lens of science fiction, fantasy, comics, and gaming so you get the tools while celebrating these things we love. It's an amazing time to be a geek!

https://geeksguideprogram.com/

Friday, August 17, 2018

BEN Books forecast calls for lots of Snow!

GREAT NEWS! The SNOW Series 1, Vol. 1 collection from BEN Books is now available in paperback at Barnes and Noble and the Book Depository as well as Amazon. Currently, Amazon and Barnes and Noble are listing the title at 20% off!

Barnes and Noble: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/snow-bobby-nash/1129048512
Book Depository: www.bookdepository.com/Snow-Bobby-Nash/9781721943395
Amazon: www.amazon.com/Snow-1-Bobby-Nash/dp/1721943390

SNOW SERIES 1 VOL. 1 collects the first 3 SNOW stories [SNOW FALLS, SNOW STORM, and SNOW DRIVE], written by award-winning author Bobby Nash together for the first time.

Learn more about SNOW at https://ben-books.blogspot.com/p/snow.html

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nugget #145 -- New Pulp, Revisited

I think New Pulp is in a pretty enviable spot right now. 
Now that it’s outgrown its source material and can 
play with style instead of just characters or settings, 
New Pulp is literally being made and remade every day.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

[Link] MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

by Bryn Donovan   

Hey there! Lots of writers liked my list of facial expressions, so I thought I would do a companion post about gestures and body language. Describing these can help readers visualize a scene and get a feel for the characters, and again, they can set up lines of dialogue so you don’t have a string of he said, she said, he asked, she exclaimed, etc., running down the page.

You might want to consider which gestures or what body language is typical for each of your characters. For instance, one of my characters in the novel I just finished tends to hug herself when she’s nervous, while another has a habit of rubbing at his shoulder when he’s uncomfortable. They only do it a few times each throughout the book, but I think details like that make characters feel more solid.

For a great guide to what body language means, I recommend What Every BODY Is Saying, by former FBI counterintelligence offer Joe Navarro and body language expert Marvin Karlins.

Some of the things in my list are not exactly body language or gestures, but are useful for dialogue tags. As with the last list, I’ve included some different ways to say the same thing. There are some longer phrases and sentences, which you can obviously rewrite and adjust as you like, although you don’t have to. Nothing here is proprietary.

Read the full article: http://www.bryndonovan.com/2015/04/10/master-list-of-gestures-and-body-language-for-writers/

Thursday, August 9, 2018

[Link] 'Elitist': angry book pirates hit back after author campaign sinks website

by  Alison Flood

OceanofPDF was shut down last week after publishers issued hundreds of takedown notices – but authors have been left dealing with angry users

Authors have been called elitist by book pirates, after they successfully campaigned to shut down a website that offered free PDFs of thousands of in-copyright books.

OceanofPDF was closed last week after publishers including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins issued hundreds of takedown notices, with several high-profile authors including Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman raising the issue online. Featuring free downloads of thousands of books, OceanofPDF had stated on its site that it sought to make information “free and accessible to everyone around the globe”, and that it wanted to make books available to people in “many developing countries where … they are literally out of reach to many people”.

Before the site was taken down, one of its founders told the Bookseller that it was run by a team of four who worked based on user requests: “Once we get an email from a user requesting a book that he/she cannot afford/find in the library or if he has lost it, we try to find it on their behalf and upload on our site so that someone in future might also get it.”

Michelle Harrison, who won the Waterstones children’s book prize for her debut novel The Thirteen Treasures, drew attention to OceanofPDF after receiving a Google alert about a free download of her book Unrest. She then downloaded it “in a matter of seconds”.

“I was gobsmacked when I read a statement on the site admitting that reading pirated material wasn’t good because it doesn’t earn authors any money,” Harrison said on Wednesday. “Users of the site were encouraged to ‘leave reviews’ so that the author at least got some benefit!” After she received no reply to an email request to have her books removed, she tried Twitter. “I received a brazen response along the lines of, ‘What if someone already bought the books and lost them, or is travelling and doesn’t want to carry extra weight?’” she said.

After the site was closed down, Harrison shared an email she received from one OceanofPDF user, who called her “unworthy of being an author” and “grossly elitist.”


Read the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/aug/08/elitist-angry-book-pirates-ocean-of-pdf-author-campaign-website

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nugget #144 -- Skirting Magical Realism

I think somewhere deep inside me is a magical realism 
writer who likes to paint the edges of my work 
with extraordinary stuff from time to time.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

[Link] Writing books won't make you rich and other findings...

Editor note: File this one under "Duh."

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by L'atelier des écrivains (The Writers' Workshop, France)

  • Lack of confidence and time hinders writers’ ability
  • Writing books won’t make you rich
  • Lots of people want to write a book but few actually get round to doing so

These were just a few of the findings from our recent survey into writers' ambitions, barriers and opportunities (if you contributed to the survey, thank you!)

Headline statistics include:

  • Almost half (48%) of respondents wanted to write a book but haven’t yet got around to it, while 31% have started but not finished their book. Less than a fifth (19%) have actually started and completed their book.
  • Over half (55%) of those people who hadn’t yet fulfilled their ambition to write a book had been dreaming of writing for “as long as I can remember”.  With 66 per cent of these people being over the age of 35, this equates to a lot of years of wasted time.

Read the full article: https://www.latelierdesecrivains.com/blog/2018/8/6/writing-books-wont-make-you-rich-and-other-findings