Thursday, March 3, 2011





From Pro Se Productions-

A handful of months back, Pro Se announed a line of anthologies it intended to do over the next year.  Those anthologies, four in number, are still in play, but a new concept has been added to the pack, one that is an unique take on a couple of genres and will prove to be a fun, exciting playground for writers to work in.

THE SHAMUS DIRECTIVE is a project developed in concept by Tommy Hancock, but is actually founded in historical context.  Just prior to and all during World War Two, The United States government via the FBI as well as members of the Armed Forces, developed dossiers on all licensed Private Investigators in the country.  A list was then comprised of the ones deemed appropriate and 'good' and they were then considered to be 'cleared' to be used in espionage missions, mostly on the homefront, or missions that regular forces just could not deal with for various reasons.   Several investigators were called on to work on cases due to this list and it even became a popular hook in fiction, especially radio and early television, to have a PI in a show do government work because they were on this list.

THE SHAMUS DIRECTIVE poses the theory that not only was this list compiled, but the people on it were truly the world's greatest detectives and they were formed into sort of a team to handle major issues in conjunction, even maybe saving major parcels of land and people in the process. 

Pro Se's plan is this-We are doing an open call of writers to submit a minimum of a page proposal for a detective character to be included in THE SHAMUS DIRECTIVE.  This must be an homage/pastiche character, the writer's version of an existing type of character (Nero Wolfe, Phillip Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes, etc) and the stories will be set in the 1930s-40s.  If a writer's proposal is accepted, there will be a two story commitment.  The first story will be a case of that writer's character prior to being put on the Directive list, their greatest case within that time frame.  Those will be collected in a sort of SHAMUS DIRECTIVE prologue anthology.  Then, immediately following will be THE SHAMUS DIRECTIVE VOLUME ONE which will be a series of interconnected stories, almost chapters, involving all the characters in a team up to save the day.  If sales and interest warrant it, we will definitely expand into more volumes.

It must also be noted that six slots are open in this concept.  If you are accepted as one of the six, however, and cannot meet deadlines that will be set, then you will be removed from the concept and the remaining writers involved will continue on.  This project will have reasonable, but firm deadlines.

Anyone interested in submitting or needing more details, please email Tommy Hancock at   


From Kevin Paul Shawn Broden

"Blood of a Ghost" Chapter 2 of REVENGE OF THE MASKED GHOST

A masked stranger has invaded the Randolph home and died.
What great secret does he hold?
A new chapter of ROTMG will be posted soon.

Page 22 of 24 of Issue 13 of FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY
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Find out in this week's page of "Looking for a Love Song"
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