Sunday, June 30, 2013


Art: Nik Poliwko

Art: Nik Poliwko
THE WAR CHIEF premieres LIVE from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated!

New Pulp creators, Martin Powell (writer) and Nik Poliwko (artist) bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The War Chief to the internet. The first strip is now live.

Tune in now for the start of a new weekly comic strip based upon Edgar Rice Burroughs' historical novel of life and death during the final days of the Apache Wars. It is the fascinating adventure of Shoz-Dijiji, born as Andy MacDuff, and raised as a proud Apache. An honest and sympathetic portrait of Native Americans, ERB drew from his real experience living among them during his early years before becoming the world's best-selling author. Burroughs himself considered THE WAR CHIEF his best and personally favorite novel among his nearly one hundred books.

Art: Nik Poliwko
Also Featuring the All New Weekly Comic Strips:
TARZAN OF THE APES™ by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
CARSON OF VENUS™ by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd, and Diana Leto
THE ETERNAL SAVAGE™ by Martin Powell and Steven E Gordon
THE CAVE GIRL™ by Martin Powell and Diana Leto -- Starting in July!

Art: Nik Poliwko


Today on Amazing Stories:

News Roundup - including an uncomfortably large number of articles dealing with bias, racism, harassment and BS that just has got to stop!, Time Machine roundup of the week's most popular posts, and Mark A. Garlick's artwork featured in this week's IAAA Gallery.

Find all this and more here.

Friday, June 28, 2013


Cover: Jim Garrison
New Pulp publisher Planetary Stories released their 28th free on-line issue. You can find it here.

This issue features new Planetary Stories authors, including "Incident on Titus Thirteen," a great mix of Space Opera, action and humor, by J Eckert Lytle and "Krax Delivered", action-packed
Space Opera by Joel Zartman. Plus tons more!

Go to for more.

Writers, Planetary Stories is hosting a flash fiction contest!
They are paying pro rates for stories.
Get more details here.


Art: Nik Poliwko
Starting June 29th, writer Martin Powell and artist Nik Poliwko bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The War Chief to life in a new webstrip from Edgar Rice Burroughs Comics.

For only $1.99 per month you can subscribe to Edgar Rice Burroughs comics, featuring these All New Weekly Comic Strips:
TARZAN OF THE APES™ by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
CARSON OF VENUS™ by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd, and Diana Leto
THE ETERNAL SAVAGE™ by Martin Powell and Steven E Gordon
THE CAVE GIRL™ by Martin Powell and Diana Leto -- COMING IN JULY!

Don't miss the Adventure at
Art: Diana Leto


Art: Janet Harriett
New Pulp Publisher Airship 27 Productions shared the above image on their Facebook page.
Ravenwood - Stepson of Mystery, faces off against an eight foot robot in his newest adventure by Janet Harriett appearing soon in his second anthology collection now in production.


Ron Fortier turns over the reins of Pulp Fiction Review to Guest Reviewer Lucas Garrett, who takes a look at Pro Se Productions’ Black Pulp.

Edited by Tommy Hancock, Gary Philips & Morgan Minor
Pro Se Productions
288 pages
Guest Reviewer - Lucas Garrett

Every once in a while a book comes along that changes the playing field, that opens up new horizons where there once were none to be found. BLACK PULP is such a book.
Published by Pro Se Productions, under the careful and diligent leadership of Tommy Hancock, BLACK PULP brings together some of today's best writers to tell stories of the extraordinary, the uncanny, the arcane, but never the mundane.

My fascination with BLACK PULP comes from a deep-seated need to right an unfortunate wrong in literary history.

I am a man of color, and as a man of color, I have read countless tales of adventure and intrigue where the main protagonist was primarily of Caucasian descent. Especially, in the Pulp literature of the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. People of color were either non-existent, servants, savages, or villains to be defeated and subdued. Very few characters of color were treated with the dignity and respect that they deserved. Times were different in those days. Racial politics and culture were the policy of the day, especially in the Deep South, and parts of the North such as New York, Chicago, and Boston. It was a time when people of color were supposed to know their place. It was a dark time in our nation's, and to a larger extent, our world's history. And despite the fact that I now live in a time when many are trying to sugar-coat or forget that period in our history, I refuse to do so. It is a battle scar my country, and our world, must live with, and embrace, in order to go forward, which brings me back to BLACK PULP and its true importance.

BLACK PULP is a wonderful anthology of short stories that expands the world of Tarzan, Doc Savage, The Avenger, The Shadow, The Spider, The Phantom Detective, The Green Lama, Ki-Gor, G-8, Secret Agent X, Secret Service Operator #5, and their contemporaries. And BLACK PULP populates this world with hitmen, boxers-turned-vigilantes, female aviators, wildmen, mercenaries-for-hire, private detectives, femme fatales, naval aviators, freedom-fighting pirates, paranormal investigators, real life lawmen, adventurers, and many more. It is a world where men and women of color are put in dire circumstances, and readers see how they deal with these situations. And these situations are made more perilous due to the times in which these heroic figures live such as Ngola, the African pirate who fights to free all slaves, and to severely punish all slavers from slave trading nations in the early 19th century. Or the real life legendary lawman, Bass Reeves, who blazed a trail throughout the Old West in the latter 19th century. BLACK PULP shows the reader that heroes of all colors and backgrounds can arise in oppressive times when needed.

BLACK PULP is a true no holds barred, adult, and realistic take on the world of the Pulps. BLACK PULP is not for the timid at heart.

When I read the stories, I feel as if I am being transported to the times and places in which these adventures are being told. There is a lived in quality to the stories of this book. I can smell the cigars and perfumes in offices and bar rooms; I can hear tires screeching as robbers or kidnappers try to get away, with the hero in pursuit, as gunshots are heard in the night; I see and hear the clanking of cutlasses and the firing of pistols onboard slave ships, and I hear the rattling of chains being unlocked as slaves of several generations are finally freed. I experience all of this, and more.

More importantly, I can relate with the main protagonists, and their supporting cast, and see the world through their eyes. And I want to see more stories about these characters.

In fact, I wouldn't mind seeing a crossover story starring Charles Saunder's Mtimu and Damballa.Or maybe having Gary Phillips's Decimator Smith and Alan Lewis's Black Wolfe teaming up with Derrick Ferguson's Fortune McCall for a case, or two. Or perhaps having Ron Fortier's Bass Reeves and Derrick Ferguson's Sebastian Red hunt down outlaws. That is how much I love the characters of BLACK PULP. And I see so much potential for more stories with these characters, and new ones as well, who will be as alive and vibrant as Doc Savage, The Shadow, and The Avenger. There is a depth to the characters of BLACK PULP that will pull you in, and have you wanting more. And I can see a world where all of these characters can co-exist with the great legends of golden age of Pulp. I can see Decimator Smith and the Green Lama meeting, fighting each other, and then teaming up to fight the villain of that adventure. Or Black Wolfe working with Secret Agent X on a case that brings the mystery man to Port Victoria, South Carolina. The possibilities are endless. I love thinking about it. And I love that BLACK PULP allows me to think about it.

Therefore, I would like to congratulate Walter Mosley, Joe R. Lansdale, Gary Phillips, Charles Saunders, Derrick Ferguson, Alan Lewis, Christopher Chambers, Mel Odom, Kimberly Richardson, Ron Fortier, Michael Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, Tommy Hancock, Adam Shaw, Sean E. Ali, and Russ Anderson on a job well done. Thank you all for creating this fine piece of work that I hold in my hands, read on my Android phone, and my laptop computer. Thank you.

So should you pick up a copy of BLACK PULP? I think that you know my answer.
What are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy, or two! You will not be disappointed.
I'm know I'm not. I'm reading it again right now.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Pulp's power couple, Ginger and Tom Johnson return to The Book Cave to talk dinosaurs, history, the weather, and before we forget, Tom Johnson's new book "Three Go Back". As always the Book Cave podcast crew enjoyed having Ginger and Tom visit and we are sure you'll enjoy the book.

Listen to The Book Cave Episode 236: Three Go Back now at


Pro Se, a cutting edge independent publisher of New Pulp and Heroic Fiction, adds yet another genre to its already stellar catalog- The Modern Crime Novel!  From Author Jason Kahn comes the explosive Police thriller BADGE OF LIES!

“Pro Se prides itself,” Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief and Partner in Pro Se, states, “on providing a wide variety of Genre and Pulp Fiction for readers to take advantage of.  BADGE OF LIES from Jason Kahn is the next great step in doing that.  Equal mixes of police procedural, crime novel, two fisted pulp, and shadowy noir, this novel also explores several deep themes, including the bond of friendship, the choices a person makes that define them, and the extreme grayness that morality can become.   Jason captures each and every character with an almost instant photo type quality- you see them as they exist fully in every moment- and then masterfully pours them together into this hard hitting, fast flowing narrative.”

In BADGE OF LIES, Metro City Detective Frank Arnold has just buried his partner and best friend.  Arnold soon learns that Mitch Connell may not have been the man Frank thought he was.  And Arnold cannot drink away what’s coming.

BADGE OF LIES peels back the hard bitten exterior of two men- One, a recovering alcoholic detective who’s just laid his best friend to rest, the other the dead friend and all the secrets he tried to carry to his grave.  Secrets that Frank Arnold is left to deal with.  Like the grieving mistress who winds up dead.  Ties to organized crime.  A cryptic warning from beyond the grave telling Frank he’s in trouble and not to trust anyone.  This is the legacy Mitch Connell leaves his friend, a legacy that sends Arnold into a crazy game of suspicion, pursuit, and murder.

"Badge of Lies," Kahn explains, "is a story of trust and betrayal, of a good cop who has to do bad things to make things right. Thanks to Pro Se Productions for making this possible, and I hope everybody enjoys the ride!"

In Frank Arnold, Kahn creates a character hard boiled enough to walk fictional streets with Hammett’s and Chandler’s creations! A cop hardened by the job, toughened by the very crime he fights, Arnold will stop at nothing to discover the truth about his partner’s death and stay alive in the bargain.

Can a good cop survive in the big city or does he have to wear a BADGE OF LIES?  Modern Crime Prose from novelist Jason Kahn with an evocative cover by Mariana Cagnin with Fitztown and design and print formatting by Sean E. Ali and eBook design by Russ Anderson!  BADGE OF LIES from Pro Se Productions!

For interviews, review copies, or more information on this book and Pro Se Productions, email Morgan Minor, Director of Corporate Operations, at and check out Pro Se at and!


Chris Barnes of Dynamic Ram Audio joins host Van Allen Plexico this week on the White Rocket show to discuss the art of creating audiobooks and audio dramas.  From how to produce them to how Chris got interested in the first place, it’s a wide-ranging discussion of a classic form of entertainment that is suddenly new again.

Find Dynamic Ram on the Web at

You can listen to White Rocket 029: The Art of Audiobooks with Chris Barnes now at

This White Rocket episode is available via iTunes (subscribe and don’t miss an episode!) or you can visit the podcast site at

The White Rocket Books page at

Part of The ESO Podcast Network.


The Shadow Fan podcast returns for Episode 37! This time around, New Pulp Author Barry Reese reviews "The Seven Drops of Blood" (1936), "Death from Nowhere" (1939) and The Shadow # 14 (Dynamite Comics). Plus: Listener Feedback focuses on Dynamite's Masks series! It's a packed episode, all of it dedicated to pulp's greatest crimefighter!

If you love The Shadow, this is the podcast for you!

Listen to The Shadow Fan Podcast Episode 37 now at

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Big Finish Productions has announced their latest audio series based on The Avengers.

Press Release:


Big Finish Productions is delighted to announce that it has signed a license with STUDIOCANAL to produce full cast audio productions of 12 lost episodes of the classic TV series The Avengers.

Discover the very beginning of this television classic, as we meet John Steed for the first time! Lost for over fifty years, the missing episodes have been lovingly recreated on audio from the original scripts.

The Avengers first launched in 1961, and starred Ian Hendry as Dr David Keel and Patrick Macnee as the elusive and suave John Steed. Beginning with the murder of Keel’s fiancĂ©e, and his sworn intent to avenge her death, that first year comprised 26 episodes. Sadly, only two of them exist in their entirety as film prints (Girl on the Trapeze and The Frighteners), while just the first act remains of the opening episode, Hot Snow.

Working from the surviving scripts, Big Finish will be presenting the adaptations in three four-disc box sets. The scripts will be adapted, with minimal changes, by John Dorney, the director is Ken Bentley and the producer is David Richardson. The executive producers are Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add this wonderful series to our catalogue,” says David Richardson, “and we look forward to faithfully recreating those classic lost episodes. We have two brilliant, high-profile actors for the roles of Dr Keel and John Steed – look out for an announcement of the casting once recording begins in July.”
Patrick Macnee as John Steed

"This opportunity confirms the enduring appeal of this classic TV series and the resonance of the SC collection in the context of British Film and Pop culture," says John Rodden, General Manager Home Entertainment at STUDIOCANAL.

Volume 1 of The Avengers: The Lost Episodes will be released in January 2014 (and includes a full recreation of Hot Snow), with Volumes 2 and 3 following in July 2014 and January 2015.

Each person who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win a copy of The Avengers: Series 1 and 2 on DVD box set, containing the remaining three first series episodes.

Learn more about Big Finish and The Avengers here.


On July 1 -3, Fight Card Books is making Fight Card: King of the Outback available for Free at Amazon. You can find it here.

About Fight Card: King of the Outback:
Outback Australia 1954

Two rival tent boxing troupes clash over a territorial dispute in the Outback town of Birdsville. In the sweltering heat, tensions simmer, tempers flare, and as things reach boiling point, a boxing tent is burned to the ground.

Fighting men know only one way to solve their disputes, and that’s in the ring. The solution, a show-down, smack-down, winner take all bout between the two rival outfits.

In the blue corner, representing ‘Walter Wheeler’s Boxing Sideshow’ is Tommy King, a young aboriginal boxer with a big heart and iron fists.

In the red corner, representing ‘Arnold Sanderson’s Boxing Show’, is ‘Jumpin’ Jack Douglas, a monstrous wrecking machine from the city – a man who’ll do anything to win.

The fight – brutal. In the world of Tent Boxing, in the harsh Australian Outback, weight divisions and rules don’t count for much. It’s a fight to decide, who is indeed, King of the Outback!

Learn more about Fight Card Books here.


Author Stant Litore shared the cover for his new The Dead Man tale THE DARK NEED, premiering September 2013. Cover art by Jeroen ten Berge.

Learn more about The Dead Man series here.


Mechanoid Press shared a press release with All Pulp announcing their upcoming Robot Stories anthology.

Press Release:


Contact: James Palmer

Mechanoid Press Goes to the Robots
ATLANTA, GA—Mechanoid Press, a small imprint specializing in science fiction and New Pulp e-books is about to be invaded by robots.

The young publisher is releasing an e-book only title called ROBOT STORIES, featuring three tales of mechanized mayhem. Included in this volume will be work by Joel M. Jenkins, James R. Tuck (author of the Deacon Chalk: occult bounty hunter novels), and Jim Kinley.

“With this many Jims involved, it’s sure to be a winner,” jokes Mechanoid Press editor James Palmer. “I’m super excited to have these gentlemen on board. It’s going to be a blast.”

ROBOT STORIES is scheduled for a mid-summer release, and will sport a classic cover by Rondo award-winning artist Mark Maddox.

About Mechanoid Press
Mechanoid Press is a new imprint specializing in science fiction, New Pulp, and steampunk e-books and anthologies. For more, visit or follow the robot revolution on Twitter. You can also like Mechanoid Press on Facebook.

Monday, June 24, 2013


New Pulp publisher, Big Pulp has released their June newsletter.
Big Pulp Logo

Big Pulp Newsletter
June 24, 2013
LGBT Collection now in print and for the Kindle!
+ Big Pulp Summer 2013 and APESHIT!

Looking for great fiction? Visit the Big Pulp Store on Amazon!

Every issue of Big Pulp magazine is available for the Kindle for just $2.99!

But there's more! You can also find links to short stories, novels, and story and poetry collections by our Big Pulp authors, in either print or ebook editions.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of books competing for your dollars on Amazon. Let us help you find the good stuff! Though these collections are not published by us, these authors have all received the Big Pulp thumbs up, appearing at least once in our pages. Why gamble when we've gone through the slush pile for you?

Like Big Pulp, our Amazon Store has a wide range of work - SF, adventure, horror, fantasy, mystery, and romance. Check it out! You'll be glad you did!

Clones, Faires & Monsters in the Closet
Clones, Fairies 
& Monsters in the Closet
Gay warlocks, lesbian warriors, bi-curious neighbors, super-queeroes, prison bitches, freedom fighters, and drag queens occupy this collection of LGBT-themed SF, mystery, horror, fantasy, and romantic fiction! Available now in print and for theKindle on Amazon!

Support our IndieGoGo campaign! 
Big Pulp can't survive on submissions alone! Check out our newest IndieGoGo campaign to get copies of our Summer 2013 issue, our LGBT book, our upcoming monkey-themed anthology, original art, Jankies, and other goodies! 

Big Pulp Summer 2013: Catskin
The son of a smalltown sheriff takes crime prevention into his own hands, but curiosity may kill the cat, in Arley Sorg's "Catskin", the cover feature to the Summer 2013 issue of Big Pulp! This issue has a spooky cateye cover by Phil Good and more than 20 SF, Horror, Fantasy, and Mystery stories and poems! 
Who doesn't love a monkey? This collection is chock-full of 200+ pages of giant apes, detective chimps, helper monkeys, gun-toting gorillas, occult orangutans, militant marmosets, time-traveling capuchins, zombie fighters, winged servants, astronauts, missing links, ice cream treats and infinite monkeys at infinite typewriters!  

Big Pulp is CLOSED for submissions

Big Pulp's latest submissions period closed on May 31. We are reading and selecting work for publications scheduled for 2014. If you submitted during this period and haven't heard from us, be patient! We're reading and re-reading and making tough decisions from among the great work we received. 
We plan to announce our next themed collections soon! Join ourFacebook page or follow us on Twitter to be sure you get the news! 

Big Pulp Spring 2013 Big Pulp Winter 2012 Big Pulp Fall 2012 Big Pulp Summer 2012
Visit the Big Pulp online store for more! Big Pulp Spring 2012  Big Pulp Fall 2011Big Pulp Winter 2010

Big Pulp print and ebook editions

Big Pulp is available in print directly from the publisher. Click here for our online store, including links to each issue's contents and samples stories published online. 
Big Pulp ebooks are just $2.99 - available for the  Kindle from Amazon and for all other ebook formats from Smashwords. 

Are You A Small Press Publisher?
Big Pulp is open to trading ads or web links with other small press publishers. If you publish a fiction or poetry magazine, 
either in print or on the web, and would like to trade ads or links, please contact us at  
Big Pulp also is expanding its outreach through small press festivals and genre conventions. If you'd like to share space withBig Pulp at an event, please contact us for details. 


New Pulp Author Ron Fortier returns with another Pulp Fiction Review. This time out Ron takes a look at The Big Clear by Christopher Harris.

By Christopher Harris
Short Cypher Press
275 pages

Mason “Dub” Storm was a Special Forces sniper in the first Gulf War and then worked in East African locales such a Somalia with an elite secret platoon.  In the end Storm began to question his own justifications for his assignments and just who his puppet masters really were.  Ultimately he left the service and returned to his home base of Austin, Texas to pick up the pieces of whatever remained of his soul.

As the book opens, Dub, is a two bit stoner working, whenever he can get a customer, as a private investigator.  Because of his drug connections, he comes in contact with Angela Easley, the strung out youngest daughter of one of the richest men in Texas.  Her three year old son, Hunter Parsons, has been kidnapped and she begs Dub to find him for her.  Well aware he is venturing into a world as alien to him as the foreign battlefields of his past, the weary private eye agrees to help out until the police take over.  It all seems easy enough.

Right. Until Dub recalls Angela’s older sister, and her Daddy’s chief business assistant, is none other than the high school sexpot from his youth, Heather Easley.  One look at her in her expensive mannish business suit over her hour glass, trim body and Dub finds himself floating in ancient dreams that were never ever going to come true.  Then, a friend named Kid, who had been helping him with surveillance, is brutally murdered and Dub’s hands are once again covered in other people’s blood.  Gunfights, steamy sex and a mystery with enough twists to give us a queasy stomach abound in these pages.

Harris’s style is a mix of traditional noir and punk giving the narrative a smooth jolt throughout and becomes quickly addictive.  He deftly mixes Dub’s confused present with his hellish past and when the two collide viciously towards the finale, it is a satisfying resolution though still an ambiguous one.  Dub Storm is one of the most complicated heroes I’ve encountered in a long, long time and one I’m hoping to see in action again soon.  This is a well-executed thriller by a writer worth keeping an eye out.  Go pick up “The Big Clear” and prove my point.


New Pulp Publisher, shared their latest press release with All Pulp. proudly presents Neworld Papers.


HELP US CELEBRATE the launch of our new YA science fiction series, Neworld Papers, by downloading the Kindle Book for FREE on June 28th and 29th.

You don't need a Kindle device to read the book. You can read Kindle eBooks on most computers, tablets, and smart phones using the Kindle App.

About Neworld Papers:
"The treason of these papers is not just in the actions they document, but in their very existence."

The people of Neworld have no concept of war, or murder, or even love. Theirs is a world without hunger or strife. Yet the world is a fiction — based on lies and omissions. Fallon is a young man with secret talents and the willingness to explore and learn. Pulled from a sheltered life, he becomes a chronicler of discoveries that challenge the very fabric of Neworld’s society.

Is revealing the truth worth the disruption of a society?

Neworld Papers has action, adventure, and romance grounded solidly in thought-provoking science fiction.

Neworld Links:
Available on Amazon with preview here.
Twitter: @iPulpFiction


Keith Shaw


Matter Deep Publishing has released Rescue, or Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal by Amy Leigh Strickland with illustrations by Carly Strickland.

About Rescue, or Royer Goldhawk’s Remarkable Journal:
When Royer Goldhawk witnesses a fly-by kidnapping, he becomes inextricable entangled in a madman’s plot to break the barrier to another world and harness an unimaginable power. With the help of his friends, Royer embarks on a mission of rescue and revenge that will lead him across the country and plunge him into a world of magic, machines, and danger.

This novel is Part One of the Royer Goldhawk series.

Learn more here.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Art: Nik Poliwko
Starting June 29th, writer Martin Powell and artist Nik Poliwko bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The War Chief to life in a new webstrip from Edgar Rice Burroughs Comics.

For only $1.99 per month you can subscribe to Edgar Rice Burroughs comics, including the all-new Tarzan comic strips by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg, Carson Of Venus by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd, and Diana Leto, and The Eternal Savage by Martin Powell and Steven E Gordon.

Don't miss the Adventure at

NOBODY DIES FOR FREE-But You May Get TWO Copies of Spy Thriller for FREE!!!!

NOBODY DIES FOR FREE by Aaron Smith from Pro Se Productions features the debut of Richard Monroe, former CIA Operative turned one Man Espionage Force for the Missions no one else can handle!  Want to check out Monroe's first full length novel adventure?  Maybe NOBODY DIES FOR FREE, but you may get a FREE ebook of Aaron's spy novel for You and Your Closest Spy friend by taking on the following mission yourself!

In 500 words or less, Tell Pro Se Productions who YOUR favorite fictional spy is- From Literature, Television, Movies, Comics, etc- and WHY they are the best Spy fiction has to offer!  Email your entries to by June 30th, 2013! Aaron Smith will select the winning entry and the winner will be announced across the internet on July 1, 2013!  While it's true NOBODY DIES FOR FREE, You have a chance to get a Pro Se Ebook for just that much!


Cover Art: Michael Youngblood

Airship 27 Productions is proud to present the second in our exciting space opera series featuring Captain Mars McCoy, Space Ranger.

When the universe is imperiled, the call goes out to the brave men, women and robots of the Space Rangers; a group of highly skilled pilot/warriors dedicated to the preservation of law and order throughout the known worlds.  Headquartered in the hidden free-floating asteroid station known as the Black Hole, the Space Rangers are ready to respond to any threat traveling the space lanes in their ultra-fast and powerful Black Bird patrol ships.

In this second volume, Captain Mars McCoy, and his gorgeous co-pilot, android Lt. Betty-12 of Black Bird 5 confront two unique and malevolent threats.  In “The Curse of the Star Lance,” by James Palmer, they discover a lost Imperial Space Cruiser and the hidden horror that still dwells within it. 

Next up is Van Allen Plexico novella length adventure, “Mars McCoy and the Chaos Horde.”   A mysterious army of monsters begins materializing at random throughout the Fringe worlds wreaking chaos in their path.  What is their secret origin and how can Mars and Betty-12 put an end to their lethal rampage?

This second volume features a stunning painted cover by Michael Youngblood with interiors by Shannon Hall, designs by Art Directory Rob Davis and edited by Ron Fortier.

Cast in the mold of classic pulp sci-fi heroes ala Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, Mars McCoy Space Ranger blasts off once more for brand new outer space adventures jammed packed with galaxy spanning suspense and thrills.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCITONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

Available now at Amazon


Saturday, June 22, 2013


On B-Boys and Pulp Culture:
Black Pulp edited by Gary Phillips and Tommy Hancock
by Michael A. Gonzales

Michael A. Gonzales
Planet Hip-Hop has always overflowed with folks into various forms of
pulp culture. Over the years, I’ve interviewed many rap artists and
producers who shared their love for Star Wars, crime movies, karate
flicks and the novels of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines. Still, I was
surprised when Queensbridge legend Nas told me in 1999 that he had
once created a Black Pulp hero when he was a kid.

“I used to used to draw my own character called Sea God,” Nas told me.
“I copied the body of Conan the Barbarian, but had him standing on the
corner instead of in the forest.” Without a doubt, I’m sure Nas isn’t
the only one with a stash of drawings and/or writings detailing the
bugged adventures of urban champions.

Last year, when respected crime novelist/comic book writer Gary
Phillips invited me to contribute a short story to his latest project
Black Pulp (Pro Se, 2013), co-edited with Tommy Hancock, I immediately
thought of that long ago conversation with Nas and decided I too
wanted to create a hood hero.

Leaning back in my office chair, I closed my eyes and thought of my
own pulp filled childhood growing-up in Harlem: of listening to old
Shadow radio programs that were released on records, watching
blaxploitation and kung-fu flicks every weekend, devouring the
Marshall Rodgers/Steve Englehart’s version of Batman, discovering the
weird worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, watching
Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon serials on PBS and falling in love with the
work of pulp artist supreme Howard Chaykin, the dude George Lucas
requested to illustrate the first Star Wars comic book.

After an hour of drifting on those dusty memories, quicker than I
could say, “Batman and Robin, Green Hornet and Kato or Easy Rawlins
and Mouse,” my own pulp heroes Jaguar and Shep were born. The lead
character Coltrane (Jaguar) Jones owns a Harlem rap club called the
Bassment and drives through Harlem cool as Super Fly in a fly sports
car. His murderous friend Shep, who just got out of prison, becomes
his badass sidekick as the two self-appointed crime fighters go in
search of a music minded kidnapper.

Although I’ve never been big on constructing strict outlines for
fiction, I knew that I wanted the period to be 1988, the last year
Mayor Koch was in office. Crack was at its height, Public Enemy’s
brilliant It Takes a Nation of Millions was rockin’ the boulevards,
Dapper Dan was creating his bugged designer fashions and New York City
was still on the verge exploding.

Recalling Fab 5 Freddy, who also appears in the story, telling me
about the jazz/hip-hop shows he did with Max Roach at the Mudd Club in
the 1980s, the finished story told the tale of a be-bop lover trying
to rid b-boys and their music from the streets of Sugar Hill.
While working on the story, I consulted with my good friend Robert
(Bob) Morales, himself an accomplished comic book writer, co-creator
of the black Captain America graphic novel The Truth and a pulp
culture aficionado. Although he was working on a graphic novel about
Orson Welles at the time, he always found the time to talk. Once, when
I thought the Paul Pope/John Carpenter-Escape from New York inspired
climax might be too crazy, Bob reminded me, “It’s a pulp storythere’s
no such thing as too wild.”

So, after several weeks of calling Bob, sometimes a few times a day,
and writing, “Jaguar and the Jungleland Boogie” was finally finished.
Sadly, Bob Morales died suddenly on April 17, so I’d like to dedicate
the story to him.

In addition to my b-boy/be-bop tale, Black Pulp has a cool line-up of
creators of color that include famed novelist Walter Mosley, who
penned the introduction, Gar Anthony Heywood, Christopher Chambers,
Kimberly Richardson, Mel Odom and others.

Walter Mosley introduction: