Click below to watch a fun “premake” of Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is awesome!
Veteran pulp author Ron Fortier takes a look at the newest volume in The Rook Chronicles – and he seems to really like it!
There are several books out right now that I can’t recommend enough if you’re looking for quality New Pulp:
1) YesterYear by Tommy Hancock – A superhero/pulp genre smashup, this is Watchmen-style mystery set alongside analogues of classic heroes.
2) Doc Savage: The Desert Demons by Will Murray – The pricing is outrageous so you might want to look for it cheaper somewhere. Still, it’s a new Doc Savage novel and it’s a great read.
3) Pulp Heroes – Khan Dynasty by Wayne Reinagel – This is my favorite of Wayne’s works, which are beyond epic and incorporate various real-life figures into the adventure.
4) The Hounds of Hell by Ron Fortier and Gordon Linzner – The first New Pulp novel I read and the one that told me that it was okay to write new stories in the classic style. Moon Man vs. Doctor Satan! ‘Nuff said!
5) Dillon and the Legend of the Golden Bell by Derrick Ferguson – Actually the second book in the series but you can start here with no problem. I love this book.
I could go on all day recommending new books but those four are some of the ones I’d push straight into the hands of New Pulp aficionados.
It’s always a touchy subject when you talk about reviving classic heroes — how much do you modernize them without losing the core of what they were? I’ve taken several different approaches, depending upon the characters and the project. At times, I’ve tried to change absolutely nothing… on other occasions, I’ve taken the original conception of the character and used that as a springboard. I try to never insult or demean the characters as they were originally portrayed — even when I make changes, I’m trying to build upon the foundations laid by the creators and maybe add layers that simply weren’t possible or acceptable back in the golden age of pulp.
Lately, I’ve been doing some tinkering with a classic hero that I’ve used before but not in this way. I’m keeping all the original elements intact but revealing that there may be much more to the story than we were every shown before. I love creating my own characters but there’s a real joy to adding to a pre-existing legend, as well.
The New Pulp website has the first in a series of columns featuring Mike Bullock, Bobby Nash and myself sounding off on various topics. The high concept is that you’re listening in to us talking shop about writing, pulp fiction, our favorite characters, etc. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it! It’s called Table Talk – Behind The Table.
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