Legends Fiasco

So in a post that was in the New Pulp Facebook group (sadly, it seems to have been deleted…), we were all informed that proceeds from the Legends of New Pulp book were no longer going to be given to New Pulp writer and publisher Tommy Hancock’s medical bills but were instead going to be given to Airship 27’s Pulp Factory Awards to help all the members of that group not have to pony up so much every year.

I, and others, donated our work and proceeds to help out a fellow writer in need not to help fund a set of awards whose legitimacy I’ve questioned in the past. This seems like quite a bait-and-switch… I never would have contributed if I’d known I was donating to the ‘charity’ that is Airship 27’s awards. We have guys in the community like Jaime Ramos going through rough times and the money could go to him if Tommy no longer needs it… or maybe a fund could be set up to let New Pulp authors draw on the funds as needed whenever these terrible situations come up… but instead this is supposedly going to “benefit” all of the New Pulp community. No… it’s not. And even if you quizzed a handful of folks at Windy City and they all said it was fine and dandy with them, doesn’t mean it’s okay to unilaterally tell sixty writers and thirty-six artists that the cause they donated to is no longer the cause being funded. Right there on Amazon it says “…And all of it generated as a benefit project to aid and support writer/editor Tommy Hancock.”

For having questioned this decision, I was told that I was the only dissenting voice and that they couldn’t please everyone. Then all my comments were deleted.

As I said in the thread, I would like my story and name removed from the contents of this book. I have donated to the Airship 27 awards in the past – WHEN I WAS ASKED TO – but this particular book was not supposed to pay for awards, it was to help a fellow writer in need.

I don’t mind being the only dissenting voice when it comes to this – but, to be honest with you, I don’t think I’m the only one feeling this way. I’m just the only one that’s said anything so far.

UPDATE # 1: I have been informed by Ron Fortier that my story will be removed from the Legends book, as per my request.

UPDATE # 2: Ron Forter posted the following on Facebook about four hours after I posted this blog entry – RADIO ARCHIVES TO SPONSOR PULP FACTORY AWARDS. Recently Ron Fortier, moderator of the Pulp Factory Group, suggested that in the future, proceeds from the benefit anthology, LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION, go to supporting the cost of the Pulp Factory Awards. Sadly, several contributors of the volume were not in agreement with that decision, wanting the tome to remain solely for benefit purposes. After some deliberation, Tom Brown, Manager of Radio Archives, which is in the process of recording LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION, magnanimously stepped up to solve the issue. As of now, Radio Archives will sponsor the Pulp Factory Awards. As for the anthology, Editor Ron Fortier, is open to suggestions from all contributors as to where they would like to see the proceeds go.

Reviews!

lg08_samantha_grace_smallA couple of new reviews have been added to Amazon lately so let’s take a look at what people are saying.

First up is Ray Bara with a review of Gotterdammerung:

Great Crossover Story from One of the New Pulp Masters – 5 Stars

Another great work by Barry Reese! I loved seeing all his creations (and then some) in a single volume. I loved the action. I loved seeing the Lovecraftian angle to the plot. I loved his interesting use of time travel. The one thing I disliked was the character he killed off; I hope he rectifies that in a later story. Overall, though, this was another Reese masterpiece. Go read it!

Thanks, Ray! I’m glad you enjoyed it — and the death will be a major plot point in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six, currently scheduled to be released from Pro Se in December 2016!

Bob Deis gave five stars to Legends of New Pulp Fiction:

An amazing and significant anthology showcasing stories by the best writers and artists in the realm of “new pulp”

The editorial pilots at Airship 27 – the prolific writer/editor/publisher Ron Fortier and equally prolific artist and book designer Rob Davis – have played a major role in establishing and promoting the genre of novels, stories and comics referred to as “new pulp.” The list of new pulp books put out by their Airship 27 imprint in the past few years is jaw-dropping. For anyone who is a fan of that genre, or interested in learning about it, their amazing anthology LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION is a must-read. It includes stories by more than 60 of the best writers in the broad and diverse realm of new pulp, plus top notch illustrations by nearly 40 talented artists. This is a massive and significant book, almost 800 pages long. The stories cover just about every niche in the new pulp realm, from fantasy to exotic adventure to neo-noir. It’s the kind of book that is normally a retrospective of a genre, like an anthology of classic science fiction stories. In this case it showcases stories by the writers and illustrators who are creating a new genre that will someday be viewed as classic. You can’t read all the stories in the book in a short period of time. But whenever you’re in the mood for some good, new-fashioned, escapist pulp, you’ll enjoy being able to read one of the stories in LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION. I know I have.

It was an honor to contribute to this collection, Bob. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Our art today depicts Samantha Grace from Assistance Unlimited and is by George Sellas.