Another New Pulse Fiction Review

Amazon user Doctor Panic posted a 5 star review of Pulse Fiction. Here’s what he had to say:

Great thrill ride with multiple fantastic stories by some awesomely talented authors, get out and buy yourself a dozen copies. You can’t beat it for action and adventure, and with the different authors is brings in multiple styles and adds to the awesomeness of the book.

Thanks, my friend! It was a lot of fun and hopefully I’ll return to those characters again someday!

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Pulse Fiction Gets A 5-Star Review!

A reviewer using the name novelgirl posted the first review of Bishop and Hancock’s Pulse Fiction. I contributed the opening story to that collection and had a blast doing it.

Here’s what she had to say:

What I love about the New Pulp, is the author’s ability to hold onto the traditional pulp feel of the stories. Each one of the stories included in this volume are exciting, thrill-packed adventures, and the authors make you cheer for the hero and boo at the villain. There are paranormal stories of characters with super abilities, slick thieves who’ll charm you out of your jewels. Some stories have gangsters who enjoy a good shoot-’em-up, but lose to an unassuming guy who doesn’t want to be a hero. If you’re into gorgeous dames and big dumb lugs and unpretentious heroes, you won’t be disappointed. This is volume of short pulpy stories for you.

At the heart of Bishop and Hancock’s Pulse Fiction Volume 1, are stories of regular men and women who defy the odds and save the day. Those stories inspire me. I recommend this book to all those not feint of heart who love a great story told in the true culture of fabulous pulp.

Thanks for the kind words! I really enjoyed those characters and would love to return to them someday.

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Updates

gravedigger_small_colorManaged to add a wee bit to the novel over the past few days. I downloaded an app on my phone that lets me edit text files and synch them with Dropbox. Thus, I’m now writing some on my phone. It’s horribly slow going but it allows me to add a few words here and there while I’m on the run.

Better than nothing, right?

Don’t forget that Pulse Fiction is now out, containing my story featuring The Insanitors. I’m curious to hear what you guys think of it!

Our art today features George Sellas’ very first Gravedigger image. If you enjoyed Charity’s first adventure, you’ll be pleased to hear that volume two should be out in a few months.

 

Pulse Fiction!

pulse_fictionKnown as an innovator in New Pulp and Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions proudly announces the release of the first volume in a new series two years in the making. Want stories that will get your heart racing, your blood pumping? You’ll find them in Bishop and Hancock’s Pulse Fiction Volume One, available now from Pro Se Productions.

“Pulse Fiction,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is the brainchild of Paul Bishop. Known for his work in the crime field as well as being one of the major forces behind the Fight Card creator’s collective he’s built, Paul is also a fan of classic Pulp Fiction! The sort of books where several characters were featured, each one in an adventure designed to top the one before it! So, Paul pitched the idea of doing a series where there was a set pool of characters that authors could utilize and tell stories with. Not every character would recur in every book, but they’d all make the rounds, showing up whenever a writer felt the urge to tell a story with them. He had a handful of characters in mind and I threw in a motley crew of a few of mine and Pulse Fiction was born.”

A two fisted, gun toting Private Eye! A Member of the French Foreign Legion waist deep in Intrigue! A Lady with a taste for Diamonds and Danger! Heroes many have thought lost to yesterday now blast their way into today in Bishop and Hancock’s Pulse Fiction!

Pulse Fiction takes the best of the past and shakes and stirs it with today’s finest Genre Fiction writers. Encounter a cast of characters created by Bishop and Hancock and written into four color, over the top life by Eric Beetner, Barry Reese, D. Alan Lewis, Brian Drake, James Hopwood, and Hancock. Just like the bygone magazines of the past, Pulse Fiction brings rich, vibrant characters embroiled in death defying adventure to readers, characters that will return in later volumes crafted by these and a whole myriad of other authors.

“This,” says Hancock, “is not simply a homage to the classic Pulp tradition or those digests from the 1950s and 60s. Although these stories are definitely ‘pulpy’ in every sense of the word, they also ring with a modern resonance and relevance. These tales are certainly products of the past as well as the present and the authors we’ve gathered blend the two effortlessly.”

Bishop And Hancock’s Pulse Fiction Volume One is available in print at Amazon and through the Pro Se Store at http://tinyurl.com/n2jyob2 and features a fantastic cover by Jeff Hayes with cover design and print formatting by Percival Constantine for only $12.00. The collection will be available in digital format in the coming days.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital review copies, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

For more information on Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

Novel Updates

pulse_fictionWelcome back my friends!

I wrote a little bit on the novel this weekend, pushing the word count to over 34,000. I’m approaching the midpoint and that’s when (censored) takes place, which causes (censored) to happen and then the entire novel gets turned upside down! Yep, you’ll be reading along thinking (censored) but really the novel is all about (censored)!

Sorry for the nature of the above paragraph but I felt I had to maintain some secrecy for the sake of those who don’t like spoilers!

Pulse Fiction came out last week and it features a story that introduces a great father/daughter adventuring team. I had a blast writing it and I think you’ll enjoy it. Please consider giving it a shot if you have some spare money to throw Pro Se’s way!

I’m waiting on Tom Smith to give me the color version of Chris Batista’s latest Lazarus Gray image so as soon as I have it, I’ll share it with all of you.

Take care!

Press Release: Pulse Fiction!

pulse_fictionKnown as an innovator in New Pulp and Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions proudly announces the release of the first volume in a new series two years in the making. Want stories that will get your heart racing, your blood pumping? You’ll find them in Bishop and Hancock’s Pulse Fiction Volume One, available now from Pro Se Productions.

“Pulse Fiction,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is the brainchild of Paul Bishop. Known for his work in the crime field as well as being one of the major forces behind the Fight Card creator’s collective he’s built, Paul is also a fan of classic Pulp Fiction! The sort of books where several characters were featured, each one in an adventure designed to top the one before it! So, Paul pitched the idea of doing a series where there was a set pool of characters that authors could utilize and tell stories with. Not every character would recur in every book, but they’d all make the rounds, showing up whenever a writer felt the urge to tell a story with them. He had a handful of characters in mind and I threw in a motley crew of a few of mine and Pulse Fiction was born.”

A two fisted, gun toting Private Eye! A Member of the French Foreign Legion waist deep in Intrigue! A Lady with a taste for Diamonds and Danger! Heroes many have thought lost to yesterday now blast their way into today in Bishop and Hancock’s Pulse Fiction!

Pulse Fiction takes the best of the past and shakes and stirs it with today’s finest Genre Fiction writers. Encounter a cast of characters created by Bishop and Hancock and written into four color, over the top life by Eric Beetner, Barry Reese, D. Alan Lewis, Brian Drake, James Hopwood, and Hancock. Just like the bygone magazines of the past, Pulse Fiction brings rich, vibrant characters embroiled in death defying adventure to readers, characters that will return in later volumes crafted by these and a whole myriad of other authors.

“This,” says Hancock, “is not simply a homage to the classic Pulp tradition or those digests from the 1950s and 60s. Although these stories are definitely ‘pulpy’ in every sense of the word, they also ring with a modern resonance and relevance. These tales are certainly products of the past as well as the present and the authors we’ve gathered blend the two effortlessly.”

Bishop And Hancock’s Pulse Fiction Volume One is available in print at Amazon and through the Pro Se Store at http://tinyurl.com/n2jyob2 and features a fantastic cover by Jeff Hayes with cover design and print formatting by Percival Constantine for only $12.00. The collection will be available in digital format in the coming days.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital review copies, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

For more information on Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

Wednesday Updates

20121228-083913.jpgWelcome back, my friends!

Several things to share with you today — first off, I uploaded the 53rd episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast this morning. I’m afraid I go a bit negative in the direction of The Shadow Now # 1. It genuinely pains me to do it because I really want every Shadow comic and product to be the very best. As a fan, it’s in my best interest to see these things succeed. Having said that, this… was disappointing.

In better news, I finally (!) finished my Pulse Fiction story last night. Yep, I sent in the exciting tale of Doctor Darkness and The Insanitors to my editor and now I’m wiping my hands of it. The characters are fun and I hope they have a long life ahead of them but I really struggled with the story for some reason. Still, I think it works and hopefully folks who read it will be interested in the characters and they’ll continue on in other people’s hands.

So what’s next for me? Well, I’d like to belt out the third short story for Lazarus Gray Volume Five. I may lay some seeds in that one that will bear fruit in the crossover novel that’s coming down the road. That one will pair Lazarus Gray, The Rook & Gravedigger for the first time… and feature a heavy dose of my old character Catalyst, as well. “But wait,” says the one person who has dutifully studied my universe’s timeline, “Catalyst isn’t introduced until 1942! Gravedigger and Lazarus Gray are both back in 1937 right now… Are you skipping a few years?” No. If you read Catalyst’s introduction, you’ll know that there were Catalysts who preceded Nathaniel Caine… I’m pretty much spelling it out for you, right?

I’m expecting to get the color cover back from Tom Smith in a few days – Tom is a legendary colorist and I’m expecting to be amazed at what he does over Chris Batista’s artwork. I only hope my story will match the dazzling cover!

After I finish off that third Lazarus Gray story, I’ll be moving on to the next work-for-hire thing I have to do: the Sherlock Holmes novella I owe Pro Se Productions. As I’ve said before, this will be written in my style but featuring Holmes & Watson. I am not doing a pastiche.

The Liberty Girl book is coming very soon, as is the new Rabbit Heart release. I hope you’re excited about both!

The Writing Doldrums

1335184765-Knhyugmoijmlop-So… I’m still working on this Pulse Fiction story. Honestly, I feel like I’ve spent a whole freakin’ month doing these 10,000 words.

And I’m still 1,700 short!

I really don’t get it. I’ve written entire 60,000 word novels in a month before! I’ll be glad to put the end on this one and surely I’ll be able to do that sometime this week.

Sometimes stories just click and sometimes they don’t.

To be honest, while I have a lot of enthusiasm for Lazarus Gray Volume Five and the upcoming “Crossover” novel, I’ve been been feeling a bit bummed about the writing world in general. There are days I want to tell everybody from my publisher on down to just go jump into a lake. I made a bid for a licensed character last year and thought I did a pretty good job of selling how I’d revive a dormant property. Hasn’t gone anywhere. I made a pitch to a publisher for a shot at working on a character who’s been one of my lifelong dreams… not even a “Thanks but no thanks.”

And the politics of the New Pulp world just exhaust me. It’s not just there, of course — politics exist everywhere. It’s just when everybody’s fighting over a frayed piece of carpet to begin with, you just wonder what they’re going on about.

It gets frustrating.

And then there’s the day job, where I’m working on The Georgia Literary Festival, which will be held on November 9, 2013. I’m the co-chair of this thing and If I had possessed even the tiniest notion of how much time this would end up taking, I would have run away screaming. I really want to have it over with.

I did end up signing on for another two years with Pro Se Press, which means they’ll be the exclusive publisher of all my pulp adventure characters. I really want to get the rest of The Rook series back into print, along with Rabbit Heart and The Damned Thing.

So… this has been a post where I’ve spent the entire time whining.

On a lighter note, I watched This Is The End and thought it was hilarious.  I also really, really like the two most recent songs that Robbie Williams has released for people to hear — Shine My Shoes and Go Gentle. Here’s the lyric video for the latter, which is a song written for Robbie’s daughter. I think it’s really sweet and I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday Teases

revengeWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

I definitely want to thank I.A. Watson for yesterday’s guest blog — I thought it was a pretty cool essay on the history of pulp covers, taking into account the way society has changed over the years. Good stuff. I’ve been very happy with both of the guest blogs we’ve run and I hope to do more in the future. I don’t want to overdo it, of course… spacing them out will make them a bit more special, I believe.

Got some AMAZING news about the Liberty Girl book yesterday. You can’t believe how much I want to share it with all of you… but I can’t. Tommy Hancock warned me of dire consequences if I revealed it too soon. Suffice to say, it’s really awesome and some of you will have your jaws hit the floor when you hear it. I know mine did! While I haven’t gotten exceedingly rich doing this, I have had a lot of my childhood dreams come true… from getting to work with people like Will Meugniot to having my characters appear on posters and toys… it’s been an amazing, thrilling ride. I honestly don’t think I deserve it — but I’ll certainly take it! This news is that kind of thing… it just boggles my little fanboy mind.

Anyway, I”m still working on this Pulse Fiction story. I’m about 3,000 words away from the end and it can’t come quickly enough. Fun characters, fun plot, but I’ve struggled with every word. You guys know how fast I usually write but these 10,000 words have moved like molasses. Anyone want to finish off this story for me? LOL

I’m expecting to get the edits back on the new edition of Rabbit Heart any day  now. Hopefully I can go through those and knock it out, allowing Pro Se to move into production. Liberty Girl and Tales of The Rook Volume Two are both in the works, as well, so you might get a bunch of Reese Unlimited stuff in time for the holiday shopping season!

Oh, and for you Shadow fans out there — The Shadow Fan’s Podcast Episode 52 was just released and is ready for downloading. This week I gush about the announcement of a Shadow vs. Grendel series before reviewing an old radio episode and a 1943 novel pitting The Shadow against The Black Dragon. Good times.

 

The Rook Is Flying High — Again!

rook_v3_cover_mockup_smallThis has been a strange week — I had really hoped to finish off the Pulse Fiction story I’m writing for Pro Se but events have conspired to prevent that. Still, I’ll be hitting the stretch run today and hopefully I’ll be able to type The End sometime on Monday or Tuesday. I’m anxious to return to working on Lazarus Gray Volume Five. I’ve written two of the planned five stories for that one and I’d like to belt out # 3 before I have to start on the Sherlock Holmes novella I owe Pro Se.

George Sellas has now finished all the artwork for The Rook Special Edition Volume Three so I sent off all the stories and art to my editors today. As always, it’s going to be a gorgeous book — George always does such an amazing job with the images and then Sean Ali does some wonderful graphic design on the entire package. Even if you don’t enjoy my writing, you have to admit that the overall presentation is lovely.

I’ll be working a bit on my Crossroads presentation that I’m doing tomorrow. I’ll be talking about New Pulp and how it can be a great avenue for writers to get published for the first time. This means I’ll be explaining what the hell pulp is in the first place, then talking about the various publishers that are out there and how you go about contacting one of them and what things they’re looking for from prospective writers. It’s only a 30-45 minute talk so it shouldn’t be too stressful – I can generally ramble on for that long without much of a script. Still, I want people to leave with a coherent vision of how to dive into this strange little niche.

Our art today is the cover to The Rook Volume Three Special Edition. Obviously, with the way Pro Se’s schedule is, you probably won’t see this one until 2014. I’ve heard from some people who are very unhappy that only the first two volumes (plus # 6) are currently in print. I’m sorry — these things take time. Pro Se wants to get volumes 3-5 back in print as quickly as you (and I) do, trust me. They’re not making any money off of them while they’re out of print. In the meantime, Tales of The Rook Volume Two is in production right now so you’ll have some new Max Davies adventures to look forward to soon.

Anyway, this cover is really awesome, isn’t it? George took four of the villains from the book and really made them sparkle. And the shot of The Rook jumping out at the reader is very eye-catching!

Enjoy your Friday, folks.