Friday, November 7, 2014

FIGHT CARD UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014

FIGHT CARD UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014

I am delighted with the strength of the final two Fight Card titles for 2014.  As we wrap-up three years of monthly novelettes with 40 published titles (including two Fight Card charity anthologies), the stories in the series are as vibrant and hard-hitting as when we started.

First up in November is The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly, the third Fight Card novel from the battered typewriter of our man from the land down under, David Foster (King of the Outback, Rumble in the Jungle). This is a piece of historical fiction – featuring Australia’s infamous outlaw, Ned Kelly – which David was destined to write. A rip-snorting true tale of a man done wrong who has a chance to even the score the best way he knows how – with his fists.

The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly also features a knockout cover from illustrator Mike Fyles, who has also turned in another dynamite cover for our second Fight Card Sherlock Holmes outing from Andrew Salmon, Blood to the Bone, which will be our December Fight Card title.

FIGHT CARD: THE IRON FISTS OF NED KELLY

"I wish to acquaint you with some of the occurrences present past and future." Edward Kelly – The Jerilderie Letter 1879 

The story of Australia's ironclad outlaw, Ned Kelly, has been told countless times in film, book, and song. The shootout at Stringybark Creek and the infamous siege at Glenrowan are events which shaped the nation – but there is more to Ned’s story, including the character defining, bareknuckle, scrap with feared bar-room brawler, Isaiah 'Wild' Wright.

Ned was only sixteen when he rode into the township of Greta on a horse loaned to him by Wright. Ned had no idea the horse was stolen, but he was still arrested, beaten, and sentenced to three years hard labor.

Ned can't get those years back, but he can make the horse thief pay for his deception. With honour and justice at stake, two of the hardest men of all time will come to scratch in a battle for the ages. 

A story of betrayal, revenge, and ultimately friendship, The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly is another rollicking tale from the author of King of the Outback.




Along with his Fight Card entries, David is also the author – under his James Hopwood pseudonym – of two novels (The Librio Defection / The Danakil Deception) featuring swinging sixties neophyte British agent Jarvis Love. Both are available from Amazon and are must reads for anyone who enjoys their spy fiction with the cool vibe of the swinging sixties when martinis were served shaken not stirred.

Special thx this month to Bobby Nash for his efforts in providing FaceBook banners for so many of our titles …

Till next month … Keep punching …


PULP NOW: DAY OF THE DESTROYERS!

PULP NOW: DAY OF THE DESTOYERS

COMING MARCH 2015 

JIMMIE FLINT, AGENT X-11, MUST SAVE AMERICA

I HAVE A STORY IN THIS COLLECTION …

Based on a real historical event during the Roosevelt administration!

Day of the Destroyers is an all-original linked prose anthology - each story is part of a larger arc wherein Jimmie Flint, Secret Agent X-11 of the Intelligence Service Command, battles to prevent the seditionist Medusa Council from engineering a bloody coup overthrowing our democracy.

Agent X-11 fights across the country preventing an aerial assault on Chicago’s rail lines, destroying a secret factory of gas meant to enthrall millions in New Mexico, racing to stop a machine of fantastic destruction in Manhattan, and so much more! 

Written by pulp fictioneers: Ron Fortier, Adam Lance Garcia, Gary Phillips, Paul Bishop, Eric Fein, Tommy Hancock, Aaron Shaps, and Joe Gentile.

Introduction by pulp historian and award-winning author Robert Weinberg!

Guest starring pulp heroes The Green Lama, The Phantom Detective, and The Black Bat!

Softcover / 6”x9” / 276 pages / $13.95
Hardcover / 6”x9” / 276 pages / $23.95

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FIGHT CARD: FELONY FISTS ~ AUDIO!

FIGHT CARD: FELONY FISTS ~ AUDIO!

Los Angeles 1954. Patrick "Felony" Flynn has been fighting all his life. Learning the "sweet science" from Father Tim the fighting priest at St. Vincent's, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world - first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Legendary LAPD chief William Parker is on a rampage to clean up both the department and the city. His elite crew of detectives known as The Hat Squad is his blunt instrument - dedicated, honest, and fearless. Promotion from patrol to detective is Pat's goal, but he also yearns to be one of the elite - and his fists are going to give him the chance.

Gangster Mickey Cohen runs LA's rackets, and murderous heavyweight Solomon King is Cohen's key to taking over the fight game. Chief Parker wants Patrick "Felony" Flynn to stop him - a tall order for middleweight ship's champion with no professional record. Leading with his chin, and with his partner, LA's first black detective Tombstone Jones, covering his back, Patrick Flynn and his Felony Fists are about to fight for his future, the future of the department, and the future of Los Angeles.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

COMING IN DECEMBER!

COMING IN DECEMBER!
 
ANDREW SALMON
WRITING AS
JACK TUNNEY
 
A NEW TWO-FISTED
TALE OF
SHERLOCK HOLMES
 
FIGHT CARD:
BLOOD TO THE BONE

WESTERN PULP: FUGITIVE TRAIL!

WESTERN PULP: FUGITIVE TRAIL!

WAYNE D. DUNDEE

FUGITIVE TRAIL

A hardened, battle weary Civil War vet returns home after the fighting … to an unfaithful wife and a trumped-up murder charge!

The choice between facing a hangman's noose or going on the run as an outlaw isn't a hard one for Eli Cole to make. But when a grieving, vengeful father offers a huge personal bounty—not for Cole's capture, but for proof of his death—the swarm of manhunters and mercenaries this stirs up dramatically increases the odds against staying alive on the fugitive trail. 
 
Complicating matters further for Cole is the group of fellow fugitives he falls in with. Keeping himself alive is tough enough, keeping the others out of harm's way, too, only adds to it. But rage, righteous indignation, and a blazing gun can go a long way toward bucking the odds …

Peacemaker Award-winning author Wayne D. Dundee spins another gritty tale filled with action, raw emotions, and memorable characters. Sure to send readers in search of other work featuring the Dundee byline.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!

FIGHT CARD: THE IRON FISTS OF NED KELLY!

DAVID FOSTER (FIGHT CARD: KING OF THE OUTBACK / FIGHT CARD: RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE) WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY...

COVER BY MIKE FYLES...

A TALE OF THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK LIKE YOU'VE NEVER READ BEFORE...THE NOTORIOUS AUSTRALIAN OUTLAW NED KELLY IN A TRUE-LIFE FIGHT TO THE FINISH... 

FIGHT CARD AND HISTORY!

FIGHT CARD AND HISTORY!

JOSEPH GRANT

I was drawn to write Guns of November by the opportunity to look at the JFK Assassination from a historical fiction viewpoint. Facts keep the story rooted in reality, with an occasional observation snuck in for the author. 

Fiction allows the writer and the reader (it is hoped) to dust off the history of an incident, shake it up, and in so doing become a part of history through the characters – experiencing the emotions and tumult of the time. The writer of historical fiction uses a broader brush and more colorful palette to paint his canvas, giving a different light to staid black and white facts while still coloring inside the lines of history. The experience of bringing facts to life from a different perspective is what makes historical fiction so exciting for me – telling a story as it happened, but using poetic license to do so.  

By using fictional characters to tell a factual story, I believe the author can give the reader a wider understanding of the factual personage and their motives. In the case of the JFK assassination, an event that still resonates today, I was forced to address many issues…Did Oswald act alone? Did Oswald even fire a rifle? Where did Jack Ruby suddenly come into being from waiting the wings of obscurity? Was Ruby a concerned citizen or a Mafia pawn? Why did Ruby take the actions he did – to Jackie Kennedy from testifying as he'd said, or were there other, more sinister motives at hand? 

Even when someone writes what is accepted historical fact, there is always a basis of opinion behind it. In writing historical fiction, a la Gore Vidal's, Lincoln, we are able to understand Lincoln in a clearer sense behind the dusty, one-dimensional figure of the history text books we read in school. Fiction, rather than fact, brings a person to life. Non-fiction, newspaper, and TV news are questionably accurate because, in the end, they are basically approved objective opinion that goes from copy to print. 

Historical fiction works because it brings the reader into the character's lives through a broader respect. Characters in fiction do things factual characters do, but without the real world context. A person reading a news story probably isn’t concerned if a real-life figure had breakfast or not unless it mattered to the timeline of the news article. Conversely, in fiction, breakfast may lead readers around the corner to a whole slew of clues.

Through historical fiction, a reader can find closure on the gaping holes of an historical event – why Oswald left his wedding ring at home, or why he left the School Book Depository after the shooting. In reality, we are never truly able to sort through the conflicting suppositions of approved opinion. In fiction, we find closure as the author moves the story forward fitting the pieces to give us a whole new slant on the puzzle – one in which the pieces actually fit. 

In telling Guns of November, there may be readers who disagree with the avenues to which I've directed the story. It is up to them to base their conclusions on who, what, where and why. It is my job to write a story. While this story is not the truth, it has been based on truths and I've done my best to tell it. I would wager to say it’s closer to the truth than the final fiction we've been told is truth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Pushcart Prize nominee, Joseph Grant is also the author of Fight Card: The Last Round of Archie Mannis. His short stories have been published in over 235 literary reviews such as Byline, New Authors Journal, Underground Voices, Midwest Literary Magazine, Inwood Indiana Literary Review, Hack Writers, Six Sentences, Literary Mary, NexGenPulp, Is This Reality Zine, Darkest Before Dawn, strangeroad.com, FarAway Journal, Full of Crow, Heroin Love Songs, Bewildering Stories, Writing Raw, Unheard Magazine, and Absent Willow Literary Review.

FIGHT CARD: THE GUNS OF NOVEMBER 

November, 1963...Sent to Dallas by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate the disappearance of a boxer connected to a major Civil Rights violation, FBI Special Agent Jim Gregory finds himself desperately trading punches with those plotting to change the course of history.

Kidnapped, beaten, tied up, and blindfolded, young boxer Jimmy Lee Williams knows his situation is dire. Nicknamed Guns for the relentless firing power of his fists, Williams isn’t going to go down without a fight. However, this is no typical 15-rounder...and the clock is ticking toward disaster. 

Mixing with a disparate group of Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, and corrupt Dallas Police, Gregory’s search for Williams takes him into the heart of the JFK conspiracy.  In the Carousel Club, owner Jack Ruby – Gregory's old Chicago boxing opponent – introduces the undercover FBI agent to his many shady contacts, including a young, ex-Marine and Communist defector named Oswald…a man with unusual intelligence and connections to both the FBI and the CIA.

With disaster looming, the latest Fight Card novel, Guns of November, is a two-fisted take on the tragic events you thought you knew, but never imagined...


FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ OCTOBER 2014

FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ OCTOBER 2014

Our October Fight Card title, Guns of November, with Joseph Grant (Fight Card: The Last Round of Archie Mannis) behind the Jack Tunney moniker, has slid into publication. It also sports a beautiful cover by Carl Yonder, who continues to go the distance for Fight Card …

FIGHT CARD: THE GUNS OF NOVEMBER

November, 1963...Sent to Dallas by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate the disappearance of a boxer connected to a major Civil Rights violation, FBI Special Agent Jim Gregory finds himself desperately trading punches with those plotting to change the course of history.

Kidnapped, beaten, tied up, and blindfolded, young boxer Jimmy Lee Williams knows his situation is dire. Nicknamed Guns for the relentless firing power of his fists, Williams isn’t going to go down without a fight. However, this is no typical 15-rounder...and the clock is ticking toward disaster. 

Mixing with a disparate group of Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, and corrupt Dallas Police, Gregory’s search for Williams takes him into the heart of the JFK conspiracy.  In the Carousel Club, owner Jack Ruby – Gregory's old Chicago boxing opponent – introduces the undercover FBI agent to his many shady contacts, including a young, ex-Marine and Communist defector named Oswald…a man with unusual intelligence and connections to both the FBI and the CIA.

With disaster looming, the latest Fight Card novel, Guns of November, is a two-fisted take on the tragic events you thought you knew, but never imagined... 

As always any mentions on blogs or social networking are very much appreciated.

November will mark the return of Fight Card veteran David Foster with a brilliant take on Australia’s most notorious outlaw. The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly is rooted in fact, telling the tale of the legendary bare-knuckle boxing match between Kelly and Wild Wright – the man Kelly held responsible for his three year incarceration for horse stealing. Great stuff!

The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly will feature a fantastic cover from the talented Mike Fyles, who also provides the cover for our second Fight Card Sherlock Holmes title – Blood to the Bone – from Andrew Salmon…

Keep Punching…

AVAILABLE NOW ~ FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER!

AVAILABLE NOW ~ FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER!

ANOTHER TWO-FISTED FIGHT CARD TALE...JOSEPH GRANT WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY... 

FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER

November, 1963...Sent to Dallas by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate the disappearance of a boxer connected to a major Civil Rights violation, FBI Special Agent Jim Gregory finds himself desperately trading punches with those plotting to change the course of history.

Kidnapped, beaten, tied up, and blindfolded, young boxer Jimmy Lee Williams knows his situation is dire. Nicknamed Guns for the relentless firing power of his fists, Williams isn’t going to go down without a fight. However, this is no typical 15-rounder...and the clock is ticking toward disaster. 

Mixing with a disparate group of Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, and corrupt Dallas Police, Gregory’s search for Williams takes him into the heart of the JFK conspiracy.  In the Carousel Club, owner Jack Ruby – Gregory's old Chicago boxing opponent – introduces the undercover FBI agent to his many shady contacts, including a young, ex-Marine and Communist defector named Oswald…a man with unusual intelligence and connections to both the FBI and the CIA.

With disaster looming, the latest Fight Card novel, Guns of November, is a two-fisted take on the tragic events you thought you knew, but never imagined...
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER!

COMING SOON! 
 
FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER
 
JOSEPH GRANT WRITING AS JSCK TUNNEY
 
COVER BY CARL YONDER

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ESPIONAGE CORNER: SPY THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: SPY THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER!

PART ONE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH INTREPID AUTHOR AND EURO-SPY AFFICITIONADO DAVID FOSTER HAS BEEN POSTED OVER AT VENTURE GALLERIES...

Writing under his James Hopwood Pseudonym, author David Foster is quite possibly Australia’s hardest working pulpster. A professional graphic artist, David has designed scores of amazing book covers for other authors while also spinning terrific yarns of his own. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and his novellas have been hits with critics and readers alike. Long an aficionado of ‘60s spymania, his latest novel, The Danakil Deception – published by Pro Se – ranks with the best of the genre.

From his lair hidden deep beneath the Australian Outback, where he was notoriously raised by wild razorbacks and learned to throw a boomerang with deadly efficiency, he has surfaced long enough to face the following interrogation …

FOR THE FULL PART ONE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE


Monday, September 15, 2014

FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ SEPTEMBER 2014

FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ SEPTEMBER 2014

We have a special treat for this month’s Fight Card release.  Fight Card: Bareknuckle Barbarian features a one-two punch of stories featuring Robert ‘Bob” E. Howard himself as the two-fisted hero of his own pulp tales.

Award winning author Teel James Glenn writing as Jack Tunney gives life to the wonder of what adventures Bob Howard might have enjoyed had his life not ended so tragically early.

Fight Card: Bareknuckle Barbarian sports a beautiful painted cover by Carl Yonder with text by David Foster.

FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

Can a poor Texan pulp writer survive the bare knuckle brutality of New York? Robert E. ‘Bob’ Howard is forced to find out when he stumbles upon an impromptu match in an alley on his first day in the Big Apple. From there, it is a trip to the circus and a confrontation with a gambling overlord climaxing in a bloody fight to the finish in a squared circle of death…all before landing on the shores of old Ireland, where he will face a strange and ancient danger in a very different circle of bare knuckle justice.

Two fisted tales straight from the days of the pulp excitement, served with a side order of ‘what might have been’ fantasy, as Robert E. Howard – the writer who gave us Conan and Solomon Kane – lives his adventures himself.

Pulp Award winning author Teel James Glenn writing as Jack Tunney takes the readers back to a time that never was for adventures that should have been!



As always, any mentions on your blogs or social networking sites are appreciated.

Next month will feature a new Fight Card novel, The Guns of November, from Joseph Grant (The Last Round of Archie Mannis), which mixes boxing with historical characters involved in the Kennedy assassination.

The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly will debut in November from Fight Card stalwart David Foster (King of the Outback, Rumble in the Jungle), taking us back into the bush with Australia’s favorite outlaw. This novel will feature a stunning cover from new Fight Card contributor Mike Fyles.

Andrew Salmon (Fight Card Sherlock Holmes: Work Capitol) will be giving us a new Fight Card Sherlock Holmes tale to celebrate the holiday season.

We also have upcoming books from Tim Tresslar, Jason Chirevas, David White Tommy Hancock, and others…

David Foster is hard at work preparing those Fight Card tales not yet released as paperbacks for publication.  Your patience is appreciated.  We will get there.

Until next month…Keep Punching!

AN IMPORTANT WORD ABOUT R.E.H. AND BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

AN IMPORTANT WORD ABOUT R.E.H. AND BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

BY TEEL JAMES GLENN
I have used the historical figure of Robert E. Howard in the two-fisted tales of Bob Howard (Bareknuckle Barbarian and Fist of the Fae) in a purely fictional, dramatic, and somewhat whimsical fashion.  No approval, disrespect or disparagement of this individual – though I very much admire R.E.H. – is meant or implied. The facts of R.E.H.’s life as it tragically ended in this world, and the point where it enters the world of these fictional stories should be clear to all.
Robert Irvin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was the consummate pulp author who wrote in a diverse range of genres. He is best known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre, but he wrote western, historical crusader, and horror fiction with equal aplomb.
Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains. He taught himself to box and sword fight and often engaged in ice house fights – bareknuckle competitions with the rough necks in his area.
From the age of nine, he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction. However, he did not have real success until he was twenty-three. He was published in a wide selection of magazines, journals and newspapers, but his main outlet was the pulp magazine, Weird Tales.
He was introduced (via correspondence) to H.P. Lovecraft by an editor at Weird Tales, and the two veteran writers were soon engaged in a vigorous correspondence, which would last for the rest of Howard's life.
Howard was successful in several genres and was on the verge of publishing his first novel when he committed suicide at the age of thirty. His mother was terminally ill with tuberculosis before she had even met his father, and so was slowly dying throughout Howard's entire life.
A theme in most of his writings was the atavist in us all, the barbarian, would always triumph over civilization. If he could see today’s reality television, he might find himself proven right.
His divergence from tragic reality to the world of the two-fisted tales of Bob Howard is the moment, seated in his car on a Texas road, when he chooses not shoot himself in grief (as he did in real life), but returns to the hospital to have his last moments with his dying mother.
Teel James Glenn (Writing as Jack Tunney) ~ Union City, NJ, 2014