From the “Dillon and The Change of Address Affair”…courtesy of Mr. Sean E. Ali..

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So…

Let’s talk about what I couldn’t talk about which is now okay to talk about…

Derrick Ferguson‘s signature adventurer, the international instigator himself, DILLON is making a move to Pro Se helmed by his truly, Tommy Dollar…

I mean, Hancock, Tommy Hancock.

Oh there’s origin stories and inside baseball and hurrying up to wait behind this…

…and hey, someday we may get around to that “Behind the Music” episode…

…dibs on disgruntled bassist who went on to form a Steely Dan tribute cover band…

But here’s the thing, I finally get two great tastes that go great together…

…screw the peanut butter and chocolate candy cup thing…

…unless you have some to give away, then it’s gimme, gimme, gimme…

The fact that DILLON is now running out of Pro Se allows the firm of Ferguson and Ali to continue practically undisturbed on sprucing up Dillon tales of old, plus (if I’m lucky enough to pass muster on my audition tape six years running) I will probably be on board for the duration…

Which is good, Pro Se has been where I’ve done some of my best work like Barry Reese‘s LAZARUS GRAY and BLACK PULP (hey they are the things I point to with pride often), so it’s gratifying to know some of my even better work will be appearing there as well.

For me at least, when I got the gig for DILLON from Derrick, who had kindly referred to a fan related image as good, I knew that despite his obvious blindness leading him to a hack like me, this was the best luck I’ve ever gotten from the visually challenged.

And Tommy, bless him, has a similar affliction, so if I’m lucky I won’t be found out any time soon.

Plus you folks get the biggest win out of all this, because we’re all here to deliver something special to you…

You can’t go wrong with Derrick doing what he loves with a character he’s fully invested in…

…and Pro Se backing that up is pretty much the best team up you’re going to find between here and Xonira.

So, to sum up, DILLON comes to Pro Se…

…and I hope you folks are ready, because together, they’re about to give you a damn fun ride.

Be good to yourselves and each other.

Toldja Things Were Going to Change

 

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PIONEERING NEW PULP CHARACTER JOINS PRO SE-
DERRICK FERGUSON’S DILLON IMPRINT DEBUTS IN 2017

A handful of characters make every ‘best of’ list when characters considered part of the New Pulp Movement are discussed. The New Pulp Movement is a community of writers, artists, and publishers associated because the work they produce is written/created in the Pulp style that grew out of the classic Pulp magazines of the early 20th Century. Author Derrick Ferguson’s extremely popular ‘global instigator’ and adventurer, Dillon, is one such character. And now Dillon and the entire, ever expanding universe he lives in is a part of Pro Se Productions. DERRICK FERGUSON’S DILLON is a new author/character centered imprint from Pro Se to debut later this year.

“People may ask “Why bring Dillon to Pro Se now?” says Ferguson. “The question could be more properly phrased as “Why did it take so long?” After all, I’ve had a long and harmonious relationship with Tommy Hancock for twenty years now and Dillon would have seemed from the beginning to be an excellent fit for Pro Se Productions as they have a reputation for innovation and showcasing remarkably vital characters. Everybody has to choose their own path and mine led me down a long and interesting road. But now it’s time to expand Dillon and his universe to a wider audience and Pro Se Productions can help me do just that.”

“I don’t have words,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Productions Partner and Editor in Chief, “for what Dillon coming to Pro Se means to me, both professionally and personally. When it comes to action adventure storytelling with both shades of classic Pulp and modern relevance, no one does it better than Derrick Ferguson. And Dillon is a character that not only embodies multiple traits and concepts that make him leap off the page. He is the seed from which an entire universe of fantastic characters, awesome storylines, and the epitome of excitement grow from. DERRICK FERGUSON’S DILLON is going to be a helluva lot of fun for all involved.”

DERRICK FERGUSON’S DILLON will debut in late 2017 with DILLON ANNUAL ONE, a collection of Dillon short stories. This will be a recurring title in the imprint each year. Ferguson will also explore Dillon’s universe in various ways under the imprint.

Sean E. Ali will format and design all books in the imprint, including creating the covers. The imprint logo is also designed and created by Ali.

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

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

And Now Here’s Something We Hope You’ll Really Like…

courtesy of my esteemed colleague and collaborator Sean E. Ali. Mr. Ali? The floor is yours, sir.

So I’ve finally sat down to work on a DILLON book from your pal and mine, Derrick Ferguson…
He calls it THE DILLON ANNUAL – VOLUME 1, in my mind it’s more DILLON THE LOST ADVENTURES- VOLUME 1…
Because, really you know and I know “Annual” books tend to be whatever whenever but “Lost Adventures”…
…well hey, they must be special, right?
You bet.
This won’t be a redress of FOUR BULLETS FOR DILLON, though there is a certain belt buckle present and accounted for, for those of you who did pick that one up, as well as other Dillon rarities that were scattered about in collections and novelettes which are finally getting a home in the book formerly known as FOUR BULLETS…
My current assignment has left me with free time and it’s been a bit since I’ve laid out a book…
Dillon books have a set style I pulled together, so I’ll be sticking with that…
But the challenge will be the cover…
I have ideas but nothing concrete yet…
But it’s early days so why bring it up while it’s still a few miles down the road?
Because I’ve read a few things lately about how the print book is a waste of time. You don’t move that many and, truth be told ebooks are supposed to be where it’s at now.
So after this, I think I’ll learn how to lay out ebooks…
…then I think I’ll see how close I can get to setting up those things as close as I can to my idea of a print book.
And maybe I’ll wax nostalgic just a bit on what motivates me to go all out on a print book like DILLON or Barry Reese’s LAZARUS GRAY series over at Pro Se and why it may be a headache…
…but if I’m putting together the product, I’m trying to make your print dollars worth it.
When you pick up something where I’m in the credits, then trust me, every design decision was made with reader’s experience in mind.
If you got an ebook, you’re only getting half the story.
Now let me get back to work, I’m kind of hoping this cover idea will gel as I go on the book layout…

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Coming Attractions: March 2017

Happy New Year! And I sincerely hope that you’re enjoying yourself as we go into the third month of 2017. It’s been three months since we’ve talked like this and it is my wish that you and and your family have enjoyed nothing but prosperity and good health since then. Me? I’ve been doing okay aside from suffering from a really weird rash that attacked mainly my hands and certain parts of my body (getcher minds outta the gutter.) You can check out my Blood & Ink blog for further details about that. And since I’m on the subject of my other blogs, if you’re as big a movie fan as I am, check out The Ferguson Theater for my movie reviews.

But this here blog is about Dillon and news about what you can expect in the coming months as far as his adventures are concerned so let’s get right to it, shall we?

It’s come to my attention that many of you don’t know that THE VRIL AGENDA written by Yours Truly and Josh Reynolds, featuring the epic team-up of Dillon and Jim Anthony, Super Detective as they square off against Sun Koh is available as an audio book. Well, it is. So if you don’t want to read the paperback version or the Kindle version, here’s the link to the audio book version. I highly recommend it. I am utterly and totally amazed at how listening to one’s own book in audio version is a completely different experience from reading it. Hell, I helped write the daggone thing and every time I listened to it I was on the edge of my bed (I would listen to a couple of chapters on my Kindle in my bed at night before going to sleep)

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The current Dillon serialized adventure; DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE is up to two chapters on my Patreon page and the third chapter is going to drop on the 8th of March. I’m having fun writing this one in a different way from the usual Dillon adventure and it started with the previous Dillon serial; “Dillon and The City of Stone” I co-wrote with Erik Fromme. Lemme explain;

It was Erik’s concept that “City of Stone” be different from previous Dillon adventures in that we see him on vacation, bonding with ordinary people and behaving like a regular guy before we get into the wild and crazy adventure. And in co-writing it with Erik I got caught up in that notion as well and I liked the concept a lot. I always wanted to present Dillon as being a well-rounded character and I always enjoy seeing him interact with ordinary folks who are normally a part of his world. So I followed Erik’s lead and I think we came up with a pretty damn good yarn that not only managed to be a rollicking good Dillon adventure in the tradition fans of the character and stories have come to expect but also added a new dimension to Dillon himself. If you agree, thank Erik. If you don’t blame me.

And in following Erik’s concept, DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE reveals new aspects of Dillon’s character that we’ve never seen before. We learn that he has a permanent residence in the form of a palatial house and estate named Coppereye (My homage to Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate) in rural Pennsylvania. We learn he has a housekeeper/majordomo name Mrs. Jenkins who along with her two daughters looks after Dillon’s house while he out nemesising evil. Dillon even has lawyers who manage his money! And that’s not even half of what we uncover in those three chapters.

But it’s necessary for the growth of Dillon’s character, I think. I see these serialized stories on my Patreon page as filling in spaces that you don’t get during the big, widescreen summer movie blockbusters that are the novels. The Patreon stories are more like television mini-series, for lack of a better analogy.

So what else?

DILLON ANNUAL COLLECTION VOL. I is all done and only waiting on a cover from Sean E. Ali. My goal is to put out an Annual Collection every year that will compile all the Dillon novellas in chronological order. The contents of DILLON ANNUAL COLLECTION Vol. I is as follows:

Young Dillon In The Halls of Shamballah

Dillon And The BadAss Belt Buckle

Dillon and The Judas Chalice

Dead Beat In La Esca

Dillon and The Alchemist’s Morning Coffee

Dillon and The Last Rail To Khusra

I’m 29,000 words into THE RETURN OF THE SPECIALISTS (formerly known as THE SPECIALISTS 2) which sees Dillon recruiting a brand new team to tie up some loose ends from that adventure. All I can say is that I hope you guys will have as much fun reading this as I am writing this. It’s like I’m getting to write my dream 1980’s Action Movie. There’s a Sneak Preview on my Patreon page if you’re interested.

After I finish with THE RETURN OF THE SPECIALISTS it’ll be time to finally get to work on DILLON AND THE SECRET OF SHAMBALLAH which will most likely be my major Dillon project for Fall/Winter of 2017 with an eye for publication in 2018.

And what will I be featuring on my Patreon page after I finish with DILLON AND THE PROPHECY OF FIRE? I’m planning on a buncha solo stories featuring Dillon’s supporting cast. You can vote on who your favorite is right here and I’ll have a poll of the Patreon site as well.

Aren’t you getting tired of hearing me mention the Patreon page? Don’t worry, I’m all done for now. You guys go read some good books, watch some good movies and be good to each other until we get together again, okay? God Bless and Take Care.

Coming Soon: November 2016

DILLON AND THE NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS is a story I think is fairly unique for a pair of reasons I’ll get into in a minute and then I’ll explain why it’s being presented as this month’s feature on my Patreon page. First off, the story’s history. It was written for the 2014 PULPWORK PRESS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL and kinda just came to me in a rush as I had written a Dillon Christmas story for the 2012 volume and honestly had no intention of writing another one. That one; “Dillon and The Night Before Christmas” was a mash-up of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol.”  Which I did because every time a writer decides to do a Christmas story with his/her favorite character they do either “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “A Christmas Carol.” So I figured by mashing up both stories into one, I’d do my obligatory Dillon story and get it over with.

So how did I come to write DILLON AND THE NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS? It’s partly the fault of Joshua R. Reynolds, curse his hide. Long before The Krampus became a cultish rage, Josh was telling me stories about The Krampus. Yeah, everybody and their mother know about The Krampus now, but Josh was in love with the critter long before they were. I was intrigued with The Krampus and as I do with most ideas Josh gives me, I scribbled it away in one of my notebooks, figuring that I’d use it in a story later on. Which story, I had no idea. I certainly never thought that I’d use The Krampus in a Dillon story.

So how did The Krampus end up in a Dillon story? For a couple of reasons. I wanted to write a story where Dillon again has an adventure with Wyatt Hyatt and Reynard Hansen who he worked with in “Dillon and The Judas Chalice.” I liked the interaction between the three of them as they’re all black men but they’re all very different types of black men whose skills and personalities mesh well together. Especially Wyatt and Reynard who have a relationship that is not as contentious or as cantankerous as Monk Mayfair and Ham Brooks but that vibe is there and I wanted to explore it further.

The Krampus got into it because I wanted to write a Christmas story that was more of freewheeling, action/adventure filled romp than “Dillon and The Night Before Christmas” which was pretty dark and grim (but ended on a hopeful note, Thank Odin) and the idea of Dillon fighting a Krampus struck me as being just goofy enough to work.

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So I wrote the story and it was published and I thought no more about it. Until an odd thing started happening. One that is the perfect example of one of the things I love about writing: you never know what is going to resonate with readers and what they’ll pick up on. You can’t predict what readers are going to like and you’re a fool if you try. Just be glad when they do latch onto something and even more, they let you know what it is.

In this case, it’s a scene where Dillon reveals to Wyatt and Reynard that he has a house. Now if you’ve been following Dillon for awhile then you know what a shock this was to Wyatt and Reynard since Dillon has never before mentioned to them that he had a permanent residence somewhere. They’re even more amazed to learn that the dog they’ve come to Alaska to pick up is Dillon’s second dog. Here’s a picture of an Alaskan Husky, which is the type of dog Dillon prefers and that he names Festus.

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Wyatt and Reynard are naturally pissed off that all this time he’s had a permanent residence and a dog and he never thought to mention it to two men he claims are close friends of his that he’s been on dangerous adventures with where they’ve saved each other’s lives many times over. And they both quite loudly express their dissatisfaction with Dillon. To put it mildly.

The feedback I got from readers (stop your snickering. I do have readers. I DO.) was that scene was their favorite in the story and they wanted to know if I was going to follow up on it.  And while I didn’t have any ideas of doing so, once the suggestion was planted in my head, it took root and began to grow.

So starting next month on my Patreon page I’ll be starting a brand new serial which doesn’t have a title yet although I’m kicking around two or three of ‘em. What can I tell you? I have a hard time with titles. But what I can tell you is that the story will be a direct sequel to “Dillon and The Night of The Krampus.” which is why that story is going to be featured on my Patreon page this month so that those of you who haven’t read it can get caught up before the new serial begins. Dillon doesn’t manage to get Wyatt and Reynard back to their homes in time for Christmas for reasons that will be explained in the story. As compensation, Wyatt and Reynard demand that Dillon take them to his house along with their new friend, Professor of Occult History & Science, Folklore and Mythology, Ursula Van Houghton. That’s where the story starts and I promise you it’ll get wilder from there. And along the way you’ll hopefully find out a lot more about Dillon that will enhance your enjoyment of the character and his world.

Okay, that’s it for now. If this is your first time here, feel free to stay awhile, look around and maybe leave a comment or take one of the polls. Until next time, watch some good movies, read some good books and be good to each other. And don’t forget to vote, dammit!

And here’s a handy dandy visual aid so you don’t have to burn up brain cells imagining what Big Pig looks like:

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