Greetings, Salutations and Welcome. If you’re joining me here after having read my latest post over at BLOOD & INK then you’ve already suffered through my whining about not posting more regularly so I’ll spare you that here. Why not just jump right into getting caught up on what’s been going on with Dillon lately and what’s going to be happening with him in the near future?
So far this year there’s been the Annual Birthday Giveaway Dillon And The Last Rail From Khusra, the YoungPulp! digest novel Young Dillon In The Halls Of Shamballah and the full length Dillon/Jim Anthony novel co-written with Josh Reynolds The Vril Agenda. I think you’ll agree with me that’s a lot of Dillon in just five months. And there’s still more to come but first, allow me to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and the encouragement while I was writing those stories. And if you’ve read them and enjoyed them I’d appreciate it all to hell if you’d drop a review or two. It would give me a warm feeling in my tummy and you’ll be surprised at how good it’ll make you feel as well.
So what’s next? you ask. Well, I’ll be glad to tell you. Cop a squat and make yourself comfortable while I tell you.
DEAD BEAT IN THE GOBI: As most of you know, Joel Jenkins wrote a team-up between Dillon and his character, the mercenary/musician Sly Gantlet that a lot of you enjoyed. Even more of you asked when and if Dillon and Sly were going to meet up again. I’ve long had the reunion team up, DEAD BEAT IN KHUSRA plotted out and if you’ve read DILLON AND THE LAST RAIL TO KHUSRA then you know there’s a Sly Gantlet related teaser in there.
Well, Joel went ahead and beat me to it as I have on my hard drive DEAD BEAT IN THE GOBI which finds Our Boys stuck in the middle of The Gobi Desert besieged by the Russian Army on one side and on the other…well, you wouldn’t thank me if I spoiled it for you, now would you?
So as soon as I hurry up and write DEAD BEAT IN KHUSRA, you’ll see both stories in a new repackaging of the anthology FOUR BULLETS FOR DILLON which at this point looks like it’s going to have to be renamed SIX BULLETS FOR DILLON as one story will be removed from FOUR BULLETS: “Dillon and The Escape From Tosegio” as that story is now part of DILLON AND THE VOICE OF ODIN and three new stories will be added.
DILLON AND THE NIGHT OF THE KRAMPUS: I didn’t have a story in the 2013 Pulpwork Press Christmas Special but that ain’t gonna happen this year as I’m going to write this story during the spring/summer and have it in early. What’s it going to be about? Well, it’s going to have Dillon, the return of Big Pig! and Dillon’s sidekicks are going to be Wyatt Hyatt and Reynard Hansen. And there’s going to be a Krampus. Promise.
DILLON AND THE SECRET OF SHAMBALLAH: This is the novel that was previously entitled DILLON AND THE MYTH HUNTER. But don’t worry that the change in title means Elisa Hill won’t be in it. The Myth Hunter certainly will be. She’s been hired by Li Shoon, the satanic master of the feared worldwide secret society known as The Ui Kwoon Ah-How to find the location of Shamballha, The Eternal City. Dillon is sworn to protect the secret of Shamballah at all costs. But will he go so far as to kill a friend to keep that secret? The way things are going with me chances are I might not get around to writing this until 2015.
DILLON AND THE DEVIL’S BOUNTY: This is another one I don’t think I’m going to write until 2015. But it’s worth waiting on as it’s based on a plot by none other than Joshua R. Reynolds! When The Heart of Fortune V, the world’s first self-sustaining seagoing vessel is hijacked by pirates, Dillon is contacted by John Velvet, Director of The Machine to destroy The Heart of Fortune and keep it out of dangerous hands. In order of accomplish this mission Dillon needs the assistance of one of his protégés, the mysteriously dangerous mistress of mayhem and disguise, The Pulptress! But neither one of them could have counted on the participation of the 21st Century incarnation of Fortune McCall! And it may need all their skills and talents to stave of the assault of the various criminal and terrorist organizations seeking to take control of The Heart of Fortune V for their own nefarious purposes!
You can also be on the lookout for the reissue of DILLON AND THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN BELL with a brand new cover by Sean E. Ali, winner of the 2014 Pulp Factory Award for Best Interior Illustrations. Don’t quite know when that’ll be as I don’t rush Sean and he doesn’t rush me. Really all I have to do is tighten up the nuts and bolts a bit on the book and Sean has to come up with one of his mind-blowing covers.
Before we take our leave of each other, here’s a picture that is truly worth a thousand words:
One of my Facebook friends, Chuck Kreegah Loridans teaches art at the Renzi Education and Art Center in Louisiana. He read YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH and thought it would be perfect for the young men at the school to read. Through the generosity of Tommy Hancock and the good folks at Pro Se Productions, three copies were sent and obviously are being enjoyed.
I’m going to have a print of this picture made and framed to hang on the wall above my desk to remind me in those moments when I wonder what it’s all for I can look up and be reminded that THIS is what it’s all for.
Good night and God Bless.