Coming Soon #7

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:

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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.

 

 

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THE VRIL AGENDA is here!

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TWO LEGENDARY HEROES

COME TOGETHER TO DEFEAT

 THE VRIL AGENDA

Airship 27 Productions & Pulp Work Press join forces for the very first time to announce the release of THE VRIL AGENDA, a fantastic, action packed pulp adventure by two of the finest writers in the New Pulp field, Joshua Reynolds and Derrick Ferguson.

Upon completing his training with the Warmasters of Shamballah, Dillon journeys back to America to begin the next phase of his training under tutelage of one of the greatest adventurers of all time, Jim Anthony – The Super Detective.  But no sooner do they meet then one of Anthony’s most dangerous villains resurface from his past to once again threaten mankind, the superhuman Sun Koh – Prince of Atlantis.

Now the old warrior and his young student, aided by Anthony’s loyal family and allies, will take on this new threat, pitting their lives against powerful adversaries.  From New York to Berlin and then on to a hidden civilization at the bottom of the world, the Super Detective and his two-fisted protégé must stop the fiendish Sun Koh before he can unlock the ages old secret of the Vril power.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Derrick’s Dillon from day one,” reports Airship 27 Managing Editor, Ron Fortier.  “And of course Josh has done several Jim Anthony projects for us including a full length novel. So when they first proposed this team-up book, I was thrilled beyond words.”

Noted fantasy author, Charles Saunders, creator of the Imaro series, calls The Vril Agenda, “…a remarkable achievement.”

The book features interior illustrations by award winning artist Rob Davis, with a stunning, dynamic cover painting by Adam Shaw; his first work for Airship 27 Productions.

Writers Josh Reynold and Derrick Ferguson have whipped up a frenetically paced tale that never lets up for second, masterfully delivering old fashion pulp action in what is sure to become a New Pulp Classic!

 

AN AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP WORK PRESS EVENT!

 

Available now from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

(http://www.amazon.com/Vril-Agenda-Joshua-Reynolds/dp/069202221X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397655127&sr=1-1&keywords=THE+VRIL+AGENDA)

All-Star Pulp Comics #2

AIRSHIP 27 presents

ALL STAR PULP COMICS # 2

(Portion of Profits Goes to Boston Red Cross)

Airship 27 Productions has once again teamed with Redbud Studio comics to release the second in their on-going pulp comics anthology.  The first giant issue in this series won the coveted Pulp Ark Award for Best Pulp Comic of 2010.

Volume Two of the series, co-edited by creators Ron Fortier and Rob Davis, is even bigger than that stellar premier issue.  Contained here are eight stories featuring both modern and classic pulp heroes; Ki-Gor the Jungle Lord, the Black Bat, Cain, Robin Hood, Lance Star, Brothers Bones, Dillon and Domino Lady.

The cover is by Will Meugniot and features Ki-Gor’s lovely mate, Helene, battling back to back with Derrick Ferguson’s modern day adventurer, Dillon.  Other creators represented are Russ Anderson, Fortier, Davis, Ian Watson, Thomas Deja, Michelle Sciuto, Sean Taylor, Aaron Meade, Todd Jones, Lee Oaks, James Gaubatz, Van Plexico, Andrew Salmon and Kelly Everaert.

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The book is available from Indy Planet.com and part of the proceeds are being donated to the Boston Red Cross.  “We were the last stages of assembling the book,” explains Editor Foriter, “when the Patriots’ Day bombings occurred in Boston.  All of us, like the rest of the country, were in shock and felt helpless to do anything.”  It was writer Van Plexico who contacted Fortier about possibly offering some of the sales proceeds to help those injured in the terror attack.  “The second Van brought up, I knew it was something we had to do,” Fortier continues.  He contacted Davis and all the creators and the decision was made to take all the profits earned by the book during its first six months in print and donate them to the Boston Red Cross.

“We truly hope our fans will want to rally around a truly good cause and help us put sales over the top,” adds co-editor Rob Davis.  “We really want this to be the best selling title Redbud Studio has ever produced.”

The issue is now on sale at INDY PLANET

 

And Now, 584 Words About Sean E. Ali

By now you’ve no doubt been drooling over the teaser promo images for Dillon and The Voice of Odin so before the next one goes up it’s time to shine the spotlight on the mastermind behind them.

Sean E. Ali is a name that will be familiar to those of you who are fans of the many fine books published by Pro Se Press. They’re one of the major leading publishers of New Pulp today.  Sean E. Ali is the creative genius behind the design of their many eye-popping, distinctive and decidedly pulpish covers. Thanks to his craftsmanship and eye for color, composition and graphic design, in many ways, Sean is the face of Pro Se since the first thing you see when you pick up a Pro Se book is his work, along with that of the talented artists that also contribute to the growing success of Pro Se Press.

So how did Sean and I hook up? As with so many other talented people I’ve met, it started with casual conversation on Facebook. Sean expressed to me on many occasions how much he enjoyed my Dillon stories and novels. I never had any idea of how much he liked the character until I saw these up on Facebook one day:

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All on his own, Sean had went ahead and done a few images in the style of movie posters and those movie banner you see on buses. When I asked him what did “October 2015” mean he replied “That’s when the movie is going to hit theaters, dummy.” Now I ask you, what can one do or say when facing such overwhelming confidence? And I have been blessed with knowing so many people who have such confidence and faith in the character I’ve created that they can envision such a future for him even if I can’t.

And Sean E. Ali is a man of such faith. We got to know each other really well during the final phases of the Black Pulp project and there were many late night conversations in which we exchanged many thoughts and ideas. The more conversations we had the more my respect for this man’s work ethic, creative philosophy and imaginative power grew. Sean E. Ali is a man who does not commit himself lightly to anything. Once he signs on board with you he’s right there through every step, ever level of the process. He knows how to work with people and he knows how to put his ego in the closet and look ahead to the future of any given project and that is what he sees and that is his goal. Everything else is secondary.

When I described my desire for the reissue of the Dillon adventures with new covers that unified them and made it clear with just by looking at the covers that they were all part of the same series, Sean knew exactly what I meant. Along with the badass new Dillon logo provided by Percival Constantine, he delivered in spectacular fashion. And he’s already got ideas in mind for the other covers as well. I’m looking forward to it as well as any other projects we may work on. Because if there’s anything I do have faith in is that Sean E. Ali and I will be working together for a very long time.

Sean E. Ali’s Facebook Page….bounce on over and friend him, whydon’tcha?