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.

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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.