Thursday, October 26, 2017

Domino Lady Returns!

Art by Ed Coutts
Awesome Tales #6 goes on sale today, billed as the special "Crime Issue"! The Domino Lady begins her New York adventure in "Give Them a Corpse" by Rich Harvey, the first in a series of linked stories. The notorious Black Legion returns from the original tales by Lars Anderson (all of which were collected in Compliments of the Domino Lady by Bold Venture Press, 2004) ... but this new adventure introduces The Procuress, a masked femme fatale who will prove a worthy adversary for pulp fiction's masked first lady!

The "Crime Issue" began materializing when editor R. Allen Leider saw the striking Domino lady painting by Ed Coutts. When the editor inquired about the piece, displayed at the annual Pulp Adventurecon in New Jersey, the illustrator admitted he painted it for kicks. With no previous assignment attached, editor Leider wasted no time in securing it for Awesome Tales.

Leider mused aloud he needed a Domino Lady story to accompany it. Rich Harvey quickly spoke up, "I'll write it!" and everyone was off to the races. Once the writing began, Rich realized his plot could not be squeezed into the required word count. When he broke the plot into smaller pieces, The Domino Lady's clash with The Procuress threatened to grow into a novel-length story.

So now, "Give Them a Corpse" is part one in a series of linked short stories, all forming a larger story. The Domino Lady will battle a vicious blackmail ring from one end of Manhattan to the other, with the promise of noirish excursions into Brooklyn, Long Island, and New Jersey. Flushing? Well, the year is 1939, and the World's Fair is in full swing ...

Five additional stories round out the crime issue, with a number of them illustrated by Ed Coutts. Secure your copy today!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

One a Pulp Man reviewed

George Kelly's "Forgotten Books" blog boasts several reviews -- books of every type. As he explains on his site:
I try to read a book a day. I also try to make $1000 in the stock market each trading day–but that doesn’t always work out. I don’t have a cell phone (they’re instruments of the Devil) and I despise “Call Waiting” (which is cutting in line). As of December 30, 2016 I’ve Retired from a 40-year teaching career as a College Professor. I am dedicated to finding a Good Home for the 30,000 books in my basement.

While working through his "to-be-read" stack, George found an opportunity to review Once a Pulp Man: The Secret History of Judson P. Philips as Hugh Pentecost by Audrey Parente.

Read the full review here.

Judson P. Philips's "Park Avenue Hunt Club" series appeared frequently in Detective Fiction Weekly. In 1939, Argosy magazine serialized Cancelled in Red by Hugh Pentecost, the pen name which gradually eclipsed the author. The novel introduced Inspector Luke Bradley, a tough New York City cop, and his trusted right-hand man, Detective Rube Snyder. Cancelled in Red was published in hardcover and paperback that same year. Bradley would star in three more hardcover originals and a handful of short stories in William Randolph Hearst's The American Magazine.

Learn more about the comprehensive author biography, then check out the Inspector Luke Bradley series, newly minted by Bold Venture Press.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Pulp Super-Fan throws ThePulp.Net over Pulp Adventures #24

Michael R. Brown reviews stacks and stacks of pulp-themed books in his column "The Pulp Super-Fan," which appears regularly (and often!) on ThePulp.Net website. He's been an ardent reviewer of the Bold Venture line-up, and of Pulp Adventures magazine in particular.

Read the full review here.

Pulp Adventures returned in late 2014 as a quarterly fiction magazine -- featuring new and classic pulp fiction -- with a smattering of author biographies accompanying stories. Bold Venture Press has released eleven issues since then, and each "quarterly safari through the pulp jungle" becomes more ambitious than the previous one.

Find out more about Pulp Adventures magazine here.

Publishers Weekly gives "Twilight Patrol" #1 thumbs up

Bold Venture Press unveiled The Twilight Patrol #1: Drones of the Ravaging Wind by Stuart Hopen, and it immediately scored a positive review from Publishers Weekly.

"... this spry pastiche of the hero pulp magazines that dominated newsstands in the first half of the 20th century calls to mind an era when genres were malleable and writers readily manipulated their tropes to craft entertaining popular fiction hybrids."

So far so good, but the review gets better!

"Its series character, Hollister Congrieve, is a Spad-flying Air Force captain cut from the same cloth as pulp aviation aces G-8 and Dusty Ayres and dyed in the heroic hues that colored the exploits of Doc Savage, Secret Service Operator 5, and their ilk."

We won't spoil the full review, but everyone at the Bold Venture bullpen loved this closing line:

"Readers nostalgic for the flash and dazzle of pulp derring-do will find this adventure tale a fitting homage."

Find out more about The Twilight Patrol at the Bold Venture website.

Dreamer's Dozen reviewed by Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Hugo-winner Lupoff (Claremont Tales) will welcome this collection of 12 short stories, many of them pastiches (in a variety of genres) written with obvious affection for the originals."

Read the complete review here.

Once you've digested the review, learn more about this charming collection of hardboiled mystery, whacky science fiction, and Saturday Evening Post-style drama at the Bold Venture Press website.

Cancelled In Red reviewed by Publishers Weekly

"First published in 1939, this reissue marks the debut of NYPD Insp. Luke Bradley. A formulaic whodunit set in the stamp collecting world, it includes an unlikable murder victim, a plethora of suspects, an engaging amateur attempting to aid the police, and a budding romance."

Read the full review here.

See all the Inspector Luke Bradley novels by Hugh Pentecost at the Bold Venture Press website.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"The Taxol Thief" on the air!

Bold Venture Press grabs headlines whenever and wherever it can ... often it grabs airwaves, also!

Bold Venture is rolling out The Taxol Thief, a harrowing narrative of one man's attempt to rescue his wife from cancer. For three decades, the FDA denied approval of a first-in-class drug, "taxol," condemning thousands of breast-cancer victims to certain death. The Taxol Thief is the story of one couple's attempt to evade that fate by smuggling taxol from China through Russia.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and editor Audrey Parente was searching for venues to make people aware of The Taxol Thief. That's where Jonathan "JDOGG" Lederman comes in ...

Jonathan JDOGG Lederman, The Positive Broadcaster, has been inspiring and empowering audiences for over 40 years. His message of service to humanity being the best work of life resonates with all ages and all nationalities. JDOGG interviewed author Ceylon Barclay on February 13th on his Get Motivated With JDOGG program. It's a terrific interview about the novel, and about cancer awareness in general.

Listen to his radio interview with Ceylon here:
JDOGG has been actively involved in the communities where he has lived, worked, and played. JDOGG has won numerous awards for community service including a Governor's Point Of Light Award, The WRMF Hometown Hero Award, The American Cancer Society Hope Award, The U.S. Jaycees John H. Armbruster Memorial Award, and The Monford Johnson Community Service Award. JDOGG is very active with The American Cancer Society Relay For Life and has raised over $40,000 in the  last 17 years. 2017 Marks his 18th year of involvement with Relay For Life and he has raised $874 so far. Go to his donation page to contribute to the cause.