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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Velvet Wasp


Creator: H David Blalock
Diane Green (Jane Smith – alias. Charlene is stage name)
Walter Evanston (The Angel Club owner)
Vincent Salvatori (The Angel Club manager)
Vic Anderson (Music Conductor)
Adele Fornost (Diane’s room mate)
Captain Sheridan
Sergeant Miller
Marlene Fornost (Adele’s twin sister)
The Outlanders (Local Mob)
Sir (Runs the Mob)
Michael Kravitz (Assistant D.A.)
Edgar Juness (Mayor)
Elaine Juness (Mayor’s wife)
Tom Carlton (Mob muscle)
Nicholas (Doorman)
Mike (Elevator Operator)
Jonathan Morgan
Hercules Hathaway (Local city vigilante)

Crime is rampant in Olympus City, and dominated by corrupt officials and a local mob called the Outlanders. Diane Green, a flaming redhead, sings at the Angel Club under the stage name of Charlene. When her roommate is murdered and Diane discovers diamonds hidden in Adele’s powder compact, she suspects the Outlanders murdered her, and wants revenge. She is a Texas farm girl, and has always taken matters into her own hands. She decides Charlene must disappear, and becomes the Velvet Wasp.
The Velvet Wasp wears a red velvet outfit, hostess pants with black lace trim, a brimless cloche hat over her newly brunette Charleston Cut. To hide her identity she added a Mardi Gras mask. At first her weapon of choice is a .32 Savage. In the second story, the gun was changed to a Berreta Model 1920 automatic. In the third story she carries a .25 caliber Model 1908, which replaced her Model 1930 (?). In the third story she also carries an air piston that fires tranquilizer pellets – her sting. By the 4th story we learn that she had trained in jiu-jitsu, karate, and learned the pressure points to render someone unconscious. Being a Texas farm girl she could lift her own weight, and hold her breath for nearly three minutes. Her outfit now contains not just folds for her equipment, but panel pockets; she also carries a police slapjack to knock crooks out.
Walter Evanston is the Angel Club’s owner, and the Velvet Wasp’s assistant and lover. The wall by his bedroom door contains a hidden recess; he tapped a button beside a medieval portrait and part of the wall parted, revealing an opening six feet across. The secret panel contained pistols, revolvers, sabers, epees, a couple flintlocks, and several smaller hand weapons.
Police officers Captain Sheridan and Sergeant Miller are really only present in the first story, and they are revealed to be under the pay of the Outlanders.
Hercules Hathaway is mentioned in most of the stories, but never makes an appearance. He is the local hero that usually protects Olympus City. Maybe he will appear in a future story.
There are four stories in this first volume, and they take place between 1927 and 1934: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting; Stinging Nettle Tea; The Sting of The Saboteur; The Sting of The Lash.
“The Velvet Wasp” (Pro Se Press) 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Vigilantes


Creator: Trish Heinrich
Alice Seymour (The Serpent)
Marco Meyer (Shadow Master)
Lionel (American Steel)
Victoria Veran
Aunt Diane Miller
Uncle Logan Miller
Mrs. Frost
Rose Allen
Gerald Allen
Detective Garrick
Jamison (Former D.A.)
Phantasm (Who is Phantasm?)

The Serpent: The top of the dress looked like a thick, stiff, long sleeved shirt with a hood attached at the back; it was heavy but not cumbersome. It was actually two pieces; an under shirt and a vest. The vest was a protection from knives, but wouldn’t stop bullets. Both are reinforced leather specially treated, making it strong, but light. The hood was actually a cowl; the pattern of a snakehead covered the mask, except for eye slots. The shirt and cowl was a dark green so it looked black. The pattern was a dark purple, curving sensually from her head over her right shoulder and down across her chest, as if a snake was wound around her body. The tight pants were the same dark green, with reinforced leather. The continuation of the snake pattern ran down to her right hip, across her right thigh and to the left thigh, then down her shin and ankle. She wore knee high black boots. She wore a fingerless glove of the same color and material, it went up her forearm to just under the elbow. The top looked like the chamber of a gun. This held a clip of small needles, each with enough anesthesia to knock out a full-grown man. She also wore hip holsters containing dark purple batons, and winding along the length of each was a purple snake. The Serpent rides a Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle.
Shadow Master: Lanky, broad shoulders, and thick brown hair, he wore brass knuckles embedded in gloves on each hand, and was dressed in a dark blue dress shirt and matching pants, which were tucked into brown combat boots. He wore a custom fit mask, and an ephemeral cloak of shadow twining itself around him like a living thing, disappearing into the darkness around him. A smoky gray leather duster topped off the suit.
American Steel wore a gray domino mask – this was updated later into a blue leather cowl that concealed his light golden hair, as well as his identity. A dark gray turtleneck shirt and pants was his original outfit. Later, his suit became a nylon that clung to his muscled body. The cowl attached to a blue shirt, and now he wears dark red pants, and off-white knee-high boots. To match the boots he now wore off-white fingerless gloves. He is big, can heal his injuries in minutes, jump three flights into the air, and is the strongest man alive.
Alice Seymour was raised in the home with a drunkard father that beat her and her mother. She always tried to escape into her tree house with the aide of her two friends, Marco and Lionel. When her mother is killed during a robbery, her aunt, Diane Miller and her husband Logan take her in to their home. Her father ends up in jail. Little does she know that Aunt Diane had once been a superhero, highly trained in the martial arts.
Logan Miller, Diane’s husband is a reporter with the Chronicle, and has calloused boxing hands. He’s also trying to uncover the syndicate operating in Jet City.
Gerald Allen is a doctor with a special power of healing. His daughter, Rose Allen is also special, a genius in mechanics and invention.
Mrs. Frost is now old, and uses a cane to get around, but she had been the first Serpent in Jet City. Taught by a master of the martial arts, she protected the city until too old to continue. She ten selected Diane Miller as her replacement, teaching her the skills she would need as the vigilante. Mrs. Frost, Diane Miller, and Logan Miller are trying to uncover the mastermind running the local crime syndicate.
Only two novels published so far.
“Serpent’s Sacrifice” (September 2017) Beautiful Fire Pub
“Serpent’s Rise” (November 2017) Beautiful Fire Pub

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Ghost


Creator: Charles Sherrod, Jr.
Doctor Gordon Vincent
Tonya Jenni Maxwell
Alice Chen
Phyllis Schultz (Reporter)
Rachel Wells (Prosecutor)
Commissioner Greene
Judd Fields (Police Chief)
Sgt. Jim Peters
Charly Daniels
Big Danny Kane (Mob Boss)
The Hangman
The Priest

Doctor Gordon Vincent is now in his early 60s. Tonya Maxwell, who is his maid and associate, cares for Vincent. She is aware of his dual personality, as doctor and avenger.
The Ghost is wrapped in a dark cloak, swirling around him, almost like it was alive. There is a pair of oval white lights where his eyes should be, and a large fedora is placed on top of his head, and a slick mask covers his face.
Alice Chen begins as a detective, but takes over as police chief when Judd Fields is killed. She has a son, and the boy mentions his dad once, but we never see him or hear any more about him. Chen is The Ghost’s contact in the police department.
Phyllis Schultz is a reporter, and we expect big things from her, but she disappears from the story line mysteriously (as if the author forgot her).
Charly (sometimes spelled Charley) was once the love interest of Doctor Vincent, but we know nothing about her.
Commissioner Greene and Rachel Wells make one appearance and are gone, with not as much attention as was given to Phyllis Schultz.
Some of the villains were interesting. The Hangman, The Priest, and Big Danny Kane, but none last long.
There are six novelettes published in one book.
“The Ghost Returns” (2015)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Doc Sidhe


Creator: Aaron Allston
Doctor Desmond MeqqRee
Jean-Pierre Lamignac
Alastair Kornback
Noriko Nomura
Harris Greene
Gabriele Donohue
Ixyail del Valle (Ish)
Zeb Watson
Eight-Finger Tom (safecracker)
Joseph (unfinished clay man)
Angus Powrie (Blackletter’s lieutenant)
The Golden Man/Changeling (Blackletter’s son?)
Duncan Blackletter (Mastermind of first novel)
Lt. Gaul Athelatane (Fair world guard – police official)

Our world is the Grim World, the alternate world is the Fair world (where once our fairy tales came from); in this Fair world magic still exist, as do non-humans. Doctor Desmond MeqqRee runs the Sidhe Foundations, and his friends call him Doc. He designs building and bridges, and fights crime with his aides. He is the Fair world’s Doc Savage; in this case he’s Doc Sidhe (pronounced Doc She).
         Doc is tall, broad shouldered, lean, and moves with the grace of a dancer. He wore loose-fitting dark slacks tucked into high leather boots, and bundled into a waist-length yellow leather coat over a white shirt. His shoulder-length hair is pure white. He has pointed ears. He is, of course, the universe’s greatest champion of justice and thwarter of evildoers.
         Ixyail del Valle: Ish is Doc’s lover. She’s small and panther-ish, with South American looks.
Harris Greene is a kick boxer, trained in tae kwon do. The night he loses his latest fight his manager drops him, then his girlfriend Gaby Donohue dumps him. He gets drunk and goes to make up with her, when he sees men abducting her. He follows and attacks the men giving Gaby time to escape, and then he finds himself in an alternate world.
Zeb Watson is black, an expert in martial arts, and trainer for kick boxers. He joins Doc Sidhe’s aides in the second story.
Gaby Donohue is gifted, and Duncan Blackletter wants to study her. He needs to take her to the Fair world to do that. But then Harris Greene and his new friend, Doc shows up to rescue her again, and she ends up in the Fair world where strangely she feels at home.
Jean-Pierre Lamignac is an elf prince turned mercenary, and aide of Doc Sidhe.
Noriko Nomura is a master of martial arts, and aide of Doc Sidhe.
Doctor Alastair Kornbock, though elderly, is a surgical wizard and world-class marksman, and aide of Doc Sidhe.
There had been other aides, but they perished in previous battles. Some had died at the hands of Joseph, the unfinished clay man. But now Joseph works with Doc Sidhe to right wrongs.
Two novels have been published.
“Doc Sidhe” (1995), BAEN Books
“Sidhe-Devil” (2001) BAEN Books


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Captain Anthony Adventure


Creator: Tom Johnson
The Adventurers
Cap Adventure
Harrison “Slim” Mosby (Shakespearean actor)
Samuel “Sam” Clements Tolliver (Chemist)
Terrance “Terry” Carter Moberry (Physicist)
Carl “Tip” Phillip Tipton (Paleontologist)
Roger Egan Gordon “Reg” (Physician)
Dora & Kelly (Twin sisters, acrobats and trapeze performers)
Comatose Rogers (Canadian land owner)
Beatrice Rogers Comatose Roger’s daughter)
John Clemens (Canadian mine contractor)
Tommy Two Heads (Crazy Indian guide)
Claude (Foreman of the Roger’s mines)
Timber LaGrange (huge lumber jack)
Sasquatch (?)

         Captain Anthony Adventure is a giant in height and weighs 270 pounds, but unless he was seen next to someone it was difficult to judge his height and weight, for he was a perfect specimen of manhood. His physic was not bulky, but highly toned and shaped.
         Harrison “Slim” Mosby was slender and wispy, and most probably the best Shakespearean actor the Great White Way had ever produced. He swung an ominous black sword cane as if bent on murder.
         Samuel “Sam” Clements Tolliver was five foot tall and weighed 260 pounds, but moved lightly on his feet like a trained boxer. He was a chemist of great note.
         Carl “Tip” Phillip Tipton is a world-renowned paleontologist, whose greatest joy in life is breaking panels out of oak doors with his massive fists.
         Roger Egan Gordon, better known as “Reg” to his friends, is a world famous physician.
         Terrance “Terry” Carter Moberry is a physicist by trade.
Dora & Kelly are twin sisters, and famous acrobats and aerialists on the high wire and trapeze. And like all the Adventurers, they are always ready to travel the world in search of adventure and excitement.
         There has only been one novelette so far.

“Terror In The North Country” (NTD) 2011 anthology.