Goal

This Site is for essays on The New Pulp Heroes. It’s about time we catalog new characters appearing in books and anthologies. Since I do not have time to read everything being published, I will offer space here for legitimate creators of new pulp characters to send me their data, and I will post their essays. It is not my place to say what is, or what is not a new pulp hero, and the only changes I will make to essays will be editing and format. If you wish, include a jpeg of a book cover or b&w illustration if you have permission from the artist. By sending me your essays, you are giving me permission to promote and showcase this data. Essays should be up to 500 words, and include information on MC and back up characters, creator, title of books, and where the stories can be found. A paperback edition is now available for $12.00, plus $3.99 postage (US). The book will only be sold through us: Tom Johnson, 204 W. Custer St., Seymour, TX 76380. Send questions or data to fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cliff Lords

CLIFF LORDS

Creator: SLF Entertainment* (*Sharda Ferrell)
Charaters
Dallas Wise (Elder Lord)
Raren Lords
Biko West
Damarion Grove (Damar The Dice)
Redaisha Knight (Red Knight)
Jetson Padron (Padron)
Africa Evans (African Diamond)
Che’la Bureau (Queen Che’la Bu)

Red Knight: She was dressed in a dark red bodysuit. Her red boots made her legs appear longer. She wore spike heels. Red could change moods and kill on sight.
Damarion (Damar The Dice) could turn his pocket knife into multiple knives. He was a silent killer, slicing and dicing.
Jetson (Padron) could blow up the enemy. He kept our timing right and could set a bomb off.
Queen Che’la Bu was our eyes.
Africa (African Diamond) was our ears.
Biko’s produces a protective sphere for their safety.
Dallas Wise has the magic of invisibility

Head Lords are powerful. They keep us safe. They govern us all.
Armor Lords are protectors of the world. They live outside the Earth.
Raren Lords are the battle ready fighters, each with their own super abilities.
            There has only been one novelette so far, and this one introduces the main characters.

“Cliff Lords: Weapons of Disaster” (Feb 8, 2019) Independent Publishing Platform.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

MAIO-SHAN

MIAO-SHAN

Creator: G. AM Morris
Characters
Chow Lei (Miao-Shan)
Master Sung
Wang Deshi
Aunty Min (Dress Maker)
Moshan Liaoren (Orphanage Nun)
Aunty Ah-Lam (Cousin)
Aunty Hai-Ying (Cousin)
Po Po (Grandmother)
Colonel David Reese-Jones (British retired, explosive expert)
Yen-Lo-Wang (Triad Leader)
Shen (Mysterious assassin/guarding Triad leader)

Chow Lei had witnessed the triads murder her mother and father when she was ten years old. She went to live with her grandmother Po Po, but joins a kung fu school, where she is a quick learner. Master Sung suggest she attend the Shaolin Temple in China, and she is sent there to study. Again, she learns quickly, mastering the 18 kung fu styles by age 18. She returns to Hong Kong to be with her grandmother, only to learn that the triads had murdered Po Po also. Now using the name Miao-Shan she returns to Master Sung’s kung fu school and is told where she might purchase a sword.
Whispering Wind is the sword she is given, and it gives her immortality, eternl youth, superhuman speed and strength. The sword maker, Wang Deshi joins her in her fight against evil.
Miao-Shan is now a goddess, and much offer compassion before death. Inheriting her grandmother’s possessions, she is now a beautiful young millionaire. Becoming a rich heiress by day, and black-clad deliverer of justice by night.
Wang Deshi uses two swords, one he calls head chaser, the other tail chaser.
With some of her money, Miao-Shan starts an orphanage and hires a Nun, Moshan Liaoren to run it for her.
There are several Triads in Hong Kong and China: Celestial Body Society, The Three Harmonies Society, The White Lotus Society, and The Righteous Harmony Society.
Shen is a mysterious assassin/guard for the head of the Triads. He belongs to an ancient group more power than Ninjas, but no name is mentioned.
There’s only been one novel so far, but a second novel is in the works.

“Miao-Shan: The Awakening” (January 2019)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Black Dove

THE BLACK DOVE

Creator: Mallon Khan
Edmund White (White Falcon)
Malcolm White (Black Dove)
Lt. Greg Wells (Sparrow)
Nasir Dajani (Gray Crow)
Det. Cynthia Rodriquez
Det. Steven Chang
Jessica Morris (Prostitute)
Hisa (Japanese woman)

In 1980 a supposed Satanists group tortures a prostitute in a curse to bring forth a Demon. White Falcon learns of this and invades the staged set where a demon appears and kills the hero. Malcolm White, the adopted son of Edmund’s and his protégé, Black Dove escapes. Two decades later, the Disciples of Baphomet are being murdered, and Cynthia Rodriquez, the daughter of Victor Rodriquez, a cop killed in the 1980 incident wants to investigate the new crimes.
            Black Dove: The black-clad assailant retracts and sheaths his steel baton. Though the doorman was much larger, the slim intruder was more nimble. It was his crash helmet and goggles Joe mistook for a bird’s face. Though the effect was intentional, with the padded tactical armor, backpack and the way his head peeks out of the high collar of his vintage leather motorcycle jacket, he looks more like a mix between a riot cop and a cowboy.
            The stealthy attacker relieves Joe of his handgun and heads for the exit. In a series of swift movements he dismantles the weapon and tosses the parts in a festering toilet. Cracking the door a bit, the invader peeks out at the secret event in progress and adjusts the dial on his sleek night vision goggles to zoom in on the congregation.
            There’s only one novel so far.
“The Legend of Black Dove” (2018)

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Wraith

THE WRAITH
(The Dread Avenger)

Creator: Frank Dirscherl
Paul Sanderson (First Wraith)
Michael Reeve (Second Wraith)
Leena Patterson (Lover of Michael Reeve)
Max Horton (Aid to The Wraith)
Judy Hess (Lover of Paul Sanderson)
Jonathan Simpson (Butler & Aid to Sanderson)
Robert Lathan (Crime Lord, Metro City)
Charley Grieco (2nd In Command to Lathan)
General Abdelkrim (African Military Gang Lord)

Paul Sanderson, of Metro, is a spoiled rich kid reaching for attention from his mother and father and can’t find it. As an adult he sets out to travel the world looking for his place in it. Almost dying in the African desert, he is saved by a native who tells him there is an ancient prophesy about a white man coming who will save the world, and Paul is the fulfillment of that prophesy. He is taken to a mountaintop where an old man trains him for his coming place in history as the Wraith. But it goes deeper than this. If Paul dies, he is to pass on the power to someone else.
That power is passed on to the second Wraith, Michael Reeve, a Metro police officer.
The outfit is comfortable, as well as protective. It’s reinforced with Kevlar and tear resistant. If it doesn’t stop a bullet, it will slow it down, and is resistant to most blades. The cape is tougher and will reflect anything but high-powered bullets. His belt has pouched that hold all manner of objects, including gas grenades and other essentials needed in his warfare with the underworld. The cowl resembled the mask Zorro wore, made of heavy duty rubber with a knot at the back.
            There has only been the prose origin story published to-date, though evidently several comic books published featuring the character of The Wraith.
“Sanderson of Metro” (Trinity Comics) Oct 25, 2017 (With Bobby Nash)



Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Midnight Guardian

THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN

Creator: John C. Bruening
Characters
Jack Hunter (Asst. D.A.)
Frank “Buzz” Hunter (Jack’s cousin)
Ed Gallagher (D.A.)
Betty Carlyle (D.A. secretary)
Sam Tagert (Chief of Police)
Lt. Mike Dugan (Chief of Detectives)
Bart Maxwell (Tribune Reporter)
Dan “Doc” Kendall (Pharmacist)
Stephen Bentley (Mayor)
Hank Cremshaw (Fire Chief)
Nicholas Diamond (Mob Boss)
Vinnie Marshall (Nicky’s childhood friend)
Luke Simone (Mob lieutenant)
Johnny Kawalski (Mob driver and gunman)
Dominic LoCastro (Mob Lawyer)
Anthony Reynolds (Judge – in pocket of the mob)
Oliver Pruett (Sparks – explosive expert)

It’s 1936, and after more than a decade, Nicky Diamond is out of prison and back in Union City. He had tried to take over the town during Prohibition, but a police officer had stopped his men before they killed him. Now that police officer’s son, Jack Hunter, is the Assistant D.A., and he wants to put a stop to the crime lord for good. The police have proven ineffective against the mob boss, and the D.A.’s office needs proof to put Diamond back behind bars.
Jack and his cousin, Buzz Hunter have always been good at making things and working with equipment, and Buzz has invented a battery operated mask with goggles that gives the wearer heightened abilities, such as seeing in the dark, able to anticipate movements, and the ability to move faster than normal, and react with lightning reflexes. Jack tries them on one night and is impressed. Now maybe he can do something the police can’t do, like get evidence.
Wearing the headset with goggles and a leather jacket, Jack Hunter becomes the Midnight Guardian. He rides a Henderson motorcycle he has engineered for high speed.
Oliver Pruett is working with the police to identify the explosives used by Nicky Diamond, while really working for the Mob Boss as Sparks. However, the supposed duel role does not escape the reader.
So far there has only been one novel published.

“Hour of Darkness” (Flinch Books) 2016

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Black Spectre

THE BLACK SPECTRE

Creator: Roger Alford
Characters
Brent Gregor
Bernard Worthington
Victoria Rose
Frank Matson
Abigail Wentworth
Mayor E. Leland Tackman
John Nibley
Big Jack Terrisimo
Three-finger Ned Vogel
Harry LaSalle
Harvey O’Donnell
Vito “Spats” Gennaro
Dennis Morris
Madame Ouspenskaya


The Black Spectre was dressed all in black, with a large, flowing cloak, a wide-brimmed hat, and a long scarlet headscarf beneath it. Covering his face was a facemask – a gleaming white skull. Pulling the black glove from his right hand revealed a fire-opal ring that glowed brightly.
The Brent Mansion is forever known as The Murder Mansion after Brent’s father, the District Attorney is murdered, and young Brent is shot and left confined to a wheelchair. His old butler, Bernard Worthington remains by his side throughout all the hardships.
         Abigail Wentworth is a beautiful young swan with long, flowing brunette locks that framed her lightly freckled face and cascaded down her shoulders. Her natural radiance and unadorned out-shown everyone else around her beauty. Her voice was soft and melodic. She was raised near Brent as a child and later became his fiancé after college. She wanted to fly and travel the world, but Brent was stuck to land and the wheelchair.
Harry LaSalle is the Chief of Police, and a no-nonsense man with a thick head of white hair and thick-rimmed glasses.
         Victoria Rose, called “Red”, is a reporter fore the Daily Crusader. She’s stuck in the City Hall beat but wants to be on the Crime beat, and sticks her neck out to find front-page crime for her paper
         Frank Matson is the City Editor for the Daily Crusader, and Red’s immediate boss.
         Mayor E. Leland Tackman is the current Mayor, and in the pocket of the mob. He has a heart attack while dallying with a young girl in his room. Red sneaks in a removes the girl while getting the sordid story.
         With the death of Mayor Tackman, John Nibley moves into the Mayor’s position and tries to clean up the police department, but is soon murdered by the mob and another man put in his place.
         Big Jack Terrisimo is the Mob Boss in the city, and controls City Hall as well as the police department. It was his orders that had killed Brent’s father.
         Three-finger Ned Vogel murdered Brent’s father in 1921. He was captured, declared insane, and put in the local asylum. However, the asylum was run by the mob, and Vogel has the run of the place. It’s as good as a hideaway for whenever he is needed by the mob again.
         Vito “Spats” Gennaro is a soldato and works for Big Jack Terrisimo.
         Dennis Morris works in the newspaper morgue and is sweet on Vicky. He is tall and gangly.
         Harvey O’Donnell agreed to confess to a mob murder for money given to his wife and children. But when he went to trial the judge sentenced him to the death chair. Now he can’t back out, but Vicky knows he isn’t guilty and wants to prove his innocents, if she can just get Brent’s help.
         Madame Ouspenskaya is a Gypsy woman with a magic ring for Brent if he will agree to help bring justice to those that need it. For there have been many to wear the cloak and ring of The Black Spectre.
         There have been five stories so far. One paperbacks and four eBooks.
“Ghost In The Asylum” (Black Hood Press) August 2015
“No Victory Without Scars” (Black Hood Press) Nov 2017
“Vengeance Waits At The Door” (Black Hood Press) Dec 2017
“Death Is A Silent Intruder (Black Hood Press) July 2016
“Invitation To Death” (Black Hood Press) April 2010