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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Protection For Hire

Protection For Hire

Creator: Camy Tang
Tessa Lancaster
Charles Britton
Uncle Teruo Ota
Wayne Lancaster
Paisley Kingsley
Alicia Kingsley
Eddie Britton
Elizabeth St. Amant
Karissa Hoshiwara
Nezuyabu (Nez or Nezumi)
Ayumi Ota Lancaster

            Tessa Lancaster’s dark hair hangs halfway down her back, and twisted into a French knot.  Her eyes are dark brown with flecks of green. She has long dark eyelashes, soft lips, full and pink. Half Japanese, her father left them when she was ten years old. At age 16 she became an enforcer for her yakuza mob boss uncle, Teruo Ota. She was trained in mixed martial arts, Muay Thai & Brazilian jiu jitsu, no holds barred street fighting, and tae kwan do. When her uncle’s son kills his girlfriend, Tessa takes the blame to protect her uncle from the authorities investigation, and is sent to prison for seven years. Her cellmate brings her to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and she becomes a Christian. Upon release from prison she refuses to return to the service of the yakuza and her uncle’s employ, yet she still loves him as the father she didn’t have.
            As an ex-con she’s having a hard time finding employment, however, and volunteers at Wings Shelter for abused women. It’s here that she meets her first client, and becomes a bodyguard to protect her against an abusive husband.
            Charles Britton was the young court clerk who investigated Tessa during her murder trial, and because of her criminal background encouraged the judge to add two years to her sentence. But now, after meeting her again, and seeing the change in her, he slowly falls in love with the woman he sent to prison.
            Elizabeth St. Amant is from a rich and powerful New Orleans family. She married a young man against her family’s wishes, only to discover he was cruel and abusive. After they moved to San Francisco, he began beating her, and when he struck their son she left him in fear. Ending up at Wings Shelter she meets Tessa and hires her as a bodyguard, then hires Charles Britton, a young lawyer to get her inheritance back from her husband, setting the stage for her possible murder if Tessa cannot protect her.
            Wayne Lancaster is never seen, but may still be around. Tessa doesn’t know why her father suddenly left, and has mixed feelings about him. He is a mix of English, Scottish, and Italian, we’re told. He married the San Francisco yakuza mob boss’s sister, Ayumi Ota, and they had two daughters, Tessa and her older sister, Alisa Lancaster Kingsley. Alisa and her daughter Paisley are separated from her husband.
            Evangeline was Tessa’s cellmate, and responsible for bringing her to Christ. She now works at Wings Shelter, and talked Tessa into volunteering at the shelter while she looks for regular work.
            Ichiro (or Ichy) is Tessa’s cousin, and fellow yakuza soldier in her uncle’s mob. He’s afraid she’ll beat him up if he doesn’t help her.
            Kenta is a captain in her uncle’s mob, and was once her boyfriend. He’s still there for her, should she ever need him. But being high in the ranks of the mob, he would have to pick someone else to marry, regardless of his feelings for Tessa.
            Eddie Britton is Charles’ younger brother. A sportsman, he also wants Tessa to train him for MMA bouts.
            Nez runs one of Uncle Ota’s restaurants, and a close friend of her uncle.
            Karissa Hoshiwara is the daughter of a cafĂ© owner, and helps out Tessa.
            Uncle Teruo Ota is the San Francisco yakuza boss. Although he is involved in many criminal activities, he loves his extended family, and thinks of Tessa as his own daughter, instead of granddaughter.
            This is a great new series. Tessa must go up against bad guys and trained assassins, and her martial arts skills are put to the tests. Although she doesn’t work out of an office yet, her Protection For Hire brings her up against criminals the FBI has not been able to touch, and some may even connect indirectly to her own yakuza background. As a Christian, she doesn’t wish to kill, but she can use guns, knives, and her hands in deadly earnest to protect her clients. The reader wont find sex and profanity here, but you will find a good story and plenty of action. It shows that vulgar writing is not needed to tell a good pulp yarn. There have only been two stories so far, but a third is almost completed.
“Protection For Hire” Zondervan Publishing
“A Dangerous Stage” Zondervan Publishing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Ginger and I wish all of you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving tomorrow. We will be staying home this year. Kevin and his family live in Kansas, and will not be coming down. Ginger’s niece is bringing us a plate, so we won’t have to do any cooking. I imagine we’ll spend the day reading.  We bought a new iMac computer yesterday, so most likely Ginger will be downloading stuff to it. God Bless, and be safe.

Tom & Ginger

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Up Next From Hollywood Cowboy Detectives

Up Next From Hollywood Cowboy Detectives

The Mystery of the Arizona Dragon is currently available on Kindle. The paperback will, hopefully, be out by Christmas with the bonus short story, Mystery of the Dragon’s Revenge. Mystery of the Matinee Murders, along with the bonus short story, Man of the Mist, should be on Kindle at that time and in paperback after the first of the year.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hollywood Cowboy Detectives

Hollywood Cowboy Detectives
By Darryle Purcell

The illustrated Hollywood Cowboy Detectives (HCD) series, published by Page Turner’s Buckskin Editions, embraces the adventurous world of pulp publishing while also saluting the great western movie serials of the 1930s. The first publication, Mystery at Movie Ranch, is comprised of 12 cliffhanger chapters set in the San Fernando Valley area of southern California during the filming of the 1934 Mascot Pictures serial, Mystery Mountain, starring Ken Maynard.
Sean “Curly” Woods, former Los Angeles Examiner crime beat reporter and current studio flack, is the main character who appears in all HCD publications. In Movie Ranch, Woods’ assignment is to write fluff public relations articles about the serial and its stars and keep Maynard out of trouble while looking into the possible sabotage of the Mascot production.
While helping Maynard battle his personal demons, Woods discovers real enemies are not only targeting the western production, but the American way of life. Joined by western movie hero Hoot Gibson, Maynard and Woods engage in a series of deadly encounters with an army of anti-American terrorists ruled by a sinister mastermind known only as the Viper. The Hollywood Cowboy Detectives deal with organized crime, a sniper attack, aerial combat against an experimental German flying machine, interrogation by a sadistic enemy scientist in an underground stronghold, an ungodly creature who is the product of sadistic experiments, and a variety of battles with those who would eliminate all who believe in freedom and justice.
The Kindle version of the Mystery at Movie Ranch can be purchased on Amazon for $1.99. But for those of us who like our pulps printed in ink on paper, a paperback version of Mystery at Movie Ranch can be purchased at Amazon.com for $8.09, which includes the bonus HCD short story, Mystery of the Murdered Badman. In that short story, Woods works to save Maynard from being charged with the murder of a western-movie villain and abduction and possible murder of a former silent-screen vamp. All HCD publications have color covers and black and white internal illustrations in the style of pulps and adventure novels of the 1930s.
The illustrated Mystery of the Arizona Dragon is also currently available as a Kindle download from Amazon. It will soon be a paperback with the bonus HCD short story, Mystery of the Dragon’s Revenge.
In Arizona Dragon, Woods is sent to a western Arizona dude ranch to investigate problems while the cast and crew of Charlie Chan Goes West prepare for filming. Hoot Gibson, Warner Oland and Keye Luke join the HCD hero as he attempts to track down the source of a variety of deadly incidents.
I spent many years working in daily newspapers as everything from an editorial cartoonist to a managing editor. I also toiled as a government flack for a county in Arizona, an illustrator of educational comic books, young reader books and teaching aids, and a layout and character design artist for Saturday morning television cartoons.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fading Shadows Presents NEW PULP

Fading Shadows Presents
Edited By Tom & Ginger Johnson

NOT FOR SALE. This anthology of New Pulp novels is collected for--and available to-- a few close friends in hope of keeping the stories on file for the future. Currently, each story is available for sale in their original publication, as long as those copies exist. But once they are gone, the stories may be lost forever.

The victims died with their faces eaten away by a mysterious, insidious power. A fiendish mastermind had decreed these ghastly murders--and, guarded by an army of killers, he thought himself safe from retribution. But a strange grey shape glided through the shadows, sworn to bring justice to . . . THE FLESH-DESTROYERS By Steve Mitchell

Sneering, Talking Skeletons, Formally Clad, Prophesy Doom For Members of The Swank, Exclusive Aegis Club, Turning It Into . . . THE CRIME CLUB a Complete Adventure of The Visage By Shawn Danowski.

CARNIVAL OF DEATH, a complete adventure of The Black Ghost By Tom Johnson. When a new menace rears its ugly head in his Great City, The Black Ghost finds that he may be up against an old enemy. One that refuses to stay dead! But why is Spider back, and who – or what – is Cipher, the team of ex soldiers that accompany her? And why is an agent of British Intelligence on the case? Plus, it seems the British government may know the identity of the intrepid fighter in black!