Saturday, October 03, 2015

The New Guy

This is Archie, choosing last night’s viewing.

He’s the latest addition to the family, having moved in on September 22nd. Today, he’s almost 16 weeks old.

It’s been 20 years since we’ve had a kitten in the house, and he’s already earned the nickname The Black Tornado. He’s constantly on the move: jumping and climbing and rolling and flying from one piece of furniture to the other.

He never stops. Until he does. Then he lapses into a kitten coma for 20 minutes, until he suddenly explodes into wakefulness, ready to explore this new and exciting world again.

At this point he’s all ears and eyes and one very long tail, leading us to believe he’s going to be a big boy in a few months. He consumes any kind of food left unattended, like some sort of roaming furry garbage disposal.

Callie and Sabrina, our two older cats, divide their time between hating him or fearing him or being confused by him. For his part, Archie is constantly jumping on them, trying, I think, to get up a good game of tag.

If I sit down to read or stretch out on the couch, a purring Archie instantly appears, climbing on me, demanding a spot to nap, some soft stroking and, occasionally, a finger to nibble on.

We only have a short time to enjoy this phase of Archie, the tiny dervish, filled with wonder and searching for adventure. I want to experience as much of it as I can.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pulp For Charity

This is the back cover for a new anthology of pulp fiction ( or "new pulp", as some like to call it) for Airship 27 Press. Benefiting Pro Se publisher Tommy Hancock, this book is going to be huge. I've read the work of some of the writers in this project, and I am very interested in thumbing through it.

My entry is "The Shadow Men of Az Zibar", featuring my modern pulp adventurer Donovan Pike. 

I don't know the release date yet, but Ron Fortier at Airship 27 seems to move like lightning. I wouldn't be surprised to see this out in the next few weeks. I'll let you know.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Write On

Hey! Long time no update.

Here’s some of the writing things I have going on.

I’m finishing a story this weekend for a charity anthology. Then I have to immediately finish another short story for a secret project I’m involved in with some friends.

After that, it’s on to a horror novel that is about half done. This one’s been sitting for too long. I’m looking forward to visiting with these characters again. I’m trying to finish off some old projects that still excite me.

Speaking of old projects, for a few years, I’ve been toying with an idea called Usher’s Furnace. I expected it to be a graphic novel, and I had some small interest in that. That particular avenue has disappeared. Now I’m rethinking how it might work as a novel. And I’m thinking it will work just fine.

What about The Dead Sheriff? The first draft of the second book is sitting right here. Behind-the-scenes changes have affected the future of the book, though I’m quite confident it will be published. Check back with me after when 2016 gets here.

I won’t have anything out in 2015, expect perhaps a story or two. Next year, though, should be a different story.

As always, I’ll keep you updated here.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Black Bat Mystery Volume One

This collection has been re-released by Airship 27. I've always been fond of my story in this one.

Available Again in New Edition

The first in a series of brand new Black Bat adventures, “Black Bat Mystery, Vol One” was one of the last books to be published by Cornerstone Books during their association with Airship 27 Productions. Out of print for several years now, Airship 27 Productions is delighted to announce the release of this new, wholly Airship 27 Edition.

The book was nominated for several Pulp Factory Awards when first released in 2010.

It features four great pulp tales of the Black Bat by Andrew Salmon, Aaron Smith, Mark Justice and Frank Schildiner. Art Director Rob Davis provides the gorgeous 12 black and white interior illustrations and Mark Maddox the stunning painted cover.
Airship 27 Productions is currently assembling Vol II in this series and thus, having this one back in print was a major part of that marketing promotion.


Available now from Amazon in both hard copy and on Kindle.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

My Hippie Days

Some of you know I write a weekly column for a local paper. What you may not know is just how long I’ve been writing said column. While I’m on vacation this week, the paper is reprinting one of my columns from August of 1969. Check it out here, on page 2.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday Update

Over at I Was A Bronze Age Boy, I review the new LADY ACTION book by Ron Fortier. 

If you scroll down, you can find a brief writing update.

Also, this week in the Ashland Beacon, I present a primer for cities in naming festivals. It's on page 2.

While you're browsing the Beacon site you can find video of me acting rather undignified for a man of my advanced years.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pod of Horror #76

PoH #76 is live now, featuring my interview with writer, editor and Cemetery Dance publisher Richard Chizmar. We talk about his career and his excellent blog, Stephen King Revisited. The interview starts around the 39-minute mark. Listen here

As always, your feedback is encouraged. The links are at the top of the PoH page.

Painted and Inked

This week's column in the freakin' Ashland Beacon explains what happened when I fell under the evil influence of Philip Stewart at Russell Railroad Days. It's on page 2.