Sunday, November 8, 2015

Origins of Pulp

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") are inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 through the 1950s.

In recent years the term New Pulp has crept up in modern story telling and a resurgence of the classic style. My Captain Hawklin series is very much a part of that genre.

The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed; in contrast, magazines printed on higher quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7 inches wide by 10 inches high, and 0.5 inches thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges.

 In their first decades, pulps were most often priced at ten cents per magazine, while competing slicks cost 25 cents a piece. Pulps were the successors to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines were best known for their lurid and exploitative stories and sensational cover art. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps"; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.

Today such writers as Bobby Nash, Henry Walton and Forrest Dylan Bryant are only three names who have become popular in the New Pulp arena and I am privileged to be among them.

good sources for pulp are:



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Captain Hawklin Full Cover

Here is the full cover for Captain Hawklin and the Subterranean Empire...
You can also read an excerpt from chapter 1 here


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Captain Hawklin and the Subterranean Empire Cover & Blurb

Captain Steven Hawklin, known worldwide for his daring exploits, he is adored by many, revered by others and considered one of the greatest flying aces of the First World War. Along with his close friends Hardy Miller and Oscar “Oz” Lyman the three have traveled the world seeking adventure.

December 1932

When Steven is assaulted and nearly killed by a strange commando squad, all evidence of their attack points to one person. Thomas Hawklin, Steven’s estranged father who has in his possession what the commandos seek. Hilana, Queen of the subterranean empire.

With blood spilled and tensions high. Steven must work fast to prevent the armies of the surface world from invading the underworld kingdom. While in turn stop the underground dwellers from unleashing a weapon so devastating that no one on the planet could survive.

Descending into the belly of the earth, Steven leads his team into the dark recesses of the planet. His mission: save Hilana, stop the attack on the surface world and prevent a madman from carrying out his insidious plot.

Inspired by the cliff hanger serials of the early twentieth century, Captain Hawklin and the Subterranean Empire is a golden age adventure story, filled with Heroes and villains, giant spiders and beasts below. It’s an adventure story in the tradition of Buck Rogers, Doc Savage and Commando Cody.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Writing Process #3

Your Voice:

Finding your voice as a writer isn’t something you can be taught. True it comes from your desire to become the best writer you can be, but it also comes from your heart. When you find that voice you’ll know it. It will come to you out of blue and before you know it your voice, or Style, will become your own. When people pick up your work they’ll instantly know it as your work.

Your style will define you. It will become your mantle. Over the years you will tweak that style, but it will still be your own.

Don’t try and compare your writing style to that of another writer (or famous writer) your work should come from you… it should be how you see the world, or the world you have created. If you compare yourself to a famous writer like Hemingway, you’re doing two things. You’re perpetrating yourself as a charlatan and you’re demeaning yourself as a writer. When someone asks me to compare myself to another writer I can’t. I tell them, “I’m my own writer with my own voice.”

Of course you can draw influences from writers that you admire, I look up to William F. Nolan, his style and his stories are the reason I’m a writer today.

So fellow writers have you found your voice? If not it will come to you, give it time. Good luck and good writing.

Next: the reasons you should write.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Writing Process #2

Point of View:

Point of view is the angle of considering things, which shows us the opinion, or feelings of the individuals involved in a situation. (

It took me a long time to figure out Point of View (POV). In my earlier stuff I was all over the place. I guess you might call it an Omni present writing style, where every character in the chapter had a POV. Back in the day, writers could get away with that. DUNE by Frank Herbert is best known (and a master) for doing it. In modern writing a more direct POV, is considered the correct style. The thoughts, the like the dislikes are focused through one central voice per chapter, or with chapter breaks *** a second POV is permissible.
The number of POV’s is worth considering too. I’ve written stories where there are nine central characters. It made for a great epic tale, but most editors are looking for only a few voices in a story. (I think that’s where I’ll have trouble selling my latest work, but I’ll never know unless I try). This might be why first person stories, like the Dresden Files and the Jack Reacher books are so popular. I don’t write in first person. A writer friend of mine (who will remain nameless) said “first person POV is sloppy writing”. I don’t really agree with that. I prefer to write third person, I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book from the view of one character (if only to improve on my art.)

Keeping in POV can be a daunting task. There are certain rules to writing what a character sees, feels, knows and understands, with the limited knowledge they have. Description through their eyes of what they see can be challenging. If it’s happening behind them and they can’t see it, how can you as a writer describe it? You can’t. Remember you have five senses use them all to describe what is going on around your character. What a character sees is important, but I like to write what the character smells and hears, they make a better point of reference. Smells and sounds bring back memories in a lot of people. As a writer it’s important to get into your readers head. If you mention an odor, like the smell after a summer rain storm, or coal burning in a winter fireplace your reader will be engaged. Sounds work the same way. Like the click-clack a train makes as you wait at a rail road crossing or what a steak sounds like when it first hits a hot grill. These are all things people can relate to and are waiting in your arsenal of writers tricks of the trade.

I’m not a master of POV, not yet, but after looking back at my first book I wrote sixteen years ago, I’m a hell of a lot better at it now. So keep at it writer friends, find more articles on the subject, watch Youtube videos, read some of the masters of literature and find your voice. Incidentally, that’s what my next blog post will focus on. Finding your voice

Now back to writing…


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