Featuring the writings of Author Charles F. Millhouse: Captain Hawklin, The New Kingdom Trilogy,
Pulp and Sci-Fi Adventure Novels

Saturday, March 17, 2018

On Frank Buck's Birthday

Frank Buck (March 17, 1884 – March 25, 1950) was a boyhood hero of mine. I first learned about him when a friend loaned me "Bring 'Em Back Alive", a book chronicling Mr. Buck's exploits and expeditions into the wildest places on Earth. I became enamored with a man that died fifteen years before I was born. A lot of who I am as a writer, was because of reading that book and discovering who the big game hunter was. I've even used Frank Buck in some of my Captain Hawklin Adventures, most notably "The Secrets of Monster Island". 

Frank began his exploits in 1910, making many expeditions into Asia for the purpose of hunting and collecting exotic animals, bringing over 100,000 live specimens back to the United States and elsewhere for zoos and circuses and earning a reputation as an adventurer.

Between 1932 - 1943 he appeared in seven adventure films, many can be found on YouTube. He briefly worked as director of the San Diego Zoo, and displayed wild animals at the 1933–34 Century of Progress exhibition and 1939 New York World's Fair.

He toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and co-authored an autobiography, 1941's All in a Lifetime. 

In his hometown of Gainesville, Texas you can find, The Frank Buck Zoo. Where in 2008 they opened the Frank Buck Exhibit, showcasing camp tools and media memorabilia that had once belonged to Buck and were donated by his daughter Barbara

I could go on and on about this man, but the best way to discover his exploits is to read about him. Many of his books are on Amazon marketplace and ebay, for a hefty sum, but worth it for any collector and Frank Buck enthusiast. 

Heroes are hard to come by nowadays, I'm not sure kids growing up in 2018 have roll models like Frank Buck. He was a man of conviction, a man of heart and a man of adventure.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Charles Davenport.

I have been publishing since 1999, and in all that time, my best friend, Charles Davenport has been at my side. Charles is a graphic designer who knows what brings covers alive.

I couldn't do what I do, without his tireless work. He has produced some wonderful images for my novels, as well as creating logos, website development, video and audio for me. His work is unique and one of a kind.

He’s a perfectionist who brings my characters alive and doesn't stop until the work is done.

I can't recommend him more. Have a look at some of his work here on this post, and throughout this website.

If you’re a writer, or in need of graphic design, he is the man for the job. from tee-shirts, to posters and much more.

If you follow the link to his Facebook page you can contact him for all your graphic needs.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON: Damián Avilés

I've been fortunate enough over the years to work with some talented artists. Each have brought their unique style to the cover of my books. I'd like to introduce you to one of those talents, his name is Damián Avilés. 

Damián has worked on several projects for me, including IDENTITIES 1: The Aquarius Gambit, the Next Captain Hawklin cover: The Shadow Men, and an upcoming New Pulp Novella, Nightvision. 

Damián is 27, from Mexico City, and I discovered him on DeviantArt.com and over the last couple of years we've developed a long distant friendship. He has always been excited to work on projects and given 110% when doing them. His art has brought my stories to life in more ways than I could have ever imagined.  He is a charming young man who has great potential, and success ahead of him. 

When I told him I was doing a write up here on my website, and asked him if he had anything he'd like me to say, he offered the following: "I’m very grateful to you, and the other authors I had worked with, for all the trust to letting me illustrate your stories , I love to materialize all those concepts and ideas you give me , Thank you because of that I can work doing on what I like the most ."

You can find a lot of his work on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dakzper/  or over at DeviantArt