Friday, August 27, 2021

The Fight to Win World War II will be Fought… in Space.

 NOW ON SALE!! The Doomsday Blitzkrieg

An adventure from the Greatest Generation


The fight to end the war starts with D-Day across enemy lines deep in the Austrian Alps. 

When the crew of the Flying Rebel fights for the freedom of the world, they battle unimaginable odds, horrifying evil, and the supreme technology of project Aries of the Third Reich. 

Little do they know however that their mission will take them beyond the confines of the planet Earth and to the stars. There they will form a bond with beings from another world. Establishing an alliance that is spawned from the treachery of Oberführer Dominic Hydron. 

A madman hell bent on overthrowing Adolf Hitler and laying claim to the Nazi war machine with designs of world domination and to be the emperor of all mankind under a Fourth Reich with the Aryan race in complete control. The battle rages on in the moon base of Lazarus. An adventure that will shape the destiny of all mankind and will change the world forever!

With 2 great covers…

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Show, Don't Tell

I left this post over on my FB group:

WRITING TIP 101

- If your character has to tell the reader who they are, you’ve lost the reader.
- Show who the characters are through actions. If handled correctly your reader will know them, and by doing so will draw them further into the story.

I thought I would embellish a little on this, and the reason I left that post.


I went to go see Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, and Emily Blunt. It was a roaring romp adventure yarn set during the First World War with a lot of action, and some pretty decent dialogue. I felt that Blunt's character, a plucky woman out to find a tree of life to help better mankind was solid, but the character, Lily Houghton was, what has been coined today as a "Mary Sue". She could do no wrong and everything she touched went her way. Since Miss Blunt is a damn fine actor I overlooked it, her chemistry with the Rock was fun and they made a pretty good duo.

On their adventure up the Amazon, Lily brought with her, her brother MacGregor Houghton. He was sort of comic relief, who brought extra luggage into the Amazon with him filled with extra clothes, foods, perfumes and the such. His performance was good, and by the way he portrayed the character, it didn't take much for me to understand he was a bit fairer than most men and it told me all I needed to know about MacGregor. But when he "came out" to Johnson's, Frank Wolff, the writer dropped the ball. Telling your viewer, or reader what the character is, in this case gay, you took me out of the story.

NOW. Before you start, I'm not homophobic. The character being gay isn't the point. How the writer had to take the time for him to say it rather than let the actions of the character tell me. That one scene destroyed the character for me in some degree.

As a writer it is your duty to draw the reader into your story. If you have to tell me your character is a chronic liar or a womanizer, or is afraid of his own shadow, or gay, you've dropped the ball in your storytelling. Who your character is, should be seen through their actions, not coming right out and saying, "I can't stop stealing, I'm a kleptomaniac." Show me why he or she is like that. some call it deep POV, I just call it, mastery of your art and it's something I try to do. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I fail, but I am aware of it in the back of my head. You'll hear this a lot as a writer "Show, don't tell."

As for Jungle Cruise, it's a fun movie, not great, but entertaining, and if you get a chance chesk it out.


Charles F. Millhouse is an independent writer and publisher. He has written 25 books in the science-fiction, action & adventure genres. His newest book: Captain Hawklin and the Invisible Enemy is the 9th book in the New Pulp adventure series. Find your copy 
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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Smacked by the Wall.

You know there are times when a writer hits a wall. You ask yourself a question: "Is this the best I'm ever going to be? Is there no more from me?" Writing can be a lonely place. Your friends and family can't even begin to understand what you're going through. As a writer, you pour your blood and sweat into the project you're working on with the little hope someone will find it and embrace it as much as you. An independent author thrives on input from their readers, and when that doesn't come to them it sends them down this path of darkness, and into the dark forest of despair. 

The reason I'm writing this, is I've hit a wall. (like all writers do from time to time). I have so many things I want to accomplish not just in writing, but in promoting, generating readers, and finding outlets for my work. You realize there is only so much you can do, only so much time that you have and you need to prioritize what the most important thing is.

For me, the number one goal is writing. Without fresh product, people will forget about you. You can promote all the time, but if you're promoting the same thing again and again readers will get bored because they've seen it already. So, make sure writing a new project, (novel, short story, whatever) is at the top of your list, and get it published.

Promoting is another thing that is important. In a fantasy world you can promote everyday, but in the real world, it's just not possible. Pick one or two days and call them promoting days. I'm really bad about this. I usually pick Sundays to work on promoting. Either a new show appearance, or my new book, or something as simple as a blogpost, like this one.

New ideas. Come up with new ideas as often as you can for getting your brand out there. this can be something as simple as creating a QR code, so people can scan it and be taken to your webpage of links. Or, you could create a new bookmark, or business card. 

Sometimes new ideas can get a little expensive, so decide which is the most important thing for you with a new idea, rather it be a big book show to set up at, creating an audiobook, or deciding on maybe the money could be used elsewhere. Everytime you come up with a new idea, it might may not work for you, but if you don't try, you'll never know. A friend of mine says "throw it at the wall and see what sticks."

Hitting a wall can be hard, especially when you try to take on too many things at once. Figure out what words for you. FOR ME it was writing this post. It hasn't eased my mind with decisions I need to make when it comes to my writing career, but it has helped putting some thoughts down. I should do more of this.

Maybe putting more of my thoughts out there, might help you, and if you feel like you'd like to comment on any of my posts, you might help me too.

Have a good one friends. 


Charles F. Millhouse is an independent writer and publisher. He has written 25 books in the science-fiction, action & adventure genres. His newest book: Captain Hawklin and the Invisible Enemy is the 9th book in the New Pulp adventure series. Find your copy HERE 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Now on Sale Capt. Hawklin & the Invisible Enemy


Now in Paperback and Ebook. 

Siberia 1931 

Captain Steven Hawklin is known worldwide as an adventurer, explorer, and hero. Mantles put to the test when he is faced with humiliation after the destruction of the Osiris Project. 

Unable to face failure, Steven takes a dark path, turning his back on his dreams, his career, and his friends. 

When he is approached by Alla Sokol, a Russian scientist on the run from her government after the failure of a secret Soviet project, Steven finds a path to his own redemption in the frozen wastelands of Siberia. 

They are pursued by a relentless Russian Major, hell bent on eradicating anyone involved in the experiment. 

Can Steven prevent him from killing Alla, stop the invisible creature created by the insidious research, and deal with his own demons in the process? 

Captain Hawklin and the Invisible Enemy is a throwback to times gone by, in the tradition of Doc Savage, Flash Gordon, Indiana Jones and the Rocketeer. Paperback: 

USA:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099C3GKF8/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626489100&sr=8-2 

UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B099C3GKF8/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626489324&sr=8-5 

CANADA:https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B099C3GKF8/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626489437&sr=8-6 

Ebook: 

USA: https://www.amazon.com/Captain-Hawklin-Invisible-Charles-Millhouse-ebook/dp/B099KWC3C2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626489100&sr=8-2 

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pulp Reality 2 Now on Sale


Stormgate Press Presents: Ten new short stories from today’s leading authors and illustrators in the New Pulp genre. Packed with Pirates, Private Eyes, Aliens, automatons, villains and vigilantes. High adventure, wondrous fantasy, mysterious horror and startling science fiction await you. Be transported to astonishing places and travel to amazing times in the Golden Age, Pulp Style. This is Pulp Reality 2.

Get your copy here

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

And the Award Goes to...

 PULP REALITY 1 has been honored with two Pulp Factory Awards for Best Anthology and Best Cover. 


I'd like to thank everyone involved in producing this wonderful first edition, and a special thank you for those who nominated, and voted for PR1. 


Onward and upward, as we prepare for PR2 this summer.
  

Friday, March 5, 2021

2021 Update.

Pulp Reality 2 (PR2): As of this writing, all stories and art have been turned in for the second issue of the pulp adventure publication. This issue we have some returning writers and artists, as well as a couple new people joining us. The complete list is as follows: 

Charles F. Millhouse and artist Damián Avilés are bringing you the first written adventure of NightVision.

Bobby Nash and Artist Clayton Murwin are working together on a Snow story.

Newcomer Marlin Williams and Jeffrey Hayes are teaming up for the first time to bring you a pirate tale.

Amy Hale and Ted Davies come together for a spooky tale.

Scott Donnelly is writing, and supplying the art for his fantastic tale.

Kellie Austin and artist Erikius Castro are working on the Part II of the Ace Anderson adventure.

Brian K. Morris and Candice Comelleri are teaming up to bring Brian's immortal Doc Saga and Charles Millhouse's Captain Hawklin together for the first time.

Clyde Hall, and Stephen Burks are continuing the adventures of B-Man

Ron Fortier and Rob Davis are bringing a short story to print for the first time.

And Carl Dietrich and Lance Footer are coming together for an Egyptian tale.

There will be a cover reveal and other promotional things happening in the next several weeks, so stay tune. You can expect PR2 in late May - Early June 2021

Captain Hawklin and the Invisible Enemy. I'm busy writing the ninth tale in the series. This one will be a bit different then previous books in the series. I waited until this time to write the 1931 adventure because it takes Steven Hawklin down a dark road. For those who have read the series from the start, you've only been given pieces of what happened with the Osiris Project. the Invisible Enemy will deal with Steven coming to terms with what happened and how he deals with the aftermath. Like I said, Captain HAwklin goes down a dark path.

Eclipse: A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures: Yes, I'm finally writing the second book in the series (I'm asked a lot when this is going to happen). I'll start writing in May, with a late fall 2021 release date. More details after I begin writing. 

And there you have it... besides some other short stories I plan on writing, sometime in April, 2021 is going to be a busy year. As more details come together I'll give you some more information on other projects this year.

Happy Reading.  


Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Next Evolution of Man is Now.


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After an accident that should have killed him, thrill-seeker Caidin Wells, is given a second chance at life. Using experimental technology, 

Caidin is transformed into the next evolution of man. Enhanced unlike any human on earth his newfound powers lead him into a world of intrigue and danger. When his wealthy benefactor attempts to sell him and his abilities to a foreign power, Caidin must risk everything to rescue the scientist responsible for saving his life - his own mother.

With time running out, Caidin allies himself with a secret government agency in a now-or-never gamble to save his mother, and stop the world’s most dangerous creation from falling into the wrong hands.

Evolution Man is an homage to the high-tech spy thrillers of the 1960s and 70s, when America was poised on the edge of a technical revolution. Is Caidin Wells a new beginning, or the missing link in the evolutionary chain?

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Looking to the Future

 As a writer you're always thinking about the next project, the next story, the next promotion. As a writer you want to keep the stories coming. Every author works differently in this regard. For me I have my projects planned for 2021.

Evolution Man: A new retro sci-fi series. 

Captain Hawklin and the Invisible Enemy

Eclipse: A Novel in the Serena Darkwood Adventures

The second installment of the very popular Pulp Reality, featuring a number of authors and artists.

Plus two projects that I am co-creating with good friends, and I'm writing a short story of a friend's super Popular character (more on those as I'm allowed to post about them.)

Yet, with all the forthcoming projects for the New Year, a writer can't help but think about the future. Soon my Captain Hawklin series will end, and next year I will write and publish in 2022 the last part of my Origin Trilogy and though I'm planning a sequel trilogy, I'm also thinking about some new things to write. I've been wanting to return to the old west, and write a high fantasy/sword and sorcery tale. There are so many stories to write and so little time in which to do them.

2021 will be a test for me, with so many things to produce, I might be biting off more than I can chew... it will be a challenge I'm up for. I hope you'll join me in this... otherwise, I will do it all alone.  

Thursday, December 10, 2020

CAPTAIN HAWKLIN & the SUBTERRANEAN EMPIRE

Out with the old and in with the new. The Captain Hawklin Adventure series has a worldwide audience and fans from all walks of life. I created the series in 2012 as a way to fuel my desire for pulp stories. (Little did I know there was a new movement called New Pulp springing up). I had no idea the series would get the attention it now has, and I'm humbled and excited for the chance to share his exploits with many of his Crusaders.

I feel now that when I published his third adventure "The Subterranean Empire" in 2015, I dropped the ball not only on the cover (Let's face it, it's not my favorite) and on some portions of the editing. Let's just say since 2015, the way Stormgate Press produces books has changed for the better. 

I'm happy to announce that the book has a new lease on life, with a brand new cover by Damián Avilés, who has provided covers for other Captain Hawklin books, "The Shadow Men" and "The Lost Land" as well as the cover for Pulp Reality #1, which also includes art by Damián for my Zane Carrington story inside that issue.

I'm sure you'll agree the new cover is outstanding. I want to thank Damián for his incredible work, as usual.

With a new cover, comes a Brand New edit, tightening the story up, fixing some issues as well as tweaking the story to fit in with the "Hawklin Lore" (when the book was written, the continuity was still very much in flux). 

So, if you haven't had a chance to read Captain Hawklin and the Subterranean Empire... the new edits, and cover will be available within the next week, on amazon in paperback and ebook.
 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

PULP REALITY BOOK LAUNCH

 


I'd like to thank Bobby Nash, Brian K Morris, Rick Bradley and Kellie Austion for helping me launch the inaugural issue of Pulp Reality. The five of us had a great time laughing, talking about our work, and the very first issue of what I hope will be many issues of Pulp Reality. For more information about the series click here 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Guest Blogger: Clyde Hall. Behind the Red Velvet Curtain: B-Man’s Premiere

 


Pulps came to my attention late and comics were my gateway, strips as well as books. Our village market began carrying the Avon Phantom paperbacks in the early 1970s and I devoured as many as I could get, beginning with The Golden Circle by Frank S. Shawn. The reason? I recognized The Ghost Who Walks from gorgeous Gold Key comic book covers and knew, vaguely, he started as a newspaper strip. Maybe the Phantom is less than Pure Pulp given his graphic media origins, but those novels were boyhood nirvana of the pulpish variety, filled with exotic locations, death-defying action, a globe-hopping masked adventurer carrying out his multi-generational war on evil, and villains of the deepest dye.

The pulp literature double tap came soon after with DC Comics’ 1973 take on The Shadow. I was somewhat familiar with the radio program, but the character was of only passing interest until Michael Wm. Kaluta’s cover for issue #1 peered menacingly down on me from the top of the comics spin rack. Shadow quotes quickly peppered my conversations the same way Green Lantern oaths and Golden Age mystery men mottos had before. “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit,” indeed. “The Shadow knows!” Know he might, but he didn’t help much when it came to locating Doc Savage books. I tried with limited success even after the 1975 Ron Ely film, and once again comics intervened; there was a Marvel Comics adaptation.


Roundabout as it was, my pulp initiation was complete and unwavering. When I heard about ‘Pulp Reality’ #1, a character I once created for RPG play came to mind. B-Man would be a little bit superhero yet fully pulp. An unlikely hero, without a vast fortune to rely on. The sort who enjoys beatnik crowds and music, not Men’s Mind Clouding 101 studies in some mysterious lost city. A former soldier, but not a great one and largely dismissive of the very notion of being a ‘hero’. Yet, someone who identifies with cinematic heroes deeply and loves movies.  

Movies are magic, after all, cinemas the stuff dreams are made of. The Maltese Falcon told us so.  In truth, I might be biased. The first film my mother took me to see on the big screen was The Gnome-Mobile. It’s a live-action Disney film from 1967 featuring Walter Brennan, a very cool customized 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, and a gaggle of wee folk. As amazing as a gnome-infested special effects extravaganza was for 5-year-old me, even more mesmerizing was the theater.

By modern multiplex standards, our hometown cinema was modest. In comparison with our small country cottage, the theater was colossal and filled with myriad wonders competing for my attention. Mysterious echoing foot stomps overhead (from the rowdy kids in the balcony, but I had no idea). The vastness of a snowy field of screen. Concession counters brimming with technicolor-packaged treats. The mouth-watering scent of hot, freshly buttered popcorn. Film and theater cast a permanent glamour over me that day, bell and book to the candle of a projector beam when the curtains finally parted.


Over the years, movies joined books as the two main venues away from a reality often less pleasant and decidedly more boring than the alternates they offered. Movies can be cheesy, but they can also be mythic, and there’s no less amount of magic in either. A conjuring of screenplay, the talents behind the screen and upon it, the cinematographer’s alchemy. Fold them into the potion, bring the bonfire to medium simmer, and finish with one final ingredient: The theaters themselves, dream palaces fueled by nervous anxieties as crowds huddled together for the latest black and white newsreels from Pearl Harbor. Energized by teenage passion, young couples cuddled while Frankie and Annette romped across beach blanketed sands, their inhibitions weakened to a rock-n-roll beat.  Primed by the potent imagination of children gathered for untold Saturday cliffhangers, their fevered adolescent minds preoccupied all week fathoming how their hero could ever escape this latest peril.  

Then came the parade of ‘What if--?’s. What if all that energy, all that emotion, somehow combined with a location? What if a person tapped into the mystic reservoir and manipulated it? What if it chose someone as a champion? What if said champion found an ally close at hand, one with knowledge of the Spirit World? What if I combined these elements and then had fun working in trivia, making up film ‘history’, and giving the champion and the seer funny dialogue, all while baleful villains were made to spit teeth and rue misdeeds?!? What if this was framework for the first B-Man story?

 “Reel One for the B-Man” is the result, and it really is like many of my all-time favorite films. They’re entertaining because you feel the fun everyone had making the picture, and it’s contagious. Ted Davies is the Director of Photography for this story (i.e., the artist), and our brainstorming sessions over the phone weren’t just enjoyable, they inspired and helped me polish the final draft. Here’s hoping a bit of our fun creating B-Man transmits to everyone reading the story. If it does, then in the very finest Hollywood traditions…can sequels be far behind? Thanks to Ted for his hard work, and special thanks to Charles F. Millhouse for giving us the opportunity to share in the excitement of the New Pulp movement.

Thanks for watching, come back soon, and please be sure to throw away your popcorn boxes and empty soda cups before exiting the theater.

 

--- Clyde Hall 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Guest Blogger: Pete Lutz, Author in PULP REALITY #1

 

My entry for PULP REALITY #1, "Prepare to Be Mr. Fye", is an origin story. Perhaps the title gives this away? But with this tale we meet Jinx Duncan, a young sleuth in a big-city detective squad. He's smart, conscientious, and, even though he doesn't know it yet, destined to become something even greater in the annals of crime-fighting: Mr. Fye! 

If you haven't yet read the story I don't want to spoil anything for you, so I'll just tell you how the story came about for me. As a writer, my chief milieu is audio dramas: I've been writing scripts sporadically for audio drama since 2001, and on a more steady basis since 2013, when I created my first podcast series, PULP-POURRI THEATRE. 

For the first season, I wrote a dozen pulp-fiction adaptations, and had to read a lot of pulp tales in order to find ones that were suitable – both lending themselves easily to adaptation, and presenting a story good enough for my audience to hear. Reading all of these yarns gave me a terrific education on the pulp style: quick, spare and brutal, not to mention highly entertaining, on a purely visceral level. The best ones had some dark humor as well. This helped as I continued with seasons two through four of my series, not only with more adaptations, but also with original plays. I did my best to create an atmosphere of "pulpiness", while at the same time avoiding any "on-the-nose" situations – in other words, by not obviously saying, "Look, we're being all pulpy, ain't it great?" 

Now we come to 2017. I was invited to bring my acting troupe, The Narada Radio Company, to Pulpfest 2017 in Pittsburgh, to perform one adaptation of a Robert Bloch story, and one original play. The former was "Return to the Sabbath", a creepy tale of 1930s Hollywood; the latter was "Prepare to Be Mr. Fye". The short story that appears in PULP REALITY #1 is in fact a reverse-engineered audio drama – a 180-degree come about in my usual adaptation method. Whereas I usually took out third-person narration and substituted music and sound cues, I had to plant them into my story to keep things flowing. It was quite a challenge, but I think I did a good job. 

To return to my promise of telling you how I wrote the story, I should explain my habit of jotting down ideas in a little notebook. Some time before I wrote the audio drama about Mr. Fye, the name "Mr. Fye" came to me out of the blue, so I jotted it down in said notebook, for later use. When it came time to formulate an idea for a new play for Pulpfest, I referred to the notebook and saw the name. Then, I flipped a few pages back and saw the thumbnail outline for a script I'd written as a vehicle for a "Shadow"-like character. I immediately scratched out "The Shadow" and scribbled down "Mr. Fye" in its place, and then began writing in earnest. As with the best stories, the details came to me as I was writing: Character names, relationships, how a particular character might speak, the flow of the story, and – most importantly, to me – how our hero became the hero.

It's true – remember, I'd originally planned this story as something for Lamont Cranston, so all of that "power to cloud men's minds" jazz had to go. What you get instead is a one-hundred- percent-original origin story. Admittedly (and I don't think I'm spoiling anything by telling you this) Jinx Duncan is still feeling his way by the end of this first installment; but rest assured, dear reader: you'll find out more about him and his developing powers at the same time Jinx does, in future tales of "The Adventures of Mr. Fye"!