Ron Fortier is back with a review of Pulp Reality No 1 from Stormgate Press. A romping fun adventure in the style of old-time pulp tales. Why not check it out, you will be happy that you did.
The 10th Anniversary of Captain Hawklin. To celebrate Stormgate Press is releasing three Omnibus’ combining the written works by Charles F Millhouse. The back cover blurb reads like this:
For Ten years Captain Steven Hawklin has thrilled readers young and old alike, sending them to
the uncharted reaches of the world, from the mysterious Monster Island to the hidden
Subterranean Empire of Suversia. Captain Hawklin along with his trusted allies, Hardy and Oz,
have circled the globe facing one adventure after another.
READ, about the forces of evil, determined to stop the intrepid Captain at every turn.
DISCOVER, the high-flying exploits of Captain Hawklin’s pilots, the Crusaders.
& THRILL, to the death-defying cliffhangers, one page after another.
Collected here for the first time are the first four novels in the long-running Captain Hawklin
Adventures, bound for you in this Omnibus Volume One and featuring:
The Secrets of Monster Island
The Invisible Enemy
The Subterranean Empire
& The Jade Dragon
This is a must have collection for Every fan, old and new alike. Now’s the time to Choose the Adventure!
Cover for the Omnibus’ provided by Jeffrey Hayes. ￼
2022 marks 10 years of Captain Hawklin, with celebrations all year long. The short Story Collection is just the beginning. Each story will be released as separate ebooks and at the end of next year will be collected together in a printed volume. More details soon.
NOW ON SALE!! The Doomsday BlitzkriegAn adventure from the Greatest Generation
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.
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:
For copies directly from Stormgate Press check out the side bar on this page.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.