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52 Years Later

  • On 23 Oct | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, way back in July of 1968, we came home from Vietnam.  We’d enlisted for a three year period back in 1965, a year after graduating from high school. Honestly, it was a time in the Air Chief’s life when he wasn’t at all certain where he wanted to be; what he wanted to do. After twelve years of nothing but school, we wanted to do something…anything, else instead of just going on to four more years in a college. So for a year we worked in a shoe factory in our hometown.

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By this time in our history, the Vietnam war was ramping up and it seemed the only thing we ever saw on the evening news. As the summer of 1965 rolled around, we were only too aware that a huge draft was coming up and without any deferment, we’d most likely get drafted. Whereas the military made it known through various sources that if one were to enlist and do well on their battery of intelligent tests, they would be guaranteed a particular assignment, i.e. job while in the service. Deciding to go that route, we went in and took those test. The end result, we pretty much maxed them and were told if we enlisted, we’d be trained as a Personnel Specialist. All other clerical designations fell under this one, meaning no matter where we were sent after this training, we’d be given a clerical job, be it company clerk, transportation clerk, ordnance clerk etc. etc. etc. We signed up and that September were flown to Fort Dix New Jersey where we’d do 8 weeks of basic to be followed by 8 weeks of clerical training. At the end of which we would be certified a bonafide Personnel Specialist. Then most likely be shipped to either Germany, South Korea….or Vietnam.

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Imagine our shock when we were ordered to a training battalion in Fort Ord, California. Arguably the only Army base with its own private beach. Our barracks were across a highway from the beach and a bridge crossed that busy roadway. Shooting ranges were set up along the dunes but at night, the place was deserted and many a GI, ourselves included, would walk cover that bridge and go sit on the sand watching the sunset over the Pacific. For two years Ft. Ord was our home and it was only five miles from Carmel, the Bob Hope Gold Classic site and pretty much half-way between San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south. To say it was cushy duty would be an understatement. Of course as 1967 rolled around we were only to aware that the length of a tour in Vietnam and were we to have less than that allotted time, we wouldn’t be sent there.  So along about the time our enlistment reached 13 months to go, down came our orders. We were off to the war zone. As writer Stephen Crane described in his book “The Red Badge of Courage,” we were off to the see the elephant.

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Three weeks later Pfc. Ronald Fortier landed at the Tan Son Nhut airbase approximately twenty miles north of the capital city of Saigon, where we were assigned to the Adjutant General’s Department in charge of publications. Meaning exactly what? Meaning that if a helicopter mechanic wanted to patch up bullet holes in a chopper, he had to fill out a specific form to supply accounting. Where did he get this particular form, at a warehouse operated by three clerks who’s job it was to maintaining and stock those forms.  Yup, the army fought the war using both bullets and blank forms. Trust us, no one can make this stuff up. At the time U.S. Army Headquarters was in Saigon, but two months after we arrived, the entire HQ was loaded onto 18 wheelers and transported up north to a new site called Long Binh Post.

While there, we wrote a weekly column for the hometown newspaper, the Somersworth Free Press. It was more or less one GI’s experiences. If we summed up that year overall, it would be more like Catch 22 than Rambo. Anyways, the year passed and then it was time to come home. A week before leaving, we visited the U.S. Mortuary in Saigon. That was the facility with contracted American morticians embalmed the bodies of the young men who died and got them prepared for shipping back home to their families and loved ones. We didn’t realize how much that experience affected us until a few night later we had one of the most profound dreams we’ve ever known. A dream that still haunts us to this very day.

Upon returning to civilian life, we put all of that behind us. It was nothing we even wanted to write about. We had gone, done our duty, survived and come home. End of story. Whereas recently, for whatever cosmic reasons, we’ve actually dealt with Vietnam in three rather special stories. The first two are print stories. The first is a sports tale about a returning vet who has lost a leg in combat. It will appear in All American Sports Stories Vol 2 either at the end of the year, or early next. The second story deals with a great character created by Derrick Ferguson in his Dillon series. He’s Eli Creed, Dillon’s older, mentor amigo, who was himself a Vietnam vet and that story takes place a little while after Creed’s return home. Finally the third, and perhaps most personal to me is “The Night Army” a ten minute radio drama based on that dream we had two nights before shipping out. It has been recorded by a British company for an on-line series called “On Another Wavelength.” As soon as it is on-line, we’ll be sure to post the link here.

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Thousands of wonderful, brave American boys sacrificed their lives for this country and never came home. All their ghosts have ever asked of us is that we never forget them. I never have.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

MEET JENNA COYNE

  • On 16 Oct | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we are happy to announce the release of Airship 27 Production’s 222 title. JENNA COYNE MYSTERIES.

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Written my Boston based Robert Ricci, this is the debut of a new series featuring a very likeable new female detective. Jenna Coyne lives in Boston’s North End, working for a sleazy insurance company. When her apparent is broken into by mistake by two drug dealers looking for one of her neighbors, Jenna gets is involved and is soon playing Nancy Drew. Volume one feature two complete stories, interior art by artist Jason Wren and a beautiful cover by Ted Hammond. (Above) As ever available now in paperback from Amazon and on Kindle. We think you Loyal Airmen are really going to like this one.

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On the comic front, we’re happy to report that the second issue of THE WOODEN BLADE is coming along nicely. This is a fantasy series created by the Air Chief and fellow Fort Collins neighbor, the talented Olivia DeGaine. We first met Olivia at a local convention here in town. She and her husband, Zane, are both comic creators and graduate of the Joe Kubert Graphic Arts college in New Jersey. Olivia has a talented for drawing anthropomorphic creatures, i.e. intelligent animals populating comic tales. Such was Raizee the Ram, the hero of this series. Olivia has been hard at work on issue number two and to the left above is a page from it. No worries, we’ll keep you posted as it progresses. Meanwhile, the first issue (cover to left above) is still available from (www.IndyPlanet.com)

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Remember that Black Bat – Domino Lady graphic collection coming from Moonstone in Nov? Well it is in the final stages of production and will contain at least 175 pgs, if not more. Joe Gentile has done an amazing job putting this package together. Above is an early idea for the cover from Doug Klauba, not the final one, but we wanted to share it with all you Loyal Airmen. Now most comic shops will NOT carry this book unless you personally order it from them. Remember, the book is due out in Nov, so if you’d like a copy, tell your comic shop now. As ever, thanks for your support.

Ron – Over & Out!

MORE SNEAK PEEKS

  • On 9 Oct | '2020

Greetings Loyal airmen, as we’ve no new releases for a few more weeks, we thought we’d show off some art be assembled for several upcoming title.

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As most of you are well aware, the best selling series from Airship 27 Production is our SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective and we’re happy to tell you Vol 16 of that series is coming along nicely. This will feature stories by Ian Watson, Greg Hatcher and Lee Houston Jr. At present Art Director Rob Davis is doing the interior illustrations and at the right (above) is one such completed. One of the elements of Rob’s work that all of us admire so much is his detailing. That illustration demanded a lot of time and attention, from the cobblestones on the street to the actual buildings and streetlamps. Rob is truly a master illustrator. He also took time to adapt the back-cover text we did up and designed it with that picture of London. We think it looks super. But wait until you see the cover. We’ve put together something really terrific for this one. Stay tuned.

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One of our favorite writers at Airship 27 is the wonderfully talented Nancy Hansen. Many of you Loyal Airmen will recognize that name as Nancy is the author of the amazing Pirate Queen Saga Jezebel Johnson which we’ve publishing for the past few years. Well, Nancy has kicked off another series with us and this one is an all out fantasy entitled THE SILVER PENTACLE. While editing the first volume, we starting thinking ahead as to who would be best suited to do the illustrations for this series. The first thought we had was of our pal Guy Davis, a Colorado resident. After explaining the concept of the series to Guy, he delighted us with signing on. To day he’s done several terrific illustrations including his latest which is above here. We couldn’t be happier. This is really going to be a gorgeous package when it is completed, with both a great story and beautiful artwork.

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And finally, as most of you Loyal Airmen are aware, when releasing WHO’S WHO IN NEW PULP months ago, we told people all proceeds would be going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and with weeks of the book being out we sent them a check for over $300. Well after another three months up at Amazon, we are now sending them a second check, this one for $409. We can’t thank all of you who supported this project enough, and our 222 writers and artists who participated. The New Pulp Community is wonderful indeed.

Ron – Over & Out!

SUPER FANS

  • On 2 Oct | '2020

Greeting Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log.  As most of you are obviously aware there is a live Brother Bones web-series in production and producer Bryan Patterson has been assembling quite an impressive production team of industry talent, from casting directors to a top-notch camera guy. With all this hoopla, it is obvious we’re capturing the attention of lots of people across web. One happened to be a long time fan of ours who we had never met before. His name is Jesse Baer.

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Apparently Jesse tripped over my work while still in middle school. He became an instant comics fan and then later really enjoyed the appearance of Brother Bones from Airship 27.  Enough so that by the time Jesse was in college, he talked several of his pals into doing a short Brother Bones film. Sadly they never went beyond filming one scene one evening and that was it. But all of them kept pictures and when he saw Bryan’s news regarding the new Web-Series, Jesse sent along the pictures. Bryan then shared them with us and we reached to this super-fan.  Jesse Baer is a great guy, married, has a beautiful daughter and works in a hospital kitchen as a chief. He studied film-making in college and still wants to pursue that dream one day. Meanwhile he’s written a comic series called “Burlap” and it looks to be a nifty crime series. As soon as we get copies, we’ll tell you more about. Thing is getting to meet Jesse because of this connection has been a joy for us. We’ve said all along, we have the best fans in the world and Jesse is really one of the tops.

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A few weeks ago we informed you of the passing away of one dear friend, fantasy writer Charles Saunders. Well, having no surviving family or relatives, Charles was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where he lived. Now friends have begun a GoFund Me page to raise $15,000 to purchase a beautiful stone for his final resting place to do honor to this wonderful man. If you would like to help us in this, below is the link to that GoFund Me page. Simply cut it out and paste it to your search engine…and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-buy-a-tombstone-for-charles-r-saunders?fbclid=IwAR3BWS7TljeUdQ3__B9tLqHEWuvrjBHP7RxiiuBTqqikYGx4O4AfLGbeAaQ

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We are happy to announce the release of our latest Airship 27 title, EXECUTIVE GAMBIT by writer Wayne Carey. This is unlike our previous pulp adventures in that it is a modern day, edge of your seat political much like a Tom Clancy or Brad Thor novel. Art Director Rob Davis provided all interior illustrations and that terrific cover seen above. Book is now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. As ever thanks for your support, Loyal Airmen.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you here next Friday morning.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

FRIENDS

  • On 25 Sep | '2020

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we want to talk about friends, an all important topic even in this year of Covid 19. The gentlemen above is Jaime Ramos, a writer/editor we were introduced to by our mutual pal, Brant Fowler. Jaime put together an anthology a few years back that won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Anthology and writer David Michelanie Best Pulp Short Story. It was this show that we met Jaime and his family. He’s a great guy, although his health for the past few years has been anything but good. He has diabetes and his kidneys are shot. He was on a kidney transplant list but that never happened. As time as moved on, his condition only continued to deteriorate until recently he had several surgeries but they proved unsuccessful and he was sent home.

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He then learned that his insurance would cover the cost of a wheelchair and a hospital bed, which he and his wife then procured. Through all this, Jaime’s spirit never waivers. He’s a fighter and recently told the Air Chief in a message that he’s simply not ready to die. He has too much to live for. Today, over on FB, he posted that he will be going back into the hospital and it is most likely his right leg will be amputated. Right now, we find ourselves at a true loss for words and would ask all you Loyal Airmen, please, regardless of your faith, send lots of prayers to Jaime. And if you’r not of that inclination, then your kind thoughts will also be most welcome. It’s a matter of all of recognizing another human being and his struggles, struggles that could easily be ours as well.  Hang in there, Jaime.  You are and have always been a winner.

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Another super good pal is comics creator Warren Montgomery of Portland, Oregon. We hooked up with Warren online when putting together our comic series BLACK LION and were looking for someone to letter it. Warren saw our posting and signed on. From that point on, he not only did lots of lettering for us, he also published several of our own comic stories in his Will Lill Comic anthologies. We became a mutual admiration partnership and now, Warren is giving his very cool super hero his very own title.

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Lightning Marval first appeared in FUN ADVENTURE COMICS, Warren’s really great anthology series that ran for 15 issues. Now, as said above he’s starring in his own title and it absolutely fantastic. The first issue weirdly titles “After Prologue” has Happytoe Oregon’s might hero attacked by villainous super beings. He deduced they are merely the minions of a controlling mastermind. All it all, Warren’s art is clean and perfect for his straightforward narrative and all his characters, from Fred our heroes, to the supporting cast and bad guys are just wonderful. If you miss the fun in comics, you need to check this one out fast. Simply visit on-line (www.wlcomics.com) and tell them the Air Chief sent you.

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And that’s our Flight Log for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by, be well and stay safe out there.

Ron – Over & Out!

PULP IMAGES & COVERS

  • On 18 Sep | '2020

Greeting Loyal Airmen, we thought this week we’d give you a little art peek at what’s coming down the line from Airship 27 Productions.  We are in the last stages of putting together our third Mark Justice’s Dead Sheriff weird western adventure.

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Writer Michael Housel turned in a truly great novel called “PURITY” and whereas our own Rob Davis did the nine black and white interior illustrations, we assigned the cover to North Carolina artist Michael Youngblood. His last work for us was a gorgeous Sherlock Holmes cover. So for this one, we asked Michael to give us our zombie hero in a classic western shoot-out. A few days ago he sent in the above sketches. The one on the left is his personal take on the Dead Sheriff, which is just awesome. Then the roughs on the right are his preliminary sketches to get a feel for the composition that will eventually evolved into the finished, colored cover. We’d say Mr. Youngblood is totally on the right track.

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Now for something totally out of the blue. A few years back we released “Mystery Men ( & Women) Vol 5″ which cover featured The Shrike, a sexy new pulp hero created by writer Gene Moyers. Imagine the Air Chief surprise today, when surfing Facebook, we came across the sketch at upper right done by another one of our stalwart artist, Mr. Graham Hill. We immediately downloaded it to compare it with the Ted Hammond cover of The Shrike.  Now, we don’t know if Graham ever saw that cover before, but this woman he drew could be her twin. Wild stuff, Loyal Airmen.

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In the past few years, the Air Chief has noticed a gradual shift in the style of pulps we are now being offered by our amazing stable of writers. Consider the recent “The Road Twice Taken” by R.A. Jones, something totally different than we had ever done before. The thing is the more unique the manuscripts, the more excited we become in working with them. Now political spy thrillers have been a staple of American fiction ever since the late Tom Clancy came on the scene and since that time many new, gifted writers have jumped into the same genre pool. Imagine the Air Chief’s surprise and delight when writer Wayne Carey sent us one such modern day thriller. The book is called “Executive Gambit” and repeating what we just posted, it is unlike any other book we’ve ever done here at Airship 27 Productions. Above is a sneak-peek at the back cover. Art Director Rob Davis has provided the interior illustrations and the most fitting cover imaginable. At present the title is in the last stages of production. Stay tuned, we think all you spy fans are going to love this one.

And that’s our Flight Log for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

BARRY BASKERVILLE # 7

  • On 11 Sep | '2020

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log. One in which we are happy to announce the release of newest Barry Baskerville children’s book, “Barry Baskerville’s Christmas Mystery.” Written by Richard Kellogg and illustrated by Gary Kato, this is the family friendly series about a young boy who wants to be Sherlock Holmes when he grows up.  Pretty much the old boy detective concept done with a nice twist. In this, Barry’s seventh case, he is after someone stealing outdoor Christmas trees from people’s front yards. As ever it is a fun read with over 30 colorful illustrations showcasing Gary’s amazing artwork. It, like the previous six Barry Baskerville books, is now available from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. If you have young readers in your family, we totally recommend you pick this up for them. They will love you for it.

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Over the last few weeks, Colorado, like California, has been dealing with severe heat on the 90s that ultimately led to dozens of major forest fires all over including the Peaks Canyon blaze taking place behind Fort Collins. For weeks a smoky haze lit up the sky as seen from my office window. Then this past weekend it became so bad that by Monday, Labor Day, a giant black cloud of soot covered the entire area including surrounding communities. The photo above was taken the night before. Driving around seeing the black sky over head was like something out of a disaster. Ash fell out of the sky like rain covering everything and making breathing dangerous.

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Then on Monday night, like a gift from God, northern winds whipping down from Canada drop temperatures drastically and a mixture of rain and snow began falling. By Tuesday morning this was the view out our window. As we write this entry, it continues to fall and one can’t help but believe it is dampening those fires considerably. Hopefully enough to eventually put them all out.

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Finally, to end on a fun note, two new toys have found their way into the Air Chief’s innner sanctum. The Golden Gorilla was found by Valerie at a local Holmeswood Store in town and then the new wonderful Rocketeer figure was a gift from our dear pal, Todd Jones. Todd saw it at a local store a while back, knew of our loved of the character and picked it up for us. And there you go, two more toys for this senior little boy. Things like this keep our hearts forever young.

Ron – Over & Out!

R.I.P. CHARLES SAUNDERS

  • On 4 Sep | '2020

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Dear Loyal Airmen, what follows is an editor bio of my friend, Charles Saunders, lifted from Wikipedia. Yesterday, I discovered that Charles had passed away months ago and the news of his death is just reaching the public. Why that is, I don’t know. My association with Charles goes back to the first few years of my return to civilian life after being discharged from the Army in 1968. Getting involved with fandom, I had several pieces of fiction published in various fanzines including Gene Day’s Dark Fantasy. Eventually I joined a writer/artist group called THE SMALL PRESS WRITERS & ARTISTS ORGANIZATION – SWPAO. Among its members were Richard and Wendy Pini, Charles, Gene Day, Gary Kato, Ardath Mayhar, Joe Bonadonna, David C. Smith and Kevin Anderson.

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At one point, I was the club’s President and Charles my Vice-President. All this was prior to computers and the internet and all of us corresponded by mail. Whereas both Charles and I were baby boomers having been born in 1946, we couldn’t have been more different in our backgrounds and upbringing. When Charles learned I was a veteran of Vietnam, he told me in a very sincere letter that he had felt that conflict immoral and because of that ignored his own draft summon and fled to Canada, where he became a citizen. He wondered if a Vet and Draft Dodger could be friends. Truth is I admired a man who had the courage of his convictions and told him that. It was a mutual respect we would share for many, years. Our mutual love of writing the bond that cemented our friendship.

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Shortly after Valerie and I were married, at Charles’ invitation, we flew to Ottawa to visit him and Gene Day. Charles was nearly 7 feet tall and upon greeting us at the airport, he grabbed Valerie in a bear hug and lifted her off the floor. She confessed the last time anyone had ever done that to her had been a store Santa Clause. Charles told her to call him her very own “Black Santa.” Our trip was a week long and we had so much fun. This was all before Gene passed away and Charles eventually moved to Nova Scotia. Over the years his career continued to rise, inspiring several generations of young black writers with his adventure tales of his mythical Africa. After Rob Davis and I started Airship 27 Productions, Charles became one of our first proof-readers and after years of me pestering him, created Damballa, the first ever black 1930s pulp avenger.

In the past few years he’d become involved with Milton Davis of Atlanta Georgia and his Sword and Soul novels and anthologies, becoming a friend and mentor to as yet another generation of young writers. The legacy he leaves behind is beyond my humble ability to measure. I just know it is real and for years to come, his name will be spoken along with those of J.R. Tolkein and Robert E. Howard. Charles was a great man and my friend. I will miss him greatly.  Now read the facts…

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Charles R. Saunders also credited as Charles Saunders (born July 12, 1946[1]) was an African-American author and journalist living in Canada. During his long career, he  wrote everything from novels both fiction and non-fiction, to screenplays and radio plays.Saunders was born in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, a small town outside Pittsburgh. He later lived in Norristown before going to Lincoln University, from which he graduated in 1968 with a degree in psychology. He moved to Canada in 1969, living in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario before a 14-year stay in Ottawa. He moved to Nova Scotia in 1985.[2]

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Charles read his first work of science fiction in 1958, a misremembered novel by Andre Norton; this he states was what got him into the genre.[3] Inspired in Africa, he created the fictional continent Nyumbani (which means “home” in Swahili), where the stories of Imaro, his sword and sorcery series, take place.[4] In 1974, Saunders wrote a series of short stories for Gene Day‘s science fiction fanzine Dark Fantasy. The issue of Dark Fantasy with the first Imaro story found its way to Lin Carter, who included it in his first Year’s Best Fantasy Stories collection, published by DAW Books in 1975. This publication brought Saunder’s work to the attention of Daw publisher Donald A. Wollheim, who eventually suggested that Saunders turn his Imaro stories into a novel. Six of the novellas originally published by Gene Day in Dark Fantasy (“Mawanzo”, “Turkhana Knives”, “The Place of Stones”, “Slaves of the Giant Kings”, “Horror in the Black Hills”, and “The City of Madness”) would later be used in his first novel, Imaro, which was published by Daw in 1981.[5]

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But a lawsuit by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate over a poorly chosen cover quote, The Epic Novel of a Black Tarzan, caused a one-month delay in shipping as the books had to be reprinted, which led to poor sales. Saunders wrote and sold two more books in the series, The Quest for Cush (1984) and The Trail of Bohu (1985).[3]

In Nova Scotia, Charles worked the night shift at a local newspaper as a copy editor, and wrote his thoughts out in longhand during the day. Nova Scotia’s black community is largely descended from African Americans who went over to the British side during the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812; they were given freedom and land in Nova Scotia after those wars ended, and created communities such as Africville. Charles wrote four non-fiction books about the Nova Scotia black community, including a collection of his columns.[5]

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In 2006, small press Night Shade Books made a deal with him to publish an updated edition of Imaro. This new edition excludes the novella “Slaves of the Giant-Kings”, which Charles felt held too many parallels to the present day Rwandan genocide.[3] In 2008 the second novel in the updated Imaro trilogy The Quest for Cush was published by Night Shade Books, and the company has decided not to publish any other Imaro novels at this time.

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In 2008 Saunders released the related work Dossouye through Sword & Soul Media and the online publisher Lulu, Dousouye is a fix-up novel created from the short stories “Agbewe’s Sword”, “Gimmile’s Songs”, “Shiminege’s Mask”, “Marwe’s Forest”, and “Obenga’s Drum”, the last previously unpublished. Dossouye herself is a woman warrior inspired by the real-life female warriors of the West African Kingdom of Dahomey. Her first stories appeared in Jessica Amanda Salmonson‘s Amazons![6] and Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Sword and Sorceress,[7] two anthologies designed to increase the number and recognition of female heroes in sword and sorcery fiction. Agbewe’s Sword was adapted by Saunders himself in the screenplay of the film Amazons (1986).[8] In 2009 he released The Trail of Bohu, the third title in the now ongoing Imaro series, through the Sword & Soul Media storefront.[9] In 2009 he released The Naama War the fourth and latest Imaro novel through Lulu.[10] In 2012, he released Dossouye: The Dancers of Mulukau, the second novel of Dossouye.[11] In 2017, released “Nyumbani Tales”, a collection of Nyumbani stories that have not yet been republished, among them “Katisa,” about Imaro’s mother.[4] In 2018, a story of Imaro appeared in the anthology The Mighty Warriors, edited by Robert M. Price.[12]

CHARLES SAUNDERS 1946 – 2020  REST IN PEACE.

Ron (Over & Out!)

TWO NEW AIRSHIP 27 TITLES

  • On 28 Aug | '2020

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, we’re delighted to kick off this week’s Flight Log announcing the release of two new pulp titles. First up is “Mystery Men ( & Women) Vol 6 – This being our showcase series wherein Airship 27 pulp writers get to create brand new pulp heroes. In this one we have three such while the fourth tale returns a hero who debut in a previous volumes. Stories are by Teel James Glenn, Curtis Fernlund, Greg Hatcher and Dale Cozort and they are fantastic. Our own Art Director Rob Davis provided all the interior illustrations plus that nifty cover seen above that features martial artist Kiri.

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While on the subject of that particular new book, we thought you’d all enjoy a little bit about how it came about. The Air Chief, while surfing the web one evening found this nifty picture of a supposed docking of an airship with the Empire State Building. Those of you who know your history will be aware that while being constructed, the idea was that the pinnacle of the building would becoming an actual airship docking station from which passengers could board and exit those beautiful lighter-than-air crafts. Sadly, once completed, engineers realized the winds at that height made a stationary docking way too dangerous and near impossible and it was never attempted. Though fanciful artists and movie makers in the years to come would imagine it…like the image above. Whereas there is an actual such docking in the story by Curtis Fernlund, we sent this image to artist Rob Davis, who then flipped it to merge artistically with his drawing of the main character, martial artist Kiri. And voila, another great Airship 27 cover.

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And then our second title is DAN FOWLER G-Man Vol 3 with stories by Whit Howland, Gene Moyers, Aaron Powers and Fred Adams Jr. Kevin Paul Shaw Broden provides the interior illustrations and Christ Rawding this up that snazzy cover above. As always both books are now available at Amazon in paperback and soon will be on Kindle. We thank all you Loyal Airmen for your continued support of our publishing efforts. We couldn’t do this without you.

Finally our latest AIRSHIP 27 PODCAST # 66 is up on You Tube. Simply cut and paste the link below.

As you can see, we’ been busy this week. Thanks ever for stopping by and we’ll catch up again next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

BROTHER BONES TEAM GROWS

  • On 21 Aug | '2020

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, well the folks behind the new Brother Bones Web Series aren’t letting any moss grow under their feet as their new website is starting to come alive with the biographies of all the talented people joining the production team. You can find the website at the link below

(  http://brotherbonesseries.com/index.html)  Do check it out. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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And now for the sad news. Earlier in the year we reported that artist Chris Nye had signed on to draw the 130 pg original graphic novel of Brother Bones. Now, at the time Chris had been dealing with health issues involving his eyes and he is currently having to go through a series of surgeries to correct them. Not ever a pleasant thing and especially for an artist like Chris. As time neared for the surgeries, he found himself caught up in lots of other things, older projects demanding his attention and the reality that the use of his sight might be limited for a while as he recovers from what we all hope is a very successful surgery. Thus earlier in the week, Chris wrote asking to be released from the Bones project as the length is too much for him now. Whereas he at the same time offered to do smaller projects for Airship 27. Chris is really a great guy and his professionalism unquestioned. After reading his letter, the Air Chief knew immediately that we would grant his wish with absolutely no hard feelings. We value his friendship a great deal. So…Loyal Airmen, it would appear the Brother Bones graphic novel is back to square one as we begin anew a search for a graphic artist. Meanwhile, always true to his word, Chris is now doing illustrations for a new fantasy novel by Mike Bullock called RUNEMASTER, which Airship 27 will be publishing when completed. And as ever, Chris’ work is stunning. In the meanwhile, we’d ask all of you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he undergoes those crucial operations to restore his sight. Thanks ever.

Ron – Over & Out!