THE NEW PULP ERA

WHY THIS FICTION FORMAT IS MAKING A COMEBACK IN A BIG WAY!

From the time I was a child I’ve loved Pulp Fiction. No, not the movie (although I enjoyed that as well), I’m talking about the Pulp Fiction genre! Whether it was in the form of Men’s Action/Adventure novels such as: Don Pendleton’s Executioner series (featuring Mack Bolan), Nick Carter, The Destroyer Series (featuring Nemo Williams) or magazines such as: Eerie, EC Comics, Savage Sword of Conan, Tomb of Dracula or Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.

Of course the ORIGINAL Pulp fiction icons like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Tarzan, etc…started it all! I discovered them a short time later and fell in love with them as well!

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Some of my earliest reading experiences were with the above mentioned books and magazines, something that has had a definite impact and influence on my writing. I grew up in an era before the internet and when video games weren’t a standard fixtures in homes around the world. My friends and I would read comic books, adventure novels and then reenact those bold scenes outside in the backyard or at a nearby park. We fashioned weapons from sticks and boards, or any other materials we could get our hands on. Our greatest asset was our imaginations!

This is precisely why Pulp Fiction is making a comeback in a BIG way!

Reading those stories of whirlwind excitement, death defying feats and bold adventure sparked our imaginations like other forms of fiction never could. We could get lost in becoming our favorite heroes and escape to distant lands and exotic locales, be surrounded by beautiful women (or handsome men according to your fancy). You could make all of the troubles in your life melt away as you slipped into another world and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime!

With the dazzling special effects in movies and video games, it becomes easier than ever to escape reality. The problem is that unlike reading, movies and video games can only give you the visual and the audio. Those formats fail to engage your senses and ease you into another world where you can become the hero in your mind’s eye. The viewer or player, respectively, is relying upon the imagination/vision of the directors, writers and/or animators to do the heavy lifting for them, thus depriving them of developing their own imagination muscles.

Bearers of the Pulp Torch are bound and determined to carry on the traditions of their fore-bearers and bring to readers the imaginative and pulse pounding adventures that have all but gotten swallowed up in movies and video games.

Authors and Artists such as:

Derrick Ferguson

Adam Shaw

Tommy Hancock

Kimberly Richardson

Rob Davis

Nancy A. Hansen

Fuller Bumpers

Lee Houston Jr.

Ron Fortier

Andrea Judy

& Charles R. Saunders to name but a few.

They are the voices of The New Pulp Era!

Rising from the ashes of Pulp Fiction, they are spearheading a Pulp Renaissance.  Through modern innovations such as the internet, Print on Demand, and a steady growing interest, Pulp is re-surging more and more each passing year. This movement consists of quite a number of writers, artists and publishers who have dedicated themselves to creating GREAT Pulp Fiction!

Black-PulpTheir work is as diverse as the American Culture and yet readily recognizable, innovative, but not just a fresh coat of paint on previous stories. These works are bold, original and surreal, though they often take their inspiration and influence from the Pulp of yesteryear. This gives the stories a freshness born of new minds, yet spiced with the familiar flavors of the past. A GREAT example of this is an anthology titled, “BLACK PULP,” published by Pro Se Press.

This anthology features stories from several brilliant authors and Pulp supporters and features characters of African origin, or descent, in stories that cover various genres in fiction! The concept was developed by noted crime novelist Gary Phillips and this volume includes a forward by the legendary Walter Mosley himself!

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As this phoenix called The New Pulp Era burns ever so brightly and hurls itself across the sky, many readers (including longtime fans and newly indoctrinated ones) are taking notice. Quite a few conventions and venues are recognizing the value and impact that Pulp has had in the shaping and molding of Pop Culture. Pulp never truly went away, as it has lived in the hearts of longtime fans and readers for decades. It is only now that a new generation of creators are producing material and new readers are being exposed to this Cult phenomena and apparently they can’t get enough!

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that “yours truly” is also throwing his hat into the Pulp Fiction ring. I only hope that I can live up to the legends of my fore-bearers and help to move Pulp forward alongside the talented men and women listed above.

STAY TUNED & REMEMBER TBIYTC!!!

Copyright © 2013 John F. Allen. All rights reserved.

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JOHN F. ALLEN’S THE GOD KILLERS VIRTUAL TOUR STARTS TODAY!

I’m extemely excited to announce that beginning TODAY, my publisher Seventh Star Press will feature my blog tour featuring my new urban fantasy novel The God Killers, which introduces my heroine, Ivory Blaque! Learn interesting and fun filled facts about me, the novel and its characters!

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Tour Schedule and Activities

9/23                A Haunted Head                               Interview

9/23                Azure Dwarf                                       Promo Spotlight

9/24                SpecMusicMuse                                 Review

9/24                Come Selahway With Me                 Guest Post

9/24                The Dan O’Brien Project                   Promo Spotlight

9/25                Bee’s Knees Reviews                          Review

9/26                Beauty in Ruins                                  Review

9/27                Readings Sunshine                            Promo Spotlight

9/27                Word to Dreams                                Promo Spotlight

9/27                Armand Rosamilia, Author               Guest Post

9/28                Sheila Deeth                                       Character Interview

9/28                Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews        Guest Post

9/28                Workaday Reads                               Review

9/29                Jess Resides Here                               Author Interview

9/29                Illuminite Calginosus                         Promo Spotlight

Amazon Links for The God Killers:

Print Version

http://www.amazon.com/The-God-Killers-John-Allen/dp/1937929167

Kindle Version

http://www.amazon.com/God-Killers-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00E4TD5QO

Other eBook Formats

Nook

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iBookstore

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DON’T MISS OUT ON ALL OF THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT & REMEMBER TBIYTC!!!

ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE GOD KILLERS TODAY!

Are you a fan of action and adventure? Are you a fan of urban fantasy? If so, then do yourself a HUGE favor and pick up a copy of John F. Allen’s debut novel The God Killers! Follow the bold adventures of Ivory Blaque as she battles monsters, demigods and diabolical criminals with the use of her mysterious and mystical pistols, The God Killers! Pulse pounding action, daring adventure & hair raising excitement await you!
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THE OFFICIAL JOHN F. ALLEN WRITER FAN PAGE IS LIVE ON FACEBOOK!

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Today, thanks to the efforts of my good friend and BIG fan of my work, Eugena McFarland, I can announce the launch of my Official Fan Page!

I’m honored to have the kind support and encouragement to pursue my craft from my fans. I appreciate and love each and every one of you!

Being a member of my fan page gives you:

* Info on current events
* Reviews on published works
* Book launches
* Meet & greet times and locations
* Upcoming projects
* FREE E-BOOK GIVEAWAYS/DOWNLOADS
* Contests 
* FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Be sure to check out the fan page at the link below!

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