Wednesday, August 7, 2019

THE DEAD SHERIFF - Holster Full of Death

Presents Its 200th Title
Holster Full of Death
Fred Adams Jr.

Over a eleven years ago, writer Ron Fortier and artist Rob Davis partnered to create a new publishing venture that devoted itself to producing New Pulp novels and anthologies featuring classic pulp characters from the 30s and 40s. That outlandish idea they named Airship 27 Productions. Since that time, Airship 27 has become an energetic part of the pulp community, not only revitalizing classic pulp figures such as Secret Agent X, Domino Lady and Captain Hazzard, but newer creations as well such the late Mark Justice’s weird western hero, the Dead Sheriff.

The mysterious Master has been seeking the half-breed Indian Sam who rode with the Dead Sheriff as his companion Cheveyo. All of which is a ruse, as the fable zombie lawman is nothing more than a puppet corpse manipulated by Sam through the use of a magic amulet; an amulet Sam stole from one of the Master’s agents.

When the Great Castwell’s traveling magic show appears claiming to have the Dead Sheriff as one of its acts, the Master dispatches the demonic twins Damon and Emile Loizeux to investigate. They discover that Castwell is a fraud and his Dead Sheriff merely an actor in disguise. Still, if allowed to continue, the show will ultimately attract Sam and his pal, journalist Richard O’Malley. Thus the bait is put on full display setting up a confrontation that will be both horrific and cataclysmic.

“After releasing the first Dead Sheriff novel several years ago to honor a promise I made my friend Mark Justice, I then went on the finish the second he had begun before his passing,” reports Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “With it completed, we made the decision to keep the series alive (pun intended) if we could find other of our stable writers willing to do Dead Sheriff tales. Right out of the gate we got one of the best.”

Veteran pulp writer Fred Adams Jr. creates a fast paced weird western thriller featuring the characters created by the late Mark Justice adding to the saga of the west most bizarre hero, the Dead Sheriff. Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis provides the nine black and white interior illustrations and Chris Rawding the truly beautiful cover. A special limited collector’s edition of the book debut at the recently held Pikeville Comic & Toy Collection in Kentucky. The first copy was presented to Mrs. Norma Kay Justice, Mark’s widow. And now it has the distinction of officially being the company’s grand 200th release!


Now available from Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

THE PERSONA - Green Fleshed Fiends

Green-Fleshed Fiends!

Airship 27 Productions thrilled to announce the release of writer Michael Housel’s second Persona adventure. Since becoming chosen to be the new mystic warrior known as the Persona, Michael Mansford has tried his best to live as normal a life as possible. But all too soon he’s once again called upon to battle weird evil forces beyond the understanding of modern science. A German scientist has created a machine allowing him to mental create new realities. From these alien like dimensions emerge green, dwarfish creatures that seem harmless at first but are soon followed by monstrous being set upon the total destruction of our own reality.

Once again the Persona is called upon to battle unspeakable evil and is aided by his Brink Town friends and his girlfriend, Stacey Standish. But can even his amazing powers prevail over an imaginary world created from a twisted mind wanting to play god.

“I’m reminded a great deal of the Phantom Stranger,” when reading the Persona adventures,” says Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “Michael Housel as a truly out-there imagination and captures some of the most bizarre scenarios I’ve ever encountered in fiction. This new story is no exception.”  Artist Kevin Paul Shaw Broden supplies the perfect illustrations and the cover was drawn by Chris Rawding “Together these creators have produced another unforgettable magical pulp thriller our readers won’t soon forget.”


Available now in paperback at Amazon and soon on Kindle.


Sunday, June 2, 2019



Airship 27 Productions is proud to announce the release the fifth book in the Jezebel Johnston – Pirate Queen saga by Nancy Hansen.

Having sailed to the East African coast with French captains Ancel Thibedaux, Le Tigre of the Mourning Star and One Eyed Jacques Chagall of the Deneause, Jezebel Johnston sets about her new career as a spy. Dropped off at trading port in Bombay, it is her task to learn which merchant ships are soon to sail for open waters. She will then pass this invaluable information to the pirate captains.

But there are unexpected surprises in store with the reappearance of buccaneer Denis Blanchette. Though a capable seaman, Blanchette has a cruel streak is obsessed with making Jezebel his private property. Meanwhile Chagall doesn’t trust and she begins to worry that his own greed will scuttle their intricate schemes before they can bear fruit.

Writer Nancy Hansen’s pirate saga of Jezebel Johnston is unlike anything on the market today and offers up thrills and spills on every page. This is the pirate life with all its dangers and romance as authentically depicting by a master storyteller.

Airship 27 Productions award winning Art Director both designed the book and provided the nine black and white interior illustrations, while this year’s Pulp Factory Award winning artist for Best Pulp Cover, Ted Hammond returns for his second gorgeous cover featuring the beautiful and deadly Jezebel Johnston.

So sign aboard now and get ready set sail once more for Jezebel Johnston, the queen of high adventure.


Available now in paperback from Amazon and soon on Kindle!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BROTHER BONES - The Beginning

BROTHER BONES – The Beginning

Redbud Studio’s Managing Editor and Publisher, Rob Davis is thrilled to announce his studio will soon begin production on the first ever Brother Bones graphic novel by New Pulp writer Ron Fortier.

One of the most popular fictional figures in New Pulp, the character debut years ago from Airship 27 Productions in a collection of seven stories by Fortier, “Brother Bones – The Undead Avenger.” It was then followed up with a full length novel by Roman Leary, “Brother Bones – Six Days of the Dragon.” Fortier then completed two additional collections. “Brother Bones – Tapestry of Blood” and “Brother Bones – City of Lost Souls.” In that time several short Brother Bones strips were offered.  “Needle Justice,” was a short 8 pg tale with art by Joe Arnold and has appeared in various black and white comic anthologies.  “Bullets of Jude” was a 24 pg single from Redbud with art by John Polacek.

Whereas the actual origin of the character was only related in the first book collection. Something Fortier had hoped to change and so he wrote a 130 pg graphic novel that does just that. The challenge was finding the right artist to bring that story to visual life. “In the end, I decided to put the word out on Facebook,” Fortier reports. “My hope was if I cast a wide enough net, someone out there would either respond or connect me with an artist.” A few days later, Florida based artist Cesar Feliciano, suggested to Fortier that he contact New York artist Jim O’Riley. After exchanging a few e-mails, O’Riley agreed to take on the project.

O’Riley will pencil and ink the Fortier’s script while Redbud Studio head, Rob Davis will letter and edit. Once done, the studio will print the book via Amazon.

Jim O’Riley is a freelance indie comic and sketch card artist.  He has done sketch cards for Topps and Upper Deck working on such properties as Star Wars Master Works, The Last Jedi, Solo, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Marvel premiere, Thor Ragnarock, DeadPool, Xmen Ultra Fleer just to name a few.  He has also illustrated indie comics for Pilot Studios, Crazy Monkey Ink, Limitless Comics, and Industry veteran inker Mark Mckennas virtual inks inc., on various projects such as covers and interior work. “I fell from the womb with pencil in hand and have been drawing on and off ever since,” he says.  In the 90s O’Riley laid down the pencil to start a family and in 2016 started back with art. He has participated in comic cons from NYCC to All Star and C2E2.  Hands down Baltimore is his favorite and he is am looking forward to returning this year.

In regards to this project, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to work on Brother Bones along side Ron and Rob.  I have been looking for a script to sink my teeth into and I have to say the universe thankfully fated this one to me.  A special thanks to Cesar for introducing Ron and I.  It will be a challenge for sure and in the end I hope readers enjoy it and I do the story honors.”

Fortier’s own reactions were no less enthusiastic. “After seeing Jim’s early sketched of the characters from the story, I was simply bowled over. Not only is he a gifted artist, his style is perfectly suited for this kind of dark, creepy tale of mobsters and ghouls. Working with him is going to be a real treat.”

Fortier is a comics and pulps writer/editor best known for his work on the Green Hornet comic series and Terminator – Burning Earth with Alex Ross.  He won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Short Story of 2011 for “Vengeance Is Mine,” which appeared in Moonstone’s The Avenger – Justice Inc. and in 2012 for “The Ghoul,” from the anthology Monster Aces. He was awarded Pulp Grand Master in 2017 by the Pulp Factory. He is the Managing Editor of Airship 27 Productions, a New Pulp Fiction publisher and writes the continuing adventures of both his own character, Brother Bones – the Undead Avenger and the classic pulp hero, Captain Hazzard – Champion of Justice.

Rob Davis began his professional art career doing illustrations for role-playing games in the late 1980’s.  He began lettering and inking, then penciling comics for a number of small black and white comics publishers- most notably for Eternity Comics, which eventually became Malibu Comics in the 1990’s, on their book Scimidar with writer R.A. Jones. He eventually worked at both DC and Marvel on likeness intensive comics like TV adaptations of “Quantum Leap” and Star Trek’s’s many incarnations mostly on the Deep Space Nine for Malibu. After industry implosion in the late 1990’s Rob picked up work on video games, advertising illustration and T-shirt design as well as some small press comics like Roby of Sherwood for Caliber. Rob continues to do the odd self-published comic book as well as publisher and designer for his small-press production Redbud Studio. Rob is Art Director, Designer and Illustrator for Airship 27 Productions. Rob is the recipient of the Pulp Factory Award “Best Interior Illustrations” in 2010 for his work on “Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective”and has been nominated for the same award every year since. He works and lives in central Missouri with his wife and two children.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

IKE MARS - Bloody Key



Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of a new Fred Adams Jr. Mystery here in “Ike Mars – Bloody.” Pittsburg private eye Ike Mars was struck by lightning twice.  Now he can change his face to look like anybody else. An enviable talent for any investigator. When a small time hood dies in Mars’ arms, after having been shot, he leaves the Mars with a small, key covered in blood.

The street-smart shamus safely assumes the man was killed by people after that key. So, the question is why is it so important as to be worth a man’s life? What mystery does it unlock and how much danger is Mars in now that he possesses it? 

Once again, pulp scribe Fred Adams, Jr. launches another thrilling mystery series with this novel starring one of the most unique characters ever to walk the midnight streets of crime novels.

Artist James McFarland handles the interior illustrations and Rob Davis the cover. This is new pulp fiction at its finest.



Monday, March 18, 2019


Vol 3

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of “Domino Lady Vol 3.”
Pulpdom’s sexiest masked avenger returns in five new adventures courtesy of writers Adam Mudman Bezecny, Gene Moyers, Brad Mengel and Samantha Lienhard. By day she is wealthy Los Angeles socialite Ellen Patrick. By night she dons her mask, cape and arms herself with a hypodermic syringe and deadly silver plated automatic to become the beautiful and mysterious vigilante known only as the Domino Lady.

In this volume she uncovers a secret female society also combating evil; a plot to take over rich wineries, confronts a blackmailer, defends a Hollywood union against gangsters and solves a friend’s murder.

“Domino Lady is arguably the most well known of the classic female pulp heroes,” says Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “Fans can’t get enough of her adventures and we are delighted to satisfy their demands.” Dressing up this third volume is the same super talented art team that was responsible for volumes one and two. James Lyle provides all the interior black and white illustrations, while Ted Hammond delivers another stunning, colorful cover. All neatly assembled by award winning Art Director Rob Davis. 

When it comes to spills and thrills, defending innocent people and thwarted the bad guys, it is all in a night’s work for the one and only, Domino Lady.


Available from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

FRED ADAMS JR. - Pulp Writer


Airship 27 Productions is proud to showcase the work of New Pulp’s most talented and prolific writer, Fred Adams Jr.  A retired college teacher, Adams burst on the New Pulp scene several years ago with his novel “Hitwolf,” from Airship 27 Productions. It tells the story of a Green Beret captured by Mob in the 1970s and turned into a werewolf assassin.

“The concept is so what pulp is all about,” claims Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor, Ron Fortier, “that when I first read the concept I was euphoric. We couldn’t publish it fast enough. Later Fred sent me his very first novel, a mystery entitled, ‘Dead Man’s Melody,’ and we happily put that out.” What Fortier didn’t realize at the time was both books were intended to be the first entries in on-going series.

By the time Adams had submitted “Six-Gun Terrors,” a story about two Texas cowboys who encounter supernatural monsters, the writer’s master goal had become obvious.  “He wanted to produce as many on-going series as he was capable of writing,” Fortier explains.

Following on the heels of those first three series debuts, Adams then offered up C.O. Jones, a World War II veteran who, during the war years, belonged to an elite squad that dealt primarily with magical threats to the Allies.  After several C.O. Jones novels, came
 “The Eye of Quang Chi,” a mystery set in San Francisco during the turn of the century and starring the co-joined Chinese-American Smith Brothers.

Adams latest pulp series features Ike Mars, a 1950s private eye who was struck twice by lightning. The result of these near-death events left his face malleable enough that he can mold his features to look like other people for a short time. “Shades of the Avenger,” thought Fortier, when editing the first Ike Mars manuscript.

It became clear to Fortier and Airship 27 Art Director, Rob Davis, that Adams prodigious volume of great pulp stories should be showcased in a way as to draw attention to all these various series. The answer to that challenge was to produce a “sampler” collection and they put the idea to Adams. He was only too happy to participate and thus, the new “Fred Adams Jr. – Pulp Writer” features six brand new pulp thrillers culled from his current six on-going Airship 27 series.

“We had a blast putting this book together,” Fortier sums up. “Rob did all the interior illustrations and the cover. It is our hope the book will show fans of his work some of the other series they may missed, as well as make him lots of new readers.”

The astounding epilogue, according to Fortier, is that Adams is currently creating a seventh series. “Fred Adams Jr. is pulp writing machine!”


Available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.