Monday, December 23, 2013


Just wanted to remind all our Loyal Airmen that the first four Brother Bones stories from the book - BROTHER BONES : The Undead Avenger, are available on audio as read by voice actor Mark Kalita.

Each is only $2 a download and available at our website.

Mark is now busy in production on the final three and they should be available very, very soon.

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the entire crew at Airship 27 Productions.
Captain Ron

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Brother Bones - The Undead Avenger is the topic of discussion on the newest episode of the BOOKCAVE podcast as hosted by Ric Croxton and Art Sippo.

Guest on the show included Bones' creator, yours truly, and writer Roman Leary who's BROTHER BONES - SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON was recently released.  It's a fun show and we hope you'll listen in.


Captain Ron

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Celebrating their fifth anniversary, host Ric Croxton welcomes writers Jim Beard and Ian Watson along with yours truly to discuss the behind the scenes making of ZEPPELIN TALES vol one.


A bit thanks to Ric for this fun experience.
Captain Ron

Sunday, December 8, 2013



Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of its seventeenth title of the year, SHERLOCK HOLMES – CONSULTING DETECTIVE Vol V.  All four previous volumes have been among the company’s biggest sellers as the appeal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters only grows stronger with time.

“Part of this series success is that we made it clear from the start that we would remain true to Doyle’s original template,” explains Airship 27 Managing Editor, Ron Fortier.  “Over the years these characters had been put into such fanciful situations as combating Martians, meeting Tarzan or battling monsters as Dracula or Dr. Jekyll & Mr.Hyde. It seemed there was no end to the absurdity of these so-called crossovers.”  Fortier was adamant that the Consulting Detective books would respect Conan Doyle’s original tales in every way possible.  “This is the one series our readers look forward to every year and are always inquiring when the next book is due.  We value their support and promise to maintain this classic approach.  We’re not about to fix what isn’t broken.”

Amidst the fog covered alleys and byways of London, murder and mayhem run rampant.  With the dawning of a new century, Consulting Detective Sherlock Holmes and his able assistant, Dr. Watson represent the forces of truth and justice, ready to confront the villainy of these new modern horrors.

Here are another quartet of unique, perplexing cases that will challenge this noble duo and test their fortitude and courage.  Why would someone murder an old man a few months before his hundredth birthday?  Why is Holmes arch nemesis, Prof. Moriarty hunting the city for same sadistic killer he is after?  And when the Great Detective is arrested and imprisoned for attempting to seduce the wife of a wealthy nobleman, Watson questions whether his friend has finally lost his mind.

Within these pages, writers Chuck Miller, Aaron Smith, I.A. Watson and Andrew Salmon offer up four of the most thrilling and suspenseful adventures ever devised to confound Arthur Conan Doyle’s most beloved heroes.  Pulp Factory Award winning artist Mike Fyles provides the dramatic cover with interior illustrations and design by fellow PFA winner, Rob Davis.  It is time to load your revolver, hail a hansom cab and prepare for action for once again, the game is afoot!

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

Available from Amazon in both hard copy and on Kindle.

As a PDF Download for only $3 at our website.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


Ever since we published SGT. JANUS - SPIRIT BREAKER by Jim Beard, our fans have been clamoring for more adventures of this occult investigator from the Edwardian age.

Well hold on to your fedoras, ghost hunting fans, THE RETURN OF SGT. JANUS is now in production and will feature eight brand new tales. But this time with a decided twist....which we aren't about to give away here.

Note to the left is a cover rough by the book's artist, Zachary Brunner who also did the interior pieces.  Wait till you see how awesome they are.  Zach is a real find.

2014 looks to be a rocking year for Airship 27 Productions.
Captain Ron

Thursday, December 5, 2013


The internet comic website DIMENSION 13 has posted a huge article about our new CAPTAIN ACTION - Hearts of the Rising Sun which will be out soon.


They show off lots of preliminary sketches by Art Director Rob Davis and give a teaser at the classic pulp hero who guest starts in this adventure.

Captain Ron

Sunday, November 24, 2013


"CAPTAIN ACTION - Hearts of the Rising Sun" will soon be going into production.  Again chronicled by writer Jim Beard, it will feature interior illustrations by our Art Director Rob Davis and a painted cover by Michael Youngblood.

Michael did the cover to this year's MARS McCOY Space Ranger Vol II.  Working in tandem, Rob did up this rough thumbnail from which Michael will do the final full color cover which should be amazing.

Stay tuned.
Captain Ron

Saturday, November 23, 2013


As Art Director Rob Davis reported today on our Facebook page, our next and final title of the year will be - SHERLOCK HOLMES Consulting Detective Vol V - Here's a sneak peek at the back cover.  Expect the book to be out by mid-December. Sort of our early Christmas gift to all you Loyal Airmen.

Captain Ron

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Things have been hopping at Hangar 27 HQ and we thought it was time to give you Loyal Airmen another art sneak-peek.
This time we wanted to showcase one of the twelve amazing interior illustrations being done by Scott "Doc" Vaughn for - LANCE STAR - SKY RANGER Vol IV which should be out early next year.

Doc is the co-creator of the highly popular webstrip, WARBIRDS OF MARS, which is also a comic and best selling New Pulp anthology.

Enjoy, Captain Ron

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Michael Vance's collection of creepy yarns just picked up another 5 star review over at Amazon.


Do yourselves a favor and check it out.
Captain Ron

Monday, November 11, 2013

BROTHER BONES - Six Days of the Dragon

Ron Fortier's darkest creation returns!
When the souls of the innocent cry for justice,
One man hears their call:
Brother Bones
The Undead Avenger

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of the first ever, full length Brother Bones novel, SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON, by Roman Leary.

He stalks the streets of Cape Noire, waging a never-ending war against the forces of darkness.
Bones has never met a foe he could not defeat, but now he faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. With only a motley crew of unlikely allies – and his silver-plated twin .45s – Bones must stop an ancient evil that threatens not only Cape Noire, but the entire world.

Created by writer/editor, Ron Fortier nearly a decade ago, the Undead Avenger has appeared in over a half dozen pulp shorts collected in a previous volume; several comic book adventures and in audio recordings.  Since his inception, he has become one of the most popular heroes of the New Pulp movement.  Now Brother Bones is back to cut a swathe of destruction through his first full-length novel!

“Allowing another writer to handle Brother Bones was something I had never imagined,” explains Fortier, the Managing Editor of Airship 27 Production.  “Roman Leary is a talented writer and one of the biggest Brother Bones fans out there.  When he first approached me with idea of writing a Bones novel, I was naturally hesitant.”  Despite his reservations, Fortier let the idea gestate for several days before replying to the enthusiastic writer.  “I knew Roman loved the series and was familiar not only with Brother Bones but his supporting cast as well,” Fortier continues.  “So I took a chance and asked him to send me a detailed outline.”  What the character’s creator received was the plot to, SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON.  “Roman won me over. The concept was true to the character but envisioned him in an exciting new adventure that was like nothing that had been done before.  I knew instantly Brother Bones fans would love this book.”

Writer Roman Leary and illustrator Rob Moran deliver the gun-blazing thrills in this epic tale of two-fisted action and spine-chilling horror!  “This is a rip-roaring ride through a macabre house of horrors,” says Charles Saunders, author of Imaro and Damballa.


Now available at Amazon in both hard copy and on Kindle.

And as a $3 downloadable PDF from our website.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Here's a house ad that will be appearing in some future titles announcing our fifth volume of SHERLOCK HOLMES - Consulting Detective ...hopefully out soon.

Captain Ron 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013




In the early 20th Century, German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin pioneered the creation of rigid, lighter-than-air crafts capable of long distance flights.  During World War One they were adapted for military use as long range bombers wreaking havoc upon Great Britain from their lofty positions high above the clouds where fixed-winged fighters could not reach them.  After the war, the Zeppelins became pleasure ships utilized in luxury Trans-Atlantic Flights and highly popular.

The Golden Era of the airship was the 1930s, the same period as that of the pulps and it is no surprise their romantic images would inspire pulp writers of the time. The original monthly, ZEPPELIN STORIES, was produced solely to highlight these magnificent flying machines in exciting, colorful and fast paced adventures.  Now, Airship 27 Productions, itself bearing the image of these high-flying cruisers, launches a brand new series devoted to airships.

“I doubt there could be a more inevitable title for us than this one,” joked Airship 27 Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “Even since we started publishing new pulp novels and anthologies, many of our readers would point to our logo and ask when we were going to get around doing a book about airships.”  Fortier states that as much as he was always  keen on the idea, other projects kept taking precedence.  Then a few years ago one of their regular contributors pushed the matter to the foreground.  “Writer Frank Schildiner wrote one day pretty much asking if we were ever going to get to this particular theme as it begged to be done.  I no longer had any legitimate excuse not to tackle the project.  We put out the word and within a few days two of our finest pulp writers answered the call.”

In this debut volume you will thrill to the exploits of Jim Beard’s new hero, Tracer Talbot, as he encounters a mysterious pirate airship and her crew.  While writer I.A. Watson sets off on an aerial adventure aboard an experimental Zeppelin built to explore the skies of an alien dimension.  Each high flying tale is wonderfully illustrated by Pedro Cruz and the book features a stunning cover by award winning artist Mike Fyles with Art Director Rob Davis providing the book’s overall design.

Join us as AIRSHIP 27 – ZEPPELIN STORIES Vol One soars into the stratosphere of the imagination on this, its maiden flight. 

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – New Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

Available now at Amazon in both hard copy and Kindle.

And as a downloadable PDF at our official website.

Thursday, October 31, 2013



For the first time ever we are having a sale to clear up our remaining inventory of books. All books in this inventory are on sale for $8 …while the supplies last.  Plus a few dollars for shipping and handling.

You can obtain a list of these inventory books directly from Rob Davis at
( or yours truly at (  Once you’ve gotten the list and made your selections, send your order directly to Rob.  Keeping in mind there are limited numbers on most of these titles and this is a first come, first serve sale. 

Rob will let you know which titles are available from your list.  Then he will give you an invoice and you can then decide to make your order or not depending if your particular title(s) is/are still available.

The sale closes on the last day of November, 2013.  So here’s your chance to pick up two of our titles for what usually is the retail price of one.

Good luck and as ever, thanks so much for your support.
Captain Ron Fortier

Monday, October 28, 2013


We've several new titles coming down the Airship 27 flight lane, one of which is all about airships.  Here's a sneak peek at the back cover for more info on ZEPPELIN TALES vol one.

Captain Ron

Saturday, October 26, 2013



The Crimson Mask is back…and Airship 27 Productions has him!  This, the first in an on-going series, features four brand new adventures by some of today’s finest pulp writers.

Veteran Police Sergeant Clarke is gunned down by hoodlums, shot in the back of the head.  As he lay dying, a rush of blood to his face formed a macabre mask, a crimson mask!  When his son, Doctor Robert “Bob” Clarke, saw that strange stigmata he interpret it as a sign, inspiring him to become his father’s avenger, the Crimson Mask!

Once again Airship 27 Productions digs into the dusty vaults of long forgotten, second tier pulp heroes to revitalize another great character in brand new, exciting adventures.  Writers J. Walt Layne, Terrence McCauley, C. William Russette and Gary Lovisi took on the challenge of creating new, bizarre mysteries for the pharmacist turned crime-fighter and in doing so have put together a terrific collection of fast pace pulp action echoing the thrills of the original classics.

“All of which is why Airship 27 Productions exist,” reaffirms Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “Specifically for great, fun characters like this one. Characters relegated to forgotten back files of the classic pulp hero ranks.  Well, not anymore.  The Crimson Mask always had the potential to be a something better, now our writers and artists are making that happen.”

Aided by retired Police Commissioner Warrick, his former college roommate David Small and lovely nurse Sandra Gray, the Crimson Mask must hunt down the villainous distributors of tainted heroin, stop an invisible thief, learn who ignited the latest city gang war and solve a killer targeting his father’s allies. 

Talented artist Andy Fish provides twelve stark black and white interior illustrations plus a truly wonderful, colorful and iconic pulp cover painting with Art Director Rob Davis handing book designs to offer a truly stunning, quality package that will delight even the most jaded pulp fan.

Hold on to your fedoras, jump onto the running board and get ready for blazing thrills galore pulp fans as the Crimson Mask is back!

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

Available from Amazon in both hard copy and on Kindle.

And as a $3 PDF download from the Airship 27 website.

Monday, October 21, 2013


Week after week I keep telling folks to sign up and visit this blog on a regular basis as every now and then I will be posting sneak looks at up and coming art for out titles.

So 15 of you are signed up and today you get to see the painted cover (sans logo) of our new anthology THE CRIMSON MASK, which will hopefully debut by the end of this current week.  At which time I will post the official Press Release and completed cover with the logo etc.

But for now enjoy artist Andy Fish's totally AWESOME piece.  It blew us away and we think you'll agree.  Note, please do not share this image, it is a gift to you for being a follower of this blog.

Thanks ever, Captain Ron

Friday, October 18, 2013


One of the many projects we have currently in the works is AIRSHIP 27 presents ALL STAR PULP COMICS # 3 which we hope to have out early next year.

Like the first two issues, it will feature comic strip stories of classic pulp heroes.  One such will be a new Ki-Gor Jungle Lord adventure by writer David Beers and artist Sam Salas.  Looks to be lots of fun.

Captain Ron.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


As many of you Loyal Airmen know, we are producing a new PURPLE SCAR anthology and we're extremely lucky to get super artist Richard Serrao on board to do the illustrations for this project.

Thing is Richard has become so enamored with the character, he offered to do up some "bonus" pieces just as a treat for all our Loyal Airmen.  Here's one of them.  Enjoy.

Captain Ron

Monday, October 14, 2013


Pulp blogger, Michael Brown looks at Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery both old and new.


Captain Ron

Sunday, October 13, 2013



Airship 27 Productions is absolutely thrilled to announce the release of their newest pulp novel, “The Queen of Escapes,” by Curtis Fernlund.

“I grew up seeing serials like Republic’s King of the Rocketmen weekly at the local movie house,” says Airship 27 Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “I have such fond memories of those great melodramas and over the years have collected many of them on VHS and then DVDs.  Serials were pretty much the film version of the pulps which is why I was so excited about The Queen of Escapes when it landed on my desk.  Serial fans are going to love this one.”

The time is 1935. After a decade of fame as the Queen of the Serials, Hollywood actress Gloria Swann is dismayed to see her box-office numbers dwindling with each new production.  Desperate to reclaim her popularity, she bankrolls her own film project; an over the top jungle adventure to be shot on location in the wilds of the Amazon rainforests of Brazil.

After the crew and cast arrive at their isolated destination, a series of accidents occur threatening the lives of several of the players.  The main target of these unexplained mishaps is Swann’s younger stunt double, Angela Morgan.  She suspects there are evil forces lurking in the jungle that threaten their safety.  Her only ally in this belief is Karl Braun, the veteran stun coordinator.  When Gloria Swann mysteriously disappears, Angela may be the only hope the Queen of Escapes has to survive.

Writer Curtis Fernlund’s homage to the classic film serials of the yesterday is a rousing, fast paced adventure that speeds from one danger-filled cliffhanger to the next.  James Lyle provides marvelous illustrations and Andy Fish captures all the fun in his gorgeous cover painting, designed by Rob Davis.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulp Fiction for a New Generation !

Available now at Amazon both in hard copy and on Kindle.

As a $3 PDF download at our website.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Challenger Storm 2

Writer Don Gates and artist Michael Kaluta are hard at work on the second Challenger Storm pulp adventure - "Curse of Poseidon."
Here's a sneak-peek at one of Kaluta's nine interior illustrations that will grace this book.

Enjoy, Captain Ron

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Another Back Cover Peek

Looks what's coming down the assembly line.  This is the back cover to - THE QUEEN OF ESCAPES.  Writer Curtis Ferlund's love letter to the cliffhanger serials.

Captain Ron

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Brother Bones Illustration.

The first ever Brother Bones full length novel is nearing completion.  Written by Roman Leary, it features a cover by Pulp Factory Award winning artist, Rob Moran, plus nine gorgeous interior illustrations like the one on the left here.

SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON is coming soon, Loyal Airmen,
stay tuned.

Captain Ron.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Back Cover Peek

Our next title on the flight path will be our first CRIMSON MASK anthology.  Art Director Rob Davis just whipped up the back cover design and we thought you'd like a sneek-peek.
Captain Ron

Wednesday, October 2, 2013



“Run!” he screamed. “It’s still alive!!”

Michael Vance's Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting, the second book of his pulp firciton trilogy, has joined Weird Horror Tales in re-release by Airship 27 Productions. His second braided novel of fifteen interrelated horror, SF, and fantasy stories was also written in the style and tradition of pulp magazines in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s.

Weird Horror Tales:The Feasting is easily one of the creepiest, most mesmerizing horror stories I have ever read. Months after finishing it, images and scenes continued to haunt me and their memories sent chills through me. This is not a book to read alone at night." said Ron Fortier, editor of The Feasting.

“My stories are founded on the premise that there is something larger than our narrow view of reality,” said Vance. “Each interconnected story shares setting, history, prominent families, and a macro plot. The stories also focus on the Azrealites, a religious cult that works tirelessly to reinstate that ‘Other’ on Earth through science and the occult.”

These stories about the fictional town of “Light's End” in Maine have been published in dozens of magazines in three countries. Vance’s influences on these stories are H. P. Lovecraft, William Faulkner, and Ray Bradbury.

The cover was done by France’s Christophe Dessaigne, a journalist, scenarist for role playing games, and photographer. Mainly influenced by the science fiction, horror, and fantastic genres, his atmospheric, surreal creations combine digital photography and manipulation in a dark and post-apocalyptic future.

The interior illustrations are by artist Earl Geier, best known for his horror, fantasy and science fiction artwork. In the role playing game industry, his work includes art for Battletech, Call of Cthulhu, and many others. He has illustrated books for Cemetery Dance magazine, Chaosium, Gryphon and Subterranean Press. For comic book, he's had work published by Dark Horse Comics, Comiczone, Now, Innovation and DC Comics Paradox.

Vance has written for national and international magazines, and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His six published novels include Forbidden Adventures, his Weird Horror Tales trilogy, Global Star, and The Equation. He briefly ghosted an internationally syndicated comic strip, wrote his own strip and several comic books. He is listed in the Who's Who of American Comic Books and Comic Book Superstars.

Weird Horror Tales and Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting are available for Kindle at:

Both are also available on Amazon at:

Weird Horror Tales: Light's End will be reissued by Airship 27 in the near future.

Airship 27 publishes anthologies and novels in the pulp magazine tradition. In the past, Airship 27 has released “Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective”, a series of “Captain Hazzard” pulp thrillers, more pulp fiction in “The Green Lama” and “Secret Agent X”.

Monday, September 30, 2013



He’s half Comanche, half Irish and ALL AMERICAN!!  Jim Anthony the Super Detective returns in his fourth volume of brand new adventures from Airship 27 Productions. 

Managing Editor Ron Fortier expressed his enthusiasm for this latest release.  “Bringing back old classic pulp heroes is the reason we created Airship 27 Productions in the first place,” he reiterated.  “Thanks to our efforts, new readers are discovering the real fun of such B characters as we purposely bring them to the forefront and put the spotlight on them.  At Airship 27 Productions they become A list heroes.”

Traveling the globe, Anthony battles all manner of twisted villainy in four new tales and his challenges are herculean.  Writers Erwin K. Roberts, Joel Jenkins, Frank Byrns and Mark Justice have whipped up a quartet of high adventure stories that are the hallmark of the Super Detective.  From Mexico, where he encounters a Nazi spy ring to the streets of Manhattan where he hunts down a brutal serial killer, Jim Anthony proves once again why he is one of the most exciting and original heroes ever created in the golden age of American pulps.

“Aside from the western pulps,” Fortier points out, “Jim Anthony was the only modern pulp adventurer with a Native American heritage; something several of our writers enjoyed exploring in their stories.”

This volume, the fourth in an on-going series, features interior illustrations by Michael Neno and a dazzling cover by Eric Meador, with book designs by Rob Davis.  Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to continue the exploits of the one and only, Jim Anthony – Super Detective.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – Pulps For a New Generation!

Now Available from in both hard copy and on Kindle.

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As a $3 PDF from our Official Website.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Airship action galore dominates the pages of AIRSHIP 27 presents ZEPPELIN TALES Vol One currently in production.  Here's a sample of the interior art by Pedro Cruz.

Considering our long list of titles in our queue these days, this one will most likely lift off in early 2014.  Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, we'll keep you posted.

Captain Ron.

Friday, September 27, 2013


The closer we get to releasing JIM ANTHONY Super Detective Vol IV, the more excited we become.

Here's a peek at the progress of artist Eric Meador's stunning cover painting for that book.  Hopefully out in another week.

Enjoy, Captain Ron

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Galley proofs of our JIM ANTHONY - SUPER DETECTIVE Vol 4 went out yesterday to the four writers who have tales in the book.  Frank Byrns, Joel Jenkins, Mark Justice and Erwin K.Roberts have all turned in great adventures featuring this classic pulp hero.

The book will feature 12 interior illos by Michael Neno and a wonderful painted cover by Eric Meador.  With fingers crossed it should be on-sale this coming weekend or early next week.

Captain Ron
(the attached is by artist Pedro Cruz)

Saturday, September 21, 2013


New pulp author Thomas Deja is a guest on the Bookcave podcast hosted by Ric Croxton and Lee Houston Jr., episode #77. He discusses his first novel for us , SHADOW LEGION - New Roads To Hell.

Give it a listen.
(  Fun stuff.
Captain Ron

Friday, September 20, 2013


We love sharing artwork with you Loyal Airmen.  Here's a peek at Lady Janus and her friend Joshua, the principle characters in Jim Beard's new collection THE RETURN OF SGT. JANUS, the sequel to SGT.JANUS Spirit-Breaker.

Artist Zachary Brunner joins the Airship 27 ranks with his very cool interior illustrations.  Jeff Herndon will return to do the cover as he did for volume one.

Enjoy, Captain Ron.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


One of the anthologies projects currently in the work will star the truly weird classic pulp character, THE PURPLE SCAR. Our book will feature the usual four brand new stories by today's terrific New Pulp writers.

Signed on to do the 12 black and white interior illustrations is the super talented Richard Serrao. Here is just a warm sketch he did of this horror-avenger to get a feel for the characters. We did he's totally on the right track.

Enjoy, Captain Ron.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


First time published writer, Janet Harriett happily shows off the cover to our RAVENWOOD - Stepson of Mystery Vol.II in which her story appears.

Note, Janet's story was the inspiration for the cover as illustrated by Rob Davis and digitally colored by Shannon Hall.  The book is now available at both as a hard copy and on Kindle.

Janet is a wonderful writer and we are so thrilled to be introducing her to New Pulp community.  Rest assured this talented young lady has lots more amazing stories coming our way.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Captain Ron Fortier talks about his writing career, the creation of Airship 27 Productions and the birth of New Pulp with writer Thomas Deja in a new podcast interview found here.


Enjoy, Captain Ron

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SHADOW LEGION- New Roads To Hell


Airship 27 Productions is excited to debut the first of a new line of pulp-superhero books with, SHADOW LEGION – New Roads to Hell as written and created by Thomas Deja.

“Thomas proposed this idea to me last year,” explains Airship 27 Managing Editor Ron Fortier, “and I thought it contained fascinating perspectives on the whole idea of supernatural beings.”

“Every sci-fi, pulp fan knows comic book superheroes evolved from the pulps heroes,” Fortier goes on to say. “The idea of turning the tables and doing prose stories of superheroes isn’t anything new and there have been several publishers who have explored that hybrid world recently. We didn’t want to copy what others had done; which is why SHADOW LEGION appealed to me in the first place.  In creating the city of Nocturne and its unique characters, Thomas has put a decidedly fresh spin on this genre and we think our readers are really going to enjoy these adventures.”
There has always been something strange about Nocturne, Florida; the City That Lives by Night.  It is an entertainment nexus luring tourist from around the world to its night clubs, music venues and other, more adult entertainment venues. But there is a darker side to which these carefree revelers never see; one of dark doings, violence and eldritch evil.
Now a new sinister force threatens Nocturne and only a handful of unique, gifted beings can protect the city’s innocent.  

Nightbreaker; a radio star turned vigilante, he exist in a strange limbo world. The beautiful Dreamcatcher who bends all magic to her will.  The mysterious Ferryman, a living conduit to the world beyond!  And their leader, Black Talon, the embodiment of the unfettered fury of the African Veldt...stalking a jungle of concrete and glass!

Together they are The Shadow Legion, a secret alliance of mystery men and women who battle the fantastic threats that can tear apart the metropolis they call home!
Their saga begins here in New Roads To Hell, a gripping novel by Thomas Deja that reveals the secret origins of Nightbreaker and Ferrymen, and features the menace of Rose Red, a crimson haired devil with a talent for murder!  The book features interior illustrations by Chris Kemple and a cover by Pulp Factory Award winning artist, Mike Fyles with designs by Rob Davis, another PFA art winner.
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – New Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!
Now available at & on Kindle.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Pulp Factory Award winning artist Rob Moran is busy at work illustrating the first ever novel starring Ron Fortier's BROTHER BONES - The Undead of Avenger ; SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON by writer Roman Leary.  We thought you'd like a sneak peek at his truly awesome depiction of the macabre Brother Bones.

Monday, September 9, 2013



            There is a sorcerer, of sorts, in our midst. He can magically teleport reader's from the mundane world into a world of historical adventure, Science Fiction, or Fantasy with the stoke of a computer key. His current medium is his trilogy of Airship 27 books--Robin Hood: Freedom’s Outlaw, Robin Hood: King of Sherwood, and Robin Hood, Arrow of Justice--all a feather in his publisher's cap.
            If you haven't guessed yet, his name is Ian Watson, but he publishes under I. A. Watson to avoid being confused with another author. Not having a middle name, he borrowed the "A" from his father. Ian was born in Leeds, UK, and if you currently live in in Barnsley, in West Riding of Yorkshire, England, you are this magician's neighbor.
            His spells are cast with great consequence in his most current Airship 27 book,  Robin Hood: Freedom’s Outlaw.
            "Consequences," Watson shared in a recent interview, "are the most dramatic things in the world to write about and to read. If you set up an outlaw band and rob from the rich to give to the poor, there will be big consequences. Once the villains are stung and thwarted enough, they’ll push back and get serious. Freedom’s Outlaw is all about the consequences of being Robin Hood and of what happens when implacable authority clashes with the human spirit--and nobody walks away unchanged."
            His choice of Robin Hood is completely logical. Watson has long held a fascination for writers of heroic fiction, and his artistic influences since he was a boy include J. R. R. Tolkein, Charteris and Sir Thomas Mallory. At school he was "crammed" with Shakespeare, Milton, and Homer. As a student he was fascinated by Michael Moorcock, George McDonald Fraser, and Anne McCaffrey. As an adult it’s been Bujold, Pratchett, and Neil Gaiman. He also ows special thanks to early issues of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko’s Marvel Comics titles, and to the BBC TV series Doctor Who.
            "There are reasons why these characters and their stories have become landmarks in our storytelling culture," said the writer. "They’re the best examples of some important archetypes. Robin Hood is about our fundamental needs for freedom and justice, that manifests in everything from the movie Smokey and the Bandit to the Boston tea party. King Arthur is about heroes banding together to use their might for right, that team-up of the best to squabble and interact and then to battle a greater evil. It’s there in every adventure story where an ensemble of good-guys champion an ideal from the Lord of the Rings novels to the Avengers movie. Sherlock Holmes is about the triumph of the mind over the world, of civilized rationality over barbaric evil. He’s the ultimate can-win-because-humans-can-overcome-by-thinking character.
            "All of those truths are hard-wired in to our mental DNA, so as readers these stories resonate with us. Echoes of these characters are in so many of our modern-day heroes."
            But why, one might ask, try to bring something new to a field of heroes that has so often already been harvested and then harvested again?
            "It’s very natural to crave more about a character we enjoy. It’s very natural to want to try one’s hand at using the archetypes in a story oneself. I’ve certainly learned to appreciate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s skills and artistic choices more since I’ve had to analyze them for the Sherlock Holmes- Consulting Detective stories I’ve done.
            "With the older properties, Arthur and Robin and some other characters I’ve written, where the original sources are multiple and there are all kinds of variant versions over hundreds of years, the fun is in finding the combination that works best for a modern audience. To put it another way, everyone can cook a hamburger. How you cook it, what you add in, how you serve it up, that can vary a lot and be very individual. It’s the same with these old legends.
            "Modern audiences have different expectations from medieval ones, of course. Mallory and Robin’s balladeers weren’t as concerned with showing motives as describing actions, and they didn’t include much of the cross-conversation and banter of contemporary stories. There’s a nice blend to be had of traditional characters and events painted with a modern gloss of newer storytelling techniques. I enjoy fleshing out the characters and situations so that readers get the best of the old presented in a modern way."
            The needs of Ian's story determines what he pulls out of his magicians' bag of tricks to write each book.
            "It depends on the story," said Ian. "With mystery tales, like Holmes, it usually begins with a mystery’s solution. Once I know how the corpse in the locked room can be explained, then the rest of the story fleshes out to accommodate a dead body in a sealed library, and then I imagine how Holmes and Watson might encounter the situation and how they would investigate. With an adventure story, I’m more likely to know the grand sweep of the narrative and then break it down into sections and fill them in as I write them, a bit like an artist doing a big pencil sketch, then adding detail as he paints.
            "I like to research a period or topic before I start, and I take notes about it. I sometimes write myself essays--or even inflict them on other people! But I tend to write up more general background stuff than detailed plot notes. My actual story plot page rarely extends beyond a cast list that helps me keep my characters’ names and relationships straight. The exception is with 'whodunits', where I have been known to write out a table with motives, secrets, things witnessed etc.
            Watson believes that all fiction is set in world "other than ours", be that in the past, the future, and in some fantasy realm. They are really all about people. The settings change, but he believes that people are mostly the same. He knows that if his characters feel real and act realistically, then he can suspend disbelief about the rest. Sometimes historical fiction or Science Fiction are the best genres to use to address contemporary situations.
            "Robin Hood has a lot to say about Occupy Wall Street when you think about it.
            "Decide on an appropriate point on the absolute historic realism vs idealized fictional past scale. I fudge that a bit by adding the hardcore history dollops in footnotes for the obsessive. Historical settings can really help with atmosphere and plot, but the danger is that they can also be unfamiliar and disengaging if not enough context is offered, or distracting and off-putting if they’re too alien. The right amount of set-dressing and knowing when to fudge are key skills in writing this kind of story.
            "Its especially important to get the dialogue right. 'Thees' and 'thous' will put readers off; save them for the high noble proclamations to show that there’s an 'official' language used in formal combat and legal process. For the rest, I use a range of modern idioms but avoid obviously modern words and ideas. My pet peeves are writers projecting back Freudian rationalizations onto Victorian or earlier characters’ dialogues, and the use of the word “Okay” before 1900.
            Obviously, no writer is every reader's "cup of tea", but Watson does offer a heady brew.
            "Every author likes to communicate his or her ideas to readers. I’m no different from any other writer in that. Writing is the slowest performing art, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to engage with our audience.
            "I like stories. I think storytelling is important. In fact I think the stories we tell ourselves and each other actually shape our culture and define our world. I like my stories to have deep roots, to dig back into the kinds of things we’ve been telling ourselves ever since we discovered language and narrative. I like them to resonate in tune with great stories that have been told in the past.
            "I think reading should be visceral. We should laugh, cry, get mad, find peace, from the book in our hands. We should live it. I think reading should be fun, or inspiring, or thought provoking. Anything but boring. I try to write accordingly. I want a reader to close my book feeling it’s been an afternoon well-spent rather than valuable time wasted.
            "So if readers like those intentions then they should take a look at what I write and see if I can deliver on what I hope to do."
            Many readers have taken at look at his work, as well as critics. Watson's prose has not gone unrecognized. His first award was for Best New Poem at the Ilkley Literature Festival circa 1977. He has received a Pulp Factory Award for "Best Pulp Short Story" for his story, “The Last Deposit”, published in Airship 27's Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Vol. 2. He has also been a finalist for "Best Pulp Novel" for each of his other novels in the Pulp Factory awards.
            For those on your first teleportation into Watson's imagination, some recommendations are in order. In addition to his novels for Airship 27, readers will find his work in anthologies including: Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective volumes 1-4,  Sinbad -The New Voyages volume 1, and, soon to be published: Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective volumes 5 & 6, Houdini volume 1, and Zeppelin Tales volume 1.
            Watson's novels from other publishers includes: Blackthorn - Dynasty of Mars and Blackthorn – Spires of Mars. His anthology contributions are featured in: Gideon Cain, Demon Hunter; Blackthorn – Thunder on Mars; The New Adventures of Richard Knight Vol. 1; Blood-Price of the Missionary’s Gold: The New Adventures of Armless O’Neil; Monster Earth Vol. 1; The Spider: Extreme Prejudice; Grand Central Noir; and Sentinels: Alternate Visions.
      The prolific writer has also written short stories for magazines including: “Loss Adjustment” in Planetary Stories #18; “Robin Hood and the Slavers of Whitby” in Pulp Spirit #18; “Rostherne: A Tale of Ghost Hunting” in Wonderlust #8; “The Tulpa” in Wonderlust #8; and for a comic book: “Robin Hood: Lionheart’s Gold” in All-Pulp Comics #2.
            Watson is also a contributor of non-fiction articles to Assembled: Five Decades of Earth’s Mightiest and Assembled 2.

Thursday, September 5, 2013




Editor Ron Fortier has announced that noted fantasy author, Charles R. Saunders, will write Lulama, Witch Queen of the Jungle, as his second novel for Airship 27 Productions. Fortier is the Managing Editor of the Colorado based book publisher. 

Saunders is best known for his creation of the heroic Sword and Sorcery genre character, Imaro, who initially appeared in a series of DAW paperback novels during the 1970s.

Also at the urging of Fortier, Saunders had previously written the novel Damballa in 2011, creating the first black 1930s pulp avenger in the history of the genre.  In addition to its historic significance to the pulp community, the book went on to win the prestigious "Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Novel of the Year".

Earlier in 2013, another publisher, Pro Se Productions, released a critically acclaimed anthology, Black Pulp, that featured a Saunders' short story called “Mtimu” which featured a black hero in the tradition of Tarzan of the Apes.  In the story was a secondary character, Lulama, an African witch, who struck a chord with Fortier. 

“For a long while, I’d been thinking of doing a pulp book featuring a black jungle queen,” he elaborated.  “As Damballa had put a new spin on the iconic pulp masked hero, I thought it was time to do the same for the jungle queen genre.”

Lulama was exactly what Fortier had been envisioning and he quickly contacted Saunders, suggesting he develop the character further and spotlight her in a new series.  The African American author was surprised by Fortier’s enthusiasm for the character and agreed to give the concept some thought. 

A few months later, fellow writer, Percival Constantine, wrote an insightful essay concerning racism in early pulp magazines and used Saunders’ “Mtimu” as an example of the New Pulp movement of today that is expanding the field of pulp literature by boldly confronting those past wrongs.  In his essay, Constantine purposely used Lulama as a symbol of the former African persona now evolving into a fully realized and self sufficient character. 

Saunders was delighted as he read the essay as it supported Fortier’s claims to Lulama’s potential for future adventures.

That settled, Saunders is now writing; Lulama, Witch Queen of the Jungle for Airship 27 Productions. 

“If all goes smoothly, we hope to have it out by the start of 2014,” Fortier predicted, his own enthusiasm bubbling over from the potential.  “And we couldn’t be happier.  Charles Saunders is a great writer, and having him do another book for us is an early Christmas gift here at Hangar 27.”

Charles R. Saunders, also credited as Charles Saunders, is a Canadian African-American writer and journalist. He is a retired copy editor for a newspaper. Saunders was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from Lincoln University.

His fiction books include Imaro, The Quest for Cush, The Trail of Bohu, Dossouye, and The Naama War, and Damballa. His non-fiction work includes Sweat and Soul: The Saga of Black Boxers from the Halifax Forum to Caesars Palace, Spirit of Africville, Share & Care: The Story of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, and Black & Bluenose: The Contemporary History of a Community.