Friday, July 4, 2014



Airship 27 Productions unleashes the beast within with its latest title, HITWOLF by Fred Adams Jr. 

“One of the hallmarks of pulp fiction was its twisted genre mash-ups,” Ron Fortier, Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor, reminds readers.  “When you consider they would combine romance bodice-rippers with cowboy stories or mystery tales with aviation action then you understand there were no combinations pulp editors wouldn’t entertain.” Which was the appeal of HITWOLF, Fortier continues.  “When Fred Adams sent me his idea of merging a gangster story with a monster twist, it totally screamed classic pulp in my mind.  There was no way we were going to pass on this one.”

It is 1969; Newark, N.J.  Former Green Beret, Jim Slate, comes home from Vietnam to live a quiet, peaceful life.  His wish is cruelly denied him when he is kidnapped by a Michael Monzo, a local gang boss who wants to rule the entire city. To do this he must destroy his rivals. 

Thus Monzo recruits an occult practioner who can turn an ordinary man into a vicious werewolf and then control his actions by the use of a magic amulet.  But to carry out this heinous plan, they need a subject.  And so Jim Slate is snatched and turned into a “Hitwolf.”

But Slate is no one’s puppet and despite the curse put on him, he will not be controlled.  After he manages to escape his master, he disappears into the thousands of acres of New Jersey woodlands known as the Pine Barrens.  But Monzo has no intentions of losing his pet killing machine.  Now the manhunt begins to capture Jim Slate…dead or alive!

Fred Adams, Jr. is a western Pennsylvania native who has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with horror, fantasy, and science fiction literature and films.  He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Duquesne University and recently retired from teaching writing and literature in the English Department of Penn State University. He has published over 50 short stories in amateur, and professional magazines as well as hundreds of news features as a staff writer and sportswriter for the now Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  In the 1970s Fred published the fanzine Spoor and its companion The Spoor Anthology.

“HITWOLF is Fred Adam’s first published novel,” adds Fortier, “and we here at Airship 27 Productions are thrilled to be its publisher.”  The book features nine interior illustrations by Pulp Factory Award Nominated artist, Clayton Hinkle, with a painted cover by Ingrid Hardy.  Adams currently has two other Airship 27 projects in development.


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