Saturday, February 23, 2013

Book Review: Yesteryear

Yesteryear by Tommy HancockTitle: Yesteryear
Author: Tommy Hancock
Publisher: Pro Se Press [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011)]
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-10: 1461061598
ISBN-13: 978-1461061595

One of the brightest of the rising stars in the New Pulp movement is a jovial, fedora-bedecked fellow by the name of Tommy Hancock. I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy some time ago and was taken by his friendly personality and deep knowledge of fiction that disappeared years before he was born. That someone of his youth should be taken with the writings that formed my own interests when I was a boy (so very, very long ago) seemed odd at first, but Tommy's enthusiasm wasn't just that of a fan. It was that of an individual dedicated to the resurrection of a genre I thought would languish in obscurity forever.

In Yesteryear, Tommy Hancock has created the beginnings of a new series of novels whose heritage reaches back into the first part of the 20th century. In Yesteryear we are once more caught up in the intrigue and fascination of costumed heroes and villains, set in their native era. We get to find out where these characters come from, what they fear, and what they're capable of doing. When the particulars of their lives are threatened with public exposure, we find that even the best can sometimes be untrustworthy. The tell-all book central to the story, written by a legendary figure Ramsey Long, appears on the doorstep of a journalist and sets off a firestorm that echoes throughout the pages.

The book itself has been reviewed extensively, so if you want to know what the consensus is reference its publication, check Amazon. I found the novel interesting mainly because it is the herald of a movement that is quickly gaining momentum, outstripping steampunk and dieselpunk in its reach. Oh, and by the way, if you want to annoy Hancock, ask him what he thinks of dieselpunk.

Overall, this is a two-thumbs up book for anyone interested in pulp fiction, or just like adventure stories.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Wait a Second, Month!

February has not been kind to yours truly. However, every writer has at least one month each year (s)he'd like to forget, so I guess it's good I got mine out of the way early.

I got a polite rejection slip from Shimmer for my short story No More Running, but as consolation I can look forward to the appearance soon of the short stories Grudge Match from Pro Se Press, Eclipse over Elmwood from Dark Oak Media, The Last Frontier in Dreams of Steam III, and (maybe) Identity Crisis in the Big Bad Anthology. I continue to finalize Doom Angel for Seventh Star Press and work on other stories for open anthologies. Currently under consideration for publication is On The Edge, The Price of Immortality (reprint), and Hero. I'm writing stories for submission to Robert Krog's Pirate anthology and Pro Se's Sixguns and Spaceships, and rewriting a couple of others for resurrection.

Due to personal reasons, I was unable to attend Mysticon this year. I hope to be able to make the con next year, however. I do fully intend to make it to Midsouthcon in Memphis next month. I have only missed one or two of them since the middle 1990s, and those because of illness.

Not much in the way of writing news otherwise. Life has a way of pushing to the front of the line at times. More later as it appears. Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry.