When Tempus Daye wakes up every morning, he is the ultimate man, the peak of human perfection. Muscular, intelligent, handsome, and even though he stands out because his skin as a silvery metallic hint to it, he is still the consummate example of all that is good with humanity. But as the day passes, many things wear on Doc Daye...
Tempus's parents, geniuses in their own rights, determined that their child should be the bastion of human ingenuity, perfection, and justice. To this end, he was fully given over at a young age to a group of scientists to raise him and train him without the emotional influence parents might impart. These scientists did just that, teaching him all the known languages in the world and rearing him in all the known sciences, as well as exposing him to experts in multiple other fields. But they also took it upon themselves to do more. This group of scientists performed various experiments and procedures on the young boy through his life, attempting to give him extrahuman skills to wage his war on injustice with. What they did instead was give the World's ultimate hero his greatest weakness.
Each day when Doc Day awakes, he is, as stated above, very nearly perfection personified. And he remains that way as long as he has no contact with people or even creatures of lesser stock. If he comes into contact with the angry, the lazy, the greedy, the evil, those with common human imperfections, Doc Daye takes on that imperfection almost immediately and, even though he struggles and attempts to hold it off, he eventually begins to personify the imperfections he encounters. This means that by the end of any given day, Tempus Daye may be lazy, angry, psychopathic, evil, whatever he has encountered. When his body shuts down...and this is a when, not an if, his body has to have and will have 8 hours of sleep each 24 hour period, then a transformation takes place and he is once again Doc Daye, the 24 Hour Hero!!!
Doc has tried to fight this, he has put together teams in the past and has even tried to solve the world's issues in two or three horus a day, but finally he settled on a solution. He sequesters himself away in various solitary places with a single assistant.... and hires Tom Pariah, erstwhile soldier of fortune, etc. to be his legs...and provides him with inventions, help, etc. Of course, Doc will get into the mix more than once so I could play with that wonderful weakness...but he would work through Pariah and whoever Pariah recruited for the most part. And Doc's not a secret entity really, but he's been seen so little that he's sort of urban legend..plus he tries to keep his location secret so baddies wont try to capture him and use him for their own evil ways.
ENJOY AN EXCERPT FROM STEPHEN BRINER'S 'BORDER TOWN'
Braden Coll wiped the blood off of his saber, touched the gash on his forehead, and called to the man at the end of the tunnel. “Now Remus, we can keep it up all day if you want.”
“Like hell you can!” Remus stood, holding a stolen pickaxe. Part of the haft had been chopped away and blood welled from the miner’s fingers. But he stood firm and glared down the tunnel at Braden. “We both know how it’s gonna end. Now we’re just settling who gets to walk away.”
Braden stepped forward, his saber lowered but ready. He studied the fugitive’s reaction. He’d seen Remus around before. Must have come through The Gate about six months ago, sentenced to the Sterling Company’s mines. Remus had kept his head down until last week, when he and a few others had made off with a load Sterling’s picks, helmets, and carts. Braden had tracked them to Mount Feste, where the thieves had holed up in the mountain’s web like network of tunnels.
He’d caught Remus and two others at the entrance. They’d resisted. Braden had killed the other two, but Remus had fled deeper into the tunnels. Now they stared each other down, and Braden struggled for a less bloody solution.
More pulpy goodness from Clayton Hinkle for PRO SE PRESENTS PECULIAR ADVENTURES 3 coming in the next couple of weeks!! This is art for 'Hairy Khetar and the Philosopher's Stone' by Teel James Glenn!! Space opera fun!!!
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the latest hero from Pro Se Productions' Sovereign City Project-DOC DAYE, 24 HOUR HERO! This is an illustration by Clayton Hinkle of my contribution to Pro Se Productions' Sovereign City Project..meet Doc Daye, The 24 Hour Hero as he will appear in his first tale THERE'S A BODY IN THE MAILBOX!! coming this month from PRO SE PRODUCTIONS!
Joe let loose with a round. He connected with some part of the other Citreon, causing a ricochet. The driver slumped over in his seat without a sound. Kate began firing measured shots at the two remaining men. She knew that with her bad hand inside a bouncing vehicle she would never hit them. Kate merely hoped to send them scurrying back to their truck for cover, which is exactly what happened. They discharged a few rounds in the Harrises’ direction.
“Pick another and fire!” Kate yelled as she unloaded another three rounds. She didn’t hear a rifle shot.
“Joe?” Kate questioned. She heard nothing. “Joe! Gus, what’s going on with your brother?”
Keeping his hands on the wheel, Little Gus craned his neck to spy his brother’s face. “Joe… Mom, he’s just staring forward.”
“Has he been shot?!”
“I don’t think so.”
“Joe!” Kate screamed as she blasted one more time. “Talk to me now.”
“I can’t…” Kate knew that if Joe could talk, he was probably just in shock. The driver looked dead. Kate pulled the trigger again, nothing came out. She was empty. And they were getting close to the truck. Kate needed the rifle, but if she could barely get Joe to talk, there was no way he would be able to pass it to her. A bullet bounced off the truck’s grill near Gus. They were way too close. Twenty feet. All that was left was to ram one Citroën into another.
Nominations for the PULP ARK Awards are now open and will close January 31, 2011. The awards are given in conjunction with Pulp Ark, the convention/creators' conference to be held in Batesville, AR, May 13-15, 2011.
The only works eligible are those produced between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot.The only people voting in these nine awards will be those who made a minimum of one nomination.Also, each individual is allowed only ONE NOMINATION PER CATEGORY.A person may nominate someone in all nine categories, but may only nominate once in each category.All nominations are confidential and sources of nominations will not be revealed.All nominations should be mailed to Tommy Hancock at email@example.com.
The categories open for nomination are (in no particular order and this can be cut and pasted for your nominations ballot):
1.Best Book (this includes prose novels, short story collections, anthologies.It includes ebooks as well as traditionally printed works)
2.Best short story (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines.If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site orblog.It includes epublications as well as traditionally printed works.
3.Best Cover Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including ebooks)
4.BestInterior Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including ebooks)
5.Best Pulp Related Comic (This refers to a series, complete run, one shot, etc.This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner.This includes epublications as well. )
6.Best Pulp Magazine (This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner.This includes epublications as well, but the epublication must be identified as an emagazine on the site supporting it. )
7.Best Pulp Revival (The Revival nominated must be published within the calendar year of 2010. This includes epublications as well.)
8.Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any published author is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc.This includes epublications as well).
9.Best New Writer (To be nominated, a writer must have been published for the first time in the pulp field in the calendar year of 2010.This includes epublications as well).
THE DIVINE WRAITH: Robert Butt
One of the robed men thunders, “REAVERS, ATTACK!” He and his partners surround the Divine Wraith, demons circling overhead. “If this must be,” the Wraith says defiantly, “Let it be now!”
THE CEREBUS CLAN: THE TOLL: Ken JanssensJoe tried not to think of these things. For now, he had a purpose, a legacy... maybe even a destiny. It might be scary but it was time to head into the Gateway—into the dark cave. There were things he needed to understand.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE BEASTLY CONCUBINES: Joshua ReynoldsSternberg crashed into the concubine, first slapping the gun aside, then his big hands were scrabbling for her throat. She howled and fell back, and Sternberg went flying out the door.
PERRY LELL: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF A GIRL: Megan SmithFeet. Pounding the pavement. Sweat. Wetting the brow. Adrenaline. Pulsing blood through the ears.
WYLDE WORLD: IN THE BEGINNING: Lee Houston, Jr.The beast was clearly angry, evidenced by its fiery red eyes and the loud snarl coming from a mouth full of sharp teeth. The large head swiveled and glared down at us, the eyes glowing as it drooled at the sight of two potential kills side by side. “I guess it’s not happy that we aren’t tied up and helpless,” I said uneasily.
MR. BRASS AND THE SPAWN OF FRANKENSTEIN * Joshua ReynoldsHer name had been Marietta Conklin. A forgettable, plain woman who spent five years of her life practicing to be that way. She was a Pinkerton, an agent of the United States government, and she was dead.
THE SORCEROR’S GHOST: Sean EllisThe Sorcerer raised his fist, pointing the barrel of his pistol at the other man’s chest, while the two British aces circled around to stand behind him. “I saved your life, Wyatt. I saved it the first day you flew for me and I saved it two days ago… and this is how you repay that debt?”
THE GIRL WITH THE PHANTOM EYES: A SOVEREIGN CITY STORY: Barry Reese“Has he tried the police?”
“Yes. But they think he should be sent to the loony
“And why is that?”
“The girl he’s looking for – she has glowing eyes.”
WHAT IS THE FATE OF GARY WOOTEN? - III: Fuller Bumpers and John Palmer IV - “In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.- N.H.S.L.”
PRO SE PREVIEWS: AYM GERONIMO AND THE POSTMODERN PIONEERS - TALL TALES: John Morgan Neal, Todd Fox and Sarah Beach
THE ONE TRUE GUIDEBOOK TO THE VARIED ADVENTURES OF PECULIAR ODDFELLOW: Achilles Pater“It was a Peculiar day to be introduced to the world. Even for an Oddfellow.”
Pro Se Previews: The Rook, volume 6 - The Scorched God • Barry Reese
The Compassion Play, An Aloha McCoy Story • Ken JanssensClean Up in Aisle Six • Aaron Smith
Shortages • Lee Houston, Jr.
The Scarlet Courtesan of Sovereign City • Derrick Ferguson
Staying Dead, a Tale of Virgil • C. William Russette
The Gray Ghost and the Lighthouse Murders • Bill Craig
IMPRINTS • Joshua Allen
Crime of the Arts Part 2 • Erwin K. Roberts
On The Edge of A Hero, A Tale of The Rapier • Don Thomas
What Is The Fate of Gary Wooten? - V • Fuller Bumpers and John Palmer IV
And the artists are-
Interiors-Anthony Castrillo, Dalton Carpenter, Fuller Bumpers,
Craig Gassen, Peter Cooper, and John Palmer IV!
Book Design, Layout, and Additional Graphics by Ali
All of these and more now coming monthly
beginning August 2010 from Pro Se Productions
Pro Se Productions, LLC , a fast paced new voice in the genre of pulp fiction, announces the debut of THREE MONTHLY MAGAZINES! Hearkening back to the glory days of pulp fiction, of over the top villains and larger than life heroes, Pro Se brings thrills and chills monthly in its three premiere titles!
FANTASY AND FEAR : Thrill and chill to horrors, hallucinations, dragons, and dreams, every single month in the pages of FANTASY AND FEAR!! Knights errant, homicidal killers, boys and their magic lamps, demons from times past, and so much more come together to excite and terrify readers! Join new and established writers and artists every single month to slay old dragons and face new nightmares in FANTASY AND FEAR from Pro Se Productions! The first chilling issue features fiction by Ron Fortier (Captain Hazzard), James Palmer (Gideon Cain) who are just part of the stellar line up here.
MASKED GUN MYSTERY : Love a mystery? Fascinated by how the criminal mind works? Like your stories with badges, guns, dames, and heists? Then end your hunt for fantastic pulp fiction with MASKED GUNMYSTERY! Any crime, any time, mysteries, robberies, and crimes not yet imagined all have a home monthly in the pages of MASKED GUN MYSTERY, brought to you by Pro Se Productions! The debut issue features stories by Andrew Salmon(The Light Of Men), Aaron Smith (Season of Madness) and more!
PECULIAR ADVENTURES : Action unparalleled! Adventures unimagined! Strange lands, wild creatures, two fisted heroes, world conquering villains, and so much more appear monthly in PECULIAR ADVENTURES! The magazine for high flying thrills, breakneck action, and wall breaking, mind blowing fun, PECULIAR ADVENTURES is for the action hero in all of us and stars Pro Se's flagship character Peculiar Oddfellow in a fantastical monthly tale!! Looking for something different? Like a little strange? Then you'll love PECULIAR ADVENTURES from Pro Se Productions! The first issue features stories by Van Allan Plexico (Sentinels), Derrick Fegurson (Dillion), Tommy Hancock and many more!
Pro Se Productions' goal is to provide new and original pulp fiction from the hottest writers and artists in the pulp genre today as well as new voices and faces to the field! Each issue will premiere monthly on the site as an E-Book AND print copies will be advertised when available!
Pro Se Productions, LLC (http://www.proseproductions.com/) in conjunction with Main Street Batesville of Batesville, AR announces PULP ARK 2011!! Pro Se Productions, a company specializing in pulp storytelling in various mediums, primarily magazines and comics, made its debut in March, 2010! Pro Se also seeks to bring all the over the top, grandiose, slam-bang impact of pulp to the South! PULP ARK, scheduled for May 13-15, 2011 will be a convention dedicated to the Pulp Genre as well as a conference made up of panels, workshops, and activities to appeal to the Pulp writer, the Pulp fan, and that most unique creature, The Pulp Writer/Fan!
PULP ARK will be held in the historical town of Batesville, AR. Nestled in the scenic Ozark foothills, Batesville provides most definitely a small town charm, but has facilities of all sorts, including hotels, major and local restaurants, and several venues for hosting panels, conferences, and vendors. Batesville also affords a relaxed setting, different from most large cities where conventions are held, but also conducive to creativity, relaxation, and a furthering of Pulp fandom!
PUBLISHERS AND VENDORS WELCOME-REASONABLE TABLE RATES
LEADING NAMES IN PULP TODAY AS GUESTS
LIST ANNOUNCED MIDSUMMER 2010
PANELS LED BY WRITERS, ARTISTS AND PUBLISHING COMPANIES
WRITERS AND ARTISTS WORKSHOPS BY LEADING NAMES IN PULP TODAY
A PULP STYLE INTERACTIVE ADVENTURE THROUGHOUT PULP ARK
EVENTS FOR SPOUSES AND FAMILY MEMBERS
DISCOUNTS AT LOCAL HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES
MAY 13-15, 2011-Prepare for the Flood of All that is Pulp-Get your place on the PULP ARK today!
For more information , contact Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief and Audio Director for Pro Se Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text at 870-834-4022.