Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Pro Se Productions, a continually expanding and growing company focusing on Genre Fiction, New Pulp, and cutting edge Action and Adventure Books and Anthologies, announced today the addition of a new position within Pro Se Administration- Global Relations and Accountability Coordinator.

"Pro Se," Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se, states, "has grown tremendously since opening our doors so to speak in early 2010.   We have every single writer, artist, editor, and administrative person that's done even one little thing to thank for that.  With the fact that we intend to produce the most books we have yet in our history this year and next year as well, it's become necessary to bring in others to help handle the growth.  To that end, we created a position that actually has two duties- Marketing and Social Networking as well as managing day to day affairs from the Editor in Chief's office.  Essentially, making sure I get my myriad projects and jobs done successfully."

The Global Relations and Accountability Coordinator will act as executive assistant to the Editor in Chief and will handle daily operations outside of the Editorial/Writing/Creative Staff.  The GRAC will also assist the Editor in Chief in creation of and distribution of press releases, setting up blog and podcast appearances, and utilizing Social Media of all types to its fullest extent.

"Pro Se," Hancock says, "has a great catalogue that will continue to grow and be even greater.  We've spent three years intentionally growing our personal library of books and now it's time to promote them, old and new, from the first book published to the latest and greatest, with every technique and tool we can come up with.  And as our Global Relations and Accountability Coordinator, Beth Alvarez will help us do that and we are proud to welcome her to Pro Se Productions!"

Beth Alvarez is a previously self-published author residing in Memphis, Tennessee with her growing family. A voracious reader in her free time, Alvarez specialized in the study of fine arts with a focus on visual arts and teaching. An accomplished programmer, she has spent time working as a freelance web development specialist and graphics designer since 2005 and now adds Global Relations and Accountability Coordinator for Pro Se to her accomplishments.

Beth can be contacted at and will in the future be making contact with reviewers, bloggers, websites, other publishers, and other parties related to Pro Se business.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Pro Se, a leading independent Publisher specializing in cutting edge Genre Fiction announces the latest mindbending concept from the mind of ‘Monster Aces’ Creator Jim Beard!  Get your groove on with ‘The Lemon Herberts!’

Beat it, Beatles! Move over, Monkees! Here come the Lemon Herberts, the kookiest, kickiest quintet of fun-lovin’ musicians ever to hit the Summer of Love! This anthology of tales will cover the very first world tour of the Lemon Herberts, a late-1960s musical group with not only a flair for inventive pop songs, but a pulpy taste for adventure. Each story will be set in a different country along the group’s tour, setting the stage for colorful, groovy plunges into peril for the Herberts. Think Help! plus Head and divided by Donovan and you’ll be on your way to imagining all the peace, love and DANGER the Lemon Herberts could get themselves into in the incredible year of 1967!

This happening collection of Music Themed Adventure type Pulp has openings for five stories, each one 10,000 words.   If interested in going on tour with ‘The Lemon Herberts’, request the  concept bible by emailing Morgan Minor, Director of Corporate Operations at

Deadlines for proposals are June 15th.   Notification of acceptance will be sent following that date.  This is scheduled for publication in early 2014 by Pro Se Productions.

Channel the Psychedelic Sixties and give ‘The Lemon Herberts’ a spin!

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Friday, May 17, 2013


 Pro Se Productions, an independent press on the cutting edge of genre fiction, heroic storytelling, and New Pulp, was the first company formally involved in the New Pulp Movement to enter into the world of audiobooks with its original line of magazines.  Pro Se, in conjunction with New Pulp audiobook pioneer Dynamic Ram Audio Productions announce the first audio title for ‘The Voice of Pro Se’ audiobook imprint! 

“Audiobooks,” Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions states, “have always been in the plans for Pro Se.  The sort of fiction we publish lends itself well to the spoken word and adaptation of all sorts.  That, and I am a major fan of Audio Fiction, from old time radio shows to modern day audio drama and especially audiobooks.   And our first trip into the medium was a great experience and to have Chris Barnes, our engineer the first time around and the man behind Dynamic Ram Audio Productions now, on board for this debut as well as what is coming, it just couldn’t be any better.”

The debut title in THE VOICE OF PRO SE Audiobook line is HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, the novel written by Lee Houston, Jr.  One of Pro Se’s flagship characters, Hugh Monn comes wonderfully to life thanks to Audiobook Narrator Pete Milan in eight tightly written fast paced uanbridged stories. Milan is a voice actor, writer, narrator, audio drama producer and cosmopolitan jackadandy. He has previously appeared in works by Pendant Productions, the Colonial Radio Theatre On The Air, Gypsy Audio and Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theater.

“Pete Milan,” Hancock says, “channels the voice of Lee Houston’s Hugh Monn perfectly.  Hugh sounds like a 1950s type detective, but plies his trade in a futuristic setting.  In just the same way Lee blended those two things seamlessly together, Pete’s take on the stories has the nearly hard boiled edge you’d expect from a great PI tale, but there’s also that flexibility a good science fiction tale demands of a narrator.  Hands down, the team of Milan and Houston make HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE an audiobook must have.”

Even in the future, dames still need help, criminals still need captured, and men still hire out to do both!  HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE written by Lee Houston, Jr. and narrated by Pete Milan lets you walk the glittering, yet dark and mean streets of Galveston 2 and join Hugh Monn as he investigates cases with gorgeous green skinned dames, slick swindlers and hardened crooks while keeping one step ahead of the lawbots.  This VOICE OF PRO SE audiobook engineered and produced by Dynamic Ram Audio Productions is over 7 hours of fantastic futuristic Private Eye Action! 

Listen to the HUGH MONN trailer at  And the entire Audiobook is Avaiable via Audible at and from Amazon at!

The Voice of Pro Se from Pro Se Productions ( and Dynamic Ram Audio Productions ( proudly presents HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE-the audiobook.

Monday, May 13, 2013


Reese Unlimited, an author centered imprint of Pro Se Productions, proudly announces the release of the special edition second volume collection of one of New Pulp’s best known  and loved heroes!  THE ROOK VOLUME 2 SPECIAL EDITION by multiple award winning author Barry Reese is now available in print and ebook format!

THE ROOK VOLUME 2-SPECIAL EDITION is a newly edited, newly formatted Pro Se edition of the second volume of Reese’s Rook Series.   The adventures of Max Davies, tortured masked hero and defender against evil of all kinds, continue in typical Reese two fisted, double barreled action in this collection of stories.  Continuing his battle against the supernatural, The Rook discovers more about his own tragic destiny while battling darknesses vile and ancient!   He also discovers he is not alone in his fight, teaming up with Classic Pulp heroine, The Domino Lady, and the Russian near superman Leonid Kaslov, another one of Reese’s wonderful New Pulp Heroes.
Even with companions, though, The Rook continues a solitary war, striking out at villains because he has been given no other choice!

“The Rook,” Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief and Partner in Pro Se stated, “is one of the first names people bring up when a discussion of New Pulp heroes starts.  Barry struck such a necessary chord with the creation of Max and company, combining classic Pulp sensibilities with his love for the expansiveness comic books allowed with cast and such, and adding his own very unique twist to the mix.  Pro Se is proud to be able to put its own unique touch on the early adventures of The Rook in these Special Edition collections from Reese Unlimited."

THE ROOK VOLUME 2-SPECIAL EDITION features the six original stories of the collection, all newly edited by David White, as well as an updated timeline of Reese’s shared universe in which he writes!  The edition also includes a stunning new cover and accompanying brand new illustrations by award winning Pulp Artist George Sellas!  With logo and cover design and print formatting by Sean Ali and ebook formatting by Russ Anderson, THE ROOK VOLUME 2-SPECIAL EDITION is the second from Pro Se in the SPECIAL EDITION series collecting the classic tales of Reese’s seminal creation!

THE ROOK VOLUME 2 – SPECIAL EDITION is now available at Amazon at, at Barnes and Noble at and through Pro Se's own store at for $18.00.  Available via Kindle WITH INTERIOR ILLUSTRATIONS INCLUDED at and available at and via the Nook at for $4.99!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Pro Se, a leading independent Publisher specializing in Genre Fiction announced new characters available for use and an open call for stories  in a recently debuted imprint spotlighting the work of Pulp Author  and Pulp Ark 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Charles Boeckman!

 Boeckman, a 92 year old author/world traveler/jazz musician self published SUSPENSE, SUSPICION, & SHOCKERS last year.  Boeckman, with the assistance of his wife, Patti, is in the process of publishing a second collection, SADDLES, SIX GUNS, & SHOOTOUTS.  This collection of 10 stories was written by Boeckman, many of them under the name Charles Beckman,  Jr. and were printed in Pulps such as Western Ace High, Star Western, and others.

Following the first collection, Pro Se annnounced a new imprint entitled CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS... that would feature new stories written by modern authors around characters Boeckman created and that were featured in the first book.  Pro Se announces today that characters featured in Boeckman's western collection will also be made available to writers for us in the CBP imprint and that an open call is now being made for proposals featuring these characters.

"Charles Boeckman," Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief and Partner in Pro Se, states, "is a living legend.  Maybe his name isn't as hallowed as Dent, Gibson, or others, but when you not only take into account this huge body of work he produced, but also the fact that he worked well into the era of the digest and is still writing today, he has few comparisons.  And then add into that the fact that the man writes westerns as two fisted and hard bitten as his suspense and mystery stories but also very much solidly Western.  There was no way Pro Se could do CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS without including a cast of frontier cowboy types that rode out of his mind and right onto the pulp page."

Pro Se announces an open call for stories featuring western characters from Boeckman's collection. Although each individual digest in the line may focus on a different theme or character, they will all appear under the CBP banner, and will feature new stories based on Boeckman's work.

Charles Boeckman
"This is an open call," Hancock states, "to any and all writers who might be interested in trying their hand at Charles' western characters.  The first step in this process will be for interested writers to look over the brief descriptions of the characters provided and email Morgan Minor, our Director of Corporate Operations, at with any and all they may be interested in.  Based on that interest, story bibles and other information will be sent to interested authors who will then be required to draft a proposal for a story, length being minimum 8,000 words to a full novella length of 30,000.  The proposal must be no more than a page long and, if the writer has never submitted to Pro Se before, a writing sample of at least 3 pages of narrative must be supplied as well. One thing to note, also.  Although these characters were originally created by Mr. Boeckman and  Pro Se will be insuring that they remain true to the source material, we are not wanting any writer to ape or copy Mr. Boeckman's style.  We will be great stewards of these classic ideas as well as the skills and styles of the modern writers pouring life into them."

The characters being utilized from Boeckman's latest collection are-

Art Billow from 'Bad Man From Boston.'  Crippled Art Billow lied his way into trouble and had to be the hero he'd imagined himself to save townsfolk. Now it's a year later and he's returned from the East, no longer a cripple, and ready to enjoy the results of his heroics...if he can keep it up as more trouble descends on his adopted hometown.

Clayton Traveler from 'The Kid Comes Back.'
Traveler returned and took everything from the man who'd destroyed his family, including the heart of the woman he loved.  She remained with the villain, though, as he was a broken man as Traveler drove cattle to the market.  Now Traveler returns to a town that he essentially owned when he left to either make his name as lord of the realm or die trying to keep alive.

Ollie Downs from 'Stagecoach to Hell.'  Ollie Downs tried to get out of town before an old enemy came hunting him, but the original story ends with him walking down the street to face his past.  What happens after the former gunman/now barber and resident doctor of the small western town stares down a killer?

Jim Brady from 'Home is the Killer.'  Jim Brady rode into town a disgruntled veteran looking to take a dead man's life as his own.  He came out with a wife, children, a spread, and a hero to boot.  Now all he has to do is keep all he has acquired of the life of a man he took a picture from on a battlefield.

Bull Hubler from 'Bitter Reunion at Rimrock.' Bull rode into town to help a woman who'd left him for another man, to keep him alive, and uncovered more than either of them bargained for.  Now with his woman returning to him, they have a daughter to raise in the wilds of the West and that is doubly hard for a man of Bull's temper and reputation.

Ed Brennan from 'The Devil's Deadline.' Surviving the threats of a crooked sheriff and keeping his small frontier newspaper as a result, Ed Brennan continues to fight and write for what is right and just in a town full of cowpokes, outlaws, cattlemen, and misfits.

Steve Kent from 'Hell's Cargo'-Steve Kent, expert Riverboat captain, went after the man who'd taken his boat and woman, the man who'd taught him the river, and won.  Now, along with new love Lucy Furman and his Irish engineer, Mike O'Shean, Steve has two options- To continue on the river and save money for his sojourn out west or to strike out into the frontier- Both types of stories will be welcome!

Also, Pro Se is still taking proposals for characters from Boeckman's mystery/suspense collection, SUSPENSE, SUSPICION, AND SHOCKERS.  The first volume of CBP has debuted, featuring Johnny Nickle.  More Nickle stories are welcome as are any stories on the other characters.  Those characters are as follows-

Detective Mercer Basous from 'The G-String Corpse'- A homely 1970s New Orleans Detective who knows three things very well- New Orleans, the people that make it up, and how to do his job.

Big Lip from 'The Last Trumpet'-A piano player on1950s Broadway who solved the murder of his great friend and one of the greatest horn players the world has ever known who moves onto further tales and adventures in a band in a world without The Earl.

Buddy Gardner and Frank Judson from 'Blind Date'- Frank, a mid 1960s small town reporter, and Buddy, a deputy in the small town with detective skills to spare, find new stories and cases to follow and crack in Kingsbury after their initial tale, where Frank finds a dead woman in his trunk that all evidence said he had an affair with, then murdered, but he'd never met her before.

Lt. Mike O'Shean ( Yes, just like in the Western story) and Lil Brown of the Daily Herald from "I'll Make The Arrest"-Mike O'Shean, a passionate two fisted cop  of the early 1950s who sinks his teeth into a case and won't let go, even if it kills him, and Lil Brown, the reporter who knows her job and city better than anyone...and knows O'Shean better than that.   These two are at the beginning of what may be a beautiful relationship if crime and corruption don't get in the way!

Doc and Sally from 'A Hot Lick for Doc'-Fresh in 1950s LA from their debut tale, Doc, a washed up clarinet player who found his music again following being involved and solving a murder, and Sally, the recovering heroin addict who accompanied him, would be ready to write new tunes and chop a new life out of whatever life and LA throws at them.

Johnny Nickle from 'Run, Cat, Run'-A trumpet player who's claim to fame was having played on a supposedly haunted Jazz Classic that led to him being on the run from a curse and a murderer for years, Johnny Nickle is now back on top in the early 1950s blowing his horn and finding trouble almost everywhere he finds a stage to stand on.

The stories will be set in the periods mentioned for each of the characters.  If a writer wishes to go beyond that period, then that must be clearly mentioned in the proposal.

Deadline for initial proposal submissions on the Western Characters is June 10, 2013.  Proposals for the Mystery/Suspense characters are accepted at any time until a book is filled.  

Other characters from Mr. Boeckman's many stories may be added to the available list to write from at a later date, Hancock points out, but these are currently the only characters discussed thus far.

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 Pulp Ark 2013, a Convention/Creators Conference centering around all aspects of New Pulp, was held April 26-28, 2013 in Springdale, AR.   As a part of the convention, the Pulp Ark Awards were given for the third year in a row.  The only comprehensive awards in the Pulp field chosen specifically by anyone wishing to nominate writers, creators, etc. for an award, The Pulp Ark Awards are given in a variety of categories. 

Only one category within the Pulp Ark Awards is determined, not by the vote of the public, but by a committee selected to determine the winner.  The Pulp Ark Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a Person involved in Pulp that has devoted much of their life to participating in the production of and/or furthering the promotion and preservation of and education in Classic Pulp as well as supporting New Pulp either by being a participant or providing encouragement other ways. 

 This year’s Pulp Ark Lifetime Achievement Award Winner as selected by the Committee began his Pulp involvement in the 1930s, finding many of his stories printed in the 1940s and 50s and moving onto other publications with fiction after the Pulps faded away in the mid 1950s.   Born in Texas, this year’s recipient learned much about life that he later translated into great western tales.  Being a self taught Jazz Musician, he saw much in his travels that informed his mystery and suspense stories, many with a Jazz background.  Writing for digests as well as penning his own books well after Pulps left the bookshelves, this author recently collected his stories and has released two date two volumes of work, with the assistance and support of his wife, Patti.  This work has so inspired writers today that a New Pulp Publishing company, Pro Se Productions, has licensed and began an imprint utilizing characters originally written by the author in his early career.

The recipient of the Pulp Ark 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award is Charles Boeckman. 

Upon notification of receiving the award, Charles Boeckman provided the following statement-

I am very honored to receive the Pulp Ark Convention 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. This was so unexpected and so gratifying. Until a couple of years ago, I thought the pulps were just a faded memory in the minds of anyone still alive who read them back in their hey day. Then I discovered the vibrant community of pulp and new pulp fans and writers, and my life suddenly took on new meaning. Connecting with pulp fans, republishing some of my vintage stories in anthologies, and finding some of my forgotten manuscripts in an old trunk have reawakened my passion to write, and at age 92, I am once again pounding on the keyboard.

It means so much that I will have concrete recognition of my contribution to pulp fiction, something that I can proudly display and eventually leave to my progeny. Maybe it will help inspire them in some way.

Thank you so much, Pulp Ark Convention 2013.”


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It isn’t often in the modern market that a Publisher gets the opportunity to work with the characters of a Pulp Writer from the Classic era of Pulp Fiction with the involvement of the author.  Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher of cutting edge Genre Fiction both looking to the future and firmly rooted to the past, proudly announces the debut of a new imprint bringing new life to characters created by prolific Pulp Author Charles Boeckman!

“CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS…” states Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “came from the source itself, honestly.  Charles Boeckman, now 92 years old, was a writer of many stories back in the heyday of Pulp and beyond, mostly suspense/mystery and western tales.   Due to his publishing of a collection of his mystery stories, I became aware of his work and absolutely fell in love with the characters he created.  Not only were the stories taut and exciting, but the characters, all of them just appearing the one time, so many of them had series potential.  So, an email or three later to Charles and his wonderful wife, Patti, and I asked about his permission to have modern writers take on some of the characters he’d written into life.  He was enthusiastic and encouraging and now we have the debut of CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE!”

Originally appearing in Boeckman’s story, ‘Run, Cat, Run,’ Johnny Nickle was a trumpet player on the run from his own past.  And now, in CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE, this unlikely hero makes a return engagement to perform TWO exciting new hits.  NOTES IN THE FOG written by Richard White and THE DEVIL YOU KNOW authored by Brad Mengel push Johnny into mystery and out of it hopefully on a high note.

Charles Boeckman
“This character,” Hancock explained, “is neat on several levels.  A sort of sub genre that is very popular among Pulp and Crime fans is that of the Musician Detective/Hero, usually a Jazz type, like Jack Webb’s Pete Kelly.  Mr. Boeckman’s work is replete with these sorts of characters and each one stands apart, no cardboard cutouts.  Johnny has an edge to him in the original story that both of our authors have maintained, utilizing the rich background Johnny has a trumpet player as well as his own personal background.  It’s even more wonderful that Mr. Boeckman is a professional Jazz Musician and band leader as well, so the original stories come with an authenticity that definitely influenced Richard and Brad.”

CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE features a fantastic cover by Adam Shaw as well as cover design and print formatting by Sean Ali and ebook formatting by Russ Anderson! Edited by David White, these two tales are your backstage pass to see Charles Boeckman’s Johnny Nickle tackle mystery and murder with a soundtrack that cooks with red hot women, ice cold killers, triple time thrills and smokin’ jazz!  From Pro Se Productions!

CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE is available from Pro Se’s own store at and at Amazon at for $8.00!  Available for $2.99 for the Kindle at , the Nook at www.barnesandnoble.comand in other formats at!

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