Lazy Nerds Sunday Pop-Up Market

Come out Sunday May 15th, say hi, buy a book, see other cool vendors, buy nerdy stuff. It’ll be fun! I’ll have my stories and many more great stories from Pro Se Productions available for your reading pleasure! Visit The FaceBook Event for more details!

Beltane

Beltane falls about halfway between the spring equinox, Ostara, and the coming summer solstice, Litha. The holiday celebrates spring at its peak, and the coming summer. Beltane also sometimes goes by the name May Day. This is a poem dedicated to those who remember older ways…

Stars fill the heavens,

Like pale corn in fresh soil.

Promising light from darkness,

Warmth springs from the cold.

A honey haired nymph,

Perfumed by rosy spring.

Fertile, as she cherishes

All of creation.

He is Cerunnos.

As the hunting master

Prowls among the ancient oaks

The rite is pure joy.

From oak to hawthorn,

She leads a merry chase.

He breathes her heady scent

To drink from her spring.

To jump the Bel Fire

The nymph bounds in delight,

Now a young queen in flower

Where two, now count three.

Night of passions deep,

The hunter and hunted,

Rabbit and Bear, birth the stars

A new day dawns bright.

Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.

Thank you for reading,

Ernest

DAKOTA BELL AND THE DAGGER OF DEATH

TWO-FISTED, DOUBLE-BARRELED NEW PULP ACTION! ‘DAKOTA BELL AND THE DAGGER OF DEATH’ DEBUTS!

Sometimes the only choices left to make are the ones that will get you killed. Through his newest Pulp creation in DAKOTA BELL AND THE DAGGER OF DEATH, now available in print and digital formats from Pro Se Productions.

1938: As the world stood on the brink of global conflict, adventurer Dakota Bell waged a more personal war. Driven by a mystical vision, he travels the world, seeking revenge on the man who murdered his wife and unborn child in cold blood.

With only a few close friends by his side, Dakota hunted his wife’s killers through the jungles of Machu Pichu. And no Nazi army would stand in his way. But every step forward brought Dakota and company deeper into a world where magic became as real and deadly as a bullet.

Introducing a new character by Jason Fedora steeped in the finest traditions of Pulp, Action, and Adventure in his first digest novel-DAKOTA BELL AND THE DAGGER OF DEATH. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring an atmospheric cover by Antonino lo Iacono and print formatting by Abba Studios, DAKOTA BELL AND THE DAGGER OF DEATH is available for 9.99 via Amazon.

Formatted by Abba Studios, this new Pulp digest novel is available as an ebook for only 99 cents for a limited time from Amazon. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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The Cowboy and The Conqueror

CLASSIC PULP AUTHOR RIDES AGAIN FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR! ‘THE COWBOY AND THE CONQUEROR: A BOB HOWARD ADVENTURE’ DEBUTS!

THE COWBOY AND THE CONQUEROR: A BOB HOWARD ADVENTURE, the sequel to the Pulp Factory Award-Winning novel of 2021, A COWBOY IN CARPATHIA, Teel James Glenn is now available in print and digital formats from Pro Se Productions.

The year is 1938, a timeline similar yet different from our own. Where one of the greatest pulp writers in history lived instead of dying and left Texas to travel and troubleshoot his way around the world. From author Teel James Glenn comes another Bob Howard Adventure.

A German pulp writer, another with a different destiny in this version of history, meets Texas pulp writer Bob Howard on a boat trip up the Nile. As the two become fast friends, the riverboat is boarded by desert bandits who assault the crew and kidnap a group of schoolgirls and their teacher. These two men from different worlds, united by their love for adventure and justice, follow the kidnapped children to the ancient ruins of the raiders’ headquarters and learn that the girls are meant to be human sacrifices to an ancient, hideous deity!

Led back to England in pursuit of a horrific cult, Howard and his new companion face an eldritch horror from beyond time and space—commanded by a fascist politician who threatens the very stability of reality and the fates of all mankind.

THE COWBOY AND THE CONQUEROR: A BOB HOWARD ADVENTURE. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a stellar cover and print formatting by Antonino lo Iaocono, THE COWBOY AND THE CONQUEROR is available for 11.99 via Amazon.

Formatted by lo Iaocono and Marzia Marina, the second volume in the BOB HOWARD ADVENTURE series is available as an ebook for only 99 cents for a limited time from Amazon. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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Fedoras On Stun!

ALIENS AND GANGSTERS-TWO GENRES COLLIDE INTO AN AWESOME ANTHOLOGY! ‘FEDORAS ON STUN!’ NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND DIGITAL!

A unique brand of criminal burned its way across America in the 1930s and 40s. The Gangster. Dapper dressers with Tommy guns and snap brim hats…But what if all these well coifed mobster types…weren’t just human? What if the appeal of crime on Earth reached beyond just one planet, out into the universe?

An exciting and innovative anthology, FEDORAS ON STUN! answers this question. Now available from Pro Se Productions in print and digital formats.

FEDORAS ON STUN! Combines two popular genres into a collision of action, laser fire, noir, and spaceships. Five of today’s best New Pulp Authors – Neal Privett, Dewayne Dowers, Aaron Bittner, Wayne G. Carey, and Ralph L. Angelo, Jr. – take the beloved elements of science fiction and gangster stories and weave them together into fantastic, over the top genre bending tales!

FEDORAS ON STUN! From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a fantastic cover by Larry Nadolsky and logo design and print formatting by Carol “Cookie” Morris, FEDORAS ON STUN! is available for 12.99 on Amazon

This unique anthology is also available on Kindle formatted by Carol “Cookie” Morris for $0.99 for a limited time. Kindle Unlimited Members can read this thrilling adventure for free!

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Giddy and Euphoric

INTO WRITING AND READING (AND RAY BRADBURY)? GET ‘GIDDY AND EUPHORIC’ WITH ESSAYIST SEAN TAYLOR!

Sean Taylor wants to be a time machine.

Sean Taylor believes redemptive stories still matter.

Sean Taylor knows that Ray Bradbury lives forever.

Don’t believe us? Then this book is for you. GIDDY AND EUPHORIC, now available from Pro Se Productions and its nonfiction PULPSTUDIES imprint, collects the essays of author and comic book writer Sean Taylor. In these pages, Sean shares his thoughts on subjects across the board, including his love for Ray Bradbury, why diversity is important to artists, and even the right way to become a short story reader!

“I’ll sum it up as simply as I can: you’re going to care. That’s what Sean does with his characters and the stories they inhabit. He makes you care.”

Erik Burnham, Ghostbusters

“Once you’re done reading, you’ll know you read a well-crafted, fully rounded piece of work.”

Dan Jurgens, The Death of Superman

Featuring a cover by the author and print formatting by Antonino lo Iaocono, GIDDY AND EUPHORIC is available for 11.99 via Amazon.   

Formatted by Antonino lo Iaocono and Marzia Marina, Taylor’s stellar collection of essays and insights is available on Kindle for only 99 cents. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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Zombie Island

THE UNDEAD TAKING OVER THE TROPICS! ‘ZOMBIE ISLAND’ IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Everyone’s dying to get to the islands…and even coming back from the dead…in author Wayne Carey’s ZOMBIE ISLAND, now available in print and digital formats from Pro Se Productions.

San Bernardo is a tropical paradise nestled in the blue waters of the Caribbean. Except that Sean, Bear, and Kira Hillstrand are vacationing on the island involuntarily. When young Carla Mendoza is attacked by a creature that looks like it just crawled out of a grave, the three Hillstrands jump at the chance to investigate.

While exploring the jungle, they stumble upon a body and witness a disfigured person captured by military personnel. The island’s world-famous Spinosa Clinic is the center of activity, with the visit of a South American general and military crawling all over the exclusive grounds. Experiments are going on, a strange virus is being developed with disastrous results, but the Hillstrands discover something more terrifying, more dangerous than an island overrun with zombies, with Sean, Bear, and Kira the only ones who can stop it.

ZOMBIE ISLAND by Wayne Carey. From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a spooky cover by Larry Nadolsky and logo design and print formatting by Antonino lo Iaocono, ZOMBIE ISLAND is available for 11.99 on Amazon.

Carey’s horror adventure novel is also available on Kindle formatted by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina for $0.99 for a limited time Kindle Unlimited Members can read this thrilling adventure for free!

PUBLISHER’S NOTE-As of 2/20/22, two reviews are attached to this book, dating from 2015. These are not reviews of this novel and have been reported to Amazon.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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CoastCon Returns!!

After its two-year hiatus, I attended CoastCon 44 this past weekend. Leaving a convention is often difficult, and this past weekend was no exception. This was a family reunion. It was rejuvenating to see old friends, fans, guests, or vendors. No con is complete without making new friends along the way. You are a part of my extended family. As with any family reunion, there was a darker piece as we shared the grief of many we lost and the opportunity to mourn a person who stood out among a community filled with outstanding people. Many felt they received the closure they had needed. 

As a presenter, a responsive audience is what makes it fun. When you can share your passions with a room full of people, and they respond in kind is quite a rush. Fans are the soul of a convention, and the CoastCon members were great this weekend. 

My favorites were a panel Vampires, Elder gods, and things that go bump in the night about writing horror, where I had the honor of sharing the panel with Julie Wetzel and Annette Miller. We had a great conversation with each other and with the audience. 

Supervillains: The reason for the story is a new panel I wanted to try out. My thanks to “THE” Rob Cerio for being at the table. It was an entertaining panel, and we had a spirited discussion. 

Another new panel, Staples of horror: Religion and Mythology, started well. I was unable to print notes before the panel and used my laptop. Midway into the panel, the laptop dies. Dead battery. 

Jen Mulvihill helped cover until I regained my composure, and we went on to have a panel. I may try it again. I may not. 

Probably the funniest of the weekend was “Debate This:” topics are chosen randomly, as are a pair of real or literary/media characters. 

My favorite debate was Edgar Allen Poe versus Stephen King, and we debated who would be better at interrogation. It went in favor of Poe. He, after all, described several ways to actually torture people in his writings. King scares you, and then something – a car, an industrial laundry machine, a dog, or some ancient evil just kills you. Don’t jump on me for it. That’s just the way it went that time per the audience vote.

A convention is a great deal of work and can eat up a lot of your life. The team running CoastCon is always professional. I want to thank all of you. Pauline, Tiffany, Unity, Gabby, and so many others made this look easy. You ran a fun convention. Working with everyone associated with this convention is always an enjoyable experience. A special thanks to the volunteers. You kept everything running and seamless.   

Every convention, I try to learn something new, a technique, a way to make being a vendor a little easier. Many are the lessons I have learned. This year’s lesson? Old friends are never forgotten, and Save the Cat. 

Thank you for reading,

Ernest Russell

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NED LAND

In Jules Verne’s classic ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’, a character debuted that brimmed with life and vitality. He deserved more stories to be told about him. Pro Se Productions has proudly taken up the challenge with its latest anthology collection. THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NED LAND is now available in print and digital formats.

 Ned Land was a man of strength, both physically and emotionally. He was not educated, but he was intelligent in ways necessary for a man of the world. He was skilled in the ways of a sailor and known as ‘The Prince of Harpooners’. While Captain Nemo continued on into other stories, this singular man of the sea, Nemo’s opposite in so many ways, did not.

 Until now.

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NED LAND sets sail with five new stories featuring Verne’s forgotten hero. Never venturing far from the water, Ned reaches for the stars in five exciting and thrilling tales. Sail, along with the storytelling sailor into the action tales, only a hero such as he deserves!

 THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NED LAND features a stunning cover by Antonino lo Iacono and print formatting by lo Iacono and Marzia Marina. It is available in print for $9/99 via Amazon.

 This innovative anthology is also available on Kindle formatted by lo Iacono and Marzia for $0.99 for a limited time, Kindle Unlimited Members can read this thrilling adventure for free!

 For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

 To learn more about Pro Se Productions, visit our website or like Pro Se on Facebook for the latest news and releases.

Happy Reading,

Ernest

This is Mardi Gras

The day began the previous night, on Lundi Gras. A fun night spent with chosen family.

Photo by hitesh choudhary from Pexels

The morning started at 0 dark thirty. Scouts, brave souls of our little tribe, up before the rest of us, sacrificed sleep to find a site for the day’s festivities. When we arrived to stake our claim, in the darkness, could be seen multiple colored tents. Their palette was providing contrast to the velvet night.

Nature’s dimmer switch slowly turned up the light. Its rosy glow bloomed over the city. In doing so, life along the route began to awaken.

The silent chill in the air lent an extra tang to the charcoal lighter fluid as grills were prepared for the day. Fortunately, the aroma gradually gave way to the savory odors of smoked meat & barbecue sauces.

To keep the sleepy masses awake, or awaken them, – music blared forth. Pounding rhythms and beats echoed off of buildings in the narrow streets. Awash in the sound, the cries of street vendors pulling and pushing their makeshift carts, hawking trinkets, colorful symbols in glorification of this last day of excess. All done in the spirit of a party, the atmosphere festive.

Children played in the streets, dodging among passersby, as they tossed balls or chasing doubloons pitched by a krewe of skeletons.  Running to burn energy, for the sheer delight of movement is a joy of childhood competition without malice as ballerinas, basketball players, and even cowboy’s race and laugh among themselves.

Police seek to be a presence – making a show order exists; however, minutely, in this barely contained chaos.

Trees along the streets were in full bloom with the fruit of carnival. These specters of parades past hung in multi-colored hues from peas’ size to pool balls as they swayed in the gentle breeze. Streamers mingle among the beads, fluttering in the wind. They struggle in vain, desperate attempts to escape the clutches of the branches which ensnared them.

Nomads wandered along the route, some seeking a spot, any patch of open ground they could call their own for the next several hours. Almost as many continue their migration, following the vendor’s passage’s signs – the buzzing of vuvuzela’s, glow bands, flags, and more. Nearly infinite in their variety, the wanderers’ pass. Costumes vary in degrees of thought, creativity and complexity entertain as they pass. For those who chose to wear them, they are out to see and be seen. The light breeze and mild chill clothed people in varying ways. Quilted jackets with shorts, t-shirts, and jeans, garments so sheer the wind and one’s gaze passes through with ease. Then, those bundled head to foot in coats and blankets create a warmth that does not exist for them.

The parades arrive. This Mardi Gras Day was grand and elegant, brilliant and beautiful. The sequined, brightly painted floats were colorful beacons of joy against a sky gone gray. A celebration of life, yet, as they pass, a subtle change comes over the crowd. Perhaps a predatory instinct from humanity’s past, the hunter gatherer’s senses, only cheap trinkets have become the prey.

Among these modern hunters, those few exist who could not be satisfied. Dragons hoarding their treasure could be more charitable. A shove here, a push there, no regard to age or infirmity, they cannot accept others gaining the sorely coveted objects of their desire. 

The majority, once sated, began to share. In the spirit of community, good people hunted for the smaller, weaker, or slower than themselves. Color, age, politics were not barriers; this day, people being inspired to connect during this king of festivals. The shared mood catalyzed these people to encourage one another, uplift each other and share the jubilant spirit.

In this rejection of instinct, a glimmer of civilization, winning out over predation, seeing acts of caring, sharing among a group – unrelated except being present to share joy leaves an ember of hope smoldering in the darkness.

People danced, played, and – for that day, at least, came together in community and camaraderie.

Be they Brown, Black, Yellow, or White, all of the people gathered that day sought an experience of joy and celebration. To watch the spectacle of costumed revelers atop the artfully crafted floats. All just for a few hours, putting aside the troubles of the world and their lives.

THIS is Mardi Gras.

As is this, one year has passed since I jotted the notes for this missive, and Mardi Gras is upon us. Little did we know then what awaited us in the days and weeks which followed. How many of those gaily dressed ambassadors of debauchery and self-indulgence would not see another Mardi Gras.

Though the streets are loudly silent with the absence of parades, Mardi Gras’s spirit lives on in its people. It is ingrained in the DNA of the residents.

People sought other ways to celebrate. One is the idea of “House Floats” which provided work to artists and skilled creatives decorating homes in the guise of parade floats. Drivers will roll slowly past these stationary parades.

Masks are still a part of Mardi Gras. The dazzling painted and feather masks have given way to face masks with a grimmer purpose. Many of these are decorated in fantastic designs and can uniquely represent the owner’s personality.

The ubiquitous King Cake, a famed symbol of Mardi Gras, is even more popular this year. And yes, Bourbon St has seen parties and crowds, even though the revelries this year can have consequences.

Merchants, bars, restaurants, and artists of all types are suffering. The crowds and tourists who provide a needed boost to the economy are missing.

People are struggling. South Louisiana is a culture that adapts, absorbs, and evolves its traditions. While we put on a brave face, smiling and laughing, it is a time when even a few bars of a Mardi Gras anthem are heard on the radio, such as “Mardi Gras Mambo,” can bring us to tears.  

There are people for whom Mardi Gras is a pointless holiday. Seen only as an excuse for public drunkenness, lewd displays, and chasing dollar store grade toys. I agree. There are people for whom that is all Mardi Gras represents. For the most part, they aren’t locals.

It is about families, friends, creating shared memories, and setting aside your burdens for a spell.This much I feel confident, Mardi Gras may be subdued this year, but Mardi Gras is happening.

Mardi Gras is more than parties, parades, and trinkets. It is about people. As long as our people retain that spirit, Mardi Gras will live on.

Thank you for reading,

Ernest