Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays and Free Christmas Tunes!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from one of the Rick Ruby creators!

Here's the gift of free music from Sean's days with the band Nothing Regal. Sure, they're available for free streaming anytime, but for the next few days, he's making them available as free downloads -- just for you.


Christmas Must Be Tonight

So Long Awaited

O Come All You Faithful

We Three Kings

Silent Night

What Child Is This?

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Friday, December 21, 2012


Oh, you better watch out!
Art: Mark Wheatly. Christmas designs: Bobby Nash

See you in 2013!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


New Pulp Publisher, Airship 27 Productions has unveiled their new website, the Airship 27 Hangar. Airship 27 publishes The Ruby Files prose anthology series. Look for Volume Two in 2013.



After months of hard work, Rob Davis, the Art Director has finished work on the new official Airship 27 Productions website. Titled the Airship 27 Hangar, the site features two all important links.

The first brings visitors to the PDF store where all Airship 27 pulp titles are available for $3 dollars as PDF downloads for their PCs or various e-readers.

The second brings readers to the Airship 27 Print-On-Demand shop at Indy Planet. Indy Planet is a division of Ka-Blam, one of the leading print-on-demand operations in the publishing world today.

“Now our fans can find all books with one click of their mouse button,” Airship 27 Managing Editor-in-Chief Ron Fortier announced. “These new internet shops have allowed us to drop the prices of our product while maintaining the high standard of quality our readers have come to expect from Airship 27 Productions. These steps insure our continued growth with dozens of great new titles now in the planning stages.”

“Expect our first title of 2012 to be released within the next week,” Fortier continued. “Both Rob and me are very, very excited about the future of Airship 27 Productions.”

Sunday, December 16, 2012



Nominations for the PULP ARK 2013 Awards are now open and will close at 5 PM CST on January 15th, 2013. The awards are given in conjunction with Pulp Ark, the convention/creators' conference and the official New Pulp Convention to be held in Springdale, AR, April 26-28, 2013!  The Awards are given for excellence in the field of Pulp, including books, stories, comic books, magazines, and characters as well as creators.

To determine if a work or creator qualifies for these awards the definition for works that qualify is as follows-New Pulp is fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear nature with clearly defined, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, creative descriptions, clever use of turns of phrase and other aspects of writing that add to the intensity and pacing of the story.

Tommy Hancock, Coordinator of Pulp Ark explains something that has become a tradition of the Pulp Ark Awards-adding categories for which awards are given.  “There will be one additional award this year added to the Pulp Ark Awards roster.  A point that is often debated within fiction circles is just what qualifies as a short story, a novella, and a novel.  Usually this argument centers around word length.   It has become increasingly apparent that stories that are longer than short, but not quite novel length are a primary part of New Pulp.  To that end, Pulp Ark will be adding an award for Best Novella of the Year as of the 2013 awards.”

“For the purposes of the Pulp Ark Awards,” Hancock continued, “A Short Story is any tale consisting of 17,500 words or less.  A Novella is any tale consisting of 17,500 words to 40,000 words.  A Novel is any work of 40,000 + words.  As with all Pulp Ark award categories, these works can be print or in ebook form or both.”

Hancock also states, “We will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award again this year as well.  A Ten Person committee selected from well-known Creators in New Pulp currently will decide the recipient of this award.  This award is given to someone who has contributed to Pulp, not necessarily just New Pulp, but to the continuation of the interest and promotion of Pulp in all its forms.” Last year’s winner of the Pulp Ark Lifetime Achievement Award was Howard Hopkins.

The only works eligible for the Pulp Ark 2013 Awards are those produced between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot on January 15th, 2013 and voting will be open until 5 PM CST on February 15, 2013. The only people voting in these eleven 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 The categories open for nomination are (in no particular order and this can be cut and pasted for your nominations ballot):

1. Best Novel (This includes E-books as well as print books and length must be 40,000 + words)

2. Best Collection/Anthology (This includes single author story collections and multi author anthologies.  This includes E-publications as well as print books)

3. 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 or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500 words or less.)

4.  Best Novella (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 or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works.  Length must be 17,500- 40,000 words)

5. Best Cover Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

6. Best Interior Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

7. 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 e-publications as well. )

8. Best Pulp Magazine (This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well, but the e-publication must be identified as an e-magazine on the site supporting it. )

9. Best Pulp Revival (The Revival nominated must be published within the calendar year of 2012 and relates specifically to characters featured in Pulps when they were originally created. This includes epublications as well.)

10.  Best New Character (This must be a character that debuts in a New Pulp work published in 2012.  This included e-publications as well)

11. Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any author with work published in 2012 is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc. This includes e-publications as well).

12. 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 2012. This includes e-publications as well).

Send all nominations to Hancock via email at

For More information on how to attend Pulp Ark 2013 as Guest, Vendor, or fan, go to for regular updates!


And now for the politicking…

The Ruby Files Vol. 1 is available for nomination for several of the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards should anyone wish to nominate them as the Pulp Ark Nominations are open to the public. Only those who make nominations can vote so, please, if you have a favorite that fits these categories (even if it's not The Ruby Files) please nominate today.

Best New Character: Rick Ruby
Best Cover Art: Mark Wheatley
Best Interior Art: Rob Moran
Best Short Story: "Wounds" by Andrew Salmon
Best Short Story: "The Case of the Wayward Brother" by Bobby Nash
Best Short Story: "Tulsa Blackie's Last Dive" by William Patrick Maynard
Best Short Story: "Die Giftige lilie" by Sean Taylor
Best Collection/Anthology: The Ruby Files Vol. 1

See you at Pulp Ark!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Artist Nik Poliwko
It was announced on the Airship 27 Productions Facebook page today that artist Nik Poliwko has been tapped to provide interior illustrations for the upcoming 2013 release of The Ruby Files Volume 2.

From the announcement:
Talented artist Nik Poliwko has signed on to do the illustrations for THE RUBY FILES Vol II to be released next year. This series follows the adventures of hard-hitting 1930s New York private eye, Rick Ruby. Volume two will contain new stories by Alan Porter, Ron Fortier & the creators of the series, Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor.

Vol. 1 Cover: Mark Wheatley
The Ruby Files Volume 1 is still available in paperback and ebook editions.
Click here for where to buy.

We here at Belle's are excited to see Nik's take on our pal, Rick Ruby.

Below are a couple of examples of Nik's artwork.
Click on images to enlarge.

Art: Nik Poliwko

Art: Nik Poliwko

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Cover: Mark Wheatley
New Pulp Author Lee Houston, Jr. listed his New Pulp Reader Christmas Recommendations at The Free Choice E-Zine website. The lists includes The Ruby Files as well as several great books by talented creators.

You can read Lee’s complete list of recommended New Pulp reads here.

The crew over at Belle's would like to thank Lee for the kind words about The Ruby Files. Maybe if we sell a few books then ol' Rick Ruby can pay off his bar tab.