Thursday, October 16, 2014

COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!

FIGHT CARD: THE IRON FISTS OF NED KELLY!

DAVID FOSTER (FIGHT CARD: KING OF THE OUTBACK / FIGHT CARD: RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE) WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY...

COVER BY MIKE FYLES...

A TALE OF THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK LIKE YOU'VE NEVER READ BEFORE...THE NOTORIOUS AUSTRALIAN OUTLAW NED KELLY IN A TRUE-LIFE FIGHT TO THE FINISH... 

FIGHT CARD AND HISTORY

FIGHT CARD AND HISTORY

JOSEPH GRANT

I was drawn to write Guns of November by the opportunity to look at the JFK Assassination from a historical fiction viewpoint. Facts keep the story rooted in reality, with an occasional observation snuck in for the author. 

Fiction allows the writer and the reader (it is hoped) to dust off the history of an incident, shake it up, and in so doing become a part of history through the characters – experiencing the emotions and tumult of the time. The writer of historical fiction uses a broader brush and more colorful palette to paint his canvas, giving a different light to staid black and white facts while still coloring inside the lines of history. The experience of bringing facts to life from a different perspective is what makes historical fiction so exciting for me – telling a story as it happened, but using poetic license to do so.  

By using fictional characters to tell a factual story, I believe the author can give the reader a wider understanding of the factual personage and their motives. In the case of the JFK assassination, an event that still resonates today, I was forced to address many issues…Did Oswald act alone? Did Oswald even fire a rifle? Where did Jack Ruby suddenly come into being from waiting the wings of obscurity? Was Ruby a concerned citizen or a Mafia pawn? Why did Ruby take the actions he did – to Jackie Kennedy from testifying as he'd said, or were there other, more sinister motives at hand? 

Even when someone writes what is accepted historical fact, there is always a basis of opinion behind it. In writing historical fiction, a la Gore Vidal's, Lincoln, we are able to understand Lincoln in a clearer sense behind the dusty, one-dimensional figure of the history text books we read in school. Fiction, rather than fact, brings a person to life. Non-fiction, newspaper, and TV news are questionably accurate because, in the end, they are basically approved objective opinion that goes from copy to print. 

Historical fiction works because it brings the reader into the character's lives through a broader respect. Characters in fiction do things factual characters do, but without the real world context. A person reading a news story probably isn’t concerned if a real-life figure had breakfast or not unless it mattered to the timeline of the news article. Conversely, in fiction, breakfast may lead readers around the corner to a whole slew of clues.

Through historical fiction, a reader can find closure on the gaping holes of an historical event – why Oswald left his wedding ring at home, or why he left the School Book Depository after the shooting. In reality, we are never truly able to sort through the conflicting suppositions of approved opinion. In fiction, we find closure as the author moves the story forward fitting the pieces to give us a whole new slant on the puzzle – one in which the pieces actually fit. 

In telling Guns of November, there may be readers who disagree with the avenues to which I've directed the story. It is up to them to base their conclusions on who, what, where and why. It is my job to write a story. While this story is not the truth, it has been based on truths and I've done my best to tell it. I would wager to say it’s closer to the truth than the final fiction we've been told is truth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Pushcart Prize nominee, Joseph Grant is also the author of Fight Card: The Last Round of Archie Mannis. His short stories have been published in over 235 literary reviews such as Byline, New Authors Journal, Underground Voices, Midwest Literary Magazine, Inwood Indiana Literary Review, Hack Writers, Six Sentences, Literary Mary, NexGenPulp, Is This Reality Zine, Darkest Before Dawn, strangeroad.com, FarAway Journal, Full of Crow, Heroin Love Songs, Bewildering Stories, Writing Raw, Unheard Magazine, and Absent Willow Literary Review.

FIGHT CARD: THE GUNS OF NOVEMBER 

November, 1963...Sent to Dallas by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate the disappearance of a boxer connected to a major Civil Rights violation, FBI Special Agent Jim Gregory finds himself desperately trading punches with those plotting to change the course of history.

Kidnapped, beaten, tied up, and blindfolded, young boxer Jimmy Lee Williams knows his situation is dire. Nicknamed Guns for the relentless firing power of his fists, Williams isn’t going to go down without a fight. However, this is no typical 15-rounder...and the clock is ticking toward disaster. 

Mixing with a disparate group of Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, and corrupt Dallas Police, Gregory’s search for Williams takes him into the heart of the JFK conspiracy.  In the Carousel Club, owner Jack Ruby – Gregory's old Chicago boxing opponent – introduces the undercover FBI agent to his many shady contacts, including a young, ex-Marine and Communist defector named Oswald…a man with unusual intelligence and connections to both the FBI and the CIA.

With disaster looming, the latest Fight Card novel, Guns of November, is a two-fisted take on the tragic events you thought you knew, but never imagined...


FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ OCTOBER 2014

FIGHT CARD UPDATE ~ OCTOBER 2014

Our October Fight Card title, Guns of November, with Joseph Grant (Fight Card: The Last Round of Archie Mannis) behind the Jack Tunney moniker, has slid into publication. It also sports a beautiful cover by Carl Yonder, who continues to go the distance for Fight Card …

FIGHT CARD: THE GUNS OF NOVEMBER

November, 1963...Sent to Dallas by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate the disappearance of a boxer connected to a major Civil Rights violation, FBI Special Agent Jim Gregory finds himself desperately trading punches with those plotting to change the course of history.

Kidnapped, beaten, tied up, and blindfolded, young boxer Jimmy Lee Williams knows his situation is dire. Nicknamed Guns for the relentless firing power of his fists, Williams isn’t going to go down without a fight. However, this is no typical 15-rounder...and the clock is ticking toward disaster. 

Mixing with a disparate group of Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, and corrupt Dallas Police, Gregory’s search for Williams takes him into the heart of the JFK conspiracy.  In the Carousel Club, owner Jack Ruby – Gregory's old Chicago boxing opponent – introduces the undercover FBI agent to his many shady contacts, including a young, ex-Marine and Communist defector named Oswald…a man with unusual intelligence and connections to both the FBI and the CIA.

With disaster looming, the latest Fight Card novel, Guns of November, is a two-fisted take on the tragic events you thought you knew, but never imagined... 

As always any mentions on blogs or social networking are very much appreciated.

November will mark the return of Fight Card veteran David Foster with a brilliant take on Australia’s most notorious outlaw. The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly is rooted in fact, telling the tale of the legendary bare-knuckle boxing match between Kelly and Wild Wright – the man Kelly held responsible for his three year incarceration for horse stealing. Great stuff!

The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly will feature a fantastic cover from the talented Mike Fyles, who also provides the cover for our second Fight Card Sherlock Holmes title – Blood to the Bone – from Andrew Salmon…

Keep Punching…

AVAILABLE NOW ~ FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER

AVAILABLE NOW ~ FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER

ANOTHER TWO-FISTED FIGHT CARD TALE...JOSEPH GRANT WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY... 

FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER

November, 1963...Sent to Dallas by Attorney General Robert Kennedy to investigate the disappearance of a boxer connected to a major Civil Rights violation, FBI Special Agent Jim Gregory finds himself desperately trading punches with those plotting to change the course of history.

Kidnapped, beaten, tied up, and blindfolded, young boxer Jimmy Lee Williams knows his situation is dire. Nicknamed Guns for the relentless firing power of his fists, Williams isn’t going to go down without a fight. However, this is no typical 15-rounder...and the clock is ticking toward disaster. 

Mixing with a disparate group of Cuban exiles, the Mafia, the FBI, the CIA, and corrupt Dallas Police, Gregory’s search for Williams takes him into the heart of the JFK conspiracy.  In the Carousel Club, owner Jack Ruby – Gregory's old Chicago boxing opponent – introduces the undercover FBI agent to his many shady contacts, including a young, ex-Marine and Communist defector named Oswald…a man with unusual intelligence and connections to both the FBI and the CIA.

With disaster looming, the latest Fight Card novel, Guns of November, is a two-fisted take on the tragic events you thought you knew, but never imagined...
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER

COMING SOON 
 
FIGHT CARD: GUNS OF NOVEMBER
 
JOSEPH GRANT WRITING AS JSCK TUNNEY
 
COVER BY CARL YONDER

Monday, September 15, 2014

AN IMPORTANT WORD ABOUT R.E.H. AD BAREKNUCKLE BABARIAN

AN IMPORTANT WORD ABOUT R.E.H. AND BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

BY TEEL JAMES GLENN
I have used the historical figure of Robert E. Howard in the two-fisted tales of Bob Howard (Bareknuckle Barbarian and Fist of the Fae) in a purely fictional, dramatic, and somewhat whimsical fashion.  No approval, disrespect or disparagement of this individual – though I very much admire R.E.H. – is meant or implied. The facts of R.E.H.’s life as it tragically ended in this world, and the point where it enters the world of these fictional stories should be clear to all.
Robert Irvin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was the consummate pulp author who wrote in a diverse range of genres. He is best known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre, but he wrote western, historical crusader, and horror fiction with equal aplomb.
Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains. He taught himself to box and sword fight and often engaged in ice house fights – bareknuckle competitions with the rough necks in his area.
From the age of nine, he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction. However, he did not have real success until he was twenty-three. He was published in a wide selection of magazines, journals and newspapers, but his main outlet was the pulp magazine, Weird Tales.
He was introduced (via correspondence) to H.P. Lovecraft by an editor at Weird Tales, and the two veteran writers were soon engaged in a vigorous correspondence, which would last for the rest of Howard's life.
Howard was successful in several genres and was on the verge of publishing his first novel when he committed suicide at the age of thirty. His mother was terminally ill with tuberculosis before she had even met his father, and so was slowly dying throughout Howard's entire life.
A theme in most of his writings was the atavist in us all, the barbarian, would always triumph over civilization. If he could see today’s reality television, he might find himself proven right.
His divergence from tragic reality to the world of the two-fisted tales of Bob Howard is the moment, seated in his car on a Texas road, when he chooses not shoot himself in grief (as he did in real life), but returns to the hospital to have his last moments with his dying mother.
Teel James Glenn (Writing as Jack Tunney) ~ Union City, NJ, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AVAILABLE NOW ~ FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

AVAILABLE NOW ~ FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

THE LATEST FIGHT CARD OFFERING ~ BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN. PULP AWARD WINNING AUTHOR TEEL JAMES GLENN WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY …

FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

Can a poor Texan pulp writer survive the bareknuckle brutality of New York? Robert E. ‘Bob’ Howard is forced to find out when he stumbles upon an impromptu match in an alley on his first day in the Big Apple. From there, it is a trip to the circus and a confrontation with a gambling overlord climaxing in a bloody fight to the finish in a squared circle of death…all before landing on the shores of old Ireland, where he will face a strange and ancient danger in a very different circle of bare knuckle justice.

Two fisted tales straight from the days of the pulp excitement, served with a side order of ‘what might have been’ fantasy, as Robert E. Howard – the writer who gave us Conan and Solomon Kane – lives his adventures himself.

Pulp Award winning author Teel James Glenn writing as Jack Tunney takes the readers back to a time that never was for adventures that should have been!


Friday, September 12, 2014

COMING SOON ~ FISTS OF IRON: ROUND 3

COMING SOON ~ FISTS OF IRON: ROUND 3

THE THIRD VOLUME OF ROBERT E. HOWARD'S BOXING STORIES AND RELATED MATERIAL PUBLISHED BY THE ROBERT E. HOWARD FOUNDATION ...

CONTENTS

Intro: “Big Talk Don’t Bust No Chins” by Chris Gruber
Circus Fists
Vikings of the Gloves
Night of Battle
Sailor Costigan and the Yellow Cobra
Sailor Costigan and the Jade Monkey
Alleys of Darkness
Sailor Costigan and the Destiny Gorilla
A New Game for Costigan
A Two-Fisted Santa Claus
The Slugger’s Game
General Ironfist
Sluggers of the Beach
The Honor of the Ship (originally untitled)
Untitled story (A sailorman ain’t got no business…) (aka “Flying Knuckles”)
Iron-Clad Fists
Sailor Costigan and the Swami (originally untitled)
Alleys of Treachery


APPENDIX

Night of Battle (synopsis)
Sailor Costigan and the Turkish Menace (incomplete)
Sailor Costigan and the Turkish Menace (synopsis)
Sailor Costigan and the Jade Monkey (3rd person version)
Alleys of Darkness (synopsis)
Sailor Costigan and the Destiny Gorilla (synopsis)
A New Game for Costigan (synopsis)
A Two-Fisted Santa Claus (synopsis)
The Slugger’s Game (synopsis)
General Ironfist (synopsis)
Sluggers of the Beach (synopsis)
Iron-Clad Fists (synopsis)
Alleys of Treachery (synopsis)


The Lord of the Ring, (part 3), by Patrice Louinet

AUDIO BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!


AUDIO BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!

FIGHT CARD: FELONY FISTS BY PAUL BISHOP

Los Angeles 1954. Patrick "Felony" Flynn has been fighting all his life. Learning the "sweet science" from Father Tim the fighting priest at St. Vincent's, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world - first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Legendary LAPD chief William Parker is on a rampage to clean up both the department and the city. His elite crew of detectives known as The Hat Squad is his blunt instrument - dedicated, honest, and fearless. Promotion from patrol to detective is Pat's goal, but he also yearns to be one of the elite - and his fists are going to give him the chance.
 
Gangster Mickey Cohen runs LA's rackets, and murderous heavyweight Solomon King is Cohen's key to taking over the fight game. Chief Parker wants Patrick "Felony" Flynn to stop him - a tall order for middleweight ship's champion with no professional record. Leading with his chin, and with his partner, LA's first black detective Tombstone Jones, covering his back, Patrick Flynn and his Felony Fists are about to fight for his future, the future of the department, and the future of Los Angeles.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

JUST RELEASED ~ AUDIBLE VERSION FIGHT CARD: SWAMP WALLOPER

JUST RELEASED ~ AUDIBLE VERSION FIGHT CARD: SWAMP WALLOPER

Patrick "Felony" Flynn is back! And this time, he's in way over his head. New Orleans, 1956. When the battered body of boxer Marcus de Trod turns up on the edge of the Bayou Sauvage outside New Orleans with the words "Get Felony Flynn LAPD" tattooed in his armpits, Hat Squad detective, Patrick Felony Flynn, knows he is in for the fight of his life. Far from the hardboiled streets of Los Angeles, Flynn and his partner Tombstone Jones are on a two-fisted rampage to find a killer. But hiding in the swamp, deep inside the walls of the Bayou Sauvage Federal Penitentiary, the killer patiently waits to crush his prey with razor sharp teeth and deadly jaws.
 
After taking down gangster Mickey Cohen's championship prospect Solomon Kane in Felony Fists, Patrick Flynn triumphantly returns in Swamp Walloper, facing an even more dangerous foe - a killer fueled by voodoo and revenge.
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

THE TWO-FISTED TALES OF BOB HOWARD ... FEATURING BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN PLUS FIST OF THE FAE ... TEEL JAMES GLENN WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY ...