Pulp Ark Con [April 20-22] and Interview with Tommy Hancock

“New Pulp is fiction written with the same sensibilities, linear storytelling, pattern of conflict, and creative use of words and phrases of original Pulp, but crafted by modern writers, artists, and publishers. New stories with either completely original characters or new tales of established characters from Pulp past.”

And if that didn’t clear it up…think…Dick Tracy, The Maltese Falcon, The Phantom, or Doc Savage. Also you can see the style in movies, like Indiana Jones, Tarzan, or Disney’s John Carter.

As my friend and author/publisher (Pro Se Press), Tommy Hancock puts it, “The story or characterization happens between the punches.”

If you are interested in learning more about New Pulp you should come on out to Batesville, Arkansas for the Pulp Ark Convention. There you can meet lots of New Pulp authors, learn about the history of pulp, meet publishers of New Pulp, and see the first Tarzan movie ever made. It’s going to be a great time.

That is where I left off last week. Today I want to introduce you to Tommy, Pro Se Productions, and give you some background on New Pulp and Pulp Ark Con.

L:  How long has Pulp Ark Con be in existence?

T: Pulp Ark started last year in 2011. 

L: Who are the people behind Pulp Ark Con?

T: Pro Se Productions, a company I am a partner in, is the sponsor of Pulp Ark. I am the organizer and founder of the Convention/Conference.

L: What is Pro Se Press and how can a person know if they write pulp?

T: Pro Se is a leading small press publisher of New Pulp Fiction. A definition for New Pulp, in a nutshell, is a story that is plot focused, quickly paced, complete with larger than life protagonists and antagonists, and riddled with clever turns of phrase, grand description, and so forth. Genre doesn’t really matter, Pulp can be found in almost every fiction Genre if the elements mentioned previously are present.

L: What in your opinion makes a great pulp novel or short story?

T: The plot has to be solid and the center of the story.  BUT for a great New Pulp tale, characterization also has to figure into the process. That’s the trick to writing New Pulp, including enough characterization to appeal to a modern reader while keeping the plot and the rest of it quick and well paced enough to still be pulpy. 

L: Do you have a list of pulp greats I know Edgar Rice Burroughs and Dashiell Hammett, but name some others.

T: Rex Stout, Louis Lamour, Lester Dent, Walter Gibson, Norvell Page, ERB, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov

L: Tell us about your publishing/writing career?

T: I’ve been writing since I was in the third grade. I was actually a newspaper columnist, first with a community tips column, then an op-ed type column from age 14-16.  I wrote special stories for the college paper as well as two plays that were produced while I was in college and grad school.  My first

New Pulp story was published in THE MASKED RIDER-TALES OF THE WILD WEST published by Airship 27 Productions in 2010.  Since then, I’ve written for Pro Se, Age of Adventure, Pulpwork Press, and others.  I’m currently writing and editing for Moonstone and am the newsletter editor for http://www.radioarchives.com. 

L: Where can readers get more info about Pulp Ark, Tommy Hancock, New Pulp, and Pro Se?

T:  Tommy Hancock 870-834-4022 and www.ideaslikebullets.blogspot.com

Pulp Ark- www.pulpark.blogspot.com

New Pulp- www.newpulpfiction.com

Pro Se –www.prosepulp.com,  and  at www.pulpmachine.blogspot.com


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