Tales of the Golden Dragon


Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announced the release of the third book in writer Barbara Doran’s fantasy adventure series; “Tales of the Golden Dragon.”

As the Feast of Hungry Ghosts begins in the northwest port city of Strikersport, monsters and actual ghosts begin appearing throughout the city causing all manner of chaos. Thus the city’s twin protectors, Dragon and Tiger, enter the fray and set about uncovering the reason behind the sudden appearances.

Their revelations lead back in time to a horrendous massacre in the village of Batsu, a province of the magical kingdom of Khaitan.  Have agents of ancient deities come to Strikersport to wreak vengeances on the guilty? And of so, what is the magical artifact and its connection to an animated shi shi lion roaming free through the city.

“This is series is catching fire with our fans,” reports Airship 27 Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “Having a heavy Chinese influence in mixing magic and martial arts, these books capture the thrills of all those classic Kung Fu thrillers.” Hawaiian based artist Gary Kato provides the interior illustrations while Art Director Rob Davis our colorful cover.”

Once again Barbara Doran spins a tale of imaginative fantasy filled with colorful heroes, villains and oriental gods wielding amazing powers. It is a frenetic, pulp actioner fans will not be able to put to down.


Available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

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Baen Fantasy Short Story Contest 2017

2017-08-19 16.41.43Last Saturday at GenCon, Baen Books announced the winners of their Fantasy Short Story Contest for 2017. First prize went to J. P. Sullivan for his story “The Blue Widow”. My story, “Dust of the Fallen” came in 2nd and Laurie Tom’s “And Not Go Hungry” took 3rd.



I was2017-08-19 16.41.19 fortunate enough to live a few hours away, meaning I was able to attend the award ceremony and receive my certificate from Larry Correia. It also gave me an opportunity to meet and talk with some of Baen’s writers and with Jim Minz. Dinner was excellent and the conversation ranged from sharp stabby things to the trials and tribulations of writing and editing. (Which, when one thinks about it, might sometimes feel like the same thing.)



You’ll be able to read Mr. Sullivan’s story on Baen’s website in the near future. I’m hoping Ms. Tom will get her story published as soon as possible and I’ll working towards that goal for mine. I’ll post links as soon as they’re available. Both my fellow winners’ work sounded fascinating and I can hardly wait to read them.

Much thanks to Baen and all their editors for their hard work and thanks to my friends and family for their support.

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Pulp Fest 2017

From Airship 27:


 With PulpFest moving to th05052008_coverse Steel City of Pittsburgh (July 27th to July 30th), the New Pulp Community has joined in the promotion by holding two separate book signings in the Pittsburgh area during the con weekend.

On Friday evening, 28th July, starting at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble located in the Monroewille Mall, 200 Mall Circle Dr. Monroeville, PA will host New Pulp writers Fred Adams, Jr., Wayne Carey, Jim Beard and Tommy Hancock.

On Sat. morning, 29th July, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Rickert & Beagle Books, 3222 W. Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, will host writers Barbara Doran, John Simcoe, Fred Adams Jr., and David White.

These seven writers are among the finest in New Pulp Fiction and are only a few of the dozens of talented pulp authors and artists who will be in attendance at the PulpFest Convention. Created to continue and preserve the legacy of this unique literary form, the convention is open to the public and information regarding ticket prices, guests and panels can be found at (http://www.pulpfest.com/)

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My InConjunction 2017 schedule

I’ll be at InConjunction 2017 this weekend, with five panels. Hope to see you there!

Saturday 11:00 AM Main Programming Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy:  Orange and Blue Morality
Saturday 5:00 PM Main Programming Challenges & Joys of Writing a Series
Saturday 8:00 PM  Ballroom D Menacing Artificial Intelligence
Sunday 10:00 AM  Ballroom C Hand to Hand Combat in Science Fiction
Sunday 11:00 AM Main Programming Artificial Intelligence: Its Promise and limitations.
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Wings of the Golden Dragon


Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to present a brand new fantasy adventure novel that is actually the prequel to Ms Doran’s first book, “Claws of the Golden Dragon.”

“We met Barbara Doran at Pulp Fest a few years ago,” recounts Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor, Ron Fortier.  “She was interested in writing New Pulp and we passed along our Submission Guidelines to her.  A few months later we received the manuscript to ‘Claws of the Golden Dragon,’ a terrific book we were only too happy to publish.”

After the success of that initial book, Doran opted to try something different for her second novel.  “Most of the first book takes place in a fictional city on the West Coast,” Fortier continues. “And is populated by some truly wonderful characters, both real and magical. This time Barbara thought it might be fun to go back in time and explore some of their origins.  Thus the inspiration for her new prequel book.”

1930s Shanghai was a place of excitement and intrigue… and magic. It is an international hotspot where foreign agents from around the world ply their trade. Brought to Shanghai to investigate a powerful new aircraft engine, young Conall McLeod becomes embroiled in a high-stakes game between gangs, spies and immortal beings. Together with his beloved Mudan Chang and hot-shot Chinese pilot, Feng Zhanchi, Conall must navigate the dangerous waters of the city’s criminal undercurrents and help free a lost immortal from the clutches of evil.

Writer Barbara Doran spins a fantastic tale of action and mystery filled with some of the most memorable characters ever conceived.  Artist Gary Kato returns to offer up nine interior illustrations and Art Director Rob Davis provides the cover to this fast paced fantasy thriller. Whether deep within the cities maze of dark alleys or high atop an ancient castle of evil, no one will be able to escape from The Wings of the Golden Dragon!


Available now at Amazon and soon on Kindle.

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Summer Convention season survived

This was a busy July for me, convention-wise. Between InConjunction, Pulpfest and Confluence, there were barely any weekends left to rest. And they all kept me busy, which is just how I like it when I’m at a convention.

Had a great time at all of them, though and I hope to be back again next year.

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Set Sail to Adventure with Sinbad!


Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of the fifth volume in their best-selling fantasy adventure series, SINBAD – The New Voyages.

They are the most daring, courageous, fool hardy seagoing crew ever assembled. Foremost among them are Henri Delacrois, the French archer, Ralf Gunarson, the blonde Viking giant, the lovely female samurai, Tishimi Osara and Omar the irascible first mate. These are the colorful adventurers of the magnificent Blue Nymph.  All pledged to follow their captain, the most famous sailor of all time, Sinbad El Ari.

Now they return in four brand new fantasy tales by Barbara Doran, Ron Fortier, Lee Houston Jr. and Percival Constantine.  They battle an old adversary in returning an aged wizard to his homeland, are threatened by deadly traps in searching for a long lost treasure and confront a shape shifting shaman on a mysterious south sea island.

And now Airship 27 Productions’ own Managing Editor, Ron Fortier, offers up his own story in this fifth collection of the popular series inspired by filmmaker Ray Harryhausen.  “When I first conceived of this particular Sinbad and his international crew, I was totally remembering those three classic Sinbad movies,” admits Fortier. “What kid wasn’t mesmerized by his incredible stop-motion monsters, djins and sea creatures?  Doing this series was our chance of hopefully recapture some of that fun.”

Terry Pavlet provides the stunning cover with Michael Dean Jackson the twelve black and white interior illustrations, all designed and assembled by this year’s Pulp Factory Award winner, Art Director Rob Davis.  Readers of the previous four volumes have been clamoring more and here they are. Set against the backdrop of far-off exotic lands filled with magic and mystery. Here are epic tales worthy of this legendary hero, Sinbad the Sailor!


Available from Amazon in both hard copy and Kindle.


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I’ll be at ConCoction this weekend.





I’m in at least three panels. One on weird ways we came up with characters, one on favorite aliens and one on Worlds of SF. (I’m moderating the last one and it’s got Geoffry Landis!)

Come on down, come on in, come and see me, y’all. (As well as many other excellent writers!)

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Sequel (or rather prequel) to “Claws of the Golden Dragon”

For those interested, the rough draft of “Wings of the Golden Dragon” is complete. Once I have it edited to my satisfaction it flies on to Ron at Airship 27, where I hope he likes it as much as I and my Beta Reader/Partner In Crime do!

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Another day, another interview!

This time by Nancy Hansen at Writer2Writer.Check it, and her work out!

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