Every week (ish) New Pulp Heroes sits down with an artist or author creating new heroic fiction works in order to pull back the curtain and give you, our faithful readers, a look into the mind of new pulp fiction’s best and brightest creators.
For the 8th installment of this column, New Pulp Heroes hoped into the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty for a spin around town with none other than Ron Fortier. Creator, writer, publisher and all around great guy, Ron has brought more to the new pulp movement than we can detail in this paragraph. Chances are if you love new pulp, something about it that moves you has Ron’s mark on it somehow, some way.
Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you?
RF: I remember reading a Tarzan paperback when I was 12. The concept was outlandish and fun. Tons of great action adventure. Later on I found Doc Savage and the Shadow reprints, along with Conan. At the time I wasn’t aware of the tag “pulps.” All I knew was fiction from this era was special.
Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it?
RF: In 1968 I discovered the Pinnacle series, The Executioner and Destroyer
paperbacks. I recognized them immediately as modern day pulps. Then when Moonstone books took it upon themselves to do prose stories of Lee
Falk’s comic hero the Phantom, I realized they were in fact doing pulps.
Seeing a need for such to keep pulps alive, Rob Davis and I began
Airship 27 Productions and along with several other companies launched
the New Pulp era.
Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.
RF: First would have to be DILLON by Derrick Ferguson. Clearly one of the
first black pulp heroes ever created. Wall to wall action in every
single story with immensely likeable characters and dastardly villains.
Pure pulp all the way. Two – Sgt. Janus Spirit Breaker by Jim Beard. One
of the most innovative occult detectives ever imagined. Stories are
always fresh and original. The Peregrine by Barry Reese. A tip of the
fedora to all the classic pulp avengers of the 30s and 40s, Reese built
an amazing universe and populated it with so many wonderful heroes, but
Peregrine was the first and in my humble opinion, the best.
Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do?
RF: It would be the beautiful and sexy Ellen Patrick, better known as Los
Angeles’ Domino Lady. And what would I do? I take her out on the town.
Dinner at a fancy restaurant and then dancing at a swank Hollywood
Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you?
GW: The new Brother Bones – Tales of Cape Noire now in production. First
time the collection is made up of stories focusing on supporting
characters and written by other writers. In this case Fred Adams Jr,
Andy Fix and Drew Meyer. My Doc Dunniger story for the forthcoming book
Endless Mystery from Pro Se. Tommy Hancock assigned me the character
born in the old St. Germain publishing house and he’s easily one of the
most intriguing heroes I’ve ever written. Finally, the Brother Bones
graphic novel to be illustrated by artist Chris Nye. Fingers crossed it
will be out sometime in 2021.
NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Ron for taking time from his busy schedule to take a ride with us. We can’t thank Ron enough for his lifetime spent adding mightily to the speculative fiction multiverse.