bag·man (băg’mәn) n., pl. –men (mĭn). 1. Slang.

dishonest official; a person who collects, carries, or distributes illegal payoff money.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bags Unlimited Interviews The Bagman's Writer!

The good people at Bags Unlimited, makers of plastic bags for all your collecting needs, were kind enough to ask me a few questions like "Why pulp?"

And, some others with answers involving a Weird Tale in progress, a soon to be released Phantom Detective book, The Bagman, and, of course, James Cagney. Check it out, just click the link.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Volume IV

Airship 27 Productions thrilled to announce the release of our latest volume of Mystery Men (& Women) Volume # 4.  As in previous editions, the volume offers up another quartet of new, original pulp heroes by today’s finest pulp writers.

Ron Fortier, Managing Editor of Airship 27 Productions reminds fans of the series’ beginnings. “After a few years of publishing new adventures of the classic pulp heroes from the 30s and 40s, many of our writers started asking if they could offer up tales of their own, new creations. We thought it was a great idea and a natural evolution of what we were doing.”

In this new volume, you’ll find “A Waltz in Scarlet.” From the pages of the Shadow Legion, comes the Ferryman; a blind man who sees through the eyes of ghosts. Created by Thomas Deja. “Cult of the Stranger.” The popular Eel and Adder, aided by another mystery man ally, must take on a gang of modern Thuggees lose in the city. Created by Joel Jenkins. “The Cult of Kali Kill,” is another rousing adventure starring Chicago’s most unique avenger, the bumbling hero the Bagman as invented by B.C. Bell. And rounding out the book is “The Grey Mantis Strike,” wherein a masked martial artist races the clock to save a group of kidnapped children. Created by C. William Russette.

“We couldn’t be any happier with this volume’s action packed stories,” says Fortier. “Then add interiors by Rob Davis and a beautiful evocative cover of the Ferryman by Zacharay Brunner, and we think Mystery Men (& Women) Vol 4 is sure to delight our loyal readers.”

Four thrill-a-minute tales of suspense, mystery and action that keep the true spirit of the classic pulps alive!!


Available now in paperback from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

This book contains the pen-pulp-ultimate Bagman story!  An Indian Princess, stolen jewels, the Chicago Outfit, horses, a band of homicidal maniacs, machine-gun fire in the streets, and the fate of a nation hang in the balance! No Additives, No Artificial Ingredients, 100% Pulp Adventure Action!

Thursday, March 30, 2017


I first read about Captain Midnight in Jim Steranko’s The Steranko History of Comics, where it was revealed to me that in a team-up between the Captain and Spy Smasher, Captain Midnight got the better end of the deal. But for decades, I was unable to learn more about the character. As the years passed, I discovered the radio show on vinyl albums, comics, then the Dark Horse comic series, but at the time there was little to quench the thirst of my curiosity.

A bit later, I read Richard Lupoff’s classic history of the comics, All in Color for a Dime, which had a nice chapter about Captain Midnight and the numerous comic/radio show spinoffs of the era, but still offered none of what I wanted, which was the stories. So, still in my youth, I held out for one hope. Lupoff’s book had mentioned that there was a Captain Midnight TV series, and if I was up late enough, it might come on TV in reruns sometime.

It never happened, and I forgot all about it, until years later when YouTube appeared on this thing we didn’t used to have called “the net.” So, one day, I see Captain Midnight in my feed, and I was pumped.

“After all these years! Finally, here it is, Captain Midnight! Oh, what sort of horrible world did we live in where these adventures had been kept from me? Seriously, I had been looking out for forty years, and had never seen an adventure. Why, oh why, had they had they kept me away from Captain Midnight? Surely, there was nothing there that could be bad for a boy, why would parents and teachers try to keep my away from Captain Midnight?" 
Then I saw this episode:

Even by the seventies we knew nuclear waste was bad.
And, yes, I think if we had come home to watch our heroes standing in nuclear fallout, we might have freaked out a little.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Juggernaut Rolls On

Hey, Gang! I'm back, and so's the blog!

Guess it's pretty obvious I wanted to keep that ad for Tales of The Bagman Volume Three up for awhile, eh? Don't forget it's also available in audio, so you can listen to adventure while you're adventuring.

Fellow Chicago Writer, Joe Bonadonna, was kind enough to recently interview me, and today you can go read it live at Black Gate, Adventures in Fantasy Literature. While you're there, check out the other articles because there are some great ones.

I'm going to try a more scattershot approach with the blog here, meaning, it might be a bit more hit-and-run. There will still be essays and the occasional review, but I'll also be posting more links, quick thoughts, and fun stuff about everything from Mystery, Crime, Horror, Science and Pulp Fiction, to Comics, to Pop Culture, and if you're not careful maybe even some of that literature stuff.

So, in the words of Papillon, "Hey, you bastards! I'm still here!" And, I'll be back