Pro Se Productions, a leader in Genre Fiction and New Pulp publishing, announces today plans for the first volume in its newest imprint, PULP STUDIES. Noted New Pulp Author I. A. Watson analyzes and discusses interesting and often unknown points of history, fiction, and more in a collection of essays that, as the title suggests, looks at sources of the tales that fascinate us as well as provide inspiration for future storytelling.
“WHERE STORIES DWELL,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of and Partner in Pro Se Productions, “is one of the coolest projects I’ve been involved with in a while. As well as an author/publisher/etc., I am also an avid researcher and historian by both trade (researcher mostly) and education (historian). So, Pro Se eventually having a line that looks at New Pulp as well as other aspects of Genre Fiction from a more academic/research and reference approach was just bound to happen. And when I. A. Watson began sharing his vast, esoteric knowledge of cool and obscure facts and legends on a mailing list we’re both on, it was kismet…or fate…or just really good luck for me and Pro Se.”
WHERE STORIES DWELL is a collection of thirty five essays written by Watson covering a broad span of topics. As he carries the reader from distant land to great battlefields, Watson also discusses story structure, how to end tales, how to use what where, and most of all, endeavors to fulfill the title- to show readers indeed where stories dwell, where ideas can come from and his own insight on how to present them.
The volume will feature such an assortment of subjects and spotlight several events, tales, and more. From the book itself, the following list illuminates the nature and breadth of the work-
The Duke of Marlborough, swashbuckler, soldier, adventurer, and ladies’ man
Medea of Colchis, seductive sorceress and woman scorned
Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most powerful woman in Europe
Brutus Giantslayer, who overcame Gog and Magog to found a nation
William Paget, Earl of Uxbridge, and especially his right leg
Princess Enheduanna, High Priestess of the Moon Goddess Nanna
William the Conqueror, a bastard by name, birth, and nature
Sir Francis Dashwood, wicked master of the wicked Hell Fire Club
King Arthur Pendragon, rightwise born King of All Britain
Kings Henry II, IV, V, and VIII, who average to King Henry IV¾, plus a guest Edward
Rhodopis of the Stolen Slipper, a damsel in distress with familiar problems
Acting Major William Martin, a Royal Marine who died before he was ever born
Inspector-General James Barry MD, a military surgeon who never existed at all
Spring-Heeled Jack, fire-breathing iron-clawed terror of the night
The Lone Ranger and Tonto
With a full cast of gods, monarchs, smiths, Celts, Hussites, supervillains, sacrificial virgins, Londoners, knights, heretics, lighthouse-keepers, Methodists, spectral hounds, Loathly Ladies, pulp writers, revolutionaries, spies, and souvenir-vendors to match all tastes.”
“It's not opposable thumbs that raise us above the animals - it's that we tell stories,” states Watson. “We use words to make sense of the world, even to define it. When you look at it like that, tales are the most important things in creation. So, a book of stories about stories should make me emperor of the universe, right? That makes WHERE STORIES DWELL my first major bid for world domination. Everyone should buy it before I come to power, because (a) it explains how Cinderella built the pyramids, (b) it describes the left leg that ended a war between England and France and almost started another, (c) everyone need an analysis of William the Conqueror's love life whether they realize it or not, and (d) it's good to suck up to your future overlord."
I. A. Watson is probably a warning to others. He won an award at the Ilkley Literature Festival at thirteen. His first play was staged when he was sixteen. Then he discovered girls. It took him a quarter of a century after that to get round to publishing his first novel, ROBIN HOOD: KING OF SHERWOOD. He’s done more since, including ROBIN HOOD: ARROW OF JUSTICE, ROBIN HOOD: FREEDOM’S OUTLAW, BLACKTHORN: DYNASTY OF MARS, and BLACKTHORN: SPIRES OF MARS, but he’s starting to realize it won’t make him sixteen again.
Watson lives in Yorkshire, England, from which he sends out lengthy diatribes on obscure historical trivia and contributes to a lot of anthologies, including THE NEW ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT, BLOOD-PRICE OF THE MISSIONARY’S GOLD – THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ARMLESS O’NEIL, GIDEON CAIN, DEMON HUNTER, SINBAD, THE NEW VOYAGES, MONSTER EARTH, BLACKTHORN: THUNDER ON MARS, THE SPIDER: EXTREME PREJUDICE, and six volumes of SHERLOCK HOLMES: CONSULTING DETECTIVE. If you really want the full list and some free stuff it’s on his website at http://www.chillwater.org.uk/writing/iawatsonhome.htm .
Watson has won awards, including Best Pulp Short story, and award nominations including three for Best Pulp Novel, but his most treasured review was the lady who described his latest novel as “a cheap slutty adventure book”.
The book is tentatively slated for release in late 2013/early 2014.
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