Charles Boeckman- Author
CHARLES BOECKMAN- AUTHOR
Charles Boeckman, AKA Charles Beckman, Jr., is a native Texan born in 1920. He grew up in the Great Depression, so there was no extra money for music lessons or college except for a one year business course after high school. He came from a musical family. While in high school he taught himself to play saxophone and clarinet. He was also blessed with a story telling ability and often entertained the neighborhood kids with ghost stories he made up. When he was in the fourth grade, he had a class assignment to write a story in the form of a theme. The best one submitted would win a quarter. Boeckman won the prize. He thought, “Hey, I can make money doing this!” (Something he never forgot.)
Boeckman was born with two talents, music and storytelling. He was able to teach himself to play the saxophone and then found a fingering chart for the clarinet and taught himself how to play that instrument. He did so well at it that, while he was still in high school, he played in the Texas Lutheran College band. By the time he graduated from high school, he earned money by playing for country dance halls all over South Texas. He moved to Corpus Christi, where he played on bands as a side man until the 1970’s, when he formed his own Dixieland jazz band. Meanwhile, he did a lot of reading. He was a fan of the pulp magazines. They were called “pulp” magazines because they were published on rough pulp paper. They specialized in a variety of story types: suspense, western, war, love, science fiction, super heroes, etc. They filled newsstands all over town. They sold for ten or fifteen cents and had ten or fifteen stories. Those were the days before television, so folks often got their entertainment from reading pulp magazines. Boeckman made friends with the some of the great pulp writers of those days, Talmage Powell, Day Keene, Harry Whittington, Gill Brewer, Robert Turner, and learned from them. In 1945, Boeckman sold a story to Mike Tilden, editor of Detective Tales. That was his beginning as a professional story writer. He quit his day job and from then on, he made his living from the arts by playing music and writing fiction. He has had published hundreds of short stories and dozens of books. He currently has the novels, PURSUED! and THE LAST JAZZ BAND on sale at Amazon along with collections of some of his vintage pulp stories, “SUSPENSE, SUSPICION & SHOCKERS” and two western collections, “SADDLES, SIXGUNS & SHOOTOUTS” and “BLAZING TRAILS AND WESTERN TALES.”
The daughter of a Texas mayor is kidnapped. Enter Private Investigators Kate McHaney and Craig Dawson. Their job-Find the kidnappers and get the girl home safely. But murder happens. Twice. And bullets fly, both at and from the tumultuous partnership of McHaney and Dawson. A partnership that has led them through marriage, divorce, in and out of each other’s arms, and may just end up getting them killed! In 1945, Charles Boeckman sold his first pulp story. Boeckman, age 93, still regularly produces highly rated mystery stories. SNATCHED! A KATE AND CRAIG SUSPENSE STORY By Charles Boeckman from Pro Se Productions is the first adventure of a pair of private eyes with much more in common than mystery and murder. In a Boeckman tale, action comes fast, one darn thing after another. SNATCHED! is a perfect example of Boeckman’s style. The mayor’s teenage daughter is kidnapped as she gets out of high school one afternoon. That presents problem number one for two Private Eyes, Kate McHaney and Craig Dawson. Find the kidnappers. But the problems keep on coming. A murder. And then a second murder. Sprinkle in a few shootouts when Craig blazes away with a pistol in each hand. Add in the love/hate relationship between Kate and Craig that keeps them entangled with one another. All that and more mixes together to make SNATCHED! A KATE AND CRAIG SUSPENSE STORY, the first volume in a new series by Charles Boeckman, is a sure fire New Pulp Classic right off the shelf.
From The Imagination of a Classic Pulp Author come New Stories Featuring His Characters!
Prolific Pulp Author Charles Boeckman gave the world
unforgettable tales in the days of the Pulps and through the age of digests and into the modern era as well! And now characters created by Boeckman from the golden age of Pulps live again in new tales written by today's best authors! CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS, a new imprint from Pro Se Productions licensed through Mr. Boeckman himself debuts with CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE VOLUME 1!
Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle in a return engagement more than fifty years overdue! Join Johnny as he performs NOTES IN THE FOG written by Richard White and THE DEVIL YOU KNOW penned by Brad Mengel! Grab a backstage pass to see Johnny tackle mystery and murder with a soundtrack that cooks with red hot women, ice cold killers, triple time thrills, and smokin' jazz!
Featuring a stunning cover by Adam Shaw and Cover Design by Sean Ali and Ebook Formatting and Design by Russ Anderson, CHARLES BOECKMAN PRESENTS JOHNNY NICKLE delivers like a cool Jazz ensemble on the hottest night of any year!
From Pro Se Productions!