A native Toledoan, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he’s written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.
His work includes the extremely popular MONSTER ACES anthology from Pro Se Productions, GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series, SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring his own Edwardian occult detective, CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure; and MONSTER EARTH, a shared-world anthology of giant monster tales.
Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press and has new and forthcoming comic and prose work from Bluewater, TwoMorrows, Airship 27 and Pro Se.
THEY DON’T JUST HUNT MONSTERS – THEY DESTROY THEM Having selflessly abandoned their identities, their pasts and their futures, the Monster Aces are all that stand between humanity and the fell creatures that lurk in the shadows. Four men and one woman use their amazing abilities as a team to scour the globe for monsters and bring an end to their unholy existence - whatever the danger, whatever the cost. Through five thrilling tales crafted by some of Heroic Fiction’s most engaging authors you will ride alongside the Aces on the trail of monsters both classic and new. No environment is too severe nor too remote for these adventurers to seek their prey and destroy them forever. The team, lead by a mysterious military veteran, uncover evil in mysterious European villages, in dark forests and fetid swamps, in ancient rivers and on the high seas…monsters are everywhere, but so too are the Monster Aces. Concept creator Jim Beard is joined by writers Ron Fortier, Barry Reese, and Van Plexico for a new twist on the classic monster stories of yore, a unique melding of horror and driving pulp action that will thrill and chill you.
Pro Se Productions, a leader in Genre Fiction and New Pulp, debuts its first stand alone Single Shot. While other stories in this Pro Se digital imprint have been from past or future collections, ‘The Corpse on Broad Street’ by Jim Beard is the introduction of a new, horrifying character in the world of New Pulp. A disillusioned lame duck District Attorney, a blind adventurer turned mayor, and indeed an entire city find themselves trapped in the grip of walking Death. A mysterious figure known as The Corpse takes life from bodies and brings back those he wishes to worship him! Find out what terror awaits all in ‘The Corpse on Broadstreet’ by Jim Beard. A Single Shot from Pro Se Productions.
Pro Se Productions and Author Jim Beard return you to the horror and terror of Corpus Vile in this debut chapter of Beard’s serialized novel Corpus Vile: Death in the City!
Months have passed since a vile evil took hold of the city, resulting in the horrific deaths of many, from a beautiful young woman to the city’s own police chief. A mayor who refuses to be a target, a disgraced former District Attorney desperate to save the city, his replacement eager to make his own name for himself, and a woman possibly too close to all of it for her own good. These are the people that stand on the brink of danger when the strange deaths begin again as mutilated corpses begin to dot the city once more. And in the midst of it all, a strange masked figure in crimson robes rises to the call when fear grips the city once more!
Pro Se Productions and Author Jim Beard return you to the horror and terror of Corpus Vile in the second chapter of Beard’s serialized novel Corpus Vile: Death in the City!
After a devastating assault on the city by a mysterious madman cultivating a “religion of death,” its citizens look forward to the annual Spring Festival to renew and revive their spirits. Disgraced ex-District Attorney Lane Danner has become a hooded vigilante called The Red Judge, an identity he uses to investigate the death-cult’s activities in a train yard, while the city’s Mayor, blind Pat Battle, calls together a taskforce to present a bulwark to the unknown foe who seems to delight in sending sinister messages of doom and despair…But what of those who haunt the shadows, those intent on mayhem and murder? When prominent citizens begin dying, the most important question becomes- Who is bringing Death in the City?!
Jim Beard’s Corpus Vile: Death in the City- Chapter Two: Rats in the Walls is second chapter of Beard’s serialized novel, a new chapter appearing quarterly and only for 99 cents. A Pro Se Single Shot Signatures series from Pro Se Productions.
While the world’s still choked with monsters – THEIR WORK IS NEVER DONE. Tireless and dedicated, the Aces scour the globe in pursuit of the creatures that seek to terrorize humanity. For this ongoing mission, they leave no stone unturned – and no monsters alive. Whether it be in far-off wilderness, small town America, or among the concrete canyons of the big city, Cap’n, Gats, Joker, Digger, and Trill continue to risk their lives at the cost of their own identities to keep us safe from the things that go bump in the night. The Earth’s Greatest Monster Killers return in six all-new tales of terror, pure pulp action-adventures that will chill and thrill you all over again…as well as make you look twice under your bed. The Aces are challenged as never before, as they face off against not only a Murderer’s Row of horrors, but with their own motives and the lives they’ve chosen to lead. Through these stories you will see a side of the intrepid band of adventurers that you’ve never seen before. Concept creator Jim Beard welcomes David White, Nancy Hansen, Jeff McGinnis, J. Walt Layne, and Teel James Glenn to aid him in continuing the Monster Aces’ mission – destroy all monsters, or die trying. MONSTER ACES VOLUME 2. From Pro Se Productions.
One of Lester Dent's early characters returns in a collection of all new adventures authorized by the legendary creator's estate- The New Adventures of Lynn Lash from Pulp Obscura!
Lynn Lash was created by Lester Dent, the man responsible for one of pulp fiction's greatest and most enduring adventurers, Doc Savage!
Lash made his first appearance in 1932 in Ace's Detective Dragnet Magazine. His few stories contained many elements that Dent used when he began writing the adventures of the Man of Bronze. Lash lives and works in a skyscrapers headquarters in the heart of the city. He operates as a special consultant to the police, investigating unusual scientific threats beyond their abilities. Lash has an amazing array of equipment and devices of his own design which he employs in his cases. Occasionally aided by his secretary, Rickey Dean, Lynn Lash uses his formidable intellect and astonishing inventions to defeat the schemes of madmen and win the war on crime!
From Out of the Past Comes New Tales of One Of the Gadgeteers of the Golden Age! Pro Se Productions in conjunction with Altus Press presents a new volume in its PULP OBSCURA line! Bringing adventures and heroes lost in yesterday blazing to life in New Pulp tales today!
Six tales featuring Mechanical Marvels and Maddening Mystery from Andrew Salmon, Chuck Miller, Jim Beard, Tim Lasiuta, R. P. Steeves, and Teel James Glenn! Pulp Obscura Proudly Presents THE NEW ADVENTURES OF LYNN LASH!
MADNESS! Beat it, Beatles! Move over, Monkees! Roll it up, Rolling Stones! Here comes the greatest, grooviest, gearest rock-and-roll group of all time: The Lemon Herberts! Hot on the heels of their chart-topping hit album, Redwing Blackbird’s Summer Solstice Tea Party, the Lemon Herberts launch themselves on their very first world tour – and straight into more danger, more peril, more sheer adventure than they ever bargained for! In six kicky, pulpy, far-out tales, you’ll meet drummer Ellroy, guitarists Honor and Dilly, bassist Ally, and the gorgeously fab Her Majesty – trouble-magnets that even their long-suffering manager, the mysterious Brighton Hawks, can’t hope to contain. Just ask the Lemon Herberts’ legion of screaming fans: they’re wild, they’re wonderful, they’re simply the most! Herberts’ creator Jim Beard leads a band of groovy authors for a New Pulp collection that will have you tapping your toes and humming along as the Lemon Herberts conquer the world, shining their music into hearts both dark and light around the globe!