Dieselpunks.org | March 7, 2013
Do you need more gritty, hard-boiled noir in your life? Do you feel the urge to drag on your beaten coat, tip your fedora to just the right angle, and slum it in a smoky speakeasy? Do the grimy streets of another age call to you from deep within your blood? If so, then do I have the book for you.
Featuring works by our very own Grant Gardiner, John Picha, Bard Constantine, and Jack Philpott, the writers of Dieselpunks.org would like to present the very first Dieselpunk ePulp Showcase.
These four tales embody the spirit of another age and are absolutely free to download.
For young hoods, the Aether Age streets of mob-plagued Chicago present a world of opportunity. And Mack and Mickey are headed straight for the top in “That Sort of World: a Tale of the Aether Age” by Grant Gardiner.
It’s class-warfare in Citadel City as Pandora Driver and her Car of Tomorrow deliver rough justice to the elites and a douche named the Gooch in “Who are the People in your Neighborhood?” by John Picha.
“The Wise Man Says” by Bard Constantine introduces Mick Trubble: a hard drinking, chain smoking charmer who bites off more than he can chew… then chews like hell. The Troubleshooter takes the grit and slang of a hardboiled detective and drops it in a dystopian setting that mixes Fedoras, trench coats, flying cars and android policemen.
Our last tale is set in the World of Mañana by Jack Philpott…
The dirty streets of Roanoketown were his home and his only family, until he met HER. Now he’ll follow HER into hell, tamahaak held high, and fight as a proud Indian against the Anglo Oppressors. He’ll wager his life to be a true “Friend of the Spirits.”
Download them here for free, or pick them up at your favorite online bookstore
Dieselpunks.org | September 17, 2012
And speaking of red…
Here is the cover for the novel “Red-Eyed Killer”, by Bard Constantine. “Red-Eyed Killer” is a prequel to “The Troubleshooter- New Haven Blues”: http://micktrubble.jimdo.com/ Those who haven’t read this masterpiece of Dieselpunk/Noir/Retrofuturism litterature by Bard Constantine, well… should hasten to get their own copy: this is an ongoing saga and as such, there is definitely a point in getting all the how and the why right from the beginning!
“In events that take place before New Haven Blues, Mick Trubble is a penniless drifter with a bad case of partial amnesia. Without employment he gets in the business of favors, which lands him an permanent apartment at the Luzzatti in exchange for chasing down past due tenants and playing watchdog. While developing his reputation as a Troubleshooter, Mick finds himself with something he never expected: friendship with the Luzzatti family. Torn between finding the missing pieces of his past and his developing feelings for Natasha, the Luzzatti’s beautiful daughter, Mick finds himself in even deeper trouble than he bargained for. When he discovers Mr. Luzzatti’s business dealings with loan sharks that have a reputation for deceit and murder, he steps into a world of double dealing that puts him on a collision course with one of New Haven’s most notorious assassins: the Red-Eyed Killer, a surgical hitman that can’t be identified by anyone because no one has lived to tell the story. But then again Mick Trubble isn’t just anyone. And the New Haven underworld will quickly learn what it is that a Troubleshooter really does…”
If this doesn’t whet your appetite…
Mark Krajnak is his usual good-looking self as Mick Trubble in this cover: http://jerseystylephotography.zenfolio.com/
Dieselpunks.org | May 18, 2012
“The Troubleshooter is a blend of old and new genres that Bard Constantine coined ‘dystopian noir’. Part of the developing Badlands universe, it introduces Mick Trubble, a character Bard describes as “a blend of noir detective and hard boiled antihero, blended with a generous amount of sarcasm.”
The story takes place in the dystopian city of New Haven, where it rains every day, and every night the dark and desperate haunt the foggy streets. It is a melting pot of bad men and badder dames, gangsters and players. There are secrets buried in the shadows; behind sealed doors and the minds of men and women who won’t hesitate to kill in order to protect them.
This is the world of Mick Trubble, who has a knack for two things: Getting neck deep in trouble, and shooting his way out of it.”
Here is the cover for this latest novel by Bard Constantine I’ve had the privilege to design. Learn more about the literary work of the talented Bard Constantine at: http://knightvisionltd.jimdo.com/home/the-troubleshooter/