Sunday, November 20, 2016

Four Doc Ardan Tales

I received my contributor's copy of Black Coat Press' DOC ARDAN: THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN last week. This volume contains several French pulp tales by Guy d'Armen (translated and "retold" in English by editors Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier), as well as newer stories by writers such as Jason Scott Aiken, Rick Lai, and John Peel.

I have four contributions:

  • "Iron and Bronze" - cowritten with Christopher Paul Carey
  • "The Eye of Oran"
  • "Les Lèvres Rouges"
  • "The Vanishing Devil"
The stories by latter-day writers utilize Ardan as a pastiche stand-in for Doc Savage. 

Those who are sharp-eyed or versed in popular fiction will pick up references from Jules Verne, Sax Rohmer, Ian Fleming, H. Rider Haggard, Walter Gibson, J.-H. Rosny Aine, Philip José Farmer, Pierre Benoit, Albert Camus, Harry Kumel, Leo Malat, Dave Stevens, Vladimir Volkoff, H. P. Lovecraft, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among others.

The latter three tales listed above were among my first published stories. They were not rewritten for this volume. Be kind. :-)

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