I’ve been hearing a lot about Ron Fortier and his publishing house Airship 27 over the last 12 months.
We’ve reported on a few of his titles here, including Barry Baskerville Solves a Case (which William Patrick Maynard calls “equal parts Encyclopedia Brown, Nate the Great, and Sherlock Holmes”), Joe Bonadonna’s space opera Three Against The Stars, David C. Smith’s occult thriller Call of Shadows, the TV-inspired anthology Tales from the Hanging Monkey, Jim Beard’s occult detective Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker, pulp adventurer Ravenwood: Stepson of Mystery, The Moon Man — whom David C Smith describes as “a Robin Hood-type vigilante who fights crime while disguising himself by wearing a fish bowl over his head. (Yes! A fishbowl!)” — and many others.
I met Ron for the first time at the Windy City Pulp and Paper show here in Chicago in April, and I was astounded at the vast array of terrific pulp adventure titles he had spread out at his table. I purchased a tiny sample to take home and enjoy, including Charles R. Saunders 1930s Harlem boxing and Nazis saga Damballa, the SF anthology Mars McCoy, Space Ranger, and Ron Fortier and Gary Kato’s comic Days of the Dragon.
But I also picked up Ron’s Brother Grim, a collection of six pulp adventure stories featuring an undead avenger. Brother Grim first appeared on the Supernatural Crime website, and was popular enough to branch out into print. It looks like a lot of fun.
Risen from the grave in the aftermath of a brutal murder, former underworld hitman Tony Grimaldi finds himself transformed. Now, with his ebon trenchcoat, gleaming silver automatics and ivory skull mask, Tony stalked the benighted streets and back alleys of Port Nocturne, bringing justice to the downtrodden, and judgement to the wicked!
Brother Grim was published in 2004 by Wildcat Books. It is 156 pages in trade paperback, priced at $15. It is illustrated by Rob Davis, with a cover by Thomas Floyd.
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