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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Drums of Jur Now Available

Drums of Jur by Tom Johnson, the sixth and final novel in the popular Jur series is now available on Kindle for $2.99.

Jurak, the son of Aaron Jameson and Odette Aimee St. Claire, born on Jur, returns to his birthplace seeking adventure – and love. When the Queen of Kal-dar is kidnapped it brings an ape clan and wild men together to mount a rescue. Dinosaurs, danger, and thrills in the savage land of prehistoric Jur. Don’t miss this final tale in the series.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Drums of Jur

Drums of Jur by Tom Johnson, the sixth and final novel in the popular Jur series will be released soon on Amazon Kindle. Jurak, the son of Aaron and Odette, born on Jur, returns to his birthplace seeking adventure – and love. When Monique is kidnapped from Kal-dar, it brings an ape clan and wild men together to mount a rescue. Dinosaurs, danger, and thrills in the savage land of prehistoric Jur. Don’t miss it!

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Book Cave Episode 196

A little late, but Ginger and Tom join Hosts Ric & Art to discuss the release of ECHOES 30, the anniversary issue of fanzines longest - and best - running pulp fanzine. Started in June 1982, the magazine lasted for 100 issues, and about 67 more as a newsletter, in print for 22 years. Articles on Captain Satan, The Ghost/Green Ghost, The Spider, The Skull, and much much more. Also contains two reprints, the first Johnston McCulley Green Ghost story, the rare Red Sword short, and a brand new Dorus Noel story set in New York's Chinatown, written by Tom Johnson. Will Murray, Ginger, and Tom provide the material for this huge issue, fully illustrated. Listen to The Book Cave #196, which aired September 13th.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Old Cowboys

Above is Ken Maynard outside the Majestic Theater in Wichita Falls, January 27, 1931. Below is Tom Mix and his horse Tony, Wichita Falls, September 13, 1934.

Fight Fictioneers V #2

To promote fight fiction, and the FIGHT CARD productions, Paul Bishop and Mel Odom have assembled the quintessential magazine on the new pulp fight genre. Boxing magazines were very popular five or six decades ago, and this new eBook magazine attempts to bring that focus back to the fans of the sweet science.

From the Fight Card team of Paul Bishop and Mel Odom comes Fight Fictioneers Magazines V #2. In the issue, we have interviews with Henry Brown (Tomato Can Comeback), Brian DeVido (Las Vegas Soul), Eric Beetner (A Mouth Full of Blood), Heath Lowrence (Bluff City Brawler), Kevin Michaels (Hard Road), and David Foster (King of The Outback). Also in the issue is The Fight (Book Review by David Foster), Rocky Novelization (Book Review by David Foster), The Fight Comics Review by Paul Bishop), and Facing Ali (Film Review by David Foster). Plus, contains a very informative Editorial by Paul Bishop on fight fiction in pulps, books, and movies. Nicely done, folks!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Three Go Back - 5-Star Reviews

Three Go Back was so exciting that I couldn't put the book down. Tom Johnson's novels are always great! In addition to the great story, I also like the information section that he put in the book, the one listing various creatures from the different time periods of the earth's history. He listed a lot of them. The readers will learn a lot from reading the book, along with other books that he has written. Congratulations on a great book!
Neal Robbins
Seymouria Paleontology Group

In the 24th century, when travel is by teleportation vehicles, and the affluent live in bubbles floating thousands of feet above the ground, three young girls prepare for school as one presses the teleport button. At the exact same time, a massive magnetic storm from the sun strikes the Earth, disrupting the mechanism and turning their teleportation vehicle into a time machine.

Instead of instantly materializing at their school, the girls find themselves thousands of years in the past, at some point during the Ice Age. Time and time again, they attempt to return to the 24th century, only traveling farther back in Earth's past with each press of the button. With the batteries draining from each jump, they are stranded in each epoch for short periods of time, in which they experience the danger and excitement of fantastic adventure in ancient surroundings.

Previous novels by this author have fascinated me, and I was not disappointed with this one. There is a wonderful mix of adventure and camaraderie among the characters as they discover their world's past history first hand, and observe ancient life in the raw flesh. As they constantly go further back in time, the girls begin to fear they may never return to the world they once knew, and the reader turns each page in anticipation of some new thrill or danger.

This is a unique adventure for the Young Adult, with an educational content seldom found in stories for this age group. As I read this exciting tale, I discovered a thrill for an older generation of readers as well. Perhaps some of us do want to go back!

Terry Roberts, Reviewer (SF/Etc At A Glance)
Tom's Amazon Page

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tales of Masks & Mayhem V #5

V #5 of Tales of Masks & Mayhem is coming soon from NTD. It will be available on Amazon as print and everywhere eBooks are sold, and features “The Green Death”, a Doc Atlas adventure by Michael A. Black and Ray Lovato; “The Silence of Death”, a Colonel Jeremiah Custer adventure by John Edwards; “Hunter’s Moon”, a Moon Man story by Tom Johnson; “Wolf’s Hunt”, a Nightmare story by John French; “The Games People Play”, a Pink Reaper story by Patrick Thomas; and “The Death Tower”, a thrilling case for Secret Agent X by Eddy Thomas. The book features a great cover by Patrick Thomas, as well as interior illustrations. Edited by Ginger Johnson, this is the best volume in the series yet, and contains stories by the top writers in new pulp fiction.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Suspense, Suspicion, and Shockers

From Vintage Pulps to Hitchcock Jump aboard for a fascinating ride as you flip through the pages of 24 tales of Suspense, Suspicion, and Shockers, by none other than Charles Boeckman. Writing as Charles Beckman, Jr., starting in 1945, he whipped out stories that mislead, conceal, and surprise, with characters so real they jump off the page. His stories have such raw emotional appeal that some will make you cringe, some will make you shudder, some will grip you with their suspense, but all will make you feel. You'll meet gritty characters to love and hate, dames to put on a pedestal and some you'd like to choke, loyal friends and scoundrels, loveable dimwits and cunning backstabbers, deadly rattlesnakes, dangerous situations, and plots that keep you turning the page. In his stories with a musical background, you'll feel the beat of the music taken from the pages of Boeckman's own life experiences as a horn man. If you like vintage pulp detective, crime, and suspense stories, this is the right book for you. If you like Alfred Hitchcock suspense and surprise endings, this is the right book for you. If you just plain like to read, this is also the right book for you. What's not to like about such stories? They are so much fun! Editorial comments: "We need more stories like yours that have a strong emotional tone." ~Mike Tilden, legendary editor at Popular Publications UNIQUE ANTHOLOGY. THIS IS THE ONLY COLLECTION OF CHARLES BOECKMAN STORIES UNDER ONE COVER. Available On Amazon.