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Airboy, Black Bat, the Gunmaster & Tabu re-created for fans new and old by some of the best writers of today!
Airboy, Black Bat, the Gunmaster & Tabu re-created for fans new and old by some of the best writers of today!
Airboy, Black Bat, the Gunmaster & Tabu re-created for fans new and old by some of the best writers of today!
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In the 1930s, pulp fiction introduced dozens of amazing heroes to the world. Dozens of hero pulps of various success filled the racks alongside numerous other titles. Those characters formed a lasting impression on society and are still remembered fondly to this day.

In the 1970s and 1980s, men’s adventure fiction introduced dozens of new characters and properties that captured the minds of readers young and old. Sex and violence became the new norm. They influenced heavily the decades of fiction since, even as the “exploitation” films of the same era helped to shape cinema.

Metahuman Press is proud to take these two disparate eras and combine them into Pulpsploitation, a new era of pulp adventure fiction. Helmed by writer/editor Nicholas Ahlhelm and aided and abetted by writers Teel James Glenn, Frank Byrns and Steven Gepp, Pulpsploitation combines the grand heroic tradition of the pulps with the storytelling of the men’s adventure era to create a new hybrid of great fiction unlike anything else on the market. 

We’ve created the first step into this era with a new anthology. But with your help, we can turn that single anthology into a new quarterly series of original novels starring these characters and dozens more. We want to see an entire line of great stories set in the early 1980s. Pulpsploitation bring new takes to old characters as well as original characters in the classic pulp vein.

The first anthology features four stories reviving classic pulp and pulp-style comic characters:

Teel James Glenn revives the obscure pulp hero, The Gunmaster, a master of the original gun based martial arts! The Gunmaster may not be well known yet, but learn more about The Gunmaster here.

Frank Byrns introduces the legacy of The Black Bat, as a new hero takes up the mantle of one of the earliest masked vigilantes.

Steven Gepp brings the long-lived jungle lord Tabu into the 1980s for a brand new adventure.

Nicholas Ahlhelm tells a tale of Airboy, as he’s pulled out of the Airtomb into new escapades alongside classic allies and a new generation of aviation heroes! Learn more about his story here!

Now we need the final money to guarantee we can secure quality cover art, pay our creators and set up a new universe of adventure fiction in a series of novels and short stories for years to come!

Those four characters make up the backbone of the Pulpsploitation Universe, but they are far from alone. Original novels and bonus stories featuring these characters and a spectrum of heroes new and old are all available as stretch goals past our initial goal. We will reveal more as we go along but here's our first few!

With your help, Pulpsploitation can take the publishing world by storm and reinvigorate the entire men's adventure and pulp markets! With your support we can make great new fiction for years to come. 

What are we paying for?

Our current plan calls for the following breakdown of the initials funds used.

40% creator's pay

10-20% cover art 

10% Amazon & Kickstarter fees

30-40% Reward Fulfillment & inventory

Risks and challenges

The initial four stories are all written and in hand, ready to head through the Metahuman Press editorial chain. But in order to make this project the finest we can make it... and to potentially unlock the full series of Pulpsploitation novels, we need your help to make that happen, hence this Kickstarter.

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    SAMPLE! A single story from our upcoming anthology, Pulpsploitation! You choose between Airboy, Black Bat, Gunmaster or Tabu!

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    EBOOK! An ebook copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One in your choice of mobi, epub or pdf formats, our anthology of four all new stories, before anyone else can buy it.

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    EBOOK STRETCHED EARLY BIRD! An ebook copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One plus all unlocked digital stretch goals.

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    BYRNS BOOSTER! Get the Pulpsploitation anthology ebook plus Frank Byrns' three short story collections in ebook form: Requiem, Things to Come & My Father's Son!

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    EBOOK STRETCHED! An ebook copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One plus all unlocked digital stretch goals.

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    PRINT EDITION! A print copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One sent anywhere in North America, plus an ebook copy for immediate reading.

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    EBOOK AUTHOR COLLECTION EARLY BIRD! Get an ebook copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One plus digital copies of Lightweight: Senior Year and Living Legends: Old Soldiers (both by Nicholas Ahlhelm), Modern Pulp Heroes (featuring Ahlhelm, Steven Gepp & Teel James Glenn) and Modern Gods Volumes 1 & 2 (featuring Ahlhelm & Glenn). Plus all ebook stretch goals!

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    EBOOK AUTHOR COLLECTION! Get an ebook copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One plus digital copies of Lightweight: Senior Year and Living Legends: Old Soldiers (both by Nicholas Ahlhelm), Modern Pulp Heroes (featuring Ahlhelm, Steven Gepp & Teel James Glenn) and Modern Gods Volumes 1 & 2 (featuring Ahlhelm & Glenn). Plus all ebook stretch goals!

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    PRINT + DIGITAL STRETCH EARLY BIRD! A print copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One, plus an ebook copy for immediate reading and your choice of a single bonus ebook. Plus all digital stretch goals!

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    PRINT + DIGITAL STRETCH! A print copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One, plus an ebook copy for immediate reading and your choice of a single bonus ebook. Plus all digital stretch goals!

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    PRINT + EBOOK AUTHOR COLLECTION EARLY BIRD! A print copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One sent anywhere in North America plus digital copies of Lightweight: Senior Year, Living Legends: Old Soldiers, Presidential Pulp, Modern Pulp Heroes, and Modern Gods Volumes 1 & 2. Plus all digital stretch goals!

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    PRINT + EBOOK AUTHOR COLLECTION! A print copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One sent anywhere in North America plus digital copies of Lightweight: Senior Year, Living Legends: Old Soldiers, Presidential Pulp, Modern Pulp Heroes, and Modern Gods Volumes 1 & 2. Plus all digital stretch goals!

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    T-SHIRT/EBOOK BUNDLE! Get an exclusive Pulpsploitation t-shirt available only through this Kickstarter. Plus get the ebook edition of Pulpsploitation Volume One and all digital stretch goals. US only.

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    T-SHIRT/PRINT BUNDLE! Get an exclusive Pulpsploitation t-shirt available only through this Kickstarter. Plus a print and ebook copy of Pulpsploitation Volume One and all digital stretch goals. US only.

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    THE KIT AND KABOODLE PLUS. The t-shirt, the print edition, the ebook, the digital stretch goals and all unlocked print stretch goals (up to five books)! Plus get your name (or a name you choose) featured in an upcoming Pulpsploitation story!

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    THE KIT AND KABOODLE. The t-shirt, the print edition, the ebook, the digital stretch goals and all unlocked print stretch goals (up to five books)!

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    YOUR AD HERE! Your one page advertisement will be featured in the back matter of every Pulpsploitation book, ebook or print, funded by this Kickstarter! Plus an ad on the Metahuman Press site! And a digital copy of the book and stretch goals.

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    CREATE-A-VILLAIN! You design the villain for an upcoming Airboy novel! The winner of this reward will see his villain featured as a foe against the aviation hero. Plus digital copies of the book and all stretch goals!

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    PRESENTED BY...! You get a two page ad in the back of every print edition plus a 6000 word or 10 page ad in every digital edition funded by this Kickstarter! And your name or company logo will be featured on the covers as "X Presents Pulpsploitation"! Plus a digital copy of the book and all stretch goals!

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    THE APPEARANCE! Metahuman Press will put on a signing or appearance at your local shop, convention or even your backyard, anywhere in the continental US! Airboy writer & MHP EIC Nicholas Ahlhelm will appear plus any local and available area writers. And we will hand deliver your book and t-shirt to you!

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