Sunday, November 11, 2012
Lou Prophet Goes British!
With all their own highly-touted IPA and Scottish Ale an' such, you'd think they wouldn't be so fascinated by Mean Pete's (admittedly, rather impressive) stash of American-made Pabst Blue Ribbon and Olympia beer that he buys for under 20 bucks a 36-can suitcase...
Well, okay, actually none of the above is true. Just more of Mean Pete's poetic license, aka balder dash. The British are not here in person, but Mean Pete, being the international mogul that he is, a Victoria's Secret model on each arm and one hooked around his left knee, has swung a deal with them English over there--namely, with Dave Whitehead's and Mike Stotter's Piccadilly Publishing outfit--to reprint in ebook format Mean Pete's first six Lou Prophet novels, featuring ole Lou himself and his mean and ugly hammerheaded horse appropriately named Mean & Ugly.
I've long admired Piccadilly's lineup of gnarly western novels from the British past. Truth be known, the Brits have been writing some of the gnarliest western fiction since the 70's, among them the great Terry Harknett's (aka George G. Gilman) wonderfully nasty and crafty EDGE series. Another is the equally nasty and crafty though undeservedly less popular CROW series by James W. Marvin, (aka the great Laurence James, founder of the DEATHLANDS series for Harlequin, another of Mean Pete's favorites). Dave Whitehead himself publishes harrowing oaters under his pen name, Ben Bridges, and Mike Stotter publishes in several different genres and under several different names, as well.
Piccadilly Publishing has a great past, present , and future lineup (view it here: http://www.piccadillypublishing.org/links.html) and Mean Pete is proud as British punch to be part of it. The current plan is to reprint the first six of the Prophet books and for Pete to possibly begin writing originals exclusively for Piccadilly sometime in the near future. Up above is the cover of the first book in the series, done by the master Cody Wells himself. http://stormwolf2.webs.com/ebookpublishigservices.htm. If that smart-looking cover is any indication how the rest of the series will look, it's going to be one handsome looking virtual shelf of ebooks indeed.
The first one will up and running digitally next month, and you'll be able to find it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and probably several other digital outlets. Rest assured, I'll be sending up fireworks when Lou Prophet goes live.
It's time to get Lou Prophet back astride Mean and Ugly and galloping after owlhoots regularly!
The Old West needs them both. Hell, the world needs them both!
Now it's time to make a trek down to my dingy offices and see if them English left me any beer. Why does it smell like fish 'n' chips in here...?
Mean Pete His Own Mean Self