|Click here to download Myke Phoenix #1|
The year was 1990, more or less. The cold war was over, people were still allowed to smoke on the job, 9/11 was still six years off, and local radio stations had local personalities on the air almost 24/7.
And I had this idea about reviving the dime novel. OK, not the dime novel per se. What I had in mind was something about the length of a comic book, but in text.
My hero’s name was Myke Phoenix.
You can read more about it by clicking “Read more” — or just click on the caption under the cover art for your free e-magazine.
Back in the early 1990s I completed the stories for Myke Phoenix Adventures #1, 2, 3 and 5. I partly finished issue #4, “The Decline and Fall of Alan Pinkstaff,” in which it would be made extremely clear how much the crime lord of Astor City was a big nobody compared to the power who controlled him.
But then other life events interfered, and for almost 18 years I set aside the unpublished Myke Phoenix Adventures, packing him into a box and forgetting him. One day I remembered. I hauled the box down from the attic and said to myself, “Self, you should share these stories.”
In 2008 I packaged the finished stories into a book called The Adventures of Myke Phoenix. The book has been moderately successful, but of late I found my imagination drifting back to that original concept. With modern technology I no longer need the printing press, the paper or anything else except the electronics to transfer these stories into your hands.
It’s time, I figured, to complete the vision and launch the monthly adventures of Myke Phoenix, this time as a free emagazine. Of course, if you insist on paper there’s also a purchase option.
Myke Phoenix #1 is available right this minute by clicking on the caption under the cover art above.
So here ya go.
Something dark and unreasonable is afoot, and all that stands against it is a mild-mannered reporter, a mythical bird and a misshapen vase. I like our odds.
Cross-posted to Uncle Warren’s Attic.