Featured Authors

Bold Venture Press showcases the authors of yesteryear, the original scribes who made the pulps great, and the young upstarts of today who carry on the proud tradition of exciting fiction.

Charles Boeckman (1908-2015)

Charles Boeckman was born in San Antonio, in a hospital not far from the Alamo. Growing up in the Great Depression, he lacked money for music lessons or a college degree. At the end of a one-year community college business course, he could type 100 words a minute. That skill got him several day jobs while he taught himself clarinet and saxophone.

He wrote westerns and mystery/suspense stories. With his Texas background, western stories flowed out of him. His name soon appeared on many pulp magazines on newsstands every month, but he is most closely identified with the crime digest magazines of the 1950s like Manhunt and Justice.

Eventually, he led his own jazz band. His wife Patti was a fellow musician and writer. She wrote several novels for the “Silhouette” line in the 1980s, and a few were co-authored with him. (One editor claimed men could not write romance stories.)

Boeckman authored many nonfiction works, including a comprehensive history of jazz. In 2009, he was awarded a star in the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi, Texas.

More of his fiction is available at www.boldventurepress.com, from Bold Venture Press, including his auto-biography, Pulp Jazz: The Charles Boeckman Story (2015).

Richard A Lupoff

In his highly checkered career, Richard A. Lupoff has been a short-order cook, dishwasher, movie usher, military policeman, college professor, and petty bureaucrat. All of these experiences have fed into the rich — if somewhat chaotic — data bank that nourishes his literary career. In that career he has been a sports writer, radio news writer and broadcaster, novelist, short story writer, critic, screen-writer, editor, anthologist, and on very rare occasions, poet. He has the rare distinction of having had stories selected for best-of-the-year anthologies in three fields: science fiction, mystery, and horror.

Johnston McCulley (1883-1958)

The creator of Zorro was a regular contributor to the newsstand pulp magazines, eventually branching out to film and television screenplays. In a career that spanned nearly six decades -- beginning with The Red Book Magazine in 1906 and ending with The Saint Mystery Magazine in 1960 -- Johnston McCulley penned hundreds of stories. His byline frequently appeared in popular magazines like Argosy, Detective Fiction Weekly, Street & Smith's Western Story Magazine.

Johnston McCulley’s writing career began as a police reporter, where he learned the art of composing solid copy under tight deadlines. This training enables him to become one of pulp fiction's most prolific authors.

Southern California became a frequent backdrop for his fiction. His most notable use of the locale was in his ongoing series of Zorro, the masked highway who fought an oppressive government. McCulley developed several other continuing characters including The Crimson Clown, Thubway Tham, The Green Ghost, and The Thunderbolt.

TJ Morris

TJ Morris is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He spent many days in the New Mexico desert during his youth. His love of comics and science fiction/fantasy literature began when he was in sixth grade. 

Over the years. TJ worked as a janitor, a carpenter, a diesel mechanic, and an aircraft technician. He currently labors as an Algebra II and Advanced Mathematical Decision Making teacher at in Litha Springs, GA, but he makes time for writing science-fiction adventure. 

TJ is an avid runner, bicyclist, and swimmer. He holds a federal firearms license, has built multiple motorcycles from scratch, and he competes in triathlons, marathons, and Ironman races, not the mention the Odd Zombie Run or Savage Race. TJ is a barefoot runner and often races wearing his kilt (with no shoes) to honor his Scottish ancestry. He coached Varsity Men’s’ Soccer team and has coached wrestling.

He sings in a blue grass Gospel quartet and belts out eighties tunes in the hallways of the school. He has traveled to Turkey, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and Portugal. He also plays Piano, Banjo, Trombone, Tuba and Baritone…some better than others. TJ has been married over thirty one years and is a father of three.

Audrey Parente

Audrey Parente, a Connecticut native, retired as an award-winning reporter after 20 years at The Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida. The single mother of two musician sons, Peter and David, she earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do after studying the martial art in Korea, traveled to 24 U.S. States, volunteered for the U.S. Citizens Democracy Corps serving in Russia, published poetry in a Japanese newspaper and wrote travel stories about Egypt.

Among her myriad adventures, Audrey white-water rafted on the Ocoee River in Tennessee, hot air ballooned and sky dived in Florida, flew a Good Year blimp over the Daytona International Speedway and conducted a Navy band.

Two other biographies about pulp fiction-era authors were written by her about the late Hugh B. Cave and the late Theodore Roscoe. She continues her writing career in South Florida, now as an author and editor for Bold Venture Press. Her fiction novel Pulp Noir is about hobby collectors of old paper magazines, and one grizzled hoarder in particular who stumbles into a cougar romance.

Hugh Pentecost / Judson P. Philips (1903-1989)

Judson Philips, a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award winner, began his writing career in the pulp fiction magazines. His made his first story professional fiction sale in 1924, while earning a journalism degree from Columbia University.

He became a frequent contributor to Detective Fiction Weekly, which featured his Park Avenue Hunt Club series. In 1939 he won the $10,000 Dodd Mead Mystery Contest, using the pen name Hugh Pentecost, for Cancelled in Red. This marked a turning point in his career, as he created a second body of work for slick magazines and paperbacks as Pentecost. He wrote under both names simultaneously, living between New York and Connecticut, producing more than 500 works.

Philips owned a newspaper, and wrote columns for other newspapers. He owned an equity summer stock theater, “The Sharon Playhouse,” where he wrote and produced plays. In the meantime, he wrote radio and film scripts for movies and television. Later he hosted a political and arts program in Connecticut’s “Northwest Corner,” broadcast out of Torrington.