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Monday, July 27, 2009

News Release

Tulsa writer Michael Vance will sign his newest braided novel, “Weird Horror Tales” at Boom-A-Rang Restaurant on Saturday, August 8 from 11:00 to 2:30 pm. The restaurant is located at 313 N. Main in Seminole.

The author, who lived in Seminole in the 1950s and the 1970s-‘80s, worked for the Seminole Producer for nine years, and considers our city to be his hometown.

"Vance offers up thirteen tales of Lovecraftian horror, science fiction, and fantasy with a deft sense of suspense and heart-pumping terror,” said Ron Fortier, editor of the title. “His grasp of terror is second to none, and delivers nightmarish scenes with incredible, horrific feelings.”

“My stories are founded on the premise that there is something larger than our narrow view of reality,” said Vance. “Each interconnected story shares setting, history, prominent families, and a macro plot. You won’t find gore or much profanity in Light’s End; I write to create anticipation and suspense.”

And for the first time anywhere, Vance unwraps a great mystery. The fictional town of Light’s End, Maine, is based on Seminole.

“I decided to make Seminole the setting for my stories and books to add a sense of reality to my tales,” added Vance. “Frankly, I will always love Seminole, and also used it for my setting to honor the town. So, if you know even a little of the history of Seminole, who can easily identify many of the businesses and locations in Light’s End; you visit them daily.”

These stories about the fictional town of “Light's End” in Maine have been published in dozens of magazines in three countries, including “Dark Corridor”, and have also been recorded by renowned actor William (“Murder She Wrote”) Windom. Vance’s influences on these stories are H. P. Lovecraft, William Faulkner, Alfred Hitchcock movies, and The Twilight Zone television series.

Legendary cover artist Keith Birdsong has painted the cover for “Weird Horror Tales”, an homage to pulp magazines from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s “Weird Tales” and “Horror Stories”. Birdsong is famous for his extremely realistic covers for “Star Trek” novels, featuring the actors from the movies and television series. He has also done work for “Star Wars”, the cyberpunk role-playing game “Shadowrun”, and children’s books like “The Halloween Hex”. In addition, Birdsong’s work has been featured in films, on Hamilton Collection collectors’ plates, and on U.S. Postage stamps.

The interior illustrations are by artist Earl Geier who is best known for his horror, fantasy and science fiction artwork. In the role playing game industry, his work includes art for “Battletech”, “Call of Cthulhu”, and many others. He has illustrated books for “Cemetery Dance” magazine, Chaosium, Gryphon and Subterranean Press. For comic book, he's had work published by Dark Horse Comics, Comiczone, Now, Innovation and DC Comics Paradox.

Vance, who is possibly the most successful fiction writer to hail from Seminole, has written for national and international magazines, and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His history book, “Forbidden Adventures”, has been called a "benchmark in comics history”. He briefly ghosted an internationally syndicated comic strip, wrote his own strip (which ran in the Seminole Producer) and several comic books. He is listed in the Who's Who of American Comic Books and Comic Book Superstars.

The publisher of “Weird Horror Tales”, Cornerstone Book Publishers also publishes Masonic and esoteric books, selected pulp fiction, art literature, limited children's books, and poetry collections. For more information about Cornerstone, go to

Airship 27 packages and publishes anthologies and novels in the pulp magazine tradition.

In the past, Airship 27 has released “Witchfire”, a series of “Captain Hazzard” pulp thrillers, more pulp fiction in “Brother Bones” and “Secret Agent X” and the WWII/SF thriller “The Light of Men”. For more information on Airship 27, go to