kingandy: (Dirk)

I'm trying to piece together a publication history of Rock Hardy adventures. An exact sequence is difficult to pin down, as most stories were serialised before being reissued in a collected "novella" format; the collections were far from exhaustive and often out of sequence with the original publication order. The stories are therefore presented in a (albeit incomplete) "best guess" chronological sequence, as events unfold from the characters' points of view.

A Narrow Escape
The Apes of Wrath
Secret of the Stone
Island of Death*
The Deadly Skies*
The Under-England Junta*
Death on Rails*
The Hawthorne Imperative
The Scrolls of Reason*
The Little Death
Journey into the East
Death in the East
Shadow of Past Evils*
Escape by Death
The Monkey's Tale
A Box Full of Death
Terror in the Skies*
Funeral for a Friend
All's Fair in Love and Death
Monkey See, Monkey Doom
Down among the Dead Men*
Death by Betrayal
Flight into Danger
The Lonely Death of Shiloh Jones

* Not by the original author, character used by permission.

Hardy also appeared in at least two more stories by other authors, The Brass Hand of Doctor Martell and Strange Truths, though these are impossible to reconcile with the timeline above. They may be considered "imaginary stories" or "reimaginings" of the character.

kingandy: (LOL)
 I've posted some blather over in [ profile] just_writing, something which is hopefully in a style reminiscent of something approximating an old pulp novel.  You know the type, the villains are proper villainous and the men are manly men and the prose contains numerous references to the size and strength of the heroes' mighty biceps without ever quite being intentionally homoerotic.  Also the men admire one another pretty much constantly.

There follows a pair of paragraphs that I had to chop out and rework for pacing (I wanted to keep more or less in the moment, without digressing too much into backstory, as it is intended to be a series already in progress), and perspective (pulp novels are supposed to be about the HEROES rather than telling the story from a particular character's perspective) but couldn't bring myself to destroy them completely because I like the way they talk about Bart.

Oh, for the uninitiated, Dirk Hardy is my Adventure! character, who has been played in at least two tabletops and two LRP games thus far.  Bart is his co-pilot.

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