Wednesday, September 5, 2018


This month, patrons who subscribe to the $5 and up tiers at received an ebook copy of Radio Archives NIGHTBEAT: NIGHT STORIES. This was a fun project and I had a great time listening to the radio show this anthology is based on. My story is called "The One That Got Away" Join us on Patreon today!

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Happy September, my friends. I appreciate your patience with this month's ebook while I was at Dragon Con. While it is easily my favorite con of the year, it is also an exhausting one. It was great seeing some of you there. I hope you all had a grand ol' time.

This month, my patrons received an ebook copy of an oldie, but goody. Premiering in November 2012 from Radio Archives, NIGHTBEAT: NIGHT STORIES was released in ebook (Kindle) and audio formats. It was the first time I ever heard my work read aloud as an audiobook, which was equal parts bizarre and cool.

A little history. Nightbeat was an NBC radio drama series that aired February 6, 1950 – September 25, 1952. The show was sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Wheaties. Nightbeat told the story of Randy (originally "Lucky") Stone, a reporter who covered the night beat for the Chicago Star, encountering criminals and troubled souls. Listeners were invited to join Stone as he "searches through the city for the strange stories waiting for him in the darkness." Stone was portrayed on the show by actor Frank Lovejoy.

Nightbeat: Night Stories features stories by authors Howard Hopkins, William Patrick Murray, Paul Bishop, Tommy Hancock, Mark Squirek, and yours truly. The audio is read by veteran character actor Michael C. Gwynne. Cover by Douglas Klauba. Edited by Tommy Hancock. Published and produced by Radio Archives.

My story is called "The One That Got Away" and it's one of my favorites. I started out planning to write a fairly straightforward story of good guys and bad guys, with a damsel in distress between them. The characters had other plans and the ending became much better by my paying attention to them.

Time to walk the beat.

An Old Time Radio Anthology

Radio Archives’ Nightbeat: Night Stories is available in TWO formats! Already known for producing quality Ebooks and Audiobooks of classic Pulp tales, Radio Archives has just released its first collection of new tales based on an Old Time Radio Program!

In 1950, NBC began broadcasting Nightbeat, considered one of the finest shows of its time. The show featured Randy Stone, a reporter who covered the night beat for the Chicago Star with a unique blend of wit, compassion and toughness.

Radio Archives invites you to return to the streets of Randy Stone's Chicago in Nightbeat: Night Stories. Six brand new Nightbeat stories are now available in both Ebook and Audiobook format. Authors Howard Hopkins, William Patrick Murray, Paul Bishop, Bobby Nash, Tommy Hancock, and Mark Squirek breathe new life into Randy Stone, bringing the nostalgic noir feel of the radio series fans have enjoyed for over sixty years to newly written tales that capture the true essence of Nightbeat.

A mystery involving a puzzle. A mad killer strangling women. A young boy on the wrong road. An old flame threatening to burn again. Blood and Conspiracy in the boxing ring. The murder of a reporter. And at the center of every tale, Randy Stone. This nostalgic newly written collection issued for your reading pleasure in electronic format also features a cover by Douglas Klauba.

Ebook Cover. Art: Doug Klauba
This Collection includes:
Introduction by Tommy Hancock
Strangler by Howard Hopkins
The Chicago Punch by Paul Bishop
Puzzle in Purple by Will Murray
Down Addison Road by Mark Squirek
Lucky by Tommy Hancock
The One That Got Away by Bobby Nash

Step into the world that comes alive when the sun sets with Nightbeat: Night Stories. eBook only $4.99. And the Audiobook also available voiced by veteran Actor Michael C. Gwynne, $23.98 for CDS, $11.99 as a digital download! Six Hours of New Stories based on a Classic Concept!

Audio CD Cover. Art: Douglas Klauba
NIGHTBEAT: NIGHT STORIES can be purchased at the following:
Radio Archives (Audio CD)
Radio Archives (Audio Digital Download)
iTunes (Audio Download)
Amazon (Audible Audio Download)
Audible (Audio Download)
Audio Book Store (Audio Book)
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes and Noble (Nook)
Radio Archives (ebook)

For even more information on Nightbeat: Night Stories, and all things Nightbeat, All Pulp ran an in-depth feature you can read here.

You can also purchase the original Nightbeat radio show on CD or digital download here.

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