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Steeped in pulp magazines, old radio shows, and all things of that era’s pop culture, Tommy Hancock lives in Arkansas with his wonderful wife and three children and obviously not enough to do. He is Editor in Chief for Pro Se Productions, works as Promotions and Marketing Coordinator for Moonstone Entertainment, is the Editor in Chief of ALL PULP, a full news site devoted to Pulp and the Coordinator for PULP ARK, a creator’s conference/fan convention starting in 2011 in his hometown of Batesville, AR.

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461061598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461061595
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,841,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Rodgers on April 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Over the last couple of months, I waited with anticipation for the release of "Yesteryear", the debut novel of Tommy Hancock. Several teasers, such as excerpts and illustrations, popped up on various websites, such as All Pulp and Pulp Machine. Last week, when my copy arrived via UPS, I ripped the package open to admire the artwork on the glossy, front cover. After enjoying a rousing, energetic introduction by Derrick Ferguson, I immersed myself in Tommy Hancock's world of heroes and villains. The main storyline, which takes place in the current time, deals with events which affect the protagonist, J.C. Smithenson. Smithenson finds an unpublished book on his doorstep, which turns out to be an expose of the secrets and origins of heroes and their villainous counterparts. "Yesteryear" alternates back and forth between Smithenson's storyline and excerpts from the book. Hancock transports the reader to different eras, such as The Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, and even a secret land called Creativa, to introduce heroes (and villains) and explain how they developed their extraordinary powers. "Yesteryear" is a smooth, fast-paced novel with some powerful moments: a high-rise inferno involving a sinister arsonist named Firedancer, and a tragic sequence of events which leads to the birth of a supernatural vigilante who calls himself The Night. Hancock states that "Yesteryear" is the beginning of a series of books. I'll look forward to the next installment with even more anticipation than before...I highly recommend "Yesteryear" as an addition to anyone's bookshelf!
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Tommy Hancock loves pulp. He started Pro Se ("Do It Yourself") Press for just that reason. He doesn't just publish pulp, however. He's not just a promoter of the New Pulp. He is a pulpster in his own right, spinning mythic yarns rife with love of the sagas of the past but alive with enough vital energy to maintain relevance for today's readers. YESTERYEAR is more than mere pastiche or homage, though in-jokes abound, awaiting discovery by the savvy. It's meta-textual, mythic storytelling, broad strokes with fine print. It’s brawny and flashy and subtle and smart. YESTERYEAR is a lot of things all at once, but never is it cluttered, not even with Hancock’s semi-unconventional swap-out, back-and-forth narrative jumping. From the primary story’s straightforward third persona omniscient narrator to excerpts from a journal which stands as the McGuffin as well as the keystone of this story’s overarching tale, YESTERYEAR packs in a powerhouse superhero tale, comic storytelling by way of prose, a tale whose ripe subtext is as hefty as the tale itself. Reading present to past and back again keeps things lively, no chance to get bored. Scenes from the now spill into scenes from the past, which make like an oroborous and come back around to now. It all interconnects and also provides a streamlined way to introduce a plethora of interesting characters, some obvious salutes to classic comic characters, others more oblique and less blatant – though the canny and preternaturally informed reader could likely suss out every single superhero (and supervillain) reference to be found.Read more ›
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By Andrew Salmon on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of New Pulp's claims to fame is that time is no longer a factor when it comes to crafting pulp tales. Back in the Golden Age, writers typed until their fingers bled, racing the clock with deadlines looming. Today, New Pulp authors have the freedom to craft stories that are a little more complex than those written in a white heat and on the fly. There's a chance to explore pulp worlds and characters and you'll seldom find it done better than in Tommy Hancock's YESTERYEAR.

The novel is a compelling read and one you won't soon forget. Its episodic structure of pulp and superhero origin and adventure tales set around a unifying tell-all book makes the novel a standout in the burgeoning New Pulp field.

Yes, you heard that right, superheroes. Now some pulp fans might wonder what superheroes are doing in a pulp novel and while reading the book one might get the impression that this is more of a superhero prose work than a straight up pulp thriller. The point is a valid one but considering that the classic pulp characters of the Golden Age gave birth to the superheroes that came after, the novel's historic sweep allows it to fall neatly into both categories, bridging the gap between pulp prose and comics.

As the novel deals with the main plot: the lengths some of these adventurers are willing to take to prevent the book's publication, Hancock also treats us to numerous excerpts from the controversial work. Heroes rise and fall, alliances are formed and broken while drastic, deadly measures are taken to keep the manuscript from the public eye.

Some might find the jumping around from different time periods to the present day distracting or confusing but a careful read will smooth out these rough spots.
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