Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FIGHT FICTION: KING CRUSH!

FIGHT FICTION: KING CRUSH!

JAMES SCOTT BELL

KINDLE EDITION $.99

AN IRISH JIMMY GALLAGHER FISTICUFF . . .

He didn't want a fight, but there are some fights you can't walk away from...

Irish Jimmy Gallagher just wanted to have a little fun at a carnival with his best girl, Ruby, and his bulldog, Steve. He wasn't looking for trouble.

But sometimes trouble comes looking for Jimmy Gallagher.

It's 1955, and Jimmy is a boxer who makes hay in the club smokers and a legit fight when he can. But Ruby, a waitress at Charley's diner, would like Jimmy to give up the fight game for good.

It's all cotton candy and hot dogs at the carnival, until they see a carny pug. That's a journeyman boxer who makes a living fighting all comers. It's not much of a life -- in fact, Jimmy did some time like that himself. But there's something about this boxer that will jolt Jimmy to the core and threaten to disrupt his life for good.

Irish Jimmy Gallagher is a new sensation and an old fashioned hero. "King Crush" is a 6300 word short story in the best tradition of the classic pulp boxing stories. Here is a fighter who is quick with a jab and with a laugh.

But if you cheat him, all bets are off.

"Vintage Los Angeles, '50s pulp fiction, it's both a complete tale ... and an open door to more adventures with Jimmy Gallagher, the pugilist who throws punches with Irish wit and wisdom." - Reader review of "Iron Hands"

AND DON’T FORGET THE FIRST JIMMY GALLAGHER FISTICUFF . . .

IRON HANDS

KINDLE EDITION $0.99

His name is Irish Jimmy Gallagher, and he checks in at 6'3" and 225 pounds. A boxer with dancing green eyes and a wit born of the Blarney Stone, Jimmy is a hell of a fella, quick with a laugh and quicker with the jab.

But if you foul him, stand back, because all the laughs will die in fury.

It's Los Angeles, 1955. A time of relative peace in the nation. The Korean War has ended, Eisenhower is in the White House and in the City of Angels life goes on.

And down by the river is a "smoker," a privately set-up boxing match where Jimmy hopes to make a couple hundred bucks. With his girl, Ruby, waiting tables at Charley's, Jimmy can always use a little extra scratch. What he can't abide is a mobster trying to fix a fight. But what can one man do against a local crime boss and his team of thugs? Especially after they've arranged to have Jimmy Gallagher clobbered by Iron Hands?

This 5700 word story is written in the style of the old action pulp magazines of the 1930s.

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