You Say You Know I Have A Patreon Site But You Don’t Know If You Want To Be A Patron Of Mine? Is THAT What’s Troubling You?

I suppose that out of the many reasons that I’m not yet rich and famous, the fact that I’m notorious lousy at promotion is either #1 or #2. I seem to have this unreasonable faith/belief that those who want to find my work will find it, one way or another. That includes my Patreon site. And while you may know I have one you may not know exactly what content is available to you there and if it would be worth your time and money. Okay, we can take care of that right now and hopefully the information I’m about to impart to you will assist you in making an informed decision as to you becoming a Patron of mine or not.

Let’s start with the crown jewel of the lot, shall we? I always have a brand-new Dillon adventure serial running as the main attraction and the one currently going full steam is Dillon and The Island of Dr. Mamuwalde. I beg your kind indulgence for a few minutes while I go into the backstory of this one:

Remember when the SyFy Channel was doing all those weird monster movies with outlandish creatures fighting each other? Like “Dinocroc Vs. Supergator”? “Piranaconda Vs. Frankenfish”? “MegaPython Vs. OctoShark”? Don’t front. You know you watched them. And if I can ‘fess up to watching them, you can. Anyway, I’m watching one of these movies one night with my wife and as I often do, I say; “I could write a better movie than that” And Patricia responded as she always does; “So why don’t you?”

And I did plan on doing one. I even had a title for it; “Flying Great White Shark Vs. Albino Amphibian White Tiger.” But outside of jotting down notes and characters sketches, I never got past the planning stages. One thing I did know that I wanted to have in the story was a mad scientist. And I wanted him to be black. I absolutely love mad scientists and since there were no great black mad scientists in popular fiction, I decided to create one in the grand tradition of Dr. Frankenstein (Peter Cushing version, natch) and Dr. Fu Manchu. I would model his physical appearance, demeanor and voice on the Great, Great Man, William Marshall and in further tribute, name my mad scientist Dr. William Mamuwalde (students, fans and scholars of Blaxploitation will know where the Mamuwalde name comes from) Clear so far? Okay. We move on.

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The idea for “Flying Great White Shark Vs. Albino Amphibian White Tiger” stayed in my notebooks and subconscious for an obscenely long time, lemme tell you. The concept of Dr. Mamuwalde was one that wouldn’t go away and in my development of the character he gained a son who is a master of over 100 Martial Arts since because Dr. Mamuwalde was in part a homage to Dr. Fu Manchu then he needed a son who is a homage to Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. He also gained a nagging, shrewish, alcoholic wife always scheming behind her husband’s back to sell his inventions on the black market simply because the idea of a mad scientist with a nagging wife tickled the hell outta me.

But still, I just could not find the right story for Dr. Mamuwalde to make his debut. The problem was I was not happy with none of the protagonists for the story I had in mind. None of them were formidable enough to present a challenge to the character I conceived and I definitely wanted to have Dr. Mamuwalde to have a worthy challenge to his intellect and his talents. I knew I wanted to have a film crew stumble upon his island (in homage/tribute to 1933’s “King Kong”) but the characters that presented themselves to me didn’t turn my crank. They weren’t alive. They weren’t vital.

Until I happened to re-read “Dillon and The Bad Ass Belt Buckle.” One of the major characters in the story is Jenise Casile, an actress who has won an Academy Award and when Dillon meets her, she is in the middle of filming an epic science fiction trilogy directed by the eccentric director/producer Rigoberto Orr. Dillon and his partner Eli Creed have been hired to rescue Jenise from kidnappers and that’s all I’ll tell you about the story. You wanna know more, go read it.

Anyway, switches clicked in my brain and I realized that I could marry Jenise, Rigoberto and their current film project with my Dr. Mamuwalde character. In addition, by throwing Dillon in the mix I could satisfy my desire to have Dr. Mamuwalde go up against a foe worthy of him. And what better way for a character in my universe to make his debut by going toe-to-toe with Dillon?

There’s some other things thrown into the mix of the story such as Dr. Mamuwalde experimenting with African Cryptids which came out of when I had planned on doing “The Island of Dr. Mamuwalde” as an “Island of Dr. Moreau” homage for the “Cryptid Clash” project my good buddy Josh Reynolds is associated with and briefly talked me into it. And yes…that most definitely is a whole other story.

But once I got Dr. Mamuwalde, Dillon, Jenise and Rigoberto and the whole idea of Dillon rescuing a film crew from a war zone where they were trying to shoot authentic footage and then finding themselves the captives in a “Dr. Moreau” like situation in my brain…everything just sorta fell into place. And this now concludes my long winded Behind The Scenes of Dillon and The Island of Dr. Mamuwalde

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One Night in Denbrook is a work in progress going back to 2009. The origins of the story are mainly because I wanted to see if I could do a prose version of a 1980s Action Movie. That’s all. My aspirations as a writer on this particular piece really don’t go any further than trying to put a movie on paper. Most of you who have been following me for a while and know that I usually say that I consider myself a frustrated film director so One Night in Denbrook is my shot at writing a story visual as I possibly could, throwing in all kinds of off-the-wall characters and situations.

The plot is simple: Denbrook’s criminal element is hunting for the heart of Toulon The Magician, Denbrook’s #1 crime lord and one of the main characters of “Diamondback” Some characters who appear in Diamondback also appear in this one as the events of One Night in Denbrook take place about a year before the events of “Diamondback.” The heart of Toulon falls into the hands of one J. Cadwallander, a cab driver who turns out to have an eclectic and incredibly lethal skill set that no respectable cab driver should have and he spends one wild night trying to stay alive while everybody and their mother is trying to kill him for the heart.

The city of Denbrook was created by one of the most imaginative and creative writers I know. Mike McGee is flat out brilliant. That’s the best I can say about him. I truly appreciate the fact that he created the city of Denbrook and then just turned it over to a bunch of writers to use as we please.

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Shadows Over Cymande takes place in another city, one in South Carolina. And it’s something of an experiment as in this one I’m trying to mash-up my love of Soap Operas with a genre that I personally call The Little Town With A Big Secret. You know what I mean if I mention fictional towns such as Peyton Place, Collinsport and Twin Peaks. These are towns that on the surface seem like such happy, idyllic places to live and raise a family. But strangers come to each one of these towns and discover that they all have frightening, hair-raising subcultures and dark underworlds of crime, madness and even the supernatural.

In Shadows Over Cymande just such a stranger comes to Cymande in response to a very lucrative job offer. Alexandrea Ainsley thinks that Cymande is just another sleepy Southern town but she soon discovers it is home to two enormously wealthy and influential black families; the Jalmaris and the Redferns. Two families who have roots and rivalries going back to The Civil War and maybe even before then.

Growing up I got hooked on Soap Operas such as “All My Children” “One Life To Live” “Days of Our Lives” and “General Hospital” especially during that period in the 1980s when “General Hospital” was a batshit insane daily cliffhanging pulp adventure serial. And of course, I loved “Dark Shadows” which is without a doubt the greatest Soap Opera ever. I wanted to see if I could take the elements of the Soap Opera and throw in horror, science fiction, pulp, black humor/comedy and even vintage 1980s Grindhouse and see if I could make it work. Do I succeed? There’s only one way for you to find out.

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So that’s it. That’s what up there right now. From time to time I throw up a short story I dig out of my digital files just as a treat and from time to time I offer a freebie just for the fun of it. By all means, if there’s something I can do that would entice you to sign up and become a Patron of mine, by all means let me know here or by email: DerrickFerguson@gmail.com

And RIGHT HERE is the link that will take you directly to my Patreon page. There’s another link here somewhere right to the right but why aggravate you by making you look all over the joint for it?

As always, I thank you for your time and kind patience. Blessings on you, your household and all that live there and I’ll talk to you again soon.

 

What Else I Got Goin’ On

Ah, the beginning of a New Year…a time to revel in the hopes and dreams and ambitions of twelve spanking brand-new months ahead of us, am I right?

So of course, this post won’t be about that. Instead I’m going to indulge in my usual blatant huckstering of my wares. Hey, if there’s any resolution I’ve made for 2018 it’s to make sure that you have no reason to say you don’t know me or what I do. And so we begin:

Derrick Ferguson’s Amazon Page: Here’s where you find all the books I’ve written and all the anthologies I’ve got stories in.

Dillon: the blog dedicated to my best known and most popular character. If you don’t know anything about Dillon and want to get a flavor of what the character is about and what his adventures are all about, start here.

Usimi Dero: My Facebook group. Most of the members are writers, podcasters, artists and folks of various creative pursuits. It makes for some fun and lively discussions. Feel free to check it out and if it strikes your fancy and seems like a spot you’d like to hang out on a regular, by all means, join up.

My Patreon Page: Currently I’ve got two serials running there with a new chapter every month. First up there’s “Dillon and The Prophecy of Fire” which is a direct sequel to “Dillon and The Night of The Krampus.” If you are a fan of Dillon then you should be reading this one because there’s a lot of surprising revelations secreted within. And there’s “Diamondback: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time” the remastered version of my long out-of-print urban western.

The Ferguson Theater: My movie review blog. There’s something like 400+ movie reviews up there now and I’m adding to it all the time. I seem to have achieved some sort of popularity with it. So if you’re a movie fan, bounce on over there and read some of the reviews. Then drop me an email or leave a message there and tell me how wrong I was in my reviews of your favorite movie.

Okay? I’m not a hard guy to find as you can see. And you can always come on right back here to catch up with what I’m doing with my other writing projects. You may even find a book review or an interview with a writer or some other creative type. Thanks for stopping by and don’t be a stranger, hear?

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Greetings and Salutations

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The title of this initial welcoming entry as well as the illustration accompanying it says it all I should think. Greetings, Salutations and Welcome. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Derrick Ferguson and I’m your host. Most of you reading this will already know me since you were no doubt familiar with my “Blood & Ink” blog which briefly morphed into “Ferguson, Inc” for a couple of months before it went dark. And it went dark because I had plans for this blog and I didn’t want to muddy the waters by piling- new stuff on that blog when I could save it for this one.

And why this spanking brand new blog you ask? No other reason other than my other two blogs; The Ferguson Theater  and Dillon are also Word Press blogs and it just seemed to make more sense to me that this one be in the same family as well. My changing from Blogger from Word Press is not meant to express any dissatisfaction with Blogger, I assure you. I found it most adequate for my purposes and I recommend it with enthusiasm. But it’ll be easier to co-ordinate material between my three blogs if they’re all under one umbrella, I should think.

So what can you expect from FERGUSON INK? if you regularly followed “Blood & Ink” then you can expect the same content here. I fully intend to keep up with my series of “Kickin’ The Willy Bobo” interviews which I can say with pardonable pride were very well received. I honestly enjoy interviewing other writers and related creative types. Mainly because I’m a nosy so-and-so and by doing those interviews I got to know a lot more about some very interesting people that I now am proud to call not only colleagues but friends. There’s a link on here somewhere to the old site where you can find a ton of interviews I’ve done but many of those are out of date so I’ll be contacting a lot of those folks to do updated interviews. It should be fun. I’m looking forward to catching up with what a lot of these folks have been doing.

I will also keep you up to date on my various upcoming projects. I know, I know, I haven’t had anything new published lately. There’s a lotta good reasons behind that and here I plan to tell you about why that was so. I do believe in communication with you guys because you spend a lot of time (and hopefully money…let’s be honest here) with me and you deserve to know what’s going on with me as many of you communicate with me regularly by email, Facebook, Skype and smoke signals and you have questions. As you should.

Book reviews will also be a part of this new blog as they were on the old one. And as you will notice, my “50 New Pulp Books To Get You Started” has it’s own page as does “50 New Pulp Movies To Get You Started.” I plan to add to these lists until they get up to 100 and then call it quits. if you’ve got any suggestions for either, please feel free to send them along.

What else? Not much. I just wanted to let you know that this blog is here and it’s here for one reason only; I like you guys and I like to stay in touch with you and let you know what I like and maybe turn you onto some cool stuff and maybe take your mind off whatever bullshit is clogging up whatever you use for thinking. So bookmark this blog and come back often. We’re gonna have some fun here, I promise. Until next time, Take Care and God Bless.

D.