Longtime Western fans and Amazon Kindle best-selling Western writers Mike Stotter and Ben Bridges have finally realized a long-held dream to bring back into 'e-print' some of the most popular and best-loved Western and action-adventure series fiction of the last forty years.
Series fiction, the most popular genre was always the Western, but it
also encompassed war stories, tales of pillaging Vikings, life in the
Roman arena and action-adventure set in the far-flung future, was at its
most popular throughout the 1970s and 80s and is still fondly
remembered and avidly collected by die-hard fans. Some books are now so
hard to come by that it's not unusual for them to change hands for
"We got to know a number of the authors when
we were teenagers," remembers Mike. "Although they mostly wrote
Westerns, they often joked that they had never been further west than
Piccadilly, in London's West End." "It seemed such an obvious idea,
to bring these books back in a new format for a predominantly new
audience," says Ben Bridges, a.k.a. David Whitehead. "For years I had
been scouring second-hand bookshops to rebuild my original collection,
and everywhere I went I got the same response. 'If I could get my hands
on Westerns, I could sell them. But you just can't get them anymore.'"
"It seemed like a ridiculous situation," adds Mike. "I have constantly
heard that the Western genre is dead. Yet, through sales, I know we have
a large Western readership out there and no-one is catering for them.
So I suggested to Dave that maybe he and I ought to do something about
it--and now here we are." Thus Piccadilly Publishing was born. One of
its aims is to bring back titles for new and old readers alike. Great
care is taken over the production of each title, and each one has a
specially-commissioned cover from Westworld Designs that recreates the
feel of the originals, at the same time giving them a fresh and more
modern look. The first Piccadilly Publishing eBook--Trackdown, by Neil
Hunter--is now available for download from Amazon's platforms in the
UK, US, Spain, France, Germany and Italy, and more titles are set to
follow over the next several months. There are plans to expand their
availability on other electronic platforms.
authors and series to our catalogue almost every day," reports
Whitehead. "Over the next year or so I think we'll surprise and delight
our fellow fans with what we have to offer."
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