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This is the story of Rory Hawkins, a struggling novelist with a troubled past, and George Clayton, an out of work actor who starred in the 1950s TV western series Outlaw Pass, as they inadvertently come into contact with the imfamous Manson Family and become targets of its bloodlust in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969.

 

This is a work of historical fiction. Not only are many of the characters real, but the story is rooted in historical fact, specifically Manson's desire to target celebrities for violence and his residence at the Spahn movie ranch. Also, this story takes place during a very specific historical timeline (Saturday, August 2 - Monday, August 11, 1969), and the events are intertwined with the Sharon Tate and LaBianca family murders that took place during those fateful days. It features meticulously research on the Manson murders and the narrative has been developed in a way so that the events in the story could be historically plausible and a resolution is reached without contradicting any of the historical record.

Written by: Ben Sherrill

Art by: Rowel Roque

Cover by: Andres Carranza


Pages: 186

Print: Black and White

Softcover

​ISBN:  978-1942351016

​$19.99 US

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The Creative Team

Ben Sherrill is an adjunct lecturer at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Auburn University and a master's degree in English from Kansas State University. He has been teaching writing and literature at the college level since 2001 and has taught at numerous universities, such as the University of Memphis, Santa Clara University, Kansas State University, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

 

Rowel Roque is both a penciller and inker based in the Philippines and has worked on a number of projects including Sleepless and Binary Gray from Assailant Comics. He was also the artist on Lethal: Death Squad Rising. Rowel has also done animation work and was a contributor to titles such as Winter’s Eye and Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror.

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THE BALLAD OF RORY HAWKINS

What happens when a writer and out of work TV western actor cross paths with Charles Manson?