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Tom Piccirilli
Illustrated by Greg Chapman

Cover & interior art by Greg Chapman

"It ain't easy to combine funny and dark, but Piccirilli and Chapman have done it brilliantly! More, please!"—Leslie S. Klinger, editor, The Annotated Sandman

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Price: £14.95 (Oversized Hardcover)

Price: £6.45 (Paperback)

Johnny Booze is an Iraq War vet and ex-cop who went off the grid when mobsters killed his family. He's been a shadow on the street, a killing machine who fancies himself judge, jury, and executioner.

But this isn't his story.

It's the tale of Ellie, a ballet student who's found Johnny to ask him not to kill JoJo "the Ganooch" Ganucci. Because she wants to do it herself. She thinks JoJo has taken everything from her when he stepped on her toe and ruined her future as a world-class ballerina.

What's worse than a trained soldier with a mad-on for anyone connected to the New York syndicate?

An unbalanced sixteen-year-old girl with a grudge.

Written by Tom Piccirilli and illustrated by Greg Chapman, BULLET BALLERINA is a blackly humorous tale of revenge that takes the elements of hardboiled/noir and twists them in a unique fashion.

© Tom Piccirilli


"BULLET BALLERINA is a lot of fun. Tom Piccirilli has the sense to play it for laughs (well, pitch black comedy), with noir lite undercurrents and a subtext on the perils of wanting revenge. Along the way there's some delightful banter about weapons and interludes with street characters trying to shoehorn themselves into the story, while as a coda to the main story we get to see a side of Ellie that suggests she is an embryonic sociopath. Moral of the story: never piss off a wannabe ballerina, as those pumps can be deadly. The book is in full colour throughout, with artist Greg Chapman providing some sterling illustrations to bring the text to life, giving his characters an almost mythic quality even as he reveals how very human they are, his images in perfect counterpoint to Piccirilli's words."—BLACK STATIC

Title Details:
Comic Series #1 (One-Shot)
RRP Price: £14.95 (Oversized Hardcover) / £6.45 (Paperback)
Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications
Subject: Hardboiled/Noir
Release Date: June 1, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-909640-31-3 (8.7 x 11.5 inches Oversized Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-33-7 (7 x 10 inches Paperback)
First Edition
Full Colour
Pages: 40

Preview by Greg Chapman.

Hardcover Edition

Cover & interior art © Greg Chapman Signature Sheet Edition: All hardcover copies ordered directly from SST Publications come with a FREE exclusive signature sheet which is signed by the artist only. (Very sadly, Tom Piccirilli passed away before he was able to sign the signature sheets.) These aren't available anywhere else, so if you'd like something special order your copy direct from us!

Paperback Edition

PLEASE NOTE: The Paperback Edition is unsigned and DOES NOT come with the free Exclusive Signature Sheet signed by the author and artist.

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Artwork © Greg Chapman
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Artwork © Greg Chapman
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