Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Black Tao ™ short story E-book exclusive on Three J Productions, LLC Blog page

Three J Productions, LLC and 3JP Comics present an exclusive Black Tao short story written by Carl Herring Jr. in e-book format done in prose style with illustrations by artists Tod Smith and Ejay Russell.

Black Tao "From Within" special e-book edition published by Three J Productions, LLC.  Black Tao™ and copyright Property of Three J Productions, LLC 2020.  All Rights Reserved.

The events and characters in this e-book are entirely fictional.  Any similarities to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.  No portion of this e-book may be used or reproduced by any means (digital or print) without written permission from Three J Productions, LLC except for review purposes.

"From Within"
Page One
Act I

     Present day Hokkaido, Japan. Nestled in the mountainous region of the island sits a centuries old, secluded compound that is surrounded by an eight foot high wooden fence.  The compound consists of six wooden buildings. Located in the center of the compound is the largest building, a pagoda which stands three stories high. The pagoda is very majestic in appearance, while the five smaller buildings which surround the pagoda in a semi-circle look very utilitarian in their design. The five smaller buildings are the living quarters of the current inhabitants of the compound, while the pagoda serves as a monument to its original inhabitants, the founders of the Black Tao ninja clan.

Page Two

     The Black Tao ninja clan is considered by many to be the first and only true ninja clan. Created during Japan's Heian Period by its founding fathers, Hattori Hanzo, Kusunoki Masashige, Sanada Yukimura, Fujibayeshi Ito and Tokugawa Hayato. Together with a few of their followers they created the fighting style known as the art of Ninjutsu. But it became more than just a style of combat, it became a way of life.  Practitioners had to adhere to a strict code of physical and mental discipline, as well as a strict code of honor in how they used their abilities. 
     Through years of vigorous physical and mental training, the Black Tao ninjas were believe to have superhuman capabilities. During Japan's warring years, Black Tao ninjas successfully defended their lands from foreign invaders and stories of their superhuman exploits in defeating their enemies became legend and they were looked upon as heroes to the people of Japan.
     After the great wars were over, the Black Tao ninjas found that their skills were no longer needed. Many of them went back to their lives as farmers and laborers. Others found that they could make more money using their skills as ninjas to protect wealthy businessmen and their families from bandits while traveling.  The founding fathers now known as The Elders, were fearful of allowing their ninjas to use their skills in such a manner for fear that their actions could bring dishonor to The Black Tao legacy, so a set of rules were put in place for any ninjas that wanted to use their skills for hire. 1) The person who seeks protection must be of honest profession and of good character - this was a way to ensure that Black Tao ninjas did not work for warring crime lords.  2) Killing was not allowed, unless it was in defense of their lives or the lives of those under their protection - this was to ensure that there would be no jobs of paid assassinations. 3) Conduct must always be true to the teachings of the Black Tao ways.

Page Three

     The Black Tao ninjas were regarded as heroes of Japan after the great wars were over, but with the passage of time, stories of their heroism turned into stories of their viciousness as hired assassins. The Elder, Hattori Hanzo unbeknownst to his fellow Elders, deploys spies throughout the countryside to learn more about these stories of Black Tao ninjas performing hired assassinations, which was a violation of the Black Tao code of discipline. Hanzo's spies discover that these ninjas were not Black Tao, but another set of ninjas calling themselves  the Red Dragon ninja clan. Hanzo is informed by his spies that the Red Dragon ninjas are being trained and swear their allegiance to their master, Crimson Death, who is discovered to be Black Tao Elder, Tokugawa Hayato. The Elders confront Tokugawa about his betrayal and his dishonoring of the Black Tao ninja clan. He is found guilty of violating the clan's code of discipline and sentenced to death. Before his sentence can be carried out, Tokugawa with the help of some of his loyal ninja followers is able to escape...

End Of Act I
To Be Continued Next Month
BLACK TAO ™ and © 2020
Three J Productions, LLC 
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Carl Herring Jr. and Three J Productions, LLC look forward to Z Dead End

I am excited to announce my latest IMBD credit is filmmaker Robert Resto's Z Dead End.  When I saw the promo trailer for this film I couldn't pass up the opportunity to contribute some financial backing to this project.  The fact that former James Bond actor George Lazenby is one of the stars of this film sealed the deal for me.  I am a huge Bond fan.  For any of you out there who are fans of good zombie films or just want to show some love to a former Bond actor or both, there is still time to contribute to Z Dead End by following the link below.

Thank you all for your continued support and may you stay healthly and safe during these strange times. - Carl Herring Jr. President 
Three J Productions, LLC                                                                   

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A message from Carl Herring Jr. President of Three J Productions, LLC

Like most businesses Three J Productions, LLC is trying to manage during these difficult times.  And as we make the most of staying indoors and keeping our distance, while we wait for our lives to return to some semblance of the life we use to know, I would like to take this moment to say thank you to all those healthcare workers out there who put their own lives on the line everyday to help those infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Healthcare workers like Dr. Kim who cared for me as I battled the virus.  For three weeks I fought the virus from home, but not without daily phone calls from Dr. Kim to monitor my progress and make sure that I was taking my medications and keeping an eye on my temperature.  Once I was finally feeling better, I returned to her office to get my blood test done, Dr. Kim greeted me with this big smile and began to thank me for getting better.  Of course it was I who had to thank her for all of her constant care and true dedication to her profession that makes her and healthcare workers like her so special.  To Dr. Kim and healthcare workers everywhere, thank you for all that you do.

I feel very blessed to have survived this virus and would like to take this moment to say my prayers are with those who may be currently fighting the virus and to the loved ones of those who lost their fight.  May God bless us all as we get through this together.

Carl Herring Jr. President
Three J Productions, LLC

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Three J Productions, LLC and Carl Herring Jr. Gets Demented 1

Doing a follow up to my last post.  I talked about Demented 2: The Beginning, a film that I have a small financial stake in and I'm credited as one of the film's producers.  The film is the creation of the very talented writer and director Nigel Hartwell who is currently working on Demented 1.  The film is in post production and Nigel has a new Kickstarter fundraiser going on to raise funds to put the finishing touches on the film.

Below is the link to his fundraiser for those who would like to contribute.  There are some really great rewards for your contributions and you'll have Nigel's undying appreciation for your support.

Please share the link with people in your network and thank you for the support.

Carl Herring Jr. / President
Three J Productions, LLC

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Three J Productions, LLC and Carl Herring Jr. Get Demented 2

The new year has arrived, which means Three J Productions, LLC has new exciting projects to announce for 2020.  The first project I am thrilled to announce is a new film investment opportunity that I came across to start off the year.

The film is titled Demented 2: The Beginning by writer, director and founder of New Blood Entertainment Nigel Hartwell.  I have a small financial stake in the film plus an IMBD credit as a producer.

To learn more about Demented 2: The Beginning follow the link

To see what else is coming soon from Three J Productions, LLC check back to this blog with production updates and news on 3JP Comics upcoming publications.  And as always thank you all for the continued support. -

Carl Herring Jr. / President Three J Productions, LLC

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year from Carl Herring Jr. and Three J Productions, LLC

Happy New Year from Three J Productions, LLC and as always thank you for the support - Carl Herring Jr. / President of Three J Productions, LLC

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Happy Holidays from Carl Herring Jr. and Three J Productions, LLC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Three J Productions, LLC and as always thank you for the support. - Carl Herring Jr. / President of Three J Productions, LLC