A Whole Bunch O’Stuff!

The first episode of Ubergeeks is now live — you can find it on iTunes or via the link at the top of this page. This podcast is done by my wife and myself and is very informal — it’s mostly us shooting the breeze about comics, tv, gaming, etc. If you enjoy it, please let us know!

Got a cover mock-up for the new version of The Rook Volume One last night. As always, George Sellas knocked it out of the park — I can’t share it yet but I think you’ll all really like this. On the stories themselves, I’m tweaking a few things but the essential bits are the same. For instance, there’s some inconsistency about The Rook’s adventuring gear in the first few stories and I’ll be ironing that out.

Anthony Castrillo says he’s only days away from completing the Lazarus Gray “Origins” project. Once I have some finished pages, you can bet I’ll be teasing some of them here.

Still working on the next Lazarus Gray novel (working title “The Devil’s Heart”) and it’s going very well. Nazis, an evil version of The Shadow and lots more are going to make this one of Assistance Unlimited’s most dangerous cases!

Tales of the Rook is still scheduled for April and it’s going to feature a cover by comics legend Bob Hall and interior art by Pulp Ark Award winning George Sellas! Featured authors are Ron Fortier, Mike Bullock, Bobby Nash, Percival Constantine, Tommy Hancock and myself! I can’t wait for you to read these awesome stories — and to whet your appetites, here’s an image from Tommy Hancock’s story!

 

Doc Panic vs. The Rook

The prolific Doc Panic continues his reviewing over at Amazon — and today he’s turned his eyes on The Rook Volume One. Here’s what he had to say:

I read this awhile ago, but with talk of it being reprinted I think a review is in order. Barry Reese steps out with the look at his action packed pulp hero “The Rook.” Barry does an amazing job in one book of giving us a great development of his new character. I was impressed at how the book brought you deep into the Rook’s life and yet kept the action flowing. This was the book that turned me on to the Rook, and I have never looked back having read all six volumes and chomping at the bit waiting for more!

Thanks, Doc! I’m glad you enjoyed the book and you’re right — a new edition is coming in late 2012! It will have a new cover, new interior art and will be completely re-edited! So hopefully you’ll pick up the new edition when it comes out.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 2/27/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? Those of you who have been keeping up with the list for awhile will notice a few changes in how I’m doing the list!

1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates those things is mostly a trade secret and they vary wildly from day to day. If I checked this tomorrow, the list could be very different. This list reflects sales ranks as of Monday February 27, 2012.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within three months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in February 2012, I’m only looking at books published since November 2011. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):

1) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster, February 2012) – 8,919
2) Doc Savage: Horror in Gold by Will Murray (Altus Press, December 2011) – 61,708
3) Heroes of Mars by Various (Pulp Empire, February 2012) – 251,524
4) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 299,762
5) The New Adventures of Richard Knight by Various (Pro Se Press, January 2012) – 442,990
6) The Global Star by Various (Pro Se Press, February 2012) – 566,632
7) The Adventures of Dodge Dalton on the High Road to Oblivion by Sean Ellis (Seven Realms, January 2011) – 740,592
8 ) Challenger Storm: Isle of Blood (Airship 27, November 2011) -772,605
9) Deathwalker by R.A. Jones (Airship 27, February 2012) – 1,082,391
10) Felony Fists: Fight Card by Paul Bishop (Fight Card Productions, November 2011) – 1,527,736

Just missing the list was The Cutman by Jack Tunney (Fight Card Productions, December 2011) – 1,620,446, The Adventures of Fortune McCall by Derrick Ferguson (Pro Se Press, December 2011) – 1,628,159 and Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 8: Agents Provocateurs (Black Coat Press, November 2011) – 2,025,340.

Expect the list to look very different next week as several titles fall off our three-month eligibility qualifier (since our next report will be in March) and Airship 27 should have at least one new release by then. This time around, Airship 27 retains three spots in the top ten (#4, 8 & 9), giving them the most titles in the list. The Richard Knight book from Pro Se moves up to # 5 this week while their new release (Global Star) has a strong debut at # 6. Both Dodge Dalton and Challenger Storm continue to show strong sales and are definitely worthy of a special mention.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

Pulp Ark Award Winners Announced

Below is the press release announcing the winners – It means a lot to me that my short story, “The Devil’s Workmen,” was recognized. The Avenger is my all-time favorite pulp hero and getting to write him was a dream come true. Having that story recognized in such a way is beyond awesome.

Thank you.

Congratulations to all the other winners – especially George Sellas, who did such a bang-up job on Lazarus Gray.

PRESS RELEASE

Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions and Pulp Ark Coordinator, announces that voting has closed for the 2012 Pulp Ark Awards,

The Winners of the 2012 Pulp Ark Awards are-

BEST NOVEL-Yesteryear by Tommy Hancock (Pro Se Productions)

BEST COLLECTION/ANTHOLOGY-Four Bullets for Dillon (Pulpwork Press)

BEST SHORT STORY- The Devil’s Workmen by Barry Reese-The Avenger: The Justice Inc Files (Moonstone)

BEST COVER ART-Hugh Monn, Private Detective-by David Russell (Pro Se Productions)

BEST INTERIOR ART-The Adventures of Lazarus Gray-George Sellas (Pro Se Productions)

BEST PULP RELATED COMIC-All Star Pulp Comics #1 (Airship 27 Productions)

BEST PULP MAGAZINE-Pro Se Presents (Pro Se Productions)

BEST PULP REVIVAL-The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage by Will Murray (Altus Press)

BEST NEW PULP CHARACTER- John Blackthorn Created by Van Allen Plexico (White Rocket Books)

BEST AUTHOR-Teel James Glenn

BEST NEW WRITER-TIE Sean Taylor And Chuck Miller

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-Howard Hopkins

The awards, 8X10 engraved wooden plaques, will be awarded in the middle of Pulp Ark, the evening of Saturday, April 21, 2012. Hancock stated that all winners as well as nominees are encouraged to attend, but any winners who could not would receive their awards by mail. Pulp Ark thanks all who nominated, all who voted, and congratulations to all the nominees and especially to the winners of the Pulp Ark 2012 Awards!

For any questions concerning Pulp Ark, contact Hancock at proseproductions@earthlink.net or follow Pulp Ark news at http://www.pulpark.blogspot.com

What Lies Ahead

20120226-071749.jpgSo what’s on the horizon, in terms of my publishing schedule? Grab a chair, my friends, and I’ll give you the lowdown!

Next up is The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade, another in Pro Se’s Pulp Obscura line. My story, “The Hellmouth,” was great fun to write!

In April, Tales of The Rook, will debut, featuring stories by Ron Fortier, Mike Bullock, Bobby Nash, Percival Constantine, Tommy Hancock and myself! A cover by Bob Hall and interiors by George Sellas will complete the package!

May will bring Die Glocke, the sequel to my debut Lazarus Gray book. An homage to Indiana Jones, Hellboy and The Avenger, this novel really shakes things up! George Sellas does the cover and interiors.

June see The Family Grace: An Extraordinary History. This will bring my earliest pulp works back into print and focus on the fact that there are folks named Grace in almost all my books. George Sellas does the cover for this one.

Towards the end of the year, The Rook Volume One comes back into print – completely re-edited, with a new cover and interior art! No date on this one yet.

Recommended Comics

I’m a big comics fan and given the relationship between pulp and the comic medium, I suspect many of you are, as well.

Now, this is not a full list of what I’m reading but it’s my current faves.

So what am I really enjoying these days? Read on….

Frankenstein, Agent of Shade – It’s kind of Hellboy in the DCU but I dig that. This is weird but fun.

Rachel Rising – A brilliant horror series – I still don’t really know what’s going on but I’m hooked.

Justice League – Fun, bombastic stuff.

Batman – One of the best Batman runs in years! Snyder and Capullo are crafting something special here.

Amazing Spider-Man – Dan Slott has done an incredible job restoring the mojo on this book, though I harbor ill will over the treatment of Roderick Kingsley.

Aquaman Killer art and story. This book is tons of fun!!

Green Lantern Sinestro back in a GL uniform has not only showcased his character but that of Hal Jordan, as well.

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TGIF

So I’ve now seen the full list of nominees for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards and in my category this year (Short Story Collections), there are only four other nominees. So I have a one-in-five shot at winning. Not bad! Of course I’m up against the likes of Terry Kay, so I can’t fathom that I’d actually win. Still, what a nice honor! If you want to check out the book that earned me the nomination, you can get it in print or for any of your ebook readers.

Still plugging away on the Lazarus Gray novel — working title is The Devil’s Heart but I might change that at some point as the story develops.

Recorded the first episode of Ubergeeks last night and it went very well — my lovely co-host (my wife, Cari) and I shot the breeze about comics, gaming and several other things. I still have to edit in the theme song and so forth, then submit it to iTunes to get it listed in their directory.

Thunder Jim Wade is supposed to be out sometime in the next week and I can’t wait for you guys to see my story in that book! “The Hellmouth” starts off with a daring raid on Wade’s island home and from there, the action’s only getting started. A terrifying enemy known as Leviathan is out to destroy Thunder Jim Wade and he’s willing to stop at nothing to achieve his goals. I think it’s one of the best pulp tales I’ve written and editor Tommy Hancock described it like this: “Wow!” So there you go. 🙂

Thanks to all of you who have helped me set a record for visits to this blog for the fourth month in a row! I appreciate the fact that you guys are interested in what I have to say and take time out of your day to visit the site.

Today’s art is from the upcoming sequel to The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, the exciting Die Glocke. It depicts the evil Walther Lunt and is by the incomparable George Sellas!

Thursday Madness

So my work on the new Lazarus Gray novel is going swimmingly. But you won’t be able to read it until sometime in 2013 — that’s the one downside to writing. By the time you get to see what I worked so hard on, I’ve long since moved past it!

My wife and I are going to be starting a new podcast later this week — it’s going to be called Ubergeeks and it will feature us riffing on all things geeky. I’ll let you know how to snag an episode when we have it ready.

Been doing some edits on the original Rook stories for the Pro Se re-release of Volume One at the end of the year. Definitely takes me back to where I was back in 2006 when I created the character.

HardCoreGamer1 posted a review of The New Adventures of Richard Knight over on Amazon and they had this to say:

For those of you who have always wanted to experience the excitement of being a child in the 1930s sitting in the local movie theater on a Saturday afternoon watching Flash Gordon or one of the other serials of the time, now you have your chance.

Pro Se Publication’s The New Adventures of Richard Knight is a collection of six adrenaline rush stories featuring the pulp hero who hasn’t appeared in print since 1942. Along with sidekick Larry Doyle, Knight fights evil which appears in many forms, while reminding us of the conflict at the time with the Nazi regime. The creators of these stories are well-known to readers everywhere: Josh Reynolds, Barry Reese, Terry Alexander, I.A. Watson, Frank Schildiner, and Adam Lance Garcia.

Knight is back in all his glory, flying the planes and shooting the guns every secret agent longs to have. It’s still the early 1940s in the dialogue when men were men and women were, well–dangerous.
Each of the six stories draws the reader in from the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the end. Highly recommended.

Thanks for the review! It was a really fun book to work on — and I think my next contribution to the Pulp Obscura project, Thunder Jim Wade, is even better! I had a real blast working on that one.

Today’s art is by Storn Cook and is from The Rook Volume Four.

Things

Random thoughts running through my head:

The Pulp Ark Award winners are supposed to be announced soon and I’m curious to see who takes home the hardware this year. I’m pretty certain I won’t be a winner this time around but being nominated is honor enough.

There’s a new Table Talk episode up — Bobby Nash, Mike Bullock and I take questions from readers in this one.

I won’t be at this year’s Pulp Ark Conference but maybe I’ll be able to sneak in a visit to Pulp Ark 2013! I will be at Dragon*Con this year as an attending professional and as we get closer, I’ll let you know if I’m on any panels and where you can find them.

Working on a Lazarus Gray novel — so far, so good. I’m only about 5,000 words into it so I’m definitely in the “honeymoon” phase of the book. This one starts several months after the end of Die Glocke, which will be published soon. I’m really loving Lazarus and the gang right now — I hope to keep telling their stories for a long time to come.

George Sellas will be doing the covers and interiors for the new editions of the Rook books, the first of which should come out at the end of the year — all will be from Pro Se Press. George has already started working on some of the art for volume one!

Really enjoyed the new book by Percival Constantine — give it a try.

If you’re not watching The Walking Dead, what’s wrong with you?

I hope to have finished pages from Anthony Castrillo for the Lazarus Gray comic story soon. If you’ve seen the layouts I posted, you’re probably as excited as I am.

Our art for today is by Anthony Castrillo and is from the Wild Cat Books’ edition of The Rook Volume Five — it features the evil Stickman.

Doc Panic vs. Lazarus Gray!

Over on Amazon, Doc Panic continues his flurry of reviews. Today, he’s taken a look at The Adventures of Lazarus Gray:

i have read a bunch of stuff from Barry Reese and have enjoyed it thoroughly. The Laz Gray character comes in with some similar aspects as one of my top Pulp guys “The Avenger”. Barry manages to so effortlessly bring characters to life. This book is no exception. Some similarities will strike home with The Avenger characters, but never a doubt to them having their own personalities. Barry has been branching out and doing some great work in many other New Pulp branches, Richard Knight and such. This book shows why he is becoming a well known name throughout the New pulp industry. 5 very happy stars.

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