Month: May 2012

Indiana Jones – Marvel Heroic RPG Stats

Henry Jones, Jr.
“Professor of archeology, expert on the occult, and how does one say it? Obtainer of rare antiquities.”

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
If Adventure Has a Name, It Must Be Indiana Jones
It Belongs In A Museum!
Archaeology Is The Search For Fact… Not Truth.

Power Sets:
At Home In A Classroom… Or In the Field
Enhanced Reflexes D8
Enhanced Stamina D8
SFX: Extra Effort – Step up or double POWER TRAIT for one action, then step back to 2d at -1. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.
Limit: Exhausted – Shutdown any POWER SET power and gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.

Tools of the Trade
Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector II D6
Bullwhip D6
SFX: Dangerous – Add a D6 to dice pool for an attack action and step back highest die in pool by -1. Step up STRESS TYPE inflicted by +1.
SFX: Second Chance – Spend 1 PP to reroll when using any Tools of the Trade power.
Limit: Gear

Acrobatic Expert D8 or 2D6
Combat Expert D8 or 2D6
Mystic Expert D8 or 2D6
Science (Archaeology) Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6

Why’d it have to be snakes?
1xp when you are confronted by a snake.
3xp when you must interact with or kill a snake.
10xp when you are surrounded by snakes or must make use of one in order to survive.

Star-crossed Lover
1XP when feeling emotional attachment to a woman.
3XP when risking your own life to save a romantic interest from certain death.
10XP when becoming engaged to a romantic interest or when first telling her that you love her.

Rook Contest — and Die Glocke looms in the future.

Tales of The Rook is still selling like crazy and the PR machine is really gearing up to try and sell even more. Tommy Hancock of Pro Se Press has announced a fun little contest where you can actually end up as a character in The Rook Volume Seven! The details are: “The next TEN people to buy a copy of TALES OF THE ROOK and send their receipt to will be written in as a character in THE ROOK VOLUME SEVEN due out later this year! AND you can decide if you’re a hero, villain, or cannon fodder! Simply send your receipt for purchase to the above address and your name as you wan it to appear in the book and your affiliation (good, bad, dead) Do it now!” So if you want to end up in The Rook, follow those directions!

I’ll be recording a podcast interview tonight where we talk the Rook collection, as well. I’ll also be on The Book Cave in June to do the same.

But because things never seem to slow down, I’m teasing today the handiwork of Sean Ali, Pro Se’s ace graphic designer. That’s the logo for the next Lazarus Gray book, due in July. Snazzy, eh?

Thanks to all of you for making this month the biggest in this site’s history. We’ve gotten more and more hits each month as we’ve gone along but this time around, it’s been amazing how many folks are checking us out. Thanks for making my little corner of the web a part of your daily or weekly surfing.

Before I sign off, please check out my buddy Wayne Reinagel’s newly redesigned website, Pulp Heroes – More Than Mortal. Wayne’s one of the best New Pulp authors out there and now he’s got a wonderfully snazzy website to plug his various projects. Check it out!

It’s Time To Get Pulped!

Press Release:

After a hiatus the likes which will never be seen again, the Boys of Pulped! Are Back! This week Tommy Hancock hosts fascinating guest and author Lee Killough, author of Checking On Culture: An Aid to Building Story Background! Published by Yard Dog Press, this book is A MUST HAVE for anyone writing today! Tips on how to build societies, what things to look for in all areas, including agriculture, technology, personal interactions, and more! Doesn’t matter if you’re setting your tale in 1930s New York or in a far off future on a distant planet where amoebas are the dominant life form! Culture is everywhere and Lee’s book is a GREAT guide on how to build it properly!

Also, Barry Reese begins his REVIEWS FROM THE 87TH FLOOR, taking a look at Classic and New Pulp works and giving you his thoughts and commentary on them, like it or not!

PULPED! is back and be sure to follow the show in the coming weeks because it’s exactly the same, but man, ONLY WAY DIFFERENT!

Curious…. you’ll be some of the first to hear just how it might be different! Stay Tuned! and on iTunes!



So a blogger recently talked about pulp fiction and the lack of what he considers “real pulp novels” being published today. You can read the entire thing here. I wholeheartedly agree with his premise that pulp doesn’t have to be set in the “Golden Age” of the 1920s or 1930s to be pulp. In fact, one of the gentlemanly disagreements I have with the Pulp Factory Awards is the fact that the only stories that qualify are those set before 1940 or in the far future. So all those Shadow or Doc Savage stories written in the 1940s? None of them would have qualified for the Pulp Factory Awards had those stories been written today. It’s arbitrary and, in my own personal view, narrow-minded. Pulp stories can be set in the 1940s… or the 1950s…. or today, all with equal skill.

But where I do disagree with the blogger is this statement:

So while it’s wonderful we have this resurgence of so many writers doing pastiches in the pulp vein, it’s unfortunate so few modern writers are actually doing real pulp novels ala Warren Murphy or the late Marc Olden or even the late Ian Fleming.

So few current writers are doing books with great, even salacious covers, breakneck speed, thrilling action, and larger than life protagonists in conflict with outlandish villains, set in a present/timely context. That is the definition of true pulp fiction, and true pulp heroes… and what we are in dire need… of more of.

First off, while there are guys doing pastiches, the majority of New Pulp writers who set their stories in the Golden Age are, in fact, writing historical fiction. We’re incorporating modern ideas and styles into stories set in the past. There’s also plenty of New Pulp set in the modern day.

I don’t like it when people tell me “this is what x means” and was one of the reasons why I had some problems with the whole “definition of New Pulp” that I took part in crafting. Pulp is like pornography — I might not be able to define it but I know it when I see it. If the blogger had said “it’s unfortunate that so few modern writers are writing stories that I, personally, would enjoy,” then I’d just shrug my shoulders. But please don’t tell me what I’m writing and reading isn’t “true pulp” or “real pulp” just because you like one kind of pulp fiction (modern day settings) vs. another (everything else).

Tell me your *opinion* — that’s cool. Opinions are like behinds — we all have ’em. But please don’t tell me that my work and my interests aren’t “true” or “real.”


Still pleased with the week one sales of Tales of The Rook — hitting # 1, even if for only one week, was awesome. Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of the book and, of course, thanks to the other writers, artists, editors and graphic designers who worked on it.The PR machine is in high gear, as Pro Se has had a couple of sales incentives going — currently they’re doing one where you can get a copy of the book signed by all the authors! Check it out on the Pro Se Facebook page.

I’ll be recording a segment for Pulped! this Wednesday, talking the new book, and I’ll also be on The Book Cave on June 12 to do the same. I’ll update you when the podcasts are available for downloading.

Unfortunately, I’m not able to kick back and enjoy the success. I haven’t heard back from Moonstone about Mystery Project # 1 that I turned in and Mystery Project # 2 is due in a couple of weeks, so I’m working on that. I’d like to finish off Lazarus Gray Volume Three but I can’t work on that until these Moonstone stories are done.

And while all of that is going on, there’s behind-the-scenes things proceeding apace. George Sellas has completed the covers to Pro Se’s re-releases of both The Rook Volume One and Two, plus all the interior art for both volumes. He’s already started on Volume Three! I hope to get those books back in print soon. The art for today is from Volume Two’s “Kaslov’s Fire” and features the always popular Leonid Kaslov. Enjoy!


Memorial Weekend New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 5/27/12)

It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we? These rules have been fairly stable for some time now but I have recently added rule # 5, so please take note.

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 these 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 Sunday morning May 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 May 2012, I’m only looking at books published since February 2012. 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) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) 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.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.

Because of the holiday weekend, I ran the stats a day early and am posting them in their customary Monday slot. Because of my wedding anniversary, I’ll probably do the same next week. All this means is that if you double-check my numbers on Monday morning, you might see small differences here and there — these numbers are current as of Sunday morning, though you’re seeing them on Monday.

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) Tales of The Rook by Various (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 28,707
2) The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 33,463
3) Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha by Will Murray (Altus Press, May 2012) – 38,703
4) Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker by Jim Beard (Airship 27, May 2012) – 40,719
5) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook by Various (Moonstone Books, March 2012) – 52,231
6) The Lone Ranger Chronicles by Various (Moonstone Books, May 2012) – 100,282
7) The Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se Press, April 2012) – 174,218
8 ) The Destiny of Fu Manchu by William Patrick Maynard (Black Coat Press, March 2012) – 287,895
9) New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade (Pro Se Press, March 2012) – 505,330
10) Sherlock Holmes: The Baron’s Revenge by Gary Lovisi (Airship 27, February 2012) – 510,611

Just missing the list were: Pro Se Presents # 10 (Pro Se Press, May 2012) – 542,961, Call of Shadows by David Smith (Airship 27, March 2012) – 863,429 and Dr. Watson’s American Adventure by Erwin K. Roberts (Airship 27, April 2012) – 901,802.

A very busy week in the Top Ten! We have a couple of mainstays drop out of the Top Ten (like the Dr. Watson book) and several new books make their debut — including the # 1 title on the list this time. Howard Hopkins’ posthumous release comes in at # 2 and the new Doc Savage book slips to # 3. Airships 27’s newest title debuts at # 4. It should be noted that the Fu Manchu book is the paperback version, which is currently outselling the hardcover that Amazon’s been offering for awhile. We see continued strong sales on the Thunder Jim Wade book and on anything related to Sherlock Holmes.

From a publisher standpoint, Moonstone and Pro Se had three books each in the Top Ten, with Airship 27 capturing two slots. We have five publishers total represented here.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

What A Weekend!

Spent most of yesterday at the Renaissance Festival, having fun but getting seriously overheated. While I was there, I got a message from Tommy Hancock that Tales of The Rook was live on Amazon. I’m proud of the book and of the authors who do graciously agreed to write stories for it. They all did a wonderful job, as did our artists, Bob Hall and George Sellas. Early reports are that the book is selling very well!

Look for lots of promotional pushed for the book. There will be appearances on Pulped! and The Book Cave so stay tuned.

Enjoy your holiday weekend – tomorrow I’ll post the Best Seller list and then I’ll resume normal posting on Tuesday.