It’s that time of year, when folks are voting on various awards. In the New Pulp field, it’s the Pulp Factory Awards (voted upon by members of the Pulp Factory group) and the Pulp Ark Awards (voted upon by anybody and everybody). I’m thrilled to be on the Pulp Ark ballot several times and wish my buddy George Sellas luck in both sets of awards (he’s nominated for Best Interior Art over at the Pulp Factory & he’s got four nominations in the Pulp Ark Awards). I sent in my votes yesterday so I’m like everyone else at this point — just waiting to see who wins. There’s so much New Pulp stuff out there right now that it’s almost unbelievable. Just ten years ago, I thought we’d never see this kind of thing again. The changing technologies have allowed small and medium presses to compete much more effectively and that’s great for everyone, I think.
I’ve been kind of busy, trying to finish off an editing job for Radio Archives while also working on Lazarus Gray Volume 4 and reviewing the first couple of stories that have come in for Tales of The Rook Volume 2. Tomorrow I’ll be recording episode 18 of The Shadow Fan and it’s going to be a packed episode — got a lot of commentary from Shadow scholar Anthony Tollin to share, as well as my reviews of “The Thunder King,” Masks # 3 and The Shadow: The History and Mystery of the Radio Program, 1930-1954. I’m also hoping to debut the first segment of Tommy Hancock’s review portion but we’ll see if that happens or if it’s pushed off to next week. Tommy’s a remarkably busy guy, too!
Currently reading Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira by Derrick Ferguson. So far, so good, but that’s to be expected from Derrick. He’s a terrific writer! You really can’t go wrong with any of the Dillon books but my personal favorite story is “Dillon and the Bad-Ass Belt Buckle,” which is from Four Bullets for Dillon. Check it out!