A New Avenger Review — And the Usual News & Nonsense

lg07_morgan_watts_smallWelcome to Tuesday at Ye Olde Blog!

I was pleased to see that a new review of The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible had been posted on Amazon. Our old friend Darkendale has been keeping up with his New Pulp reading, as we saw with his review of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon the other day. Here’s what he had to say about The Avenger:

I eagerly awaited my copy of this book and I can tell you, it was worth the wait. We find Richard Henry Benson and Justice, Inc. back in the business of seeing criminal masterminds destroy themselves in their own clever traps.We can enjoy stories by such pulp word slingers as Will Murray, Win Scott Eckart, CJ Henderson, Barry Reese, and Greg Cox. all of these diverse and skilled writers manage to echo the style of Paul Ernst. Occasionally, a bit of Ron Goulart creeps in but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

My favorites tales from this third volume of hard hitting Avenger pulp are.

The Moth Murders – Will Murray
The Box Of Flesh by Barry Reese
The Snarling Man – Christopher Sequeira with C J Henderson
An Excellent Beauty – C J Henderson
and last but definitely not least, Terror From The Depths – David White

Here’s to more offerings (I hope, fingers crossed!) from the authors and more, and from Moonstone, the very best in New Pulp Fiction!

I’m very glad that he enjoyed the book and I sincerely thank him for specifically mentioning my contribution. I’ll be honest in saying that I haven’t had time to read through the entire book myself yet but I fully expect to love it — the previous volumes from Moonstone have been of the highest standard.

On another note, I managed to write close to 2,000 words on Gravedigger Volume Two yesterday, which means that I’m closing in on 12,000 words. Since most of my novels fall in the 60,000 word range, this means that I’m about 20% through the first draft. I consider this to be pretty good progress. I plan to ride this momentum for awhile yet before moving to work on the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume Five.

Saw a truly stunning piece of promo work from Sean Ali and George Sellas the other day but I can’t share it yet — not until it’s been run in various other channels first. But trust me — it’ll make you very excited about the Reese Unlimited imprint. Hell, I authored all of the books on the ad and it made me want to read them! Sean is one of the most amazing graphic designers I’ve ever seen and his work makes Pro Se far and away the best-looking publisher in the field. And, of course, George’s artwork is always stellar!

All the stories for Tales of The Rook Volume Two are in so that one will probably be placed on the schedule at some point soon. Despite all the problems I had with getting this one together, I’ve been kicking around ideas about some sort of Lazarus Gray anthology… maybe one where each member of Assistance Unlimited got a turn in the spotlight. Any interest in that? Or do you prefer to see them all written as a team, under my hand?

Our art today depicts Morgan Watts, the oldest member of Assistance Unlimited — it is, of course, by the incredible George Sellas.

See you guys tomorrow!

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