Month: October 2016

Die Glocke comes to audio!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELAZARUS GRAY RETURNS TO AUDIO! VOLUME TWO-DIE GLOCKE NOW AVAILABLE

From Reese Unlimited, an imprint of Pro Se Productions, and Pro Se’s Sovereign City Project comes Barry Reese’s THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWO: DIE GLOCKE! Now a top quality audiobook produced by Radio Archives!  

Lazarus Gray and his aides in Assistance Unlimited return for what may prove to be their greatest challenge… What is the secret of Die Glocke? Will Lazarus Gray and his teammates discover the answer in time to stop a power hungry madman and his undead soldiers? 

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray return with an epic adventure where the fate of the world is at stake. Is even Lazarus Gray up to a task that could take him to the very gates of Hell itself? Also, Assistance Unlimited takes a case that will bring them face to face with Terror and the making of a Hero! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWO: DIE GLOCKE is a must have for any fan of Action, Adventure, and New Pulp! 

Featuring a fantastic cover by George Sellas and a pulse pounding performance by JR Nelson, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWO: DIE GLOCKE is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Lazarus-Gray-Die-Glocke/dp/B01LZ2JJXE/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

This thrilling Pulp audio book is also available on Audible and Itunes.

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWO: DIE GLOCKE is available at Amazon and http://www.prose-press.com.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital eBook copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

Check out Radio Archives and the fantastic audio books, classic radio collections, and the fantastic variety of classic Pulp eBooks they offer at http://www.RadioArchives.com.

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Updates!

gravedigger_05I’m over 35,000 words into the final Gravedigger novel and I hope to finish it before the end of November. This one is going very well but it’s bittersweet… a few characters die and we get to see a number of mysteries explained in full. Given the nature of the Gravedigger legacy, there are still tales that could be told about Charity and others but I do want to finish up the essential plot of Charity’s redemption with this one. George Sellas will be returning to do the cover, as he did with the first two books.

I’m also working a bit on a Babylon story that will introduce a spacefaring hero to my pulp adventure universe. The character was designed by George Sellas and I have Steven Wilcox doing some interior pieces for it.

Before the end of the year, I want to post a free Lazarus Gray Christmas story as my way of thanking all of you for your support.

And after all that… a new series will launch, one that’s set in 1964. It will be a sequel of sorts to to another of my continuing series but this one will be steeped in the high-adventure spy genre popularized by James Bond, the Man from UNCLE, etc. — character designs and interior art is by Chris Batista with a great Steven Novak cover. More details to come on that one soon! I’m very excited about it!

Our art today comes from the first Gravedigger book and is by Will Meugnio.

Ki-Gor Returns!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:SWING INTO CLASSIC JUNGLE PULP ACTION IN NEW STORIES! ‘THE NEW ADVENTURES OF KI-GOR: THE DEVIL’S DOMAIN’ DEBUTS!

Dedicated to breathing new life into classic and sometimes forgotten Pulp Characters, Pulp Obscura, an imprint of Pro Se Productions in conjunction with Altus Press, announces the release of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF KI-GOR: THE DEVIL’S DOMAN-TALES OF THE JUNGLE LORD. Ki-Gor returns to Jungle Adventure as written by noted New Pulp author Barry Reese in print and digital formats.

“Ki-Gor,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “definitely came into being at a time that many jungle types populated fictional Africa and even other jungle bound lands. Something, though, that makes this particular jungle hero stand out concerned those around him more than his own existence. To have Helene, a mate who stood toe-to-toe with Ki-Gor in every way, not to his side, is exciting in stories like this. Then throw in Timbu and the supporting cast and you have more than just another guy in a loin cloth. You have a realized character capable of fantastic adventures and he definitely has a couple in this new book, thanks to the ever talented Barry Reese.”

One of the Pulp Era’s greatest heroes returns! Created by John M. Reynolds, Ki-Gor, Lord of the Jungle, battled slave traders, dinosaurs, witch doctors, and lost civilization from 1939 to 1954 in the pages of “Jungle Stories.” Assisted by his beautiful and daring wife, Helene, and their loyal allies: the powerful Timbu Jones and the diminutive N’Geesso, Ki-gor continues to protect the peace of his jungle home.

From out of the past, the Jungle Lord stalks the wild once more! Ki-Gor and Helene and return to action in two exciting new adventures presented from the imagination of one of New Pulp’s finest authors, Barry Reese, in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF KI-GOR: THE DEVIL’S DOMAIN-TALES OF THE JUNGLE LORD from Pulp Obscura, an imprint of Pro Se Productions in conjunction with Altus Press.

Featuring a stunning cover by Mike Fyles and cover design and print formatting by Sean E. Ali, is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/New-Adventures-Ki-Gor–Devils-Domain/dp/1539352285/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1475845864&sr=8-5&keywords=ki-gor and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 10.00. 

This thrilling collection is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Michael Woods Iacono for only $2.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/New-Adventures-Ki-Gor-Devils-Domain-ebook/dp/B01LY3E60B/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1475846842&sr=8-6&keywords=ki-gor and via Smashwords in most formats at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/670348.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

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The Warlike Manchu

rook_v1_manchu_smallIn classic pulp hero tradition, most of The Peregrine’s enemies don’t make return appearances. But The Warlike Manchu is the exception to the rule — in fact, he appeared in each of The Peregrine’s omnibus editions! Obviously inspired by Sax Rohmer’s classic Fu Manchu, The Warlike Manchu does not consider himself a villain at all. He’s out to rule the world with an iron hand because that’s how humanity needs to be governed, lest our baser natures get the best of us. The Warlike Manchu was one of Max Davies’ tutors during his time preparing for his role as The Peregrine but when he learned of the Manchu’s connections to organized crime, Max refused the offer to rule at the Manchu’s side.

Aided by a group of assassins dubbed The Ten Fingers, The Warlike Manchu controls every manner of vice in Asia and eyes expanding his empire to the West. Though Chinese by birth, my take on The Warlike Manchu incorporates elements of various Asian mythologies to play up The Warlike Manchu as the ultimate “yellow menace” from the old pulps. He hates the Japanese but is willing to use their trappings and folklore to his own advantage, for instance.

The Peregrine and The Warlike Manchu have become the most bitter of enemies, clashing again and again. The highlights of their feud include:

“The Abomination” – In this story set in 1939, The Warlike Manchu re-enters The Peregrine’s life for the first time since they parted ways in 1922. Allied with an Egyptian necromancer named Ibis, The Manchu revives an ancient entity of pure destruction known as The Abomination. The Peregrine foils their plans for world domination but The Manchu escapes.

“Blitzkrieg” –  Set in 1940, The Warlike Manchu returns with a new pupil, a German named Hans Merkel, who has adopted the guise of the Japanese god of death, Shinigami. Merkel is The Peregrine’s true opposite number — like Max, he is haunted by the spirit of his dead father but in Merkel’s case, he slew his own father and enslaved his spirit. In this story, The Warlike Manchu kidnaps Max’s son, forcing The Peregrine to unite with the Manchu’s daughter in an attempt to stop the madman. Shinigami is killed and The Manchu’s immortality formula fails, reducing him to dust.

Death lasts only about two years, however, as The Warlike Manchu is revived in 1942’s “The Resurrection Gambit”. In this story, The Manchu embarks on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a search that leads both he and The Peregrine on a global chase. In the end, The Manchu escapes once more, swearing revenge on his most hated of enemies.

In 1943, The Warlike Manchu and The Peregrine are forced into an uneasy alliance, as both men seek to foil the plans of the Nazi vampire Baron Randolph Gustav. It’s clear that The Manchu respects Max greatly and would still seek an alliance between the two — but he also has come to believe that The Peregrine’s opposition to his plans has renewed the spark of life in his wretched heart. This is chronicled in “Dead of Night.”

1944 finds The Warlike Manchu teaming with Doctor Satan and Moriarty in “A Plague of Wicked Men,” one of the first adventures of The Claws of the Peregrine. The Manchu is apparently killed when the island he’s on sinks beneath the waves.

Once again, death seemed incapable of stopping The Warlike Manchu. At some point, he returned to bedevil Max Davies and his family — but his final defeat seems to have stuck. In 1967, William Davies (Max’s son) battled and defeated The Warlike Manchu, killing him while battling for possession of a magical Mayan tablet (“The Four Peregrines”).

No details about The Manchu’s activities between 1944 and 1967 are known — and given how many times he cheated death before, it’s conceivable that he has at least one more resurrection in store, even post ’67.

In addition to The Warlike Manchu’s appearances in The Peregrine’s series, The Ten Fingers have been name-dropped in both Gravedigger and Lazarus Gray, as The Manchu’s forces have infiltrated Sovereign City in the Thirties. In 1938, Lazarus met the Warlike Manchu face-to-face and managed to convince the villain that it would be in his best interests to avoid Sovereign in the future (“Tapestry,” Lazarus Gray Volume 6). It is unknown at this point if they had any later encounters.

Our image today is courtesy of George Sellas.