Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Lazarus Gray and the rest of the Assistance Unlimited team!

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A Thanksgiving Wish

I know it’s a bit early but tomorrow might be a bit busy.

To everyone in America, please enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful to have a wonderful family, with my wife of 15 years and my awesome five-year old son. I’m thankful, too, that my dream of being a writer came true.

Thanks go to all those who inspired me, helped me and became a friend to me. You make this life of mine better than it has any right to be.

Enjoy your Turkey Day, folks. Gobble, gobble!

The art accompanying this post is by Bob Hall and depicts one of my creations, The Rook. How cool is that, huh?

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Table Talk

Mike Bullock, Bobby Nash and I talk about the “work” of writing in this week’s episode of Table Talk. Enjoy!

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The Ever Popular “Random” Post

Finished writing “Murder Unlimited” last night so I’m still basking in the glow of that. Also finished reading Empire of Gold by Andy McDermott. Very good but make sure you’ve read the previous books before starting it!

About to launch into the first Indiana Jones Omnibus from Dark Horse. I loved Marvel’s Further Adventures series so I’m looking forward to these later adventures.

The image here was taken at this year’s Dragon*Con. A female Rocketeer. Va-va-voom! LOL

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“The End”

Just typed “The End” on the current Lazarus Gray story — the sweetest words a writer can ever see on the screen.

To celebrate, I’m giving you another sneak peek at the deadly duo of Darkling and his protege, Eidolon. This image is a production sketch by George Sellas — the finished piece, and the story that inspired it, will be coming along soon. Enjoy!

An Avenger Review

Sean Lee Levin has posted a review of The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files, which contains my story, “The Devil’s Workmen.” Here it is:

Once again, the fine folks at Moonstone Books have chosen an excellent selection of stories for this latest anthology, the second featuring the Avenger, the pulp hero created by Paul Ernst (but published under the house name Kenneth Robeson, the same one used by Lester Dent and the other authors who wrote the Doc Savage stories), and his able companions, Justice Inc. All 15 stories are well worth reading and show different facets of Benson, a man driven by justice after great personal loss. The most impressive thing to me about these stories is how character-driven they are and how much they flesh out the Avenger, whose pre-heroic background was alluded to many times in the original stories. As with several of Moonstone’s publications involving pre-existing properties, this collection has stories involving the Avenger encountering other pulp adventurers, with the most obvious examples being Win Scott Eckert’s “Happy Death Men”, a team-up with the Domino Lady, also containing several allusions to other pulp, novel, and comics characters (also, apropos of nothing, my favorite story in the book), and David Michelinie’s “The Blood Moon”, which has Benson teaming up with the Spider to face the most fearsome vampire of them all. Moonstone is one of the leading lights of the current wave of pulp revivals, and this excellent anthology is further proof of that, in the unlikely event anyone doubted that.

Updates

Wrote a few thousand words on “Murder Unlimited” last night but several thousand more are needed before that Lazarus Gray story can be put to rest.

Then comes an intense focus on my Richard Knight story.

After that, I have a Rook story to write for the Tales of the Rook anthology.

In the meantime, don’t forget to pick up a copy of All-Star Pulp Comics # 1! 58 pages of great pulp adventure from some terrific creative teams. You won’t be disappointed!

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