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Will Meugniot’s incredible rendition of Revenant, one of the Claws of the Rook team. Enjoy!

I’ve spent the past few days writing Lazarus Gray but I need to get back into the Claws story.


Your Christmas New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks)

I recently made up a list of New Pulp releases and then checked their sales ranks on Amazon. It was so popular, I did it again.

Originally, I just included all the recent releases that I could think of and ranked them — over time, people have pointed me towards other new releases that I was unaware of and they are now factored in. If there’s a recent New Pulp title I seem to be forgetting, let me know and I’ll try to include it next time for a more accurate Top 10 on Amazon.

Now, how Amazon calculates those 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.

But these are the sales ranks as of Thursday morning December 22, 2011. These sales ranks do not include sales from any site other than Amazon — so they don’t include Barnes and Noble or face-to-face sales or sales through any other website. It’s only sales through Amazon.

As an example, I know that Fortune’s Pawn is the bestselling book in Pro Se’s history but a large percentage of those sales obviously did not go through Amazon (at least not recently). So you have to take these sales ranks with a wink and a nod. Likewise, some things didn’t show up at all on Amazon or else had zero sales rank. That doesn’t mean that those books are not selling (I know they are!) but just that they aren’t selling yet through Amazon, for whatever reason.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title then sales rank):

1) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers by Various (Moonstone) — 52,527
2) Under the Moons of Mars by Various (Simon & Schuster) – 65,999
3) Doc Savage: The Desert Demons by Will Murray (Altus Press) – 108,439
4) Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede by Chuck Miller (Pro Se Press) — 188,352
5) The Green Hornet Casefiles by Various (Moonstone) — 442,507
6) Halloween Legion by Martin Powell (Wild Cat Books) — 775,845
7) Four Bullets for Dillon (Pulpwork Press) – 846,724
8 ) The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files by Various (Moonstone) — 974,964
9) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray by Barry Reese (Pro Se Press) – 1,047,993
10) Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars by Various (White Rocket Books) – 1,109,182

John Carter interest is on the rise, obviously, as the # 2 and # 10 books are both Barsoom related or inspired. Strong jump to the front for Creeping Dawn, too. And Dillon & Lazarus Gray return to the top 10.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.


So, last night I set aside the Claws of the Rook story to begin a new Lazarus Gray tale (#3 in volume three). I’ll go back and forth as the muse demands. Lazarus words flow so easily! I really feel like I created something good with those characters.

What I’m current reading: 11/22/63 by Stephen King, the complete Thunder Jin Wade and Star Trek Omnibus Volume 1 from IDW.


Finished chapter one of the Claws of the Rook story — 11 more to go!

Check out this pic of Frankenstein’s Monster (aka Vincent) by Will Meugniot.


Review Contest!

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray was released back in September. Sales have been steady but there’s only been ONE review of it that I know of. That review was very positive but I want more feedback — the more feedback we get, the better future books can be and the more interest in the series we can drum up.

So I’d like to officially kick off “The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Review Contest!” I’m going to drop in the name of Michael Brown, who has already reviewed the book on Amazon, to reward him for doing so. But between now and January 1, everyone else who reviews the book on their blog, a major website or even in an email to me, will have their name entered into a drawing for (drum roll please….)

A free autographed edition of Die Glocke, the sequel to The Adventures of Lazarus Gray! The book is due out in the first half of 2012 and features cover and interior art by George Sellas. A novel-length globe-spanning adventure that alters the heroes of Assistance Unlimited forever!

Note that your review does not have to be positive — you can savage the book if you feel it’s warranted (though if you hated book one, you may not be too keen on receiving book two as a prize!).

So get those reviews in, folks! And don’t forget it’s available for the Kindle and other ebook formats now, so you have even more opportunities to sample it!

Press Release!

Here’s the official press release about Pro Se’s ebooks:

Pro Se Productions announces today that while still putting the Monthly Into Pulp as it has since publishing its first work in August 2010, it now makes its extensive library available in E-book format! Leading off with veteran Pulp Author Barry Reese’s THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY, Pro Se plans to not only make its current catalog available in coming weeks and months via the Kindle, Nook, and in other digital formats, but it also intends to make its upcoming 2013 calendar available via ebook as well.

“Yes,” Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Press reports, “This process has taken a while and there’s a few reasons for that. We originally offered PDFs of our titles and those actually were quite successful, but the requests for Kindle, Nook, and more versions digitally have poured in since day one. Our biggest hold up was having the staff to produce quality e-books. We now have that in the person of Russ Anderson, a Pulp author and a vital part of Pulpwork Press as well. Russ is already at work converting our current books into digital formats, hoping to complete at least one a week for the foreseeable future.”

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY, the first book entry into Pro Se’s Sovereign City Project features a hero who awakens on the city’s shores with no idea who he is. Taking the name Lazarus Gray, he forms a team of adventurers to battle the crime, corruption, and evil rampant in Sovereign City. And its now available for the Kindle here at Amazon and in a variety of formats here at Smashwords! Hancock states that it will be available from Barnes and Noble for the Nook within the week!

Stay tuned for further announcements as Pro Se enters the digital age with E-Books-Pulp Style!