New Pulp Crossovers?

I sometimes get asked about the possibility of teaming up one or more of my characters with those of other authors… and I usually by answer by saying that I’d love to. In fact, I’ve already done a few little things — Wayne Skiver’s Professor Stone guest-stars in “A Plague of Wicked Men” from The Rook Volume Five and there are numerous references to Derrick Ferguson’s Fortune McCall and Tommy Hancock’s Doc Daye in my Lazarus Gray stories. Derrick and I have batted around a few times the notion of a Dillon/Rook teamup and given the Rook’s longevity, it’s possible they could meet up in the modern day. And at some point, Tommy Hancock has threatened us all with the possibility of a huge crossover between McCall, Daye and Lazarus.

So you never know….

The fellow at left is Catalyst and is depicted by Storn Cook. Catalyst was created way back in 1985 and has popped up in a number of Rook stories.

A New Week

Putting the finishes touches on The Swamp Manor Matter (my Johnny Dollar story). Then I’ll be working a bit more on the new Lazarus Gray story. It’s been a rough week for me and my writing slowed considerably because of that. Hopefully I’ll be able to get things in gear again.

We’re getting closer to the Rook’s comic book debut — should be arriving in November as part of All-Star Pulp Comics # 1 from Airship 27. Looking forward to this! Nothing new to report on “The Killing Games” front… Pro Se will add it to the schedule at some point, have no fear.

Continuing to enjoy the New 52 from DC, especially books like Frankenstein, Demon Knights and Batman. Good stuff.

Reading through the Nina Wilde series by Andy McDermott, too. Recommended for fans of modern pulp-style adventure.

The image accompanying this post is from THE DAMNED THING and is by the incomparable Kevin Duncan.

Ack. Thpfft.

Been busy finishing the Johnny Dollar story and dealing with stress at my day job. Normal posting will resume soon!

The Swamp Manor Matter

I’m almost finished with my story based on the old radio hero Johnny Dollar. An insurance investigator who can’t seem to avoid falling into dangerous situations, Johnny is an interesting character and I think my story does some unique stuff with him. My story features the Everglades, a reputedly haunted mansion in the swamp, beautiful ladies, drug running, alligators and white slavery. Fun stuff. I’ll let everyone know when and where it will appear.

New Pulp Flyer

Sean Ali, he of the mad design skills, has created this flyer that is being distributed at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention! Since it features the Lazarus Gray cover so prominently, I figured I’d share it here. And all those other books that are showcased on this ad are great reads, too!

Table Talk

Another episode of Table Talk is up! Join Mike Bullock, Bobby Nash and myself as we take a look at how we’d design our own pulp universe. It’s a fun topic with some interesting diversions along the way.

Recommended Reads

I’m not the author of any of the following books but they are New Pulp reads that I’ve sampled recently and really enjoyed. So if you’re stuck waiting for the next Barry Reese title to hit the shelves, give one of these a try. I’m not getting any kickbacks off of them but I do recommend them for folks looking for a fun read.

Four Bullets for Dillon by Derrick Ferugson – The third book in the series but it can be read without knowledge of the others. Contains my favorite Dillon story (“Dillon and the Bad-Ass Belt Buckle”)

Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede by Chuck Miller — Interesting book. Mixes hero pulps with Lovecraft for curious results.

Pyramid of Doom by Andy McDermott — The fifth book in the series, I believe, but I started with this one and really enjoyed it. I’m heading back to the first book now. Some incredible action sequences in this one. Modern pulp fun.

Doc Savage: The Desert Demons by Will Murray — The return of Doc! A great read — and my earlier concerns about the price ($24.95 for a paperback) are mitigated by the fact that Amazon has discounted it to $17.61. A must buy for pulp fans.

And while you’re enjoying those titles, don’t forget about my own The Adventures of Lazarus Gray.

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