Table Talk Time

Bobby Nash, Mike Bullock and I take on the complicated issue of public domain vs. copyright ownership in this week’s edition of Table Talk. Check it out and then tell me how wrong I am 😉

As always, it is was a blast chatting with the guys — and if you have a topic in mind that you’d like to see us tackle in future installments, be sure to let me know. We’re up for just about anything!

Words To Remember

This quote perfectly sums up my goals as a New Pulp writer:

I have wrought my simple plan if I give one hour of joy to the boy who’s half a man or the man who’s half a boy. – Arthur Conan Doyle

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Another Day, Another Blood-Soaked Adventure

Still working on another Lazarus Gray story — it’s going well and really getting into some exciting territory. This one should run in the eventual third collection. No reviews in yet for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray but the book is selling well so hopefully someone will review it soon.

Tonight I will be co-hosting the new episode of the Pulped! podcast. We’ll be talking with New Pulp legend Derrick Ferguson about his new book, Four Bullets for Dillon.

Had to turn down a couple of offered projects in the past few days. I don’t have the enthusiasm at present for new tasks — I’m focusing on my own stuff for right now and maybe when things lighten up, I can afford to look into new characters and projects for other folks.

Looking forward to The Rook’s comic book debut, but that’s probably a month or so from now. Bear with me — it’s gonna be cool!

The artwork for this post is by Anthony Castrillo and depicts The Rook alongside the lovely but dangerous Revenant.

All Kinds of Things (aka It Must Be A Monday)

So I spent Saturday at the Crossroads Writers Conference. Had fun at two different panels and sold a few copies of Rabbit Heart and The Damned Thing plus one of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray. Crossroads was also selling The Rook Volume Six but I don’t know what kind of sales they were experiencing. Still, it was an awesome experience and major props to Chris Horne and all the Crossroads gang for putting on a great show. I got to meet Gail Simone (really briefly) and chatted for a few minutes with my buddy Nathan Edmondson.

Read Creeping Dawn by Chuck Miller over the weekend. Starts off very strong, with a definite H.P. Lovecraft influence. It then moves on to more hero pulp stuff but it’s always infused with elements of horror. I found it an intriguing read. Give it a try if you’re looking for something a bit different in your pulp reading.

Also had to scrape off a troll on Facebook — a would-be writer with an axe to grind. It can’t all be sweetness and light, I suppose.

Since it’s Monday, it’s time to check on what’s moving and shaking in the sales department. These are the top five Barry Reese titles on Amazon.com:

1) The Green Hornet Casefiles (Moonstone Books)

2) The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files (Moonstone Books)

3) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray (Pro Se Press)

4) Savage Tales of Ki-Gor, Lord of the Jungle (Wild Cat Books)

5) Mystery Men (& Women) Volume One (Airship 27)

Wow. Five titles, four publishers. A nice variety there. The Ki-Gor book is always an interesting one to me — over the years it’s been a steady seller but nobody’s ever reviewed the sucker. It makes me assume that the people buying it aren’t “Barry Reese fans” (if there are such creatures) but rather Ki-Gor fans, which explains why I never hear back from them. Anyway, it’s nice to see an old title pop up into the Top 5.

 

The Rook Flies Into Comics

The Rook is poised to make his comic book debut! Here’s the latest press release from Airship 27:

“The first ever Airship 27 presents – ALL STAR PULP COMICS is now off to Ka-Blam. A 58 pg black and white comic featuring seven old and new classic pulp heroes in comic strip adventures. Stay tuned for a release date.”

We Have a Winner!

We have a winner in The Damned Review Contest! Anthony Davidson posted a review of The Damned Thing on Amazon.com, which means he’s won a free copy of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray. Anthony gave the book 5 stars and said it was a good read — Thanks for taking the time to post that, Anthony!

In other news, I was asked by someone today how many books I’d had published. I stopped counting long ago but I figured I’d try and figure it out since people do ask that of me a lot. By my count, I’ve been published exactly 50 times since 2003. That includes the various anthologies I’ve been a part of, magazines that ran short stories by me and all the books I did with Marvel Comics. Not a bad total. And to think that once upon a time, I figured I’d never get published even once!

Currently working on a story called “Tomorrow Never Knows” but I might change that one — sounds like a Bond movie, doesn’t it? It will run in the third volume of Lazarus Gray. The first volume is for sale right now, so go and buy it.

My to-read stack keeps growing. I’m currently reading a Black Centipede book by Chuck Miller and next up is Four Bullets for Dillon by Derrick Ferguson. There’s so much New Pulp out there right, it’s amazing — and it’s almost all wonderful to read! Good times, my friends.

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