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A Little Preview of 2012….

2012 looks like it will be a typically busy year for me and that’s a good thing! This by no means is an exhaustive list but it will be give you a basic guideline to what you can expect from the House of Reese in the year of the Mayan Apocalypse:

I’ll be a part of two Pulp Obscura books — the Richard Knight one and the Thunder Jim Wade one. I’ve turned in my Knight story already.

My Rook books and the Lazarus books will be available for the Kindle, Nook, etc. sometime soon.

The second Lazarus Gray book, Die Glocke, should be out in March. In April, we’ve tentatively penciled in Tales of the Rook, the big anthology where other writers get to play with Max Davies and crew. We make three Reese books in three months with The Family Grace: An Extraordinary History. This one is kind of a strange notion — it will reprint my very first pulp work (the out-of-print planetary romance The Conquerors of Shadow) along with other stories of the Grace family. If you have ever looked at the Timeline I publish in my books, you’ll notice that quite a few Graces have popped up over the years (Eobard, Korben, Leopold, Charlotte, Samantha, etc.) and this book will show you the range of their adventures. It features a lovely cover by the incredible George Sellas. Later in the year you’ll see a Claws of the Rook project from me (with art by Will Meugniot!) and The Rook Volume Seven will see print — as Tommy Hancock takes the controls for a trilogy of books that are set within the confines of the official Rook continuity. In fact, my Claws project ties in to what Tommy’s got planned.

I’m currently splitting time between multiple projects but I have written two stories for an eventual third volume of Lazarus Gray — that’s likely to not appear until 2013, though.

I also have something cool that will be a collaboration between myself and Anthony Castrillo… but more details on that are to come.

The sad thing is, I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few projects! Even with all this going on, the truth is, I turn down lots and lots of other work that is offered to me. I simply don’t have time to do it all, even if I really wish I could. But I’m pretty sure nobody would accuse me of slacking off with a publishing schedule that looks the one above!

Work Is Underway

I’ve officially started work on the Claws of the Rook project that will see print in 2012 (with art from Will Meugniot). The teaser at left is a production sketch. Seeing Will’s version of the heroes has definitely got me back into the correct mindset.

Set in 1945, the Claws team will be put through their paces in this one!

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Review Contest & More Table Talk

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!

Also, there’s a  new edition of Table Talk up today.  Bobby Nash, Mike Bullock and I discuss word counts and what to do when a story starts getting away from you. Enjoy!

Pulpy Recommendations

Been reading some stuff lately that I thought I’d recommend to fans of pulp-style adventure:

1) Warlord of Mars – The first collection of Dynamite’s comics series is a blast to read. It starts kind of slow but it really picks up the pace and becomes the best comic book adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic that I’ve seen. I haven’t made it past the first trade yet but it’s a lot of fun.

2) Indiana Jones Adventures Volume 1 and Volume 2 – These were marketed as all-ages books and they are that — but please don’t dismiss them as “kiddie books.” They’re great fun for grown-ups, too, and are the best Indy adventures in comics form that I’ve ever read (and I’ve read them all). Thrill-a-minute adventures with chases, romance and humor. They’re really fun.

3) Green Lama Unbound by Adam Garcia – I recently reviewed this for the All Pulp website. It’s a great novel that’s made all the more impressive by the fact that it’s the author’s first.

4) The Phantom # 1602 – Published by Frew, you might have to go to some trouble to get t his in the United States but it’s worth the effort. Collecting the longest Phantom storyline ever, this book features the best work of DePaul and Ryan’s tenure on The Phantom… and that’s really saying something. I loved this story – great art, super characterization, a classic hero.

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, making a wildly inaccurate “bestseller” list. 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 Monday morning December 12, 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 (like the newly released Blackthorn book from White Rocket). 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) Doc Savage: The Desert Demons by Will Murray (Altus Press) – 83,186
2) Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom by Various (Simon & Schuster) – 88,077
3) Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers by Various (Moonstone) — 397,579
4) The Green Hornet Casefiles by Various (Moonstone) — 543,264
5) Challenger Storm by Don Gates (Airship 27) — 602,945
6) Sherlock Holmes -Consulting Detective Volume III (Airship 27) – 672,424
7) Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede by Chuck Miller (Pro Se Press) — 756,044
8 ) The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files by Various (Moonstone) —817,308
9 ) Halloween Legion by Martin Powell (Wild Cat Books)  —1,251,114
10)Pirates & Swashbucklers by Various (Pulp Empire) – 1,451,478

After a couple of weeks out of the top spot, The Desert Demons reclaims it in a big way. Halloween Legion took a huge tumble and we have a few new entries in the top 10. Creeping Dawn took a strong leap forward. The Holmes book and the Under the Moons of Mars books are both based on pre-orders. Falling out of the Top Ten are The Adventures of Lazarus Gray (# 11, Pro Se Press), Hugh Monn (# 12, Pro Se Press) and Four Bullets for Dillon (# 13, Pulpwork Press). The newest Doc Savage release is just around the corner, so expect that one to show in the top spot soon.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

Who Won The Blog Lottery?!

I was asked to remove the previous post – “Interior Illustrations” – so if you were fast enough to have read it: lucky you! 🙂

In honor of my first act of self-imposed (sorta) blog censorship, I give you…

Angry Donald!


The Fall

Last night I watched The Fall, directed by Tarsem Singh. Set in the 1920s, it alternates telling us about injured stuntman Roy Walker’s friendship with a little girl named Alexandria and an epic fantasy tale that Roy relates to Alexandria. The fantasy incorporates elements of the real world and illuminated Roy’s inner struggles. It’s beautifully shot and wonderfully told. It’s so good that it depressed me a little – I don’t think I’ll ever write anything this powerful…

So do yourself a favor and get ahold of this film – ASAP!