Tag: Anthony Tollin

2013 Is Almost Over!

spirit_darwyncookeIt’s New Year’s Eve and I hope everybody has been enjoying their holidays. I got to spend Christmas with most of my family and since then we’ve been checking out museums, watching movies and generally having a relaxing time. Things start to return to what passes for normal later this week and, as always, I’m sure I’ll get back into the usual routine quicker than I expect.

I’ve started work on the final Lazarus Gray story that will run in Volume Five and I think it’s a big one as it will change the status quo for the entire series. Trust me.

After that, it’s on to the crossover novel!

I was the guest on an episode of Pulped! the other night and it should be released soon. It was a general chat about Reese Unlimited.

Also had a great conversation with Shadow-expert Anthony Tollin and I’ll be trying to line him up as a guest on The Shadow Fan’s Podcast.

I hope everyone’s 2014 will be even bigger and better than 2013!

Our art today is by the amazing Darwyn Cooke and features Will Eisner’s Spirit!

Thursday Stuff

lg_v3_darkling_vs_silver_wolf_smallThe weekend is getting nearer and nearer… just have to keep hanging in there! Last night, i was surprised to receive a phone call from Shadow expert and all around good guy Anthony Tollin. We chatted for almost an hour about all kinds of things and Anthony is full of fascinating insights and stories about The Shadow. I’m definitely going to try and get him onto The Shadow Fan’s Podcast because he’s just too valuable a resource not to share with everybody.ย  A very pleasant time, at least on my end ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure I wasn’t nearly as interesting.

Got a call from GC360, which is a televised news program put on by the students of the local university. They say they’re interested in setting up an interview with regards to my writing and, specifically, the fact that Die Glocke won Best Novel in the Pulp Ark Awards. I’ll talk to them today and see what we can set up — I’m not too keen on a visual interview but we’ll see, lol.

Work is moving briskly on with Lazarus Gray Volume Five – it’s off to a very good start! The Lazarus story I’m currently writing is a good example of the intertwined nature of my pulp adventure universe. A pirate by the name of Hendrick Van der Decken was introduced in “The Phantom Vessel” (The Rook Volume Four), in which the undead pirate is freed from his watery grave in 1943. I really enjoyed his character, so when I wrote Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island, I used Van der Decken as one of the villains of that story, which was set in the 17th century. Now, Lazarus Gray Volume Five (set in 1937), Van der Decken’s lost hordes of treasure are referenced again, though the undead pirate himself won’t be appearing (after all, he can’t be freed until 1943, remember?). Now, these three stories are all unrelated, except for the way our villainous pirate crosses into each but it’s a set of fun Easter eggs for those who read them all.

Speaking of Lazarus Gray, Volume 3 should be out before too long — expect me to start pimping that one really hard soon. Volume 3 is the middle chapter of the huge epic that spans books 2-4 and it introduces a couple of major characters to the universe: Eidolon and The Darkling. Both of those folks will return for Volume 4, as well. The image that’s running with this blog post today comes from Volume Three and shows The Darkling squaring off a villain by the name of The Silver Wolf. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which character is which! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I continue to get great feedback from folks about The Adventures of Gravedigger and I’m thrilled by it all! I was really proud of the book and think that George Sellas did the best cover of his career (which is really saying something!). Don’t worry, there will be more Charity Grace coming in the future.

Tales of The Rook — I’m still waiting on one more story. The first four that have been turned in are being edited now. All are winners so far! I hope to get this one out to you before the end of the year. While the first book was a breeze, with pretty much everyone turning in their stories early, this one has been more problematic. Writers have come and gone on the project multiple times and the whole experience has just been a bit of a headache. As such, I think Volume Two will be the last in that series. Tommy Hancock is still scheduled to write a trilogy of Rook novels (which would be volumes 7-9 in the main series).

Awards Season!

nerf-gunIt’s that time of year, when folks are voting on various awards. In the New Pulp field, it’s the Pulp Factory Awards (voted upon by members of the Pulp Factory group) and the Pulp Ark Awards (voted upon by anybody and everybody). I’m thrilled to be on the Pulp Ark ballot several times and wish my buddy George Sellas luck in both sets of awards (he’s nominated for Best Interior Art over at the Pulp Factory & he’s got four nominations in the Pulp Ark Awards). I sent in my votes yesterday so I’m like everyone else at this point — just waiting to see who wins. There’s so much New Pulp stuff out there right now that it’s almost unbelievable. Just ten years ago, I thought we’d never see this kind of thing again. The changing technologies have allowed small and medium presses to compete much more effectively and that’s great for everyone, I think.

I’ve been kind of busy, trying to finish off an editing job for Radio Archives while also working on Lazarus Gray Volume 4 and reviewing the first couple of stories that have come in for Tales of The Rook Volume 2. Tomorrow I’ll be recording episode 18 of The Shadow Fan and it’s going to be a packed episode — got a lot of commentary from Shadow scholar Anthony Tollin to share, as well as my reviews of “The Thunder King,” Masks # 3 and The Shadow: The History and Mystery of the Radio Program, 1930-1954. I’m also hoping to debut the first segment of Tommy Hancock’s review portion but we’ll see if that happens or if it’s pushed off to next week. Tommy’s a remarkably busy guy, too!

Currently reading Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira by Derrick Ferguson. So far, so good, but that’s to be expected from Derrick. He’s a terrific writer! You really can’t go wrong with any of the Dillon books but my personal favorite story is “Dillon and the Bad-Ass Belt Buckle,” which is from Four Bullets for Dillon. Check it out!