Timeline of my pulp adventure universe (updated 12/09/17)

lg6_02_small_bwMajor Events specific to certain stories and novels are included in brackets. Some of this information contains SPOILERS for The Peregrine, Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and other stories.

~ 800 Viking warrior Grimarr dies of disease but is resurrected as the Sword of Hel. He adventures for some time as Hel’s agent on Earth. [“Dogs of War” and “In the Name of Hel,” Tales of the Norse Gods].

1748 – Johann Adam Weishaupt is born.

1750 – Guan-Yin embarks on a quest to find her lost father, which takes her to Skull Island [Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island].

1776 – Johann Adam Weishaupt forms The Illuminati. He adopts the guise of the original Lazarus Gray in group meetings, reflecting his “rebirth” and the “moral ambiguity” of the group. In Sovereign City, a Hessian soldier dies in battle, his spirit resurrected as an headless warrior.

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Updates & Stuff

harley_readingWelcome back, my friends! As always, things are percolating behind the scenes. I finished off the AC Comics/Reese Unlimited crossover this week and sent that off to Pro Se for their approval. I imagine they’ll have to pass it on to AC for their feedback, as well, so I have no idea when it will be on the publishing schedule.

Speaking of which, I approved edits on Gravedigger Volume 3 ages ago and recently did the same for The Second Book of Babylon so I imagine that both of those will be appearing before too long (though we may be looking at 2018 as ’17 is coming a close very quickly).

So what am I working on currently? Well, I’m still about halfway through the eighth volume of Lazarus Gray — the crossover, in fact, is set between the second and third stories of volume 8! I don’t think Pro Se will let me slip the crossover into that volume, though… I’m pretty sure you’ll get it as a separate adventure. Anyway, that means I *could* work on Laz but at the moment I’m actually doing prep work for a new story that is going to be part of a shared universe with a bunch of fantastic authors. I don’t think I’m allowed to give any more details than that… if the first stories from all of us are well received, the universe might become an ongoing thing but I’ve learned to never count my chickens before they’re hatched. At the very least, you’re going to get one story out of me — but I’m hoping for more!

We still have zero reviews for Nightveil: The Quiet Girls. Surely someone out there has read it… if so, please post a review somewhere and let me know when it’s available! I’ll give you some nice promo here and link back to your blog if you host the review.

Our image today is of the amazing Margot Robbie, in her role as Harley Quinn.

Timeline of my pulp adventure universe (updated 10/20/2017)

allstarsquadron_homage_clean_smallMajor Events specific to certain stories and novels are included in brackets. Some of this information contains SPOILERS for The Peregrine, Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and other stories.

~ 800 Viking warrior Grimarr dies of disease but is resurrected as the Sword of Hel. He adventures for some time as Hel’s agent on Earth. [“Dogs of War” and “In the Name of Hel,” Tales of the Norse Gods].

1748 – Johann Adam Weishaupt is born.

1750 – Guan-Yin embarks on a quest to find her lost father, which takes her to Skull Island [Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island].

1776 – Johann Adam Weishaupt forms The Illuminati. He adopts the guise of the original Lazarus Gray in group meetings, reflecting his “rebirth” and the “moral ambiguity” of the group. In Sovereign City, a Hessian soldier dies in battle, his spirit resurrected as an headless warrior.

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A Fun Little Thing…

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To the left is an image by Mark Propst, showing some of the heroes of my Reese Unlimited imprint in a fantasy story where they’d be teaming up with the Justice Society of America and The Invaders, all united against a cosmic cube wielding Red Skull! It’s an homage to Justice League of American # 209.

I really love it and appreciate Mark taking the time to do it. Hope you get as big a kick out of it as I did!

Bits and Pieces

gravediggerTweaked the look of the blog — I may fiddle with it a bit more… but hey, now we have that snazzy George Sellas image back on top!

Recently read FROST by Donald Wandrei… that guy could *write*. I love his characterization and descriptive passages. I was proud to write a I.V. Frost/Moon Man teamup that will appear soon from Moonstone. Great character.

Still working on THE SECOND BOOK OF BABYLON — on pace to finish before the end of this month!

Currently reading Spider-Man: Forever Young by Stefan Petrucha. This is a prose novel, basically an adaptation of the old Life Tablet storyline that Lee and Romita Sr. did back in the 1960s — only updated to the present, so you get references to Lady Gaga. It’s been fun so far.

I’ll be back soon with more news and upates.

Our art today is by Mitch Ballard and features Gravedigger!

Updates!

11746dcd0c65886c_Kate-Upton-Elle-2Hello, folks — sorry for the delay in updating the blog but I’ve been pretty busy lately. I did want to give everyone an idea of what’s going on and what will be coming out soon, though.

  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 7 is about to move into formatting. I’ve approved the edits, turned in an author headshot and done all of the back-end stuff that I’ve been asked to do. Hopefully you’ll see it soon.
  • Nightveil: The Quiet Girls is also coming soon. I haven’t seen any edits on it yet but I do know that Pro Se is trying to fast track this one.
  • I’ve been working on The Second Book of Babylon and should be finished with this novel within the month! What’s that? You don’t remember the First Book of Babylon? That’s part of the fun! I’ll tease more about this one soon.
  • I’m about halfway through the writing of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 8 and I’m also looking forward to starting Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age Volume 1 when I’m finished with Babylon.
  • No ETA on the publication yet, but The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3 is in the hands of my publisher and hopefully editing work will begin on it soon.
  • My Captain Action novel is likewise in the hands of that respective publisher — I think we’re waiting on Rob Davis’ schedule to clear so he can do interiors on that one.

If you’re curious about a specific project or character, feel free to let me know!

The lovely lady adorning this post is model Kate Upton.

The Diabolical Dr. York!

yorkMost of the villains in my pulp adventure universe are of the done-in-one variety: they pop up, bedevil our hero and then get killed. The Warlike Manchu, Doctor Satan and Princess Femi are probably the biggest exceptions to that rule.

But what about the deadly Doctor York? Why doesn’t this bad guy get the credit he deserves as one of the big bads of my universe?

Who’s that, you say? You’ve read almost all of my books and aren’t familiar with Doctor York?

That’s because he’s faced The Peregrine multiple times but never done so in prose (at least, not yet!).

York first appeared in All-Star Pulp Comics (2011) # 1, in a story written by me and drawn by by Craig Wilson. Set during The Peregrine’s days in Boston (1933), this tale introduces us to our would-be master villain. York is a former scientist that is now in service to the Elder Gods. His body is the receptacle for dark energies that have had the unfortunate side-effect of altering his appearance. His brain now floats in a clear glass dome above his torso… York has plans to sacrifice the daughter of one of The Peregrine’s friends but our hero manages to foil the scheme and York is dragged off to the nether-realms by his angry masters.

Case closed, right?

Not quite!

Illustration 4York returned in The Peregrine Animated Script that was recently reprinted in The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Three. In this story (set somewhere in the 1936-1937 period), York has managed to acquire the body of Princess Femi, the immortal enemy of Lazarus Gray. York revives her in hopes that she’ll aid him in destroying The Peregrine but once again he is dispatched back to Hell. How did he survive his prior defeat? We’re told that York was persuasive enough to convince the Elder Gods that he deserved a second chance. I imagine they weren’t so forgiving after yet another defeat.

In the upcoming novel The Second Book of Babylon, we get to see York make his debut in prose form — he’ll be clashing with the titular hero of the book. Those events are set in 2011 and while we won’t be told right away what York’s been up to between 1937 and 2011, I’m sure we’ll get more details as time passes.

I originally created York because in both the comic book and proposed animated adventure I wanted someone with a really strong visual. He turned out to be quite fun and I have a feeling that he’ll continue to bedevil our heroes in years to come.

Image # 1 is by Craig Wilson and appeared in All-Star Pulp Comics # 1. Image # 2 is by Steven Wilcox and will appear in The Second Book of Babylon.