hipster_hahaHello, my friends! Please don’t forget that Box Thirteen is now available from Radio Archives in eBook format, with audio and print versions on the way. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s based on a 1948-1949 radio drama that starred Alan Ladd. It was a ton of fun to work on and I’m pretty proud of my contribution to the collection.

I’m still focusing these days on studying for the new job —  there’s a lot to learn and it’s not leaving me a whole lot of time for other things. Hopefully things will eventually calm down but until then, I’m afraid that there won’t be much in the way of updates about my progress on various projects.

Because there isn’t any progress on those projects!

Patience, grasshopper, patience.

I did manage to break into the edits on Gravedigger Volume Two for a little while yesterday and approved about two chapters’ worth of revisions. Slow going but it’ll be ready at some point.

Be sure to stop by and check out Michael Brown’s The Pulp Super-Fan blog. Michael frequently reviews New Pulp books and characters — and he’s been nice enough to focus on several of my characters & volumes, as well. Stop by and tell him that I sent ya!

See you guys tomorrow!


ADVENTURE WANTED! BOX THIRTEEN OPENING SOON! has released the ebook edition of BOX THIRTEEN – ADVENTURE WANTED. An audiobook will be released on May 9th with a paperback release to follow.

Stories in this new anthology are written by Bobby Nash, Jim Beard, Andrew Salmon, and Barry Reese. This new collection of stories is based on Alan Ladd’s popular 1948-49 radio show. Box Thirteen is performed by Nick Santa Maria, an actor with an incredible range of voices. Rumor has it Nick has been practicing his Alan Ladd impersonation. Douglas Klauba provides the cover.

You can find the Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted ebook on Amazon here.

About Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted:

Adventure wanted!
Will go anywhere!
Do anything!
Write Box Thirteen c/o Star-Times!

When author Dan Holiday opens Box Thirteen, he never knows what adventure awaits him. A former newspaperman turned novelist, Holiday crafts the plots for his books by living them. Spurred into action by letters from his readers, Dan Holiday’s adventures ranged from the outrageous to the dangerous. Whatever the case, Dan Holiday is sure to find adventure.

Based on the 1948-49 radio drama starring Alan Ladd, this collection includes 6 all-new Box Thirteen tales that carry on the action-packed tradition of the originals.

In “The Mystery of the Menacing Manuscript” by Bobby Nash, a surprise invitation sends Dan Holiday on a mystery writer’s weekend retreat filled with treachery, deceit, and murder.

In “The Horror of the Plague Doctor” by Barry Reese, a worried investor’s letter puts Dan Holiday in the crosshairs of a death doctor’s nefarious plot.

In “The Out Of This World Affair” by Bobby Nash, a cryptic message sends Dan Holiday scurrying to find the truth about Citizen X’s extraterrestrial discovery before men in black suits catch them both.

In “Room 13” by Jim Beard, a request for aid puts Dan Holiday on a collision course with mobsters, a mechanical man, and a scientist who wants to harness the author’s brainwaves.

In “The Game’s afoot, Mr. Holiday” by Bobby Nash, a killer gives Dan Holiday a chance to stop him before he murders his next victim. Can he decipher the killer’s clues in time?

In “Kaleidoscope” by Andrew Salmon, a frantic letter from a troubled wife sends Dan Holiday straight into a murder investigation where he’s the chief suspect.

Dan Holiday’s new adventures spring to life at adventure’s favorite address, Box Thirteen.

Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted is available for Kindle at the following:
Amazon US (Kindle)

Amazon UK (Kindle)

Amazon CA (Kindle)

Look for Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted on ebook now with an audio release on May 9th. Paperback release date to be announced soon.


A Big Day!

wish+me+luckSmall update today as I’ll be quite busy. Hopefully I’ll have good news to share soon – in the meantime, please send positive vibes my way!

If you’re waiting for the new Lazarus Gray volume, stay tuned – an announcement will be forthcoming!

And later in 2014… Gravedigger Volume Two! The Rook Volume Three Special Edition! The Damned Thing! Pulse Fiction! Box Thirteen! Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

And the ever-popular A Whole Lot More!

On the Horizon

rook_v1_evelyn_smallPeople always want to know what’s coming soon and I can tell you that The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Four should be out very soon. It’s been through two sets of edits and all the files are in the hands of my Pro Se editors. This one will wrap up the big storyline that’s been brewing since Die Glocke (volume two) and I think it’s a great finale to that particular saga.

They’re also moving forward with the second Tales of The Rook. Not sure when that one will come out but hopefully it will be soon, too.

The second Gravedigger novel has been written but we don’t have a cover yet – George Sellas, who hit such an amazing home run with the first book’s cover, is going to have a hard time topping himself on this one!

Beyond that, there’s a lot of things out there that I don’t know when they’ll be published – G-8 and Johnny Dollar stories for Moonstone, plus a Box Thirteen story for Radio Archives, for instance.

Even with all the turmoil in my life right now, you should have plenty of reading material from me in 2014 — one of the benefits of having worked so far ahead for so long, I suppose.

Our image today is of the lovely Evelyn Gould (later Evelyn Davies) and is by the amazing George Sellas. It appeared in The Rook Special Edition Volume One.

The Cover to Satan’s Circus… Revealed!

lg4_cover_final_paint_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

Today I’m proud to share with you the cover to Lazarus Gray Volume Four, which should be coming your way in early 2014! The art is by my friend and collaborator, George Sellas! I really love it… it shows off Abigail Cross, who went missing at the end of Volume Three. Looming in the background is one of my all-time favorite villains, Doctor Satan. Let me know what you think of this image — I think it will be really eye-catching on the printed book.

All the story and art files for Volume Four have been turned over to my publisher so it’s just a matter of it being slotted into their schedule and formatted for release (including editing). I can’t wait for you to guys to read it as it ties together things that ran through Volumes Two and Three! When it’s all said and done, you’ll see that it was all one big story… And the title to volume four? The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Four: Satan’s Circus.

Work continues on the current Lazarus Gray story, which is simply kicking all kinds of ass. I’m really enjoying it. I’ve gotten into a nice groove with Lazarus where even the uneven stories are still damned fun — and this one is firing on all cylinders. I should finish it sometime next week, which means I have to switch gears and start doing prep work on the Sherlock Holmes thing I’m writing. Wish me luck on that one — I’ve used Holmes before in a supporting role (see The Rook Volume Five) but it will be quite different doing a full novella. Thankfully I’m not supposed to ape Doyle’s writing style… I’m just doing a Barry Reese story with the characters. Obviously, I typically insert supernatural elements into my stories but I promise that Holmes won’t be facing Cthulhu… though that could be damned cool. Several of my non-supernatural stories that I’ve written have simply not seen print — hello, Box Thirteen and Johnny Dollar, for instance. Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy those soon.

I uploaded Episode 55 of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast this morning. I offer up reviews of The Shadow # 18 and The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights # 4, both published by Dynamite Entertainment. There are lots of great Shadow comics out right now… but there are also a few that are not-so-good. I’ll leave you to the episode to figure out which I think these two are.

I think I’ve started to give up hope on acquiring the license I was seeking. I pitched to someone pretty major, hoping to snag one of the smaller but still significant characters in their catalog. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s gone quiet on their end. In similar news, I submitted a writing inquiry to someone else that already has a license I’m interested in but no response there, either.

Oh, well. It’s really their loss!

In future release news – Rabbit Heart, Tales of The Rook Volume Two and The Rook Volume Three Special Edition are all in various stages of production. I’m sorry we missed the Halloween release date for the new edition of Rabbit Heart, but now you can get a bloody Christmas present instead.

Take care, folks!

Groovy Times, Man. Groovy…

RU Ad smallerI’m in a good mood today – I typed THE END on my Box Thirteen story for Radio Archives yesterday and mailed it off to my editor. Hopefully he’ll give it a thumb’s up and I’ll be able to put that one in the rear-view mirror. Today I’m going to be working on an “Origins” strip for Gravedigger, which will hopefully run in the second volume of that series. If you picked up The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon, you saw that there was a two page comic strip at the beginning written by myself and drawn by the amazing George Sellas. It recapped who Lazarus was and his basic origin — I want to do the same thing with Gravedigger and  eventually some of my other characters. My ultimate goal? To get enough of those things to actually fill up a small comic-book sized promo book that I could give away at conventions and appearances as sort of a primer to my pulp adventure universe. I’m not sure I’ll ever reach that stage but why not dream big?

Once I’ve put the finishing touches on The Gravedigger “Origins” strip, I’ll start working on my Pulse Fiction story for Pro Se. It’s a work-for-hire deal so I’m going off someone else’s concept and all the characters belong to them. I don’t mind work-for-hire as I think I have the right mindset for it — I’m not writing for me, I’m writing for them. It’s their baby, not mine, and as long as I know that going in, I never have an issue making the required changes.

Posted the 44th episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast yesterday. I spent some time talking about two of the more “infamous” periods of The Shadow’s long career: the Bruce Elliott novels (1946-1948) and the 1988 issues of DC’s comic series, where The Shadow’s head ended up on a robot body. For the most part, I’m not as much of a hater on those periods as a lot of fans but they’re certainly not among my favorites, either. Still, you can download the episode to hear what I think of them. I’m also in talks with a major figure in The Shadow world… if plans go well, I could be recording an interview with this person as early as this weekend! I’m planning to hold on to the recording for a little while, though, and run it as our 50th episode spectacular. I think folks will really dig it when it’s announced so stay tuned.

The artwork accompanying our post today is an ad put together by Pro Se graphic designer Sean Ali, using artwork created by George Sellas. It ran as a full-page ad in this year’s edition of The Pulpster, which is seen by everyone who attended PulpFest. It’s a stunning piece of work and I think it does a great job of selling my little pulp adventure imprint! Feel free to download it and share it as you see fit — I posted it all over a lot of pulp-related Facebook groups a few days ago.

See you guys tomorrow!

Writing Updates & Upcoming Appearances

rook_v3_girse_and_bostiff_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

I managed to get about 2,000 words added to my Box Thirteen story yesterday, which pushed me past the midway point. If I can get close to that done today and tomorrow, I’ll have this thing wrapped up before Thursday! I’m not sure that will happen but it would be mighty nice if it did. While I’m enjoying the story, I have a number of things waiting for me to get to them – Pulse Fiction, my Sherlock Holmes novella, a Gravedigger “Origins” script and Lazarus Gray Volume Five. I feel like I’m forgetting something with that list… oh, well! I’m sure I’ll remember before the deadline hits me in the face.

I hope!

Anyway, I have a few public appearances coming up that all of you should know about:

Avalon Comics (Macon, Georgia) – Saturday August 31, 2013, time TBA

Crossroads Writer’s Conference (Macon, Georgia) – Saturday October 5, 2013, all day

Georgia Council of Media Organizations aka COMO (Macon, Georgia) – Thursday October 10, 2013, 5 pm

At all of those I’ll be present to talk about my writing, sell books and mingle with fans. If you’re in the Middle Georgia area, please come out and say ‘Hi’!

Our art today is from the amazing George Sellas and makes its world debut right here, right now! This image shows off Girse and Bostiff, the two bestial companions of Doctor Satan. The image will appear in The Rook Volume Three Special Edition, as Pro Se continues to slowly bring the complete Rook saga back into print. These guys aren’t pretty, are they? Brr. Hope you enjoy the sneak peek.

Moonstone Monday

TREE_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog! We’re starting a new week and I have high hopes that it will be a good one. I’m still working away on my Box Thirteen story and at present, I’m a little over 3,300 words into it. I’m going to try and do my very best to finish this one before Friday. Since it only has to be 10,000 words long, I think I can do that. Fingers crossed! Once I’ve put this one to bed, I might be able to squeeze in a day or two of work on the fifth volume of Lazarus Gray before I have to begin my Pulse Fiction story for Pro Se Press.

I’ve been reading all kinds of things lately as I try to make a serious run at clearing off my “To Read” shelf. At one time, that shelf actually spanned about three different shelves but now I’m down to about 20 books. With luck and perseverance, I might actually end up with no books sitting around to be read. Every book in in my collection will have been read.

Obviously, that means I need to go and buy some new books, right?

Since I teased my upcoming G-8 story that will be published by Moonstone last week, I had someone ask me exactly what things I’d written for the longtime comics and New Pulp publisher. The answer? Not all that much, really! But here’s what they’ve published by me:

The Green Hornet Casefiles (2011) contains my story “Summer of Death”

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files (2011) contains my story “The Devil’s Workmen” which won the 2012 Pulp Ark Award for Best Short Story

The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible (2013) contains my story “The Box of Flesh”

In addition, I’ve written the aforementioned G-8 story and a Johnny Dollar story, both of which are still waiting to be printed by Moonstone. So eventually we’ll be able to add those books to the list. Working with Moonstone has been a real honor, especially since it gave me the chance to work on The Avenger, who has always been one of my favorite pulp heroes.

Our art today is by Anthony Castrillo and depicts one of the evil villains from The Rook Volume Five. Spooky stuff, eh?

Hope you guys have a happy and productive Monday!

It’s Finally Friday!

rowlingIt’s Friday! It seems like it’s been a long, strange journey to get here…

Reluctantly put away the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume Five so I could focus on this Box Thirteen tale for Radio Archives. I’m about 3,000 words into it. The entire thing only has to be 10,000 words and it’s not due until the end of the month so I think I’m doing fine. I’m still curious as to how it will be received by the editor as I think it veers into some slightly different directions than some of the episodes that I’ve listened to. Still, if they hate it, I can always strip-mine it and turn it into something else. I’ve been known to do that before! Never throw out anything, folks.

Moonstone is still moving forward with their latest Return of the Monsters project. I wrote a G-8 and his Battle Aces story for that one and it’s going to feature accompanying artwork by Sedat Ozgen, who has done a good bit of work for Moonstone in the past, including working on The Phantom when they had that license. Hopefully you guys will have the chance to see this one in print soon.

Finally got around to updating my Bibliography page, adding the third Lazarus Gray volume and Strange Trails. Counting all the individual issues that my work appeared in at Marvel, plus all the anthologies I’ve contributed to, I’ve now been published about 54 times in my career. That’s not bad for ten years as a professional! And that number is continually increasing. It’s been an amazing, thrilling ride and I thank all of you for making it possible.

The image accompanying this post features a quote from JK Rowling – “The stories we love best do live in us forever.” I like that a lot and definitely believe in it. All of my beloved favorites go on and on in my heart and in the hearts of all the others who share that passion.

May some of my heroes live on forever in your hearts, too.

I Don’t Like Mondays

Lazarus_cvr_smallActually, I’m okay with Mondays – but it’s the title to a great song by the Boomtown Rats and I never miss the opportunity to borrow a great title!

Anyway, I’m still working on my Box Thirteen story and it’s going fairly well, I think. It’s always weird to handle a property for the first time — never quite sure if you’re veering too close or too far from what the editor will want.

Got a great idea for the opening to my next Lazarus Gray story and I might break down and write that opening chapter soon. I’ve also been doing research on another writer’s pulp hero as I’ll be guest-starring that character in a Lazarus Gray adventure. I’ll reveal all soon enough, I promise, but I will say it’s a character that I’ve been reading for years and who has a loyal following. In fact, a new adventure of the character was just published recently.

Sadly, I can’t focus much time on Lazarus Gray, despite the muse pounding on the door to my brain. After I finish Box Thirteen, I need to start work on my Pulse Fiction story for Pro Se Productions and *then* I need to work on my Sherlock Holmes novella and *then* I owe Pro Se another Thunder Jim Wade tale. I think. Hell, I’m starting to have trouble remembering all my obligations! As for Pulse Fiction, the newest episode of the Pro Se Presents Podcast features an interview between Tommy Hancock and Paul Bishop as they discuss the origins of that project.

Reading-wise, I just finished a history of the Vietnam War and now I’m reading an old Doctor Who novel from the early 1980s. I also read a great comic called Downward Spirals this weekend, written and drawn by John Simcoe. It’s a comic book about hockey-playing opossums. Yep, that’s what I said. It’s a gag strip, with each “daily” strip printed on a page, along with the results of that night’s game. Over the course of the book, you follow the Downward Spirals through their season. It’s great fun for fans of humor comics and/or hockey! If you’re interested in it, you can find John on Facebook at

Here’s the inspiration for today’s blog title, by the way — enjoy! It’s a classic.