Brother Bones (Icons Writeup)

Brother Bonesbrother_bones
aka Tommy Bonello
Copyright Ron Fortier

Prowess 5
Coordination 4
Strength 5
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 9

Powers
*Life Support 10 (as a dead man, Brother Bones can ignore all physical needs)
*Damage Resistance 3
*Regeneration 2 (Extra: Regrowth)
*Handguns 4

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Investigation (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus), Weapons – Guns (Master +3 bonus)

Qualities
Undead Avenger
Atoning for his Sins
Occupies his brother’s body

Background

Brother Bones stands 6’2” and had straight black hair. He is an undead avenger, draped in black clothes and torn, slouch hat. The gray, rotting flesh of his face is hidden beneath a bone white mask.

His transition from a man of flesh and blood to The Undead Avenger began when mob boss Topper Wyld sent his best killers on a particularly bloody assignment. Jack and Tommy Bonello were known far and wide as the most merciless members of the underworld and on this particular night, they attacked their work with relish, slaughtering a dozen whores and their customers in a bordello. As Tommy was leaving the scene, one of the dying girls thanked him, setting in motion a strange chain of events. Haunted by her words, Tommy found himself becoming wracked with guilt. He fled the mob, finding peace at a local monastery. Plagued by a newly developing conscience, Tommy sought to make amends for a lifetime of blood and debauchery.

Nearly a year later, Jack Bonello found out where his brother was hiding. Acting on orders from Topper Wyld, he journeyed to the monastery and killed everyone there, including his own brother. When Tommy’s soul passed over to the afterworld, it encountered the spirit of the dead prostitute. She told him that he was being sent back to the world of the living to atone for his sins by dealing with those who would terrorize Cape Noire. Tommy’s soul was returned to Earth, where it took control of his brother’s body, evicting the murderous soul to Hell. Though Jack’s body died as a result of this, it continued to be animated by Tommy’s spirit. Tommy spared the life of gambler Blackjack Bobby Crandall, who had been about to die at Jack’s hands, and the two became fast allies.

Hiding his rotting features behind a mask, Brother Bones next brought down Boss Wyld’s criminal empire. Living with Crandall in an apartment, Bones became a frequent sight in the city, waging war against all those who would claim Boss Wylde’s vacant throne as their own.

The strongest feature of the Brother Bones character is his origin, which manages to include elements of spirituality that aren’t usually found in pulp heroes. His adventures are driven by both revenge and personal redemption, which are heady themes to work with. With multiple books in print featuring the character plus a graphic novel on the way, Brother Bones is one of the most successful “New Pulp” characters in existence.

New Pulp Recommendations: Brother Bones – City of Lost Souls

coverOne of my favorite New Pulp characters is Brother Bones, the Undead Avenger created by Ron Fortier. Bones patrols the shadowy streets of Cape Noire and is an excellent melding of The Shadow with Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider… he’s a fedora-wearing, skull-faced dispenser of retribution. I was lucky enough to get Ron’s blessing to feature Brother Bones in one of my Lazarus Gray volumes and it was a blast to handle the character.

City of Lost Souls is the newest volume in the series and it features five stories of varying length – the shortest is a scant five pages while the longest clocks in at 103 pages. The book is a bit different than the earlier Bones adventures in that there feels like a lot less Brother Bones than usual… a strong emphasis is placed on the supporting characters. In fact, Bones doesn’t even appear in “A Taste of Cherry Pie,” which is one of the strongest tales in the book!

The cover artwork is based upon “The Synthetic Man,” the longest story in the book, and that tale pits Doctor Satan against Brother Bones. It wasn’t what I was expecting, though, as there’s not really a whole lot of Satan vs. Bones in direct conflict… I did really enjoy the tale, though, and found the subplot revolving around a disfigured henchman and his mannequin girlfriend to be particularly strong.

As for the cover itself, I really liked it – Michael Stribling did a nice job on this.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the character, you’ll like this book. It deepens the vigilante’s world and makes it clear that the supporting characters are strong enough to carry the tales even without Bones.

Two New Lazarus Gray Volume 5 Reviews

lg10_assistance_unlimited_color_smallOver on the Pulp Super-Fan Blog, Michael Brown posted the following review:

Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other works) with several volumes out so far. Now we get the fifth one.

Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. He has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

This volume has five short stories. There are connections between most of the stories, so it’s best to read them in order. The first has a crooked financier who has built a huge zeppelin (for what purpose, is not clear, and not clear what happens to it after the main action) and who is after treasure on an outlying island from Sovereign City. This leads to his death and the release of an ancient evil.

The second story has Gray and associates heading to Cape Noire, where Ron Fortier‘s Brother Bones operates.

The third story introduces a new foe, the Basilisk, who can kill with a glance. He is trying to take over the gangs of Sovereign City, and before AU can take him out, decides to strike out at Gray through his girlfriend.

The fourth story deals with the evil released in the first story: the Three Sisters. Assisting Gray and associates is Catalyst. But not the Catalyst we are introduced in the Peregrine series, but his predecessor. While they take care of the Three Sisters, Gray’s old foe Princess Femi, is released. Am sure she will be dealt with in a future story.

The fifth and last story deals with Gray’s marriage to Kelly Emerson. We get cameos of several characters from the series in this one. I was surprised by a couple that appeared. He also has his new character, the Dark Gentleman as well. I think he’s only appeared in one short ebook story, and it also set in Sovereign City. I hope we see more of him, maybe enough for his own volume. It remains to see how Gray’s marriage will affect the series going forward. Pulp heroes getting married is pretty much unheard of, but he had the Peregrine do so and it didn’t hurt that series.

Rounding out the volume is the two-page comic book origin of Gray, and a timeline of Reese’s works. However, this one is missing most of the later Peregrine volumes, most likely because they have not yet be converted over from using the Rook name.

I’m not sure what we will see next from Reese. I know that he has been working on a crossover work, which I think is next, that has Peregrine, Gray, and Gravedigger. I look forward to it. I would love to see a new Gravedigger work as well, and wonder when we’ll see another solo Peregrine story or a full Dark Gentleman volume.

Meanwhile, reader Jose Rivera said:

In this latest volume of Lazarus Gray we saw 3 witches unleashed, Lazarus going out of Sovereign to investigate the vigilante Brother Bones, we had a surprising reveal of The Basilisk, the return of an old enemy and a wedding. You think that sounds very complicated, but it’s not. This volume is broken up into 5 short stories which could be read on their own but have a running thread. This reminded me of the first volume of Lazarus Gray and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Getting a new volume of Lazarus Gray is something to look forward to. Reese makes it so that if you’re new, you’re not lost, but if you’ve been reading since the beginning, it’s like visiting old friends. These stories are amazing fun and deserve your time.

Can’t wait to see where we go from here!

Thanks, guys! I’m glad you both enjoyed the book and you’ll be glad to know that I’m working on Volume Six right now.

Lazarus Gray Returns!


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONE OF GENRE FICTION’S GREATEST HEROES RETURNS!

EVERYTHING CHANGES IN BARRY REESE’S ‘THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME FIVE’

Award winning author Barry Reese’s occult adventurer from Sovereign City returns in the fifth volume of adventures from Pro Se Productions. Reese Unlimited, Reese’s author imprint, proudly announces the debut of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five in print and digital format.

“Barry Reese,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is a master at painting one of the most intricate and imaginative universes in fiction today and Lazarus Gray is a primary player in that. Not only is the action always on and the adventure top level, but Barry has a way of building characters, from the lead player himself to the most minor of characters, in a way that makes readers demand more, invites them into the lives Barry creates. And in Volume Five, Barry does what he does best by delivering two fisted tales that leave the reader in awe and wanting more.”

The Winds of Change Blow for Everyone…Even Lazarus Gray. The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five by Barry Reese continue the tale of the man once without identity and now filled only with purpose! Forming an alliance with other lost souls, Gray and his team stand as Assistance Unlimited and now face their greatest threats ever!

Thrill along with Gray and Assistance Unlimited as they face new dangers, battle old foes, and even cross paths with Ron Fortier’s mysterious undead avenger- Brother Bones! And Lazarus Gray begins the greatest adventure of his life, one that will change everything…

Also Included is SECRETS OF THE DEAD, a comic strip origin sequence by Reese and artist George Sellas. Prepare yourself for the unexpected as you return to Sovereign City and The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, from Reese Unlimited and Pro Se Productions.

Featuring fantastic cover art by Chris Batista, interior art by Sellas, and logo design and print formatting by Sean Ali , The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five is available now at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Lazarus-Gray-Five/dp/1512270547/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432130228&sr=8-1&keywords=adventures+of+lazarus+gray+volume+five and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 15.00.

Lazarus Gray’s latest volume is also available as a digital EBook formatted by Russ Anderson and Forrest Bryant for only $2.99 at Amazon for the Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Lazarus-Gray-5-ebook/dp/B00XWT98XG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432130228&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=adventures+of+lazarus+gray+volume+five and for most digital formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/544050.

For more information on this title, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to http://www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To Borrow

I’ve done a number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier. EDITED: This one will actually be happening, as Brother Bones will guest-star in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and for those of you who haven’t read the Gravedigger debut novel yet, you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… if you have read it, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

From the Vault: New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To… Borrow

I’ve done a number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier. EDITED: This one will actually be happening, as Brother Bones will guest-star in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and for those of you who haven’t read the Gravedigger debut novel yet, you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… if you have read it, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

From the Vault: My Favorite New Pulp Heroes

Dillon---CthuluThe past couple of weeks I’ve listed out my favorite classic pulp heroes and villains. This time around I decided to dive into the New Pulp waters. Basically, I’m defining New Pulp as characters who are written in the same breathless manner as the classic heroes… but who are appearing in brand new stories and have been created since the end of the classic pulp era. I’m putting emphasis on characters who have made their debut in prose (so no Indiana Jones, I’m afraid) and, furthermore, those characters who are mostly a part of what’s called the New Pulp Movement.

A lot of rules, eh?

That’s just the way we play the game, my friends.

So here’s my Top Ten Favorite New Pulp Heroes:

10. Brother Bones (created by Ron Fortier)
9. Garvey Dire (Created by Joel Jenkins)
8. Fortune McCall (Created by Derrick Ferguson)
7. The Pulptress (Created by Tommy Hancock)
6. Hardluck Hannigan (Created by Bill Craig)
5. Malcolm Weir (Created by Mat Nastos)
4. Mr. Brass (Created by Josh Reynolds)
3. The Black Centipede (Created by Chuck Miller)
2. Elisa Hill (Created by Percival Constantine)
1. Dillon (Created by Derrick Ferguson)

This was actually a really hard list to come up with — I left off lots of heroes that I genuinely love but I had to limit it to just ten. If I did a # 11, it would be Hugh Monn (Created by Lee Houston Jr.).

I’ve actually gone back and modified this list several times already. Oh, well. I think it does give you a nice overview of the best of New Pulp, in my opinion. I should give a special shout-out to Derrick Ferguson, who’s the only author to place two characters on my list!

Thursday?! That means the weekend is almost here…

lg4_frontispiece_smallGood Morning!

Yesterday was one of those days… you know the kind! If a resurrected Nazi supervillain had taken over my hometown, captured my loved ones to use as hostages against me and then released some genetically modified dinosaurs to destroy my office… it would have all made much more sense.

In the real world, though, you get knocked for a loop by the strangest of events, the most minor — yet stunning — of betrayals.

I’m a writer, remember? You can’t blame me for a bit of hyperbole.

Anyway, I’m back and ready to go! Only managed to add about six hundred words to the Lazarus Gray story yesterday but hopefully I’ll be able to get back in the groove and move forward. This is story # 4 in what projects to be a five story fifth volume. I think people will enjoy this one… on some levels, it’s deliberately less “epic” than the trilogy that took place in books 2-4. Aside from a brief trip outside of Sovereign to hang out with Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones, the team stays in their home city for the entire book, which is a change from the globetrotting they did in the previous few books.

Once I’ve finished off this Lazarus Gray volume, it’s on to the crossover novel (title will be announced soon!). And then… I’m going to do something with The Phantom Detective. Not sure if I’ll do a short or a novel but I’ll probably offer it to Airship 27 first since I’ve been so neglectful in doing anything for them in so long. If they pass, I’ll see about Pro Se or someone else. More details on the PD project as it develops, obviously.

Our artwork today is by the amazing George Sellas and will appear in the fourth volume of the Lazarus Gray series — Satan’s Circus. George draws a mighty appealing Samantha Grace, doesn’t  he?

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/10/13)

Air-71It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we?

1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates these 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. This list reflects sales ranks as of Tuesday morning December 10, 2013. Please read that part about sales RANKS. I am not tracking actual sales, as I don’t know those figures. A sales rank of 40,000 means that there are 39,999 books selling better at that moment on Amazon. You want to have a low sales rank, which means you’re closer to # 1.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within four months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in December 2013, I’m only looking at books published since September 2013. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, I’m tracking sales from smaller press publishers who actively publishing New Pulp material. I don’t generally track sales from Simon and Schuster or places like that — they have the New York Times Bestseller List for that. If one of the major publishers starts doing The Shadow or something, I’ll track that… but I’m not tracking Hard Case Crime or similar publishers any longer. The playing field is simply not level enough.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):

1) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 58,087
2) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 140,595

3) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 179,151
4) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 348,123
5) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 369,773
6) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 433,418
7) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 622,689
8 ) Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 750,449
9) Jim Anthony – Super-Detective Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,003,929
10) Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,114,399

Just missing the list were: The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,148,384, The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,548,350, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,575,709, Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 1,606,042, Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,632,354, SoulQuest by Percival Constantine (Pulpwork Press, December 2013) – 1,649,740, The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 1,668,677, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,417,767, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,850,828, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 3,096,321 and Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 5,971,206.

A couple of new releases haven’t yet scored any Amazon sales ranks but expect to see them listed soon: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Volume 5 by Various (Airship 27, December 2013) and The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds (Emby Press, December 2013).

An interesting week as overall sales are much better than last week. The top three remain unchanged as we see a pretty clear separation between those titles and the ones that fall below. Liberty Girl climbs back up to # 4 while a trio of classic hero revivals trail right behind — The Spider from Moonstone had been just missing the list the last few weeks but the vigilante stakes his claim to the # 7 spot this time around. Rick Lai’s latest continues to skulk around the back-half of the list, snatching up the # 10 spot this time around. Airship 27 normally gets very strong sales out of their Sherlock Holmes books so I’d be very surprised if that one didn’t make its chart debut next week.

From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Airship 27 leads the way with three titles, followed by Pro Se and Hollywood Comics with two each. Baen, Altus and Moonstone all have one apiece.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/3/13)

Cover 1It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we?

1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates these 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. This list reflects sales ranks as of Tuesday morning December 3, 2013. Please read that part about sales RANKS. I am not tracking actual sales, as I don’t know those figures. A sales rank of 40,000 means that there are 39,999 books selling better at that moment on Amazon. You want to have a low sales rank, which means you’re closer to # 1.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within four months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in December 2013, I’m only looking at books published since September 2013. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, I’m tracking sales from smaller press publishers who actively publishing New Pulp material. I don’t generally track sales from Simon and Schuster or places like that — they have the New York Times Bestseller List for that. If one of the major publishers starts doing The Shadow or something, I’ll track that… but I’m not tracking Hard Case Crime or similar publishers any longer. The playing field is simply not level enough.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):

1) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 45,004
2) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 104,274

3) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 107,324
4) The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 680,600
5) Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 776,734
6) The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 810,280
7) Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 899,936
8 ) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 928,155
9) Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 1,155,344
10) The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,220,192

Just missing the list were: The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 1,294,352, Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,421,183, The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,797,558, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,190,586, The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 2,342,522, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 2,521,686, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,717,050, New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 2,754,143 and Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 5,658,102.

Not a particularly strong week for sales but we haven’t had many new releases in a while, either. Still, I would have hoped we’d have had a holiday bump in sales but if it’s coming, it hasn’t gotten here yet! The Burroughs anthology continues to play back-and-forth with the most recent Doc Savage book for # 1, while Six Guns and Spaceships comes blazing back into the top 10 at # 5. Our highest debut comes from volume 10 in the Tales of the Shadowmen series, which debuts at # 2, though Mat Nastos debuts at # 4 with the sequel to The Cestus Concern. We have a nice mix of classic characters and newer ones this week, which is always welcome. Brother Bones, Liberty Girl, Skorpio, Malcolm Weir and The Bone Queen are all fairly recent creations and it’s good to see that the list isn’t always just about the revived golden age characters.

From a publisher standpoint, we have seven publishers represented. Pro Se Productions has an impressive four titles in the top ten, followed by Baen, Altus, Airship 27, Wordfire Press, Mat Nastos’ self-publishing press and Hollywood Comics, all of whom place one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.