Properties that need to be translated to prose – ASAP!

night-forceMy buddy Jim Beard and I have had some success translating the Captain Action toy line into prose and we’ve certainly seen novels based on tv shows, comic book characters and so forth over the years. But there are some properties out there that I’d love to get to see in prose… and maybe even write myself!

What things am I thinking about? Let’s see…

The Six Million Dollar Man – These days, he’d have to be updated to Six Billion or more, right? Anyway, I always thought this was a pulpy kind of show and I think it would be fun to see new prose adventures that followed the television continuity.

Challengers of the Unknown – Let’s pretend the Ron Goulart novel from the 70s never happened, okay? The notion of these guys living on borrowed time is a great one and would translate easily into a New Pulp take.

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle – Everybody loves a good jungle girl story, right? I think Sheena is ripe for a revival and updating. If Sheena were unavailable, maybe we could get the tragically aborted Savage Beauty concept revived and explored in prose.

Micronauts – This toy line spawned a classic Marvel comic book but revivals since haven’t been able to hit the right notes. I actually read a prose trilogy based upon one of the later continuities… and I think there’s a lot of potential here, even if it hasn’t always been present since Marvel lost the license.

Sandman Mystery Theatre – This comic series dripped with pulp flavor and I can think of a number of writers working in the pulp field today that would knock this out of the park.

Night Force – This Wolfman/Colan creation was a lot of fun from DC Comics back in the day and I’d be ready to follow them into prose adventures, as well. Baron Winters is a great character and the premise is just made for a continuing series of adventures.

What old properties would you like to see revived in prose?

 

“Captain Action Does It Again!”

Over on Amazon.com, a user named Chris posted a 4-Star review of the newest Captain Action novel that I wrote with my buddy, Jim Beard. Here’s what Chris said:

Captain Action does it again!

This third volume in the saga of Captain Action hits the right buttons. Jungle action, alien evil, romance, secret disguises and high-tech gadgetry, all rolled into a 1960’s fast-paced, smile-inducing adventure. Fans of the Captain Action character and toys will be pleased, as will fans of men’s adventure fiction.

Thanks, Chris! I think I can speak for Jim in saying that we both wanted to create an homage to Sixties-era Bond tales crossed with a healthy dose of pulp adventure and it sounds like you felt we achieved that goal. Thanks for taking time to post your review.

A Review of Captain Action: Cry of the Jungle Lord!

img_9090Ray Johnson posted a review of Captain Action: Cry of the Jungle Lord over on audible.com and I thought that I’d share his comments here. He gave the book 5 stars out of 5! This review is, as you may have guessed from the audible reference, about the audiobook version.

 Action + Pulp= Good Readin’! 

You may not realize this, but Captain Action started out as an Action figure line, in which alternate costumes were made for him so that he could become different heroes. FOr example, there was a Superman costume as well as Lone Ranger one. He was made to kind of offset the domination of the market by the GI Joe action figure. While beloved by the few who got it, the line died, and was revived back in the 90’s. It died too. Then they made some comic books which didn’t last long, either. So the Capt. has had a rough time.

That’s why I’m glad They’ve somehow made it to a third installment of a series of novels, since CA has never really had any luck. I’m going to be honest, even though this is the third novel i the series, it is the first one I have read. I have the other two, but I got this one first, and it is narrated by Roberto Scarlato, one of my “MUST LISTEN TOO” narrators. So, I’ll start there, Scarlato, per usual, nails the narration like he were an electric hammer on overcharge. The man can do voices and drive home action like nobody’s business. He makes the book fun, and when the action starts he is the guy holding the guns. So, expect some amazing storytelling, and settle in for a long listen as he’ll suck you into the tale faster than a sinkhole in Florida.

The story itself is very pulpy, something I appreciate and hope you will too. Books like this are a rare thing nowadays, and listening to this I had the feel of a young kid laying on the floor before a giant radio listening to an Old Time Radio show for the first time. It is fun, nostalgic, and chock fulla action, but just one Captain Action. I really think Beard has a true feel for the Cap, and Reese balances him out. This is a great story that you will not want to miss. 

Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like me will decide based on my review.

Thanks for the kind words, Ray! It was so much fun working with Jim on this project and I hope to be able to revisit that collaborative partnership someday in the future.

Pulp Factory Awards Voting is open!

The tenth Annual Pulp Factory Awards has unveiled its list of finalists and I’m pleased to announce that two books that I worked on are up for awards. Captain Action: Cry of the Jungle Lord (which I co-wrote with Jim Beard) is up for Best Novel while Restless: An Anthology Of Mummy Horror is nominated for Best Anthology.

Voting can be done at https://tinyurl.com/ybcyey7 and runs through Midnight, March 12. Winners will be announced at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Con.

Go and vote!

Various Things

OfficeDepot1 copy 2Welcome back to ye olde blog, my friends!

Yesterday I typed THE END on The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 8 and shared the files with my editors and publishers at Pro Se. Volume 8 has five stories in it and will clock in at over 64,000 words. It picks up in December 1939 and wraps up in December 1940 as we continue to push towards America’s entry into World War II.

Now I’m turning my eye towards a novella I’m writing that’s part of a new shared universe project at Pro Se. It’s *not* part of my Reese Unlimited stuff so there won’t be any crossover there. I hope it’s something that all of you will really get wrapped up in, though.

And, yeah, there was a small hint there about what it’s about.

After I’ve finished with this, I’m not 100% sure what I’ll work on. I need to come up with a plot for the next Captain Action book but I’m also tempted to work on something involving some elemental characters that’s been percolating in the back of my brain for ages.

Television-wise, I’m enjoying RIVERDALE, THE ALIENIST, CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER and THE ORVILLE. Great stuff all around!

Our artwork today is of The Peregrine and is by Mitch Ballard.

What’s Happening, Barry?

gravedigger_small_colorWell, thanks for asking! I’ll let you know…

Looked over the galley for The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3 yesterday. This one will feature another stunning cover from George Sellas and interior art by Chris Batista. I think you guys will really like it.

Working on the final story for the eighth volume of Lazarus and I hope to finish it in the next week or so… then I have to put the pedal to the metal and finish off the first book in a new shared-universe series for Pro Se.

After *that*, I might be able to finally start coming up with ideas for the next Captain Action book from Airship 27. No matter what, it’s going to be another busy year for Reese Unlimited. I hope you’ll be along for the ride with me!

It’s Been a Banner Year!

71a83a70-33b2-4e9c-89be-b9a98cf8220eWe still have quite a few weeks left in 2017 but it’s ended up being one of my more productive years, at least in terms of publications. I’m not sure if we’ll see anything else released before the end of the year but so far I’ve had the following books published:

Those five books come from a total of four different publishers, too, so I’ve done a decent job of spreading myself around! It’s an interesting mix, too, because three of those books feature characters that I did not create — I.V. Frost is a revival of a classic pulp hero, Captain Action is a pulp-style reinvention of the action figure and Nightveil is a longtime member of the Femforce, one of the longest-running female-centered comic books in the world.

I’m proud to have contributed to all of these books (the Frost and Restless titles are anthology collections) and I hope that if you’ve bought them over the course of the year, you’ve enjoyed them. There’s still a chance that the third volume of Gravedigger might join the above before 2017 comes to a close but we’ll have to cross our fingers on that one.