Tag: edgar rice burroughs

Writers That Have Influenced Me

EmmaWatson-HarryCrowder03I’m not going to go in-depth as to why these guys have influenced me since in many ways, it would be hard to nail it down. These are authors that have been favorites of mine and are ones that when I read them, I consciously go “Wow, look how they did that! I want to be able to do that!”

I certainly read and enjoy other authors besides just these guys but these are the ones that I’d list as inspirations (in no order other than what popped in my head). Some of them have styles that are very different from my own but I still feel like I’ve taken something from them along the way.

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Writers That Have Inspired Me

EmmaWatson-HarryCrowder03I’m not going to go in-depth as to why these guys have influenced me since in many ways, it would be hard to nail it down. These are authors that have been favorites of mine and are ones that when I read them, I consciously go “Wow, look how they did that! I want to be able to do that!” I certainly read and enjoy other authors besides just these guys but these are the ones that I’d list as inspirations (in no order other than what popped in my head). Some of them have styles that are very different from my own but I still feel like I’ve taken something from them along the way.

Paul Ernst

Robert E. Howard

Walter Gibson

Stephen King (“old” King anyway — ’70s & ’80s)

Michael Moorcock (Elric specifically)

Rob MacGregor (his Indiana Jones work)

Andy McDermott

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Frank Herbert (his Dune series)

Timothy Zahn

Chris Claremont

Clive Cussler

Marv Wolfman

Geoff Johns

Jim Shooter

Wayne Reinagel

Arthur Conan Doyle

Derrick Ferguson

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writers Who Have Inspired Me

EmmaWatson-HarryCrowder03I’m not going to go in-depth as to why these guys have influenced me since in many ways, it would be hard to nail it down. These are authors that have been favorites of mine and are ones that when I read them, I consciously go “Wow, look how they did that! I want to be able to do that!” I certainly read and enjoy other authors besides just these guys but these are the ones that I’d list as inspirations (in no order other than what popped in my head). Some of them have styles that are very different from my own but I still feel like I’ve taken something from them along the way.

Paul Ernst

Robert E. Howard

Walter Gibson

Stephen King (“old” King anyway — ’70s & ’80s)

Michael Moorcock (Elric specifically)

Rob MacGregor (his Indiana Jones work)

Andy McDermott

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Frank Herbert (his Dune series)

Timothy Zahn

Chris Claremont

Clive Cussler

Marv Wolfman

Geoff Johns

Jim Shooter

Wayne Reinagel

Arthur Conan Doyle

Derrick Ferguson

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/17/13)

whitechapeldemoncoverIt’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 17, 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) – 99,265
2) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 119,471
3) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective by Various (Airship 27, December 2013) – 209,001
4) The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds (Emby Press, December 2013) – 220,157
5) Sensible Redhorn by Tim Bruckner (Pro Se Press, December 2013) – 231,623
6) Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 248,281
7) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2013) – 468,390
8 ) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 470,068
9) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 473,168
10) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 679,012

Just missing the list were: Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 701,500, Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 713,777, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 800,163, The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 844,620, Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 908,798, The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 953,007, Jim Anthony – Super-Detective Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,567,131, The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,968,803, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,057,568, , Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,181,096, SoulQuest by Percival Constantine (Pulpwork Press, December 2013) – 2,258,354, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,641,162, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,993,475, .

What a sales week! The top 16 books all had sales ranks under a million, which is the best I’ve ever seen. Guess someone’s buying up some pulp for the holidays, eh? At the top we continue to see Doc Savage and the Burroughs anthology slugging it out but Airship 27 makes a strong debut with their newest Holmes volume while Josh Reynolds burns it up at # 4. Mike Baron rejoins the list at # 6, making his first appearance in the top 10 in a few weeks. The bottom half of the list is comprised mostly of classic heroes: The Green Ghost, The Spider, The Crimson Mask and the various revivals in the Tales of the Shadowmen volume.

From a publisher standpoint, we have an seven publishers represented. Hollywood Comics, Pro Se and Airship 27 lead the way with two titles each, while Baen, Altus, Emby, Wordfire and Moonstone have one each.

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.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 11/19/13)

CRIMSONMASK-COVER-FINALIt’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 November 19, 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 November 2013, I’m only looking at books published since August 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) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 37,780
2) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 43,050
3) Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 366,781
4) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 715,392
5) The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 774,056
6) Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery Volume Two (Airship 27, August 2013) – 1,019,147
7) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,092,718
8 ) The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,198,768
9) Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,361,112
10) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 1,391,318

Just missing the list were: Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 1,414,004, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,592,036, The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,614,626, Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,669,988, New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,997,616, Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 2,001,323, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,283,109, , , The Bagman vs. The World’s Fair by B.C. Bell (Airship 27, August 2013) – 3,131,930,  A Week in Hell by J. Walt Layne (Pro Se Productions, August 2013) – 3,651,425 and Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 4,565,898.

A major drop in sales ranks. After several weeks where we were seeing 8-9 titles with ranks under a million, this week we see only five. There’s a big separation between #s 2 & 3, then down to # 4. Doc Savage bounces back in a major way, with the Burroughs anthology continuing to hang in strong at the second spot. Pro Se’s female driven titles continue to clump together at the fourth and fifth spots, which is interesting. After that we have mostly old heroes in new stories, as Ravenwood, The Crimson Mask, Jim Anthony and The Spider all pop onto the list. In fact, all of this makes the success of The Bone Queen even more impressive since virtually every other character in the top ten is at least a decade old.

My Rabbit Heart reissue, despite no promotion, would have placed at # 8. Alas, it doesn’t qualify under rule # 5 above. Never let it be said that I don’t play fair. 🙂

From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Airship 27 and Pro Se have three titles each, followed by Moonstone, Hollywood Comics, Altus and Baen, who have one each.

Just as a side note, THERE WILL NOT BE A BESTSELLER LIST NEXT WEEK. I’ll be busy with holiday stuff. The list will return on December 3, 2013.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 10/22/13)

Worlds-of-Edgar-Rice-BurroughsIt’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 October 22, 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 October 2013, I’m only looking at books published since July 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) – 53,555
2) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 74,637
3) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 145,275
4) The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 324,975
5) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 351,725
6) Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 488,715
7) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 502,562
8 ) Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,021,105
9) Pro Se Presents # 19 (Pro Se Productions, July 2013) – 1,033,822

10) Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery Volume Two (Airship 27, August 2013) – 1,063,699

Just missing the list were: Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,537,468, The Bagman vs. The World’s Fair by B.C. Bell (Airship 27, August 2013) – 1,687,638, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,840,561, Robin Hood – Freedom’s Outlaw by I.A. Watson (Airship 27, July 2013) – 1,907,045, Fight Card: Brooklyn Beatdown by Derrick Ferguson (Fight Card Productions, July 2013) – 2,115,331, Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 2,115,332, Behold the Night Wind by Christopher R. Yates (Borgo Press, July 2013) – 2,114,031 and A Week in Hell by J. Walt Layne (Pro Se Productions, August 2013) – 2,419,665.

Doc Savage is knocked from the top spot by the always-popular Edgar Rice Burroughs’ heroes. Our highest debut lands at # 3 as Pro Se’s partnership with Heroic spawns the Liberty Girl digest-sized novella. The Queen of Escapes continues to have strong sales and we see a big jump out of Tom Deja’s Shadow Legion, as it leaps from off-the-list to # 6. A strong week of sales all around.

From a publisher standpoint, we have five publishers represented. Pro Se has four titles and Airship 27 places three while Moonstone, Altus and Baen have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.