And Lo, There Came A Tuesday…

RU Ad smallerWelcome back to ye olde blog! As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be attending the Middle Georgia Comic Convention, which is something that I’m very excited about. I’m also continuing to work on the crossover novel, which is slowly (oh so slowly!) approaching the 10,000 word mark. Since I’m aiming for a 60,000 or so novel, that means I’m getting close to the 1/6th mark.

Yeah, I know. I really shouldn’t focus on the word count but it makes me happy and I feel like I’m making progress by tracking it… so there!

Anyway, I’m really enjoying what I have written so far and I think the fans will appreciate it. So far, I’ve been mainly introducing all the heroes (the main cast will be The Rook, Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger, Catalyst (note: this isn’t Nathaniel Caine, who doesn’t become Catalyst until the Forties. This is his predecessor, who will be introduced in Lazarus Gray Volume Five) and The Dark Gentleman. There might be one or two others, as well, but we’ll keep them as surprises for now!

Tales of The Rook Volume Two is now available in print so if you don’t own a Kindle or a Nook or any other tablet, you can get the dead tree version and enjoy the rollicking works of Adam Garcia, James Palmer, Russ Anderson, David White and Sean Taylor! You’ll also get a sneak peek at a script for an animated adventure of The Rook — Pro Se was actively shopping this around at one point but as so many things do, it didn’t come to fruition.

Yet! You never know, after all….

Anyway, I hope everybody has a great day out there and we’ll be back with more pulpy goodness tomorrow.


Monday Morning Stuff

Howard Chaykin's The Shadow
Howard Chaykin’s The Shadow

A new week begins and with it comes the hope that things will take on a clearer shape. Cross your fingers for me, if you would.

I have been continuing to add to the crossover novel and I’ve passed the 5,000 mark on it. Since I’m aiming for a 60,000 word tale, I’ve still got a ways to go. But it will all add up in the end!

I also managed to released the 62nd episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast this morning. It’s our first episode since December 18! Sorry for the amazingly long delay.

Joshua Pantalleresco was kind enough to interview me for his blog. Please check it out here if you’re so inclined!

About to crack open a reference book about one of pulp’s most successful characters — this character will be playing a large role not only in Götterdämmerung (the crossover novel) but in future works set in my shared universe, as well. I’m appropriating this public domain hero and taking ownership of him. I do plan to switch him up a bit, which won’t please everyone… but I think I’ll stick with the core of the character and hopefully revitalize him along the way.

Also, please don’t forget to check out Tales of The Rook Volume Two. It features stories by Adam Garcia, James Palmer, David White and Sean Taylor, all of whom are awesome writers. It also features a spiffy cover by the legendary Grant Miehm! Right now it’s a kindle exclusive but it will be available in print soon.

Odds & Ends — Plus: Tales of The Rook Volume 2’s Cover!

ROOK Cvr_FNThe weekend is fast approaching, which means that my talk at the Crossroads Writers Conference is starting to sneak up on me. I’ll be talking about the growth of New Pulp and the many publishers that fall into that category… giving people an idea about who to submit to and how to get accepted. It’ll be more thrilling than it sounds (hopefully)!

I was interviewed by the amazingly talented Rachel Helie for the Crossroads website — you can find out my responses by clicking right here.

The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One picked up a nice little review on Facebook yesterday, courtesy of Mark Beaulieu. This is what he said: I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here yet, but I read Barry Reese’s GRAVEDIGGER vol. 1 and enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a fun, action packed pulp tale. Easily some of his best writing and that’s saying something since his Rook vol. 1 got me reading New Pulp stuff and eventually got me editing for Pro Se Productions (You can like their page). Really fun stuff. And the cover is fantastic. But I’m always partial to Nazi villains. I blame Indiana Jones. (Kindle edition only $2.99)

Thanks, Mark! I’m really pleased that you enjoy the book — hopefully you’ll get just as much enjoyment out of the second book, which should be coming your way in early 2014.

Because I had a sick son yesterday, I wasn’t able to add on to the Pulse Fiction tale I’m currently working on. I did write one hell of a great scene on Tuesday so hopefully I’ll be able to continue that momentum as I head into the second half of the story. I’m looking forward to typing THE END on it.

Pro Se has a number of things in production at the moment – the new edition of Rabbit Heart, Liberty Girl and Tales of The Rook Volume Two are all on the way. Tales of The Rook Volume Two will feature stories from Adam Lance Garcia, Russ Anderson, James Palmer and David White… all behind a gorgeous cover by Grant Miehm! Grant’s work first came to my attention back when he was doing Legend of the Shield for DC Comics and I’ve been a fan ever since. That’s his cover adorning this blog post — and I think it’s a real beaut! I hope you agree!

Take care out there, folks!

New Pulp Recommendation of the Week: Monster Earth

Monster Earth Cover letters placeholder artEvery Friday I focus on a New Pulp work that I think merits your attention. Sometimes it will be something that’s brand new, other times I’ll look at something that’s a few years old. This week, I’m encouraging you to check out Monster Earth by James Palmer, Jim Beard, I. A. Watson, Nancy Hansen, Edward M. Erdelac, Jeff McGinnis and Fraser Sherman. Before we start talking about the book in-depth, let’s see how the publisher describes it:

Welcome to a world where the Cold War was fought not with the threat of nuclear destruction, but with Giant Monsters. Watch as the denizens of this Earth that might have been learn to harness the power of these legendary creatures for good and ill. In these seven tales you’ll witness first hand as… –A young boy learns the value of sacrifice when the Japanese use a giant monster to attack Pearl Harbor… –An Inuit confronts his heritage to harness a frightening creature of the Great White North… –A false guru’s greed endangers 1960s Boston… All this and more await you in the pages of MONSTER EARTH! Join editors James Palmer (Slow Djinn), Jim Beard (Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker) and some of the most talented voices in New Pulp, including Nancy Hansen (Prophecy’s Gambit), Edward M. Erdelac (The Merkabah Rider series), and I.A. Watson (Blackthorn: Dynasty of Mars) as they take you to a frightening vision of Earth… MONSTER EARTH!

Obviously, this work is a an homage to the classic kaiju monster movies we’ve gotten over the years from Japan, where giant monsters fight other giant monsters. I grew up on a steady diet of Godzilla, Ultraman and Gamera so I’m in the right demographic for a book like this. The concept is ingenious and just lends itself to a whole lot of fun. And that’s exactly what these authors deliver — while the human element is never ignored, you’re also not going to be reflecting upon the nature of humanity after reading these tales. The main ‘draw’ — the giant monsters — is never neglected. I appreciate that because even now, I have to admit that I’m tapping my toe during all the in-between stuff in a kaiju film. I’m there to see big monsters punching other big monsters in the face.

There’s not a bad story in the bunch, which is saying something. I’m not the world’s biggest anthology fan because inevitably I wish the good stories were longer and could do without other tales entirely. There are no stories here that I would excise, however. The opening story, by Jim Beard, is a good one in terms of setting the tone and parameters of this world. It kind of reminded me of World War Z in the documentary-style approach it took. Nancy Hansen’s tale felt like classic kaiju and in particular, I enjoyed that one.

Some might scoff at the notion of kaiju as being ‘pulp’ but in feel and motivation, it’s definitely in the same ballpark. Both feature fast-moving stories with a focus on action. The characterization is delivered quickly and broadly. That’s New Pulp to me — and, most importantly, it’s escapist entertainment.

A word about the cover – something about the art seems a little “fuzzy” (perhaps this was something in the formatting or perhaps my eyes are going) but I love the movie poster feel of it and it not only captures the concept well but it makes you want to immediately dive in and start reading. It’s memorable and stands out well from many of the other covers that New Pulp works are sporting.

Monster Earth is a book that made me smile at least a half dozen times. If you love action-adventure or have a soft spot in your heart for dudes in big rubber suits stomping through model cities… then Monster Earth is something you should really consider checking out.

Tales of The Rook, Pulp Comics & More!

img-thingRead the second of the submitted Tales of The Rook stories last night (this one was by James Palmer) and it really rocked. This volume should be quite interesting, in that we have a couple of classic Max Davies tales, one starring his daughter Emma and another set in the far future, where the legacy of The Rook is being reborn. The first book was focused almost entirely on the ‘classic’ Rook, with the exception being Percival Constantine’s Pulp Ark nominated short story, which starred the Ian Morris Rook. This one will really show the full range of The Rook’s little slice of my pulp universe and that’s a good thing, I think.

The section of New Pulp that’s based in the comic book world continues to grow. I’ve been doing reviews of Dynamite’s Shadow series, as well as the crossover title Masks, over on The Shadow Fan Podcast but there’s a lot more out there. Dynamite has seemingly replaced Moonstone as the New Pulp publisher of choice, with series devoted to The Shadow, The Spider, Tarzan, John Carter and (soon) The Black Bat. They’re also pushing Miss Fury as a pulp title, given her placement in Masks. Obviously, she was never published in pulp mags back in the day but they’re going with the broader definition of pulp. Most of these books have been very good and certainly better than the abomination that was First Wave. Now, they’re not *perfect* (as listeners of my podcast know, I’m not too keen on certain elements of Dynamite’s Shadow revival) but I’m enjoying them nonetheless. I would never encourage anyone to buy something “just to support it” — comics are way too expensive for that. But if you love pulp, I would say “try them.” If you like them, give them your hard earned dollars. If you don’t, you gave it a fair try.

I’ve been getting several sketches from George Sellas in recent days, which will be pieces designed for The Rook Special Edition Volume Three. As always, they are *gorgeous*. He sent me the cover sketch last night and I’m seriously in love with it. Give me a couple of days and I’ll provide you with a sneak peek.

People keep asking when Reese Unlimited next release will be out and my answer is still the same — I’ve been told that March, April & May are the three months where your budget’s going to be stretched thin. Either Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon or Gravedigger will be out in March, followed by the other in April. May will see The Rook Special Edition Volume Two. I realize that volumes 3-6 are not available in eBook format at present and unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the Special Editions to be rolled out in order to get them. I’m hoping that by the end of 2013, you’ll have Volume 1-4 all back in print. Fingers crossed….


Sunday Talk

bubbleJust got a few things to share today — and then I’ll be off to begin preparing for the Super Bowl. Though I’m primarily a Falcons fan, I’ll definitely be watching and hoping for a great game. I’m pulling for the Ravens!

I’m currently reading a couple of Shadow novels — the first two books that brought Margo Lane into the pulp series. She’d been on the radio since ’37, of course, but it wasn’t until 1942 that Walter Gibson was directed to write her into the novels. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Margo. Like a lot of Shadow fans, I kind of resent the way she’s elbowed her way into being The Shadow’s primary aide. As a result, we hardly ever see Harry Vincent, Burbank, Shrevvy, etc. and that’s a real shame. On the other hand, The Shadow stories can be a real sausage-fest at times so having the lovely Miss Lane around isn’t a bad thing. She’s quite capable and entertaining, as well, so it’s not like she doesn’t have skills.

On the writing side of things, still working on Lazarus Gray Volume Four. I’m probably going to call this one “Leviathan Rising,” since that’s the title of the 38,000 word story that kicks off the volume.

Our first submission for Tales of The Rook Volume Two has come in! Congrats to Russ Anderson for winning this distinguished prize 😉

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, the Georgia Literary Festival will be in my hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia this year — so on the weekend of November 9, 2013, there will be a lot of familiar faces to New Pulp fans in the area: Bobby Nash, James Palmer, Van Plexico, Andrea Judy and Sean Taylor are all going to be there with me so make plans to be there!