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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!

A New Week Begins!

lg01_lazarus_solo_with_textWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog, as we usher in a new week. My goal is to add another 10,000 words to The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two this week, which would take me pretty close to the end of the novel. I’ve been really happy with the book in general to this point and hopefully I’ll be able to craft a conclusion that will leave people feeling satisfied. Once I’m done with this, I need to dive into a project I’m going to be doing for Radio Archives. That one will be a 10,000 word short story… as soon as I’ve completed that, I’ll be able to start on a story for a project called Pulse Fiction. That will be another 10k story… After *that*, I need to finally do that Sherlock Holmes novella that I promised all of you (and my editor!) at the beginning of the year. I do want to make it clear that I’m not attempting to do a pastiche for the Holmes novella. I am not aping Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing style — this will be a “Barry Reese” story using those characters. I will be faithful to Holmes canon but it will be filtered through my peculiar viewpoint.

All of this will probably take me to the year of 2013, which means that continuation of my work on the fifth Lazarus Gray book probably won’t resume until January.

It’s good to be busy, I suppose — but, wow, when I look at that list, it makes me wonder if I’ve gone insane!

I’ve been thinking about doing a Gravedigger “origins” strip like we did for Lazarus Gray. The origins strip ran in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon and though I haven’t heard much in the way of comments about it (most people have focused on the prose itself, which is nice, I suppose) I think it might be a good feature to add to my other ongoing series.

I’ve also talked to artist extraordinaire George Sellas about doing a couple of other fun things with me in the near future. One of them isn’t for publication but it might find life on my blog here and my Facebook page as a potential cover image. Stay tuned!

As for previously written works… I completed a Johnny Dollar story ages ago, as well as a G-8 and His Battle Aces for Moonstone and a Weird Western for Mechanoid Press. I have no idea when those will be published but hopefully they will see the light of day at some point.

I hope all of you have an excellent and productive day! I’ll be back tomorrow with more pulpy goodness.


Looking Ahead to 2013

Gravedigger & Mitchell from 2013's Gravedigger novel. Art by Will Meugniot
Gravedigger & Mitchell from 2013’s Gravedigger novel. Art by Will Meugniot

So yesterday we talked a lot about what stories had been published in 2012 — now let’s talk at length about what’s coming up in 2013! I have no idea about dates on any of this, sadly — I’m at the whims of my publishers!


I should have three stories coming from Moonstone in 2013 – a Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar tale; my second Avenger story and a G-8 story.

Pro Se

A bunch of stuff! The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 3 – Eidolon; Gravedigger; Tales of The Rook Volume 2, The Rook Special Editions 2-4.

Airship 27

I’ll be doing a Phantom Detective story for Airship 27.

So you should have quite a bit from me stocking the shelves next year.

Our art today is by the amazing Will Meugniot and will be featured in Gravedigger!

Upcoming Publishing Schedule

First up – my Reese Unlimited imprint.

The next book you should see released is the new edition of The Rook Volume One, with new editing, formatting, cover & interior art (those last two are by the wonderful George Sellas). After that, you should The Rook Volume 7 (written by Tommy Hancock) in the early part of 2013… followed soon after by The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 3: Eidolon. Not sure what comes after that, but I would imagine it would be The Rook Volume 2 (new edition)…. and then Gravedigger. Late in 2013, you should get The Rook Volume 3 (new edition), The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 4: Title To Be Determined and Tales of The Rook 2.

From Pro Se, I should have a story in Jim Beard’s new collection but they still haven’t made the official announcement about that, so I’ll hold off on naming it. That should be coming very soon.

Over at Moonstone, I’ve turned in a second Avenger story and it’s been edited & accepted but I have no idea when it will be published. I also wrote a G-8 story that hasn’t been edited or accepted yet. Whenever their Johnny Dollar anthology comes out, I have a story that will be in that one. With Moonstone, I don’t know any hard and firm dates – sorry.

For Airship 27, I’m sketching out a plot for a Phantom Detective story that should appear sometime in 2013.

I think that’s it… but I’m probably forgetting something.