Tag: Lazarus Gray

Die Glocke: The Critics Are Raving!

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two continues to bring in rave reviews. Check out what readers are saying:

Doc Panic – Great stuff that I read in two days because I didn’t want to put it down. Highly recommended reading.

Darkendale – This new volume of the adventures of Lazarus Gray and Assistance Unlimited delivers the same hard hitting, fast paced action of the first.

Michael Brown – 4 out of 5 stars

Jose Rivera – That ending was very touching!

Craig Russette – Wicked cool tale.

Buy  it today and join in on New Pulp’s hottest new series! This book was nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Anthology category!

Walther Lunt (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

WALTHER LUNT
First Appearance: “The Girl With the Phantom Eyes” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume One)

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
I’m Going to Rule the World!
People Are Tools, Not Friends
Vindictive Spirit

Power Sets:
World Conqueror
Enhanced Stamina D8
SFX: Second Wind – Before making an action with a World Conqueror power, you may move your STRESS TYPE die to the doom pool and step up the World Conqueror power by +1 for this action.
Limit: Exhausted – Shutdown any World Conqueror power to gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.

Weapons D6
SFX: Dangerous – Add a D6 to the dice pool for an attack action and step back highest die in pool by -1. Step up STRESS TYPE inflicted by +1.
Limit: Gear

Specialties:
Combat Expert D8 or 2D6
Menace Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Mystic Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Science Expert D8 or 2D6

Background Info:

Walther Lunt is a powerful figure within the ranks of The Illuminati, though he falls just short of reaching the Inner Circle. Lunt is a master schemer and was responsible for bringing Richard Winthrop into the group’s ranks, serving as his mentor until Winthrop turned against them.

Once a very handsome man, Lunt was horrifically disfigured after a beaker of acid was thrown in his face. This event seemed to fracture an already cruel psyche and turned him into a sadist.

Lunt would become Winthrop’s greatest foe after the former protege became Lazarus Gray. Lunt spearheaded several major assaults against not just Gray but the entire world. He apparently died while on a mission in the English countryside but he has been resurrected before, meaning that his threat may not be over.

New Reviews!

Doctor Panic posted the following review on Amazon.com, covering Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island: This was a fun pirate story, with a good amount of action. I would have liked to see a little more depth,as it got a little predictable at the end, but still very enjoyable. It reminded me somewhat of Conan’s Belit, or at least that is who I myself pictured, though Guan-yin is no where near as big a cut-throat. It was fun, and the characters stood out. I could definitely stand to read more of Guan-Yin.

Thanks, Doc! I had fun writing that story, which was one of Wild Cat Books’ “Pulse Pounders,” a series of novella-length digests, similar to what Pro Se is now doing with The Pulptress and other titles. Nancy Hansen has expressed an interest in reviving Guan-Yin so maybe there are more stories to be told with that character!

Over on Twitter, Jose Rivera posted this about Die Glocke: I just finished Die Glocke (the story, not the second volume) and that ending with Miya was very touching! Just looking to clarify… where did she jump to? Another Earth or back in time?”

I’ve gotten several interesting comments about the ending to that story! I’m glad that it worked for you. To make it clear: Miya’s actions created a separate timeline, one that was shaped to her wishes. The final scene with her is set in that timeline and is not the “main” Lazarus Gray universe.

Thanks, guys! Not just because you liked the stories but because you took the time to post your comments. Writing is a lonely vocation at times so it’s always good to get feedback (both positive and negative).

Gravedigger Unmasked (Partially!)

Coming your way in 2013, Gravedigger will be the third “major” player in my pulp universe, joining The Rook and Lazarus Gray in headlining a series. Gravedigger was born and raised in one of Sovereign City’s roughest areas and her birth is directly tied to the past of an Assistance Unlimited member. Charity (last name withheld!) grew up doing whatever it took to survive. Hers was a spirit burdened by the sins of her actions.

Scarcely into her early twenties, she had already been hardened by life… and then she broke into the wrong house.

Suddenly faced with a power beyond death, Charity is offered a choice: accept oblivion and an eternity in Hell, or become the first woman to bear the mantle of a Gravedigger, an ancient cult of warriors who serve  a mysterious entity known only as The Voice.

Charity’s task, she is told, is to shovel dirt upon the graves of the guilty. She has three years to purify her soul, three years before she is faced with final Judgement.

Can a woman whose new life is steeped in blood and murder find redemption?

And how will the other heroes of Sovereign react to the rising body count that she leaves behind?

Featuring a design by George Sellas, Gravedigger will make her debut early next year!

Wednesday

Dragon*Con is bearing down upon me so I thought I’d share a few things before I end up lost in the Con:

Because I’ll be in Atlanta, the Best Seller List won’t be posted until next TUESDAY. Sorry for the delay but for this one week only, no list will be compiled until Tuesday morning.

If you’re going to be at Dragon*Con, I will have books with me in case you’d like to buy one.

Sales on Die Glocke started strong and it spent well over a month in the Top Ten on the Best Sellers list. Now, I assume all of you have already bought it because sales have ground to a resounding halt. Oh, well. 🙂

Supposed to be doing edits on my Johnny Dollar story for Moonstone. I’ll be honest that I’d been mostly unfamiliar with the character before being drafted onto the project but I enjoyed the episodes I listened to and found some interesting hooks into his personality with my story — of course, most of those hooks were apparently wrong 🙂 So I’m revising that now.

I expect to get the final Gravedigger image from George Sellas soon — the approved look is AWESOME and really sets her apart from the other members of my pulp universe.

Currently reading the newest book by Steve Berry — as soon as I’m finished with it, I’ll be diving into Jim Beard’s Captain Action novel.

Princess Femi (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

PRINCESS FEMI
Created by Barry Reese
Art by George Sellas
First Appearance: “The Corpse Screams At Midnight” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume One)

Affiliations: Solo D8 Buddy D6 Team D10

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
Egyptian Royalty
Feeds on Human Flesh to Maintain Youthfulness
Despises Lazarus Gray

Power Sets:
The Undying
Enhanced Durability D8
Enhanced Stamina D8
Enhanced Strength D8
Mummy Creation & Control D12
Sorcery Adept D8
SFX: Dangerous – Add a D6 to your dice pool for an attack action and step back highest die in pool by -1. Step up STRESS TYPE inflicted by +1.
Limit: Growing Dread- Both 1 and 2 in dice pool count as opportunities when using a The Undying power.

Mummy Warriors – Solo D6, Buddy D8, Team D10; Distinctions – Shambling Undead, Scary!, Only Do What They’re Told; Superhuman Durability D10, Superhuman Stamina D10, Superhuman Strength D10; Menace Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6

Specialties:
Menace Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6
Mystic Master D10 or 2D8 or 3D6

Background Info:

A beautiful Egyptian princess, Femi was involved with a cult known as The Undying. This group repudiated the Gods, believing that mankind was itself the highest form of life – they frequently shouted “God Is Dead!” as a way of displaying their blasphemous beliefs. In retribution, the priests of Egypt captured Femi and mummified her, using special magicks to keep her alive, in an eternal sleep. In the modern day, she managed to make a psychic connection with a man who had bought her corpse, intending to display it in his house. The man used a powerful gem to revive Femi, who was reunited with the remains of The Undying. Femi was now able to control the undead but her power came with a price — she now had to feed on human flesh to remain young.The exact process that Femi uses to create her armies of mummified warriors is mystical in nature and bestows upon her followers great strength and durability.

Though she was destroyed in her first battle with Assistance Unlimited, she was later revived by Walther Lunt. Since then, Femi has been revived on several occasions and even served as a member of Murder Unlimited.

Favorite Characters

Awhile back, I talked about some of my favorite books that I’d written but I also occasionally get asked about favorite characters. It’s a sticky question, since to some degree, I love all my creations — they’re my “babies,” as it were. But there are definitely ones that have a spot closer to my heart:

1) The Rook — Obviously, Max Davies would be near the top. I’ve written six books about him and he’s my most well-known creation. But I do have a love/hate relationship with him, in that when I do other projects, people always want to come back around to talk about The Rook. I’ve “finished” his series multiple times and always get sucked back in. Still, Max and his family are the backbone of the fictional pulp universe I’ve created and all the other characters exist in his shadow.

2) Lazarus Gray — For  years, I tried to create a viable second “series” to The Rook. I did some good projects along the way but nothing that really felt like I could do this series for years — until Lazarus Gray and his friends in Assistance Unlimited came along. Taking all the things I loved about The Avenger and mixing them up with my own supernatural-tinged style, Lazarus has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. The first seven stories featuring him should be out in September from Pro Se and then a full-length novel, Die Glocke, will follow in 2012.

3) Fiona Chapman — The star of my controversial novel Rabbit Heart, Fiona is the fictional outlet for my most visceral desires. Beautiful, intelligent and deadly, she’s the epitome of the “hot bad-ass girl with a sword” archetype. Though I may never do a sequel to the story, she’ll always be close to my heart.

4) Ascott Keane — Not my original creation but I feel connected to him because he’s appeared in multiple Rook stories and co-starred in Rabbit Heart. Though the original character fought Doctor Satan in the Golden Age of the Pulps, I think I’ve tweaked Ascott enough that I can feel a sense of ownership over him.

5) Violet Cambridge — Violet starred in The Damned Thing and had a cameo in The Rook Volume Six. A tough-as-nails lady P.I. in the late Thirties, Violet is a well-rounded character in my opinion. Her quasi-romance with Rook supporting character Will McKenzie was quite charming, in my opinion. Her novel was one of my most tightly-written works and I think it holds together very, very well.

Honorable mentions: Leonid Kaslov, Guan-Yin and The Furies.