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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.

Sovereign City Musings

Work  is proceeding on Gravedigger — I’m slowly introducing the cast of the ongoing series and I’m having fun doing that. In fact, one of the supporting characters that I’ve just brought into the story is already one of my all-time favorites. She’s a spunky kind of character, whose fearlessness borders on the foolish. It’s fun to have her involved — most of my main characters are super-people, in terms of skills and motivation. But to have a “normal” person actively involved is a fun twist. I think she’ll stick around as a major player in the Gravedigger storyline.

At the Shindig get-together last weekend, there was some talk about the long-awaited Lazarus Gray/Fortune McCall/Doc Daye crossover… I’m definitely looking forward to that, though its still a ways off. It was also mentioned that Tommy Hancock is throwing open the doors to Sovereign City, allowing in five new writers (people can make pitches to him). One of those newcomers will be the talented Tom Deja. I’m interested to see what these new folks do with the setting but at the same time, I remain a bit possessive of it. I’ve appropriated huge swathes of it for inclusion in my Reese Unlimited universe and with my own new addition (Gravedigger) coming next year, I don’t plan to leave the city behind anytime soon. On the unlikely event that the project were to fall apart or I was to leave Pro Se, I think my stories could stand on their own — just remove references to other peoples’ characters and replace Sovereign City with another name. It’s a delicate line to walk… on the one hand, you want to be committed to the shared universe, on the other you have to be realistic and know that your stories must stand on their own merits… just in case!

With all that said, I’m loving the opportunity to work in the setting and think that the addition of new writers has the potential to expand the Sovereign City fan-base.

Will Meugniot, who will be doing the art on the Gravedigger book, is currently reading through the story (I’m over 16,000 words into it) and will begin making sketches soon. I might share some of them with you… if all of you want to see them? 😉

Are You Ready for the Shindig?

This afternoon, Pro Se Press is bringing the pulp con experience straight to your computers, partnering with Shindig to offer a full slate of programming. The full press release is below — please come and join me for my chats about Reese Unlimited and The Sovereign City Project!

Pro Se Productions, a publishing company known for adventure, action, crime, fantasy, super heroes, New Pulp, and original stories featuring Classic characters, announces the beginning of a partnership with a new internet platform that will bring a brand new experience to Pro Se Fans, literally bringing a convention like activity into the homes of anyone wanting to find out more about Pro Se.

On Saturday, October 13th from 1 PM CST to 7 PM CST, Pro Se Productions will be hosting an online Promotional Party spotlighting the entire company. This event is being done in conjunction with, a platform designed to host small, medium, and even massive book tours, promotional events, Q & As, or in this case, a gala event focusing on one of the up and coming Publishers of cutting Edge New Pulp fiction today. Writers, artists, and creators associated with Pro Se will be providing readings, panels, and one on one question and answer sessions online while participants can wander in and out, just like an actual convention, and enjoy the events as they take place. Also, fans who attend the event at any point in the day can actually enter into private chats with up to four other people and set up their own ‘rooms’ while also participating in the reading/panel/etc. that is taking place. This allows for hundreds and hundreds of participants to be available.

“This is the ultimate con experience in a sense,” Tommy Hancock, Partner in and EIC of Pro Se Productions stated, “taken and turned into an all Pro Se event. People can attend panels, go to readings, meet authors and creators, and do it right in front of their computer. Pro Se is definitely excited about this opportunity, not only because its a neat thing to be able to do, but also because it’s a platform that allows us to reach out not just to our own little conclave of fans who frequent our site, see us at Conventions, and/or buy our books. This is an opportunity to open the doors of Pro Se up to any and all who have ever read a thriller and enjoyed it, who have ventured into Space and wanted more, who sneered with the villain and celebrated with the hero of some great story. Pro Se has all that and more to offer readers today, and although there’s stories of every genre under our banner, they all have something in common. They are pure escapist over the top fun. And now, thanks to Shindig, Pro Se’s ‘Puttin’ The New In Pulp’ Promotional Party is a chance for readers of all type to see what we do, meet our creators, hear some great stories, get great one day deals on Pro Se books, and even pick up some giveaways!”

Attending the ‘Pro Se- Puttin’ The New in Pulp’ is free for anyone who wants to attend. Interact with creators, hear readings, participate in panels, take part in contests and simply learn about one of the brightest stars in modern Pulp and adventure publishing. Both established Pro Se Authors as well as new authors will be present. Past and current releases will be focused on, but there will also be much discussion on books and events to come from Pro Se. Come in for your favorite author or a panel subject that interests you, leave when you’re done, then come back whenever you want to. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP at This is the sign in site for the event and will also be where times for panels, readings, and Q & As will be posted as a schedule becomes available.

Pro Se also announces today that this event is only the first. Pro Se will be providing opportunities for readings, panels, and creator meet and greets as well as online launch parties for Pro Se staff and material in the future. “Expect,” stated Hancock, “that an event, anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, from Pro Se will happen every two weeks at a minimum, even more than that possibly with the fantastic books and such we have on the horizon.”

Saturday, October 13, 1 PM – 7 PM CST Pro Se Productions – ‘Puttin’ the New in Pulp’ Promotional hosted by RSVP and find out more at or by emailing Hancock at! And expect updates on this fantastic event in the coming days!

Schedule for Pro Se Promotional Party- Puttin’ The New in Pulp
TIMES ARE CENTRAL STANDARD-Please Adjust for your Time Zone
1:00-1:30- Pro Se- Puttin’ The New In Pulp-Introduction to Pro Se by Tommy Hancock, EIC and Partner of PRO SE
1:30-2:00-Pro Se Presents-THE MAGAZINE THAT PUT THE MONTHLY BACK INTO PULP-Moderated by Tommy Hancock and featuring various
2:00-2:30- Reese Unlimited –Featuring the Works of Barry Reese
2:30-3:15-Sovereign City Project with Tommy Hancock, Derrick Ferguson, Barry Reese
3:15-3:30-Hansen’s Way- Featuring the Works of Nancy Hansen
3:30-4:00- Hugh Monn-Featuring Lee Houston, Jr.
4:00-4:30- The Black Centipede featuring Chuck Miller
4:30-5:00-The Silver Manticore Strikes- With PJ Lozito
5:00-6:00-Pulp Obscura-Classic Characters, New Stories-Featuring Various Writers and Creators
6:00-7:00 WHAT’S COMING SOON FROM PRO SE-Featuring Various Writers and Creators

For further information, contact Tommy Hancock at or at 870-834-4022.

Movin’ On

Finished the Lazarus Gray/Thunder Jim Wade story yesterday. It feels good to be done with it but I don’t have any time to relax — I need to get back to work on Gravedigger now!

As some of you  have already noticed from the two Lazarus books that are already out, there’s an ongoing narrative here — things that happen in one story might have greater impact later on. In Volume Four (which is the one I’m working on now), you’ll see the return of a villain from Volume One in a very different way… and you’ll see the threads left dangling from Volume Three picked up on… and it all leads to more stories down the line. I like to have my characters grow and change — the Assistance Unlimited folks haven’t had anything major happen to them yet, really… not along the lines of The Rook getting married or having kids… but big things are coming and when they get here, you’ll have seen the groundwork being laid in earlier stories. I’m currently in 1937 with Volume Four, so I’m taking my time in moving forward… but eventually we’ll see the outbreak of war and what that means for our heroes.

But that’s way down the line!

Next: more Gravedigger… I’m about 15,000 words into that story. I can announce that Will Meugniot, classic artist of DNAgents and much more, will be doing the interiors for the Gravedigger book! He’ll be working off the design done by the incomparable George Sellas. George is hard at work doing the interiors for The Rook Volume Three, which will be re-released by Pro Se in 2013. George will also continue being the artist for the Lazarus Gray series (he’s already turned in the cover and all interior art for Volume Three). I’m lucky to be working with these talented artists!

Our art today is by Will Meugniot and will be printed in The Rook Volume Five, which will be coming eventually from Pro Se Press.

That Day That Comes Before Friday

I should be typing THE END to the latest Lazarus Gray story today. This one will be the first story in Volume Four, which will probably come your way in late 2013. It turned out well, I think, with some really exciting scenes. I tried to be very fair to the guest stars in the story, as well (Thunder Jim Wade & his crew). Hopefully, readers will get a kick out of it.

Following that, I’d like to focus on finishing off the first Gravedigger story.

Don’t forget to go and put in your RSVP at Shindig — that’s the site where I’ll be spending part of this Saturday, taking part in Pro Se’s promotional party. I’ll be on from 2 pm CST to around 3:15 pm CST, talking about Reese Unlimited and the Sovereign City Project. Please come out and join me!

Finished “The City Destroyers” by Norvell Page. It was good and definitely the best Spider story I’ve read. I think I’m still more of a Shadow/Avenger guy, though. Having said that, I’m about to start Shadow of Evil by C.J. Henderson, which is the first new Spider novel in 65 years!

Our artwork today is by the legendary Will Meugniot and will appear in Pro Se’s new edition of THE ROOK VOLUME FIVE. When that will actually come out is beyond me but I’d guess… late 2013 or early 2014. Still, Esper (of Claws of the Rook) looks great, doesn’t she? Will is one of my favorite artists and it was such a thrill to have him do the artwork for this. He did six interior images in all and they’re all gorgeous.

New Pulp “Must-Haves”

Over on a Facebook group known as Fantastic Fiction, author PJ Lozito (author of the superb Sting of the Silver Manticore) inquired as to what others considered must-haves for a shelf of New Pulp. I immediately threw out Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon series as a good place to start. Nearly twelve hours later, one person had asked who Dillon was and others had suggested various “classic character revivals” such as Moonstone’s Avenger & Green Hornet volumes and the new Prof. Challenger book.

But no one else had mentioned any of the other New Pulp creations or series.

New Pulp has had problems defining itself for “civilians” for awhile now — non-pulp fans who don’t know Pulp Fiction from the Samuel L. Jackson movie. But it has equal problems with some folks in the classic pulp brigade, who don’t read the new heroes because they prefer the classic ones.

For the record, here’s what I eventually listed as books that should be on a New Pulp fan’s shelf, in addition to Dillon: the Dire Planet series by Joel Jenkins, the Captain Hazzard stuff by Ron Fortier, Hounds of Hell by Fortier and Linzer, Green Lama Unbound by Adam Garcia, Wayne Reinagel’s books, Van Plexico’s Sentinels, PJ’s Silver Manticore, Martin Powell’s Halloween Legion, Chuck Miller’s Black Centipede. I could go on and on, listing YesterYear by Tommy Hancock, Fortune’s Pawn by Nancy Hansen, all the Sovereign City stuff,  etc. but those are the ones that first came to mind and I think they’re all worthy of a look. Those are the books that, to me, are New Pulp ‘classics.’

Revivals of classic pulp heroes is wonderful — I’ve done it and enjoyed it. I’ll continue doing it, as well.

But if any of the New Pulp crowd ever hopes to attain lasting impact with their work, we have to break through. For me, that means getting people to try The Rook, Lazarus Gray, Rabbit Heart, The Damned Thing and Gravedigger.

Tuesday Tidings

Lots of stuff to talk about today!

First off, I was very gratified to see the second Lazarus Gray book shoot up to # 2 on the Best Sellers list this week — thanks to everyone who has supported the series!

I heard back from the lawyer who represents the “big” license I’ve been trying to snag. We’ve been chatting back and forth for a few months now… and they still haven’t said “no” but they did say that they weren’t prepared to decide one way or the other on my proposal at present. I think that’s probably a polite brush off but since they still haven’t come out and said so, I’m hoping for better news to come. If it does completely fall through, I’ll let you guys know what it was and what my pitch for the property consisted of.

Picked up “The City Destroyer” by Norvell Page to give The Spider another shot. I’m enjoying it and there are definitely aspects to Page’s style that I like but I’m still not prepared to say that I was wrong in my earlier summation of The Spider. I’m going to give it a try and at least one more Spider, though.

Looking forward to this Saturday’s web event — check out my blog yesterday for all the details. Be sure to hit the RSVP link and make plans to attend. I’ll be on at least two panels — one focusing solely on my Reese Unlimited imprint and the other talking about Sovereign City with my buddies Tommy Hancock and Derrick Ferguson.

Been focusing on the fourth volume of Lazarus Gray the past week or so — I’m still hoping to finish this one off fairly soon.

Our art today is by Storn Cook!