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Recent Reviews

monstersA bunch of reviews were recently added to Amazon — two positive, one not-so-much and one that I’m unclear on. Let’s see what they had to say, shall we?

Monster Aces was reviewed by Dave Brzeski:

This review is based on an advance review pdf, supplied by the publisher.

Jim Beard (‘Sgt. Janus, Spirit Breaker’, ‘Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men’) is the brains behind the concept, so it was always going to be pulpy fun.

He contributed two of the stories in the book himself. The first introduces us to his team of “Monster Aces”, led by the enigmatic ‘Cap’n’, they include: ‘Joker’, the charming smooth talker of the group, so essential for smoothing their relationship with “civilians”; ‘Digger’, the powerful gentle giant of a man, who strangely also happens to be their stealth expert and ‘Gats’, the weapons expert. If any monster claimed to be immune to mortal weaponry, well Gats was there to put that theory to the test. They travelled and more or less lived on a massive sea vessel called ‘The Whale’, which was piloted by a man known only as ‘Mariner’. Then there’s ‘Trill’, unofficial member of the team. Enigmatic and pretty, almost ethereal in nature. Appearing and disappearing with no warning, she could be a nuisance but was often of immeasurable help. In fact she often as not was responsible for leading the team to wherever they were needed.

They hunted monsters and destroyed them. It was their sole raison d’etre. Cap’n was single-minded in this mission and no monster was looked upon with any sympathy… ever! This could and would lend a certain moral ambiguity to their mission.

In Jim Beard’s first story, ‘The Devil’s Clutch’, the people of the village of Nacht are being hunted. There’s an ancient legend, fearful, uncooperative villagers, a good soul damned and someone who delves into secrets that should have remained buried. It sets the tone for the series, somewhere between 30s pulp fiction and 60s Hammer movies.

Next up is ‘The Swamp People’, by Barry Reese (‘The Rook’, ‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray’). It involves an innocent teenage girl, her typically stupid boyfriend, a carnival and an ancient race of ‘monsters’, who have been driven to extinction by the spread of humankind. The moral ambiguity of the Aces work is brought into sharper focus in this one.

The next story reminded me somewhat of the classic alien monster stories by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the pre-superhero tales of Marvel-Atlas comics. In, ‘The River of Deceit’, by Van Allen Plexico, our intrepid monster hunters encounter a weird and powerful Alien being on the shores of an uncharted tributary of the Amazon. As the story progresses the question of just who is the monster here is brought into sharp focus once again.

We stay in Kirby territory for Ron Fortier’s ‘The Ghoul’. He has our heroes arrive in an armoured vehicle to take on a Ghoul, which in this world is a demon, who possesses a human victim. When the demon comes forth the hapless host transforms into an eight foot tall rampaging monster with greyish skin. It reminded me of those classic Marvel, or DC war comics, with their squads of misfit soldiers, in this case taking on a creature reminiscent of a certain Marvel Comics monster who has occasionally been portrayed with grey skin. Thankfully, for the Aces, this monster wasn’t quite THAT strong! I’ve read quite a few publications from Ron Fortier’s own Airship 27 productions, but this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure to read any of his own writing. It won’t be the last.

Finally we come to Jim Beard’s second story in the book, ‘Hands of the Monster’, in which the Aces kidnap a famous fictional doctor to help them deal with probably the most infamous monster of them all. It was never going to go according to plan.

There have been many monster hunters in fiction in the past. In fact there are quite a few around now, but these guys are more hardcore than most. They all get seriously injured on a regular basis. I would suggest that the Cap’n look into adding a regular medic to the support team.

This is a very enjoyable book. I look forward to learning more about the Aces in future volumes.

Glad you enjoyed the book, Dave! I definitely tried to focus on the group’s somewhat cloudy moral stance and I’m glad you picked up on that. I haven’t been asked back for any future Monster Aces volumes but I wouldn’t mind taking another swing at the characters.

Liberty Girl was reviewed by DelosJ:

Reads like juvenile lit. Many, many proofreading errors throughout. Almost no character development. At least it is an inexpensive buy and a short book.

Sorry you didn’t care for the book, Delos! I think I did an accurate job of translating the comic book into prose so I’m not sure if your faults lie with my own work or with the original. Nonetheless, sorry it wasn’t your cup of tea. I’ll make sure that Pro Se knows about your proofreading complaints.

Liberty Girl was also reviewed by Paul Sponaugle:

Excellent stand-alone novel that pays winking tribute to another 40’s pulp hero in an fun way. Even without that sly nod, the novel is an excellent two-age story of one person, Liberty Girl, who has to come to grips with something very unusual that happens to her. How it affects her and those around her drives the story without making it a one-gimmick plot. Wonderful story-telling!

Thanks, Paul! Much appreciated.

And, finally, Strange Trails was reviewed by cedarlili:

I prefer my stories a bit tighter, overall. The first one wasn’t too bad, but some suffered from a surfeit of descriptive passages taht detracted from the action. I’d rather have more left to the imagination, and this collection at 535 pages long is a hefty chunk of stories, which could have been pared down and still kept the tales intact.

The collection opens with Mr. Brass and the Master of Serpents, set in what seems to be an alternate history of the Old West. Aliens have done dreadful things to the Earth, and Mr. Brass himself was a pinkerton man before his death, revival in a mechanical body, and now he is still tracking down the evil cultists who would awaken Old Gods and destroy civilization. I really liked the old sheriff in this tale, he reminded me of the heroes of Westerns gone bye, doing what was best for his town, even if it killed him.

Sin and Lillies, by Tommy Hancock and Morgan Minor, is a ghost story, rambling, perhaps over-elaborate in descriptions, and the Lillie of the title (it’s not a misspelling) is a woman bound to her knucklebones which ride in the pocket of an evil man from town to town. The sheriff in this story falls for the beautiful woman only he and her keeper can see, and tries to win her freedom, so she can die fully.

When I started The Mechanical Heart: A Tale of Julia Holst and the Weird West, by Barry Reese, I had to stop and go look up Julia Holst. I was curious if she was some famous figure I hadn’t heard of. I didn’t see anything, so perhaps this is just an attempt to make the story look old-fashioned. The tale of a historically improbable figure, the author plops a blonde-cheerleader type into the role of gunfighter and she has a pet horse, and a sword. Sure, why not, these stories are odd enough, a sword that fell from Mars to Earth, and was owned by Attila the Hun fits right in with Conan, or Burrough’s Pellucidar stories. A clockwork man found in a defunct mine sets her off on a peculiar quest.

The final story, a novella by the length of it, I believe, was The Eye of Ulutoth, by Joel Jenkins. Reminiscent of Jack London’s tales of the South Seas, this saga takes place on a ship, which a cowboy and his Sux-Gun Susannah board, in search of dire Ulutoth, whom they hope to hill before he wakens to bathe in the blood and destruction of humanity. Only one of them will return to solid ground…

Stories of grave-robbing gone wrong, stories populated with magicians, albinos, strange creatures both earthly and aethereal, this collection has it all. For fans of the Weird West, it will doubtless be an enjoyable addition to the small but burgeoning genre. I know I learned a lot, reading it, and things I won’t soon forget. Like if you are seeking the Ankh of Ra, forget about it, lest you wind up on The Mummy Train. If you want to make a quick buck, listen to your gut and don’t tunnel sideways into a man’s grave, when that man was known for his uncanny goings-on.

So did you like my story? I’m unclear on that. I assume the title is what led you to think that Julia Holst was a real person? Wasn’t my intention… she’s simply the main character and I like to sometimes subtitle my stories in such a way. Ah, well. It does sound like you were pleased with the book overall, even with a few caveats. Thanks for the review!

2013 In Review

20130609-173120.jpgIt’s been another productive year for me as a professional writer — by my count, I was published six times (not counting reissues of various works). That’s actually one publication more than I had in 2012… so that puts some pressure on for 2014 😉

Here’s what I had published this year:

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon – This one furthered the big meta-storyline that’s running through books 2-4 and introduces Darkling and Eidolon, two characters that I’m very proud of. Darkling is probably the closest I’ll ever get to writing The Shadow so I had a blast handling him.

The Adventures of Gravedigger – Charity Grace joined my pulp adventure universe this year and I’ve been thrilled with the response to her first novel. Featuring my all-time favorite George Sellas cover, Gravedigger quickly cemented her spot as the third “big hero” in my universe and I fell in love with her and the supporting cast.

The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible – Writing The Avenger once was a dream come true… to do it a second time?! Amazing! Even better, I got to make it a sequel to my 2011 story. I was very happy with how it turned out.

Strange Trails – My first work for Mechanoid Press. I introduced a new heroine here and had a good time with the experience. It’s odd that I don’t like westerns but I’ve actually written a handful of them now.

Shadowman: The Red Sash – My first foray into Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, this allowed me the chance to write Shadowman. I managed to do a very pulp-heavy story for it and I like to think it’s a fun little adventure.

Liberty Girl – Adapting a graphic novel to prose was a new experience for me but it was also one of the most rewarding. I enjoyed handling The Liberty Girl and response has been very strong to the finished product.

If you add in all the re-issued works, I had something being published almost every month: Rook Volume Two, Rabbit Heart, the new Single Shot releases from Pro Se, etc.

Next year should bring new volumes for Lazarus Gray and Gravedigger, plus a few other stories and books that should be coming from Moonstone, Pro Se and elsewhere.

None of this would be possible without your support, my friends. Thank you so much.

A New Liberty Girl Review!

coverOver at Amazon, a user by the name of Paul Sponaugle left the Liberty Girl a 5-star review. Here’s what he had to say:

Excellent stand-alone novel that pays winking tribute to another 40’s pulp hero in an fun way. Even without that sly nod, the novel is an excellent two-age story of one person, Liberty Girl, who has to come to grips with something very unusual that happens to her. How it affects her and those around her drives the story without making it a one-gimmick plot. Wonderful story-telling!

Thanks, Paul! I really appreciate the review. It was fun to dance around the topic of her father’s identity and I’m pleased to see most pulp fans have picked up on it. I had a blast writing the story and I can’t wait to see what Pro Se does with the character next!

I had a reader ask me if there were any plans for the Heroic heroes to cross over with any of the other Pro Se characters (they specifically mentioned Liberty Girl vs. The Bone Queen or Liberty Girl meeting The Rook)… not that I know of! But be sure to pester Pro Se head honcho Tommy Hancock if you think it’s a good idea!

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/10/13)

Air-71It’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 10, 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) – 58,087
2) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 140,595

3) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 179,151
4) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 348,123
5) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 369,773
6) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 433,418
7) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 622,689
8 ) Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 750,449
9) Jim Anthony – Super-Detective Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,003,929
10) Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,114,399

Just missing the list were: The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,148,384, The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,548,350, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,575,709, Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 1,606,042, Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,632,354, SoulQuest by Percival Constantine (Pulpwork Press, December 2013) – 1,649,740, The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 1,668,677, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,417,767, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,850,828, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 3,096,321 and Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 5,971,206.

A couple of new releases haven’t yet scored any Amazon sales ranks but expect to see them listed soon: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Volume 5 by Various (Airship 27, December 2013) and The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds (Emby Press, December 2013).

An interesting week as overall sales are much better than last week. The top three remain unchanged as we see a pretty clear separation between those titles and the ones that fall below. Liberty Girl climbs back up to # 4 while a trio of classic hero revivals trail right behind — The Spider from Moonstone had been just missing the list the last few weeks but the vigilante stakes his claim to the # 7 spot this time around. Rick Lai’s latest continues to skulk around the back-half of the list, snatching up the # 10 spot this time around. Airship 27 normally gets very strong sales out of their Sherlock Holmes books so I’d be very surprised if that one didn’t make its chart debut next week.

From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Airship 27 leads the way with three titles, followed by Pro Se and Hollywood Comics with two each. Baen, Altus and Moonstone all have one apiece.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

Stuff. And Things. Can’t forget the things…

ru-proof-r11.jpgWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

First, thanks to all who have supported the Liberty Girl book. It’s been in the New Pulp Best Sellers’ Top 10 every week since its release and I’m very gratified by that. I’ve had a couple of people ask me when the next Heroic book will be out from Pro Se Productions but I’m not privy to that information. I know that Pro Se has plenty of things in the works for Liberty Girl, Flare, Eternity Smith, etc. but I’m not directly involved in any of them at the moment so I don’t know what the schedule looks like. Likewise, I don’t know if I’m going to be involved in any of those projects — at present, I’m not signed up for any of them but if Pro Se asked and the project fit with my already packed schedule… maybe.

Anyway, I’m continuing work on the current story in front of me — which is a Lazarus Gray piece. I really, really want to finish this one before we go out for Christmas break. Originally I had planned for five stories in this fifth volume but if this current tale stretches long enough and can resolve all the dangling subplots from the earlier stories, I might close the deal with this one. We’ll see. Once I’ve put Lazarus to bed, I can begin work on the crossover novel. As I teased yesterday, I have a title now and I have the general gist of the plot so it’s just a matter of getting started on the writing. I know some of you are very excited to read it but keep in mind that Pro Se will have to publish Gravedigger Volume 2 plus Lazarus Gray Volumes 4 & 5 before you’ll ever see the crossover novel. So even if I were finished with the crossover novel today, you probably wouldn’t see it in print for another year (at least).

I’m about to start reading The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema And Its Afterlife by Eric Rentschler. Not sure if I’ll find much in here to pepper into my stories but you never know. If nothing else, it looks interesting!

Got a nice preview of something cool related to The Rook this morning. Very, very sharp. I think some of you will really enjoy this… alas, I can’t discuss it at present.

Isn’t that always the way?

I’ll be back tomorrow with more chatter and teasing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll actually be able to give you some hard details about some of the mystery projects out there. You know know!

Take care, my friends.

 

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.