Johnny Dollar brings home an award!

j_dollarYours Truly, Johnny Dollar has been voted Best Anthology of the Year in the Pulp Factory Awards. I contributed “The Swamp Manor Matter” to this collection, which featured brand-new stories starring the classic old-time radio character of Johnny Dollar. Moonstone published the book, which also featured stories by Gary Phillips, Bobby Nash,  Ron Fortier, Eric Fein, Joe Gentile, and Joshua M. Reynolds. The book won best cover as well, so congratulations to Douglas Klauba! I’d also like to extend congratulations to Tommy Hancock, who edited the entire package.

I’m pretty proud of my story and if you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned detective-work, you could do a lot worse than picking up a copy of this book. Thanks to all who voted.

Current Works

41228_900I’m over 17,000 words into the Liberty Guard novel, which features some of the old Centaur Comics’ characters. It’s going well so far and at this rate, I expect to finish up sometime in April or May. I am that point of the novel where I have ideas for things to do after this, though, and it always takes self-control to avoid giving in to them. I’ve been kicking around ideas for a Gothic romance with some pulp elements tossed into the mix. I’m so far ahead of publication with Lazarus Gray that I don’t plan to return to Sovereign until I at least see THE SECOND BOOK OF BABYLON or the eighth book in the Lazarus series in print.

Approved the edits on my story for the Johnny Dollar collection coming from Moonstone… I’m proud of that tale, which I wrote waaaaaay back in 2011, so I’m glad you’ll finally be able to read it.

The lady accompanying our post today is Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on one of my favorite television shows – Riverdale.

What’s Up Next?

dead_of_nightSo this week I hope to put the finishing touches on a novella that I’ve been working on for awhile… I’m looking forward to putting it behind me. I’ve enjoyed the characters but I always end up reaching the point where I’m ready to move on to the next project.

Speaking of projects, I have a few that are in various stages of the pipeline at various publishers. Pro Se has completed edits on The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3 and The Second Book of Babylon… they also have manuscripts for Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age, The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 8 and a Reese Unlimited/AC crossover that brings together Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and Nightveil. Moonstone also has a Johnny Dollar story from me that’s waiting for ages to be published. Fingers crossed that 2018 will be the year for that one!

When I finish the current work-in-progress, I have nothing immediate that I have to work on. I might begin brainstorming ideas for the next Captain Action novel… and I have a few ideas for new projects, though I definitely don’t need to start any more series!

The art accompanying this post is by Storn Cook and depicts Max Davies, aka The Peregrine!

It’s A Summertime Frost Warning!

From Moonstone: OMG! It is finally here! The first ever collection of NEW I.V. Frost stories! Donald Wandrei’s creation finally sees the light of a new day! Guest Starring: The Green Ghost, Moon Man, The Phantom Detective, Dr. Satan, and more! Come and get ’em! Mattew Baugh, David Boop, Eric Fein, Ron Fortier, Chuck Miller, Gene Moyers, William Nedrow, Barry Reese, and Frank Schildiner.

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It was a real honor to write a Frost/Moon Man and I’m thrilled that it’s finally out for sale!

Bits and Pieces

gravediggerTweaked the look of the blog — I may fiddle with it a bit more… but hey, now we have that snazzy George Sellas image back on top!

Recently read FROST by Donald Wandrei… that guy could *write*. I love his characterization and descriptive passages. I was proud to write a I.V. Frost/Moon Man teamup that will appear soon from Moonstone. Great character.

Still working on THE SECOND BOOK OF BABYLON — on pace to finish before the end of this month!

Currently reading Spider-Man: Forever Young by Stefan Petrucha. This is a prose novel, basically an adaptation of the old Life Tablet storyline that Lee and Romita Sr. did back in the 1960s — only updated to the present, so you get references to Lady Gaga. It’s been fun so far.

I’ll be back soon with more news and upates.

Our art today is by Mitch Ballard and features Gravedigger!

Frost Warning!

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MOONSTONE JUNE ’17 release

I.V. Frost: Tales of Mystery and Scientific Detection

Authors: Matthew Baugh, David Boop, Eric Fein, Ron Fortier, Chuck Miller, Gene Moyers, William Nedrow, Barry Reese, and Frank Schildiner.

Cover: Alex Innocenti

266 pgs, $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-944017-12-5(51695)

 “Stalking a territory that is somewhere between the gaslit world of the Victorian Consulting Detective and the flickering neon darkness of Film Noir, Wandrei’s Frost is part analytical rationalist, part Angel of Death. Like someone took Sherlock Holmes, armed him to the teeth, and turned him loose on the mean streets of Phillip Marlowe.” –Peter Atkins

For the first time ever, a NEW collection of I.V. Frost stories!

Guest-starring: The Green Ghost, The Phantom Detective, Dr. Satan, The Moon Man, & more!

Matthew Baugh, David Boop, Eric Fein, Ron Fortier, Chuck Miller, Gene Moyers, William Nedrow, Barry Reese, and Frank Schildiner.

Print Version of The Peregrine V2 Is Out

OfficeDepot1 copy 2The eBook edition has been out for a while now but the print edition is finally here – so if you’re like me and prefer to have your books in the old-fashioned way, you can now purchase it on Amazon!

I’m hard at work on a short story for Moonstone right now – details to come soon. It pairs two classic pulp heroes in an exciting adventure.

I’m also close to 20,000 words into the new Peregrine novel that I’m writing and about 5,000 words into a Peter Pixie story.

And then I have all these ideas for Lazarus Gray Volume 7….

Busy days, my friends!

Here’s the official press release for the print edition of The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Two:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PULP JUSTICE IN PRINT! ‘THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS TWO’ NOW AVAILABLE NOW FOR YOUR BOOKSHELF!

Pro Se Productions, a cutting edge Publisher of Genre Fiction, announces the release of an omnibus of award winning New Pulp Author Barry Reese’s THE PEREGRINE. Volumes Four through Six of The Peregrine’s book length adventures are now available in print as THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME TWO!

Adventure flies high as The Peregrine soars back into Action!
Award-winning genre fiction author Barry Reese brings the classic adventures of his best-known creation to date back in two-fisted fashion! Max Davies returns in THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME TWO!

Max Davies, now fully ensconced in Atlanta, Georgia, finds himself battling evil hiding behind many faces. As the Peregrine, Max takes the fight to depravity and destruction, even though it may cost the lives of those closest to him… and put his very soul at risk.

THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME TWO brings the second three book-length volumes of this classic New Pulp hero’s adventures together into one massive, action-loaded collection. Take wing with Barry Reese and The Peregrine!

Featuring a stunning cover by George Sellas and print formatting and cover design by Sean Ali, THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS TWO is available via Amazon for $30.00 at http://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-Two-B…/…/ref=sr_1_2… and at Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com

THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS TWO is also available in digital format for the Kindle through Amazon and most other formats via Smashwords.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital eBook copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

 

 

Of Monsters and Men is here!

ofmenandmonstersMoonstone Books has just released this book, which contains a story by me featuring Richard Knight. The aerial hero is someone I’ve written before and in this tale he goes up against some zombie pilots that are possibly more than he can handle!

The book also contains work by Bobby Nash, Tommy Hancock, Adam Lance Garcia and many more!

OF MONSTERS AND MEN HC
300pgs, grayscale, 7” x 10”, squarebound, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-936814-82-4(52499)

This special Hardcover features all the stories in the Soft Cover as well as 100 extra pages that reprint the previously published “Domino Lady vs Mummy”, Black Bat vs Dracula”, and “Phantom Detective vs Frankenstein”! If you’re looking to save a few bucks, the softcover edition retails for about ten dollars less.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Super Sunday

200px-Super_Bowl_logo.svgIt’s Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll be pulling for Peyton Manning and the Broncos, though I have a feeling the weather conditions and that defense might lead to a Seahawks victory. We’ll see!

Thanks to everyone for making January the biggest month this blog has ever had. Even with all the turmoil around here, more people visited this site in January than in any other month in the site’s history! I’m not sure what’s bringing people in but hopefully they’ll find something of interest and go buy some books.

Work continues on the crossover novel — both Pro Se and myself would love to get this one out there before the end of 2014 but we’ll have to see.

In some sad news, Moonstone announced this week that they no longer had the license to the Popular characters — which means that my G-8 story won’t see print in its original form. Maybe we’ll see it in a slightly revised version, though…

Enjoy the game if you’re a football fan — and if you’re not, hope you find something else diverting today!

 

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!