New Pulp Awards – Final Ballot

The Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards, as announced earlier this year, are continuing in 2016 and will be awarded at the River City Comic Expo June 11-12, 2016 in Little Rock, AR.


pulparkThe Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five notched several nomination sin the Pulp Ark New Awards! Thanks for all those that nominated it and congratulations to my collaborators, George Sellas and Chris Batista, for their nominations!

If you’d like to vote on the final ballot, instructions are below. I’ve placed the Lazarus-related nominations in bold!


With nominations now closed for the 2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards, voting is open from February 5th, 2016 to 5:00 PM CST February 21, 2016.

“It’s time,” says Tommy Hancock, Coordinator of Pulp Ark and the Awards, “to pick the best of the best from 2015.  And we have always prided ourselves on being the Pulp Award that has always been open to public voting and we continue that practice this year. Anyone of age can vote, but we do ask, as always, that this be treated fairly and justly. Of course, we are aware of ways votes could be made that are either not valid or simply a result of someone begging everyone in their family and graduating class to vote for them.  What we ask is that those who vote and encourage others to vote do so with the right intent and consideration for all involved.”

Voting is open to all who wish to vote that are 18 years or older.  All voters are subject to being asked to provide verification of age or identity if necessary throughout the voting process and the determining of winners.  Refusal to do so if requested will result in the voter’s ballot being voided.

If you nominated in a particular category and do not see your nomination on the final ballot, it is because either the work/nominee was not appropriate for this year’s ballot due to not having been published or first published in 2015 OR it did not meet qualifications for another reason, such as a nominated work being a comic book or audiobook only, not a work of prose.

Voting opens on February 5 and will be open until 5 PM CST on February 21, 2016. All who wish to vote are asked to cut and paste  the ballot from the Pulp Ark Award Facebook page or any other source where the ballot is posted.  Then, the voter is requested to vote only ONCE for each category and to EITHER only list the nominee they are voting for under each category or to highlight the nominee (s) they are voting for in RED.  Once they have completed their ballot, voters are asked to email the ballot to Each ballot must contain a link to a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an email profile, or some other verifiable source by which the identity of the voter can be affirmed.

In the past, the Pulp Ark Awards were physical plaques presented to each winner. The final form of the 2016 Awards has not be determined at this point, but a physical award of some sort will be given to each winner.

The Ballot for the 2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards is as follows-


The Green Lama: Crimson Circle by Adam Lance Garcia-Moonstone Books

Circling the Runway by JL Abramao-Down and Out Books

A Favor For a Fiend by Kelly A. Harmon-Pole to Pole Publishing

Helldorado: Bad Times Book Four by Chuck Dixon-Bruno Books

Ravenwood: Return of the Dugpa by Micah S. Harris-Airship 27 Productions

 Baranak: Storming the Gates by Van Allen Plexico-White Rocket Books

 The Dame Was a Tad Polish: An Armadillo Mystery by Nick Piers-Pro Se Productions

 Jezebel Johnston-Devils Handmaid by Nancy Hansen-Airship 27 Productions

 The Man with the Iron Heart by Mat Nastos-Nifty Entertainment

 Lie Catchers by Paul Bishop- Pro Se Productions


Legends of New Pulp Fiction by Various-Airship 27 Productions

 Hides the Dark Tower by Various- Pole to Pole Publishing

 Asian Pulp By Various- Pro Se Productions

Amazing Tails # 1 by Various- Outpouring Comics

 The Ninth Circle by Various-Pro Se Productions

 From the Dragon Lord’s Library Volume 2-18thWall Productions

 Something Strange is Going On by Various-Flinch Books

 Lazarus Gray Volume Five by Barry Reese-Pro Se Productions


Spring Heeled Jack by I A. Watson from Sherlock Holmes consulting Detective volume 7-Airship 27 Productions

 The Face of the Yuan Gui by Sean Taylor from Asian Pulp-Pro Se Productions

Bounty Buddies by Arthur Gibson from Amazing Tails #1- Outpouring Comics

Dragonfly Shadow by J. Patrick Allen from the Dragon Lord’s Library Volume 1-18thWall Productions

 The Lady Wore Vengeance by Tommy Hancock-Legends of New Pulp Fiction-Airship 27 Productions

 A Round for the Holly King by Nikki Nelson Hicks- Third Crow Press

 Trouble Takes a Holiday by Arthur Gibson from Amazing Tails #1-Outpouring Comics

Big Trouble in Little Cheyenne by Tony Wilson from The Legends of New Pulp Fiction-Airship 27 Productions

The Tomb of the Veiled Prophet by Rick Lai from Tales of the

Shadowmen Volume 12: Carte Blanche-Blackcoat Press/Hollywood Comics

Gridiron-Second Down by David Boop from Legends of New Pulp Fiction- Airship 27 Productions

Immortals From Lazarus Gray Volume 5 by Barry Reese-Pro Se Productions

 The Pride of Jim Hardy by Terrence McCauley from Legends of New Pulp Fiction-Airship 27 Productions


Shadows and Phantoms by Barry Reese-From Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five-Pro Se Productions

After the Wind by Wesley Julian-Wesley Julian

The Astonishing Tales of Sherlock Holmes: the Shrieking Pits by Nikki Nelson Hicks-Pro Se Productions

American Hercules : the Lion of Nemea by Mark Bousquet-Space Buggy Press

Night Hawk: Burning Skies by Ron Fortier-Moonstone

Tales from the Flip-Side: the Adventures of Big Daddy Cool and the Bombshell Kittens by John Pyka-Pro Se Productions

Lady Action-The Sands of Forever by Ron Fortier-Airship 27 Productions

Gentleman Rogue by Percival Constantine-Percival Constantine

Domino Lady: Money Shot by Bobby Nash-Moonstone

Badge City: Notches by M. H. Norris-Pro Se Productions

Ripper’s Ring by Steven R. Southard-Gypsy Shadow Publishing


Jake Istenhegyi:The Accidental Detective, Volume One by Jeffrey Hayes-Pro Se Productions

Asian Pulp by Adam Shaw-Pro Se Productions

Amazing Tails #1 by Johathan Meyers and Rusty Gilligan-Outpouring Comics

 From the Dragon Lord’s Library Volume 2 by Morgan Fitzsimons-18thWall Productions

 Baranak: Storming the Gates by Mark Williams-White Rocket Books

 The Quest of Frankenstein by Mark Hoffman-Blackcoat Press/Hollywood Comics

 Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle Volume Two: Trouble Follows by Adam Shaw-Pro Se Productions

 Bass Reeves: Frontier Marshall by Marco Turini-Airship 27 Productions

 The Dark Leopard: Mouse Trap by Rock Baker, Jeff Austin, and Marc Haines-Pro Se Productions

 Legends of New Pulp Fiction by Doug Klauba-Airship 27 Productions

 Lazarus Gray Volume 5 by Chris Batista-Pro Se Productions

 Nighthawk: Burning Skies by Douglas Klauba-Moonstone


Mike Fyles

 Doug Klauba

 Morgan Fitzsimons

 Mark Williams

 Rob Davis

 Pat Carabjal

 Gary Kato

 Bret Blevins

 Jeffrey Hayes

 George Sellas


I. A. Watson

 Chuck Dixon

 Arthur Gibson

 Wesley Julian

 Mark Bousquet

 Frank Schildiner

 Tony Wilson

 Jim Beard

 Nikki Nelson-Hicks

 Barry Reese

Nancy Hansen


John Pyka

 J Patrick Allen

 Andy Fix

 Loreli McCole

Any and all questions should be emailed to

2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards


pulparkPulp Ark, a convention focusing on New Pulp Fiction and Culture, was held from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, Pulp Ark returned as a major component of the River City Comic Expo in Little Rock, AR. A primary part of Pulp Ark for its first three years were The Pulp Ark Awards, fan voted awards for Genre Fiction defined as New Pulp.
According to Tommy Hancock, founder and coordinator of Pulp Ark and the Awards, The Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards are continuing in 2016 and will be awarded at the River City Comic Expo June 11-12, 2016 in Little Rock, AR.

“It feels right,” says Hancock, “to return the Awards to their association with Pulp Ark, especially with the successful return of the convention in a slightly new form in 2015. We’ve reviewed the slate of awards given in the past and have reduced the number for a variety of reasons, and although we may add removed awards back or even new categories at a later date, we feel like the awards offered are comprehensive for the state of New Pulp today. Pulp Ark was conceived to bring the best and brightest creators to the public’s attention and the Awards proved then and will again prove to be one of the best possible ways to do just that.”

Nominations for the 2016 Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards are now open and will close at 5 PM CST on February 1, 2016. Anyone can nominate in any of the available categories for work that was published in 2015, either in print, ebook form, or in an established internet venue, such as an e-magazine. Postings on personal blogs do not qualify.

All nominations that are made that fit the qualifications of New Pulp will be placed on the final ballot, regardless of the number of nominations any one work or individual receives. NO CREATOR MAY NOMINATE HIM/HERSELF OR HIS/HER WORK FOR A PULP ARK NEW PULP AWARD. Publishers may, however, nominate works from their own publishing houses as long as the Publisher is not a writer or artist involved in the nominated work. This is also a change from previous years.

To determine if a work or creator qualifies for these awards the definition for works that qualify is as follows-New Pulp is fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear nature with clearly defined, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, creative descriptions, clever use of turns of phrase and other aspects of writing that add to the intensity and pacing of the story.

Hancock also states, “Every year we held the awards, we received nominations that, due to the subjective way that New Pulp is defined, might be questionable in terms of qualifying as New Pulp. As we have done in the past with the Awards, there will be a selected committee of 4-5 New Pulp creators who will, when such questions arise, be consulted to determine inclusion of said work as a nomination.”

The only works eligible for the 2016 New Pulp Awards are those produced between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot on February 2nd and voting will be open until 5 PM CST on February 17, 2016. Also, ballots will be posted on the Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards 2016 Facebook page and available for anyone who wishes to cut and paste and email the ballot to Each ballot must contain a link to a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an email profile, or some other verifiable source by which the identity of the voter can be affirmed.

In the past, the Pulp Ark Awards were physical plaques presented to each winner. The final form of the 2016 Awards has not be determined at this point, but a physical award of some sort will be given to each winner.

The Categories open for Nomination until 5 PM CST February 1, 2016, are as follows.

Only One Nomination allowed per person per category in-

1. Best Novel (This includes E-books as well as print books and length must be 40,000 + words)

2. Best Collection/Anthology (This includes single author story collections and multi- author anthologies. This includes E-publications as well as print books)

3. Best short story (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500 words or less.)

4. Best Novella (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500- 40,000 words)

5. Best Cover-(This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

6. Best Artist (This reward refers to the artist only and any artist with work published in New Pulp works, including novels, short stories, magazines, e-publications, and covers or interiors as well, in 2015 is eligible).

7. Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any author with work published in 2015 is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc. This includes e-publications as well).

8. Best New Writer (To be nominated, a writer must have been published for the first time in the pulp field in the calendar year of 2015. This includes e-publications as well).

Send all nominations or any questions to

You like me! You really like me!

Got my award in the mail yesterday and I once again want to thank everyone who voted. Gravedigger is a character I’m very proud of and I’m pleased that so many of you have enjoyed her adventures this far.

Also, congratulations to Will Meugniot, who deservedly won Best Interior Art for The Adventures of Gravedigger!

Look for Volume Two soon!


Monday, Monday…

rook_ron_fortier_smallAnother week begins!

I had a nice day at the Middle Georgia Comic Convention on Saturday — didn’t sell a lot but I got to have a great conversation with Shadow: Year One artist Wilfredo Torres and his wife, got Mark Bagley to autograph an old Amazing Spider-Man comic for me and met a ton of other interesting folks. Definitely a good time.

I also enjoyed the fact that The Adventures of Gravedigger notched two victories in the New Pulp Awards! Will Meugniot won the Best Interior Art award and the character won the Best New Character award. I’m very proud of that and I want to give a special shout-out to Will for doing such beautiful work on the interiors… and George Sellas, whose cover was nominated, as well! Makes me really excited for you guys to see Volume Two later this year…

The new edition of Rabbit Heart has notched its first review and it was posted over at Here’s what Pat Casey had to say:

In Rabbit Heart, Barry Reese has delivered another action packed pulp style novel.

Fiona Chapman is a young woman who begins a new life as a member of the Furious Hosts (a mythological group) who mix sex & violence in a never ending hunting game. Wielding a machete , Fiona chases after another member of The Hosts who embarks on a killing spree while looking for a sacred gem.

Ascott Keane (nemesis of Doctor Satan) not only teams up with Fiona to stop this monster but also guides her through this new chapter in her life.

Mr. Reese once again introduces a strong female hero (much like Gravedigger) and brings new life to a public domain character in Keane. As with his previous novels, Reese keeps the pace brisk with a well thought out and entertaining plot. Once you start, you WILL have a problem putting this book down.

I hope to read more stories about Fiona & Keane in a sequel of novels. These characters are at the beginning their adventure and I’m anxious to see how the final battle will be resolved.

This particular novel is not for the timid and is written for mature readers.

A definite 5 out of 5.

Thanks, Pat! I’m glad you enjoyed it — I had a great time writing it and I’m really pleased with the new edition that Pro Se has released.

Our art today comes from George Sellas and appeared in Tales of The Rook Volume One. Lovely, isn’t it?

Ramblings of the Day

lg4_cover_final_paint_smallWelcome back, my friends!

The New Pulp Awards’ voting ended last night so the winners will be announced in the next couple of days. While I’d love to win one of the categories, I’m content with the honor of having been nominated. I appreciate each and every person who nominated my works and/or voted for them in the final tally. Thank you!

Received the cover to Gravedigger Volume 2 from George Sellas last night and it’s GORGEOUS! As many of you know, the first book featured my favorite artwork from George yet so he had a lot to live up to and boy, did he ever deliver! I’ll share it with all of you soon so stay tuned.

I continue to work on the crossover novel and it’s going well though very slowly. I’ve been distracted by numerous other things but I haven’t set the book aside and continue to add to it nearly every day, even if it’s only a few hundred words. They’ll all add up in the end.

Don’t forget that The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Four: Satan’s Circus is now available! The climax to a huge storyline that spans books two through four!  The art accompanying this post is the amazing cover to that volume by George Sellas. Get it today, true believers!

New Pulp Awards Nominations Are In!

new_pulpThe New Pulp Awards final ballot is now out and I racked up quite a few nominations:

Best Novel (The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One)

Best Collection (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three)

Best Short Story (“The Box of Flesh” from The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible)

Best Short Story (“Murder Unlimited” from The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three)

Best Novella (“Eidolon” from The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three)

Best New Pulp Character (Gravedigger, from The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One)

Best New Pulp Character (The Darkling, from The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three)

Best Author

Thanks to everyone who nominated me and my work! It really does make me proud and I appreciate the fact that you guys took the time out of your busy days to send in the nomination form.

If you’d like to vote, all you have to do is send an email with your vote to – please remember that you can only vote once in each category!

For the full ballot and all the rules, head over to the New Pulp Awards 2014 Facebook Page.

A bit of trivia — the image accompanying this post is the official “New Pulp” seal that many publishers use on their books. It was created by my lovely wife! She doesn’t usually get the credit for it but she did a wonderful job in its creation, don’t you think?

Thursday Things

2Shadow01_00Hello everyone!

I’ve been fighting a bit of a cold this week but hopefully it will go away and not develop into anything more severe.

The 63rd episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast has been uploaded for your listening enjoyment  — on this week’s episode, I talk about the upcoming Howard Chaykin series from Dynamite and review two items — a radio script from 1938/1939 and a classic novel from 1935. It’s a fun twenty minutes or so of chatter about pulp’s greatest crimefighter!

A lot of folks know this but my dream job would be to write The Shadow — just once! I’d feel so much pressure to live up to the works of Walter Gibson but man, it would be awesome. My other favorite pulp hero — The Avenger — was a blast to write and I feel genuinely blessed to have been able to do it twice.

The ballot for the New Pulp Awards should be coming out soon and I’m curious to see if any of my works made the list — I always did very well when the awards were the Pulp Ark Awards and hopefully the changes in methodology and name won’t stop that. I’d really like to see some of my collaborators like George Sellas and Will Meugniot make the ballot, as well. Fingers crossed!

When the ballot is released, I’ll do another post about it here and let you know who my own picks for the various categories would be.


New Reviews!

rook2specialWe’ve had a few new reviews pop up on Amazon. com so let’s see what our faithful readers are saying.

First up, we have Raven Dark’s review of Tales of The Rook Volume Two:

First the reader meets a rather neat new hero in Russ Anderson’s “The Death of Keystone.” The title records that he dies, of course, but in the superhero world and the world of science and sorcery that the Rook inhabits, death sometimes is a point of view. Which one I leave the reader to figure out!

There are also a pair of Nazi Übermensch, a man and a woman both with pale skin, piercing blue eyes, and white hair. The man is a muscular brute known as Der Riese (The Giant), and the woman is a Nazi Scientist named Jakoba Kirsch.

The story has neat twists of fate and I won’t spoil the reader’s pleasure. You’re gonna want to read this one!! A full ten out of ten!

The reader moves on to the future, at least 100 years past the time of Max Davies. James Palmer’s “The Fist of Lao Fang” finds Atlanta in turmoil, a new drug called “jump” ravaging the streets, and a self-help guru named Simon Ling the new best thing in town.

Into this hodgepodge comes a girl named Kara Grace, heir to the Grace Industries fortune. Her life is about to make a great change. The ghost of Max Davies warns her about coming evil. Someone has to make a stand, and a shadowy secret society has ties to her family.

The story is exciting and well paced. I won’t spoil anything for the reader. You’ll like this one also. I think! A nine out of ten story.

Moving on to “African Darkside” by David White, the reader will encounter a new mystical object found in a botched museum robbery that turns a black muscleman into a god like entity.

This story is quite an adventure even if Mr. White kept forgetting whether there were supposed to be four or five robbers! (Chuckle!) This is certainly a worthy story for this new volume! Great stuff! Give Mr. White a seven out of ten.

Next, the reader will encounter Emma Davies as the Rook in “Come and Get Your Love” by Sean Taylor. The Rook’s lady love Kayla Kaslov has been kidnapped. Fighting a dreadful woman and her monsters, Emma goes to Kayla’s rescue. A seven out of ten story.

Emma Davies is also the star of the next story the reader encounters, “Night Out” by Adam Lance Garcia. There are three Rooks in this story, which alone gives it ten out of ten! William Davies is in San Francisco, Emma is being the Rook for the first time, and Max Davies has been captured by the very gang Emma is trying to bring to justice.

The reader will find an old enemy returned, a new drug on the street, a bevy of missing ladies, and a lot of father/daughter ranting and reminiscing! Enjoy the story, I know I did!

Last, the reader reaches “The Rook Animation Script” by Barry Reese himself. I have mentioned many times that I do not like to read plays and film scripts. I know Barry will have done a fine job and without reading it I’ll give it a seven out of ten.

The reader should be sure to read the interview with Barry Reese at the end of the book.

Adding and subtracting, the book is a eight out of ten overall, but on it will be a five out of five! My blog is a little different…

Thanks, Raven! I think the guys who contributed to this book did a bang-up job and I’m proud to have them contribute to the overall Rook tapestry!

Next we have a review of The Green Hornet Casefiles by a user named Dave. Here’s what he had to say:

I have to admit, after seeing the latest movie of the Green Hornet, I thought that my wonderful memories of the 60’s TV show were dead…except for video. NOT SO! These short stories are so close to the show it’s scary. The only real difference is the setting – here we are in Detroit ( home of the radio series) as opposed to the TV show LA (though never really specified. All the characters are brought back to life. With all due respect to Van Williams and Bruce Lee, these characters are a bit more edgier…not having to compete with Batman and Robin. Any Green Hornet fan MUST have this collection!

Glad you enjoyed the book, Dave! It was a real honor to write the Green Hornet and Kato.

Finally, C. William Russette reviewed The Rook Volume 2 – Special Edition:

I kinda know what I am getting into when I start in a Reese book. Story, character and plot are right where and what I want them to be. They are fantastic and fun and the bad guys are always someone I can admire for how unique they are. I quickly became a fan of the new intros in the Russian Leo Kaslov and his crew. I really enjoyed the Bloodwerks story though. There are a number of reasons but the fact of who the heavies are I think that seals the deal.

You really can’t go wrong with The Rook if you like your action fantastic and hard chargin’.

Great read.

Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed Bloodwerks as it was one of my personal favorites.

Don’t forget that the nominating process for the New Pulp Awards ends soon — full details about the process can be found by clicking this link.