Norm Breyfogle passed away yesterday and not only was he a fantastic comic book artist with a rightly celebrated run on Batman, he also worked with me back when The Peregrine was still fighting crime as The Rook. Norm provided a couple of covers for the series and his take on Max Davies remains a favorite of mine and many fans. I only interacted with him via Facebook and email but I got to find out that Norm was a warm, generous guy with a serious love for comics and pulp. We’ll miss you, Norm.
Wojtek is back with an in-depth look at the third volume in The Peregrine Omnibus series. Let’s see what he had to say:
“Third time, and still with charm!”
I am not going to lie.
I am an incurable fanboy of Mr. Reese’s writing, so I was really waiting for this book to be released since I finished “The Peregrine Omnibus – Volume Two” back in January of 2016.
THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE NOW AVAILABLE
Award Winning Author Barry Reese created a character that many consider the penultimate of New Pulp creations- Max Davies, now known as The Peregrine. Pro Se Productions and Reese Unlimited, the author’s own imprint, are proud to announce that The Peregrine’s original adventures are now all back in print with the debut of THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE in print and digital formats.
“Finally,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “the entire collection of PEREGRINE stories is back in print and in a three volume omnibus set. These tales are a cornerstone of New Pulp and now readers old and new can enjoy the thrills, twists, and explosive characters that Barry has created in newly edited volumes. Barry has definitely planted his own indelible mark on Genre Fiction with The Peregrine.”
“Where the Good is Swallowed by the Dark… There the PEREGRINE Shall Plant His Mark!” New Voices guide the Peregrine through dark dreams and savage foes! Max Davies has pursued an ongoing mission of justice and vengeance guided by dark dreams and violent visions that compel him to don the mask of THE PEREGRINE. The creation of award winning Genre Fiction author Barry Reese, the amazing adventures of the Peregrine have been devoured by a loyal audience who await Max’s next adventure in the ever expanding REESE UNLIMITED universe.
THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE brings together an all star line up of New Pulp’s finest who lend their distinct voices to the narrative of Reese’s signature hero. Fly into action with Reese, Bobby Nash, Ron Fortier, Mike Bullock, Tommy Hancock, Percival Constantine, Russ Anderson, David White, Sean Taylor, Adam Lance Garcia, and James Palmer in THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE!
Featuring an awe inspiring cover by legendary artist Norm Breyfogle and cover design and print formatting by Sean E. Ali, THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THRE is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-Three-Barry-Reese/dp/1537773623/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474471045&sr=8-1&keywords=peregrine+omnibus+three and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 30.00.
This final volume of the PEREGRINE omnibus series is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Forrest Dylan Bryant for only $4.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-3-Reese-Barry-ebook/dp/B01LYVR6CR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474471045&sr=8-2&keywords=peregrine+omnibus+three and for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/666956.
For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of our sharper-eyed readers took note of the recent Timeline of My Pulp Fiction Universe that was posted. In it, there was no reference to Max Davies’ old identity… in fact, those references now indicated that he was a costumed hero known as The Peregrine.
Several folks have written to me, asking for more details… What I can say is that after some behind-the-scenes wrangling, Pro Se Press and I felt it best to re-brand the character. There are a number of other characters, comic books and novels that are currently using that same identity and I’d rather have something more unique for Max. That doesn’t mean that you have to burn all your old copies of the books but we will be issuing new versions, complete with a new logo and all the appropriate edits to the stories. The current plan is for what was volumes 1-3 of the old series to be released in a big omnibus titled The Peregrine Volume One. Volumes 4-6 will be packaged together as The Peregrine Volume Two. And the Tales of… books will be published as Volume Three. Believe me, no one is looking to force you to buy things you already own — but we need to get these stories back into print asap.
Max’s origin, adventures, history, powers and supporting cast remain unchanged. All that’s different is that he’s now The Peregrine and, within the confines of the fictional construct that is my shared universe, he always has been.
Hopefully this won’t detract from your enjoyment of his continuing adventures!
Our art today is by Norm Breyfogle and was the cover to the Wild Cat Books’ edition of Volume Four from Max’s adventures. Enjoy it in glorious black and white!
Every now and then I let some of the questions I’m asked pile up so I can answer them all at once. The first set of questions were answered here.
Here’s the latest batch! And if you want to play along, just send me a question by replying here or through Facebook!
Will we ever see a Leonid Kaslov novel?
This is probably the most common question I get asked. From the moment my “Russian Doc Savage” appeared in the The Rook Volume Two (“Kaslov’s Fire”), people have wanted more. I did use him in several later stories in The Rook but I’ve never come up with a plot that was worthy of spinning the character off into his own adventures. Originally I had planned to do him as his own thing — in fact, much of “Kaslov’s Fire” was meant to be a Kaslov novel. When I hit a wall with it, I decided to fold it into a Rook story I was working on. In the end, it became one of the best Rook stories I’ve ever written and definitely one of the most popular.
Never say never… but I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to doing a Kaslov solo adventure. Sorry.
Do you plan to do any sword & sorcery stories?
I did a couple, actually. Both featured a Viking warrior named Grimmarr and they were published in Tales of the Norse Gods. It was an anthology issued by Wild Cat Books. The first one was really good — the second I wrote in two days when the editor said they were one story short for the book and couldn’t I help them out… It’s not bad for having been written in 48 hours! The character (and his sword) have since been mentioned in various Rook stories and he gets another shout-out in Lazarus Gray Volume Five that I’m writing right now.
No plans on more s&s in the near future, though.
What are you favorite Rook covers?
Hmm. Tough one! I really like Storn Cook’s cover for the Wild Cat edition of volume one, Norm Breyfogle’s vampire cover for Wild Cat’s volume four edition… and the George Sellas covers for the volume two and three special editions are amazing! Those four are probably my favorites.
How are you so prolific?
I type really fast.
Well, that’s not the only reason — though it helps! I’ve always been a quick writer. I don’t obsess over plot details (as many of you have pointed out! lol) as I get an idea and just GO. I believe in the pulp mindset: You write. You write a lot. You finish a story. You move on to the next story. Don’t bug me about small details because I don’t have time for them, I have another story to write.
Just keep going. Always.
What comic book characters would you like to translate to prose?
I got this question after doing a Shadowman story for Kindle Worlds. I have a few from various publishers that I’d consider:
DC – Batman, Challengers of the Unknown, Doom Patrol, Kamandi
Marvel – Moon Knight, Agents of Atlas, Captain America (wartime adventure)
Valiant – Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Doctor Mirage
I think those are the main ones.
Have you ever tried to get the license to write XXX?
I removed the character’s name because it’s never a good idea to talk about such things in public. All I’ll say is: Yes.
On a podcast interview you said that you wrote two endings to The Damned Thing. Will we ever see the other ending?
Probably not. When writing the novel, I was torn between two endings — one that was “happier” and one that was “oh my god, you just ripped my heart out, you soulless bastard!”. I talked over both of them with my wife and she helped me pick one. I think it was the right one and nobody’s ever come up to me and said they loved everything but the ending, so it seems to have worked out.
For the record, what you got was the “happier” ending.
Keep those questions coming!
Every now and then I let some of the questions I’m asked pile up so I can answer them all at once. Here’s the latest batch! And if you want to play along, just send me a question by replying here or through Facebook!
What characters would you love to write?
Well, I’ve had the chance to write some iconic heroes — The Avenger, The Green Hornet and G-8, for instance — but there are a few I’d still love to get my grubby little hands on. The Shadow definitely tops the list, followed by Batman, The Doom Patrol, Challengers of the Unknown, The Phantom and Norgil. I’d prefer to handle those characters in prose but I wouldn’t turn down any opportunity, be it in comics, on the back of a cereal box or whatever!
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever written?
Hmm. In terms of quality? Or do you mean in terms of being disgusting or something? I’m not sure. I do know that my book Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island is the worst-reviewed book I’ve done and, in retrospect, it is a bit of a hot mess. It was meant to be a fun, quick little romp with pirates, the undead and a giant ape… but it ended up being more “mess” than anything else. In terms of being disgusting, probably Rabbit Heart, which was all very intentional. One character is anally raped to death in that one! Good times.
If they made a Rook movie, who would you want to star in it?
A few years ago, I would have said Nathan Fillion would have made a fantastic Max Davies. He’s starting to get a little old for it now, though. I’m terrible at those kinds of questions, actually. I never cast movies in my head the way other people do. I’d just be happy they made a Rook movie at all!
What’s your favorite Rook story?
Ask me tomorrow and you might get a different answer but my favorites have been “Lucifer’s Cage” (Volume One), “Kaslov’s Fire” (Volume Two), “The Resurrection Gambit” (Volume Three), “Dead of Night” (Volume Four) and “The Scorched God” (Volume Six). I can’t narrow it down any more than that.
For each of your heroes, who is the best villain you’ve created for them?
Good question! The Rook has faced an awful lot of villains in his time and I enjoy a lot of the one-off villains a lot. But I guess I’d have to say The Warlike Manchu, who is not only an homage to Fu Manchu but to the greater Yellow Peril in general. I think he started off rather one-note but some of the later stories with him I’m pretty proud of, including the one where he is revived from the dead “The Resurrection Gambit” and the one where he and The Rook team up (“Dead of Night”).
For Lazarus Gray, I think I’d go with Walther Lunt, even though he’s killed off in Volume Two and as of this writing (I’m working on Volume Five now), he hasn’t returned. I think Lunt works because he has a classic visual and his origins are so intertwined with those of our hero.
Gravedigger has only had one book published and another completed but not yet released, so I don’t think it’s fair to really pick one yet.
Any artists you’d like to work with?
Tons! I’m proud to say that so far I’ve had guys like Frank Brunner, Anthony Castrillo, George Sellas, Fred Hembeck, Will Meugniot, Bob Hall and Norm Breyfogle do work for me. There are always more out there whose work I really love, though. My “dream list” would include George Perez, Alan Davis, Chris Batista and Jae Lee. Our art today is the original black-and-white version of The Rook Volume Four that Wild Cat Books published — with gorgeous pencils courtesy of Norm Breyfogle.
Thanks for the questions, guys! Keep ’em coming!
Working on Gravedigger the past few days. It’s still going well but I’m feeling anxious to be done with both it and Lazarus Gray Volume Four. A long way to go on each, though. It’s rare for me to write two books at once and the resulting increase in length of time it’s taking to complete them is making me antsy.
Sorry for the brevity in some of my posts lately — there hasn’t been much in the New Pulp field that’s gotten me excited or anxious to voice my opinions on it so I’ve been forced to look around for other things to talk about. I will say that some of the plots I’ve received so far for Tales of The Rook Volume Two are quite exciting, though. I look forward to reading the stories and then sharing them with all of you later on.
I inquired recently if anyone had any topics they wanted me to address but nobody responded so I assume you’re all happy with me rambling about whatever is on my mind at the time. If there is something you want me to cover, please drop me a line.
For those wondering about the Lazarus Gray Origins project, it’s still alive with artist Mark Propst. Maybe someday….
Our art today is by Norm Breyfogle. One of my favorite Rook images ever!