Another Day

writersblockMy eternal optimism is being sorely tested these days.

As a result, I don’t feel much like writing at the moment — I know that many of my writer friends say this is exactly when I should be writing. I can get it all out on the page, after all. But the act of creating isn’t something I feel particularly good about when I’m miserable and the work I produce isn’t, in my opinion, my best.


Anyway, in other news, the Pulp Ark Awards were canceled and then reinstated, though we haven’t heard the new requirements yet. I’m glad to see them back. Unfortunately, the Pulp Ark Convention has been scuttled for this year and the near future but I hope to see New Pulp continue to grow as a presence at other Cons.

Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow and my world will have brightened.

See? The optimism isn’t totally dead yet.

Starting The Week Off Right!

catsuitA pretty girl in a catsuit is never a bad way to start off a Monday, right?

Work continues on the first short story that will run in Lazarus Gray Volume Five — writing about an air battle over the streets of Sovereign, with a deadly zeppelin attempting to lay waste to 6196 Robeson Avenue (the home of Assistance Unlimited). Great, pulpy fun.

Got an idea for the first chapter of Gravedigger Volume Two this weekend and I might take some time today to jot down some notes about that one, lest I forget. I think it’s a strong opening and shouldn’t go to waste. Then it’s back to Lazarus until I finish off the current story.

Got a little bit of feedback from my comments yesterday about expanding beyond the New Pulp label and whether that’s a good or bad thing. The consensus seems to be that it could be both, lol. Nobody really seemed to have a comment on the interior art question — I love seeing George Sellas & Will Meugniot doing images of my characters but maybe this is something that most readers just don’t care about? I know that some people enjoy seeing the pictures but given that my past Pro Se releases haven’t had the art included, a lot of people aren’t seeing them anyway… So maybe folks wouldn’t complain if they weren’t in the print versions?

Of course, I do know of at least two readers who buy the Kindle versions and then get the print for the images… so maybe I should keep encouraging them to get both? LOL

Pulp Ark 2013 took place this past weekend and from all accounts, it was a big success. Wish I could have been there — maybe 2014 will see me back in the great state of Arkansas. Fingers crossed.

Remember — this Saturday I’ll be at Avalon Comics in Macon, Georgia for Free Comic Book Day! I expect to be there from 11 am to around 2 pm. I’d love to see you in person!

‘Tis Tuesday! Huzzah!

lg04_walther_lunt_smallWent to the Georgia Renaissance Festival this weekend – my family goes at least once a year and it’s always fun. Definitely have to recommend that you check out the Tortuga Twins if you get the chance. Hilarious every time.

Continuing to write away on Lazarus Gray Volume Five – yep, I’m working on volume *five*! This one will return to the format we had in volume one, with a handful of shorter stories. Books 2-4 featured two novellas in each volume, all with an overarching storyline that tied them into a trilogy. With Volume Five, I’m loosening up and just having some fun stories for the team — in the first tale, we have a lost pirate treasure and a zeppelin crewed by beautiful (and dangerous!) women. I can tell you’re excited already!

The past few weeks, I’ve been recording The Shadow Fan’s Podcast a little earlier than usual, as my schedule has forced me to move the show to Tuesdays. This week, we’re returning to our traditional Thursday… so expect a new episode to be released on April 25, 2013! Should be another exciting one.

This weekend is Pulp Ark 2013 in Arkansas — sadly, I won’t be there. But I hope that you’ll be able to make it. It’s the world’s biggest and best New Pulp convention and this year’s schedule is truly packed! My novel Die Glocke won Best Novel, Best Cover and Best Interior Art (those last two awards were given to the amazing George Sellas!) so I wish I could be there to accept the awards on mine and George’s behalf… but it just wasn’t possible. Still, I hope it’s a HUGE success and that I’ll be there in 2014!

Waiting on the last story to roll in for Tales of The Rook Volume Two. This one will be the last in the series – but probably not the end of The Rook. Tommy Hancock is still supposed to write volumes 7-9 of the series and the plot he’s come up with is an epic one. Not sure when I’ll return to write more Rook, though. Most of my focus is definitely on Lazarus and Gravedigger at the moment. Pro Se’s formatting and design guru Sean Ali is currently working on The Rook Volume Two Special Edition – you can expect that one very soon! We’re slowly working on getting all these books back into print and I appreciate the patience you guys are showing!

By the way, Jen Broomall is doing a Gravedigger image for me so I’m very excited to see what she will come up with!

In other artistic news, George Sellas is working on finishing up the Lazarus Gray Origins pages – as I’ve mentioned before, we trimmed the original script down to just the two page Lazarus sequence. Samantha, Morgan, Eun & the Assistance Unlimited team will all have to wait for their respective days in the sun.

Our art today is by George Sellas and features the evil Walther Lunt, who fought Lazarus repeatedly in the first two volumes. He met his demise in Die Glocke but his shadow still looms large over volumes 3 & 4.

Just Another Manic Monday

Gravedigger shortly after her rebirth.
Gravedigger shortly after her rebirth.

Busily going through the edits I received from Pro Se this weekend — making changes here and there to the Gravedigger manuscript. We’re still hoping to get this one out there before the end of the month so I need to put this on the front burner for now. If I get a chance, I can also wrap up the first draft of Lazarus Gray Volume Four today. I’m in the final major chapter now but there will probably be a wrap-up scene or two to follow, plus a little essay I’d like to include.

Very proud of my partner George Sellas’ strong showing in the Pulp Ark Awards. He’s still up for Best Interior Art in the Pulp Factory Awards, too, so maybe he’ll pick up even more hardware before Awards Season is over this year. Fingers crossed!

I’ve talked before about the differences in the two major pulp awards and this year shows it off again — Die Glocke wins Best Novel in the Pulp Ark but wasn’t even nominated in the Pulp Factory! Bizarre.

Anyway, I’m reading the new Will Murray Doc Savage book right now and I’m about six chapters in. I’ll do a full review of it when I’m done but so far, so good. I still loathe the “Stormalong Savage” name that Doc’s grandfather has been saddled with but overall, I’m enjoying this quite a bit. I think it’s refreshing to see more of Will Murray’s natural style showing through — I find that preferable to the Lester Dent pastiche that he normally does. If it stays this level of quality, I think it’s the best Will Murray Doc by a mile and a half.

Of course, I have a lot of book left to read! 🙂

This week’s The Shadow Fan should be a packed episode — I’m expecting another installment of Calling Burbank from Tommy Hancock, plus I have some Shadow news to share — along with reviews of The Ghost of the Manor, the first issue of ACG’s Pulp Action and a long look at the Duende History of The Shadow Magazine! Should be lots of fun.

Take Care, Everyone!

Pulp Ark Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone for voting Die Glocke Best Novel in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards! It’s very humbling and I truly appreciate the recognition.

Congrats go out to all the other winners, especially to my collaborator George Sellas, who won for both Best Cover and Best Interior Art!

Here’s the full press release, with all the winners listed!

Again, thanks so much!


Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions and Pulp Ark Coordinator, announces that voting has closed for the open nomination 2013 Pulp Ark Awards. The Winners of the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards are-

Best Novel-
Die Glocke by Barry Reese in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 2: Die Glocke published by Pro Se Productions

Best Novella-
The Lone Ranger: Vendetta by Howard Hopkins published by Moonstone Books

Best Collection/Anthology-
The Green Hornet: Still at Large by Various published by Moonstone Books

Best Short Story-
Lucky by Tommy Hancock features in Night Beat: Night Stories published by Radio Archives

Best Cover-
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 2 by George Sellas published by Pro Se Productions

Best Interior Art-
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 2 by George Sellas published by Pro Se Productions

Best Pulp Revival-
The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage by Will Murray published by Altus Press

Best New Pulp Character-
Rick Ruby created by Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor as features in The Ruby Files Volume 1 Published by Airship 27 Productions

Best Pulp Comic-
The Shadow published by Dynamite Comics

Best Pulp Magazine-
Pro Se Presents published by Pro Se Productions

Best Author-
Bobby Nash

Best New Author-
Jim Beard

“The voting this year,” Hancock noted, “was exciting since it involved so many different creators, works and publishers. Six different publishers are represented in the final tally, with both the Best Author and Best New Author winners being writers for various publishers in 2012.”

The Pulp Ark Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Hancock, is still being determined by the select committee chosen to give the honor to an individual who has done considerable work in furthering Pulp in his/her lifetime.

The awards, 8X10 engraved wooden plaques, will be awarded at Pulp Ark 2013 in Springdale Arkansas , the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2013. Hancock stated that all winners as well as nominees are encouraged to attend, but any winners who could not would receive their awards by mail. Pulp Ark thanks all who nominated, all who voted, and congratulations to all the nominees and especially to the winners of the Pulp Ark 2013 Awards!

For any questions concerning Pulp Ark, contact Hancock at or follow Pulp Ark news at


Feeling A Bit Ruffled Today

lg01_lazarus_solo_with_textReceived the galley proofs for an upcoming book this morning so I’ll be spending part of my day looking over the file for any last-minute corrections that might be needed. Working on iconic characters is always a blast and when they’re ones that you’ve always felt a special connection to, that makes it even more special. I hope you guys will enjoy this when it’s finally released.

I’m about to start writing the penultimate chapter to Lazarus Gray Volume Four. It’s going to be a real doozy, wrapping up the storyline that began with Volume Two. After that, I’ll take maybe a day off and then dive into completing my story for Tales of The Rook Volume Two. My Rook story will bring back a rather obscure character from The Rook canon, one that’s getting an exciting makeover courtesy of George Sellas, who also contributed some plot/character ideas for the villain. It’s been awhile since I wrote Max Davies – he did pop up in Gravedigger but it’s different when a character is in a guest-starring role. I also did an animation script for Pro Se featuring The Rook but I’m not sure if that will ever develop into anything… if it doesn’t, maybe we’ll run the script in a future volume of The Rook series.

The Pulp Ark Awards should hopefully announced soon — I’ve been lucky enough to win a couple of those things but with all the competition this year, I don’t expect to add another to my mantle. Even so, I’m curious as heck to see who DID win! I definitely hope to see some of the things I voted for taking home the big prizes as they really deserve the recognition.

This week on The Shadow Fan Podcast I’ll be reviewing The Shadow Year One # 1 from Dynamite and a classic Shadow novel with the title “The Devil Master” — should be a fun little chat.  Look for that one to be released on Thursday.

Our art today is a classic piece by George Sellas, showing off Lazarus Gray — it appeared in Volume One of the series.

I Don’t Like Mondays

Gravedigger & Mitchell from 2013's Gravedigger novel. Art by Will Meugniot
Gravedigger & Mitchell from 2013’s Gravedigger novel. Art by Will Meugniot

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over… this year is truly going fast! March 1 will be the deadline for Pulp Ark voting so if you made your nominations (and, if you didn’t, why didn’t you?), you should have received an email from Tommy Hancock, detailing how to complete the final ballot. You don’t have to vote for me (though I appreciate it if you do) but do get those votes in. I fully support the Pulp Ark Awards, as they give the fans a chance to celebrate the New Pulp field that we all love.

I track the hits for this site daily, seeing what works and what doesn’t. To be honest, a lot of times it feels like a crap-shoot — I’ll post a fiery, blistering blog about something that I’m passionate about… and get zilch in the way of hits. I post a link to a funny cat video or something and I get a gazillion! LOL I will say that my hits for this month are going to end up being down about 1,500 from January. Why? The absence of the New Pulp Bestsellers List, which seemed to be the only reason some folks were visiting the site. While I hate to lose that traffic (my hope was that some of those folks were also sticking around for some of my other posts), I do love having my Monday mornings free. So I wish All Pulp well with the continued posting of their list!

I’m still having a blast writing Lazarus Gray Volume 4 — it’s so weird being so far ahead, though. I’m about to wrap up the end of the trilogy that will comprise books 2-4 and you guys haven’t even seen the middle part yet! It’s coming soon, though, and maybe I can convince Pro Se to sneak Volume 4 out there before the end of 2013. We’ll see….

Currently reading “The Shadow’s Rival,” an old Shadow novel from 1936. Just finished Mat Nastos’ newest and you’ll be seeing my review of that one in a few days.

I downloaded the Ghost Boy book from Airship 27 and will be giving that a look soon.

Our art today is by Will Meugniot and comes from Gravedigger, which should be out a month or two! I think you’ll really like Sovereign’s newest hero. It feels like I’ve been teasing it forever but soon you’ll be able to hold it in your hands or download it for your eBook reader.

I promise!

Awards Season!

nerf-gunIt’s that time of year, when folks are voting on various awards. In the New Pulp field, it’s the Pulp Factory Awards (voted upon by members of the Pulp Factory group) and the Pulp Ark Awards (voted upon by anybody and everybody). I’m thrilled to be on the Pulp Ark ballot several times and wish my buddy George Sellas luck in both sets of awards (he’s nominated for Best Interior Art over at the Pulp Factory & he’s got four nominations in the Pulp Ark Awards). I sent in my votes yesterday so I’m like everyone else at this point — just waiting to see who wins. There’s so much New Pulp stuff out there right now that it’s almost unbelievable. Just ten years ago, I thought we’d never see this kind of thing again. The changing technologies have allowed small and medium presses to compete much more effectively and that’s great for everyone, I think.

I’ve been kind of busy, trying to finish off an editing job for Radio Archives while also working on Lazarus Gray Volume 4 and reviewing the first couple of stories that have come in for Tales of The Rook Volume 2. Tomorrow I’ll be recording episode 18 of The Shadow Fan and it’s going to be a packed episode — got a lot of commentary from Shadow scholar Anthony Tollin to share, as well as my reviews of “The Thunder King,” Masks # 3 and The Shadow: The History and Mystery of the Radio Program, 1930-1954. I’m also hoping to debut the first segment of Tommy Hancock’s review portion but we’ll see if that happens or if it’s pushed off to next week. Tommy’s a remarkably busy guy, too!

Currently reading Dillon and the Pirates of Xonira by Derrick Ferguson. So far, so good, but that’s to be expected from Derrick. He’s a terrific writer! You really can’t go wrong with any of the Dillon books but my personal favorite story is “Dillon and the Bad-Ass Belt Buckle,” which is from Four Bullets for Dillon. Check it out!




Pulp Ark Nominations Are In!

20121216-085725.jpgThe 2013 Pulp Ark Nominations have been released and I’m proud to say that I’m represented in several categories. In fact, I have a total of six nominations! Thank you to everyone who took part in the nominations process and I’d like to remind you that you have until March 1, 2013 to vote on the final ballot. Here are the nominations that I received:

Best Novel – Die Glocke

Best Collection/Anthology – The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two

Best Short Story – “The Hellmouth” (The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade)

Best Short Story – “The Killing Games” (Tales of The Rook)

Best Short Story – “Making of a Hero” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two)

Best Author

In addition, I would like to congratulate George Sellas for his nominations in these categories:

Best Cover Art (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two)

Best Cover Art (The Family Grace)

Best Interior Art (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two)

Best Interior Art (Tales of The Rook)

Not to be overlooked, Percival Constantine’s “The Curse of Baron Samedi” was nominated for Best Short Story (Tales of The Rook) and Bob Hall got a nomination for Best Cover Art for Tales of The Rook. Congrats to all!

Monday Chatter

mellisa_clarke_waterDidn’t write anything this weekend but that’s okay — it’s good to take some time to recharge the batteries every now and then. I did watch the Super Bowl and enjoyed the outcome, since I was pulling for the Ravens.

I also got a lot of reading done — and if you’re not reading X-O Manowar and the other books from Valiant, you’re really missing out. A tightly cohesive universe that’s well-written with amazing art. Highly recommended. I also read Mars Attacks the Transformers and it was hilarious!

Still waiting on the Pulp Ark Nominations to be released but it should be any day now. I thought it was going to be Friday but I think they wanted to avoid releasing their nominations on the same day as the Pulp Factory. Hopefully you guys took part in the nomination process since only those who made nominations get to vote on the final ballot!

There was some great reaction to my first New Pulp Recommendation column — I’ll try to do those every Friday and I already have one in mind for this week. Hopefully it will translate into a few new sales for those books that I spotlight.

Two stories are in for Tales of The Rook Volume Two and two more expected to be delivered within the next couple of weeks. So if you’ve been missing Max Davies and his friends, you can expect a return flight from The Rook later this year.

All Pulp has taken over responsibility for the New Pulp Bestsellers List and it’s supposed to debut today — as I write this, it’s not up yet but you can head over to their website and count down the minutes and hours until it is. I’ll be looking for it, too! Curious to see what improvements they come up with.