Tag: Restless

Two New Reviews

thumbsupA couple of new reviews went up on Amazon recently – one very positive and one not so much. First up is Chick J, who has reviewed other books by me in the past. He reviewed the second volume in the Gravedigger series and gave the book 3 out of 5 stars. Here’s his review:

I am a big fan of Barry Reese. Love his Peregrine and Lazarus Gray series. This time, the story just seems to wander. It seem like I read all this before. I hope the next one is better.

Sorry the book didn’t click with you, Chick. I thought the second book was a good one but I’m a bit biased! Hopefully you’ll try the third book and see an improvement. Thanks for the review!

The second review covered Restless: An Anthology of Mummy Horror, which I contributed to. This reviewer was anonymous but he or she did give the book 5 stars and wrote the following:

Engaging collection of stories of mummies from Flinch Books. Nice decision to avoid focusing solely on the typical Egyptian Universal Horror-style pyramids and pharaohs mummy. More action/adventure with a touch of the supernatural vs. horror. Look forward to reading more from this new publisher.

I was proud to be a part of this book and I’m glad to see it getting some love!

Pulp Factory Awards Voting is open!

The tenth Annual Pulp Factory Awards has unveiled its list of finalists and I’m pleased to announce that two books that I worked on are up for awards. Captain Action: Cry of the Jungle Lord (which I co-wrote with Jim Beard) is up for Best Novel while Restless: An Anthology Of Mummy Horror is nominated for Best Anthology.

Voting can be done at https://tinyurl.com/ybcyey7 and runs through Midnight, March 12. Winners will be announced at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Con.

Go and vote!

It’s Been a Banner Year!

71a83a70-33b2-4e9c-89be-b9a98cf8220eWe still have quite a few weeks left in 2017 but it’s ended up being one of my more productive years, at least in terms of publications. I’m not sure if we’ll see anything else released before the end of the year but so far I’ve had the following books published:

Those five books come from a total of four different publishers, too, so I’ve done a decent job of spreading myself around! It’s an interesting mix, too, because three of those books feature characters that I did not create — I.V. Frost is a revival of a classic pulp hero, Captain Action is a pulp-style reinvention of the action figure and Nightveil is a longtime member of the Femforce, one of the longest-running female-centered comic books in the world.

I’m proud to have contributed to all of these books (the Frost and Restless titles are anthology collections) and I hope that if you’ve bought them over the course of the year, you’ve enjoyed them. There’s still a chance that the third volume of Gravedigger might join the above before 2017 comes to a close but we’ll have to cross our fingers on that one.

 

An Update on Current Projects

black_terror_03_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

The sixth volume of Lazarus Gray is still on track for a January release so let’s keep our fingers crossed on that — I’m anxious for all of you to see the book, which picks up where the crossover novel left off. It features several interlinked short stories and turned out very well, I think. It will feature a cover by Ted Hammond and interior art by George Sellas. In fact, the scary-looking fellow to the left will make his debut in this book!

I’m closing in on the halfway mark of the Captain Action novel — I’d love to finish off the first draft before the end of the month.

Immediately after I finish CA, I’m going to start work on the Nightveil novel I owe Pro Se as part of their AC Comics prose line. And *then* I’ll work on the first Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age book and write the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume 8 (yes, 8! Volume 7 is already complete).

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out my short story in Restless, the new mummy-themed anthology from Flinch Books!

It’s Shambling Onto The Shelves…

For immediate release

FLINCH BOOKS RELEASES RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR Six-story collection available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com

Never disturb the dead. For generations, we’ve heard the stories – and the warnings – about those who sleep for centuries yet do not rest. By ancient ritual, by violence or by accident, they are left for dead, but they are not at peace.

Flinch Books, publishers of adventure fiction in the vintage pulp style, unearths some of these legends with the release of RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, a collection of six terrifying tales by some of the most talented storytellers on the New Pulp landscape: Barry Reese, Teel James Glenn, Sam Gafford, Duane Spurlock, John C. Bruening and Nancy Hansen. The anthology is edited by Flinch Books founder and content editor Jim Beard and publishing partner/editor John C. Bruening.

RESTLESS is available now in print format on Amazon.com and Barnesanadnoble.com. A Kindle version will be available later in 2017.

The world knows well of Imhotep, Ankhesenamon and other icons of ancient Egypt who continue to fascinate and mystify long after their passing. The tales of their reawakening and the horrors they bring back with them from the dead have been the stuff of legend for generations.

But beyond the pyramids and desert sands of the Middle East, there are mummies who sleep in other, less likely parts of the world – South America, Europe, Asia and beyond. Wherever their place of origin, whatever their horrific demise, they dare to defy death itself and return to the realm of the living to settle that which remains unresolved.

“Mummies stand as some of the most underserved monsters in fiction,” notes Flinch Co-Founder Jim Beard. “RESTLESS is here to balance the scales, and with diversity of theme and locale. Though many of the stories are set in the past, this is a mummy anthology for the 21st century.”

You can find RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR on Amazon.com at the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Anthology-John-C-Bruening/dp/0997790318/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

You can also purchase RESTLESS from Barnesandnoble.com at:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/restless-john-c-bruening/1125458020?ean=9780997790313

Founded in 2013 by Jim Beard, Flinch Books is an independent print and digital publisher that produces adventure fiction in the classic pulp style. Previous releases include THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS; BIG TOP TALES: SIX STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE; and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW TALES FROM THE FLETCHER HANKS UNIVERSE.

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What Lies Ahead (2017 Preview)

captain-action00-cover2016 has been a busy year but the one that lies ahead is shaping up to be an even bigger one! We should see two more releases in the next few weeks and I’m excited about both. Look for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six from Pro Se and Restless from Flinch Books — hopefully both will sneak in under the 2016 wire.

2017 should see the following books definitely published:

  • The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Three: King’s Judgment will wrap up the Charity Grace trilogy. It’s written and the interiors by Chris Batista are complete. We’re still waiting on the George Sellas cover.
  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Seven is completely written and all artwork is in.
  • Captain Action Volume Three is co-written by myself and Jim Beard. I’m about to start work on this one.
  • An anthology project from Jeff Deischer. I haven’t seen him mention the title yet so I don’t want to reveal it but I’d be working on a character created by Jeff.
  • Nightveil is one of the first books in the new AC Comics/Pro Se partnership and I’m writing a digest novel starring this magical heroine.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – I wrote a short story for this character several years ago and I thought it turned out really well. Hopefully we’ll finally see it in print in 2017 from Moonstone Books.
  • I.V. Frost/Moon Man is a team-up that I wrote for Moonstone. It’s been approved and gone through edits so hopefully we’ll see it in 2017.

In addition to the above, I’ll be writing the eighth Lazarus Gray book over the course of 2017 for publication in 2018. I’ll also be writing the first book in the Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age series and I hope to get it out in 2017 but it might end up in ’18. We’ll see how it all shakes out. Then there’s Peter Pixie. I started this novel earlier in 2016 but it got set aside for other things. I plan to go back and finish it off.

Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything…

I thank you for supporting me on all my past projects and I hope you’ll stick around for the ones coming up!

Our art today is by the legendary Paul Gulacy and depicts Captain Action!

What’s Going On?

Gravedigger_06_smallThat’s a good question!

I just sent off a mummy story that hopefully will appear in Flinch Books’ RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, an anthology that will also feature work by John Bruening, Sam Gafford, Teel James Glenn, Nancy Hansen and Duane Spurlock. It was an honor to be asked to contribute.

I’ve started work on the third and final volume in the Gravedigger series, as well. This one will be titled KING’S JUDGMENT and will resolve the questions surrounding Charity Grace’s ultimate fate. I hope to have George Sellas back onboard for the cover and art chores on this one.

I also have something involving a new character – Babylon – that will be in the works soon. Steven Wilcox has been working up some nice images, based upon character designs from George Sellas. Stay tuned for more details.

I’ve been told that Lazarus Gray Volume Six should be out before the end of the year — and Volume Seven is written and turned in so hopefully that will appear sometime in the middle of 2017. If I can get Gravedigger written at a quick pace, maybe we could see it next year, too! Fingers crossed.

Our art today is from the interior of the first Gravedigger book and is by Will Meugniot.