My Favorite Pulp Villains

the-hand-of-fu-manchu-book-coverRecently, I listed out for you my favorite “classic” pulp heroes. I had fun making my little list so I thought this time, I’d flip it over and look at the other side of the coin…

The bad guys.

Yep, as we all know, heroes are often defined by their villains. If you think of the greatest heroes, they almost all have at least one villain that is closely related to them in terms of public perception. Batman has the Joker, Holmes has Moriarty and The Road Runner has Wile E. Coyote.

Or something like that.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my list of my favorite pulp villains. Again, I kept it to ‘classic’ pulp villains — so nothing from New Pulp is on this list.

Here we go:

10. Fantomas
9. Wu Fang
8. Doctor Death (Dr. Rance Mandarin)
7. The Voodoo Master
6. Shiwan Khan
5. Thoth-Amon
4. John Sunlight
3. Doctor Satan
2. The Prince of Evil
1. Fu Manchu

What villains top your personal list?

One of those rambling posts.

lollipopWelcome, one and all, to Ye Olde Blog!

Just uploaded the 25th episode of The Shadow Fan. If you’re a fan of The Shadow (and, if you’re not, why aren’t you?), download it and listen to me talk at length about Shiwan Khan’s debut in “The Golden Master” before I move on to issue 10 of Dynamite’s ongoing Shadow comics series. Long story short: “The Golden Master” is good and I really like The Black Sparrow. There. I just ruined the whole episode for you.

Spending part of today answering interview questions. I’ve got two sites who want to run Q&A’s with me about Gravedigger. I’m very flattered anytime someone thinks I’m interesting enough to seek out my viewpoints. I often find myself that interesting — but then again, all writers are a bit egotistical, aren’t we? I mean, we think our creations merit sharing with the world… so it’s no shock that I’d find myself worthy of public adoration lol

I’m in a strange mood today – I apologize. 😉

Still writing away on the Weird West tale, which is going well. I’m about halfway through the story. Once that’s been put in the mail to Mechanoid Press, I might go ahead and start Gravedigger Volume 2. I do have a few inklings about doing something completely new but I don’t think those ideas have coalesced enough for me to actually do anything with them.

Before starting on Volume 2 of Gravedigger, I’ll probably read over (re: “hard skim”) the first book to get me back into that mindset since I’ve been writing some other stuff lately. I do have to admit to being chagrined that I opened volume 2 and saw a typo on the very first page that I looked at. I literally screamed. Both myself and David White went over and over that damned thing — it’s the only one that I’ve noticed but it was still disappointing. Nobody’s perfect, especially me. Still, it’s only one word amongst about 60,000 so hopefully nobody will hold it against me.

I’m currently reading both a Rogue Angel novel and a biography of Oscar Wilde. Once I’m done with one of those, I’ll be diving into either Shiwan Khan Returns or Monster Earth. Maybe I’ll do both!

Take Care, guys.


Psst-Masked-GirlI feel awful today. Started getting sick yesterday and woke up around 2:30 this morning, feeling like I had one foot in the grave. I managed to get myself up and dressed but we’ll see if I can manage a full day of work or not. I did record The Shadow Fan Episode 24 and it’s now live, so you can download it and hear me talk about Dynamite’s upcoming comics, Masks # 4 and 1937’s “Foxhound” by Theodore Tinsley.

I’m finishing up the last of the edits on The Rook Volume Two Special Edition today and then I’ll send them back to my editor. Hopefully that one will be in the hopper soon. I also received the edits on the first story for Lazarus Gray Volume 3 and will start looking through those.

My Weird West story is going well though my illness might slow me on it just a bit. The character that I’m introducing here is one that intrigues me. I didn’t want to create another series for myself and I think I’ll be able to avoid the temptation but I do have ideas for what other adventures Miss Anna Holst could have… Hell, her background is fascinating enough to merit delving into, as well.

No! Must show willpower and not give in! I have enough series to occupy me.

Pulp-wise, I’m currently re-reading The Golden Master, which is the first appearance of Shiwan Khan in The Shadow series.Good stuff but different than the usual Walter Gibson material. I will, of course, be reviewing it on next week’s episode of The Shadow Fan.

I learned that Sedat Ozgen will be the artist on my G-8 story coming from Moonstone. This will be in the format of “one page of text, one splash page” that they sometimes do with their books. G-8 battles zombie pilots in my tale so you know it’s gonna be fun! Sedat is a talented guy who has worked on The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks, Airfighters and Captain Action. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with!