Frost Warning!

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MOONSTONE JUNE ’17 release

I.V. Frost: Tales of Mystery and Scientific Detection

Authors: Matthew Baugh, David Boop, Eric Fein, Ron Fortier, Chuck Miller, Gene Moyers, William Nedrow, Barry Reese, and Frank Schildiner.

Cover: Alex Innocenti

266 pgs, $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-944017-12-5(51695)

 “Stalking a territory that is somewhere between the gaslit world of the Victorian Consulting Detective and the flickering neon darkness of Film Noir, Wandrei’s Frost is part analytical rationalist, part Angel of Death. Like someone took Sherlock Holmes, armed him to the teeth, and turned him loose on the mean streets of Phillip Marlowe.” –Peter Atkins

For the first time ever, a NEW collection of I.V. Frost stories!

Guest-starring: The Green Ghost, The Phantom Detective, Dr. Satan, The Moon Man, & more!

Matthew Baugh, David Boop, Eric Fein, Ron Fortier, Chuck Miller, Gene Moyers, William Nedrow, Barry Reese, and Frank Schildiner.

The Dark Gentleman

dark_gentlemanHello, My Friends!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve continued working on Götterdämmerung, the big crossover novel that will pair up most of my major heroes. I’d been planning to use The Phantom Detective in the book, bringing him into my pulp adventure universe. But after reading a half dozen novels and perusing The Phantom Detective Companion, I’ve decided against it. The character is just soooooo boring. I could change him up, of course, but why keep the name if I was going to do that? Instead, I’ll be using The Dark Gentleman, who was kind of a Phantom Detective analogue that I introduced in “Darkness, Spreading Its Wings of Black,” the story that appeared in both The Rook Volume Six and The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume One. The Dark Gentleman has been mentioned repeatedly since then but he hasn’t had any other appearances. That story was set in 1935 and the crossover novel is set in 1938 so he should be a much more capable hero by that time. I think it’s going to work much better this way.

So who is The Dark Gentleman?

He’s Michael Groseclose, born in 1911. He’s 24 when we meet him in “Darkness,” so he’s be 27 in 1938. His father is Theodore Groseclose, the publisher of The Sovereign Gazette. Michael trained for months before putting on the mask but on his very first night, he ran afoul of Assistance Unlimited, who took him to be a criminal. He eventually proved his innocence and then helped Lazarus Gray and The Rook defeat the killer known as Devil Face.

In the story, we see him have a powerful argument with his father — during which, he gives strong clues as to his motivations:

“You know what, dad? I’ve had enough of you, too. You sit in your office and you print your stories but what do you really know about life in this city? Have you walked its streets? Have you seen all the joy and happiness sucked out of its people because they can’t believe in the system anymore? Do you know that there are dozens of mobs out there, all vying for power? And that the men in charge turn a blind eye to it because they’re too scared or to crooked to do what’s right?” Michael yanked his arm free. “Oh, but you would know about that last part, wouldn’t you? You’re the one keeping it quiet that good people are being out on the street so your buddies can build their high-rises.”

Obviously, The Dark Gentleman is driven by a need to clean up Sovereign and he despises the hypocrisy that he sees in his father. Unlike The Rook or Lazarus Gray, he’s just an ordinary man… intelligent, brave and athletic, to be sure, but there are no powers or secret societies in his origin story. He’s just doing what he thinks is right.

How does he dress? Here’s the description we get of him, complete with Eun Jiwon’s erroneous assumption about his villainy:

This man wore a white shirt covered by a gray vest, black tie and an ebony jacket. Over all of this was slung a dark opera-style cape that was clasped about his neck. With black slacks and shoes, as well as leather gloves and a top hat, the figure looked like he might on his way to a fancy ball. But the presence of an automatic in his right hand and a large domino-style mask made it quite clear to Eun that the man’s presence was a sinister one.

So The Dark Gentleman basically looks like the way cover artists usually depicted The Phantom Detective (as opposed to how The Phantom Detective actually appeared in the stories).

The Dark Gentleman will not only be one of the stars in the crossover novel – he’ll also be featured in a series of eBook releases, coming as part of the Pro Se initiative announced in this blog yesterday!

So there you have it — our newest Sovereign hero to get the spotlight will be a guy introduced several years ago!

Our image today is of The Phantom Detective but it works equally well for The Dark Gentleman!

The Dark Gentleman

dark_gentlemanHappy Friday, my friends!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve continued working on Götterdämmerung, the big crossover novel that will pair up most of my major heroes. I’d been planning to use The Phantom Detective in the book, bringing him into my pulp adventure universe. But after reading a half dozen novels and perusing The Phantom Detective Companion, I’ve decided against it. The character is just soooooo boring. I could change him up, of course, but why keep the name if I was going to do that? Instead, I’ll be using The Dark Gentleman, who was kind of a Phantom Detective analogue that I introduced in “Darkness, Spreading Its Wings of Black,” the story that appeared in both The Rook Volume Six and The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume One. The Dark Gentleman has been mentioned repeatedly since then but he hasn’t had any other appearances. That story was set in 1935 and the crossover novel is set in 1938 so he should be a much more capable hero by that time. I think it’s going to work much better this way.

So who is The Dark Gentleman?

He’s Michael Groseclose, born in 1911. He’s 24 when we meet him in “Darkness,” so he’s be 27 in 1938. His father is Theodore Groseclose, the publisher of The Sovereign Gazette. Michael trained for months before putting on the mask but on his very first night, he ran afoul of Assistance Unlimited, who took him to be a criminal. He eventually proved his innocence and then helped Lazarus Gray and The Rook defeat the killer known as Devil Face.

In the story, we see him have a powerful argument with his father — during which, he gives strong clues as to his motivations:

“You know what, dad? I’ve had enough of you, too. You sit in your office and you print your stories but what do you really know about life in this city? Have you walked its streets? Have you seen all the joy and happiness sucked out of its people because they can’t believe in the system anymore? Do you know that there are dozens of mobs out there, all vying for power? And that the men in charge turn a blind eye to it because they’re too scared or to crooked to do what’s right?” Michael yanked his arm free. “Oh, but you would know about that last part, wouldn’t you? You’re the one keeping it quiet that good people are being out on the street so your buddies can build their high-rises.”

Obviously, The Dark Gentleman is driven by a need to clean up Sovereign and he despises the hypocrisy that he sees in his father. Unlike The Rook or Lazarus Gray, he’s just an ordinary man… intelligent, brave and athletic, to be sure, but there are no powers or secret societies in his origin story. He’s just doing what he thinks is right.

How does he dress? Here’s the description we get of him, complete with Eun Jiwon’s erroneous assumption about his villainy:

This man wore a white shirt covered by a gray vest, black tie and an ebony jacket. Over all of this was slung a dark opera-style cape that was clasped about his neck. With black slacks and shoes, as well as leather gloves and a top hat, the figure looked like he might on his way to a fancy ball. But the presence of an automatic in his right hand and a large domino-style mask made it quite clear to Eun that the man’s presence was a sinister one.

So The Dark Gentleman basically looks like the way cover artists usually depicted The Phantom Detective (as opposed to how The Phantom Detective actually appeared in the stories).

So there you have it — our newest Sovereign hero to get the spotlight will be a guy introduced several years ago!

Our image today is of The Phantom Detective but it works equally well for The Dark Gentleman!

Lots o’ Stuff

lg01_lazarus_solo_with_text_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

Sometime in the next 24-48 hours, the new Pro Se Press edition of Rabbit Heart should go live. The cover is by Jason Levesque and the graphic design on the book is by the amazing Sean Ali. When I wrote this book back in 2010, it was meant to exorcise some demons I had rattling around in my soul but along the way, it became something more. It’s not only the most person of my works but I’ve found that in the eyes of many, it’s my best. I’m not sure I’d say that myself as I’m very proud of my various pulp adventure novels and I think The Damned Thing is a Damned Fine Novel but I can understand why Rabbit Heart resonates as it does with a segment of the audience. It’s violent, it’s nasty, it’s filthy, it’s full of degradation… but I also think people recognize a certain Truth to the story and its characters. If you’ve never read it before, I hope you’ll give it a shot… and if you have read it before, this one will be completely reformatted and edited so the experience of enjoying it again should be all the better.

For folks who enjoy The Shadow Fan’s Podcast, I’m aiming to record an episode on Friday of this week. I’m currently reading a really, really good Shadow novel and I plan to review it on the next podcast.

I continue to work hard on the newest Lazarus Gray story. This one is the third short I’m planning for the fifth volume of the series. Book one contained multiple short stories but with books 2-4 I did two novellas in each one, all of which eventually formed a grand story that spans all three books. The fifth volume will contain five short stories as I sort-of return to the way the first book was laid out. I say “sort-of” because this one has elements introduced in the first story that pop up again in later ones, until they take center stage in the last tale. So it’s five separate stories, all tied together by a steadily growing subplot.

Anyway, once I’m finished with this current story, I’ll be working on a Sherlock Holmes novella for Pro Se… then I have several things waiting for me on the other side of Holmes: completing the last two Lazarus stories for Volume Five; Working on a Phantom Detective project; and writing the big crossover novel that will bring together Gravedigger, Lazarus Gray and The Rook.

I either need more time in the day or a clone of myself to get  it all done…

This Saturday will see the Georgia Literary Festival take place in Milledgeville, Georgia. I’ve been co-chairing the Planning Committee for what feels like the last ten years so I’m anxious to have it over and done with. I will enjoy seeing some of my New Pulp buddies at the event but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to hang out with them since I’ll be running around all day, frantic and worried about this or that. Give me strength!

I hope to get the colored Chris Batista cover from Tom Smith soon — Batista did an amazing job on the crossover book’s cover & I’ll definitely share when I’ve gotten the finished piece.

Our art today is by George Sellas!

Friday’s Here!

rook_v2_cover_mock_up_smallIf you’re like me, the arrival of the weekend is considered a good thing — it offers a chance to unwind and hang out with the family, get some reading done and momentarily forgetting the stresses of work. Friday is also a time when I can look over some of my writing responsibilities and get a sense of what’s working, what’s not working and what I never should have agreed to do in the first place! Here’s an update on various projects that I’ve talked about in recent months:

Gravedigger – In the hands of the folks at Pro Se. Should be out for sale in March or April.

Lazarus Gray Volume 3 – See Gravedigger.

Lazarus Gray Volume 4 – I’m about 47,000+ words into the writing of this right now.

The Rook Special Edition Volume 2 – See Lazarus Gray Volume 3. And Gravedigger. Should be out for sale in May, though. The cover mockup is here with this post. George Sellas did a great job on it!

The Rook Special Edition Volume 3 – George Sellas is working on the cover and interiors now.

G-8 and His Battle Aces – Moonstone has approved it, not sure when it will see print.

The Avenger – My newest Avenger story will be out in The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible, due out in April from Moonstone.

The Phantom Detective – Started on this story but got sidetracked by Lazarus Gray.

Sherlock Holmes – I’m supposed to do this for Pro Se… Maybe I can get started once Lazarus 4 is in the can.

The Rook – I need to do a short story for Tales of The Rook Volume 2 – I have an unfinished Claws of The Rook tale that’s been sitting in my Dropbox account for quite awhile. Maybe dust that off and complete it for this?

The Next Few Months are *Packed*!

I’m going to be finished with Gravedigger in the next week or so — after that, it’s just a matter of waiting for George Sellas to finish the cover and Will Meugniot to deliver the interior pieces. I’m really proud of the story and I love these characters — but for the next month, I’ll be living with a licensed character. After that, it’s back to Lazarus Gray — and then, maybe, I’ll get to my new Rook story that will run in Tales of The Rook.

After *that*, I need to deliver a Phantom Detective story to Airship 27.

When I’m done with that, I might return to Gravedigger again.

It’s good to be busy… right?!