My Favorite Shadow Novels

death_tower(Updated 12/28/2019)

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of The Shadow – in fact, I used to host a podcast entitled The Shadow Fan. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite Shadow novels, so that if you’re looking to jump into the series, you’ll have some recommendations about where to start. These are by no means all the great Shadow stories — it’s just a handful that I really love. In addition, there are still Shadow novels that I haven’t read yet — so I might go back and add to this list as time passes.

To be honest, I think it’s a great idea to simply start with the first story and go forward — but that’s not always possible, I know. So here are my favorites, in order of publication:

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Ready or Not…

readyornotThings went kind of crazy after the announcement that Pro Se had bought my intellectual property – my Facebook lit up and we got a lot more traffic here on the blog than usual. I think it’s all calmed back down now and I’ve begun writing Lazarus Gray # 12.

Went and saw Ready or Not this weekend and I highly recommend it – if you love horror movies, it’s a must-see. It had me grinning from beginning to end. The film has a wicked sense of humor, plenty of action and a star-making performance from Samara Weaving.  I truly loved it – it and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are my favorite movies of the year so far.

Since I’ve returned to podcasting with In the Stacks with Barry & LaToya, I’m thinking of starting up another show – no, it won’t be The Shadow Fan making a return. I want to do something new but I have too many options! We’ll see what I come up with.

My Favorite Shadow Novels (Updated 2/26/18)

death_towerAs most of you know, I’m a big fan of The Shadow – in fact, I used to host a podcast entitled The Shadow Fan. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite Shadow novels, so that if you’re looking to jump into the series, you’ll have some recommendations about where to start. These are by no means all the great Shadow stories — it’s just a handful that I really love. In addition, there are still Shadow novels that I haven’t read yet — so I might go back and add to this list as time passes.

To be honest, I think it’s a great idea to simply start with the first story and go forward — but that’s not always possible, I know. So here are my favorites, in order of publication:

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My Favorite Shadow Novels (Updated 6/22/16)

death_towerAs most of you know, I’m a big fan of The Shadow – in fact, I host a podcast entitled The Shadow Fan. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite Shadow novels, so that if you are looking to jump into the series, you’ll have some recommendations about where to start. These are by no means all the great Shadow stories — it’s just a handful that I really love. In addition, there are still Shadow novels that I haven’t read yet — so I might go back and add to this list as time passes.

To be honest, I think it’s a great idea to simply start with the first story and go forward — but that’s not always possible, I know. So here are my favorites, in order of publication:

The Living Shadow – April 1, 1931

The Eyes of The Shadow – July-September 1931

The Shadow Laughs – October 1, 1931

Gangdom’s Doom – December 1, 1931

The Death Tower – January 1, 1932

The Ghost of the Manor – June 15, 1933

Murder Every Hour – June 1, 1935

The London Crimes – September 15, 1935

The Sledge-Hammer Crimes – August 1, 1936

Crime, Insured – July 1, 1937

The Shadow Unmasks – August 1, 1937

The Green Hoods – August 15, 1938

Death From Nowhere – July 15, 1939

The Golden Master – September 15, 1939

Shiwan Khan Returns – December 1, 1939

The Invincible Shiwan Khan – March 1, 1940

The Prince of Evil – April 15, 1940

Masters of Death – May 15, 1940

Murder Genius – July 1, 1940

The Man Who Died Twice – September 15, 1940

The Devil’s Paymaster – November 15, 1940

The Thunder King – June 15, 1941

The Devil Master – September 15, 1941

Temple of Crime – November 15, 1941

The Book of Death – January 15, 1942

Death’s Bright Finger – May 15, 1942

The Vampire Murders – September 1, 1942

The Black Dragon – March 1, 1943

The Sinister Shadow – 2015

The Shadow Fan Returns – Plus: Monster Aces in Audio!

The_Shadow_Knows_by_E_MannThe Shadow Fan’s Podcast returns with a new episode – our 75th in fact! This time around we talk about the news of Matt Wagner’s return to the character and also take a look at The Shadow and the Mysterious 3 from 1994.

In other news, Monster Aces, a collection of stories written by myself, Jim Beard, Ron Fortier and Jim Plexico, is now available in audiobook form. William Turbett is the narrator. Check it out, my friends!

July 2015 Updates

RU Ad smaller_smallerFinished off the first story in what will eventually be The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six – it turned out quite well, adding a new member to Assistance Unlimited, dealing with the fallout from the “crossover novel” and even tying in to several old Lazarus stories.

Now I’m doing research for the second story – the history of the NSDAP Office for Enlightenment on Population Policy and Racial Welfare is dominating my reading at the moment. Interesting – and scary! – stuff. I hope it will translate into a good story for you guys.

Posted a mini episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast a few weeks ago. Hopefully I’ll do more soon. We’ll see – cross your fingers for me!

I’ve heard from the guys at Pro Se that not only will my Ki-Gor stories (originally written for Wild Cat Books) be coming back in some form but the crossover novel is indeed scheduled to appear before the end of the year. I had hoped that Mark Propst would be doing some interiors for the big crossover book but unfortunately that won’t be the case. Sorry, my friends.

The first omnibus edition of The Peregrine is flying off the shelves — it’s a doozy in print form. You can use this thing to prop open doors or even as a weapon. Look for the second volume (collecting the old volumes 4-6 of Max Davies under his “other identity”). I continue to get asked why Max is now known as The Peregrine — suffice to say, legalities were involved and we’re all fine with the new identity.

My old buddy George Sellas will be contributing some new images for Lazarus Gray Volume 6 so those of you who missed his work on volume 5 should be quite pleased with that news.

Stay pulpy!

My Favorite Shadow Novels

death_towerAs most of you know, I’m a big fan of The Shadow – in fact, I host a podcast entitled The Shadow Fan. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite Shadow novels, so that if you are looking to jump into the series, you’ll have some recommendations about where to start. These are by no means all the great Shadow stories — it’s just a handful that I really love. In addition, there are still Shadow novels that I haven’t read yet — so I might go back and add to this list as time passes.

To be honest, I think it’s a great idea to simply start with the first story and go forward — but that’s not always possible, I know. So here are my favorites, in order of publication:

The Living Shadow – April 1, 1931

The Eyes of The Shadow – July-September 1931

The Shadow Laughs – October 1, 1931

Gangdom’s Doom – December 1, 1931

The Death Tower – January 1, 1932

The Ghost of the Manor – June 15, 1933

Murder Every Hour – June 1, 1935

The London Crimes – September 15, 1935

The Sledge-Hammer Crimes – August 1, 1936

Crime, Insured – July 1, 1937

The Shadow Unmasks – August 1, 1937

The Green Hoods – August 15, 1938

Death From Nowhere – July 15, 1939

The Golden Master – September 15, 1939

Shiwan Khan Returns – December 1, 1939

The Invincible Shiwan Khan – March 1, 1940

The Prince of Evil – April 15, 1940

Masters of Death – May 15, 1940

Murder Genius – July 1, 1940

The Man Who Died Twice – September 15, 1940

The Devil’s Paymaster – November 15, 1940

The Thunder King – June 15, 1941

The Devil Master – September 15, 1941

Temple of Crime – November 15, 1941

The Book of Death – January 15, 1942

Death’s Bright Finger – May 15, 1942

The Vampire Murders – September 1, 1942

The Black Dragon – March 1, 1943

The Sinister Shadow – 2015

New Things

rook_v4_phantom_vessel_smallWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog! Lots of stuff has been going on lately — I’ve gotten in the cover and interior art for The Rook Volume Four Special Edition from the amazing George Sellas (you’re looking at a preview of one of the images to the left), been going through the edits on Lazarus Gray Volume Five, adding a few words here and there to the first Dark Gentleman short, joining up with a bunch of great guys to form The Ultraverse Podcast group and recording new episodes of Ubergeeks, In the Stacks & The Shadow Fan’s Podcast!

I’m still not finding much time to do new writing but I am flexing the creative muscles in other ways, as you can see.

The George Sellas image we’re using today is from the story The Phantom Vessel and I think it’s one of the best George has done — and that’s saying something!

Enjoy!

Monday!

lr-kalutashadowGood morning, my friends!

It’s the start of a whole new week and hopefully it’s going to be a great one. Tomorrow we’re going to have a special guest blog from pulp fan Ralph Grasso — I think it’s fun to let different voices get out there and Ralph has decided to talk about one of his favorite movies so I hope you’ll give a read when it’s posted.

Speaking of posting, I uploaded the 65th episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast this morning — we review The Spy Ring (1940) and The White Column (1941). I get to briefly talk about my love of the Myra Reldon character (again) and I also discuss some upcoming comics stuff that Dynamite will be publishing. If you love The Shadow, I hope you’re giving it a listen.

Work continues on the current novel, with is closing in the midway point. I’ve been really enjoying it but I’m anxious to reach the end and move on to some other projects, too. The bane of the writer, I suppose.

Last week I teased a couple of announcements — one of them will be delayed by a couple of months because of some stuff on the back end. Not my fault! As for the other announcement, I’m hoping it will be coming later this week. Fingers crossed!

Next week will be spring break around here so I might be running some classic posts from the past, putting up art, etc. If there’s anything from the vaults that you’d like to see again, let me know!

Our art today is by the amazing Michael Kaluta!

Who Knows What Barry’s Blog Will Cover Today? The Shadow Knows!

shadow_torresWelcome back, my friends!

Earlier today I released Episode 64 of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast — we talk about Howard Chaykin’s upcoming return to the character, respond to some listener feedback and talk about this past weekend’s Middle Georgia Comic Convention. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Work continues on the crossover novel — I’m now over 18,000 words into the story. All the major players are now in motion and I’ll soon be bringing all the heroes together. They’re currently split into two big groups. This one features all new villains and I plan for a couple of them to survive the adventure so they can plague various heroes in the future. Others… well, in classic pulp style, some of these have to meet their justified ends, right?

A lot of folks are asking when The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Four: Satan’s Circus will be available as an eBook. It’s on the way, I promise! In the meantime, the print edition is out for those who prefer the dead tree version or who simply can’t wait for the electronic form.

Our art today is by the amazing Wilfredo Torres and depicts pulp’s greatest crimefighter — The Shadow!