I’d Love to Write *That*!

In my career, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on several licensed properties: The Avenger, Nightveil, and The Green Hornet to name just three. There are still quite a few characters out there that I’d love to get my grubby little mitts on for a prose story or two. Here’s a few that come to mind right away:

  1. Norgil the Magician – This character was created and written by Walter Gibson, the mastermind behind The Shadow. I’m a big fan of Norgil and even put together a package to try and get the rights a few years back. It didn’t work out but I still think it would be a blast to take this magician on a few crime-busting cases.
  2. Seekay – Created by Paul Ernst, this somewhat obscure character is fascinating and I think I could do some fun things with him.
  3. Batman – There have been great prose stories featuring the Batman over the years and I think every writer, whether in comics or in prose, wants to tackle the character at least once. I have a few ideas that I like to think would stay true to the hero’s character while also avoiding the familiar.
  4. The Shadow – Obviously, doing better than James Patterson’s recent reboot is a fairly low bar. I love the hero and his deep supporting cast — I’d like to stay true to the pulp version of the character and avoid the romance between him and Margot that keeps popping up in the comic book incarnations. The Shadow should be mysterious and aloof… and he’s Kent Allard at his core.
  5. Ghost — the Dark Horse heroine is definitely cut from the same cloth as many of my own characters. Honestly, she’d be right at home in Sovereign City. Having said that, I think it would be fun to take the ghostly avenger onto an adventure or two.

My Favorite Shadow Novels

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:

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

City of Fear – October 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

Recommendation: the Pendergast Series

The Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are some of the best examples of New Pulp in the market today. Pendergast is such a wonderfully eccentric, nearly superhuman figure that he puts me in mind of such classic sleuths as Sherlock Holmes and The Shadow. I’m currently reading Bloodless, but some of my favorites in the series are Still Life With Crows, White Fire, and The Cabinet of Curiosities.

If you’re looking for some quality entertainment, give them a try!