Tag: The Spider

From the Vault: Sex In the Pulps

mellisa_clark_unmaskedYep. Today we’re talking about S-E-X and, by extension, loving relationships.

In the classic hero pulps, there wasn’t a whole lot of sex. You’d have the occasional lurid cover, with some scantily clad woman (usually with stockings showing) in distress while our hero moved to protect her but for the most part, guys like Doc Savage, The Shadow and The Avenger were not very interested in knocking boots. Doc occasionally in later years would display a kind of boyish interest in the fairer sex and The Avenger’s love for his wife was constantly being referenced but even in the first book where you see The Avenger alongside his wife and daughter, you didn’t exactly get the image that they were passionate lovers. They were partners, friends and spouses, yes, but there was no sign of “heat” in the relationship.

There were some exceptions, of course. Jim Anthony was basically Doc Savage with a sex drive but by today’s standards, he was still a bit tame. In fact, the idea of Anthony was racier than the truth — he liked to lounge around at home in a speedo while working in the lab. Hell, what guy doesn’t? And then there was The Spider, who was very clearly a passionate lover of Nita Van Sloane. But most of the romance that was depicted between them were of steamy kisses and verbal flirtations.

The fantasy pulps (like Conan) got a lot of mileage out of ladies whipping one another and there was no doubt that Conan and others got into lusty embraces. But I’m focusing on the hero pulps because those were my favorites and that’s where most of the New Pulp writings out today fall into place.

So…

Now we’re in the age of New Pulp. Writers are now bringing in more modern ideas about race, gender relations, etc. into their pulp-inspired writings.

But we still don’t have much in the way of S-E-X. I’m not saying we *need* it, I’m just surprised there’s not more variety out there.

When I wrote Rabbit Heart, I deliberately made it dirty. Foul language, lots of explicit sex and gory violence. It was my Anti-Pulp pulp book. When I did The Damned Thing, I didn’t go quite as far but it was still a pulp novel, only with explicit oral sex scenes and rape. The reviews I got for Rabbit Heart all made direct mention of the dirty stuff because I think it’s hard to discuss the novel without it — and it was out of place in the pulp world. The Damned Thing, though, got high praise but few people mentioned the sexy stuff — maybe after Rabbit Heart, they weren’t as surprised?

We have guys and gals in the pulp field who can cover all sorts of things and do it well. I’d like to see more variety in relationships on display in New Pulp stories. No, we don’t have to go into the boudoir with the Moon Man and his long-suffering girlfriend, but if a writer could do it well, why not? Hell, just some acknowledgement that these heroes are human beings and are sexual creatures would be welcome sometimes, just for the sake of something different.

The number of unfeeling automatons I’ve met in real life are relatively few in number… so why do I see so many in pulp? Look, I have one hero (Lazarus Gray) who kind of fits that bill, too — but in his series, there’s also plenty of sexual beings who surround him. Hell, I make it quite clear in Die Glocke that Lazarus had a “steamy” romance with the daughter of the local museum curator so even he’s not as stoic as he first appears.

Yes, I enjoy pulp that features heroic figures, over-the-top villains and happy endings. I make no apologies for that. But I also like to have my heroes fall in love, make babies and grow old.

I had The Peregrine fall in love, get married, become a father, etc. His wife is his partner and his lover, equal in both regards.

I did this because I think of Max Davies as a man — and most men want those things.They want love, they want sex, they want a family.

So, New Pulp writers, don’t be afraid to bring the sexy back!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

SPIDER cover#4 smllHappy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that you have a special someone in your life and if you don’t, I hope you have friends and family to share the day with.

Over 24 years ago, I worked up the nerve to ask a girl named Cari out on a date. Thankfully, she said yes! Almost seven years later, we were married and we’ve been together ever since. This June will mark our 18th wedding anniversary… and I’m constantly amazed that she’s been able to put up with me as long as she has.

Our art today is by the amazing Dan Brereton and features one of pulp’s greatest romantic couples: The Spider and Nita Van Sloan. I hope you enjoy it!

From the Vault: Sex in the Pulps

mellisa_clark_unmaskedYep. Today we’re talking about S-E-X and, by extension, loving relationships.

In the classic hero pulps, there wasn’t a whole lot of sex. You’d have the occasional lurid cover, with some scantily clad woman (usually with stockings showing) in distress while our hero moved to protect her but for the most part, guys like Doc Savage, The Shadow and The Avenger were not very interested in knocking boots. Doc occasionally in later years would display a kind of boyish interest in the fairer sex and The Avenger’s love for his wife was constantly being referenced but even in the first book where you see The Avenger alongside his wife and daughter, you didn’t exactly get the image that they were passionate lovers. They were partners, friends and spouses, yes, but there was no sign of “heat” in the relationship.

There were some exceptions, of course. Jim Anthony was basically Doc Savage with a sex drive but by today’s standards, he was still a bit tame. In fact, the idea of Anthony was racier than the truth — he liked to lounge around at home in a speedo while working in the lab. Hell, what guy doesn’t? And then there was The Spider, who was very clearly a passionate lover of Nita Van Sloane. But most of the romance that was depicted between them were of steamy kisses and verbal flirtations.

The fantasy pulps (like Conan) got a lot of mileage out of ladies whipping one another and there was no doubt that Conan and others got into lusty embraces. But I’m focusing on the hero pulps because those were my favorites and that’s where most of the New Pulp writings out today fall into place.

So…

Now we’re in the age of New Pulp. Writers are now bringing in more modern ideas about race, gender relations, etc. into their pulp-inspired writings.

But we still don’t have much in the way of S-E-X. I’m not saying we *need* it, I’m just surprised there’s not more variety out there.

When I wrote Rabbit Heart, I deliberately made it dirty. Foul language, lots of explicit sex and gory violence. It was my Anti-Pulp pulp book. When I did The Damned Thing, I didn’t go quite as far but it was still a pulp novel, only with explicit oral sex scenes and rape. The reviews I got for Rabbit Heart all made direct mention of the dirty stuff because I think it’s hard to discuss the novel without it — and it was out of place in the pulp world. The Damned Thing, though, got high praise but few people mentioned the sexy stuff — maybe after Rabbit Heart, they weren’t as surprised?

We have guys and gals in the pulp field who can cover all sorts of things and do it well. I’d like to see more variety in relationships on display in New Pulp stories. No, we don’t have to go into the boudoir with the Moon Man and his long-suffering girlfriend, but if a writer could do it well, why not? Hell, just some acknowledgement that these heroes are human beings and are sexual creatures would be welcome sometimes, just for the sake of something different.

The number of unfeeling automatons I’ve met in real life are relatively few in number… so why do I see so many in pulp? Look, I have one hero (Lazarus Gray) who kind of fits that bill, too — but in his series, there’s also plenty of sexual beings who surround him. Hell, I make it quite clear in Die Glocke that Lazarus had a “steamy” romance with the daughter of the local museum curator so even he’s not as stoic as he first appears.

Yes, I enjoy pulp that features heroic figures, over-the-top villains and happy endings. I make no apologies for that. But I also like to have my heroes fall in love, make babies and grow old.

I had The Rook fall in love, get married, become a father, etc. His wife is his partner and his lover, equal in both regards.

I did this because I think of Max Davies as a man — and most men want those things.They want love, they want sex, they want a family.

So, New Pulp writers, don’t be afraid to bring the sexy back!

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/17/13)

whitechapeldemoncoverIt’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we?

1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates these things is mostly a trade secret and they vary wildly from day to day. If I checked this tomorrow, the list could be very different. This list reflects sales ranks as of Tuesday morning December 17, 2013. Please read that part about sales RANKS. I am not tracking actual sales, as I don’t know those figures. A sales rank of 40,000 means that there are 39,999 books selling better at that moment on Amazon. You want to have a low sales rank, which means you’re closer to # 1.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within four months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in December 2013, I’m only looking at books published since September 2013. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, I’m tracking sales from smaller press publishers who actively publishing New Pulp material. I don’t generally track sales from Simon and Schuster or places like that — they have the New York Times Bestseller List for that. If one of the major publishers starts doing The Shadow or something, I’ll track that… but I’m not tracking Hard Case Crime or similar publishers any longer. The playing field is simply not level enough.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):

1) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 99,265
2) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 119,471
3) Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective by Various (Airship 27, December 2013) – 209,001
4) The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds (Emby Press, December 2013) – 220,157
5) Sensible Redhorn by Tim Bruckner (Pro Se Press, December 2013) – 231,623
6) Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 248,281
7) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Press, October 2013) – 468,390
8 ) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 470,068
9) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 473,168
10) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 679,012

Just missing the list were: Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 701,500, Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 713,777, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 800,163, The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 844,620, Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 908,798, The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 953,007, Jim Anthony – Super-Detective Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,567,131, The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,968,803, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,057,568, , Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,181,096, SoulQuest by Percival Constantine (Pulpwork Press, December 2013) – 2,258,354, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,641,162, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,993,475, .

What a sales week! The top 16 books all had sales ranks under a million, which is the best I’ve ever seen. Guess someone’s buying up some pulp for the holidays, eh? At the top we continue to see Doc Savage and the Burroughs anthology slugging it out but Airship 27 makes a strong debut with their newest Holmes volume while Josh Reynolds burns it up at # 4. Mike Baron rejoins the list at # 6, making his first appearance in the top 10 in a few weeks. The bottom half of the list is comprised mostly of classic heroes: The Green Ghost, The Spider, The Crimson Mask and the various revivals in the Tales of the Shadowmen volume.

From a publisher standpoint, we have an seven publishers represented. Hollywood Comics, Pro Se and Airship 27 lead the way with two titles each, while Baen, Altus, Emby, Wordfire and Moonstone have one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/10/13)

Air-71It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we?

1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates these things is mostly a trade secret and they vary wildly from day to day. If I checked this tomorrow, the list could be very different. This list reflects sales ranks as of Tuesday morning December 10, 2013. Please read that part about sales RANKS. I am not tracking actual sales, as I don’t know those figures. A sales rank of 40,000 means that there are 39,999 books selling better at that moment on Amazon. You want to have a low sales rank, which means you’re closer to # 1.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within four months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in December 2013, I’m only looking at books published since September 2013. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, I’m tracking sales from smaller press publishers who actively publishing New Pulp material. I don’t generally track sales from Simon and Schuster or places like that — they have the New York Times Bestseller List for that. If one of the major publishers starts doing The Shadow or something, I’ll track that… but I’m not tracking Hard Case Crime or similar publishers any longer. The playing field is simply not level enough.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):

1) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 58,087
2) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 140,595

3) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 179,151
4) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 348,123
5) New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 369,773
6) The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 433,418
7) The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 622,689
8 ) Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 750,449
9) Jim Anthony – Super-Detective Volume 4 by Various (Airship 27, September 2013) – 1,003,929
10) Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,114,399

Just missing the list were: The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,148,384, The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,548,350, The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,575,709, Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 1,606,042, Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 1,632,354, SoulQuest by Percival Constantine (Pulpwork Press, December 2013) – 1,649,740, The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 1,668,677, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,417,767, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,850,828, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 3,096,321 and Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 5,971,206.

A couple of new releases haven’t yet scored any Amazon sales ranks but expect to see them listed soon: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective Volume 5 by Various (Airship 27, December 2013) and The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds (Emby Press, December 2013).

An interesting week as overall sales are much better than last week. The top three remain unchanged as we see a pretty clear separation between those titles and the ones that fall below. Liberty Girl climbs back up to # 4 while a trio of classic hero revivals trail right behind — The Spider from Moonstone had been just missing the list the last few weeks but the vigilante stakes his claim to the # 7 spot this time around. Rick Lai’s latest continues to skulk around the back-half of the list, snatching up the # 10 spot this time around. Airship 27 normally gets very strong sales out of their Sherlock Holmes books so I’d be very surprised if that one didn’t make its chart debut next week.

From a publisher standpoint, we have six publishers represented. Airship 27 leads the way with three titles, followed by Pro Se and Hollywood Comics with two each. Baen, Altus and Moonstone all have one apiece.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 12/3/13)

Cover 1It’s that time again! Before I unveil the Top Ten, let’s go over a few of the ground rules, shall we?

1) This list only tracks sales through AMAZON. It does not keep track of sales through Barnes and Noble, face-to-face or anything else!
2) This list only tracks PRINT sales. We do not currently track e-books. Exactly how Amazon calculates these things is mostly a trade secret and they vary wildly from day to day. If I checked this tomorrow, the list could be very different. This list reflects sales ranks as of Tuesday morning December 3, 2013. Please read that part about sales RANKS. I am not tracking actual sales, as I don’t know those figures. A sales rank of 40,000 means that there are 39,999 books selling better at that moment on Amazon. You want to have a low sales rank, which means you’re closer to # 1.
3) In order to keep the focus on new releases, eligible works must have been published within four months of the current date. So, since this list is being done in December 2013, I’m only looking at books published since September 2013. Please keep that in mind before complaining that Title X is not listed. Also, keep in mind that for the most part, I’m tracking sales from smaller press publishers who actively publishing New Pulp material. I don’t generally track sales from Simon and Schuster or places like that — they have the New York Times Bestseller List for that. If one of the major publishers starts doing The Shadow or something, I’ll track that… but I’m not tracking Hard Case Crime or similar publishers any longer. The playing field is simply not level enough.
4) I am no longer tracking pre-release orders. Some publishers never actually release their books and when they do, it’s months after they were supposed to be released. Everything listed in the Top Ten is currently for sale.
5) Like the name suggests, we’re tracking “New” pulp — I’m not tracking sales rankings for reprints of classic material. In order for something to qualify for this list, it has to be at least 50% new material that has not been printed in book form before.
6) I am human. I make mistakes. If you are aware of a title that should be listed below (keeping in mind all the rules above), please let me know and I will make sure to remedy the situation.
7) I get most of my information from All Pulp, New Pulp, the Pulp Factory mailing list and a few other sites. If you think I might miss your release, let me know in advance — drop me a line and tell me when it’s being released.

Without further ado, here’s the completely and totally unofficial New Pulp bestseller list as of right now (title, then publisher, then release date, then sales rank):

1) The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Various (Baen, October 2013) – 45,004
2) Tales of the Shadowmen 10 by Various (Hollywood Comics, November 2013) – 104,274

3) Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace by Will Murray (Altus Press, September 2013) – 107,324
4) The Cestus Contract by Mat Nastos (Self-Published, November 2013) – 680,600
5) Six Guns and Spaceships by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 776,734
6) The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud by Josh Reynolds (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 810,280
7) Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones: Six Days of the Dragon by Roman Leary (Airship 27, November 2013) – 899,936
8 ) Liberty Girl by Barry Reese (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 928,155
9) Skorpio by Mike Baron (Wordfire Press, October 2013) – 1,155,344
10) The Bone Queen by Andrea Judy (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 1,220,192

Just missing the list were: The Spider: Extreme Prejudice by Various (Moonstone Books, September 2013) – 1,294,352, Sisters of the Shadows: The Cagliostro Curse by Rick Lai (Hollywood Comics, October 2013) – 1,421,183, The Crimson Mask Volume One by Various (Airship 27, October 2013) – 1,797,558, Shadow Legion: New Roads to Hell by Thomas Deja (Airship 27, September 2013) – 2,190,586, The Queen of Escapes by Curt Fernlund (Airship 27, October 2013) – 2,342,522, Zeppelin Tales by Various (Airship 27, November 2013) – 2,521,686, Black Fedora by Various (Pro Se Productions, September 2013) – 2,717,050, New Adventures of the Green Ghost by Various (Pro Se Productions, October 2013) – 2,754,143 and Fight Card: Barefoot Bones by Bobby Nash (Fight Card Productions, October 2013) – 5,658,102.

Not a particularly strong week for sales but we haven’t had many new releases in a while, either. Still, I would have hoped we’d have had a holiday bump in sales but if it’s coming, it hasn’t gotten here yet! The Burroughs anthology continues to play back-and-forth with the most recent Doc Savage book for # 1, while Six Guns and Spaceships comes blazing back into the top 10 at # 5. Our highest debut comes from volume 10 in the Tales of the Shadowmen series, which debuts at # 2, though Mat Nastos debuts at # 4 with the sequel to The Cestus Concern. We have a nice mix of classic characters and newer ones this week, which is always welcome. Brother Bones, Liberty Girl, Skorpio, Malcolm Weir and The Bone Queen are all fairly recent creations and it’s good to see that the list isn’t always just about the revived golden age characters.

From a publisher standpoint, we have seven publishers represented. Pro Se Productions has an impressive four titles in the top ten, followed by Baen, Altus, Airship 27, Wordfire Press, Mat Nastos’ self-publishing press and Hollywood Comics, all of whom place one each.

Take it all with a grain of salt, folks.

From the Vault: Sex in the Pulps

mellisa_clark_unmaskedYep. Today we’re talking about S-E-X and, by extension, loving relationships.

In the classic hero pulps, there wasn’t a whole lot of sex. You’d have the occasional lurid cover, with some scantily clad woman (usually with stockings showing) in distress while our hero moved to protect her but for the most part, guys like Doc Savage, The Shadow and The Avenger were not very interested in knocking boots. Doc occasionally in later years would display a kind of boyish interest in the fairer sex and The Avenger’s love for his wife was constantly being referenced but even in the first book where you see The Avenger alongside his wife and daughter, you didn’t exactly get the image that they were passionate lovers. They were partners, friends and spouses, yes, but there was no sign of “heat” in the relationship.

There were some exceptions, of course. Jim Anthony was basically Doc Savage with a sex drive but by today’s standards, he was still a bit tame. In fact, the idea of Anthony was racier than the truth — he liked to lounge around at home in a speedo while working in the lab. Hell, what guy doesn’t? And then there was The Spider, who was very clearly a passionate lover of Nita Van Sloane. But most of the romance that was depicted between them were of steamy kisses and verbal flirtations.

The fantasy pulps (like Conan) got a lot of mileage out of ladies whipping one another and there was no doubt that Conan and others got into lusty embraces. But I’m focusing on the hero pulps because those were my favorites and that’s where most of the New Pulp writings out today fall into place.

So…

Now we’re in the age of New Pulp. Writers are now bringing in more modern ideas about race, gender relations, etc. into their pulp-inspired writings.

But we still don’t have much in the way of S-E-X. I’m not saying we *need* it, I’m just surprised there’s not more variety out there.

When I wrote Rabbit Heart, I deliberately made it dirty. Foul language, lots of explicit sex and gory violence. It was my Anti-Pulp pulp book. When I did The Damned Thing, I didn’t go quite as far but it was still a pulp novel, only with explicit oral sex scenes and rape. The reviews I got for Rabbit Heart all made direct mention of the dirty stuff because I think it’s hard to discuss the novel without it — and it was out of place in the pulp world. The Damned Thing, though, got high praise but few people mentioned the sexy stuff — maybe after Rabbit Heart, they weren’t as surprised?

We have guys and gals in the pulp field who can cover all sorts of things and do it well. I’d like to see more variety in relationships on display in New Pulp stories. No, we don’t have to go into the boudoir with the Moon Man and his long-suffering girlfriend, but if a writer could do it well, why not? Hell, just some acknowledgement that these heroes are human beings and are sexual creatures would be welcome sometimes, just for the sake of something different.

The number of unfeeling automatons I’ve met in real life are relatively few in number… so why do I see so many in pulp? Look, I have one hero (Lazarus Gray) who kind of fits that bill, too — but in his series, there’s also plenty of sexual beings who surround him. Hell, I make it quite clear in Die Glocke that Lazarus had a “steamy” romance with the daughter of the local museum curator so even he’s not as stoic as he first appears.

Yes, I enjoy pulp that features heroic figures, over-the-top villains and happy endings. I make no apologies for that. But I also like to have my heroes fall in love, make babies and grow old.

I had The Rook fall in love, get married, become a father, etc. His wife is his partner and his lover, equal in both regards.

I did this because I think of Max Davies as a man — and most men want those things.They want love, they want sex, they want a family.

So, New Pulp writers, don’t be afraid to bring the sexy back!