Tag: Tommy Hancock

Let’s Chat, Shall We?

black-and-white-robert-downey-jr-sherlock-holmes-Favim.com-412789A whole bunch of things to talk about today so let’s all settle down and get started, shall we?

The Shadow Fan Episode 17 is now live — this time around I look at all the various projects that have had the title “The Shadow Strikes.” We talk about the 1937 movie, the 1964 Belmont novel and the 1989 DC Comics series. I don’t want to give away too much but I’ll say this: two are snooze-fests and one is a classic.

Thanks so much to all of you who visit my blog on a regular basis. This month set an all-time record for visits to the site and I appreciate all the time you’ve spent reading my ramblings. The comments on yesterday’s post were great — informative, hilarious and enlightening. I may steal Derrick Ferguson’s description of “sweaty man books” for my own work 😉

Reading The Shadow: The History and Mystery of the Radio Program, 1930-1954 by Martin Grams, Jr. — very interesting book and highly recommended if you have interest in The Shaadow radio program.

Tomorrow I’m debuting a new feature — New Pulp Recommendation of the Week. It was suggested by someone on Twitter and I’m going to give it a go. Basically, every week I pick a New Pulp book and tell you about, encouraging you to give it a try if you haven’t already. Stay tuned!

Tommy Hancock’s YesterYear novel is being turned into a roleplaying game. I’m so jealous! I’ve wanted to do that with my characters for years. One of these days….

Starting to firm up appearances for 2013. So far, it looks like I’ll be at Avalon Comics in Macon, Georgia for Free Comic Book Day; at the Georgia Literary Festival in November and somewhere in-between I hope to return to the Crossroads Writers Conference. Pulp Ark still looks unlikely.

Publishing Updates, Pulp Ark Awards & The Evil of Leviathan

20120512-185602.jpgI’m now over 5,000 words into the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume Four, which means the entire book is over 43,000 words long at this point. I think it’s going to end up being a great book, carrying on themes I introduce in Volume Three. It also features appearances by Thunder Jim Wade, Doctor Satan, The Darkling, Eidolon and lots more. It’s pretty freakin’ epic, if I do say so, myself. The scary guy accompanying this post is named Leviathan and he’s the central bad guy in the Thunder Jim Wade crossover story (and if you’ve read the story that ran in The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade you’ve already seen some of what Leviathan can do).

I had a conversation with Pro Se EiC Tommy Hancock and got some semi-confirmed dates for things. He isn’t sure if Lazarus Gray Volume 3 or Gravedigger will be out first, but one of them should be here in March. The other will debut in April. Then, in May, we’ll get The Rook Volume Two – Special Edition. So it could be quite the Spring for Reese Unlimited! There was some talk about debuting one of those books in February but Pro Se has another major launch going on in that month and Tommy doesn’t want my book to get lost in that hoopla.

Today is the last day for Pulp Ark Awards Nominations! If you haven’t sent in your nominations, PLEASE do so today. Only those who nominate will get to vote on the final ballot. Whether you vote for me or not (though I hope you do), please send in your nominations and celebrate the works of your favorite writers & artists! All you have to do is send your nominations to proseproductions@earthlink.net. If you want to cast your nominations and votes for me, I’d really appreciate if you nominated Die Glocke for Best Novel, The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two for Best Collection/Anthology and me for Best Author. Don’t forget to nominate George Sellas for Best Cover and Best Interior Art for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two! I’d really appreciate it if you guys would take five minutes to submit these nominations — and then you’ll be able to vote on the final ballot!

Hump Day Happenings

goth_girlSo the past few days have been interesting. I finished off an editing job for Radio Archives, took some big steps towards finishing off the Liberty Girl project, received a lot of awesome goodies from Tommy Hancock in my email and then got some very exciting news about the potential Rook animated project! Unfortunately, I can’t talk about the news yet but keep your fingers crossed ’cause it could be really, really cool!

I’ve been considering doing something new soon — something very “un-pulp.” I’ve thought about working more on the Rabbit Heart sequel but I think I might want something completely original. We’ll see. It’s nothing very clear yet, more just a desire than an idea.

In other news, I’ve been reading several Judge Dredd things lately and really enjoying them. Judge Death has very quickly moved into my list of all-time favorite villains. Death has such a simple origin and premise – but I’ve found that many of the really classic characters are like that. They’re NOT overly complicated and I think that adds to the iconic nature they have.  So far, I’ve read the Brian Bolland collection, the Dredd vs. Death! novel and I’m working my way through The Complete Case Files Volume 5 now.

Not sure what the next Reese Unlimited project to be published will be. Pro Se has Rook v2, Lazarus Gray v3 and Gravedigger all ready to go into the editing and formatting phase so it’s just a matter of what they decide to do first.

Watched the John Carter movie again this weekend — box office be damned, that’s a good movie.

Usually, there’s some connection between the images I choose to go with these posts and their subject matter. Today, not so much. I just like the picture.


The Next Big Thing… Is Here!

EmmaWatson-HarryCrowder03The Next Big Thing Blog Tour has been rolling through the Internet for awhile now, moving from one writer’s site to another. The purpose is to not only promote upcoming works but also to help introduce all of you to other authors — who knows? You might find a new favorite series or writer! I was tagged by Bobby Nash and at the end of the post, I’ll tag a few other writers — please check them out!

The rules/questions:

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop
over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

BR: My next book is GRAVEDIGGER.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

BR: That’s a tough question, to be honest. Gravedigger came about from a wide variety of inspirations — the one that really solidified it for me was the return of Valiant Comics. I’ve always loved their heroes and the tight continuity between their titles — and their recent return has reminded me of that. As a result, I decided that I wanted to add a third series to my shared world of The Rook and Lazarus Gray — a series that would tie everything together. That became Gravedigger.

What genre does your book fall under?

BR: It’s a New Pulp title, with definite Adventure & Horror elements.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

BR: Gravedigger herself… Jennifer Connelly would be great from a physical standpoint, though she’d have to prove she could do an action role. If she couldn’t swing it, then Kate Beckinsale would be good.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

BR: Charity Grace has been given three years to redeem a lifetime of sin.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

BR: Gravedigger will be published by Pro Se Press.

gravedigger_cover_rough_refinedHow long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

BR: I wrote Gravedigger in about three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

BR: Well, it fits in with the other books in my shared universe — so if you’re a fan of The Rook or The Adventures of Lazarus Gray,  you’ll enjoy this. If you liked my modern-day slasher horror novel, Rabbit Heart, you’ll also dig this heroine.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

BR: So many things! My love of pulp… of The Shadow… of Valiant… and my interest in kick-ass women with swords. 😉

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

BR: We’ll have a terrific cover by George Sellas — and six lovely interior pieces by Will Meugniot!

So who’s up next? I’m going to tag Tommy Hancock, Ron Fortier, Wayne Reinagel, Derrick Ferguson and Mike Bullock.


The End

Ah, how I love typing those words: THE END. I did so yesterday, as I finally ended Gravedigger’s first novel. I think it turned out pretty well but the ultimate judges will, of course, be the readers. I was able to work The Rook and Lazarus Gray into guest-starring roles, featured a whole host of Sovereign history courtesy of Tommy Hancock and even managed cameos by a bunch of supporting characters from New Pulp universe — Assistance Unlimited, Inspector Cord and various staff members of the Sovereign Museum all pass through the book. Even with all the tight continuity, I still hope that it will stand alone for those readers who don’t follow the rest of my universe.

Pro Se EiC Tommy Hancock says he wants the book out by Pulp Ark 2013, which means April or earlier. With the story itself complete, we just have to get in the cover and interior pieces (by George Sellas & Will Meugniot, respectively) and then get the whole thing edited and formatted. Given all the books Pro Se has in the pipeline, April 2013 is pretty quick.

Next up for me is a licensed project, where I novelize a graphic novel. Turning it from a visual story to a prose one should be an interesting experience. I’m hoping (fingers crossed) to be able to do this project in the month of December and have it finished before the end of the year.

Now I’m off to testify in court — it’s an assault case and I’m one of the witnesses. Fun day, I’m sure.

Feeling Kind of Stabby Today. Stab, stab.

So I’m currently writing the scene where Gravedigger and Lazarus Gray come face-to-face for the first time. It’s close to the 40,000 word mark on the Gravedigger novel and I’ve certainly teased this for most of the book. How will the characters get along? Here’s a hint: there’s stabbing involved.

Gravedigger is a book where I wanted to tie a lot of things together — as such, The Rook is in the first 1/3 of the book and Lazarus pops up in the final third. In between, we get lots of details about the founding of Sovereign City (a good bit of that info was gifted to me by Sovereign creator Tommy Hancock). I think that fans of my shared pulp universe will really enjoy this book — if I can successfully finish it off in November, it’s just a matter of getting a cover done by George Sellas and the interior pieces from Will Meugniot… and then it’s off to the editors at Pro Se.

To celebrate the progress, I’m sharing with you one of Will’s sketches. This is NOT a finished piece but it’s still a beautiful piece of work! the decapitation kind of fits in with a recurring theme of the book — and it gives me a good moment to release the full title of the book: The Adventures of The Gravedigger – Headless. Yep, the first novel is entitled “Headless.” Why? Well, those of you who read the free fiction I posted on Halloween might have a good idea about who the main villain for the story is (though there’s actually several villains and several adventures to be had in the story)… plus, a major character dies early in this novel and he was basically the “head” for the Gravedigger’s organization. Without him, the group is “headless” and in need of direction.

If you’re confused about what I mean by “group,” then you haven’t been paying attention! Gravedigger will forming a network of spies and agents, a la The Shadow.

Anyway, feel free to get excited now.

Because you should.


Friday Thoughts

Soared past the 36,000 word mark on Gravedigger last night. Things are progressing nicely and I’m still hopeful to have this one put to bed by the end of the month. One thing that I’ve found interesting is that I’ve been building a team of agents and allies for her but it’s a totally different situation from what we have in Lazarus Gray with Assistance Unlimited. In the Gray series, those guys are his partners and are really costars. In Gravedigger, it’s more like The Shadow and his agents — she’s directing them and they take part in the adventures, but there’s no doubt who the star character is.

Heard from Tommy Hancock that the first of his three Rook novels is going to be pushed back into March 2013. This means that the next Reese Unlimited release will be either The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 3: Eidolon or The Rook Volume Two – Special Edition. Either way, you shouldn’t have to wait long to get your next dose of heroic fiction.

I’ve heard from a few writers with regards to their Tales of The Rook stories so work is progressing on those. I’m expecting volume two to match the high quality of the first!

Will Meugniot is about to begin sketching the interiors for Gravedigger — can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

The fourth episode of The Shadow Fan will be posted soon — I think it’s the best episode yet, so stay tuned.