Monday, March 28, 2016

This Just in: New Sexton Blake From Michael Moorcock

Sexton Blake Library 6.2

We're delighted to announce that the second title in the relaunched Sexton Blake Library will come from the incredibly talented pen of Michael Moorcock.
Mike will be completely re-writing his Blake novel CARIBBEAN CRISIS, restoring the novel to the something closer to his original intention, before editorial interference changed it!
(that's the original cover by the way - there'll be a new one for this entirely updated version!)

Further details - including how to pre-order - to follow as soon as we have them...

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   I was talking to a co-worker today who's planning on vacationing in Apalachicola Florida, on the Gulf Coast, next week. I mentioned that I had an aunt who used to live down there when I was a kid. A great aunt, really. Anyway, she moved away over twenty years ago and she passed away probably a decade back, but after talking about Apalach, as the natives called it, I wondered if I could use Google Earth to see her old house. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember her street address. When I got home from work, I called my mom and she found her old address book, and found the address. I looked it up and used Google Street View to drop down in front of my aunt's house.

   It looked EXACTLY THE SAME. It's been over thirty years since I was there, but I hadn't forgotten the odd burnt umber color of the exterior of the place. Whoever owns the house now has kept that weird color. It looks nice enough that it had to have been painted since my aunt owned it, but it looks EXACTLY THE SAME. The carport was empty, as if my aunt had just gone to the grocery store or something.

   Who knows? Maybe in the sun-blighted streets of an old coastal town, time has lost its meaning. A place where it's still the 1970s and my aunt still drives around like the former New Yorker she was, blaring her horn at anyone who gets too close. A small corner of eternity that can only be found in...The Twilight Zone.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Griffin and Price Move to Cohesion Press

Fans and readers of the Griffin and Price series written by me and James A. Moore will be glad to learn that the series has a new home at Cohesion Press. From the press release.

"Just contracted for two more books.
James A Moore and Charles Rutledge are regular collaborators, and the pinnacle of their work is the Griffin and Price series.
Private investigator Wade Griffin and Sheriff Carl Price. Life long friends, raised in the small town of Wellman in the Georgia Mountains, now turned reluctant fighters against the supernatural.
Sort of Supernatural crossed with Hap and Leonard.
More news soon on the releases.
I KNOW you will love them.
I sure do."

I'm seriously psyched to be working with Cohesion. The publisher is probably best known for their SNAFU series of Military Horror anthologies and novels. More monsters and Mayhem in Wellman Georgia on the way. More details later. For more about Cohesion, their website is here:

Chronicles of Conan #31. All Roy, All the Time

A couple of years back, I wrote an article about the return of writer Roy Thomas to the pages of Marvel Comic's Conan the Barbarian after an absence of a decade. The newest volume, #31, of Dark Horse Comics CHRONICLES OF CONAN, starts with Roy's first issue (sort of) after coming back. He would continue to write the series until the bitter end, issue #275. So if you want to see how Roy finished up the series, this is the place to start.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Waiting for Konrath

   Several of you have asked if I plan to write another story set in J.A. Konrath’s Kindle World, teaming his signature character, Jack Daniels with one of my characters. The answer is, probably. However, having already written one story (VIRGIN ZOMBIE) set when Jack was still a police Lieutenant, I’ve decided I want to write the next one set in the current continuity, where Jack has left the force and become a private investigator. I’m actually waiting for the March 25th release of Konrath’s newest Daniels novel, RUM RUNNER. After I read that, perhaps I’ll return to the world of Jack Daniels.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Conan the Almost Completed

Dark Horse Comics started reprinting the Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian comic in trade paperbacks in 2003. Here, going on 13 years later, they're at volume 30, which takes us to issue 240. CtB ran 275 issues. The end is near. Their reprints of the black and white magazine Savage Sword of Conan began in 2007. They've almost reached the end of that one too. Soon it will all be over.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Blogging about Blogging

There's an interview with me about this very blog over at Hero Press, which is one of my favorite blogs. How Meta can you get.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Arthur Machen and Blind Shadows

   March 3rd, is the birthday of Arthur Machen, author of that seminal work of horror, THE GREAT GOD PAN. Machen was a huge influence on Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. REH, in fact, practically wrote sequels to a couple of Machen’s stories about ‘little people’.
   Something few people know though, is that THE GREAT GOD PAN was the original major influence for BLIND SHADOWS, the first novel in the GRIFFIN AND PRICE series, by James A. Moore and me. Jim and I were kicking around ideas for our crime/horror novel, and we started talking about Machen’s story about a young woman named Helen Vaughn, who is actually the progeny of a human mother and something from ‘outside’. The mother, lobotomized as part of an experiment, has ‘seen the great god Pan’ and bears his child. Of the story, Lovecraft said, “No one could begin to describe the cumulative suspense and ultimate horror with which every paragraph abounds"
   We wanted to take the idea of someone who looks and seems human but isn’t, and build on that. Thus, the secret origin of the Blackbournes, that family of backwoods meth dealers from the outer dark. There were, of course, many other influences, including HPL and REH. The two that get mentioned the most are the most obvious, Karl Edward Wagner and Manly Wade Wellman. All of those are there, but in the background, peeking through the reeds down by the dark river, lurks the great god Pan.