Monday, December 30, 2013

Gumdrop Coal, PI!

I could NOT resist.
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean...and who wears jingle bells on his curly-toed shoes and stands about two-foot three. A man who is, in other words, an elf. But don't let the green tights and stocking cap fool you: Gumdrop Coal is the roughest, toughest punisher of the naughty since Mike Hammer, even if he does smell like peppermint and fresh-baked cookies.

Caught My Eye

Love this cover!

Friday, December 20, 2013

New Doc Savage

When a brazen adventuress tries to hire Doc Savage for a secret mission—but won’t tell him why—it lights the fuse for one of the most explosive exploits ever to involve the Man of Bronze.
Who is Hornetta Hale? Why does she need to rent Doc’s private submarine? And who is so determined to eliminate her that they destroy Doc Savage’s skyscraper headquarters in the process?
From Manhattan Island to the Caribbean Sea, Doc and his fighting crew chase the most violent gang of criminals they have ever encountered in a desperate race to unlock the secret of Phantom Lagoon. Or are they more than mere criminals?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


I'm spending part of the winter break getting back in touch with my pulp roots.  I had forgotten how well written some of these were.  Read this Spider book, the third one Norvell W. Page wrote in the series and was blown away by how well-paced the story/action was.
I was not so happy with this one.  I'd waited a long time to see the Shadow reveal his true identity as Kent Allard, and it was all weird and convoluted.  I know Walter B. Gibson usually knocked these things out in a week, but I was really disappointed.  The plot was all over the place and there was no real build-up to this REAL identity.
If you haven't read Paul Malmont's brilliant novel about real-life writers Lester Dent (Kenneth Robeson, Doc Savage) and Walter B. Gibson (Maxwell Grant, The Shadow) you should.  H. P. Lovecraft (Cthulu), Ron L. Hubbard (Scientology), and Louis L'Amour (Sackett Family) are also in the pages.  I loved how Malmont brings those old pulp days to life and puts in a lot of the history at the same time.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

World of the Rover

I've lately been itching to return to the world of the Rover.  Edgewick Lamplighter, Wick to his friends, has got a rich and varied world, as well as an adventurous life (though he would never want to embrace that), and there are yet stories to be told about him.  How did he and Craugh the wizard become friends?  What was in that mysterious package the Warden carried off in the first book?  How was it that Wick rescued Juhg?  How did Wick help Brant reclaim his ancestral lands in the Sweetgrass Valley?  What became of that mysterious cap that Wick put on during the cemetery puzzle?

Well, you see what I mean.

One of my favorite stories I want to tell is about when Wick met the Embyr again.  You see, he was simply reading in Hralbomm's Wing, a Taurak Bleiyz romance if you must know, when the Embyr came calling on the Vault of All Known Knowledge...

The Rover

Friday, December 13, 2013

Jumping the Shark! Hoo-ahhh!

This one is FREE today at Amazon, and it made me think of my buddy, Bill Crider.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013