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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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“Fever” is out

Basic RGBThe Pro Se Thriller of the Week is, to me, a fine example of a simple idea elegantly executed: four thriller series, new episodes coming out alternatively one er week.
The offer includes the techno-thriller of THE OUT OF TIMERS, the police procedural of MURDER, AR, the sophisticated caper thriller of AKA THE SINNER and the supernatural thriller of HARRIDAN.
Four series, six episodes each, each episode written by a different writer.
A total of twenty-four novellas, one per week for six months, at a ridiculous price.

The tag-line of Thriller of the Week is the future of digital storytelling.

And I am part of this, having sold four stories to Pro Se Productions, one for each series.
And today, my first story hit the shelves – it’s called Fever and it is the second episode of THE OUT OF TIMERS.

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African guerrillas, rapacious companies, a deadly virus, a dastardly plot… what else do you need to keep you happy for Christmas?


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Thriller of the Week!

I am quite happy to announce that Pro Se Press’ latest project, The Pro Se Thriller of the Week has been launched today with the publication of the first HARRIDAN story.

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“PRO SE THRILLER OF THE WEEK,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is a marriage of prose storytelling with a model that has worked for decades, first in radio, then in tv and even in comic books. Regularly scheduled ‘episodes’ of stories released once a week, spotlighting four different series. Ebooks allow for publishers to do so many unique things, and Pro Se intends to take full advantage of that, setting up our own network of sorts with scheduled ‘programming’ that will appeal to fans of all types and create an excitement for all the stories to come. We are very excited ot kick this concept off with PRO SE THRILLER OF THE WEEK and have so much more to come.”

Featuring a fantastic cover as well as digital formatting and logo design by Antonino Lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, HARRIDAN: SACRIFICIAL LAMB is available for only $1.49 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0776M2KPF/ref=sr_1_1…. The PRO SE THRILLER OF THE WEEK is also on Kindle Unlimited, meaning members can get each episode for free.

And yes, hopefully you’ll see something of mine in this series, too.


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Things to come

Things are getting bigger, fast.
A quick recap.

7c65cbd4602cab352cdd9ed537e0af14I’m working on my new novel – working title, Matter/Energy, a hard science fiction adventure set in the Mediterranean area but aimed at an international audience.
I’m going at a nice clip, doing about 2000 words a day on the first draft (thanks, Scrivener), speed is increasing, and the thing looks promising: some good dialogue is developing, characters are fine, some great science and a very fun venue.
I’m also enjoying the fact of writing a novel with a strong woman as the main character.
Expect periodic updates as the project grows. Continue reading


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No media-related post today.

I’m happy to announce that one of my proposals passed the selection process at Pro Se Press – yes, I sold them a story!*

For a small-time hack living in the backwoods, feels like suddenly joining the major league.
I’m scared, nervous, damn proud and pretty exhilarated.

And since they gave me permission, I think I’ll flaunt it…

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That’s me!

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* Now all I’ve to do is write it.


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Lazarus Gray and my weekend plans

laz3coverMy plans for the weekend (including the updating of this blog) went belly up when Pro Se Press released, early this week, the third volume in Barry Reese‘s The Adventures of Lazarus Gray series.
As soon as I was aware of the book’s availability, I grabbed myself a copy (ebooks are just great – they are cheap and there’s no waiting for the postman!) and shelved every other project for a while.
The fun bit being, after all I can file the hours spent reading this baby as “research” (but more on that later).

For the uninitiated, Lazarus Gray is the central character in Barry Reese’s series of pulp stories set in Sovereign City in the 1930s, and featuring crime-busting, evil-thwarting team, Assistance Unlimited.
An obvious, heartfelt homage to such Lester Dent classics as Doc Savage and The Avenger, Lazarus Gray is a man of mystery and action – his past gone, he swears to bring justice to the city, and assistance to anyone in need.
And so he does.

The Lazarus Gray stories feature all the classic pulp elements – the stalwart, omnicompetent hero, his varied team of quirky assistants, a choice of villains, thrilling locations, superscience, ancient mysteries, the supernatural…
In a proper new pulp twist, Mr Reese approaches his materials with a modern sensibility, sidestepping the trap of political correctedness by providing us with a fresh, modern, intelligent take on “delicate” issues such as gender, race, politics.
This is pulp like in the days of old, but without the outdated and unpleasent biases of our grandfathers.

The third book picks up where the earlier entry in the series (Die Glocke) left off, and shows us that the universe in which the characters move is still evolving – there’s big changes in the air, there’s lots of stuff happening, old enemies are back in the game, new enemies are in, too.
The author’s willingness to let his characters grow, change and mutate is another element of fun and interest in the series. There is a dynamic quality, in Sovereign City and its denizens, that keeps the reader’s attention up.

This is new pulp as it’s meant to be, and to me, the Lazarus Gray stories are an almost perfect template of how it’s done – they are complex, tightly-plotted, hard-hitting, fun.
There’s a lot to learn, here, for someone trying to crack the genre.
That’s why I file ’em not as entertainment, but as research.

The ebook edition of the third volume in the series – which goes by the title of Eidolon, but let’s not spoil the fun by revealing more – also includes a short, gorgeous comic and a selection of black and white illustrations.
Not bad, for something like 3 euros.

Defects?
There’s too little of it – the Lazarus Gray stories are a fast, fun read, and the new book’s over way too soon.

All in all, a highly entertaining, intelligent, stimulating read.
The whole series is highly recommended.