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For the 7th installment of this column, New Pulp Heroes went on an adventure with the multi-talented Gerald Welch. From music to graphic design to pulp novel writing, Gerald is certainly a man of many talents that we’re all blessed to enjoy.

Gerald Welch

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

GW: The first pulp I remember reading was a Sherlock Holmes story and but I was obviously too young for it to grab me, even though at the time (I was eight?) I had no idea what a “genre” was. Even so, our school library was limited to the “classics” so I was limited in my access. I was reading traditional fiction and found pulp stories fast and fun. In fact, I felt guilty that I liked them, because they weren’t “classical” literature, so I was even embarrassed to bring them to school. But that was my projection; people weren’t judging me.


If you think about it, comic books are an illustrated form of pulp, and I was reading a lot of comics until my Mom burned them, because I was “reading too much.” She let me keep a few paperbacks, but even they were lost in one of our many moves.


If I had to choose an early pulp story that really grabbed me, I’d have to choose one of Tarzan’s stories. It was in our world, and obviously fiction, but the way it was written, it made it seem totally plausible to me. If the internet would have been around at that time, my eight-year-old self would probably have searched to see if it was based on a true story.

Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 

GW: I became aware of the resurgence of pulp storytelling after reading a few Destroyers. It’s one of those things where you have been doing something and don’t realize it until later. I personally think the resurgence began with Mack Bolan and Remo Williams and the dozen other titles that didn’t survive.


Why did I feel compelled to contribute? One book: Destroyer #70. I was in the Army at the time and as a broadcast journalist (Goooood Morning Vietnam! but on the TV side of things) I worked odd hours. I had been a long-time fan of the Destroyer by that time, in fact I chose Korea as my post because of the series. I had to be onsite at 2am for some kind of remote shoot, so when I picked up Destroyer #70 around 4pm, I thought I would just read the first couple of chapters (Chapter Two always starts “His name was Remo…”) and I would just finish it later, because I needed to sleep a few hours before work.


Yeah, that never happened. I couldn’t put the book down, because it was wrapping up every loose end in the series and when I finished the book, I literally thought the series had just ended. So, even though I was not a writer, I thought that if there were not going to be any more Destroyers, I would write some of my own, so people could feel what I feel when reading a good story. I worked on that awhile (it was horrible) and realized that I just wasn’t a good enough writer. Then, on my 38th birthday, it just hit me: no one starts out “good enough,” so I gave myself ten years to get published. 

I put some serious time and effort in writing and wasted hundreds of dollars on books and programs that barely helped, if at all. But I kept working on it and in ten years, I was writing with my favorite author, Warren Murphy.

Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.

GW: I’m going to name Jim Mullaney TWICE because he is just that good. In fact, I believe that he is one of the most underrated authors of our time. The man was cranking out FOUR 90,000-word Destroyers each year. And not garbage, either. These were some of the best Destroyers by any ghost!

1) If you liked his work on The Destroyer (if you don’t, I’m going to just assume that you can’t read), then you will absolutely love The Red Menace. This isn’t the Destroyer, but Jim’s mutant ability to not only make memorable characters but then make the relationship work is amazing.

2) Jim also writes the Craig Banyon series which is the very essence of pulp fiction, but taken to the next level. I feel guilty that I haven’t caught up on the last few Banyons, but I’ll get to them later this year.

3) This will sound weird, but I’m going to go back a bit in time and push the envelope by choosing the BBC’s version of Sherlock. Yes, that’s a television show, but it’s so well written that it transcends media. There are other modern takes on the detective, but none so cleverly written.

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

GW: Does Ron Swanson count?  

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 Chiun is going to kill me, but it would probably be The Shadow. I have a billion questions for him, even though I’d probably be afraid to talk to him.

Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

GW: While Legacy 8 is almost finished and will be available soon, the second Legacy Omnibus is what I’m most excited about. There’s just something about having an oversized hardback that contains three books and has an encyclopedia in the back. It’s like fiction and a reference book all in one, the best of all worlds!

NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Gerald for taking time from his busy schedule to chat with us. Not to mention the spiffy NewPulpHeroes logo that adorns the front of this site, created by Gerald just for all of us to enjoy.

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For the 6th installment of this column, New Pulp Heroes sets sail with the flotilla of pirate ships captained by none other then Nancy Hansen.

Nancy Hansen

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

NH: I didn’t have a huge background in the pulps, at least not knowingly. But I had read an omnibus of Robert E. Howard’s ‘Conan’ and on of ‘Jirel of Joiry’ stories by C.L. Moore and really admired the pacing—especially with Howard. The more I learned about the old pulps, the more famous authors I began to recognize who had cut their teeth back in that era. Back in March of 2010, I took fellow writing pal and transplanted Texan Lee Houston Jr.—who is a big fan of comics—to a pulp cover art show at a local college gallery for his birthday. That was about a month before he was recommended as a writer to Pro Se Press, and it was Lee who brought me in. So I guess it was serendipity or maybe fate that I’d wind up writing it as well as reading it. I still hearken back to Howard’s larger than life Conan when I think of the ultimate pulp tale that caught my interest, because I am an avid fantasy fan and writer, and REH could leave you breathlessly turning pages deep into the night.

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Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 

NH: Well, as I said in the answer above, it was 2010, and Lee was dealing with some major health issues which had kept him from working. So he had gotten involved in a couple of comic startups that really didn’t get off the ground, and one of the writers he’d been working with got picked up by Pro Se Productions. That person recommended Lee to Pro Se head honcho Tommy Hancock. When Tommy put the word out he was looking for other interested writers, Lee threw my name out there. There was a learning curve involved for me in getting the action and pacing right because I had been submitting mainstream fiction for years, but I picked up on how this was done by reading and volunteer editing of other writer’s work. More importantly though, I found out there was an entire community of readers and writers who loved the pulps and longed for more work in that style of writing. I’d been turning out mainstream fiction for almost 20 years at the time with little success in getting published, and so that initial acceptance into the fold did wonders for my well-bruised ego. Through the magic of the internet, we were able to put together magazines of short stories as well as entire novels, and I finally got some of my stuff in print. Holding that first book with my name on the cover and my work inside (FORTUNE’S PAWN back in 2011) I had the stupidest grin on my face and big tears in my eyes. That story was cut out and revamped to be pulpy from an 850-some odd page lumbering behemoth of a manuscript that I had been shopping around for years. After that, the books just kept coming out of me, because now I had an audience and a willing publisher, and that’s what I had been laboring away all those years to find.

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Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.

NH: First one that comes to mind is Chuck Miller, either his BAY PHANTOM series or the BLACK CENTIPEDE. Chuck puts a ton of work into his stories with all sorts of oddball regular characters as well as famous real world guest stars who don’t usually wind up being quite the people you thought you knew about. Chuck’s stuff is always a great read, no matter what he’s writing. Bay Phantom is through Airship 27, the Black Centipede with Pro Se.


Teel James Glenn has a plethora of stories and novels in many different pulp genres. I especially love his ‘Ada’ stories from the ARICA series and his ‘John Shadows’ tales. Ada is a barbarian warrior woman who travels with a bard through a well-defined fantasy world, and they get into all sorts of interesting situations. John Shadows is a modern day ninja/investgator of sorts with an interesting background and an aged and diminutive Oriental mother who can kick ass and take names well into her 80s. Fun reads both of them. Oh and TJ has a simian cop from another world where apes are the top sentient species. He has a human sidekick, and the stories have plenty of action as well as humor, with situations and dialogue that often cracks me up. All well worth reading. TJ says some of these stories I’ve mentioned are not out yet, but you can’t go wrong with any of his writing and he has plenty of it out there with more on the way.


Elizabeth K. Wadsworth I met through a friend of my other half. Writers tend to want to share their stuff with others, and she is definitely 100% pulp in the classic style. She has only three books out, but they are well worth reading. CROOKS BEHAVING BADLY is a standalone with a true crime writer getting involved with a seductive cat burglar. The Malloy & Russell series has two books so far. (MURDER BALLAD & MANHATTAN CONFIDENTIAL) They take place in late 1940s New York with Private Investigator Danny Russell and his red-haired secretary-cum-partner Allison Malloy. I’m not a big PI reader and yet I devoured these, because Liz has a way with a story that just can’t be beat. They’re on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

NH: My cheesy answer is gee whiz, do I have to pick just one? Any well written story is a great escape, so today I might be fighting the good fight with Solomon Kane, tomorrow running down those bad dudes with Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon, or sailing the seven seas fighting monsters and collecting treasure with Sinbad in all his new voyages. I’d thrill to the adventures of Zorro, cheer for Bass Reeves, and follow Allen Quartermain deep into what was a dark and unknown continent. Or maybe fly some Martian flivver and race after those multi-armed baddies with John Carter. I wonder if that’s anywhere near Hugh Monn’s city of Galveston 2 on his current homeworld on Frontera? Would Lazarus Gray find work for me in Assistance Unlimited? Heck, I’ve got plenty of my own characters I could hang out with regularly if I was the fast moving and heroic sort. The point is, there’s a lot of really good old as well as new pulp fiction out there and it would be fun to be able to drop into those worlds as well, so keep the stories coming folks. I’ve barely scratched the surface here too, there’s so much to choose from.

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Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

NH: I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire this year, so it’s hard to pick just one. It’s like being asked to choose your favorite child. I am writing my first Western novel, a book I got invited in on. That’s pretty exciting and it was a bit scary at first because I have only written one western short story previously, though I find myself reading more of them off and on. I’m also working on my 7th Jezebel Johnston pirate novel, which is pretty amazing in itself. I knew nothing about seafaring when I got involved in writing it, I just loved pirate movies, and decided to write about pirates but include a historical backdrop. I still have some fantasy stuff awaiting print too, I’ll never stop writing my first love genre. I’ve had my first paranormal investigator story accepted for a UK magazine (OCCULT DETECTIVE MAGAZINE) which is another first for me, placing something with a publisher who is not a US-based. Again I was invited in and was informed that further submissions would be welcomed.


I guess the most exciting thing I did this year was to enter Baen Book’s fantasy adventure contest with a short story. I’m sure there’s a huge field of writers invoolved, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that somebody sees something worthwhile in what I’ve sent. It’s not the idea of winning the award that appeals to me so much, but knowing that I had something I felt good enough about to send in that mattered. It just adds a bit of frosting on a year that has had its share of cake moments as well as some scary scenarios out there in the real world. Besides the virus pandemic we are all dealing with, I’ve had my own personal ongoing battles with mobility lost to advanced arthritis and the fight to save my vision from stubborn and persistent glaucoma. Writing gives me something I can do from home and not feel like a shut-in.

So I suppose the takeaway message here is that if you make the time to hone your skills, and you labor away at your craft until you feel confident in what you can do, you have something you can fall back on to get you through some rough spots in life. I’ll never claim to have made a lot of money writing, but the satisfaction it gives me can’t be purchased. To be honored with invitations to write for others tells me somebody is reading my stuff and enjoying it. If you’re going to leave a personal legacy and help keep a style of writing like pulp alive at the same time, that’s not too shabby. Hold up your head and be proud!

NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Nancy for taking time from her busy schedule to chat with us, and for brining her passion, skill and dynamic storytelling zeal to the frontier of modern speculative fiction.

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For the 5th installment of this column, New Pulp Heroes takes a ride through the imagination of Derrick Ferguson, one of the most prolific founders of new pulp fiction.

Derrick Ferguson

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

DF: Although I’m pretty sure I had read other pulp stories before that one I’m going to go with THE MAN OF BRONZE because it caused such a shift in my consciousness. Up until I read that book, I had no idea that prose like this could exist. It was at the same time extraordinarily simple and deliriously complex. It combined action and emotion. It was high adventure that wasn’t just a story, it was an entire world. It had comedy and tragedy. It was the sunrise and sunset. It was everything I aspired to be as a writer. I had no idea what this style of writing was called but whatever it was, I wanted to do it.

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Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 


DF: Tommy Hancock had been talking to me for years about starting a publishing company featuring Public Domain Classic Pulp characters. It was a dream of his for years that we used to have long IM discussions about until 2 or 3AM. And I told him that when he got it started up, let me know. I would say that 75% of the writers in New Pulp now I became associated with back when we were all doing Marvel and DC fan fiction and when most of them migrated to New Pulp I went along. We all were hungry to do something new and different and New Pulp looked to be it.

For a good many years I was associated with an original fiction site called Frontier which is where I think I came to be noticed by editors, writers and publishers who now are in New Pulp. Those years with Frontier was the transition period for me, I think.

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Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.

DF: I wish I could buy everybody I know copies of Nancy Hansen’s Jezebel Johnston series. It’s a fabulous swashbuckling pirate saga with a female POC as the lead and it’s astoundingly good stuff.

If you like Weird Westerns, I highly recommend Mark Bousquet’s Gunfighter Gothic series. 

Read anything and everything you can get your hands on written by Chuck Miller. He’s a wonderfully deranged writer whose prose is absolutely fearless.

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

DF: Pat Savage. I’ve never gotten a pedicure or manicure in my life but I’d sure as hell get one at her salon if she would be good enough to do the honors. Throw in a facial and scalp massage, why not?

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Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

DF: I’ve got my collection of Sebastian Red stories ready to submit for publication at last. Sebastian Red is a mystical gunslinger/bounty hunter roaming and adventuring in the Weird West of an alternate Earth that I describe as a what might have happened if Sergio Leone and Michael Moorcock had ever collaborated on a Western. 

It’s been a long time coming and I’m glad to have all these stories in one volume at last so that readers who are interested don’t have to hunt all over the place to find them in the various anthologies they were first published in.

NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Derrick not only for taking the time to answer our questions, but for his unending drive to push the envelope and expand the horizons of speculative fiction. Open document settingsOpen publish panel

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For the 4th edition of this column, New Pulp Heroes sits down to explore the worlds of Bobby Nash, one of the most prolific and dynamic authors of modern speculative fiction.

Bobby Nash

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

BN: Growing up, I really didn’t know what a pulp story was, though I realized later in life I enjoyed that kind of story. I read Conan, Tarzan, Lone Ranger, Han Solo, etc. They were pulpy kinds of stories. It wasn’t until I was reading Domino Lady as research for my first time writing her adventures that I truly fell in love with a pulp story. The character was great, fully formed (both literally and figuratively), and intelligent. I was hooked from her first adventure.

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Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 


BN: I was talking with Ron Fortier at a convention after my first novel, Evil Ways, came out. He mentioned that he and a few other creators were about to put together anthologies with pulp characters and that he thought my writing style was a good fit for pulp. That was the first time I asked the question, “What exactly is pulp?” Eventually, these anthologies, along with other titles, grew into this thing we call New Pulp.

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Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.


BN: Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon series is an incredible journey. Derrick writes great characters and action and Dillon exemplifies the best of both.

Van Allen Plexico’s Vegas Heist is a wonderful heist thriller. Imagine if the Ocean’s movies had that pulp flare. Van also writes great sci-fi pulp too.

The Fight Card series spearheaded by Paul Bishop and Mel Odem is a great series of 1950’s boxing fiction. Each novel is written by a different author, but the entire series is worth the read. (full disclosure, I wrote one of the Fightcard books). The series kicks off with Paul Bishop’s excellent Felony Fists.

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

BN: Domino Lady, of course. We might get shot at or chased by bad guys, but I guarantee it would be 24 hours I would never forget.

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Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

BN: My SNOW series is some of my favorite stories and characters. I love writing them and I hope to keep telling Snow stories for many years to come. Snow is a nice mix of 70s/80s p.i. and cop tropes mixed with a dash of pulp style and loud rock ‘n roll. It’s a helluva fun ride

NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Bobby, not only for taking the time to answer our questions, but for his undying motivation to expand the imaginative worlds of new pulp fiction.

For the 3rd edition of this column, New Pulp Heroes sits down to investigate the worlds of Jim Beard, author, writer and all-around contributor of the fantastic.

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Jim Beard

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

JB: Though I grew up with my dad’s love of pulp stories and characters, I myself didn’t start in on them until a 1990’s COMIC BUYER’S GUIDE story on Will Murray reviving Doc Savage intrigued me so much I picked up his novel WHITE EYES. From there I started right in on the original Doc corpus with MAN OF BRONZE and then started hunting down other pulp reprints – which in those days were not plentiful and easy to find like today. What I enjoyed was the raw adventure of the Doc Savage stories, the sense of time and place they put across, and the building blocks of later media like comic books, etc.

Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 


JB: When I was first on Facebook I saw writer Ron Fortier’s name and recognized him as the guy who wrote Green Hornet for NOW Comics. I loved his Hornet work and sent him a Friend Request and also noticed he had started his own prose publishing house called Airship 27. He was doing pulp and since I was already a pulp fan and wanted to try my hand at that style of writing, I asked him what opportunities were available. He asked me to write a few pages of pulp as a sample so of course I did a Doc Savage. From that moment on I have never looked back. Pulp is what I do.

Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.


JB: Whew, you don’t ask easy ones, do you? There is SO much good stuff out there now… how about Frank Schildiner’s Frankenstein stories, Van Plexico’s space opera sagas, Nancy Hansen’s pirate works, and — a biased favorite — my own pulp publishing partner John Bruening’s Midnight Guardian series. Yeah, that’s four, but you’re lucky I narrowed it down to even that!

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

JB: Probably Monk Mayfair from the Doc Savage crew. Never a dull moment with him, and he knows how to have fun. 

Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

JB: I am currently republishing my occult detective Sgt. Janus books under my own Flinch Books line. I’ve commissioned gorgeous new covers by Jeff Hayes, added new material to ’em, and cleaned up the editing. To sweeten the pot I’ve also finally finished the long-awaited third Janus novel and together with the other two they’re going to be a fantastic-looking set of supernatural sagas.

NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Jim, not only for taking the time to answer our questions, but for all he’s done to bolster the world of speculative fiction whether it be through prose, comics, web site copy or non-fiction books delving into the scenes behind the curtains.

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For the second edition of this column, we ‘re thrilled to chat up the incomparable Doug Klauba, artist extraordinaire.

Doug Klauba

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

DK: To be honest, I don’t know if it was one that hooked me immediately, but there were a few that prepared me for the one that gripped me and hasn’t let go since. Growing up in the 1970’s and being an avid comic book reader, monster movie fan, and into rummaging through antique stores and old book stores to discover new treasures, I often discovered visuals that I saw in the magazines and fanzines. So when I would come across a book on the pulps, or an old Grosset & Dunlap Tarzan hard cover – I would snatch them up. But, it was the DC comics versions of Tarzan, The Shadow, Justice, Inc. and Marvel comics publishing Doc Savage and John Carter – that’s when I found those characters excited me more than everything else I was picking up. I was also a huge Buster Crabbe – Flash Gordon fan because of watching the serials on Sunday with my dad. The exposure to all of the heroes of the past led up to my interest of stories set in the “old days” like the 1930’s and 1940’s. But, the one vivid memory that I have is when my friend saw how much of a John Carter of Mars fan I was with the Marvel comics series, and Mark handed me a copy of A Princess Of Mars and said, “you should check this out.” That was the moment! And soon after that The Shadow re-issues with the Steranko covers were released, and I started reading those. It felt so comfortable in the far off world of Barsoom, and mingling with characters in the “olden days” of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. I was always one to walk around the city of Chicago and marvel at the tall shadows in the alleys, and old fire escapes.

Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 


DK: It was just happening around me, and I got rushed right along in with it! So… I was working in editorial illustration for magazines and commercial illustration, mostly in advertising and design and painting for products, and corporations with a book cover coming my way ever so often. But, I never gave up my interests of comics, adventure art, and the pulp heroes. I started to incorporate those interests with my assignments, much to my agents confusion. But at the time that there were more painted comic covers happening in publishing. There was one fateful conversation and showing of my artwork to Lori Gentile at her comic shop, Amazing Fantasy. Lori called her brother Joe Gentile who had just started Moonstone Books and showed him some of my artwork. Then, Joe and I talked and we hit it off. I was a pulp fan, he was a pulp fan. Moonstone was the only independent publisher doing pulp and crime books at that time, and I was thrilled to be a part of what would eventually be called a resurgence. Pulp characters, mystery, crime, and hard boiled tales was my interest and I was looking for more new stuff like Vertigo’s Sandman Mystery Theater comics series, which I was a huge fan of at that time and still am. Listening to Joe about his plans with Moonstone thrilled me, and I asked him for as much of the cover work as possible. Even some interior work, as well. I soon found out about the Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention in the Chicago area and I became a part of that community as well.

Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.


DK: Just 3?! Well, I haven’t had a chance to really seek out much of the new pulp works, but the stuff that has found it’s way to me that I can recommend highly is Van Allen Plexico’s Harper and Salsa caper: Vegas Heist. Then I can recommend, The Midnight Guardian by John Bruening, and some of the new Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs series have been great. Still on my must read pile is Ron Fortier’s Challenger Storm with illustrations by Michael Kaluta! These are all great examples of strong original creator pulp that gets me excited.

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

DK: As long as it’s the cheesy question, the obvious answer would be: John Carter – so he could safely show me how I can jump across Barsoom, safely. I would want to watch the Warlord of Wars in action, teach me to use the blade, and give me the whole tour! I want to see Tharks, Warhoons, the white apes, and then I would want to book a few modelling sessions with Dejah Thoris. I’d love to get a few new paintings under way from the original source.

Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

DK:. Just released is the Limited Boxed, Deluxe Manuscript Edition of A Princess Of Mars from ERB Books. It’s a dream come true from this ERB fan. Especially, since A Princess Of Mars was THE story that grabbed me in the beginning. I was commissioned to do a new full color painting for this edition that features a remarkable amount of top of the line paintings and illustrations. Many included are my favorite pieces of art from Frazetta, J. Allen St. John, Abbett, Whelan, and Manchess. Along with my new color painting and a new black and white illustration, I have a couple of other pieces of mine that were included. The price is for the die hard ERB / John Carter collector or historian but, well worth the price because the packaging is out of this world and filled with so many extras. I was art directed to compose a painting more in line with the classic J. Allen St. John or Roy Krenkel golden age of illustration style. This was the second time I was asked to paint like that era. The first was for the cover of John Carter of Mars from ERB Books, as well. So, yeah – painting. I’ve been in the studio doing some long overview “me” time, after the long days and weeks of teaching, I’m in my studio a lot more. Doing some studying of my own, and experimenting with my paintings. I’m sketching and drawing a lot. Planning out some new works. I’m back working over my own pulp inspired characters, so we will see what comes out of that. And the big exciting project is something that has been in the works for the past 2 years. Designer, book packager, author, and publisher, Robert Garcia has been putting together a collection of my artwork into a book. I have published sketchbooks and a couple of calendars in the past but never a full color art book of my paintings. This will focus on the adventure illustrations and pulp paintings from the last 15 years or so from a variety of characters. Watch for the announcement soon!

NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Doug, not only for taking the time to answer our questions, but for the incredible contributions he’s made to the world of pulp fiction. You can check out Doug’s extensive catalog of amazing artwork in his online gallery here.

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BARRY REESE

For the inaugural edition of this column, we thought it only right to interrogate – err – interview Barry Reese, an author dynamically involved in the birth of new pulp fiction. For those who came in late, Barry is the creator of The Rook, Lazarus Gray, Grave Digger and more. He’s also brought his talent to bear by forging adventures with the likes of The Avenger, Captain Action, KI-Gor, Liberty Girl and a host of others.


Every week (ish) New Pulp Heroes sits down with an artist or author creating new heroic fiction works in order to pull back the curtain and give you, our faithful readers, a look into the mind of new pulp fiction’s best and brightest creators.

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Barry Reese

Question One: Thinking of the first pulp story that grabbed you, what was it and what about it hooked you? 

BR: That’s going waaaaay back. My father had been a pulp collector so I always remember seeing Doc Savage covers, Conan reprints, and The Avenger novels lying around his home. I remember being captivated by the covers and the plot descriptions on the back of the book… and I think it was the Robert E. Howard biographies in the Ace reprints that first put the idea in my head that I could be a writer. My first pulp loves would have been Conan and Doc Savage but it wasn’t long before I moved to The Avenger, The Shadow, Tarzan, and John Carter. 

Question Two: When did you first hear about the resurgence of pulp storytelling and why did you feel compelled to contribute to it? 


BR: During my time working for Marvel I got the itch to write a pulp-style book. I just wanted to write the kind of things that I had always liked to read. I produced a book called The Conquerors of Shadow and looked around but didn’t come across anyone that seemed to publish those kinds of things. I eventually self-published it through Lulu.com… and one day I saw another book produced through the same site: The Hounds of Hell by Ron Fortier and Gordon Linzner. I ordered it on a whim, absolutely loved it, and immediately sought out the publisher of said volume – Wild Cat Books. I eventually started selling my Peregrine stories to them and the rest is history. I was so thrilled to see that I wasn’t the only one hungry for this kind of material — I was immediately driven to write for them.

Question Three: Recommend three new pulp properties you really dig and why you think other people would enjoy them also.


BR: Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon, Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones, and Mike Bullock’s Death Angel are just three of the first ones that come to mind. All three take classic pulp concepts but infuse them with modern sensibilities. I could see any of those three breaking out into different mediums, too.

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Dillon is like a Doc Savage on high testosterone while Brother Bones takes some of the Shadow tropes and goes full-on supernatural with them, and Death Angel is, on the surface, your vengeful vigilante but there are some unique aspects of identity on display that make it stand apart. 

Question Four: Here’s the cheesy ask: If you could spend 24 hours with any old or new pulp character, who would it be and what would you do? 

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BR: If I were 14 years old again, it would be Pat Savage… but at this point in my life, I think I’d like to hang out with Harry Vincent, my favorite of the Shadow’s gang of agents. I’ve always liked Harry and think he’d have some interesting stories to share.

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Question Five: Which of your upcoming projects excites you the most and why should people get excited about it with you? 

BR:. That’s rough because I write so far ahead – I mean, I’m working on Lazarus Gray Volume 13 right now… and the last one published was 7! So I can tell you that some of the Lazarus books still to come are amongst my favorites – especially books 9, 11, and 13. I also wrote a book featuring Lilith that I think was one of the best things I’ve ever written. Hopefully someday you’ll be able to read them! It’s hard to be patient. 

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NewPulpHeroes.com would like to thank Barry, not only for taking the time to answer our questions, but for the incredible investment he’s made into the world of pulp fiction. You can check out Barry’s extensive catalog of new pulp fiction on his Amazon Author page here.