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Quite literally, the first “stories” I ever wrote when I was six and seven years old were comic book stories. I also drew then because obviously a comic book needs pictures to go along with the words. Neither my writing nor pictures from those days pointed to a career in the arts, but I was only just getting started with comics. And writing. But they’ll always be intertwined for me, even now, almost 60 years later when I work primarily in prose.

Writing for DC Comics wasn’t just an idea. It was my goal, my ambition. Even more than that. It was a dream. I didn’t have the easiest childhood and the world of Superman and the Martian Manhunter and the rest of the Justice League was where I went for solace. I wanted to be as close to them as I could get.

In 1975, the dream became a reality. Coming up through the ranks of fandom and fanzines I finally stumbled through the door of DC and never looked back. Until now, in Direct Conversations: Talks With Fellow DC Comics Bronze Age Creators. Nearly 50 years and more than a thousand stories later I sat down with ten old friends and colleagues to talk about those good old Bronze Age days when we were first breaking into the business at a time when the business itself seemed to be on the verge of breaking apart. Another old friend, fellow DC, Weekly World News, and Crazy 8 Press pal Robert Greenberger wrote the introduction. Continue reading

Introducing Thrilling Adventure Yarns

I’ve often spoken of discovering comics when my mother gave me an issue of Superman (or maybe Action) when I was six. In short order, I began devouring larger-than-life heroes in earnest. Thankfully, DC and Marvel were able to keep up with my growing appetite and it wasn’t long before my father convinced me to add actual books to the diet.

By the time I got to summer camp, I was 10 or so, and had been told of these earlier heroes – Doc Savage, The Shadow, and Conan among them – who lived in dime magazines called the pulps. Somewhere along the way, I began buying Lancer’s set of Robert E, Howard’s adventures, fronted with those gorgeous Frank Frazetta covers. Soon after, Pyramid began releasing reprints of Maxwell Grant’s The Shadow (with those great Jim Steranko covers).

A local radio station ran a different old time radio drama at 7 p.m. on weeknights and X Minus One Saturday nights. I got to thrill to the exploits of The Shadow, the Lone Ranger, and other series.

Ever since, the pulps have been a part of my life. When we were brainstorming ideas for Crazy 8 Press anthologies, I hit on the idea of honoring those stories much as the Michael Chabon-edited book, McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, did some years back. Continue reading

Cabal and Other Irresponsible Invocations of The Muse

=&0=& is my first book of short fiction. It’s got all the kinds of stories I’ve become known for in books, in comics, and on TV–fantasy, science fiction, and super-hero tales.

It’s funny…until recently, I never felt compelled to write short stories. My natural inclination has always been to write full-length novels. If somebody was editing an anthology and they invited me to contribute, sure, I did that, and I invariably enjoyed it. But left to my own devices, I instinctively turned everything into an epic.

Then, about a year ago, I was kicking around a story called =&1=&. We’ve all seen comic book heroes fighting teams of villains bent on taking them down for nefarious purposes, right? Well, in =&1=&, I wanted to turn that notion on its ear. I wanted the team trying to take down the super-powered character to have only the best intentions. Then, as the story unfolded, we would find out if they were right or wrong to have those intentions.

And it would be a novel, of course. Because that’s what I’d always written. But =&1=& didn’t =&4=& to be a novel. It wanted to be something shorter than that. I was flummoxed–flummoxed, I tell ya. But like any experienced writer, I knew better than to argue with my story. And that was how Cabal became a novella.

So great, I had a novella on my hands. Unfortunately, the market for novellas is a tricky one. I could have just made an e-book out of =&5=&but, you know, I like the idea of holding a book in my hands. And it just so happened that I had other story ideas that I’d been kicking around, and the more I thought about them the more I realized =&6=& didn’t want to be novels either.

Eventually, I gave in. Short stories they yearned to be and short stories they would become. Which, in the end, turned out just fine…because I really =&7=& the work I’m doing in these stories. I’m =&8=& of it. From top to bottom, these tales are as good as any novel I’ve ever written. (Better, maybe.)

But don’t take it from me. You be the judge. After all, =&9=& the one I’m writing for.


* In =&11=&, a prequel to my Aztlan series of 21st-century Aztec Empire murder mysteries, a young Maxtla Colhua investigates the murder of a highly regarded educator.

* In =&12=&, an untested advocate tries to right an old wrong in The City of A Thousand Gods.

* In =&13=&, a crewman aboard a starship does his best to persevere without a critical portion of his anatomy.

* In =&14=&, the mothers of teenaged interplanetary heroes clash as only mothers can.

* In =&15=&, a woman with remarkable intellectual powers finally appears to  have met her match.

* In =&16=&…yeah, that Wall…we scale a possible future in a reality you just might recognize.

My Kickstarter campaign began last night and I am hopeful you will give it a look, like what you see, and support it.

Kickstarting The Fortress and the Fire

Screen shot 2015-11-12 at 11.41.26 PMThirty years ago, Warner Books’s Questar imprint published The Fortress and The Fire, the last book in my Vidar Saga trilogy, about a son of Odin who returns to the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology to face an enemy that threatens to tear his universe apart.

I’ve re-released The Hammer and The Horn and The Seekers and The Sword, the first two books in the set, on my own. But to fund the re-release of The Fortress and The Fire, I need some help–and I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to that end.

To support the effort, I’ve opened the vault to offer backers almost everything I’ve ever written. We’ve only just gotten started, so check it out–you just might find something you like.