Sunday, May 29, 2011

Buy THE WALK for 99 cents this week...and get THE DEAD MAN for free!

The_Walk_FINAL (2) It was two years ago today that, at Joe Konrath's urging, I began my "Kindle Experiment" by making my out-of-print book THE WALK available as an ebook. I've sold close to 20,000 copies of THE WALK since then...and to celebrate, I am pricing the book at just 99 cents for the next week.
And as a special gift, if you email me proof of purchase of THE WALK at lee AT, I will email you, in return, a free copy of THE DEAD MAN #1: FACE OF EVIL.

That's two books for just 99 cents. You can't beat that!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Criminal-E: Harry Shannon interview: Running Cold

Harry here, have a new interview up with the UK's Allan Guthrie at Criminal-E.

Criminal-E: Harry Shannon interview: Running Cold:

"Running Cold by Harry Shannon £2.10/$2.99 Amazon UK , Amazon US Stoker-nominated author Harry Shannon has written four Mick Callahan mysteries..."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Heavenly Praise for HELL

THE DEAD MAN #3: HELL IN HEAVEN lived up Bookgasm's high expectations:
THE DEAD MAN series has become one of my favorite things to look forward to on a monthly basis. On top of that, they are lean and mean reading material, and the third book, HELL IN HEAVEN, amps up the mean aspect. For fans who have been wondering where the ax has been, it’s back in a big, bloody way. 
And the Journey of a Bookseller blog almost found much to like in this new tale:
One thing about these stories, once you start one, you won't move until you've finished it.  They are fast paced, nasty reads that are best during daylight hours.  And I sure enjoy reading them.
Coming next week: THE DEAD MAN #4: THE DEAD WOMAN.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More Kudos for HELL IN HEAVEN

Paul D. Brazill thinks HELL IN HEAVEN is the best yet in the series. He said, in part:
Hell in Heaven is the best so far in an already splendid series and is super rush of a read with plenty of sharp twists and turns and some truly smashing lines.
Gelati's Scoop liked it a lot, too. He says...
I am a sucker for a good sense of humor and sense of irony. This story has it pouring out of its skin like an Italian guy that has had way too much garlic in his last meal. Do I know much about that, the garlic stuff maybe, being able to write like these legends, no. You have read my posts so you know the score on that. The characters and the universe they have created here is nothing short of original, fun, scary, and totally laughable. The combination makes for a read that is quick, insightful, engaging and thumb numbing. 
And the Man-Eating Bookworm gobbled up HELL IN  HEAVEN with delight:
In my review of THE DEAD MAN: RING OF KNIVES I had one concern, the absence of Cahill's trusty axe. Though the story was exceptional, full of action and suspense, I couldn't help but remiss the lack of axe swinging fun. Well, all I can say is...THE AXE IS BACK!
If you haven't read THE DEAD MAN books you are certainly missing out on some terrific reads. If you've read the first two and haven't got around to book three yet, stop your procrastinating and download this sucker. You'll be glad that you did.

We'd love to get your review, too. So what are you waiting for? Grab one of the DEAD MAN books today!

Pulp Serenade Grills Goldberg

Our friends at Pulp Serenade, who have been so kind to our books, have an extensive interview with DEAD MAN co-creator Lee Goldberg. Here's an excerpt regarding THE DEAD MAN:
PS: What do you think are the qualities that make a good action hero, and how did you try to work them into Matt Cahill's character?
LG: Vulnerability, humor, a clear point-of-view, understandable goals, and something personal at stake in what is happening around him.
What brings out all of those aspects of his character are stories with strong conflicts and obstacles that challenge our hero in ways that make him test his own abilities, confront his fears and limitations, and question his own judgment. We really wanted Matt to be an everyman, a regular guy, someone who genuinely cares about people, feels pain, and experiences self-doubt and fear. But we also wanted him to embody the classic traits of the western hero…a personal sense of honor, rugged determination, uncommon courage, and a loner’s wanderlust… combined with a very un-Western sentimental humanity, a sadness and longing for connection that makes him sympathetic and relatable. He’s The Man with No Name combined with Dr. Richard Kimble in TV’s The Fugitive. He’s a working class, decent guy who finds himself in an extraordinary situation who wants nothing more than to just go home and lead a normal, quiet, unremarkable life again.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

HELL IN HEAVEN Gets Heavenly Reviews

We're thrilled with the reviews that are coming in for Dead Man #3 Hell in Heaven. This one from Post-Modern Pulps was especially flattering, since they really seem to get what we are trying to do with the series and with this book. They say, in part:
THE DEAD MAN #3: Hell in Heaven is a direct spiritual descendant of the sorts of awesome pulp action adventure tales that the greats like Robert E. Howard loved to write. Its got magic, its got evil, its got murder, its got beautiful women and grotesque violent freaks out for our hero's blood. It's even got axe-fighting and law-giving and a general tone of complete badassery.
[...]By tapping into the sort of stories written by Howard and Leiber that I feel defined the 30's Sword & Sorcery pulps, and a generation later the post-modern pulps of such writers as Gardner Fox and Karl Wagner, Hell in Heaven further cements THE DEAD MAN series as a crossroads of pulp action, a storyline open and flexible enough to accommodate any niches or sub-genres. This means that as each new author comes in to write the next volume in the series, they have the artistic license to approach the story from the angle they find the most comfortable, ensuring a lot of variety and quality in these stories for a long time to come. 
We are flattered and humbled. We feel the same way about this review from Right What You Know, which says, in part:
This series has kept me rapt from the first page, quite an accomplishment considering that the authors have been running a baton relay of writing. Fortunately these authors are the Jamaican sprint team doing the 4x100m relay, each stage just gets better and better
We hope you'll like Dead Man #3 Hell In Heaven as much as they did!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Two Raves for HELL IN HEAVEN

DEAD MAN #3 HELL IN HEAVEN is just out...and already the reviews are coming in. Our friends at Permission to Kill liked this one a lot. They say, in part:

Those who have read the first two installments of The Dead Man series, myself included, have been waiting for Matt to start wielding the axe. The axe has already established itself as a symbol for The Dead Man character – look at the logotype on the book cover above – and as such, it’s time for it to take centre stage. And here, Matt starts chopping, not just wood, but at some of the things that go bump in the night. However, despite his affinity for the axe, initially he is not as confident as you might think. Matt is still pretty much human – an everyman – so his first foray into the world of fighting the forces of darkness with his preferred weapon, certainly cannot be compared to the fluid, muscular hacking displayed by Conan the Barbarian (although Conan is named-checked a few times in the story).
Hell in Heaven, once again is a brisk entry in the series, and I am pleased to report that the story didn’t go anywhere that I predicted. After the first two installments, in my head, I thought I had figured out the formula and the pattern the series would take, but this sort of threw me (which is good!) If the series keeps presenting stories as deliciously unpredictable as this (but obviously within the boundaries already established), then I can see myself continuing to read and enjoy The Dead Man’s adventures.
Randy Johnson also gave it a rave on his blog. He wrote, in part:
Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin have crafted an interesting series here, combining elements of the old men’s adventure novels from the seventies with a touch of horror. It’s working well..
We appreciate the great reviews! And don't forget, the first book in the series, Face Of Evil, is only 99 cents for a limited time...


_TheDeadMan_HellInHeaven_FINAL_lrg The third book in the DEAD MAN series, HELL IN HEAVEN, is now available on the Kindle, as a trade paperback, and on the Nook.  Here's the story...

Matthew Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that nobody else does. Now each day is a journey into a dark world he knows nothing about, a quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become...and a fight to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.


The sign on the exit reads "Heaven." What better place could there be for a dead man to visit? But when Matt takes the ramp, he finds a banner welcoming him by name to a tiny town seemingly left behind by the 21st century... and waiting for him to rescue it. But when he agrees to save Heaven's citizens from a coming terror, he discovers that evil has more faces than he could ever imagine - and good is far more complicated than he ever dreamed.


* the first two chapters of THE DEAD MAN #4: THE DEAD WOMAN by David McAfee

* The first chapter of JUDGMENT, the first book in the JURY SERIES, by Lee Goldberg.