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The New York Review of Science Fiction reviews CROSSOVERS [Mar. 25th, 2011|06:24 pm]

A review of the two-volume Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World appeared in the January 2011 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction.

Said reviewer Peter Rawlink: "Eckert's rules, scholarly style, and knowledge complement one another, and his work is done with such horrible intense love and logic that somewhere along the way it ceases to be flummery and becomes something more. What would seem an impossible task is acheived in a manner that not only entertains but also informs about the original work."

And: "...Fans of Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton stories and crossover fiction in general have good reason to celebrate. Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers should be viewed as an essential work of the metafictional canon with value to fans ans scholars alike, placing it next to such standard works as Jess Nevins's Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana and Shadowmen by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier."

Crossovers is available:




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More Tales of Zorro - Now Available! [Mar. 23rd, 2011|09:09 pm]
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I’m pleased to announce that Moonstone Books’ More Tales of Zorro is now in stock! My tale is called “Zorro’s Rival,” and I’m thrilled to contribute to Zorro’s mythos, particularly in such august company.


Edited by Richard Dean Starr

Written by: Carole Nelson Douglas, Alan Dean Foster, Joe R. Lansdale, Timothy Zahn, Kage Baker, Matthew Baugh, Johnny D. Boggs, Henry Darrow, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Win Scott Eckert, Jennifer Fallon, Craig Shaw Gardner, Joe Gentile, John Peel, Jean Schanberger, Richard Dean Starr, & Steve Rasnic Tem

Interior Art: Rubén Procopio
Cover Art: Douglas Klauba



Moonstone is proud to present More Tales of Zorro, the second anthology featuring all-new, original tales of The Fox!  Best of all, More Tales of Zorro includes stunning new cover art by Spectrum award-winner Douglas Klauba and even more original interior illustrations by acclaimed Disney animator and sculptor, Rubén Procopio!

With the International success of the recent Telemundo television series Zorro: The Sword and the Rose, as well as the blockbuster films starring Antonio Banderas, the New York Times bestselling Zorro: A Novel by Isabel Allende, the Young Zorro novels by Jan Adkins, and the first Zorro anthology, Tales of Zorro, The Fox continues to be one of the most popular and enduring heroes of the twentieth century. For more than eighty-seven years Zorro has entertained and thrilled audiences around the world.


Direct order from Moonstone Books

Coming soon:

  • Amazon.com
  • B&N.com
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Completed! [Mar. 6th, 2011|06:44 pm]

I finished a very short (2,500 words) but very complex piece today. I'm pretty proud of it. It's out to a couple valued reviewers right now, and should be on its way to the publisher mid-week.

Can't say more right now, but will as soon as I'm able.

And yes... simultaneously continuing work on The Green Hornet Casefiles editing. Busy weekend.

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Crossovers podcast @ The Book Cave [Feb. 24th, 2011|09:55 pm]

I've done a little podcast about Crossovers (both the books of that title as well as forthcoming crossover stories) at The Book Cave, kindly hosted by Ric Croxton and Art Sippo.

Check it out!

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Philip José Farmer’s THE PEERLESS PEER - New Edition, New Cover! [Feb. 11th, 2011|07:32 pm]

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Here is the cover for the new edition of Philip José Farmer’s The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, coming from Titan Books in June 2011 as part of their Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

I like!

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Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook - pre-order! [Jan. 29th, 2011|02:55 pm]

Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook, is now listed for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.com!

"Moonstone Books is proud to present this original anthology featuring never-before-seen tales of the world's first consulting detective, Mr Sherlock Holmes, as he teams up with other investigators and notables of his time! Holmes teams up with one of the most famous thieves of literature, Arsene Lupin! Lawrence of Arabi! Calamity Jane! Sexton Blake! Houdini! The Thinking Machine! Doc Savage's father, Colonel Savage! Featuring short stories from incredible authors including Barbara Hambly, Will Murray, Kevin Van Hook, Martin Powell, Matthew Baugh, Martin Gately, Don Roff, Win Scott Eckert, Chris Sequiera, and Joe Gentile, this collection showcases the secret sequel to the classic Holmes novel 'The Sign of Four', as well as Sherlock and Conan Doyle's own 'Lost World Professor Challenger."

My own contribution is "The Adventure of the Fallen Stone," a semi-sequel to Philip Jose Farmer's The Adventure of the Peerless Peer.

Edited by Howard Hopkins, the book arrives in July!

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Black Coat Press - February 2011 Releases [Jan. 28th, 2011|06:02 pm]

From Black Coat Press Publisher Jean-Marc Lofficier:

"THE SUPREME PROGRESS is another anthology of eighteen 19th century French proto-SF stories (following NEWS FROM THE MOON and THE GERMANS ON VENUS) by Brian Stableford. I'll single out two as singularly ground-breaking: Charles Cros' An Interastral Drama (1872), about an unlawful love between an Earthman and a Venusian woman, and Eugène Mouton's The End of the World (1872), depicting an ecocatastrophe precipitated by global warming generated by human industrial activity. The cover is by Mike Hoffman.

UNDERSEA ODYSSEY is a suspenseful 1907 techno-thriller about a crew trapped in a sunken submarine at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, by Captain Danrit, a French war hero (he died at Verdun) and the #1 author of militaristic, near-futuristic thrillers of his time. The cover is by Meinert Hansen.

Finally, HARRY DICKSON AND THE WEREWOLF OF RUTHERFORD GRANGE not only reprints G.L. Gick's (revised) story of Tales of the Shadowmen 1 & 2, but includes four more stories by Gick (two never published before) and an original Harry Dickson tale as well. The cover is by Matt Haley."


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Author John Allen Small Releases Second Collection, SOMETHING IN THE AIR [Jan. 17th, 2011|08:38 pm]

From John Allen Small:


A small town janitor who thinks he has encountered a ghost... a dancer whose improvisations threaten a totalitarian regime... a former porn actress who becomes President of the United States... a bartender whose customers include the Angel of Death...and an elderly man who tells his grandchildren about the days when people celebrated a holiday called "Christmas." These are just a few of the characters readers will meet in "Something In The Air," a new collection of short stories by John Allen Small.

Author of the well-received western anthology Days Gone By: Legends And Tales Of Sipokni West, Small here treats his readers to a wider range of settings and subject matter. The collection opens with "The Only Real That Matters," a romantic tale in which the aging narrator recalls how he met the woman he would spend the rest of his life with; "Joshua Williams Breaks A Date" is a two-fisted adventure in the spirit of the pulp fiction magazines of the 1930s, while "A Chip Of The Ol' Block" reminds us that, no matter their age, boys will be boys.

Along the way there are tales both humorous ("Meatloaf And Me: The Untold Story") and tragic ("Day Of The Dove"); and thought-provoking looks at the possible directions society may be headed in ("Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream," "A Ghost Of Christmas Future"). Fans of a certain popular television series of the late 1960s will finally learn the "true" story of an American espionage agent's fall from grace in "The Phelps Dossier." And then there's "While The Birds Hummed Dirges," a most offbeat tale of alien invasion...

Combining several stories originally published elsewhere with others appearing here for the first time, Something In The Air is an eclectic and entertaining collection readers are bound to enjoy. Published by Ethan Books in association with CreateSpace LLC, Something In The Air is now available at Amazon.com.

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Battle in the Dawn: The Complete Hok the Mighty [Dec. 18th, 2010|09:37 am]

Coming February 2011 from Paizo Planet Stories!

By Manly Wade Wellman with an introduction by David Drake

In the 1930s, an unusual tale appeared in the influential Amazing Stories magazine. Unlike the usual yarns of robots and interstellar travel, “Battle in the Dawn” featured the brutal exploits of Hok, humanity’s first hero. Written by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Manly Wade Wellman (Who Fears the Devil?),who would later achieve fame for his American folktales of Silver John and beat out William Faulkner for a prestigious writing award, this hit story spawned several additional adventures, in which Hok battles unrelenting cavemen, explores lost Atlantis, discovers new technology, and charts a new destiny for humanity.

Now, for the first time ever, Planet Stories presents a complete authorized collection of all of Wellman’s rare Hok the Mighty tales, including an unfinished story fragment and a brand-new introduction by Wellman’s longtime friend, fantasy author David Drake.

    Full stories include:
  • Battle in the Dawn
  • Hok Goes to Atlantis
  • Hok Draws the Bow
  • Hok and the Gift of Heaven
  • Hok Visits the Land of Legends
  • Day of the Conquerors

272-page softcover trade paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-289-0

About the Author

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Locus Award for best novel and best compilation, Manly Wade Wellman is one of the best-regarded writers of the Pulp Age, and a foundational figure in the development of fantasy fiction.


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Wold Newton takes over All Pulp! [Dec. 11th, 2010|10:18 am]

In honor of Wold Newton Day (December 13), All Pulp Editor in Chief (sort of) Tommy Hancock is devoting not one, not two, but three days to the celebration, over at the fantastic All Pulp site.

First up is Hancock's introduction to the extravaganza, "The Meteor Has Struck!"

Next is my own Wold Newton Primer, "A Nova of Genetic Splendor."

Also, Michael Croteau, the publisher of Meteor House, has posted a 200 word teaser of the first Wold Newton Origins tale, "Is He in Hell?" from The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions.

Mike had also posted a new update at the Official Philip Jose Farmer Home Page in honor of Wold Newton Day, including incredible markdowns for the PJF estate sale.

The celebration will last for three days over at All Pulp, including articles, interviews, transcripts from speeches, even possibly PJF/Wold Newton inspired music(!), as well as reviews of current work in the Wold Newton Universe.

So head on over to All Pulp, and keep on checking back over the weekend as well as on Monday, December 13, 2010 (the 215th anniversary of the Wold Newton meteor strike).




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Tales of the Shadowmen 7: Femmes Fatales is NOW AVAILABLE! [Nov. 27th, 2010|09:45 pm]

I'm pleased to announce that Tales of the Shadowmen 7: Femmes Fatales is NOW AVAILABLE from Black Coat Press!


US$22.95/GBP 14.99 - 6x9 tpb, 324 pages - ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-44-6 / cover by Phil Cohen

This sevent
h volume of the only international anthology devoted to paying homage to the world's most fantastic heroes from popular literature spotlights the females of the species: beautiful, deadly, tragic, accursed, enticing… all gathered here for an amazing collection of new adventures...


Tremble as Christine Daae meets Herbert West the Reanimator and Dr. Loveless Nurse Ratched! Experience thrills as Milady tries to outwit Captain Blood and Lady Blakeney the Black Coats! Watch in awe as Becky Sharp foils the designs of Sâr Dubnotal and Amelia Peabody those of mad King Tut! Wonder as the Bride of Frankenstein challenges the power of Dr. Omega and the vampire countess Marcian Gregoryi that of Victor Frankenstein and the Illuminati! Also starring Carmilla! Catherine Levendeur! Rosa Klebb! Fah Lo Suee! And the Eyes Without A Face!


With a foreword by Xavier Mauméjean and a portfolio by Matt Haley.


My tale, "Nadine's Invitation," is an entry in my "Wold Newton Origins" regencypunk series which kicked off with last year's Scarlet Pimpernel story "Is He in Hell?" (appearing both in
Tales of the Shadowmen 6: Grand Guignol and slightly revised and expanded in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions [Meteor House]). "Nadine's Invitaiton" is available as on online teaser.




  • Matt Haley: My Femmes Fatales (portfolio)
  • Xavier Mauméjean: My Femmes Fatales (foreword)
  • Roberto Lionel Barreiro: Secrets
  • Matthew Baugh: What Rough Beast
  • Thom Brannan: What Doesn't Die
  • Matthew Dennion: Faces of Fear
  • Win Scott Eckert: Nadine's Invitation
  • Emmanuel Gorlier: Fiat Lux!
  • Micah Harris: Slouching Towards Camulodunum
  • Travis Hiltz: The Robots of Metropolis
  • Paul Hugli: Death to the Heretic!
  • Rick Lai: Will There Be Sunlight?
  • Jean-Marc Lofficier: The Sincerest Form of Flattery
  • David McDonnell: Big Little Man
  • Brad Mengel: The Apprentice
  • Sharan Newman: The Beast Without
  • Neil Penswick: Legacy of Evil
  • Pete Rawlik: The Masquerade in Exile
  • Frank Schildiner: The Tiny Destroyer
  • Stuart Shiffman: Grim Days
  • Bradley H. Sinor: The Screeching of Two Ravens
  • Michel Stéphan: The Three Lives of Maddalena
  • David L. Vineyard: The Mysterious Island of Dr. Antekirtt
  • Brian Stableford: The Necromancers of London
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New non-fic online: "The Farmerian Holmes" [Nov. 11th, 2010|09:49 pm]

An article I wrote about two-and-a-half years back, covering Philip Jose Farmer's lifelong fascination with Sherlock Holmes, and the Sherlockian influence upon his body of work, is now online. "The Farmerian Holmes" originally appeared in Farmerphile no. 12 (April 2008; now out of print) and appears online by special arrangement with the Offficial Philip Jose Farmer Home Page:

Click here to read "The Farmerian Holmes"

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New short fiction online [Nov. 9th, 2010|10:58 pm]

Black Coat Press has posted an excerpt of the forthcoming anthology Tales of the Shadowmen: Femmes Fatales, and my short "Nadine's Invitation" has been selected as the teaser. The story is the second in the regencypunk "Road to Would Newton" series, describing how certain illustrious persons came to be at Would Newton,* England, on 13 December 1795. The first in the series, the Scarlet Pimpernel tale "Is He in Hell?" apppeared in Tales of the Shadowmen: Grand Guignol (Jan 2010), and then was revised for The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions (Meteor House, June 2010).

Read "Nadine's Invitation"

* Would is an accurate spelling, appropriate for the time period.

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Crossovers 2 review from Down Under! [Nov. 7th, 2010|09:03 am]

Brad Mengel has kindly posted his thoughts about Crossovers 2: A Secret Chronology of the World, which was published a couple months back by Black Coat Press.

Check it out!


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Bonus pic o' the day... [Nov. 7th, 2010|09:01 am]

Now testing one-stop posting with posterous.com.

This should feed through to Bogger, Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, and Tumblr.

We'll see...





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CROSSOVERS 1 Now Available!! [May. 1st, 2010|04:06 pm]
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CROSSOVERS 1: A Secret Chronology of the World is a much updated version of the "Crossover Chronology" on the Wold Newton Universe site. (The online "Crossover Chronology" has not been updated in over 5 years as the book version has been prepared.)

From Black Coat Press publisher Jean-Marc Lofficier:

"Our May releases are now online on the site: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/

First, the much anticipated Volume 1 of Win Scott Eckert's CROSSOVERS, 460 pages, over 200 illustrations -- a massive e
ncyclopedia of "crossover fiction", i.e.: works bringing together various characters from popular literature, film, comics, etc. that starts at the Dawn of Time and ends on the eve of WWII. Reading this is like a stroll through a wonderful library of the imagination with Win as the erudite but also funny guide giving you a tour of the pulp universe. We are very proud of having published this tome, which perfectly embodies Black Coat Press' raison d'être. There is a lovely and substantial intro by Kim Newman, and the crossover cover is by the wonderful Mark Maddox.

Next is the fourth (out of 5) volume in the series of translations of Maurice Rensard, the French HG Wells, entitl
ed THE DOCTORED MAN, which is a collection of ground-breaking (and very Wellsian) stories ranging to 1913 to his very last works in 1939. The title novella, The Doctored Man (from 1921), is truly remarkable: a soldier who lost his eyes because of a gas attack in the trenches of WWI is kidnapped by mysterious people -- Russians? Atlanteans? Aliens? the mystery remains -- who graft a pair of bionic eyes which enable him to see in extra-dimensional space and perceive invisible entities who share the same space as we do. He manages to escape and return to France, but the mysterious folks who gave him powers are after him... Am extraordinary piece of work.

Finally, we have the third (out of 7) volume in the series of translations of J.-H. Rosny Aîné. This one, entitled THE MYSTERIOUS FORCE includes the title novella (1913) in which Earth is invaded by a mysterious aliens who are made of light, and indeed change the properties of light on our planet. It is not unlike Doyle's Poison Belt (which came later) meets The Xipehuz. The other major piece in the book is HARETON IRONCASTLE'S AMAZING ADVENTURE (1922) in which a brave American explorer travels to darkest Africa to investigate the spread of a mysterious, intelligent (alien?) vegetal life form. This is the original version of the story which PJ Farmer loosely adapted and retold in the 1970s."

CROSSOVERS 1 can be ordered direct from Black Coat Press at this page:

And from Amazon.


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Crossovers 1: A Secret Chronology of the World - May release [Apr. 18th, 2010|01:43 pm]
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I'm pleased to announce that Black Coat Press has set the release date for Crossovers 1: A Secret Chronology of the World; the book will come out with a May publication date--although it may actually reach some early birds a few days before the first of May.

Crossovers 1 covers the Dawn of Time to 1939, and features an introduction by
Kim Newman and an addendum covering television crossovers.

Crossovers 2
, scheduled for July release, covers 1940 to The Future, and will have an introduction by
Jess Nevins and two addenda: one on alternate universe stories, and one covering Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series.

I'll post again as soon as
Crossovers 1 is available for order on both the
Black Coat Press site and Amazon.
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THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE - author copies have arrived... [Sep. 14th, 2009|09:20 pm]
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... and wow!

Upon removing the dust jacket, I see that the regular trade HC is bound in blue cloth, while the limited HC is bound in purple cloth. Very nice.
For those readers who purchase the regular trade HC, that version has no Wold Newton Family tree chart on the end sheets. I've made the chart available at The Evil in Pemberley House website. Just scroll down the right navigation bar to THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE - FAMILY TREE. Note that this version of the chart is Spoiler-Free; it does not give away any of the novel's mysteries.

The Limited Edition HC has this very same Spoiler-Free family tree chart in the book's end sheets. The Chapbook that comes with the Limited Edition has the Spoilers version of the family tree on the inside front and back covers. I will not be making that version of the family tree chart available electronically, at least not for some time--you'll need to buy the Limited Edition for that. :-)

From what I can tell, copies of the Limited Edition are going very quickly.

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Booklist reviews THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE [Aug. 2nd, 2009|02:02 pm]
The good folks over at Subterranean Press have posted a blurb from Booklist's review of The Evil in Pemberley House.

"Part pulp romance, part erotic thriller, Farmer and Eckert’s yarn is a steamy, intriguing addition to Wold Newton lore."


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CROSSOVERS: A Secret Chronology of the World - a new publisher! [Jul. 11th, 2009|08:24 pm]
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A couple weeks back, my publisher for Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World informed me that they regretted they'd not be able to put out the book in the near future, and released me to seek another publisher if I wished. I entirely understand their position, and hope to work with them again in the future.
For the uninitiated, Crossovers is a massive timeline of crossover stories in which two or more fictional characters, situations, or universes are linked together in order to build the “Crossover Universe.” Think Sherlock Holmes vs. DraculaBatman and Tarzan: Claws of the Catwoman, etc. The book has over 1,000 crossover entries and currently clocks in at almost 300,000 words, with introductions and forewords from Kim Newman and Jess Nevins, and appendices covering myriad television crossovers and alternate universes.

Flash forward two weeks: I am extremely pleased to announce that Crossovers will be published in two volumes by Jean-Marc Lofficier at Black Coat Press.
Furthermore, I'm quite excited that Black Coat has engaged Mark Maddox to provide the covers for the two books. Mark is making a well-deserved splash with his recent cover for Cornerstone Book Publishing's Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, Vol. 1.
Jean-Marc is enthusiastic to move forward quickly, and we are in constant communication about the book.
In terms of timing, I am currently working on my Green Hornet story for Moonstone Books. I expect that to take me through late July or early August. After that, a story for Black Coat's Tales of the Shadowmen, Vol. 6: Grand Guignol, due to the publisher in September. After that, it's all Crossovers, all the time, as I put the finishing touches on the book and draft the final entries. We are driving to release the two volume set toward the end of the year. I've been writing up and annotating these crossovers for over 10 years now; I'm relieved that the books have found such a good home, and the project has so much forward momentum. Stay tuned to this space for updates!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Evil in Pemberley House by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert [Jun. 20th, 2009|11:49 pm]
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The Evil is coming...
A darkly erotic Jane Austen-Pulp Fiction-Sherlockian-Gothic-Wold Newton mashup, in which the Man of Bronze's daughter confronts her family's ancient legacy, lays a ghost to rest, and meets her destiny!
The Wold Newton novel, The Evil in Pemberley House, by Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert, will be published in late September 2009 by Subterranean Press. Dust jacket by Glen Orbik.

Early reviews:


Trade -- Fully cloth bound hardcover edition:


  • novel
  • endsheets with a Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family tree

Limited Edition -- 200 numbered copies, signed by Win Scott Eckert, with bonus chapbook:


  • cover art (the Doc Wildman [Doc Savage] Coat of Arms by Keith Howell)
  • endsheets with an expanded Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family tree--including SPOILERS from the novel
  • notes on the Wildman Coat of Arms by Philip José Farmer
  • outline for the novel by Philip José Farmer
  • timeline of key events in the novel by Win Scott Eckert
  • Wold Newtonian essay by Win Scott Eckert
Trade: $40
ISBN: 978-1-59606-249-8
Limited: $60
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The Evil in Pemberley House--corrections complete & with the publisher [Apr. 11th, 2009|02:39 pm]
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Just an update note for those interested... all the files have been proofed, corrected and are with the publisher, Subterranean Press. These include:

Trade edition:
  • the novel itself
  • endsheets with a Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family tree
  • still waiting on the cover art from Glen Orbik, although Subpress has approved the preliminary concept sketch

Limited Edition Chapbook
  • cover art (the Wildman [Doc Savage] Coat of Arms by Keith Howell)
  • endsheets with a Pemberley House/Wold Newton Family tree--including SPOILERS from the novel
  • notes on the Wildman Coat of Arms by Philip José Farmer
  • outline for the novel by Philip José Farmer
  • timeline of key events in the novel by yours truly
  • Wold Newtonian essay by yours truly

Amazon pre-order
Pre-order direct from Subterranean
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Philip José Farmer RIP, 1918--2009 [Feb. 25th, 2009|10:25 pm]
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So, it's taken me over twelve hours to sit down for this, because...that's what happens when you lose someone to whom you're close.

I started as a fan, waaay back when I was 8 years old and had my first taste of Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life. Then Tarzan Alive, and The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, and The Grand Adventure, and Peerless Peer. Time's Last Gift—time traveling Jungle Lord, holy cow!

Then, over 10 years ago, the Wold Newton Universe website, and several more years of fandom, followed by a book (thank you, Chris Roberson), and... an invitation to meet the man himself.

I had a sleepover at Phil Farmer's house.

And I set off the burglar alarm at 2 am.

Since then I've visited Phil and Bette once or twice a year. The great thing about Phil is how many friendships he created, by bringing together so many people who otherwise never would have met.

Well, that, and his mind-blowing imagination and captivating prose.

Phil, you are responsible for this overflowing library (my wife also thanks you for that), for my varied reading tastes (hard boiled detective to adventure pulp to sf to...Pride and Prejudice?? Seriously?

Yes, seriously. Because that's the kind of well-rounded guy Phil was. And he passed it on.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Because of you, and that book when I was 8, and your generosity 30 years after that, I am a writer.

I've gotten so many notes today that read something like, "I didn't know him as well as you, but this still hit me hard..." or "I never had the chance to meet Phil in person, but he helped shape me as a writer..."

The thing about a writer like Phil, whose work spoke to so many people in so many different ways, is that you didn't need to know him personally to be hit hard by this. His books have been a part of our lives for so long, his ideas and curiosity have permeated our beings, and his envelope-pushing—or breaking—imagery is seared indelibly into our brains.

That's what counts.

I last saw Phil Farmer one month ago today, on January 25. His 91st birthday fell on a Monday, and we had come in the preceding weekend to celebrate with him and Bette. "The boys" (Bette's affectionate term for us Farmerphiles) were there: Mike Croteau, Chris Carey, Paul Spiteri, and Dennis Power. Phil and Bette's family came in and out at various times. Their close friends were there. Sandwiches and cake and laughter and great conversation ensued.

I showed Phil the Doc Savage Coat of Arms drawn up by Keith Howell for Farmerphile and for the chapbook for The Evil in Pemberley House, from Phil's description and notes. He loved it; he didn't say much, but he got the biggest grin. And although he didn't talk much that weekend, he'd smile and give a little wave to let us know he was listening in and enjoying it all.

When it came time to leave, I said my goodbyes, I waved at Phil and smiled. He waved back, smiled, and thanked us for coming. Him thanking us, our hero, thanking us. Because that's how he was.

We hugged Bette and left, and I knew I wouldn't see Phil again. Just knew it. And at the airport, by myself, I cried.

And again today, more tears.

Exit Phil Farmer, smiling.
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The Evil in Pemberley House - now listed pre-order on Subterranean Press [Feb. 9th, 2009|08:08 pm]
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The Evil in Pemberley House now has its own page on the Subterranean Press website, with both the regular Trade and Limited Edition (with Chapbook) listed for Pre-Order.

The Chapbook includes Phil Farmer's original outline for the novel, the Wildman (Savage) Coat of Arms, an expanded Wold Newton Family tree chart, and other goodies.

The regular Trade also features a Wold Newton Family tree chart.

The regular Trade is listed for $40, while the Limited Edition with Chapbook is $60.

And... the cover is by the amazing Glen Orbik (who does Hard Case Crime covers as well as the covers to the forthcoming Gabriel Hunt pulp novels)! I can't wait to see what he comes up with.
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The Evil in Pemberley House - Amazon listing [Jan. 6th, 2009|10:31 pm]
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The Evil in Pemberley House is now listed on Amazon.

Flap copy:
"For over thirty years, readers have marveled at Philip José Farmer's inventive integration of popular fiction and literature's most beloved characters, in a mythical web known as the Wold Newton Family. First described in the fictional biographies Tarzan Alive: The Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, Farmer expanded his Wold Newton mythos in novels such as The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, Time's Last Gift, Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan Novel, and Escape from Loki: Doc Savage's First Adventure.

The Evil in Pemberley House, an addition to the Wold Newton cycle, plays with the Gothic horror tradition. Patricia Wildman, the daughter of the world-renowned adventurer and crimefighter of the 1930s and '40s, Dr. James Clarke "Doc" Wildman, is all alone in the world when she inherits the family estate in Derbyshire, England, old, dark, and supposedly haunted.

But Farmer, characteristically, turns convention on its ear. Is the ghost real, or a clever sham? In Patricia Wildman, Farmer creates an introspective character who struggles to reconcile the supernatural with her rational scientific upbringing, while also attempting to work through unresolved feelings about her late parents. He sets the action at Pemberley from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and ingrains the various mysteries in the Canon of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

The Evil in Pemberley House is a darkly erotic novel with broad appeal to readers of pulp and popular literature, particularly followers of Doc Savage, Sherlockians, and fans of Farmer's own celebrated Wold Newton Family."

Looks like Subterranean Press' projected release date for the Trade hardback edition is September 2009, with a list price of $35.

ISBN-10: 1596062495
ISBN-13: 978-1596062498

More info about cover art, the Limited edition with Chapbook, etc., as it becomes available.



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Subterranean Press acquires a Wold Newton novel [Dec. 1st, 2008|10:15 pm]
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Subterranean Press announced today that they have acquired a new novel that is part of Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton mythos:

In addition, we’ve just bought a few other new titles:


The Evil in Pemberley House (Philip José Farmer and Win Scott Eckert) — a darkly erotic novel that is part of Farmer’s Wold Newton canon. The limited edition will include a chapbook with a whole host of unpublished background material.

I've created a site specifically for the book; just
go here, and sign up as a blog "follower," if you're so inclined.

I am still not processing this... my first novel, written with Phil Farmer. I have so many people to thank for helping me reach this point... I'd better get it right for the book's acknowledgments... :-)

I don't think I'll be sleeping tonight.
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Tales of the Shadowmen 5: The Vampires of Paris - now available! [Nov. 22nd, 2008|05:49 pm]
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Once upon a time, the world was but a stage for the exploits of the Shadowmen... The Vampires haunted the rooftops of Paris... Count Zaroff hunted the Serpent Men in the streets of New York... The Queen of Atlantis killed to save her mythical Kingdom... Arsene Lupin prowled the back alleys of Saigon... While in outer space, Doctor Omega and Professor Moriarty finally set foot upon an asteroid...

This fifth anthology of pastiches features some of the most amazing encounters between the legendary heroes and villains of popular literature: Count Dracula and Joséphine Balsamo, Lord Ruthven and the Count of Monte Cristo, the Nyctalope and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Arsène Lupin and Hanoi Shan, Irma Vep and Fascinax, Monsieur Lecoq and Dr. Loveless... and even Sherlock Holmes and Tevye the Milkman!

I was fortunate enough to convince my good friend (and very talented writer!) Christopher Paul Carey to collaborate on a tale, and our editor and publisher, Jean-Marc Lofficier, was very pleased with the result. Our story, "Iron and Bronze,"
combines elements drawn from Pierre Benoit's L'Atlantide, Jules Verne's duology The Barsac Mission, J. H. Rosny and Philip José Farmer's Ironcastle, and Guy d'Armen's Doc Ardan, against the backdrop of H. Rider Haggard's Africa.

Tales of the Shadowmen 5: The Vampires of Paris, is now available direct from Black Coat Press and from Amazon.com -- coming soon to B&N.com and Borders.com We hope you'll check it out!

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The Avenger Chronicles -- shipping to comic shops on Nov. 5! [Oct. 31st, 2008|09:20 pm]
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See Bill Thom's excellent Coming Attractions site for details. :-)


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New syndicated feed - please add [Oct. 12th, 2008|10:24 pm]
Just a friendly reminder, and a special heads-up to those who have recently added me as a LJ friend, I've added a syndicated feed and will be scaling back my direct posts here at LJ. If you'd like to continue following along at LJ, then please subscribe to my feed: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/winscotteckert Best, Win www.winscotteckert.com
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MileHiCon 40 schedule - October 24-26 [Oct. 7th, 2008|08:34 pm]
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These are the panels I'm scheduled for at MileHiCon 40, October 24-26 (Hyatt Regency - Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, CO). I'll be looking at selling books (Myths for the Modern Age: Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe, Tales of the Shadowmen, Tarzan Alive, Farmerphile, etc.) through an author's co-op in the Dealer's Room.

Friday Oct. 24:
4-6 pm

Aspiring Authors 101: The Creative Side

S. Biondine, W. Eckert, T. Powers, M Rotundo (M), C. Vaughn, C. Willis

7-8 pm


Author Reading:

W. Eckert & L. Patten

Saturday Oct. 25:
2-3 pm


Tight Focus

B. Nickless / W. Eckert (Eckert starts at 2:25 pm - Myths for the Modern Age: Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe)

9-10 pm

Turn the Page to Turn Me On

S. Biondine, W. Eckert, L. Hilburn (M), T. Hutcheson, N. Kurtz, B. Nickless

Sunday Oct. 26:
11am-12 noon

Dealing with Death

M. Bateman, D. Dieter (M), Dan. Dvorkin, D. Dvorkin, W. Eckert

1-2 pm

Eckert / Bonham / Caress


Er... gulp.  Time to start boning up on my sitting-on-the same-panel-with-sf-luminaries-and-trying-not-to-say-something-stupid-fu.

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The Avenger Chronicles - limited edition cover art! [Oct. 4th, 2008|12:14 pm]
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Artist extraordinaire Douglas Klauba has posted his cover for the forthcoming Limited Edition of The Avenger Chronicles from Moonstone Books. It features all the members of the Justice Inc. team, for the first time ever. All I can say is "Wow!" What a fantastic piece! The book is coming soon, and I'm very honored to be a part of it.

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Otis Adelbert Kline’s The Swordsman of Mars - Unabridged! [Oct. 3rd, 2008|04:08 pm]
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At long last, the complete version of Otis Adelbert Kline’s The Swordsman of Mars is being published by the fine folks at Planet Stories.

Full details here! And more details about the book here at the Paizo Planet Stories website.

It's probably no surprise, but the Ace/Avalon reprint was not unabridged as claimed, and thus Kline's reputation was sullied by Avalon's editorial hack-job. Kudos to Planet Stories for restoring the original version serialized in the Argosy pulps. And while you're at it, check out the whole Planet Stories lineup. These are well-packaged reprints of pulp classics that deserve to be reprinted, and Planet Stories has done a great job in a very short time of launching a well-branded imprint of don't-miss books.

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Please add my syndicated feed [Sep. 28th, 2008|04:46 pm]
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In order to save myself time and avoid duplicative blogging, I've merged my blog and home page over at winscotteckert.com and added a syndicated feed here at LJ. If you're inclined to keep following along here at LJ, then please subscribe to my feed:


When you add the syndicated feed, my last 20 posts will arrive in a flood -- sorry about that! -- but then things should settle down.

Thanks. :-)


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German SF/F site Fantastyguide on "New books by SF master Philip José Farmer!" [Sep. 6th, 2008|01:39 pm]
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The German SF/F site Fantastyguide has picked up on the news, announced at Farmercon 90 in late July, about the new Philip José Farmer novels and stories. Here is the imperfect but more than adequate Google translation.

Nice to see the word is starting to spread on this. The Evil in Pemberley House will be excerpted in issue 14 of Farmerphile, coming out next month.
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More good news! [Aug. 31st, 2008|05:13 pm]
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Ganked in its entirety from my pal Chris Carey's blog:

"Lots of good news coming in today. First the short story sale, and now news that my good friend and Farmerphile publisher Mike Croteau has started a blog, as well as an announcement by Subterranean Press of a new Philip José Farmer omnibus, The Other in the Mirror, which will feature three classic Farmer novels, Fire and the Night (the only edition of this book is extremely rare!), Jesus on Mars, and Night of Light. No mention yet who they asked to write the intro to the book, la, la, la... :-) Oh, and I just stumbled across this photo on Rias Nuninga's wonderful PJF International Bibliography from the panel during which the new Farmer collaborations were announced at this summer's Farmercon.

From right to left: Win Scott Eckert (co-author, The Evil in Pemberley House), Paul Spiteri (co-author, "Getting Ready to Write"), Tracy Knight (co-author, Cougar by the Tail), and me (co-author, The Song of Kwasin). Photo courtesy of Rias Nuninga."
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Short story sale to Tales of the Shadowmen Vol. 5: The Vampires of Paris [Aug. 31st, 2008|03:06 pm]
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I'm very pleased to announce that my friend and collaborator Christopher Paul Carey and I have sold our short story "Iron and Bronze" to Jean-Marc Lofficier at Black Coat Press, for the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen: The Vampires of Paris (due for release in January 2009).

The tale combines elements drawn from Pierre Benoit's L'Atlantide, Jules Verne's duology The Barsac Mission, J. H. Rosny and Philip Jos
é Farmer's Ironcastle, and Guy d'Armen's Doc Ardan, against the backdrop of H. Rider Haggard's Africa.

I have a deep admiration for Chris' atmospheric style and crisp plotting, and it was a real pleasure to work with him on the story. If our schedules permit, I have a feeling we'll do it again someday!

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August pjfarmer.com website update: New Farmer novels! [Aug. 14th, 2008|10:10 pm]
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Ganked from Philip José Farmer's MySpace blog...

Dear friends of Philip José Farmer:

Please stop by The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page (http:www. pjfarmer. com) and check out our latest update. This month brings an exciting announcement made a couple weeks ago at Farmercon 90 about three "lost" Farmer novels and a Farmer short story, which have been completed or are being completed by writers of Phil's choosing. Also included with the update is a gallery of photos from Farmercon 90, as well as a newly discovered photo of Phil with his high school track team in 1936! And Philip José Farmer meets...Hellboy??? You'll have to visit Phil's site to find out about it!

Sincerely,Mike Croteau,
Proprietor, The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page
Publisher, Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip José Farmer

Two of the lost Farmer novels described above are The Song of Kwasin completed in collaboration with Christopher Paul Carey, and The Evil in Pemberley House completed by my own self (Bronze pulp superhero's daughter in a 1970s Gothic horror, set at Pemberley House from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, against the backdrop of the Sherlock Holmes mythos. Only Phil Farmer.....). Both books in the hands of Phil's agent, so stay tuned (hopefully).

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Farmerphile 13 Now Available - Includes excerpt from new PJF novel! [Aug. 14th, 2008|09:53 pm]
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Issue No. 13 - July 2008
52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches)
$11 (includes shipping in the US and Canada)

Table of contents:
Farmerphile Interviews Christopher Paul Carey

Excerpt from The Song of Kwasin
- by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey
--- illustrated by Keith Howell
--- map by Charles Berlin

Farmer of the Apes
- by Charles R. Saunders

Creative Mythography: Sahhindar through the Centuries
- by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power

Escape from Loki Again, and Again, and Again
- by Steve Mattsson

The Wild Weird Clime
- by Philip José Farmer

To Be, or Not to Be
- by Tom Wode Bellman

- by Heidi Ruby Miller

Unpolished Pearls from the Magic Filing Cabinet
Polytropical Paramyths
- by Philip José Farmer

Getting Ready to Write
- by Philip José Farmer & Paul Spiteri
--- illustrated by Charles Berlin

Cover art by Vladimir Verano
Order your copy today at:

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Announcement: The Evil in Pemberley House - A new novel by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert [Jul. 27th, 2008|12:39 am]
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Earlier today, at FarmerCon 90, a convention in honor of Philip José Farmer's 90th birthday held at the Lakeview branch of the Peoria Public Library, a "Mystery Panel" was held in which it was revealed that Phil and Bette Farmer made the decision to have writers they trusted complete some of Phil's unfinished manuscripts.

Among these are:

  • The Song of Kwasin, a continuation of the Khokarsa cycle, the first two books being Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar - completed by collaborator Christopher Paul Carey (I've read it, and it's a wonderfully stirring conclusion to the saga, which fans of H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and, of course, Phil Farmer, are going to absolutely love; read Chris' own blog post here)
  • A Western, Cougar By the Tail, with collaborator Tracy Knight (author of many short stories and two novels, Beneath a Whiskey Sky and The Astonished Eye
  • "Getting Ready to Write," a very funny Polytropical Paramyth written with Paul Spiteri, and appearing in Farmerphile #13 (July 2008)
  • The Evil in Pemberley House with collaborator Win Scott Eckert

I first discovered the short synopsis, longer outline, handwritten notes, and incomplete manuscript for The Evil in Pemberley House in the "Magic Filing Cabinet" in Phil Farmer's basement on a trip to Peoria with Mike Croteau, publisher of Farmerphile and webmaster of the Official Philip José Farmer Home Page, in July 2005. (During the same trip we also discovered the Kwasin manuscript and notes, much to Chris Carey's joy.) At Phil's bequest, I researched and prepared to finish the novel for two years (amidst other writing projects, in particular finalizing the manuscript for Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World, long-anticipated and coming in 2010 from MonkeyBrain Books) and wrote in earnest this past year.

During this time Chris Carey was also completing The Song of Kwasin and I can't thank him enough for the literally hundreds of emails and many phone calls, in which we bounced ideas around, exchanged feedback, and in general provided much needed support and encouragement.

It's an incredible honor and supreme thrill to have been selected to tell the story that Phil didn't complete, the "origin story" of Patricia Wildman, the "woman of bronze," the daughter of "Doc" Wildman, who was a renaissance man and battler of evil-doers from the Golden Age of the 1930s. (For fans who may have forgotten, Phil brought this bronze superman's real name and family background to the world-at-large in a "fictional biography" published in the early 1970s.)

With Phil and Bette Farmer's blessing, the manuscript is now in the hands of Phil's agent.

For more information, I've launched a website for The Evil in Pemberley House. Please bookmark it and check back often for news, a forthcoming book trailer, etc. I'm thrilled beyond belief to be involved in this project, and to finally launch it in earnest to the blogosphere. An excerpt from the novel will appear in Farmerphile #14 (October 2008).

In the meantime, content yourself with the gorgeous spot illustration of Patricia Wildman, woman of bronze (lovingly rendered by the amazing Keith Howell) and read below the summary which appeared in the convention booklet handed out today at FarmerCon 90.


For over thirty years, readers have marveled at Philip José Farmer’s clever integration of some of popular fiction and literature’s most beloved characters, in a mythical web known as the Wold Newton Family. First described in the fictional biographies Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, Farmer expanded the mythos in The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, the Tarzan-Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Adventure of the Peerless Peer, Time’s Last Gift, Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and the authorized series novels The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan Novel and Escape from Loki: Doc Savage’s First Adventure.

Now, from imagination of Philip José Farmer and Wold Newton expert Win Scott Eckert, comes an addition to the Wold Newton cycle, a Gothic tale of adventure which builds upon the Canon of Sherlock Holmes mysteries and explores the psyche of a pulp superman’s offspring…

It’s 1973, and Patricia Wildman is traveling from New York to Derbyshire in England to claim her legacy, the grand estate known as Pemberley House. The descendant of famous and infamous dukes and duchesses, and of Pemberley’s memorable Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, Patricia is also the daughter of the world-renowned crimefighter of the 1930s and ’40s, Dr. James Clarke “Doc” Wildman. She is also the inheritor of her father’s bronzed skin, gold-flecked eyes, and his physical and intellectual perfection, as well as her mother’s cunning and compassion.

Patricia is looking to put her past behind her and start a new life at Pemberley. Instead, she’s almost immediately attacked by poachers and has to contend with the resentful inhabitants of Pemberley who would prefer the venerable estate pass to them. Foremost among those seeking to prevent Patricia from accepting her legacy and becoming the new Baroness of Lambton are the imperious 103-year-old dowager duchess of Pemberley, her adopted grandchildren, and her personal physician, Dr. Augustus Moran.

Patricia, however, is not only faced with the devious machinations of British nobility and greedy hangers-on, but must also contend with being haunted by her direct ancestor, the 16th century Baroness, Bess of Pemberley. Or is the “Pemberley Curse” really the product of the conniving residents of Pemberley House?

As Patricia struggles to reconcile the supernatural evidence in front of her with her rational scientific upbringing, she also attempts to work through unresolved feelings about her late parents. It’s not easy being the daughter of a superman, after all…

The Evil in Pemberley House is an adventure, Gothic horror, and genealogical mystery set against the backdrop of Jane Austen’s Derbyshire, which will excite a broad array of readers of both pulp and popular literature, especially fans of the Doc Savage pulp novels, the Sherlock Holmes mysteries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Farmer’s own celebrated Wold Newton Family mythos.


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Lance Star--Sky Ranger back in print [Jun. 26th, 2008|09:49 pm]
In case you missed it the first time around, and are interested, Lance StarSky Ranger (with my tale "Shadows over Kunlun") is back in print.

From the pages of the 1930s flying hero pulps comes Lance Star—Sky Ranger… Wild Cat Books presents a series of pulp anthologies made up of all new stories focusing on one specific, classic pulp hero. The brainstorm of veteran comics-scribe Ron Fortier, the first volume stars the long gone (but not forgotten) pulp character of ace aviator Lance Star—Sky Ranger in four brand new tales by Win Scott Eckert, Frank Dirscherl, Bobby Nash, and Bill Spangler, with corresponding spot illustrations and cover art by Rich Woodall. “Shadows Over Kunlun” by Win Scott Eckert: It’s early 1941: Lance and his Sky Rangers journey to San Francisco and Tibet in search of a long-lost Great War air ace, Le Faucon Rouge. But someone doesn’t want them to find Le Faucon…"

More info, including links to order, is here.

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