The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible features stories by New Pulp Authors Matthew Baugh, James Chambers, Greg Cox, Win Scott Eckert, Joe Gentile, CJ Henderson, Nancy Holder, Michael May, Matthew Mayo, Will Murray, Bobby Nash, Barry Reese, Chris Sequeira, John Small, and David White. Edited by Nancy Holder and Joe Gentile. Cover art courtesy of E. M. Gist (soft cover) and Jay Piscopo (hardcover).
The greatest crime-fighter of the 40's returns in a third thrilling collection of original, action-packed tales of adventure, intrigue, and revenge. Life was bliss for millionaire adventurer Richard Henry Benson until that fateful day crime and greed took away his wife and young daughter... and turned him into something more than human. Driven by loss, compelled by grief, he becomes a chilled impersonal force of justice, more machine than man, dedicated to the destruction of evildoers everywhere. A figure of ice and steel, more pitiless than both, Benson has been forged into an avatar of vengeance, possessed of superhuman genius supernormal power. His frozen face and pale eyes, like a polar dawn, only hint at the terrible force the underworld heedlessly invoked upon itself the day they created... The Avenger!
Exclusive HC BONUS material: An Avenger timeline by Rick Lai and solo tales of the Avenger's aides by Howard Hopkins!
My tale, "According to Plan of a One-Eyed Trickster," is third in a trilogy, and once again features a crossover team-up with the Domino Lady! In addition, the villain of the piece might be spotted in a Wold Newton novel by Philip Jose Farmer, and has also appeared in my Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Fallen Stone" and in my Wold Newton Origins story "The Wild Huntsman."
Coming April 2013 from Moonstone Books.