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Dorgo Returns! Mad Shadows, Book Two: Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | Posted by John ONeill

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Joe Bonadonna’s 2011 sword and sorcery collection Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser won the 2017 Golden Book Readers’ Choice Award for Fantasy. In his BG review William Patrick Maynard wrote:

Joe Bonadonna describes his fiction as ‘Gothic Noir’ and it is entirely appropriate… The six stories in Mad Shadows offer a mixture of traditional sword & sorcery necromancers and demons as well as werewolves, vampires, witches, and bizarre half-human mutations that H. P. Lovecraft would happily embrace.

Pulp Hero Press reissued Mad Shadows last December, in a revised second edition with a new cover, new maps, revised text, and an expanded Afterword. Now they’ve given the same treatment to the sequel, Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent. Here’s a brief snippet from Fletcher Vredenburgh’s terrific review of the original 2017 release.

I totally dig these stories and especially the world Bonadonna’s created. Tanyime is rife with magic and magical beings. Minotaurs serve as guards, a cyclops runs a gambling den, and an old satyr is one of Dorgo’s best friends. Bonadonna’s too skilled a storyteller to let his setting become overwhelmed by the possible cutesiness of it all, instead, creating a good, hardboiled world with room in it for justice…. Aside from his deep understanding of S&S and hardboiled fiction, Bonadonna knows how to write a hero… [Dorgo] is an honest-to-goodness hero looking to do the right thing,

Read a generous excerpt from Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent right here at Black Gate.

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The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, Book One: Mad Shadows was published by Pulp Hero Press on December 8, 2019. It is 282 pages, priced at $14.95 in paperback, and $2.99 in digital formats.

Mad Shadows, Book Two: Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent was published by Pulp Hero Press on June 15, 2020. It is 196 pages, priced at $14.95 in paperback, and $2.99 in digital formats.

Check it out, and read all our previous coverage of Dorgo’s adventures here.

2 Comments »

  1. These are really fun. Some characters just feel like natural extensions of an author’s voice, and Dorgo is one. I discovered Joe Bonadonna thru these. Glad to see these reprinted.

    Comment by SELindberg - July 16, 2020 5:47 pm

  2. Thanks! Just picked up book 2 for my Kindle.

    Comment by Mike - July 16, 2020 9:41 pm


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