Dorgo Returns! Mad Shadows, Book Two: Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent
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.
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.
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.
Thanks! Just picked up book 2 for my Kindle.