Rabbit Heart – Delightfully Deviant!

rabbit_heart_newWith a new edition of Rabbit Heart out now from Pro Se Press, I thought I’d share snippets of past reviews that the book has garnered.

Enjoy!

“Delightfully deviant. I’ve simultaneously wanted to laugh my ass off and puke my guts out while reading this. That’s pretty impressive.”

“Okay, I’m halfway through Rabbit Heart and that is GROSS, Barry!”

“Almost done with Rabbit Heart and it’s compelling. Pornographic but compelling.”

“Rabbit Heart was like a train wreck: horrifying and disturbing, but you just couldn’t look away. While this book is definitely not a part of my normal genre reads (humor, adventure, nonfiction), I found it very interesting and couldn’t put it down.”

“I finished your book Rabbit Heart and I must say I was quite entertained—you have quite a vivid imagination. Well done!”

“Rabbit Heart is extremely graphic. It’s brutal, gruesome, and strangely erotic—sometimes all at once. Sex and violence mix together in a way that may be disturbing to some, but is nonetheless gripping. I found it impossible to tear myself away from the book—I was disgusted and shaken to my core and I say these things as compliments.”

“There is plenty of gore, sexual brutality and blatant acts of depravity all meticulously embellished with not a gruesome detail omitted. If you’ve the stomach for it, Rabbit Heart is a savage reading experience but it is not for the timid.”

“When I first picked up this book I thought “Oh my… Whoa…. Holy Crap! NO WAY!” Haha this story continuously surprised me! It is not for the faint of heart nor children at all! But I can tell you that I absolutely loved it! It is a must read!”

“Reese is good at showing the action from a variety of characters. You may not like being in the head of a horny college student, but he forces you to see the world from those eyes. It’s a difficult trick, showing multiple viewpoints, but he neatly pulls it off.”

From the Vault: The Rook (Marvel Heroic RPG Stats)

barryreese1972:

A blast from the past – I loved the Marvel Heroic RPG system, which died all too quickly. One of the many writeups that I did for the system was the pulp hero that kickstarted my career — The Rook!

Originally posted on Barry Reese:

THE ROOK
Max Davies

Affiliations: Solo D10 Buddy D8 Team D6

Distinctions: D4 (+1PP) or D8
Compelled to Fight Evil
Family Man
Weirdness Magnet

Power Sets:

Gifts From My Father
Precognition D8
Telekinesis D6
SFX: Second Chance. Spend 1 PP to reroll when using any POWER SET power.
Limit: Uncontrollable. Change Precognition power into a complication and gain 1 PP. Activate an opportunity or remove the complication to recover the power.
Limit: Mental Strain. On any failed Telekinesis roll, turn effect die into mental stress and gain 1 PP.
Limit: Exhausted. Shutdown any POWER SET power to gain 1 PP. Recover power by activating an opportunity or during a Transition Scene.

Trained By the Best
Enhanced Stamina D8
Enhanced Senses D8
SFX: Focus. If a pool includes a POWER SET power, player may replace two dice of equal size with one die +1 step larger.
Limit: Exhausted. Shutdown any POWER…

View original 251 more words

A Great Weekend

2014-09-20 13.51.46Had a tremendous time at The Geek Gathering in Sheffield, Alabama this past weekend. Great sales, large crowds and a lot of wonderful contacts were made. I’ll definitely be looking forward to The Geek Gathering 2015!

The image to the left is an example of some of the awesome cosplay that was present at the show — the New Gods!

The Geek Gathering!

gatheringI’ll be a guest at this weekend’s The Geek Gathering Comic Convention, being held in Sheffield, Alabama. A portion of the ticket sales, 100% of all donations at The Geek Gathering, and 100% of the GAuction (Geek Auction), as well as more opportunities at the event, will be donated DIRECTLY to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Shoals so if you’re in the area, not only will get a chance to let your Geek flag fly, you’ll also be helping a really good cause.

I’ll be manning a table all weekend, selling and signing books and I’ll also be on a panel on Saturday morning at 11:00 am entitled Meet the Authors Round 1. I’ll be sitting alongside Roland Mann, Jimmy Gillentine, and L. R. Barrett-Durham. Should be a fun time!

If you’re anywhere close by, I do hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

A New Review of The Rook Special Edition Volume One

rook_v1_cover_cropped_smallFound this review on Tumblr recently and definitely wanted to share it. It comes courtesy of Noir Journal:

THE ROOK VOL. 1 is an exquisite piece of post-modern pulp lit. Harkening back to such heroes as The Spider and The Shadow, The Rook fits right in that groove. Author Barry Reese even name drops them, and others, suggesting that they and The Rook inhabits the same universe. The Rook sports a domino mask of a bird design (a rook, of course) and a trenchcoat and hat, drives a modified car with a silent engine and ungodly gas mileage and is armed with “specially modified” pistols. THE ROOK collects a sequential series of short tales in which events in one affect matters in the next. The bulk of the action is set in the 30s, though a flash forward to the 2000s in one story offers a curious follow-up to a particularly nasty confrontation with Nyarlathotep in human form. The fact that Reese can so nimbly mingle his pulp genres – nihilistic cosmic sci-fi horror a la Lovecraft and pulp action by way of masked vigilantes – says a lot for his writing abilities. These stories function on the level of action and horror with a decidedly comic book flavoring permeating it all. Reese’s writing is highly readable with easy-to-follow action, succinct but vivid descriptions, standout plotting, strong characters, snappy dialogue and all the other goods necessary to make pulp like this not just pulp but damn GOOD pulp. This ode to the glory days of rough pages and disreputable genre fiction (now embraced as a legitimate literary field) is one of the best such neo-pulp books I’ve had the sheer pleasure to read. Reese is a consummate storyteller who knows how to make all these cogs tick in a well-oiled machine that thrills, scares and excites. Colorful heroes and villains and equally colorful retro-future-tech fill the spaces of these terrific tales. He summons numerous elements of classic pulp, infusing his own work with it but rather than just cobbling together something “new” outta old bricks, Reese revitalizes these components and makes a work of literary art all his own. Reese is a strong author, the sort whose name alone makes you reach for the book on the shelf. I know I’ll be seeking out further adventures of THE ROOK, as well as other Reese characters. Reese certainly seems to be a gold standard for the neo-pulp world. And as though his stories weren’t enough to cause readers to lunge for a volume of ROOK tales, the book design itself is so gorgeous I can’t resist mentioning it even though it’s not the sort of thing I typically discuss. The cover art and design is out of this world and the handful of illustrations gracing the book are beautiful black-and-white renditions of a few major characters in Reese’s yarns. Pulp fans, I strongly encourage you to seek out Reese’s work. He’s the real McCoy.

Thanks for the extremely kind words! I like to think that some of the later Rook volumes (particularly 3 & 4) are even stronger and hopefully you’ll agree once you get there. And, of course, Gravedigger and Lazarus Gray are ones that I’m proud of, as well.

Much appreciated!

Days of Future Pulp Past

Barry_smallTo the left is an image by Anthony Castrillo. It formed the background of the Wild Cat Books’ edition of The Rook Volume Three (you can google the finished image, which featured The Rook and a damsel-in-distress in front of this wall, partially obscuring the faces behind them). Obviously, it was an homage to the John Byrne classic image that was part of the X-Men storyline, “Days of Future Past.” I gave Anthony a long list of heroes that could be included and I think it’s a fun little piece. Obviously, it predates the existence of Lazarus Gray and Gravedigger or both would be represented.

Are any of your favorites still alive in the future?

The Wild Cat edition of this book is out of print but the Special Edition will be out from Pro Se this year so stay tuned. It will feature an all-new cover and interior art by George Sellas.

Of Monsters and Men is here!

ofmenandmonstersMoonstone Books has just released this book, which contains a story by me featuring Richard Knight. The aerial hero is someone I’ve written before and in this tale he goes up against some zombie pilots that are possibly more than he can handle!

The book also contains work by Bobby Nash, Tommy Hancock, Adam Lance Garcia and many more!

OF MONSTERS AND MEN HC
300pgs, grayscale, 7” x 10”, squarebound, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-936814-82-4(52499)

This special Hardcover features all the stories in the Soft Cover as well as 100 extra pages that reprint the previously published “Domino Lady vs Mummy”, Black Bat vs Dracula”, and “Phantom Detective vs Frankenstein”! If you’re looking to save a few bucks, the softcover edition retails for about ten dollars less.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!