Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

Raven is back with a new review of THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME 7. Let’s see what he says:

Perhaps I should give a SPOILERS WARNING here, as I have rewritten this review multiple times, but may still reveal too much for some readers.

The tale begins with archeologist/adventurer Sheridan Masters and his lover Carmen at the ancient city of Hamunaptra. They have come looking for “the yellow sign” and a book of ancient lore. When the city collapses around then, Master finds himself with the book and a doorway for escape. When he emerges, the stars are all wrong…

The book is a solid addition to the Lazarus Gray collection. New enemies and old combine to bring Gray to a place he never thought he would ever be. Hastur, or the King, in Yellow is one of the Great Old Ones of The Lovecraft Mythos. The Elder Gods are dangerous beyond Gray’s usual occult powered foes.
This doesn’t mean that none of Gray’s former opponents appear in the story. To make the tale even more devilish, Princess Femi and her disciple Madison Montgomery are deeply involved. So is newcomer El Demonio, whose henchmen use Mexican “sugar skulls” to terrify a man they will later kidnap.

Before the action is over some will be captured, people will die, and Gray will find himself beyond the earthly veil—in Dread Carcosa, a forbidden land of fear! When the members of Assistance Unlimited, along with Eidolon, Abby Winters, and the Black Terror go, head to head with eldritch beings, someone is bound to be badly injured or killed—or worse…
Barry Reese cleverly mixes horror, adventure, and above all pulp into a tasty treat for his adoring fans! Add a touch of romance as the seasoning and the tale becomes a perfect example of Reese’s art! I doubt that any fan of pure pulp fiction will be unable to resist reading it all in one sitting! I will say this; you won’t leave the table without hungering for more!

I give this book five stars plus!
Thanks, Raven! Glad you enjoyed it!

Amazon user Marshall gave the new Captain Action novel 4 stars out of 5. Thanks so much, Marshall!

Here’s what he said:

I really enjoyed this third book in the Captain Action series (not counting the Lady Action book which I also enjoyed). The book refers to the prior adventures, but you don’t have to have read those to enjoy it. Fast-paced and full of all the things Cap is known for (disguises, weapons, etc.). If you liked the prior books, this is more of the same (plus a great homage to another character we know and love). Heartily recommended for Cap fans.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE PROTECTOR OF SOVEREIGN CITY RETURNS! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME SEVEN DEBUTS!

One of New Pulp’s Most Popular Characters returns in the latest release from Barry Reese’s imprint REESE UNLIMITED and Pro Se Productions! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME SEVEN is now available in print and digital formats.All Hail The New King In Town!

“The only clue to his identity was a small medallion with the words ‘Lazarus Gray’ stamped upon it.” He took that name and became one of Sovereign City’s greatest heroes, and formed an alliance with other lost souls like himself. Together, they were Assistance Unlimited… and they face one of their oldest and most dangerous foes in a furious final battle!

Lazarus Gray and Assistance Unlimited return for their deadliest case yet! A manuscript featuring the dark legend of the King In Yellow is spreading madness throughout Sovereign City, but that’s not the worst of it–an alliance of evil has come together, with a scheme that threatens not only the United States, but the entire world! How is it all connected and is Lazarus willing to risk his very soul to save the day?

The past, present, and future of Lazarus Gray comes together with explosive results in the latest volume of THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY!

Featuring a stunning cover and interior illustrations by George Sellas, frontispiece by Mitch Ballard, and print formatting and cover design by Sean Ali, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME SEVEN is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Lazarus-Gray-Seven/dp/1976265886/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505395267&sr=8-1&keywords=lazarus+gray+volume+seven and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 15.00.

The seventh volume of Gray’s adventures is also available as an Ebook designed and formatted by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina and available for only $2.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075MC9NFK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1505395267&sr=8-2&keywords=lazarus+gray+volume+seven. The ebook is also available for free via Kindle Unlimited for Kindle Unlimited members.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to http://www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

lg7_04_smallI have it on good authority that Lazarus Gray and crew will be returning to print soon — Volume 7 is going to pit our heroes against a wide array of enemies. It will resolve (for good, this time!) his long-running feud with Princess Femi and her handmaiden Madison Montgomery… and we’ll also see Assistance Unlimited deal with the dread threat of The King In Yellow! Plus: a brand new foe by the name of El Demonio makes his debut!

I’m really proud of this one, which will sport a cover and interior art by our old friend George Sellas! Enjoy this great image of Femi and Madison as a preview of what’s to come!

Stay tuned!

20120407-174323.jpgHello, everyone! I’m enjoying the Labor Day holiday by spending some time with the family but I did want to update you on a few things.

First off, the Captain Action novel that I did with Jim Beard for Airship 27 is currently available. This exciting tale plunges the good Captain into a plot that revolves around nothing less than the Moon Race! It also introduces a few new characters that I’m quite proud of. Please let me know what you think of it!

I’m about 1/4 of the way through writing the first ASSISTANCE UNLIMITED: THE SILVER AGE novel, which will be titled Broken Empire. It’s set in 1964 and carries my pulp adventure universe into the era of superspies.

I’ve recently approved the galley for the seventh volume of Lazarus Gray so I think that will be coming soon — as will NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS! I think both books are among the best I’ve ever done. I’m waiting for Pro Se to announce a fun little project that I’ll be working on for an early 2018 release that will continue my association with both Lazarus Gray *and* Nightveil… how’s that for a tease?!

The third volume of Gravedigger has gone through edits, as well — so maybe we’ll see that before the end of 2017!

Exciting times, my friends. Exciting times!

 

PRESS RELEASE

Airship 27 Productions and Captain Action Enterprises LLC, are thrilled to announce the release of the third volume of Captain Action’s new pulp adventures.1969 – Something mysterious is happening in the depths of the Yucatan jungle and Miles Drake, aka Captain Action has been sent to investigate. His superiors believe their main nemesis, the alien criminal known as Dr. Evil, is hunting something called the Sky Rock; a supposed fallen meteor containing strange energies. But as soon as Drake arrives on the site, he’s met with two other unexpected characters that may or may not be involved with Evil’s nefarious plans.

One of these is a beautiful female Mexican agent named Selena Rubio, whereas the other is a strange masked figure woven from local Mayan myths called the Gibbon, the Protector of the Jungle. Whose side are they on and how does Evil’s actual scheme involve the forthcoming Cape Kennedy space rocket launch? The deeper Captain Action delves into the affair, the more dangerous it becomes with death awaiting him at every twist and turn along this deadly verdant path.

Writers Jim Beard and Barry Reese weave a face paced, new pulp thriller filled action galore, exotic locales and larger than life characters to offer up a great new chapter in the exploits of one of the most iconic heroes of the 1960s, Captain Action. Miles Drake is his name but Action is his game!!

“This entire series was writer Jim Beard’s idea,” Airship 27 Production’s Managing Editor Ron Fortier recaps. “It was Jim who initially hooked us up with Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn of Captain Action Enterprise LLC. Generally, most small publishers avoid working with licensors, but in this case our partnership has been a great working relationship for both companies. No doubt because both Ed and Joe, and their new partner, Michael Polis, are still fanboys at heart.”

The original plan was to have Beard write all three books solo but when scheduling conflicts arose, he turned to another popular New Pulp author, Barry Reese for assistance. A long time fan of Captain Action, Reese was happy to sign on and contributed the bulk of this third original book. Canadian artist Ted Hammond provides the stunning cover and Airship 27 Production’s Award Winning Art Director Rob Davis the interior illustrations as well as book design.

About Captain Action Enterprises

As Retropreneurs, Captain Action Enterprises, LLC specializes in taking old properties and rejuvenating them for a new generation. Captain Action’s appears in comic book series, lithographs, statues, action figures, books, T-shirts, model kits and more. Additional properties include Lady Action, Captain Action Cat, Dr. Evil, Khem, Destiny Zero and Savage Beauty. For additional information, please contact Ed Catto at ed.catto@bonfireagency.com.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available now from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946183237/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504199764&sr=1-1&keywords=Captain+Action+Cry+of+the+Jungle+Lord)

Joel has posted a new review on Amazon.com of The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One. He gave the book 5 stars and this is what he had to say:

A resurrected avenger with a time limit twist: Mr Reese takes myriad familiar pop culture elements and shakes them all together to make an entertaining new series in The Adventures of Gravedigger.

A criminal given a second chance at life becomes a superhero battling menaces including a Lovecraftian wizard and the Headless Horseman. Guest appearances by other pulp inspired heroes of Mr Reese’s creation, already established and popular in their own right, never overwhelm the title character; it is always clear that it is her show and everybody else can either help or stay out of her way.

I’m looking forward to reading further volumes of her adventures and if you give it a read you’ll more than likely feel much the same.

Joel, thanks for the kind words! Whenever I have a crossover or guest appearance, I try to give all the heroes their just due but I also play by the old “comic book rules” – if it’s a Gravedigger book, she should ultimately save the day. Glad you liked it!