A New Week Begins!

lg01_lazarus_solo_with_textWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog, as we usher in a new week. My goal is to add another 10,000 words to The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two this week, which would take me pretty close to the end of the novel. I’ve been really happy with the book in general to this point and hopefully I’ll be able to craft a conclusion that will leave people feeling satisfied. Once I’m done with this, I need to dive into a project I’m going to be doing for Radio Archives. That one will be a 10,000 word short story… as soon as I’ve completed that, I’ll be able to start on a story for a project called Pulse Fiction. That will be another 10k story… After *that*, I need to finally do that Sherlock Holmes novella that I promised all of you (and my editor!) at the beginning of the year. I do want to make it clear that I’m not attempting to do a pastiche for the Holmes novella. I am not aping Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing style — this will be a “Barry Reese” story using those characters. I will be faithful to Holmes canon but it will be filtered through my peculiar viewpoint.

All of this will probably take me to the year of 2013, which means that continuation of my work on the fifth Lazarus Gray book probably won’t resume until January.

It’s good to be busy, I suppose — but, wow, when I look at that list, it makes me wonder if I’ve gone insane!

I’ve been thinking about doing a Gravedigger “origins” strip like we did for Lazarus Gray. The origins strip ran in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon and though I haven’t heard much in the way of comments about it (most people have focused on the prose itself, which is nice, I suppose) I think it might be a good feature to add to my other ongoing series.

I’ve also talked to artist extraordinaire George Sellas about doing a couple of other fun things with me in the near future. One of them isn’t for publication but it might find life on my blog here and my Facebook page as a potential cover image. Stay tuned!

As for previously written works… I completed a Johnny Dollar story ages ago, as well as a G-8 and His Battle Aces for Moonstone and a Weird Western for Mechanoid Press. I have no idea when those will be published but hopefully they will see the light of day at some point.

I hope all of you have an excellent and productive day! I’ll be back tomorrow with more pulpy goodness.



  1. Waiting anxiously for Lazarus Grey Vol. 3 to arrive by mail. I really enjoyed the characters( both heroic & evil!) and entertaining plots in Vol.1 & 2. It would be great to see a Reese/ Sellas collaboration on a full Assistance Unlimited mini series in the near future!
    I think the origin stories are a smart idea to get new readers up to speed on various characters as well as showcase George’s crisp retro art. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hey, Barry, a high point this past two weeks was my discovery of your Shadow Fan’s Podcast. I can’t believe it took me some nine months to find it! But I’ve bounded back and forth through 27 episodes so far and expect to be all caught up shortly.

    I must applaud your approach to The Shadow. I wholeheartedly agree that ANY Shadow trumps no Shadow at all, and I appreciate your recognition that each of us comes to the character by different routes.

    When I was just a little kid, my dad changed my life radically when he introduced me to both Sherlock Holmes and The Shadow — within a montbh or two of each other. My first Sherlock was Basil Rathbone in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” The original Doyle stories came a year or so later. Likewise, my first brush with The Shadow was the old radio shows, which, at that time, KFI radio in Los Angeles was rerunning on Sunday afternoons. Then I fell upon the horrible Archie Comics “superhero” Shadow. Then the Belmont books (“Cry Shadow!” was my first). Then the 1970’s O’Neil-Kaluta Shadow. Finally, I found some paperback reprints of the Gibson pulps. So for BOTH characters, it’s been a long journey for me.

    Like you, I’ve argued with both Holmes and Shadow purists about the value of the many interpretations of both characters. And my feeling is that whatever drives people to the source material doesn’t matter, no matter how “revisionist,” as long as it helps drive them there. In the Sherlock Holmes world, I love the non-canonical Robert Downey Jr. movies, the BBC “Sherlock” series, and the CBS show “Elementary,” with their radical takes on Holmes. At the same time, I’ve read and enjoyed all the varied versions of The Shadow, including the new Dynamite Shadow books, Chaykin’s controversial mini-series, and even the irreverent, crazyass Helfer-Sienkiewicz-Baker series.

    It’s all good. It all keeps both Sherlock and The Shadow alive for new generations. And bravo to you for promoting ALL things Shadow — critically but with an open mind and an attitude of acceptance.


  3. Thanks so much, Wally! I really appreciate all that you’ve said. I think that The Shadow (and Holmes) are great characters that can retain their core values even through radical reinventions. And no matter how much something may not click with me, it may be the entry ramp for someone else to get into the character. I try to always remember that and stay positive about my support for these characters.

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