Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

lg09_eun_jiwon_smallYesterday was a big day — I finished work on Gravedigger’s second novel and sent it off to my collaborators. Finishing a novel is always awesome — equal parts thrilling, exhausting and sad.

Pro Se also decided to make the first Lazarus Gray book available in various eBook formats for *free* for 24 hours (there’s still a little bit of time left, details are on the previous blog entry). There have been many downloads of it since. On the one hand, I have a natural aversion to giving away something that I spent many months on for nothing at all… on the other, perhaps some of these folks will read it and enjoy it enough to buy the second and third volumes. We’ll see — I’m curious to see if it eventually leads to a bump in sales for the later books in the series.

Now I’m taking a couple of days off from actual writing — I’ll be doing a little bit of research, though, so it’s not like I’m taking a total vacation. Next up for me is a 10,000 word story for Radio Archives. It’s going to be based around the classic radio series Box 13, which debuted in late 1947 and starred Alan Ladd. This won’t actually see print, though — my story will be converted into an audio version and included on an anthology collection of such. I’ve never had one of my stories done in that manner so it’s kind of interesting. The premise of the Box 13 series is quite nifty, too, so click that link earlier in this paragraph and check it out.

Once I’ve finished off the Box 13 story, I’ll be doing another 10,000 word piece for Pro Se as part of its Pulse Fiction project and then I have to begin work on a 30,000 Sherlock Holmes novella. It’s very daunting to be writing Holmes as the original Doyle stories are such classics. But I do love the character and I’ve been instructed to handle it in my usual style, as opposed to trying to mimic Doyle’s style. I like that better as a pastiche would only draw inevitable comparisons to the originals and I’d definitely lose in that regard!

Currently reading an old Shadow novel, one of the more “interesting” ones from his 1960s revival. I’ll definitely be talking about it on the next episode of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast. We’re closing in on episode 50 of the podcast series and I’ve been kicking around some ideas of how to make the 50th a special installment. Details to come.

Our art today is by the amazing George Sellas and depicts Eun Jiwon, a member of Lazarus Gray’s Assistance Unlimited.

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