Monday Chatter

PD1BIt’s the start of a new week and things are really beginning to pick up pace. The Georgia Literary Festival is just around the corner (November 9) and I’ll be there with a whole host of other New Pulp fan favorites like Bobby Nash, Van Plexico, Andrea Judy and Sean Taylor. Should be a fun and exhausting weekend. I’m also rocketing forward with the current Lazarus Gray story… and then I need to start work on the Sherlock Holmes novella that I owe Pro Se.

I’ve also been kicking around Phantom Detective ideas. I promised a PD tale to Airship 27 ages ago and while I think the character’s original stories weren’t the best that classic pulp has to offer, his very fluidity of character makes him something that I feel I could do something with. I’ve even had a few thoughts about doing a full Phantom Detective novel. And,  of course, I’ve considered taking the easy route and just having PD team up with one of my own heroes.

We’ll see.

My “Favorites” lists that I’ve been doing the past two weekends have proven to be pretty popular. Maybe I’ll keep doing them until I run out of ideas — I’ve thought about doing my favorite New Pulp heroes & villains, my favorite classic pulp covers, my favorite pulp movies, etc. If you have a suggestion, let me know.

There was another new review posted at Amazon recently. Ralph Angelo reviewed The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two: Die Glocke and he said the following:

I recently read Barry Reese’s Lazarus Gray: Die Glock, the second in a series of New Pulp Adventures featuring Barry’s character, the aforementioned Lazarus Gray. As with the first volume I enjoyed this one immensely. The series is set in the mid 1930’s in the fictional Sovereign City. In this volume Lazarus and his team of adventurers (professionally known as Assistance Unlimited) travel outside of Sovereign City in a search for a weapon(The Die Glock) the Nazi’s want for their own nefarious use, which can be used as a doorway to another place. A place where something very evil lurks and stirs, and has waited a very long time to return to the earth. Enter Lazarus Gray and Assistance Unlimited. Members of the team travel around the globe to search out and destroy the weapon. But will they do so before whatever lurks on the other side of that wall between places Die Glock connects to steps through into the world of Earth in the 1930’s? You’ll have to read it to find out. Suffice to say, `Die Glock’ Is a good, rousing adventure that does not bore and does not disappoint. Also there is a bonus second feature featuring comic hero “The Black Terror” which is just as enjoyable as the main feature. If you like two fisted stories with lots of action as well as sexy women, demons, disfigured madmen and magic wielding villains, then give `The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: Die Glock’ a read. There’s really nothing not to like here.

Thanks, Ralph! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the book. I like to think that each Lazarus volume has been better than the ones before so I suspect you’ll enjoy Eidolon quite a bit… and, of course, Satan’s Circus should be out in early 2014!

I’ll be a guest on The Book Cave this Friday, talking with Art Sippo about the Liberty Girl book. I’ll let everyone know when it’s been posted for your listening pleasure. I also recorded two episodes of a new podcast that Perry Constantine is debuting soon — one episode featured a discussion about the “pulp mindset” and the other one dealt with writing strong female characters. I expect at least one of them to go up in November.

On Twitter, I asked if people would be interested in seeing a guidebook to the characters in my pulp universe… sort of along the lines of DC’s Who’s Who or Marvel’s Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. I’ve accumulated so much artwork of my characters over the years that I’d be able to get some re-use of it here. The few responses I got were positive — what say you, my blog readers?

Our artwork today shows off The Phantom Detective and a sultry female. Can’t go wrong there, can we?

See you folks tomorrow!


  1. A Guidebook is a great idea. I’ve read 6 of your books so far & I’m interested in seeing a definitive source book of character art, history, stats etc. It would be nice to see the various mystical items, weapons & HQ’s get special treatment (Elliot R. Brown style!)

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