I hope everybody had a relaxing weekend… I’ve been working steadily on this Sherlock Holmes novella and things are going well, though I do think it would be better if it weren’t Holmes! By that I just mean that there directions I think the story could go that simply can’t happen using Doyle’s famous creation. In the end, I’m not sure if Pro Se will be happy with this thing or not but I’ve decided I’m going to write it the way I think it should be done and if they don’t approve, I’ll take the story back, change the names and use it elsewhere.
Over on Tumblr, I’ve posted the George Sellas image that I’ve been teasing for awhile now. It shows my heroes summoning forth the classic pulp heroes of the past, in an homage to JLA # 21 (1963). Check it out here if you’re interested in seeing it. I LOVE IT! It’s really fun seeing my characters interacting with the heroes that inspired me as a child. George is absolutely amazing and a joy to work with.
My feelings towards writing have been very up and down lately, which isn’t anything totally new, I suppose. There are days I want to wrap my current projects and then walk away, leaving behind the body of work I’ve accumulated and just entering a writing retirement. Then I think of all the stories I still want to tell or I get a nice review or a new piece of art comes in and I’m fired up again. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with writing. It’s more of compulsion than a hobby, I’m afraid.
Speaking of reviews, The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon picked up a new review this weekend. Jose Rivera had the following to say about the book:
5 out of 5 stars. At this point reading a Lazarus Gray story from Barry Reese is like visiting an old friend. Sovereign is our home and Lazarus and his team are our friends. The origin comic was a nice touch, something I haven’t seen mixed with prose. “Murder Unlimited” was a story I was really looking forward to when reading Mr. Reese’s blog. Old enemies and a couple of new ones become wonderful criminal counterparts to Lazarus and his team. Though a short story, it had me riveted. I’m also of the opinion the opening scene would make for a great short film. “Eidolon” the second story in this book was an adventure I didn’t expect. It had consequences. The Darkling was an intriguing character and like most of Reese’s stories, there’s definitely potential for a whole slew of stories featuring the Darkling AND Eidolon. When I pick up one of these Lazarus Gray stories I’m guaranteed two things: 1) Fantastic stories in the vein of classic pulp adventures and 2) Good stories that always leave me wanting more. Volume 3 was no exception.
Thanks so much, Jose! I appreciate the kind words and I know what you mean about Lazarus and his team feeling like old friends to you. It’s the same for me whenever I start writing a new story. And if you thought that Eidolon surprised you, wait until you see what’s waiting for you in Volume Four… I think it’s a great wrap-up to the entire storyline that runs from books 2-4.
This past weekend at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, I was pleased to learn that a gentleman by the name of John Atkins had arrived in cosplay as The Rook. I love it! Hope you enjoy seeing it, too.