The Lazarus Gray Digital Box Set!

Press Release



Barry Reese, noted award winning Genre Fiction Author, has brought many New Pulp Heroes to life! One of his most popular has headlined four volumes of books from Pro Se Productions, a leader in Genre Fiction publishing. And now, those four collections are available as one book! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY: THE OMNIBUS EDITION is now available as a digital ‘boxed set’ from Reese Unlimited, Barry’s own author imprint, and Pro Se Productions!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME ONE- On the road to discovering the many secrets of Sovereign City, including his own identity, adventurer Lazarus Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team encounter weirdness, madness, and over the top badness on every page! Finding himself naked and not knowing who he is on the shores of Sovereign, a stranger takes a name literally found around his neck as his own and becomes Lazarus Gray! Forming a team of skilled actioners around him, Gray sets off to not only find his own truth, no matter how horrible, but to shine light on the darkness that plagues Sovereign City!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWO: DIE GLOCKE- Lazarus Gray and his aides in Assistance Unlimited return for what may prove to be their greatest challenge… What is the secret of Die Glocke? Will Lazarus Gray and his teammates discover the answer in time to stop a power hungry madman and his undead soldiers? The Adventures of Lazarus Gray returns with an epic adventure where the fate of the world is at stake. Is even Lazarus Gray up to a task that could take him to the very gates of Hell itself? Also, Assistance Unlimited takes a case that will bring them face to face with Terror and the making of a Hero!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME THREE: EIDOLON –In the third volume of Gray’s adventures, Lazarus Gray and his aides in Assistance Unlimited battle against their opposite number as some of their most dangerous enemies band together to form MURDER UNLIMITED! They’ve sworn to destroy Lazarus and his team, but is there another agenda that secretly guides this sinister alliance? Also, Gray squares off with a new foe- Eidolon! Who or what is this latest adversary! Follow Gray as he works out a puzzle that began in the steamy jungles of Peru and may end with the fall of a hero! Also presenting SECRETS OF THE DEAD, the first in a series of illustrated features by Barry Reese and Award Winning Artist George Sellas!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME FOUR: SATAN’S CIRCUS- Two tales of pulse pounding action fill the fourth volume in the adventures of Lazarus Gray! In the first, Gray unites with the mighty Thunder Jim Wade to confront a menace from his past and in the second, the mysterious pair of vigilantes known as The Darkling and Eidolon return in a dark tale that reveals hidden secrets that will shake the world of Lazarus Gray to its very core!

One fantastic hero created by one talented and prolific author. Four Volumes bound together in a digital boxed set for fans of New Pulp and Genre Fiction everywhere. THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY-THE OMNIBUS EDITION, with eBook formatting by Russ Anderson, cover art by George Sellas, and cover Design by Sean Ali.. Get your copy for only $2.99 from Amazon at and from Smashwords at

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at

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Another Damned Review!

damned_new_coverOur old friend Darkendale Raven posted a review of The Damned Thing on – let’s see what he had to say:

Something Wicked This Way Comes…

5 out of 5 stars

I must start by saying this one is a trifle more R rated that Barry’s usual PG13. What makes this a great story is that Barry weaves the scenes into the story so that they do not interfere with the action. This is what would happen if a pulp hero was allowed to be more human, and subject to the desires that other men or women might normally have. It works for this tale.

The story begins in the Nevada desert as Professor Carter Slade and his assistant Eloise Green discover a strange hollow artifact, a man’s face in a rictus of horror. There is something inside the reliquary, something that seems to draw Professor Carter like a homing signal. He opens the artifact that night, and descends stairs built for much shorter people into the depths of the earth.

Meanwhile in Atlanta, Violet Cambridge is just waking up. She finds two men in her bedroom, neither of which seems the type to trust. What Violet does trust is the .45 caliber Smith and Weston Hand Ejector II pistol under her pillow. They are agents of a certain Mr. Armitage, who accuses Violet of stealing from him. He had stolen the money himself from the orphan’s fund. Both men are killed in the ensuing scuffle.

The reader learns that Violet’s husband Walter has been dead three years and that she wears only black clothing. Her friend Miles Knopf is more than a little in love with her, but she is not looking for a lasting relationship just yet.

The Damned Thing is a statuette discovered in the Nevada dig. Professor Carter has gone insane just by being in its presence. So apparently has Eloise Green. The Statuette belongs to the world of the Elder Gods, the Great Old Ones of the Lovecraft Mythos. It must be destroyed before it infects others. But the statuette has fallen into the hands of occultist Johann Berkard and his toady, Lazlo Bane. And a huge foe joins the them: Aleister Crowley, self proclaimed Wickedest Man in the World…

Violet has been told of a local Hell-mouth that exists on an island inside a mental institution of bad reputation. Others also seek the statue and will give anything to get their hands on it. The showdown is at hand, and who will survive is not a given thing.

This book is a thrill ride of pure pulp from the moment you board at page one until the thundering crescendo of the climax! Barry’s carefully chose prose is designed for every word to make the reader want to ride this roller coaster again and again!

I give The Damned Thing five out of five stars. As always, I’m looking forward to more action from Barry’s heroes.

Quoth the Raven…

Thanks, as always, for the in-depth review, Raven! I had a lot of fun writing this one and you’re right, it’s definitely more adult than I usually go for. Not quite as out there as Rabbit Heart but still… definitely an R-rating, I’d say. Glad that the themes and presentation worked for you!

Gravedigger Volume Two Gets Reviewed!

Gravedigger_06_smallThe newest book in the Gravedigger series already has its first review, courtesy of Darkendale Raven! Here’s what he had to say:

Pandora’s… Skull?

5 Stars out of 5

This is the long awaited sequel to Barry’s first Gravedigger volume. Charity Grace returns with her small band of agents: Mitchell, the black British man who has been with Charity from day one and actually served the previous Gravedigger; the former prostitute Li Yuchun; Cedric Hendry, a wealthy businessman whose ancient home is now Gravedigger’s headquarters; and Mortimer Quinn, once a Gravedigger himself.

The gang is watching a large crate being moved to a ship under cover of darkness. Mitchell has infiltrated a gang who plan to open the crate and steal the contents. Li and Cedric are on board, and Li is chatting with a mysterious man named Donald Whitman. Meanwhile, gang leader James Pelvin is ready with Mitchell and the rest of the gang to open the crate.

When the crate opens, Pelvin discovers that they have set up. The crate contains no treasure, it contains an undead creature named Ira Shelly, dead and resurrected by dark magic in the year 1722. However an injury in 1893 caused his body to shut down in order to repair itself. Knowing he would be waking up, he was placed in the crate, put aboard a ship, and left to kill people on the voyage to wherever it sails, but not in Sovereign City. Gravedigger takes out Shelly, but the battle has just begun.

Back home, a package has been delivered to Hendry Hall. It contains a Silver Skull. Research reveals that it is supposed to contain Pandora, a demi-goddess who released the seven deadly sins, and who has been trying to eradicate sin by slaying sinners and devouring their dark souls.

The package was taken to Hendry Hall by “Quick Dan” Nunn on the orders of Hiroshi Tamaki. Tamaki desires to release Pandora and use her power to make himself Emperor of the world.

Sandra Locke uses sex and dominatrix tactics to entice the warden of Sovereign Prison to allow her access to prisoner Jonah Craig, whom she precedes to break out of confinement. Dr. Craig is an expert on the legends of The Silver Skull and Pandora.

Pandora is released and leaves for Washington, DC with Tamaki and the gang. The Voice tells Gravedigger that Pandora is her other, an enemy equal to her skills. The meeting between the two is certain, but the outcome is not guaranteed.

The action takes off like a bolt from Gravedigger’s crossbow. The story winds through various locations and in and out of mystical shadows. By the end of it all, every single person involved will have gone to the very edge of hell, and not everyone can make it back.

Are the survivors the agents of Gravedigger or the servants of Tamaki and his evil partner Pandora, now housed in the body of Sandra Locke? Time for you to take the ball and run with it. Read the book for yourself.

I give this book five out of five stars with a slight condition: I do not think the sequel was quite as good as the original. It is very close, but lacks a little—not enough to affect the rating, but there like a ghost faintly seen and questionable if it was there or not. Looking forward to much more from Barry Reese!

Quoth the Raven…

Thanks, Raven! I’m glad you enjoyed the book but I wish I’d been able to make the second volume even more interesting than the first to you! It’s often hard to match the excitement of discovery that the first book can bring but I tried to really delve into the characters this time around and I’m glad that you found plenty to smile about. Gravedigger will next appear in the “crossover” novel I’m currently writing. She’ll be fighting alongside The Peregrine and Lazarus Gray — but a third volume of her solo adventures looms on the horizon after that! Thanks Again!

Gravedigger Returns With a Vengeance!

gravedigger_cover_02_small_mockupPress Release – 12/27/14


A noted publisher of Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions announces the latest volume released from its first author focused imprint. Reese Unlimited, the home of noted award winning author Barry Reese’s own personal Pulp universe, debuts the second collection of adventures of one of Reese’s most imaginative creations- The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two!

“Gravedigger,” says Pro Se Productions Editor in Chief Tommy Hancock, “is sort of the third jewel in Barry Reese’s New Pulp crown. And what a gem she is. Although all of the standard adventure and wordsmithing you’ve come to expect from Barry is there, Gravedigger explores themes that Barry’s other creations don’t really get into. Gravedigger is not only about justice, but about redemption and vengeance and moreso the gray area that exists between all three. Yes, there’s fists and guns and supernatural doings, but there’s a level of emotion, a distinctly inner aspect of storytelling that Barry taps when he puts his pen to a new Charity Grace story. And that happens in spades in The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two.”

“You will put them into their graves and shovel upon them the dirt that symbolizes their eviction from the mortal world.” These words changed Charity Grace’s life…and death forever! Barry Reese, award winning author of The Peregrine and The Adventures of Lazarus Gray returns to the shadowy streets of Sovereign City with a new adventure featuring Charity Grace: Gravedigger!

The Adventures of Gravedigger returns and Sovereign City’s haunted heroine continues her mission of justice and vengeance, with the redemption of her soul at stake! In this volume, Gravedigger and her faithful agents confront the twin threats of Hiroshi Tamaki and the immortal beauty known as Pandora when they investigate the strange secret of the Silver Skull!”

Returning to Sovereign City,” explains Reese, “always feels like coming home for me. I relished the chance to take Gravedigger and her allies in new directions and I’m thrilled for my loyal readers to experience the romances, dangers and excitement that make up this novel.”

The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two features action packed cover art and logo design by award winning artist George Sellas, print formatting by Sean Ali, and eBook formatting by Russ Anderson.

The latest volume from Reese Unlimited is available in print via Amazon at and at Pro Se’s own store at $15.00. The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Two is also available as an eBook for the Kindle at and for most other formats at only $2.99.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at

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Merry Christmas!

rook_v2_kaslov_smallMerry Christmas to all my fans and friends! Take the day to cherish those who are close to you! I hope that you guys find some pulpy goodness under the tree — and, as Leonid Kaslov shows in this image from The Peregrine series, if you confront evil today, kick its ass!

Regular postings will resume soon!

Robbie Williams – The Albums, Best to Worst (Updated December 2014)

Robbie Williams Wallpaper @ go4celebrity.comGenerally I stay focused on my writing career on this blog but from time to time I like to venture forth into other passions that I have. For instance, I’ve posted rpg writeups and talked tv shows. When it comes to music, I have many favorites – David Bowie, Marina and the Diamonds, Led Zeppelin, Prince and Fleetwood Mac are just a few of them. But my absolute favorite music artist is Robbie Williams, the British pop superstar who’s well known everywhere but here, in the jolly USA. Robbie started out in a boy band called Take That back in the Nineties before going solo. He then began selling records… lots and lots of them. A few years ago, he even patched things up with the rest of the boys in Take That and released an album called Progress that dominated the UK charts and spawned a huge tour. Today I’m going over my favorite Robbie solo albums in order from the very best to the bottom of the barrel. I’m not including compilations or live albums here.

1. Reality Killed the Video Star (2009) – Kind of an odd choice, given that it’s the only album in Robbie’s career that didn’t hit # 1 in the UK. But I love this record and think that from start to finish, it’s an enjoyable listen. My favorites include Bodies, You Know Me, Starstruck and Won’t Do That. I just feel it’s a truly solid album that speaks to the wide range of talents that Robbie possesses. I actually listen to it quite often and think it works as both background music while I work and for when I want to just sit and listen to the lyrics.

2. Escapology (2002) – Considering that my two favorite Robbie songs are both off this album, I’m sure a lot of my friends would expect this to be in the top spot on my list. But while it contains many, many wonderful tracks, it does contain a couple of clunkers – How Peculiar and Cursed, for instance, are two songs that I can go the rest of my life without hearing again. Still, it contains Feel (my all-time favorite Rob song), Come Undone (my second favorite), Something Beautiful, Handsome Man, Hot Fudge and Me and My Monkey, all of which I really dig.

3. Take the Crown (2012) – A really strong outing that shows how much Robbie has matured. He’s a married man and a father now and you can see that all of that has helped calm his manic nature a bit. The lyrics remain deeply personal but are of a different sort. Now we see a Rob who’s promising to never betray his love, who thinks about where he’s been and where he hopes to be, etc. Contains some real gems like Candy, Be a Boy, Gospel, Different and Not Like the Others. A lot of people really enjoy Losers and while I dig the lyrics, the actual track isn’t one of my favorites.

4. I’ve Been Expecting You (1998) – Robbie’s second solo album is a classic, with perennial favorites like Strong, No Regrets, Millenium, Win Some Lose Some, She’s the One and Jesus in a Camper Van. Really, there are no stinkers on this album and it could easily be higher on this list… but I think that it’s very much of it’s time, as well, in terms of sound and Rob’s state of mind. As such, while I adore all those tracks I listed above, as an album it feels a little lighter than the ones I’ve ranked ahead of it. Still, a great one.

5. Sing When You’re Winning (2000) – A truly strong effort that, for me, solidified that Robbie was going to be around for the long haul. More mature than previous releases, it also displayed stunning self-assurance and confidence in his abilities. My favorite tracks include Supreme, Rock DJ, The Road to Mandalay, Kids and Better Man. There are a couple of tracks that are fairly weak, though, and that’s what moves it down to the fifth slot. I remember being so excited when this album was released and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

6. Intensive Care (2005) – While a fine album with a few stellar tracks, there remains something… off… about this one. I think we can begin to see the things that eventually veer off-track with the next album. I think that at this point, few people were questioning Rob’s decisions. He was selling tons of albums and singles so why should they doubt him? But there are tracks on here (Sin Sin Sin, which was actually released as a single) that feel a bit phoned-in and by the numbers. Still, I love Ghosts, Advertising Space, Please Don’t Die and The Trouble With Me. It’s a good album, just lesser than those above it on this list.

7. Life Thru a Lens (1997) – Rob’s debut album. It contains mega-hit Angels, which single-handedly transformed him into an international superstar. Lazy Days, Old Before I Die and Let Me Entertain You are all fine tracks and have rightly become classics in their own right. There are other songs, though, that reflect Rob’s struggle to become a solo star and which, no longer viewed in their 1997 context, just don’t hold up well. It’s definitely a flimsy record compared to his later works — a few wonderful songs surrounded by fluff.

8. Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways (2013) – Rob returned to swing in this follow-up to the 2001 Swing When You’re Winning. I rank this one higher because it contains several new tracks and two of them (“Shine My Shoes” & “Go Gentle”) are absolute classics. I really enjoy several of the oldies on this album, too, especially Rob’s versions of “Little Green Apples,” “16 Tons” and “Dream A Little Dream.” Is this as good as a pure, 100% Robbie album? Nah. But it’s a damned fine record.

9. Rudebox (2006) – Okay. I don’t hate this album and, in fact, think it has some very good tracks on it. But overall, it is a bit of a mess. The album doesn’t feel cohesive and contains a few embarrassing blunders (the title track wouldn’t be too bad as album filler but as the lead single? Very bad move). There were also a surprising number of covers (Bongo Bong and Je Ne T’Aime Plus, Lovelight, Kiss Me and Louise). I do really enjoy The Actor, The 80’s, The 90’s and Summertime but this was an album where someone should have stepped in and said “No, Robbie, this isn’t working.” It’s an example of excess to the extreme.

10. Under the Radar, Volume One (2014) – This one is an odd duck. It contains unreleased tracks that, for whatever reason, didn’t make it onto previous albums or as single B-sides. It was available only via Robbie’s official website so you weren’t even able to get it via normal retailers. Overall, most of these songs are exactly what you’d imagine — they’d make fine album filler but they’re not single-worthy. There are a few that I do enjoy (“H.E.S.,” “Surrender,” “Green Light,” and “The Pilot”) but there are also some that are… uh… not so good. A few suffer from poor decisions — “Super Tony,” for instance has a killer chorus but the song screeches to a halt every time Robbie does his little ‘cocaine’ thing in the song. Overall, this one is worth listening to if you’re a hardcore Robbie fan… but if you’re a fan of only his hits or are just scratching the surface of his catalog, you can skip this one.

11. Swing When You’re Winning (2001) – This album only contains one new song (I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen), otherwise it’s covers of old swing jazz songs such as Mack the Knife, Something Stupid (which hit # 1 on the UK charts as a duet between Rob and Nicole Kidman) and Mr. Bojangles. It’s fun stuff but I rank it at the bottom because it’s certainly the least “Robbie Williams” album he’s ever done. Rob loves this stuff and has incorporated some of it into his stage shows ever since.

If you’re looking to get into Robbie’s music for the first time, I’d say start with either The Ego Has Landed, a 1999 compilation album that takes the best tracks off Life Thru a Lens and I’ve Been Expecting You or In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010. The Ego Has Landed was actually my own introduction to Robbie so it obviously worked. In and Out of Consciousness has 2 CDs and 39 tracks so you get all the major hits but you lose the cohesive feel of an album. It’s a compilation, you know the routine.

I’ll be back soon to talk about New Pulp and what lies next for me, writing-wise. Take Care!

New Pulp Reviews

GRVSHWPROMOIMAGEA trio of reviews this time, starting off with:

GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW – Given that I love both Hunter Rose and The Shadow, this pairing excited me from day one. Add the fact that Matt Wagner was writing and drawing it… and you had the makings of a classic. This three-issue series lived up to its billing, showing exactly how a crossover should be done. Both characters got a chance to sign and their face-to-face confrontations crackled with energy and emotion. The artwork was beautiful all the way through and I liked the way that Wagner contrasted the two lead characters. The only stumble, for me, was that the time travel contrivance felt a bit too convenient and I’m not 100% onboard with the way Wagner portrays The Shadow/Margo relationship. Even so, I adored this series and will pick it up in trade. While not everything Dynamite has published with their pulp heroes has been to my liking, I’d rank this series, The Shadow: Year One and The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights as being among the best Shadow comics ever published.

Knight From Hell by David White: I’ve been a fan of David White’s writing for quite awhile. He’s got a straight-forward style that’s perfect for New Pulp stories. His works have that same breakneck pace that the classic pulp series did but he incorporates modern characterization and mature elements seamlessly.

This particular story is not for the easily offended. If the notion of angels fornicating and committing adultery doesn’t sit well with you, you might want to give it a pass. But if you’re willing to approach it with an open mind, you’ll find an intriguing protagonist that mixes the hard-boiled P.I. type with some fantasy elements.

Characters are briskly but vividly described and the tale manages to feel dense despite the small page count. Can’t wait for the follow-up!

Justice, Inc # 4: I think Michael Uslan is, along with Matt Wagner, one of the best Shadow writers working for Dynamite right now. This particular series reveals an alternate universe take on The Avenger, pairing him with both Doc Savage and The Shadow. The two “big” heroes are perfectly portrayed but The Avenger’s voice still feels slightly off to me — I’m going with the fact that he’s still so new and that this is a slightly different version to explain it. A pair of classic villains – John Sunlight and The Voodoo Master — are working together in this one and I love Voodoo’s scenery-chewing dialogue. It was odd not seeing Sunlight in his trademark monochromatic clothing, though. Art-wise, this is the best work I’ve ever seen from Giovanni Timpano. It’s solid throughout with nice facial expression. When all is said and done, I think this will stand beside Uslan’s Dark Nights as a wonderful addition to Shadow lore.

The Damned Thing Returns

damned_new_coverPress Release


Pro Se Productions, a publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, proudly announces the latest release from its first author-centered imprint, Reese Unlimited. With new edits and a stunning new cover, Author Barry Reese’s thoroughly modern tip of the hat to classic mysteries bearing the mark of his very distinct style is in print once again. The Damned Thing debuts today in print and digital formats from Pro Se Productions.

“It’s not often,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of and Partner in Pro Se Productions, “that it can be said something written in the last few years should be considered a New Pulp Classic. I say it, however, without hesitation about Barry Reese’s The Damned Thing. Not only does Barry let you know every word on the page, every action, every plot twist is definitely his, he does it in a way that also echoes classic private eye fiction. Shades of Chandler and Hammett dance and play with murderous glee throughout Violet Cambridge’s first adventure and the great part is Barry makes it seem effortless, this blending of his own style and classic leanings. And the two together deliver one of the most unique New Pulp titles to date.”

The toughest detective in 1939 Atlanta is a woman by the name of Violet Cambridge. And she knows her job like she knows herself. All the shadows and alleys, the light and the dark. But when the search for a missing sister and the brutal murder of her partner take her into territory unfamiliar, Violet finds herself on the road to Hell in search of The Damned Thing.

Award winning author Barry Reese’s hard boiled supernatural detective thriller returns in an all new Pro Se Productions edition. Noted for pushing the boundaries of Genre Fiction, Reese takes the classic tropes of the Private Eye tale and gives them his own imaginative, bizarre twists and turns in The Damned Thing. Fans of Reese’s work will recognize characters and themes that run through Reese’s work and new readers will find intrigue, mystery, action, and terror on every page.
From machine guns to magic spells, from mobsters to monsters, Violet Cambridge will face them all in the unholy quest for The Damned Thing. From Reese Unlimited, an imprint of Pro Se Productions.

“It’s a thrill,” says Reese, “to have this work back in print, looking better than ever. Violet’s story was an important one for me, as a writer and a person, so I can’t wait for new readers to experience her journey.”

The Damned Thing features a haunting cover by Adam Shaw and logo design and print formatting and print formatting by Sean Ali and eBook formatting by Russ Anderson. Interior illustrations are by Kevin Dale Duncan.

The latest book from the Reese Unlimited imprint is available in print via Amazon at and at Pro Se’s own store at for $12.00. The Damned Thing is also available as an eBook for the Kindle at and for most other formats at for only $2.99.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at

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And… It’s Off!

20121228-083913.jpgSent off the completed Dark Gentleman short to my publisher yesterday – for something that’s only a tad under 6,000 words, it took me most of this year to write — a sign not of the difficulty I had with the story but with finding time to work on it. Still, it’s complete and if they like it, you’ll hopefully see it as a Pro Se Single Shot soon.

You can also expect Gravedigger Volume Two and The Damned Thing (pro se edition) coming your way soon! Yes, after far too long in terms of releases from Reese Unlimited, you’re about to get several!

And now I can work on completing the crossover novel, which currently sits at around 40,000 words. In other words, I’m 2/3 of the way to the finish line. I’m pretty sure I won’t finish it before the end of 2014 but you guys can wish me luck as I attempt to do so.