What Are You Doing, Barry?

emma-watson-elle-2011-8_thumbI ask myself that all the time.

I finished off the Captain Action novel awhile back and it was sent off to the guys at Airship 27 plus the license holders. Editor-in-Chief Ron Fortier gave the book a big thumb’s up so I think it’s probably on the fast track to getting published. I had a blast writing it and working with Jim Beard.

I also completed the Nightveil novel — “The Quiet Girls.” I’m really proud of that one and I’m hoping that Tommy Hancock at Pro Se and Bill Black at AC Comics approve of what I’ve done. I created a few new characters in this one and I think that some of them would make for good recurring foes and friends for Laura Wright. We’ll see if anybody at AC wants to incorporate the story into the comic book canon.

I’m currently working on the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume Eight. “Wait,” you ask, “shouldn’t that read Volume Seven?” No — I’ve already written book seven and it’s already in the hands of the good folks at Pro Se. It should appear later this year, though I suspect it will be after the third book in the Gravedigger series — also complete and at the publisher.

It’s good to be ahead on deadlines, isn’t it?

If you guys have any questions about upcoming works, feel free to ask away!

The Reviews Keep Coming!

José Rivera posted a review of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six on Amazon. He gave it five stars and said the following:

Reading a new volume of Lazarus Gray is like being wrapped in a blanket of comfort and familiarity. You’d think after so many volumes and the loss of Lazarus after the crossover novel that things would begin to wind down. NOPE! Even with their leader away, the team carries on. In this volume we get a few stories, one of which sees the return of Mr. Death. Our old friends Bob Benton, Abby Cross and Eidolon return, along with appearances from The Heap and Nakam, whose origin I really enjoyed.

I can’t get enough of the tales of Sovereign City. And now that 1938 is coming to a close, I can’t wait to see what 1939 has in store for Lazarus, Kelly and the entire team over at Assistance Unlimited!

Thanks, José! I feel the same way about Lazarus and his friends – when I return to Sovereign City, it always feels like coming home. This strange family unit have become pretty special to me and I’m glad that so many people have expressed similar sentiments.

1939 will be another interesting year for Assistance Unlimited so keep watch!

Another 5-Star Review!

Ray Bara gave the newest Lazarus Gray book five stars in a review that he posted on Amazon. Let’s see what he had to say, shall we?

Barry Reese has done it yet again! Lazarus Gray Volume Six is just another jewel in the crown of a New Pulp prince! The book starts off with a fast-paced adventure without Lazarus Gray, who died in the previous novel, Gotterdammerung. Despite Gray’s absence, Assistance Unlimited continues its founder’s vision of righting wrongs and solving crime in and around Sovereign City. The group has picked up a few new members, including Gray’s “widow” Kelly and the Black Terror, who has appeared in other Reese stories.

In the later stories, all of which are wonderfully written and action-packed, we see Assistance Unlimited face numerous enemies, both old and new. We see the return of Princess Femi and Mr. Death, and the emergence of new foes, including Nemesis and the Librarian. These foes are, of course, handled nimbly by Assistance Unlimited, some to fight another day, others probably for the last time.

Eventually, Lazarus returns from the dead. He’s not quite the same, but is still a tower of strength and justice. Without spoiling his methods, I enjoyed the way Reese raised him from the dead and the character he chose to bring Gray back.

Barry Reese has penned another New Pulp classic. If you haven’t read his work yet, I wonder why not? If you have read everything he has written but Volume Six, go read it, now! He has already written Volume Seven; I hope to see it soon!
Thanks, Ray! I really appreciate that you took the time to review the book – and I think you’ll see Volume 7 later this year!

The Pulp Superfan Reviews Lazarus Gray!

Pulp Superfan Michael Brown posted the following review of the sixth volume of Lazarus Gray:

‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 6’Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other works) with several volumes out so far. The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, Vol. 6 actually follows the events of Gotterdamerung, which was a team-up of Reese’s various pulp heroes (and a few others), to stop the end of the world.

That story ended with the death of Gray.

But clearly, Reese had other plans. And, so, yes, this volume has his return. And it has Gray and his friends of Assistance Unlimited — with some additional help — going after several foes, both new and returning.

For those who have yet to read Gray (and why haven’t you after six volumes?), he is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. Gray has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

As with past volumes, this one has four interlocking stories. Best to think of them as a novel in four parts, really. So instead of looking at each story separately, let’s instead look at the characters.

First off, Lazarus Gray. As noted, he died in Gotterdamerung, the previous crossover novel. And yes, he comes back. Not easily, but he does. And back in Vol. 5 he got married. In this volume his wife is pregnant. Looks like we’ll learn more about the kid when he’s born in the next volume or so.

A couple of former members of Assistance Unlimited return: Eidolon and Abby. They help in one story, and then Abby kind of returns to AU, but this time being in charge of AU’s special prison: Tartarus. It remains to be seen if Abby more fully joins AU.

And AU gains a new member: The Black Terror. Reese brought this classic Nedor comic character into his timeline with Gotterdamerung, and later had him join Peregrine’s group, The Claws of the Peregrine. So does this mean he will at some point leave AU?

We also met a new hero: Nakam, who is a German fighting against the Nazis inside Nazi Germany. The name is Hebrew for “Revenge.” He helps AU in one story. Will he return in the timeline?

As for the villains, we have several returning and some new ones. Mr. Death returns from the events of Gotterdamerung, now joined by another Nazi occult villain: The Flame. Lazarus and team take them on in one story. Princess Fermi and her new handmaiden return, and Fermi will continue to plague the group. A new and interesting villain is introduced: Nemesis, who we learn is in many ways Gray’s opposite. I hope we see more of this guy. And the Warlike Manchu and his Ten Finger gang tries to make inroads into Sovereign City, only to have Gray deal with them. The Peregrine will take care of him soon.

It’s clear from the end that further volumes are planned, as Vol. 7 is laid out in the timeline. I am still looking forward to the third (and final) Gravedigger volume, which I hope will be next. And would like to see a Dark Gentleman volume (and not just short stories on Kindle). I see a copy of volumes listed in the timeline. I’m still wondering when we will see another Peregrine volume, but I am sure Reese is busy putting out the others.

Thanks, Michael! Glad you liked Nemesis – I found him really interesting, too, so you can be sure he’ll return eventually. 

As for a new Peregrine volume, it may happen eventually but there’s no plans for one in the near future.