A Lazarus Gray Review

Over on Amazon.com, a reader from Canada has posted a review of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Nine. Alphonse Dupuis gave the book 5 stars and said the following:

In the ninth instalment of the “new pulp” hero series “Lazarus Gray”, Barry Reese continues the storyline set up in the previous novel and concludes it with an action packed smash to the senses!

It’s Assistance Unlimited vs Murder Unlimited! The adventure may begin in Sovereign City but shifts to the mythological realm of Asgard, culminating in a final battle deep within the hollow earth with the existence of the entire world at stake!

In addition to the Black Terror & The Golden Amazon, Reese has introduced another public domain hero to the team (which I hope will return in future volumes). It would be great to see this  character’s unbreakable patriotism lending itself to the upcoming battles against fascist forces during WW2.

Reese always does his homework when introducing mythological tales and characters to his stories. The addition and handling of ancient Norse gods in this volume was well done and hints are left that we may see them return in future adventures.

Unlike Volume eight, this novel consists of one main story told throughout the book compared to a series of short stories with one central theme linking all of them together. Reese is able do both “story styles” successfully and consistently gives the reader an enjoyable pulp-style adventure.

As a fan of the Reese Unlimited imprint, I really like the mixing of original characters with public domain/pastiche characters. In saying that having Lazarus Gray joining forces with The Revenant & Ki-Gor in a Hollow Earth tale would be awesome. An uneasy Darkling/Leonid Kaslov alliance vs the evil Warlike Manchu would be a just what the doctor ordered!

Looking forward to future installments!

Thanks for the kind words, Alphonse! I’m glad you enjoyed book nine, which was one of my favorites to write. I agree that the Norse elements seemed to fit right in with the rest of the series. I like your idea for a Darkling/Kaslov team-up, as well. Definite shades of the Shadow and Doc Savage in that one! We’ll see if I can fit such a thing into my schedule.

Recommendation: the Pendergast Series

The Pendergast novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child are some of the best examples of New Pulp in the market today. Pendergast is such a wonderfully eccentric, nearly superhuman figure that he puts me in mind of such classic sleuths as Sherlock Holmes and The Shadow. I’m currently reading Bloodless, but some of my favorites in the series are Still Life With Crows, White Fire, and The Cabinet of Curiosities.

If you’re looking for some quality entertainment, give them a try!

The Straw-Man Cometh!

Currently working on the second story for The Straw-Man volume 2 and this one is a flashback tale set in the Old West. Of course, this being a Barry Reese western, it also features a clockwork man, a woman with a magic sword, and a walking, talking tatterdemalion.

Given the way Pro Se’s publishing schedule works, you probably won’t actually see this in print for several years — I tend to write so fast that I’m far ahead of you guys. It makes it interesting sometimes when fans ask me about upcoming releases and I’m like five books ahead of you!

Hopefully I’ll be able to share some more of Mitch Ballard’s Straw-Man artwork soon!

Read All About It!

If you’re like me, you not only love reading but you also enjoy the opportunity to communicate with the authors of the works that you love. If you’re a fan of the New Pulp movement, then you need to jump over to the New Pulp Heroes Message Board. Just sign up and you’ll be able to share your opinions about various books, ask questions of the authors, and get behind-the-scenes updates on past and upcoming projects from all the major New Pulp publishers. The site just went fully live earlier today so you can get onboard during its infancy!

Current Project

At the moment I’m writing stories for the second book in a series featuring a new character — the Straw-Man. I wrote the entire first book in about a month! Ever since the character popped into my imagination, the stories have just poured out of me. While I’ve written some great one-off books in recent years (hopefully you’ll get to see the Lilith novel and the Omnium Gatherum book at some point), it’s probably been since I created Gravedigger that I’ve really felt this enthused about a new character. The series combines elements of Celtic mythology, horror, and Bronze Age superheroics for a mix that I think is really unique. Part of what I wanted to do was really expand my universe, focus on creating NEW characters and concepts — so while some things are namedropped along the way, you don’t see any returning characters from my other books in volume one. It’s all about new villains, new organizations, new supporting characters – and, to be honest, I think there are multiple concepts here that are strong enough to carry their own stories. 

The image accompanying this post is by artist Mitch Ballard, who is doing the interiors on volume one. It features the Straw-Man confronting one of his enemies, the Midnight Goblin. 

A New Beginning

Welcome to the new website! The old site had been around for a long, long time and I was growing weary of it. This one will be focused entirely on my writing career — the past version had gotten off-track with my various other interests. Here we’ll be talking about my writing – past, present, and future!

Before the end of 2021 you can expect to see the tenth volume of the Lazarus Gray series and the debut of a sword & sorcery character named Grimarr.

Stay tuned: the best is yet to come.