Laz 11 Gets Reviewed

Ray Bara posted a 5-star review of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 11. Let’s see what he had to say:

“Barry Reese and Lazarus Gray are like fine wines! Yet another killer installment in the Lazarus Gray series. Barry Reese is at the top of his game. He brings a darker tone to this one, which makes sense during the height of WWII. I love the regular and recurring characters, and I enjoyed the introduction of Lilith and her group of loyal assistants. Reese pulls out all of the stops on this one. The ending, which is more of an epilogue, is a tad disturbing, from a plot point of view, but I’ll get over it. Especially since I already have the next two volumes in the series queued up. Great job, Barry. This series keeps getting better!”

Thanks, Ray! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it — you’re definitely right that the ending was meant to be unsettling. Hopefully you’ll find the payoff for it in 12 to be worth it.

Busy Little Bee

Sorry for the long pause between blog postings – it’s the end of the school year and that means testing, special events, and lots more. As a result, I’ve been exhausted most evenings when I get home. I have been writing, though, and I approved edits on Omnium Gatherum so hopefully that novel will see the light of day at some point.

Reading-wise, I recently completed Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill and was blown away. Seriously, one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ll be finishing Diablo Mesa by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child today and it’s been a fun addition to the Pendergast Universe (it’s part of the spinoff series starring Corrie Swanson and Nora Kelly).

In terms of my writing, I’m currently working on the final story for the third volume in the Straw-Man series. In volume two, I did one story that featured the supporting characters, without the Straw-Man even showing up and this story for volume 3 is much the same. It features a ‘stealth crossover’ with one of my favorite fictional characters but I can’t really name him. It’ll make sense when you read it.

Writing Updates

So things have been busy around the Reese Unlimited headquarters — we’re approaching the end of the school year so in my “day job,” there’s been testing galore, of course, but on the writing front, I’ve recently approved edits on OMNIUM GATHERUM and I’ve been working hard on volume three of the Straw-Man series. OMNIUM GATHERUM is a really odd novel but my editor seemed to enjoy it and the parts of it I’ve shared with various friends have been met with equal parts hilarity and acceptance so maybe my faithful readers will get a kick out of it. I can say that it’s an homage to BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, the films of Michael York, and that it also features the public domain heroes Nature Boy and Nature Girl!

Yeah, it’s strange.

The Straw-Man book is going well – just wrapped up a big story and now I’m moving on to what should be the final short story in volume three. As with the first two volumes, I’m trying really hard to create lots of new concepts rather than going back to the well of previously established characters and locations. In this volume alone, I’ve introduced an all-new heroine, debuted the new 21st century Catalyst, brought the American Crusader into the universe, and created a good half-dozen new villains.

Once I’m done with the Straw-Man book… I don’t know what I’ll be working on. It feels too soon to dive into Lazarus Gray Volume 15, I don’t have any immediate ideas for Straw-Man volume 4, and I haven’t stumbled onto a new concept, either. Of course, typing these words means I’m likely to come up with the ideas for two or three different novels later today lol

Living With BPD

A couple of years ago a medical professional told me that they believed I suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. To say that I was not pleased with that diagnosis would be a lie – “Borderline what?” I wondered. “Borderline crazy? I know I have problems but I’m not crazy!”

I thought that BPD sounded too close to being psychotic… but the truth is, I didn’t know anything about Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s a scary name but 1.6% of the population has some form of BPD, with women being diagnosed three times more often than men. Nobody knows if that’s because women are more susceptible or if it’s because women are far more likely to seek help.

So what is BPD? I’m going to quote from the Mayo Clinic website: “Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships.”

Okay. That seems pretty broad. Let’s look at the symptoms instead. Again, this comes from the Mayo Clinic:

Continue reading “Living With BPD”

The Chronicles Begin!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FROM THE PAGES OF LAZARUS GRAY RISES A NEW THREAT TO EVIL! THE CHRONICLES OF LILITH DEBUTS!

Known for tackling genre fiction and making it his own, award-winning author Barry Reese brings readers a new adventure of a character first seen in THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY. From his author imprint, Reese Unlimited, and Pro Se Productions, THE CHRONICLES OF LILITH is now available in print and digital formats.

Lilith, the first wife of Adam, has spent thousands upon thousands of years hunting down those that would prey upon humanity. Now, in the 21st Century, she is forced to take up arms alongside a hero from the past and do battle with a series of dark entities bent on nothing less than the enslavement of all mankind!

A bizarre tour-de-force from author Barry Reese, spinning out of his long-running Lazarus Gray series. THE CHRONICLES OF LILITH! From Reese Unlimited and Pro Se Productions.

Featuring an atmospheric cover by Mike Hoffman and print formatting and logo design by Sean Ali, THE CHRONICLES OF LILITH is available for 9.99 via Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/yafsb2yy.

Formatted by Antonino lo Iaocono, this Lazarus Gray companion tale is available as an ebook for only 99 cents for a limited time from Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/4n5xh4p2. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUMES ONE-THIRTEEN are available on Amazon by a title and/or author search.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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Another 5-star review!

A few days ago, Amazon user ChickJ gave a 5-star review to The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 11, mentioning specifically how much the ending surprised him. Well, he’s back with a review of the follow-up to that book, Volume 12. Once again, he gave it 5-stars, titling it “If you read Lazarus Gray 11, this is a must-read.” Here’s the rest of his review:

“Lazarus Gray 11 had one of the most surprising endings I had ever read. Thankfully, I had already gotten the next book. (Thank you Barry for putting out the next book so soon!) This book wraps up some of the storylines and of course, sets up for more. I really don’t want to reveal too much. It would really spoil the impact of Book 11. Get both 11 and 12. You will thank Barry for writing such a wonderful, fascinating tale. It will make you so glad you are reading anything from Barry’s universe. A must-read for pulp, superhero, SF, and fantasy fans.”

I’m so glad that you enjoyed the wrap-up! Book 12 was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to write, simply because I had to resolve so many plotlines and do it satisfactorily. I’m glad you felt I succeeded!

A 5-Star Review

Amazon user ChickJ posted a review of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Eleven. He gave it the title of ‘The Ending Blew Me Away’ and this was what he went on to say:

“Although his last book I read, (Worlds Apart: An AC Comics/Resse Unlimited Crossover) I thought it was his best book. But this one I wish I could give 7 stars or at least 6 stars. The book is darker than most of his writing but the storyline needed it. Images of strange things abound, like a house that runs around on chicken legs. The worlds of the living and dead are merging. And toss in Nazis into the mix, you have a terrific tale. But the ending really surprised me for the first time in decades. A must-read for everyone.”

Thanks, o’ faithful reader! I’m glad you enjoyed it — the ending was definitely meant to throw you for a loop. Let me know if you think I handled the fallout well in the next book!

Lazarus Gray’s Unlucky 13th…

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UNLEASH THE REESE MONTH CONTINUES FROM PRO SE! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME THIRTEEN DEBUTS!

Even when a team collapses, sometimes it remains the only hope for the entire world.

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME THIRTEEN by award winning author Barry Reese is now available in print and digital formats from Reese Unlimited, the author’s own imprint, and Pro Se Productions. This is the third book released in April as a part of Pro Se’s UNLEASH THE REESE Month, spotlighting Reese’s newest works.

A corrupt asylum… a reborn Egyptian pharaoh… and a demonic children’s toy all come together to weave a tapestry of evil the likes of which Sovereign City has never seen! With Assistance Unlimited still reeling from internal strife, the team must turn to an outcast member and a young boy touched by the divine if they’re to have any chance of survival…

Featuring a haunting cover by Mike Hoffman and print formatting and logo design by Sean Ali, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME THIRTEEN is available for 9.99 via Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/54ws6c8p.

Formatted by Antonino lo Iaocono, the continuing adventures of Lazarus Gray is available as an ebook for only 99 cents for a limited time from Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/3zsx2ed8. Kindle Unlimited members can read for free!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUMES ONE-TWELVE are available on Amazon by a title and/or author search.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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A Review from Hel

A new review of The Sword of Hel has hit Amazon.com, this time courtesy of Scott Rowland. He gave the book 5 stars and titled his review “Some twists on the sword and sorcery genre”. Here’s his full comments:

“I have liked all of Barry Reese’s books I have read and this is no exception. This is different from the new pulp adventures of Lazarus Gray, but has the same sort of excitement. The book grew on me as I read, with the Ragnil character, in particular, bringing a huge smile to my face. While true to the conventions of S&S heroines, Ragnil has a more compelling “origin” and that plays interestingly with Grimarr’s own. Grimarr himself has a unique backstory that gives him a sometimes melancholy air, and an actual reason to wander away from the new friends he makes. A worthy addition to Mr. Reese’s impressive body of work, and I will pick up any future appearances.”

Thanks, Scott! Glad you enjoyed the book. It’s been somewhat divisive amongst readers with some really liking it and others being left pretty cold. I’m happy you’re among the former!

Lazarus Gray 12!

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CAN A FALLEN HERO’S SOUL BE SAVED? BARRY REESE’S ‘THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWELVE’ DEBUTS

The unthinkable has happened… Assistance Unlimited is forced to confront the awful truth that their leader and founder, Lazarus Gray, has betrayed them all. The only hope for his redemption lies in a perilous return to Dread Carcosa… the realm of the King in Yellow!

UNLEASH THE REESE Month continues with the debut of Barry Reese’s THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWELVE as the second of four releases during the month of April! Now available in print and digital formats!

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWELVE continue the story after the shocking revelations in Volume Eleven’s ‘Thirty Pieces of Silver’ and Assistance Unlimited may have finally met the one foe they could never hope to defeat.

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWELVE by Barry Reese, from REESE UNLIMITED and Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a thrilling cover by Jeffrey Hayes and print formatting and logo design by Sean Ali, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TWELVE is available for 9.99 via Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/3e36zmx8.

This twelfth volume in one of New Pulp’s greatest hero’s adventures is also available on Kindle formatted by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina for $0.99 for a limited time at https://tinyurl.com/yuryyndc. Kindle Unlimited Members can read this thrilling adventure for free!

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

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