First Person Nightmare

So I’ve been spending the past few days in the Everglades with Johnny Dollar, as part of my contribution to an upcoming collection. Dollar isn’t one of my favorite characters — I was actually unaware of him until fairly recently — but after listening to a number of episodes of the old radio program, I think I have a handle on his personality. But what’s really been annoying me is that this story has to be written in First Person. I hate writing in First Person! I’m a third person, omniscient narrator kind of guy. It’s good to occasionally venture out of my comfort zone as a writer but I can’t wait to be finished with this thing.

Weekly Sales Check

It’s that time of the week where we head over to Amazon and see what’s moving and shaking. Without further ado, the five bestselling Barry Reese books on are:

1) The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files (Moonstone Books)

2) The Green Hornet Casefiles (Moonstone Books)

3) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray (Pro Se Press)

4) Savage Tales of Ki-Gor, Lord of the Jungle (Wild Cat Books)

5) Rabbit Heart (Wild Cat Books)

Good mix of books — I always like seeing Rabbit Heart slash its way back into the top five. Speaking of RH, it’s now available for the Kindle, so you enjoy your sex and gore on that particular e-reader device!



Normally I don’t procrastinate but I’ve allowed a couple of projects to slide while I focused on Lazarus Gray. Gotta buckle down and finish the things that are due. So for the next few days I’ll be dealing with the high-risk world of everyone’s favorite insurance investigator – Mr. Johnny Dollar!

Kindle Releases

Wild Cat Books is slowly moving their catalog onto the Kindle platform. They’ve released The Damned Thing and Rabbit Heart for the Kindle so far so check ’em out!


New Pulp… For Free!

Did you know that Comics Bulletin has been running “Darkness, Spreading Its Wings of Black” on its website? Five chapters have been posted so far – this story teams The Rook with Lazarus Gray!


Thursday Musings

Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. I’m typing this on my Macbook Pro, listening to a podcast on iTunes and preparing to read some comics on my iPad.

Still working on a new Lazarus Gray story and trying to pimp the first book (that’s now for sale on Amazon! Go and buy it!)

Just finished reading Four Bullets for Dillon by Derrick Ferguson. Good stuff and highly recommended.

Looking forward to the pending release of All-Star Pulp Comics # 1, which Airship 27 will be publishing next month. The Rook makes his comics debut in that one and it’s got some gorgeous artwork. I’ll make sure all of you know when it’s released.

The Joys of Writing

So in the current Lazarus Gray story I’m writing, it’s been a series of connected scenes so far with no real plot… I had only a vague idea of what I wanted to do here and I started with two scenes that I wanted to write, then spent a few thousand words with people reacting to the events of those scenes. But this morning while writing, it all came together. I now know what’s happening… and it’s very exciting! I love it when the characters can surprise me. This may end up being a seminal story in the Lazarus Gray saga.

I’m very much a by-the-seat-of-the-pants writer. I hate outlining a story and only do that to a minimal degree if the story is very complicated. I almost always have the beginning in mind, a few story beats and then a vague idea of the ending before I start but beyond that, it’s a journey of discover for me. I love it when it works.

The image here is by George Sellas and features Femi, a character first introduced in “The Corpse Screams At Midnight” from The Adventures of Lazarus Gray. She will pop up again in Volume Two: Die Glocke.

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