Updated the About and Bibliography pages, reflecting my latest work.
The Adventures of Lazarus Gray is now out — it should be on Amazon sometime next week but until then you can buy it at Createspace. I’ve had folks tell me that they think it’s much better than my Rook series and I have to agree — I love Max Davies and his crew but from day one the heroes of Assistance Unlimited seemed very real — and very exciting — to me. In book one the cast consists of:
Lazarus Gray — A mysterious figure who literally washes up on the shore of Sovereign City with few clues to his true identity.
Eun Jiwon — A Korean immigrant whose parents ran afoul of a protection racket. Eun is a fiery personality with a few secrets of his own.
Morgan Watts — Former confidence man turned roguish hero, Morgan is the oldest member of the group. Given his past, he often serves as the most cynical member of the team.
Samantha Grace — A stunning young blonde, her parents were philanthropic idealists… until the day that her father became the target of blackmailers. Now Samantha uses her intelligence to aid Lazarus Gray in his war on crime.
Those four are the core characters in the series and I’m proud to say that all of them undergo actual growth over the course of the seven stories in book one.
Book two is a novel-length adventure called Die Glocke and I’m currently writing stories for an eventual third volume.
The fellow at left is Walther Lunt, one of the major villains in the series. The image is by George Sellas and is actually going to appear in Die Glocke.
If you can, get ahold of The Phantom # 1602, published by Frew. Contains 140 pages reprinting the longest Phantom daily adventure ever- The Python Strikes Back. Written by Tony DePaul and drawn by the incredible Paul Ryan, this is the best Phantom adventure I’ve ever read! That’s saying something, considering the fine work of Falk, Bullock and others I’ve read over the years. DePaul and Ryan are one hell of a creative team!
First, there’s a new Table Talk column up — Mike Bullock, Bobby Nash and myself talk about our characters and what we will or won’t be willing to put them through. A fun topic, I think!
Also, you may have heard that The Adventures of Lazarus Gray is now up available! The first book in my new Reese Unlimited imprint from Pro Se Productions, this book features a cover by Anthony Castrillo, interior pieces by George Sellas and seven (!) short stories and novellas from me. I think it’s the best New Pulp book I’ve done yet so please check it out! It’ll be on Amazon in a week or so but until then you can buy it straight through Createspace. It’s 250 pages for $12.00, which is quite a bargain, I think.
The titles of the seven stories in the book are: “The Girl With the Phantom Eyes” (nominated for Best Short Story in the 2011 Pulp Ark Awards), “The Devil’s Bible,” “The Corpse Screams at Midnight,” “The Burning Skull,” “The Axeman of Sovereign City,” “The God of Hate” and “Darkness, Spreading Its Wings of Black.”
The spiffy logo at left was created by the talented Sean Ali, who also did all the graphic design work on the Lazarus Gray book. I quite like it. I’d mentioned a few days ago that I wasn’t too sure about the imprint name but after seeing the logo, I’m quite keen on it.
The Damned Review contest still stands — if you’re the first person to post a review of my book The Damned Thing on Amazon.com and let me know about it, I’ll send you a free copy of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray!
Lazarus Gray is here!! Check out this press release from the publisher.
PRO SE STARTS YEAR TWO WITH TWO BOOKS AND A BANG!
PRO SE PRESS KICKS OFF SECOND PUBLISHING YEAR
WITH NEW IMPRINT AND TWO NEW BOOKS!
Pro Se Productions, a New Pulp Publisher debuted its first title in August, 2010. Entering its second year of Publishing after publishing an average of one book a month in its first, Pro Se shows no signs of slowing down with two new titles and the premiere of its first in house imprint all this month!
New Pulp Author Barry Reese, creator of the well known ‘ROOK’ series, works his storytelling magic once more with a whole new cast of characters! THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY is Reese’s entry into Pro Se’s The Sovereign City Project, showcasing a hero whose own life is a mystery to himself. On the road to discovering his own secrets Gray and his Assistance Unlimited team encounter weirdness, madness, and defend society from the evil that flows in the streets of Sovereign City and beyond! Come along for the ride for this new Barry Reese adventure, seven stories of mystery, action, and adventure that make up the first collection in The Sovereign City Project! Thrill to THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY!
“There’s a lot,” Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “that goes into any concept, especially a shared universe such as the Sovereign City Project is going to be. Barry being a part of this and actually laying the cornerstone of the whole world with THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY is not only a tremendous start, but its also the birth of another New Pulp Classic from Barry. The characters, good and bad, jump off the page and the action moves at a breakneck speed, but there’s also this eerie disturbing undercurrent that puts a different spin on classic Pulp tropes. This is one of Barry’s best works to date.” Reese’s work is amplified by the fantastic cover art provided by Anthony Castrillo and the stylistic interior images by George Sellas.
One of the most prolific writers in New Pulp, Reese has dozens and dozens of characters, adventures, and worlds that he has written or intends to write about, a wealth of ideas with plenty of room for more, both more stories and more people to write them. “There are at least five books,” Hancock stated, “in the Pro Se Publishing pipeline that are either written by Barry or based on the cyclone of ideas whirling about in his head. Barry’s also ready to see what others can do with some of his visions. That combined with the general growth of Pro Se and the fact we intend to be an even bigger force in New Pulp in our second year made this next announcement an easy decision. Pro Se is privileged to reveal its first in house imprint, Reese Unlimited!”
Reese Unlimited, an imprint centered around both the written work of as well as concepts created by Reese that may be written by others, debuts with THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY. Already known for tales of action, adventure, fantastic characterization, and compelling storylines, Barry will bring his imagination and editing skills to bear as well with Reese Unlimited, acting as Imprint Editor and essentially being the creative force behind the entire endeavor. This imprint will be the home of future Lazarus Gray adventures, as well as the upcoming Rook Trilogy written by Tommy Hancock and any other ideas from the fertile mind of Barry Reese.
Pro Se continues its one-two punch launching its second year in print with the debut novel from author Chuck Miller. CREEPING DAWN: THE RISE OF THE BLACK CENTIPEDE centers on the aforementioned Centipede, Miller’s pivotal character in a mad, wild world of magic, mystery, murder, and almost more mayhem than it has historical guest stars. His dark origins tied to Lizzie Borden, The Black Centipede is a mysterious individual who has no life other than that of masked avenger, vigilante, and consort of weirdness.
“This,” Hancock reported, “is not just a novel. Chuck has breathed every bit of himself into the creation of not simply this book or this character, but the insane universe that the Centipede -populates isn’t a strong enough world. He is the axis that the lunacy of everyone around him turns on and in response he’s a valiant hero at some turns, a madman at others, and even the deus ex machina at times. CREEPING DAWN is an introductory ticket to one of the wildest rides New Pulp has ever seen!
CREEPING DAWN is a fast paced New Pulp mash up of noir, masked vigilantes, historical fiction, and more mystery and suspense than a centipede has legs. With evocative cover art by David L. Russell and interiors by Peter Cooper, CREEPING DAWN: RISE OF THE BLACK CENTIPEDE by Chuck Miller is one experience not to be missed!
Both books display the fantastic Format and Design work of Pro Se’s Design master, Sean Ali.
Pro Se is thankful for the success thus far of its books and magazines and to all the supporters and fans that caused said success. “That,” Hancock said, “is why Pro Se wants to make sure our second year kicks off in a way that our readers will enjoy, giving them a double dose of the New Pulp quality they expect from Pro Se. And that’s not the only way we’re saying thanks. Things to come this year from Pro Se will blow you all away and its all our way of saying Thank You to those who support New Pulp and Pro Se.”
Available now at https://www.createspace.com/3693399 and soon at http://www.Amazon.com!
THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY
By Barry Reese
Cover by Anthony Castrillo
Interiors by George Sellas
A Reese Unlimited Book
Published by Pro Se Press
List Price: $12.00
6″ x 9″
Available Now at https://www.createspace.com/3689977 and soon at http://www.Amazon.com
CREEPING DAWN: THE RISE OF THE BLACK CENTIPEDE
By Chuck Miller
Cover by David Russell
Interiors by Peter Cooper
Published by Pro Se Press
List Price: $12.00
6″ x 9″
FOR MORE PRO SE -WWW.PULPMACHINE.BLOGSPOT.COM
Pro Se Productions
Fuller Bumpers, CEO
Tommy Hancock, EIC
I’ve seen the proofs… I’ve had a look at the cover…. and soon, possibly as early as today, The Adventures of Lazarus Gray will be ready for you to purchase. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!
In other news, finished reading The Avenger: Justice Inc. Files book. I remain proud of my contribution to the book and I really, really enjoyed the rest of the stories. If you’re a fan of The Avenger or just pulp in general, please consider buying it — it’s awesome.
By the way, if you enjoy listening to podcasts and you’re a fan of Indiana Jones, you should definitely be listening to The IndyCast. Always full of great news about Indiana Jones and featuring some awesome interviews. Well worth your time.
You will hold The Adventures of Lazarus Gray in your hands… And you will be very, very impressed. From Anthony Castrillo’s stunning cover to the interior shots by George Sellas to the incredible design work of Sean Ali… You will be impressed.
The best collection of New Pulp I’ve had published so far.
Lazarus, Eun, Morgan and Samantha are hopefully going to become as dear to you as they are to me.
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