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Lazarus Lives Again — On Amazon!

The Adventures of Lazarus Gray is now available on Amazon.com! Go and buy multiple copies — you’ll be kicking yourself a year from now if you don’t….

The biggest and best thing I’ve done so far in New Pulp!

The Rook… By Comics Legend Bob Hall!

  The image at left is by Bob Hall, who’s drawn nearly every major Marvel or DC hero over the years — and is probably best known for his awe-inspiring work on Valiant’s Shadowman series. It was a blast to see him depict The Rook! This cover will most likely be used as the front piece for The Rook: The Killing Games but that’s not confirmed yet.

Feel free to ooh and ahh.

Weekly Sales Check

It’s that time once more — where we bravely head over to Amazon.com and see what the five bestselling Barry Reese titles are! So, without further ado, here’s your Top Five:

1) The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files

2) The Green Hornet Casefiles

3) The Adventures of Lazarus Gray

4) The Rook Volume One

5) Marvel Comics Legacy: The 1960s-1990s Handbook

A strong debut for Lazarus Gray and a return to the top five for The Rook — things are looking good!

Lazarus Gray

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.

Recommended Reading

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!

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All Kinds of Stuff

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!