Two new reviews!

nightveilwatercolour3Nightveil: The Quiet Girls has received two new reviews. Let’s take a look at the first one:

Louis Davis gave the book 4 stars out of a possible five and titled his review “Not enough Femforce.” He wrote:

The story was well written and had an even flow to the plot.

Thanks, Louis! Sorry you didn’t think there was enough Femforce in the book – I wanted to keep the focus on our mystic maiden as much as possible but I did include a few cameos here and there… 

Dale also gave the book 4 stars out of 5. His review was titled “An evil that never dies!” Here was what he had to say:

May 1943 and the Blue Bulleteer once more enters the fray to save a life that can find no other to protect her. But…who are the strange, blood splattered twin girls who mysteriously appear and warn her to be quiet and then mysteriously skip off? The girl is saved… the cult put down…for now… and life goes on.

November 2016…73 years since the events of that night. Life goes on… Laura Wright is no longer the Blue Bulleteer but has found her new existence as Nightveil… owner of powerful magical abilities and responsibilities. The cult that she thought destroyed in 1943, once more raises its ugly head driven by a Baron Mort – a being of true evil. And…as it happened that night so long ago… the two blood splattered twin girls once more appear with the warning to silence. How are the two connected…and how will Nightveil stop the evil threatening the world?

Barry Reese has written a book that could be straight out of AC Comics with this story of superheroes and supervillains and undying horror. The author captures the feel of the comics and the characters that made them so popular.

I appreciate the kind words, Dale! I had so much fun writing the book and as a longtime fan of Nightveil and her companions, it was a delight to bring them to the prose world. 

Two New Reviews

rabbit_heart_newFuntony47 has returned, posting two different reviews on Amazon.com. This time around, he took a look at Nightveil: The Quiet Girls and Rabbit Heart. Let’s see what he had to say about Nightveil first:

Can’t wait for the next adventure! 5 stars

Once again Barry Reese gives us a great character whom we can love. An intricate plot that does not lose you in the twists and a story you want more of. Not a part of his Lazarus Gray universe yet I for one would love to get more from this new one. Eagerly awaiting new entries in this universe where it seems the superheroes are actually superheroines! Awesome story about the possible end of the world by a demonic entity seeking, even more, power through an ancient artifact. No spoilers in here must read to find out the details! And very definitely a MUST READ so sit back and enjoy!

Thanks, Tony! I had a blast writing this book – if you haven’t sampled Femforce or the other titles from AC Comics, I definitely recommend looking into it. They’re fun, old-fashioned superhero books with an emphasis on visually appealing female heroes. I was honored to write Nightveil, she’s a wonderful character.

Now, on to his review of Rabbit Heart:

Barry Reese unleashes his dark side! 5 stars
The surprises never seem to end in this book. This is NOT your normal Barry Reese adventure yet it is still an incredible tale. Seems like Barry has a dark side he has been hiding or maybe it has been caged and unable to have free reign. Either way, we get much more violence and gore. Still very well crafted with memorable characters including one known to those who have read The Peregrine books. Honestly a book I would love to see much more of from him!

Thanks again, Tony! Rabbit Heart was definitely a different style for me but it was intended to be that so I guess it worked quite well. I wanted to go all out in terms of sex and violence — and it seems to have really clicked with some readers. I always say I might return to Fiona Chapman’s story someday… who knows?

Updates & Stuff

harley_readingWelcome back, my friends! As always, things are percolating behind the scenes. I finished off the AC Comics/Reese Unlimited crossover this week and sent that off to Pro Se for their approval. I imagine they’ll have to pass it on to AC for their feedback, as well, so I have no idea when it will be on the publishing schedule.

Speaking of which, I approved edits on Gravedigger Volume 3 ages ago and recently did the same for The Second Book of Babylon so I imagine that both of those will be appearing before too long (though we may be looking at 2018 as ’17 is coming a close very quickly).

So what am I working on currently? Well, I’m still about halfway through the eighth volume of Lazarus Gray — the crossover, in fact, is set between the second and third stories of volume 8! I don’t think Pro Se will let me slip the crossover into that volume, though… I’m pretty sure you’ll get it as a separate adventure. Anyway, that means I *could* work on Laz but at the moment I’m actually doing prep work for a new story that is going to be part of a shared universe with a bunch of fantastic authors. I don’t think I’m allowed to give any more details than that… if the first stories from all of us are well received, the universe might become an ongoing thing but I’ve learned to never count my chickens before they’re hatched. At the very least, you’re going to get one story out of me — but I’m hoping for more!

We still have zero reviews for Nightveil: The Quiet Girls. Surely someone out there has read it… if so, please post a review somewhere and let me know when it’s available! I’ll give you some nice promo here and link back to your blog if you host the review.

Our image today is of the amazing Margot Robbie, in her role as Harley Quinn.

The Quiet Girls Are Ready to Make Some Noise

image1FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS’S FIRST AC COMICS NOVEL- ‘NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS BY BARRY REESE DEBUTS!

She was one of America’s greatest heroes in its darkest days… She is now the world’s most powerful and alluring sorceress….. And She is working her magic in prose in the debut of her first digest novel-NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS!

By arrangement with AC Comics and Nightveil Media, Pro Se Productions brings Nightveil- and the AC Comics Universe- to life in prose! One of the longest lasting independent comic innovators, AC Comics breathed new life into super hero tales by reaching into the Past to blast into the Future! Now Pro Se Productions ushers in a new chapter with its AC COMICS Imprint, debuting with NIGHTVEIL!

“This,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “has been a long time coming and, now that this first digest novel is here, there is so much more ahead, not just for Nightveil but for nearly the entire AC Comics pantheon.  Bill Black and everyone at AC that we’ve worked with on this have not only been phenomenal, but they add a whole new energy to what we do, in a very positive way.  And Barry, the architect really of this relationship between companies, was the perfect and only choice to pen the first work of many to come.  Fan favorite characters. New adventures in prose. This is what Pro Se is all about!”

A mystery spanning decades rears its head in the modern day, plunging Nightveil on a globetrotting adventure that poses a threat not only to her immortal soul but to all life on planet Earth! Will her magic be enough to save the world again? Find out in NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS by award winning author Barry Reese! From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a stunning cover by John Nadeau, a Blue Bulleteer interior image by Bill Black, logo design by AC Comics, and print formatting by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Nightveil-Quiet-Girls-Barry-Reese/dp/197923261X/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509379563&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=night+veil+the+quiet+girls and Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com for 9.99.

The first entry in the Pro Se/AC Comics collaboration is also available as an Ebook designed and formatted by lo Iacono and Marina and available for only $2.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZDGYYK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509381413&sr=8-2&keywords=nightveil+the+quiet+girls. The ebook is also available for free via Kindle Unlimited for members.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.
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What’s Going On Now?

barry-reese-1So I finished off ASSISTANCE UNLIMITED: THE SILVER AGE – BROKEN EMPIRE this morning and sent all the files to my publisher. Writing is a funny thing… sometimes you’re not sure how successful something was until you have some distance from it. I think this book has some great moments and some great characters but I’m unsure if the audience will like it enough to want more. If they don’t, I’m certainly busy enough in other areas but I’d still like people to embrace it and demand another Emily Grace adventure.

Next up is working on the Reese Unlimited/AC Comics crossover story. The focus will be on Lazarus Gray, Nightveil and Gravedigger but you can expect some other fun RU and AC cameos along the way.

NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS should be out very soon and I’m excited to see the response to it. I honestly think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written — you guys will have to let me know if you agree.

Nightveil: The Quiet Girls Cover Details

Nightveil-The-Quiet-Girls-roughOver the weekend, Bill Black – the creative force behind The Femforce and all of AC Comics – posted the following words on Facebook:

GREAT NEWS! I’ve received the first Pro Se AC Comics character prose novel – NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS! It is fabulously written by BARRY REESE who did an OUTSTANDING JOB! I love it and was mesmerized from beginning to end. It’s like a movie that plays in your mind as Barry’s descriptions are that vivid.

I’m beyond thrilled to know that Bill enjoyed the book. He is, after all, the guy that created Nightveil to begin with! I’ve always enjoyed the character and really wanted to get her right.

He also shared details about the cover — the rough of which you can see accompanying this post. Over on First Comics News, we got to see John Nadeau’s first version of what will eventually be the finished cover. I think it looks pretty spiffy! Once we see the completed image, I’ll be sure to share it with all of you.

More on the AC Comics’ Prose Line

nightveilwatercolour3Pro Se head honcho Tommy Hancock was interviewed by First Comics News and he had lots to say about the upcoming prose line featuring characters from AC Comics. I’ll be writing a Nightveil digest novel for the line and I hope to contribute in other ways, as well. For the full story, go here.

I’m a longtime fan of AC and their characters so I’m deeply honored to be a part of this. Bobby Nash will also be writing a Nightveil book and Gary Phillips will be helming a Darkshade book so I’m in very good company!

Our art today is by Mike McKone – he does a lovely Nightveil, doesn’t he?

Pro Se Productions Licenses the Heroes of AC Comics!

Femforce107DarkGodsRampagePartThis press release went out overnight – and you’ll notice my name in it a time or two. What does this mean for down the road…? Stay tuned for more announcements!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS LICENSES BILL BLACK’S
AC COMICS CHARACTERS FOR PROSE ADVENTURES!

Pro Se Productions, a leading Publisher of Genre Fiction, proudly announces a new licensing relationship with one of the best known names in independent comic books in the last 40 years. Beginning in 2016, Pro Se will be publishing the adventures of Paragon, DarkShade, FemForce, and an entire plethora of four-color heroes and villains from the pages of AC Comics, thanks to a licensing arrangement with AC’s founder Bill Black and his company, Nightveil Media.

“This,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is in many ways a fan dream come true for me. I was, as a kid in the 1980s, the only comic collector my age, I thought, with any interest in the Golden Age characters. When AC Comics began reviving some of those characters and a whole slew inspired by that era, it meant the world to me. To be able to say that, thanks to the suggestion of writer Barry Reese and the wonderful working relationship we’ve already established with Bill Black, Pro Se will be bringing those wonderful characters with such vivid histories to life in prose is not just a fantastic business move. It makes the ten year old kid reading comics in me jump up and
down with joy.”

“Each of these characters,” continues Hancock, “still has pages and pages of stories to tell. And Pro Se has access to writers who grew up with these heroes, who understand what it takes to bring a comic character to life in Pulp Fiction. Translating comic characters to the Pulp page adds a certain edge, a visceral expression to them that I think lends itself well to Bill’s awesome cast of players.”

Evolving in 1982 out of Bill Black’s Paragon Publications, AC Comics® (Americomics in it’s first year of existence only, AC since 1984) was one of the initial quartet of independent color comics companies who pioneered the direct sales phenomenon in the early ’80’s. Within the framework of the four hundred-plus books AC has released, multitalented publishing maverick Bill Black has introduced a plethora of his own fascinating characters. From his new-wave super-hero universe of the companies’ early years (when costumed defenders like Captain Paragon, Commando D, The Scarlet Scorpion and Bolt gave readers an alternative to Marvel and DC fare) grew AC’s best known feature — The Femforce, Comicdom’s first and only successful all-female super-team book. In 1997, Femforce became the 229th comic book ever to pass the one hundred issue mark, and spawned an ever-increasing circle of spin-offs, support books and licensed merchandise.

A unique, eclectic and personal blend of tastes and influences have led publisher Bill Black to construct an engrossing matrix of fun and interesting comics and related publications. And now that creativity takes on new life in hands of today’s best Genre Fiction authors in new prose tales from Pro Se Productions!

“I’m truly excited,” says Bill Black, “about a new line of novels to be written about my comic book characters. This will open new vistas for Paragon, Nightveil, Femforce, and so many others. Comics and even the movies cannot come close to the in-depth characterization that novelization will bring. Prose adventures is something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. Pro Se, with talented writers like Barry Reese, will do it far better, so this promises to be an amazing joint venture. I can’t wait to read the first book!”

Even though the slate of AC characters is wide and varied and will be explored over time in various Pro Se volumes, the initial collections and books will focus on Paragon, Nightveil, DarkShade, and FemForce. Other characters that may show up in the first year of this arrangement include the Latigo Kid, The Black Shroud, The Haunter, and Alizarin Crimson. Hancock states that the first call for submissions would likely go out in late August/Early September 2015 with the focus for publication to begin in 2016.

For interviews with either Hancock or Black or to learn more about this project, contact Hancock at editorinchief@prose-press.com.

For more information on Pro Se Productions, go to http://www.prose-press.com.
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