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.

Timeline of my pulp adventure universe (updated 10/20/2017)

allstarsquadron_homage_clean_smallMajor Events specific to certain stories and novels are included in brackets. Some of this information contains SPOILERS for The Peregrine, Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and other stories.

~ 800 Viking warrior Grimarr dies of disease but is resurrected as the Sword of Hel. He adventures for some time as Hel’s agent on Earth. [“Dogs of War” and “In the Name of Hel,” Tales of the Norse Gods].

1748 – Johann Adam Weishaupt is born.

1750 – Guan-Yin embarks on a quest to find her lost father, which takes her to Skull Island [Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island].

1776 – Johann Adam Weishaupt forms The Illuminati. He adopts the guise of the original Lazarus Gray in group meetings, reflecting his “rebirth” and the “moral ambiguity” of the group. In Sovereign City, a Hessian soldier dies in battle, his spirit resurrected as an headless warrior.

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Labor Day Updates!

20120407-174323.jpgHello, everyone! I’m enjoying the Labor Day holiday by spending some time with the family but I did want to update you on a few things.

First off, the Captain Action novel that I did with Jim Beard for Airship 27 is currently available. This exciting tale plunges the good Captain into a plot that revolves around nothing less than the Moon Race! It also introduces a few new characters that I’m quite proud of. Please let me know what you think of it!

I’m about 1/4 of the way through writing the first ASSISTANCE UNLIMITED: THE SILVER AGE novel, which will be titled Broken Empire. It’s set in 1964 and carries my pulp adventure universe into the era of superspies.

I’ve recently approved the galley for the seventh volume of Lazarus Gray so I think that will be coming soon — as will NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS! I think both books are among the best I’ve ever done. I’m waiting for Pro Se to announce a fun little project that I’ll be working on for an early 2018 release that will continue my association with both Lazarus Gray *and* Nightveil… how’s that for a tease?!

The third volume of Gravedigger has gone through edits, as well — so maybe we’ll see that before the end of 2017!

Exciting times, my friends. Exciting times!

 

Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age

barry-reese-1To celebrate the fact that I started work on this today, I’m going to re-post the original press release about Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age!

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Pro Se Productions and Reese Unlimited are proud to announce a new series that will continue the proud tradition of New Pulp excitement!

In 2018, the best-selling series The Adventures of Lazarus Gray will receive its first spin-off as Assistance Unlimited goes global!

ASSISTANCE UNLIMITED: THE SILVER AGE will launch a brand-new ongoing series of novels set in 1964 and starring another member of the long-running Grace family. Emily Grace is the daughter of Samantha Grace (one of the starring members of the Lazarus Gray series) and she makes her debut in the final chapter of The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3, which will also be published sometime in 2017.

The new series not only stars Emily Grace but also Benjamin Falk (a former Secret Service agent that was present for Kennedy’s assassination), an aged Lazarus Gray and several more familiar faces that will appeal to both long-time readers and new fans.

“As we move into the Sixties, I’ll be tackling global espionage and high-adventure,” author Barry Reese states. “Think James Bond, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy and The Avengers. It’s definitely still New Pulp but there will be some tweaks to our storytelling that I think will make the series quite fresh. By the time THE SILVER AGE begins, Assistance Unlimited has gone global, offering their unique brand of help to citizens around the world.”

assistanceunlimited_cvr_smlAlong for the ride with book one is cover artist Steven Novak and interior artist Chris Batista. Batista has been a contributor to the Reese Unlimited line for quite awhile, having worked on The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five and Gotterdamerung. Batista worked closely with Reese in designing the look of the main character and he has contributed multiple images that will run as illustrations for book one.

Reese wants to caution fans that the spin-off project does not mean the end of the main Lazarus Gray series. “Volume seven of the Lazarus series should be out in a month or two and volume eight is currently scheduled for a 2018 release. We’ll continue detailing the ‘Golden Age’ adventures of Lazarus and his friends in the years to come but the Silver Age books will allow us to look at the characters and their world in a different light. As usual, I’ll be striving to make the new series completely accessible to those that are unfamiliar with the other books that have come before.”

Look for Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age Volume One – Broken Empire in early 2018!

Updates!

11746dcd0c65886c_Kate-Upton-Elle-2Hello, folks — sorry for the delay in updating the blog but I’ve been pretty busy lately. I did want to give everyone an idea of what’s going on and what will be coming out soon, though.

  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 7 is about to move into formatting. I’ve approved the edits, turned in an author headshot and done all of the back-end stuff that I’ve been asked to do. Hopefully you’ll see it soon.
  • Nightveil: The Quiet Girls is also coming soon. I haven’t seen any edits on it yet but I do know that Pro Se is trying to fast track this one.
  • I’ve been working on The Second Book of Babylon and should be finished with this novel within the month! What’s that? You don’t remember the First Book of Babylon? That’s part of the fun! I’ll tease more about this one soon.
  • I’m about halfway through the writing of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 8 and I’m also looking forward to starting Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age Volume 1 when I’m finished with Babylon.
  • No ETA on the publication yet, but The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3 is in the hands of my publisher and hopefully editing work will begin on it soon.
  • My Captain Action novel is likewise in the hands of that respective publisher — I think we’re waiting on Rob Davis’ schedule to clear so he can do interiors on that one.

If you’re curious about a specific project or character, feel free to let me know!

The lovely lady adorning this post is model Kate Upton.

A Year Of Assistance Unlimited!

lazarus_batista_smallIf you’re a fan of Lazarus Gray and the heroes of Assistance Unlimited, 2017 is going to be an exciting one for you! Six years ago we saw volume one hit the market and during that time, these characters have become favorites of so many people… I’m honored that you guys enjoy them as much as I like writing them!

I returned the edits on the sixth volume of Lazarus Gray a few days ago so I fully expect that you’ll be able to buy it before the end of the month! This one picks up where the crossover novel left off — and if you’ve read that one, you know that Lazarus was in a very interesting state when last seen. This book features several short stories that combine into a larger narrative.

Volume seven has already been written, as well. That’s a novel-length tale and is expected to drop sometime in the early summer of 2017. Volume eight will feature five interconnected stories, the first of which has been completed.

We’ll also see the debut of Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age this year. The main character will make her first appearance in the third Gravedigger volume, which should come out in the latter part of the 2017. I expect the first book in the Silver Age series to be published in 2018.

There’s been talk of an anthology that would feature new stories of Gravedigger, Lazarus Gray and The Peregrine by other writers — is this something you guys would like to see? Let me know!

Our art today is the original penciled version of Volume Five’s cover by Chris Batista!

 

What Lies Ahead (2017 Preview)

captain-action00-cover2016 has been a busy year but the one that lies ahead is shaping up to be an even bigger one! We should see two more releases in the next few weeks and I’m excited about both. Look for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six from Pro Se and Restless from Flinch Books — hopefully both will sneak in under the 2016 wire.

2017 should see the following books definitely published:

  • The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume Three: King’s Judgment will wrap up the Charity Grace trilogy. It’s written and the interiors by Chris Batista are complete. We’re still waiting on the George Sellas cover.
  • The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Seven is completely written and all artwork is in.
  • Captain Action Volume Three is co-written by myself and Jim Beard. I’m about to start work on this one.
  • An anthology project from Jeff Deischer. I haven’t seen him mention the title yet so I don’t want to reveal it but I’d be working on a character created by Jeff.
  • Nightveil is one of the first books in the new AC Comics/Pro Se partnership and I’m writing a digest novel starring this magical heroine.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – I wrote a short story for this character several years ago and I thought it turned out really well. Hopefully we’ll finally see it in print in 2017 from Moonstone Books.
  • I.V. Frost/Moon Man is a team-up that I wrote for Moonstone. It’s been approved and gone through edits so hopefully we’ll see it in 2017.

In addition to the above, I’ll be writing the eighth Lazarus Gray book over the course of 2017 for publication in 2018. I’ll also be writing the first book in the Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age series and I hope to get it out in 2017 but it might end up in ’18. We’ll see how it all shakes out. Then there’s Peter Pixie. I started this novel earlier in 2016 but it got set aside for other things. I plan to go back and finish it off.

Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything…

I thank you for supporting me on all my past projects and I hope you’ll stick around for the ones coming up!

Our art today is by the legendary Paul Gulacy and depicts Captain Action!