Johnny Dollar brings home an award!

j_dollarYours Truly, Johnny Dollar has been voted Best Anthology of the Year in the Pulp Factory Awards. I contributed “The Swamp Manor Matter” to this collection, which featured brand-new stories starring the classic old-time radio character of Johnny Dollar. Moonstone published the book, which also featured stories by Gary Phillips, Bobby Nash,  Ron Fortier, Eric Fein, Joe Gentile, and Joshua M. Reynolds. The book won best cover as well, so congratulations to Douglas Klauba! I’d also like to extend congratulations to Tommy Hancock, who edited the entire package.

I’m pretty proud of my story and if you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned detective-work, you could do a lot worse than picking up a copy of this book. Thanks to all who voted.

Nightveil: The Quiet Girls gets a new review

nightveilwatercolour3Bobby Nash, noted writer of both comics and novels, has been gracious enough to leave a review of my Nightveil novel over on amazon. He gave the book 4 stars and titled his review “Another thrilling review of Nightveil.” Here’s the rest of his review:

Barry Reese writes good stories. I have enjoyed reading Barry’s other work and his Nightveil novel, The Quiet Girls was no exception. Barry and I share a few similar interests. We both write pulpy style action and adventure and we both have a soft spot for AC Comics character, Nightveil. That love shows through in this novel. Recommended.

Thanks, Bobby! You’re right that I really love Nightveil and I’m glad that my enthusiasm for the character came through on the pages of the book. She’s so much fun and I hope that her popularity will continue to grow.

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?

The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Three!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – POPULAR NEW PULP CHARACTER SOARS ONCE MORE!

THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE NOW AVAILABLE

Award Winning Author Barry Reese created a character that many consider the penultimate of New Pulp creations- Max Davies, now known as The Peregrine. Pro Se Productions and Reese Unlimited, the author’s own imprint, are proud to announce that The Peregrine’s original adventures are now all back in print with the debut of THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE in print and digital formats.

“Finally,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “the entire collection of PEREGRINE stories is back in print and in a three volume omnibus set. These tales are a cornerstone of New Pulp and now readers old and new can enjoy the thrills, twists, and explosive characters that Barry has created in newly edited volumes. Barry has definitely planted his own indelible mark on Genre Fiction with The Peregrine.”

“Where the Good is Swallowed by the Dark… There the PEREGRINE Shall Plant His Mark!” New Voices guide the Peregrine through dark dreams and savage foes! Max Davies has pursued an ongoing mission of justice and vengeance guided by dark dreams and violent visions that compel him to don the mask of THE PEREGRINE. The creation of award winning Genre Fiction author Barry Reese, the amazing adventures of the Peregrine have been devoured by a loyal audience who await Max’s next adventure in the ever expanding REESE UNLIMITED universe. 

THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE brings together an all star line up of New Pulp’s finest who lend their distinct voices to the narrative of Reese’s signature hero. Fly into action with Reese, Bobby Nash, Ron Fortier, Mike Bullock, Tommy Hancock, Percival Constantine, Russ Anderson, David White, Sean Taylor, Adam Lance Garcia, and James Palmer in THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE!

Featuring an awe inspiring cover by legendary artist Norm Breyfogle and cover design and print formatting by Sean E. Ali, THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THRE is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-Three-Barry-Reese/dp/1537773623/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474471045&sr=8-1&keywords=peregrine+omnibus+three and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 30.00.  

This final volume of the PEREGRINE omnibus series is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Forrest Dylan Bryant for only $4.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-3-Reese-Barry-ebook/dp/B01LYVR6CR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474471045&sr=8-2&keywords=peregrine+omnibus+three and for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/666956.

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.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to http://www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

Of Monsters and Men is here!

ofmenandmonstersMoonstone Books has just released this book, which contains a story by me featuring Richard Knight. The aerial hero is someone I’ve written before and in this tale he goes up against some zombie pilots that are possibly more than he can handle!

The book also contains work by Bobby Nash, Tommy Hancock, Adam Lance Garcia and many more!

OF MONSTERS AND MEN HC
300pgs, grayscale, 7” x 10”, squarebound, $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-936814-82-4(52499)

This special Hardcover features all the stories in the Soft Cover as well as 100 extra pages that reprint the previously published “Domino Lady vs Mummy”, Black Bat vs Dracula”, and “Phantom Detective vs Frankenstein”! If you’re looking to save a few bucks, the softcover edition retails for about ten dollars less.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

ADVENTURE WANTED! BOX THIRTEEN OPENING SOON!

RadioArchives.com has released the ebook edition of BOX THIRTEEN – ADVENTURE WANTED. An audiobook will be released on May 9th with a paperback release to follow.

Stories in this new anthology are written by Bobby Nash, Jim Beard, Andrew Salmon, and Barry Reese. This new collection of stories is based on Alan Ladd’s popular 1948-49 radio show. Box Thirteen is performed by Nick Santa Maria, an actor with an incredible range of voices. Rumor has it Nick has been practicing his Alan Ladd impersonation. Douglas Klauba provides the cover.

You can find the Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted ebook on Amazon here.

About Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted:

Adventure wanted!
Will go anywhere!
Do anything!
Write Box Thirteen c/o Star-Times!

When author Dan Holiday opens Box Thirteen, he never knows what adventure awaits him. A former newspaperman turned novelist, Holiday crafts the plots for his books by living them. Spurred into action by letters from his readers, Dan Holiday’s adventures ranged from the outrageous to the dangerous. Whatever the case, Dan Holiday is sure to find adventure.

Based on the 1948-49 radio drama starring Alan Ladd, this collection includes 6 all-new Box Thirteen tales that carry on the action-packed tradition of the originals.

In “The Mystery of the Menacing Manuscript” by Bobby Nash, a surprise invitation sends Dan Holiday on a mystery writer’s weekend retreat filled with treachery, deceit, and murder.

In “The Horror of the Plague Doctor” by Barry Reese, a worried investor’s letter puts Dan Holiday in the crosshairs of a death doctor’s nefarious plot.

In “The Out Of This World Affair” by Bobby Nash, a cryptic message sends Dan Holiday scurrying to find the truth about Citizen X’s extraterrestrial discovery before men in black suits catch them both.

In “Room 13” by Jim Beard, a request for aid puts Dan Holiday on a collision course with mobsters, a mechanical man, and a scientist who wants to harness the author’s brainwaves.

In “The Game’s afoot, Mr. Holiday” by Bobby Nash, a killer gives Dan Holiday a chance to stop him before he murders his next victim. Can he decipher the killer’s clues in time?

In “Kaleidoscope” by Andrew Salmon, a frantic letter from a troubled wife sends Dan Holiday straight into a murder investigation where he’s the chief suspect.

Dan Holiday’s new adventures spring to life at adventure’s favorite address, Box Thirteen.

Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted is available for Kindle at the following:
Amazon US (Kindle)

Amazon UK (Kindle)

Amazon CA (Kindle)

Look for Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted on ebook now with an audio release on May 9th. Paperback release date to be announced soon.

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Thursday!

marilynBack in the office after the holidays, though it’s not a typical work day since my 7-year old son has come to the office with me. Should be an interesting and fresh look at what my day is like.

I started work on the final Lazarus Gray story that will run in Volume Five. It’s off to a fine start and I think people will really have a smile on their face when they read this opening section. Without giving too much away, though, I have to reveal that this book leads up to a major event that takes place int his final story. I’m not 100% sure what that event will be because it could go one of two ways: one would be a “happy” ending and the other would be a big ol’ downer. Both would work with the characters but both would also have major ramifications down the line for the series. I’m honestly not sure how it will resolve itself until I get there. Until then, I’m letting the characters lead me. They’ll work it out all out for me in the end.

They always do.

Anyway, once I’m finished with this story, it’s on to the crossover novel.

Don’t forget that this is Reese Unlimited Month at Pro Se — so you’ll be seeing (and hearing) me all over the place. I’m the guest on this week’s episode of the Pulped! Podcast and I’m recording an episode of The Exploding Typewriter with Perry Constantine and Bobby Nash tomorrow. I’ll keep you guys updated as I bounce around elsewhere as January rolls on. If you scroll back to my post from yesterday, you’ll see that we’re currently giving away the first Gravedigger book right now so it’s the perfect time to jump in to Charity Grace’s adventures.

Hopefully all of this will bring new readers in to my pulp adventure universe. While I’d love to get rich and famous, I’ll gladly accept a ton of readers who enjoy the characters in lieu of such.

But I’ll still cash the checks if they come!

Take care, folks. 2014 is here and it’s big and brash!

To celebrate our return to “normal” posting around the blog, I give you a pleasant image of Marilyn Monroe. You’re welcome.

Working for the Weekend

20121205-172701.jpgIt’s Friday! I’m very happy to be able to type those words, believe me. We’re now a week away from the 2013 Georgia Literary Festival and I’m thrilled about that, as well. I’m the co-chair of the Planning Committee and it has been a lot more work than I’d ever imagined. Still, November 9 will be here before I know it and I’ll be able to say hi to several of my New Pulp friends — Van Plexico, Sean Taylor, Bobby Nash and Andrea Judy will all be here as part of our Thriller Track! For those of you who are in the area, the Festival is FREE TO ATTEND! It will take place in downtown Milledgeville and if you’re a fan of New Pulp, you can look forward to the following panels:

Noon
Thriller Track: Rise of the New Pulp- Sean Taylor, Van Plexico, Andrea Judy & Barry Reese in Georgia College Library Information Technology Center

1:00 pm
Thriller Track: Blending Genres- The Hardboiled P.I. in Different Eras- Alex Hughes, Sean Taylor & Bobby Nash in Georgia College Museum Education Room

2:00 pm
Thriller Track: Heroes from Beyond- Van Plexico in Old Governor’s Mansion Education Room

3:00 pm
Thriller Track: The Graphic World of Comic Books- Bobby Nash & Sean Taylor in Mary Vinson Memorial Library Children’sTheater

4:00 pm
Thriller Track: Georgia (and Murder) On My Mind- Alex Hughes, Barry Reese, Bobby Nash & Andrea Judy in Old Governor’s Mansion Education Room

And, of course, there will be MANY, MANY MORE panels and authors — but those are the ones that would be of most appeal to my New Pulp friends.

I’ve been continuing to work hard on the current Lazarus Gray story and it’s going very well. I’m definitely on track to complete this one next week! After that, I need to work on the Sherlock Holmes novel and then I’ve got some Phantom Detective ideas that are kicking around. I recently acquired three of the Regency reprints that were published in the Sixties and I plan to read those ASAP – I picked up The Trail to Death, Yellow Shadows of Death and Stones of Satan. Most of my Phantom Detective knowledge comes from reference works, comic books and the Phantoms in Bronze collection that Altus Press published. I want to read some more stories before I delve into really handling the character myself. I don’t believe in writing a pre-existing character without feeling like I have a really strong grasp on his history and personality. I’m still not there yet with PD but I’m getting close.

I’m supposed to be the guest on tonight’s recording of The Book Cave with Art Sippo — and I believe Tommy Hancock will be guesting as well. We’ll be talking about the recent release of Liberty Girl. It just received its first review, courtesy of Paul J. Fausz Jr. He gave it 4 out of 5 stars and wrote:

Interesting. Did not get to see the comics when this came out originally. Fun read. Would recommend if into Doc Savage, pulps, comic books etc.

Thanks, Paul! Reviews are always appreciated — and I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I wondered how it would play to people who didn’t read the comics and I’m glad to know you weren’t lost. 🙂

Take Care, folks!

Sunday Talk

bubbleJust got a few things to share today — and then I’ll be off to begin preparing for the Super Bowl. Though I’m primarily a Falcons fan, I’ll definitely be watching and hoping for a great game. I’m pulling for the Ravens!

I’m currently reading a couple of Shadow novels — the first two books that brought Margo Lane into the pulp series. She’d been on the radio since ’37, of course, but it wasn’t until 1942 that Walter Gibson was directed to write her into the novels. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Margo. Like a lot of Shadow fans, I kind of resent the way she’s elbowed her way into being The Shadow’s primary aide. As a result, we hardly ever see Harry Vincent, Burbank, Shrevvy, etc. and that’s a real shame. On the other hand, The Shadow stories can be a real sausage-fest at times so having the lovely Miss Lane around isn’t a bad thing. She’s quite capable and entertaining, as well, so it’s not like she doesn’t have skills.

On the writing side of things, still working on Lazarus Gray Volume Four. I’m probably going to call this one “Leviathan Rising,” since that’s the title of the 38,000 word story that kicks off the volume.

Our first submission for Tales of The Rook Volume Two has come in! Congrats to Russ Anderson for winning this distinguished prize 😉

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, the Georgia Literary Festival will be in my hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia this year — so on the weekend of November 9, 2013, there will be a lot of familiar faces to New Pulp fans in the area: Bobby Nash, James Palmer, Van Plexico, Andrea Judy and Sean Taylor are all going to be there with me so make plans to be there!

The Next Big Thing… Is Here!

EmmaWatson-HarryCrowder03The Next Big Thing Blog Tour has been rolling through the Internet for awhile now, moving from one writer’s site to another. The purpose is to not only promote upcoming works but also to help introduce all of you to other authors — who knows? You might find a new favorite series or writer! I was tagged by Bobby Nash and at the end of the post, I’ll tag a few other writers — please check them out!

The rules/questions:

Rules of the Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop
over and meet them.

Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?

BR: My next book is GRAVEDIGGER.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

BR: That’s a tough question, to be honest. Gravedigger came about from a wide variety of inspirations — the one that really solidified it for me was the return of Valiant Comics. I’ve always loved their heroes and the tight continuity between their titles — and their recent return has reminded me of that. As a result, I decided that I wanted to add a third series to my shared world of The Rook and Lazarus Gray — a series that would tie everything together. That became Gravedigger.

What genre does your book fall under?

BR: It’s a New Pulp title, with definite Adventure & Horror elements.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

BR: Gravedigger herself… Jennifer Connelly would be great from a physical standpoint, though she’d have to prove she could do an action role. If she couldn’t swing it, then Kate Beckinsale would be good.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

BR: Charity Grace has been given three years to redeem a lifetime of sin.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

BR: Gravedigger will be published by Pro Se Press.

gravedigger_cover_rough_refinedHow long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

BR: I wrote Gravedigger in about three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

BR: Well, it fits in with the other books in my shared universe — so if you’re a fan of The Rook or The Adventures of Lazarus Gray,  you’ll enjoy this. If you liked my modern-day slasher horror novel, Rabbit Heart, you’ll also dig this heroine.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

BR: So many things! My love of pulp… of The Shadow… of Valiant… and my interest in kick-ass women with swords. 😉

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

BR: We’ll have a terrific cover by George Sellas — and six lovely interior pieces by Will Meugniot!

So who’s up next? I’m going to tag Tommy Hancock, Ron Fortier, Wayne Reinagel, Derrick Ferguson and Mike Bullock.

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