Tag: Brother Bones

New Pulp Recommendations: Brother Bones – City of Lost Souls

coverOne of my favorite New Pulp characters is Brother Bones, the Undead Avenger created by Ron Fortier. Bones patrols the shadowy streets of Cape Noire and is an excellent melding of The Shadow with Marvel Comics’ Ghost Rider… he’s a fedora-wearing, skull-faced dispenser of retribution. I was lucky enough to get Ron’s blessing to feature Brother Bones in one of my Lazarus Gray volumes and it was a blast to handle the character.

City of Lost Souls is the newest volume in the series and it features five stories of varying length – the shortest is a scant five pages while the longest clocks in at 103 pages. The book is a bit different than the earlier Bones adventures in that there feels like a lot less Brother Bones than usual… a strong emphasis is placed on the supporting characters. In fact, Bones doesn’t even appear in “A Taste of Cherry Pie,” which is one of the strongest tales in the book!

The cover artwork is based upon “The Synthetic Man,” the longest story in the book, and that tale pits Doctor Satan against Brother Bones. It wasn’t what I was expecting, though, as there’s not really a whole lot of Satan vs. Bones in direct conflict… I did really enjoy the tale, though, and found the subplot revolving around a disfigured henchman and his mannequin girlfriend to be particularly strong.

As for the cover itself, I really liked it – Michael Stribling did a nice job on this.

Overall, if you’re a fan of the character, you’ll like this book. It deepens the vigilante’s world and makes it clear that the supporting characters are strong enough to carry the tales even without Bones.

Two New Lazarus Gray Volume 5 Reviews

lg10_assistance_unlimited_color_smallOver on the Pulp Super-Fan Blog, Michael Brown posted the following review:

Lazarus Gray is a New Pulp character from writer Barry Reese (The Peregrine, Gravedigger, and other works) with several volumes out so far. Now we get the fifth one.

Gray is sort of inspired by the classic pulp hero The Avenger. He has setup a group similar to The Avenger’s called Assistance Unlimited. He is located in a fictional town called Sovereign City (created by Pro Se Press publisher Tommy Hancock), and is part of the larger Sovereign City Project. He is also set in the same universe as Barry’s other characters, so has crossed over with them.

This volume has five short stories. There are connections between most of the stories, so it’s best to read them in order. The first has a crooked financier who has built a huge zeppelin (for what purpose, is not clear, and not clear what happens to it after the main action) and who is after treasure on an outlying island from Sovereign City. This leads to his death and the release of an ancient evil.

The second story has Gray and associates heading to Cape Noire, where Ron Fortier‘s Brother Bones operates.

The third story introduces a new foe, the Basilisk, who can kill with a glance. He is trying to take over the gangs of Sovereign City, and before AU can take him out, decides to strike out at Gray through his girlfriend.

The fourth story deals with the evil released in the first story: the Three Sisters. Assisting Gray and associates is Catalyst. But not the Catalyst we are introduced in the Peregrine series, but his predecessor. While they take care of the Three Sisters, Gray’s old foe Princess Femi, is released. Am sure she will be dealt with in a future story.

The fifth and last story deals with Gray’s marriage to Kelly Emerson. We get cameos of several characters from the series in this one. I was surprised by a couple that appeared. He also has his new character, the Dark Gentleman as well. I think he’s only appeared in one short ebook story, and it also set in Sovereign City. I hope we see more of him, maybe enough for his own volume. It remains to see how Gray’s marriage will affect the series going forward. Pulp heroes getting married is pretty much unheard of, but he had the Peregrine do so and it didn’t hurt that series.

Rounding out the volume is the two-page comic book origin of Gray, and a timeline of Reese’s works. However, this one is missing most of the later Peregrine volumes, most likely because they have not yet be converted over from using the Rook name.

I’m not sure what we will see next from Reese. I know that he has been working on a crossover work, which I think is next, that has Peregrine, Gray, and Gravedigger. I look forward to it. I would love to see a new Gravedigger work as well, and wonder when we’ll see another solo Peregrine story or a full Dark Gentleman volume.

Meanwhile, reader Jose Rivera said:

In this latest volume of Lazarus Gray we saw 3 witches unleashed, Lazarus going out of Sovereign to investigate the vigilante Brother Bones, we had a surprising reveal of The Basilisk, the return of an old enemy and a wedding. You think that sounds very complicated, but it’s not. This volume is broken up into 5 short stories which could be read on their own but have a running thread. This reminded me of the first volume of Lazarus Gray and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Getting a new volume of Lazarus Gray is something to look forward to. Reese makes it so that if you’re new, you’re not lost, but if you’ve been reading since the beginning, it’s like visiting old friends. These stories are amazing fun and deserve your time.

Can’t wait to see where we go from here!

Thanks, guys! I’m glad you both enjoyed the book and you’ll be glad to know that I’m working on Volume Six right now.

Lazarus Gray Returns!


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ONE OF GENRE FICTION’S GREATEST HEROES RETURNS!

EVERYTHING CHANGES IN BARRY REESE’S ‘THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME FIVE’

Award winning author Barry Reese’s occult adventurer from Sovereign City returns in the fifth volume of adventures from Pro Se Productions. Reese Unlimited, Reese’s author imprint, proudly announces the debut of The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five in print and digital format.

“Barry Reese,” says Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is a master at painting one of the most intricate and imaginative universes in fiction today and Lazarus Gray is a primary player in that. Not only is the action always on and the adventure top level, but Barry has a way of building characters, from the lead player himself to the most minor of characters, in a way that makes readers demand more, invites them into the lives Barry creates. And in Volume Five, Barry does what he does best by delivering two fisted tales that leave the reader in awe and wanting more.”

The Winds of Change Blow for Everyone…Even Lazarus Gray. The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five by Barry Reese continue the tale of the man once without identity and now filled only with purpose! Forming an alliance with other lost souls, Gray and his team stand as Assistance Unlimited and now face their greatest threats ever!

Thrill along with Gray and Assistance Unlimited as they face new dangers, battle old foes, and even cross paths with Ron Fortier’s mysterious undead avenger- Brother Bones! And Lazarus Gray begins the greatest adventure of his life, one that will change everything…

Also Included is SECRETS OF THE DEAD, a comic strip origin sequence by Reese and artist George Sellas. Prepare yourself for the unexpected as you return to Sovereign City and The Adventures of Lazarus Gray, from Reese Unlimited and Pro Se Productions.

Featuring fantastic cover art by Chris Batista, interior art by Sellas, and logo design and print formatting by Sean Ali , The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five is available now at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Lazarus-Gray-Five/dp/1512270547/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432130228&sr=8-1&keywords=adventures+of+lazarus+gray+volume+five and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 15.00.

Lazarus Gray’s latest volume is also available as a digital EBook formatted by Russ Anderson and Forrest Bryant for only $2.99 at Amazon for the Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Lazarus-Gray-5-ebook/dp/B00XWT98XG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1432130228&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=adventures+of+lazarus+gray+volume+five and for most digital formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/544050.

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New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To Borrow

I’ve done a number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier. EDITED: This one will actually be happening, as Brother Bones will guest-star in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and for those of you who haven’t read the Gravedigger debut novel yet, you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… if you have read it, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

From the Vault: New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To… Borrow

I’ve done a number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier. EDITED: This one will actually be happening, as Brother Bones will guest-star in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and for those of you who haven’t read the Gravedigger debut novel yet, you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… if you have read it, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

From the Vault: My Favorite New Pulp Heroes

Dillon---CthuluThe past couple of weeks I’ve listed out my favorite classic pulp heroes and villains. This time around I decided to dive into the New Pulp waters. Basically, I’m defining New Pulp as characters who are written in the same breathless manner as the classic heroes… but who are appearing in brand new stories and have been created since the end of the classic pulp era. I’m putting emphasis on characters who have made their debut in prose (so no Indiana Jones, I’m afraid) and, furthermore, those characters who are mostly a part of what’s called the New Pulp Movement.

A lot of rules, eh?

That’s just the way we play the game, my friends.

So here’s my Top Ten Favorite New Pulp Heroes:

10. Brother Bones (created by Ron Fortier)
9. Garvey Dire (Created by Joel Jenkins)
8. Fortune McCall (Created by Derrick Ferguson)
7. The Pulptress (Created by Tommy Hancock)
6. Hardluck Hannigan (Created by Bill Craig)
5. Malcolm Weir (Created by Mat Nastos)
4. Mr. Brass (Created by Josh Reynolds)
3. The Black Centipede (Created by Chuck Miller)
2. Elisa Hill (Created by Percival Constantine)
1. Dillon (Created by Derrick Ferguson)

This was actually a really hard list to come up with — I left off lots of heroes that I genuinely love but I had to limit it to just ten. If I did a # 11, it would be Hugh Monn (Created by Lee Houston Jr.).

I’ve actually gone back and modified this list several times already. Oh, well. I think it does give you a nice overview of the best of New Pulp, in my opinion. I should give a special shout-out to Derrick Ferguson, who’s the only author to place two characters on my list!

Thursday?! That means the weekend is almost here…

lg4_frontispiece_smallGood Morning!

Yesterday was one of those days… you know the kind! If a resurrected Nazi supervillain had taken over my hometown, captured my loved ones to use as hostages against me and then released some genetically modified dinosaurs to destroy my office… it would have all made much more sense.

In the real world, though, you get knocked for a loop by the strangest of events, the most minor — yet stunning — of betrayals.

I’m a writer, remember? You can’t blame me for a bit of hyperbole.

Anyway, I’m back and ready to go! Only managed to add about six hundred words to the Lazarus Gray story yesterday but hopefully I’ll be able to get back in the groove and move forward. This is story # 4 in what projects to be a five story fifth volume. I think people will enjoy this one… on some levels, it’s deliberately less “epic” than the trilogy that took place in books 2-4. Aside from a brief trip outside of Sovereign to hang out with Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones, the team stays in their home city for the entire book, which is a change from the globetrotting they did in the previous few books.

Once I’ve finished off this Lazarus Gray volume, it’s on to the crossover novel (title will be announced soon!). And then… I’m going to do something with The Phantom Detective. Not sure if I’ll do a short or a novel but I’ll probably offer it to Airship 27 first since I’ve been so neglectful in doing anything for them in so long. If they pass, I’ll see about Pro Se or someone else. More details on the PD project as it develops, obviously.

Our artwork today is by the amazing George Sellas and will appear in the fourth volume of the Lazarus Gray series — Satan’s Circus. George draws a mighty appealing Samantha Grace, doesn’t  he?