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And Now… Monday!

emma-watson-elle-2011-8_thumbA new week begins, my final one at work for 2013. I’m excited about the Christmas break and looking forward to spending a lot of time with the most important people in my life. I’m going to be trying really hard to finish the current Lazarus Gray story before I go on break but we’ll see how it goes. Once I’m finished with this one, I’ll be one story away from finishing off Volume Five.

And then?

Götterdämmerung!

Yep, the crossover novel starring Lazarus, The Rook and Gravedigger will take center stage on my work schedule. I’m looking forward to it and I have some plans that should please longtime followers of my shared universe.

The Single Shots line from Pro Se is a great idea, I think — I hope all of you read the press release I posted yesterday. I know that some of you have already read those stories but there will be new releases on the way, as well — things that have either never been printed before or have fallen out of print. Might you finally see my old Grimarr or Ki-Gor stories back in this form? We’ll see.In the meantime, be sure to recommend these to friends as a great low-risk way to sample New Pulp, both from me and from others.

Edits are currently ongoing for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Four: Satan’s Circus, which means that it will soon by slotted onto the Pro Se publishing schedule. Can’t wait for you guys to read this one, as it wraps up so many plot threads that have run through books two and three. I know I’m biased but it’s pretty damned epic!

On the reading front, I’ve been going through a number of new comics and greatly enjoying DC’s Forever Evil event. My favorite crossover since Blackest Night (2009). We also ventured out to see the new Hobbit movie and I really enjoyed it — I think I prefer the first movie just a tiny bit more than this one but I’d still heartily recommend it. Great fun.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the new best seller list — hope your favorite ends up on top!

Another Author Q & A

EmmaWatson-HarryCrowder03Every now and then I let some of the questions I’m asked pile up so I can answer them all at once. The first set of questions were answered here.

Here’s the latest batch! And if you want to play along, just send me a question by replying here or through Facebook!

Will we ever see a Leonid Kaslov novel?

This is probably the most common question I get asked. From the moment my “Russian Doc Savage” appeared in the The Rook Volume Two (“Kaslov’s Fire”), people have wanted more. I did use him in several later stories in The Rook but I’ve never come up with a plot that was worthy of spinning the character off into his own adventures. Originally I had planned to do him as his own thing — in fact, much of “Kaslov’s Fire” was meant to be a Kaslov novel. When I hit a wall with it, I decided to fold it into a Rook story I was working on. In the end, it became one of the best Rook stories I’ve ever written and definitely one of the most popular.

Never say never… but I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to doing a Kaslov solo adventure. Sorry.

Do you plan to do any sword & sorcery stories?

I did a couple, actually. Both featured a Viking warrior named Grimmarr and they were published in Tales of the Norse Gods. It was an anthology issued by Wild Cat Books. The first one was really good — the second I wrote in two days when the editor said they were one story short for the book and couldn’t I help them out… It’s not bad for having been written in 48 hours! The character (and his sword) have since been mentioned in various Rook stories and he gets another shout-out in Lazarus Gray Volume Five that I’m writing right now.

No plans on more s&s in the near future, though.

What are you favorite Rook covers?

Hmm. Tough one! I really like Storn Cook’s cover for the Wild Cat edition of volume one, Norm Breyfogle’s vampire cover for Wild Cat’s volume four edition… and the George Sellas covers for the volume two and three special editions are amazing! Those four are probably my favorites.

How are you so prolific?

I type really fast.

Well, that’s not the only reason — though it helps! I’ve always been a quick writer. I don’t obsess over plot details (as many of you have pointed out! lol)  as I get an idea and just GO. I believe in the pulp mindset: You write. You write a lot. You finish a story. You move on to the next story. Don’t bug me about small details because I don’t have time for them, I have another story to write.

Just keep going. Always.

What comic book characters would you like to translate to prose?

I got this question after doing a Shadowman story for Kindle Worlds. I have a few from various publishers that I’d consider:

DC – Batman, Challengers of the Unknown, Doom Patrol, Kamandi

Marvel – Moon Knight, Agents of Atlas, Captain America (wartime adventure)

Valiant – Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Doctor Mirage

I think those are the main ones.

Have you ever tried to get the license to write XXX?

I removed the character’s name because it’s never a good idea to talk about such things in public. All I’ll say is: Yes.

On a podcast interview you said that you wrote two endings to The Damned Thing. Will we ever see the other ending?

Probably not. When writing the novel, I was torn between two endings — one that was “happier” and one that was “oh my god, you just ripped my heart out, you soulless bastard!”. I talked over both of them with my wife and she helped me pick one. I think it was the right one and nobody’s ever come up to me and said they loved everything but the ending, so it seems to have worked out.

For the record, what you got was the “happier” ending.

Keep those questions coming!

Another Day, Another Blog Post

emma_watsonIt’s a Tuesday and I’m wishing I were still snuggled in bed. Alas, there are things to do — so I’m up and at my desk, writing this little missive for all of you. Aren’t you lucky? 🙂

Had a nice phone conversation with one of the higher-ups at the pulp publisher I teased you about yesterday. We talked about the project I’m doing for them and some potential multimedia expansion of same. I always take such possibilities with a huge truckload of salt — there are so many things that could derail the best-laid of plans. I try to just focus on my part of it — the writing — and let the rest shake itself out.

Work continues on the second volume of Gravedigger. I crawled past the 17,000 word mark yesterday and I think the entire thing is shaping up to a real winner of a story. For those of you who read the first book, you’ll know that The Voice warned Gravedigger about the coming of “The Other,” a sort of dark reflection of Gravedigger. Well, in this book you find out who that person is… and they’re a figure straight out of classic mythology. Yes, just as I played with the Headless Horseman in the first book, this time around, I’m pulling someone else from folklore — this time from a much older myth. I hope people find it interesting.

My plans for the future look like this: try and finish Gravedigger volume 2; then do a second story for Lazarus Gray volume 5; then do this mystery project for my mystery publisher (not sure I can share the details as of yet); then back to Lazarus Gray.

Of course, I’m sure that those plans won’t stay in place for very long. My muse might carry me into another direction or some publisher might come calling with a new project, deadline attached.

Once I’m done with all of *those*… I don’t know. Maybe it’s time for something different. Maybe I’ll try and dip my toes back into Pulp Obscura or seek out a new publisher for something new to do. I like to mix it up but whenever I do, I end up yearning to be back with my own creations.

I found this lovely picture of Emma Watson today and was enchanted by it. She’s very photogenic and I absolutely love the black and white images of her — timeless and beautiful. Hope it brightens your mood a bit.

Monday Morning Musings

emma-watson-in-w-magazine-july-2013-02Welcome back to Ye Olde Blog! I have a number of things to share with you this morning so let’s get underway, shall we?

I’ve been splitting my reading time between Inferno by Dan Brown and Intimidation Inc. by Walter Gibson. Two very different writers but I’m enjoying both works. I took a week off from doing The Shadow Fan Podcast last week so I hope to get a new episode up in a day or two.

I now have a tumblr account, which you can access at barryreesepulp. So far, I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing with it. I have my blog here and a Facebook page and a Twitter account so it’s not like I have a shortage of places to share my opinions. Nevertheless, I now have a tumblr, which so far I’m using to share pictures of my own work and other things that I just really like. We’ll see if it sticks around.

I hope to finish the Lazarus Gray story I’m writing in a day or two, which will let me then go back to finishing off this weird west tale I own Mechanoid Press.

Got my copies of The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible and it’s a gorgeous book. An amazing honor to write this hero a second time. I grew up loving The Avenger and he’s still right up there with The Shadow as my favorite pulp hero… now, if I could only get my grubby little mitts on The Shadow, I could die a happy man, pulp-wise.

So, I did two blog postings last week dedicated to DC’s obscure hero Pariah. A few folks responded positively but from the hits to my site on those days, i think it’s safe to understand why DC hasn’t given this guy his own solo series yet. But I do like the character and enjoy the opportunity to focus on some of my obscure loves on Wednesdays. I could keep up this Characters I Love column for another ten years and never scratch the bottom of the barrel. The Saturday Matinee thing is started to become a chore, though, as I’m running out of easy ideas for it. Any suggestions for it would be appreciated.

Our image today is the lovely Emma Watson, who has been doing some very glamorous modeling sessions as of late. She looks like she’d fit right into one of my pulp adventure novels, doesn’t she? In fact, she looks more than a little like Samantha Grace of Assistance Unlimited!