Reviews!

lg08_samantha_grace_smallA couple of new reviews have been added to Amazon lately so let’s take a look at what people are saying.

First up is Ray Bara with a review of Gotterdammerung:

Great Crossover Story from One of the New Pulp Masters – 5 Stars

Another great work by Barry Reese! I loved seeing all his creations (and then some) in a single volume. I loved the action. I loved seeing the Lovecraftian angle to the plot. I loved his interesting use of time travel. The one thing I disliked was the character he killed off; I hope he rectifies that in a later story. Overall, though, this was another Reese masterpiece. Go read it!

Thanks, Ray! I’m glad you enjoyed it — and the death will be a major plot point in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six, currently scheduled to be released from Pro Se in December 2016!

Bob Deis gave five stars to Legends of New Pulp Fiction:

An amazing and significant anthology showcasing stories by the best writers and artists in the realm of “new pulp”

The editorial pilots at Airship 27 – the prolific writer/editor/publisher Ron Fortier and equally prolific artist and book designer Rob Davis – have played a major role in establishing and promoting the genre of novels, stories and comics referred to as “new pulp.” The list of new pulp books put out by their Airship 27 imprint in the past few years is jaw-dropping. For anyone who is a fan of that genre, or interested in learning about it, their amazing anthology LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION is a must-read. It includes stories by more than 60 of the best writers in the broad and diverse realm of new pulp, plus top notch illustrations by nearly 40 talented artists. This is a massive and significant book, almost 800 pages long. The stories cover just about every niche in the new pulp realm, from fantasy to exotic adventure to neo-noir. It’s the kind of book that is normally a retrospective of a genre, like an anthology of classic science fiction stories. In this case it showcases stories by the writers and illustrators who are creating a new genre that will someday be viewed as classic. You can’t read all the stories in the book in a short period of time. But whenever you’re in the mood for some good, new-fashioned, escapist pulp, you’ll enjoy being able to read one of the stories in LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION. I know I have.

It was an honor to contribute to this collection, Bob. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Our art today depicts Samantha Grace from Assistance Unlimited and is by George Sellas.

Another 5-Star Review!

black_terror_01_smallOur old friend Raven has reviewed Gotterdammerung and he gave it a full 5-stars at Amazon! Here’s what he had to say:

Evil such as the world has seldom seen strikes without warning. Adolph Hitler’s Occult Forces Project, overseen by Heinrich Himmler has succeeded in raising two beings that they cannot hope to control.

Darhoth, the Mother of Pus is the child of Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young—one of the Great Old Ones. With her comes her servant, Vulthar, the Dark and Formless. The two possess the bodies of two members of an expedition to find Valhalla—a search that goes horribly wrong!

Now the Third Reich and the Cthulhu Mythos creatures join into one unstoppable force. But not if The Peregrine, The Gravedigger, and Lazarus Gray have anything to say about it! The heroes join forces, along with The Dark Gentleman and Andre Thierry. Thierry’s time as the Catalyst is technically over, but a new Catalyst has not yet been chosen, and Andre can still pack a wallop!

The battle will be fought on several fronts: Sovereign City. Washington, DC. Berlin. Hy-Brazil. What price will the world have to pay in this clash of Titans?

There are several things I have come to expect from Barry Reese. The first thing is non-stop action. The book starts much like the striking of a match just prior to tossing it into a flammable liquid. Just a touch and the fire explodes into life growing rapidly and engulfing everything. The story begins with a bang and grows until the final climax bursts into fireworks above a world forever changed.

The second thing is colorful heroes and sometimes even more colorful villains. Both are served up here with relish. Barry’s own creations join forces with such heroes as Black Bat, Black Terror, Doc Daye, Fortune McCall, The Heap, and many more. The villains are just as colorful. The Mother of Pus and Vulthar, two servants of the Elder Gods, are joined by Mr. Death, whom I would describe as a mix of Baron Samedi, the Grim Reaper, and the Joker from DC Comics.

The last thing I have learned to expect is to expect the unexpected. I will admit that this one took me totally by surprise. I don’t believe any reader will be really prepared for the twists in this story. You are going to love it!

I give this book five stars plus!

Quoth the Raven…

Thanks, Raven! I always appreciate what you have to say – Mr. Death really seems to have struck a chord with the fans and I’m glad to say that he plays a role in the sixth volume of the Lazarus Gray series, coming out later year!

The Crossover Novel: The Story of the Art

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I started writing Gotterdammerung back in late 2013 and during the course of its creation I had a  number of different artists attached to it. The cover was drawn by Chris Batista, one of my favorite comic artists, and was completed long before the writing was finished. He nailed our three leads perfectly and then Tom Smith added colors to it, making it one of my favorite Reese Unlimited images.

Mark Propst was originally going to do interiors for the book but had to bow out for personal reasons – though he later returned and did some sketches for it. I also considered my long-time collaborator George Sellas, of course, and even had a complete newcomer that would have made his professional debut with some of the interior pieces.

In the end, though, we were lucky enough to snag Mitch Ballard! Mitch has a style that’s clearly influenced by George Perez and that’s hardly a bad thing. Perez is the master of the crossover comic and Mitch brought that sensibility to this, my own little Crisis on Infinite Earths pulp novel. Mitch contributed solo images of Gravedigger, The Peregrine, The Black Terror and Lazarus Gray – and he’s also working on a group Assistance Unlimited shot that will probably appear in volume 7 of that series.

While I hope that the story will find approval from all of my fans, I have no doubt that the artwork will please even the most jaded of pulp readers. Batista and Ballard knocked it out of the park and – along with the excellent design work provided by the Pro Se staff – the book LOOKS gorgeous, no matter how it reads!

 

GOTTERDAMMERUNG!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE ULTIMATE REESE UNLIMITED CROSSOVER NOVEL –BARRY REESE’S ‘GOTTERDAMMERUNG’ DEBUTS!

New Pulp Author Barry Reese has been a noted and innovative author in New Pulp and a part of Pro Se Productions for several years. Creating characters such as The Peregrine and Lazarus Gray and finding new nuances to such Public Domain classics as Doctor Satan and the Black Terror, Reese has carved his own niche out of Pro Se in his imprint, Reese Unlimited. Now the award-winning scribe takes it up a notch with the debut of GOTTERDAMMERUNG, a novel length crossover of the Reese Unlimited universe. 

“Crossovers,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “are nothing new for Barry Reese. With a skill like no other, Barry blends characters no one would ever imagine complimenting each other together in a story like they were meant to be on the same page. But GOTTERDAMMERUNG is next level, even for Barry. To take all his characters, from the three identified as his ‘leads’ to public domain favorites he’s reinvigorated and reinvented, and put them together in the same novel is truly epic. That is the only word to describe this book. This is the Epic that Barry Reese fans, especially myself, have been waiting on since he first put words to paper.”

A terrible evil is about to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world… and only an unlikely alliance between vigilantes, mystery men, and sorcerers has a hope of saving humanity! 

Award-winning author Barry Reese brings together characters from his many pulp adventure series set throughout his Reese Unlimited universe for one cataclysmic tale. Featuring The Peregrine, Gravedigger, Lazarus Gray, The Dark Gentleman, and more! GOTTERDAMMERUNG! By Barry Reese. From Reese Unlimited and Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a stunning cover by Chris Batista, mind blowing interior illustrations by Mitch Ballard and phenomenal print formatting and book design by Sean E. Ali, GOTTERDAMMERUNG is available now at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gotterdammerung-Barry-Reese/dp/1532858566/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461771702&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=barry+reese+gotter and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 15.00.  

The imprint wide Reese Unlimited crossover is also available as an Ebook, wonderfully designed and formatted by Forrest Bryant and available for only $2.99 for the Kindle http://www.amazon.com/G-tterd-mmerung-Barry-Reese-ebook/dp/B01ENZ96FC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1461771702&sr=8-3-fkmr0 and for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/631695.

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.

Current Goings-On

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I’m splitting my time between working on a Peter Pixie novel for Pro Se Press and a new Peregrine story. The latter is going quite well even though it’s been awhile since I’ve written Max Davies and his friends in anything other than a guest-starring role.

Mitch Ballard should be turning in the final images over the next week and then we’ll be ready to go into production on the crossover novel. His interiors, combined with Chris Batista’s wonderful cover, will no doubt make this one of my best looking books — and that’s not even mentioning the fine work done by Pro Se graphic designer Sean Ali!

I also got an update on the Johnny Dollar collection that I contributed to — it’s still coming from Moonstone and I really can’t wait for you to read my story. It turned out quite well, I think.

Comics-wise, Marvel’s newest Secret Wars just wrapped up and I had really mixed feelings about it. I’m just not a big fan of Hickman’s writing. The ideas are interesting but the execution never packs the emotional punch that I feel it should. In this case, the ending given to the Fantastic Four is interesting but overall the series just felt like a lot of sound and fury… signifying nothing.

Our art today is an oldie but a goodie – it’s by Anthony Castrillo

I’ll be back soon, folks.

 

Soon…

OfficeDepot1 copy 2For those of you who have been been breathlessly awaiting the arrival of the crossover novel featuring Lazarus Gray, The Peregrine and Gravedigger (along with a cast of dozens more!), you’ll note that we’re almost at the end of 2015 and it hasn’t been published yet. We made the decision to push it back into January to allow Mitch Ballard a little extra time to complete the interior artwork that will accompany the book.

Mitch has been a favorite on the commissions circuit for many years and he’s doing four pieces for this story – as you can see from The Peregrine piece that’s accompanying this blog post, they’re going to look phenomenal. Everybody at Pro Se is thrilled to have Mitch working on the book!

Don’t worry – it won’t be long now….

The Occult Forces Project

black_terror_03_smallOne of the background elements that has featured in a lot of my pulp adventure stories is the Geheimnisvolles Kraft-Projekt, also dubbed The Occult Forces Project or OFP. Founded in the late 1930s, the OFP was dedicated to utilizing super-science and magic in the name of The Reich and was a subset of The Ahnenerbe. The group had several notable successes when it came to creating larger-than-life figures who spread the Nazi ideals across the globe. Thankfully, they were defeated  at every turn by heroes like The Peregrine and Lazarus Gray. A division of the OFP was known as the Department of Occult Armaments (D.O.O.M.) and was headed by Dr. Meer.

Here are some of the more notable agents of the OFP that we’ve seen thus far:

Silver Wolf – This werewolf agent of the SS named Karl Raider battled Lazarus Gray and The Darkling in 1937 during the events of “Eidolon” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three). He was enslaved by Princess Femi before he had a fatal encounter with The Darkling.

Geist – General Luther Strauss was a graduate of the OFP who encountered Assistance Unlimited in 1937. An accident in Tibet left him with the ability to manifest ghostly powers. Blackmailed by The Darkling, Geist worked as a double agent until his skills were no longer needed and The Darkling killed him. His story is told in “Eidolon” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Three).

Mr. Death – Otto Luther was a sadistic Nazi scientist before being transformed by the blood of The Mother of Pus into the skeletal figure known as Mr. Death in 1938. His madness became even greater than before and he clashed with Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger and The Peregrine during the events known as Götterdämmerung before later teaming with The Torch to combat Lazarus Gray in Transylvania. His body ended up being housed in Lazarus Gray’s super-prison, Tartarus (Götterdämmerung novel and “The Strands of Fate,” The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six).

The Torch – August Hauff was a famous scientist whose body chemistry was altered to the point that exposure to the air caused his body to burst into flame. He had to wear a protective suit that could also project fire – which he could then control via his mind. The Torch was sent after Mr. Death when Otto Luther went rogue and the two of them embarked on a scheme to capture the Eye of Cagliostro in Transylvania. He soon became a prisoner in Tartarus (“The Strands of Fate,” The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six). His exploits took place in 1938.

Heidi Von Sinn This young woman was a pseudo-vampire, afflicted with an enzyme disorder that forced her to consume human blood to survive. She was stronger and faster than a normal woman. Heidi Von Sinn was her codename, assigned to her by a fetishistic scientist who also designed her leather-clad outfit. She was sent to Sovereign City to retrieve a mystic artifact, which led her into a short-lived alliance with an out-of-control Golem. This was in 1938 and depicted in “Tapestry” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Six).

The Iron Maiden – Kirsten Bauer ascended through the ranks of the OFP and gained possession of a deadly suit of armor. An expert in Norse mythology, she was involved in something called Project: Ragnarok, which sought to use ancient Norse relics to boost the power of The Reich. To this end, she pursued the so-called Sword of Hel to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941. Eventually falling in love with The Peregrine’s friend Will McKenzie, The Iron Maiden defected and began using her abilities to help the Allies. Her first appearance came in “The Iron Maiden” (The Peregrine Volume One) and she was a frequent supporting character in the series after that.

The Grim Reaper – Not long after Bauer’s defection, Werner Richter arrived in America. Using the fearsome identity of The Grim Reaper, Richter battled The Peregrine for possession of three crystal skulls that contained tremendous power. These events are shown in “The Three Skulls” (The Peregrine Volume One).

The Black Zeppelin & Sun Koh – Lamar Bane was a brilliant scientist who became involved in the creation of something dubbed The Un-Earth. This project resulted in the creation of a Nazi superman known as Sun Koh. Bane battled The Peregrine, Catalyst (Nathaniel Caine) and Esper (Rachel Winters) in 1942. That adventure was depicted in “Catalyst” (The Peregrine Volume One) and The Peregrine’s encounter with Sun Koh was depicted in “The Scorched God” (The Peregrine Volume Two), also set in 1942.

The Furies – Three beautiful but deadly agents of The Axis Powers, the Furies were created by the OFP. They were feared throughout the world before they embarked on an adventure to locate Sun Koh. They were at his side when his plan to destroy Washington evaporated and all three women were killed. This adventure took place in 1942 and was shown in “The Scorched God” (The Peregrine Volume Two).

Steel Jaw – Albert Speiros was disfigured by a grenade blast but he was given new life as part of D.O.O.M., a subset of the OFP. After the large number of defeats the OFP had suffered, Steel Jaw was one of the few remaining from the original program as of 1942. Unfortunately, he had the misfortune of encountering The Warlike Manchu and during the two’s battle, Speiros was brutally murdered. This was shown in “The Resurrection Gambit” (The Peregrine Volume One).

Baron Rudolph Gustav – An ancient vampire with designs of his own for ultimate power, Gustav was loosely affiliated with the OFP before he gained possession of The Rod of Aaron and attempted to use it to take over the mind of The Peregrine’s wife — who was also Gustav’s reincarnated lover! This exciting battle, which culminated right in front of Hitler himself, took place in “Dead of Night,” from The Peregrine Volume Two. This was set in 1943.

Our art today is by George Sellas and it depicts the horrifying August Hauff, aka The Torch.

Updates

black_terror_01_smallThe crossover novel is in production and will hopefully be out before the end of the year – and I know that a new eBook version of my old Ki-Gor stories will be available soon, as well.

Work is also proceeding on volume six of Lazarus Gray – I’m about to wrap up the third of our stories that will appear in that one. What can you expect? An explosive follow up to the events of the crossover novel, some brand new villains, another battle with Princess Femi, a classic hero joins the ongoing cast and some major changes to Lazarus Gray and his world.

Stay tuned, folks. The best is yet to come.

All Kinds of Updates!

into_darknessThings are really busy lately so I figured I’d update you on a few of the projects I’ve got in the works.

First, the cover to my upcoming novella for A Song of Blades and Heroes game world is presented here today. It’s by Andrea Sfiligoi and I think it’s a gorgeous piece of work! Assuming the Kickstarter gets funded – and it looks like it will – you should see this sometime in early 2016. The world is high fantasy and features intelligent fungi, powerful warriors and lots of the supernatural.

In other words, it’s just my cup of tea!

Also, I’ve gotten a couple of great images that play into Lazarus Gray Volume 6 – one by Ted Hammond and the other from Chris Batista. I’m currently writing the second story that will make up Volume 6 and hope to be finished with the writing of the entire book before the end of the year.

I’m on page 28 of the edits for Götterdämmerung, the crossover novel that features Lazarus, The Peregrine and Gravedigger (plus many more!). Pro Se Press hopes to get this one out before the calendar flips over to 2016.

Once I’m finished writing the current Lazarus story, I have to jump over to do a Warden story and then I’ll be back to finish off Volume 6.

Beyond that… what would folks like to see? Something entirely new? Gravedigger Volume 3? A new Peregrine story?

Let me know, folks!

The Rave Reviews Keep Rolling In!

lg4_frontispiece_smallLongtime reader Pat Casey has reviewed the newest Lazarus Gray volume on Amazon.ca and this is what he had to say as he gave it five-stars:

Lazarus Gray and Assistance Unlimited finally return in five stellar tales in Lazarus Gray Vol. 5.

I have been waiting for months for Pro Se and Reese Unlimited to release this new volume. It was worth the wait!

“The Felonious Financer” introduces us to Wilson Brisk, a wealthy business man who uses his underworld connections in Sovereign City to track down the missing treasure of Hendrik Van der Decken(an infamous pirate). Brisk has financed an incredible air weapon, crewed by a group of top notch female pilots/bodygurads, who come against Assistance Unlimited. What exactly is the treasure? Will it mean certain doom to the residents of Sovereign? You’ll have to read to find out!

“Shadows & Phantoms” has Lazarus Gray on the hunt for Brother Bones, a pulp crime fighter created by writer Ron Fortier. Assistance Unlimited must determine if the Undead Avenger is simply a man taking the law into his own hands, or a true”ghost who walks” on a mission of vengeance. Will Gray join Brother Bones’ crusade to rid Cape Noir of local crime boss Sabastian Hawkes? Will Brother Bones let Assistance Unlimited walk away from Cape Noir unscathed?

“Stare of The Basilisk” introduces a new crime lord in Sovereign City, one who can kill with a simple glance. This masked man tries to unify the various gangs under his rule. Those who oppose him will meet certain death. How will Lazarus Gray face a being who can kill with a blink of an eye? How many will die under the Basilisk’s stare?

“Immortals” ties the book together when Assistance Unlimited butt heads against three beautiful but deadly beings from ancient times. We also see the return of the dark queen Princess Femi, who intends to lead the Immortals to world conquest. Assistance Unlimited is joined by an elder sorcerer who aims to destroy Femi and her cohorts. Egyptian god Sobek also appears, but will he kill Lazarus Gray and any others in his hunt for Femi?

“Wedding Bells” is the final entry in this volume and is more of an epilogue of sorts. Lazarus Gray and Kelly Emerson are ready to tie the knot. How will Assistance Unlimited ensure the safety of Lazarus and Kelly? Grey has made his share of enemies in five volumes!

The excellent cover art is by Chris Batista. “Lazarus Gray -Secrets of The Dead” illustrated story by Reese and George Sellas starts this volume (as it has in volume 3 & 4) with only one other piece of interior art (which may have been used in a previous Gray volume) in the book.

It is unfortunate that Pro Se no longer emphasizes interior art in their pulp printings. These images, when posted online, started the wheels in motion, the chain of excitement that a new Reese Unlimited pulp novel was coming out. They were great for marketing purposes and George Sellas is one damn fine artist! Having these illustrations reminds me of how old pulps had b&w interior art that was done by the best artist in the business. Hopefully we can see Sellas and Reese collaborate together in the future. Their illustrated story shows they work very well together. In fact I would love to see an art book published featuring Sellas’ Reese Unlimited work

Lazarus Gray, The Peregrine, Gravedigger, The Darkling, Leonid Kaslov, the list goes on and on. Barry Reese has introduced characters that can cross over to any media: graphic novels, animation, live action. You name it, it could happen. I’m always entertained by his work and I’m patiently waiting to read Gotterdammerung, his highly anticipated team up novel.

Thanks, Pat! I’m really pleased with the reaction we’ve gotten to the newest Lazarus edition. As for the lack of interior art, Pro Se is a great publisher and they’ve made their decision to (for the most part) move forward without interior art for a number of different reasons. I can tell you that there WILL be some interior pieces from George Sellas in Lazarus Gray Volume Six (which I’m now writing).

Thanks again!