Timeline of my pulp adventure universe (updated 12/09/17)

lg6_02_small_bwMajor 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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Updates & Stuff

harley_readingWelcome back, my friends! As always, things are percolating behind the scenes. I finished off the AC Comics/Reese Unlimited crossover this week and sent that off to Pro Se for their approval. I imagine they’ll have to pass it on to AC for their feedback, as well, so I have no idea when it will be on the publishing schedule.

Speaking of which, I approved edits on Gravedigger Volume 3 ages ago and recently did the same for The Second Book of Babylon so I imagine that both of those will be appearing before too long (though we may be looking at 2018 as ’17 is coming a close very quickly).

So what am I working on currently? Well, I’m still about halfway through the eighth volume of Lazarus Gray — the crossover, in fact, is set between the second and third stories of volume 8! I don’t think Pro Se will let me slip the crossover into that volume, though… I’m pretty sure you’ll get it as a separate adventure. Anyway, that means I *could* work on Laz but at the moment I’m actually doing prep work for a new story that is going to be part of a shared universe with a bunch of fantastic authors. I don’t think I’m allowed to give any more details than that… if the first stories from all of us are well received, the universe might become an ongoing thing but I’ve learned to never count my chickens before they’re hatched. At the very least, you’re going to get one story out of me — but I’m hoping for more!

We still have zero reviews for Nightveil: The Quiet Girls. Surely someone out there has read it… if so, please post a review somewhere and let me know when it’s available! I’ll give you some nice promo here and link back to your blog if you host the review.

Our image today is of the amazing Margot Robbie, in her role as Harley Quinn.

It’s Been a Banner Year!

71a83a70-33b2-4e9c-89be-b9a98cf8220eWe still have quite a few weeks left in 2017 but it’s ended up being one of my more productive years, at least in terms of publications. I’m not sure if we’ll see anything else released before the end of the year but so far I’ve had the following books published:

Those five books come from a total of four different publishers, too, so I’ve done a decent job of spreading myself around! It’s an interesting mix, too, because three of those books feature characters that I did not create — I.V. Frost is a revival of a classic pulp hero, Captain Action is a pulp-style reinvention of the action figure and Nightveil is a longtime member of the Femforce, one of the longest-running female-centered comic books in the world.

I’m proud to have contributed to all of these books (the Frost and Restless titles are anthology collections) and I hope that if you’ve bought them over the course of the year, you’ve enjoyed them. There’s still a chance that the third volume of Gravedigger might join the above before 2017 comes to a close but we’ll have to cross our fingers on that one.

 

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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A Fun Little Thing…

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To the left is an image by Mark Propst, showing some of the heroes of my Reese Unlimited imprint in a fantasy story where they’d be teaming up with the Justice Society of America and The Invaders, all united against a cosmic cube wielding Red Skull! It’s an homage to Justice League of American # 209.

I really love it and appreciate Mark taking the time to do it. Hope you get as big a kick out of it as I did!

Reese Unlimited to cross over with AC Comics!

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS’ REESE UNLIMITED AND AC COMICS CROSSOVER ANNOUNCED

AC Comics, one of the longest lived and popular independent comic companies in the industry, and Pro Se Productions have teamed up to bring AC’s characters to life in prose adventures! The first such work, a digest novel by Barry Reese, NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS, is due for release in a matter of days. Pro Se Productions announces today that not only will Barry Reese, the creator of the Reese Unlimited imprint, return to the world of Nightveil, he will do so by bringing AC’s mystical heroine face to face with his own characters, Lazarus Gray and Gravedigger!

“As a longtime fan of Nightveil and the entire AC Comics line,” says Reese, “it was an amazing honor to get to write the character in THE QUIET GIRLS. Now to have the opportunity to cross Nightveil over with my original creations…! Words really can’t describe how excited I am about this project. Believe me when I say that I’m trying my best to make fans of all these characters happy with the end product.“

The as of yet untitled crossover title will appear in early 2018. NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS will appear in coming days and more AC works are in process, including works by Bobby Nash and Gary Phillips, as well as anthologies spotlighting various characters.

“This crossover,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “is just an opportunity at greatness too awesome to pass up. To have Bill Black’s Nightveil not only in the more than capable hands of Barry, but to actually have Barry’s own creations fight side by side with her makes for a near perfect storm of New Pulp and Super Heroics. As both a professional and a fan, I am on the edge of my seat for this book.”

The AC/Reese Unlimited Crossover will feature a stunning cover by George Sellas.

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.

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