Tag: Gravedigger

Gravedigger Carves Up a 5-Star Review!

IMG_2098ChickJ is back, having posted a review of the third Gravedigger book over at Amazon.com. He gave this one 5 stars and this is what he had to say:

An excellent ending to this trilogy. I love seeing The Dark Gentleman showing up. This time there are lots of new ideas but the characters you love are evolving. A few surprises this time. To get the full impact you really need to read the whole series. It is worth reading, a must for all pulp lovers.

Thanks for the review! I remember you gave book 2 only 3 stars so I was pleased to see that you felt the final book was a satisfying completion to the series. I definitely wanted to push the characters forward since this would be the last time you would be seeing most of them. Glad it felt like I succeeded.

Our art today is one of the interior pieces from Gravedigger Volume Three – the artist is the incomparable Chris Batista.

Two New Reviews

thumbsupA couple of new reviews went up on Amazon recently – one very positive and one not so much. First up is Chick J, who has reviewed other books by me in the past. He reviewed the second volume in the Gravedigger series and gave the book 3 out of 5 stars. Here’s his review:

I am a big fan of Barry Reese. Love his Peregrine and Lazarus Gray series. This time, the story just seems to wander. It seem like I read all this before. I hope the next one is better.

Sorry the book didn’t click with you, Chick. I thought the second book was a good one but I’m a bit biased! Hopefully you’ll try the third book and see an improvement. Thanks for the review!

The second review covered Restless: An Anthology of Mummy Horror, which I contributed to. This reviewer was anonymous but he or she did give the book 5 stars and wrote the following:

Engaging collection of stories of mummies from Flinch Books. Nice decision to avoid focusing solely on the typical Egyptian Universal Horror-style pyramids and pharaohs mummy. More action/adventure with a touch of the supernatural vs. horror. Look forward to reading more from this new publisher.

I was proud to be a part of this book and I’m glad to see it getting some love!

Various Things

equalizer_two_ver2Went and saw The Equalizer 2 this weekend and it was a nice dose of New Pulp. Parts of it really reminded me of the old Charles Bronson Death Wish movies, in fact. If you enjoyed the first movie in this series, you’ll like this one, too – the plot for this film seems a little less focused than last time around but there are a number of great character scenes in this one so I think it all balances out. Personally, I’d enjoy seeing a third installment in the series.

Finished off a short story last week that brought together a number of public domain characters that have appeared in my Lazarus Gray books. It turned out pretty well, I think, but I’m not sure if I’ll do a second story with them or not. We’ll see. Tommy Hancock named the group and I plan to give him the blame for anything that you may not like when you finally read it.

I’ve started work on the 10th volume of the Lazarus Gray series, which will be entitled LAZARUS AT WAR. It starts off with a dark day in American history and I’m sure that most of you can guess what day of infamy I’m hinting at.

The third book in the Gravedigger series has been selling well – if you’ve read it, please leave a review over on Amazon or Goodreads, or both. Even if you didn’t like the book, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on it.

Timeline of My Pulp Adventure Universe (updated 7/18/2018)

lg01_lazarus_solo_with_textMajor 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.


Friday Update!

Gravedigger_06_smallSales have been brisk on the new Gravedigger book and all the feedback I’ve received so far has been very positive. I’ve gotten several questions about whether or not I’d want to write more books about the other Gravediggers from throughout history – or even the modern day version, whomever that might be. The answer is that I have plenty of ideas for such things but I don’t have any immediate plans to do so. Right now I’m working on a short story featuring The Black Terror, The Golden Amazon, The Fighting Yank and Olga Mesmer – it’s set right after the 9th Lazarus Gray volume. Once I’m done with this, I have a story I started based on an idea from Jim Beard and I’m also tempted to start the 10th book of Lazarus Gray… and I have a few other ideas, as well. We’ll see what happens.

Reading (and enjoying) THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King. It’s the best thing I’ve read him in a long time but I’m only halfway through the book so there’s still time for him to disappoint me!

Comic-book wise, I can’t recommend DOMINO from Gail Simone and Marvel Comics enough. Great stuff!


Another Rave Review!

The new Gravedigger book continues to score positive reviews! FunTony47 posted the following on Amazon:

Thanks to the three year time limit imposed by The Voice, we find Charity and friends still kicking butt but also preparing for her judgement. Nope not gonna spoil the fun. Read it to find out how she did, redeeming her soul.

Once again we get lots of action as well as plenty of lopped off body parts. Kind of sad for me as I have really enjoyed this series.

Hoping Mr. Reese will let us peek in as Charity helps The Voice choose the next to hold down the Gravedigger identity. Maybe Charity can pop up in future books. He says to keep an eye open so I will.

Overall great book and a fitting conclusion to Gravedigger.

Thanks so much! I love Charity and I’m glad you liked the wrap-up. Will we see stories of other Gravediggers? Time will tell…

Our art today is by Will Meugniot and comes from Volume One.