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A Spooky Time of Year

hands.jpgHalloween is almost here and the crisp bite of Autumn is definitely noticeable in my neck of the woods.

I just got a hardback copy of The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3 and it’s a beauty. This is the first time I’ve seen one of my books in hardcover – well, some of the anthologies I’ve contributed to have had hardcover releases but this is my first solo work that’s gotten the treatment.

Work continues on the tenth volume of Lazarus Gray – closing in on 30,000 words. I might take an extended break from Lazarus after this. I’m not tiring of the character, it’s just that volume 7 is the last one to see print from Pro Se and having three full books in the can is a bit silly. I think I’ll wait to write more until at least volume 8 is in print!

The Johnny Dollar collection from Moonstone should be the next book of mine to come out – I have no idea when The Second Book of Babylon will come out from Pro Se. Soon, I hope.

Once I’m done with this book, I’m not sure what to work on next. I have a new female hero in mind that I might do something with… or there’s Nature Boy, a character that Pro Se recently got the license for. I find him interesting and plan to pitch something once they open up that anthology. I might also do something with the AC/Femforce characters… heck, I have a fully written Lazarus Gray/Nightveil/Gravedigger book that needs to see print at some point! There’s a lot of material out there waiting for publication!

Hope everyone has a nice, spooky time tomorrow – and save some of that candy for yourself!

 

A New 5-Star Review!

Jose Rivera posted a new review of The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume 3 over at amazon.com. He gave it 5 stars and titled his review “A Fitting Finale!” Here’s what he had to say:

We’ve come to the end of Barry Reese’s Gravedigger trilogy. After finishing it, how do I feel? If we’re talking about the book itself, it had a little of everything: we had a fantastic set of villains, a death I honestly did NOT see coming, the origin of The Voice and the judgment both Charity and me as the reader was dreading since the first book. I wasn’t sure how this book was going to end but I was more than satisfied when it was all said and done. How do I feel about the trilogy as a whole? It was amazing because I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Gravedigger has always been a wild card in terms of Reese’s work. She’s certainly more violent than her half-sister or anyone at Assistance Unlimited. The supporting cast was fantastic, especially in this book.

While it’s bittersweet to know this is the last of these stories, I do love that Mr. Reese has left so many things open that he can return to these characters in other places if he so wishes.

If you’ve read the first two books or just a fan of Barry Reese’s work in general, please do yourself a favor and pick this up!

Thanks for the kind words, Jose! I had a really fun time writing Charity’s adventures and I’m glad you felt this was a nice resolution to the trilogy.

The (fictional) women of my life

Rachel-Weisz-rachel-weisz-120258_800_1101I’m mostly known for my male creations — The Peregrine & Lazarus Gray, for instance — but I’ve spent a good bit of my career writing female leads. The Damned Thing, Rabbit Heart and Gravedigger all feature strong female characters and I’ve also written a couple of stories featuring Nightveil, from AC Comics’ comic book universe. I’m proud of those books, especially since the pulp field is still so testosterone-heavy. New Pulp does have The Pulptress, Elisa Hill and Callie but those are still just a drop in the bucket.

I’ve tried to add to the diversity of characters within the field while not making too big of a deal about it. The Lazarus Gray series not only features Samantha Grace as a major part of the storyline but I also have Eun Jiwon, a member of the team who is both homosexual and Korean. In Gravedigger, we have Li Yuchun, a Chinese American, and Mitchell, a British hero of African descent. I’m not doing this to make any kind of point, really — I simply want to reflect the real world, which the original pulps didn’t always do.

Continue reading → The (fictional) women of my life

Reese Unlimited Updates

Ava Gardner 1Things are always percolating at Reese Unlimited HQ – work continues on the 10th volume of Lazarus Gray, which will take our heroes into World War II. It’s a little strange for me, knowing that you guys haven’t seen anything past volume 7… publishing is a strange beast! You should expect to see 8 & 9 sometime in the first half of 2019 so you won’t see 10 until 2020, most likely.

Gravedigger Volume 3 continues to sell well and all the reviews thus far have been very positive – but there’s only been four reviews! This means that a lot of people have read the book and not shared their opinion… so if you’ve read the book, please post a review somewhere. Even if it’s not positive, reviews help build a book’s visibility!

Sometime soon we should see The Second Book of Babylon released by Pro Se and I’m anxious to see if you guys take to this very odd little novel.  You should also be looking forward to Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age, which will explore what our universe is like in the Sixties.

Once I’m done with Lazarus Gray Volume 10, I’m planning to do something very different from what I’ve been writing for the past few years. It’s still in the pulp realm but I’m ready to move past the supernatural stuff that I’ve become known for.

 

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.