The Family Grace Gets Reviewed

grace_cvrLongtime reader Jose Rivera posted a review on Amazon.com of The Family Grace: An Extraordinary History. He gave it four stars and labeled it “A Wonderful Primer!” Here is what he had to say in total:

“I’ve been reading Barry Reese’s work for almost ten years. In that time I’ve seen the Grace sisters (Charity and Samantha) and heard about the adventures of other members of their family, but I never got to read them…until now.

The Family Grace is an omnibus of stories dealing with the Grace family and the world of shadows. Sometimes it features a Grace while others and sometimes its tangentially linked to the world of shadows. But you know what’s incredible? It all fits so well! You can read the first couple of stories and have all the context you need for what’s to come later in the book.

There’s a few genres here: we have fantasy, adventure, new pulp and slight horror. If at some point you were ever interested in dipping your toe into the world of Reese’s characters I would HIGHLY recommend this as it is an excellent primer for what you can expect in other works like Lazarus Gray, The Peregrine, Gravedigger, the Dark Gentleman, etc.

Give it a try! You won’t be sorry!”

Thanks, Jose! This was a strange book to assemble as it took many previously published tales from all over the place (several of which were out of print by this point) and put them into a single anthology. If there was ever a second edition of this, we’d have to go back and include a Gravedigger story since she’s a prominent member of the Grace clan that was created after this one was published!

Thanks again!

Swords & Sorcery – The Reese Way!

One of my first literary loves as a kid was Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories. I’ve talked about it before on this blog and it’s still true to this day – nobody writes action prose like Howard. I’ve read nearly all the pastiches, as well, but those are real hit or miss in quality – still, they’re better than nothing, and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of the many comic adaptations, as well.

Recently, I wrapped up the thirteenth volume of Lazarus Gray and wanted to do something different… eventually I decided to revive a character I created for a long out-of-print book published for Wild Cat Books: Grimarr the Viking.

I’m in the midst of writing a collection of short stories starring Grimarr, whose name and backstory have appeared in various Peregrine stories over the years. This time around, though, our Norseman hero will face evil wizards, monstrous beasts, and seductive beauties as he voyages far and wide. For those that don’t know anything about him, he was a proud warrior that was denied entrance into Valhalla by an inglorious death… but the goddess of death gave him the opportunity to return to the world of the living as her agent on Earth. He would become her Sword of Hel and would have the opportunity to build up his resume for another shot at the warrior’s paradise.

I’m not 100% sure when the collection will arrive from Pro Se but hopefully it will be sometime in the next year or two. Until then, enjoy this GORGEOUS Chris Batista image of Grimarr!

Lazarus Gray (Icons Writeup)

Lazarus Gray
aka Richard Winthrop
Created by Barry Reese

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Coordination 5
Strength 5
Intellect 6
Awareness 6
Willpower 6

Stamina 11

Powers
* .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum 4 (Extra: The gun uses silver bullets that have been soaked in holy water. Does 5 damage to supernatural foes)
*Knife 2
*Detect 4 (Limit: Can only be used to track members of Assistance Unlimited – each member has been injected with a radioactive isotope that can be traced by Lazarus)
*Gadgets 3

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Drive (+ 1 bonus), Investigation (Expert + 2 bonus), Leadership (Master +3 bonus), Linguistics (Expert + 2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Medicine (+1 bonus), Mental Resistance (Expert + 2 bonus), Occult (Expert +2 bonus), Pilot (+1 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus), Weapons (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Assistance Unlimited is his family
Associated with Project: Cicada (1941 forward)
Continually reinvents himself

Background

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Lazarus Gray Volume 8 Gets Reviewed!

lg01_lazarus_solo_with_text_smallRay Bara posted a review of the latest Lazarus Gray collection on Goodreads. He gave it 5 stars and had the following to say:

Another sizzling edition of Lazarus Gray and Assistance Unlimited! Once again, Barry Reese shows why he is at the top of the New Pulp scene. He has crafted a wonderful world with Lazarus Gray and his band of heroes. Now into the eighth volume, Reese is cruising through one adventure after another with his spectacular cast of characters. And this time around, he brings back a prior villain (Nemesis), introduces a new villain who is sure to return (Bushido), and brings in a new open source hero (Golden Amazon). All the while, the action does not stop, whether Lazarus et al are battling a monster in the snowy woods, baby-snatching Shamblers in underground tunnels, or aliens in downtown Sovereign. Assistance Unlimited also suffers inner turmoil, with one member being impregnated by magic, and another member leaving the group over philosophical differences with Lazarus. This is another great read from a great author. Read this book and get ready for the next few volumes, which are coming soon!

Thanks, Ray! I’m glad you enjoyed this edition. You’re right that Bushido will return – in fact, keep an eye out for volume nine! I’ve actually written 13 volumes so you should have plenty of Lazarus to enjoy over the next year or two as Pro Se has an ambitious release schedule planned!

Jeffrey Hayes Joins Assistance Unlimited!

ARTIST JEFFREY HAYES LEAVES HIS MARK ON UPCOMING LAZARUS GRAY!

Pro Se Productions, a cutting edge publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, and Reese Unlimited, award winning author Barry Reese’s imprint, proudly announces that noted New Pulp Artist Jeffrey Hayes shall join the ranks of talented artists to provide cover art for one of Pro Se’s most popular characters-Lazarus Gray!

Hayes will be taking his place among four other artists as he takes on cover duties for THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUMES TEN, ELEVEN, and TWELVE.

“Jeff is an artist,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se, “that has brought his own style to New Pulp work he’s done, both for Pro Se and other companies and authors. When the need for an artist for these three books came up, Jeff was my first thought. He is approaching Lazarus with not only his own unique touch, but also a reverence and respect for the style and work that has come before him. I am so excited to see what Jeff brings to this fantastic series!”

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME TEN will debut later in 2020, the other two volumes to closely follow.

For more information on this title, interviews with the artist, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

Art by Jeffrey Hayes

Press Release: Lazarus Gray Volume 8!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOVEREIGN CITY’S PREMIERE HERO RETURNS IN FIRST OF MULTIPLE RELEASES- BARRY REESE’S ‘THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME EIGHT’ AVAILABLE

“The only clue to his identity was a small medallion with the words ‘Lazarus Gray’ stamped upon it….” These words introduced many readers to one of the best heroes in Genre Fiction, created by award winning author Barry Reese. Now, Pro Se Productions proudly presents THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME EIGHT in both digital and print formats.

Lazarus Gray and his team, Assistance Unlimited, face an uncertain future at the dawn of a new decade. New mysteries, new allies, and new foes rise from the ashes of old to challenge this band of heroes as never before…But their greatest crisis comes from within as one of their number stands at a crossroad and makes a choice that may turn friends into foes forever.

Created and written by award winning author Barry Reese, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME EIGHT features stunning cover art by George Sellas. Also included in this volume-SECRETS OF THE DEAD, a comic-strip origin sequence by Barry Reese and Sellas!
The winds of change are keenly felt in THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME EIGHT from Reese Unlimited and Pro Se Productions!

Featuring logo design and print formatting by Sean Ali, THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME EIGHT is available in print at https://tinyurl.com/y2gwdl5f for $9.99.

The continued adventures of this New Pulp icon are is also available as an eBook formatted by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina for the Kindle at https://tinyurl.com/yyct8f7x for only $2.99. The book is also available to Kindle Unlimited members for free.
THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME EIGHT is the first of several new volumes of the adventures of Assistance Unlimited penned by Reese to be released in coming months from Pro Se Productions.

For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies for review, email editorinchief@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.

Ouch!

img_8359The Adventures of Lazarus Gray: The Omnibus Edition received a new review on Amazon and, uh-oh!, they didn’t like it. The 1-star review was titled “Terrible” and was posted by a user whose screen name was Honest. The review is brief but let’s take a look at it:

This is comic book scripts that didn’t sell. Has no idea what noirs is. Waste of money waste of time.

Huh. Well, I can honestly say that the five volumes contained in this omnibus edition weren’t ‘comic book scripts that didn’t sell.’ I also would never describe my work as noir. Lazarus Gray is adventure fiction in the classic pulp sense – noir is something I sometimes dabble in as a fan but never as a writer.

Can’t win them all! Hopefully Honest will find something he likes better with his next purchase.

Bad reviews are always going to come along – you have to develop a thick skin to survive in this business.

End of August Update

It’s been a strange month. Students returned to school and I’m teaching both in-person classes and an online course so things are unusual to say the least.

I’ve been writing a novel that combines the Greek gods with the public domain characters Nature Boy and Nature Girl. I’m about 11,000 words into it and it’s good, I guess. It’s mostly been something that I do when I have free time and I haven’t been too enthused by it, I have to admit. I mean, I love the characters, Gilbert Monsanto did some lovely redesigns for me, and the plot is actually pretty badass… but I’m just not in love with it at the moment.

Pro Se is beginning to tease that the eighth volume of Lazarus Gray might be out next month – it’s been three years since volume 7 so I know a lot of you are anxious to see this one. The series has occasionally featured novel-length tales and collections of shorter works… this one will have five short stories in it and features a new version of Murder Unlimited, a team-up between Eun and Doctor Hancock, and some great new villains. I think you’ll enjoy it. The plan is to release new books every 3 months or so until they’ve caught up with the backlog of books I’ve written.

I’m looking around for something new to catch my muse and excite it… if you have any suggestions for things you’d like to see me write, speak now! I might actually listen to you lol

Timeline of My Pulp Adventure Universe (Updated 8/28/2020)

gravediggerMajor 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 a headless warrior.

Continue reading → Timeline of My Pulp Adventure Universe (Updated 8/28/2020)

It’s the Nature of Things

hands.jpgSo I sent off the thirteenth volume of the Lazarus Gray series to Pro Se head honcho Tommy Hancock today. It’s an exciting story with mummies, crazed sanitarium workers, a dangerous chemical weapon, a guy who has a pumpkin for a head and a whole lot more. Hopefully folks will enjoy it and will get a kick out of the additions to the team, the return of an old favorite, and the debut of a public domain superhero to the universe.

That last bit – the tease about the public domain hero – might lead into a future project. I’d kind of like to write about this character in a slightly different way… a long time ago, I wrote comic-book based fanfiction. I’d post chapters of the stories (labeled as “issues”) and it would be an ongoing work. I’m thinking about doing something similar with this character – maybe even just posting the “issues” for free here on the blog. After enough had been posted, I could accumulate enough for a “trade” and release a print version for folks that wanted to keep them in that fashion. One thing that I’ve gotten kind of burned out on is the long publishing lead that we have… keep in mind that the most recent Lazarus novel was volume 7 and that was nearly four years ago. Since then I’ve written six more volumes! So by posting the serial here on the blog, I’d be able to receive immediate feedback, which would be a nice change of pace.

I’m also thinking about taking my Skip Timeline characters and doing something with them.

For a few days, though, I’m taking a break. I’ve written pretty non-stop for years, taking only a day or two between projects. I’ve earned a vacation!