Two New Reviews

rabbit_heart_newFuntony47 has returned, posting two different reviews on Amazon.com. This time around, he took a look at Nightveil: The Quiet Girls and Rabbit Heart. Let’s see what he had to say about Nightveil first:

Can’t wait for the next adventure! 5 stars

Once again Barry Reese gives us a great character whom we can love. An intricate plot that does not lose you in the twists and a story you want more of. Not a part of his Lazarus Gray universe yet I for one would love to get more from this new one. Eagerly awaiting new entries in this universe where it seems the superheroes are actually superheroines! Awesome story about the possible end of the world by a demonic entity seeking, even more, power through an ancient artifact. No spoilers in here must read to find out the details! And very definitely a MUST READ so sit back and enjoy!

Thanks, Tony! I had a blast writing this book – if you haven’t sampled Femforce or the other titles from AC Comics, I definitely recommend looking into it. They’re fun, old-fashioned superhero books with an emphasis on visually appealing female heroes. I was honored to write Nightveil, she’s a wonderful character.

Now, on to his review of Rabbit Heart:

Barry Reese unleashes his dark side! 5 stars
The surprises never seem to end in this book. This is NOT your normal Barry Reese adventure yet it is still an incredible tale. Seems like Barry has a dark side he has been hiding or maybe it has been caged and unable to have free reign. Either way, we get much more violence and gore. Still very well crafted with memorable characters including one known to those who have read The Peregrine books. Honestly a book I would love to see much more of from him!

Thanks again, Tony! Rabbit Heart was definitely a different style for me but it was intended to be that so I guess it worked quite well. I wanted to go all out in terms of sex and violence — and it seems to have really clicked with some readers. I always say I might return to Fiona Chapman’s story someday… who knows?

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.

The Immortal Princess Femi

lg03_femi_smallA good villain can make all the difference.

With The Peregrine, most of his enemies were dead and buried by the end of each adventure, though he had a few (The Warlike Manchu, for instance) who made return appearances. When I created Lazarus Gray, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do with the series was to create a series of recurring villains. I wanted him to have a vibrant rogue’s gallery that could return again and again.

But which of his enemies stands above the rest? If our hero is defined by his villains, which of those foes is his dark mirror?

Obviously, Lazarus Gray has Walther Lunt, his former mentor. Lunt was a major force in Volumes One and Two but his death in 1936 (“Die Glocke”) has yet to be undone so aside from casting a looming shadow over the series, he hasn’t been a physical force since then.

So is he really Gray’s arch-enemy? I think he still qualifies but I do think honorable mention must be given to the immortal Princess Femi.

Continue reading “The Immortal Princess Femi”

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.

 

The Quiet Girls Are Ready to Make Some Noise

image1FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS’S FIRST AC COMICS NOVEL- ‘NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS BY BARRY REESE DEBUTS!

She was one of America’s greatest heroes in its darkest days… She is now the world’s most powerful and alluring sorceress….. And She is working her magic in prose in the debut of her first digest novel-NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS!

By arrangement with AC Comics and Nightveil Media, Pro Se Productions brings Nightveil- and the AC Comics Universe- to life in prose! One of the longest lasting independent comic innovators, AC Comics breathed new life into super hero tales by reaching into the Past to blast into the Future! Now Pro Se Productions ushers in a new chapter with its AC COMICS Imprint, debuting with NIGHTVEIL!

“This,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “has been a long time coming and, now that this first digest novel is here, there is so much more ahead, not just for Nightveil but for nearly the entire AC Comics pantheon.  Bill Black and everyone at AC that we’ve worked with on this have not only been phenomenal, but they add a whole new energy to what we do, in a very positive way.  And Barry, the architect really of this relationship between companies, was the perfect and only choice to pen the first work of many to come.  Fan favorite characters. New adventures in prose. This is what Pro Se is all about!”

A mystery spanning decades rears its head in the modern day, plunging Nightveil on a globetrotting adventure that poses a threat not only to her immortal soul but to all life on planet Earth! Will her magic be enough to save the world again? Find out in NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS by award winning author Barry Reese! From Pro Se Productions.

Featuring a stunning cover by John Nadeau, a Blue Bulleteer interior image by Bill Black, logo design by AC Comics, and print formatting by Antonino lo Iacono and Marzia Marina, NIGHTVEIL: THE QUIET GIRLS is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Nightveil-Quiet-Girls-Barry-Reese/dp/197923261X/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509379563&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=night+veil+the+quiet+girls and Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com for 9.99.

The first entry in the Pro Se/AC Comics collaboration is also available as an Ebook designed and formatted by lo Iacono and Marina and available for only $2.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076ZDGYYK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509381413&sr=8-2&keywords=nightveil+the+quiet+girls. The ebook is also available for free via Kindle Unlimited for members.

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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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.

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.

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