Tag: Nightveil

Two New Nightveil Reviews!

image1Nightveil: The Quiet Girls was released back in October and has been slowly gaining steam as word of mouth has been extremely positive. The past week saw two new reviews go up on Amazon.com so let’s check them out, shall we?

First up is Lou Mougin. He gave it 5 stars and wrote the following:

Well, I enjoyed this one. Barry did a good job in humanizing Nightveil for her first novel appearance, plus giving us a decent supporting character and villain. Woulda liked him to get inside Nightveil’s head a bit more, but this is a good leadoff on ProSe’s AC Comics books.

Next up is Prophecy Jones. They gave the book 4 stars and this was their review:

Another good outing by Reese. The heroine, her sidekick, the villain, and his henchmen are all well done, a kick above standard issue, but it’s the appearances and enigma of the quiet girls that makes this book really worth reading. Who they are and their purpose to the plot make this one of the good ones…

Thanks to both of you! I had a lot of fun writing the story and I’m glad that both of you mentioned not only the supporting cast I created but specifically the ‘quiet girls’ themselves. Nightveil is a really fun character and I’m proud to have been involved with the project!

 

The (Fictional) Women In 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.

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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.

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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.