The Peregrine Omnibus Volume Three!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – POPULAR NEW PULP CHARACTER SOARS ONCE MORE!

THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE NOW AVAILABLE

Award Winning Author Barry Reese created a character that many consider the penultimate of New Pulp creations- Max Davies, now known as The Peregrine. Pro Se Productions and Reese Unlimited, the author’s own imprint, are proud to announce that The Peregrine’s original adventures are now all back in print with the debut of THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE in print and digital formats.

“Finally,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se Productions, “the entire collection of PEREGRINE stories is back in print and in a three volume omnibus set. These tales are a cornerstone of New Pulp and now readers old and new can enjoy the thrills, twists, and explosive characters that Barry has created in newly edited volumes. Barry has definitely planted his own indelible mark on Genre Fiction with The Peregrine.”

“Where the Good is Swallowed by the Dark… There the PEREGRINE Shall Plant His Mark!” New Voices guide the Peregrine through dark dreams and savage foes! Max Davies has pursued an ongoing mission of justice and vengeance guided by dark dreams and violent visions that compel him to don the mask of THE PEREGRINE. The creation of award winning Genre Fiction author Barry Reese, the amazing adventures of the Peregrine have been devoured by a loyal audience who await Max’s next adventure in the ever expanding REESE UNLIMITED universe. 

THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE brings together an all star line up of New Pulp’s finest who lend their distinct voices to the narrative of Reese’s signature hero. Fly into action with Reese, Bobby Nash, Ron Fortier, Mike Bullock, Tommy Hancock, Percival Constantine, Russ Anderson, David White, Sean Taylor, Adam Lance Garcia, and James Palmer in THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THREE!

Featuring an awe inspiring cover by legendary artist Norm Breyfogle and cover design and print formatting by Sean E. Ali, THE PEREGRINE OMNIBUS VOLUME THRE is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-Three-Barry-Reese/dp/1537773623/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474471045&sr=8-1&keywords=peregrine+omnibus+three and Pro Se’s own store at http://www.prose-press.com for 30.00.  

This final volume of the PEREGRINE omnibus series is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Forrest Dylan Bryant for only $4.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/Peregrine-Omnibus-3-Reese-Barry-ebook/dp/B01LYVR6CR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474471045&sr=8-2&keywords=peregrine+omnibus+three and for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/666956.

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Gravedigger Gets A New Review!

Gravedigger_06_smallNew Pulp author Percival Constantine was nice enough to leave a review for the Kindle edition of The Adventures of Gravedigger Volume One. Here’s what he had to say:

Ever since I read Reese’s Rabbit Heart, I’ve been looking forward to seeing him tackle more female heroines. There are some similarities between Rabbit Heart’s Fiona Chapman and Gravedigger’s Charity Grace, but ultimately they are both very different characters.

The mythology behind the Gravediggers is so far what I find most fascinating about this new character. I think it was a mistake to include appearances from both the Rook and Lazarus Gray in this book as I was hoping this would be more for establishing Gravedigger as her own character. In the author’s note, Reese does provide a legitimate reason for why he included them, but I still feel having those two appear took something away from Gravedigger’s debut, and those appearances would have been best left for the next book.

That being said, this is still an enjoyable series of adventures and I hope we’ll see more of her in the future.

4 out of 5 stars

Thanks for the kind words, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed the book but I’m sorry that the guest-appearances by Lazarus Gray and The Peregrine (formerly The Rook) detracted from the story for you. I really wanted to establish the three of them as the core of my pulp adventure universe and having them play off of one another was important to me — Volume Two focuses much more on Charity and her associates, though, so you may find that one more pleasing!

There are some obvious similarities between Fiona Chapman and Charity Grace, as you pointed out, and I like to think that Charity embodies that same archetype that Fiona herself does. As mentioned in Rabbit Heart, she’s definitely a “hot chick with a sword” but I like to think she’s much more than that, as well — just as Fiona was.

Thanks again for the review!

Our art today is by Will Meugniot.

New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To Borrow

I’ve done a number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier. EDITED: This one will actually be happening, as Brother Bones will guest-star in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and for those of you who haven’t read the Gravedigger debut novel yet, you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… if you have read it, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

Short But Sweet

rook_perry_constantine_smallDon’t have much time this morning as I have a number of things to do before driving to a meeting — but I did want to let you guys know that I received the new artwork I’ve been teasing you all about. Drawn by Chris Batista, it’s a wonderful image featuring Lazarus Gray and the rest of Assistance Unlimited. I’ll let you see it soon, I promise!

Worked some more on the novel on Friday and hopefully I’ll add some more to it tomorrow — but the weekend was filled with family business and today is going to be just as busy.

I’m on the lookout for more guest blogs so if you know of someone who you’d like to see take the controls for a day, let me know. Heck, perhaps even you would like to share something with the folks out there? If so, just drop me a line and we’ll work something out.

Our art today is courtesy of George Sellas and features the Ian Morris Rook, who operates in the early 21st century. Percival Constantine did a great story featuring him in Tales of The Rook Volume One! Check it out, if you haven’t already done so.

A longer entry tomorrow, I promise!

From the Vault: New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To… Borrow

I’ve done a number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier. EDITED: This one will actually be happening, as Brother Bones will guest-star in The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five!

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and for those of you who haven’t read the Gravedigger debut novel yet, you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… if you have read it, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

Tales of The Rook, Pulp Comics & More!

img-thingRead the second of the submitted Tales of The Rook stories last night (this one was by James Palmer) and it really rocked. This volume should be quite interesting, in that we have a couple of classic Max Davies tales, one starring his daughter Emma and another set in the far future, where the legacy of The Rook is being reborn. The first book was focused almost entirely on the ‘classic’ Rook, with the exception being Percival Constantine’s Pulp Ark nominated short story, which starred the Ian Morris Rook. This one will really show the full range of The Rook’s little slice of my pulp universe and that’s a good thing, I think.

The section of New Pulp that’s based in the comic book world continues to grow. I’ve been doing reviews of Dynamite’s Shadow series, as well as the crossover title Masks, over on The Shadow Fan Podcast but there’s a lot more out there. Dynamite has seemingly replaced Moonstone as the New Pulp publisher of choice, with series devoted to The Shadow, The Spider, Tarzan, John Carter and (soon) The Black Bat. They’re also pushing Miss Fury as a pulp title, given her placement in Masks. Obviously, she was never published in pulp mags back in the day but they’re going with the broader definition of pulp. Most of these books have been very good and certainly better than the abomination that was First Wave. Now, they’re not *perfect* (as listeners of my podcast know, I’m not too keen on certain elements of Dynamite’s Shadow revival) but I’m enjoying them nonetheless. I would never encourage anyone to buy something “just to support it” — comics are way too expensive for that. But if you love pulp, I would say “try them.” If you like them, give them your hard earned dollars. If you don’t, you gave it a fair try.

I’ve been getting several sketches from George Sellas in recent days, which will be pieces designed for The Rook Special Edition Volume Three. As always, they are *gorgeous*. He sent me the cover sketch last night and I’m seriously in love with it. Give me a couple of days and I’ll provide you with a sneak peek.

People keep asking when Reese Unlimited next release will be out and my answer is still the same — I’ve been told that March, April & May are the three months where your budget’s going to be stretched thin. Either Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon or Gravedigger will be out in March, followed by the other in April. May will see The Rook Special Edition Volume Two. I realize that volumes 3-6 are not available in eBook format at present and unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the Special Editions to be rolled out in order to get them. I’m hoping that by the end of 2013, you’ll have Volume 1-4 all back in print. Fingers crossed….

 

Pulp Ark Nominations Are In!

20121216-085725.jpgThe 2013 Pulp Ark Nominations have been released and I’m proud to say that I’m represented in several categories. In fact, I have a total of six nominations! Thank you to everyone who took part in the nominations process and I’d like to remind you that you have until March 1, 2013 to vote on the final ballot. Here are the nominations that I received:

Best Novel – Die Glocke

Best Collection/Anthology – The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two

Best Short Story – “The Hellmouth” (The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade)

Best Short Story – “The Killing Games” (Tales of The Rook)

Best Short Story – “Making of a Hero” (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two)

Best Author

In addition, I would like to congratulate George Sellas for his nominations in these categories:

Best Cover Art (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two)

Best Cover Art (The Family Grace)

Best Interior Art (The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two)

Best Interior Art (Tales of The Rook)

Not to be overlooked, Percival Constantine’s “The Curse of Baron Samedi” was nominated for Best Short Story (Tales of The Rook) and Bob Hall got a nomination for Best Cover Art for Tales of The Rook. Congrats to all!

New Pulp Characters That I’d Like To… Borrow.

The most recent Lazarus Gray story that I wrote (which will appear in Volume Four) teamed up Lazarus Gray with Thunder Jim Wade. I’ve done a  number of team-ups and crossovers but there are still a few that I’d like to get my grubby little hands on.

Brother Bones – I think having Lazarus Gray visit the undead avenger would be a lot of fun. At first, I thought about The Rook & Bones… but for some reason, I think a Lazarus team-up with be more fun. Brother Bones was created by Ron Fortier.

Dillon – People have been asking for a Dillon/The Rook team-up for years. Given the longevity of The Rook’s career, I think it would be easy to pull off. Dillon was created by Derrick Ferguson.

Sgt. Janus – I’d want to pair Gravedigger with this character… and I know that none of you have read the Gravedigger debut story yet, so you’re probably wondering why I think they’d be perfect together. But trust me… after you read the first Gravedigger book, you’ll all be going “Oh my, yes, that would be perfect!” Janus was created by Jim Beard.

Elisa Hill – This modern day Myth Hunter would be fun to pair up with Fiona Chapman (from my Rabbit Heart novel). While Elisa’s adventures aren’t the gore & sex-fests that Fiona’s are, both are kick-ass young women with a penchant for getting into occult adventures. Having Elisa uncover the existence of the Furious Host would be quite interesting, I think. Elisa was created by Percival Constantine.

There are certainly other characters out there that I’d enjoy writing (and two of them, Fortune McCall and Doc Daye, I should get to, eventually) but those four are the ones that I can see crossing over my characters with most easily. What do you guys think?

From the Vault: New Pulp Mash-Ups

I’m currently reading The Golden Vulture, a Shadow novel originally written by Lester Dent and later modified by Walter Gibson. The notion of a Dent/Gibson collaboration is enticing, isn’t it? Couple that with news that Josh Reynolds and Derrick Ferguson have co-written something called The Vril Agenda and you have the wheels turning in my head. I’ve never done much in the way of co-writing, mainly because I’m A) Too much of a control freak and B) I tend to write a lot faster than my collaborators. But it is a notion that’s crossed my mind a few times.

It led me to think about switching up characters, too — inspired by having Doc Savage’s primary author borrowing Walter Gibson’s Shadow. So I figured it would be fun to take some New Pulp authors and “assign” them to other people’s characters. So here’s what I came up with:

1. Chuck Miller’s The Black Centipede by Derrick Ferguson. Derrick writes great action stories but the Centipede would be something different for him, focusing as it does on Lovecraftian horror and real-world mysteries. I think it would make for an interesting read.
2. Tommy Hancock’s YesterYear by Jim Beard. Jim has quickly made a New Pulp name for himself and I think he’d have the perfect sensibilities to write stories in Tommy’s superhero universe.
3. Ron Fortier’s Captain Hazzard by Lee Houston, Jr. This Doc Savage pastiche is a fun character who straddles the line between pulp and comic sensibilities — and Lee has shown with both Hugh Monn and Project Alpha that he’s capable of mixing both of those into a frothy mix.
4. Joel Jenkins’ Dire Planet by P.J. Lozito. The Dire Planet series is a John Carter-style planetary romance… while PJ Lozitio’s pulp debut was the smash hit Sting of the Silver Manticore, which mixed elements of The Shadow with a few other pulp heroes. I’m really curious to see how P.J.” s style would translate into what’s almost another genre entirely.
5. Derrick Ferguson’s Dillon by Nancy Hansen. Nancy is probably the # 1 pulp fantasy author right now — so seeing her handle a he-man pulp hero like Dillon would be a hoot.
6. Lee Houston’s Hugh Monn by Andrew Salmon. Andrew is a writer of varied genres but he’s done quite a few Sherlock Holmes’ tales. I’d like to see him take a crack at a hardboiled alien P.I. like Hugh Monn and see if his ability to craft solid mysteries would function in a wildly different setting.
7. Jim Beard’s Sgt. Janus by Percival Constantine. Again, this would be about seeing how an author would do with a character unlike the ones he’s known for. Percival writes wonderful modern day pulp heroes that are infused with a 21st century mentality. Could he take on a Victorian ghost buster and handle it well? I think he could — and it would be fascinating to see!
8. My own Lazarus Gray by Adam Garcia. I’m very protective of Lazarus and crew but I think Adam could take Assistance Unlimited for a great spin. He’s shown us with the Green Lama and other stories that he’s an awesome writer so I’d love to see what he could do.

You guys have any dream mash-ups?

By the way, our art today comes from the incomparable George Sellas and features a villain from The Rook Volume Two.