Reese Unlimited Purchased by Pro Se Productions

sourcebook_cover_smallWhat follows is the press release announcing the sale of my Reese Unlimited properties to Pro Se Productions. For those of you wondering what this means, just know that I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t thought it was a good deal. I’ll still have the ability to write new Lazarus Gray novels (he’s the character nearest and dearest to my heart)… it’ll just be work-for-hire instead of being “mine.” I’ve been privy to some of Pro Se’s plans for this universe of characters and I’m pretty darned excited to see them! I’ll continue writing – and blogging – about Reese Unlimited. The changes are really just behind-the-scenes things – I know that some of these characters are beloved by many readers and, rest assured, they are in good hands.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS PURCHASES AUTHOR BARRY REESE’S ‘REESE UNLIMITED’ PROPERTIES! MAJOR PLANS IN WORKS FOR ICONIC NEW PULP CHARACTERS!

In 2011, Pro Se Productions, then a fledgling New Pulp Publisher, licensed the property now known as The Peregrine, a well known character in the New Pulp Movement even at that time, from author Barry Reese. In eight years, now award winning author Reese has not only continued to publish with Pro Se, a cutting edge independent Publisher of New Pulp and Genre Fiction, but he has become prolific enough that Pro Se gave its first author imprint to his universe, calling it REESE UNLIMITED. Characters such as Lazarus Gray, Gravedigger, Babylon, and many others populate the literary world Reese has created. Today, Pro Se Productions announces the acquisition of all creations, publications, and all rights to concepts created by Barry Reese that are under the umbrella of REESE UNLIMITED.

This is an opportunity,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of and Partner in Pro Se, “that doesn’t come along very often. First, to be associated with a creator of Barry’s caliber for so long and to watch a literal entire fictional universe grow from his work is an honor all by itself. But now, to be trusted with the creative future and success of these worlds he has created, to not only carry on the quality of work Barry has produced, but to be able to expand on it, both with more works from Barry and new projects featuring other writers, honor doesn’t even cover it. Now as a permanent part of Pro Se Productions, we will carry on the legacy Barry successfully started- to make REESE UNLIMITED not just the name of an imprint, but a proven fact. There’s no limit to where these concepts can go.”

Reese will continue as the sole author of THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY, seven volumes published and four more already completed. He will also contribute, by his choice, to future works. In the coming days, Pro Se will make announcements concerning plans and submission calls for a variety of characters in the REESE UNLIMITED catalog, including The Peregrine, Gravedigger, Babylon, and many others. Anthologies and novels are being considered for multiple characters, with the intent to produce 4-6 books a year in the REESE UNLIMITED line.

“All creative people understand that their characters are like children,” says Reese, “and there are very few people on this planet that I would trust with my ‘kids.’ The folks at Pro Se have been like family to me and I definitely feel safe knowing that the various heroes and villains of the Reese Unlimited universe will be safeguarded by the likes of Tommy Hancock. I’m looking forward to continuing my association with Lazarus Gray and I’m eager to see what Pro Se has up their collective sleeves for the likes of Gravedigger and The Peregrine.”

Any authors interested in being a part of the plans Pro Se has for the REESE UNLIMITED imprint, may email Hancock at editorinchief@prose-press.com for further information.

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

Wowza

headphones01So I finished writing the 11th volume of Lazarus Gray the other day and the ending is quite the shocker  – in fact, I refused to spoil it for my publisher, wanting him to have an unbiased reaction to it. He was so surprised that he used some language that I can’t repeat here and he immediately quizzed me about what I had planned as a follow-up. Volume twelve will be entitled “The Life and Death and Life of Lazarus Gray” and will definitely be a series-defining entry. I know that some of you have voiced displeasure with the speed with which the books are being released and I’ve been told that there’s a strong possibility that volume 8 will be out before the end of the year and Pro Se is going to make every effort to get 9 and 10 out in 2020. Plus, there’s a Lazarus Gray/Nightveil crossover book that should be coming out soon.

Some pretty big news will be coming out soon that will impact the entire Reese Unlimited line at Pro Se. I’ll be sure to let you guys know all the details when it’s safe to do so.

Right now I’m uncertain if I’ll jump right into Laz 12 or take some time to work on something else first. I’m honestly enjoying having my schedule free for a few days!

By the way, I’ve returned to podcasting, resuming my old In the Stacks with Barry and LaToya show. It’s a weekly look at all things geeky and pop culture and features a lot of humor between myself and my pal, LaToya. Check it out! There may be even more podcast-related news to come…

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.

 

Satan’s Circus Comes to Town

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One of the most popular characters in the New Pulp Movement returns in an all-new volume from Pro Se Productions. Reese Unlimited, Pro Se’s first author centered imprint, announced today the release of THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME FOUR: SATAN’S CIRCUS.

“Lazarus Gray,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of and Partner in Pro Se Productions, “has definitely struck a chord with readers. He and Assistance Unlimited have crossed boundaries, reaching fans outside of the general Pulp or Genre Fiction niche and that is always good. Barry has a great world he’s built here, one that allows for not only growth of his own cast, but to bring in characters from the Public Domain and other arenas. Also, he has explored some pretty heady themes behind the mask of Pulp Fiction and that adds an extra punch to not only SATAN’S CIRCUS, but to all the Lazarus Gray volumes.”

SATAN’S CIRCUS once again returns Lazarus Gray to the field of battle. The only clue to his identity was a small medallion with the words ‘Lazarus Gray’ stamped on it. He took that name and became one of Sovereign City’s greatest heroes, forming an alliance with other lost souls like himself. Together, they are Assistance Unlimited… and now they face their greatest threats ever!

From Award-winning author Barry Reese comes two pulse-pounding tales of pulp adventure: in the first, Lazarus Gray unites with the mighty Thunder Jim Wade to confront a menace from his past and in the second, the mysterious pair of vigilantes known as The Darkling and Eidolon return in a dark tale that reveals hidden secrets that will shake the world of Lazarus Gray to its very core!

Also included is SECRETS OF THE DEAD, a comic-strip origin sequence by Reese and artist George Sellas, also providing cover and illustrations! Learn the Origin of the man behind Assistance Unlimited.

“Satan’s Circus,” says Reese, “is the culmination of so many plot lines and character arcs… I’ve had the hardest time keeping all of its secrets while waiting for it to go through the publishing process! I’m thrilled that fans will finally see all the payoff that I’ve been promising. I think it’s a pretty rousing adventure and both of the stories it contains are real game-changers for the series.”

THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME FOUR: SATAN’S CIRCUS features cover design and formatting by Sean E. Ali and the upcoming eBooks feature design and formatting by Russ Anderson. SATAN’S CIRCUS is available now in print from Amazon and soon from other outlets. EBook editions of the latest Reese Unlimited volume are coming soon!

For digital review copies of THE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY VOLUME FOUR: SATAN’S CIRCUS, interviews with the author, or further information about the book, contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

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

Thursday!

marilynBack in the office after the holidays, though it’s not a typical work day since my 7-year old son has come to the office with me. Should be an interesting and fresh look at what my day is like.

I started work on the final Lazarus Gray story that will run in Volume Five. It’s off to a fine start and I think people will really have a smile on their face when they read this opening section. Without giving too much away, though, I have to reveal that this book leads up to a major event that takes place int his final story. I’m not 100% sure what that event will be because it could go one of two ways: one would be a “happy” ending and the other would be a big ol’ downer. Both would work with the characters but both would also have major ramifications down the line for the series. I’m honestly not sure how it will resolve itself until I get there. Until then, I’m letting the characters lead me. They’ll work it out all out for me in the end.

They always do.

Anyway, once I’m finished with this story, it’s on to the crossover novel.

Don’t forget that this is Reese Unlimited Month at Pro Se — so you’ll be seeing (and hearing) me all over the place. I’m the guest on this week’s episode of the Pulped! Podcast and I’m recording an episode of The Exploding Typewriter with Perry Constantine and Bobby Nash tomorrow. I’ll keep you guys updated as I bounce around elsewhere as January rolls on. If you scroll back to my post from yesterday, you’ll see that we’re currently giving away the first Gravedigger book right now so it’s the perfect time to jump in to Charity Grace’s adventures.

Hopefully all of this will bring new readers in to my pulp adventure universe. While I’d love to get rich and famous, I’ll gladly accept a ton of readers who enjoy the characters in lieu of such.

But I’ll still cash the checks if they come!

Take care, folks. 2014 is here and it’s big and brash!

To celebrate our return to “normal” posting around the blog, I give you a pleasant image of Marilyn Monroe. You’re welcome.

Reese Unlimited Month Begins!

Happy Reese Unlimited Month! It is the first day of Reese Unlimited Month (what, you mean it’s the first day of something else, too? Wow! Well, that something else must be totally honored to share its first day with Reese Unlimited Month!) A month devoted to sharing the works of Barry Reese and the madcap New Pulp universe he has crafted with the world!

And what better way to start off than to offering a free peek into Barry’s author imprint! For 48 hours only, THE ADVENTURES OF GRAVEDIGGER, Barry’s most recently debuted series, is available for FREE at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/301049!

Just enter PN29D as you check out and enjoy the action and adventure of GRAVEDIGGER by Barry Reese! Free until January 3rd!

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Reese Unlimited Month!

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS PROCLAIMS JANUARY 2014 REESE UNLIMITED MONTH

Pro Se Productions, a cutting edge Publisher of Genre Fiction and New Pulp, announced today that January 2014 would be THE MONTH OF REESE UNLIMITED. Reese Unlimited is the author imprint of New Pulp creator Barry Reese, the man behind The Rook, Lazarus Gray, and Gravedigger, all well known New Pulp characters. Reese is also known for his work with licensed properties, from The Avenger to Liberty Girl and multiple Marvel characters, but Reese Unlimited, Pro Se’s first in house imprint, focuses solely on his own concepts and ideas.

“Reese Unlimited,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Partner and Editor in Chief, “is a wonderfully mad corner of Publishing where Barry’s heroes, villains, and over the top tales can live and grow and continue on. Barry’s characters ring true in so many ways with the concepts of classic heroes, and yet he brings to bear not only a modern relevance, but his own masterful touch to each character and world he creates. Although one of our most popular imprints featuring several best selling titles for Pro Se, we definitely want to make sure everyone gets a chance to experience Reese Unlimited. So much so that we’re kicking off the new year by dedicating the month of January to promoting Reese Unlimited every single day.”

Beginning on January 1, 2014, Pro Se Productions will feature a different promotion daily related to REESE UNLIMITED. Also, according to Hancock, a REESE UNLIMITED product will be given away each day. This will include ebooks as well as signed print editions of Reese’s work, and other specials and items as well. Also, interviews with Reese as well as excerpts from various titles from the imprint will be a part of the promotion.

To follow the daily promotions beginning New Years Day 2014, go to http://prose-press.com/blog/ and/or like Pro Se Productions on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions. A daily press release will be created for each promotion and distributed to any and all available outlets as well.

JANUARY 2014-THE MONTH OF REESE UNLIMITED. From Pro Se Productions.

For more information or to be added to the press release list, please contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at MorganMinorProSe@yahoo.com.

Random Bits of Nonsense

RU Proof r1Welcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

Had a busy weekend at my day job as we did our big fundraiser for the year — ended up netting the second-highest total in the event’s 33-year history so that was nice.  I took the next couple of days off but now I’m back in the swing of things!

The Shadow’s Fan Podcast Episode 51 was uploaded this morning. This week I review a 1939 novel (“The Death Ship”) and The Shadow 2013 Annual from Dynamite Entertainment. It’s hard to follow up on the Michael Uslan interview we aired in our 50th episode but hopefully you Shadow fans will enjoy it nonetheless!

I’m really hoping to finish this Pulse Fiction story for Pro Se this week. It’s had its fun moments but I’m ready to move on and do something else. My hope is that folks who read it will enjoy it enough to want to see more stories with these characters, whether or not they come from me. It’s work-for-hire so there’s no guarantee I’d be involved in their later adventures, which is fine. I just want to do a good enough job to inspire more!

Been jamming out to Haim’s debut album “Days Are Gone.” Great stuff and heartily recommended.

Got a new contract from Pro Se, which would extend the licensing deal I have with them for The Rook and associated characters for another two years. I haven’t signed it yet but I probably will some time today. I had one person say I should shop around and see if I could get a bidding war going for my stuff but that’s not my style. Plus, I’m still waiting to get all my stuff back in print after leaving Wild Cat Books. Doesn’t make sense to leave before all of that is done — besides, it’s not like there’s anybody out there who would treat me better! Pro Se has given me more promotion than most New Pulp publishers do by a long shot and I have the freedom to pursue my own desires for the most part, which counts for a lot. So it looks like Reese Unlimited will live on for a few more years. Everybody say “woot!”

Woot!

This Saturday I’ll be at the Crossroads Writer’s Conference. My workshop that I’m leading will be at 11:30 and if you haven’t registered yet, you can still do so! Here’s how they describe my panel:

Making The Most Out of Murder and Mayhem – Barry Reese

The heyday of the bloody pulps might have been the Thirties and Forties but the movement has gained new legs in recent years with the rise of New Pulp. What is it and why might it be the salvation for small press writers? Award-winning New Pulp author Barry Reese will take you through the ins and outs of the New Pulp world, including where and how you can become a part of it.

Yeah. I’ll be talking about murder and mayhem. Who could have guessed?

I’ll be back tomorrow with more pulpy goodness.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

mellisa_clarke_dark_eyesI informed Ron Hanna of Wild Cat Books today that I wanted him to remove The Damned Thing, Rabbit Heart and Guan-Yin and the Horrors of Skull Island from print. I’ve always been really proud of The Damned Thing & Rabbit Heart but the edits on both books have always been a bit rough and I’m going to be making sure they get a thorough scrubbing before I re-release them. I do plan to keep the cover artwork from the amazing Jason Levesque and he’s given me permission to continue the use of the art in the new editions.The main characters of those two books — Violet Cambridge and Fiona Chapman — are two of my favorite creations and I’m proud to say that the people who have managed to make their way through the books seem to agree that they’re amongst my best works.

As for Guan-Yin, I have no plans to return that one to print — it was always the least popular of my works, garnering some pretty terrible reviews over the years. To be honest, I don’t they were entirely unwarranted, either. So Guan-Yin will probably be gathering dust for the time being. I do hope, however, to put Rabbit Heart & The Damned Thing on the fast-track to publication. I’m not sure if these will be out again in print or if I’ll go with eBook only. I’m also not sure if they will appear via my Reese Unlimited imprint or if I’ll self-publish them, which is something that Mat Nastos keeps urging me to do, lol. really don’t want to get into self-publishing but once these things are edited, I want them back out there for sale ASAP and I’m not sure I want to wait for the Pro Se publication schedule to open up for that to happen.

This does mean if you don’t want to wait for the new editions and you want to get those books on the cheap, you better buy them right this second. They’ll be joining most of The Rook series as out-of-print soon, which means online vendors will be selling them for hundreds of dollars.

Or you could always buy them straight from me, courtesy of the Merchandise link at the top of the blog.

Moving on!

A new episode of Ubergeeks (# 45) went live today — check it out! Cari & I hit up the Orson Scott Card controversy and discuss our Top 5 Movie Quotes.

I was the guest on this week’s edition of Ralph’s Rants, where I was interviewed by the irrepressible Ralph Angelo. I think our discussion went pretty well so check it out!

From what I’ve heard, Gravedigger is still on track for a late March release — which means Lazarus Gray Volume 3 should be arriving in April. I really, really think you guys are going to like these books!

Our lovely model today is one of the primary visual inspirations I had for Charity Grace, aka Gravedigger. Dark & lovely… and very, very deadly. Gravedigger will feature a stunning cover by George Sellas and six interior pieces by legendary artist Will Meugniot!

Publishing Updates, Pulp Ark Awards & The Evil of Leviathan

20120512-185602.jpgI’m now over 5,000 words into the second story for Lazarus Gray Volume Four, which means the entire book is over 43,000 words long at this point. I think it’s going to end up being a great book, carrying on themes I introduce in Volume Three. It also features appearances by Thunder Jim Wade, Doctor Satan, The Darkling, Eidolon and lots more. It’s pretty freakin’ epic, if I do say so, myself. The scary guy accompanying this post is named Leviathan and he’s the central bad guy in the Thunder Jim Wade crossover story (and if you’ve read the story that ran in The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade you’ve already seen some of what Leviathan can do).

I had a conversation with Pro Se EiC Tommy Hancock and got some semi-confirmed dates for things. He isn’t sure if Lazarus Gray Volume 3 or Gravedigger will be out first, but one of them should be here in March. The other will debut in April. Then, in May, we’ll get The Rook Volume Two – Special Edition. So it could be quite the Spring for Reese Unlimited! There was some talk about debuting one of those books in February but Pro Se has another major launch going on in that month and Tommy doesn’t want my book to get lost in that hoopla.

Today is the last day for Pulp Ark Awards Nominations! If you haven’t sent in your nominations, PLEASE do so today. Only those who nominate will get to vote on the final ballot. Whether you vote for me or not (though I hope you do), please send in your nominations and celebrate the works of your favorite writers & artists! All you have to do is send your nominations to proseproductions@earthlink.net. If you want to cast your nominations and votes for me, I’d really appreciate if you nominated Die Glocke for Best Novel, The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two for Best Collection/Anthology and me for Best Author. Don’t forget to nominate George Sellas for Best Cover and Best Interior Art for The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Two! I’d really appreciate it if you guys would take five minutes to submit these nominations — and then you’ll be able to vote on the final ballot!