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2013 Is Almost Over!

spirit_darwyncookeIt’s New Year’s Eve and I hope everybody has been enjoying their holidays. I got to spend Christmas with most of my family and since then we’ve been checking out museums, watching movies and generally having a relaxing time. Things start to return to what passes for normal later this week and, as always, I’m sure I’ll get back into the usual routine quicker than I expect.

I’ve started work on the final Lazarus Gray story that will run in Volume Five and I think it’s a big one as it will change the status quo for the entire series. Trust me.

After that, it’s on to the crossover novel!

I was the guest on an episode of Pulped! the other night and it should be released soon. It was a general chat about Reese Unlimited.

Also had a great conversation with Shadow-expert Anthony Tollin and I’ll be trying to line him up as a guest on The Shadow Fan’s Podcast.

I hope everyone’s 2014 will be even bigger and better than 2013!

Our art today is by the amazing Darwyn Cooke and features Will Eisner’s Spirit!

My Favorite Shadow Novels

946458-S253-TheVampireMurdersAs most of you know, I’m a big fan of The Shadow – in fact, I host a weekly podcast entitled The Shadow Fan. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite Shadow novels, so that if you are looking to jump into the series, you’ll have some recommendations about where to start. These are by no means all the great Shadow stories — it’s just a handful that I really love. In addition, there are still Shadow novels that I haven’t read yet — so I might go back and add to this list as time passes.

To be honest, I think it’s a great idea to simply start with the first story and go forward — but that’s not always possible, I know. So here are my favorites, in order of publication:

The Living Shadow – April 1, 1931

The Eyes of The Shadow – July-September 1931

The Shadow Laughs – October 1, 1931

Gangdom’s Doom – December 1, 1931

The Death Tower – January 1, 1932

The Ghost of the Manor – June 15, 1933

The London Crimes – September 15, 1935

The Sledge-Hammer Crimes – August 1, 1936

Crime, Insured – July 1, 1937

The Shadow Unmasks – August 1, 1937

The Green Hoods – August 15, 1938

Death From Nowhere – July 15, 1939

The Golden Master – September 15, 1939

Shiwan Khan Returns – December 1, 1939

The Invincible Shiwan Khan – March 1, 1940

The Prince of Evil – April 15, 1940

Masters of Death – May 15, 1940

Murder Genius – July 1, 1940

The Man Who Died Twice – September 15, 1940

The Devil’s Paymaster – November 15, 1940

The Thunder King – June 15, 1941

The Devil Master – September 15, 1941

Temple of Crime – November 15, 1941

The Book of Death – January 15, 1942

Death’s Bright Finger – May 15, 1942

The Vampire Murders – September 1, 1942

The Black Dragon – March 1, 1943

Wednesday Weirdness

frenz_shadowHowdy, folks!

Just uploaded episode 59 of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast. This week we talk about a 1934 novel (“The Circle of Death”) and the 19th issue of Dynamite’s comic book series. I also get into some of the rumors surrounding a possible Will Murray-penned Doc Savage/Shadow novel and take a look at the October 2013 sales figures for Dynamite’s various Shadow offerings. If you love The Shadow (and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you??), hopefully you’ll enjoy the episode.

Work continues on the current Lazarus Gray story — I’ve introduced a new supporting character in this one and I really, really like her. I’m planning to possibly do something terribly, terribly mean to her, too.

I’ve settled on a title for the big crossover novel that’s coming out in 2014, too, but I’m not ready to share it yet. You guys have already seen the awesome Chris Bastista cover, which brings together The Rook, Gravedigger and Lazarus Gray — now I just have to ensure that the story itself is as good as that cover! That’s no small order, I’m afraid. We’ll also see a brand new menace introduced in this book, one that is big enough to threaten not only our three heroes but all of creation.

Recently, I was deeply honored to get a quote from Michael Uslan for use on my future books. Mr. Uslan is a legend in several fields and his words definitely touched me. I’ve shared them on various social media sites but it occurred to me that I hadn’t done so here. Please forgive me for squealing a bit like a schoolgirl! Here’s what he had to say: “Barry Reese is not only an exceptional author who vividly captures the thrill-a-minute essence of pulp fiction in his work from The Rook to Gravedigger to Lazarus Gray, but he’s also clearly a fan at heart who loves what he’s doing. That passion seeps into every spine-tingling chapter he writes. Bravo!” – Michael Uslan, Executive Producer of all the Batman movies from “Batman” to The Dark Knight Trilogy and author of his memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman.

Wow, right?

And to think that all the great things that have happened to me arose from my love of the great pulp heroes of the past!

Good times.

The artwork that accompanies this post is by Ron Frenz and, of course, shows off The Shadow. My buddy Pat Casey sends me lots of awesome Shadow artwork and this was one of them. Thanks, Pat!

Wednesday Chatter

lazarus_coverIt’s Hump Day! Yes, we’re moving closer to the weekend and I’m very excited about the prospect.

Earlier this morning, I uploaded Episode 58 of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast. This week we talk about the end of Michael Uslan’s Dark Nights limited series and the beginning of the Noir book. I’m definitely sad to see Dark Nights go but I’ll pick up the collection when it comes out and give it a re-read then. Good stuff.

I had planned to incorporate my Sherlock Holmes pulp novella into my established universe but that appears to be on hold. My thinking had been to tie it all into “A Plague of Wicked Men,” a Rook story that appeared in Volume Five of that series. In that story, Holmes makes a surprise appearance and he’s actually the man who defeats The Warlike Manchu. “The Eleventh Finger” would have pitted Holmes against The Warlike Manchu & his followers (collectively known as The Ten Fingers) and given the backstory for why their rematch in A Plague of Wicked Men had such importance. I’m going to have to rework that idea, though.

In the meantime, I think I might work a bit on the fourth story that will run Lazarus Gray Volume Five. As I’ve mentioned before, the fifth book will contain five short stories in a return to the format I used in Volume One. I’m pretty excited about it and I think folks will enjoy it. It’s a deliberate change of pace from the large-scale story that ran in Volumes 2-4. Plus, you’ll get to see Lazarus go toe-to-toe with Ron Fortier’s Brother Bones! A New Pulp classic in the making, I like to think.

For fun, I’m sharing with you today Anthony Castrillo’s initial sketch for what would become the cover to The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume One. You can compare it to the finished product to see how it evolved. Good stuff, eh?

Wednesday Things

Barry_Reese_cover_colWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog!

I finished work on the latest Lazarus Gray short story yesterday — this one is the third of a projected five tales that will make up the fifth volume in the series. So far, so good. There’s a running subplot through the first few stories that will take center stage in the final piece so I’m continuing to build towards that.

Now I’m doing research for this Holmes novella I’m supposed to write. I’m still very daunted by the prospect. I suspect the best thing to do is to simply start writing and not worry about the reception it will receive. If people hate it and my version of Holmes, I’ll just shrug my shoulders and keep writing something else. That’s the only way to do it. Obviously, I’ll try my best to honor the character since I’ve always loved him but I know I’ll never be Doyle and won’t even try. I can only be Barry Reese and hope that’ll be enough.

Uploaded episode 57 of The Shadow Fan’s Podcast today so if you’re a fan of that, get to downloading! This week I review a 1946 novel and two recent Dynamite releases: the excellent Year One # 6 and the not-so-excellent Shadow Now # 2.

Our art today is the color version of Chris Batista’s cover for the upcoming crossover novel. Colors are by Tom Smith.

This one will bring together The Rook, Gravedigger and Lazarus Gray for a major adventure. When will it see print? Well, you really need to read Gravedigger Volume Two & Lazarus Gray Volumes Four & Five first… So it will be 2014 but I can’t say for certain when. Trust me, though, I’ll do everything I can to make it important enough that it deserves to be Lazarus gray Volume Six, Gravedigger Volume Three and The Rook Volume Seven, all rolled into one 😉

Thanks for supporting me and my little pulp adventure universe, guys. I never thought I’d get to write the sort of stories that I loved as a kid — and I hope my enthusiasm for the work translates its way onto the page. See you all tomorrow!

My Favorite Shadow Novels (Updated November 10, 2013)

946458-S253-TheVampireMurdersAs most of you know, I’m a big fan of The Shadow – in fact, I host a weekly podcast entitled The Shadow Fan. Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite Shadow novels, so that if you are looking to jump into the series, you’ll have some recommendations about where to start. These are by no means all the great Shadow stories — it’s just a handful that I really love. In addition, there are still Shadow novels that I haven’t read yet — so I might go back and add to this list as time passes.

To be honest, I think it’s a great idea to simply start with the first story and go forward — but that’s not always possible, I know. So here are my favorites, in order of publication:

The Living Shadow – April 1, 1931

The Eyes of The Shadow – July-September 1931

The Shadow Laughs – October 1, 1931

Gangdom’s Doom – December 1, 1931

The Death Tower – January 1, 1932

The Ghost of the Manor – June 15, 1933

The London Crimes – September 15, 1935

Crime, Insured – July 1, 1937

The Shadow Unmasks – August 1, 1937

The Green Hoods – August 15, 1938

Death From Nowhere – July 15, 1939

The Golden Master – September 15, 1939

Shiwan Khan Returns – December 1, 1939

The Invincible Shiwan Khan – March 1, 1940

The Prince of Evil – April 15, 1940

Masters of Death – May 15, 1940

Murder Genius – July 1, 1940

The Man Who Died Twice – September 15, 1940

The Devil’s Paymaster – November 15, 1940

The Thunder King – June 15, 1941

The Devil Master – September 15, 1941

Temple of Crime – November 15, 1941

The Book of Death – January 15, 1942

Death’s Bright Finger – May 15, 1942

The Vampire Murders – September 1, 1942

The Black Dragon – March 1, 1943

Updates — and a Liberty Girl review!

Liberty Girl
Liberty Girl

Hello, my friends!

For those of you who enjoy the Shadow Fan’s Podcast series, you’ll be pleased to know that Episode 56 is now available for downloading. This week we talk about the news of a tv series based on The Avenger, review “Temple of Crime” (a great novel from 1941) and discuss the upcoming end of The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights series. Hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to me ramble for 20+ minutes about pulp’s greatest crime-fighter.

Liberty Girl received a nice review from Richard Vasseur over at Jazma Online Forum. Here’s what he had to say:

4 out of 5 stars Comments: “The Return” Adopted by Barry Reese and based upon the works of Dennis Mallonee. The story does build up the suspense as you are waiting to have her appear, to return.

A Colonel Jacqueline is attacked by a demonic Nazi stormtrooper, a Daemon Kreuz. This unstoppable creature is pure evil. As Liberty Girl appears and kicks the demon’s butt, you will laugh out loud. You will feel pride and be inspired. Liberty Girl is back.

A proof reader was needed on this book or a better one. There are spelling and grammar errors.

Elena, Liberty Girl as her name is mentioned, the way this story is written it is impossible to not feel awe at her. She may be fifty years out of time but she still knows what she is doing.

The only one who has any doubt in Elena is Elena. Everyone else believes in her.

Liberty Girl does have some interesting foes to face. Zapper a man in an electrical suit haunted by a ghost, also a djinn.

This story ends but it is more of a beginning. Liberty Girl is just starting out again. She is here to stay and the rest of the world better watch out.

“The Devil’s Daughter” By Barry Reese and based upon the works of Dennis Mallonee. Jamie Swanson attends a private black mass party. Jamie is the devil’s daughter and she is now as evil as he. As the Devil’s Daughter engages the Liberty Girl it is a battle between the forces of evil and good. The Devil vs God through these two females. Liberty Girl shines here as she shows just how strong she is and how purely good.

This is a short back up story that is well written and filled with excitement. Liberty Girl is a thrilling woman who inspires all those around her.

Thanks for the kind words, Richard! Sorry you had a problem with the editing with the book — I know that no less than six people looked over the book before publication, on both the Pro Se and Heroic sides. I’m glad that you mentioned Elena’s ability to inspire others as I think that’s really her greatest power — far more important than being able to fly or deflect bullets.

I’ll be back tomorrow, possibly with some exciting news! Stay Tuned!