Today’s real world still needs heroes. Barry Reese’s pulp fiction novels force inspiring characters to stand up to darkness.
Escapist fiction commissions a sense of making the world better. The Milledgeville writer’s recent works don’t act as a mirror for our often negative natured society.
Instead, antagonists always draw out the best in pulp heroes.
“The good guy is going to win,” Reese said. “You just have to wait until we get there.”
At this point Reese has been published more than 50 times. A recent personal work, “The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume 2: Die Glocke,” won best novel in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards.
Best novel at the Ark Awards is the closest thing to a pulp genre version of winning a best picture Oscar. He was humbled by the honor.
Cover and interior art raises the pulp genre profile of any work. “Die Glocke” also won Pulp Ark Best Cover and Best Interior Art awards.
Washington-based artist George Sellas collaborates with Reese.
Sellas gets free artistic reign when sent a new story.
“Anytime you can give people a visual representation of something that sticks more with a lot of people,” Reese said.
After winning several Pulp Ark Awards and being an invited pulp expert guest at Dragoncon, Reese has a fan base, which seemed strange years ago.
“When I started writing in 2007, I thought nobody else was doing it. Now there is a new pulp movement,” he said.
The 1930s-based genre interested a young Reese. His father usually left Tarzan and Doc Savage books lying around.
“The covers grabbed me. Before I could read, I was fascinated with these books,” Reese said. “I was that weird kid that could tell you about the forgotten heroes.”
Reese began a professional writing career 10 years back. A big break came suddenly from Marvel Comics after a friend’s referral.