The local fiction extraordinaire submitted material for Ghost Rider and Blade good enough to be hired the next day. Reese spent three years working for Marvel.
His best-seller was a Spider-Man book that sold 48,000. An encyclopedia of Marvel characters netted the most monetary reward.
Reese also developed stories for Moonstone Books, which allowed him to take on the Green Hornet and the Avenger characters.
Working under strict license guidelines has positives and negatives. Getting to write plots for a favorite pulp hero is wonderful, but these works have a defined story bible.
Personally created novels and short stories keep Reese more in tune.
“With my own stuff there is a lot more freedom. I get to take more chances with my work. It’s more explicitly me,” he said.
That freedom grows with each successful book.
“I’m not one of those people who plan out a lot of stuff,” Reese said. “The more I outline I’ve found the less fun it is. I feel like I’m transcribing as opposed to creating.”
Reese’s writing process is built around his characters like the popular Lazarus Gray. The 1930s hero washed up in fictional sovereign city with no idea of his identity.
A medallion with the name Lazarus Gray serves as a rebirth starting point. In the first book Gray finds out his true identity while warding off evil.
The award winning “Die Glocke” is the first of a trilogy that Reese has already completed. Gray’s third adventurous installment debuts this May.
A contract with Pro Se Productions provides royalties from each copy sold.
Pulp novels don’t make him rich, but the love of history and the genre make everything worthwhile. A Twin Lakes Library System director day job fills the gaps.
Visit barryreese.net for pulp updates or book orders. His works are sold locally at Middle Georgia Cards, Coins and Comics as well as online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
To view or purchase the Neighbors feature page published in the print edition, visit http://unionrecorder.smugmug.com/buy/25684023_DKg5s5/2409556324_7CXBWRP/
Click here to subscribe to The Union-Recorder print edition. http://tinyurl.com/6qdm4oj
Click here to subscribe to The Union-Recorder e-edition and view this full article. http://unionrecorder.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx