Joseph Lamere is a lifelong pulp fan. His first stories were about Sherlock Holmes Jr. (His mom still has them in a box somewhere; ask her). At eight years old he discovered Doc Savage and, after hearing Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast fell head over heels for the radio Shadow. (Later he discovered Walter Gibson’s novels).
To his dismay Lamere was sidetracked in the eighties by forays into hair metal. He’d like to say he spent the nineties in an absinthe haze, but that would be myth making. He lives with his beautiful wife Emily and two equally beautiful daughters, Ella and Sofia. They don’t seem to mind that Daddy spends an inordinate amount of time in the basement, clacking away on the laptop and trying to keep up with the shadowy conspirators with whom he collaborates.
Lamere writes every day. In the old days he used to write on legal pads and a hand-me-down Olivetti typewriter; his children don’t know what a typewriter is. When he tries to tell them they just shake their heads and laugh. They do that a lot actually.
Lamere’s love affair with pulp coalesces in his character DIOGENES RA, a pulp/comics/movie fanboy who is half-fiction on his father’s side. DIOGENES RA makes his living pulling fictional characters into our world. A rogues’ gallery of slinky dames and lantern-jawed tough guys fill in RA’s Dramatis Personae. DIOGENES RA travels between our world and the world of fiction, trying not to lose his way.
Lamere’s influences are wide-ranging, from Stephen King to James Joyce; from Ross MacDonald and Jim Thompson to Lord Byron and Robert Towne.
Lamere lives and writes in Illinois.
Pro Se Productions Introduces A Series that Breaks All The Rules of Genre Fiction! Discover the real world of fiction in Author Joseph Lamere's debut novella "Dramatis Personae:Public Domain"! The Truth isn't stranger than Fiction. Truth is Fiction! For your whole life secrets have been kept from you. Science and history books have gotten it wrong. They only tell part of the story. Maybe someday these books will be rewritten, but only if Diogenes Ra's secret gets out. If you only knew what Diogenes Ra knew. He knows something the rest of us don't. Fiction is real. All your favorite characters exists, their stories overlapping in one grand, timeless narrative. Diogenes Ra can access that narrative. For the right price he will even bring your favorite fictional characters here to our world. But they can't be gone long. They have to get back to their stories in time for you to read them or watch them on TV. Diogenes Ra believes he alone possesses the ability to pass unchecked between this world and the one we mistakenly call fiction. He's about to find out he's wrong. DRAMATIS PERSONAE: PUBLIC DOMAIN by Joseph Lamere! The first of a fantastically imaginative new series from Pro Se Productions!
Half Human. Half Fiction. All Action and Adventure. Diogenes Ra, Joseph Lamere’s breakout character of 2013, returns in DRAMATIS PERSONAE: CHARACTER FLAWS.
Diogenes Ra is using his unique talents as a half-fictional character, working for an auction house that deals with the disembodied consciousnesses of famous--and infamous--fictions. Up for sale is the consciousness of Praed Pontine, so-called Master of Detection and heir to the memories and inner workings of the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. Security is tight. Tensions are high. All the most famous thieves of the past half-century are on hand, looking for weak spots in the security.
When the auction goes awry and Pontine's consciousness winds up in the hands of a master thief named Baffle, Ra has to travel into fiction's past in order to catch him. This time he has company: the implanted "back seat driver" who calls himself the Narrator, the voice of conscience which has issues of his own.
While visiting fiction's past Ra crosses paths with his father, Seamus the Shamus, a trans-temporal collision that has unforeseen consequences for them both.
DRAMATIS PERSONAE: CHARACTER FLAWS sees Joseph Lamere’s extremely popular concept return for a second volume. In a world where a man can be both real and fictional, human and character, anything can happen. And usually does to Diogenes Ra. Mystery, drama, action, and humor all come together in the follow up to DRAMATIS PERSONAE: PUBLIC DOMAIN. Find out more than the denizens of your fiction ever wanted you to know about them in DRAMATIS PERSONAE: CHARACTER FLAWS by Joseph Lamere and from Pro Se Productions.
WHEN THE SHADOW SEES THE SUN is the realization of a concept of a brilliant creative mind that recognized certain things in himself, dark things. Things he thought he might not overcome. He conceived this idea, partly in jest, but more in earnest desire. A book focused on creative souls who experience depression and struggle with horrors that they exorcise by putting them to paper, but just can’t always let go of that way. He wanted there to be a book out there for creatives (and others who might benefit) by creatives to address the struggles so many endure and to offer ways to cope, to deal, and to move on. To overcome. Logan L. Masterson lost his battle with what plagued him on March 29, 2016. And this book, his idea, is now a reality, to help bring to light the issues creative souls do endure, many similar to anyone else, some unique to our own little family. All proceeds from this book will go to a variety of charities, local as well as state and national, to promote suicide intervention and prevention as well as to assist with working through and surviving depression, with a focus being on those who are artists, writers, performers, etc. affected by this. In these pages, authors John G. Hartness, Tim Byrd, Ernest Russell, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Mark Bousquet, Thomas R. Skidmore, Nikki Nelson-Hicks, Andrea Judy, Scott Hancock, Joe Hilliard, Herika R. Raymer, Melinda LaFevers, Alexander S. Brown, Joseph Lamere, Lee Houston Junior, Ethan Nahte, Kristi King-Morgan, Jason Holmes, Lou Mougin, Judy Wall Crump, Mark Steinwachs, Nancy Hansen, Chuck Miller, Aaron Smith, I. A. Watson, Neth Williams, Ellie Raine, Lisa Collins, Tommy B. Smith, H. C. Playa, Sean Taylor, M. B. Weston, JC Crumpton, Gordon Dymowski, J. H. Fleming, Jef Hewitt, and Jim D. Gillentine tear open their souls for you to read. Introduction by Julianna Robinson. Cover by Adam Shaw. And make no mistake. This book is about and because of Logan L. Masterson.