“LOVECRAFTIAN” AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!

H. P. LOVECRAFT’S WEIRD TALES REIMAGINED AS ONE GRAND SINGLE UNIVERSE EPIC!

“Every Lovecraftian will find something to enjoy in it.”
S. T. Joshi (I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P Lovecraft, The Evolution of the Weird Tale)
“Its scope is as dazzling as its tone is chilling.”
Matthew J. Elliott (Lost in Time and Space, Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit)
“This cerebral and well-crafted novella is eerie and exciting. A return to the kind of horror that gets under your skin and stays there, wriggling its way into your brain.”
Rafael Nieves (Nosferatu, Forgotten Lore)
“Breaks borders into new territory with magnetic style and chilling grace.”
Justin Beahm (The Justin Beahm Radio Hour, You Can’t Kill the Bogeyman)

My novel Lovecraftian: The Shipwright Circle has just been released by Caliber Comics and is available on my Amazon author’s page!

Lovecraftian is a new series that weaves classic Lovecraft characters like Herbert West and Randolph Carter and weird tales like “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Colour Out of Space” into one single universe modern narrative.

Miskatonic Library (C) 2019 Michael Botticelli

The first novel in this series introduces the eponymous Shipwright Circle, a gaggle of scholarly and creative friends at Miskatonic University at legend-haunted Arkham, Massachusetts.

Among the Circle’s members is brilliant but neurotic research student Randolph Carter, who is on a ghastly personal quest, following clues in the fabled Necronomicon to a lost necropolis and a shunned house where ghastly secrets lurk beneath its cellar.

Meanwhile math whiz Walter Gilman delves into the bloody mysteries surrounding the infamous witch Keziah Mason with help from enfant terrible Richard Upton Pickman,  poet/occultist Edward Derby, and charmer Asenath Waite of Innsmouth.

Arkham at Night, (c) 2019 Michael Botticelli

And finally medical student Herbert West’s inhuman experiments in reanimating the dead take an unexpected turn as a monstrous plague descends on Arkham and a cannibal man-beast rampages through its streets.

Lovecraftian: The Shipwright Circle also features four incredible illustrations from phenomenal artist Trey Baldwin — who is currently collaborating with me on the first new H. P. Lovecraft’s Worlds story in over 20 years, a comics adaptation of Lovecraft’s Shadow Over Innsmouth — and an eye-catching cover by Manthos Lappas. (And if Michael Botticelli’s 3-D art of The Miskatonic University Library and the city of Arkham caught your eye, you can check out more of his work on Michael’s ArtStation site.)

Two of Trey Baldwin’s illustrations for Lovecraftian: The Shipwright Circle. (c) 2019 Trey Baldwin.

But The Shipwright Circle is only the beginning of the Lovecraftian goodness! The mystery and horror will continue in The Whippoorwill Clutch, and I will be posting about this second novel in the series as well as the upcoming Shadow Over Innsmouth adaptation here.

In the meantime you might enjoy passing the time with the two-volume H. P. Lovecraft’s Worlds graphic novels as well as the anthologies H. P. Lovecraft’s Reanimator Tales (which includes creepy illustrations by Terry Pavlet and a new Herbert West short story by me) and H. P. Lovecraft: The Early Stories (which boasts several eerie illustrations by a host of artists along with a spiffy new cover by David Hartman).

 

 

 

 

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HENRIETTA HEX AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK

HENRIETTA HEX: SHADOWS FROM THE PAST is available in paperback!

Co-created with Komikwerks co-founder Shannon Denton, HENRIETTA HEX is an Actionopolis Middle Grade novel starring Henrietta Hecks, a twelve-year-old girl who discovers she is able to interact with the dead after moving to the small Maine town of Spooks Hollow. Henrietta must learn how to harness her new gift if she is going to have any hope of saving her new town from an evil spirit bent on vengeance. If Henrietta can enlist the aid of the dead she may just save everyone in town from joining the afterlife at once.

Do you love SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU?  Do you love THE MONSTER SQUAD? Then you are going to love HENRIETTA HEX!

HENRIETTA HEX: SHADOWS FROM THE PAST is also available in a Kindle edition.

To read more about HENRIETTA HEX and how I modeled the character on my daughter Katie, click here.

Promo photos of Katie Scarlett Jones as Henrietta Hex (all photos by Lisa Jones).

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Happy Memorial Day 2019

Make it a safe Memorial Day Weekend, everyone, and please take time to say a prayer as well as remember those we’ve lost who sacrificed everything for America.

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The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate & The Art of Sherlock Holmes

Are you ready for The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate coming up this Saturday May 25? I hope so, because I’ll be defending the classic 1959 Hammer Studios adaptation of The Hounds of the Baskervilles and I could use your support!

Have certain Sherlock Holmes adaptations gone too far? We’ll find out as 25 Sherlockians defend such films and television programs as the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes series, Young Sherlock Holmes, The Great Mouse Detective, Sherlock, and Elementary.

It’s all part of the celebration of the release of the new illustrated anthology The Art of Sherlock Holmes: West Palm Beach from MX Publishing, the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. This anthology features my Sherlock Holmes pastiche “The Case of the Petty Curses” with an original illustration by Robert St. Croix. (See below for a peak of Robert’s awesome illustration.)

The Debate as wells as the AOFSH book are raising funds for some great causes as well as helping to broaden the appeal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works to new audiences.

The Event

May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm GMT+1

Join us for a special Sherlock Holmes event being hosted from Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and now the home of Stepping Stones School. One hundred guests will join us in person with 400 additional tickets for fans to join online from around the world – online fans will be able to participate in the debate by live chat.

The event is available through one of its headline sponsors, Zoom, so you can join the Debate from anywhere in the world. Tickets range from £2 (approximately $2.60 USD) to have a go at the Sherlock Holmes raffle (see below), £5 (approximately $6.50 USD) for an online Debate ticket via Zoom, or £10 (approximately $13 USD) for a seat at Undershaw to personally join in all of the action.

All times are Greenwich Mean Time +1:

6.45pm – Welcome and intros
7.00pm – The Art of Sherlock Holmes
Live from the Ann Norton Studios in West Palm Beach. Meet the fifteen artists that created incredible pieces of new Sherlockian art for The Art of Sherlock Holmes anthology and get an exclusive LIVE first look at their art.
7.30pm – The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate 2019 – “Have We Gone Too Far?”
Sherlock Holmes holds the world record for the character portrayed most on the silver screen – but have we gone too far? Sherlockian experts from around the world have 90 seconds to defend a particular Sherlock adaptation. Besides myself there will be Lyndsay Faye, Bonnie MacBird, Amy Thomas, Mattias Bostrom, Jay Ganguly, Mary Platt, Dan Andriacco, Derrick BelangerJanina Woods and many more.
8:15pm – “The Deductionist” Performing Live
Ben Cardall is the United Kingdom’s leading deductionist and will be performing live. Anyone who has seen Ben in action will know that it is impossible to guess what treat he will have in store for us – except that it will be amazing.
8:30pm – Sherlock Holmes Raffle
Prizes include:
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Steven Philip Jones at MSP Comic Convention 2019!

I have said it before and I will say it again: I wait all year for this!

It’s time again for MSP ComiCon in Minneapolis/St. Paul!  The dates are May 18th and 19th at the Minneapolis State Fairgrounds.

You don’t want to miss it!

I’ll be selling graphic novels and novels including Comics Writing, DraculaHeroes & Horrors, LovecraftNightlingerSherlock HolmesTalismen, and Tatters. I will also have news about the new Art of Sherlock Holmes book.  Hope to see you there!

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Steven Philip Jones at Independent Comix Expo, Cedar Rapids

Face front, y’all! What better way to celebrate the release of Avengers: Endgame then visiting the Independent Comix Expo in Cedar Rapids on April 27? I’ll be there along with a host of pretty dang nifty area indy creators, including Iowa’s own comic book treasure Phil Hester!

It all takes place at NewBo Market (1100 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA  52401), which, for anyone who knows me, knows that’s near my old stomping grounds, so this is going to be a special treat for me! Make it even more special by stopping by and saying, “Howdy!”

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: WEST PALM BEACH

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY AUTHOR INTERVIEW FOR THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES!

Fifteen Sherlock Holmes authors meet fifteen artists.

This is the premise for THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: WEST PALM BEACH, the first in a series of unique, new illustrated anthologies coming this May from MX Publishing, the world’s largest publisher of Sherlockian books.

And I am proud to say that one of those writers is me.
The brainchild of noted Sherlockian author Phil Growick (The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson), THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: WEST PALM BEACH presents original works by some of the finest artists from one of the world’s most vibrant creative communities, such as political cartoonist Pat Crowley, muralist Eddie Mendieta, landscapist Lupe Lawrence, and collagist Bruce Helander. These works reflect a story by a leading Sherlock Holmes writer like Mark Mower (A Farewell to Baker Street), David Marcum (Sherlock Holmes – Tangled Skeins: Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson), Mike Hogan (Sherlock Holmes & Young Winston: The Deadwood Stage) and Nick Cardillo (The Feats of Sherlock Holmes).

Each volume of THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES will be a full color hardcover coffee table book available in a standard edition with a standard grade of paper and a special edition with ultra-grade of paper. It will also be available as an e-book.

The release date for the standard edition of THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: WEST PALM BEACH is May 22 and the special edition is May 25.

Both editions are now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Sherlockholmesbooks.com:

Amazon Standard Edition     Amazon Special Edition

Barnes & Noble Standard Edition     Barnes & Noble Special Edition

Sherlockholmesbooks.com Standard Edition     Sherlockholmesbooks.com Special Edition

Ten percent of the net profits of THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES will be donated to the following charities:

Happy Life, Nairobi, Kenya
http://happylifechildrenshome.com

Stepping Stones School, Surrey, England
http://www.steppingstones.org.uk/Stepping-Stones-is-growing/

The American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org

Activities promoting the release of THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: WEST PALM BEACH begin May 10 with a gallery exhibition of the anthology’s art pieces at the Ann Norton Sculptor Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida. More activities follow on May 25 that include a launch party at Undershaw (former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – now Stepping Stones School) and a live feed to the gallery exhibition to see the art and meet the artists.

Want to keep up with these and future events for THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES? That’s easy! You can follow along on Twitter at @ArtofSherlock or at The Art of Sherlock Holmes Facebook Page where you can read the latest posts, sign up for the AOSH newsletter, watch creator interviews, and more.

Finally, if you are an artist who thinks this sounds like the kind of project you would like to join, there is still time to make a submission for the second anthology:

Future anthologies will feature artists from art communities throughout the world, and you can find out more by clicking here.

That’s all for now, but stay tune for more news about THE ART OF SHERLOCK HOLMES!

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Where’s Jones?



Wow, is it 2019 already?

I would like to apologize for not posting much on the website lately, and to let you know that it may be a little while before my next post, which hopefully will be news about a project that I’ve been working of since late spring of 2017, one I think a lot of you will enjoy. I’m afraid that’s all I can say for now. Until later, have a great start to the new year and be good to each other.

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STEVEN PHILIP JONES AT M AND M BOOKS!!!

I’m going to be at M and M Books helping them celebrate Small Business Saturday this Saturday, November 24, from 3 to 5 PM! There’s no better way to wind down from a weekend of early Christmas shopping than checking out the fine books to be had at this great shop … oh, and dropping by and saying howdy to yours truly!

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Harlan Ellison Schools Your Host

Amazing what you find when you Google yourself.

For over thirty-five years I’ve told the story about how Harlan Ellison took me to task in print for mistaking one of his short stories in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as an autobiographical reminiscence about a writer friend from the early days of sci-fi fandom. This story concludes with this writer friend passing away and earmarking some of his estate to Ellison to create a retreat for struggling writers in the process of launching their careers. Or something like that. Anyway, I wrote Ellison to inquire how to apply and he rebuked me in the January 1981 installment of a column he was writing for Future Life. To say I was surprised to see my name pop up is an understatement. The rebuke is understandable and far less acerbic than might be expected from Ellison. It also made for a cool although trivial story, but I have never been able to find my copy of that article again to show people, leaving some to ask, “Are you sure you really saw that?”

Turns out this problem was rectified for me with the 2009 publication of An Edge in My Voice, a collection of Ellison’s essays from 1980 to 1982. Ellison isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I would argue he was one of the most entertaining authors of essays and introductions as well as one of the most vociferous champions of the comics medium from the middle to late 20th Century.  I heartily recommend this collection, and, if you do peruse it, you’ll find this snippet:

See.  I told you. 😉

I’m tempted to do a little creative editing to transform some of Ellison’s words into a blurb for my next book: “Sincere and talented and wonderful!” But I won’t. Ellison, who, in a now famous 1979 Comics Journal interview, confessed that he saw himself as a cross between Jiminy Cricket and Zorro, may be gone, but I’ve a feeling his gargoyles are still lurking out there somewhere.

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