Without any intention on my part 2019 turned into the Year of the Short Story, a medium I generally avoid, and it appears this trend will continue at least into 2020 with a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and a Holmes-meets-Feril Nightlinger mash-up on slate to appear in two anthologies before the summer. I am also working on yet another Holmes pastiche that may see publication before the end of this year.

What can I say? I’ve got a Jones for Holmes.

The Holmes-Nightlinger story “The Adventure of the Ambitious Task” will appear in Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives from Belanger Books early this year. The Holmes pastiche “A Case of Unfinished Business” is an adaptation of my audio script produced by Jim French Productions and broadcast over Imagination Theater in 2014 and will appear in the spring MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories from MX Publishing.  (And in case you haven’t heard the good new, as of October 2019 Imagination Theater is back on the air!  Get all the 4-1-1 or just check them out at harrynile.com! You’ll be glad you did!) A Feril Nightlinger short story as well as a Dirk Pitt review article may also see the light of day this year, but I am still waiting to hear about those. Keep your fingers crossed!

Another big project I worked on in 2019 is a new draft of my screenplay for Max Q being represented by Caliber Entertainment. As I have written in the past, Max Q is a project near and dear to my heart. Whether this screenplay will ever see the light of day, I do not know, but it was great revisiting the series and characters.

Novels remain my first writing passion, and, as Lovecraftian: The Shipwright Circle proved in 2019, I am not forsaking this medium. (Speaking of The Shipwright Circle, one or two interesting possibilities may be on the horizon, and, if anything pans out, I will provide more information here.)

Because I just cannot seem to get enough of the Great Detective, I am writing a full-length Holmes novel set during the Great Hiatus that ties together every Holmes pastiche I have written.  I also am writing the second Lovecraftian novel, The Whippoorwill Clutch, and my plans are to have both of these manuscripts completed before year’s end.

Perhaps the biggest news for 2020 is the release of my first new comics story in over a decade and first Lovecraft adaptation is over twenty years.  As I am typing this artist and letterer Trey Baldwin is nearing the finish line on The Shadow over Innsmouth. Like my previous Lovecraft adaptations, The Shadow over Innsmouth will be released in a graphic novel format by Caliber Comics that will include Lovecraft’s original story along with some ancillary material by me. Trey is doing a fantastic job on this adaptation and I cannot wait for Lovecraft fans to see our adaptation.

That is everything on the burner right now, but if the past has taught me anything it is that opportunities and projects will arise when we least expect them, and I will let you know here if anything like that develops. In the meantime I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy and productive 2020.

Paratus fortuna iuvat!

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THE MONSTERS WE FORGOT is a three-volume horror collection from Soteira Press that features original urban legends, folktales, and myths by award-winning writers and exciting new authors … and me.

The first volume features my short story “Expiration Date,” a nasty little Amicus inspired story about a marriage gone sour and how best not to be too clingy.

All three volumes are now available at Amazon, and I am proud to say that the first volume debuted on Friday, December 13th, as the #1 New Kindle Release for horror anthologies!

Not bad, eh?

 

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Click here to read the Publishers Weekly review of my story and this anthology!

 

Three … Three … Three brand new Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson adventures for the price of one!

You get that and much, much more in my new pastiche “The Case for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared,” and you can only find it in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XVII: Whatever Remains…Must Be the Truth!

This new edition of the popular MX anthology series is now available and includes three volumes edited by master Sherlockian David Marcum that covers The Great Detective’s career from 1880-1891 (Part XVI), 1891-1898 (Part XVII), and 1898-1925 (Part XVIII) as he encounters seemingly impossible events.

In “The Case for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared” an unexpected visit by a melancholy Holmes to Watson’s home leads to revelations about individual adventures conducted by The Great Detective and The Good Doctor at the behest of Mycroft Holmes during The Great Hiatus involving a particular Rodent of Unusual Size.

According to MX Publishing: “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene in 2015 featuring adventures written by many of the world’s leading Sherlockian authors, and since then its popularity has continued to grow. Our new three-volume set, like 2017’s two-volume  collection Eliminate the Impossible, features tales of Holmes’s encounters with ghosts and hauntings, cults and curses, mythical beasts and mediums, angels and demons, and more. The forty-nine stories in this new collection represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling. each one a testament to the man described by Watson as ‘the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.’”

All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, currently the home of Stepping Stones School, a school for children with special needs.

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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