Fiction

cropped-Typewriter.pngIt’s heroes and horrors for all ages! That’s my brand! I have been writing books since I was nine years old, and I’m not stopping any time soon!


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“Reminds me of Louis L’Amour at his best.” – Ed Gorman (Spur Award winner, Sam McCain series)

The year is 1879 and manhunter Paul Kirk is hired to find the cross killers, a gang of bushwhackers terrorizing the Colorado San Juans. But Sheriff Jeb Moses is worried that a vengeful Kirk may be one of the bushwhackers. Originally published as a hardcover by Avalon Books and a paperback by Leisure Books.


henrietta hex steven philip jonesA bright, brave young woman, able to speak with ghosts, moves to a small town with a deadly secret. Some spirits are willing to kill to keep those secrets, and Henrietta must enlist the aid of the dead if she’s going to save everyone in town from joining the afterlife at once.


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The original nine stories I adapted into comics as written by H. P. Lovecraft: “The Alchemist,” The Tomb,” “Dagon,” “Beyond the Wall of Sleep,” “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family,” The Picture in the House,” “The Music of Erich Zann,” and “The Lurking Fear”. Features a new introduction by myself, edits and a new foreword by noted Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi, illustrations by Demone Amerson, Aldin Baroza, David DeVera, Donald England, Thomas Finley, Bruce Gerlach, Tony Miello, Wayne Reid, and Joshua Werner, and an original cover by Tim Shay.


Click here to read more about and see photographs from Orson Welles’ 1936 Voodoo Macbeth, including the production’s closing four minutes!

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“Jones is a bright new light in the mystery genre.” – Clive Cussler (Raise the Titanic!The Chase)

Orson Welles is a twenty-year-old prodigy directing an all-Negro Macbeth for the WPA in Harlem. Welles is receiving ten death threats a day from people convinced he is producing minstrel Shakespeare, and tensions only increase after one of his actors is arrested for murdering a white socialite. Enter Sassafras Winters, a retired Chicago Cubs pitcher struggling to launch a new career as a private detective, and Chinaman, his enigmatic valet. Being hired by the WPA could be Winters’ big break if he can exonerate the actor and keep Welles alive until opening night, but that is not going to be easy.


  • THE SCEPTRE: THE FRIGID CASTLE (Xlibris.com)

The Sceptre_sample_artA medieval fantasy set on the fictional island of Coventry. An exiled prince, a headstrong archer, and an eight-year-old magician’s apprentice must retrieve a stolen magical icon known as The Sceptre to rescue their separate kingdoms. Originally appeared in the anthology “Enchanted Realms II” from the Yahoo Group Fantasy Writers Wanted.


herbert west steven philip jonesA paperback anthology of Lovecraft’s six “Grewsome Tales” that introduced Herbert West in Home Brew magazine in 1921. I edited the stories with the advice of noted Lovecraft scholar and editor S. T. Joshi, designed the interior layout, and wrote the introduction. Mikael Oskarsson contributed some very moody illustrations. No longer in print.


reanimator_cover_newHerbert West may be Lovecraft’s best know character after Cthulhu, and thanks to Jeffrey Combs and the Re-Animator series of films, he has become a modern horror movie icon. This anthology features Lovecraft’s original six Herbert West adventures with new illustrations, a new West adventure written by me, my script for an audio adaptation of the first West adventure “From the Dark,” and Lovecraft’s groundbreaking thesis Supernatural Horror in Literature with corrected text by noted Lovecraft scholar and editor S. T. Joshi. Features cover art and interior illustrations by Terry Pavlet.


Sherlock_radio_coverFour original audio drama scripts featuring The Great Detective and The Good Doctor, written by myself and Matthew J. Elliott (Lost in Time and SpaceThe Immortals: An Unauthorized Guide to Sherlock and Elementary): “The Case of the Petty Curses,” “A Case of Unfinished Business,” “The Adventure of the Borgia Ring,” and “The Irregular Client.” Each script has been produced by Jim French Productions and broadcast on Imagination Theatre on the Air. Also includes an introduction by myself, a foreword by JFP’s Dr. Watson, Larry Albert, a give-and-take interview between me and Matthew, and an original cover and interior illustrations by Joshua Werner.


This anthology includes my short story adaptation of my Sherlock Holmes audio drama first broadcast on Imagination Theatre on the Air in 2008. Proceeds from the sales of this anthology go towards renovating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former residence Undershaw, now the home for the Stepping Stones School for special needs students. In “Petty Curses” Sir Malcolm Angus-Burton is convinced his beautiful Egyptian wife Halima has cursed him. With no one else to turn to, Mrs. Angus-Burton asks Sherlock Holmes to prove her innocence, but, instead of refuting one curse, Holmes and his faithful friend Dr. John Watson discover two curses that may lead to one of the greatest tragedies London has ever known.


The commemorative anthology Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes includes my script for this Great Hiatus adventure which was originally broadcast on Imagination Theatre on the Air in 2014. All royalties from this anthology are being donated to the Stepping Stones School for special needs students at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home Undershaw. In “Unfinished Business” the world believes Sherlock Holmes died defeating Professor James Moriarty, but the war to stop the evil genius’ criminal empire rages on. Moriarty’s death triggers a plan that threatens three continents, and a mysterious government agent needs Dr. Watson’s help to solve a clue Holmes left behind to prevent this catastrophe.


bitwcoverThis story will make a whole lot more sense if you read The Knightmare Knife first. Trust me. Jennifer and the boys meet a feisty Kee’lan girl named Astrina, a few secrets about the history of the Plane of Imaginings are revealed, and there are hints of dark times ahead for one of our young heroes.  (Which one?  Well, one of the boys is named Timmy, and the title is Boy in the Well.  Do the math.) No longer in print, but will be available again soon from Caliber Comics.


Click here to see more of Barb’s artwork for Talismen!

Click here to read the short poem “How Jennifer Got her Talismen”!

Click here to read the Coffee Time Romance review!

Click here to read the Night Owl Review “Top Pick” review!

Click here to read the Long and Short Reviews review!

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“Engaging and entertaining!” – Phil Hester (Green ArrowFirebreather)

The first adventure in the Talismen saga! Colin Sinclair, Reggie Sinclair, Ollie Steele, and Timmy Shannon have never had a dream in their lives, but on their twelfth birthday they share the same nightmare about a vicious dragon and a mysterious orange-haired girl. The next day strange things begin happening to the boys. A monsters appears in the school water fountain … a hellhound prowls city streets … a green man dressed in gold stalks the boys … and then they are swept to another world where all dreams and nightmares come from where they meet an orange-haired girl named Jennifer.


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Cardy Wagner is a twelve-year-old girl found unconscious inside the smoldering ruins of the town hall of Devil’s Bridge, Wales, after it is destroyed by lightning. While in the hospital, Cardy is invited by a streetwise young satyr named Alacrity Templemier to become a student at a special school for “reverberaunts,” young wizards who died under mysterious circumstances and return to life but don’t remember their past. Reverberaunts have only a year to find out who they were and how they died or go back to being dead, this time forever.

 

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