Just wanted to share that the entire line of Lovecraft graphic novel adaptations published by Caliber Comics, drawn by a host of incredibly talented artists and written by me are all now available for order this month through Diamond Distribution! If you’re missing any of these books… or you have been wanting to give them a try … now’s a good time to dive on in!

Want to know more about these adaptations? Just click here to read about Caliber re-issuing these adaptations into new and improved editions!

Time for yet another shout-out to inform ye all that the latest Caliber Comics re-issue of my H. P. Lovecraft adaptations is now available for order through Diamond Distribution! This time up is ARTHUR JERMYN, also known as “Facts in the Case of Arthur Jermyn and His Family” and “The White Ape.” (Phew!) Cover and interior art by the great Wayne Reid. Like all the Caliber/Lovecraft re-issues this graphic novel features re-scanned artwork and updated editorial material along with an illustrated copy of the original story by HPL.

William Heitman’s illustration for Lovecraft’s “Arthur Jermyn” as it appeared under the title “The White Ape” in the April 1924 issue of Weird Tales.

Speaking of that original story, Lovecraft gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of his inspiration for it in this snippet from a letter he wrote to Weird Tales editor Edwin Baird in 1923:

“Somebody had been harassing me into reading some work of the iconoclastic moderns — these young chaps who pry behind exteriors and unveil nasty hidden motives and secret stigmata — and I had nearly fallen asleep over the tame backstairs gossip of [Sherwood] Anderson‘s Winesburg, Ohio. The sainted Sherwood, as you know, laid bare the dark area which many whited village lives concealed, and it occurred to me that I, in my weirder medium, could probably devise some secret behind a man’s ancestry which would make the worst of Anderson’s disclosures sound like the annual report of a Sabbath school. Hence Arthur Jermyn.”

Want to find out just what that secret is?  Or would you like to order a copy through Diamond distribution?  Just click on this link: https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/APR221355.

Our story gets off to a rather energetic start in this page by Wayne Reid.

If you would like to read more about the re-issuing of these Lovecraft adaptations , you can check out the article Reprinting H. P. Lovecraft’s Best As A Graphic Novel & Caliber Comics from Otaku No Culture.

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My short story “Expiration Date” is coming back at you in the next edition of Castle Bridge Media’s popular anthology series CASTLE OF HORROR.

VOLUME 7: LOVE GONE WRONG is now available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon!

The focus of LOVE GONE WRONG is … well … love.  Familial, romantic, dedicated, obsessive … you name it. The one thing that truly unites all these love stories, however, is a misstep occurs which leads into a slide into the uncanny.

“Expiration Date” is a tale of a marriage left to sour and how even the best laid plans of vengeance involving the supernatural can go terribly awry. “Expiration Date” is also my homage to those wonderful portmanteau sixties and seventies films from Amicus Productions like DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, ASYLUM and FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE.

Nope, flowers and candy aren’t going to save the day here.





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Just a quick shout-out to let you all know that the latest Caliber Comics re-issue of my H. P. Lovecraft adaptations is now available for order through Diamond Distribution! This time up is THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN with cover and interior art by the ever-awesome Aldin Barzoa, who worked with me long, long ago on NIGHTLINGER and TATTERS (both available through Caliber). Like all the Caliber/Lovecraft re-issues this graphic novel features re-scanned artwork and updated editorial material along with an illustrated copy of the original story by HPL. I also want to add that, after THE LURKING FEAR, this is my favorite of the Lovecraft adaptations and am so happy to see it available again in a better-than-ever presentation!

If you would like to order a copy through Diamond distribution just click on this link: https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/MAR221506.

If you would like to read more about the re-issuing of these Lovecraft adaptations , you can check out the article Reprinting H. P. Lovecraft’s Best As A Graphic Novel & Caliber Comics from Otaku No Culture.

Aldin Baroza’s artwork from the first page of Caliber Comics’ adaptation of “The Music of Erich Zann.”


Erich Zann is given a chance at retribution. Or is it redemption? Artwork by Aldin Baroza.


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It is almost year end. Time to take a look back at 2020 (which I forgot to review last January) and 2021 and then take a look at what’s ahead in 2022.

The pandemic made 2020 an unpleasant and often tragic year for many people, but even before the shutdowns started in March the year got off to an unhappy start with the death of Clive Cussler on February 24. Mr. Cussler left behind a truly memorable legacy and remains sorely missed.

Clive Cussler was true to character until the end, as demonstrated by his epigraph on the tombstone he shares with his wife Barbara.

On a more personal note, the shutdowns meant no comic conventions which meant no get-togethers with fans and old friends at places like MSP or local cons. I missed you all and hope we will have the opportunity to gather again in the future.

So what happened as far as writing projects are concerned in 2020?  Caliber Comics published my and Trey Baldwin’s graphic novel The Shadow over Innsmouth, my first adaptation of an H. P. Lovecraft story in over twenty years and my first comic of any kind in over ten years. Caliber also teamed up with card.com to offer debit cards featuring several Caliber properties, including several of mine. Later in the year Caliber teamed up with zazzle.com to offer a variety of different types of merchandise featuring many Caliber properties, again including several of mine.

Shadow over Innsmouth, Sherlock Holmes, Vanguard and Heroes and Horrors are just some of my comics available as debit cards through card.com. Other types of merchandise featuring some of my Caliber properties are available at zazzle.com.

My foray into the realm of short story anthologies continued in 2020 with my Sherlock Holmes pastiches “The Case of the Unparallelled Adventures” and “The Adventure of the Amibitious Task,” while my article “Dirk Pitt: Occult Detective?” was published in Occult Detective Magazine #7 in time to serve as a tribute to Mr. Cussler and his greatest and most famous character.

2021 was not as productive as 2020 but was definitely a busy year, due in large part to our move from Iowa to Utah. As comic conventions continue to open up again I am hoping to attend at least one this year.  On the writing front my novel The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John H. Watson Against the Moriarties During the Great Hiatus” was published by MX Publishing and became my first audio book (available through Audible).

Meanwhile “The Adventure of the Ambitious Task” was adapted into a one-man show called “The Adventure of the Inescapable Crypt” by Jonathan Goodwin, winner of the 2020 Hamilton Dean Award from The Dracula Society. Goodwin wrote the adaptation and performed as Holmes (but also some other characters) for his Don’t Go Into the Cellar theater group as a Halloween program that was available live throughout the world as an online Zoom broadcast. If you didn’t catch it and would like to get an idea of what the production was like, you can click on the image below to see Goodwin portraying Holmes for the Kickstarter promotion for the production.

Finally Caliber Comics continues to reissue all of my Lovecraft adaptions. Each re-issue features re-scanned comics pages and updated editorial material so the books look better than ever. Also the re-issue of Dagon features a dazzling new cover by my collaborator on this story Sergio Cariello. The remaining individual adaptations as well as the two volume anthology collection H. P. Lovecraft Worlds should be published in 2022. And here is more good news! Re-issues of Caliber’s Sherlock Holmes graphic novels–which includes my pastiches Adventure of the Opera Ghost and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Holmes–may be in the works in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed!

So what’s coming in 2022?

Getting settled in our new home will be the priority. That said, I am very excited to be writing a short story for an all-new anthology to be published later this year dedicated to an overlooked pulp hero created by one of the medium’s most popular authors. That is all I can right now, but I promise to share details here as soon as I have the okay to do so. Meanwhile Trey Baldwin is working on our latest Lovecraft comics adaptation, The Call of Cthulhu, which will hopefully be available from Caliber Comics before the end of 2022. I have also been submitting to various publishers more than I have in many years, but there is no way of knowing right now if any of these will be accepted. If anything is, I will let you know here. Work also continues on the second novel in my Lovecraftian series and I recently began outlining a possible second Sherlock Holmes novel. I have also been whittling away on a non-fiction book that looks at how superhero films have changed from their inception with Adventures of Captain Marvel in 1941 up to the launch of the Marvel Comics Universe with Iron Man in 2008. I am not going to lie, my finishing this is a long shot, but it is a manuscript I come back to when I need a break from other writing projects or there isn’t enough time to start working on a new project before something time-consuming happens, say like moving across four states.

So, hey, I’m keeping busy.

And that’s it for now. It has been quite a couple of years. Things are improving in some ways, but not so much in others. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do have every faith that we are near the end of this pandemic and that we will be all the better and stronger for it

Take care and I’ll see you all next year!

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I am gobsmacked and amped to proclaim far and wide that all nine of my H. P. Lovecraft adaptations and both volumes of H. P. Lovecraft’s Worlds that collects the nine adaptations have either been or are in the process of being re-issued by Caliber Comics! All feature the nifty Lovecraft Series logo seen above to show that it is part of my original series of Lovecraft adaptations. Look for the seal to know they are Cthulhu Approved!

The artwork for all nine stories have been re-scanned and the book itself reformatted to look and read better than ever.

In case you have forgotten, these nine adaptations are:

Just look at that line-up of artists! And the Dagon adaptation features a new cover by artist Sergio Cariello!

Along with the release of Shadow Over Innsmouth in 2020 there is a total of 10 Lovecraft adaptations to choose from! And if that is not enough hard-core Lovecrafty goodness for you, let us not forget about these dark chests of wonder that are also available for your reading entertainment:



Just in time for Hallowe’en! My novella “The Adventure of the Ambitious Task” is being presented as an online theatrical event by Don’t Go Into the Cellar! Theatre Company as THE ADVENTURE OF THE INESCAPABLE CRYPT on October 30!

What is it all about? Cellar’s Jonathan Goodwin as The Great Detective tells all in this video produced to promote the production’s current Kickstarter campaign:

Sounds creepy, doesn’t it?

Sheridan Nighlinger is the nom de guerre used by my mysterious horror-adventure hero Feril Nightlinger during the 1920s and “The Adventure of the Ambitious Task” was first published in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE OCCULT DETECTIVES, VOL. II. I have since incorporated it into my new Sherlock Holmes novel THE ADVENTURE OF THE COAL-TAR DERIVATIVE which will be released by MX Publishing on November 3 and is currently available as an audio book from Audible.

Join in from anywhere in the world on October 30 by signing up at Eventbrite! Just remember, whatever you do — DON’T GO INTO THE CELLAR!

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“Steven Philip Jones has done the impossible! He has penned a series of thrilling, engrossing mysteries that fit seamlessly into the continuity of the original Conan Doyle stories. A highly enjoyable and necessary read!” – Matthew J. Elliott (Sherlock Holmes on the Air)
“A strong plot and characters, a logical progression of events, a clear summation of motives and the events and causes that led up to the crime, and historical events and people makes this a satisfying and informative read.” – Sharlene Almond, Reedsy.com (Click HERE to read the full review)
Click HERE to read David Marcum’s book review!
Click HERE to read the Publisher’s Weekly book review!

We all know the news of Sherlock Holmes’ death in 1891 was greatly exaggerated.

Instead of tumbling into the Reichenbach Falls with Professor Moriarty, Holmes spent the next three years  in Tibet, Persia, and the south of France … or that is what he told his friend and biographer Dr. John H. Watson.

Holmes did not lie to Watson, but he did leave out some details.

Quite a few, actually.

But that is okay, because so did Watson.

Reichenbach was only the start of the war with the Moriarty gang, and what Holmes and Watson were really up to during the Great Hiatus is at last revealed in THE ADVENTURE OF THE COAL-TAR DERIVATIVE, my new anthology-novel from MX Publishing!

You will not only discover the truth about Holmes and a certain Giant Rat, but what Holmes knew about Jack the Ripper.

You will find out how Watson and Inspector Lestrade helped Mycroft Holmes prevent a world war.

You will be in on the search for a precious, lethal stone that could destroy London as well as learn what a mysterious masked passenger aboard a long-ago shipwreck has to do with all this.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE COAL-TAR DERIVATIVE is now available in hardcover, paperback of Audible audio book, and you can order a copy from my Amazon Author page by clicking here!

Ask yourself first, though: “The world may at last ready to learn the truth, but are you?”

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The SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH graphic novel adaptation by Trey Baldwin and me is now available for order through Diamond Distribution and will be in comics shops starting February 21, 2021!

This adaptation from Caliber Comics also includes Lovecraft’s 1931 novella (edited by me and appearing with permission from Lovecraft Holdings LLC) and my articles “H.P. Lovecraft: A Brief Biography” and “Lovecraft: A Look Back,” both of which have been updated for this adaptation.

What’s that?

You say you can’t wait until February to claim yourself a copy?

No problem!

You can order one or however many you want right now through the Caliber website, Amazon or other fine Internet book retailers! And if that isn’t enough to slacken your SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH cravings…or if you’re shopping for that hard to buy for Lovecraft fan this Christmas…check out all the SOI and other Lovecraft goodies available through the Caliber Comics store at Zazzle as well as the Caliber Comics shop at Card.com!


And if you love SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH you might want to check out my new novel LOVECRAFTIAN from Caliber with interior illustrations by Trey!

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October 1893.  The Great Hiatus.

The world believes Holmes died defeating Professor James Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, but the war to stop the evil genius’ criminal empire rages on. Dr. John H. Watson discovers a link between the murder of Birdy Edwards from The Valley of Fear and the Jack the Ripper killings that might have been known to Sherlock Holmes.  Meanwhile Holmes races to prevent the assassination of the Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad in Khartoum that threatens the world’s fragile peace.

This new short story appears in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXIII: Some More Untold Cases: 1888 – 1894. This new edition of the popular anthology series from MX Publishing is now available and includes three volumes edited by master Sherlockian David Marcum that also covers The Great Detective’s career from 1877-1887 (Part XXII) and 1895-1903 (Part XXVI).

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.” 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.