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:

  • The Lurking Fear (Octavio Cariello – artist)
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Octavio Cariello – artist)
  • The Tomb (Octavio Cariello – artist)
  • The Alchemist (Octavio Cariell – artist)
  • Dagon (Sergio Cariello – artist)
  • The Music of Erich Zann (Aldin Baroza – artist)
  • The Picture in the House (Rob Davis – artist)
  • Arthur Jermyn (Wayne Reid – artist)
  • The Statement of Randolph Carter (Christopher Jones – artist)

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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THE ADVENTURE OF THE COAL-TAR DERIVATIVE
OR

ORDER THE AUDIO BOOK THROUGH AMAZON AUDIBLE NOW!

 

 

“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)

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.

Caliber Comics is teaming with Zazzle to offer a heapin’ helpin’ of merchandise that includes Lovecraftian, Sherlock Holmes, Vanguard, Nightlinger, and more!

You can see everything being offered on the Caliber Comics Product Store on the Zazzle platform alongside other pop culture and media brands such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Looney Tunes.

The Caliber Comics Store offers over 1100 items including face masks, t-shirts, coffee mugs, puzzles, posters and phone cases featuring images from Caliber creator properties including the ones I listed already as well as Dracula and Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft. You can even customize the images to your liking with more products being added over the coming weeks.

 

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Did Sherlock Homes really meet my masked mystery man Nightlinger?

You bet your Persian slipper he did!

And you can read all about it in “The Adventure of the Ambitious Task” available now in Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives Vol. 2 from Belanger Books!

1920 London. Nathaniel Hayes, heir of circus impresario B.E. Hayes, is dead. Scotland Yard suspects his fiance Ivy Forrester, a former ballerina with the Paris Opera House, and world-famous magician, escapologist and spiritual debunker Sheridan Nightlinger. When Nathaniel’s body vanishes from his crypt, Ivy’s grandmother Mrs. Cecil Forrester asks her old friends Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes for help, and it is not long before they are uniting forces with Nightlinger against the mysterious occultist Dr. Ianthe Hell.

Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives is edited by John Linwood Grant, who is also one of the editors of Occult Detective Magazine #7, which happens to feature my article “Dirk Pitt: Occult Detective?” along with fantastic new supernatural mysteries and terrific nonfiction from a host of wonderful writers.

 

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“Everybody got aout of the idee o’ dyin’.”

– Zadok Allen, The Shadow over Innsmouth

I am proud to announce that Caliber Comics is releasing the latest H.P. Lovecraft’s Worlds adaptation The Shadow over Innsmouth in a brand new graphic novel now available through the Caliber website as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

Trey Baldwin’s opening page to The Shadow over Innsmouth.

This is my first new comics script in over ten years and my first new Lovecraft adaptation in over twenty. (Where does all that time time go?) Joining me is artist, letterer, and H. P. Lovecraft fan extraordinaire Trey Baldwin (Lovecraftian, The Ladies of Market Street). You are going to love him and you can take that to the bank!

Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth is considered by many critics and HPL fans as one of his best weird tales. The decaying town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts has an unhealthy reputation. Nearby citizens shun it. You won’t find it on any maps. And the denizens just don’t look right. They just don’t.

Maybe it’s something in the water?

One of Bernie Wrightson’s Shadow over Innsmouth concept paintings.

This adaptation has been a long time coming, beginning in 1991 when I read about an unproduced film adaptation by Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon in Fangoria magazine. Included in the article were concept paintings by Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Frankenstein) and photographs of preliminary make-up work by Dick Smith (Little Big Man, The Exorcist). With names like this involved it is obvious the film was going to be a big deal, but apparently a combination of things stymied the production, first at Vestron Pictures and then Full Moon Productions.  The budget appears to have been the biggest hurtle — this movie was going to require extensive practical effects –followed by concerns rather audiences would want to see, much less be frightened by, a film about fish people.

A close-up of one of Dick Smith’s designs for Shadow over Innsmouth.

In 1991 the question of who owned the rights to The Shadow over Innsmouth and Lovecraft’s other stories was open to debate, making it financially prohibitive for independent comic book publishers to adapt anything other than his earliest works. That is just what I had done for Malibu Graphics with H.P. Lovecraft in Color, but prior to that I had adapted Re-Animator for Malibu under an agreement with Full Moon, which got me thinking, “Why not adapt the unproduced Shadow over Innsmouth screenplay? And why not use some of Wrightson’s paintings as covers?”

So I asked Tom Mason, Malibu’s creative director and frequent sounding board for my crazy ideas like this … only this one didn’t turn out to be so crazy. Tom confided to me that the Shadow over Innsmouth film might just be on again, and, if it got the green light, Malibu had the license to adapt it into a three-issue limited series. Based on my earlier Lovecraft work, Tom was not only fine with me writing this adaptation but my getting started on the scripts so long as I understood nothing was definite.

A few days later the screenplay by Dennis Paoli (Re-Animator, Dagon) arrived in the mail and I got cranking roughing out the first script.

You probably already guessed what happened next.

A sampling of Wrightson’s concept sketches for Shadow over Innsmouth.

That was that until July 2016 and the Comic Book I-Con, where I was introduced to Trey, who was looking to get his foot in the door as a comics artist.  We talked, hit it off, and discussed working on a Lovecraft adaptation together. Unlike the 1990s the question of who owned the rights to Lovecraft’s stories was no longer a problem, so all of HPL’s weird tales were on the table. After considering several possibilities, we settled on Shadow over Innsmouth.

“Well,” I thought, “better late than never.”

Actually, I was pumped! Getting to work with Trey was awesome and I was finally going to get a chance to work on one of Lovecraft classic stories like “The Call of Cthulhu,” The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, or Shadow over Innsmouth.

Who could ask for anything more?

This graphic novel 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.

And if Shadow over Innsmouth sounds great, you might want to check out my new novel Lovecrafitan with interior illustrations by Trey!

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It is that dreadful May of 1891, the start of the The Great Hiatus, and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson find themselves dealing with some unresolved problems in “A Case of Unfinished Business.”

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. Moriarty’s death triggers a plan that threatens three continents and a mysterious government agent needs Watson’s help to solve a clue Holmes left behind to prevent this catastrophe.

This new short story adapts my audio script for “A Case of Unfinished Business” that was originally broadcast by Imagination Theatre in 2014. The production was produced by the late radio personality and entrepreneur Jim French and starred John Patrick Lowrie as Holmes and Lawrence Albert as Dr. John H. Watson.

The story appears in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XX: 2020 Annual (1891 – 1897). 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 1882-1890 (Part XIX) and 1898-1923 (Part XXI) as he encounters seemingly impossible events.

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.

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So here’s the dealio – you can now get debit cards from card.com featuring Lovecraftian, Sherlock Holmes On the Air, Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, and more!

Pretty cool, eh?

Want to see ‘em? Heck, want to order ‘em? Just click on the card!

You can check out the current gallery of marvelous Caliber Comics titles like The Shepherd and OZ being offered to card.com’s 1.5+ million users, with more on the way in upcoming weeks and months.

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