Now, more than ever, remember those who sacrificed everything for our freedoms and not to take those freedoms for granted.

General Orders No. 11: “The 30th day of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

“We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided republic.

“If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remains in us.

“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the nation’s gratitude—the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.”

Looks like it’s time for another year-end writing review and a look at next year’s writing projects.

If you read my 2022 review, you may remember me wrapping it up by listing three possible 2023 projects, starting with a submission to Castle Bridge Media.  That short story, an homage to Jonny Quest called “QED: The Cosmic Spectre,” was accepted and published in the latest installment of CBM’s Castle of Horror anthology series, Thinly Veiled Saturday Mournings.

The second project was a short story “featuring an overlooked pulp hero created by one of the medium’s most popular authors” and it has been accepted by Pro Se Publications. There is no release date yet, but “Clan of the Red Ditch” will appear in Pro Se’s upcoming Black Bat anthology. Created by Lester Dent, the man most responsible for Doc Savage, the Black Bat is a mysterious masked World War I aviator and espionage agent “whose face no man has ever seen,” and he appeared in only one story, “The Blue Ghost Patrol,” published in the October 1929 issue of Flying Aces. Aviation adventure magazines featuring war birds, sky hawks, and red-hot aces enjoyed a brief but intense popularity during the height of the pulp era—you might recall seeing the book Pat Nelson: Ace of Test Pilots in Mrs. Shields’ confiscation desk drawer in A Christmas Story­—and as a genre it has always perplexed me. It just has. So when this opportunity popped up I thought I’d try writing one, especially since it also afforded me the chance to work with a character created by one of the most popular writers of the early 20th century.

Third but not least, my and Trey Baldwin’s long-anticipated-but-worth-the-wait comics adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s seminal weird tale “The Call of Cthulhu” was published by Caliber Comics near the end of the year. The publication of this comic is bittersweet because it represents the last project that I worked on in any capacity with Caliber’s publisher Gary Reed, who unexpectedly passed away in 2016. It sort of feels like the end of an era. Call of Cthulhu is the tenth adaptation in my Lovecraft’s Worlds anthology series and my second collaboration with Trey. And for your viewing pleasure, the Call of Cthulhu promo video appears below. Produced by the incredible Paul Huenemann and his award-winning Right Purdy Animation studio, it also features “The Chosen” by Midnight Syndicate as the soundtrack.

I also mentioned in last year’s review that I planned to concentrate on two novel manuscripts. Well, feel free to wag your finger and tch-tch-tch your tongue because neither manuscript got finished. To be fair an unexpected opportunity to pitch the idea for one manuscript to its intended publisher came up but the publisher rejected it. Which… you know… was disappointing, but it did save me from wasting oodles of time better spent writing something else.  As for that second manuscript, I am still working on it and my intention really is to finish it and submit it before the end of 2024, but that’s all I can say right now.

Something else I hinted at in last year’s review is that I may or may not write some more short stories.  Well, I did, which is why that second manuscript remains a work in progress.

Angel Neighbours by S. Clarke Hawbaker

That Sherlock Holmes/H. P. Lovecraft pastiche I mentioned, “The Adventure of the Immutable Scourge,” was published this year in Belanger Books’ two-volume anthology Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H. P. Lovecraft, and my traditional Holmes pastiche “The Adventure of the Crossing Sweeper” was published in MX Publishing’s New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes anthology series edited by David Marcum. I then turned around and adapted “Crossing Sweeper” into “The Adventure of the Tortoise Shell,” my first radio drama for Imagination Theater’s Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a decade. Meanwhile my Feril Nightlinger short story “Sins of the Werewolf” appeared in issue ten of Occult Detective Magazine, and my new Victorian occult detective Angel Neighbours made her debut in “At Night She Walks” in issue three of Dracula Beyond Stoker.

Which brings us to what lies ahead.

I have submitted another radio script to Imagination Theater, this one an adaptation of my horror story “Expiration Date.” If accepted, I am hoping it will be broadcast in 2024. I also submitted another short story to Pro Se featuring yet another little-known pulp character, J. Paul Suter’s Horatio Humberton, the Necrologist Sleuth. No word yet on rather it has been accepted. Meanwhile Angel Neighbours will hopefully appear in a second story, and a couple of unique Holmes pastiches I am currently writing will be accepted. And because it seems to be the norm now, I imagine one or two other stories will spring up due to unexpected opportunities. And since no writing review is complete without a tease, there may be a really cool and very big possibility that has me keeping my fingers crossed that I hope I will be able to talk about in the coming months.

And there we are.

Normally this is where I would wrap things up, but this year I want to mention a couple of personal things before I go.

To quote Rocky Balboa, “The older I get, the more things I got to leave behind. That’s life.” It is a tragic milestone in your life when someone you never met but whose talents greatly influenced your creativity dies. In 2023 that was Jimmy Buffett, an unbelievably gifted musician and singer and one of the finest American writers of the past few decades. It is heartbreaking, though, when people who have been dear friends for most of your life pass away, and the older you get the more such friends you have to leave behind. Since December 22, 2022 I have lost three: Dennis Stick, Lori Edler-Hawbaker and Professor J. Kenneth Kuntz. At this point I should probably share a memory about each of these wonderful people but that would be giving away more of what I have already lost, so I am just going to let their obituaries speak for them.  If you have lost anyone dear to you recently, please know that you have my sympathy.

But to quote another movie character, Professor Echo (Lon Chaney) in The Unholy Three (1925 & 1930), “That’s all there is to life. A little laugh. A little tear.” One of the excellent counterbalances to growing older is that–if you’re lucky–you also become a grandparent, and that is going to happen in 2024! It is a long-awaited blessing and we cannot wait to meet the newest member of our family and experience this incredible gift from God.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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October 1882. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in the sitting room of 221B Baker Street. Holmes reads a letter.

HOLMES: “’Dear Mr Sherlock Holmes, Can you… ‘eh? Come now, this is too much!  Apparently I am now a common tradesman!”

“After you fix the leaky pipes, find out why my dog didn’t bark in the night, you tradesman you!”

What has the Great Detective so piqued?

HOLMES: “’Dear Mr Sherlock Holmes, Can you please be available at Pennington Millinery on Oxford Street at twelve o’clock this morning regarding a matter of concern? Yours, Marshal Pennington.’”

WATSON: “It seems a reasonable request.”

But Holmes does not think it is at all reasonable.

HOLMES: “I am a consulting detective.  Clients come here and here I provide them with advice.  That is the essence of my profession. I go out when I decide the complexity of a case requires it.  Not when I am summoned under some expectation.”

But then Holmes remembers that his consulting detective business is still new and he has his half of the rent to pay and his stock of cheese and bread is running somewhat low, so…

HOLMES: “Perhaps it might be prudent to be the bigger man in this case.”

But what is the case?

Why it’s The Adventure of the Tortoise Shell!

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It has been eleven years since “A Case of Unfinished Business” debuted on The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Imagination Theater.

“It’s finally time for a little sponge cake and a little wine and to listen to ‘The Tortoise Shell.'”

Eleven years since my last Holmes radio pastiche!

Well, to paraphrase Inspector Kemp from Young Frankenstein, “I zink id’s abowt time ve had an-uther un!” And that time is Saturday November 18 at 8PM PST when “The Adventure of the Tortoise Shell” makes its Imagination Theater debut on Seattle’s KIXI 880AM.

“But what’s it about?” you ask.

Well, here’s the pitch!

Just what secrets are buried under this Oxford Street building across from Pennington Millinery in London? There is only one way to find out!

Now you may ask, “How can a treasure be morally corrupt?”

I’m afraid if you want to find out then you’re just going to have to listen to this new audio drama, which, by the way, is based (in part) on my Holmes pastiche “The Adventure of the Missing Crossing Sweeper” published earlier this year. It also features the incredible team of John Patrick Lowrie (the voice of Sniper to you fans of Team Fortress 2) as Holmes and Lawrence Albert as Dr. Watson.

And if you don’t happen to live in Seattle there are plenty of other radio stations you can catch it on. Just click here for a list of all the radio stations that Imagination Theater is syndicated on.

But if terrestrial radio isn’t your bag there is more good news! You can listen to The Adventure of the Tortoise Shell for a limited time on the Imagination Theater YouTube Channel starting around Saturday November 26. You can also download it or purchase it on a USB flash drive, both of which will be for sale at the Imagination Theater website starting around November 18.


Saturday November 11, 2023, is Veterans Day.


SHERLOCK HOLMES: the Great Detective. A man obsessed with cold logic and focused rationality.
H. P. LOVECRAFT: the 20th century’s undisputed master of macabre madness and cosmic horror.
What if the darkness of Lovecraft’s decadent New England overlapped into the Victorian era of Sherlock Holmes? What if a trail of clues led to impossible visions, malevolent gods and unspeakably eldritch vistas of terror? Could Holmes survive? Could his sanity survive?

That is the pitch from Belanger Books for its latest anthology Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.P. Lovecraft, and I am pumped to announce that my latest Holmes pastiche, “The Adventure of the Immutable Scourge,” appears in Volume 2!

October 1882. Sherlock Holmes has been a troubled man since returning from St. Petersburg and a mission for Czar Alexander III. Dr. Watson is convinced that work is the cure for whatever is distressing his friend and his prayers seem to be answered when the Comté Antoine de Chabrillane arrives with a most unusual case. For thirty-one generations the heir of the House of Chabrillane in Brittany has died at the age of 32, all apparent victims of a vengeful alchemist’s curse. Antoine, the last of the Chabrillane line, is about to turn 32 and is determined that the curse shall end with him, either by Holmes solving the mystery of his ancestors’ deaths or with his own.

Octavio Cariello’s cover for the “Lovecraft’s Worlds” adaptation of “The Alchemist.”

“The Adventure of the Immutable Scourge” reworks H. P. Lovecraft’s early weird taleThe Alchemist,” which I adapted into comics with Octavio Cariello for my graphic novel series Lovecraft’s Worlds. (If you’re not familiar with the story and do not have the time to read it right now, Blue Öyster Cult adapted it into a pretty cool song and I have posted the link below.) Both volumes of Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.P. Lovecraft are currently available for order at Amazon and they will soon be available at the Belanger Books website.




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“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”
– Chant of the Cthulhu Cult

“Call of Cthulhu” trailer produced by Paul Huenemann and Right Purdy Animation.
Music “The Chosen” by Midnight Syndicate from the album The Brimstone Club.

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Something strange is going on in the deepest shadows of the world.

It started when the earth was born.

One day it will raze mankind.

Until then it must remain a secret.

A most terribly protected secret.

Professor George Angell spent decades researching the time-scattered clues of a mysterious cult. Then… suddenly… Angell died.

Or was he killed?

Francis Thurston insists on finding out what really happened to his uncle and believes Angell’s research is the key to the truth: a loathsome, abominable secret that has driven the few men who have learned it to madness or suicide. But insanity and death pale to the ravening eons-old horror waiting patiently to be released upon humanity.

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You have heard about it! You have been anticipating it! And now my and Trey Baldwin’s graphic novel adaptation of “Call of Cthulhu” is now available at Amazon!

This graphic novel–the latest in my Lovecraft’s Worlds series from Caliber Comics–is authorized by the Lovecraft Estate and features:

  • An all-new faithful adaptation of Lovecraft’s greatest weird tale
  • Lovecraft’s classic story
  • My “Call of Cthulhu” article: “An Appreciation of a ‘Rather Middling’ Weird Tale”
  • My article about adapting Lovecraft’s stories for Lovecraft’s Worlds
  • A Lovecraft biography


“It lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed Its gelatinous green immensity through the black doorway! A mountain walked or stumbled!”
– H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

And if you love “Call of Cthulhu” be sure to check out my and Trey’s authorized graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Over Innsmouth.






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Face Front, Everyone!

It is time to share the news about two of my stories that are now available for order! The first features my mystery man Feril Nightlinger and the second features my new kinda-sorta occult detective Angel Neighbours.

In “Sins of the Werewolf” Feril Nightlinger and his trusty assistant Mike Segretto acquire a very unusual client even by their standards.  A sin eater has been tricked into becoming a werewolf and needs Feril and Mike to help him before the next full moon.  The question is… how? “Sins of the Werewolf” is available now in the tenth and latest issue of OCCULT DETECTIVE MAGAZINE!

By the way, if you haven’t checked out OCCULT DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and you’re a fan of characters like Carl Kolchak and Carnacki the Ghost-Finder then you really ought to treat yourself and order a copy before the sun goes down today! Each issue features fantastic new and classic stories, articles, news and reviews about fictional supernatural sleuths. And if that weren’t enough this awesome magazine is edited by the talented duo of John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski. How is that for a pedigree?

Sketch of Angel Neighbours by S. Clarke Hawbaker.

Now let’s talk about the new kid on the block: Angel Neighbours.

Angel makes her debut in the short story “By Night She Walks” in DRACULA BEYOND STOKER #3. In this pastiche of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel, Angel has been hired to track down a mysterious woman who London’s newspapers have dubbed The Bloofer Lady (“beautiful lady”). The Bloofer Lady is abducting children from the city’s Hampstead Heath area and leaves them in a lethargic state with two slight but inexplicable wounds on their throats.

DRACULA BEYOND STOKER is a terrific new journal dedicated to celebrating and continuing the legacy of Stoker’s Dracula with new stories, insightful articles and in-depth reviews. Each issue of DBS focuses on a character or set of characters from the novel such as the Count in DBS #1 and R.M. Renfield in DBS #2A new standalone story is also published in its own edition between each issue and at least one free “bite-size” story coinciding with each new issue is also posted on the DBS website.

You can pre-order the print edition and the Kindle edition of DBS #3 featuring Angel Neighbours in “At Night She Walks” now and both will be available this November.


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Again and forever, never forget. And if you weren’t there, find out about it.

Three gorgeous pages from Sanho Kim’s Wrong Country, published in Charlton Bullseye #3 (1975)

Sanho Kim with the Medal of Cultural Merits, 2008.

Like most people I remember my first date and my first car, but being a comics creator I also remember the first time a comic book peeled my eyes.

Yes, I’m speaking metaphorically.

Kim’s passion for Korean history, movement-to-movement transition panels, and manwhaga skills are all on display in “Money,” Eerie #35, Warren Publishing (1971).


What I mean is… over time a young person created to create comics will begin to notice the techniques and mechanisms that go into telling a comics story, such as the dovetailing of art and words, and then eventually he will begin practicing these techniques until a light (hopefully) turns on and he starts writing or drawing increasingly better comics stories. But before you can become a tyro creator you have to heed a comics story.

You have to pay attention to it!

You have to become consciously aware of its beauty and its clockworks.

This is what I mean by having a comic book peel your eyes.

Iron Fist #13, Page 1, Marvel Comics (1977).

Iron Fist #13 was the first comic book to peel my eyes. Specifically the splash page by penciller John Byrne and inker Dan Adkins. I can remember where I was when I first saw it (standing at the spinner rack at May’s Drug Store) and approximately when it happened (shortly after school on a cloudy early spring Thursday in 1977). There was something about the splash’s layout and composition and colors that lured me in like nothing I had seen before in a comic book and I commenced to grabbing every issue of Iron Fist and any other Byrne-drawn comic book on the rack.  Then I went to every store I knew within reasonable driving distance that sold comic books and grabbed more Iron Fist comics and more Byrne-drawn comics plus any other comic books that caught my eye, the most memorable being Mike Grell’s lush artwork on Green Lantern/Green Arrow #91. A couple of hours later I arrived home with a six-inch stack of comic books that only cost thirty-five cents each and enjoyed some of the happiest hours of my life as I began to really discover and enjoy comics storytelling.

Mike Grell kept the peeling going with his gorgeous work on pages 2-3 from Green Lantern/Green Arrow #91, DC Comics (1977).

Good memories, but while Byrne was the first to peel my eyes, it was Korean writer/artist Sanho Kim who first got me to heed comics.

Mr Bones sweeps out the trash at Ghost Manor as imagined by comics grandmaster Steve Ditko.


I am embarrassed to say I had forgotten this until a few weeks ago when I came across a spotlight about Kim in The Charlton Comics Companion from TwoMorrows Publishing. In the seventies I was a fan of Charlton’s Doomsday +1  (with stories drawn by Byrne) and its horror anthologies, in particular Ghost Manor and its awesome host Mr. Bones, which is where I discovered Kim’s work, although I cannot tell you exactly where or when this happened. And unfortunately the Companion’s bio spotlight was light on details, although to be fair not much biographical information exists on Kim. There is a brief bio in Eerie #35 (“New Staff Artist: Sanho Kim”), Kim’s introduction to his self-published 1973 graphic novel (or what he called a montage book) Sword’s Edge: The Sword and the Maiden, and an article by Kim Dong-Hwa, Chairman of the Korean Cartoonists Association, commemorating Sanho Kim receiving Korea’s Medal of Cultural Merits in 2008, and that’s about it. According to these sources Kim was born in 1939, raised in a refugee camp, and studied fine art at the Seorabeol Art College in Soeul. Prior to coming to the United States he spent eight years creating Korean comics or manhwa like his first full-length comic book The Brilliant Twilight Star in 1958 and the bestselling Lifi, Korea’s first science fiction comic, in 1959. In 1969 Kim immigrated to the United States where he became one of the first, if not the first, Asian-style artist published in American comic books, most notably for Charlton but also Skywald Publications, Warren Publishing and Marvel Comics.

I drew that! My mad scientist Dr. Calgeri in my own style and Mr. Bones in the style of Sanho Kim (1975).


Prior to discovering Kim in Ghost Manor I had taken no more notice of the art in a comic book than its newsprint. Kim changed that and in the process became my first favorite comic book artist, someone whose work I recognized the instant I saw it.

But what was it about Kim’s work that caught my eye?

If you had asked me then I would have told you it was because his horror stories looked creepier, his Westerns looked grittier, and his adventures looked more exciting than what other artist’s drew. Oh, and there was something neat about the way Kim drew people with square heads and emerald eyes! Yep, I could pick out a Kim-drawn character from a mile away, but it never occurred to me that the reason for this might have been because I drew people in a similar fashion (see sketch on the left), or that I might have thought Kim’s stories looked more effective than those of his peers because he was a master manhwaga (manhwa creator) proficient at marrying realistically drawn bodies with unrealistic faces and detailed clothing and intricate backgrounds with simplified dialogue, all of which struck a cord with me as a budding comic book writer.

Did someone say “creepy”? From “Hell House,” The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #36, Charlton Comics (1973).

Again, to be fair, I hadn’t learned yet that amateur creators are drawn to the works of professionals who have a similar style to their own. Heck, I wasn’t even aware what my nascent writing style was, so how could I have been aware of the similarities in my stories and the ones drawn and written by Kim?  For example, Kim’s stories not only employ simple dialogue but frequently incorporate Korean history, and I write spare dialogue and often incorporate history in my stories. I can see all that now, but what I don’t understand is how I could have been such a fan of Kim’s art and stories but failed to notice when I stopped seeing his work and then forgot about Kim for so many years. I suppose it because I was young and susceptible to juvenile out-of-sight-out-of-mindness. It’s not much of an excuse but there you go.



There is something to be said for auld lang syne, though, and after rediscovering Kim it was heartening to find out that — besides our creative similarities — we share an admiration for the comics medium and a belief in its potential. Kim expressed his hopes for the medium — which parallel many of the ideas comics grandmaster Will Eisner was beginning to propound about the same time — in his Sword’s Edge introduction:

“I come from Korea where for eight years I wrote, illustrated and completely controlled the creation of my comic books. At the same time, I dreamed about the “great” American comic book. I expected its overall quality to be much higher than was I found in the small number I read in Korea.

“However, when I came here, I discovered that the American comic book isn’t as fine a product of American creativity and imagination as I had dreamed it is. And, I also noticed, it really hasn’t changed since its first days 35 years ago.

“For five years now, I  have been living in the United States, illustrating those comic books. Now, for the first time here, I am making my own.

“This book—we call it a montage book—is not like other comic books. At its core is the idea that the artist and the writer must be in harmony: the illustrations and the story must be conceived together; the illustrations and story must be executed together.

“Unfortunately, the American artist and writer today rarely work together. Too often, a comic book story with merit, has poor art. And one with good art has bad writing.

“Most people who follow comic books seriously, believe that a good comic book is the result of good art. They believe the writing is of secondary importance. That is wrong—entirely wrong. Good cinematography alone does not make a good motion picture. Nor does good art alone make a good comic book. Everything—art, writing, reproduction—must be outstanding for the comic book to be outstanding.

“There are fortunately, many worthy artists in the United States. I respect their work very highly. There are also many fine writers here. Yet, the two rarely get together.

“That is sad. American comic books are in a rut. American artists are too. Neither experiment. They have fallen into deep and deadening mannerisms.

“I feel now, after these five years of illustrating someone else’s stories, of meeting some editor’s conceptions of what a comic book should be, it is time that I make my own comic book.

“I do not think that Sword’s Edge is my best work. But I feel that it is new and different to America. In fact, it is similar in some respects to my old, Korean style. Whether it is good or bad—and that is only for you to decide—at least I am trying to show you what I feel a comic book can be.”

But even as Kim was trying to coax American comics out of their rut by bringing manwha to the United States in a graphic novel format, he was also experimenting with mixing elements from manwha and traditional American comics, most notably in “The Promise” from Charlton’s Ghostly Tales #101 (1973). (If you’d like to read “The Promise” click on this link. You can also watch an in-depth critical appreciation of “The Promise” from an American and a Korean perspective at Old Folks Comic Talks at the link below.) Ghostly Tales #101 also features “A Word from Sanho Kim” in which he explains how “The Promise” was inspired by a popular type of Korean ghost story and how his story differed from typical American comic book stories of that time.

Sword’s Edge and “The Promise” are variations of the same plot: a warrior chances across a maiden during his travels and faces consequences that arise from that meeting. But “The Promise” is a supernatural story, unlike Sword’s Edge, which might be called a coming-of-age adventure. And where Sword’s Edge is presented in a traditional manwha manner, “The Promise” is simultaneously told in Korean and English, something Kim would never have been permitted to try at Marvel, DC, or Warren with their conformity to United States storytelling standards. Perhaps the only reason he got away with at Charlton is because, being a smaller company, the publisher did not have the time or resouces to demand changes.


Kim only worked on American comics between 1969 to 1976 but he did not return to Korea until 1996. Even then Kim did not stop pushing the limits of comics storytelling. His Korean comics focus on historical topics, like his three-volume magnum opus  Daejusinjeguksa (History of Great Korean Empire), and he has developed a new way to tell comic book stories he calls “picture scenario” that combines Western painting with comics art for a new way to tell comic book stories.


I was too young and inexperienced in comic book communication to know how to do more than enjoy Kim’s art when I first discovered it. If I had been a few years older or discovered Kim’s work a few years later I have no doubts he would have peeled my eyes as effectively as Byrne did. But Kim did get me to notice comic book art and stories and for that I am grateful. Now having rediscovered him and having learned about his impressive accomplishments in the comics medium I can truly say that I will never forget him again.



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My newest Sherlock Holmes pastiche “The Adventure of the Absent Crossing Sweeper” is now available in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXXVII – 2023 Annual (1875-1889) from MX Publishing.

January 12, 1882, a few months after Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson’s first adventure A Study in Scarlet. Scotland Yard Detective G. Lestrade, a man not known for being over-tender of heart, has taken it upon himself to find a crossing sweeper who has been missing from his corner on Oxford Street since St. Andrew’s Day. Lestrade’s private search has reached an impasse so he comes to Holmes to request the assistance of the Baker Street Irregulars, unaware that Holmes has already engaged them as part of his own private investigation, a diplomatically delicate matter for the British Foreign Office (and his brother Mycroft) involving a noble but disreputable lodger in the building at the Oxford corner.

Just what all is going on at this building on Oxford Street?

“The Adventure of the Absent Crossing Sweeper” marks my fifth appearance in this popular anthology series from MX Publishing, the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. It is also just one of the 59 new traditional Canonical Holmes pastiches you will find in Part XXXVII and its companion volumes Part XXXVIII (1890-1896) and Part XXXIX (1897-1923). Together this trilogy presents the Great Detective and the Good Doctor in Untold Cases, sequels to Canonical adventures and stories that progress along completely unexpected lines from their early friendship at 221B Baker Street to Holmes’ retirement and the post-War years.

And if you enjoy “Adventure of the Absent Crossing Sweeper” you might want to check out my other Holmes pastiches in audio and print. All books are available in hardcover and paperback unless otherwise noted. And for a bigger view of any cover or illustration just click on the image.

The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative: Being the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson Against the Moriarties During the Great Hiatus

The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative (Audible Book)

Case of the Petty CursesFurther Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, Imagination Theatre (Audio Production)



“Case of the Petty Curses” : The Art of Sherlock Holmes – West Palm Beach


“Case of the Petty Curses” illustration print by Robert St. Croix



Case of Unfinished BusinessFurther Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Imagination Theatre (Audio Production)


“Case of Unfinished Business”: Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes: A Collection of Scripts from “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”


“Case of the Petty Curses:” MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part VII: Eliminate the Impossible (1880-1891)


“The Case for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared”: MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XVII: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth


“A Case of Unfinished Business”: MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XX: 2020 Annual (1891-1897)


“The Case of the Un-Paralleled Adventures”: MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XXIII: Some More Untold Cases (1888-1894)


“The Adventure of the Ambitious Task”: Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives Vol. 2 (featuring Feril Nightlinger) – PAPERBACK ONLY



Parts I-III of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories were published in 2015 and featured over 60 stories in the true traditional Canonical manner. That set, the largest collection of new Holmes stories assembled up to that time, was originally planned as a one-time event but readers wanted more. And now with the release of Parts XXXVII, XXXVIII, and XXXIX the series has grown to over 800 new Holmes adventures by over 200 contributors from around the world. All contributor royalties from every collection go to the Undershaw school for special needs children, located at one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes, and to date the project has raised over $110,000 for the school.



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