thelondonterrorsNowadays there is a plethora of detectives in both book and film who may seem to use the trappings of crime solvers, but get involved in the supernatural. William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel (the book that led to the movie Angel Heart) is a fine example, an expert blending of gumshoe and deviltry that is one of my favorite books. Likewise, in the movies, we have cops facing a demon in Denzel Washington’s Fallen that plays like a police procedural taken to a very dark place.

My interest goes further back to the “gentleman detective” era where we have seekers of truth in Blackwood’s John Silence, Sherlock Holmes and William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki.

I was raised on Doyle, Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson and I love that historical period they covered in their work. It’s also the time period I’ve come to prefer for my own writing and I can see me settling in there for a long time to come.

thequalityofmercyIt is the character first and foremost that draws me to Holmes. Doyle brought him to life. He is instantly recognizable all over the world and has been for over 100 years. Few other writers have managed that trick.

I’ve written a number of weird Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years. The first one was THE QUALITY OF MERCY in Gaslight Grotesque for EDGE Publishing.

Since then I’ve done THE CALL OF THE DANCE, published in the Lovecraft ezine, THE COLOUR THAT CAME TO CHISWICK in Gaslight Arcanum and a novella from Dark Regions, SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT, published by them in ebook and paperback.

The above are all also included in the hardcover and trade paperback collection from Dark Renaissance, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES.


I have three more Holmes novellas available from Dark Renaissance. THE HACKNEY HORROR, THE LOST HUSBAND and THE LONG SLEEP are in a collated edition, THE LONDON TERRORS, a companion volume to THE QUALITY OF MERCY.

There is also a new short novel, THE DREAMING MAN, due in hardcover and paperback in 2016.

While I’m at it, I must give credit to the great Wayne Miller, whose illustrations, both for the covers and for the interior B&W work are never short of stellar. They make these Dark Renaissance editions into works of art in their own right and I love them muchly.

sherlockholmesabroadThere was also a new short story this year, THE CASE OF THE MALTESE CATACOMBS in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ABROAD, edited by Simon Clark where I got to share page space with some of my writing heroes.

And I’m currently waiting to hear back on a submission to another anthology that’ll be good news if I make the cut.

I probably won’t stop until all the bad guys are caught.

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