Author: James

Gaslight Gothic

A couple of links pertaining to Gaslight Gothic, a new collection of supernatural Sherlock Holmes adventures from EDGE Publishing. Not uncoincidentally, I have a story in it, “The Strange Case of Dr Sacker and Mr Hope”.

Here’s a webcast interview with the mighty editing duo, J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec.

And here’s the first review of the anthology. You should, of course, read the whole piece, but I found the following excerpt rather pleasing, for the obvious reasons:

“It’s always a good sign when you see James Lovegrove attached to an anthology, and even moreso when it’s a Sherlock Holmes anthology. Mr. Lovegrove has written a number of Holmes novels and short stories and they have always been immensely enjoyable. In particular, he has been one of the few authors to try and bring back the ‘original’ Watson from the early Holmes canon, rather than the later simpleton; the Watsons to be found in his tales are always proactive rather than passive, fiercely independent and actually intelligent, rather than the canine-like ‘faithful companion’ that seems to be the default for most Holmes pastiches. He has also begun writing a series of novels that pits Holmes against the Lovecraftian Elder Gods and his story for this anthology, The Strange Case of Dr Sacker and Mr Hope, has a similarly occult, cosmic horror angle; taking inspiration from Conan Doyle’s original names for Holmes and Watson, he effortlessly weaves a bizarre, dream-like and hugely enjoyable tale that focuses on the conflicting dual natures of Holmes as a character, and what the consequences might be if one were allowed to reign supreme over the other. It has an ending that completely fooled me, taking Holmes and Watson down a very dark path that reminded me of Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, and is another stand-out story in the anthology.”

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Gaslight Gothic Cover

“Good heavens, Holmes!” I ejaculated. “Is that what I think it is?”

“That depends, Watson,” replied my friend, “on what you think it is.”

“Well, it appears to be a cover image for a new collection of stories detailing your and my exploits.”

“Indeed so. But it is unusual in that there is a marked supernatural theme to the narratives.”

“How on earth can you have deduced that?” I said, ready to be as baffled as ever by Holmes’s powers of logical analysis.

The great detective snorted. “Watson, Watson, do you not observe the rather sinister pictorial image with which the cover is adorned? It fairly reeks of the occult and the outré. Perhaps a more obvious clue would be the legend ‘New Tales of Terror’ which precedes the list of contributing authors.”

“And what a fine gathering of talent that list comprises,” I remarked with genuine pleasure. “Noteworthy chroniclers of your adventures, one and all… save for that Lovegrove fellow. A reprobate and a ne’er-do-well, in my opinion.”

“Come, come. Lovegrove is an honest scrivener such as yourself.”

“I have heard dark rumours about him. The literary world is known to shudder at the mere mention of his name.”

“Be that as it may,” Holmes said, “Messrs Campbell and Prepolec have surely gifted the world with a fine anthology, which I believe will be available to buy very soon.”

“Should I purchase a copy?” I enquired.

“The answer is elementary, Watson. Yes.”

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Talking Turkey About Sherlock Holmes

Here’s me talking about Sherlock Holmes to TRT, Turkey’s English-language news network. My pearls of wisdom begin at around the 3-and-a-half minute mark.

The interview, conducted via Skype, was fun to do. The hard part was setting up my iPad at the right angle. Took about five minutes, with much raising, lowering and angling of the music stand it was perched on.

The eagle-eyed among you will spot that the bookshelf behind me contains a single copy of everything I have ever written. There’s also a Sherlock Holmes picture, the image made up of titles of and quotations from Holmes tales, and a huge framed, blown-up version of the original cover of Days. Comics fans will recognised the Hulk on the calendar on the wall and, on top of the bookcase, action figures of Hellboy and an assortment of Marvel horror characters from the 1970s, still in the box.



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Iconoclast Novella

Out now, for the princely sum of 99 pence (or near-equivalent in your local currency) is this ebook novella, cowritten by me and Nick “N.X.” Sharps.

It’s a fast-paced espionage SF action thriller set in a world where super-powered aliens have set themselves up as the ruthless dictators of planet Earth, opposed by a small but determined band of human rebels.

If all goes according to plan, this will be just the first in a series.

To whet your appetite, behold the terrific cover art by Darryl Petrucci.

Available on Kindle from Amazon UK and other Amazon outlets.

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Shiny Firefly News!

A year ago, Titan Books asked me if I would like to write a TV tie-in novel. Now, my normal response would have been a flat no. But in this case it was a slavering, frantically eager YES!!! Because the licensed property in question was…


Best gorramn TV series ever.

I’ve been under embargo from telling anyone about this project since then. It’s been almost painful keeping it a secret.

Last Monday I delivered a first draft of my novel, The Magnificent Nine. It’s going to be published in March 2019.

I’m one of three authors producing the first of these new Firefly stories, which have Joss Whedon as their consulting editor and will be canonical. The others are Tim Lebbon and Nancy Holder. I feel I am in very good company there.

I can’t wait for people to have the chance to see my take on the ‘Verse. I’ve been as faithful as I can to the flavour of the show and the foibles of the characters, while indulging just about every Western-themed fancy I can think of. I’ve written a cowboy movie in space, and I hope it pleases everyone from diehard Browncoats to fans of pure escapist SF fun.


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