Nowadays 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.
It 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.
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, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES.
I have three more Holmes novellas available. THE HACKNEY HORROR, THE LONG SLEEP and THE LOST HUSBAND (coming soon) in ebook and print.
The novella REVENANT has now been expanded into a novel, THE DREAMING MAN, out now from Gryphonwood Press.
Apart from that, I have recent short story sales to THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ABROAD ( Little Brown), THE ASSOCIATES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Titan) and SHERLOCK HOLMES' SCHOOL FOR DETECTION ( Little Brown)
I probably won't stop until all the bad guys are caught.
- Sherlock Holmes: The Quality of Mercy and other stories ( Dark Renaissance)
- Sherlock Holmes: Revenant ( Dark Regions Press)
- Sherlock Holmes: The Hackney Horror (Amazon)
- Sherlock Holmes: The Long Sleep (Amazon)
- Sherlock Holmes: The Lost Husband (Amazon)
- Sherlock Holmes: The Dreaming Man (Gryphonwood Press)
- The Quality of Mercy (Gaslight Grotesque / EDGE)
- The Color that Came to Chiswick (Gaslight Arcanum / EDGE)
- The Case of the Maltese Catacombs (Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad / Little Brown)
- A Flash in the Pan (Associates of Sherlock Holmes / Titan )
- A Gentlemanly Wager (Sherlock Holmes' School for Detection / Little Brown )
- The Case of the Little Washer Woman (MMX Publishing Volume VIII)