Saturday, April 18, 2015

Professor Challenger to Save the Day in Historic Tavern!

"If you've even the intelligence of an amoeba, you'll plan to be there!"
Very pleased that my novelette "Challenger of Two Worlds" will be published in the new anthology Challenger Unbound, edited by Theresa Derwin for UK publisher KnightWatch Press, and scheduled to be launched at Conan Doyle Con in the handsome and historic City Tavern Public House in Birmingham, UK.

CONAN DOYLE CON: Sat 30th May City Tavern, Birmingham, 12:00 – 18:15

Here's the Table of Contents:
Foreword by Tom Ue
Introduction by Michael R. Brush
The Last Expedition by Simon Kurt Unsworth
River of Bones by Paul Lewis
Challenger and the Isle out of Time by Michael R. Brush
Damnation Gate by Harry Harding Hawkins Jr.
The Death of Challenger by Steve Lockley
Professor Challenger and the Spider’s Kiss by Bob Lock
The Vendetta Virus by Rhys Hughes
The Lady and the Professor by Ian Millstead
Challenger of Two Worlds by Tom English
Unnatural Selection by Ian Faulkner
Challengers in Space by Michael R. Brush
Two Challengers by J R Campbell
Postscript by Theresa Derwin

Monday, June 11, 2012

Yet another great review of GASLIGHT ARCANUM: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes

Issue #28 of the UK magazine BLACK STATIC contains yet another great review of GASLIGHT ARCANUM: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes (edited by Charles Prepolec and J. R. Campbell for Edge SF and Fantasy Publishing). BLACK STATIC Contributing Editor Peter Tennant had previously listed the anthology among his 13 favorite reads of 2012 thus far. In his review column CASE NOTES, he gives a short review of each tale in GASLIGHT ARCANUM, and I'm still glowing over what he wrote about my story "The Dead Sin of Sherlock Holmes": "There is more supernatural fare with 'The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes' by Tom English, with the genre standard of a cursed book here given a fresh coat of scarlet paint...." Tennant describes the story as "adroitly written and engaging, [the] horrors put over with aplomb." GASLIGHT ARCANUM can be purchased just about everywhere books are sold. Here's the Amazon link

Monday, November 21, 2011

What GASLIGHT ARCANUM readers and reviewers are saying about "The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes"

“The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes” by Tom English

“Eerily good fun, reminded me a bit of ACD's 'The Silver Hatchet'. This is one to get caught up in, and will send the shivers down your spine. Made all the better for it capturing the essence of Sherlock Holmes.... Investigation played out the way Holmes of Canon would have done, down to the last letter. Supernatural or no, this was a genuinely well-done pastiche.”

“The tale overall is very dark and contains quite a bit of conflict around the nature of faith and sin -- not a traditional Holmes story, but very good despite that.”

“...This tale builds tension with an engaging and original plot.”

“...A chilling & succinctly told tale....”

“...A clever twist that was both imaginative and chilling. I found it an excellent read.”

(Just one of a dozen stories in GASLIGHT ARCANUM: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes
(Quotes pulled from spoiler-laden reviews at,, and

Friday, November 18, 2011

What readers and reviewers are saying about GASLIGHT ARCANUM

Here's what readers and reviewers are saying about GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

“...A strong collection, well worth the price.”

“I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for as long as I have been able to read. ... So it’s no surprise that Flames Rising asked me if I wanted to review a (nearly) all-new anthology of “uncanny tales” featuring Sherlock Holmes. It’s even less of a surprise that I accepted. ...In such anthologies, I personally look for two elements: fidelity to the core of the characters and elements of the Holmes canon, and novelty to present a new take or slant on familiar faces. How does this new anthology hold up? ...Most of the stories are good for a variety of reasons, and the last two stories are absolutely worth the price of admission. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and novel approaches to well-loved characters, this anthology is well worth a look.” (4 out of 5 stars)

AT (Here are quotes from 4 of the 6 reviews posted thus far. All 6 reviews are 4 or 5 star.)

“Campbell and Prepolec's 3rd eerie anthology:
This collection is the fifth by this pair of editors and it is, perhaps, their best yet. ...A few of the tales in this book can be explained by modern science and rational circumstances, but even that is not always comforting. All are interesting, some are exceptional and a few are unpleasant. ...certainly worth the price. ...The variety of tales is wide, with something (or things) for everyone's tastes.” (4 out of 5 stars)

“Chilling Compilation:
...Gaslight Arcanum was a very enjoyable, readable, and at times thrilling set of stories ranging from the uncanny, to supernatural to pulpy sci-fi.” “...FANTASTICALLY chilling ... more than worthwhile.” (4 out of 5 stars)

“Sherlock Holmes in the Twilight Zone:
...Puts the great detective in several bizarre situations that test the limits of his logic and skills. Several memorable and imaginative stories here with lots of plot twists and surprises! ...A good, fun read that's generally faithful to the spirit of Conan Doyles's original tales. Highly recommended!” (5 out of stars)

“Enjoyed Despite Myself:
I am not a huge fan of myth science fiction -- and some of these stories are truly grotesque and horrible. But I liked it. ...Disturbing stories -- yucky but really, truly, interesting. Holmes and Watson remaining true to character helped make the stories.
Worth the purchase and then some.” (4 out of 5 stars)

Saturday, February 26, 2011


I'm pleased to be a part of Gaslight Arcanum, the third in a series of anthologies that began with GASLIGHT GRIMOIRE: FANTASTIC TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2008) and GASLIGHT GROTESQUE: NIGHTMARE TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2009)--- both still available, by the way.

Gaslight Arcanum (edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec)

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Charles Prepolec

"The Comfort of the Seine" by Stephen Volk
"The Adventure of Lucifer’s Footprints" by Christopher Fowler 
"The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes" by Tom English
"The Colour that Came to Chiswick" by William Meikle
"A Country Death" by Simon K. Unsworth
"From the Tree of Time" by Fred Saberhagen
"Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell" by Simon Clark
"The Executioner" by Lawrence C. Connolly
"Sherlock Holmes and the Great Game" by Kevin Cockle
"The Greatest Mystery" by Paul Kane
"The House of Blood" by Tony Richards
"The Adventure of the Six Maledictions" by Kim Newman

Cover art by Dave ElseyFrontispiece by Mike Mignola
Published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy, September 2011

Writer's Quote:
"A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so."
---Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Monday, October 25, 2010

Interview at

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by David Mitchell at  We talked about books, ghost stories, the supernatural, and other things -- including the future of Dead Letter Press. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed doing it. We had a blast!

Happy Halloween, ghosts and goblins!
Writer's Quote:
"The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike." ---Ralph Ellison 

New article: 7 Weird Facts You Didn't Know About Comic Books

My new Comics article is now live at 7 Weird Facts You Didn't Know About Comic Books