Sunday, October 11, 2015

My newest article on comics history was published by

13 Freaky Facts You May Not Know about Comics and Their Creators

Comic books have captivated readers for more than three quarters of a century. The fantastic characters and earthshaking storylines continue to fascinate and amaze fans; and in recent years this wealth of mythic material has helped revitalize the movie industry. But sometimes the most intriguing stories take place behind the scenes – in the lives of the creators, and in the strange circumstances and fateful events which have shaped the history of the comic book.
Rivalries and strange alliances! Threats, lawsuits and broken promises! Crazy connections and weird quirks of fate! Here are the weird truths exposing several long-held misconceptions and revealing some all-but-forgotten firsts – 13 of the craziest, coolest and, often, most ironic connections in comic book publishing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Professor Challenger has arrived!

Challenger Unbound, the new anthology from UK publisher KnightWatch Press, is now available at Amazon. The book features 12 fantastic tales, including my novelette "Challenger of Two Worlds."

In these twelve original stories Professor Challenger faces amazing, new challenges from a time before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World, to beyond When the World Screamed. In CHALLENGER UNBOUND you have it all: from sci-fi to steampunk; from the diabolic "The Damnation Gate" to a blood-curdling yarn from Ian Millsted; from Paul Lewis's eerie Cthulhuic "River of Bones" to a gripping tale by Simon Kurt Unsworth.

There are stories for the purists, like "Challenger and The Isle Out of Time"; and for those who enjoy seeing the Canon deconstructed, with Tom English's "Challenger of Two Worlds"; but always, the immortal characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are in good hands. Brave, heroic and quick witted, slightly flawed and sometimes even preposterous, Professor Challenger and his intrepid party are ready for all the adventures they can get their hands on ... but are you?

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