Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gaslight Grimoire Launch at World Fantasy Convention

Although Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes is already available online and in shops the book is receiving an "Official Launch" at World Fantasy Convention 2008. The convention is held in Calgary, AB, Canada this year and runs from October 30 through November 2. Gaslight Grimoire contributors Barbara Hambly (a Guest of Honor at WFC 2008), J. R. Campbell, Barbara Roden, Chris Roberson and Charles Prepolec are all expected to be on hand for signings and readings during the course of the convention. If you're at the Con be sure to come along to the EDGE booth on Friday morning or to the Saturday afternoon launch and say hello!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

GG Authors 5 Sherlockian Questions - Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly
Story: The Lost Boy


1) When did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?

My Dad is a Holmes fan, so I knew about Holmes from very small childhood. When I was eight I bought (with my own meager allowance) an abridged-for-kids version of about five Holmes stories - Speckled Band, Blue Carbuncle, Case of Identity, Scandal in Bohemia, and Red-Headed League - put out by Classic Comics (though it was prose, not comic version). After that I asked for The Complete Sherlock Holmes in hardcover (which was expensive, for 1959) which I got for Christmas and read pretty much cover-to-cover (I was nine, by then). After that I wrote my own Holmes stories, which were, of course, just God-awful.

2) Do you have a favourite story from the canon?

There are so many in the canon that are favorites, but I think my all-time re-read fave has to be Hound of the Baskervilles.

3) Are you active in any Sherlockian societies?


I am not now nor ever have been involved in any Sherlockian society.

4) Are you involved with any other Sherlock Holmes projects?

I'm not currently doing any Holmes projects, though I've done two other Holmes short stories: "The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk" for Michael Kurland's My Sherlock Holmes collection; and "The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece" for the Shadows Over Baker Street collection - Sherlock Holmes meets the Chthulu Mythos, which was a lot of fun. Both of these - like "Adventure of the Lost Boy" - involve Mary Watson in one way or another.

5) Any other of your projects you’d like to tell our readers about?

I've just finished a straight Civil War novel, Home Land, which should be out in 2009; I'm more or less regrouping at the moment. The first volume of my graphic novel for PennyFarthing Press - Anne Steelyard: The Garden of Emptiness - should be out next spring. I also have a Hellboy short story in the new collection, Oddest Jobs. Everything else is still too up in the air to talk about.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Gaslight Grimoire Reviewed in Library Journal

Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes was recently reviewed in the Library Journal.

Excerpt: "....an excellent addition to the Holmesian apocrypha. A good addition to any library."

Click here to read the full review.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gaslight Grimoire - On the Edge Podcasts

Marie Bilodeau hosts On the Edge, a regular podcast feature for EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing writers, artists, editors, etc...and currently up on the EDGE website are two podcasts related to Gaslight Grimoire.

First up is Gaslight Grimoire cover artist Timothy Lantz. Click here to access the podcast directly.

In the second podcast Marie chats with Gaslight Grimoire editors J. R. Campbell and me, Charles Prepolec. Click here to access the podcast directly.

If you prefer, you can also visit the EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing website and listen there. Both interviews can be found a little ways down on the right side of the page.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Gaslight Grimoire: Now Shipping from Amazon.ca and EDGE

Just a brief note to indicate that Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes is now in-stock and shipping directly from both the publisher, EDGE, and Amazon.ca. Expect it to appear in more outlets shortly.

Friday, October 10, 2008

GG Authors 5 Sherlockian Questions - Martin Powell

Martin Powell
Story: Sherlock Holmes in the Lost World

1) When did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?

It was in the sixth grade, I think. Conan Doyle's "The Norwood Builder" was in our English text book and we were assigned to read it. I remember being very excited by the story, especially impressed with the Great Detective's solution to the mystery. I really admired his cleverness. Still do.

2) Do you have a favourite story from the canon?

Several come to mind. I think "The Speckled Band" is the perfect, iconic Holmes adventure. It's the first one I always suggest for new readers. I love "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Dying Detective", too.

3) Are you active in any Sherlockian societies?

I'm not, actually. Perhaps I should be, though.

4) Are you involved with any other Sherlock Holmes projects?

Always. SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE LOST WORLD was my seventh Holmes adventure and my eighth and ninth tales of the Great Detective will see print very soon, including a graphic novel adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, from Stone Arch Books. That one is, by the way, the only Conan Doyle adaptation I've ever done. The others have all been original stories. It was lots of fun, returning to the source.

5) Any other of your projects you'd like to tell our readers about?

Well, I'm sorely tempted, but I won't. Sherlock Holmes is the star here, and that's as it should be.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Gaslight Grimoire - J. R. Campbell's Lady Sannox Radio Play

Gaslight Grimoire co-editor and contributor J. R. Campbell (The Entwined) has written a number of scripts for Imagination Theater's THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES radio series. Jeff's latest script produced by Imagination Theater - The Lady Sannox Investigation - can now be heard for free online at the Imagination Theater site. Sherlock Holmes investigates the events depicted in Arthur Conan Doyle's non-Sherlockian short horror story The Case of Lady Sannox.

Click here to visit Imagination Theater now.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

GG Artist 5...erm...4 Sherlockian Questions - Phil Cornell

Phil Cornell
Gaslight Grimoire Interior Illustrations

1) When did you first encounter Sherlock Holmes?

In 1964, when I was nine, my parents gave me The Readers' Digest Young Peoples' Annual which contained 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band'. When Holmes rattled off his series of deductions about how Miss Stoner had travelledby dog-cart (even though I had no idea what a dog-cartwas), I was hooked. Discovering the rest of the Canon in the John Murray editions at my local library cemented the fascination!
2) Do you have a favourite story from the canon?

'The Sign of the Four' is the epitome of everything I love in a Holmes yarn. A fair client in distress, a spooky old house, a hidden treasure, romance, a death in a locked room, some great Holmesian dialogue, the thrilling pursuit down the Thames...what more could one ask for?

3) Are you active in any Sherlockian societies?

I am the "expedition artist" for 'The Sydney Passengers'.

4) Are you involved with any other Sherlock Holmes projects?

I am currently working with fellow Sydney Passenger Chris Sequeira, cover artist (and Oscar nominated make-up artist) Dave Elsey, and penciller Tim McEwen on a new dark and gritty Sherlock Holmes comic for new comics publisher Black House Comics. Watch out for 'Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes'



Two full page illustrations by Phil Cornell from Gaslight Grimoire.







Gaslight Grimoire Reviewed at SF Revu & Gumshoe Review

Gaslight Grimoire is clearly something of a genre-bending book as Gayle Surrette has reviewed Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes for both online mags SF Revu and Gumshoe Review. Click here to read the review on Gumshoe Review or here on SF Revu. Same review either way.