Tuesday, October 13, 2015


"Science seeks knowledge! Let the knowledge lead us where it will, we still must seek it! To know once and for all what we are, why we are, where we are, is that not in itself the greatest of all human aspirations?" – Professor G. E. Challenger, When the World Screamed

Brilliant, belligerent and bearded in equal measure, incapable of suffering fools, or journalists, gladly, the greatest scientific mind of his generation - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor George Edward Challenger returns in ten all-new tales of scientific adventure and wonder. He is the discoverer of The Lost World, the prophet of The Poison Belt, the destroyer of The Disintegration Machine, and the man who made the World Scream! Who can deliver mankind from the shackles of ignorance? Who else but that great self-proclaimed champion
of science? We give you, ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the one, the only, Professor George Edward Challenger!

Featuring stories by: Guy Adams & James Goss, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mark Morris, Josh Reynolds, John Takis, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Stephen Volk, Wendy N. Wagner, Andrew J. Wilson and J. R. Campbell. With an introduction by Christopher Roden.

This original anthology, from the authors and editors who brought you the Gaslight Sherlock Holmes series, sees Challenger and his stalwart companions including the reporter Malone, big game hunter Lord John Roxton and the skeptical colleague Professor Summerlee, travel across space and witness the ravages of time, narrowly eluding a dinosaur’s bite only to battle against the invasive red bloom of alien foliage, and then plunge deep into the mysteries hidden within the Earth and reach out to the moon and into the heart of the unknown. Strap yourself in for chills, thrills, and challenges to the unknown in exciting new worlds and lost places with literature’s foremost scientific adventurer.

"The whole matter is very fully and lucidly discussed in my forthcoming volume upon the earth, which I may describe with all due modesty as one of the epoch-making books of the world's history."
– Professor G. E. Challenger, When the World Screamed

Edited by J. R. Campbell & Charles Prepolec

Foreword - Christopher Roden
Introduction - Charles Prepolec

"Hind and Horn" by Wendy N. Wagner
"The Shug Monkey" by Stephen Volk
"The Crystal Minders" by John Takis
"King of the Moon" by Lawrence C. Connolly
"The Dinner Party" by J. R. Campbell
"The Fool's Sea" by Simon Kurt Unsworth
"The Eye of the Devil" by Mark Morris
"Professor Challenger & The Crimson Wonder" by Guy Adams & James Goss
"Time's Black Gulf" by Josh Reynolds
"Out of the Depths" by Andrew J. Wilson

Cover art by Dave Elsey

ISBN: 978-1-77053-052-2
Trade Paperback
5.5" X 8.5"


Wednesday, February 12, 2014


English speaking Sherlock Holmes aficionados can now view at least the first three entries, with English subtitles, in the new Russian Sherlock Holmes series via YouTube. To engage the English subtitles click on the CC icon at the lower right of the screen.

The second episode - Rock, Paper, Scissors has also been made available with English subtitles.

The third episode - Clowns

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the Fourth be...nah, not in the Sherlockian World.

May 4, 1891:

My Dear Watson,

I write these few lines through the courtesy of Mr. Moriarty, who awaits my convenience for the final discussion of those questions which lie between us. He has been giving me a sketch of the methods by which he avoided the English police and kept himself informed of our movements. They certainly confirm the very high opinion which I had formed of his abilities. I am pleased to think that I shall be able to free society from any further effects of his presence, though I fear that it is at a cost which will give pain to my friends, and especially, my dear Watson, to you. I have already explained to you, however, that my career had in any case reached its crisis, and that no possible conclusion to it could be more congenial to me than this. Indeed, if I may make a full confession to you, I was quite convinced that the letter from Meiringen was a hoax, and I allowed you to depart on that errand under the persuasion that some development of this sort would follow. Tell Inspector Patterson that the papers which he needs to convict the gang are in pigeonhole M., done up in a blue envelope and inscribed "Moriarty." I made every disposition of my property before leaving England and handed it to my brother Mycroft. Pray give my greetings to Mrs. Watson, and believe me to be, my dear fellow...
Very sincerely yours, Sherlock Holmes.

A few words may suffice to tell the little that remains. An examination by experts leaves little doubt that a personal contest between the two men ended, as it could hardly fail to end in such a situation, in their reeling over, locked in each other's arms. Any attempt at recovering the bodies was absolutely hopeless, and there, deep down in that dreadful cauldron of swirling water and seething foam, will lie for all time the most dangerous criminal and the foremost champion of the law of their generation. The Swiss youth was never found again, and there can be no doubt that he was one of the numerous agents whom Moriarty kept in his employ. As to the gang, it will be within the memory of the public how completely the evidence which Holmes had accumulated exposed their organization, and how heavily the hand of the dead man weighed upon them. Of their terrible chief few details came out during the proceedings, and if I have now been compelled to make a clear statement of his career, it is due to those injudicious champions who have endeavoured to clear his memory by attacks upon him whom I shall ever regard as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Professor Challenger Anthology Submission Guidelines

Editors: J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec

Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Genres: SF, Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk, Adventure

Submission deadline: May 31, 2012

Story Length: Approx. 7, 500 words to a maximum of 10,000 words

What we’re after:

A broad range of new and original stories built around Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s LOST WORLD character Professor George Edward Challenger. Stories derived from the aftermath of events in the Lost World are welcome, however simply revisiting or rehashing the Lost World without good cause is not. Challenger is a man of science first and foremost, not an explorer. Mash-ups or crossovers with public domain literary characters are welcome.  

For inspiration think X-files, Quatermass, Dr. Who, cryptozoology – Yeti, Nessie, etc…, aliens among us, supernatural occurrences, science gone awry in a Dr. Moreau, Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll vein, nature run amuck, monsters large and small, world threatening cataclysm, Lovecraft mythos, think H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, E. R. Burroughs, John Wyndham, Nigel Kneale, alternate history, new lost places, steampunk, whatever.... Be creative.

Mine the potential for all it's worth! Push it out there, get weird, play, have fun!

Notes: This is a professional market. Full rate to 7,500 words, half rate for balance to 10,000 words. One time publication rights. The anthology is part invitation and part open submission. Priority will be given to invited authors, but an invitation to submit is not a guarantee of acceptance. A minimum of two slots will be held for open submissions. Acceptance is based entirely on suitability of story and quality of writing. No reprints.

Submission Format:
Email submission in Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) attachments only.  Use standard manuscript format. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuscript_format#Basic_manuscript_formatting)

Saturday, December 3, 2011


While the English-speaking world is all aflutter over the forthcoming SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS and the second series of the BBC's brilliant SHERLOCK (likely airing in January on BBC 1), let's not forget that the Russian company  Central Partnership is busily producing a new 16 episode (8 two-parters) Sherlock Holmes series of their own. The series is due for release in 2012-2013. It stars Igor Petrenko (Sherlock Holmes), Andrew Panin (Watson), Mikhail Boyarsky (Lestrade), Leonid Yarmolnik, Alexander Golubev, and Elisaveta Boyarskaya.

Here are a few pics...

Saturday, November 19, 2011


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

From TANGENTonline.com

“...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 AMAZON.com 
(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)

Download the Kindle eBook from Amazon USA now! 
Order the trade paperback from Amazon USA now!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock HolmesCalgary Signing
October 15, 2011- Chapters - Spectrum (Sunridge)

On Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 12 - 3 PM co-editors Jeff Campbell and Charles Prepolec will be at Chapters - Spectrum signing copies of our new book GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. Contributor Kevin Cockle may also be in attendance. If you're in Calgary and need a copy, or just want to say hello, come on by the store.

*Be one of the first 5 people to purchase a copy of GASLIGHT ARCANUM at the signing and receive a free limited print of our stunning frontispiece art signed by artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy). Free bookmark with every purchase.

What: Gaslight Arcanum signing with editors Jeff R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec

When: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from Noon - 3PM

Where: Chapters - Spectrum (Sunridge)
Spectrum Shopping Centre, #500 - 2555 32nd St NE
Calgary, Alberta
T1Y 7J6
(403) 250-9171

Edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy - October 2011
ISBN-10: 1894063600
ISBN-13: 978-1894063609

Cover art by Dave Elsey
Frontispiece by Mike Mignola
Additional interior illustrations by Luke Eidenschink


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

Monday, September 26, 2011


Out now from Titan Books. A supernatural thriller with Holmes, Carnacki, John Silence and Aleister Crowley.  Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God (Further Advent/Sherlock Holmes) by Guy Adams.

Description: When several leading society figures begin acting out of character, Holmes is enlisted on an investigation that will see him team up with famed ghost hunter Thomas Carnacki, and the famous occultist Aleister Crowley.

As London fills up with mindless zombies, possessed by the spirits in the air, Holmes must descend beneath the city via the new underground train network to combat the source. 

Read an excerpt at Fangoria.

Order from Amazon USA

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Advance poster art revealed for the upcoming Robert Downey Jr SHERLOCK HOLMES sequel SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS. Striking artwork, but the perspective on the background characters in each seems a bit off.