New David Marcum Book: Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes – Tangled Skeins – Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson Paperback – 12 Apr 2015

Sherlock Holmes’s investigations were not always the neat and self-contained stories that were presented for publication. As Watson writes in his “Foreword”:

Holmes’s cases overlapped one another considerably, often with the next beginning while the current was still in motion. Some moved linearly from start to finish without interruption, while others stretched, a piece here and a piece there, across weeks, months, or even years and decades. There are cases from the past that resonated into the present, or times when Holmes’s path was detoured from the middle of one case into a completely different matter without warning. A few never reached any conclusion at all. Sometimes . . . Holmes would find himself surrounded by the returning ripples of a matter that he had believed to be concluded years earlier, with the guilty miscreant supposedly far behind him.

Watson chose the stories in this collection to represent this tangled skein. Join us as we ascend the seventeen steps to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street, discovering cases that range from Holmes’s earliest days in practice to his activities during his supposed retirement on the South Downs of Sussex.

The game is afoot!

This is a great writer with a deep, abiding love of the Smoggy world of 1895 and Sherlock Holmes.  Good luck finding someone else in the room with a clearer grasp of canonical ethics–his stories are always worth the read!

Published in: on January 23, 2015 at 6:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Art for You Buy Bones: Updated Edition

A Scarlet Thread of Murder

Gregson, Bradstreet, Hopkins, Lestrade

Watson and Lestrade with the Skeleton

Published in: on January 20, 2015 at 8:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Charlie Hebdo

Art_Mourns.color2[1] My biggest inspiration for this was listening to a person who grew up in the household of the Birmingham Bombers.  The fear they described, infecting every living moment of the handful of people who were capable of such casual cruelty was numbing–just to hear it.  I can’t imagine what it must have been like to actually live in it.

Published in: on January 18, 2015 at 5:18 am  Leave a Comment  

New Books update

Well, I’ve been lost in a wormhole, sorry folks!

Here’s the thing:

I was asked to consider another publishing company, one that is very oriented to Sherlock Holmes pastiches and fiction…plus they actually do advertising.  Advertising is something I don’t have the time for–or the funds.  Plus the formatting gives me a chance to write the way I really wanted to do.

I’m drafting out the updated YOU BUY BONES, which concentrates solely on the emerging short stories of DEVILRY and leads up to the novella, YBB.  There will be…artwork.  Seriously.  At least, the editor is willing to give it a go!

Here’s some of the artwork I’m putting in the book:  I’m working on an even amount of black and white pen on stipple paper, which creates a very atmospheric and adaptable form.

Published in: on January 18, 2015 at 5:12 am  Leave a Comment