My Year in Review

OK, 2017 was a cataclysmic year for disasters and politics, capped by a massive tax bill that required me to study the law like any first-year associate. My personal approach to these cataclysms was to dive into my writing and related activities, and the result was–well, the year is over! In mid-March, I forced myself…

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Bad (Book) News, Good (Book) News

It was that kind of day today. On the “bad news” front, I’m sad to announce that Liveright Publishing/W. W. Norton has delayed publication of my New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond the Mythos to Summer 2019. This is partly due to other books in their pipeline and partly because my New Annotated Frankenstein (that…

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The Joys of July

July has been a lovely book-month so far. I just received my author’s copies of the truly gorgeous New Annotated Frankenstein (the official pub date is August 8)–thank you, Liveright/Norton for another amazingly beautiful design! I’m very proud to be doing my first-ever signing at San Diego Comic-Con, from 5 to 6 pm on Friday,…

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Anatomy of Innocence

I’m pleased to announce that Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted will be released March 28 and is now available for preorder. http://amzn.to/2mqogxE Anatomy, which I co-edited with Laura Caldwell, tells the incredible true stories of 15 exonerees — innocent men and women — who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into…

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“In the Shadow of Agatha Christie”

Well, In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Tales by Women Crime Writers, 1850-1917 is done and on its way to Pegasus Books. I thought I’d share the table of contents: “The Advocate’s Wedding Day” by Catherine Crowe “The Squire’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell “Traces of Crime” by Mary Fortune “Mr. Furbush” by Harriet Prescott…

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Celebrating Women Crime Writers of the Past

Sara Paretsky was our Distinguished Speaker this year for the Baker Street Irregulars at the Sherlock Holmes Birthday Weekend. She gave a powerful and moving talk about women crime writers who have been forgotten today, despite their achievements and popularity in the 19th and early 20th century. I was inspired by her talk to decide…

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Goodbye, dear friends

I swore to myself when I started this website that I wouldn’t post about personal things, because, well, it didn’t seem right. But my wife and I have lost two good friends in the last three weeks, our beloved cat Xander (age at least twenty) and the imp of the perverse, our youngest cat Spike,…

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The Shameless Website of the Conan Doyle Estate Limited

The brazenness of the Conan Doyle Estate Limited continues to know no bounds. A glossy new website, www.conandoyleestate.com, falsely claims “ownership” of U.S. trademarks in the character of Sherlock Holmes (it has applied for a broad range of trademarks but does not own them yet–and will not if the public speaks up). The CDEL’s website…

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The Monster is Coming!

I’m thrilled to share the cover for New Annotated Frankenstein, to be published by W. W. Norton/Liveright Publishing on July 25, 2017. Guillermo del Toro is writing an introduction, and there’s a fine afterword by Professor Anne Mellor of UCLA, one of the world’s great Frankenstein scholar. There are over 200 illustrations and photographs, and…

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Upcoming Events!

Three events are set for Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: October 1 at 2:00 PM The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ. The Les & Laurie Show returns to the Poisoned Pen, talking about Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell,Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, and Mary Russell’s War & Other Stories of Suspense. ________________________________________ October 8 at 5:00 PM: Les Klinger…

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