Audiobook coming for Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot

Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot is the second volume of an anthology series that places Sherlock Holmes (and often John Watson) in various alternative realities.

The first volume included versions where Holmes was a nun, a dog-like alien and even a parrot!

My story in this new volume, ‘The Problem of the Three Journals’, recasts Holmes and Watson as contemporary Australian hipsters! John’s a barista in the cafe they co-own and they still solve crimes together.

The book is due out on 24 April, which is not far away now – and the publisher has just announced that actors have been engaged to read the audiobook!

I’m absolutely thrilled to find that New-York-based Australian actor, Jamie Jackson, will be reading ‘The Problem of the Three Journals’, and thereby getting the accent right!

The other performers on the upcoming audiobook are Korey Jackson, Karen Chilton and Jonathan Todd Ross.

The full table of contents, and the actors who’ll be reading each story, are:

  • ‘The Problem of the Three Journals’ by Narrelle M Harris –Jamie Jackson
  • ‘Six Red Dragons’ by Keith RA De Candido– Korey Jackson
  • ‘The Adventure of the Diode Detective’ by Jody Lynne Nye –Karen Chilton
  • ‘Investigations Upon Taxonomy of Venomous Squamates’ by R Rozakis –Korey Jackson
  • ‘Papyrus’ by Sarah Stegall –Jonathan Todd Ross
  • ‘My Dear Wa’ats’ by Hildy Silverman – Karen Chilton
  • ‘A Scandal in Chelm’ by Daniel M Kimmel –Jonathan Todd Ross
  • ‘The Affair of the Green Crayon’ by Stephanie M McPherson –Jonathan Todd Ross
  • ‘A Study in Space’ by Derek Beebe –Korey Jackson
  • ‘Sin Eater and the Adventure of Ginger Mary’ by Gordon Linzner –Karen Chilton
  • ‘The Adventure of the Double-Sized Final Issue’ by Mike Strauss –Jamie Jackson
  • ‘A Very Important Nobody’ by Chuck Regan –Jamie Jackson
  • ‘Ho Ho Holmes’ by Nat Gertler –Jonathan Todd Ross

I don’t know yet when the audiobook will be out, but in the meantime you can pre-order Baker Street Irregulars: The Game is Afoot from Amazon, ready for delivery on 24 April!

Five questions for Steven Paulsen

Today, Steven Paulsen answers five questions about his new book:

Steven Paulsen

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest book is a short story collection called Shadows on the Wall. I played around with a bunch of titles but none of them seemed fit right. Then one day I remembered a discarded novelette I wrote many years ago that was called “Shadows on the Wall”, and I realised it was a great title for my collection. There are numerous shadows lurking in these stories. Some are overt, such as in “The Black Diamond of the Elephant God” where the protagonist is pursued by a shadow, and in “In the Light of the Lamp” where an ancient brass oil burner casts shadows on the wall.

But for me the title also spoke to the theme of the book as a whole. When Isobelle Carmody read the collection, she wrote that the stories are “shadows, shifting on the wall, barely seen, slipping into our minds to lie, light and cold over our hearts…” So I think the title works well.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

That’s a tough question because my book is a collection of short stories. But if I were to pick one story, there is a new novelette in the book called “The Black Diamond of the Elephant God”. The man character of this story is a 19th Century English Orientalist and Sanskrit scholar named Giles Freeman. To play him, I would choose Laurence Olivier in his mid-late thirties. He would have no doubt done the character proud.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Dark, weird, heart-wrenching, spooky and humorous.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

My favourite fictional duo are Fritz Leiber’s sword-and-sorcery rogues, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Unlike so many wooden sword and sorcery characters, they feel alive, albeit larger than life. Fafhrd is a tall sword-wielding northern barbarian, prone to the occasional song, while the Mouser is a short thief and swordsman, with a little skill in magic. Together, they carouse, brawl and gamble their way through some rollicking, chaotic adventures.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

Hmmm… The stories in this collection vary a lot on tone and style, plus they were written over a few decades so it’s difficult to pick just one song that represents the book.

I probably listened to David Bowie a lot when I wrote some of these stories, so it’s reasonable to say his music was an influence. I’ve been listening to his 2013 compilation album, Nothing Has Changed, which was the first album to showcase his entire career.

As for a song that reflects the theme, let’s go with John Lennon’s ‘Watching the Wheels’ from his Double Fantasy album. It’s a tenuous link, but people do say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing, and I like that he said he was doing fine watching Shadows on the Wall.


About Shadows on the Wall

Shadows on the Wall is a short story collection that contains the very best of Paulsen’s dark and weird tales…plus stunning new fiction written expressly for this volume.

  • Glimpse a future where population controls force families into terrible choices.
  • Visit Colonial British India and experience the awakening of an eldritch horror.
  • Walk the steaming jungles of Vietnam alongside the spirits of the forest.
  • Light an ancient oil lamp but beware, the shadows on the wall…

About Steven Paulsen

Steven Paulsen’s bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Isobelle Carmody describes as beautifully written and subtle, have appeared in magazines and in anthologies around the world.

His short story collection, Shadows on the Wall (IFWG Publishing Australia, 2018) contains the best of Paulsen’s dark and weird tales plus new fiction written expressly for the book.

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