Saturday 30 July 2011


Coming up on Kindle as from 2nd August 2011! A brand new psychological thriller!

THE JANUS concerns the discovery of a Celtic figure in a Romano-British hill fort in Kent. The artefact soon has a terrifying effect on whoever it comes into contact with since it is the stone talisman of a Celtic warrior whose speciality was once the severing of his opponents' heads in battle. The Janus also has the power to project terrifying dreams into the minds of the living and to so possess and prey upon them that they are driven to acts of mutilation and murder.

The JANUS deals with the fate of a newcomer to Old Bury Hill Village, whose misfortune is to unearth the Janus head whilst walking his dog on the hill fort. He takes it back to his house and is soon so possessed by the spirit of the Janus that he ritually murders his wife, severing and burying her head as an act of homage to the ancient talisman.

Armitage is then arrested and interrogated by Detective Inspector Williams and D.C. Mathews. At first they fail to be convinced by Armitage's story. The spirit of the Janus returns and Armitage's body is discovered in a police cell. It is believed that Armitage has committed suicide. Although Mathews remains sceptical, Williams becomes convinced by the truth of Armitage's motives for his wife's murder. He takes the Janus to the county museum where it is examined by the curator, a young woman called Marion Vincent, to whom Williams becomes instantly attracted and with whom he forms a passionate relationship. Both partners now become the recipients of horrendous and protracted nightmares in which are enacted Celtic rituals of bloody sacrifice....

A thrilling occult mystery!

Wednesday 27 July 2011



... the JCB bit deep into the earth, gouging out a large hole, the arm swinging free and descending again. A screechof metal on metal pierced the air. As the arm juddered, the operator swore loudly, then turned off the ignition. He scowled fiercely, lit a cigarette, then heaved himself out of the cab and peered down into the hole.
What the hell was that ?”

In the cathedral close, an eerie silence descended like fingers of cold mist, spreading along the length of the close, winding and prodding their way out of the nooks and crannies of the offices and houses, enshrouding pedestrians with a dank odour, like a heavy cold weight in the still, summer air.

The frozen stillness was broken by a low, sustained rumble as if the very earth was groaning and heaving in protest. Like an angry beast, it began slowly, then, gathering speed, began to rock the foundations of the surrounding buildings. From the epicentre, it roared out beyond the Cathedral Close, out to the River, beyond into the city.

At the Ferry, the water began to ripple and churn, rocking the barges and boats, scattering the swans in a macabre flight of fear. A boy, fishing by the river, leapt to his feet in alarm, his stool rocking, his rod dislodged by the deep tremor. Further along the river, behind the magistrate’s court, a hunched youth who had been sitting quietly on a bench, sprang to his feet in sudden fear as the trees shook and quivered around him, and the earth moved.

The tremor hit the cathedral like a great train, bursting through, rattling windows, shaking joists, scattering hymn books and papers wildly. Terrified choristers gasped in fear and clung to each other as the ancient stones shook to their foundations. Candles guttered and toppled from their sconces and the nave was plunged into stygian gloom as the lights failed.

A party of sixth formers, some lounging on the grass, others cavorting around the labyrinth, fell silent as the tremor hit them and the sky above darkened. Some shrieked, others ran into the cloisters towards the Dark Entry but one girl stood silent at the edge of the grass, sensing the deep reverberations from beneath her.

She clasped her forehead, feeling a sharp, searing pain, then fell backwards in a faint, lying awkwardly on the grass, her ashen face framed by deep red curls.

Monday 25 July 2011


TWELVE AFTER MIDNIGHT is a collection of twelve stories of horror and the supernatural by crime and fantasy writer Kelvin I Jones, author of CARTER'S OCCULT CASEBOOK. These contemporary tales range widely in theme and treatment but throughout there is a fascination with folklore and  myth. Several of these stories have appeared in previous anthologies both in the UK and America. Essential winter fireside reading for the Kindle reader! Available as a Kindle edition from 28th July 2011.

Saturday 23 July 2011


Ebook on Kindle by Kelvin I. Jones

This collection of occult short stories features Edwardian psychic and sleuth, Dr John Carter and his amenuensis and chronicler Rigden.. The stories, written in the tradition of the English ghost and horror tradition, cover a wide range of folkloric and mythic themes, and the forensic and Holmesian abilities of the sleuth are exploited to surprising and often horrifying effects. These novella type tales evoke a gaslit world of murder and mayhem where terror stalks the streets of Edwardian London but where the countryside also threatens to overwhelm our sanity.

Kelvin I Jones is the author of four contemporary crime novels featuring the Cornish detective John Bottrell and is an authority on the life and works of Conan Doyle, being the author of Conan Doyle And The Spirits. His atmospheric and chilling supernatural tales have been compared to the work of the legendary gothic writer Montague Rhodes James by both the award winning Francis King and renowned English horror writer Ramsey Campbell. He is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and has written no less than six books about Sherlock Holmes.


CUNNING CRIME BOOKS is a new publishing imprint on Kindle, offering a variety of occult thrillers from the prolific pen of crime writer Kelvin I. Jones. In STONE DEAD, ex-Met detective John Bottrell travels to Cornwall to escape the memory of his wife's tragic death but he little realizes that he will soon be embroiled in a web of murder, witchcraft and the occult. When the naked body of a young woman is found on a footpath suspicion falls on her boyfriend. However, after Bottrell has applied his analytical skills to the activities of the local pagan community he is forced to revise his opinion.

A dark tale of intrigue and obsession from the wilds of west Cornwall.

Kelvin I Jones is an authority on Cornish witchcraft. He is the author of six books about Sherlock Holmes and a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.His work has been compared by both Francis King, the critic and novelist and Ramsey Campbell, the British fantasy and horror writer, to the wrk of the English ghost story writer, M.R. James.