Bloody Waters/ Blackened Skies

I now have a complete draft of BLACKENED SKIES, a full length sequel to my first novel, BLOODY WATERS. I’m well aware that it’s been a long time since that book came out, but you have to understand, when I was working on Bloody Waters it was never my intention to write a sequel. When I finished the first novel I knew what happened next, and I thought I might come back and write some new short stories about Clarice and Johnny, but I didn’t intend to write another book. I already had two of those shorts mostly done before...

Heart of Iron

So I wrote a story for The Only One in the World anthology, featuring alt-versions of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. My story, “Sharaku Homura and the Heart of Iron”, is about a Japanese Holmes visiting apartheid South Africa in the 1970s as an Honorary White, where he is assisted by a Jewish Dr Watson in solving a mystery related to a missing shipment of iron. Cover art by Judy Rossell Editor Narrelle Harris wrote this very kind post about my story: https://narrellemharris.com/short-stories/narrelle-m-harris-on-jason-franks/ … his (Franks’) story reflected his personal experiences of both the South African and Japanese cultures that influence...

Bleeding Out of 2020

Well, 2020 was a year, huh? Bushfires. Murder hornets. A pandemic. 100 days in lockdown. The US presidential election. We’re in the home stretch now and… well, looks like Christmas is cancelled in Australia’s biggest city, so I guess it’s not done with us yet. I was sick of hearing about all of this six months ago, so I won’t drone on about it. Despite all the pain and death and aggravation, 2020 was a pretty good year for me and I have no cause to complain. I was very lucky to be in a position where I was already...

Midnight Echo #15 Showcase

Editor Lee Murray interviewed me about my new story, “Tolerance to Iron”, which is out now in Midnight Echo #15. Click on through to listen to see rabbit on about the story, the important of horror, and my wardrobe choices. I had a bit more fun with this one than usual, so if you only read one interview with me this year, this is probably the one to check out. https://www.leemurray.info/post/midnight-echo-15-showcase-jason-franks FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail

Children of the Dragon

I have a story in this upcoming parallel universe Dracula anthology, along with… Ramsay Campbell, Nancy Holder, Steve Rasnic Tem, Chris Ryall, Jim Krueger, Lee Murray, Christopher Sequeira, Julie Ditrich… I think I need to go and lie down. Then I better rise from my immortal slumber and write the story. It’s a story about Dracula… if he wasn’t a vampire. Click on through for more! Dracula Unfanged: Anthology Announcement & TOC Reveal FacebookTwitterTumblrEmail