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...

2021 Doorways

Somehow, dear readers, it is the year 2021. I haven’t posted much on here lately. I’ve been busy finishing university and dealing with lockdowns with a small child, and now we are looking to sell the house. But I’ve also hit some milestones amongst all of that, and it has me in a reflective mood. It’s just over 20 years since I sold (and was paid for) my first short story, the Third Sigil, to the long defunct website deathlings.com. It’s 10 years since that story was reprinted in Devil Dolls and Duplicates. It’s still my worst published story, but...

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