Just a quick note to say I am making one more try to be better about posting regularly. It’s been a difficult year – chronic bronchitis that went into walking pneumonia, in the midst of which one of my close friends died. I continue to write – I finished Ben January # 14, and am gearing up to start World War One in earnest with the Ashers & Ysidro – and am, for the first time in ages, working on what I hope will be the first book of a fanasy trilogy. (Since very few publishers are buying from outlines anymore, it has to be done “on spec,” which means finding time to wedge it in between other work and teaching). I also continue to do The Further Adventures, published now on Amazon Kindle Direct and on Smashwords, rather than through this website. (PayPal finally got on my last nerve). Two new adventures – “…And Pretty Maids All in a Row,” Antryg & Joanna, and “Damselblossom,” John & Jenny, just came out in October: “Pretty Maids” includes my first little painting (more a thumbnail sketch than anything else) of Antryg & Joanna on the cover.

I’ll be appearing at LosCon in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving weekend; also in a writers’ panel at the Palms/Rancho Park public library in LA, with Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and John Dechancie about “Writing Then and Now,” the previous Saturday, November 21, at 2:30. (And considering I’m teaching up in Woodland Hills that morning, that’s gonna be a LONG damn day!)

I’ll also be at Gallifrey One, the Dr. Who convention in LA, in February.

All best,


Further Adventures now on Smashwords and Kindle Direct

New Stories About Old Friends: for those who don’t know, I continue to write short stories and novelettes about the characters of my old Del Rey fantasy serieses. These are available on Smashwords and on Amazon Kindle Direct.   Most are $4.99. Smashwords supports all the major platforms (epub, kobo, mobi, pdf, etc), and I believe markets to sites for Nook, ePub, etc. Kindle Direct is – well, for Kindle.

So far, there are:

5 Antryg and Joanna novelettes,

3 tales about Sun Wolf and Starhawk,

4 stories about Benjamin January (actually, two of these are about what Rose does while Ben is out of town),

2 each concerning John and Jenny in the Winterlands, and the gang at the Keep of Dare.

Also available are the 4 stories that I wrote, over the years, for Sherlock Holmes anthologies, two of which are fantasy and two of which are “straight” Holmes stories: two are narrated by Watson, two by Mrs. Watson. Lastly, there is the vampire-on-the-Titanic novelette, “Sunrise on Running Water,” in which Don Simon Ysidro from my vampire series has a very brief cameo (he has FAR too much sense to be on the Titanic himself).

I will continue to write new stories about old friends, and post them on Smashwords and Kindle Direct (and announce them on Live Journal, here, and on Facebook… Twitter just makes me crazy).

I hope you all enjoy them!




From Deb:  the links above work to take you to the main Hambly-related page on the corresponding sites.  I will get individual story links up over the next couple days.  Stories are no longer available on this site, but new ones will certainly be announced!


Okay, slight technical problem…

Okay, there has been a slight hiccough!

Well, curses. All 8 (so far) of the Further Adventures got kicked off Smashwords for “incorrect formatting.” I carefully followed the instructions for proper formatting and they were still deemed “incorrect.” I am now pursuing options to get correct formatting, and will get everything up as soon as I’m able to do so.

Thanks for your patience!



I will let everyone know when the stories come back up.






Further Adventures on Smashwords!

The Further Adventures stories can now be found on Smashwords!

Further Adventures are in the process of moving.  The first set have been put up at Smashwords, and are in epub (Nook, most readers), mobi (Kindle), and pdf formats like before, as well as rtf, lrf, pdb, txt, and html.

Barbara wrote (yesterday):

“Just put “Firemaggot” (the first of the Antryg novelettes) onto Smashwords, and evidently it worked just fine.  Because it’s an older story, the price is slightly less ($3.99), newer stories will continue to go for $4.99. I’m still formatting the stories, but hope to load 8 more today (all the rest of the Antrygs, all 3 Sun Wolf/Starhawk stories, and “Sunrise on Running Water,” the vampire-on-the-Titanic tale). STAY TUNED!”

More stories will be posted there as they go through formatting and cover-ing. I’m tempted to try and put together a cover-art contest.

Barbara also plans to make the stories available through Kindle Direct in the near future (we’ll keep you posted – check back either here or on her blog!).

The…Further Adventures of Further Adventures

(Update from Deb: Further Adventures will officially be closed here at www.barbarahambly.com TOMORROW, 25-Jun-2015. I will post the links to Smashwords as soon as I get them. If you wish to buy stories via the current system, please do so NOW!)

Hi, all-

For a variety of reasons, beginning the first week in July, the Further Adventures tales – short stories and novelettes about the characters of my Del Rey fantasy series of the ‘80s and ‘90s – will be moving.

They will be for sale certainly on Smashwords , and very probably on Amazon Kindle Direct as well. The stories will continue to be sold individually (I have always hated to have to buy something I didn’t particularly want in order to get something I did want); the oldest stories will probably be discounted.

I will continue to write new Further Adventures, and they will appear on Smashwords and (I hope) Amazon Kindle Direct, rather than on the website.

Deb will continue as my Sitemistress on my personal website; the site will no longer be selling my stories. I will keep everybody apprised of new stories (and all other new developments) on the website, on my Facebook page, and on Live Journal. (The re-tweets on Twitter just drove me crazy).

The Further Adventures section of the website will disappear next week. It may take me a week or more to get everything set up on Smashwords and Amazon, but keep checking Facebook and the website, and I’ll let everyone know the moment things are up and running. I hope this will broaden my market, and give readers an option to buy other than through PayPal.

Many, MANY thanks for your loyalty and support during the six years (Good Lord!) of the existence of this little corner of my website. I look forward to writing many more new tales about old friends in the years to come.

Thank you all,

(note from Deb: I will definitely keep this updated and will include links to the new places to buy stories as they become available. Stories will continue to be sold during this week, at which point the Further Adventures page will disappear)

Further Adventures – two new stories

Okay, so it *is* Wednesday (blame sequencing), but let’s focus on the good news:

two new stories in Further Adventures!

Zénobie: I’m of course thrilled to see Antryg and Joanna again – and not only do we get to hear about poltergeists, rock stars, her parents, and COOKIES, I also learned the keyboard encoding for é (alt-0233, in case you want to make some, too).

Hagar: To quote Rose: “what further incident could top fire, mayhem, and murder…” Benjamin goes out of town and…adventures ensue.

Enjoy! A big thank-you to everyone who has bought stories.

Two new stories (incoming)

Hi, all, and Happy New Year!

I have two stories from Barbara that should be up on Further Adventures tomorrow (Wednesday at the latest):

Zénobie (Antryg and Joanna) and

Hagar (Benjamin January)

Check back soon!




Yay Brandon Sanderson!

Fun to see the NY Times‘ interview with Brandon Sanderson today – one of my favorite inspired by another!  Sanderson may be best known at present for (finally) finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (possibly better than Jordan himself would have).  If you haven’t read his Stormlight Archive books yet, I highly recommend them.  Looks like there will be many more to come.

I was handed Hambly’s Those Who Hunt the Night in a similar vein to Sanderson and Dragonsbane.  How about you?


It’s…elementary! Sherlock Holmes in the Further Adventures shop

The Further Adventures shop gets yet another infusion of stories!  These are a wee bit different than the previous several and (just so you know what you’re getting into), Barbara has written up a little explanation about each of them.  All four of these stories feature Sherlock Holmes (update Jan 25 – the fourth one is now in the shop).

Sherlock Holmes Guide to Stories (from Barbara)

These stories were written for anthologies – that is, the editor picked a category of tale that he wanted Holmes to be dealing with, and I wrote to order. Two of them – “Lost Boy” and “Antiquarian’s Niece” – are straight fantasy. “Dollmaker” (which I will post shortly) is a “straight-up” Holmes story: no fantasy, no outside elements. “Sinister Chinaman” falls somewhere in between.

“The Adventure of the Lost Boy” – Fantasy tale written originally for Gaslight Grimoire, edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec, Edge Books – Narrated by Mrs. Mary Watson, it relates Holmes’ relationship with Peter Pan. I stuck to the original Barrie version of Peter Pan and stayed away from the Disney version.

“The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece” – Fantasy tale written originally for Shadows Over Baker Street, edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan – Narrated by Dr. John H. Watson. However, since the anthology was about Holmes’ involvement with various aspects of Lovecraft’s Chthulhu mythos cycle, at one point in the story I switch over into the typical Lovecraftian narrative voice (though it’s still poor Watson speaking): you can’t have a Lovecraft story without hysterical cries about formless shuggoths dancing in the nameless abysses of non-geometrical time and space, now, can you?

“The Adventure of the Sinister Chinaman” – Originally written for Sherlock Holmes: Crossovers Casebook edited by Howard Hopkins, from Moonstone Press. Narrated by Dr. John H. Watson. Crossovers Casebook wanted stories of Holmes teaming up with other characters to solve a problem – the anthology included teamings of Holmes with Arsene Lupin, Calamity Jane, Sexton Blake, etc. I put a little whisper of a fantasy spin on it by teaming him up with that great prestidigitator and aeronaut, Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, better known to literature as Oz the Great and Powerful, after the wizard’s departure from Oz (and before he found his way back there, as was related in L. Frank Baum’s fourth Oz book, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz). But it’s a perfectly straightforward real-world adventure. Again, I’ve stuck with the original literary source on the Wizard, rather than anything from the MGM (or Disney) versions of the character.

“The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk” – To come. Originally written for My Sherlock Holmes, edited by Michael Kurland. Narrated by Mrs. Mary Watson. The first Holmes story I wrote (other than the scads of them I wrote in grade school for my own edification), a non-fantasy, Doyle-esque, real-world Holmes adventure, narrated by Mrs. Watson. [I’ll get this story on the website as soon as I get it re-keyed from the only hard-copy I have].


Antryg and Joanna are back! And Ingold and Gil!

It’s not every day you get an email that contains the following lines:

Personal Paradise is Antryg & Joanna, called in as consultants for a corporation selling condominiums in the Void.”

Whisper is Gil, Ingold, and the gang at the Keep, dealing with the ramifications of having a transporter but no operator’s manual for it.”

…but such is the description Barbara sent me about the new stories that are up tonight in the Further Adventures store!

In the near future….Further Adventures will feature four of Barbara’s Sherlock Holmes stories – these have all been in anthologies in the past, but even I found some of them difficult to obtain.  So hopefully they will be new to you!  If you’re not a follower of the legal tangle surrounding the use of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, the release of these stories is partly because of the recent ruling (pdf of the court ruling – this may be too much detail for, but I like primary sources) that Holmes and other characters from Doyle’s works are considered public domain (with restrictions based on dates) and other authors can use them without prior license from his estate.

Enjoy the new stories – I’m off to read them myself.