Hugh Ashton

Biography

Hugh Ashton was born in the UK in 1956, and after graduation from university worked in the technology industry around Cambridge (the first personal computer he used was Sir Clive Sinclair’s personal TRS-80) until 1988, when a long-standing interest in the country took him to Japan.
There he worked for a Japanese company producing documentation for electronic instruments and high-end professional audio equipment, helped to set up the infrastructure for Japan’s first public Internet service provider, worked for major international finance houses, and worked on various writing projects, including interviewing figures in the business and scientific fields, and creating advertorial reports for Japanese corporations to be reprinted in international business magazines.
Along the way, he met and married Yoshiko, and also gained certificates in tea ceremony and iaidō (the art of drawing a sword quickly).
In 2008, he wrote and self-published his first published novel, Beneath Gray Skies, an alternative history in which the American Civil War was never fought, and the independent Confederacy forms an alliance with the German National Socialist party. This was followed by At the Sharpe End, a techno-financial-thriller set in Japan at the time of the Lehman’s crash, and Red Wheels Turning, which re-introduced Brian Finch-Malloy, the hero of Beneath Gray Skies, referred to by one reviewer as “a 1920s James Bond”.
In 2012, Inknbeans Press of California published his first collection of Sherlock Holmes adventures, Tales from the Deed Box of John H. Watson M.D., which was swiftly followed by many other volumes of Holmes’ adventures, hailed by Sherlockians round the world as being true to the style and the spirit of the originals by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Inknbeans also published Tales of Old Japanese and other books by Ashton, including the Sherlock Ferret series of detective adventures for children. He and Yoshiko returned to the UK in 2016 for family reasons, where they now live in the Midlands cathedral city of Lichfield.
In December 2017, Inknbeans Press ceased to be, following the sudden death of the proprietor, chief editor and leading light. Since that time, Ashton has reclaimed the copyright of his work, and has republished it in ebook and paper editions, along with the work of several other former Inknbeans authors.
He continues to write Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as various other fiction and non-fiction projects, including documentation for forensic software, and editing and layout work on a freelance basis, in between studying for an MSc in forensic psychological studies with the Open University.

Where to find Hugh Ashton online


Where to buy in print


Series

The Deed Box
Untold adventures of Sherlock Holmes, rescued from the deed box left in the vaults of Cox & Co. by Doctor Watson, and edited by Hugh Ashton.

The Darlington Substitution

Price: $3.99 USD.
The Untime
Science fiction, set Paris in the 1890s. Jules Gauthier and his love Agathe Lamartine explore the mysterious state beyond time and space discovered by her father, Professor Rémy Lamartine. But they are not alone there – monsters beyond all imagination lurk in the Untime.

Books

Balance of Powers
Price: Free! Words: 52,720. Language: American English. Published: June 11, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Repossession 2007 – and a Marine vet's thoughts (and actions) turn to bloody revenge when he finds that his sister and her children have been turned out of their house by the bank – and worse.
Red Wheels Turning
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 68,500. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 30, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(5.00 from 1 review)
A 1920s James Bond takes on Lenin and the Bolsheviks, as he travels through Imperial Russia to seize control of two giant secret weapons. Attempting to stop him is Kolinski, gangster-turned-revolutionary, who will stop at nothing to achieve his ends.
First Contact
Price: Free! Words: 4,120. Language: British English. Published: April 18, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
Why are the aliens here, and what are they after? The answer may surprise you.
Leo's Luck
Price: $3.75 USD. Words: 52,970. Language: British English. Published: March 20, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Leo seems to have nothing: no wife, no girlfriend, no money (except for £3,000,000 in Japan which he shouldn't have, anyway). All of this changes when he joins Pig, Scuzz, Chaz, Lurch, Nick, Bobby, and the rest of the Killer Rabbits – and develops new skills he never knew he had.
Further Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson MD: Four Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Dispatch-box. Price: $3.55 USD. Words: 53,710. Language: British English. Published: March 16, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Four untold adventures of Sherlock Holmes – in the style of the originals by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Without My Boswell: Five Early Cases of Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Dispatch-box. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 42,280. Language: British English. Published: March 15, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Five early cases of Sherlock Holmes, before he met Dr. John Watson.
Notes from the Dispatch-Box of John H. Watson M.D.: Some Unpublished Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Dispatch-box. Price: $4.05 USD. Words: 83,700. Language: British English. Published: March 13, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Three previously untold adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and an account of John Clay (the Red-Headed League) written by the man himself.
The Death of Cardinal Tosca : An Untold Adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Dispatch-box. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,840. Language: British English. Published: March 12, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The Untold tale of how Sherlock Holmes solved the mystery of the Death of Cardinal Tosca – a mystery which revealed more secrets than the British government of the day was prepared to admit.
The Adventure of the Trepoff Murder: An Untold Adventure of Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Deed Box. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 19,500. Language: British English. Published: March 11, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
An untold adventure of Sherlock Holmes taking him to Odessa to investigate a death in London.
Tales of Old Japanese
Price: $3.02 USD. Words: 18,750. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Japanese, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Five stories of Japan - focusing on the senior generation - some memories, some sadness, and not a little joy in places.
The Darlington Substitution
Series: The Deed Box. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,700. Language: British English. Published: February 27, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Mentioned by Dr. Watson in his account of A Scandal in Bohemia, The Darlington Substitution tells of deceit, treachery, and murder most foul, set in the wild Border country of northern England. Holmes and Watson encounter a centuries-old legend telling of the extinction of an ancient noble family, and set against one of the most ingenious and fiendish villains ever to cross Holmes' path.
Secrets from the Deed Box of John H. Watson M.D. : Four Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Deed Box. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,280. Language: British English. Published: February 27, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The deed box of Dr. Watson, presented to me some time ago by a friend who rescued it from the archives of a London bank, continues to produce treasures. The four stories in this collection, which I have entitled Secrets from the Deed Box of John H Watson MD, all represent some aspect of Holmes and his adventures that has previously been undiscovered.
The Last Notes From the Dispatch-box of John H. Watson M.D.
Series: The Dispatch-box. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 33,140. Language: British English. Published: February 26, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Found at the bottom of a dispatch box once belonging to John H Watson, MD, are notes of cases which, until now, had never been read. Notes that reveal the details of The Russian Bear, The Hand of Glory and the Missing Spoons.
More From the Deed Box of John H. Watson M.D.
Series: The Deed Box. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 55,360. Language: British English. Published: February 24, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Three more untold adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness, The Mystery of the Paradol Chamber, and The Giant Rat of Sumatra – all of which are told by the author who has been described as "the reincarnation of Sir Arthut Conan Doyle".
Notes on Some Singular Cases of Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 42,590. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Five adventures of Sherlock Holmes, four of which are mentioned in the Canon, and all written in the style of the originals.
Tales from the Deed Box of John H. Watson M.D.
Series: The Deed Box. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 32,850. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Three previously unknown accounts in the case files of Sherlock Holmes, discovered and transcribed by Hugh Ashton: The Odessa Business, the Case of the Missing Matchbox and The Case of the Cormorant. These stories are written in the style of the originals by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Persian Dagger : A Father Brown Mystery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,410. Language: British English. Published: February 21, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Father Brown brings his own special brand of detective abilities to a case of murder in this new adventure. Set in the period of the originals by GKC, this tale faithfully recreates the characters and the atmosphere of the originals. M.Lowe has teamed up with H.Ashton, better known for his reconstructions of Sherlock Holmes, to produce a mystery that baffles everyone - except for Father Brown.
Beneath Gray Skies : A Novel of a Past That Never Happened
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 108,430. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Historical » USA
An alternate history, in which the American Civil War was never fought. In the 1920s, President Jefferson Davis III talks to a young German politician, and promises military aid to help the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers' Party) to stage a coup in Germany. Brian Finch-Malloy, "a 1920s James Bond", is tasked with stopping a political axis between the Nazis and the Confederacy.
The Untime: A Novel of 19th-Century Paris
Series: The Untime. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 43,880. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
A 19-century science fiction novel, in the same vein as Jules Verne and H.G.Wells, with a touch of William Hope Hodgson and H.P.Lovecraft thrown into the mix.
The Untime Revisited: A novel of 19th-Century Paris
Series: The Untime. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 49,350. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A 19-century science fiction novel, in the same vein as Jules Verne and H.G.Wells, with a touch of William Hope Hodgson and H.P.Lovecraft thrown into the mix.
Angels Unawares
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 34,560. Language: British English. Published: February 17, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Renaissance, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Historical science fiction - angels are not what they first appear to Gerado, former bishop of Nessuna, now living in the city of Lamakan in the Middle East.
1894: Some Cases of Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Series: The Dispatch-box. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 38,420. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Hugh Ashton has come into possession of one of the notebooks where Watson wrote up these cases, and has presented five of them that Watson mentioned in The Golden Pince-Nez: The Red Leech, The Addleton Tragedy, The Ancient British Barrow, The Smith-Mortimer Succession, and The Boulevard Assassin.
The Adventure of Vanaprastha: An Untold Adventure of Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,280. Language: British English. Published: February 15, 2018 by j-views Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A Sherlock Holmes locked room mystery in the style of the originals by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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