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I'm a published author, writing dark psychological and crime thrillers. My novel 'The Nemesis Cell', and novella 'Avenue of the Dead' were published in 2007 by Stonehedge Publishing, The Nemesis Cell recently achieved 6th place in the Preditors & Editors Annual Readers Awards (Mystery Novel).

A new, dark psychological thriller 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' was released by DoubleDragon Publishing in January 2008, and is selling very well in paperback, with the cover design having been awarded The Authors Lounge May 2008 Best Cover Illustration Award. Two collections of my short stories were also released last year, 'The Voice of Anton Bouchard' by Stonehedge Publishing, and 'Murder, Mayhem and Mexico' by Eternal Press, which came 9th in the antholigies category in the Preditors & Editors Readers Awards.

Please visit my websites at and or
I also act as poetry editor for Balderdash Literary Journal from Stargazer Publishing, and I'm a Science fiction Conceptual Consultant for Stonehedge Publishing. I enjoy studying the history of crime and studying forensics to enable me to present believable fiction.
I live with my wife, two step-daughters, and 4 rescue dogs, in northern England, and I'm a member of The American Authors Association and The Military Writers Society of America, and The Whitechapel Society 1888.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, Clive Cussler and James Patterson, and especially the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Da Vinci Code, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Aiong Came a Spider, Jack the Ripper (Michael Caine), All variants of CSI, Law and Order, Midsomer Murders, Wire in the Blood, Cold Case, Law and Order, Waking the Dead.

Still the greatest crime mystery ever. Who was Jack the Ripper?

For Legacy of the Ripper



Now available in paperback, Kindle and PDF ebook editions, published by Sonar 4 publications. Every paperback copy sold carries a $1 donation to The Mayflower Animal Sanctuary.

Autumn, 1888. The population of London is transfixed and horrified by the atrocious and horrific murder spree being conducted by Jack the Ripper. The newspapers are full of the details of the mutilations perpetrated by the killer and the apparent inability of the police to apprehend the unknown assailant. As Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Charles Warren throws the bulk of his investigative resources into the search for The Ripper, and the tabloid press scream of the crimes in banner headlines on a daily basis; on the new, ultra modern Underground Railway that has revolutionized travel around the great metropolis for the working man, another, less well publicized killer is at large.

Tucked away on the inner pages of the daily press, hardly enough to raise an eyebrow among discerning readers, one may have found a few, short articles which told of the strange and also, so far unsolved murders which are taking place on board the carriages of the new-fangled and much heralded transport system. Each murder takes place the day after one of the ripper killings, as the murderer appears to be taking advantage of the lack of police resources to tackle not one, but two, major investigations simultaneously.

Inspector Albert Norris is charged with bringing the railway killer to justice, but, as with case of Jack the Ripper, clues are few, the killer's motive unclear, and he is forced to carry out his investigations 'quietly and without causing a public panic' as the authorities seek to prevent a loss of confidence in the safety of the underground railway system. The press are being told even less, hence the minimal coverage, and Norris can count on little help from above as he attempts to solve the inexplicable series of murders.

Thanks to everyone who helps support me in my efforts to fund raise any amount, large or small for the sanctuary.

Those wishing to help the sanctuary should note that only the paperback edition carries the $1 donation.

Available in paperback from

Kindle edition from Amazon Kindle Store

PDF e book available from Sonar 4 Publications

Written under my Harry Porter pseudonym, Dylan's Tale is the second in the series Harry Porter's Dog Tales, which tell the stories of six dogs rescued from lives of abuse or neglect. The series began with Tilly's Tale, and the beautiful Bedlington Terrier, Dylan, soon joined Tilly. Dylan is a "posh" dog, meaning a pure breed with pedigree and proud heritage. He is the "aristocrat" of my pack of rescue dogs. Dylan's Tale is now also available from

as well as being available from the publisher at 4RV Publishing

Dylan's Tale

Beaten, battered and abused for the first eleven months of his life, Dylan found a new lease of life after being rescued and placed in the loving warmth of Harry Porter's family of rescue dogs. With many hurdles to overcome, including fear of humans and with the threat of being beaten always in his mind, Dylan found love when he least expected it. Read his uplifting story in this enchanting book from the pen of dog lover and rescuer, Harry Porter

I'm absolutely delighted to announce the release of my latest novel, 'Glastonbury. Having already received some terrific advance reviews, the book has been released by 4RV Publishing LLC of Edmund, Oklahoma, and is now available from and direct from the publisher at 4RV Publishing. A video trailer of the book is available to view on this site and at You Tube
The book will also be released in the UK very soon.


Time is running out!

Hired by millionaire businessman Malcolm Capshaw to search for a hitherto fabled historical artefact in the shadows of Glastonbury Tor, Joe Cutler and his team from Strata Survey Systems are drawn into a web of sex, lies, deceit, murder and betrayal
as the artefact is revealed to be bogus and the real purpose of their
search is slowly exposed. A menacing background presence in the form of
an old-established London crime family appears to display an abnormal
interest in the goings-on in the ancient town where Christianity laid
its roots in England, and where, aided by the enigmatic and flamboyant
university professor Lucius Doberman, Joe and his team must solve the
mystery of Glastonbury before the sinister historian Walter Graves makes
the discovery that could cost the whole team their lives!

Following on from the USA release of my latest novel, the final part of my Jack the Ripper trilogy, Requiem for the Ripper is at last available in paperback as well as in e-book format in the UK too, at E-book buyers should got to a different page at AmazonUK. The paperback is awaiting stock, but can be ordered now and your account will not be debited until the book is dispatched.
The book can also be found in stock at and at the publisher's site, at Double Dragon Publishing where the book can be obtained in multiple e-book formats.

Criminal psychologist David Hemswell receives a desperate call from a worried man. William Forbes, former solicitor to serial killer Jack Reid believes himself to be threatened by the living soul of the notorious Victorian enigma, Jack the Ripper. Convinced that Reid was a descendant of the Ripper and that the evil that first entered the current era through the inheritance of the Ripper’s journal by psychiatrist Robert Cavendish, Forbes turns to Hemswell as his last hope to free himself from the demons he believes are pursuing him. Forbes travels to Skerries Rock, David Hemswell’s private island home off the bleak, barren west coast of Cape Wrath, Scotland, where Hemswell soon realises that there is much about his visitor that is disquieting and frightening. Hemswell summons help in the form of paranormal investigator Kate Goddard, and together, the pair attempt to free Forbes of whatever strange phenomenon has assaulted his mind. As their investigation gathers pace, however, they soon begin to believe that the three of them are not alone on the tiny island. Has the soul of Jack the Ripper found a way to encroach upon the present day? Is William Forbes the living embodiment of The Ripper, or is he too a victim of the curse that appears to have been handed down across time by the unfortunate Cavendish family? As time begins to run out, and the danger surrounding them grows ever stronger by the second, David Hemswell must face his own demons and is faced with the most terrible decision of his life, as the story that began with A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper and continued in Legacy of the Ripper reaches its shattering and terrifying conclusion!

Kiss of Life is the sequel to 'Dracula Doesn't Live Here Anymore.' A year after meeting the enigmatic Christina Radaluc during his investigation into the so-called Vampire Murders in Romania, investigative journalist Alan Dexter finds himself beset by a recurring nightmare. Christina, he believes, is calling to him. She is in trouble, and needs his help, though how she could possibly reach into his dreams is a mystery to him. On such flimsy 'evidence' Dexter enlists the help of his friend and fellow journalist Karen Bailey, who, though skeptical of his story, agrees to travel to Romania with him to assist in his quest to find and solve the mystery of Christina's appearance in his nightmares. On arriving in Romania they discover that not only Christina, but her brother, a local police officer, have been missing for months, and the pair set out to find them. Dexter retraces his steps from his previous visit to Romania hoping to find some connection with his previous investigation and the current disappearance of the woman he realizes he has fallen in love with.What they discover however, takes them far beyond the realms of the believable as the intrepid pair enter a dark world of long -forgotten practices and fear-filled corridors. Do vampires really exist? Can Dexter and Karen save the beautiful Christina and her brother from the jaws of a living nightmare far more terrible than anything Dexter's own fevered dreams could produce? As the story moves from the city to the cold, bare, mountainous regions of Transylvania, land of myth and terrifying legend and the ancestral home of Christina's family, Kiss of Life moves ever closer to it's shattering and terrible conclusion.

Now available in paperback and e-book editions from Moongypsy Press, and soon to appear in motion picture from Thunderball Films, (Los Angeles) Also available from

Tranquil suburban Richmond-on-Thames, home to such landmarks as Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens becomes the setting for a series of shocking and particularly gruesome murders that leads Detective Inspector Sean Connor and his team into a labyrinthine investigation in which all roads lead towards a thirty year old unsolved murder. The victims, all apparently unconnected to each other, are being dispatched by the use of a singularly unique poison, previously more closely associated with the notorious medieval Borgia family.

As the murders begin to multiply at an alarming rate Connor finds clues hard to come by, and every lead takes him down yet another blind alley as the killer seems to be one step ahead of the police at every turn. Together, he and his assistant Sergeant Lucy Clay must piece together the shreds of evidence that will lead them to the mysterious "Chocolate Woman" and in turn to the brain behind the horrific murders that soon come to be known as "The Purple Death."

Purple Death is available from Amazon and can also be ordered now for worldwide dispatch from

ISBN 1-55404-721-8
Available from Double Dragon Publishing and in the UK from and all good retailers.
Released by Double Dragon Publishing on 8th January 2010

About the book.
From award winning author Brian L Porter comes the thriller sensation of the year. ’Pestilence’ leads where others will follow in creating a scare-fest that will terrify, entertain and astound the reader.

Pestilence….breathe if you dare!

The year is 1958, the place, an idyllic village in the heart of the English countryside. Olney St. Mary has stood in its peaceful rural location for over 900 years. Suddenly however, the peace of the community is shattered when two teenage boys are stricken with a mystery illness. The newly arrived village doctor suspects ‘flu to be the cause of their malady. Her initial diagnosis is terribly and tragically wrong!

Before long, Doctor Hilary Newton and the residents of Olney are plunged into a nightmare of Biblical proportions as the death toll rises and no cure can be found for the disease that ravages the local population, despite the doctors employing the latest antibiotics available to them. Somehow, this plague is different! Help arrives in the form of a medical team from the outside, but the bodies continue to pile up. Someone, somewhere, perhaps within the community itself, knows the reason behind the pestilence that has struck at the heart of the village, but will the medics learn the truth before it’s too late, or will they too join the growing list of names that appear on the roll of death roll in Olney St. Mary?

When a mysterious explosion wreaks havoc in the children’s playground, followed by a second lethal blast in Olney’s makeshift field hospital the sinister and unbelievable truth behind the pestilence begins to slowly reveal itself.

Award-winning author Brian L Porter takes terror to a new dimension as an age old horror returns to nineteen fifties rural England. This time however, the pestilence itself appears to have evolved!


Following on from the success of ‘A Study in Red – The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper’, WS 1888 member Brian L Porter’s sequel to the original, ‘Legacy of the Ripper’ has now been released by Double Dragon Publishing, (Ontario) and is currently available in paperback and e-book editions.
Production of the movie version of ‘A Study in Red’ is making progress and Brian is delighted to announce that he has also signed with Thunderball Films for movie production of ‘Legacy of the Ripper’

About the book:

Jack Thomas Reid, nephew of Robert Cavendish who first appeared in A Study in Red – The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper languishes in the secure Ravenswood Psychiatric Hospital, sentenced to confinement ‘at Her Majesty’s Pleasure’ for a series of apparent ‘Jack the Ripper’ copycat killings in the picturesque English coastal resort of Brighton. Jack’s defence at his trial, that he is a descendant of Jack the Ripper and that the crimes were conducted by an unknown ‘mystery man’ and that Jack was drugged and made to appear as the killer was regarded as so preposterous and unbelievable that his sentence was never in doubt. When one of the policemen who conducted the original investigation into the murders begins to doubt the truth of the case against Reid, Sergeant Carl Wright and Ripperologist Alice Nickels begin an investigation into his story. What they find is told through the voice of Doctor Ruth Truman, Jack’s psychiatrist at Ravenswood, and through a series of events that take place as far afield as the beautiful island of Malta and in Warsaw, Poland. Slowly but surely and with the help of Wright’s boss Inspector Mike Holland, the link between the events that shocked and terrorized Whitechapel over a century ago, and their link with the case of Jack Thomas Reid and the ‘Legacy of Jack the Ripper’ is revealed.

The book is currently available from at ISBN 1554046904 and from Amazon UK as well as from other retailers.
The e-book version can be obtained from ISBN 1554046890

For further details please see or visit
I'm the award-winning author of the novel 'A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper' winner of The Preditors & Editors Best Thriller Novel of 2008 Award. The book, a dark psychological thriller was also voted the winner of The Authors Lounge Best Cover Illustration Award for May 2008, and is soon to be made into a motion picture by Thunderball Films LLC of Los Angeles. The following trailer has been released by Thunderball Films as a taster of what's to come.
The Book Blurb: A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper by Brian L Porter tells the story of Robert Cavendish, a modern day psychiatrist who is bequeathed a strange set of papers which purport to be the journal of the long-dead infamous Whitechapel Murderer whose crimes gripped the hearts and minds and instilled terror on the streets of Victorian London. As he begins to read the journal, Robert becomes convinced of it’s authenticity and finds that the words of the Ripper have a strange and compelling effect on him. Unable to cast the pages aside he finds himself being drawn into the dark and sinister world of the killer until he is unable to distinguish what is fact and what is fantasy. In short, Robert Cavendish begins to feel as though he is being taken over in some way by the soul of the long-dead Ripper. What happens as he progresses through the journal will disturb and shock the reader as the close dividing line between sanity and madness is explored to the full. One of the many reviews received so far. 'A Study In Red' Is A BLOCKBUSTER Of A Novel, April 26, 2008 By Barbara Watkins "Barbara Watkins" (Missouri) - See all my reviews Not since reading `Mister B Gone' by Clive Barker had I felt such an enthusiasm of excitement with each turn of the page. `A Study in Red' (The Secret Journal of Jack The Ripper) by Brian Porter ranks high at the top of the charts as a phenomenal work of horror and intrigue. Although set as fiction his depiction of the Ripper murders reads all too real. The author transports his reader back in time to 18th century London. Through his articulate choice of words, you will feel the cobblestone beneath your feet, see the deprivation, and smell the stench that engulfed the streets of Whitechapel at that time. Not unlike the main character of Brian's novel, the journal will possess your complete attention, and evoke thoughts of terror as you anticipate the final climax. In his novel, the author acknowledges many sources from which he meticulously researched much of his material, further adding great realism to his work. In Brian Porter's footnotes, he declares `A study in Red' is a tale, nothing more than fiction, rather than an attempt to throw new light on an old subject. As an avid fan of this new and upcoming author, I can attest he does just that! Brian Porter not only throws a new light on an old subject, he illuminates it! A Study in Red is available in paperback, e-book, and audio versions and can be viewed at by clicking on the cover image above, or by visiting the book's website at or by visiting the website of the publisher, Double Dragon Publishing Other paperbacks Also available in paperback right now are my novelette, 'Dracula Doesn't Live Here Anymore' and my award-nominated short story trilogy 'Murder, Mayhem and Mexico', both from Eternal Press and available from Clicking on either of the cover designs below will take you to the book's pages at Amazon. Murder, Mayhem and Mexico was a Top Ten Finisher in the 2007 Preditors & Editors Awards, (Anthologies)

The e-book editions of these two books are available from the publisher at


Under my pseudonym of Juan Pablo Jalisco, I was also fortunate to be voted The Preditors & Editors Best Poet of 2008 in their annual readers poll. To celebrate the award Mythica Publishing have released a collection of my work and 'Of Aztecs and Conquistadors' is currently available in an e-book edition with a print version scheduled to follow soon. Clicking on the cover design will take you to the book's page at Mobipocket or more information can be found at
Juan Pablo Jalisco's website is at

Childrens and Young Adult Books

My childrens and young adult books are written under the name of Harry Porter and once again 4RV Publishing will be responsible for releasing the majority of my work in these genres. For younger children, they will be releasing a short illustrated book titled 'Alistair the Alligator, in the summer of 2009 which will be followed by the first in a major series of young adult books under the collective heading of 'Harry Porter's Dog tales. These books will each feature the individual tales of one of the wonderful rescued dogs that share my home, beginning with 'Tilly's Tale' in the summer of 2009. These beautifully illustrated books are designed to be suitable for all ages and to help raise awareness of the plight of abused and abandoned dogs around the world.
Tilly's Tale is now Available from, and

For further details please go to Harry Porter's website at or visit 4RV Publishing.

Already released under the Harry Porter label is 'Arcadia 22 Heavy - Mayday!' an exciting young adult short story e-book available from Mythica Publishing.

This e-book is available at Mobipocket by going to


Released in January 2010 Alistair the Alligator tells the story of Alistair, a young alligator, unfortunate to have been born without any teeth. As he searches for food, any sort of food he can eat without his teeth, Alistair finds the most unusual of friends along the way. Aimed at younger children the book is lavishly illustrated by Amanda Sorensen and is available now from
and from Amazon and other retailers.

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Wow, The Nemesis Cell is in an Amazon Top 20 (Kindle edition)

I can hardly believe it, but this morning, the Kindle edition of The Nemesis Cell (cover on right) was placed at #19 …


Posted on November 8, 2011 at 11:54pm

Another new novel release, The Nemesis Cell, available now in paperback

Hot on the heels of Behind Closed Doors, and just in time for Christmas, my latest novel release The Nemesis Cell… Continue

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 9:51pm

Big Discount on Behind Closed Doors at (And the animal sanctuary still receives a full donation)

My new novel, Behind Closed Doors, the sales of which will help the Mayflower Animal Sanctuary, just received its first reader review at …


Posted on October 16, 2011 at 2:29am

A Great First Review For Behind Closed Doors

My new novel, Behind Closed Doors, the sales of which will help the Mayflower Animal Sanctuary, just received its first reader review at Amazon, and it was a fantastic, 5 star one as well.

Here's what it said:…


Posted on October 10, 2011 at 3:48am

Behind Closed Doors - Big Saving at Barnes & Noble, and you still get to help the animal sanctuary

My latest release Behind Closed Doors is now available from Barnes And Noble with a fantastc 28% introductory discount, meaning you can get the paperback edition for a…


Posted on September 19, 2011 at 9:00pm

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At 4:00am on May 31, 2010, Susan Whitfield said…
Brian, just wanted to let you know that I have lost your personal email and hope that you have mine where you send your interview responses for the June 7th blog. If not, it's
At 12:40am on September 12, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
Jack has to 'flesh it out'? You have to 'flesh it out'? Oh please. Like there's a difference there. That's what makes these books so perfectly chilling. It's hard to separate imagination from reality, or determine if any of it really is imagination. Another in the series? That is SO fantastic. Give me a chance to get through the second one though--you're too quick! This is all so cool and I'm so happy for you that you get nothing but great reviews on your work. But, like I've said, those are the only kind you deserve. You have a real gift for pulling the reader in, and that's right where we should be.
At 12:06pm on May 16, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
My memory seems to be failing me as well. I meant to ask about your back. Having back problems is a wretched thing. Kind of hard to function when that happens. I hope you are feeling much better these days.
At 12:03pm on May 16, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
That's a great surprise for you, Brian, and a great surprise for me as well. You know I HAVE TO HAVE that book too!
At 12:02pm on May 16, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
Hi, This has been a horrendous week. I shouldn't say horrendous because nothing horrible happened, but it has just been SO crazy. I've been a bit under the weather, but nothing serious and getting better every day. First of all, yes the book has really been ordered this time and I am just waiting for it. Then, I want Kiss of Life, but then, you knew that already! I do want the cover, but I promise, I'll read it too! Now there is a 'journey into the mind of a serial killer'? Oh Yeah! Another MUST HAVE!

Also, before I forget, I should be getting the anthology entry to you by early next week. Between all the commotion here and my feeling a bit puny, I'm kind of behind on everything, but I'm picking up the pace little by little. I want to get it to you way before the deadline. I'm not sure if it's what you're looking for, but I'll give it a shot just the same. If nothing else, it's been a lot of fun to write.

Now, it's time for some hot tea and put the feet up for awhile. Later, Joyce
At 11:53pm on May 7, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
It would be worth buying the book just for the cover, but I am certain the story behind it might be worth a look too (lol). Seriously though, the first one was great and when it ended, it was like 'what--no--you can't stop there.' I'm very glad there's more coming and I'm anxious to see where this one will take me.

Oh, and I've been awaiting receipt of your trilogy and angry because I haven't received it; only to discover I forgot to order it. I got distracted somewhere along the line (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it). Perhaps if I actually order it, I might actually receive it, so I'm taking care of that today. I've got my grandson reminding me in the case of another lapse, so it will get done this time!
At 2:33am on April 28, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
Left you a message on Booktown as well. I happened to be in there when I got an email about the voting. Immediately went to cast my ballot. I love that trailer.
At 10:58am on April 10, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
I'm going to be ordering your trilogy in a couple of days. Those stories, of course, are right up my alley. I know I'm going to enjoy them. Still hard at work on my entry for your anthology though. Love that 'future' setting thing. Later, Joyce
At 2:34pm on April 9, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
Hi, Brian, I got Dracula Doesn't Live Here Anymore today and of course, I read it. Had to write a review on Amazon too. That is a terrific story. Short piece, but so much story. Loved it. Please keep me updated on when your others go to paperback. Hope you're having a great week. Getting ready for my grandson's 9th birthday. Hard to believe he's going to be nine and me still being so young... Later, Joyce
At 10:26am on April 3, 2009, J. F. Juzwik said…
I'm very anxious to get into it. I'm going to watch for more of yours to go paperback too.

FYI: My 8 year old grandson and I had a discussion about your book tonight (A Study in Red) and Jack the Ripper in general (he's extremely sharp; I homeschool him and he's into some high school stuff at this point), but anyway, he's thinks your take on it is terrific. He writes crime stories too. I'm so proud.

It's not ready yet, but just one quick question. For the anthology entry, do you have to have a .doc file? My word program is acting nuts and I'm going to have to buy another. I might be able to do so before the deadline, but in case not, could I send an .rtf document?

Have a great evening. Joyce

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