Black Knight Chronicles

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The Black Knight Chronicles Volume 1 – Hard Day’s Knight introduces us to James Black and Gregory Knightwood, proprietors of Black Knight Investigations. They’re dedicated to righting wrongs, defending the helpless, bringing light into the darkest of shadows…

Ok, maybe not so much with the bringing light bit. Our boys are vampires, after all, and not so much for the bringing of light stuff. But Jimmy and Greg aren’t your typical bloodthirsty, sex-starved, viciously studly vampires. Ok, maybe they’re a little blood-starved and sex-thirsty, but they try to keep that all under control. They’re more like your dorky kid brother who just happened to get turned into a vampire and now has to stay out of the sun. Forever.

In Hard Day’s Knight they’re hired to protect a kid from a witch’s curse, but it all turns out to be more than they ever expected as they battle zombies, witches, demons, strippers and their own evil appetites to try and save the world. And maybe, just for once, get the girl.


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Back In BlackVolume 2 – Back in Black – The boys have saved the world, now what? Now what turns out to be a relatively mundane string of apparent hate crimes that becomes personal when Sabrina’s cousin is attacked. It gets less mundane when the boys get involved and end up in FairyLand trying not to cause an inter-dimensional incident. It gets even LESS mundane when the guys end up in a grand battle royal for their lives against nasty fairies and trolls, with the betting stacked hugely against them!





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Knight MovesVolume 3 – Knight Moves – In the third installment of The Black Knight Chronicles, vampire private investigators Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood discover they may be tied to a string of serial killings at the college and that they suddenly aren’t the only vampire game in town.The vampire count in

Charlotte is at least three. Or more. As far as the unhappy boys are concerned, anything more than two is a crowd not to be tolerated.

While tracking down the killer and the competition, they encounter coeds, booby traps (not related to the coeds), and a hirsute bounty hunter with a moon fetish and a bad attitude. To catch the killer, Jimmy will have to survive a dive headfirst into the great unwashed horde of Dorkdom (game night at the local comic shop).

What’s a red-blood drinking vampire to do?  His job.  Again.


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Paint it BlackVolume 4 – Paint It Black 

Goblins and Witches and Trolls . . . oh crap!

In the fourth installment of The Black Knight Chronicles, Jimmy Black is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and a darned fine pity party, serving the finest alcohol, when a call from his not-quite-girlfriend-cop forces him to sober up and stare at jawbones.

“Cold case” takes on a whole new meaning when vampire detectives risk life and limbs (literally) to connect a series of decades-old kidnappings in Charlotte with current missing persons cases. All clues lead through the veil of Faerieland to the legendary Goblin’s Market, a magical bazaar where anything is available–for a price.

The boys can barely stay out of trouble in Charlotte. As fresh meat at The Market, they’ll be lucky to survive the day.


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In the Still of the Knight

Volume 5 – In the Still of the Knight

The bodies are piling up!
Murders are happening outside Charlotte’s hottest nightspots. A new vampire society has set up shop in the sewers. And Jimmy Black’s about to run afoul of the Master of the City. If Jimmy weren’t already a vampire, the week ahead would be the death of him.

Between murder, monsters, pesky vampire ethics, and territorial disputes, Jimmy is about to discover how far he’s willing to go to save the world and one friend’s soul.

There are no easy choices, even for vampire geeks.

The boys are back with all-new monsters to battle, puzzles to unravel, and asses to kick in this fifth volume of the award-winning The Black Knight Chronicles series.

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46 thoughts on “Black Knight Chronicles

  1. I just finished reading Hard Day’s Night. The only problem is that I know it will be a series, and I am have to wait for the next book!

    What an enjoyable read! Thanks.

  2. Found this as a sample at the end of a different Kindle book (Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance) and fell in love with the characters of Jimmy and Greg.

    I’ve bought and read both books so far of the Black Knight Chronicles, and do I see a third book in progress? Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  3. Thanks for dropping by, Liz. Glad mine and Derek’s little cross-pollination plan worked! There is indeed a Book 3 in the works, and I have plans for at least six books with Jimmy and Greg, so it’ll be a couple years before I’m done with the boys, if not more!

  4. I just finished reading Hard Days Knight and immediately went about and bought Back in Black! I too found your book at the back of Dead Dwarves Don’t Dance!

  5. Read the first two books in under 15 hours, need more gamer nerd vampires. When is the third book goin to be out????

  6. I hope to have the third book out this summer, with books 4 & 5 out by mid-next year. Glad you enjoyed them!

  7. Hiya John, a mate passed on a review of your book & it sounds fantastic but I dont seem to be able to get it in print in the UK. Are there any plans to release it here as I’d love to buy a copy?
    Thanks!!! 😉

  8. I would love to have it available in print in the UK, but right now I don’t have a good way to make that happen. Sorry. Hopefully at some point it gets picked up by a traditional publisher and I can get copies out worldwide!

  9. Hiya John, a mate passed on a review of your book & it sounds fantastic but I dont seem to be able to get it in print in the UK. Are there any plans to release it here as I’d love to buy a copy?


  10. I have high hopes that with my new deal with Bell Bridge Books, that they will be able to sell foreign rights to my books and you folks in the UK will be able to get the books. Hopefully next year, if we can get a UK deal done. If you know any UK publishers, tell them you want to read my books and they should buy the rights :). Thanks for stopping by, I hope you can get a copy soon!

  11. Look forward to the new Black Knight book!! Only problem with the books is I read them in one sitting and then am sad as I’m done 🙁 Have all your books on my Kindle, great fun!

  12. Just read the first Black Knights novel and loved it. As soon as I get done commenting I will scoot over to Amazon and buy the next to. Discoveries like your books are the reason I still take chances on independent publishers.

  13. Thanks so much for taking a chance on my books! I’m glad you enjoyed Hard Day’s Knight and hope the other books are just as entertaining. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. I really enjoyed all three of the books. A friend mentioned “Hard Day’s Knight” to me and I read that in a few days as well as the other two. With having read these three books this month it’s more than I’ve read in a year or so I’ve really enjoyed them! Keep up the good writing!

  15. I have read The Chosen and all of the Black Knight novels–I’ve enjoyed all of them. I love the humor in all of your books–they just keep getting better and better! Please keep up the great work!

  16. Well, at the risk of repeating what others has already said, I read all your books, and found them great, can’t wait for the next Black Knight !!!

  17. Just wanted to say, I really enjoyed your books as well as the level of wit and sarcastic humor. Every now and then I grab a book by an author I don’t know, and I haven’t enjoyed a random read this much since I stumbled upon Rincewind in the Terry Pratchett disc series some years back. Thanks again for a good read.

  18. I really enjoyed all three of the books(and the short stories). It is not too often I find a book that portrays my sense of humor as perfectly as your books have. I can’t wait for the next books.

  19. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy these books. It is tough to find a good vampire book that branches off from the traditional paths. Read all 3 already. Any idea when the 4th is coming out? Thanks for the great reads.

  20. Thanks Ian and Justin! I’m glad you enjoyed the first three. Currently I’m working on the first draft of Book 4, which is due to my publisher by the end of March. I have a dream that it will be out by the end of this year, but I haven’t gotten a release date from them yet. I’ll keep everyone posted as soon as I hear something. Thanks!

  21. OMG! Really?The end of the year? I can’t wait that long. =:,( It’s hard to find a series as well written/interesting & funny as Black Knight.Truely a fantastic series! Can we bug the publishers,perhaps?!
    Anyway looking foward to the next book! (The sooner the better)

  22. I agree with Patty! Waiting for such wonderful fun will be truly hard to do. Though Bubba is cheering me with his adventures 🙂

  23. Hi John: just finished Hard Day’s Knight and thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to the rest of the series when i’m not dillydallying with my own book. hey; maybe we collaborate and the Fang Boys draft a light plot! exciting, eh?

    congrats on your work and looking forward to seeing more of it in the near future! all the best, Shelley

  24. I just staried reading your stuff this last week (the big A recomended you 🙂 and I have to say I have beem blown away. The Black Knight books have captured me, and I care more about the (Un)life of James and Gregory that I have of any other, real or otherwise for quite some time. I will be there to get your 4th as soon as it drops and will be diving into Bubba’s world until then.

    P.S. Just incase the man crush wasn’t clear, you rock man!

  25. Just finished the omnibus; it was truly a masterpiece. The original was good, great even, but the omnibus was far deeper than before. It was a true piece of art. The backstory was more in depth, the characters were “fleshed out” more and the supernatural community played a much bigger role. All these are pros. I did notice a couple of issues with time issues in “Knight Moves” and “Back in Black” (I.e. The faerieland wedding timeline, Jimmy once thinking that he was wearing the armour that he put on this morning.) But I don’t believe these relatively small issues detract from the tale. And yes I do own the individual ebooks but I bought the omnibus anyway; I couldn’t wait.
    Thank you John,
    Ryan G.

  26. Thanks so much for the kind words, Ryan. I truly appreciate it. If you have the time, please leave an Amazon review. The book needs a little review love there. Thanks!

  27. Just bought the omnibus even though I bought the other three… I read your post about being able to get them for free if you already bought them, but I really wanted to just add more support for ya. I think it’s incredibly awesome you even offered the updates for free in the first place. A lot of people would see that as a way to make even more money, even at the expense of the fans, but you didn’t. My thanks is a little mo’ money coming your way! 😀

    Gotta finish up the book I’m on now and then I think I’ll read it.

  28. When’s volume 6 coming I can’t wait I’m a huge fan of pretty much everything you’ve written

    Keep them coming

  29. Man in Black (Book 6) is available now wherever books are sold. That one should be available in audio in the next couple weeks. I’ll have print copies anytime I’m at a con or signing, so check out the Appearances tab to see if I’ll be anywhere close. Thanks!

  30. I think I’ve found my latest recreational vitamins… mainlining John. G. Hartness books… because, well, Hell and Damnation they are a great read/listen. Yes, I mainlined the Black Knight Chronicles (written so far) in a week… which lead me to Quincy Harker and a similar experience and I’m now about to hit the bibliophiles equivalent of the DTs while I wait for the next book in both sagas, along with the next in Calling all Angels.

  31. It’s okay, there’s still three years’ worth of Bubba the Monster Hunter to hold you over until mid-April when the next Harker book comes out! 🙂

  32. yeah…not for a while. I’m only about 1/3 of the way through writing it. Hopefully this year.

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