The Janus Elixir–Now Available!

In case you haven't heard, the fourth book of the Beaumont and Beasley series–The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley–is actually a miniseries in itself. It's an anthology of six novellas, which I will be releasing one at a time over the next few months before collecting them all together in one volume.

“Oh, sure!” you say. “As if your books weren't hard enough to keep track of! Why don't you just make them MORE complicated?!”

First of all, sarcasm does not become you. And second, this is actually the opposite of complicated–at least, with regard to the first novella in the miniseries.

Which, by the way, is AVAILABLE NOW! WOOOOT!! Let there be revelry and merriment!


Archaeologists are not often consulted by gods. However, Malcolm Blackfire is not a typical archaeologist—he’s also a dragon. So, when the brain of the god Janus is stolen from Thanatos Abbey in the city of Talesend, Malcolm and his assistant Melody Nightingale are summoned by Hades himself to investigate.

It doesn’t take long for a dark design to emerge behind the bizarre theft. The mysterious Dr. Henry Jekyll is performing dangerous experiments. A powerful sorcerer named Hyde has suddenly emerged in the Talesend underworld. The answer to the mystery is clear…

…or is it?

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are not what they seem. But by the time Malcolm discovers the truth about them, it may be far too late.


OK, that's enough revelry and merriment; take it down a notch. Let's be civilized about this.

The point I am trying to make, if you will let me get a word in edgewise, is that The Janus Elixir is what we in the storytelling business call a “jumping-on point.” (You might call it that as well, but if you don't have an official storytelling license, then you are using it illegally and may be subject to five years in prison and/or a fine of $75, 368.42. You may submit the money directly to me in order to avoid jail time.) You can read The Janus Elixir without having read any of my previous books. True, you'll need to be caught up on Beaumont and Beasley in order to follow the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde beyond the end of this novella, but for now, you can just kick back and enjoy this little story.

But what if you're already caught up? Then tell your friends about The Janus Elixir! Especially since this little book is FREE to everyone who subscribes to my newsletter! If you subscribed before, then check your inbox; there will be an email with a link to download the book. If not, then subscribe with the form below, and you'll get the book in a jiffy.


You can also get a paperback version from Amazon, if you prefer, or buy the ebook. (For now, the ebook edition is available exclusively from my website.)

The Janus Elixir is also something of a “backdoor pilot” (another licensed storytelling term) for the upcoming Blackfire series, which will delve further into the adventures of Malcolm and Melody…as well as a certain mystery teased by this novella. The series will begin this year with The Thirteenth Knight. Would you like to see the redesigned cover for that book, by the way? Here you go.

The Strange Cases of Beaumont and Beasley will continue later this month with The Hound of Duville–after which there will be a short break in my publication schedule, as I'll be busy preparing for the Realm Makers conference, attending it, and recovering from it. I also have several more exciting announcements to make this month, but I'll save those for later. For now, enjoy The Janus Elixir!

That wasn't a suggestion, BTW, I demand that you enjoy it. Or rather, Malcolm does. And are you going to argue with a dragon? I didn't think so.

Comments (9)

*much merriment*

Also OH MY GOODNESS the cover for The Thirteenth Knight!!! :O :O :O

Thank you so much!! I do like how it turned out.

WOOT!!! Just downloaded my copy of this earlier today and I cannot waaaait to delve into it. BECAUSE MALCOLM!!! 😀

IT. IS. GORGEOUS!!!!!! Gimme ALL the Arthurian Legend things. YESSSH. I am so excited about all of this!

(Also REALM MAKERS. It’s so close! *shrieks*)

AAAAAAAH it’s ok i’m fine XD

I’m so glad you’re excited and that you like the cover! I went through about five versions of it, but I’m finally satisfied. XD

[…] The Janus Elixir – Kyle Robert Shultz (July 1) — I actually read this already (as an editor) and it’s so good! I’m not even biased, I promise. I’m just excited to have a whole novella told by Malcolm Blackfire, dragon and archaeologist. 😀 It’s super funny, features Malcolm and his… er… assistant Melody Nightingale, and is set in an alternate 1816 London, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, some characters from mythology, and some other familiar names… You’ll just have to check it out, because it’s a blast. XD And it’s free if you sign up for the author’s newsletter. 😉 […]

ujaoieuroauogfjhap82aojoja!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, you can tell Malcolm that he doesn’t need to demand, because I know I’ll enjoy it! I just ordered it from amazon and will probably get on my Kindle too, because I don’t know if I can wait this long.

Also, your cover for the Thirteenth Knight is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*several fairies were killed in the making of this post because of the writer’s exuberance. The writer is sorry, but is too excited to stop.*

Cue the celebration and merriment……. ashlakjldfja;lgjaljkg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just ordered it off of amazon and I’ll probably get the Kindle version before that because I don’t know how long I could possibly wait.
You can tell Malcolm his demands will willing be met, because I don’t know how it’s possible not to enjoy your books.
Also, your cover for The Thirteenth Knight is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*skips merrily down the lane* *squeezes Malcolm*

*several fairies were destroyed in the making of this post, but they were destructive themselves and deserved it.* *fireworks!*

Haha…just noticed I posted the comment twice. Just goes to show how excited I am about this!

LOL, no problem! 😀 Very glad you’re excited! I hope you enjoy the story.

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