Second to Sherlock tells the story of Daniel Calloway, a down on his luck Irish detective trying to make a name for himself in Victorian London. After taking a case that's finally come his way, Calloway gets mixed up in a plot involving an ill-tempered Russian, a bordello proprietor with a peculiar name, Jack the Ripper, and even the world famous detective whose shadow he's trying to escape. Part dashing mystery, part Mel Brooks, and entirely entertaining, Second to Sherlock is a new work that's bound to wow audiences!

Second to Sherlock had its world premiere with Imagine Productions of Columbus in December 2021. In 2022 it was nominated for 8 awards at the 30th Annual Jebby Awards, winning 2, including:

-Best Technical Achievement -- Brian Horne: Book, Music & Lyrics (WON)

-Supporting Female (Musical) -- Lexi Vestey: Moriarty (WON)

- Local Production of the Year (Musical) -- dir. Brandon Boring (nominated)

-Lead Female (Musical) -- Marrett Laney: Giselle (nominated)

-Lead Male (Musical) -- Chris Rusen: Daniel Calloway (nominated)

-Supporting Male (Musical) -- Dan Hildebrand: Various roles (nominated)

-Breakthrough Performer of the Year -- Alexa Clint: Agnes (nominated)

-Entertainer of the Year -- Chris Johnson: John Thompson (nominated)

An Original Cast Recording is planned for later in 2022! Stay tuned for more information!


Inspired by the work of Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series), Brian has composed a number of instrumental pieces based on a spec idea for an RPG. Originally composed for MIDI playback, the arrangements have been updated to achieve a fuller and more engaging sound.


As part of the Trash Watch podcast, Brian composed theme music evoking the 80s rock opening to the classic series Baywatch.


An array of demos from various projects that have yet to be completed, including:

  • A musical screenplay, Everything You Learn In High School
    ("Rolling On")

  • An adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence
    ("Age Gone By")

  • A one-act musical, Bedbug: A Serious Musical ("Serious Times")