Detectives of the occult – hanged, drawn and quarterly

I wasn’t really aware of just how enduringly popular the Occult Detective is in literature and other art forms until recently. It was through fellow writer and aficionado of weird fiction and long dogs, John Linwood Grant, that I had my initiation into the genre. John, with Sam Gafford, edits a new publication that promises…

A genuine ‘sea serpent’

Three days ago, in California, a sea-serpent was found. (Catalina Island Marine Institute) The 18ft creature found dead near the Catalina coast is an example of that which most closely resembles the traditional sea serpent of myth and literature – the Oarfish. Their size, serpent-like form and bizarre facial features, not to mention the fact…

Seymour Hamilton interviews Matthew Willis

Seymour Hamilton, author of the ‘Astreya’ series of nautical fantasy novels, interviews Matthew Willis about Daedalus and the Deep, writing in general, and naval history. Access the interview on the Sound Cloud here

Daedalus and the Deep novel published

I am delighted to announce the publication of my first novel, Daedalus and the Deep. The novel was published by Fireship Press on Kindle on 30 June, and will appear in paperback soon. For Midshipman Colyer of the corvette HMS Daedalus, life is a constant struggle. The cadet officer is faced with savage pirates in…