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…

New anthology of tales featuring strange beasts

The Random Writers’ new anthology Stalking Leviathan, a Bestiary of Tales was released last week, and speaking as one of the three editors, I think the ‘Randoms’ have surpassed themselves with invention, style and creativity. We’re conducting a Book Blast on Friday 7 October, so come and have a chat to the authors and editors…

Two reviews of Daedalus and the Deep

Two reviews of Daedalus and the Deep have now been published. The Founding Fields, a site dedicated to SF and fantasy fiction published its review in January 2014 and concludes that the novel ‘masterfully merges historical accuracy with exciting fantasy’. ‘For those already wondering from that brief description, no it’s not a Moby Dick story……

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…

Daedalus and the Deep – the real sea serpent mystery

Daedalus and the Deep has its roots in real events. HMS Daedalus was a real ship, a Leda-class frigate built in 1820 and later re-rated to corvette. HMS Daedalus was best known in Victorian Britain, for the sighting of a sea-serpent between the Cape of Good Hope and St Helena in 1848 – 165 years…

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…