Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran
It begins with a rumour, an exciting whisper. Anything to break the tedium of the harem for the Shah's eldest daughter. People speak of a man with a face so vile it would make a hangman faint, but a voice as sweet as an angel's kiss. A master of illusion and stealth. A masked performer, known only as Vachon.
"A sumptuous dark treat of a novel, will keep you shocked and enthralled until the very last page." - Will Davis, author of The Trapeze Artist
"Disquieting and enchanting." - Peter Dawes, USA Today best-selling author of Pandora
A supernatural ghost story based on David Southwell's Hookland, a mythical county in England where folklore lives and breathes.
“A slow burn of Hookland weirdness, atmospheric and inventive. Fantastical, yet rooted in realism that is alive with mystery and rich with history.” – Ralph Pullins, author of Antiartists
“Chilling and darkly atmospheric.” – Laine Cunningham, author of Beloved: A Supernatural Thriller
You don't have to know anything about Hookland to enjoy this story, but there is more about the background here.
(short story collection)
The un-a-musing, anti-inspirational, tangled, twisted and possibly tragic regurgitation of a recovering mind.
One author's battle against block, involving murderous moths, a fatal and heartfelt plague, one of those transfer tattoos you used to be able to buy down the Post Office, and a kid who fell into a quarry.
"At times, haunting. At times, bizarre. I don't know what to make of this." - A. Reader.
"Enchanting. I think." - B. Wildered.
Described by one reader as, "Chick lit with balls."
After her boyfriend Mark unceremoniously dumps her in the bathroom of a nightclub, Phoebe Gelber throws herself into work, trying to forget.
This is how she meets dishy George McCally. Only, the most handsome guy in the room isn't exactly what he seems.
Can Phoebe's feelings for George survive society, family, former friends and those within the LGBT community who would sabotage them?
The Children of Lir
A curse that lasted 900 years, a legend that lasted forever.
From the Iron Age of Ireland to the dawn of Christianity, this epic retelling traverses the realms of magic and sorcery. From the fort of Fionnachaidh to the watery wastes of Sruth na Maoile, it tells of the downfall of an ancient race and the children caught in its wake.
Secure the Shadow
Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.
A story travelling from the 1820s to modern times, exploring the history of photography and post-mortem photography in particular. From the Victorian fascination with photographing the dead to the modern practice of photographing stillbirths.
The story of three lives, spanning the history of photography and our relationship with mortality.
The Tangled Forest
The trees whisper stories in the deep, dark woods.
This is the retelling of three ancient fairy tales by the women who lived them. Stories that at first seem unrelated become twisted together like the branches above.
One night, a little boy appears at the window of a girl’s cottage. Birthed by rain and thunder, he is motherless and hungry. Their friendship will lead them deep into the woods, where years later a girl draped in donkey skin will beg for their protection. Two sisters, a bear, and a man of undetermined height form the link in this chain, as they journey between the mountain’s legs to a castle far, far away.
From the witch and the wolf to the king and his courtiers, no one leaves the tangled forest unchanged.
Shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary for New Writers in 2009. Originally published by Netherworld Books in 2012 and re-released in 2018.
Every night we go to sleep and dream, but what if dreams could wake in our world?
What does the brutal killing of a young girl in 1968 have to do with the recovery of a local coma victim? Oliver Ryan is unwittingly thrown into the role of detective.
A journey through the chaos of LSD and the magic of dreams. We've never read anything like this, the combination of the spiritual and the murderous is incredible - BookReviewer.com