The Gift (coming soon)
Born in a Liverpool slum, Lizzie McBride is the daughter of an Irish seer who dies when Lizzie is barely twelve, leaving her in charge of two younger sisters and a grieving father. When her father commits suicide, Lizzie is caught between two worlds: An aunt and uncle who decide the three orphans would be better off with them in America, and her mother, who appears in a dream and urges her to stay. Just as they are about to board ship, Lizzie runs away and her life changes forever.
Pursued by her aunt, Lizzie cannonades into the young and charismatic magician, Aleister Crowley who takes her under his wing. He introduces her to Lady Gwyneth Morgan, daughter of the richest family in Wales and sister to the flamboyant occultist, Evan Morgan. At this point Lizzie doesn’t realise she has a gift; the ability to open Hell and control its greatest demons. When the occult world discovers this, governments and powerful individuals seek her out. Only one man can protect her: the magician John Grey.
Anthony Trollope: Power, Land and Society 1847 – 1980
One of Trollope’s last books, The Fixed Period reveals his vision of the 1980’s; one still dominated by steam and landed power. The British Empire remains intact, ruling unchallenged in lieu of America, which has fragmented. It explains the title of this book. For Trollope, landed power and its politics controlled the future. He could not foresee—or didn’t want to—any alternative. The sci-fi aspects of The Fixed Period are risible. His exploration of Euthanasia is, on the other hand, profound.
And as for his conviction that landed power would dominate the future that, too, is understandable. Trollope had invested so much in it as the great chronicler of English Landed Society Books on Anthony Trollope have tended to emphasise the biographical, social convention or else offer analyses of Trollope’s moral code. There has been little, if anything, written about Trollope as the literary expression of a landed society during a period of flux.
Anthony Trollope: Power, Land and Society 1847 – 1980 makes the argument that Trollope’s canon constitutes a profound exploration of Nineteenth Century landed society, providing insights into the cultural and political mores of great and small landowners, as well as the economic opportunities and problems they faced during a period of transformation; his characters, too, subtly illustrate the dilemmas, moral and social that so many Victorians encountered as economic circumstances changed.
Welcome to the world of Anthony Trollope.
Tales From The Murenger: Stories to Darken the Soul
A collection of dark fantasy stories centered around Newport in South Wales. Newport’s oldest inn, The Murenger, acts as its centre point.
Cheyney, Behave: Peter Cheyney: A Darker World
Between 1936 and 1951 Peter Cheyney wrote over forty books and was the highest paid novelist in Britain. In many respects he blazed a path for Ian Fleming and the brutal glamour of Bond. Today, Peter Cheyney is almost unknown, his books out of print.
CHEYNEY BEHAVE, recaptures a lost world and provides an eye-opening analysis of a popular culture we might prefer to forget. The book examines the importance of cigarettes and alcohol in Cheyney’s world, his attitude to ‘pansies’, racism, women, and the jaw-dropping sexism of his age. It analyses the significance of Cheyney’s ‘Dark’ series in terms of war propaganda and how Cheyney accurately captured the effects of war on prevailing morality.
For those jaded by pilgrimages to Baker Street, Cheyney provides a welcome alternative. Most of his many heroes, villains and victims live in a very small area of London. Some are unwitting neighbours, and all jostle each other on the same roads and streets, ghosts in parallel worlds. These are mapped, allowing the reader to go on his or her own ‘Cheyney walk’.
CLAY CROSS is a swirl of Voodoo, Noir, and mangled metaphors, its comic aspects coming from a 1950’s private eye out of his time.
When James Finn ran down the priestess daughter of a houngan in a Louisiana bayou, he never imagined the consequences. When Laura Finn begins a search for her husband, the nightmare begins. Laura and James Finn have been transformed into something greater but cruder than their original selves. James Finn finds himself trapped in the persona of Clay Cross, a 1950’s cold war warrior and misogynist private eye, in fact a composite of every pulp novel Finn’s ever read. The equally cultured Laura Finn has mutated into Sheri Lamour. Earthbound and heralding a new age of Djinn, both become the playthings of two competing loa, Damballa and his brother, Baron Samedi.
One man is key to their survival, Roy Evans. Samedi promises him a charmed life as an acclaimed comic book writer. At a price. One day the disembodied Djinn will come looking for him, feeding from his mind to gain substance and form. The story continues in the late C20th. Roy Evans, widowed, and raging against the man who ran down his wife, has all but forgotten the incident until a ghostly detective invades his apartment.
The story reaches its climax as Cross, a noir Don Quixote out of his depth and far from his comfort zone is pursued by the houngans responsible for his predicament. The houngan and his wife, Ginny Mambo, seek the spell their dying daughter whispered to James Finn before his transformation. The spell will enable the two houngans to control the power of Damballa and the emerging Djinn being formed from fire and dust.
Events take Clay Cross and Roy Evans to Newport South Wales, where the hideously transformed Ginny Mambo seeks to turn their minds. Samedi, too, is exploiting Roy’s perception of reality as it merges into a tragic comic book world.
Raoul, a C12th adventurer rescues Simone, the daughter of the legendary witch Melusine. Raoul, realises his danger too late. He has rescued her but also fallen captive to a love he will never escape. Both are now hunted, but as their pursuers close in, Simone has one last trick up her sleeve: Dark Fire, a satanic paste activated by sexual magic that will transport them through time and space. The only proviso is that they must find each other again. The penalty for failure is eternal damnation.
In the C21st their future hangs in the balance for Raoul is now Ralph and married to Laura. Simone is trapped in the C17th as Verity Strong. Time is against them…