What Is It About H.P. Lovecraft?

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“It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth’s dark, dead corners and unplumbed depths be let alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests.” – H.P. Lovecraft, The Mountains of Madness

I’ve said before that if you want to write a genre well, read the authors who inspired it. (Spolier alert for those attending my Realm Makers workshop on steampunk!)

Of course, one’s advice is only good if one takes it.

Finally I’ve gotten around to doing just that, by reading H.P. Lovecraft’s collected tales, novellas, short stories, and collaborations. All of them. The whole shebang. To say that Lovecraft has influenced the steampunk genre is about as much of an understatement as saying that Cthulhu is an oversized octopod.

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Predator X Unleashed!

My latest novel, Predator X, is out NOW!

Published by Severed Press, it is currently ebook only, available on Amazon US and Amazon UK. A paperback version will follow soon.

Much thanks go to Jane Colebrook for deciphering my scrawl when typing up my first draft and David Rozzell for his proofreading and gaping-plot-hole-detection wizardry.

The darkness out there is finally seeping in here. I can feel it. It’s like damp. It rises. Rises through you until there’s no light left.

When deep level oil fracking uncovers a vast subterranean sea, a crack team of cavers and scientists are sent down to investigate.
Upon their arrival, they disappear without a trace.
A second team, including sedimentologist Dr Megan Stoker, are ordered to seek out Alpha Team and report back their findings. But Alpha team are nowhere to be found – instead, they are faced with something unexpected in the depths.
Something ancient.
Something huge.
Something dangerous…

Predator X Cover

Predator X Cover

GREY WINGS OFFICIALLY RELEASED

Well done, Katie!

Katie Marie

Grey Wings is now officially released!

You can’t see me but I’m totally doing a happy dance.

The current front of the book  

GREY WINGS

Jason is stranded in a dark city, and is in desperate need of help when he has no idea how he will get home.

So, when he collides with Aurelius, an Angel only in the mildest sense of the word – who has committed a crime worthy of great punishment, but has been handed a rare chance at redemption – Jason can see a way home.

However, their journey will be hampered by Fallen Angels, Earth Spirits, and Griffons – and none can say if everyone will make it home.

Preview the story here and see the characters here.

Pick up your very own copy!

Amazon UK paperback

Amazon USA paperback

Barnes & Noble paperback

Smashwords E-Book

Kindle COMING SOON! (For those of you who purchased the paperback from…

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