Coming soon – By Sword, Stave or Stylus

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A gladiator painting with manticore blood.

A demon detective policing Hell.

A ninja who can turn into shadow.

All this and more are coming soon in my latest collection, By Sword, Stave or Stylus

By Sword, Stave or Stylus - High Resolution

Yes, that’s right, my state of high excitement can mean only one thing – I have another book cover. On 13 October I’ll be releasing my next collection of short stories, this time a fantasy anthology titled By Sword, Stave or Stylus.

The stories in this collection:

  • Live By the Sword – art and magic combine in a fantasy version of the Roman arena.
  • Leprosaria – a knight and his chronicler uncover strange goings on in a leper hospital.
  • Long Nights in Languedoc – something monstrous pursues an English army through medieval France.
  • The Essence of a Man – the magical power of art is tested under siege.
  • Shadows, Stones and Hungry Ghosts – a prisoner faces a haunting interrogation.
  • The Wizard’s Stairs – a young man, an angry wizard and a test of love.
  • Striking Black Silence – a ninja becomes the shadows on a deadly mission.
  • The Edge of the World – a lowly gutter dweller carries a vital message across a strange rooftop world.
  • The Hunter in the Stacks – a scholar takes up his spear and goes hunting knowledge.
  • The Suspicions of Shadowvalt – a demonic whodunnit.
  • The Faces of the Fallen – Detective Shadowvalt returns to investigate a murder in Hell.
  • The Magpie Dance – a group of morris dancers are more than they seem.
  • One Minute of Beauty – art, revolution, absinthe and a visionary moment.

As always, preparing to hit the publish button fills me with a mixture of excitement and tension. But I’ll battle down the nervous twitches and post more details as I get closer to release.

Big thanks to John Moley for the title – John, a copy of the e-book will be heading your way as soon as it’s ready.


By Sword, Stave or Stylus is now available for pre-order on both Amazon and Smashwords.