I’m so excited to have received my contributing author’s copy of The Mammoth Book of Tales from the Vatican Vaults edited by David V. Barrett and published by Constable & Robinson on 6.8.15.
‘A captivating collection of original science fiction and fantasy stories based on the same alternate world premise: a collection of documents that have been suppressed by the Vatican and hidden away for years, in some cases centuries, are revealed when the vaults are thrown open by a reforming pope.
In this alternate reality, Pope John Paul (I) does not die a month after his accession in 1978; instead he lives on for over 30 years to become the most reforming pope of all time. In addition to relaxing the rules on birth control and priestly celibacy he also opens up the most secret parts of the Vatican Library to scholars . . .
In the Vatican’s deepest vaults, documents are discovered which shed new light on world history, containing information which, if true, would cause many parts of accepted history to have to be rewritten. These include not just the undercover involvement of the Catholic Church in world affairs, but documented accounts of what really happened in historical conundrums, the real lives of saints and popes, miracles, magic, angels and even alien encounters.’
Tales from the Vatican Vaults
Tales from the Vatican Vaults on Kindle
• January 16th, 2015 • Posted in Writing
I was lucky enough to take part in a fascinating panel about historical fantasy at the 2014 BristolCon which was moderated by fellow writer Peter Sutton. My thanks to Peter for inviting me to contribute a Guest Post to his Blog (i.e. letting me enthuse about a subject that is very close to my heart as both a writer and a reader!)
• October 19th, 2014 • Posted in News
And we’re back!
Very relieved to be visible again after a three day absence – a mystery which neither my webmaster nor I entirely understand.
It’s nice to be back. (^_^)
More BristolCon news to follow shortly.
October 25th is BristolCon! I’m really looking forward to attending this welcoming and human-sized convention. Here are the events I’ll be participating in:
13.00 Writing Historical Fantasy: If you want to write historical fantasy, you need to do a lot of research, and it can seem daunting. Where do you start, and when can you deviate into the realms of alternate history? What do you gain from basing your fantasy story in the real-world past?
with Pete Sutton , Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Sarah Ash, Jacey Bedford, Mike Shevdon
And then, in the Art Room:
16.00 Hyakki Yagyou – The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: meet some fascinating and terrifying creatures from Japanese folklore as portrayed in anime and manga. Sarah Ash (Anime UK News) provides a brief introduction to the hidden world of the youkai.
See the whole programme at http://www.bristolcon.org/
I’ve very excited to be taking part in this SF/F creative writing workshop day – and my thanks to Joanne Hall for inviting me!
Theme – Bristol in the future – how different will Bristol be in 100 /200 /500 years? What will Bristol be like? How will things change, and will anything stay the same? Incorporate 3 elements from Harbourside; M Shed; Arnolfini
‘In “What lies ahead”, we’re going to ask you to write a story in the Science Fiction tradition, thinking about possible futures for the city of Bristol while drawing on the history and culture of the city.’