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Hobb’s Top and Other Horrors

The short story collection that introduces Darkisle. Three chilling tales of Lovecraftian Horror. The ideal place to start your journey to a place of terror and insanity.

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The Gathering of Shadows

The first Darkisle novel. Private Detective Jack Glennison’s first Darkisle case sees a mundane search for a missing person lead him into a world of ancient magic and unearthly terror… a world that is at once both utterly alien and horribly familiar….

“As Glennison delves deeper into what appears to be a straightforward missing person case, he uncovers an ever-darker plot that spirals into the realms of Lovecraftian horror. Devotees of HP Lovecraft will spot unmissable nods to the Cthulhu Mythos, as seen through the eyes of a man who doesn’t yet know what he is up against.” (T. Finley)

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New to the genre?

Writing in the New England of the early 20th Century, HP Lovecraft managed to create a bleak, horrific universe that challenged the growing confidence of the era.

Lovecraft’s vision came to be called the Cthulhu Mythos, named after the terrifying alien god that he created in his stories (an image of which you can see at the top of this page).

Lovecraft’s hopeless, pitiless universe has been expanded upon, adorned and embellished by many subsequent authors. I hope I will prove to be a worthy addition to that list.

About Darkisle

Darkisle is my fictional Irish Sea island, just off the coast of Great Britain. Nominally part of England, Darkisle has it’s own hidden history dating back far beyond when humans first stood on it shores.

Darkisle is an outlier. A fragment of an unspeakable world from the depths of unknown aeons. A place touched by terrible cosmic magic. A land where the locals keep their doors barred at night and shun strangers.

But the world is changing, and intrepid outsiders want to uncover the island’s secrets. Are you one of them?

About my fiction

Haunted by an event he has made himself forget. Scarred by the Great War. A failed scholar, a frustrated policeman, a discharged soldier… and now a Private Detective in 1920s Manchester. Meet Jack Glennison, through whose eyes you will witness the events that unfurl on Darkisle. The first Glennison Darkisle case, The Gathering of Shadows, is out now.

A lot of my stories will be set in the 1920s – the ‘Golden Age’ of the Cthulhu Mythos, in many ways. However, revisiting the past allows me to offer up a lens to the present. Just as Lovecraft’s fears found their way into his work, so too will my Darkisle cycle resonate with our all-too-real modern day concerns .


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About Me

Hello! Here’s a photo of me, in my natural environment.

I was born in 1964 (I’ll let you do the maths). I have written for pleasure (and, very occasionally, for money) for most of my adult life. I discovered HP Lovecraft in my teenage years (when the Call of Cthulhu RPG proved rather too good a distraction from my Applied Physics degree…).

Now, after a career that has taken in defence research, business consultancy and university management, I’m finally doing what I always threatened to do: gather up all my ideas from over the decades and put them into novels to share with other people.

I very much hope you will enjoy my take on the Cthulhu Mythos.


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