Sword and Sorcery Fiction


I've tried my hand at several works of fantasy over the years, and they almost always come out the same way -- pulpy, with swords, sorcery, monsters and bloody battles to the fore. It's the way I roll.

I may start with good intentions, of writing high fantasy with political intrigue and courtly goings on but, as in the Watchers series, my inner barbarian muscles to the fore, says Bugger this for a lark, and starts hacking.

The blame for my enthusiasm can be laid squarely at several doors.

There's Conan, of course, and Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon and the whole pantheon of Eternal Champions; there's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Solomon Kane, Jon Shannow, the princes of Amber and the shades of a thousand more by the likes of Poul Anderson, A E Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H Rider Haggard and many others.

You'll find the results of my voyages in this genre so far detailed below. If the stars are right, I plan to add many more.


BERSERKER

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For Tor and Skald this is their first viking raid, their minds are full of thoughts of honor and glory. What awaits them are beasts - huge, hairy and fanged, the Alma will not suffer intruders in their domain. When the Vikings slaughter a female Alma they soon find themselves in the middle of a bloody revenge. Now they must stand and be counted, for their destinies await in the mountains, where the hairy ones dance.

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THE COMING OF THE KING


It is 1745, and the long awaited night has come.

The BloodKing calls his army to battle and will bring them South to claim his birthright; the throne of Britain.

Only the young Watchers on the old wall stand in his way.

It is time for them to face their destinies - to whatever end that might lead them.

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THE BATTLE FOR THE THRONE

the Watchers have failed...but they may yet have a chance at redemption. Can Martin be a leader to his people in their time of need?

And can Sean fulfill his oath without losing his soul?

Neither have much time to consider, for the Boy King is on the rampage...and his heir is waiting to be born in the Blood Chapel of Ross-Lynn.

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CULLODEN

A great victory has been won, but the war is far from over.

The Boy-King now needs his bride…and his heir.

The dead are rising. A new darkness is fast approaching. Victory is close…but will the hands of Martin and Sean be too bloodied for them to grasp it?

The conclusion of the critically-acclaimed Watchers series!

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THE CHRONICLES OF AUGUSTUS SETON

I'm working on several ideas based on Scottish folklore. My goal here is to attempt to blend fact and fancy such that the reader can't be sure if they are dealing with myth or history, folklore or things plucked from my mind.

There are antecedents from which I've drawn. Scotland has produced several writers willing to weave the country's history and magic into their stories, from Stevenson's Kidnapped, Walter Scott's romantic fancies, and John Buchan's taut thrillers. Stevenson in particular manages to provide fast paced entertainment that also educates even as you're carried along by the sheer page-turning brilliance of his plotting and the solidity and truth of his characterisations. That's what I'm striving for. Wish me luck. I'm going in.

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Appearances

Longer Works

  • Berserker (novel / paperback / e-book / Gryphonwood Press)
  • Watchers: Omnibus (trilogy / paperback / e-book / Gryphonwood Press)
  • Watchers: The Coming of the King (audiobook / Crossroad Press)
  • Watchers: The Battle for the Throne (audiobook / Crossroad Press)
  • Watchers: Culloden! (audiobook / Crossroad Press)

Short Stories

  • AUGUSTUS SETON Collected Chronicles (Collection in ebook on Kindle)
  • The Brotherhood of the Thorns (Samurai and Other Stories collection)
  • Samurai (Samurai and Other Stories collection)
  • The Toughest Mile (Samurai and Other Stories collection)
  • Double or Nothing (Buzzy Mag 2013)
  • Flower of Scotland (print / Space and Time magazine Summer 1998)
  • Hairs and Graces (print serial / Bards and Sages magazine 2009/10)
  • The Dragon's Bargain (print / Bards and Sages magazine 2009)
  • The First Silkie ( Celtic Myth Podshow )

Anthology Appearances

  • Hairs and Graces (Best New Werewolf Tales 1 / BOTD Press)
  • Augustus Seton: No Sleep For the Just (Swords and Mythos / Innsmouth Free Press)
  • Augustus Seton: The Silent Dead ( ALT-Zombie / Hersham Books)
  • Augustus Seton: The Warlock ( Sword and Zombie / AA Books)
  • The Cauldron of Camulos (Ancient Wonders / Alchemy Press)

SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES

In Samurai and Other Stories you'll find numerous ghosts, many Scotsmen, a big blob, some holy relics, some unholy relics, a Mothman, a barbarian, some swordplay, a shoggoth and people that nobody expects.

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