Author Archives: J P Catton

About J P Catton

Speculative storytelling and skewed fiction: the blog and website of author John Paul Catton.

The Three Great Mysteries of Japan’s Art World

A Japanese art critic once wrote: “If in the midst of (painting), a sword-cut had severed the brush, it would have bled.” From this we gather that to the Japanese artist, creating art was something vital, something religious. This force … Continue reading

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Author Interview with Shogo Oketani: A Message from the First Tokyo Olympics

Excalibur Books is proud to announce that the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics anthology, “Warriors of Olympia”, will include a contribution from award-winning author, poet and translator Shogo Oketani. Today’s blog post is an exclusive interview with Mr. Oketani, conducted by J … Continue reading

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“Just Add Water” by Flora McGowan – part one

To be published in the forthcoming anthology, “Warriors of Olympia”! I stared at my new sweater in dismay. Despite carefully hand washing it in cold water it appeared to have shrunk, only a little maybe, but it definitely looked somewhat … Continue reading

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Exclusive Science Fiction Preview: “Jimmy Diamond and the Girl from Venus”

It’s Swinging London, 1965 – with Mods, Rockers, flying scooters, ray-guns, and alien invaders! Excalibur Books proudly presents an excerpt from Engines of Night, Volume One of the time-twisting pulp-adventure Dimensions Unknown series! (Image courtesy influx.co.uk) ONE Jimmy Diamond leaped … Continue reading

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Preview: Frank Cooper’s War

This month has seen the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. To celebrate the event, Excalibur Books presents a preview of a story published in “Dimensions Unknown” Volume One … a tale of love and magic, amidst the horrors … Continue reading

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Exclusive Science Fiction Preview: “The God Symbiote”, by Donald L. Flynn.

Excalibur Books presents an excerpt from another story included in the forthcoming anthology “Dimensions Unknown 2020: Warriors of Olympia”. Here, Donald Flynn speculates on what changes could transform society in first Japan, and then the world, in years to come … Continue reading

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New Movie: “Hokusai” – the Secret Life of Japan’s Artistic Genius!

This month will see the release (hopefully) of a new Japanese movie (details here) exploring the unknown life of the artist Katsushika Hokusai, who lived in Japan’s late Edo period (the early 19th Century). His works, such as “The Great … Continue reading

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Alternative History Science Fiction Preview: 1965 – “Jimmy Diamond and the Girl from Venus”

The following is a complete short story taken from the forthcoming collection, “Engines of Night”, Volume 1 in the “Dimensions Unknown” series. This story will be up on the blog until May 3rd. Illustrations by GoOnWrite, Deene Kingston, Terry Lim Diefenbach, … Continue reading

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Alternative History Science Fiction Preview: 1917 – “Dulce et Decorum est”

The following is an excerpt from a short story to be published in the forthcoming collection, Engines of Night. It was previously published in the series Tales From Beyond Tomorrow.  “Halt! Who goes there?” Captain Martin Blake pointed his revolver … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Willow Croft – Bringer of Storms and Nightmares!

In this week’s author interview, we present Willow Croft – whose short story, “The Ice Dream of the Crow”, will be included in “Dimensions Unknown Volume Three: Warriors of Olympia”. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your … Continue reading

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