Author Archives: J P Catton

About J P Catton

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

The Japan Writers Conference 2017

The 2017 Japan Writer’s Conference was held in Tokyo, Nihon University College of Art, Ekoda Campus, on October 8th and 9th – and here is a very, very brief summary of some of the presentations. Thersa Matsuura – “The Ins … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Dieselpunk Crime & Mystery

This is the new variant cover for “Firewater”, the eleventh novelette in the alternate history science fiction “Futurist Manifesto” series. Cover design and illustration by Dazzling Danielle Drake! Read an excerpt here!  

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Cover Reveal: Weird Western Steampunk

This is the new variant cover to “A Coffin Full Of Stars”, the ninth novelette in the “Futurist Manifesto” alternate-history science fiction series. Cover design and illustration by Terrific Terry Lim Diefenbach! Read an excerpt from the story here!    … Continue reading

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A Dieselpunk Pulp Fiction Mystery: “Firewater!”

The following is an excerpt from the novelette “Firewater”, number ten in the “Futurist Manifesto” series, to be included in the forthcoming collection “Tales From Beyond Tomorrow” Volume Two!  This was the time of day that Brandon Stone loved. He … Continue reading

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Brian W Aldiss: Knight of the New Wave

“Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.” PHOTO: Courtesy of Stephen Jones, World Fantasy Convention 2013. When I was about 12 years old, one of my prized possessions was a postcard. On … Continue reading

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Results of the Fantasy “Supernatural Summer Challenge” Competition!

Excalibur Books would like to give a very big thank you to the six winners of the August “Supernatural Summer Challenge” Facebook event! We had a number of thought-provoking real-life brushes with the paranormal to cool us down in the … Continue reading

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Weird War Stories: “Into The Valley”

East England, May, 1943: The turning of the tide of World War II. The seven crewmembers of the Avro Lancaster bomber “Resurgam” board their plane, ready for their final bombing mission. Their journey will take them beyond life … beyond death … Continue reading

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“Read More – Listen Better!” – An Interview with Artist Phill Evans

Phill Evans is a British multi-media artist who has created some striking covers and illustrations for Excalibur Books. As Artist of the Month July 2017, this is an exclusive interview with him.   (NB. On this page we are showcasing … Continue reading

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Phill Evans – “1992”

This is Phill Evans’s vision of an alternative Dystopian London-  in the disturbing Cyberpunk tale, “Skin Condition”! The year is 1992 in an environmentally devastated, dystopian Britain. The wealthy and controversial TV evangelist Howard Hopgood lies in a London hospital, … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Phill Evans – “City of Revelations”!

REVEALED! Phill Evans’ stunning cover for the Lovecraftian Dieselpunk tale, “City of Reflections!”  Read the excerpt below .. Venice, he had always thought, was a city of reflections. Facades, basilicas, domes and towers – all pondering their appearance in the … Continue reading

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