Author Archives: J P Catton

About J P Catton

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

A Paranormal Wartime Romance – amidst the Blitz and the Blackout!

This is an excerpt from “The Elements of War”,  a Dieselpunk/Weird War novelette from the “Futurist Manifesto” series of Alternative History tales by John Paul Catton. The story is available as an ‘e-short’, and is published in volume 1 of “Tales From … Continue reading

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Terror stalks the Trenches of World War One!

This is an excerpt from “Dulce et Decorum est”,  a Dieselpunk short story from the Futurist Manifesto series of Alternative History tales by John Paul Catton. The story is available as an ‘e-short’, and is published in volume 1 of … Continue reading

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“Zero Sum Game” – Science Fiction Adventure in a Japanese setting!

The following is an excerpt from “Zero Sum Game”, a science fiction novel set in Hiroshima, west Japan.  To find out more about Cody L. Martin – go here! Hina Takamachi is leading the ordinary life of a Japanese schoolgirl … Continue reading

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Steampunk, Spies and Spiritualists!

This is an excerpt from “The Invention of God”, a Steampunk novelette from the Futurist Manifesto series of Alternative History stories by John Paul Catton. The story is available as an ‘e-short’, and is published in volume 1 of “Tales … Continue reading

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Magick and Mystery – in the Skies of World War Two!

This is an excerpt from “Into The Valley”, a Weird World War novelette published by Excalibur Books, from the Futurist Manifesto series of Alternative History stories by John Paul Catton. The story is available as an ‘e-short’, and is published in … Continue reading

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A Gothic Steampunk Romance – “Moonlight, Murder & Machinery”!

This is an excerpt from “Moonlight, Murder & Machinery”, a Steampunk mash-up of Frankenstein, Jane Austen, and the Romantic Poets, published by Excalibur Books. Learn more about the mysterious world of Nova Albion here!  EXCERPT  The Red Branch carriage clattered … Continue reading

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A Japanese Ghost Story from “Dark Lanterns”

This is an excerpt of a story from “Dark Lanterns”, a collection of 15 ghost stories set in modern Japan, written by Excalibur author Zoe Drake. Find out more about Zoe Drake here!           FALLEN THROUGH … Continue reading

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The War of the Yokai starts here!

The following is an excerpt from “Voice of the Sword”, Book 1 of the YA Fantasy trilogy “Sword, Mirror, Jewel”, based on events and characters from Japanese mythology. To find out more about the trilogy – go here! I have … Continue reading

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“The Sakura Strategy”

EXCERPT FROM THE “SWORD, MIRROR, JEWEL” FANTASY TRILOGY BASED ON JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY: We soon entered the bustling streets of the second block of Aioicho, in the Honjo district, and looked out cautiously upon the soiled, transient beauty of the Low … Continue reading

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Weird Western Thriller – “A Coffin Full Of Stars”!

EXCERPT: The silence of the hotel room was gradually infiltrated by the buzzing of flies at the window, the wind blowing outside, a door banging open and shut in the distance, and the deep, labored breathing of the man on … Continue reading

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