Author Archives: J P Catton

About J P Catton

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

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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Warriors of Olympia: Prologue

The following is a (second draft) excerpt from “Warriors of Olympia” – to be published in the forthcoming “Dimensions Unknown 2020”! Captain Reiko Furukawa Bergman stood in full ceremonial armor, at the head of her squad of samurai guards, on … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Barbara G. Tarn

This week we have an interview from the incredibly prolific Barbara G. Tarn, whose historical fantasy “Olympia Nights” will be published in the forthcoming Olympic-themed anthology, “Tokyo 2020: Warriors of Olympia”. Could you tell us a little about yourself and … Continue reading

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Steampunk, Spies and Spiritualists: “Mr. Gregory and the Invention of God”, Episode One

THE INVENTION OF GOD Illustration by Phill Evans. Part One:  They lifted him out of his opium dreams and carried him down into the smoke of Hell – which was, he eventually realized through his struggling and sweats of terror, … Continue reading

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We Have A Patreon!

The exciting news is that we are about to relaunch our omnibus series of alternative history pulp adventure thrillers (including Steampunk, Dieselpunk and some other Punks ready to get in ya face) with striking new covers and bonus content! The … Continue reading

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Preview: “Appetite for the Unknown”

This is an excerpt of a story taken from “Dark Lanterns”, a collection of short horror stories set in modern Tokyo, and featuring the “Yokai” – the rogue’s gallery of weird supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore and mythology! Image courtesy … Continue reading

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December 1940: “Love and Magick”

This is a complete story taken from the forthcoming collection by J P Catton, “Engines of Night”.  SORRY, TIME’S UP! THIS STORY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  

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A Serial Killer was released last weekend …

The following is an excerpt from the novel “Dead Hand Clapping” by Zoe Drake, a crime thriller with supernatural elements, released Dec 15th 2019.  Detective Kondo never believed in the supernatural. But then, he’s never met a serial killer like Mabus.  … Continue reading

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Short Story: Drowning in the Sea of Trees

The following is a complete short story taken from Zoe Drake’s forthcoming collection, Dark Lanterns. SORRY, TIME’S UP! STORY NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Missing your Horror fix? Click here for … The Mists of Osorezan!   

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