Author Archives: J P Catton

About J P Catton

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

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For news of exclusives promotions, features, contests and giveaways in YA Fantasy, Alternative-History Science Fiction, Supernatural Thrillers, Japan-based Horror, Bizarro Rock Mysteries, join the mailing list! Just send an email to John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith at albionjpc@jcom.home.ne.jp with … Continue reading

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Preview: “A Coffin Full Of Stars” – part 2

This is part two of the alternative-history Wild West short story. If you haven’t read part one yet, go here.  All of them jumped up in alarm, their chairs toppling backwards with a crash. Four new figures had entered from … Continue reading

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Excalibur Books now has a mailing list service available! If you would like to receive advance news of releases, contests, and giveaways before it’s released to the public, then join the mailing list by sending an email to albionjpc@jcom.home.ne.jp! Just … Continue reading

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Preview: “A Coffin Full of Stars”

this is the opening chapter from “A Coffin Full of Stars”, the ninth story in the Futurist Manifesto series. For more information about Futurist Manifesto, go here.  The hotel room was silent, apart from the buzzing of flies at the window, … Continue reading

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Paperback Launch Competition Results!

Excalibur Books is delighted to announce the results of the “Voice of the Jewel” Paperback launch Contest! 5th Prize – An ebook copy of “The Unofficial Guide to Japanese Mythology”, the companion book to the SMJ trilogy – Jennifer. 4 … Continue reading

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Author Interview: John Paul Catton

  Interviewed by Cody L. Martin and Jacob Smith. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background? There’s not much to say! I’m British by birth, and I have a background in journalism. I left the UK … Continue reading

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Welcome to the “Voice of the Jewel” Paperback Launch Contest!

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Prologue Two: “The Ghosts of Gunkanjima”

The following events took place 14 years before the beginning of the “Sword, Mirror, Jewel” trilogy.  This novelette will be available for reading only during the competition period.  THE CONTEST IS FINISHED, SO THIS POST HAS BEEN REMOVED.      … Continue reading

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Prologue One: “The Sakura Strategy”

T he following events took place 202 years before the beginning of the  “Sword, Mirror, Jewel” trilogy.  This novelette will be available for reading only during the competition period.              THE CONTEST IS OVER, SO … Continue reading

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“Sanshu no Jingi”: Japan’s Three Mystic Treasures

ABOVE: Artist’s impression … definitely NOT the real objects. In today’s blog post … Why is the trilogy titled “Sword Mirror Jewel”?  EXCERPT FROM “THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY”: The Imperial Regalia of Japan (AKA the Three Sacred Treasures of … Continue reading

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