Author Archives: J P Catton

About J P Catton

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

Artist of the Month – Terry Lim Diefenbach!

Excalibur Books proudly presents – Artist of the Month Terry Lim Diefenbach, creator of some of the amazing illustrations from the “Tales From Beyond Tomorrow”! Terry says … I grew up on Java, in Indonesia, when it was transitioning from … Continue reading

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Excalibur 2020 – Call for Submissions!

ANNOUNCING: A BRAND NEW PROJECT TO  CELEBRATE THE TOKYO OLYMPICS!  Excalibur Books is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, EXCALIBUR 2020: TALES FROM BEYOND TOMORROW VOLUME 3 for print and electronic publication to be published in 2020, and we are … Continue reading

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Five Reasons For Japan’s Haunted Summers

Guest post by Zoe Drake! In western countries, ghost stories are traditionally associated with Autumn (namely Halloween) and sometimes Christmas (thank you, BBC adaptations of M. R. James short stories – for depriving me of so much sleep). In Japan, … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Japan’s Three Imperial Treasures

(ABOVE: Artist’s impression of the Sanshu no Jingi) As a tie-in to the “Sword Mirror Jewel” Giveaway, we look at the sword, mirror and jewel of the trilogy’s title, known in Japanese language as the Sanshu no Jingi, and their … Continue reading

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Ian Watson – Wreaking Havoc with Reality!

“For sheer inventiveness and intellectual brilliance, Ian Watson has already established a place in the front rank of contemporary writers.” –  Sunday Times. Today I’d like to give a shout out to someone who was a big influence on not … Continue reading

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J-Horror meets H. P. Lovecraft – in “The Mists of Osorezan”!

The following is an excerpt from the novel “The Mists of Osorezan”, a supernatural thriller written by Zoe Drake.  Synopsis: It begins with a series of unconnected mysteries … Aomori, Japan: A young girl dies during the testing of a revolutionary … Continue reading

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Murder and Intrigue in Tokyo’s Sin City

The following is an excerpt from the novel “Dead Hand Clapping”, a crime thriller with supernatural elements, written by Zoe Drake.  Synopsis: Tokyo, January 2002. The world is still in shock after 9/11 and Japan is in a state of paranoia, … Continue reading

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1992: To Live and Die in Dystopian London

Illustration by Phill Evans. This is an excerpt from “Skin Condition”,  a 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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London, 1987: A City on the Brink of Destruction

This is an excerpt from “Fast Falls The Eventide”,  a 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 2 of “Tales From … Continue reading

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New York City, 1977: Battle amidst the Blackout!

This is an excerpt from “Nightfall in Utopia”,  a 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 Beyond Tomorrow”. … Continue reading

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