Category Archives: Art & Design

Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about the Ancient Olympics

  An excerpt from “The Phantom Games”, a special anthology published to celebrate the (postponed) Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Nobody knows for certain how or why the tradition of Olympic Games began in Ancient Greece. One legend states that the mighty … Continue reading

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“Break all the Laws of the Universe” – Interview with Author Meyari McFarland

Today Excalibur Books interviews genre-spanning author Meyari McFarland, who wrote the story “Shrill of Cicada” for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic-inspired anthology, “The Phantom Games.”  Meyari McFarland Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m 53 years … Continue reading

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Summer Steals – for August 2020!

NEWS from the House of Excalibur!  We are delighted to announce … “Machineries of Chaos”, the follow-up to “Engines of Night” in the “Dimensions Unknown” series by J P Catton, will be released on Aug 20th at the special launch … Continue reading

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“Firewater” – A Weird Pulp Horror Tale

This is an excerpt from “Firewater”, a novella taken from Volume Two of the Alternative History series “Dimensions Unknown”, released August 20th 202o. This was the time of day that Brandon Stone loved. He stood at the huge windows taking … Continue reading

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Battle in the New York City Blackout 1977 – “Nightfall in Utopia”

This is an excerpt from a novelette taken from the Alternative History collection “Engines of Night” by J P Catton, Volume 1 in the “Dimensions Unknown” series. NYPD Lieutenant Luke Cambridge reached out of the car window, slapped the magnetically … Continue reading

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The Three Great Mysteries of Japan’s Art World

A Japanese art critic once wrote: “If in the midst of (painting), a sword-cut had severed the brush, it would have bled.” From this we gather that to the Japanese artist, creating art was something vital, something religious. This force … Continue reading

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Exclusive Science Fiction Preview: “Jimmy Diamond and the Girl from Venus”

It’s Swinging London, 1965 – with Mods, Rockers, flying scooters, ray-guns, and alien invaders! Excalibur Books proudly presents an excerpt from Engines of Night, Volume One of the time-twisting pulp-adventure Dimensions Unknown series! (Image courtesy influx.co.uk) ONE Jimmy Diamond leaped … Continue reading

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New Movie: “Hokusai” – the Secret Life of Japan’s Artistic Genius!

This month will see the release (hopefully) of a new Japanese movie (details here) exploring the unknown life of the artist Katsushika Hokusai, who lived in Japan’s late Edo period (the early 19th Century). His works, such as “The Great … 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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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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