Category Archives: Literature

5 Ghosts that Haunt the Streets and Canals of Venice

Venice is the perfect city for ghosts … the Gothic architecture and otherworldly atmosphere create a setting for dreams and nightmares! Here are five ancient and modern folk tales of encounters with the supernatural … that have their foundation in … Continue reading

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The Ritual on the Island of the Dead

The following is the opening chapter from Zoe Drake’s supernatural thriller, “The Mists of Osorezan”. Learn more about Zoe Drake here!  Ahead of them lay the island of San Michele, the Isola di Cimitero. The sight filled Professor Weiss with … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Osorezan

What is the mysterious location in northern Japan known as ‘Osorezan’? Why does it have such an enigmatic reputation? Experience its eerie, uncanny atmosphere for yourself … with this excerpt from Zoe Drake’s supernatural thriller, “The Mists of Osorezan”!   … 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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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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