Category Archives: Literature

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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A Gothic Steampunk Romance – “Moonlight, Murder & Machinery”!

This is an excerpt from “Moonlight, Murder & Machinery”, a Steampunk mash-up of Frankenstein, Jane Austen, and the Romantic Poets, published by Excalibur Books. Learn more about the mysterious world of Nova Albion here!  EXCERPT  The Red Branch carriage clattered … Continue reading

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A Japanese Ghost Story from “Dark Lanterns”

This is an excerpt of a story from “Dark Lanterns”, a collection of 15 ghost stories set in modern Japan, written by Excalibur author Zoe Drake. Find out more about Zoe Drake here!           FALLEN THROUGH … Continue reading

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“The Sakura Strategy”

EXCERPT FROM THE “SWORD, MIRROR, JEWEL” FANTASY TRILOGY BASED ON JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY: We soon entered the bustling streets of the second block of Aioicho, in the Honjo district, and looked out cautiously upon the soiled, transient beauty of the Low … Continue reading

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Weird Western Thriller – “A Coffin Full Of Stars”!

EXCERPT: The silence of the hotel room was gradually infiltrated by the buzzing of flies at the window, the wind blowing outside, a door banging open and shut in the distance, and the deep, labored breathing of the man on … Continue reading

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Seven Things You Never Knew About “Frankenstein” (the novel)!

200 years ago, the first version of a novel called Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published. It was written by Mary Godwin – later to be known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – but published anonymously. Women had been authoring … Continue reading

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