Category Archives: Literature

Bruno Cerkvenik – Excalibur Artist of the Month!

This month we salute the Brilliant Bruno Cerkvenik, who created the stunning cover for The Futurist Manifesto story # 8 – the London-based Cyberpunk thriller “Fast Falls The Eventide”! Bruno Cerkvenik is a digital artist originally from Brazil. Six years … Continue reading

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Exclusive Preview: “Skywatchers” by Zoe Drake

  The following is an excerpt from the supernatural thriller “Skywatchers” by Zoe Drake – Book 1 in the “Fiat Lux” series.  THE TIME: Winter, 1996. THE PLACE: The Fenlands, a haunted, remote part of East Anglia, England. THE PERSON: … Continue reading

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Danielle Drake – Excalibur Artist of the Month!

This month we salute Dazzling Danielle Drake, the artist and writer who created six of the covers for the Excalibur Books alternative history series, “The Futurist Manifesto”! The Arizona-born Danielle is currently based in Tumwater, Washington. “I’m a romance author … Continue reading

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Short Story: “Drowning in a Sea of Trees”

The following complete story was first published in Zoe Drake’s collection, “Dark Lanterns”. The Zoe Drake summer 2018 campaign is now over and this story is no longer available.     

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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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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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