Voice of the Sword


Now it can be revealed!!! This is the amazing cover for “Voice of the Sword”, book one of the “Sword, Mirror, Jewel” YA Urban Fantasy trilogy written by John Paul Catton, cover designed by Stephanie White. On sale later this month!

Excalibur Books Publication Schedule 2012


Excalibur 2012 Publication Schedule

The publication schedule for Excalibur Books, for the rest of 2012, will be as follows;


“3/11: THE FALLOUT” – written by Patrick Fox. Non-fiction.

“SWORD, MIRROR, JEWEL: BOOK 1 – VOICE OF THE SWORD” – written by John Paul Catton. YA Urban Fantasy.


“DARK LANTERNS” – written by Zoe Drake. Short stories.

“THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY” – written by John Paul Catton. Non-fiction.

Below is a sneak preview of an illustration by an artist known only as “Grasshopper”, which will be modified for the front and back cover of “Voice of the Sword.”

The Skytree Gang – part 2


The picture you see here is of a temple named Komagata Douho, located between Azuma bridge and Komatata bridge in Asakusa. This marks the place where, over a thousand years ago, a group of fishermen in the swampy rivers of old Edo village found the legendary statue of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy, in their fishing nets. They built a temple on the site and enshrined the statue within. The area grew to be a port, and then a thriving city, where pilgrims came to pay their respects here and then go on to the larger Sensoji Temple a short distance away.
Here, then, is the ancient Heart of Edo.

On to 1-1-1, the most famous zip code in Asakusa and Kamiya Bar, Tokyo’s oldest western-style bar. Kamiya is the home of the fearsome Denkibran (Electric Brandy), a home-brewed liquor made of … god knows what.


The crowd’s really kicking’ it tonight.

This girl was unconscious the entire time we were in Kamiya Bar.

Nice pipe, dude.

If you’ve had too much Denkibran, you can always sleep it off at the Khao San hostel, inspired by the famous Khao San Road in Bangkok, just around the corner and down the dark alleyway!

The Temple of the Tengu


Friday May 11th took me to Mount Takao, a site of natural beauty on the outskirts of western Tokyo.

Mount Takao is a sacred site closely associated with the Tengu – fearsome winged humanoids from Japanese mythology. Near the summit, the ancient Buddhist temple Takaosan Yakuoin Yukiji contains many stone images of the Tengu guarding its hallowed halls and pathways.

Needless to say, Mount Takao appears as a location in the forthcoming YA Urban Fantasy trilogy “Sword, Mirror, Jewel” – which features terrifying encounters with creatures from Japanese legend!

Moonlight, Murder & Machinery


Thus, as one strange chapter in the life of our heroes comes to an end … another, still stranger one begins!!! How were the Romantic Poets Shelley, Byron and Keats all able to gain supernatural powers? What is the sinister secret that lurks beneath Stonehenge?? Who is Winston Saint – and who is the Dark Lady that haunts him night and day???


All shall be answered – soon!

And in Myth-Related News…


Hot on the heels of the Gegege no Kitaro exhibition in Tokyo, we have …

The monster hunter’s guide to Tokyo!

Eldritch and Abominable


What do these two gentlemen have in common? Find out here

Cower Before Orochi


Latest update to The Power of the Kami – here.

The Three Imperial Treasures


Adding the latest to the series on Japanese Mythology … the sword, mirror and jewel.



Susanoo-no-Mikoto has been added to the Pantheon – here.

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