Stoker & Bash #1: The Fangs of Scavo
At Scotland Yard, DI Timothy Kipling Stoker is a ghost. A master of arcane documents and niggling details who, unlike his celebrity-chasing colleagues, prefers hard work to headlines. But an invisible man is needed to unmask the nobility’s newest consulting detective, Hieronymus Bash. A bon vivant long on flash and style but short on personal history, Bash just may be a Cheapside rogue in Savile Row finery.
Until the four fangs of the Demon Cats of Scavo, trophies kept by the hunters who felled the two village-slaughtering beasts, start disappearing during séances. Forced to team with Bash to maintain his cover, Stoker finds himself thrust into a world of wailing mediums, gender-bending colonels, man-eating lions, and amateur detectives with more ambition than sense. Will this case be the end of his career, or the start of an unexpected liaison with the very man he was sent to investigate? Or will the mysterious forces at play be the death of them both?
And just who is Hieronymus Bash?
(Work in progress)
In the Shadow of the World
Welcome to the Isle. A safe haven. A sanctuary. A forever home.
A prison that erases your mind, your sense of self, your free will.
For 25 years, NO17OR75-10 hasn’t had a thought of his own. The Isle feeds him, bathes him, controls him, rules him. Doped up on the Milk, he spends his days in the Censorship wing of the Cataloguing Division, redacting books. Anything to serve the ARIA, the supercomputer that controls everyone and everything on the Isle. Then, one day… he wakes up.
Rescued by a rebel faction of fellow escapees, he is thrust into a decimated, dangerous world that doesn’t exactly welcome him with open arms. He is a Victor, a child of the creators of the Isle who they fed to their own monster. This makes him public enemy number one among the rebels. Only Thane, their gruff, aloof leader, and a few others see his potential.
There is only one way to prove himself – go back to the Isle with the rebel team and complete what amounts to a suicide mission in order to gain crucial information about the ARIA. But does he trust these rebels to keep their word? Can he convince Thane to overcome his inhibitions and take the greatest risk of all? Is there a life for him out there, in the ravaged world his ancestors fought so hard to escape from?
Unexpected things are growing in the shadow of the world.
(Work in progress)
***Titles are subject to change. Sample chapters or complete manuscript available to interested publishers upon request. Email me!