Greetings wayfarer. Are you on a quest for curious tales?
Well, you’re in luck. In my cottage you will find some of the stranger story characters that
I have purchased from Mack – one of the most remarkable character merchants you’re ever likely
You will notice that some characters here are solid while others are see-through.
That is because the transparent characters are still roaming the realms of my imagination
– waiting patiently to be placed within a tale of their own. These characters will become
solid once their story is complete. At that moment, you will be able to download their tale to
your device. After pressing close, you can drag the screen around with your mouse or finger to explore my living room.
Ah, Tibbens – my loyal and foul smelling companion. Irritable, gaseous and
generally miserable, he has been known to deliberately break wind whenever
he catches Penelope sitting by the fire. Worse still, he sometimes barks in
the middle of the night for no other reason but to revenge himself on the
household. You would have trouble finding a more loyal or more poorly
trained guard dog. But did you know that he also plays a cameo role in the
tale of Penelope? Choose your device to download the story and discover just
how unpleasant he can be.
Somewhere within the full tale of Penelope,
our heroine encounters the Adder – my very first purchase from Mack the
character merchant. The Adder is also known as the Ageless One, the Wanderer,
or the Reader of Runes, and can predict your future … if you are willing to
pay his fee. To discover the Adder for yourself, download a copy of Penelope
by selecting your device.
And to learn how I first purchased him from Mack, read “The Dream” below.
What would you do if you were a gnome
and the fallen stars that normally lit your Underworld were all dying?
You wouldn’t send for an adventurous cat, a terrified and portly squirrel,
and a pirate gnome that you’d already banished from your homeland … would you?
Unfortunately for the gnomes of Epsilon Falls, that’s exactly who comes down
from the Old Town History Museum Garden claiming to hold the key to save the
Underworld from darkness. Choose the icon for your device to download the
story and follow the unlikely heroes as they attempt to bring light to the
Caverns of the gnomes.
The hero of this strange and humorous tale is Harry the Huntsman
– a short-sighted ‘door’ spider who wanders the land fighting criminally
minded mosquitoes in return for a little accommodation from strangers.
Charlie, being a sensible boy of seven, accepts the huntsman’s offer and
allows Harry to perch on the bookshelf beside his doorway. It is here that
the spider reveals himself to be a curiously polite, well-read and vigilant
bodyguard tough enough to handle the might of the Blood Brothers – a gang
of vicious mosquitoes led by Caspius Cruel.
I see my bookshelf has caught your eye,
friend. Here I keep the books that I heartily recommend to older readers who
enjoy a little bit of a fright on their way to school. The first book I suggest
you read is called ‘Voyage of the Dawn Star’, written by Calladin author
W. P. Blythe. The tale recounts the fate of the Dawn Star – a Dutch fishing
trawler manned by Captain Valdemeer and his crew that disappeared during a
tempest on the South Seas in 1963. Probably best read by fearless folk aged
10 and up.
Tom Thorneval is my very first character to appear
in paperback. Gun-toting old ladies, uppity dwarves, thieving imps, love-starved
trolls and all manner of meddling and sometimes helpful creatures stand in the
way of this half-fairy Dreammaker as he sets off to sell his dreams at the Grand
Goblin Fair. Will he reach the fair, or return to the side of his beloved Mary
again? You'll be able to find out once Tom is published in August, 2015.