The Romanitas Trilogy
What if the Roman Empire never fell?
Mechanised crucifixes stand along the banks of the Thames. Magnetic railways span the globe and slaves are constructing a giant bridge across the Persian Gulf. A desperate young girl with strange abilities stalks through the streets of London, a gang of fugitives hides out in the Pyrenees, while on giant screens in every city, the world watches the funeral of the Imperial Family’s most glamorous couple.
Three years after a conspiracy forced him into hiding, Marcus Novius must take command of the greatest power on Earth. But his ambitious cousin Drusus, spurred on by a riddling prophecy, threatens this last chance to avoid global conflict. Simmering tensions within the Roman Empire and far beyond its borders are about to reach boiling point. Marcus, Una, Sulien and Varius will find their lives at risk and their loyalties tested.
“If we are good Germans, all is well. If we are bad Germans…” Six lodgers in a boarding house endure the final throes of the Second World War. A school teacher and a singer fall in love while bombs shake the house. But not all the terrors are outside. Sometimes, there are odd footsteps on upper landings and strangers in the cellar. But it’s not the end of the world.
“She was terrible. She contained terrors. She was all shine and motion and rip currents and undertows and sharks.” A man remembers the woman he loved, the sea, and the reasons neither is now in his life.
MailerDaemon in Magic,an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, published by Solaris Books.
“Mr Levanter-Sleet doesn’t like boys, and he doesn’t like other nightmares but he does like girls in trouble, so if any other nightmares turn up on his watch he will tend to stab them. I find him very effective.”
Unemployment, depression and nightmares are getting too much for Grace to handle. She doesn’t want to offend an internet friend who offers to help, even if her solution is a little unorthodox: the companionship of a demon called Mr Levanter-Sleet…