The Protagonist Speaks: Gaston d’Bois

It’s always fun to do something a little different with your characters, something unusual, something a little bit out of the ordinary that takes them places they wouldn’t normally venture. In fact, these often make for the most intriguing passages of writing, places where you can learn something about your own creation that you hadn’t considered before.

It was a rare delight therefore to take part in The Protagonist Speaks, a fascinating site where authors are interviewed in character and answer a series of questions about their hero’s life and adventures.

Run by the estimable Assaph Mehr, whose own excellent stories of togas, daggers, and magic include Murder in Absentia, and In Numina for lovers of Ancient Rome and Urban Fantasy, this was a fascinating exercise in character building and definition, and actually resulted in some revelatory new truths about Lieutenant Colonel Gaston d’Bois and the entire Mon Dieu Cthulhu! series.

I hadn’t really considered it before, but when asked about d’Bois’ innermost secrets, I decided that the intrepid hussar would have an unusual phobia, to wit:

“D’Bois has an unusual fear, for he has never entirely trusted la chèvre —goats. Although their fromage is most palatable, there is something in those staring eyes and braying tongue which speaks of a blasphemous and unholy knowledge far beyond the limits of this earth.”

Check out the entire interview for more searing (!) insights into both d’Bois himself and the future of the Mon Dieu series, with, I’m pleased to announce, work finally commencing on the third novel, provisionally entitled Keeper of the Hidden Flame.

I’ve spent a fair time plotting and scheming about this new novel and I’ve finally broken ground on writing it this very month. I’m pretty excited about how it will turn out, because if all goes to plan it will reveal the staggering truth about the Mythos forces at play during the Napoleonic era and form a new foundation to guide the rest of the entire series.  More to come on that one, soon!

Forgotten Sidekicks: Charioteer

I’ve always enjoyed writing for themed short story collections. With a specific brief to work to, and a limited word count, they’re much more akin to a classic journalistic assignment or essay, allowing you to really focus your energies in a concentrated blast, exploring specific themes or genres you might not have considered left to your own devices. It also helps when the subject matter is an interesting, intriguing or challenging one.

Achtung! and more for 2020…

It’s been a bit quiet on the release front recently as I’ve buried my head in various projects which will eventually come to fruition in 2020. I written a new Cthulhu Mexicana themed story The Three Temptations of Paco Aguilar for a collection recently, the long delayed Charioteer for Forgotten Sidekicks hits in April and […]

Raid on the Führer Express!

Dragonmeet, one of my favourite UK gaming shows is almost upon us and this Saturday I’ll be joining a horde of UK gamers for an all-day gaming session, checking out the latest titles, meeting up with old friends and new, and enjoying the hospitality of the UK’s friendliest gaming show. I’ll also be running two […]

The Shadow Over America

I recently submitted a short story to an new collection with a most intriguing premise: to write a prequel or sequel to one of HP Lovecraft’s tales. Ancestors and Descendants is the result, edited by the estimable Rob Poynton and published by Innsmouth Gold, featuring 17 tales which either foreshadow or follow on from some […]

New Future Fiction Vol 1 now in print!

For a writer, few things can compare with seeing your name on a brand new book which has just arrived (or that new book smell) and so it’s a delight to welcome a print copy of Near Future Fictions Volume 1, an awesome collection of stories from the writers at Virtual Futures. With previous appearances […]

Mon Dieu Cthulhu! – Read it Now! Free Sampler

Quel délice! What a delight, a huge thanks to all you fans who’ve made the launch of The Crystal Void, Feast of the Dead and The d’Bois Escapades Volume 1 in the new Mon Dieu Crhulhu! series such a fantastic one. It’s been absolutely amazing to see the passion and enthusiasm for this new series […]

Mon Dieu Cthulhu! launches!

Sacre blue Mon Dieu Cthulhu! is finally released with a brand new book, Feast of the Dead, joining a new illustrated version of The Crystal Void and an anthology collection The d’Bois Escapades Volume One which features both titles (full details below). All are available on Kindle or PDF versions, while Feast of the Dead […]

Mon Dieu Cthulhu!

Sacre blue, what exciting times, proof copies have arrived! After a mighty long gestation period, it’s always a tremendous thrill to see the finished editions finally in your hands. Hot off the presses are two brand new proof copies of impending books by moi, which will be shortly available in both print and ebook formats […]


The rather splendid Writers’ Cafe Magazine issue #12 has just arrived and includes a brand new short story by yours truly. The issue’s theme is ‘Truths and Lies’ and I used this as inspiration to write a short tale which I’ve called Post-Truth. It’s on a sci-fi tip, but a bit more political than a […]