Author Archives: john-houlihan

Reading at Near Future Fictions – Vol 6: Tomorrow’s Battles

Delighted to say, I’ll be doing another live reading next month on Tuesday 17th April at Near Future Fictions, Vol 6, Tomorrow’s Battles, reading my story Trial by Combat, which examines the (possible) future of warfare. If you’ve never been before, these evenings are hugely enjoyable, with a special presentation or guest speaker to kick the […]

Mainline Monday

Bansko 26 Feb 2018 – How to describe a day like today? Even as a writer, it’s difficult to find the right words.  All I can tell you now is that I’m sitting here with a stupid grin on my face, high on wine and adrenaline and rewind-contemplating one of the best day’s riding I’ve […]

Dual Wielding

For writers, getting published is like veritable catnip, although those addictive doses, like buses, tend to be rather infrequent. So when two come along at once, it’s cause for celebration. First up, The Hotwell’s Horror & Other Stories, a collection of 14 short stories from friends and admirers of the late great David J Rodger. […]

#30 Into the (British) Abyss

  “Morning Abyss.” “Oh, good morning, sorry I didn’t see you there for a moment.” “Mind if I take my usual stare into you?” “Be my guest, but I hope you won’t mind me staring back?” “Oh, of course not, please do.” “After you then..” “Are you sure?” “Please, I absolutely insist.”  

Reading: Short Story Carers

Here’s the live reading of Carers at Future Fictions Volume 3, with a few photos from the event. It was really splendid to have such an enthusiastic and engaged audience and huge thanks to Viraj Joshi‏ @virajvjoshi who was live drawing each story and produced the pictures of Amber, Molly and Bernard.

Short Story: Carers

Carers John Houlihan This story debuted at Near Future Fictions Volume 3 at the Lights of Soho, 2nd May 2017 Resentfully, Molly watched the smile light up Bernard’s face. Why was he always so polite with that thing, when he was so rude and tetchy with her? She dipped her brush and scooped up another […]

“Carers” reading at Virtual Futures: Near Future Fictions volume 3

I’m really delighted to have been invited to read my new short story “Carers” at Virtual Futures: Near Future Fictions volume 3 at the Lights of Soho on Tuesday 2nd May, from 7pm onwards. Looks some pretty august company too, so I’ll have to be on my mettle. It should be a really fascinating experience, […]

Before the Flood in print! + Read a FREE sample for yourself

It’s been quite the 2016, and despite the wider notes of resounding despair and impending apocalypse, it’s ended on something of a personal high. I did my first gig in about 25 years (solo, singing with guitar, rather than just playing as in the old Zookeepers of Deviancy days) and finally have managed to get […]

Before the Flood releases, plus free copy of Trellborg!

Well, it’s finally here, I really pleased to say Before the Flood is now released and available on Kindle or Kindle app on and and all Amazon online stores. It’s the fourth adventure for Major Seraph, and the first full length novel in the series and there’s definitely a change of direction with this one, […]

Before the Flood – finished and cover reveal!

  Well that took a bit longer than I was expecting, but finally … finally Before the Flood is complete and the cover is ready to be revealed. As always, it’s a fantastic piece from Spanish artist Borja Pindado, whose covers have adorned all the previous books in my Seraph series. I must say I […]