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John Houlihan has been a writer, journalist and broadcaster for over twenty five years, working in news, sport, videogames, and latterly roleplaying, board and fantasy games. He has worked for The Times, Sunday Times and Cricinfo, was PC editor at GameSpot, Associate Editor of PC Gaming World and is a former editor-in-chief of Computer and Video He has also written about video games for PC Zone, PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, SFX and many more, and on cricket for Wisden Cricket Monthly, Cricket World, Inside Edge and Johnny Miller 96*. He currently works as narrative designer of Achtung! Cthulhu for Modiphius and was editor-in-chief of Dragon+ the official Dungeons & Dragons digital magazine for Wizards of the Coast. He wrote the monthly sci-fi and fantasy book column Reading Matters for Geeky Monkey magazine.

His first novel was Tom or The Peepers’ and Voyeurs’ Handbook and he has more recently written The Trellborg Monstrosities and the further adventures of the mysterious Mister Seraph in The Crystal Void and Tomb of the Aeons. The Trellborg Monstrosities has also been converted into a game scenario for Call of Cthulhu and Savage Worlds which is published by Modiphius. He was also the writer for the Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish wargame, and helped design its first campaign book Rise of the Black Sun

He has recently released The Cricket Dictionary, a guide to the words, phrases and sayings of the greatest of games and has also edited a collection of short stories called Dark Tales from the Secret War, which was published by Modiphius. His new novel is Before the Flood, the fourth work in the Seraph Chronicles series,  mixes sci-fi, horror, and transhuman themes into a gripping post-apocalyptic tale set in a flooded Britain.

He has recently contributed to Future Fictions Vol 3, from Virtual Futures and has stories in Flash Fiction Volume Two, and The Hotwells Horror & Other Stories an anthology for his friend the late David J Rodger

Away from the written word he has an unnatural fondness for cricket, football, snowboarding, cycling, music, playing guitar and all forms of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.  He has an unnatural dread about writing about himself in the third person and currently lives in his home town of Watford in the UK, because, well frankly, someone has to.


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