The village of Winfield comes under attack from a mysterious red mist. The bizarre flora of the Whiteacre greenhouses claim another innocent victim. The funeral of Patrus Flint proves fatal for one ecclesiastical soul.
The Earl of Darkwater serves unspeakable horrors to his dinner guests. Toby’s marriage to Rose unravels even though they have barely left the altar.
Young king Gortah van Murkar travels to South Eira to fight off an attack from his old enemy as he celebrates his coming of age.
The Red Dawn and The Reverend Dies were edited by Glynn Owen Barrass.
Dining on Horrors and The Rose Has Thorns were edited by Suzie Wargo Lockhart.
I Seek the Green Pain was edited by John Kenny.
Gortah Comes of Age was edited by ES Wynn-Rubsam.
Glynn edits anthologies, including for Dark Regions Press, and writes material for the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game.
Suzie is Managing and Copy Editor at Digital Fiction Pub, who publish speculative fiction under the Digital Science Fiction, Digital Fantasy Fiction and Digital Horror Fiction imprints.
John was co-editor of Albedo One Magazine from 1993 to 2013 and co-administrator of the International Aeon Award for Short Fiction from 2005 to 2013.
Earl is Editor in Chief of Thunderune Publishing, Editor in Chief of Farther Stars Than These ezine, and Associate Editor of Rogue Planet Press.
Follow the author on Twitter at @johncadamssf.
“Adams perfects the villains. They are ruthless and their cruelty is spectacular.”
Goodreads Review of Blackacre Rising
“An epic-length book, this story is filled with fantastical lands, intriguing characters, and a complex history of kingdoms and gods. I really enjoyed the vivid imagery and excellent characterization of both the heroes and villains.”
Sunshine Somerville’s Blog review of Dagmar of the Northlands
“A dark and imaginative dystopia, slowly revealed through excellent characters leading the fight for humanity. A brilliant story, thoroughly recommended to those who dare to wonder just how bad the future could become.”
Goodreads Review of Souls for the Master
“A memorable, mind-bending, and emotionally-driven fantasy romance novel, author John C. Adams's novel “Aspatria” is a must-read epic fantasy.”
Author Anthony Avina’s Blog review of Aspatria
|John C Adams
About the Author
I'm a nonbinary author and critic of fantasy and horror. Nonbinary tends to means different things for different people, and every path is valid for that individual and their family. Luckily, mine are incredibly supportive. I use the gender neutral pronouns they/them professionally as John C Adams, but to the kids I'm still 'Mum'. It's a question of what works for you. My decision to be nonbinary is a journey for all of us.
I review for Schlock! Webzine, the British Fantasy Society and Horror Tree, as well as placing reviews and articles across a wide range of blogs and magazines.
I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. I've been a Contributing Editor for Albedo One Magazine and the Aeon Award since 2016. Before that, I was a Submissions Reader with them.
My debut horror novel, 'Souls for the Master' (Ivy Spires Book One), and its sequel 'Blackacre Rising' (Ivy Spires Book Two) are both here on Smashwords retailers. Likewise, my debut fantasy novel, 'Aspatria' (Gortah van Murkar Book One), and its sequel 'Dagmar of the Northlands' (Gortah van Murkar Book Two), are out now on Smashwords retailers.
Although I write mostly long fiction, since 2015 I have had stories published in anthologies from Horrified Press, Lycan Valley Press, Fantasia Divinity and Jersey Pines Ink. My short stories have also been published in the Horror Zine, Swords & Sorcery, Sirens Call, Blood Moon Rising, Lovecraftiana and various other magazines.
Every emerging writer needs plenty of encouragement right at the start, and entering lots of competitions early on made a real difference to my confidence to press on with writing longer fiction and think about submitting short fiction to magazines and anthologies in due course. In 2012, I was longlisted for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest for 'The Visitors' and again in 2013 for 'We Can Finish Your Baby's Brain For You'. My writing was also recognised by the Enrico Charles Literary Award (runner up in 2012) and by the University of Winchester Writers' Conference in both 2012 and 2013, including a Commendation in the First Three Pages of a Novel category, and other nominations in poetry and short fiction.
I read PPE at Somerville College, and I am a non-practising solicitor. I live in rural Northumberland, UK, and I combine my career as an author and critic with raising my kids and caring for a severely disabled relative. I'm always busy!