This is my ‘free stuff’ page. There are four stories, and some art, mostly related to the Red Knight’s world but some historical. I claim all rights to the stories; I wrote them, and I’d like them to remain mine. Most of the art is the property of Dmitri Bondarenko, and remains his, although he’s kind enough to let me use it here.
I have written three pieces of short fiction that are directly related to the Red Knight’s world. ‘The Messenger’ parts one and two are cobbled together from a plot line that was left (temporarily) on the cutting room floor in ‘Red Knight’ and ‘Fell Sword’. I freely admit to too many characters and too many plots, but if you wish to better understand the links between Harmodius, Thorn, Ash, and the other Hermetical Powers; or if you wonder how Christianity comes to play such a role in Alba; or if, perhaps, you just want to know who Pavalo Payam is before he appears as if my magic to rescue Blanche… you should read ‘The Messenger.’
The third, ‘Renaissance’ was written for my friend Rebecca Lovatt to put in her ‘Neverlands’ Anthology. As it deals with human rediscovery of an ancient Power, a whole style of hermeticism, and some characters we’ll see again in Traitorson 4, (probably called ‘Plague of Swords’) I thought you might like to see it. NB The entire story takes place in Etrusca, in Terra Antica, thousands of miles from Alba and Liviapolis; much closer, in fact, to Ali Rashid and Dar As Salaam. The Red Knight is merely a distant rumour. So far…
Likewise, back in 2010, when I was writing the ‘Tyrant’ series of Historical novels, I was also trying out various writing styles and I wanted to expand on the career of a minor character; an African, Leon, who was going to grow to be one of the great Merchant Princes of the Hellenistic age. But where did his money come from? And I love multiculturalism; I had Africans and Hebrews, Arabs and Persians and Greeks, but nothing from the East; I wanted to touch on China, and this story crossed the gap. I still like it. I write differently now, but I enjoy the pace.