|books and titles
This is where I get to post links to a lot of the
other work I've done (and you haven't seen. . .yet).
It's a work in progress at the moment, but right
now I am intending to post the other books in the Dagger Dark series that never came
out. Well, you'll get chapter samples at the very least. Some of these titles
also appear in the WIP pages, so check there as well for trailers and other
Active links are blue. If you see a title that's
not active, it doesn't mean the work doesn't exist, but simply that I'm not yet
ready to let you see it.
Soon, my pretties, soon. . .
in the dagger dark series
The first book in the Dagger series (only a short
sorry - I don't have the edited MS in electronic form, and this is all I was
prepared to redo manually). . . The
cover art was an
interesting little beast. You can read the
here. Out of print now (big time), you can still pick copies up from
Biblioz, among quite a few
others (search on "Dagger Dark"+"Richard Millership"). There's a regular enough
trade in the book to enable you to get a copy, if you feel so inclined. Clubbed
to Death, a tune by Rob Dougan, formed a fairly constant backdrop to the Dagger
Dark story, and if I was ever to nominate a theme tune, that would be it. Funny
thing is, back then, I never knew the name of the tune that inspired so much of
that book (and others). Ten years later, I finally tracked it down. . .
The second book in the Dagger series, this is a bit of a tease, I'm afraid (click
here for a synopsis and
click here to see the cover art). Only the first chapter and a bit. I really enjoyed writing this story after Dagger Dark,
and coming up with yet more horror and villainy that fleshed (forgive the pun) out Callard's world
a little more. It's strange, though, when you find yourself feeling
sorry for one of your characters (as I started to do with Callard). . . Some of
the best parts are also the research - like finding out how the FBI answers its
telephone calls (yep' - you ring them up).
Although the publisher didn't like it - it wasn't
moving the story forward, they felt - I didn't much care (I'm afraid I got the
impression that they'd have
disliked it regardless - and possibly with good reason, who knows - but maybe I
was wrong). Anyway, I liked the character Sabid, and I liked the
character Callard was becoming, even if I had already seen him in his later
Dagger incarnation. I loved the supernatural aspects even more - the notion that
the drugs were touching on that, as well. Very dark and creepy.
In the end, I listened to
the publisher, and recast it (for the heck of it) as a sequel rather
than a prequel. I really didn't see the problem, though. It was Callard's world,
no matter 'when'. . .
Chrome Shadow was a terrific trip.
Third book in the Dagger series, I have to
admit that this one got
a little bizarre.
something(s).. .different. . .(later work)
Although Shadow Fall has actually been completed,
I've bunged it over with the work in progress
titles. A very kindly young literary agent in the US gave me some terrific
feedback on that MS that I am yet to act on.
Only a title page at this point, of course there's
more written (in case you were wondering why I bothered). Being a work in
progress, though, means I can't really give too much away. The title page's woodcut says an
awful lot about it, though (as does this terrific picture). . .
As the title suggests, you read this lot at your
own risk. That said, Chromos Chaos was the manuscript that ended up getting
Dagger Dark published (long story), so it's possible they didn't stink quite as
badly as I've always thought (or maybe they - did). Who knows. . . I'll post
links to these novels soon.
Chromos (Complex) Chaos
I've written other short stories, but these are the
only ones I'm prepared to let anyone read. Kidding, huh? No. I've never been much
good at short stories, I'm afraid. I'd like to be better. . .
These form a collection of shorts I've been
working on for some time:
The Demonicon. A Book of Wiles.
I think the theme is pretty much
unmistakable, wouldn't you agree?
Did You Sleep?
Just a bit of fun, inspired by my youngest daughter, and written in a day
(because I just felt like it).
You see, the opening exchange actually occurred (although she left out the bit
about 'pure evil'). She didn't want me to catch her bad dream, though - very
serious about that, she was, and she wasn't telling me a thing, just to make
sure. Poor Praetorian, though. Yet another character I felt sorry for as I froze
his doom in amber. I'm not nice to my characters; I realise this now.
Glasya Labolas, a fantastically named demon, features in this one as a demonic
cat (seen here as a nicely photo-shopped sabre tooth I found out there somewhere
- the skull, that is - I did the eyes). I've often found cats a little creepy, I have to admit, even though I grew
up with them and loved them dearly.
Just a dog person, I guess.
Glasya Labolas also features in this next story,
along with a number of demons of various shades of evilness (not that they
manifest That side of their natures all that much). This next one is more of a
'what if?' story, though it stems from some fundamental doctrinal differences
between Judaism and Christianity in terms of the nature of the Fallen, and
whether or not they really are damned for eternity. . .
Can a demon pray? And what really does happen
if a demon decides he (or she) wants to repent?
What if they all do?
Thirty-Six Legions of the Kingdom of Absalom
This is a terrific picture I
found out there in web-land, and pretty much exactly how I envisioned Asmoday as
she transforms herself to confront Andromalius (you'll just have to read the
story if you want any more than that).
Very Best of All Things. . .
. . .is a story idea that suddenly arrived from the
most innocuous of places: as I watched my eldest
daughter on her weekly ride. In the very next paddock, a lone horse was
galloping, having the time of its life,
I think it's only natural that I should dream up a
story that turned it into a messenger of death. . .
Well, doesn't everyone?
Ink of Ages
This is a story my eldest daughter commissioned. She
had a couple of requirements: the main characters (a boy and a girl, as named),
a fantasy theme, a portal to another world, unicorns, standard fairy forest folk
(dryads, naiads, satyrs, fawns, etc). All boxes checked, I still don't think she
expected it to end up as the play thing of yet another Captain of the Host of
That said, I played nice (promise). It is a
children's story, after all. . .
The Drums of Andramelech Andromael
This is a story that was actually inspired by a Bar
Mitzvah we were invited to (by one of my wife's dearest friends, so I got to tag
along). There really were drums and drummers, which is where the idea came from,
but that's where the similarities ended.
This was a (relevant to this site) script I wrote in about eight hours as I rushed to
meet a deadline (I found out about the submission opportunity a bit late,
unfortunately). It was for a short, twenty-minute film for a 'quirky' (who else
hates that description?) Australian series called Two Twisted.
say, it didn't get selected. I wasn't surprised. The writing was rough and, now
I reread it, frankly a bit forced and
unbelievable. My feeling at the time was along the lines of 'a snow flake's
chance in hell', but what the hey - it was terrific fun to write, and more so
because the subject matter was based on personal experience (and yes, that is as darkly creepy as it
sounds - read it and find out). Here's some
cover art, just
I enjoy script writing - a lot. It's hard, fast,
uncluttered - pure form. Terrific.