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About Charles E.P. Murphy
Charles E.P. Murphy is from the UK; he started writing and nobody made him stop. He has written alternate history, science fiction, horror, spy comedy, and historical fiction for himself and several independent publishers, predominantly for an adult audience.
Find him online at https://twitter.com/cepmurphy
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Thirteen tales of horror - thirteen tales of another doom.
Here you’ll find cursed rock stars, demonic records, and deadly one-hit wonders. Wherever possible, we’ve listed the song inspiration along with the story, so you can sing along to your heart’s content.
Just be warned: you’ll never listen to these songs the same way again.
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Once-proud London drowned when the seas rose but when it's excavated, the world will see the Lord Protector has made Albion great once more - and any hint of sedition will be eliminated. Professor Smith Choi-Sang, consulting for the country, is far from home and nobody can save him if the local political police decide their guest academic is a troublemaker.
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(C/w: gore & suicide description)
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Ayesha Khan is in the spy game for thrillkilling and misandric sex paid for by your taxes. When she's sent to investigate her predecessor's death, it's the start of a continent-spanning wave of mutilation as she finds proof of a shadowy puppet master planning an attack on the UK. Now Khan's going to root out the truth at the expense of law, decency, and random bystanders on three continents, and MI6 is going to find who the hell they can blame for all this...
The first Codename Spectrum drives its genre right into the moral abyss, by Ian Absentia and Charles E.P. Murphy ("Off Campus", "Events").
A necromancer has infested Bellarmine College. If his victims can get through all of his trials, if they can survive their bodies and sanity being shattered by black magic, their loved ones won't be slaughtered. Nobody has passed yet.
The latest victims are Ken Sakamoto, the youngest son of a British military family who is decidedly not in the military; and Josh Hartman, all-American athlete whose oldest friend cannot love him back. They’ve been told they’re in competition. Only one can save their girl. And Lizzie Higgins won't wait for Josh, she's attempting to break herself and the other hostages out, but in doing so she's made them part of the trials.
All will suffer through the warping of flesh and reality, all will risk their lives and souls, and most won't be coming home. But if they don't break the rules and stand together, nobody has a chance in hell.
Murphy and Westwood unleash a tale of relentless horror and violence, and no one is safe.
(c/w: prolonged torment, extreme injury detail)
David Flin edits a collection of counterfactuals certainly worthy of a chuckle or two, including tales of the absurd; carefully-crafted puns; farce; and many aspects of humour. Vikings and Macedonians and Soviets and the Wild West are here, as well as – for reasons that baffle him – a large helping of cats.
Every day, young Simon Ward tries to make sense of the Second World War. The adults around him are gripped with fear and trying to hide it; nations fall like dominos across Europe and bombs fall like rain on England. Sir Gawain's comic strips are the only thing keeping Simon going, that convince him that things are hard but they can be overcome.
But will that be enough when German paratroopers descend onto his home...?
Impossible as that seems, it could have happened.
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Are our ideas correct or are they wrong? If only another world could tell us…
Unfortunately for her, America is an allied state and the local agencies can't be messed with. That means Spectrum faced faces her greatest challenge yet:
Having to do actual spywork without being violent.
Operation White Heat is the second Spectrum from Ian Absentia and Charles E.P. Murphy, but easy for new readers to pick up if they're new readers that like swearing.
"Events" tells a tale of British political history in a world under constant siege, from the Roswell crash to a mid-2010s interstellar conflict, from shadowy infiltrators in the Swinging Sixties to city-destroying warships in 1996, where the country's survival requires leaders who can adapt fast. But just because the aliens are here, doesn't mean the Prime Minister can avoid also dealing with union strikes, the Troubles, Europe, immigration...
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