The Protector: OUT NOW

What if the breath that kindled those grim fires,

Awaked, should blow them into sevenfold rage,

And plunge us in the flames; or from above

Should intermitted vengeance arm again

His red right hand to plague us?


New in Hardback from S J Deas: The Protector

Welcome to the website of Stephen Deas, author of historical, fantasy and science fiction. Recent releases include The Silver Kings (Gollancz), Elite: Wanted (Gollancz), and Bulldog Drummond: Dead Man’s Gate (Piqwiq), and of course the The Royalist, a historical mystery thriller set in the English civil war.

There’s a lot of stuff here. Almost none of it is relevant to what really matters – the enjoyment of a good story – so wander the site if you have inclination, but if there’s anything new and important, it’ll be on this page on the right. News is anything directly relating to books and competitions, while Critical Failures pages contain the odd review and other random outpourings.

Forthcoming Appearances: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club (now and then), GollanczFest

I stand on stone, on the rim of this eyrie. It is mine now. It flies through the air, a half-finished castle made long ago by some half-god craftsman and filled with his spectres. The sea churns and boils below. We are closing on the brooding violet curtain-cloud of the storm-dark. The Black Moon will carry us through, and on the other side is the land where I was born. The Black Moon is a silver king trapped in the flesh of a man who still wrestles to cast him out, but the man will lose. One does not deny a half-god.