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D. J. Swales Gothic & Other Tales

D. J. Swales Gothic & Other Tales

By D.J. Swales
Hello from London! I'm author D. J. Swales. I share the same name as Dracula's first Whitby victim so a love of the macabre runs in my veins. This is where I narrate my own poetry, historical fiction, magical realism, dark fantasy, paranormal thrillers, and supernatural horror. If you like Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, Pillars of the Earth, and Outlander, then you will love my FITZMARBURY WITCHES series and sagas (available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and on the free Kindle App).

I also read classic and forgotten works by dead authors, including Lafcadio Hearn.
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EP 1 | PARIS: A CURSE IN THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS | A Short Story of the Macabre | Audio Drama | Paranormal Thriller and Supernatural Horror
Emily in Paris meets The Exorcist! ★★★★★ Will you ever say "I Love Paris" again? Dare to find out . . . Don't miss this! ◆ Author D.J. Swales conceived this disturbing tale on a night walk, while working at Paris Fashion Week ◆ Ryan is an awkward Irish poet. He moves to Paris on the heels of a messy break up. Ryan's new home is a decaying mansion block, built atop the ruins of a monastery. Nearby, the Paris Metro rattles through Barbès – Rochechouart station at all hours of the night. Ryan finds a job in an Irish pub in Le Marais. He becomes besotted with Constance, his French co-worker from Bordeaux. Lovestruck Ryan’s eccentric Paris neighbour, Madame Blankenfelde, appears at his place of work. She is terrified. Together, Ryan and Constance are quickly drawn into disturbing events beyond their imagining . . . events of an old, malevolent, and determined lineage. KINDLE BESTSELLER RANKING:  #5 in Historical Fiction Short Stories #8 in Literary Short Stories #20 in Ghost Suspense #24 in Horror Short Stories Be sure to PURCHASE  Paris: A Curse in the City of the Catacombs on Amazon for Kindle and the free Kindle app (on all devices). ⚠FREE for Kindle Unlimited readers!⚠ A chilling short story, set in the City of Light. The unmissable latest release from the author of the BARATANAC TRILOGY, Book One of Fitzmarbury Witches –  the accomplished debut historical fiction, supernatural horror, and dark fantasy series and sagas available on Amazon, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited. Shudder at this Short Story of the Macabre, the first of D.J. Swales' Bloomsbury Chronicles short stories to be published. OTHER BOOKS FROM D. J. Swales BARATANAC COMPLETE TRILOGY LIONS OF UTICA: A FITZMARBURY WITCHES GHOST STORY MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN WITCHING HOURS (KINDLE BESTSELLER #7 Contemporary Poetry #8 American Poetry)
06:43
January 15, 2021
EP 18 | SEKHT-AM SECRETS, A PRETENDER & AN INQUISITOR | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Supernatural Horror, & Historical Fiction
Emeshmoon must confront the intruder and past revelations about her origins.  Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
08:57
January 2, 2021
EP 17 | SEKHT-AM SECRETS, A PRETENDER & AN INQUISITOR | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The priestess suspects she has attracted the attention of another blackmailer. She recalls the fateful ends of those who previously exploited her greatest secret to extort favours and temple riches . . . ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller.   A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
18:01
December 19, 2020
EP 3 | OSHIDORI | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |
KWAIDAN: STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS Listen as DJ Swales, author of BARATANAC, narrates this audio drama of personally selected Japanese ghost stories from Kwaidan. First published by Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) in 1904, Kwaidan is Japan’s most famous, widely read, and beloved collection of ghostly folklore and superstition. ====================================== Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App) ====================================== Inspired by Lafcadio's life and writings, DJ spent 6 months in Kumamoto City, Kyushu, while drafting two of his own upcoming dark fantasy and supernatural horror novels – The Golem of Nagasaki, and Radish. Kumamoto City was home to two of Japan's most notable writers – Lafcadio Hearn and Natsume Soseki, who was also an eminent haiku poet and former resident of London's Bloomsbury. Lafcadio Hearn utterly embraced Japanese culture and became a naturalised citizen. DJ visited his old Samurai house many times  – the only surviving example of its type in downtown Kumamoto. It is now a museum dedicated to the author's life.   In 1964, filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi released his highly acclaimed Japanese horror movie, Kwaidan. The film was based on (and named after) Lafcadio Hearn's collected tales of Japanese folklore. Lafcadio's work saved many of these tales from being lost during Japan's rapid Meiji Restoration.   Cover Art work: The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Hyakki Yagyō) by Kawanabe Kyōsai. Learn more about Lafcadio Hearn in this New Yorker article. ========================================= Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 KINDLE BESTSELLER: CONTEMPORARY POETRY) Back INDEPENDENT Creatives. Please SUPPORT D. J. SWALES on PATREON AND PAYPAL
05:06
October 26, 2020
EP 2 | RIKI BAKA | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |
KWAIDAN: STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS Listen as DJ Swales, author of BARATANAC, narrates this audio drama of personally selected Japanese ghost stories from Kwaidan. First published by Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) in 1904, Kwaidan is Japan’s most famous, widely read, and beloved collection of ghostly folklore and superstition. ====================================== Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ======================================= Inspired by Lafcadio's life and writings, DJ spent 6 months in Kumamoto City, Kyushu, while drafting two of his own upcoming dark fantasy and supernatural horror novels – The Golem of Nagasaki, and Radish. Kumamoto City was home to two of Japan's most notable writers – Lafcadio Hearn and Natsume Soseki, who was also an eminent haiku poet and former resident of London's Bloomsbury. Lafcadio Hearn utterly embraced Japanese culture and became a naturalised citizen. DJ visited his old Samurai house many times  – the only surviving example of its type in downtown Kumamoto. It is now a museum dedicated to the author's life.   In 1964, filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi released his highly acclaimed Japanese horror movie, Kwaidan. The film was based on (and named after) Lafcadio Hearn's collected tales of Japanese folklore. Lafcadio's work saved many of these tales from being lost during Japan's rapid Meiji Restoration.   Cover Art work: The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Hyakki Yagyō) by Kawanabe Kyōsai. Learn more about Lafcadio Hearn in this New Yorker article. ========================================= Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) Back INDEPENDENT Creatives. Please SUPPORT D. J. SWALES on PATREON AND PAYPAL
06:38
October 15, 2020
EP 1 | CHERRY TREE OF THE SIXTEENTH DAY | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |
KWAIDAN: STORIES AND STUDIES OF STRANGE THINGS Listen as DJ Swales, author of BARATANAC, narrates this audio drama of personally selected Japanese ghost stories from Kwaidan. First published by Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi) in 1904, Kwaidan is Japan’s most famous, widely read, and beloved collection of ghostly folklore and superstition.  ====================================== Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ======================================= Inspired by Lafcadio's life and writings, DJ spent 6 months in Kumamoto City, Kyushu, while drafting two of his own upcoming dark fantasy and supernatural horror novels – The Golem of Nagasaki, and Radish. Kumamoto City was home to two of Japan's most notable writers – Lafcadio Hearn and Natsume Soseki, who was also an eminent haiku poet and former resident of London's Bloomsbury. Lafcadio Hearn utterly embraced Japanese culture and became a naturalised citizen. DJ visited his old Samurai house many times  – the only surviving example of its type in downtown Kumamoto. It is now a museum dedicated to the author's life.   In 1964, filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi released his highly acclaimed Japanese horror movie, Kwaidan. The film was based on (and named after) Lafcadio Hearn's collected tales of Japanese folklore. Lafcadio's work saved many of these tales from being lost during Japan's rapid Meiji Restoration.   Cover Art work: The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Hyakki Yagyō) by Kawanabe Kyōsai.   Learn more about Lafcadio Hearn in this New Yorker article. ========================================= Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) Back INDEPENDENT Creatives. Please SUPPORT D. J. SWALES on PATREON AND PAYPAL
05:32
October 12, 2020
EP 16 | ROBED MERCHANT OF THE RED LANDS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
A trespasser confronts the priestess as she navigates through Baal's great temple in Carthage. Before the gleaming sacrificial Tophet ovens, she suspects a familiarity in the concealed man's voice.  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
34:02
October 9, 2020
EP 15 | AN ORNAMENTAL EGYPTIAN BOX| BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Waves rock the ship as the sailor spies on the priestess. She is possessed with her tasks until a sudden interruption. His blood freezes as her incantations tear open old scars. The sailor suspects she is not alone in her cabin. . .  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
23:44
September 1, 2020
EP 14 | A SAILOR DIVULGES DESERT SECRETS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The despised monks of an ancient desert crocodile cult file on board the lead ship of the Silver Fleet.  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
28:46
August 17, 2020
EP 13 | DRIED COBRAS AND THE CHILDREN OF SEBEQ | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The sailor Igider spies on the priestess of Baal and makes a discovery that could rock the ship to its core.  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
26:19
August 8, 2020
Witching Hour Poet EP 2: THE BUNKER (RUINS OF CORREGIDOR)
Let your skin prickle with fear and be transported to the spectral abandoned ruins of Corregidor Island - a former U.S military HQ in the Philippines. The ghosts of the Second World War still breathe on this great rock that guards Manila Bay. They dwell in the shattered buildings and bunkers, and haunt the labyrinthine Malinta tunnels - scarred fragments of the heaviest conventional bombing of the Pacific conflict.  Fears also persist of pythons that have grown to gargantuan mythical proportions after being left unmolested for decades, to feed on deer and monkeys. This dark Gothic poem was composed on a rainy night in Corregidor, in a hotel room facing the entrance to the feared Malinta tunnels.  PATRONS HAVE BEEN ESSENTIAL TO THE ARTS FOR CENTURIES. YOUR VITAL SUPPORT MEANS I CAN CONTINUE TO RECORD QUALITY PODCASTS AND WRITE BOOKS. Thank you, DJ.  PATREON: (coming soon)  PAYPAL: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/bloomsburydave  PLEASE FOLLOW MY SOCIAL MEDIA:  https://linktr.ee/djswaleswritesbooks  https://www.instagram.com/djswaleswritesbooks/  https://www.instagram.com/darkearthdrifter/  https://www.instagram.com/gothic_england/  https://www.instagram.com/poems4cody/  https://twitter.com/DarkED_Podcast  https://www.pinterest.co.uk/darkearthdrifter/
04:53
August 4, 2020
EP 12 | EMISSARY OF DARKNESS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The concealed sailor is utterly alone at the stern of the ship when a host of disturbing sights violate his mind and body. The crew discuss the many sadistic cults and ruthless predators that stalk Carthage.    ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
28:60
August 1, 2020
EP 11 | BLOOD ON CEDARS AND WARNINGS OF A NECROMANCER | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Bloody sacrifices and pious self-mutilations are recalled from the times Baal's faithful priests gathered around the roots of the greatest holy cedars. ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
23:48
July 24, 2020
EP 10 | THE CHAINED AND THE WRETCHED | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The Libyan sailor pauses over the grate of the slave galley. Misery whispers from the lips of the chained men below, all trapped in a dreadful fate.  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
22:50
July 19, 2020
EP 9 | SACRIFICES FOR THE SILVER FLEET | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Admiral Himilco sends a Libyan sailor below deck with a message for the secretive priestess.   ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
32:41
July 15, 2020
EP 8 | A HELLISH MIASMA | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The Silver Fleet approaches the distant savage shores of Baratanac (ancient Britain). In its belly paces a fierce warrior priestess who intends to cast Baal's shadow at the edge of the world.  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
26:34
July 6, 2020
Witching Hour Poet EP 1: THE GLENS MOURNED
Listen in dread to this dark poem that recalls the tragic aftermath of the brutal Battle of Worcester in 1651, when the blood of thousands of dead Scottish Highlanders and Lowlanders drenched the soil of the city and turned its rivers red. Thousands more - injured and traumatised - were cruelly shackled and imprisoned within the thick stone walls of the city’s cathedral and its ancient crypt, before Cromwell shipped the hapless survivors to forced labour in Barbados. None expected to see their homeland again. The glens of Scotland mourned for their lost youth as Hugh Peters (Cromwell's ruthless chief preacher - from Salem, Massachusetts) stalked among the prisoners. He was a man infamous for his cruelty.    This poem was composed in the thousand-year-old crypt of Worcester cathedral. PATRONS HAVE BEEN ESSENTIAL TO THE ARTS FOR CENTURIES. YOUR VITAL SUPPORT MEANS I CAN CONTINUE TO RECORD QUALITY PODCASTS AND WRITE BOOKS. Thank you, DJ. PATREON: (coming soon) PAYPAL: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/bloomsburydave PLEASE FOLLOW MY SOCIAL MEDIA: https://linktr.ee/djswaleswritesbooks https://www.instagram.com/djswaleswritesbooks/ https://www.instagram.com/darkearthdrifter/ https://www.instagram.com/gothic_england/ https://www.instagram.com/poems4cody/ https://twitter.com/DarkED_Podcast https://www.pinterest.co.uk/darkearthdrifter/
01:01
July 1, 2020
EP 7 | POLICE REPORT AND LETTER TO THE DAMNED | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Declan is missing. Le Papillon shows signs of violent struggle and inexplicable destruction. Declan's laptop is discovered among his belongings.  The hard drive reveals a slew of mysterious draft documents.  ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no mere coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial city of Carthage, sixty years after the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of violent missions. Once again, she is sent from Africa – this time to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. Read BARATANAC for FREE on Kindle Unlimited, or BUY ON AMAZON and read on Kindle or the FREE Kindle APP. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaimon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Ken Follett, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC (Part I) BARATANAC (Part II) BARATANAC (Combined Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS LOVE IN AN ISIS TOWN: COLLECTED POEMS OF EXILE AND RESURFACING (Volume I) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
28:07
June 30, 2020
EP 6 | THE WAIL OF THE GREEN MONKEY | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
The intricate world of Declan's past and present closes in around him. A sentient smear – an ancient abomination – waits for its moment to strike, sensing it to be close. Terror builds . . .  Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
33:46
June 23, 2020
EP 5 | SALEM’S PREACHER AND A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Declan’s panic is blunted by a strange hypnotic state. He recalls events and legends in Ireland and England. Declan is confronted by a hideous apparition as threads of lightning slice through the Atlantic storm.  Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
19:36
June 6, 2020
EP 4 | MARCHING KRAKENS AND THE FACE OF PAZUZU | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Declan is besieged in the blackout, surrounded by relics and talismans. Terrifying visions paralysis him. All life on the hillside braces for the vast storm.  Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
20:43
May 26, 2020
EP 3 | SCENT OF DEMON INTRIGUES | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Declan's landlady turns the house upside down, seeking the source of a mysterious malodorous stench –one that triggers unwanted memories. Declan feels a ghostly noose tighten around his neck.  Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
33:48
May 21, 2020
EP 2 | THE ABYSS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
Declan continues to sense a lurking presence. His mind is plagued.  He leaves his refuge and hikes down the overgrown hillside to Bathsheba's wild ocean-pounded shores. Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
32:11
May 15, 2020
EP 1 | TAINTED PARADISE | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller
A terrifying vision confronts writer Declan James on a tangled nocturnal Bathsheba hillside. He fears 'something' has tracked him down to his isolated Barbados refuge.  Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC.  For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★★ "I'm eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series!" -- Chris Hudec ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
21:09
May 4, 2020
THE AUTHOR'S LIFE & THE BIRTH OF FITZMARBURY WITCHES | Audio Drama | Dark Fantasy, Supernatural Horror, & Historical Fiction Sagas
The nomadic life of author D. J. Swales when he created BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III), and the FITZMARBURY WITCHES series.  Cover Picture: St. Edward's Church. The Cotswolds, England. Tolkien's inspiration for The Lord of the Rings' Doors of Durin (Mines of Moria). Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App). ★★★★★ "What a debut novel! Hollywood this is your new dark historical fantasy and horror franchise!" -- Jedi Joeda It is no coincidence that D. J. Swales shares the same last name as Count Dracula's first Whitby victim. His debut novel BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III) will chill your blood. Discover the audio drama of this genre-busting dark fantasy, supernatural horror, and historical thriller. A ruthless priestess of Baal sails from the imperial African city of Carthage, to penetrate new frontiers at the edge of the world, in ancient Britain. Sixty years have passed since the fall of King Leonidas and the Spartan 300. She is a hardened warrior, wrenched from the only love she ever knew and raised in merciless service to Baal. Her iron heart holds the secrets of a young girl trafficked across the Sahara from the decaying Egyptian city of Sekht-Am (Siwa). Ever threatened by the scandal of her origins, she proves herself by embarking on a series of perilous and violent missions. The Fitzmarbury Witches series unveils a web of predatory evil that spans eras and continents. Fans of Game of Thrones, The Pillars of the Earth, The Last Kingdom, The Witcher, and matured readers of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love BARATANAC. For adult fans of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Neil Gaimon, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ken Follett, Alix E. Harrow, Diane Setterfield, Kate Mosse, Hillary Mantel, Philippa Gregory, Amy Harmon, Raymond E. Feist, Joe Abercrombie, Sabaa Tahir, Naomi Novik, Diana Gabaldon, Koji Suzuki, Bernard Cornwell, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, Susanna Clark, Bridget Collins, V. E. Schwab, Charlie N. Holmberg, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Cassandra Clare, and Madeline Miller. Books by D. J. Swales include: BARATANAC TRILOGY (Parts I, II, & III) PARIS: A CURSE COMES TO THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS MIDNIGHT'S TWIN: DARK POEMS PENNED IN MIDNIGHT HOURS (2021 BESTSELLER: KINDLE CONTEMPORARY POETRY) ★★★★★ "OK I’m shook, I think I just graduated from Harry Potter . . . Game of Thrones meets The Witcher . . . Totally amazing writing." --BookBabe760 ★★★★ "Loved it! An impressively written and captivating first installment of supernatural historical fiction. . .the intricacy of the plot and detailed descriptions are truly praiseworthy." -- Mariah Pappas (Reedsy Literary Critic) ★★★★★ "An epic, epic book. So rich, so textured, so colourful." -- Charlie Green Support INDEPENDENT Creatives. If you enjoy this work please back D. J. SWALES on PATREON and PAYPAL.
11:56
April 30, 2020