Audible Exclusive. Author F. G. Cottam joins us to talk about The Going and the Rise, part of The Colony series.
©2016 Audible Ltd (P)2016 Audible Ltd
The waiting room stands on a crumbling railway platform at the edge of a retired rock stars vast estate. Abandoned to dereliction and isolated by a moat of thorny wilderness, it used to be a playground for his children. Until strange music and the terrifying spectre of a leering soldier frightened them away. Julian Creed is TVs most popular ghost hunter. Only his small production team knows he is a complete fake who doesnt even believe in the paranormal. Until he spends one night in the waiting room.
©2010 F.G. Cottam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Felix Baxter, entrepreneur extraordinaire, is going to rehabilitate New Hope Island. Rich and manipulative, he wants to convert it into a glamorous getaway destination - The New Hope Experience. But will the restless ghosts of Seamus Ballantyne's 1825 colony allow the project to go to plan? Helena Davenport has an opportunity that could be pivotal in her career as an architect - Felix Baxter has commissioned her to oversee his New Hope vision. But nothing is as it seems in this mysterious part of the Scottish Hebrides. Helena's site manager is the first to go missing with one single eerie scream. Accompanied by the survivors of the last group to visit New Hope, Ruthie Gillespie must travel back to the island one final time to end this ordeal not only for those on the island but for themselves, too.... But is New Hope Island ever worth returning to? And will this concluding trip end a curse that has afflicted all who have had the misfortune to visit it for nearly two centuries?
©2016 F. G. Cottam (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
Five years after a tragic expedition put New Hope Island back in the headlines, past-his-prime crime author Dennis Thorpe leads a writers' retreat to that secluded corner of the Hebrides.... The group is never seen again. Ruthie Gillespie, the beautiful, heavily tattooed, hard-drinking author of dark tales for children, was supposed to be among their number, but something stopped her at the eleventh hour, and it isn't long before the police come knocking. With her escape tying her irrevocably to the case, Ruthie falls deeper and deeper into a web of dark magic and darker secrets as it becomes clear that the writers' pasts are not what they seem. How far can you take an investigation when your own life is threatened? Do you continue, knowing that you must find the answers before the island claims another victim? Or do you run and hope that it never catches up with you?
©2015 Francis Cottam (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Billionaire Saul Abercrombie owns a vast tract of land on the Pembrokeshire coast. By restoring the original forest that covered the area before medieval times, he believes he will rekindle the spirits of ancient folklore. But the re-planting of the forest will revive an altogether darker and more dangerous entity - and young arboreal expert Tom Curtis will find himself engaging in an epic, ancient battle between good and evil. A battle in which there can be only one survivor. Former magazine editor Francis Cottam is the author of four novels and the novelization of a feature film. His debut novel The Firefighter was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Literature award. It was followed by Hamer's War, Slapton Sands and A Shadow on the Sun. All four of these novels are either set in, or examine the repercussions of the Second World War. The Firefighter examines one man's experience of the most intense period of the London Blitz. Hamer's War takes as its theme the moral dilemma facing a brave German soldier recovering from a wound sustained in battle on the Eastern Front. The Resident is the novelization of a film made by the resurgent Hammer production company. Along with Slapton Sands and A Shadow on the Sun, it is available for download on Kindle. Francis is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers published under the pen name F.G. Cottam
©2013 F.G. Cottam (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.
Ruthie Gillespie's efforts to find out the truth about a mysterious missing rock star lead her on a terrifying journey into the past. Researcher Ruthie Gillespie has undertaken a commission to write an essay on Martin Mear, lead singer and guitarist with Ghost Legion, the biggest, most decadent rock band on the planet, before he disappeared without trace in 1975. Her mission is to separate man from myth - but it's proving difficult, as a series of increasingly disturbing and macabre incidents threatens to derail Ruthie's efforts to uncover the truth about the mysterious rock star. Just what did happen to Martin Mear back in 1975? Is he really set to return from the dead, as the band's die-hard fans, the Legionaries, believe? It's when Ruthie's enquiries lead her to the derelict mansion on the Isle of Wight where Martin wrote the band's breakthrough album that events take a truly terrifying turn....
©2018 Francis Cottam (P)2019 Audible, Ltd
It only takes a couple of visits to convince Dr Elizabeth Bancroft that Adam Hunter is not just having bad dreams. He's a child possessed.His father is desperate: adamant that his son's affliction is the result of a curse he incurred in the depths of the Amazon, where a badly misguided military operation ended in a terrifying and macabre encounter. There he met two women - one more bad than good, who placed the curse - and the other more good than bad, with whom any hope of saving his son resides.Mark Hunter leaves the Scottish Highlands to beg help from the mysterious woman, leaving his son in the care of Elizabeth - who is about to discover there are equally dark secrets on their own doorstep.And in her blood...
©2009 F.G. Cottam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
In the 1500s an almanac full of magic spells was put together by someone intent on bringing about the End Times. It has resurfaced and is being used indiscriminately. An unexpected lunar eclipse. A poisonous fog that cripples the capital. Statues that weep blood. As the catalogue of calamities mount, fear and paranoia provoke rumours of terrorist attacks. But from whom? History professor Juliet Harrington is an authority on 16th-century mysticism and a long-time believer in the existence of the Almanac of Forbidden Wisdom, a potent spellbook. Legend insists it was compiled in that period by a cabal of powerful occultists. Its magic is summoned only at disastrous cost, signalled by the Auguries. Juliet is convinced that the recent plague of disasters means someone reckless is using the book - and she has little time left to stop them.
©2019 Francis Cottam (P)2020 Audible, Ltd