“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant.
“The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.”
—Sir Winston Churchill
About The Author
I am a hematopathologist living in Canada. The irony of a physician who specializes in blood disease creating a series of vampire novels has been remarked upon by roughly every person I have ever met. The creative arts have always fascinated me, and I have dabbled in various media from poetry to prose, film photography to digital design. This is my first attempt at writing long-form fiction, from a story that has been kicking around in my head for the last ten years or so. Why vampires? Because Joss Whedon made them popular back then, just like Stephanie Meyer has now. The story was a product of its times, and I created it purely for fun, never intending to write it down. I always wanted to write a novel, though, and I thought I’d start with the story that I had played around with in my head for so long. Purely for practice, you understand. It wasn’t until it was on paper that I realized how complex and detailed the story had grown. The people I showed it to pushed me into adapting it for publication, and here we all are. It has been an enjoyable obsession and a labor of love. I hope you enjoy it.
About the Pact Arcanum Saga
For tens of thousands of years, the vampires, called Nightwalkers, had been entrenched in a bitter feud with their enemies, the Sentinels, those born to destroy the Nightwalkers with magic and steel. The battle drew to a close once the Redeemer offered the two sides a new path, allowing the Nightwalkers to step back into the sunlight as Daywalkers, in return for giving up the sword. Then, everything changes, when a desperate attempt by the Daywalker Nicholas Jameson to stave off nuclear destruction exposes this hidden society to humanity. In the wake of the revelation, the fragile peace between the races hangs precariously in the balance.
Work in Progress
Grounded after a rescue attempt in Earth orbit goes bad, Commander Martin Atkins of the Confederation Navy is approached by the Interscission Project, a consortium of civilian corporations on the verge of perfecting the technology to travel to another star. Despite his misgivings, the chance to get back in the pilot’s seat is too much to pass up, and he convinces his best friend and crewmate, Charles Davenport, to leave the military temporarily and join him as part of the crew of the Zenith, humanity’s first starship.
Edward Harlen is a brilliant young engineer, and a key player in the construction of the Zenith to take advantage of the untested technology of foldspace drive. But Edward has his own agenda in joining the project, and a bitterly personal score to settle with his boss, Trevor Sutton, a vendetta of which Trevor is entirely ignorant. But when Edward’s sister Stella enters the picture and manages to secure a position on the project, all of Edward’s careful plotting is upset, and she might spell the downfall not only of his plans for revenge, but of the entire Zenith mission.
The spark of attraction between Edward and Martin is a complication that Edward can’t afford, but of which he can’t let go. For Edward knows the secret at the heart of the Interscission Project, the hidden potential of the technology that in the wrong hands could become the ultimate assassin’s weapon: the ability to rewrite history, not just once, but many times. As an unseen enemy moves to destroy them, and the body count multiplies in their wake, Martin and Edward must choose whether they will allow the possibility of love to challenge their destinies, or will they instead take up arms in a war to control the most ancient and terrible power in the universe.