The Birthday of Doom (promo post and free story)

It’s my birthday, and I’ll cry if I want to. Which I do, because it’s the kind with a zero at the end. And a four at the beginning. Damn.

However, since a birthday is nothing without presents, I have a little something for you…

I wrote a short, scary (and somewhat sexy) story, The Caldwell Ghost, about a Victorian ghost hunter named Simon Feximal, journalist Robert Caldwell and a rather unusually haunted house. Then, because it turns out that writing Victorian pastiche gay romance ghost stories is really good fun, I wrote another one, Butterflies, in which Robert and Simon’s paths cross again when two bodies are found choked to death on butterflies. (I blogged over at Boys in our Books  about the inspiration behind these.)


Cover design by Susan Lee.

The Caldwell Ghost is available from Torquere Press and at the usual places. But, because it’s my goddamn birthday, I’m making Butterflies a free download. Don’t say I never do anything for you.

I hope you enjoy it!

Catch up with me discussing romance and horror over at UK Gay Romance on Halloween, or talking about the inspiration for the stories over at Boys in our Books, or lurking in the pub pretending I’m still 39. You’re buying.

17 replies
  1. AJH
    AJH says:

    Yay freestuff! *cough*

    I absolutely love Susan’s work on the cover – it’s just perfect, and suits the story well.

    Forgive my rampant greed but I hope we’ll see more of the Secret Casebook 🙂

    Also happy birthday 🙂 *goes to the bar*

  2. Jordan L. Hawk
    Jordan L. Hawk says:

    Happy birthday! I read Butterflies last night and of course I loved it! <3 I want to see more from these two!

    (Oh and I downloaded the Carnacki stories from Project Gutenberg and am enjoying them immensely. Thanks for the tip!)

  3. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    I’ve bought all your books available on amazon, but cannot find The Caldwell Ghost anywhere (not smash words or torquere press). Please help!

  4. hapax
    hapax says:

    I loved the first two Magpie books and I want to buy the rest of them, and I’ve heard such good things about THINK OF ENGLAND. But I broke up with B&N, won’t touch Amazon, and am skittish about starting a new relationship with Samhain.

    So, yeah, any chance you’ll sell books through SmashWords or ARe? Or am I just too picky?

    • KJ Charles
      KJ Charles says:

      My Samhain books are available through ARe, so you’re sorted. 🙂 But the Samhain site is fine as well. I know what you mean about Amazon, I keep hating myself for using them (so seductively easy though…)


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