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About the author

Welcome to my author page! Thank you for finding your way here. Come in, grab a seat in front of the fire, and let me pour you an ale.

Keep an eye on your weapons, though; it gets rowdy in here so you should probably keep them close to hand.

Right. Let’s do this. You may have noticed I’m writing this in first person. Hope you don’t mind, but I’m not writing on behalf of the author; I am the author, so writing a bio in third person feels…insincere.

My name is Craig Askham. I live in the UK with my wife and two football-mad kids. That’s soccer, to you Americans!

If you like Westworld, Stargate and Game of Thrones, and think the three of them could be blended into a rather nice smoothie, then I think I could be the author for you.

I write portal fantasy, you see. You’ve heard of it, right? Narnia, Wonderland, The Magicians; that kind of thing.

Now imagine a tourism company that sells trips to a medieval planet, where you can do pretty much whatever the hell you like. That company is Stillwater. All you have to do is step through one of their portals, and you’re there. Just like that. Other side of the universe. Only the brave need apply.

I won’t lie; it’s dangerous. You might die. Seriously, there’s no way to save and reset. So watch your back.

Oh, and come back. That’s important. Stillwater don’t offer an emigration package so, if you decide you want to stay for good, you’d better run and find a damn good hiding place because Stillwater have bounty hunters, and they haven’t let anyone escape yet. They’ll bring you back, by hook or by crook.

Even in a bodybag, if necessary. Remember that. It links quite heavily with the previous part, about staying alive.

So that’s it, in a nutshell.

Watchman’s Quest is Book One of the Portal Hunter Chronicles; at only 20k words, it’s the perfect way to dip your toe into the portal without too much of a commitment.

Demon Quest is Book Two, and about 32k words. I’m still breaking you in at this stage. Minimal time investment on your behalf, until I’ve hooked you and reeled you in.

Dragon Quest is Book Three. 45k words, or thereabouts. You should be nicely warmed up by now, and ready for something longer in Book Four. Leave it with me, I’ll see what I can do.

Now, this part is important.

Books One, Two and Three can really be read in any order. They’re all linked, but you can read them in reverse if you like. It’s totally up to you.

When you get to Books Four and Five, though (watch this space), you just need to make sure you’ve read those first three. Otherwise it won’t make much sense. Got it? Awesome!