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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.

D. J. Swales Gothic & Other Tales D.J. Swales

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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.

    EP 1 | PARIS: A CURSE IN THE CITY OF THE CATACOMBS | A Short Story of the Macabre | Audio Drama | Paranormal Thriller and Supernatural Horror

    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)

    • 6 min
    EP 18 | SEKHT-AM SECRETS, A PRETENDER & AN INQUISITOR | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Supernatural Horror, & Historical Fiction

    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

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    • 8 min
    EP 17 | SEKHT-AM SECRETS, A PRETENDER & AN INQUISITOR | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

    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



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    • 18 min
    EP 3 | OSHIDORI | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    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.

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    Read BARATANAC for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED, or buy on AMAZON in paperback or ebook (for Kindle and the FREE Kindle App)

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    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.

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    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)

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    • 5 min
    EP 2 | RIKI BAKA | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    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)

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    • 6 min
    EP 1 | CHERRY TREE OF THE SIXTEENTH DAY | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

    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)



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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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20 Ratings

dpb71 ,

Amazing book by a new writer

I was really pleased to find this new book by David J Swales. I’m a big fan of Anne Rice and this book appealed to me because of all the history that is woven into the story, as well as the supernatural elements. The book really makes me feel like I know these places.

I now have the paperback which I found on Amazon. Read it over the course of a week and totally loved it. Really looking forward to getting my hands on the second book of the series.

The character Emeshmoon is captivating. Her part of the story so far is intriguing and I can’t wait to follow what happens to her in the next part.

I’m so glad I’ve found a new author to follow!

Terry-kun ,

A must-read for horror fans!

D J Swales breaks the atypical Gothic horror mould with this standout piece of literature. As a true horror fiction buff, I was truly captivated by his creative writing style and ability to draw you into the terror of the world he has created.

Narrative such as, “[the entity was] a foetid smear of eternal sentient misery...” made me shudder with delight and anticipation as to what was in store for the protagonist, seemingly hunted by this creature.

The pacing that the author reads at is fantastic, it feels neither rushed nor sluggish, and characters are given life through accents and emphasis.

If you’re someone who loves a well-written piece of horror fiction, that makes you think twice about turning off the light before you sleep, then you should absolutely stick with this fantastic story and author. 5/5 from me!

Rugbug ,

Compelling listening

Am really enjoying this dark, gothic series. It is beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive and evocative, it is very easy to immerse yourself in this world.
Very pleased to have come across this and keen to see what more awaits.

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