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Author D. J. Swales shares the same name as Dracula's first Whitby victim. Discover his audio-drama podcast, a Top 20* hit in over 12 countries.
Fans of dark fiction will love BARATANAC, a suspenseful supernatural horror and historical fantasy No. 1 Best Seller from the FITZMARBURY WITCHES series: https://geni.us/Part1print.
Fans of the quirky and offbeat will love PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY, the author's first heartwarming speculative fiction book inspired by Japanese popular fiction.

Author's books, Patreon, and media links: https://linktr.ee/djswaleswritesbooks

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

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Author D. J. Swales shares the same name as Dracula's first Whitby victim. Discover his audio-drama podcast, a Top 20* hit in over 12 countries.
Fans of dark fiction will love BARATANAC, a suspenseful supernatural horror and historical fantasy No. 1 Best Seller from the FITZMARBURY WITCHES series: https://geni.us/Part1print.
Fans of the quirky and offbeat will love PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY, the author's first heartwarming speculative fiction book inspired by Japanese popular fiction.

Author's books, Patreon, and media links: https://linktr.ee/djswaleswritesbooks

*ApplePodcasts. Chartable2020

    EP 7 |MATCHA | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    EP 7 |MATCHA | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant Bloomsbury playwright who receives weekly treats from a mysterious admirer. Mallory's mother Face-times him from her Torquay home atop crumbling cliffs, hoping that a marriage might be in the offing. After discussing his latest show, a genius work-in-progress, Mallory breaks the news about a terrible fate that has befallen his most virulent and vitriolic critic. His mother hatches a plan . . .  

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is the first heartwarming book from the Curled Up and Cozy Collection, a charming and quirky magical realism series from the author of FITZMARBURY WITCHES, #1 Amazon Best Seller in several dark fiction categories.

    Audio drama exclusive preview! Allow me to introduce you to your eccentric new London neighbours! Some harbour secrets. Some stumble, tumble, or tiptoe through their days. Others hurtle towards outlandish destinies. PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is as snug as an English country village, as intriguing as a Miss Marple mystery, and as enthralling as Tales of the City. This book is a literary antidote to the lock-down blues.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is available on Amazon from September, 2021.

    Be enchanted by author D. J. Swales' debut feel-good novel of spell-binding and quirky magical realism fiction. The pages of PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY will charm readers of Strange Weather in Tokyo, Tales of the City, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Convenience Store Woman, The Diary of Adrian Mole, The Nakano Thrift Shop, and Palace Walk.

    Meet these neighbours and more:


    Josie is an nocturnal neighbourhood seer and midnight street dancer.
    Mr. Bootle is the owner of an esoteric bookshop haunted by a ghost named Jemima.
    Jasper Mince lives a clandestine rent-free life under the bed of an unwitting local resident.
    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant purple-gowned theatre impresario who swings from one stage disaster to another.
    Mrs. Sorpresa owns and runs a cavernous invitation-only Colombian cafe and bakery, while quietly nursing a broken heart .
    Mrs. Hargreaves and her two children cultivate a fifth floor ramshackle balcony farm nicknamed, The Hanging Gardens of Bloomsbury.
    Danny Savarino must confront the disappearance of his parents and and investigate their mysterious sightings around the world.

    Listen now, your new neighbours are waiting . . .

    Be charmed by this first book in the CURLED UP AND COZY COLLECTION,  a series of charming short-chapter books inspired by Japanese popular fiction authors such as Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, and Haruki Murakami, and the work of Armistead Maupin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz, Sue Townsend, Salley Vickers, and Matt Haig.  Enjoy this audio drama exclusive preview podcast.

    This author is an independent creative. Please support him on PATREON or PAYPAL.

    • 17 min
    EP 6 |SHEILA'S STEW | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    EP 6 |SHEILA'S STEW | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    Discover how Sheila Barclay returned from London to Belfast, soon scandalizing the already-divided society with her newfangled take on Irish stew. Learn how Sheila boomeranged back to London in triumph, where one of her first customers outside Green Park Station was Josie (before she became Bloomsbury's mysterious midnight walker). 

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is the first heartwarming book from the Curled Up and Cozy Collection, a charming and quirky magical realism series from the author of FITZMARBURY WITCHES, #1 Amazon Best Seller in several dark fiction categories.

    Audio drama exclusive preview! Allow me to introduce you to your eccentric new London neighbours! Some harbour secrets. Some stumble, tumble, or tiptoe through their days. Others hurtle towards outlandish destinies. PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is as snug as an English country village, as intriguing as a Miss Marple mystery, and as enthralling as Tales of the City. This book is a literary antidote to the lock-down blues.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is available on Amazon from September, 2021.

    Be enchanted by author D. J. Swales' debut feel-good novel of spell-binding and quirky magical realism fiction. The pages of PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY will charm readers of Strange Weather in Tokyo, Tales of the City, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Convenience Store Woman, The Diary of Adrian Mole, The Nakano Thrift Shop, and Palace Walk.

    Meet these neighbours and more:


    Josie is an nocturnal neighbourhood seer and midnight street dancer.

    Mr. Bootle is the owner of an esoteric bookshop haunted by a ghost named Jemima.

    Jasper Mince lives a clandestine rent-free life under the bed of an unwitting local resident.

    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant purple-gowned theatre impresario who swings from one stage disaster to another.

    Mrs. Sorpresa owns and runs a cavernous invitation-only Colombian cafe and bakery, while quietly nursing a broken heart .

    Mrs. Hargreaves and her two children cultivate a fifth floor ramshackle balcony farm nicknamed, The Hanging Gardens of Bloomsbury.

    Danny Savarino must confront the disappearance of his parents and and investigate their mysterious sightings around the world.


    Listen now, your new neighbours are waiting . . .

    Be charmed by this first book in the CURLED UP AND COZY COLLECTION,  a series of charming short-chapter books inspired by Japanese popular fiction authors such as Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, and Haruki Murakami, and the work of Armistead Maupin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz, Sue Townsend, Salley Vickers, and Matt Haig.  Enjoy this audio drama exclusive preview podcast.

    This author is an independent creative. Please support him on PATREON or PAYPAL.

    • 17 min
    EP 5 | TIBBY THE CAT | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    EP 5 | TIBBY THE CAT | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is the first heartwarming book from the Curled Up and Cozy Collection, a charming and quirky magical realism series from the author of FITZMARBURY WITCHES, #1 Amazon Best Seller in several dark fiction categories.

    Audio drama exclusive preview! Allow me to introduce you to your eccentric new London neighbours! Some harbour secrets. Some stumble, tumble, or tiptoe through their days. Others hurtle towards outlandish destinies. PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is as snug as an English country village, as intriguing as a Miss Marple mystery, and as enthralling as Tales of the City. This book is a literary antidote to the lock-down blues.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is available on Amazon from September, 2021.

    Be enchanted by author D. J. Swales' debut feel-good novel of spell-binding and quirky magical realism fiction. The pages of PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY will charm readers of Strange Weather in Tokyo, Tales of the City, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Convenience Store Woman, The Diary of Adrian Mole, The Nakano Thrift Shop, and Palace Walk.

    Meet these neighbours and more:


    Josie is an nocturnal neighbourhood seer and midnight street dancer.

    Mr. Bootle is the owner of an esoteric bookshop haunted by a ghost named Jemima.

    Jasper Mince lives a clandestine rent-free life under the bed of an unwitting local resident.

    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant purple-gowned theatre impresario who swings from one stage disaster to another.

    Mrs. Sorpresa owns and runs a cavernous invitation-only Colombian cafe and bakery, while quietly nursing a broken heart .

    Mrs. Hargreaves and her two children cultivate a fifth floor ramshackle balcony farm nicknamed, The Hanging Gardens of Bloomsbury.

    Danny Savarino must confront the disappearance of his parents and and investigate their mysterious sightings around the world.


    Listen now, your new neighbours are waiting . . .

    Be charmed by this first book in the CURLED UP AND COZY COLLECTION,  a series of charming short-chapter books inspired by Japanese popular fiction authors such as Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, and Haruki Murakami, and the work of Armistead Maupin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz, Sue Townsend, Salley Vickers, and Matt Haig.  Enjoy this audio drama exclusive preview podcast.

    This author is an independent creative. Please support him on PATREON or PAYPAL.

    • 16 min
    EP 4 | TURTLE | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    EP 4 | TURTLE | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    Turtle was conceived during an eventful skinny-dipping session on the coast of North Wales. He is obsessed with trapping pigeons for their "good luck feathers", using skills he claims to have acquired from staying too long in his mother's womb. We learn how Turtle has employed these unappreciated skills around the world . . .

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is the first heartwarming book from the Curled Up and Cozy Collection, a charming and quirky magical realism series from the author of FITZMARBURY WITCHES, #1 Amazon Best Seller in several dark fiction categories.

    Audio drama exclusive preview! Allow me to introduce you to your eccentric new London neighbours! Some harbour secrets. Some stumble, tumble, or tiptoe through their days. Others hurtle towards outlandish destinies. PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is as snug as an English country village, as intriguing as a Miss Marple mystery, and as enthralling as Tales of the City. This book is a literary antidote to the lock-down blues.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is available on Amazon from September, 2021.

    Be enchanted by author D. J. Swales' debut feel-good novel of spell-binding and quirky magical realism fiction. The pages of PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY will charm readers of Strange Weather in Tokyo, Tales of the City, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Convenience Store Woman, The Diary of Adrian Mole, The Nakano Thrift Shop, and Palace Walk.

    Meet these neighbours and more:


    Josie is an nocturnal neighbourhood seer and midnight street dancer.

    Mr. Bootle is the owner of an esoteric bookshop haunted by a ghost named Jemima.

    Jasper Mince lives a clandestine rent-free life under the bed of an unwitting local resident.

    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant purple-gowned theatre impresario who swings from one stage disaster to another.

    Mrs. Sorpresa owns and runs a cavernous invitation-only Colombian cafe and bakery, while quietly nursing a broken heart .

    Mrs. Hargreaves and her two children cultivate a fifth floor ramshackle balcony farm nicknamed, The Hanging Gardens of Bloomsbury.

    Danny Savarino must confront the disappearance of his parents and and investigate their mysterious sightings around the world.


    Listen now, your new neighbours are waiting . . .

    Be charmed by this first book in the CURLED UP AND COZY COLLECTION,  a series of charming short-chapter books inspired by Japanese popular fiction authors such as Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, and Haruki Murakami, and the work of Armistead Maupin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz, Sue Townsend, Salley Vickers, and Matt Haig.  Enjoy this audio drama exclusive preview podcast.

    This author is an independent creative. Please support him on PATREON or PAYPAL.

    • 11 min
    EP 3 | BOB MARLEY | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    EP 3 | BOB MARLEY | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    Jasper Mince recalls the tragic and fortuitous events leading to the day he came to be living secretly under the bed of his host.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is the first heartwarming book from the Curled Up and Cozy Collection, a charming and quirky magical realism series from the author of FITZMARBURY WITCHES, #1 Amazon Best Seller in several dark fiction categories.

    Audio drama exclusive preview! Allow me to introduce you to your eccentric new London neighbours! Some harbour secrets. Some stumble, tumble, or tiptoe through their days. Others hurtle towards outlandish destinies. PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is as snug as an English country village, as intriguing as a Miss Marple mystery, and as enthralling as Tales of the City. This book is a literary antidote to the lock-down blues.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is available on Amazon from September, 2021.

    Be enchanted by author D. J. Swales' debut feel-good novel of spell-binding and quirky magical realism fiction. The pages of PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY will charm readers of Strange Weather in Tokyo, Tales of the City, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Convenience Store Woman, The Diary of Adrian Mole, The Nakano Thrift Shop, and Palace Walk.

    Meet these neighbours and more:


    Josie is an nocturnal neighbourhood seer and midnight street dancer.

    Mr. Bootle is the owner of an esoteric bookshop haunted by a ghost named Jemima.

    Jasper Mince lives a clandestine rent-free life under the bed of an unwitting local resident.

    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant purple-gowned theatre impresario who swings from one stage disaster to another.

    Mrs. Sorpresa owns and runs a cavernous invitation-only Colombian cafe and bakery, while quietly nursing a broken heart .

    Mrs. Hargreaves and her two children cultivate a fifth floor ramshackle balcony farm nicknamed, The Hanging Gardens of Bloomsbury.

    Danny Savarino must confront the disappearance of his parents and and investigate their mysterious sightings around the world.


    Listen now, your new neighbours are waiting . . .

    Be charmed by this first book in the CURLED UP AND COZY COLLECTION,  a series of charming short-chapter books inspired by Japanese popular fiction authors such as Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, and Haruki Murakami, and the work of Armistead Maupin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz, Sue Townsend, Salley Vickers, and Matt Haig.  Enjoy this audio drama exclusive preview podcast.

    This author is an independent creative. Please support him on PATREON or PAYPAL.

    • 17 min
    EP 2 | JASPER MINCE | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    EP 2 | JASPER MINCE | People of Bloomsbury | The Curled Up and Cozy Collection | Audio Drama | Popular Fiction

    Jasper Mince is a troubled runaway from Yorkshire. He lives secretly in Ridgmount Gardens, coming and going by stealth. He works a security job nearby, sharing his shift with a culinary Hungarian, who obsesses over a cake named Marmalade Whoopsy. Dressed like a ninja, Jasper watches Josie depart on one of her nocturnal jaunts. 

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is the first heartwarming book from the Curled Up and Cozy Collection, a charming and quirky magical realism series from the author of FITZMARBURY WITCHES, #1 Amazon Best Seller in several dark fiction categories.

    Audio drama exclusive preview! Allow me to introduce you to your eccentric new London neighbours! Some harbour secrets. Some stumble, tumble, or tiptoe through their days. Others hurtle towards outlandish destinies. PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is as snug as an English country village, as intriguing as a Miss Marple mystery, and as enthralling as Tales of the City. This book is a literary antidote to the lock-down blues.

    PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY is available on Amazon from September, 2021.

    Be enchanted by author D. J. Swales' debut feel-good novel of spell-binding and quirky magical realism fiction. The pages of PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY will charm readers of Strange Weather in Tokyo, Tales of the City, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Convenience Store Woman, The Diary of Adrian Mole, The Nakano Thrift Shop, and Palace Walk.

    Meet these neighbours and more:


    Josie is an nocturnal neighbourhood seer and midnight street dancer.

    Mr. Bootle is the owner of an esoteric bookshop haunted by a ghost named Jemima.

    Jasper Mince lives a clandestine rent-free life under the bed of an unwitting local resident.

    Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant purple-gowned theatre impresario who swings from one stage disaster to another.

    Mrs. Sorpresa owns and runs a cavernous invitation-only Colombian cafe and bakery, while quietly nursing a broken heart .

    Mrs. Hargreaves and her two children cultivate a fifth floor ramshackle balcony farm nicknamed, The Hanging Gardens of Bloomsbury.

    Danny Savarino must confront the disappearance of his parents and and investigate their mysterious sightings around the world.


    Listen now, your new neighbours are waiting . . .

    Be charmed by this first book in the CURLED UP AND COZY COLLECTION,  a series of charming short-chapter books inspired by Japanese popular fiction authors such as Hiromi Kawakami, Sayaka Murata, and Haruki Murakami, and the work of Armistead Maupin, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz, Sue Townsend, Salley Vickers, and Matt Haig.  Enjoy this audio drama exclusive preview podcast.

    This author is an independent creative. Please support him on PATREON or PAYPAL.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 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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