Many fairy tales begin with a child. Broken, orphaned, rejected, then found by a seemingly magic being that will grant them any wish. Many fairy tales, and this is no exception. Dreams become reality, but there is usually a price, terms, conditions. And dreams can be twisted into nightmares. This is a fairy tale, but not everything is as it seems.

Kaya Cade is having a really bad day/week/month/life. The guitar player has been trying to better herself, break away from the villains she’d fallen in with as a teen, but either fate or karma or the universe seem determined to drag her back down. Then, the real icing on the mycotoxin cake, it seems now the fae are real and plucking out the eyes of any who look on them without permission, as she has.

There is a story shared by the children in town that a witch has taken up residence in a lighthouse out in the hills. With few options, Kaya goes there for help, but the ‘witch’ is someone that remembers Kaya’s past not too fondly. Will she help? Where have these fae-like beings come from? And how is it related to a child who won’t sleep until she’s exacted revenge?

Irongate is a story about friendships, family, growing up, hidden people zealously guarding their privacy, and about a world undergoing great change. Things that were once only dreamed about are suddenly becoming real, but twisted into nightmares by the irresponsible and reckless. Monsters hunt men, while in the shadows future Gods lie teething.

Check out the story with pictures coming to this site and Youtube in 2020.

Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery, Adventure. Elements of horror and quite a bit of action, and a lot of inspiration and reference to fantasy, folklore, and mythology.

Warnings: Violence and death, but I try to avoid going into many graphics or gory detail about it and the main characters are mostly safe. One character is seen abused by her mother in the beginning. Some mild swearing.

Irongate is set in a contemporary-ish world, but in this version of reality corporations (some of which may in fact be cults) have grown more powerful than most nations. Although for the most part these are a neutral evil – helping when it suits them but ultimately only concerned with profit – some employ private militaries and fund all manner of reckless project that invariably end up wreaking havoc. It’s up to just a few brave souls to mitigate the damage as best they can.


Writing History:

I in fact started writing this story back in 2014, although it was adapted with characters and ideas that had been nestling in my mind far longer. That year (2014) I hurriedly typed a 70,000 word story to self-publish on Kindle and other sites. On that occasion I did everything wrong; the story was rushed (most of it written in just weeks), themes and several characters not yet fully developed, and I cut a great deal out of my original story idea in order to keep to 70,000 words. Finally, like many self published novels, it wasn’t edited or properly proof-read. Essentially it was really just a first draft.

Yet, that story, world, and characters, continued to nag at me. And so I sporadically kept working on it, writing some shorts and considering how the world might develop. I worked out the themes, reinforced them, and have kept developing the characters to bring them sharper into focus, and ensure they all have a proper role in the story. Also I made big changes to the plot (although in some cases it’s returning to what I had originally intended before cutting and simplifying certain things).

I also changed the title a few times. First it was Jenn Air, after one of the main characters – originally my idea was for a series of detective-type stories, and while there’s still a bit of that Jenn isn’t the only main character (in fact she doesn’t appear until a few chapters in). Then I changed it to Pharos One: Project ELF – this was only intended to be a working title. Pharos One is a file kept on Jenn, who lives in a lighthouse, and her associates. Finally I decided to just name it after the fictional town it had been set in all along – Irongate.