Catherine McCarthy


Door and other twisted tales

Botany Bay, 1790 – One by one, a colony of white-skinned pioneers disappear from their camp. Did the legendary rainbow serpent of the Dreamtime, Goorialla, wreak revenge on the ghosts for disturbing its sacred watering hole?

North-east coast of Japan 2011, vicinity of Fukushima Nuclear Plant – Seismic waves on the Pacific Ocean floor cause a catastrophic tsunami. The mythical giant catfish, Namazu, is believed to seek retribution for human greed by creating earthquakes. Could it be to blame?

Door and Other Twisted Tales is a collection of ten, dark portal stories, each set in a different place, a different time, yet woven together by visitations from the supernatural which result in the death, destruction, and disappearance of humans in recompense for their actions.

From Plague – the embodiment of the 14th Century Black Death, to Shams – a contemporary tale of the mystics of quantum physics and the mind, Door will lead you on a journey through time and place as the consequences of greed, impulse, loneliness, and fear are exposed.

Hope Cottage

For Cassie, inheriting Hope Cottage seems like a gift from the grave, but will the ghosts of its past claim yet another victim?

Recently divorced from a manipulative husband, and grief-stricken following the death of her mother, Cassie Wilkinson has never felt so hopeless and alone. However, an unexpected inheritance affords her the opportunity to start anew.

The surprise acquisition of the unsuitably named Hope Cottage spurs her to flee from the familiarity of the place she has always known to the quintessential English village of Marleston ... but this gift from the grave is not without its ghosts.

A startling discovery unveils a series of tragedies and emotional turmoil inherent within the family of her estranged grandmother. Cassie must not only solve the mystery surrounding her mother’s roots, but also discover why she finds herself so caustically spurned by the resident of Marleston Vicarage.

Will she find the quietude for which she longs, or will the skeletons in the closet vanquish any chance of true happiness?

The Gatekeeper's Apprentice

When Maddie Brockett discovers a dusty, old wooden box in her attic, little does she suspect that it is about to spark a chain of events which will alter life as she knows it. The journey ahead is fraught with danger and discovery. Will she survive and become the new Gatekeeper, or will the challenges prove too difficult?

The Gatekeeper’s Apprentice is a middle grade tale of adventure and mystery; the story of how one seemingly ordinary, young girl finds the strength to determine the future of many.

Dead Awake

Twelve tales of darkness from the new generation of horror authors that will seep into your mind as you lie Dead Awake at night.

Including tales from new horror standouts: Christy Aldridge, C.W. Blackwell, Jill Girardi, Mark Allan Gunnells, Sylvia Elven, A C Fraser, Sadie Hartmann (Mother Horror), Michelle Renee Lane, Catherine McCarthy, Justin Montgomery, Ethan Pollard, and the Sisters of Slaughter.

As horror legend Stanley Wiater stated, "Go revel in their waking nightmares."

Diabolica Britannica Anthology

Fourteen dark tales from U.K. horror writers. All proceeds to the charity, NHS Together.

Graveyard Smash

A horror anthology featuring a range of diverse women’s voices from all around the world.