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The Gatekeeper at Temple Dark Books

A Brief History of Phase One

Temple Dark Books was drawn from the primordial ooze and shaped into tangible form in August 2020 of your human timeline, and has since published the work(s) of five authors, starting with Australian Sci-Fi master, Ishmael A. Soledad, and his immersive and original Sha’Kert: End of Night (March 2021). Sha’Kert was received favourably by Publishers’ Weekly and was nominated for a Ditmar award.

The brainchild of Irish SFF author Ronald A. Geobey (Gods of Kiranis, June 2021; Pawns of The Prophet, June 2022; Secrets of The Universe, June 2023), Temple Dark Books signed Irish award-winning playwright and poet, Daniel Wade, helping him shape a short story about the highwayman Joseph Mac Tíre into the brooding and evocative A Land Without Wolves (October 2021). ‘Wolves’ is currently the only historical fiction on our list, but there will be others.

We were also delighted to sign two American authors: our very own ‘master chief’ Tyler E. C. Burnworth, weaving the Military SF tale By Blood Or By Star in three instalments (Redshift, December 2021; Apogee, December 2022; & Totality, forthcoming); and Nick Carlson, author of the ‘Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror’ novels, Hell’s Gulf (August 2022) and The God Tide (October 2023).

For our Channel The Dark project, we released Vol. 1 of the eponymous anthology at a special event in May 2023, focusing on the benefits of writing for mental health. We signed our third Irish author, Gary J. Martin, in early 2023, and we look forward to the release of his Knight of Gaelgara in Phase Two.

All our titles are available across multiple platforms and listed with numerous online retailers, such as Amazon, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.

We are humbled to have been receiving submissions and queries from many excellent writers since beginning this journey, but we had to close submissions in early 2023. Phase One was a learning process in every sense of the word, and we take what we’ve learned into Phase Two, expecting higher quality books and bonus content. Read on…

A Brief Look Forward to Phase Two

For Phase Two, we are delighted to welcome Jeanne Fournier – Master Student in Translation and Publishing in Université Lumière, Lyons – as Assistant Editor on an internship. She will work primarily on the editing and typesetting of Ishmael A. Soledad’s next release, Diathesis (Book 1 of his 6-part Descent series), under the watchful eye of The Gatekeeper. Work also progresses on Gary J. Martin's Knight of Gaelgara, with an audiobook partnership with U.S.-based Dreamscape Lore on the horizon.

Alongside this work, we will be revisiting all our Phase One titles, with a view to improving their interiors, making them more readable and attractive. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time now, and we’re particularly looking forward to revisiting Ishmael's Sha’Kert: End of Night in this regard. Where suitable, some titles will feature extra content, such as Dramatis Personae in the complex Kiranis novels (you know, the ones written by my human familiar, Ronald A. Geobey). Forewords will be added to the Kiranis books, helping readers to better understand this ambitious project. New editions are expected in Summer 2024.

Daniel Wade’s A Land Without Wolves will feature biographies of the historical characters encountered in the book, while we plan to include relevant maps of the eighteenth-century landscape. Following the completion of Tyler’s By Blood Or By Star trilogy, we will consider new covers more evocative of the space opera feel of this exciting story. The plan for Nick Carlson’s two novels set in Hell’s Gulf is to bring them together in one physical volume. This is likely to bring us into 2025; and readers may even expect a third novel from Nick in the meantime – a standalone with a spine-chilling premise that we’re eager to sink our teeth into.

 

We very much want to delve into the world of audiobooks, but time and expense has kept us from this venture. Rest assured, however, that work goes on behind the scenes; as do preparations to expand our distribution reach. This page will be updated as Phase Two progresses, and we will announce any new activity in our newsletter. Be sure to join our mailing list for these updates and more.

Until then, be well, humans. While you still can.

The Gatekeeper

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