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D. J. Swales Gothic & Other Tales

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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.

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.

Location:

Bloomsbury, United Kingdom

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

07702430245


Episodes

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

1/15/2021
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....

Duration:00:06:43

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

1/2/2021
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....

Duration:00:08:57

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

12/19/2020
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...

Duration:00:18:01

EP 3 | OSHIDORI | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

10/26/2020
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...

Duration:00:05:06

EP 2 | RIKI BAKA | Japanese Ghost Stories | KWAIDAN | Audio Fiction |

10/15/2020
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...

Duration:00:06:38

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

10/12/2020
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...

Duration:00:05:31

EP 16 | ROBED MERCHANT OF THE RED LANDS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

10/9/2020
A trespasser confronts the priestess as she navigates through Baal's great temple in Carthage. Before the gleaming sacrificial Tophet ovens, she suspects a familiarity in the concealed man's voice. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:34:03

EP 15 | AN ORNAMENTAL EGYPTIAN BOX| BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

9/1/2020
Waves rock the ship as the sailor spies on the priestess. She is possessed with her tasks until a sudden interruption. His blood freezes as her incantations tear open old scars. The sailor suspects she is not alone in her cabin. . . ★★★★★ "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,...

Duration:00:23:29

EP 14 | A SAILOR DIVULGES DESERT SECRETS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

8/17/2020
The despised monks of an ancient desert crocodile cult file on board the lead ship of the Silver Fleet. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:28:35

EP 13 | DRIED COBRAS AND THE CHILDREN OF SEBEQ | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

8/8/2020
The sailor Igider spies on the priestess of Baal and makes a discovery that could rock the ship to its core. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:20:44

Witching Hour Poet EP 2: THE BUNKER (RUINS OF CORREGIDOR)

8/5/2020
Let your skin prickle with fear and be transported to the spectral abandoned ruins of Corregidor Island - a former U.S military HQ in the Philippines. The ghosts of the Second World War still breathe on this great rock that guards Manila Bay. They dwell in the shattered buildings and bunkers, and haunt the labyrinthine Malinta tunnels - scarred fragments of the heaviest conventional bombing of the Pacific conflict. Fears also persist of pythons that have grown to gargantuan mythical...

Duration:00:04:06

EP 12 | EMISSARY OF DARKNESS | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

8/1/2020
The concealed sailor is utterly alone at the stern of the ship when a host of disturbing sights violate his mind and body. The crew discuss the many sadistic cults and ruthless predators that stalk Carthage. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:23:17

EP 11 | BLOOD ON CEDARS AND WARNINGS OF A NECROMANCER | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

7/24/2020
Bloody sacrifices and pious self-mutilations are recalled from the times Baal's faithful priests gathered around the roots of the greatest holy cedars. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:15:58

EP 10 | THE CHAINED AND THE WRETCHED | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

7/19/2020
The Libyan sailor pauses over the grate of the slave galley. Misery whispers from the lips of the chained men below, all trapped in a dreadful fate. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:17:16

EP 9 | SACRIFICES FOR THE SILVER FLEET | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

7/16/2020
Admiral Himilco sends a Libyan sailor below deck with a message for the secretive priestess. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:27:16

EP 8 | A HELLISH MIASMA | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

7/6/2020
The Silver Fleet approaches the distant savage shores of Baratanac (ancient Britain). In its belly paces a fierce warrior priestess who intends to cast Baal's shadow at the edge of the world. ★★★★★ "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....

Duration:00:19:20

Witching Hour Poet EP 1: THE GLENS MOURNED

7/1/2020
Listen in dread to this dark poem that recalls the tragic aftermath of the brutal Battle of Worcester in 1651, when the blood of thousands of dead Scottish Highlanders and Lowlanders drenched the soil of the city and turned its rivers red. Thousands more - injured and traumatised - were cruelly shackled and imprisoned within the thick stone walls of the city’s cathedral and its ancient crypt, before Cromwell shipped the hapless survivors to forced labour in Barbados. None expected to see...

Duration:00:01:01

EP 7 | POLICE REPORT AND LETTER TO THE DAMNED | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

6/30/2020
Declan is missing. Le Papillon shows signs of violent struggle and inexplicable destruction. Declan's laptop is discovered among his belongings. The hard drive reveals a slew of mysterious draft documents. ★★★★★ "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...

Duration:00:20:56

EP 6 | THE WAIL OF THE GREEN MONKEY | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

6/23/2020
The intricate world of Declan's past and present closes in around him. A sentient smear – an ancient abomination – waits for its moment to strike, sensing it to be close. Terror builds . . . 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...

Duration:00:26:43

EP 5 | SALEM’S PREACHER AND A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL | BARATANAC | Audio Drama | FITZMARBURY WITCHES BOOK ONE | Dark Fantasy, Horror, & Historical Thriller

6/6/2020
Declan’s panic is blunted by a strange hypnotic state. He recalls events and legends in Ireland and England. Declan is confronted by a hideous apparition as threads of lightning slice through the Atlantic storm. 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...

Duration:00:12:16