That votary of the night is yours truly. Before I go any further, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Christian Carter-Stephenson and I am a budding writer. Although recognition has been a long time coming, I am hopeful that I am about to turn an important corner. Which is not to say I have been able to quit my day job quite yet (to whit my means of staying afloat on the turbulent sea of life), but I am getting closer.

It is 17 years since I first weaved my little corner of the worldwide web, and a lot has changed, not only in my own life, but also in the world in general. As a result, this site has needed updating for some time. Now, at last, I have found the time to do it. Those of you who have visited me here before will notice that much of the content has altered. Hopefully, you will agree these alterations are for the better.

The year is 2012 and the coming months promise to be an exciting time for me. Not only is interest continuing to grow in my children's novel, The Crystal Ship, but I have a collection of short vampire stories called Bloodlust Variations coming out imminently and am also pushing ahead with a ten issue horror comic (exact details to be confirmed). Further information about The Crystal Ship, can be found on the official website, which you can visit by clicking on the link in the navigation bar to your left. Also in the navigation bar is a link to a dedicated page for Bloodlust Variations, where you can find out more about the book and view the trailer. A website for the horror comic will follow shortly, together with a dedicated page for another of my recent projects, a play called The Kiss of Death. This play will hopefully receive its debut performance in the very near future (watch this space for further information). For anyone who is interested in reading the script, a deluxe edition, which includes a short story adaptation originally published in Macabre Cadaver, will be available for purchase shortly in the The O Tempora Emporium.


















In other writing news, I am currently hard at work trying to find homes for a number of recently completed stories, but have nothing definite to announce as of yet. If you are interested in reading some of my work, however, there is plenty of it available. If you are into King Arthur, why not pick up a copy of issue 7 of Legend: Worlds of Possibility, which features my story The Heart of a King, together with a fascinating interview with Storm Constantine. Alternatively, might I recommend issue 17 of Hadrosaur Tales for some cutting edge science fiction, including my very own Picture This. If I had my way, I would also have liked to plug the one year anniversary edition of ~The Willows~, where the first piece of supernatural fiction I ever wrote was published, but unfortunately, this high profile publication has long since ceased publication. Instead, let me tell you about another important milestone... All I Want For Christmas, the first of my comic scripts to be developed into a full-fledged graphic strip. This twist-in-the-tale science fiction story with stunning artwork by Mark Chilcott (samples of which can be viewed here) can be found in the Christmas edition of Murky Depths.

Turning to poetry, my most recent appearances have been in The Stray Branch and Blinking Cursor (two beautifully presented magazines packed with high quality writing). My work can also be found in back issues of Back Roads (highly recommended if you are into hardcore horror) and MÖBIUS, which is rapidly establishing itself as one of the top poetry magazines in the world.

My current project is an epic fantasy novel, which will take me I dread to think how long to finish (we're probably talking about years). Stay tuned for further details. Before I forget, I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you, if you haven't already picked up a copy, that the first in my planned series of horror novelettes is available to buy at The O Tempora Emporium. It's a rip-roaring piece that pays homage to the traditional gothic novel, à la Matthew Lewis and Ann Radcliffe.

At the present moment in time, acting (my other great passion) is on the backburner, though I must stress this is only temporary. As soon as my finances are sorted out, there is no doubt that I shall tread the boards once more - I miss them too much not to.

















For anyone who doesn't know, the picture above is of me. Those who are interested can find a selection of other photographs in the Personal Section of this website, together with information about my work, exclusive online stories and poetry. As for anyone who isn't interested - at least you know the section to avoid. On that note, I'll draw to a close, leaving you to explore the latest incarnation of O Tempora: The Castle of the Night in peace.

C.J. Carter-Stephenson




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