Whitbourn is an English author born at Godalming, Surrey. The
Encyclopedia of Fantasy says he 'writes well with dry wit'. In an
rare interview Whitbourn admitted to being a former archaeologist
but claims 'to be going straight now'. Recent 'author's details'
state that JW is 'military attaché (part time) at the
Cornish (or Kernow) Embassy in London. This is, to put it mildly,
A Dangerous Energy, Victor Gollancz (London),
life and career of a 20th century wizard-priest set in a
meticulously detailed alternative history where the Reformation
failed and magic works. This book won the BBC 'Bookshelf' / Victor
Gollancz Ltd First Fantasy Novel Prize.
Popes & Phantoms, Victor Gollancz (London)
Slovo in novel form. Best not read when alone in the house.
To Build Jerusalem, Victor Gollancz (London)
novel set in the same alternative history as 'A Dangerous Energy'.
High politics and a Papal James Bond in Guildford.
The Royal Changeling, Simon & Schuster
Restoration romp and revelation of what really happened in English
history. Not for the prudish.
Downs-Lord Dawn, Vol. 1, The Downs-Lord
Triptych, Simon & Schuster (London), 1999
First of a
fantasy trilogy in which a down-trodden 17th century English
curate discovers an alternative world light on humans but heavy on
danger. In the course of a long life he carves out a baroque
Downs-Lord Day, Vol. 2, The Downs-Lord
Triptych, Simon & Schuster (London), 2000
Downs-Lord Doomsday, Vol. 3, The Downs-Lord
Triptych, Simon & Schuster (London), 2002
Binscombe Tales volumes are novels containing linked stories, all
involving the same characters in the same settings. The
chronological progression between the stories make them more of a
book than a set of unconnected short stories.
The Binscombe Tales - Sinister Saxon Stories, Vol.
Ash Tree Press (Ashcroft, British Columbia), 1998
fictional southern English village of Binscombe is introduced and
built up with tales involving malevolent bus stops, portals into
parallel worlds, longer-than-life marriages, satanic cars, Elves
at stations, 'video-nasties', murderous carol services,
alternative Popes, and King Arthur ( and the need to stop him
enigmatic Mr Disvan presides, and newcomer Mr Oakley - a man of
somewhat basic tastes - never learns.
"Introscript" by John Whitbourn, "Introduction" by Professor E.
Griffiths, "Another Place", "Waiting for a Bus", "Till Death Do Us
Part", ""Only One Careful Owner", "All Roads Lead to Rome", "The
Will to Live", "Hello Dolly", "Reggie Suntan", "Here Is My
Resignation", "A Video Nasty, or, The Sins of the Fathers", "Peace
on Earth, Goodwill to Most Men", "Binscombe Jihad", "His Holiness
Commands", "Roots", "The More it Changes . . .".)
The Binscombe Tales - Sinister Sutangli Stories,
Vol. 2, Ash Tree Press (Ashcroft, British Columbia),
Binscombe, and Mr Disvan rides again. Amongst other high
weirdness, stories involve 'potential ghosts', the Angel of Death,
Cromwell, the true perils of motorway travelling, history
replaying like a tape, Mars exploration, Robin Hood, the selling
of souls and who collects, a cursed disco-diva, pocket universes,
haunted hermit England rugby heroes, World War II 1939 = ?, the
dangers of second-hand furniture, and the great secret of
Binscombe revealed ( after all the hints and clues ). Plus several
essays and a list of all the potential Binscombe Tales planned but
now never to be written.
(Including: "Foreword, 'An Overview and Cheerio, or A Sutangli
Speaks!' by John Whitbourn, "It Has Been Said . . .", "No Truce
With Kings", "Let the Train Take the Strain", "Rollover Night",
"Yankee Go Home", "Canterbury's Dilemma", "Every Little Breeze . .
.", "Oh, I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside (Within Reason)", "But
After This, the Judgement", "It'll All be Over by Christmas", "I
Could a Tale Unfold", "Up from the Cellar, or, England Expects!",
"Stories I'll Never Get Round to Writing".)
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