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Paul Marlowe: Gentleman Novelist

My first YA steampunk novel, Sporeville, was about a lad from Kingston moving to a small Nova Scotia town that is being taken over by a Civil War criminal (using somnambulism-inducing mushroom spores). He and Paisley DeLoup, a lass of curiously lupine ancestry, take on the local tyrant.

REVIEW: "Fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will certainly enjoy this novel. In fact, readers who like gothic literature, science fiction, fantasy, and history will all relish this book... I cannot wait for the sequel...It was absolutely the best, most delicious thing I have read in some time." - Resource Links Magazine

The latest, Knights of the Sea, carries the story on to the following year (1887, the year of Queen Victoria's Jubilee), when Alexander Graham Bell in Cape Breton is hosting a gathering of parties interested in developing submarine technology, though possibly not for the benevolent purpose they claim...

REVIEW: "The drily hilarious tone continues throughout the novel...reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s lighter works..."

Ether Frolics was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best Canadian debut short-story collection.

My short story collection Ether Frolics came out in July 2012. It contains nine tales from the Etheric Explorers Club: the visions of a Russian painter in fin-de-siècle Paris... a terrible weapon that almost no-one has survived... a confession within a confession... a crime from antiquity resurfacing beneath the Thames... a desperate search for a lost sister... a contemporary horror entwined with an ancient manuscript... an experiment gone wrong... a lost world which should have remained lost... and a night of dining, death, and romance.

REVIEWS:  "This collection of nine short stories is a true jaw-dropping jewel of a book..."-Aly Grauer, Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders

"...what Marlowe has written is a creation well worth the read, revealing a major Canadian talent." - Chadwick Ginther, The Winnipeg Review

There's a radio play, a Victorian-era ghost story called The Resident Member, on my website that you can download. It's set in the Etheric Explorers Club, which also makes an appearance in a short story in Something Wicked magazine issue №13, a story cryptically entitled "Cotton Avicenna B iv". There's an interview at this link that accompanies the story.

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Reply Love the Invention
5:29 PM on July 28, 2013 
Thank you!
Reply ooney
10:01 AM on July 23, 2012 
thank you~~
Reply Spoons
3:44 PM on July 13, 2012 
Hahah glad she overcame the addiction. Sounds like something I will have to read!!!
Reply Spoons
11:20 AM on July 13, 2012 
Well, I got the nickname before I discovered the band, but it just so happens I am now a HUGE Spoon fan! haha
Reply Lee A. Farruga
7:54 AM on April 5, 2012 
(reply from Ebenezer)

Good day, Mr. Marlowe,

Thank you for the information regarding the publication of your books as ethereal books with Kobo. I now plan to purchase "Sporeville" from them in the near future.

By the way, I have, in my collection of plants from around the world, several specimens of Arisaema, the seeds of which were sent to me from an acquaintance from The Province of New Brunswick. They have been growing here for several years, and two years ago, the first one bloomed at last - a wonderful specimen of "Jack-in-the-Pulpit"! I am still anxiously awaiting the first flowering of the rest of my little clump - perhaps this year?

All the best to you, dear Sir!

Ebenezer (E. Diddy?)
Reply Ebenezer Hawkins
12:27 AM on April 3, 2012 
Good day, Mr. Marlowe;

Greetings from the Colony of Vancouver Island. In which part of British North America do you reside (I ask only on the slim chance that sometime we might meet in person). What with transportation as it is, living on an island is very confining - even on an island as large as this one is.

Being a fan of Steampunk literature, I must look into your fine catalogue of novels. I'm wondering whether or not they are available from Kobo or Smashwords, my favourite Ebook sellers.

Please keep in touch with me. If, by any chance, you will be attending the Victoria Steam Expo, I will be there in a couple of weeks. Perhaps I will see you there.

Ebenezer Hawkins
Reply Alexander Ulysses Pitt
5:19 AM on November 19, 2011 
I just finished listening to, The Resident Member, and enjoyed it immensely, it reminded me of Mystery Theater a radio show from my youth. Well done Sir.
Reply Jedediah Solomon
4:45 AM on October 17, 2011 
I also have authored a few stories, but never have been published. Perhaps if I were to actually write my stories down on something.....
Reply SparksStreetIrregular
1:11 PM on August 27, 2011 
I admit, the resemblance IS a little uncanny...
Reply Polly
6:10 PM on August 10, 2011 
Or Perhaps the Parasol Protectorate-Soleless or Changeless.
Recommended to me by my daughter.
Reply Polly
6:05 PM on August 10, 2011 
Have you read any Cassandra Claire
Reply Polly
1:24 PM on August 10, 2011 
Thanks for the Invite to friendship. I look forward to checking out your literary talents.
Reply LJ Ozfiz
12:28 AM on June 5, 2011 
As far as I know the lamp is still working. I actually grew up just a block away from it.

I have to say your book sounds fascinating, and the teaser was a fun read. I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy.
Reply Alphonso Du Majikcorpse
7:12 PM on January 17, 2011 
Loved the radio play!
Reply Alphonso Du Majikcorpse
7:34 PM on January 12, 2011 
Your novels look very intriguing, i will have to check them out.
Reply Whirligig
1:43 AM on July 22, 2010 
Interesting - I look forward to checking out your fiction.
Reply Croot
4:31 PM on July 17, 2010 
Hello PM, thanks very much for the invite.
I downloaded The Resident Member and listened- it's quite something, I like it.
Reply Jacob Tesla Scott
3:08 PM on June 23, 2010 
Thanks for the friend invite PM, and I look forward to reading your work.

Take care, Jacob.
Reply AngieKeeley
2:13 PM on June 3, 2010 
No hail (yet) but lots of rain and thunder. It's all very exciting. Just dark. :P
Reply Edain Duguay
9:53 AM on April 23, 2010 
You are most welcome. :)