Hi, I'm Daniel Dacre. I have collaborated in the publication of a number of works through the years. 'Solomon Seal and the Darkley Troll' is my first work of young fiction. I wanted it to be sad, frightening, funny, uplifting and, somehow, true. I hope I have succeeded.
Inspired by the great Anglo-Saxon classic 'The Dream of the Rood', I wrote 'The Manger and Other Stories'. Each story takes an 'object's-eye-view' in the unfolding of one of the famous stories in the Gospels. Embellishing freely, I have nonetheless written each story in a spirit of 'creative reverence'.
'One Year Under Weeping Mountain' captures the travails of a young southern African nation as it seeks to develop. It is shown through the experience of an English volunteer expatriate teacher. Although a work of fiction, it is in part based on true life occurrences.
'The Word' is a post-apocalyptic epic that envisions a world many centuries after a cataclysmic war. When a warlike people of the north threaten the Island, the hope of its defenders rest on the frail shoulders of a little girl. An extraordinarily gifted girl who must survive at all costs.
I live in the Royal County of Berkshire. I can be contacted at email@example.com.
Seventy generations after the Great Dying, peoples strange and varied vie for mastery of the Island. Cities up and down the length of it lie mangled and buried in centuries of overgrowth. Tribes from the north rise to threaten the whole Island. The hopes of its defenders rest on the frail shoulders of an extraordinarily gifted child.
An eight-year-old girl who must survive at all costs ...
One Year Under Weeping Mountain
A year in Africa as a volunteer teacher. The vision draws Richard Stokes, a young man just out of university, to escape. Fed up of his drab life in Britain of the 80s and filled with dreams, he finds them somewhat dashed in the harshness and beauty of his new posting. Grandeur and tragedy seem intertwined in Batsaola, a southern African country still scarred by a bitter independence struggle.
The Manger and Other Stories
Join me on an imaginative journey through the life of Christ viewed from the 'point of view' of different things, starting with, of course, the manger itself. Journey to Jerusalem with the rein of a donkey. Or imagine you were a pebble carried into Jerusalem with the triumphal entry of the Christ at the start of that momentous week. These and other beautifully written stories are to be found here.
Solomon Seal and the Darkley Troll
In a world where different means 'bullied', Solomon Seal is very different. And very bullied. Only a few friends soften the terror of Renishaw Middle School and its tormentors. One day, they discover prehistoric paintings and a misshapen hand, the hand of the Darkley Troll. Solomon finds a way to an ancient world, and to a horror beyond any legend of the Darkley Troll. And yet he has to fight it.
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