A self-confessed science fiction and fantasy devotee, Mel Keegan is known for novels across a wide
range of subjects, from the historical to the future action-adventure ... but certainly MK is best
known for the NARC series, featuring iconic characters Jarrat and Stone. Mel lives in South
Australia with an eccentric family.
From 1989 to 2001, GMP Ltd. in the UK issued the Keegan titles, and released eight original
novels plus numerous reprints. In 1999, GMP was bought out -- twice! -- and the final owner of
the old company was a magazine publisher (Millivres Publishing Group) which had, essentially, no
interest in contintuing the old paperback list. In short order the editorial staff was laid off and the
writers were set free...
You'd be surprised at the writers who were suddenly adrift without anchor or rudder! Keegan,
Josh Lanyon, David Patrick Beavers, Chris Hunt, and others. Some of us have clawed our way back
and are rebuilding careers which were badly damaged by the demise of GMP. Regrettably, others
Here's Keegan's current backlist (all titles published via GMP and Alyson, plus those in-the-works
with Millivres at the time of the shut-down, plus all titles issued to date by DreamCraft:
In GMP and Millivres:
ICE, WIND AND FIRE
NARC #1: DEATH’S HEAD (abridged)
NARC #2 EQUINOX
FORTUNES OF WAR
WHITE ROSE OF NIGHT
AN EAST WIND BLOWING
Breakheart (in Swords of the Rainbow, from Alyson)
HELLGATE #1: The Rabelais Alliance
HELLGATE #2: Deep Sky
HELLGATE #3: Cry Liberty
HELLGATE #4: Probe
HELLGATE #5: Flashpoint
NARC #1: Death’s Head, complete and unabridged
NARC #2: Equinox
NARC #3: Scorpio
NARC #4: Stopover
NARC #5: Aphelion
The Vampyre #1: Nocturne
The Vampyre #2: Twilight
LEGENDS #1: The Winds of Chance
The Lords of Harbendane
Umbriel (with Jayne DeMarco)
White Rose of Night (reissue)
Fortunes of War (reissue)
Storm Tide (reissue)
Crimes of Passion
Non-fiction and Poetry:
The Hellgate Companion
The Future According to Keegan
Worms in the Big Apple
Mel Keegan: 20 Poems
During 2009, all titles are being made available in every possible ebook format, as well as
paperback and hardcover. Visit MK OnLine or The World According to Mel, to join our mailing list
... we'll keep you posted!
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The long-awaited penultimate volume in the ground-breaking HELLGATE series. At 250,000 words Flashpoint is an epic work, taking Travers and Marin to the crux of war. The Chicago battle group is bound for Velcastra, the frontier colonies are being lost to the Zunshu, Lai’a tests the new drive in Rabelais Space … and even if you’ve lived and breathed Hellgate, what happens next will rock you.
Sean Brodie, an American working downunder, and his partner, Rob Markham, take a fishing trip on the south coast. As a storm approaches they aid a luxury cruiser apparently in trouble, only to find they've stumbled on a drug smuggling gang's offshore headquarters. A lucky escape is the start of their trouble. In a thriller set in his native Aus, Mel Keegan delivers a fast, gay adventure-thriller.
Ice, Wind and Fire
Greg Farris and Alex Connor, newsmen from Perspective magazine, head to Jamaica on a vacation which soon goes askew. Scuba diving after a storm, they discover the wreck of a light plane ... and the lid is off Pandora’s box. They’re on a survival run in the teeth of smugglers, slave traders, murderers, bushfire – and the storm of the decade. Sizzling gay romance from the pen of the maestro!
For Travers and Marin these are bittersweet days, filled with self-discovery but shadowed by fear. They long for the Colonial Wars to be over, yet find themselves at the crux of the danger, politics and intrigue as Harrison Shapiro makes his gambit and Michael Vidal prepares to fly the mission of his life, into the dark heart of Hellgate. The stakes are the liberty, the survival of the Deep Sky.
The Colonial War begins as the Zunshu devour worlds beyond Hellgate. The Confederacy deploys in the Deep Sky and the last Resalq fight for the survival of all. The struggle for the liberty of the frontier might die stillborn. Marin and Travers spearhead the action, from the heights of On’rabi to the pits of Omaru’s citybottom. The future will be forged in the dark heart of Hellgate.
The humans of the Deep Sky’s rebel colonies and the last of the Resalq fight to survive against an enemy known only as the Zunshu -- and the odds are against them. Nothing is what it seems, with allies in Fleet and enemies among the Freespacers. When Travers and Marin are assigned to the super-carrier Kiev on the Omaru blockade, all bets are off, and it’s every man for himself.
The Rabelais Alliance
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In a part of space so terrible it is known as Hellgate, the Fleet supercarriers hunt the starship wreckers, privateers who, alone, navigate the Rabelais Drift and hold the keys to survival on the frontier. The Resalq are not the dead race humans suppose; we share a common enemy known only as the Zunshu. Neil Travers and Curtis Marin are at the hub of spiraling events which must culminate in war.
White Rose of Night
To further the House of Aethelstan, Edward rides to the Crusade. For love of the young Saxon knight, Paul squires him – and before he returns he will be a man grown, with a tale of sorcery, sublime sensuality, and timeless love. Dust-veiled battlefields, and the bedchambers of Saracen captains are his memories: silk and steel, delight, despair, and the magic of a half-forgotten age.
An East Wind Blowing
A classic gay romance set in the northeast of a land not yet known as England. The Romans are gone; the Britons are driven back by Angles who come with the east wind. Ronan and Bryn are eager to defend their home, but Ronan is a common freeman and Bryn a chief’s son. Society divides them until the night Bryn's heritage is stripped away, and only luck leaves him and Ronan alive to see the dawn.
In deep winter the only shelter for miles is 'Breakheart,' the settlement of Brennan's Rath, by the Nine Sisters. A young bondsman rescues an enigmatic stranger, and uncovers a life-and-death mystery. Richard Leon is an outcast from the prestigious Scryers' Guild, ostracized even by his friends -- the only way to honor is through the hunt, the sword...
In the fading light, a tiny fragment of the mystery of St. Martin's Abbey finds its way into the hands of photographer Rick Grey.
Living through the next twenty-four hours is the only way he can believe any of it. But seeing ... feeling ... is believing.
Gothic mystery and sizzling romance from an exciting new collaborative partnership!
Life is tough for a starpilot stripped of his license to fly. The good jobs go to guildsmen who play by the rules. Jack DiFalco broke them -- his crime was playing the hi-tech games which are changing the future. Playing not in VR, but in the mindspace, the total-immersion rigs where players enter the realm of the machine. Some of them don’t make it back out.
In the winter of 2048 the city of Adelaide suffers a series of bizarre murders, robberies at high-tech labs – and a virus which sprang from nowhere. The three are intimately connected in a mystery that will astonish. Lee Ronson and Brendan Scott find themselves taking point in an investigation filled with unexpected hazard - and reward. Sexy near-future gay action/adventure.
LEGENDS: The Fall of the Atlantean Empire; Book 1 - The Winds of Chance
In an era of storm and chaos, One will be born who will command the Power, but the ancient magic flowing in his veins like blood is a curse as well as a gift. The gods of sea and storm have taken Zeheft; and one night destiny brings Vayal's witchfinder to the water gypsies' camp. The Empire of the Atlantan has a slender chance to survive, and its struggle begins on this night.
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The late 21st Century: the continents are submerged by rising oceans and Earth is a water world. Russell is a hydrologist based on a floating city, Pacifica. His lover Eric is one of 50 Aquarians, a new sub-species of man, able to breathe water. When the two reject a lucrative bid for their services on an odd salvage, Eric vanishes. An intrigue begins that could endanger the whole Pacifica region.
Crimes of Passion
Just when you thought the world was perfect...! Brad and Frank have built a great life in LA. Brad was on the bike racing circuit and Frank came west to work in the music industry. They met at the track, before the crash that ended Brad's racing days -- and Frank has some skeletons in the closet that are about to come rattling out and refuse to be stuffed back in! At last: comedy, Keegan style!
At the close of the 21st century, Lee Vidar is a Starship Industries switch pilot on the Callisto-Europa run. The job is easy: pick up the Orion engines -- used to power our first starships on the voyage to Hope -- ferry them to the run's midpoint, hand off the dangerous cargo and return to Callisto. But today nothing goes to plan, and Lee's sometime lover and old friend Johnny Dujohn is involved.
In 2073 the wild tiger is extinct, but as a species they flourish. Gene-tweaked to make them the size of big dogs, they've becom exotic pets. Few people care if wild tigers are gone, but aged billionaire Cass Vandermeer owns tracts of Tasmania, where a few real tigers still battle to survive. In the last wilderness, Alec Fitch and Sonny Moran are rangers at war with gene smugglers and poachers.
In this opus Keegan looks at nuclear winter, and how we survive after the impact of a big, rocky asteroid. It's 2025, 15 years after doomsday. Massive storms are still coming; they bring choking dust, temperatures of thirty below -- worse, they drive 'roadies' with them, and the nomads spell trouble for towns that have begun to rebuild -- like Windrage. Gay SF action and romance from the maestro.
It's an age when sail and steam are technologies at war; the ancient tradition of the tall ships is ending. Men like Bill Ryan and Jim Hale are caught in the jaws of change: survival depends on courage, strength and a willingness to take terrible risks. Meticulously researched, amazingly detailed -- you'll treasured this one like FORTUNES OF WAR. Full info and samples at www.melkeegan.com.
Fortunes of War
In the spring of 1588 two young men fall in love: Dermot Channon, a soldier serving the Spanish ambassador in London, and Robin Armagh, son of an English earl. War between England and Spain separates them for years, but when Robin's brother is abducted in Panama he sails with the 1595 fleet, commanded by Drake. A cruel twist of fate reunites the lovers. Full info and samples at www.melkeegan.com.
The Lords of Harbendane
There are seasons for peace and seasons for war. This is a season for sheer survival. Rogan Dahl and Tristan Carlin meet by chance and are caught up in the storm of events leading to the greatest battlefield of their time. Their meeting is the pivot-point around which the future revolves, for both Harbendane and their own lives, as they're enmeshed in an illicit love affair which could mean death.
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In the style and spirit of FORTUNES OF WAR comes this rollicking historical set in 1727, in a world of highwaymen, duels fought over honor, fortunes won and lost on the cards -- and delicious gay romance. It’s a era of swords, pistols, midnight chases, deceit and sensuality. If you enjoy Keegan's historicals, don't miss this meticulously researched tale of stunning heroes and outrageous fortune.
The first sequel to vampire cult classic NOCTURNE: a readers' choice Keegan title. Bantry and Flynn follow a bloody mystery to the British westcountry, where vampire and changelings are vanishing.
Step into the glittering world of the ancient, the immortal -- the vampyre. Intrigue welcomes Capt. Vincent Bantry to London,1892. He's a veteran of the Far East, opium smugglers, Manchu warlords, but little in his experience prepares him for Irish occultist Michael Flynn, who's like no man he ever knew. Flynn draws him into an occult, exotic world, where the Tarot foretells an uncertain future.
Jack Leigh is a soldier of fortune, far from home. He's a brilliant "sword for hire," but in the dangerous Riverlands dukedom of Rhondia he gets more than he bargained for. Treachery, treason and dark magic swirl in powerful undercurrents; along the canals and in the menacing heart of Nimmenwald forest lurk unimaginable threats: the bo'zhe, barbarians from Saihabara, and an unknowable evil.
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