Joseph H.J. Liaigh started out studying the polar ice caps on Mars. Since then he has worked as a government scientist, an Air Force intelligence officer and an academic. He has studied everything from the methane streams on Titan to the flat topped volcanoes of Venus. Through all this, he has been an avid devotee of detective fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. He has always written fiction as a hobby and, now that he has retired from university lecturing and taken up his role as a deacon in the Catholic Church, he has decided to publish his writing. Much of his work was, and is, written on the train while commuting to the city.
Your books are mixture of real world events and fantasy. Why did you write this type of book?
Fantasy is the ideal medium for what I want to explore in mt writing because you can make the dark darker and the light times brighter. However, I also needed to anchor it in the real world to make it relevant – hence the mixture.
In what sense is your writing Christian?
It explores serious issues, like the nature of love and the problem of evil, and it explores them using a Christian world view. Many of the characters are specifically Christian and their actions come from a clearly Christian source. At the same time, these are not a polemical works. They are stories, works of fiction, and, I hope, work at that level, even if the reader has no understanding of the Christian faith.
Tom, a young Australian surfer, comes to school in London. There he meets Myfanwy, a beautiful classmate who has a talent for magic, magic Tom is immune to. Through Myfanwy,however, he discovers a whole world of magic, beauty - and danger. Again and again,Tom and Myfanwy must save the world even while they're being hunted by a psychotic magic users and by a secret government agency. Their initial wariness of each other soon turns to trust, friendship and love. How could it not? From a past-haunted castle in Norfolk to a mythical island in the Irish Sea, from the highlands of Scotland to the mountains of Nepal,Tom and Myfanwy must save the world, perhaps even the universe.
The story of a soldier fighting battles, both physical and spiritual, in a faraway place. This story forms the first chapter of The Broken, a fantasy novel published by Stone Table Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock.
The world is slowly falling apart and people are scared. In this world, new abilities emerge and strange children are born. How should society respond? Are they a threat or a treasure? One village has made its choice and a small Christian community stands against it. Children are hidden but there is one who cannot be hidden and rescue is needed. A lone visitor arrives to face the violence.
A tale of a boy lost in grief and a mysterious girl plays out her sorrow on the piano in the moonlight. A story of a mysterious rider who arrives in the coastal town of Angle River. A tale of the love binds a family together and of the ancient magic that tear it apart. Stories of magic, fantasy and faith which explore the themes of love, loss, and redemption.
A short, personal reflection on the proper role of storytelling and fantasy in the culture of Christianity and in the life of a Christian, including a short discussion on the author's own motivation for writing (and reading) fantasy.
A boy lost in grief and an old farm house where a mysterious girl plays out her sorrow on the piano in the moonlight. Grief calls to grief and sorrow to sorrow. A haunting tale of love and death and isolation.
An examination from a Catholic point of view of the Christian themes within the Harry Potter book series. The essay looks at the religious controversy as well as at the nature of magic in the books and the themes of love, death and self sacrifice.It agrees with Cardinal George Pell that the books contain sound moral and philosophical lessons and are 'a good yarn'.
Sean is being hunted by both friend and foe, each seeking possession of the spirit sword he has unwittingly brought back from Tyr-na-nOg: some to use it, some to keep it safe. Sean's companion is a self professed 'bad girl' dressed in black leather. But who is she and whose side is she really on?
A mysterious rider arrives in the coastal town of Angle River during its winter sleep. Is she just visiting 'the friend of a friend' from the old country or is she "a quiet angel of death with a soft Irish voice" come to tap her victim on the shoulder?
Myfanwy has returned home, home to a place of magic, to where the wind carries the scent of sea and of forest, rather than the taint of six billion people all trying to live on one small planet. There is a problem, however, and she needs the advice of Friar Daffyd.
It was the ultimate cold case. The murders occurred on Mars twenty years ago, so how can Detective Inspector Richardson, a local policeman from Melbourne, Australia, track down the murderer – and why is he being asked to?