Kate Lowe is the author of The Riley Pope Case Files, an urban fantasy series of novelette-length stories.
Her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies including Someone Has To Die Volume 4 (Spikethecat), Dark Tales XV (Dark Tales), Glit-er-ary (Bridge House Publishing) and Schlock! Quarterly (Rogue Planet Press). Her story 'The Wolf Runs In The Barley' received an Honourable Mention in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 4, edited by Ellen Datlow. She lives in Leicestershire, England with her husband, two demanding cats and an army of teddy bears that have far too much to say for themselves. You can find her online at www.kateloweauthor.co.uk
Kate is also a qualified proofreader actively seeking commissions. You can find her website at http://adeptproofreading.wixsite.com/...
The name’s Riley Pope. I’m a cryptozoologist by trade, but not by choice; you might say the gift for hunting cryptids is in my blood. I took a job with the Firm after the Cort thing went sour. I’d like to say I did it through a sense of moral duty, but that would be a lie. I was homeless, flat broke and desperate: they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
So now I’m on the books with possibly the world’s oldest organisation. You won’t have heard of them: they’re not the kind of organisation that needs to advertise. If they have a vacancy and you have the right kind of gift, trust me: they’ll be in touch.
Mercators are solitary creatures, as a rule: the trading of cryptids is a competitive business – not to mention illegal – and single-minded ruthlessness doesn’t translate to a healthy social circle. So when a group of mercators convene in a London hotel, cryptozoologist Riley Pope is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery... whatever the cost.
Cryptozoologist Riley Pope is used to tracking down otherworldly creatures, but this time it isn’t a cryptid she’s hunting. With reports of terrifying creatures frightening the children of Castlebay, Riley must tackle the malevolent spirits of the otherkind that prey on their victim’s worst fears... and given the nature of her fallen angel ex, she has a lot to be scared of.
When two dead bodies wash ashore in Whitby harbour, cryptozoologist Riley Pope must investigate. Riley finds herself in a race against time to identify the cryptid and save it from the The Firm’s hired kill squad, but Agent Mulhoon has other ideas, putting Riley in the kind of danger she’s endeavoured to avoid since escaping her fallen angel lover... and Bastien Cort might be closer than she fears
When a small English town is beset by freak weather, cryptozoologist Riley Pope is sent to investigate. Riley soon discovers that a cryptid is involved, but the creatures holding it hostage won’t give it up without a fight, and thanks to a charming but deadly fallen angel, Riley isn't sure how much fight she has left...