James Field


I was born in Essex, England, in 1951.

My early days of work as an engineer led me to Norway where I met my future wife Kari. She moved to England where we married and raised our two daughters. We moved back to Norway in 1985.

My wife and I now live far in the north, well within the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Life here is slow and comfortable, blessed by unspoilt nature and its magnificent moods.

Being creative in the written form gives me vast pleasure. I hope, dear reader, you will take a break from your world and lose yourself in one of mine.

Where to find James Field online


Life in the Clouds
If you like a good chuckle, dim-witted heroes, and larger-than-life villains, then you'll love this fascinating new series: Life in the Clouds.
Eerie Eve
Price: $1.45 USD.


Eerie Eve
Series: Life in the Clouds. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Alf wanted to play a joke on Morris. It backfired and he put his own life in peril.
Florence Blackwater
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 6,810. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Is it possible that Florence, living isolated from the world, is well over a hundred years old and still retains her youth? Or is she a ghost? Professor Maurice Masterson investigates. His conclusion astonishes everyone.
What on Earth
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,000. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
'What on Earth' is a collection of fascinating, intricate and fun sci-fi mysteries abundant in twists and turns. Here, all twelve short stories in James Field's popular 'Cloud Brother' series are assembled in one engrossing book–plus four extra tales. Enjoy!
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 12,000. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Alf and Bert, the mansion's security guards, have never been beaten. A cunning pair of con artists have never failed. The security guards have a few tricks up their sleeves, but the con artists fight dirty.
Liquorice Shoelace
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
On his way home from work, Frank, a warm-hearted accountant, witnesses a man jump in front of a Tube train. The shocking suicide leaves Frank distraught, but the next day, he sees the same man again, alive and in a wretched state. Determined to solve the mystery, Frank investigates, only to watch his own world fall apart.
Doomsday Diary
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
A diary is handed in to the police as lost property. The pages are filled out ten days into the future, terminating with the prediction of Professor Maurice Masterson's death. As the days pass, and each day's account comes true, Chief Inspector Dobbs is forced to swallow his scepticism and prevent the inevitable.
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Alf and Bert, security, play with an experimental gadget that transports them back to the twelfth century. Frightened to tamper with history, they tread carefully–at first. Unable to withstand the challenge, they end in a tournament, fighting with knights, the threat to history forgotten…
Psycho Psyche
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Dr Grenn is a hypnotist, executive, inventor, television personality, and scoundrel. Driven by insatiable greed, he jeopardises the whole world's security and tricks Professor Maurice Masterson into being his scapegoat. Take this short story as a warning, hide it from terrorists, and pray it never comes true…
The Bell Tower Suite
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Up in the mansion, things go bump in the night. Alf and Bert, the security guards, investigate. What they find, I hardly dare tell you.
Clouds over Planet X
Series: The Cloud Brothers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,300. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Alan, an alien with extraordinary mental powers, has lived among us since the 1940s. Thankfully, Alan likes earthlings. Which is fortunate, because the Mantis are back in a savage plague of ravenous destruction, hell bent on destroying Earth once and for all. Alan joins forces with the Cloud brothers and a handful of humans with emerging mind powers. Can they stop the Mantis destroying the Earth?
Gypsy Spell
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories, Book 5. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Gypsies set up camp on the Cloud’s estate, protecting themselves with strong magic. Eviction by brute force proves useless, so Alf and Bert, the two burly security guards, compose a few tricks of their own.
The Professor's Conundrum
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories, Book 4. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
During a lecture, Professor Maurice Masterson, resolute advocate of physics and logic, presents a mystery that drives him crazy. Only one student has conviction enough to offer a solution – God alone knows if he's right.
Litter Thugs
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories, Book 3. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
What should we do with those louts who leave their litter behind them wherever they go? Would they think twice if their rubbish automatically ended up between their bed sheets? Alf and Bert 'borrow' one of Trevor Cloud's half-finished experiments and start a revenge campaign against the litterbugs. Which would be fine, except human error and half-finished experiments make a poor combination…
White Noise
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories, Book 2. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A defect television blasting white noise is not only annoying, it could also signal the end of the universe. Professor Maurice Masterson is selected as our saviour. All he needs is a bit of persuading – and a yellow sponge.
Outgrowth of the Brain
Series: The Cloud Brother's Short Stories, Book 1. Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Bound up in the Cloud Brother's clandestine lives, Alf, Bert, and Professor Maurice Masterson lead mind-boggling lives. Their private adventures are so extreme that I'm compelled to report what happens to them. In this first short story, Alf and Bert, the mansion’s burly security guards, find they are no match for professional burglars. That is, until young Master Trevor Cloud adapts Alf's cranium
Pink Water
Series: The Cloud Brothers, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,390. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
An alien's booby trapped wormhole hurls Trevor, Russell, and an icebreaker with its motley crew into deep space. If that wasn't bad enough, the wormhole goes wrong, stranding them inside. Somehow or another they have to escape, because if they don't, the world will drown in Pink Water.
Fast Down
Price: $1.45 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Caution: if you suffer from elevator phobia, do not read! Granddad treats his family to a sea-side vacation. He'd stayed at the same hotel when he was ten years old. Next week it's being demolished...
Gathering Clouds...
Series: The Cloud Brothers, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,200. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Two young brothers thought life was heaven—until it gave them hell.

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Smashwords book reviews by James Field

  • Midge Fly and the End of The World on March 18, 2013

    If you enjoyed 'Hitchhikers guide to the...', download this e-book immediately – in my opinion, this book is better! This is one of those science fiction novels where the universe isn't a big enough arena. This novel spreads across multi-universes and time as if a trip to a far distant planet, or the past, or the future, is as easy and accessible as stroll down the lane to the neighbour. Sounds unlikely? Well, it isn't, not the way Ruben Fønsbo explains the principles and theories of time and space. He makes it sound so simple even mother would understand. (well, maybe not. Not if she's anything like mine.) But this isn't a story about dry physics, this is a succulent tale about aliens and unsuspecting humans all caught up in an imaginative plot that kept me turning the pages from start to finish. This is a 'fun' read, far superior to most other books in this genre, and I have no problem recommending it, no matter what genre you prefer.
  • The Second Corollary on May 03, 2013

    Intelligent, well written and entertaining. What more could you ask for?
  • Ghosts on May 03, 2013

    I was so impressed with Martin Thompson's short story 'The Second Corollary', that I downloaded this one too. I wasn't disappointed, this is just as good. Well done Mr. Thompson, please write more.
  • Selected Short Stories Featuring Ghost Dust on May 14, 2013

    It takes a special author to write an interesting short story. Nicolas Wilson is one of those talented people. In 'Ghost Dust & Selected Short Stories' he presents us with a collection of sixteen tales. The shortest, 'Ghost Dust', is only 430 words; the longest, 'Prisoners of War', is 6379 words. Written in the style of a modern Edgar Alan Poe, many with macabre plots, this selection includes crime, science fiction, the supernatural, and even a fairytale. Here are many fine stories. My two favourites are: 'Suicide Spear', a 'defend-our-world-from-invading-aliens' science fiction; and the brilliant, 'Hang Around', a fascinating tale of reincarnation. Nicolas Wilson's preface informs the reader that some of his stories are snippets from novels he's working on or finished. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us which. As you might expect from a journalist, Nicolas Wilson writes competently. Fourteen of his sixteen stories use first-person narrator. My only criticism with many of these stories is the excessive use of abbreviations and acronyms, I found them confusing and annoying. In, 'Prisoners of War', I counted 42 examples. To my mind, this is jargon. Apart from that, these stories are well worth reading and I look forward to further works from Mr. Nicolas Wilson.
  • Europa on Sep. 12, 2013

    I downloaded this free short story and stored it with all the other free ebooks. Many aren't fit for reading, most simply lay there forgotten and lost. But this short story is a little gem and shines above the majority. It doesn't take many minutes to read, give it a go, I'm sure you'll agree.
  • Black Water on Sep. 22, 2013

    Spooky little piece. Well written. Well done.
  • Blackjack on Sep. 22, 2013

    This story is a bit rough on the edges and confusing at times. A complicated but interesting plot held my attention to the satisfying end.
  • Explain That to a Martian on Oct. 20, 2013

    Excellent, recommend it.
  • Uncharted Frontier EZine Issue 14 on Jan. 15, 2014

    Found this book by pure chance, it just happened to be on the front page of Smashwords when I was also there. Really good stories, Allan Kaspar knows how to pick them. Strange nobody else has written a review, even stranger this brilliant series of books of short stories is so hidden and anonymous. Didn't find it on Goodreads or Amazon. Highly recommend them, keep up the good work.
  • Mice Movie on March 14, 2014

    Squeak, Rolo and Louise, three charming mice who live peacefully in a cinema – until discovered! The owner calls in an expert to exterminate the mice and our furry little friends must fight cunningly for their lives. A well-written tale most suited for adults to read to their young children. I tried it out on my grandchildren and they loved it. All it needs are few pictures.
  • Homing Mouse on March 14, 2014

    Lonely Rolo the mouse befriends a boastful Homing Pigeon and joins him in the sky – dangling in a teacup tied to a bunch of balloons! Of course, things go wrong… Like all the best children's stories, this charming tale subtly hides an important moralistic message. It's fun too.
  • The Mice Meet a Hero on March 14, 2014

    I read this short story in 2014, one hundred years after the First World War started. This story is a reminder of war's atrocities and heartbreaks from a pet's eye view. Well written and easy to read. Although this is the third adventure in the excellent 'Mice' children's book series, I can't imagine children would find it interesting. The story's message is more suitable for adults, but I can't imagine why adults should want to read a children's book. So we have a riddle here, who is the intended audience? Perhaps all of us, lest we should forget.
  • Mouse Moonwalk on June 08, 2014

    Rolo the mouse learns how to moonwalk and is carried away with fame. Life as a celebrity soon turns sour and he longs for his old life and friends. This is another super addition in the children's series about the mischevous mice Squeak, Rolo and Louise; Froggy the cat; and Roger the pigeon. They all live a secret, safe, comfy, but sometimes tedious life in a cinama theatre. As always, in the best tradition of children's books, Mr sky's story is loaded with subtle morals.
  • The Rollerboard on Nov. 26, 2014

    Excellent short story, written in second person, which is seldom and refreshing. Well written, engaging, and with a lovely, macabre, twist at the end.
  • Pocket-sized Yarns on Jan. 01, 2015

    To reveal a gem's beauty, a course of action is necessary. These include cutting, shaping, polishing, and removing defects, such as cracks, flaws, and cloudiness. Similarly, in a unique collaboration, the authors in this collection of micro stories have honed one another's work until each yarn shines like a brilliant gem. I have written two stories in this compilation. Rather than write a review, I would like to praise the comradeship and teamwork among this group of indie authors. The result is remarkable. Thank you. Five stars.
  • Agamemnon Must Die on Feb. 18, 2015

    Oh boy! And I thought I had arguments and disagreements in my family. 'Agamemnon must Die' is a retelling of the Greek legend surrounding their war against the Trojans. Agamemnon was king and commander of the victorious Greek forces, whose family suffered a noxious curse laid on their house by the Gods. It is the struggle against this curse, the resulting grotesque family disputes, and appeasement with the Gods that form the basis for this fable. Much of this book is written like a school history book, which gives it authority. Mingled with the facts are sections of bloodthirsty details, engaging action, classical sections of verse, and heart-rending sorrow; a mixture I found engrossing. The cast is huge and the names difficult to remember, but Mr Tjoa holds our hands throughout the book and provides plenty of reminders of who's who. He even supplies a list and brief description of the characters to help us along. I highly recommend this book to all those interested in Greek mythology. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and thank Mr Tjoa for an excellent read.
  • Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems on July 30, 2015

    I can't claim to be an expert on poetry because I don't understand the fine delicacies. For me, poetry has to rhyme, have a distinct rhythm, and have a message of some sort. In 'Mr Pumpkin-Head and Other Poems', Victoria Zigler fulfils these expectations brilliantly. Although she claims her poetry is aimed at children, this collection is suitable for all ages. Here's an example of her poetry, one of my many favourites. A short poem entitled: Wolves, Waterfalls & Bears Like wolves howling in the darkness The wind howls outside my door Like a waterfall flowing from the sky The rain pours… then pours some more And like a bear in hibernation I cuddle up warm and snug With a blanket wrapped around me And hot cocoa in my mug Ah yes, Victoria, I know the feeling well, wet and windy outside, warm and snug inside, delicious. There are forty poems in this excellent collection, covering a wide number of themes, and they all stirred my emotions one way or the other. If you're a connoisseur of poetry, or a novice like me, there's something for everyone here. I thoroughly recommend it.
  • Frost on July 03, 2016

    I find it difficult to comment upon this deeply moving story without imparting spoilers. Suffice to say it concerns the strong bond between a father and his teenage daughter. The story is short, but packs a punch that left me feeling distraught. After reading this poignant tale, I am sorely reminded that we never stop worrying about our offspring and just how fragile life really is. An excellent little piece, well done David Rose.
  • The Old Man On The Hill on Sep. 07, 2017

    A creepy little tale of horror set in the year 1901, about a daring young man who… Well, at only five pages long on my reader I find it hard to summarise the plot without giving away spoilers. Enough to say it is well-written, reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe’s style, carries a punch, and had my goose bumps erupting.