Sean McLachlan


Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he specializes in fiction, history, and travel. Projects for 2015 include the long-awaited sequel to his Civil War horror novel A Fine Likeness and two more installments in his Trench Raiders WWI action series. Some more goodies will be coming out too, so stay tuned!

Sean spends much of his time on the road researching and writing. He's traveled to more than 30 countries, interviewing nomads in Somaliland, climbing to clifftop monasteries in Ethiopia, studying Crusader castles in Syria, and exploring caves in his favorite state of Missouri. This photo shows him at one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia.

Sean is always happy to hear from his readers, so drop him a line!

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The Rat Killer and other Weird War Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,280. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A rat hunter on the Western Front suspects his prey are plotting against him… A bereaved woman performs a forbidden ritual to avenge her father’s murder… A doomed militia is offered a path to victory that leads to damnation… From the bushwhackers of the American Civil War to the trenches of WWI, these stories walk the line from the strange and paranormal to the frighteningly real.
The River of Desperation
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,480. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In the waning days of the Civil War, a secret conflict still rages. . . Lieutenant Allen Addison of the USS Essex is looking forward to the South's defeat so he can build the life he's always wanted. Love and a promising business await him in St. Louis, but he is swept up in a primeval war between the forces of Order and Chaos, a struggle he doesn't understand and can barely believe in.
Christmas Truce
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas 1914: In the cold, muddy trenches of the Western Front, there is a strange silence. As the men of a crack English trench raiding team enjoy a rare day of peace, they begin to fraternize with the Germans in No Man’s Land. But when the English recognize some enemy trench raiders who recently launched a deadly attack on their position, can they keep the peace through the Christmas Truce?
Digging In
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,270. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
October 1914: The British line is about to break. As their trenches are hammered by a German artillery battery, the men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry come up with a desperate plan--a daring raid behind enemy lines to destroy the enemy guns, and give the British a chance to stop the German army from reaching Paris.
Trench Raiders
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,650. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
September 1914: Trench warfare has begun. The Germans have dug in on a steep slope beside the River Aisne. Every British charge is mowed down with vicious machine gun fire. But Pvt. Timothy Crawford has found a chink in the German armor. Can this lowly private, who spends most of his time in the battalion guardhouse, convince his commanding officer to risk everything for a chance to break through?
The Night the Nazis Came to Dinner, and other dark tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,690. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A spectral dinner party goes horribly wrong. . . An immortal warrior hopes a final battle will set him free. . . A big-game hunter preys on endangered species to supply an illicit restaurant. . . A new technology soothes First World guilt. . . Here are four dark tales that straddle the boundary between reality and speculation. You better hope they don’t come true.
The Quintessence of Absence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,220. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy?
A Fine Likeness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,600. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Historical » General
A Confederate guerrilla and a Union captain discover there’s something more dangerous in the woods than each other.

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