F.G. Cottam writes paranormal thrillers in which the past reverberates shockingly into the present. His debut novel THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS was a Times Book Group choice and won the Dracula Society's Children of the Night Award. The story examines the repercussions in the present day of satanic rituals enacted by a coven of devil-worshippers in England in the 1920s.
THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS has been translated into 15 languages including Russian, German and Indonesian.
DARK ECHO remains Cottam's most critically acclaimed novel to date; The Times calling it 'the perfect ghost story'. The plot revolves around an apparently cursed boat built by an American playboy in the years following the Great War when its restoration becomes a rich man's obsession in the present. It was followed by THE MAGDALENA CURSE, THE WAITING ROOM and BRODMAW BAY of which the Daily Telegraph said, 'Cottam succeeds brilliantly ... making the paranormal palatable to the sceptic with austerely elegant prose, psychological conviction and an instinctive grasp of inimitable 'cool''.
All five of those novels were published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton. All are available in paperback and on Kindle.
Cottam self-published his most recent novel, THE COLONY, as a download only title for Kindle. The plot concerns a present day investigation into the Marie Celeste-like vanishing of a religious community from an island in the Hebrides early in the 19th century.
Writers he has been inspired by include M.R. James, Peter Straub and Stephen King. He says the first great story of the supernatural he read was Basil Copper's Camera Obscura.
One consistent feature of Cottam's fiction is the mingling of real historic characters with those he has invented;Aleister Crowley in THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS, Michael Collins in DARK ECHO, Wilfred Owen and George Mallory in THE WAITING ROOM.