“I’m delighted that Luna Press Publishing liked my work enough to take this collection – and even more delighted to be a part of the Luna family, which includes some fantastic authors.
For those who don’t know me already, my name is Paul Kane and I’ve been writing professionally now for 21 years – for my sins. I work in all kinds of genres, in all kinds of formats; last year, for example, I did my very first full cast audio drama for Bafflegab, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m probably best known for my Hooded Man novels, though, published by Abaddon, which revolve around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood. And also my association with Clive Barker and his work, in particular Hellraiser: I wrote The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy, co-edited Hellbound Hearts with my better half Marie O’Regan, and wrote the 2016 crossover novel Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell for Solaris, which saw the world’s greatest detective take on the Cenobites.
This new collection, however, focuses on another mythos; one I’ve been writing about and building up myself for the entirety of my career. I penned the very first Controllers’ tale, ‘Astral’, back in the late 90s and the most recent one, ‘Reflections’, last year. I find the whole idea of whether we have free will or not fascinating, which you’ll also find explored in stories of mine like ‘Signs of Life’ and ‘Men of the Cloth’ – both included in my Best of… collection for SST, Shadow Casting. But it is with the Controllers that this reaches its peak: cyclopaedic otherworldly beings who manipulate every aspect of our lives from beginning to end, for their own secret purposes – loyal to a god they call The Beholder.
Anyway, you can read more about all this when the book actually comes out through Luna, filled with exclusive extras. But until then, I’ll again wish you a prosperous and enjoyable 2018… if the Controllers let you have one, that is!”