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Caveney, Philip

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1951-    ) UK advertising copywriter and author, primarily of horror and Young Adult fantasy, beginning with his first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis (1978), a Timeslip tale. Two of his series are fantasy: the Sebastian Darke sequence beginning with Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2007), whose protagonist is a half-elf jester; and the Alec Devlin sequence beginning with The Eye of the Serpent (2008). The Movie Maniacs sequence beginning with Night on Terror Island (2011) traps its young protagonists within the world of various movies (see Virtual Reality). Also of sf interest is 1999 (1997), a Near Future noir thriller set in Manchester, England as the Millennium approaches. England begins to turn into a police state, a preternaturally powerful Drug destroys a swathe of teenagers, and the protagonist discovers, deep Underground, a virulent cult about to come to the surface (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Philip Richard Caveney

born Prestatyn, Wales: 30 December 1951



Sebastian Darke

Alec Devlin

Movie Maniacs

individual titles (selected)

  • The Sins of Rachel Ellis (New York: St Martin's Press, 1978) [hb/Bert Dodson]
  • 1999 (London: Headline/Feature, 1997) [hb/Steve Crisp]
  • Watchers (Edinburgh, Scotland: Fledgling Press, 2013) [pb/]


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