This new collection of speculative poetry looks back over thirty-five years of poems appearing in magazines and anthologies that range from PRISM international and The Antigonish Review to Weird Tales and Black Lotus.

"Poetry should always, to some degree, be about the uses (and misuses) of enchantment, and Kernaghan has touched something deep and visceral with these verses. You will read them once, then, in the middle of the night, wake suddenly, shivering, and need to read them again. Eileen Kernaghan neither lights a single candle nor curses the darkness—she swallows it whole and then sets it on fire." —Sandra Kasturi, author of The Animal Bridegroom.

Fall 2009 ISBN 978-0-9810658-2-3

$9.95 trade paper 83 pages

Wattle and Daub Books, Grandview RPO, PO Box 78038, Vancouver BC, Canada V5N 5W1 info@wattleanddaubbooks.ca


An epic fantasy set in India before recorded history, Winter on the Plain of Ghosts: a novel of Mohenjo-daro explores a world lost in antiquity, and an unsolved mystery. The collapse of the Indus valley civilization is one of the great unanswered questions of archaeology.

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In this reworking of the Andersen fairy tale, the magical worlds of Saami shamanism and the Kalevala coexist with the polite Victorian society of nineteenth century Scandinavia. At a time when traditional faith is challenged by modern science, the old pagan gods still haunt the northern forests.

Winner of an Aurora Award for best Canadian speculative novel.

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Set in eighteenth century Bhutan, Dance of the Snow Dragon is based on Tibetan Buddhist accounts of the mystical journey to Shambhala, beyond the farthest snow peaks. The young monk Sangay travels with his companion, the Bon sorceress Jatsang, through a magical Himalayan landscape, encountering bandits, demons, sages and magicians.

Before he can discover his true destiny, he must battle a barbarian army laying siege to a dying king.

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Sophie, in Shadow

Eileen Kernaghan's Latest Novel

During World War One an orphaned English girl is relocated to India, where kidnappings, enemy spies, and terrorist plots all challenge her extraordinary powers.

It's 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of the SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in the unfamiliar world of British India. For Sophie, still devastated by her parents' death, India proves a dangerously unsettling environment. Are her terrifying experiences in Kali’s temple and the Park Street cemetery hallucinations, or has she somehow been drawn back through the centuries as a witness to dark places in Calcutta's past?

Sophie it seems has become an unwilling traveler in a timeless zone where past, present and future co-exist. Kidnapping, enemy spies, and terrorist plots all play their part against the background of a world at war and growing unrest in the Indian subcontinent. Soon Sophie's powers of precognition will be called upon to help thwart a conspiracy that could incite a bloodbath in Calcutta, and deliver India into enemy hands.

"Sophie, in Shadow deftly weaves intrigue, spies, and mystics with more than a dash of the occult into a story that will captivate any reader." - Linda DeMeulemeester, author of the award-winning Grim Hill series.

Tanita Davis reviews Sophie, in Shadow at Finding Wonderland : The Writing YA Weblog.

"This book is heartily recommended to anyone re-reading A Passage to India this summer, and to anyone whose childhood summers included Kipling's Kim, which is worth a re-read this summer as well. This book is for anyone who fears that young adult books are short on literary value and too long on popular culture. In the timeless style of L.M. Montgomery and E.M. Forster, this book is simply a treat. (Readers who have enjoyed other fantasy fiction on India during colonial times will find this much finer fare, and delight in finding that that this book is somewhat of a companion to Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural, which tells the story of Sophie's cousin Jeannie.)

You can read the full review at the Finding Wonderland. site.

"Darkly Dislocating" -- Derek Newman-Stille reviews Sophie, in Shadow at Speculating Canada

"Eileen Kernaghan creates a sense of wondrous dislocation for the reader. a darkly beautiful reminder that every place is haunted, every locale filled with ghosts of memory from the past. Sophie, in Shadow reminds readers that we dwell in a place of fantasy, of wonder and excitement and that those dreamy places of magic and mystery are always steeped in the shadows of past horrors and veiled in secrets. We are always one step through the veil of time away from tragedy."

You can read the rest of the review at the Speculating Canada site

ISBN: 978-1-927068-94-6

228 pages / paper

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Wild Talent: a novel of the supernatural

The year is 1888. Jeannie Guthrie, a sixteen year old Scottish farmworker, is possessed of a mysterious "wild talent". Convinced that she has unintentionally killed her ne'er-do-well cousin George, Jeannie flees to the anonymity of London. There she is befriended by the free-spirited Alexandra David, and introduced to Madame Helena Blavatsky's famous salon. Drawn reluctantly into the world of the occult, and seemingly haunted by her cousin's vengeful ghost, Jeannie must learn to control her dangerous talent in order to survive.

We follow Jeannie and Alexandra as they travel from the late Victorian world of spiritualists and theosophists to the fin de siècle Paris of artists, anarchists and esoteric cults; and finally to the perilous country of the Beyond.

"Acclaimed Canadian author Eileen Kernaghan ... is known both for her painstaking historical research and her interest in diverse cultural and historical manifestations of spirituality. Wild Talent is no exception." - Ursula Pflug, The New York Review of Science Fiction.

"... a charming bildungsroman and an intriguing look at Victorian occultists and French Decadents, with cameos by such figures as Arthur Conan Doyle and Paul Verlaine." - Locus

"The drudgery of rural poverty, the decadence of absinthe-soaked artists, the glamour of the Paris world's fair, and the spiritual debates among London's occult circles are all handled with skill. When I finished Wild Talent I felt that I'd paid a visit to the late 19th century, that I'd been right there with Jeannie all along." -- Kelly Lasiter, FantasyLiterature.net

Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural is shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award for Literature of the Fantastic.

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My historical fantasy novel The Sarsen Witch, the third book in the "Grey Isles" series, is back in print. Shortlisted for an Aurora Award in 1990, it's a tale of earth-magic, megaliths and high adventure in the bronze-age world of the Wessex warrior-chieftains. This new edition of The Sarsen Witch was released by the Juno Books imprint of Wildside Press in January 2008.

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The year is 1587. Queen Elizabeth is on the throne of  England, and the country is on the brink of war with Spain. In a world of Renaissance magic, dire portents and dangerous secrets, eighteen year old Sidonie Quince has inherited the ability to foresee the future. Sidonie, whose true interest is in the rational world of mathematics, is frightened by her powers of  vision, knowing that they brought about her mother's death.

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