Kitty and Cadaver

Everyone has secrets

Rome’s Burning is a five-piece band with its roots in the 13th century: a line of musicians gifted with the magic-wielding Minstrel Tongue. For hundreds of years, Rome’s Burning and its forebears have used music to protect the world from vampires, trolls, zombies, ghosts, banshees, dragons, water demons and other denizens of the dark.

But after one hellish night in the suburbs of Budapest, Rome’s Burning defeated a nest of vampires at a terrible cost. Their lead singer and the love of his life are dead. Rome’s Burning is no more.

The survivors retreat as far as they can go – to Melbourne, Australia – to deal with their grief, decide on their future, find a new leader and, as tradition demands, a new name. Before any of that happens, however, these minstrel-warriors have to find out why the dead keep rising everywhere they go.

Everyone has secrets and some of them might explain what’s going on. Perhaps the key is in the hands of Kitty Carrasco, the Melbourne funeral home beautician who doesn’t know the secrets of her own past.

Kitty and Cadaver is a story of grief, love, vampires, music, magic, secrets and the restless dead.


Kitty and Cadaver hand-made jewellery

If you love this book, you might enjoy wearing jewellery inspired by music, monsters and Melbourne –  and made by me!

Check out the Dangerous Charm Kitty and Cadaver range.

Ko-Fi Songwriting fundraiser

If you’ve enjoyed the songs from Kitty and Cadaver, and the performances of some of them by Melbourne band Bronze, I am talking with Melbourne music producer, Joshua King, about turning the lyrics from the Duo Ex Machina books into songs as well.

To raise funds to pay for production and Melbourne vocalists and musicians, I’ve started a Ko-Fi account. Every virtual coffee purchased in Ko-Fi will go towards this project. Visit the site to see lyrics, updates and song samples!


“The characters are engaging and captivating, the mythology and worldbuilding is a delight”

~ Lauren E. Mitchell, author The Fear Collectors

“It’s a pretty cool premise… and one hell of a great book. Loved it!”

~ George Ivanoff, author The Gamers series

My Book of the Year! … There is so much I want to say about the believability of the diverse characters, the authenticity of the band dynamics, even the accuracy of the research into Melbourne’s past, and how it all comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts. Thoroughly recommended. 

~ LynC, author of Nil By Mouth

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Bronze: The Razorback Five Track, including Rain Song

Kitty and Cadaver began life in 2014 as a multimedia online novel. It was born from my love of stories in which rock and roll saves the world from monsters! Never finding enough of them, I decided to write one of my own.

I’m delighted to announce that the novel, which has recently undergone some rewriting, has found a home with Clan Destine Press.

Kitty and Cadaver is a book about a band with a 700 year history, which uses music as magic to fight monsters and restore the balance.

A short story showing how the band’s long history began back in 1258 – Hoorfrost – appears in my short story collection, Scar Tissue and Other Stories.

Naturally, when writing a story about music used as magic to defeat the dark, I soon determined that I’d have to write songs to go with the story. One of them, Rain Song, was recorded by Jess Harris and her band Bronze!

You can listen to that album on one of the streaming services listed here or watch them perform Rain Song live on Youtube. (In the book, it’s literally a song to make it rain so reports of any success as magic are welcome.)

Bronze also recently added their version of Down to their repertoire.

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