Despite being a small, independent publishing company, we do not specialise in just one type of book. All of our authors are unique and have a book that is either original or groundbreaking. For instance, when we acquired the rights to The London Vampire Diaries, a combination of biography written as horror, we knew this was something totally chilling and unique. And when Matt Adcock showed us his theologically underpinned dark, sci-fi fantasy title Complete Darkness, we knew that this was a product that would appeal to a large fan base of Christian futuristic fiction. Likewise, we love nature and have worked on books centred around hedgehogs and toads. What matters to us is a passion for storytelling and the passion of the author doing the storytelling. Read more about some of our authors below.
As well as an author, Matt is a blog editor, Communications Professional, and the weekly film reviewer for a regional newspaper group.
Matt is a lover of all things virtual, sci-fi, superhero and theological...
He loves to interact with readers: Tweet him: @Cleric20
Read his film reviews and more: www.darkmatt.blogspot.com
Discover more about the Darkmatters Universe: artwork, merchandise, links to prequel short story, media and future plans: www.Completedarknessnovel.com
Owen W Knight
Owen W Knight is a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction. His works include Another Life, described as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life for the 21st Century’ and The Invisible College Trilogy, an apocalyptic dystopian conspiracy tale for young adults and adults alike, described as ‘1984 Meets the Book of Revelation’.
Owen was born in Southend-on-Sea at a time when children spent their days outdoors, creating imaginary worlds that formed the basis of their adventures and social interaction.
He has used this experience to create a world based on documented myths, with elements of dystopia, mystery and science fiction, highlighting the use and abuse of power and the conflicts associated with maintaining ethical values.
Owen lives in Essex, close to the countryside that inspired his trilogy.
abigail de montfort
Abigail is an illustrator with a keen interest in photography and graphical artist.
In November 2018 she collaborated on a picture book with children's author, Richard Mayers, to produce The Hedgehog's Full Moon Party.
Abigail also works with Central Bedfordshire Libraries and is engaged on other illustration projects. After her book published, Abigail landed a contract with Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd for her first solo project, Broken Cat, which is released later in 2020.
John Michaelson met us by chance in London at a stage when we were setting up Burton Mayers Books and he was at a stage where he was ready to share his story with the world.
John doesn't class himself as a vampire hunter, more of an advocate for those who have been victims of so-called 'vampires'. His first book, October's Son, was a very personal account of his descent into a dangerous subculture existing in London. Two years later he wrote Nuptial Flight, a chilling expose on the link between vampirism and human trafficking.
In September 2017 John Michaelson vanished - with his last tweet stating he was returning to London reluctantly to attend to unfinished business.
At Burton Mayers Books, we will uphold his legacy and run his website and books in the hope that one day he will return.
Liz would describe herself as a bit of a nature lover, with a special thing for lumpy and bumpy toads.
Liz works freelance as an artist and specialised in typography. In 2019 she published her first children's book, The adventures of Osmond the Toad.
The Priory school
In 2019 Richard Mayers launched a school based anthology project with the aim to raise money for the school library and raise the profile of reading (and writing) across the school. The book was released on World Book Day 2020 and was such a fun project to work on. Read the full article by clicking on the image to the left.
Richard Mayers is a children's author and director of Burton Mayers Books. He started writing stories at the age of six and continues to write short stories and longer stories for children and adults. In 2012 he published Spikez with John Burton, designer and illustrator, and much of their work can be found at animalcyborgs.com
Spikez is the first in a series of books about an unlikely group of animal cyborgs. He has also written a prequel, Making Trakz, and a hedgehog themed picture book with Abigail de Montfort.
As a teacher, Richard loves exploring narrative theory with his A-level classes. He is also a doctoral student at Bournemouth University, enrolled on the Ed-D Creative Media Practice programme; his thesis is on The Untapped Potential of Digital Narratives in education.
When not writing or editing or publishing books, Richard rehabilitates ex-battery hens or works on websites linked to his passions, Media Studies and stories. He has delivered various school workshops across primary and secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. He has also taken part in creative writing projects, such as BBC Radio Lincolnshire's The Storyteller Project. He is also a member of the SCWBI and The Alliance of Independent Authors.