About Catherine McCarthy


Catherine McCarthy grew up in the valleys of South Wales where she went on to teach for almost three decades. She was inspired to write from a young age, having fallen in love with story-telling and books after being ‘shown the light’ by her mother who had the tradition of oral story-telling down to a fine art!
She is the author of Hope Cottage, a dark and mysterious family saga of triumph over adversity, reconciliation and, well…hope! Penned as a cathartic means of coming to terms with the loss of her own mother it is her second novel, the first being The Gatekeeper’s Apprentice, a dark-fantasy for older children.
Her most recent publication is a collection of short stories for adults entitled Door and other twisted tales. All ten stories in the collection explore the darker side of fantasy with a twist of cosmic horror. An absolute joy to write, the collection visits a variety of locations and incidents throughout history and imagines them affected by supernatural forces or creatures of myth.
She now lives with her husband, who is also her illustrator and animator, in an inspirational old Welsh cottage in West Wales where she writes, reads, sews and bakes.

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By Catherine McCarthy

Door and other twisted tales


Door and Other Twisted Tales is a collection of ten, dark portal stories, each set in a different time, a different place, yet woven together by supernatural visitations which result in the death, destruction and disappearance of humans in recompense for their actions.

Hope Cottage

Recently divorced from a manipulative husband and grief-stricken following the death of her mother, Cassie Wilkinson has never felt so hopeless and alone. An unexpected inheritance affords her the opportunity to start anew. The surprise acquisition of the unsuitably named Hope Cottage spurs her to flee from the familiarity of the place she has always known to the quintessential English village of Marleston, but this gift from the grave is not without its ghosts. A startling discovery unveils a series of tragedies and emotional turmoil inherent within the family of her estranged grandmother.Will Cassie find the quietude for which she longs or will the skeletons in the closet vanquish any chance of true happiness? All initial profits from the sale of this book will be donated to The Brain Tumour Charity U.K. in memory of my mother.

The Gatekeeper`s Apprentice

When Maddie Brockett discovers a dusty, old wooden box in her attic, little does she suspect that it is about to spark a chain of events which will alter life as she knows it.The journey ahead is fraught with danger and discovery. Will she survive and become the new Gatekeeper or will the challenges ahead prove too difficult?The Gatekeeper`s Apprentice is a tale of adventure and mystery; the story of how one seemingly ordinary, young girl finds the strength to determine the future of many.

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