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joseph kiel dark harbour author

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Secrets of the Sea”


Joseph was born in the heart of England in Leicestershire, about as far away from the sea as you can get in Britain. Throughout his life he’s visited all corners of the country’s coast, from Pembrokeshire to Devon, Norfolk to Yorkshire, drawn to the charm of seaside towns, the ghost trains and puppet shows, the countless fables and legends that form the colourful folklore of these isles.

Raised on a diet of Roald Dahl in his youth and then later Dean Koontz, Joseph went on to work in computing, cuisine, and audiovisual engineering. He also works in the film industry, sometimes finding himself on the set of celebrated film directors. As far as his own movie-making endeavours go, Joseph has worked with timelords, crime-fighters of Gotham City, and a certain wisecracking fox with a famous brush.

Joseph is now a resident of Lincolnshire, in striking distance of the coast. With such a long coastline for a small country, the UK’s is actually the twelfth longest in the world. It’s no wonder that Britain has such a celebrated seafaring history, but it is this rich coastal folklore that inspired Joseph with his Dark Harbour Tales, and that provides its backdrop. The sea is a realm of such mystery that lends itself well to the supernatural, the border between different realms, so Joseph would like to invite you in to the dark world of his book series, written in a supernatural thriller style for readers that enjoy crime mysteries and vigilante justice.

Besides Dark Harbour, Joseph continues to write film scripts and has another fledgling book series on the go in Broken Melody, another dark world this time involving vampires.

joseph kiel dark harbour