Long before he became the Great Beast 666, a young Aleister Crowley met his match in the mountains of Britain.
At the age of seventeen, 'Alick' Crowley is impatient to begin life on his own terms. He bursts with energy but his strict religious education crushes every original impulse. He would do anything to have a real adventure.
When he visits the Lake District in the summer of 1893, he attempts to climb the crags of Scawfell. He has no climbing experience and no gear, but fortunately he meets some of the extraordinary men who have made a sport out of climbing these cliffs. One of them is O.G. Jones, the self-proclaimed best climber in England ... but Crowley believes that Jones is a liar after being humiliated and criticised by the more experienced man. He wants to prove that Jones is not what he claims to be, but who would believe him?
This is a short story, length approximately 10,000 words.
PRAISE FOR "CROWLEY'S RIVAL"
"... a very fine piece of writing. Your description of the climbing scenes was very vivid and, of course, well researched. I also thought that you sustained the tension very well and that the insights into Crowley’s character were particularly good."
-- John D Burns, author and performer of "Aleister Crowley: A Passion for Evil"
PRAISE FOR "THE ONLY GENUINE JONES"
"A smooth read ... the author's passion for his subject matter is abundant on every page."
-- TGO Magazine official review
"Read [it] as a novel and it's a real page turner, building up a flawed but believable hero in parallel with a villain that manages to elicit feelings of sympathy at times. Read it as a mountaineering book and you'll start questioning your own knowledge of history. Either way you'll be left wanting more."
-- MyOutdoors official review
"This is extraordinarily accomplished storytelling - tense, taut and deeply atmospheric... The thrill of climbing is tangible, as is the sense of human frailty. This is an adventure story, a love story, a historical fantasy - but above all, this is a book in praise of the awesomeness of Nature and the men who risked their lives to be amongst it."
-- Susan Fletcher, award-winning author of Corrag, The Silver Dark Sea, and others
"It was all enormous fun. Add to that Aleister Crowley, the north face of the Eiger, murder and mayhem; really, what's not to love? It's a fine winter read. I cannot recommend this book enough."
-- Mike Hogan, author of Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston and others