Chris Phethean’s Books

What if Christmas was lost to the world forever?

What if an evil force threatened the magic of every child’s favourite time of year?

Eleven year old George Thomas learns he has a magical gift - given to him by none other than Father Christmas himself. As George and his family enjoy the run up to Christmas, a dark threat begins to cast a shadow over the festivities. It is down to George to save Christmas from those who hate the festive season and its true meaning.

Travelling to spectacular ice palaces, enchanted forests and festive workshops, George, along with new found friends, races to learn the extent of his own power. With time running out as Christmas Day approaches, he must delve deeper into the mysteries surrounding Christmas and face a terrible decision that only he can make in order to save the magic of Christmas.

The Fire that Scorched The Sky

Lost, scared and alone, would you survive the north?

The skies over the North lie dark and empty. The Gods have not returned to guide the villagers through the long Night. With their faith tested, the hopes of the village turn to an old ritual. A boy is chosen to brave the perilous mountain terrain, the wild northern tribes and the cold curse of winter in the hope that he can find the source of the Aurora and contact the Gods. With danger at every turn he discovers unlikely companions, mysterious powers and a growing threat unlike anything his village has ever faced before. It is up to him to save the village, or see it shrouded in darkness forever.

When you can’t sleep, are you awake in someone else’s dream?

A Japanese legend states that if you are lying awake at night, unable to sleep, it is because you are awake in someone else's dream. It is an old legend, passed down through the ages, weaving its mysterious charm through the hearts of romantics and optimists for generations. But the creators of that particular tale had not yet understood something. They had got it wrong.

It was not that the insomniac was awake in someone else's dreams.

It was that the person whose life they would glimpse through their own dream was not yet awake.

Short Stories

Descendant of Earth

Earth is a violent, inhospitable and uninhabitable planet that humanity is stuck in orbit around. There is one key rule that citizens of the orbital city have to follow when flying: avoid Earth, and do not enter its atmosphere. When Kara Lin’s damaged ship plummets towards the planet, she is sure that death awaits her. But things are not quite what they seem, and Kara discovers that everything she has been told about humanity’s past is not quite true.

The Asylum in the Lab

Things aren’t quite what they seem in the office. This short story – the first of a series – describes the inner thoughts and worries of a worker beginning to realise that they might be crazy. Future chapters will continue a larger narrative, each taking the point-of-view of another worker in the lab.