Pat Kelleher is a freelance writer with many magazine, radio and animation credits to his name. He has also published several children's non-fiction and fiction titles, including the acclaimed No Man's Land fantasy series for Abaddon. His passion for nature has also lead him to become the RSPB's storyteller of choice for their youth magazine, Wild Times, for which he has written for for several years.
Black Hand Gang
Released 15 June 2010
BLOODY BUG-EYED BOSCHE!
On November 1st, 1916, nine-hundred men of the 13th Battalion of The Pennine Fusiliers vanished without trace from the battlefield, only to find themselves stranded on an alien planet. There they must learn to survive in a frightening and hostile environment, forced to rely on dwindling supplies of ammo and rations as the natives of this strange new world begin to take an interest. However, the aliens amongst them are only the first of their worries, as a sinister and arcane threat begins to take hold from within their own ranks!
The Ironclad Prophecy
Released 21 July 2011
THE IRON GOD!
Three months after the Pennine Fusiliers vanished from the Somme and found themselves stranded on an alien world, Corporal ‘Only’ Atkins and his Black Hang Gang are sent to track down the HMLS Ivanhoe, the Battalion’s tank, currently exploring the wilderness and days overdue. The encampment is coming under attack by the alien Khungarrii, and the tank may be their only hope for a decisive victory.
Fighting for their lives against the mounting horrors of No Man’s World, Atkins and his men - and their alien prisoner - uncover an abandoned edifice, and a terrible secret. They must bring their discovery, and the tank, back to the base, but their only hope for survival - and a way home - lie in the psychotropic fuel-addicted crew of the Ivanhoe... and its increasingly insane commander!
Released 9 October 2012
KNIGHTS OF THE AIR!
Four months after the Pennine Fusiliers vanished from the Somme, they are still stranded on the alien world. As Lieutenant Everson tries to discover the true intentions of their alien prisoner, he finds he must quell the unrest within his own ranks while helping foment insurrection among the alien Khungarrii.
Beyond the trenches, Lance Corporal Atkins and his Black Hand Gang are reunited with the ironclad tank, Ivanhoe, and its crew. On the trail of Jeffries, the diabolist they hold responsible for their predicament, they are forced to face the obscene horrors that lie within the massive Croatoan Crater. Above it all, Lieutenant Tulliver of the Royal Flying Corps soars free of the confines of alien gravity, where the true scale of the planet’s mystery is revealed. However, to uncover the truth, he must join forces with an unexpected ally.
'What a story it is! The outcome blazes with action and suspense as Atkins and men take on the absolute worst that their new home can throw at them. Bring on The Alleyman...'
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review on Ironclad Prophecy
No Man's World: Omnibus
Released 10 March 2015
On November 1st 1916, 900 men disappeared from the battlefields of the Somme. This is their story.
When Thomas ‘Only’ Atkins signed up to fight for King and Country, half the boys he grew up with ended up fighting alongside him. The 13th Battalion of the Pennine Fusiliers were a ‘Pal’s Brigade,’ a whole town transposed to the Somme together to the Front’s relentless need to warm bodies. They also disappeared from the face of the Earth on the 1st November, along with nearly half a mile of mud and trenches, a Sopwith and a tank.
Finding themselves on a terrifying alien world, Tommy and his mates have to contend with man-eating plants, ravening beasts and the eerie, insectile Chatts – to say nothing of a sinister, arcane threat from within their own ranks…
Pat Kelleher’s iconic series for Abaddon Books brought to life the familiar monochrome images of the Flanders trenches, transporting them to a vivid Technicolor alien world that brought back the spirit of early-twentieth-century pulp SF, a “death world” that would have made Edgar Rice Burroughs proud, with insectoid aggressors, savage humans and plants and animals alike that kill with shocking ease.
No Man’s World presents all three novels from this series – Black Hand Gang, The Ironclad Prophecy and The Alleyman – along with a new introduction from the author and exclusive, never-before-seen extra content.
With the impending 100 year anniversary of the battle coming next year there has never been a better time to discover this fantastic series; often beautiful and poignant Kelleher’s aptitude for world building and dialogue mean the unique worlds he has blended here jump from the page.
The New Pulp
Released 3 February 2013
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Or so we're told. Those dusty, cheaply printed paperbacks you knew and loved of old have lost their relevance. People don't want fast-paced adventure! They want dreary ten-volume collections of thousand-page tomes recounting the lives of the introspective and self-doubting.
And yet a quick glance at the shelves today shows the spirit of action and heroism is alive and well in the modern imagination.
Abaddon presents three of their best stories of derring-do, relentless violence and sheer pluck. In Simon Spurrier's The Culled, a special ops soldier murders his way across a post-apocalyptic continent to find the one he loves.
In Al Ewing's El Sombra, a maddened poet, left for dead in the desert, returns as a laughing angel of vengeance to destroy the Ultimate Reich.
And in Pat Kelleher's Black Hand Gang, a "pal's batallion" of WWI Tommies is plucked from the Somme and dropped in a world of ghastly aliens and sudden death.
ISBN (Mobi): 9781849975131
ISBN (Epub): 9781849975124