The Torn and Crumpled Page - Books

books and stories by Pete Alex Harris

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All my self-published ebooks so far (and updates for any future ones) for a bargain price.


Far future SF

Calnor Dale is being reluctantly pushed into a decades-long intrigue planned by the disOrder of Adjustment. He wants no part of it, or any other reminders of his past. Instead, he wants to settle into a quiet life, and make new friends.

But in the face of injustice, a quiet life is a complicit life: he has to help his new friends where he can. When his careful, reasonable plans go wrong and his court-mandated corrective implant is removed out of spite, Calnor's past self, Joreth, regains control.

Joreth is neither careful nor reasonable. He has plans of his own, and very little to lose.

The Silk Mind

Debut fantasy novella. Ashlin Smith is the supervisor of the Badger Survey, a pointless branch of the bureaucracy of the Regency of Atlar. He is bored and frustrated, and wants to quit his job. But before he leaves to become a blacksmith, he agrees to perform one last pointless task.

It turns out that his job is a lot more important and a lot more dangerous than he knew, when the Badger Survey become entangled in monsters, legends and political intrigue.

The Source of Fire

Sequel to The Silk Mind.

Jens Anders is ambitious, and reckless in his desire to make a name for himself by finding a wonder on the other side of the world and presenting it to the genius empress Celandine.

He takes along his long-suffering childhood friend, Alun, and hires a mysterious translator, Aena, who has her own reasons for coming on the voyage.

Mixtapes for my Friends, Duct-tape for my Enemies

An escape from danger through the frozen ruins of Amsterdam; an inconveniently worded wish, warfare both magical and informational, romantic crushes, demons, ghosts, and a lamentable lack of both cutlery and propriety.

A collection of thirteen short stories, including five brand-new ones, plus two preview chapters from the novels The Source of Fire and disOrder.

  • De Beer
  • Stash
  • Labels
  • Teaspoons
  • Kiss (50 words)
  • Reunion
  • Nothing Else is That Colour
  • Sample: prologue of The Source of Fire
  • The Rat Catcher in the Walls
  • Light and Shade
  • The Horror in the Snow
  • Get Down (poem)
  • No Rest
  • Petrov's Ghost
  • Nuesugi Station
  • The Line
  • Sample: chapter of disOrder

Silk and Sharp Edges

A collection of fifteen short stories. Murders and investigations, ghosts and monsters, all kinds of foolishness, lost chances, lost memories, and an extremely troublesome goat.

  • Bright Carver
  • Yet Here We Are
  • Under Sheil Croft
  • Pure
  • Ever Green
  • Forecast
  • Respite
  • After the Event
  • Roots and Bones
  • Gingerbread
  • Journal
  • Whickerton's Dictionary
  • The Folly
  • Old Maria
  • Silk and Sharp Edges


Miasma is a human colony world isolated from the rest of humanity's galactic expansion for generations. Permanently-clouded skies conceal its location, and communication is made difficult by the need to keep radio silence or suffer attack from the orbiting “kill moons”.

Communities get by, and adapt to these constraints to make a life for themselves. But not everyone is happy.

Lanton, the packet-runner, wants a mystery to solve. Emi, the librarian, doesn't exactly know what she wants, but she suspects it may not be allowed. Mokan, the inventor, an “unexpected child” wants answers, and due recognition, but would settle for love.

Stories available in Audio

The Horror in the Snow

Three friends on a hunting trip spend the night in a cabin to wait out a blizzard. In the night, they begin to hear sounds under the floor.

Quicksilver Spirit

A young chemistry graduate sees a ghost in the house of a retired professor. Or does he? Whatever it is, maybe it's better to leave it alone.

Stories in Anthologies

Yet Here We Are

Letters of a bewildered financé.

Bright Carver

A girl creates something beautiful, knowing it will not be appreciated.

Under Shiel Croft

A woman struggles to escape her miserable childhood at Shiel Croft, but has to face horrors from much deeper in the past.

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A lighthouse keeper prepares to keep the light on through an arcane storm.


Joint winner of Movellas' Historical Fiction competition. It's a The Count of Monte Cristo fan-fic following one of my favourite dysfunctional families: Eugénie Danglars and her horrible father.

Nothing Else is That Colour

A bittersweet little story about a difficult relationship.

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