Lucifer’s Child


Growing pains

Good Books which deal with growing pains are actually quite rare, I think. But here are a few which have had an impact on me:

Leslie Tate – Heaven’s Rage
Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

There are a few more lighter reads such as:
And I would even go so far as to add Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven to this list.
Beatrice Holloway‘s tales about Rhys and life on a canal boat would also fit this bill.

Both Percy’s Quest by Barbara Follows
and the George and Flora series by Rachel Haywood deal with growing up issues through the lives of animals.

Growing up of a different kind is tackled in Illumination by Mavis Patcher. This is a story of two androids learning how to be human.
Gideon Master’s characters in his Lucifer’s Child trilogy (not recommended for anyone under 18 years old) have to learn to deal with new worlds and states of being.

first published 8 May 2017, updated 2024


Gideon Masters appreciation

Gideon Masters

It’s really difficult to write about someone who uses a pseudonym to maintain anonymity rather than distinguish between their writing personas (John Samson/RJ Whitfield; Robbie/Roberta Eaton Cheadle). However, as this is a focus on writing, it’s fairly easy. Gideon Masters has written books I would not have read had I not been the publisher.
Known as the Lucifer’s Child trilogy, the three books, Lucifer’s Child, Ovum and Gestation tell of a struggle for the world and mind of humanity. It was once described to me as esoteric dystopia.
Essentially a tale of survival and good vs bad, Gideon brings together various religious perspectives, teasing out aspects of different beliefs and religious practices. Discussing these over a cup of coffee with Gideon, and subsequently restoring some order to life is always a pleasure.
Understanding the background enabled me to remain relatively objective; very necessary given the graphic (but not gratuitous) descriptions especially in Lucifer’s Child which is the most vivid and brutal.
Over coffee, we’ve explored ways to promote Lucifer’s Child but short of creating a whole other human persona to market the books, the task will remain more difficult.
While I’ve valued, and value, our coffee chats touching on themes in Lucifer’s Child, Ovum and Gestation, the books themselves are worth a read to see how Gideon unravels two, if not more, parallel and intersecting worlds. The interplay and movement between worlds fascinates me as does the alternating personas: There’s no shortage of either in this trilogy.
For someone, like me, who is firmly rooted in past reality, my mind boggles and somersaults at Gideon’s imagination and creativity, even more so when I know he was taken over by the story (as some authors are) rather than being the crafter.



A few books in the TSL collection give me horripilations:
The Good Vicar by RJ Whitfield, and especially
the Lucifer’s Child trilogy by Gideon Masters
And I really didn’t expect to find the word on a medical page!

If you’ve resisted following the links until now, horripilation is what goosebumps are called.

Amna Agib in The roots that gave birth to magical blossoms could have used horripilations when reference is made to the pleasant sensations felt in some of the stories. However, I don’t think the word would have flowed off the tongue or the stories carried the same weight had horripilation been used in place of her descriptions.

And it turns out the word is used in music too – a music genre.

One lives and learns.

first published 4 March 2018, updated 2024


What’s in a name?

What’s in a Name?
A name gives identity. While for some it can evoke a neutral feeling, for others a name can instil a huge fear or dread, yet for others it can bring a sense of calm. The following books, all published by TSL have a name in the title – all are quite different in their feel and tale.

Michael’s Magic Motor Car by Ray Wooster – an A4 size children’s story
Leo, the Lion Whisperer by Mavis Patcher – a children’s adventure in Africa
George and Flora by Rachel Haywood – a series for children of adventures by two cats, George and Flora. All are written and illustrated by Rachel.
Merlyn’s Memoirs – an English Springer Spaniel’s life in South Africa
Duke’s Heartbreak and other poems by Beatrice Holloway – as it says, a collection of poetry
Lucifer’s Child by Gideon Masters – an esoteric dystopian suspense adventure. The first of a trilogy and definitely not for the feint-hearted or under 18s.

Going through my library of books, I noticed that few, other than biographies, actually have a name included in the title. Is this because authors fear readers not buying a book because of possible connotations?
Some others I found which have names in the title include:

Prester John – John Buchan (African mythology adventure)
Marthe Quest – Doris Lessing (series set in Rhodesia in the 1930s)
What Abigail did that Summer – Ben Aaronovitch (A Rivers of London mystery)
John Doe – Tess Gerritsen (murder mystery)

Feel free to share book titles you know of which contain names in the title.