Gary Dolman

British Crime Writer...


And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,

The instruments of darkness tell us truths,

Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s

In deepest consequence.    


                                   -Macbeth Act I, Sc 3.                            

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The Eighth Circle of Hell.


Published 2015,

                 Reynard Press.


First published 2012,

                 Thames River Press.


ISBN Print:   978-0-9934208-0-1


ISBN ebook: 978-0-9934208-1-8


B-format paperback & ebook


345 pages.

Red Dragon-White Dragon.


Published 2015,

                 Reynard Press.


First published 2013,

                 Thames River Press.


ISBN Print:   978-0-9934208-2-5


ISBN ebook: 978-0-9934208-3-2


B-format paperback & ebook.


364 pages.

The Satyr's Dance.


Published, May 2016

                Reynard Press.


ISBN Print:  



ISBN ebook:



B-format paperback & ebook.


420 pages.

Dark, Gothic tales set in Victorian England.

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The Eighth Circle of Hell


In the 19th century, when the British Empire was approaching its zenith, the Victorians began to believe, that with their power and their fabulous wealth, they could do anything. Certain gentlemen became convinced that they could indeed do anything... and get away with it.

A noted Harrogate philanthropist is found murdered, the victim of a brutal and frenzied attack. His apparent killer, a frail and elderly workhouse 'imbecile', had fled his house as a child.

The Eighth Circle of Hell follows strands of lust, love and revenge as they twist together and stretch across that most notorious of times: the Victorian Defloration Mania.



Red Dragon-White Dragon


Atticus and Lucie Fox are summoned to a country estate in remote Northumberland, where a series of bizarre murders appear to centre on the delusions of a madman, who lives alone on the edge of the moors.

Close by are the remains of a long-vanished castle, where, local legends say, King Arthur still lies in an enchanted sleep, waiting to be awoken at the End of Days. The killings have all been committed with the Hallows of Arthur; artefacts long thought to have been lost in history, and the locals swear that they have seen a ghostly knight-in-armour roaming the moors for months.

But how can that be? This is 1890, and King Arthur died over thirteen-hundred years before.



The Satyr's Dance.


Harrogate, 1892, and a series of bizarre attacks coincides with the arrival of a freak show in the town. This contains just a single exhibit: a creature declared to be Charles Darwin's long sought-for, but hitherto undiscovered, Missing Link between mankind and the apes.

Atticus and Lucie Fox investigate and uncover an ancient wisdom, which concerns nothing less than the fall of the Divine and the final ascent of man.


The Satyr’s Dance is a dark, Gothic tale of secrets and revenge, set against the backdrop of the Victorian Esoteric Revival.




Coming soon...


The Girl of the Windswept Hair.


The rise and tragic fall of Grace Darling, celebrated Victorian heroine, who, with her father, rowed out into a storm to save the lives of no fewer than nine passengers and crew from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire.


Coming next...


The Philosophers' Garden.


The directors of a Harrogate business are murdered, one by one, and their bodies left, bizarrely mutilated in a garden. Forensic botanist Hellenus Fox investigates, and uncovers a tragic tale inspired by a nursery rhyme.