Welcome to the official website of author Simon Higgins
DarkSpear is finally here! Simon is delighted, in partnership with Chinese gaming company Lava Entertainment, to officially launch his first Visual Novel. He hopes you will enjoy the exciting full trailer on the book/game’s Official Page on this website, where you can also claim your free DarkSpear original artwork package!
DarkSpear: a novel you play, a game you read, and a genuine test of your psychic powers. Do you dare to find out if YOU have scientifically measurable ESP? DarkSpear is available now for Android phone, iPhone and tablet!
These expert reviews say it all:
‘I thought the story fantastic…really liked Kitty…love the whole concept behind it…the psychic abilities…the noir feel, the sense of imminent danger…the mixing of sci-fi and ancient mythology…wonderfully ambitious and I can see that this will be successful…beautiful writing and ability to create atmosphere and resonance shines…can so see it taking off – in the East and West…terrific mixture of old world/new; east/west and genres.’
Karen Brooks, author of The Brewer’s Tale and The Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy, columnist and academic
‘…really a digital innovation and a first. I have read/played it and although no gamester myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially testing out my PSI potential. As a talented storyteller Simon Higgins has brought a popular Japanese form of interactive reading and gaming into English…his aim to keep the textual novel reading experience alive and relevant for a generation of online gamesters is both noble and quite frankly, savvy. I am sure this is going to start a trend.’
Dr Chris Mooney-Singh, Director, The Writers Centre, Singapore
And check out some detailed praise for DarkSpear from an internationally famous artist who has worked for Stephen Spielberg and can do (as proven by video footage) what Leonardo Da Vinci was rumoured to be capable of: draw and paint with both hands, and at the same time! 🙂
‘Had me hooked from the start…lush painterly backgrounds and character art…very intelligent cyberpunk post-industrial story style. As both a traditional and digital painter, I was taken with the quality, the moody composition, the believable near-future architecture, interior design, and attractive characters.
Shades of all my favourite sci fi stories are here…dark, realistic and incredibly visionary near future…however this work is fresh, unique…and one of the coolest concepts, the ESP ability of hero Kitty and our involvement…we can test our innate abilities!
…out of four tests, I scored two scores of 7 and then two of 8 out of 25, thus being declared to have ESP abilities- Stoked!…and not one storyline but many! …that’s surprisingly intriguing, and lends another feeling of extrasensory involvement to the story…
….this exciting new work is an experience on many levels, very engaging and, at decision times, frankly, a little nerve-wracking.
Five stars from me!’
David Lovegrove, professional artist, writer and speaker
Editor’s Footnote: Mr Lovegrove’s corporate clients include Qantas and Emirates Airlines. He created concept art for Steven Spielberg’s WW2 TV series ‘The Pacific’ and the horror film ‘The Ruins’. Also a kung fu expert.
See his work at these addresses:
www.davidlovegrove.com & www.daiwaikwoon.com
Like the expert reviews and want to know more? 🙂
Jump to the DarkSpear Official Page right here…
Want to read DarkSpear in Mandarin Chinese? Just click here…
Want a read that offers a sumptuous feast for the imagination, from a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Australian writers and poets? Sure you do. 🙂 Simon is honoured to have contributed to Rich and Rare, a beautifully illustrated anthology and Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book of the Year that features his new novella Tomodachi: The Silkworm and the Leaf (a standalone medieval Japanese adventure and prequel to his highly successful and critically-acclaimed novel Tomodachi: The Edge of the World). For more information and ordering, click here:
Check out this movie-quality teaser for Simon’s Moonshadow series, brought to life by Crane Animation of China. Moonshadow is coming!
To find out more about the Moonshadow books and read reviews, visit the Books page.
To order Moonshadow in your publishing territory or language, see the links below on this page.
Simon Higgins, in brief…
Born in England, raised in Africa then South Australia, Simon Higgins is the author of critically acclaimed crime, adventure, and fantasy works. His historical tales are set in Asia, where he has lived, travelled extensively, studied and competed in martial arts contests. A former police officer, prosecutor and private eye, Simon’s work is read internationally, his publishers including Random House and the Hachette Group’s Little Brown, who brought the world Twilight.
Simon’s work includes 2 best-sellers, Thunderfish and Moonshadow: Eye of the Beast, 2 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books, and short-listings for both the Ned Kelly Crime Fiction and Aurealis Fantasy Awards. He has also won the Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award. A keen traveller and believer in hands-on research, Simon speaks a little Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, holds a black belt in Iaido, and won 5th place in the sword art’s World Titles in Kyoto, Japan in 2008.
In 2010 he became an Ambassador for Asia Literacy under an Australian federal government scheme. In 2012 he spent time researching at the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China, and in 2013 gratefully received an Australian Government, Endeavour Executive Fellowship to live and study screenwriting in China for two months.
He was later invited by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to attend a dinner held for her in Beijing. Simon was ‘honoured and thrilled beyond description’ by the whole experience.
Since then he has returned to China several times to work with colleagues in Guangxi Province and co-write for China’s animated shorts TV series ‘Gemini Fables’. This cute ‘edutainment’ show is now viewed on over 1000 channels across Asia by around one fifth of the human race, and Simon feels ‘both humbled and proud’ to be creating ideas and story lines for such an ‘epic’ audience.
He is a big fan of Feng Shui and Kung Fu and loves accessing traditional Asian culture to inspire his action-adventure novels.
Cover of the 2014 British edition of Moonshadow 1 published by Caboodle Books, with a fabulous manga style cover by Chinese artist and animator Yuxiao Wang.
Simon’s ‘Quick Slice’ of Advice to Aspiring Writers
‘Ours is a wide, fascinating world, with volumes to teach anyone who’s open. So delve into the myths, legends, history, and energy of your own and other people’s cultures; there you’ll find rich and varied settings, viewpoints, story-lines, and endless quirky inspirations. Observe life closely, mining gems for characterization from among your friends, family, and the many souls who cross your path.’
His favourite recent quote…
I have never had to use martial arts skills in a real-life fight, and do not wish to, either. The greatest weapon is a smile and the largest power is love.
– Wushu Champion & Movie Star Jet Li
The Moonshadow Ninja Series
…for Readers in
Australia & New Zealand
‘Lightning-fast action and gripping intrigue. Higgins’s grasp of Japanese sword skills and spy craft is masterful!’
John Flanagan, Author of Ranger’s Apprentice
‘…thrilling and engaging…will excite young fantasy readers.’
Viewpoint Magazine, Spring 2008
‘…delivers the thrilling, stylish fight sequences that today’s young anime-literate readers demand…its foundation in authentic Japanese mythology, history and culture…Moonshadow is a terrific hero…a perfect formula for boys and girls aged 12 plus, mixing the best elements of anime, fantasy, spy thrillers and medieval action.’
Australian Bookseller + Publisher
…for Readers in the USA & Canada
Moonshadow: Rise of the Ninja
‘Combining details about Japan’s early Tokugawa era and its warrior culture with action-packed, fantastical storytelling, Higgins crafts a thrilling tale of honour and friendship…move over, Alex Rider.’ Kirkus
‘…exhilarating opening sequence…nonstop action…the pacing is so intense…once drawn in by the opening words, “for glory or destruction,” readers will be satisfied by the length and polished writing and will look forward to forthcoming sequels.’ Booklist
‘Though action is at the core of this tale, Higgins also brings to it history, brains and heart.’
‘This adventure is part spy novel, part magic, and all fun.’
School Library Journal
Moonshadow: The Nightmare Ninja
‘…surprisingly good… as their mission began to unfold it was almost non-stop fighting…if you have any interest in ninjas, whatsoever, this book is definitely worth checking out…’ Well-Read Spartans
‘…an exciting adventure…a disgruntled gangster, a human battering ram, and a gifted dandy who can attack within the victim’s dreams…Higgins’s passion for medieval Japan comes across in his writing…action and mysticism combine to make a fun read…’ goodreads
…for Readers in Germany & Indonesia
Cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Paradise Magazine, 2007
Appearing on Saturday Disney, 2008
Signing in at University College School, London, 2014…
…in a Guest’s Book once used by a more distinguished speaker 🙂
Entering the real Hogwarts: Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton, UK, founded before 1492
…and therein meeting the real Harry, Ron and Hermione, also in 2014 🙂