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Chris Howard SeabornChris Howard is also an artist. You can see his portraits of his characters and read the first four chapters of Seaborn at The Seaborn website. You can read Kelly’s interview with Mr Howard.

Kelly chats with Chris Howard about Seaborn and Peanut Butter

Kelly interviews Chris Howard about his novel Seaborn. Read Kelly's review of Seaborn on our Chris Howard page. The art in this interview comes from Chris Howard's portfolio.

Kelly: Seaborn features two complex and fascinating heroines: Corina and Kassandra. Each woman is involved in a struggle to gain control of her own psyche; Corina has Aleximor, the necromancer who has possessed her, and Kassandra has the voices of her ancestors prodding her toward the goals they think she ought to pursue. Corina is very open to the reader emotionally—we know most of what makes her tick and what her inner landscape is like—but is unable to take action in the physical world... Read More

Seaborn: Unique fantasy

Seaborn by Chris Howard

Seaborn is a unique fantasy; it’s unlike anything else I’ve read. Chris Howard tells a compelling story of merpeople and of two women who struggle to become their own woman (or mermaid) in the face of opposition.

Our heroines are Corina Lairsey, a California girl who becomes possessed by a megalomaniacal merman while scuba-diving, and Lady Kassandra, an exiled princess of the Seaborn who is hatching a plan to overthrow her usurping grandfather. Howard does a great job with Corina’s plight, vividly showing us Corina’s terror at finding herself taken over by another being, her heartbreak and horror as her body is used to commit unspeakable acts of violence, and her struggle to free herself. Kassandra can be harder to get a grip on; her behavior and moods are a bit on the erratic side. There’s a reason for that, though — like Corina, Kassandra isn’t alon... Read More

More fantasy by Chris Howard

Chris Howard The Wreath of Poseidon, Nanowhere, Always Becoming, TellerThe Wreath of Poseidon (Saltwater Witch remixed by Howard’s 9 year old daughter, Chloe Howard) — (2005) The Wreath is a story of betrayal and the struggle for control over the forces of magic and scientific knowledge. Kassandra’s a bookish teenager with an extreme fear of water. She comes from the sea, but she spends most of her life far from it, an exile sent inland to grow up, betrayed by her own family and fated for slavery. She’s caught between a murdering king, a governess who’s been trying to kill her since she was four, and river witches who spy on her through the plumbing. She’s managed to stay alive so far, but on her thirteenth birthday, Kassandra’s world tumbles into the abyss. She cries for the first time in her life, and not just a tear. She discovers that her mother and father didn’t abandon her, and there’s more to her governess than the tyrannical facade.

Chris Howard The Wreath of Poseidon, Nanowhere, Always Becoming, TellerNanowhere — (2006) Kaffia Lang’s an experienced hacker. She’s cautious, but her inability to turn down any network cracking challenge often leads her and anyone with her into danger. Alex, a geeky skater, new at school, works his way into the mysterious technological world she’s created. He doesn’t know whether he loves her or fears her, but he’s forced to choose when he finds himself caught in a tangle of revenge, and Kaffia’s life hangs on every decision he makes. Nanowhere… is a love story with all the usual elements: rogue soldiers, computer hacking, tyranny, cryptography, hit-men with an affinity for rolled adhesives, rebellious skateboarders, and sentient billion-node self-organizing nanotech ghosts.

Chris Howard The Wreath of Poseidon, Nanowhere, Always Becoming, TellerAlways Becoming — (2011) A set of six short stories by Chris Howard, author of Seaborn, Saltwater Witch, and Sea Throne. Always Becoming, Hammers and Snails, Captain’s Mistake, The Gatherer, Diminisher of Peace, Superfun Sites

Chris Howard The Wreath of Poseidon, Nanowhere, Always Becoming, TellerTeller — (2011) Andin Teller can change the world with a pencil and paint brush. Teller isn’t just his name. It’s what he is — someone who can change memories, reality and even shift time with the right story. But it doesn’t come without a cost. When he discovers his mother is part of an otherworldly organized crime family in the middle of a secret war–and has been kidnapped by a rival family, Andin sets out to rescue her with his only two friends, Taryn, a crazy mathematics genius, and deep-thinking, motorcycle-driving Itoshi. With their help, Andin navigates a world he doesn’t understand, taking on family betrayers, killers, and others like himself who have powers greater than his own.

Chris Howard Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archaeology, Mosaic Mutable, The Greek Kalends, A Corner Not Dipped in StyxLost Dogs and Fireplace Archaeology — (2011) Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archaeology is about the children of the men and women in the US Army who grow up going to ten different schools, lose and find friends at every post, and the pieces of themselves they leave behind every time they move. Most army posts are big and have lots of open space or forest with old abandoned buildings, proving grounds, headquarters with dumpsters full of cool “military secrets” around the back, and to any ten, eleven, twelve-year-old, it feels like you have the run of the place.  It’s as if you live in a world that’s a bit different from the outside world with wider streets and little traffic, city-states governed by their own laws, never too crowded, each post with a culture of its own. At the same time it also feels like there is this giant safety net around everything. It won’t let you fall too hard, and out of that the house spirit is created, out of the the collected memories, laughter, sighs, rage, the obligatory sliver of your soul you donate to every house you live in. The house spirit is composed of all of us and it does what it can to protect and comfort everyone passing through its walls.

Chris Howard Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archaeology, Mosaic Mutable, The Greek Kalends, A Corner Not Dipped in StyxThe Greek Kalends — (2012) A short story by the author of Seaborn and Teller. Would you kill to protect a secret that could change the lives of millions but end yours if it was revealed? March 11th, 2026, Elizabeth North, a scholar in ancient Near East history disappears while visiting a rival scholar’s house. Homicide Investigator Evenster is assigned to look into her possible death and finds a trail that isn’t exactly cold. It’s impossible.

Chris Howard Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archaeology, Mosaic Mutable, The Greek Kalends, A Corner Not Dipped in StyxA Corner Not Dipped in Styx — (2012) A novella by the author of Seaborn and Nanowhere. A young lieutenant leads a recon team in the middle of a resource war on a hostile jungle world, and every step means facing a firefight, anti-personnel mines, deadly indigenous flora, or biology students. The skies are filled with autonomous bombers, and when the team comes across humans in the jungle they’re just as likely to be geologists lost in the woods as enemy combatants. To the lieutenant it’s all a matter of completing the mission without hurting civilians, identifying but trying to avoid trading rounds with enemy forces, and keeping his team out of the stomachs of the rather large predatory ground fauna called “wringids”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go that way.