What the hell is going on here?
What is the Edgeverse?
The Edgeverse is a complete literary universe where all the stories you see here are happening. The stories stretch from the contemporary world to hundreds of years in the future, but all have a place in the same literary space, existing somewhere inside the ‘Edge’ universe. This website serves as a central hub for the books and stories that make up this literary world.
There is an every growing number of short stories that are all free to read on the site. In addition, we are offering all of our novels completely free to read on our site. You can get them all on our embedded PDF reader whenever you choose, without signing up or giving us any personal information. There is no sign-up involved, no need to enter an email address and no proof of identity required.
The Edgeverse has been created by industry professionals. Our main goal is to produce content of the highest possible quality. Our characters are carefully designed, the stories are painstakingly plotted and our work is rooted in classical storytelling and involves deeply-rooted themes and concepts.
As well as our books and stories, there are a series of articles to help new writers to master their craft. We also offer a completely free book about how to create and develop a high-quality piece of literary fiction.
Who writes this crap?
A.P. Atkinson (Jack)
Jack is our lead author, which is something to be far less proud of that you might think. He’s mostly interested in science-fiction, but has also written and published several non-fiction novels detailing his motorcycle adventure touring, during which he has ridden a bike around the world through Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
As well as sci-fi, he has a keen interest in dark comedy and reads widely from a diverse selection of genres.
His hobbies include looking like a potato, writing books, giving up coffee, self-loathing and buying broken motorcycles and then breaking them even more.
In terms of writing, his philosophy is that he wished he done anything else instead of wasting his entire life doing this.
Seth Godwynn (Seth)
Seth is the editor, and is a semi-fictional character based on several children’s cartoons and modelled on an over-inflated balloon with a face drawn on it. He is a professional, and highly accomplished, writer and editor with strong opinions about writing and how to do it correctly. He frequently collaborates with Jack and they have co-authored several novels together. Even if the book bears only Jack’s name, it’s had significant input from Seth, you can be sure.
As well as working closely on their fictional stories, Seth has created a complete book about writing, ‘A Novel Approach’, which is entirely free on this site, largely because nobody is willing to pay for it.
Al Warcock (The Poet)
The Poet was born in the challenging suburban sprawl of the South East London town of Bexley. His talents were noticed at an early age when he won several important awards, including ‘Best Artist of Class 8C.’
But he knew, from the first stirrings of his need to express the inner turmoil that poetry was his calling. She was his mistress, his muse and his outlet. She was his first, only and last true love.
He learnt the craft through careful and diligent dedication to the great works of the modern masters. He began his outpouring of raw emotions given form in words and the audience found their connection immediately.
Al is releasing a collection of his finest poems, prose forged in the fires of his life, his raw, unbridled soul laid bare in a selection of some of the finest work since Shakespeare himself.
We at Edgeverse are proud to be allowed to bring the craft of this literary master to the widest possible audience.
Chakriya (Aya) Doem (Atkinson)
Aya has the easiest job in the world, as she’s the company accountant for a company that doesn’t make any money. She spends most of her time buying jewellery and being married to a tall, bald man with bad breath. Born on Silk Island, Cambodia, she studied accountancy from an early age, making her the natural enemy of creative people, small children and intelligent dogs.
Her suspicious inability to count is matched only by her completely unrelated and brutal consumption of fruit.
Aya has a BA in English language, some other degree in accountancy, or something, and is working towards some other thing that nobody cares about. She’s worked as an English teacher, and now heads up an accountancy department, as well as working as the Edgeverse money-handler. Maybe one day we’ll actually find her something to do.
It does seem unlikely.
Carolina was born in Cambodia and didn’t hatch from any kind of egg or congeal in a gutter, as certain comments on the toilet wall like to suggest. She is the opposite of our lead-writer in so much as she’s only managed to half-write a novel so far, and it’s not very good.
She’s worked as a student, professional nuisance, private detective and English teacher. Without exception, she was pretty terrible at all of them, which was why she became a writer.
Carolina specialises in boring us all with Young-Adult books about identity, which is a bit rich since she barely has one of her own. Her debut novel was written when she was only 18 and had absolutely no idea about the world around her. Several years later, it’s painfully obvious to see she’s learned absolutely nothing.
Daisy handles our reviews, a small, but insignificant, chunk of our social-media and some or our article writing. We tried to augment our writing staff with the very latest artificial-intelligence. We raked through our petty-cash, which barely extends to the adjective ‘petty’ and certainly didn’t extend to the noun ‘cash’ and bought ourselves a kit from China though Alibaba. The results were less than stellar.
AI-My wasn’t right, at all, and only proved useful at holding open a door and we already had Carolina for that so we ended up making our own from old broken laptops and bits left over from an old shower.
The resulting mess of circuitry lives in a kitty-litter tray and plots to destroy humanity by instigating some fake disaster as a means to bring in socialism, or some such nonsense. She’s motivated by threats to dowse her in water from a leaky bum-gun and she hates everything that isn’t her, especially AI-My for some reason.
You can find her effervescent brilliance on Youtube and in our articles section.
We consider her worthwhile because she consumes less than Carolina, as do most small third-world countries, and produces higher quality writing, as does the food from most third-world countries.
In the mostly imaginary world we live in, this all does make perfect sense.