© 2018 Lochley Shaddock

An alternative history set in contemporary London in a world where Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo and went on the conquer Europe.
Deep beneath the crimson sands of Koonara, the Western Australian mining-town, runs a river of blood.
It’s 1980, and the Redback Spider has returned. After five long years of silence, cryptic letters begin appearing in the local newspaper’s office, and the dark underbelly of the town is revealed. Violence, sex and heroin dominate this rural town’s every waking moment, and as each wicked web is woven, lives begin to crumble at the hand of this sadistic killer.
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Spain is harrowed by civil war.
Gabriel, a soldier who fought for the losing side, walks a lone path in this barren wasteland towards salvation across the Pyrenees. Along his journey he amasses followers and battles both the elements and Fascists for survival, till he meets the enigmatic and devilish Priest who brings him to question the price of life and what he has done to maintain it.
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Originally from a rural mining town in the Hunter Valley, Lochley Shaddock moved to Sydney to pursue my career in writing. He is a  novelist, essayist, film critic and screenwriter/director. As of 2018, Lochley Shaddock has been published in FilmInk Magazine and Kill Your Darlings.

His debut novel, the war drama ‘The Spaniard,’ follows survivors of the Spanish Civil War as they encounter the evils of war during their journey through Fascist Spain towards the Pyrenees. It is published on iTunes. During the interim period between writing his next novel and other writing projects, he has completed a Bachelor of Communications (Creative Writing) at the University of Technology, Sydney.


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The Beguiled


Interview with​ director
     Ben Wheatley
 "I feel that there’s a story that’s not being told here and I’d like to see it."

By Lochley Shaddock



 "There is no other medium that requires and holds one’s whole attention like the novel."

An essay revisiting Jonathan Franzen's infamous essay 'Why Bother?' 21 years on, and argues for the novel in the age of the internet.