Pete Alex Harris


Software engineer living and working in Scotland. Writes mostly SF&F, some horror.

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Quicksilver Spirit

A young chemistry graduate sees a ghost in the house of a retired professor. Or does he? Whatever it is, maybe it's better to leave it alone.

Yet Here We Are

Letters of a bewildered financé.

Bright Carver

A girl creates something beautiful, knowing it will not be appreciated.

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The Silk Mind

Debut fantasy novella. Ashlin Smith is the supervisor of the Badger Survey, a pointless branch of the bureaucracy of the Regency of Atlar. He is bored and frustrated, and wants to quit his job. But before he leaves to become a blacksmith, he agrees to perform one last pointless task.

It turns out that his job is a lot more important and a lot more dangerous than he knew, when the Badger Survey become entangled in monsters, legends and political intrigue.

The Silk Mind

The Source of Fire

Sequel to The Silk Mind, set about 12 years later. Self-centred young adventurer Jens Anders sets out to find a wonder on the other side of the ocean, so he can present it to the genius Empress Celandine, and make a name for himself. He brings along his long-suffering childhood friend Alun and hires a mysterious and expensive translator, Aena, who has her own reasons for wanting to join the expedition.

Jens does find a wonder on the Dragon Islands, but when he takes it, an unknown terror follows behind. Celandine may be the only intellect in the world able to understand what he's done, but she has enough other problems.

The Source of Fire


Science fiction novel. Miasma is a human colony world isolated from the rest of humanity's galactic expansion. Permanently-clouded skies even conceal its location from the colonists, and on the surface, communication is made more difficult by the need to maintain complete radio silence or suffer attack from the orbiting “kill moons”.

Still, communities get by, and adapt to their unusual constraints to make a life for themselves. But not everyone is happy.

Lanton, the packet-runner, wants a mystery to solve. Emi, the librarian, doesn't exactly know what she wants, but she suspects it may not be allowed. Mokan, the inventor, an “unexpected child” wants answers, and the recognition he is due, but would settle for love.


Mix-tapes for my Friends, Duct Tape for my Enemies

An escape from danger through the frozen ruins of Amsterdam; an inconveniently worded wish, warfare both magical and informational, romantic crushes, demons, ghosts, and a lamentable lack of both cutlery and propriety.

A collection of thirteen short stories, including five brand-new ones, plus two preview chapters from the novels The Source of Fire and disOrder.

  • De Beer
  • Stash
  • Labels
  • Teaspoons
  • Kiss (50 words)
  • Reunion
  • Nothing Else is That Colour
  • Sample: prologue of The Source of Fire
  • The Rat Catcher in the Walls
  • Light and Shade
  • The Horror in the Snow
  • Get Down (poem)
  • No Rest
  • Petrov's Ghost
  • Nuesugi Station
  • The Line
  • Sample: chapter of disOrder
Mix-tapes For My Friends, Duct Tape For My Enemies

All My Books Bundle

All four of the ebooks above (and updates for any future self-published books) for a bargain price.


Various anthologies my stories are in.

Short Stories


Joint winner of Movellas' Historical Fiction competition. It's a The Count of Monte Cristo fan-fic following one of my favourite dysfunctional families: Eugénie Danglars and her horrible father.

Read Reunion on Movellas

The Rat Catcher in the Walls

A bit of gothic pastiche. A loyal servant keeps the castle of his masters free of monstrous vermin for generations, until the last true heir dies and the castle falls into the hands of an interloper: an illegitimate daughter who doesn't belong there.

Read The Rat Catcher in the Walls on Shadows at the Door

Nuesugi Station

A vending machine on a remote railway station platform in Japan dispenses disturbing and macabre items.

Read Nuesugi Station on Shadows at the Door

The Horror in the Snow

Three friends on a hunting trip spend the night in a cabin to wait out a blizzard. In the night, they begin to hear sounds under the floor.


500 word flash fiction. Karen is organising a party, and hopes that the randomly-mislabelled goods she has bought will provide a quirky theme and something to talk about. However, of course it's not that simple.

Read Labels on Movellas

No Rest

A woman tells how an invisible harbinger of death pursues her. She has found a way to stay ahead of it, and make a life for herself.

Read No Rest on Shadows at the Door

Nothing Else Is That Colour

A bittersweet little story about a difficult relationship.

Read Nothing Else is That Colour on Movellas

Whickerton's Dictionary

Ball lighting strikes the home of a busy scholar, leaving no mark except bizarre and unsettling changes to one book.

Under Shiel Croft

A woman struggles to escape her miserable childhood at Shiel Croft, but has to face horrors from much deeper in the past.

Shadows at the Door - An Anthology

A lighthouse keeper prepares to keep the light on through an arcane storm.

Yet Here We Are

Letters of a bewildered financé.

Bright Carver

A girl creates something beautiful, knowing it will not be appreciated.

Works in Progress


An SF novel. Calnor Dale is a monk who has completed his term of vocation and wants to retire to Ascension, a colony planet with some ecological challenges. He has a brain implant that enhances his mathematical ability, which suits him to a quiet office job as a project planner.

However, his own plans go badly wrong when he tangles with the stubborn and greedy governor of the colony, and tries to help his brattish but bullied daughter. Calnor is arrested, and his implant is removed.

And then he remembers why it was put there in the first place.

The Trovador's Daughter

Third in the series that began with The Silk Mind and continued with The Source of Fire. An idealistic girl sets out into the world to find out what became of her beloved but erratic father, with only her memories of his wildly implausible stories as a guide.

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