G. P. Taylor

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Graham Peter Taylor (born 1958 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire), pen-name G. P. Taylor, is the author of the best-selling[1][2] novels Shadowmancer, Wormwood and Tersias. Before taking up writing full-time, he was a police officer, motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican vicar in the village of Cloughton, North Yorkshire.


Taylor grew up in Yorkshire, but moved to London in the 1970s where he worked in the music industry with such bands as The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello and Adam and the Ants. He became involved in the occult, and lived a life that was, in his own words "into all sorts of weird and wonderful things and wasn’t leading a godly life". He then turned to Christianity, and he later became a vicar with the Church of England.

Taylor completed the manuscript of his first book, Shadowmancer, which he self-published. Following its launch at Taylor's local bookshop, The Whitby Bookshop, the title garnered a publishing deal with Faber and Faber in the UK and G. P. Putnam's Sons in the United States[3] for a further six novels. He resigned his position as parish priest.

His books have been translated into forty-eight languages and optioned for the movies.

His second novel, Wormwood, was nominated for the American book award known as The Quills. Tersias is his third novel and was published in the UK in 2005. In August 2006, Faber published a follow up to Shadowmancer entitled The Curse of Salamander Street.

In October 2006, Taylor's released what he called an 'illustronovella', The Tizzle Sisters & Erik, through Markosia. A mixture of prose and graphic novel, Taylor was joined on the book by fellow collaborators Tony Lee, Dan Boultwood, and Harry Potter artist Cliff Wright.

He also contributed text to a book on the Yorkshire coast by photographer Mark Denton.

He announced his retirement in October 2009 in order to care for his daughter, who suffers from Crohn's disease.[4]

The Mariah Mundi Series[edit]

Taylor has written a 3 book series on Mariah Mundi and his companions Captain Jack Charity and Sacha. Mariah becomes involved with the Bureau of Antiquities, an alleged secret part of the government that deals with all things supernatural. The first book in the series, Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box, involves a capturing plot on a box that has the power to turn things to gold, while the second, Mariah Mundi and the Ghost Diamonds, follows a sequel pattern about the mysterious Ghost Diamonds. The third, Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools, follow the storyline of Mariah and Charity trapped aboard a doomed ship half way across the Atlantic Ocean with only a mad marquis, a dodgy inventor, and their odd families for company.

It is reported that Taylor [5] based the fictional character Captain Jack Charity [6] an adventuring retired army officer and owner of the Golden Kipper [7] Fish Restaurant on his friend John Senior.[8]

In 2008 Taylor signed a deal with film production company Entertainment Motion Pictures (E-Motion) to make a film of the first in the series - 'Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box'. This film is currently in development. In March 2012 it was announced that the film would star Michael Sheen, Lena Heady, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd and Aneurin Barnard as Mariah Mundi. Filming is due to start in Bath and Bristol on 30 April 2012, and then continue in Scarborough. The movie's title was changed to The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box. The movie opened in the United States in January 2014.[9] It has also been announced that Shadowmancer is also to be filmed as a 2 x 90 minute mini series for TV.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor has three children and currently resides in Scalby, North Yorkshire. Merit ten loads of books'



Partial sequels[edit]

Mariah Mundi[edit]

  • Mariah Mundi - The Midas Box (2007)
  • Mariah Mundi and the Ghost Diamonds (2008)
  • Mariah Mundi and the Ship of Fools (2009)

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles[edit]

  • The First Escape (2008) (originally released as The Tizzle Sisters and Erik in 2006)
  • The Secret of Indigo Moon (2009)
  • The Great Mogul Diamond (2011)

Vampire Labyrinth[edit]

  • Redeye (September 2010)
  • Dust Blood (January 2011)
  • Oracle (July 2011)


  1. ^ "Will this be the next JK Rowling?". BBC News Online. 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  2. ^ "A writer's new life of dreams and nightmares". Yorkshire Post. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 11 November 2009. "Shadowmancer and Wormwood sold 475,000 copies alone, his third novel Tersias was a bestseller" 
  3. ^ Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2007, A&C Black, p.139
  4. ^ "Author GP Taylor quits to care for sick daughter". Yorkshire Post. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Shadowmancer author signs major book deal for follow-up". Inspire. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/leisure/books/1674885.this_tale_goes_deep
  7. ^ http://www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk/lifestyle/entertainment/captain-charity-in-film-debut-1-4507390
  8. ^ "Pupils on trail of Mariah Mundi". Scarborough Evening News. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1376213/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4


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