Download now: The “Merry Christmas and a Blessed Yule” Freebie!

I hope this will bring all Age of Sail aficionados out there a little extra-cheer. May you and your loved ones have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Yule! Neither is complete without a decent ghost story, read by candlelight, accompanied by a mug of hot cocoa.

THE RADIANT BOY (*.pdf file)
Four Ghost Stories from the Age of Sail

At the annual meeting of the “Young Bucks Club”, four officers serving in the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail share ghostly naval tales:

“The Radiant Boy”
“Crawford’s Casket”
“The Last Journey of HMS Dover
“Last Service”

The second book in Emma Collingwood’s and Amandine de Villeneuve’s “Penny, Dreadful and Tarbottom”-series, “The Radiant Boy” is an eerie and touching tribute to the classic English ghost story and the Royal Navy.

Text: Emma Collingwood
Ten colour illustrations by Amandine de Villeneuve
Editor: Timothy T. Tarbottom

Buy it on Amazon UK or order directly from the author.


Yule – time for Peace, Love and Freebies!

Here’s one more reason for the world not to end on 21 December: you’d miss my present!

On Monday, 24 December I’ll post a freebie here for you to download and enjoy. It’s the kind of story which is a traditional part of every Christmas in my home, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

So please come back next Monday – I’ll be here!


Emma Collingwood is now on Goodreads!

As usual, I’m very late to the party, and I’m still trying to figure out how things are working, but – I’m now on Goodreads! You can find my author’s page here:


And here’s a vignette, courtesy Mlle Amandine de Villeneuve. It shows myself (left) and her (right) in our Sunday bests (not that you could tell), and we’re both basking in the warming light of Timothy T. Tarbottom’s editorial suggestions. Three jolly tars, indeed!

As far as writing is concerned, I’m very busy. One book almost finished, a children’s book in the works, and there’s a little something which may or may not end up with the BBC. We’ll see.

Emma Collingwood and Mlle Amandine de Villeneuve
(c) 2012 Original artwork by Mlle Amandine de Villeneuve