- Author: Erastes
- Publisher: Lethe Press
- Year: 2011
- Setting: England 1847
- Amazon Listing: Mere Mortals (released March 2011)
Orphaned Crispin Thorne has been taken as ward by Philip Smallwood, a man he's never met, and is transplanted from his private school to Smallwood s house on an island on the beautiful but coldly remote, Horsey Mere in Norfolk. Upon his arrival, he finds that he's not the only young man given a fresh start. Myles Graham, and Jude Middleton are there before him, and as their benefactor is away, they soon form alliances and friendships, as they speculate on why they ve been given this new life. Who is Philip Smallwood? Why has he given them such a fabulous new life? What secrets does the house hold and what is it that the Doctor seems to know? Trust acclaimed author Erastes to tell a moving story in the field of gay historical romance.
An unsettling tale of loss, obsession and mystery, set on the bleak Norfolk Broads. Definitely one I'd recommend. --Donald Hardy, author of Lovers' Knot
"Mere Mortals" is a compelling story...the end result is an impressive combination of mystery and intrigue that is disturbing yet ultimately moving"
--Edge New York
"...storytelling that is not only fascinating, but so cleanly put together that any writer will, perhaps, be envious."
--George Seaton - "Out in Print"
"... It's a great story, written in true gothic style which keeps you guessing until the end."
--Queer Magazine Online
"...Erastes has hit the mark with this piece of historical fiction. Read it and love it. You won't be able to put it down until you discover the fate of Myles, Jude, and especially Crispin as they grapple with their forbidden longings and dreams..."