Hi, I’m Karl Drinkwater, an author with a silly name and a thousand-mile stare

I write dystopian space opera, dark suspense and diverse social fiction. If you want compelling stories and characters worth caring about, then you’re in the right place. Welcome!

I live in Scotland and own two kilts. I have degrees in librarianship, literature and classics, but also studied astronomy and philosophy. Dolly the cat helps me finish books by sleeping on my lap so I can’t leave the desk. When I’m not writing I love music, nature, games and vegan cake.

Go to karldrinkwater.uk to see all my books grouped by genre.

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    It’s fun to have something to read over the weekend. I plan to serialise my works, so you can read any you missed, perhaps with insider commentary and bonus notes. I may also throw in new and previously unpublished stories sometimes, or work from guest authors.

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  • An even greater bundle of gratitude (karma), for enabling me to make a living doing what I love: writing and sharing stories with the world.


“Drinkwater creates fantastically believable characters.” —On The Shelf Reviews

“Each book remains in my mind for a long time after. Anything he writes is a must-read.” —Pink Quill Books

“Karl Drinkwater has the skill of making it near impossible to stop reading. Expect late nights. Simply outstanding.” —Jera’s Jamboree

“An intelligent and empathetic writer who has a clear understanding of the world around him and the truly horrific experiences life can bring. A literary gem.” —Cooking The Books

“Drinkwater is a dab hand at creating an air of dread.” —Altered Instinct

“A gifted writer. Each book brings its own uniqueness to the table, and a table Drinkwater sets is one I will visit every time." —Scintilla

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Author of dystopian space opera, dark suspense and diverse social fiction. Compelling stories and characters worth caring about. Welcome!


Karl Drinkwater

Author of dystopian space opera, dark suspense and diverse social fiction. Compelling stories and characters worth caring about. Welcome!