Department 18 – the story so far

MOTHER OF DEMONS is our sixteenth published novel. We write as Maynard Sims but we are Len Maynard & Mick Sims who are two people. MOTHER OF DEMONS is our tenth supernatural novel and our sixth with Don D’Auria at Samhain.

MOTHER OF DEMONS is a Department 18 novel. Department 18 is a secret unit of the British government that investigates paranormal and supernatural events in the UK but also globally. It had its own website before it was mysteriously hacked, perhaps a jealous competitor or dark forces in high places? Now its secrets lurk within the author website at where there is a full history and some case files for review.

Department 18 kicked off with Black Cathedral which was first published by Dorchester Publishing under their Leisure imprint and was later bought by Amazon Publishing under their 47North imprint. This book introduced Robert Carter and the team, led by Simon Crozier. Investigating the disappearance of a corporate management team lost on a bonding weekend on a deserted island leads to the chase and eventual battle against a 400-year-old satanic alchemist called deMarco.

Night Souls continues the Department 18 story with a quest to vanquish psychic sexual vampires. This book was also first published by Dorchester Publishing under their Leisure imprint and was later bought by Amazon Publishing under their 47North imprint. What begins as a seemingly routine poltergeist investigation leads to the discovery of the Breathers, a species of vampire-like creatures that feed on human souls. They have evolved over the centuries and now are split into two warring factions. Both are a threat to mankind.

 Scenes from these first two books were written as a screenplay, Department 18, which won the Best New Screenplay Award at the British Horror Film Festival in 2013. It and the screenplay for Department 18 book 3 were published as Two Screenplays and can be found on Amazon

 Book 3 is The Eighth Witch published by Samhain Publishing. Robert Carter is on vacation. Invited by his long-time friend, Annie Ryder, to her house in Ravensbridge in the North of England, he is planning some seriously needed downtime.             Annie has other ideas. A series of unexplained deaths over the past eleven years and the recent unexplained disappearance of a good friend have convinced her that there are evil forces at work in Ravensbridge. She asks Carter to investigate. Despite his initial reluctance to get involved, when a visiting history professor is subjected to a demonic attack and left hospitalized, Carter realizes he has no choice but to investigate. It becomes evident that the series of gruesome and bizarre deaths are related and being orchestrated. There were seven witches hunted and killed, and the eighth is out for revenge.

A Plague Of Echoes, book 4, was out from Samhain in 2014. It continued the theme of police involvement in Department 18 investigations that has continued with Mother Of Demons. The clock is ticking. In London, Department 18 Chief, Simon Crozier, is brutally stabbed and left for dead. Billionaire businessman, Pieter Schroeder, has laid his first card in a deadly, high-stakes game. The secret past of Department 18 comes back to haunt the present day. Whether Crozier lives or dies, whether Department 18 has a future, is in the hands of a few. In a battle against an evil both ancient and modern, Robert Carter and his team has to play the winning hand, where immortality is the ultimate prize, and death to those who lose.

MOTHER OF DEMONS has been described as  a mix of supernatural and crime. “I love horror and I love a good crime novel. Put them both together and that pretty much describes ‘MOTHER OF DEMONS’.” The hunt is on. As the death toll rises Department 18 have to track down the killers. Who are they? Is it a violent cult practising satanic rituals under homage to demons and black magic? Or is it something far more deadly? Legend has the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis, who fires invisible but lethal arrows to kill her victims, and who summons the spirit of a bear to perform her commands. Can Department 18 survive intact? Is there any way they can find and stop whatever madness has taken over their world?

Reviews have been very kind.

“I loved the twists and turns, blind alleys and all the ingredients so expertly mixed together in this compulsive read. I was entertained throughout. A splendid story guaranteed to ensure that my first foray into Maynard Sims’ work will certainly not be my last. I have some real treats to look forward to!”

“ I flew through MOTHER OF DEMONS in one night, I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t read any of the other Department 18 books but I will definitely be picking them up after having read this one.”

“Author Maynard Sims has done it again! MOTHER OF DEMONS, book 5 of the Department 18 novels, is another solid gold hit! I honestly don’t know how they keep them coming, but please, keep it up! This brilliant novel starts off fast and never once slows down.”

And this thirteen minute review on Amazon is an interesting take on reviews:

 Department 18 have tried to prevent us revealing their secrets on many occasions but we have resisted. Book 6 is already underway and we have even made a short story available for free to try to stay one step ahead of them.

This is the YouTube video link