science fantasy ⛧ heavy metal

The Year is 21XX…

The dark lord wears white.
He already rules the world.
Now he intends to save it.
He just might manage it, too…

…with a little help from his enemies.

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artwork by Sara McSorley

artwork by Sara McSorley, originally commissioned by Curiosity Quills Press in 2011


This is Starbreaker, a science fantasy saga by Matthew Graybosch. Originally a kitchen-sink fanfiction drawing from video games, anime, manga, sf and fantasy novels, and heavy metal/progressive rock lyrics, the author kept refining his pastiche until he had made it more completely his own.

Written to scratch the author’s own itches, it is now available for the enjoyment of anybody who has a similar itch. Everything here is free because Matthew learned to code back in the day and thus has a cushy day job.

Fan art and fan fiction are welcome since Starbreaker is available under a Creative Commons license.


Material from this website is syndicated to Writers’ Lane in Nightfall City via Atom feed.


If you want to get in touch, you’re welcome to send email to

If you still use IRC, I often lurk on as “starbreaker”. You can usually find me in #callahans.

I also frequent The Well as “starbrkr”.

Current Project

This is what Matthew is working on now.

Shattered Harmonies (September 2021)

When the black-tie metal band Crowley’s Thoth imploded, nobody hoped for a reunion. The apparent resurrection of Christabel Crowley under a new name did not change this. Nevertheless, a reunion is necessary, for Isaac Magnin has been murdered and all three members of the band have motives that make them prime suspects.

Isaac Magnin’s death was part of the plan, but allowing the demon he imprisoned under Antarctica to run amok while the people best suited to oppose it stand trial for murder wasn’t. If they cannot clear their names by sharing their secrets, Magnin’s death will only be the beginning.

The truth sets no one free. The lies Morgan Cooper, Naomi Bradleigh, and Christabel Crowley told themselves and each other are the lies that define them. The fate they made for themselves is upon them. Can they rebuild their shattered harmonies?

Previous Projects

These are completed, previously published but out of print, trunked, and abandoned projects.

When You Don’t See Me (October 2020 - January 2021)

A year after the breakup of Crowley’s Thoth, its members meet on the night of the Winter Solstice to figure out how it all went wrong, only to learn that the truth sets no one free.

I abandoned work on this novel because of plot issues and because my father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death made it impossible to write.

Saint of Traitors (March 2020)

Morgan Cooper knows that Isaac Magnin is behind the trafficking of devil-killer rifles and the attempted coup d’état in Boston, but he can’t prove it. He must therefore pin upon the smoothest criminal he’s ever faced a charge that he can prove. Wage theft and the possible disappearance of a scientist in Magnin’s employ will do nicely.

Saint of Traitors was an attempt at writing a sequel to Without Bloodshed that ended up derailed by COVID-19.

“Thirteen Cuts” (September 2018)

A guilt-ridden young man seeks absolution from a therapist who wouldn’t grant it even if he were qualified to do so. The only hope for atonement is a return to the scene of the crime.

I remember writing this the night after my wife’s last chemotherapy session. I was wired and couldn’t sleep, so I ended up going to my study and bashing out the first half of this story.

Silent Clarion (July 2014 - October 2016)

All Naomi Bradleigh wanted after her latest breakup was some time away from home. But her inability to ignore rumors of unsolved disappearances in a rural town made her trip the working vacation from Hell.

“Limited Liability” (October 2014 - January 2015)

Michael Chapman is about to launch the biggest venture of his life. Whether he succeeds or fails, the consequences will be earth-shattering, but there’s one person would rather not see the earth shattered…

“The Holiday Rush” (Winter Solstice 2014)

Nobody likes somebody who shows up late for a holiday celebration, but at least this time Morgan Cooper has a good excuse. He was making sure somebody else got home in time for the holiday.

“Tattoo Vampire” (Halloween 2014)

Morgan Cooper wanted a real mission, not something any Adversary could handle. For his sins he’s gonna get one good and hard. But when it’s done he’ll just turn around and want another one.

Without Bloodshed (December 2011 - November 2013)

Morgan Cooper must prove he isn’t the Phoenix Society’s assassin by taking down Alexander Liebenthal without bloodshed. The hard part is that he’s guilty as sin.

“The Milgram Battery” (February 2012 - October 2013)

Before Morgan Cooper can take his oath as an Adversary sworn to uphold individual rights, he must face a final ordeal: a nightmare sequenced from his own memories and the obedience experiments of Stanley Milgram.

Steadfast (November 2012)

The people of a newly resettled town have stumbled upon one of the old empire’s darker secrets, left festering since Nationfall. Now its guardian is out for blood, steadfastly determined to carry out his final orders, and Naomi Bradleigh must stop him.

After I submitted Without Bloodshed for publication in 2012, my editor clamored for some insight into Naomi Bradleigh’s past and youthful misadventures.

Starbreaker (September 1996 - May 2009)

Morgan’s search for answers after the murder of his ex play into the hands of an immortal sorcerer-scientist who became a demon to fight demons. Only by seeing the world between the lines and facing his nature can he face the real threat to everything he cherishes, but don’t mistake Morgan Cooper for a hero: he only stepped up because somebody had to and nobody else would.

This is my trunk novel, the gonzo science fantasy monstrosity that I ended up mining for material when I wrote Without Bloodshed and Silent Clarion.


Here’s where most of what I’m stirring in the kitchen sink came from…

  • Music
    • Judas Priest
    • Blue Öyster Cult
    • Queensrÿche
    • Iron Maiden
    • Nightwish
    • Within Temptation
    • Iced Earth
    • Savatage
    • Therion
    • Black Sabbath
    • Threshold
    • Eternal Champion
    • Smoulder
    • Ayreon
    • The Protomen
    • The Sisters of Mercy
    • The Cure
    • Gene Loves Jezebel
  • Print SF and Fantasy
    • Michael Moorcock
    • Roger Zelazny
    • C. J. Cherryh
    • C. S. Friedman
    • C. L. Moore
    • M. John Harrison
    • Brian Lumley
    • Neal Stephenson
    • Catherynne M. Valente
    • Aliette de Bodard
    • Jacqueline Carey
    • Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Samuel R. Delaney
    • Alfred Bester
    • Glen Cook
    • Clive Barker
  • Games
    • Final Fantasy
    • Shin Megami Tensei
    • Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner
    • Phantasy Star
    • SaGa Frontier
    • Vagrant Story
    • Xenogears
    • Shadow Hearts
    • Metal Gear Solid
    • Shadowrun
    • Deus Ex
  • Anime
    • Akira
    • Vampire Hunter D
    • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    • Cowboy Bebop
    • The Slayers
  • Manga
    • X/1999
    • Berserk
    • Parasyte
    • Bastard!!
  • Comics
    • “A Matter of Vengeance” (Epic Illustrated No. 29, April 1985)
    • The Authority
    • Watchmen
    • Irredeemable
    • Clive Barker’s Next Testament
    • V for Vendetta
    • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
    • Transmetropolitan
    • Preacher

Bye For Now

Thanks for visiting. Come again soon.

starbreaker cast collage by Harvey Bunda

artwork by Harvey Bunda, commissioned by Matthew Graybosch in 2013