by Geoff O'Callaghan ISBN 978 1 846930249
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
This is an anthology of seven of my short stories which tell the
story of Mark Anderson, who becomes a sorcerer's apprentice. They
form a continuous story. Mark is a runaway thirteen year old,
fleeing his step father's demonic abuse. He is taken in by a gipsy
shopkeeper, Dr. Kieran Guyot. who was an industrial chemist before
he retired. Kieran is not your story-book gypsy. He lives in town,
is a master of 'The Craft' and fights evil in all its forms. Mark's
evil stepfather wants the boys soul to feed on for eternity, but
Mark has other ideas. In the second story, mark and Kieran fight a
terrible vampire who has picked their town as a hunting ground. A
parapsychologist, who hates Magic, abducts mark to force him to
develop his psychic abilities. Mark inherits a fortune when his
billionaire uncle dies. He is dragged into African politics, when a
dictator tries to extort millions of dollars from his company. Mark
meets Philip, a mute boy, who is orphaned in a car crash. With his
new found friend, Mark fights a demonic cult that enjoys human
sacrifice. Finally, Mark and Philip become involved in the politics
of magic, when one of the Council of Nine, who govern the Magical
Craft, tries to eliminate Mark as a potential rival for membership.
The stories were written long before Harry Potter appeared on the
scene. A favourite of boys, who discover that Magic is not just for
About the Author
Geoff was born in Jersey, then under German occupation, during
World War II. Soon after the war, his family moved to Brisbane,
Australia. He was educated at All Souls' School, Charters Towers -
a rather traditional boarding school after the English style. What
knowledge one didn't learn through the ears was well and truly
belted in through the rear end, complete with blood blisters. His
first contact with the cane was for not running around a sports
oval fast enough. He now prides himself on a complete disinterest
on sports and knows nothing about cricket. This led to his creative
and artistic sides developing. He had a way with words, and was a
After secondary school, he took to teaching, graduated, and then
obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education. For the
next thirty years, he lived with remote aborigines in the Great
Western Desert, firstly as a primary school teacher, and later as a
School Principal and Administrator. During this time, he took up
writing, mostly short stories and film scripts. It was a good way
to while away lonely hours in the desert evenings.
The development of miniature computers took his interest, and He
wrote to the Department suggesting they take a serious look at the
use of Computers in Education. Because of the proximity of a U.S.
Sigint facility at Alice Springs, many of the students, especially
the American kids, were interested in computing. At first they used
Tandy Level Ones and Apples. While very primitive compared to
today's machines, Many of the I.T. Community cut their teeth on
computing under Geoff's tutelage. They even built a 'Dream 8080'
and got it working.
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