Nils Nisse Visser

Scribbler on an insane quest to retell old Sussex folklore (and some Dutch sealore) within the genres of historical fantasy or contemporary fantasy, including Steampunk. Some purely historical stuff as well. See the menu at the top right hand corner for navigation. Entering his fifties, Visser hopes to become a pirate when he grows up. 


Creative Collaboration


Talented photographer Corin Spinks provides me with continuous inspiration. Many characters, settings and artefacts from my books started as a Spinks photograph, before I got my grubby hands on them, and he has also provided many of my book covers.

Check out his work here:

Creative Collaboration

Tom Brown

Tom Brown is the illustrator of the sirageous 'Hopeless, Maine' series, and is providing the cover of Flying Dutchman BLEAK FUTURE. His interpretation of Peter and Liselotte van Haelen his absolutely spot on, and I am pleased Tom will do the covers for the whole three book Flying Dutchman series. Discover more on or follow Tom on Twitter: 

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Daren Callow, AKA Theodore Pilkington-Rhubarb, is the mastermind behind TALES OF NEW ALBION, a Steampunk Podcast. He's also been reading chapters of Fair Night for Foul Folk on the British Steampunk Broadcasting Co-operation, and doing an amazing job. We are continually discussing more ways to work together, and continually changing our minds - but grand things will come of further collaboration, of that I have no doubt.

Check out his work here:

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Jovannah and myself have collaborated on some crazy stuff for nigh on nine years now. More recent efforts include collaboration on the Elements of Brighton series of short stories, three of which appeared in Red Cape Publishing anthologies. Jovannah has currently embarked on a very ambitious collaboration project entitled Symbiosis, #ArtInCoexistence, and I was delighted to be invited to contribute, do check out her online HQ for this project.

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FELIX CLEMENT & The CAptain's Beard

I'm a big fan of The Captain's Beard, and have also greatly enjoyed Felix's Friday night Lockdown special gigs livestreamed on Facebook. Felix has composed a brand-new 'ancient' Sussex smuggler's ballad for me entitled Lady Rover, and we are currently working on the revival of some traditional Sussex folk songs related to smuggling, much to my delight and gratitude. He will also appear in Fair Night for Foul Folk as himself. I've also stolen his trousers.

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NEil campbell + THE DARK DESIGN

I worked with Neil on The Dark Design Anthology The Tale of the Red Queen and Other Stories.  I wrote a story based on The Dark Design song Wages of Sin, originally called Wages of Sin which I consider to be one of my best stories that fused The Dark Design universe with Sussex Steam Smugglers lore. There may just be more future collaboration involving a certain ship you never want to encounter on the high seas.

Creative Collaboration


I stand in awe of Jack Bicknell, AKA DUKE BOX, the Steampunk Gent who is ever ready to support grassroots initiatives. He appeared in my short story Wages of Sin as himself, and was also kind enough to provide the Tale of the Red Queen and Other Stories version with a photo-comic-Shakespearian introduction. I really look forward to undertaking more projects with him, not least for the Coastal Union of Pirates, Privateers, Aviators & Steampunks facebook group.



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Danny Kroonen is a Dutch musician. His style brings a mix of alternative music, electronic, soundscapes, symphonic rock and orchestral arrangements. In 1993, Danny's song The Life of Angie was used in the Dutch motion picture Angie. In 2001 he released his EP/CD Solitary Journey which highlights his ability to create symphonic rock songs with compelling lyrics. I'm delighted that he is working on a remake of an old Smuggler's poem from Scotland for the Sussex Steam Smuggler collection.

Creative Collaboration

Heijo van de Werf 

Heijo van de Werf provided the cover image of young Alice Kittyhawk that was used for the cover of Rottingdean Rhyme. When I first saw these images I was awestruck, for this was exactly how I had pictured young Alice. I hope to work with Heijo again in the future, for he is a truly gifted portrait photographer. His website can be found here:

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Jack Savage is an increasingly recognised photographer and digital artist, and has always very kindly allowed Invisible Voices of Brighton & Hove the use of his work in order to raise funds for local homeless charities. In the near future, expect a new novel for which Jack will provide the cover image. 

Jack's work can be found here:

Creative Collaboration


Nick is a former pupil of mine from back in the days when I taught English in Dutch secondary schools. I was absolutely delighted when he offered to design a cover for Will's War in Brighton, and flabbergasted by the results. This is a cover that really works, to judge by reactions from the public, and unmistakable Brightonian to boot. 

Creative Collaboration

Kayleih Kempers

Kayleih ​has kindly provided illustrations for Will's War in Brighton, Will's War: Exile from Brighton, and Forgotten Road. Whenever she takes a task upon her, I am filled with impatience and cannot wait to see the finished product. It is wonderfully magical to see my own words reinterpretated by a visual artist. 

Creative Collaboration


Cindy is a keen fan of the Wenn Twyner stories (Escape from Neverland & Dance into the Wyrd). I was absolutely delighted when she embarked on a project which involved creating Manga images of some of the main characters.

Creative Collaboration


Michael offered to do a cover image for the Dreamtime Dragon collection, and astounded us all with his design. 

The Levellers

Fantastic to meet up with Charlie and Jez of The Levellers at the Sunday Street Kitchen today, absolutely brilliant that they are supporting Sussex Homeless Support. 

Cider Brandy Scribblers 


with Richard Hornsby

Richard and I founded a specialist martial arts group, believe it or not. I don't recall whether that was whilst slubbering about knee-deep in Somerset mud (almost as fine as Sussex mud), or whilst sipping a cider brandy in a former brothel in the slums of Beijing. We are also accidental, but now very keen, researchers in the specialist niche of the use of archery in twentieth century warfare. If that sounds unrealistic, we are still constantly astounded at the role played by the simple bow and arrow in conflicts such as the World Wars. Our articles have been published in magazines around the world. A non-fiction book is in the making: ARCHERS AT WAR. We will make much noise when it's ready, possibly even a reprise of our infamous Qinghai rendition of 'House of the Rising Sun'.


with Magén Klomp

The indomitable Bowyer of Amsterdam, Magen Klomp. Along with compadres from the Dutch Warbow Society, he and I  research historical archery in the Netherlands, a subject on which little has been written since the 1850s. Our research has taken us across the borders to the UK, France, Belgium, and Germany. It has seen us enter hidden treasure rooms buried deep within a medieval palace, filled with bows and arrows. It has seen us handle medieval and prehistoric artefacts in museums, including 124 medieval arrowheads uncovered in a recent dig in Amsterdam. It now sees us chin-deep in the less glamorous business of research, i.e. a lot of documents to work through. A non-fiction book on our findings is in the works: ARCHERS OF AMSTERDAM. Watch this space for much boasting and chest-thumping when the time is ripe. 

Ragged Victorians - "The great unwashed"

Another wonderful image by Corin Spinks, and I was delighted when the Ragged Victorians agreed to let us use it on the back cover of THEM THAT ASK NO QUESTIONS



I like to write the occasional book review. It's good for me to get my head out of my own work every now and then, and always educational to look at what other authors are doing. 

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Archery, historical archery, and medieval warfare are topics I have written ​numerous articles for which have been published in magazines around the world.