Nils Nisse Visser

Scribbler on an insane quest to 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. 


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

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. 

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


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


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

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

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

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:

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: 



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. 

My book reviews can be found here:


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