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Back in 2017, Gracemarch was a script written by JJ Barnes and Jonathan McKinney of Siren Stories for production company Artisan Films. Starting as a fifteen minute short, the script soon garnered the attention of Game Of Throne’s Ross O’Hennessy and Farscape’s Virginia Hey, and the writing team were commissioned to develop the fifteen minute short into a feature film.

In the first collaboration between Siren Stories and Artisan Films, Gracemarch went into production in 2018, with producer Cliff Thomas and a stellar cast on board.

However, things went awry for the team when the entertainment industry was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and plans for completing the production were shut down, with no clue when things could restart.

Gracemarch JJ Barnes, Jonathan McKinney, Cliff Thomas

Now, after author JJ Barnes worked to convert the film script into a complete novel, Gracemarch is finally ready to be discovered by audiences who love dark, urban fantasy tales and stories of powerful women.



Jane Waters lives a mundane life, working as a waitress, and with a boyfriend who doesn’t seem to care. Her sister, Cassie Waters, is a glamorous horror writer, traveling the world, and far too busy to listen to Jane’s woes. The two sisters live very different lives, disconnected from one another, and unaware of a family secret that’s about to come to light.

 When their mother dies unexpectedly, Jane and Cassie are pushed back together. Their lives become intertwined as they explore the mysteries their childhood home holds, and remember their sister Susie who died tragically when they were little.

 As Susie’s memory starts to dominate their lives, they don’t realise that a mysterious organisation is monitoring their every move, and powerful people are closing in on them.

 What secrets did their mother have? How are their lives about to change? And what really happened to Susie?

The Future Of Gracemarch

JJ Barnes, Jonathan McKinney, Cliff Thomas and the Gracemarch team hope that as excitement and interest in this story is reignited, they can gain funding enough to complete the film and see their story on the big screen.