Literature: Mediochre Q Seth Series

The Mediochre Q Seth series, otherwise "The Mediochreverse" or just "The Mediochre Series" - although that last sounds unfortunate – is an in-progress five-part Urban Fantasy series by Calum P Cameron. He started writing it while in high school, primarily out of boredom, but also out of a desire to see if he could write a story about a unique and powerful Doctor-like individual while having them remain realistically human and fallible.

Also, he really likes dragons.

Charlotte Johnson is an Ordinary High-School Student from the USA whose parents have forced her to move to Edinburgh, Scotland – with predictably resentful results on her part. So far, so normal. Then, one day, she is almost run over by a lorry.

The driver of this lorry is one Professor Doctor Laird Sir Mediochre Quirinius Seth, PhD MusD MSc CBE OBE MIMC VC-Bar – although he prefers just 'Mediochre' or 'Dr Seth' – an eccentric 'dracologist' from the parallel society that has existed for generations hidden from Charlotte’s own world by a government-enforced Masquerade. A society very much like her own, but with a few important differences – most obviously: magic.

The world turns out to be a lot more dangerous and interesting than Charlotte had initially assumed, full of giant dragons, emotionless half-vampires, powerful magic-users (or 'mancers', to use the correct term) and, of course, Mediochre himself, who's never been the same since an accident in his past left him immortal, trapped in a fifteen-year-old body and able to calculate probabilities exactly at the drop of a hat. And those are the people on her side. Or at least, she's pretty sure they are. It's hard to tell, sometimes...

For more information, visit the series's website.

When complete, the series will consist of:
  • The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre (Available now) – in which Charlotte pretty-much forces her way into Mediochre’s ongoing adventure in returning a rare dragon egg to its mother and thwarting the dragon-slaying attempts of an international smuggling ring. But things are never that simple around Mediochre, and it starts to look like there may be a grander conspiracy at work here...
  • Black, White and Shades of Mediochre (Ditto) - in which a mancy-related murder practically on Charlotte's doorstep gives her a way back into the Mantically Aware world and Mediochre's life, just in time for them to get uncomfortably caught up in the increasingly-murky issue of Undead-human relations. Naturally, it soon turns out that something even worse than murder is going down here, and if someone doesn't stop it then the consequences will be world-changing...
  • Caught Mediochre-Handed - (Also ditto) - in which Maccabeus Fervour's inability to run the country and a risky Batman Gambit by Queen MAB to get rid of him before he starts a war leads to a mass prison escape at the Stygian Secure Unit, leaving Charlotte and Mediochre with a quarantined country and a whole bunch of Unsealed Evils Previously In A Can to deal with while Joseph and Dhampinella become Sealed Good in a Can through the actions of an increasingly paranoid Fervour...
  • Sent into Mediochre-drive
  • Mediochrity

In addition, it has become customary for the author to write a "Christmas Special" short story every December - seemingly working his way through the main party of characters and focusing one story on each. Thus far, these include:

For Christmas 2012, the author also wrote a Christmas Special short story featuring Joseph Carrion which functions as a sort of prequel to the main series. It was initially posted to his Facebook page, but eventually uploaded to the website here.

A second Christmas Episode followed for Christmas 2013, this time featuring Mediochre himself, and can be viewed here, along with its "ambiguously canon" companion piece here.

For those wondering, the name 'Mediochre' is an intentional pun on 'mediocre' – although in-universe, Mediochre insists it’s a shade of red between pale ochre and dark ochre.

The author is literally One of Us, so expect a lot of tropes.


The main series provides examples of:

     Series as a Whole 

     The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre 

     Black, White and Shades of Mediochre 

     Caught Mediochre-Handed 

The Christmas specials provide examples of:

     Born to Raise the Sons of Earth (Short Story) 

     Please to Put a Penny in the Old Man's Hat (Short Story) 
  • Christmas Episode: The second in a row.
  • Evil Redhead: Lark is, at least, a pretty scary and unpleasant one.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Pigeon promises in his letter than Mediochre's gift wasn't stolen - although it may have been bought with money that was "a bit" stolen in the first place.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Exploited by Mediochre. He allows Lark to eat bits of him, to prevent her from hunting down innocent humans for food.
  • Horror Hunger: Whatever Lark is, she seems to be compelled to eat human meat.
  • Hurting Hero: Mediochre's damaged mental state is on full display. He even describes himself as "too introspective" here.
  • Memento Macguffin: Turns out that the cross Mediochre wears around his neck was a gift from Pigeon.
  • Public Domain Character: Mediochre is in London to find Springheel Jack, the famous Urban Legend.
  • Small Steps Hero: This story shows Mediochre to be one.
  • Titled After the Song: Specifically, after a line from "Christmas is Coming", a traditional British Christmas carol.
  • Tragic Keepsake: This is probably why Mediochre is still wearing that cross, many years after Pigeon's death.
  • Victorian London: The entire story is a flashback to the Victorian era. So, naturally, it has to take place in London!

     A Visit from the Yule Goat (Poem) 

     To You And Your Kin (Short Story) 
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Orcus and Vitus, respectively.
  • Christmas Episode: The third official Mediochreverse "Christmas special".
  • Cool Car: Kind-of subverted. Demetrius owns a classic 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith - but it's almost certainly just for the name.
  • Creepy Child: Dhampinella, aged ten.
  • Dumb Muscle: Orcus. According to Melinoe, he's "dumb as a sack of concrete".
  • Emotionless Girl: Dhampinella, even moreso than usual.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Demetrius vs the Chlodoveches.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As a child, Dhampinella has long hair and a demure Emotionless Girl personality, in contrast to her adult self's Boyish Short Hair and stoic Badass personality.
  • Flashback to Catchphrase: The story ends with Dhampinella and Melinoe referring to each other as 'outcast' and 'link' for the first time.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: The Chlodoveches like the half-human Dhampinella even less that they like her father.
  • Last Name Basis: Demtrius prefers to use his last name (which is all the main book series ever calls him). Turns out, he does have a first name, and it's Albin.
  • Meaningful Name: Melinoe's Viscountess mother is named Erzsébet - also the real name of the historical Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a notoriously blood-obsessed serial killer.
  • Nouveau Riche: Demetrius, in contrast to the more traditional but less smarmy Old Money Chlodovech family.
  • Older Than They Look: Dhampinella was ten years old in 1983, making her somewhat older than Joseph. In fairness, she's not human.
  • Old Money: The Chlodovech family.
  • Opposites Attract/Odd Friendship: Melinoe and Dhampinella, due to being raised by an Old Money crime family and a Nouveau Riche "modern" gangster, respectively.
  • Parental Neglect: Dhampinella and Melinoe bond over their shared experiences of crappy parenting.
  • The Quiet One: Dhampinella was this anyway, but it turns out she was worse as a child. She has exactly one spoken line in the entire story. Oddly, Melinoe is apparently good enough at reading whatever signals Dhampinella does give off to continue the conversation, leading to something like a Newhart Phonecall between two people who are both in the same room.
  • Spirited Young Lady/Rebellious Princess: Melinoe may enjoy being a Vampire, but what she enjoys more is breaking tradition to annoy her mother.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Demetrius keeps his sunglasses on inside. It's because he intends to set off a light charm if things don't go his way.
  • Teleport Spam: Vitus is so twitchy he can't help doing this. He uses it to his advantage when he fights.
  • Titled After the Song: Named for a line in 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'. The full phrase is "Good tidings we bring/To you and your kin", making this an ironic Complete-the-Quote Title, since the tidings brought between the two families are far from good.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: The Viscountess uses her brother Vitus and her broodchild Orcus as henchmen.
  • Woman Scorned: The Viscountess really does not like her ex-husband.


Alternative Title(s):

The Good The Bad And The Mediochre, The Mediochreverse, Mediochre Series, Black White And Shades Of Mediochre