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About John R. Fultz
My name is John R. Fultz, and I’m a storyteller.
My latest book is a collection of dark fantasy tales called WORLDS BEYOND WORLDS (from DMR Books). The Shaper Trilogy includes the novels SEVEN PRINCES, SEVEN KINGS, and SEVEN SORCERERS (from Orbit/Hachette). My Tall Eagle duology includes the novels THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE and SON OF TALL EAGLE (from Crossroad Press). THE REVELATIONS OF ZANG collects 12 dark fantasy tales set in the magical World of Zang (currently out of print).
I live in the North Bay Area, California, but I’m originally from Kentucky. My short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION, SHATTERED SHIELDS, THE WAY OF THE WIZARD, CTHULHU’S REIGN, THE BOOK OF CTHULHU II, THAT IS NOT DEAD, and NEW TALES OF HYPERBOREA. I’ve also had stories in these fine magazines: WEIRDBOOK, BLACK GATE, WEIRD TALES, LIGHTSPEED, THE AUDIENT VOID, and SPACE & TIME. I’ve written comics for Boom Studios’ ZOMBIE TALES and CTHULHU TALES. My graphic novel of epic fantasy PRIMORDIA (illustrated by the great Roel Wielinga) was published by Archaia Comics in an ultimate hardcover edition in 2012.
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“...an author with an exceptional talent for characterization and world building.” —The Library Journal
“Fultz has rapidly matured into a major fantasist.” —Laird Barron, Author of Black Mountain
“His world-building is in a class by itself.” —RT Book Reviews
“This is fantasy of the Dunsany, Smith and Vance school, where breathless wonders spill off the page in spendthrift profusion.” —John Hocking, Author of Conan and the Emerald Lotus
Worlds Beyond Worlds collects 11 fantasy tales published during 2010 to 2020, most of them set in various imaginary worlds of wonder. From dark fantasy to sword-and-sorcery, heroic fantasy to weird history, here is a magic bagful of mystic trips and fantastic adventures. Avenging warriors defy the grip of death, wizards wander between the worlds, and savage hordes storm the gates of elder cities. Weird sorcery twists the fabric of reality, strange creatures run wild, and swords ring like thunder in the storm of battle. Eleven unforgettable excursions into the boundless realms of weird fantasy.
Under the watchful eye of the Giants, the kingdoms of Men rose to power. Now, the Giant-King has slain the last of the Serpents and ushered in an era of untold peace and prosperity. Where a fire-blackened desert once stood, golden cities flourish in verdant fields.
But the realms of Man face a new threat -- an ancient sorcerer slaughters the rightful King of Yaskatha before the unbelieving eyes of his son, young Prince D'zan. With the Giant-King lost to a mysterious doom, it seems that no one has the power to stop the coming storm.
Now the fugitive Prince seeks allies across the realms of Men and Giants to liberate his father's stolen kingdom. Six foreign Princes are tied to his fate. Only one thing is certain: War is coming.
Praise for Book of the Shapers:
"Non-stop action at a blistering pace. . .Vigorous and vibrant." -- Kirkus
"Flawless -- and timeless -- epic fantasy." -- BN.com
The Almighty Zyung drives his massive armies across the world to invade the Land of the Five Cities. So begins the final struggle between freedom and tyranny.
The Southern Kings D'zan and Undutu lead a fleet of warships to meet Zyung's aerial armada. Vireon the Slayer and Tyro the Sword King lead Men and Giants to defend the free world. So begins the great slaughter of the age. . .
lardu the Shaper and Sharadza Vodsdaughter must awaken the Old Breed to face Zyung's legion of sorcerers. So begins a desperate quest beyond the material world into strange realms of magic and mystery.
Yet already it may be too late. . .
In the drought-stricken Stormlands, the Twin Kings argue the destiny of their kingdom: one walks the path of knowledge, the other treads the road to war.
Beyond the haunted mountains King Vireon confronts a plague of demons bent on destroying his family.
With intrigue, sorcery, and war, Seven Kings continues the towering fantasy epic that began with Seven Princes.
The epic saga of The People began in THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE. It continues now in SON OF TALL EAGLE.