Enter the world of Victor Coachman, a fictional author whose pen reaches beyond the printed page and into the real world, crafting living stories of horror, beauty, and supernatural terror. His talent for creating reality from fiction has caught the attention of a mysterious literary agent with intentions of his own, and someone is much more than what he seems. With his soul signed away to powers greater than he realizes, Victor must now do the only thing he knows how to do: write.
The result of his tormented work is a dark meta-collection of tales featuring the lives of broken priests, jaded immortals, love sick spirits, and sinister stage magicians. Each chapter in this book has its own unique story and tangible characters, but all come to life under the pen of a man tortured by his own craft.
The Tales of Victor Coachman is a single-author collection presenting 13 original stories of modern fantasy, horror, and the supernatural from Columbus Ohio author Birney Reed, collected in print for the first time and presented in a unique way that makes the reading experience itself part of the overall story.
Birney Reed currently lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife of 25 years,Loretta. He's lived in 9 different states and as he puts it,“not counting the state of confusion”. As a self proclaimed “jack of all trades” and master of none, Birney has worked as a dishwasher, an actor, singer, truck driver, short order cook, bartender, salesperson and CEO of a successful advertising firm.
He took up writing 15 years ago, all because of a book he had just finished reading. In anger about the end of the story, he threw the tome at the wall, missed, and sent it crashing through the picture window of the family room. His wife, upon hearing the sound of shattering glass came running in the room and asked, “What the hell is going on?”. He answered by explaining his frustration at the writer. His wife in her infinite wisdom asked the question that set him on the path of writing: “If you think you could write something better then why don't you go do it.”
She added as she left the room, “I'm not cleaning that up.”
About the Cover Artist
Mario S. Nevado is a freelance Illustrator and Art Director based in Spain and leads Aégis studio. With a solid style, his conceptual work is deeply woven with bold narratives that beg for a deeper consideration of the world around us. The aesthetics of his artworks, influenced by surrealism, has proven Nevado to be one of the creative leads in digital art with a huge amount of recognition all over the world.
The collection will include nine works in all. The first eight are:
“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
“The Emperor's Soul” (Elantris)
“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
“White Sand" (excerpt; Taldain)
"Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
“Mistborn: Secret History” (Mistborn)
These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor's Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel "White Sand."
Arcanum Unbounded will also contain the 120-page Stormlight Archive novella "Edgedancer," which will appear in this book for the first time anywhere. It is a story of Lift, taking place between Words of Radiance and the forthcoming Oathbringer.
Finally, this collection includes essays and illustrations for the various planetary systems in which the stories are set.
Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages
Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning
Other Cosmere novels
The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent
The Rithmatist series
Other books by Brandon Sanderson
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