ADRIAN COLE SERIES:

The Long Reach of Night

The Long Reach of Night

Adrian Cole

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Fantasy / Horror

Once more the cursed warrior, The Voidal and his bizarre familiar, the incorrigible Elfloq, travel through the nightmare regions of the omniverse in search of a way to break the grip of the Dark Gods on their destiny, to free the Voidal from the will of the Oblivion Hand. They encounter even more mad gods and monstrous beings on their terrifying odyssey: Thunderhammer, smith of the gods; Scyllarza, half human half demoness; the Thief of Thieves, and the Preposterous Library among others. THE LONG REACH OF THE NIGHT, second volume of the Voidal Trilogy, is sword and sorcery in the grand tradition of Jack Vance and Michael Moorcock!
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The Sword of Shadows

The Sword of Shadows

Adrian Cole

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Fantasy / Horror

Throughout all universes and dimensions, a great darkness is gathering, forging itself into a monstrous force bent on an all-consuming path of destruction. Against this impending cataclysm stands one man - the enigmatic Voidal, creature of myth and legend, and with him a small band of reluctant followers, themselves god-cursed renegades. Among them are Elfloq the familiar, Orgoom the Blue Gelder, Scyllarza the demoness, and Evergreed, the fallen god. In a Hell-forged alliance, they travel to the very heart of the nightmare omniverse to uncover the last of its frightful secrets. THE SWORD OF SHADOWS, third and climactic volume of the Voidal trilogy, is sword and sorcery in the tradition of the fabulous Dying Earth and Eternal Champion sagas!
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Night of the Heroes

Night of the Heroes

Adrian Cole

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Fantasy / Horror

Assigned to administer the closure of a crumbling inner city Athenaeum, Mears finds himself caught up in an extraordinary cross-worlds venture, where the heroes of his comic books, pulp magazines, and fantastic novels fill its landscape. His only route back to the sanity of his own world lies in coordinating these disparate heroes into an unlikely team, banding them to oppose a fiendishly evil master-mind's plot to unleash unspeakable dark gods upon the world.Drawn from a vast trove of pulp and super-hero sources, from H. Rider Haggard through Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard to H. P. Lovecraft and Sax Rohmer, Night of the Heroes plunges the reader into a bizarre world where anything ever read about becomes very much alive—and invariably kicking!
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The Coming of the Voidal

The Coming of the Voidal

Adrian Cole

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Fantasy / Horror

    During the Xmas holiday in 1975, Adrian conceived the concept of his enigmatic and shadowy character, the Voidal, a warrior doomed to wander the limitless worlds of a bizarre omniverse in company with his unusual sidekick, Elfloq the familiar, in search of his past, his identity and his soul. Inspired by a combination of fantasy works, including Clark Ashton Smith, H. P. Lovecraft and the extraordinary French artist, Philipe Druillet, it was the beginning of a strange and tortured odyssey, a dark fantasy that was finally brought to a climax nearly 40 years later.     Illustrated by Award winning British artist, Jim Pitts.     Spectre Press, 1977. Softcover, 24 pp.      ***          "… The Voidal is a sort of destroying angel used by the Dark Gods to work their will and vengeance. Stripped of memory, in each story, he attempts to gain knowledge of who or what he is and regain his memory. To describe the stories, think of H. P. Lovecraft writing sword and sorcery, returning to the Dreamlands but written in his later, darker style. There is some Michael Moorcock influence present with the idea of the "omniverse" and the Voidal being sent to different dimensions. Cole uses words to create names in the manner of Tolkien. Names such as Tallyman, Nighteye, Windwrack appear. Cole combines simple Anglo-Saxon words to create new ones. He has a very unique style and good command of language. Fans of Clark Ashton Smith take note though I would not call Adrian Cole's writing style Smith-ish…"     -Morgan Holmes, REHupa (The Robert E. Howard United Press Association)          "…as inventive as Jack Vance, with much of Michael Moorcock's brooding gloom…"     -Lin Carter
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