Troubador 13 Fiendish Fables

Released: 28/02/2021

ISBN: 9781800461772

eISBN: 9781800468252

Format: Paperback/eBook

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13 Fiendish Fables

A Novel


If a man bargained his soul to the Devil in order to become a successful author, what kind of stories would the man write? If a woman risked everything to read the man’s book, what would she find out? If a third man knew the answers to the previous two questions, what would be revealed? 

The new book, Thirteen Fiendish Fables: A Novel by Stephen Schmoyer, attempts to tackle these three propositions. At times tragic, at times humorous, this unusual book explores the bizarre menagerie of what doesn’t exist, but what could exist according to human beliefs and human imagination. The scenes and tales take place within the panorama of Heaven, in Hell, in some in-between places, and in both fantasy and reality. 

In many ways the novel is one of contradictions, experimentation, and upended expectations. Hell is shown to dispense mercy and allow for love. Heaven is portrayed as a place of sometimes monstrous atrocities all in the name of salvation. The in-between places are, well, in-between. And reality is reality and fantasy is fantasy, or is it? Most of all, this is a book of patience, waiting to be read by anyone willing to embrace complexity.

I enjoyed this book it was well written with good character development, I would definitely recommend. I was gripped from the first page and intrigued right until the very end. It was so funny too which is always a bonus especially in times like these. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

Prose-like style with commentary by a snarky devil - a definite fun read. The author was going for something different and achieved just that. Highly entertaining tales of dealings with the devil, with intermittent conversations between the author and the devil, who provides feedback on the tales. A fun read!

Original review:

by NetGalley review

Stephen Schmoyer

Stephen Schmoyer is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and Kutztown University. He has taught writing and Literature at the college level for over twenty years. He despises raw tomatoes, currently lives in the Lehigh Valley, PA, USA, and is working on his second novel.

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