Gary Kuyper

Biography

Gary Kuyper began his professional literary career writing self-help and general interest articles for Daan Retief Publishers who produced a monthly book for their woman’s club called Woman’s Forum. These articles would sometimes require research and had titles as diverse as The Human Brain and Body Painting!

Being a professional photographer on a part-time basis Gary has also managed to have his articles on photography (With accompanying photographs) published in books and magazines. He has also done some free-lance photography and photojournalism projects for numerous local newspapers.

Over the past four years he has constantly managed to be one of the top finalists in the Nova Short Story Competition (A competition for budding writers of science fiction and/or fantasy).
Last year (2009) Gary had the pleasure of seeing The Devil's Little Tadpoles grace the pages of the local SF & Fantasy Fanzine Probe.

He is an avid film buff and amateur film maker. A few years ago I managed to take first prize in the SA Ten Best Film Makers Competition with a short film entitled The Crimson Cobra - An action-packed martial arts / superhero movie using some of the very talented local artists.

He is a qualified prosthetics make-up artist and has used this talent on both amateur and professional productions. He has also appeared on television in a youth program especially made for enlightening people in the art of special effects make-up.

Gary has a rather excellent general knowledge being not only an avid writer but reader of any material that is able to stimulate him cerebrally.
He taught himself Adobe Photoshop and has become adapt and proficient enough at utilizing the software to such a degree that he has managed to sell a number of creations to various institutes and organizations. He is particularly fond of a logo designed for the Krazy Mug Coffee Shop and several covers that have graced the front of Probe.

Gary has a vast knowledge of music and has appeared on the local Television Music Quiz Show Note for Note where he was able to win a substantial amount of prize money.

In 2008 he entered the SF / Fantasy Mini Radio Play Competition and took first prize with his The Adventures of Captain Max Power of the Intergalactic Police - an obvious homage to the early Flash Gordon radio series’. A number of skilled professionals are now planning to produce Max to CD and have it aired on a local radio station (SAfm).

All his literary and photojournalistic accomplishments have been done on a part-time basis due to the fact that his full time career is lecturing mathematics as well as engineering science at a Technical College. Although this is a most fulfilling profession, it has long been Gary's ideal to become a full-time writer – especially of fantasy, science fiction and horror novels.

He has recently published his first full-length fantasy novel - The Chronicles of Baltrath: The DARK WIZARDS.
As a considerable amount of time and effort has been expended in building the world of Baltrath, Gary has begun work on a sequel to The Dark Wizards.

Where to find Gary Kuyper online

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Where to buy in print


Books

101 Politically Incorrect LIMERICKS: Volume Two
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,850. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
IT'S LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR! The long awaited Volume Two of the popular '101 Politically Incorrect LIMERICKS' series is raunchier, more daring and much funnier than Volume One! This collection of totally new and fresh humorous prose is guaranteed to have you laughing out loud! A MUST FOR ALL SERIOUS COLLECTORS OF LIMERICKS!
The Second Hand Man
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Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 128,010. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
What happens when the gifted mind of a womanizing, whisky-guzzling, cigar-chomping, 55-year-old billionaire player inadvertently ends up trapped inside the body of a 6-year-old child? Situations run from brilliant to bizarre; from traumatically tragic to highly humorous; and from shockingly sensual to arousingly erotic!
Short Stories for Long Waits
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,460. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A collection of short stories by master story teller Gary Kuyper. This anthology caters for fans of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction. Ranging from creepy and disturbing to whimsical and humorous, this superb compilation guarantees reading pleasure for all enthusiasts of the genres.
The Unholy Scryptvrs
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,520. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A collection of short stories by master story teller Gary Kuyper. This anthology caters for fans of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction. Ranging from creepy and disturbing to whimsical and humorous, this superb compilation guarantees reading pleasure for all enthusiasts of the genres.
Goldstruck
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,190. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Alchemy is the procedure whereby base metals such as lead or brass are turned into gold. Horror and Fantasy meet head on in this intriguing story about the terrible power that gold can wield over mortal man. It is only inevitable that greed, deception and murder will follow in the wake of successful alchemy.
Hybrids
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,230. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
What will be the consequences when governments start to allow geneticists the right to add human DNA into their cauldrons? Is this a horror or a Science Fiction story? Perhaps it is a realistically terrifying look at what may very well come to pass in our near future!
The Promise
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,750. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A ghost returns to collect on a promise!
The Sensing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,650. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
THE SENSING a.k.a. Teddy Scare is a deep south supernatural thriller! Gary Kuyper portrays a vivid image of life (and death) in late fifties Louisiana.
Teddy Scare
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,510. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When an old Voodoo Queen from Houma, Louisiana offered to fix young Theodore Stone’s teddy bear, little did the bullies that had damaged Theo’s favourite toy realize the bizarre and terrible forces that were about to be unleashed on them…and the world.
The Sorrowapple Tree and Other Short Philosophical Tales
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Three short and humorous philosophical tales for the thinking person. Includes an extract from the epic fantasy: The Chronicles of Baltrath - The DARK WIZARDS.
What Goes Around...
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,760. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A time-travel tale of murder and deceit! Attempting to perfect his MolSaP (Molecular Stimulator and Projector), a brilliant scientist instead discovers he has inadvertently constructed something far better - the first functional time machine. Now it is imperative that it remains a secret from his employers at Etronn, especially from the wily Roger Tlad; a task that would prove most difficult
The Wizards of O-Zone
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A humorous sf story about playing God. Lieutenants West and Poppyfield had gotten bored patroling the less technologically advanced planets spanning the area of space known as the O-Zone. Ignoring the Zone Authorities’ Non-Interference Policy regarding primitive societies, they had decided to take advantage of the 'inferior' humanoid life-forms; especially those of the female variety!
The Devil's Little Tadpoles
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,020. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Why were the victims children? Why did the abductions occur during or after a hard nocturnal downpour? And was it possible that the horror terrorizing the surrounding villages had taken up residence in the old abandoned monastery? One young man, who had lost his brother to the evil, had resolved to solve the mystery or die trying. But, of course, some fates are far worse than death!
Latent Images
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,480. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When Roald Menal designed the Ghosting Extractor based on Harold Mooney’s RLP (Refractive Light Pulses) Theory, Holo-Domes (Holographic Cinemas) were soon to become the new rage. But little did the world know that Mooney had discovered a more sinister application for his theory; a fantastic secret that he dare not reveal to anyone else!
Lizards and Wizards
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,760. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
A fantasy novella for all ages, telling the spellbinding tale of how the very first dragon came to be.
Made-to-Order
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A thought-provoking post-apocalyptic tale.
101 Politically Incorrect LIMERICKS
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,220. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
I have here some brand new ditties From old and not-so-old cities They mostly contain Stuff to warp your brain Such as sex, violence, language and nudities
The Chronicles of Baltrath - The Dark Wizards
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 167,560. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Ten thousand years ago the Dark Wizards defeated Rava Zool, the Great Dragon. With time the wizards became divided in their primary purpose of keeping Rava Zool incarcerated for all eternity. Now, in order to prevent his emancipation, the few faithful Dark Wizards must unite their forces with Baltrath’s most unlikely populace; including the brooding Kithian warrior known as the Son of Zemth.
Bedrhyme Stories - The Crystal-Glow
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2009. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A group of outcasts befriend each other because normal society finds it fit to reject them. They then set out on a quest to gain possession of the crystal-glow, a unique gemstone inside the throat of an evil dragon. The crystal-glow allows the dragon to control its fire-breathing power. Remove the crystal-glow and you destroy the beast.

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Smashwords book reviews by Gary Kuyper

  • Space Trippers Book 1: Trippin' on April 07, 2010

    Space Trippers is space opera at its finest. The book takes its catchy name from a device that was invented for the specific purpose of transporting ones enemies unharmed through a space warp to some uncharted part of the universe without the possibility of them ever returning to their original coordinates. This gives new meaning to the old adage: Out of sight, out of mind! Aurora Lightbourne is a PC Tech with an excellent knowledge of electronic devices and computers which she uses to infuse uncanny life into her creations. Her style is very easy to read and has a nice flow to it. She certainly has a good command of the English language and knows how to build up the necessary intrigue and drama to keep the reader turning the pages. Being a female author, Lightbourne has added a number of strong female characters to her narrative: The by-the-book military Captain C. Fairbanks and the book’s main character Valesque Rhaugh - a strong-willed, independent thinking, no-nonsense taking female Virrilian. One might even surmise that she is an extension of the author herself except for her physical appearance which is very much vampirish (Pale skinned and fanged). Valesque is a brilliant scientist who has constructed a state-of-the-art spaceship named the I.S.A. Magellan; she is also, although regretful of it, the inventor of the space tripping device. The narrative starts off by introducing us to the environment of the Space Trippers viz. the characters, the technology and the politics that have led to the raging intergalactic war that has caused bitterness between Valasque’s race and the humans who are now known as Earthians. An unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) chain of events have forced her to flee from her own people and reluctantly assist the Earthian controlled Intergalactic Planetary Alliance (I.P.A.) when they illegally commandeer her ship; even changing the name to the I.P.A. Vortex. One can compare this to a roller coaster ride - a slow build up as we ascend to the top but then from the end of chapter four onwards it’s non-stop action and adventure all the way to the last enthralling page that will have you panting for more in Book 2. The characters are all well-developed, and there are a number of scenes rife with sexual tension and some with humour that even had me laughing out loud. If you like stuff like Firefly, Ice Pirates or, and especially, the Star Trek series Voyager, then Space Trippers is definitely a must-read. Given enough time, I expect that Lightbourne’s Vortex will become as well-known as Lucas’ Millennium Falcon or even Roddenberry’s Enterprise. Enjoy!
  • Iron II: Unknown Place, Unknown Universe on March 27, 2012

    SF Action and Adventure at its best Although this is the second part of what promises to be a very exciting trilogy, it is also very much a standalone novel. The best way to describe Iron II is a subtle blending between Stargate and The Flight of the Phoenix. Without giving too much away, the basic plot is about three space academy graduates who crash land on an unknown planet inhabited by primitive humanoid warring tribes. The three’s knowledge of science and technology make them almost godlike in the eyes of the planet’s inhabitants, yet they soon discover that they are not the first beings from the stars to visit here. They befriend one of the tribes and manage to convince them to help with the tremendous task of recovering their space craft from beneath the shifting desert sand. During the course of repairing the ship they undergo many trials and tribulations – some excitingly dangerous whilst others are laugh-out-loud humorous. Lazlo Ferran has managed to create a truly believable scenario of adventure and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages all the way to the end. Recommended!
  • Ordo Lupus II: The Devil's Own Dice on Sep. 07, 2012

    This is an excellent sequel to the first book, and is mostly set in 13th century France after the protagonist is forced to make a journey back through time to rescue a loved one. The story grips you from the very beginning, and although it is the second in the series, can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. One thing is very evident about this work of fiction – the author has done a good bit of research regarding life in the 13th century. The description of the battle (and the aftermath) at The Battle of Bouvines is extremely vivid and detailed – makes one have the sensation of being right there in the heat of it all – one feels almost as exhausted and as in pain as the protagonist – excellent writing!!! Although this work is definitely for readers interested in stories set in medieval times, it also delves into the eternal battle between werewolves and vampires – so, fans of these popular genres will also find this work exciting and intriguing. The author has successfully managed to create his own unique mythology – I hope it finds the following that it so greatly deserves. I certainly am a big fan! Highly recommended!