Known out in Real Life™ as Sean (or even S. C.) Allen, Leon Saphanels is some sort of author, which is one who fabricates fictional nonsense for the enjoyment of others. His career as a writer began around the tender and juicy age of 11 or 12, when he penned the (hardly) epic work of fantasy "Sir Drake and the Dragon." The original draft was a bloody swath of violence and gore, but since the story was written for a 5th grade fairy tale project, it quite obviously underwent heavy revision at the hands of his teacher. The end result was... Just as horrible as the original draft. Luckily, there exists only 2 or 3 printed copies in existence, so most people will never know the horror of it. Oh, and the author illustrated it as well. Had the governments of the world known of the book's existence, the Geneva Convention would have been swiftly amended to ban the use of "Sir Drake and the Dragon" as a form of "persuasion" during wartime for being cruel, unusual and a blight upon mankind.
It would be nearly a decade and half later before Mr. Saphanels would risk placing ink to paper, but after so many years atoning for his past sins, he came to learn at least the basic rules of the complicated art of novel writing. In 20XX, he released, FOR FREE, his first fantasy novel, "The Black Knight." With such a clever and innovative title, success was sure to follow!
Yeaaaah, not so much. The novel was released way too soon, lacking many layers of editing and polish. However, it was a learning experience. He begun work on another piece of fantasy, inspired by the work and world of a somewhat popular, gothically influenced musician who shall remain nameless. However, after a bit of a falling out, the project was shelved. There's more than an even chance that the story will be resurrected in time. Someday. When the planets align JUST RIGHT. But until then...
Now, Leon is back in the saddle with The New Thing. Hopefully, it'll resonate with more than a few people. Thus begins the genesis of "The Engine Lords," a fiction which could best be described as 70's and 80’s cinema grindhouse in novel form. The tale will begin with "Volume Zero" which will be comprised of three individually released short stories, leading to the first full novel, "Volume One: Kingmaker."
So, sit back and enjoy the ride.
...oh, and Black Knight II will happen at some point, and it will actually be good. I promise.
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The Engine Lords - Volume Zero, Part One
by Leon Saphanels
Deep in the vein of 70's and 80's action cinema, 'The Engine Lords - Volume Zero, Part One' begins the blood-drenched and oil-soaked journey of Aria, a cold woman with a plan to not only survive a newly reborn America, but to thrive; and Dirge, a man quick to violence and holding no goal but to bring his once proud gang, The Engine Lords, out from the stigmatic shadow that has been cast upon them.
The Black Knight
by Leon Saphanels
Published: January 4, 2012.
After a grave betrayal, a young Princess is sent on a quest to search for a figure of mythic status: The Black Knight. Hailed by some as a hero, by others he is seen as evil incarnate, but the truth is more complex than any could imagine.
This young Princess finds herself embroiled in a conflict she thought impossible, entering the front lines of a war fought between the veil of life and death.
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