Tarl Telford


Tarl Telford (1976- )learned early that doing things the hard way is always the most educational. Born to a family that loved books, he grew up on paperback editions of Asimov, Bradbury, Piers Anthony and Louis L'Amour. A love for story and a keen eye for detail drew him to writing starting from an early age.
Tarl works as a technical writer, taking the words of others, discovering overall meaning, then weaving them into a clearly understandable finished product.
He annotated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and discovered many stories that required this type of technical analysis to complete. This project became the genesis of The Hidden History of Oz saga.
He is a student of history and a proponent of freedom and individual responsibility. These themes resonate in all his works.
The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens, is his first published novel.
Tarl keeps a dream journal, which he adds to daily. He lives in Texas with his red-haired wife.

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Crown of the Dreamer (The Hidden History of Oz, Book Two)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz, Book Two. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,570. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book Two of the Hidden History of Oz series. In a magical land powered by human dreams, one dreamer can change everything. Two years after the events of The Witch Queens, the rival powers in Oz struggle for control of the Wizard. On one hand is Glinda, the young sorceress, on the other, Kally, a mysterious girl with golden eyes. With the fate of Oz in the balance, who will control the Wizard?
The Witch Queens (The Hidden History of Oz, Book One)
Series: The Hidden History of Oz, Book One. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,800. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, young sorceress Glinda and a ventriloquist from pre-Civil War America battle against the Wicked Witches for the freedom of Oz. They learn the cost and true responsibility of freedom.
Ghosts of Serpentariis and Other Somnificient Musings
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Ghosts of Serpentariis and Other Somnificient Musings draws the reader into an imaginative symphony of poetic dreaming vistas. The title poem follows a foolhardy dreamer daring the depths of deepest imagination. On this journey he unlocks secrets, both light and dark, and fights to redeem his mortal soul. Additional poems explore the neverending battle between light and dark within the human mind.

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  • Two Pockets on June 24, 2010

    Two Pockets is a story of Miriam, a Hasidic Jewish girl who learns to be a carpenter. In the process of learning the construction business, she meets some good people who do not share her faith. Most of the adherents to her faith mentioned in the story are meant serve as contrast to Miriam's free spirit. The exploration of the Jewish characters in the story made Miriam's willful "decent" into the Gentile world look positively angelic. Though her father rants and raves about her choice of occupation and her associates, he ends up with more pressing worries. Being of a strict faith myself, I enjoyed this story right up to the very end, where the main character willfully rebels even further, and, in this reviewer's opinion, betrays her faith. The story is well written. The characters are easy to understand. The peppering of Yiddish throughout gives a distinct flavor to the piece. For many, the ending will probably be vindicated. For myself, I enjoyed the piece up to penultimate page. While my disappointment in the character is real, I also recognize that this is the mark of a good writer - I cared about what the character did. I would read this author again. Three stars for reasons explained above.