Tais Teng is a pseudonym for a Dutch fantasy and science fiction writer, illustrator and sculptor. His real name is Thijs van Ebbenhorst Tengbergen and he was born in 1952 in The Hague.
Together with Jaap Boekestein he is the originator of Ziltpunk, optimistic climate fiction set in the Netherlands. The E-books Een horizon vol Eilanden and Buitendijks, vier ziltpunkverhalen are part of the series.
Tais Teng has written more than a hundred and twenty novels for both adults and children. He has won the Paul Harland Prize, the Dutch Hugo, four times. His books have been translated in German, Finnish, French and English. One of his books, The Emerald Boy, has been published in the USA. He recently sold the stories Embrace the Night and And the Sky is filled with eyes to the Night Land site.
His English short story collections Lovecraft, my Love and Embrace the Nght and Other Stories are available at Smashwords.
His Dutch websites are
For illustrations, book covers and commissions (English):
on June 22, 2017 :
I really enjoyed this book. In a nice magic realism style, it describes the multiple magic creatures that inhabit the Netherlands: trolls, monster cats, a weed god, a dangerous Punch and Judy show... This is a great idea, and it works well. The stories feature a number of different styles, sometimes humorous, sometimes bizarre, sometimes unsettling, giving the book a pleasant diverse range. You will probably appreciate the book most if you know the Netherlands well because it contains plenty of local flavour, but if (like me) you are not so familiar with the country, it is still very enjoyable.
My one criticism is layout-related: in the version I read (pdf), most of the links to the chapters in the table of contents didn't seem to work. This could be improved. It is, however, a very minor point.
(review of free book)