David N. Humphrey
Hello! I write adventures featuring the medieval mercenary Valguard and self publish them to as many outlets as I can.
Once described as ‘medieval violence with a touch of magic’ in many ways they feel like a ‘medieval western’ or Northern as its always cold not sunny. In the Venn diagram of Historical Fiction and Fantasy, my stories sit in the area where the two genres overlap. I like to think of it as ‘Swordpunk’ and these are my rules.
Things I don’t do:
• No maps - if you write the book right, you shouldn’t need them.
• No family trees - no one cares what your great, great step-uncle did
• No Dungeons, no dragons
• No Elves, Orcs or Hobbits
• No large scale army battles - my stories are more personal
• No ridiculous, unpronounceable names
• No 'olde worlde' dialogue - think if Tarantino did medieval
Things I include:
• Brutal violence for grown ups
• Villains who are properly evil and do horrific things
• Fruity and robust language - it was no picnic in the dark ages
• Humour - the text should be laced with dark humour
• Dirt - almost everything is old and covered in mud, sweat and blood
• Some Magic - the great wizards have all gone and magic is rare
• Action, great dialogue, plot twists and surprises
So far these are my published works.
KNIGHT OF COINS
Originally this story was to the beginning of a bigger book, and served as an introduction to the eponymous hero. Expanding this into a self contained 12k word novella seemed like the best way of getting my work 'out there' early. Knight of Coins earned some very positive feedback and even won the Best Literary Merit Award in the Fantasia Reviews 2016.
Designed to be a quick read 3k word short story and as a free giveaway. A desperate Valguard asks a remote church for sanctuary on the night of torrential storm. They offer him protection but can the sins of the past ever be forgiven? When you’re a wanted man, where will you hide?
3000 words, 2017.
Another standalone ‘mission’ for Valguard. Literally running for his life from a huge unstoppable horde of cannibals, I was inspired my the tone of the zombie genre but used infected tribesmen instead of undead, this has Valguard and his team cornered and faced with overwhelming enemy.
13,000 words, 2017.
I am writing further Valguard stories, including bigger novels and exclusively sell paperback versions of my books on Blurb, search for ‘Valguard’.
Download and enjoy and please let me know what you think.
Thank you, Dave
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Valguard, the medieval mercenary, soaked and wounded stumbles against the rain splattered door of a remote church desperate for sanctuary. Without possessions or even a weapon, what could have happened to him to have brought him here on such a terrible night?
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