George Straatman


George lives in Timmins, a small Northern Ontario city with his wife Louise and their collection of furry kids. He writes both horror and high fantasy. His works Include the epic horror trilogy...The Converging Series...the new stand alone epic horror...The Circle of the Witch and The first two volume of the epic Fantasy Series...Journey through the Land of Shades.

I would like to give something back to those who have purchased and enjoyed his novels. To this end, I would like to offer a series of Signature Cards.

What is a signature card? It is a 4 x 6 inch card on durable poster stock. The face of the card holds the book cover image and the reverse side has the novel’s teaser and my website address…and sufficient space where I can personalize the card for readers.
I have created one of these cards for each of my novels, so if you would like a no cost personalized card…select one or more of the Signature Cards and send me an e-mail along with your mailing address and the name you would like to have me sign to…and I’ll send a card your way. The e-mail address for this Signature Card Request would be

Smashwords Interview

1. What are the inspirations and influences that drove you to write Journey through the Land of Shades?
The primary influence and inspiration for the Journey series springs from my loves of the tales of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. To my mind, this cycle of stories, in its many incarnations, is the foundation upon which all western fantasy is constructed. As I began to develop the story line for this first novel, it was my intention to pay homage to the myth and legend that is King Arthur. This is by no means a retelling of those great legends…rather; it is an elaboration on the concept of some of the pivotal characters in the original tale. In the first novel of this series, the weaving of the Arthurian lore into the fabric of the story is so subtle that it may go unnoticed even by the most devoted of Arthur fans.
2. What is the central theme of this novel?
The extended teaser I’ve written to accompany my book release probably is the most effective way of summarizing the central premise of this novel…
Islena Doraux was an extraordinary woman living an ordinary life. Daughter of the Tempest…this vague yet indelible memory whispered at the edges of her consciousness; echoes of lives lived that were the stuff of legend in a dozen worlds. Compelled by an insatiable desire for dominion, an ancient nemesis would reach across the boundaries of our reality and draw Islena into an antiquated world in search of the Proclamations of omnipotence and compel her on a Journey through the Land of Shades.
Daughter of the Tempest…Champion of Light…Mother of Iniquity; these three ascendant souls stand as sides of an equilateral triangle that has spun endlessly through the eternal river of time...the physical manifestations of a conflict that has been fought at different junctures through the history of a thousand worlds…a thousands realities. With each tragic resolution these three adversaries are set adrift in the current of time until the inevitable moment of confluence when they will fight their battle again. In our world, beyond the veil of legend and myth, they were known as Arthur, Guinevere and Morgana. In an antiquated world, where time seems frozen and progress is measured in centuries, these three will come together yet again to resume the struggle for apotheosis…and should the Mother of Iniquity stand at the apex of the triangle when the final blow is struck, the flow of time will stop and her darkness will extinguish all hope…every flower of salvation and light.
Journey through the Land of Shades recounts the latest incarnation of this recurring conflict between these three pivotal ascendant beings…essentially, these three figures represent the personification of good and evil and the balancing factor of ambivalence. It is Islena Doraux (Daughter of the Tempest) who is the living embodiment of ambivalence and it is upon the hinge of her actions that the central conflict of this story will be resolved.
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Where to find George Straatman online

Where to buy in print


Tales of Lorio: Daughter of Dust
Price: Free! Words: 311,600. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Lorio, the wanderer and heroine of legend, and Karosyn Nierosean, the benevolent Queen of Emercia…two icons of light in a world of heavy-fisted misogyny, these extraordinary woman strive toward diametrically opposite goals. Linked by a ghost of a lingering failure, these icons unite to confront a mad theology of misandry that has arisen from the sands of Majeer and would see men dead or enslaved.
Tales of Lorio and Issidris: A Parting of Ways
Price: Free! Words: 61,190. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Over the course of thirty years, Lorio and Issidris Il’s improbable friendship carried them to every far-flung corner of the Antiquated World on a rambling adventure that would galvanize bonds that would make them inseparable. Together, they would experience pain and poignancy, joy and camaraderie, but all stories must see an end…and the tale of Lorio and Issidris would prove no exception.
A Fallible Goddess and The Enduring Sorrow (Journey Book 4)
Price: Free! Words: 393,640. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After a cycle of recurring violence that has stained the soil of endless worlds, Islena stands on the cusp of omnipotence. She accepts her role to ascend and become not a god, but the god, but is beset by indecision when confronted by paths that flow in opposite directions. Plagued by dark ambition and those who would manipulate her for personal gain, she must choose which path to embrace.
The Final Converging: An Immortal Heart Asunder
Price: Free! Words: 286,300. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
After escaping the apocalypse, Elizabeth finds peace, but as those who populate her life die, she is faced with eternal isolation. In a Greek village, Elizabeth finds sanctuary, but in a future where privacy is lost, she is drawn into a deadly snare by a dying madman desperate to defy mortality. She turns to Cynara for aid and a dark twist of circumstances brings their tale to a tragic end.
The Chains of Capitulation (Journey Book 3)
Price: Free! Words: 236,260. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
‘I will forewarn you, when the last of these shadows has been swept away to reveal the brutal reality of your existence, all that awaits you is the embrace of bitter despair.’ Myrhia to Islena Doraux. After surviving the harrowing trek through the Land of Shades and locating the legendary king, Islena’s burgeoning hope is crushed by the truth of her own insurmountable inner darkness.
Circle of the Witch
Price: Free! Words: 378,280. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
After a controversial shooting ends Raymond Saddler’s LAPD career, he accepts a sheriff’s position in the small town of Quinsett, believing that the isolated and sedate town will be the ideal place to rebuild his shattered life. Instead, he discovers a long-harbored secret, a dormant evil and an adversary, who may well be history’s greatest villain…or most tortured and aggrieved victim.
Abjection along the Road to Apotheosis Journey book 2
Price: Free! Words: 164,510. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Pursued by an inexorable enemy and the crushing weight of inescapable destiny, Islena Doraux finds sanctuary in the West, carrying a dying world’s slim hopes on her shoulders. Myrhia’s relentless evil will not be denied and Islena is forced to flee to the fabled Land of Shades in search of a legendary king. Yet to gain the path to epiphany, she must suffer abjection along the road to apotheosis.
Journey through the Land of Shades
Price: Free! Words: 217,220. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Islena was an extraordinary woman living an ordinary life. Daughter of the Tempest…a memory whispered at the edges of her consciousness; echoes of lives that were lore in a dozen worlds. Driven by mad lust for dominion, an ancient foe rends the borders of reality to draw Islena into an antiquated world in search of the Icons of omnipotence compelling her on a Journey through the Land of Shades.
The Converging: Closures in Blood
Price: Free! Words: 227,340. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
After destroying Cynara, Elizabeth Simpson returns home in search of the one man she’s ever loved and absolution for sins committed under the demon’s thrall. Reviled by Heaven and hell and pursued across a dying America by zealots and satanic assassins, she turns to a sworn enemy…a dark mistress who is her one hope of eluding her relentless pursuers and finding closure and redemption.
The Converging: Mark of the Demon
Price: Free! Words: 228,490. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
After laying waste to the town of Semelar, The Demon Cynara Saravic returns to her ancestral homeland of Romania with Elizabeth Simpson firmly in tow. The ancient soil howls with the screams of Cynara’s past victims. In answer to those cries their descendants come together and as Cynara prepares to meet their challenge, she discovers her two greatest enemies; love and her own conflicted nature.
The Converging
Price: Free! Words: 185,980. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 8 reviews)
The Converging recounts the tale of ethereal Romanian demon Cynara Saravic who after building her legend as Satan’s most prolific reaper of souls, decides she must have a soul, not for the dark father, but her own companionship. Her search for a perfect light reflection of her own darkness leads her to a small Washington town where she spins an insidious web of terror while claiming her prize.

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  • Home Lost on April 16, 2011

    HOME LOST By Franz Mclaren As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become increasingly averse to the notion of review the artistic works of others in a public forum of any kind. Thus, it is a pleasant relief when I read a novel that allows me to offer a heart-felt praise for the work under consideration. Home Lost is the initial offering of Mr. Mclaren’s Clarion of Destiny fantasy series and revolves around his young protagonist, Leena, who is a village hedge witch in training. The novel opens as the young girl returns from a trip to the mythically symbolic Garland tree to discover that her home village has been ravaged and her family has gone, alone with most of the other village inhabitants. The opening volume focuses on Leena’s attempt to discover what has befallen her family…a journey that will lead her on an epic quest during which she will unravel the mysteries of her own monumental destiny. I will not delve into specific plot details here, rather I will concentrate on the tone and style of Mr. Mclaren’s writing. I’m not sure if this novel was intended for the consumption of a young adult audience, but Home Lost is a comparatively simply fantasy offering, but many complex fantasy offerings begin this way and evolve as they progress (Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan being a case in point). It is a pleasant and easy read that will not require a detailed score card to keep track of the pantheon of Gods and religions that one would need to wade through Steven Erikson’s Malazan books of the fallen. This relative simplicity does not detract from the fact that this novel is a tremendously pleasing fantasy read that is suited for genre lovers of all ages. What I particularly enjoyed about Mr. Mclaren’s novel is sense of innocence that permeates every page…every sentence of the story…so far removed from the cynicism and vitriol that seems to have infected so much of our literature and indeed, every aspect of life in today’s world. I find myself thinking of this novel in terms of adjective that I have not associated with the fantasy genre in some time…sweet and endearing. Even the resolutions of the story’s many conflicts were often achieved without the obligatory spilling of buckets of blood and mountains of viscera and this demonstrated a creative sensibility that I have seldom seen. From the technical perspective, Mr’ Mclaren’s writing evokes comparison with Terry Goodkind in his use of staccato narrative and the interrogative as a means of exploring a character’s internal thought process in any given situation. This narrative mechanism suits the story quite well. The most lasting impact of this novel from my perspective is what compells me to give it the highest recommendation…this is a fatasy story that has been written with both innocence and a gentle grace that is as refeshing as it is delightful. If the story is a reflection of the man who penned it, Franz Mclaren is a man who I would personally like to know and whose perspective on both life and literature is all too rare. Excellent and recommended to fantasy lovers of all ages.