Peter Tarkulich


Peter Tarkulich is the author behind the fantasy noir series "Mystery, Murder, and Magic", as well as the epic fantasy series "The Godblood Chronicles". Among his other ventures, Peter has been writing (and drawing) the webcomic Bardsworth since 2005.

Peter lives in upstate New York with his wife, son, and two cats. In addition to writing and drawing he also loves cooking, home brewing beer, watching movies and cartoons, and generally living life to its fullest. His goal is to be as successful a Renaissance man as he can be.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Without a doubt, David Eddings. He seems to be a dividing factor among both readers and writers, but I've always idolized his writing style and tried to emulate it. Other favorites who have had some influence on me are Piers Anthony, Margaret Weise, Tracy Hickman, Terry Brooks, and Sergei Lukyanenko.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh my gosh, what an unfair question... What I list here is just what's at the top of my head at the moment.

"The Belgariad" by David Eddings. I know that's a series and not a book, but I can't choose one book out of the series. This is the series that inspired my style of writing and my world-building skills.

"Hyperion" by Dan Simmons. This book is just so amazing and diverse, using "The Canterbury Tales" as a template for a sci-fi tale, and it sets the stage for an amazing series.

"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams. I wanted to go with a series again instead of one book, but really, of the series this was my favorite book. My uncle had it on tape and I listened to it over and over again so much that I memorized it and can still quote it word for word to this day. It also inspired much of my humorous attempts at writing.

"Seize the Night" by Dean Koontz. Koontz novels are a guilty pleasure for me and are kind of my literary version of McDonald's - I get a craving for something that is quick, tasty, but not necessarily full of nutritional value. This is my favorite book of his because it blends a good amount of humor, banter, weird happenings, and overall page-turning craziness.

"Sometimes the Magic Works" by Terry Brooks. It's part book on writing, part autobiography, part inspirational book. It had such a big impact on me that I hand wrote a thank you letter to Terry Brooks (which he answered!) and I try to read it often, even though I know it forwards and backwards by this point.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Peter Tarkulich online


Starting Over
Series: Bardsworth University. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,260. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
High school nobody Mike Cosley is stumped about what to do with his future - until he discovers a door at the back of his closet that leads into another world. Follow Mike into a world of wizards, demons, fairies, and bards. Based on the long-running webcomic "Bardsworth".
Fantasy Noir: Three Stories of Mystery, Murder, & Magic
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,190. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Step into the hardboiled world of Rick Walker, a private investigator with a penchant for scotch, dames, and magic. With reluctant help from a foul-mouthed demon, a nervous young diviner, and a fiery ex-girlfriend, Rick navigates his way through several cases, only to discover that they are all connected in some way.
Angel in the Shadows
Series: Mystery, Murder, and Magic, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,910. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Life has gotten complicated for magic-using detective, Rick Walker. Hiding from it all behind bottles of Scotch, he emerges to take on a case for an old acquaintance, which may turn out to be his deadliest yet. With the help of an assortment of companions, Rick confronts his demons, both figurative and real. With danger around every corner, Rick might need more than his charm to stay alive.
Blood of the Mother
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,870. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Quentis, a young seminary student with a tenuous faith in his goddess, finds himself guided by Her hands into a journey of danger and of self-discovery. With the help of an odd assortment of companions, he will ultimately have to face those chosen by the goddess's once-lover, the god Ulos.
Dames and Diviners
Series: Mystery, Murder, and Magic, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,680. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
They said it was heart attack that killed Jack Carradine, but his roommate, Walter Prescott, thinks otherwise. So Walter seeks outside help - and ends up with the magic-using, Scotch-loving private investigator, Rick Walker. The two embark on a journey for answers that leads them to a discovery that could mean the end of both of them.
Dark City, Dark Magic
Series: Mystery, Murder, and Magic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 16,730. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Brother of millionaire Frederick Billingsly is dead, but was it suicide or magic-assisted murder? The police are no help, so Frederick hires private eye Rick Walker. While Rick might be a Scotch-soaked womanizer, he's good at his job and an able magic user. With the help of a foul-mouthed demon, Rick takes the case. The question is - will he be able to solve the case and pay his rent on time?

Peter Tarkulich's tag cloud

adult humor    adventure    angel    angels    bards    crime    dark fantasy    demon    demons    detective    detective book    detective books    detective crime    detective ebook    detective ebooks    detective fantasy    detective fiction    detective genre    detective murder    detective mysteries    detective mystery    detective mystery novels    detective mystery series    detective mystery stories    detective noir    detective novel    detective novels    detective series    detective series hard boiled    detective story    detective trilogy    detectives    epic    epic fantasy    faith    fantasy    fantasy about magic    fantasy action    fantasy adult humor    fantasy adventure book    fantasy and magic    fantasy book    fantasy contemporary    fantasy ebook    fantasy fiction books    fantasy magic    fantasy noir    fantasy series    fantasy steampunk    fantasy story    fantasy ya    femme fatale    funny fantasy    god    goddess    gods    hard boiled    hardboiled    hardboiled detective    hardboiled detective fiction    hardboiled mystery    journey    magic    magic abilities    magic and crime    magic and demons    magic college    magic fantasy    magic school    mystery    mystery dectective    mystery detective    noir    noir crime    noir detective    noir fantasy    noir fiction    noir mystery    noire    private investigator    private investigators    pulp noir    steampunk    thief    thieves    urban fantasy    webcomic    webcomics    wizards    young adult    zombies   

Peter Tarkulich's favorite authors on Smashwords