Allan Batchelder is a professional actor, educator and former stand-up comedian. Over the years, he has written plays, screenplays and, most recently, the first three novels in his Immortal Treachery series, including Steel, Blood & Fire, As Flies to Wanton Boys, and Corpse Cold. These books have received critical acclaim from Kirkus, the Midwest Book Review, and Fantascize.com. Growing up, Allan picked up whatever novels his father had just finished reading, so that by a very young age, he was well-versed in Conan the Barbarian, The Lord of the Rings, John Carter of Mars and more. Allan also has a great passion for and extensive experience with the plays of Shakespeare. While the main focus of his novels is grimdark fantasy, his books are also full of sly references to the Bard, to acting, and to other works of classic literature as well. Allan lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, his son, and his cat, Stella Luna.
Steel, Blood & Fire: Immortal Treachery, Book 1 (Epic Fantasy/Grimdark)
On the march, around the campfire, and in the taverns, they tell incredible stories about Tarmun Vykers, the Reaper – how he’s never been cut in battle, how he once defeated hundreds of men by himself, how he exterminated an entire people over an insult. These stories make Vykers seem like a god, but he is a man, an arrogant, ruthless and bloodthirsty man. For all that, he may be the only thing standing between the human race and utter annihilation at the hands of the mad wizard who calls himself the End-of-All-Things. Against this backdrop, smaller, lesser folks struggle to fulfill their own destinies, folks like Aoife, burdened with a secret so dark she is driven to do the unimaginable and seek an alliance with fey powers no mortal has ever encountered.
As Flies to Wanton Boys: Immortal Treachery, Book 2 (Epic Fantasy/Grimdark)
The second book in the Immortal Treachery series and the sequel to Steel, Blood & Fire, As Flies to Wanton Boys finds the Reaper laid low by a sorcerous wound and languishing in a sick bed for years until his services are unexpectedly required again, and the means to get back on his feet rather conveniently appears in the person of Her Majesty’s first mage… Cindor, the kingdom’s most experienced wizard and a skilled politician. But what is the price for his help? And what of the beautiful healer, Aoife, who insists on accompanying Vykers on Cindor’s quest? Surely, she’s not as emotionally aloof as she pretends, and, if not, what is she hiding? Long Pete, too, is caught up in Cindor’s web. The wizard has plans for Long and his crew that may save the kingdom but tear friendships asunder.
Ride with the half-crippled Reaper again, as he crosses a monster-filled sea and a dark and threatening continent to engage in the most unusual battle of his life and uncover an unthinkable secret.
Corpse Cold: Immortal Treachery, Book 3 (Epic Fantasy/Grimdark)
Kittins wants revenge, too, against the all-powerful Queen, who’s been manipulating and dictating his every move for far too long, to devastating effect.
Long Pete wants revenge against the slavers who murdered his wife and even now hold his only child captive.
And many others too numerous to count want revenge as well, for slights both real and imagined.
One thing is certain: punishment is coming.
Follow the Reaper again, as he fights through the worst winter in ages to deal out revenge that leaves his victims corpse cold.