A big welcome to Tom Doyle who is here counting down the Top 10 Classic American Stories of the Fantastic or Uncanny and celebrating the release of American Craftsmen, (published on May 6, 2014 by Tor Books). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Tom Doyle’s Top 10 Classic American Stories of the Fantastic or Uncanny
In my debut novel, American Craftsmen, Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier, a “craftsman”, fighting against a treasonous cabal at the heart of the Pentagon. American Craftsmen has also been called “a book haunted by other books” because I’ve created a backstory from the early American stories of the fantastic. For my list, here (in no precise order) are my top ten American stories of the fantastic or the uncanny. I’ve limited the selections to one per author, or Poe might occupy half of the list.
Two copies of American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle
Available on May 6, 2014 by Tor Books
In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first.
US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a “craftsman.” After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.
Dale uncovers treason in the Pentagon’s highest covert ranks. He hunts for his enemies before they can murder him and Scherie, a new friend who knows nothing of his magic.
Endicott pursues Dale, divided between his duty to capture a rogue soldier and his desire to protect Dale from his would-be assassins. They will discover that the demonic horrors that have corrupted American magic are not bound by family or even death itself.
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