Broken Stone by Richard Monaco

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

From beyond their world, evil forces are advancing…

Leitus, the Roman outcast who found shelter in Judea.

Bita, Leitus’ wife, who still remembered the Druid magic of her native Britain.

Morga, the evil priestess, raised in a world of rituals, secrets and murder.

Antony, the noble emperor who had discovered the secrets of the pyramids.

An unknown force brought them all together in the desert for a rendezvous with dark beings of the shadow world, who still spoke the language of Hell.

Will this unlikely band of wanderers have what it takes to stare pure evil in the face?

Or will the stone that was broken remain forever in ruin?

Broken Stone is a gripping historical fantasy from two-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Richard Monaco.

Praise for Richard Monaco’s works:


“Captivating…” – Associated Press

“Epic scope…” – Los Angeles Sunday Times

“Monaco’s dialogue and meditations are often salty and fresh … a restless, strenuous rumination on civilization’s death and resurrection…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Worth waiting for. Often bawdy and raw…” – Publishers Weekly

“Monaco recreates the taste, touch, smell and sound of the knightly world in reality, not romance … he succeeds brilliantly…” – Library Journal

“Monaco presents dark, tormented tales … not for the weak-hearted.” – Fantasy Newsletter

“an instant classic.” – Salisbury Times

“… unbelievably talented … a literary miracle…” – Drogin Book Column

“… offers a worthy inclusion in the enduring and ever-expanding Arthurian literature.” – King Features Syndicate

Runes

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

One weapon to rule them all…


Accused falsely of a grotesque act of murder, Leitus, the romantic noble son of the Empire’s greatest enemy finds himself beset from all sides by more foes than friends.

In his desperation, he feels himself alone in this world – nowhere to turn.

But soon he will learn that the world is not what he thought it once was.

Encountering Bita, a beautiful slave girl who is destined to bear the children of the Gods, he sees his life is changing forever.

But Bita’s provincial village of ancient Britain has been unable to prepare her for her almighty purpose.

Soon, both Bita and Leitus must join forces to fight the forces of evil that surround them.

As they struggle in this new, mystic reality, they encounter things they had never dreamt of.

Myths become reality, as the pair navigate an enchanted druid world filled with painted warriors, mist-covered forests and powerful magic.

What was once mere fantasy has now taken the shape of deadly tyranny.

A myth, you might ask, is a myth, but why stretch it so out of shape? God’s Children, Arthurian legends, fantastical abilities and the young taking on forces of tyranny.

Runes is a gripping action historical fantasy set across the Roman empire.

Praise for Richard Monaco’s works:


“Captivating…” – Associated Press

“Epic scope…” – Los Angeles Sunday Times

“Monaco’s dialogue and meditations are often salty and fresh … a restless, strenuous rumination on civilization’s death and resurrection…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Worth waiting for. Often bawdy and raw…” – Publishers Weekly

“Monaco recreates the taste, touch, smell and sound of the knightly world in reality, not romance … he succeeds brilliantly…” – Library Journal

“Monaco presents dark, tormented tales … not for the weak-hearted.” – Fantasy Newsletter

“an instant classic.” – Salisbury Times

“… unbelievably talented … a literary miracle…” – Drogin Book Column

“… offers a worthy inclusion in the enduring and ever-expanding Arthurian literature.” – King Features Syndicate

Journey to the Flame

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

The war had already begun…


In the days before the Great War, forces of light clashed against the dark order of Thule in a war of shadows.

Darkness covered the land, and the kingdom fell into the annals of time.

Inspired by H. Rider Haggard’s novel SHE, Richard Monaco weaves a tale of a young aviator who rediscovers the lost kingdom that belonged to the mystic and immortal goddess Ayesha.

He and the beautiful goddess must defend her home and its secrets from evil men, whose ideas would help found the Nazi regime.

The world may not know it, but the war has begun, and it is coming for us all.

A unique merger of historical fact and imaginative fiction, Richard Monaco’s Journey to the Flame is a gripping historical fantasy adventure.

Praise for Richard Monaco’s works:


“Captivating…” – Associated Press

“Epic scope…” – Los Angeles Sunday Times

“Monaco’s dialogue and meditations are often salty and fresh … a restless, strenuous rumination on civilization’s death and resurrection…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Worth waiting for. Often bawdy and raw…” – Publishers Weekly

“Monaco recreates the taste, touch, smell and sound of the knightly world in reality, not romance … he succeeds brilliantly…” – Library Journal

“Monaco presents dark, tormented tales … not for the weak-hearted.” – Fantasy Newsletter

“an instant classic.” – Salisbury Times

“… unbelievably talented … a literary miracle…” – Drogin Book Column

“… offers a worthy inclusion in the enduring and ever-expanding Arthurian literature.” – King Features Syndicate

Richard Monaco wrote the best-selling Parsival novels, 1977-2012, two of which were Pulitzer finalists. In addition he wrote over a dozen other books, plays, and screenplays. Monaco studied musical composition at Columbia, edited a national student newspaper and a poetry magazine, and had a radio talk show based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. In 1979 he co-founded a NYC literary agency and the online journal, Grand Central Review, in 2015.

Unto the Beast

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

The world is at war … and the machinations of evil are on the rise once more…


1945. Nazi Germany.

The world has been at war for six years, and not for the first time in this century a watchful eye is focused on the movements of the Germany army.

But unseen, another battle is being waged.

An eternal battle, a terrifying force, far larger than the men involved.

We travel back in time, to an era when future terror is only the twisted dream of a young man.

But when strange rites are freshly performed, a secret gateway slowly opens…

The world may not be ready now or in the future for the power and horror that lies beyond.

But they do not know – this force has been here for generations…

Travelling further in time, we find a medieval world beset by a terrible power. Where a beast awakens from its ancient slumber and steps through the gates to create hell on earth.

And in 1945 in Nazi Germany, a man named Adolf Hitler evokes this hell once more…

Unto the Beast is a chilling, powerful saga of speculative fiction and time travel following the savage rule of a man called Hitler — and how his unnatural obsessions sprang not only from a vicious heart, but from a dark and supernatural past.

Praise for Richard Monaco’s works:


“Captivating…” – Associated Press

“Epic scope…” – Los Angeles Sunday Times

“Monaco’s dialogue and meditations are often salty and fresh … a restless, strenuous rumination on civilization’s death and resurrection…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Worth waiting for. Often bawdy and raw…” – Publishers Weekly

“Monaco recreates the taste, touch, smell and sound of the knightly world in reality, not romance … he succeeds brilliantly…” – Library Journal

“Monaco presents dark, tormented tales … not for the weak-hearted.” – Fantasy Newsletter

“an instant classic.” – Salisbury Times

“… unbelievably talented … a literary miracle…” – Drogin Book Column

“… offers a worthy inclusion in the enduring and ever-expanding Arthurian literature.” – King Features Syndicate

The Cult Candidate

“Captivating…” – Associated Press


The Star Organization has recently entered the scene, and gains new followers by the minute. The society claims to want to bring people to a higher level by having them acknowledge their spiritual power, working to help each other see energy on a higher plane.

Tom Clenaire, a journalist for a major network, smells something fishy. He enlists the help of his old flame’s new partner, Frank Conan, who is independently studying how to reach new planes of free consciousness.

Leader of the Star Organization, William Starman, is a seemingly unassuming man. But his fervor in the science of ESP, and his nerve-wracking control of the power, doesn’t sit right with Tom.

Those in power see only the potential influence it gives them.

But as Frank and Tom dig deeper in the organization, increasingly disturbing patterns become clear.

Starman is waiting for his time to come — the time when he will replace the weakness, confusion and doubt of democracy with absolute tyranny. Because he has unlocked the ultimate weapon: the power of the human will to reduce the whole world to total, slavish submission …

In the past they called it magic. Now it is called science, or even enlightenment. It is the force that moves people against reason, masses against the laws of nature … an unstoppable, breeding evil…

The Cult Candidate is a dystopian work of classic science fiction. Elements of Huxley and Orwell inhabit Monaco’s work, as he explores the potential for humankind to subjugate itself to the will of a higher power – be it godly or even one of its own.

Praise for Richard Monaco’s works:


“Captivating…” – Associated Press

“Epic scope…” – Los Angeles Sunday Times

“Monaco’s dialogue and meditations are often salty and fresh … a restless, strenuous rumination on civilization’s death and resurrection…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Worth waiting for. Often bawdy and raw…” – Publishers Weekly

“Monaco recreates the taste, touch, smell and sound of the knightly world in reality, not romance … he succeeds brilliantly…” – Library Journal

“Monaco presents dark, tormented tales … not for the weak-hearted.” – Fantasy Newsletter

“an instant classic.” – Salisbury Times

“… unbelievably talented … a literary miracle…” – Drogin Book Column

“… offers a worthy inclusion in the enduring and ever-expanding Arthurian literature.” – King Features Syndicate

Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

16th Century Japan

A civil war has left the nation in tatters…

Dead Blossoms is an enchanting tale of mystery and honor set in feudal Japan.

Richard Monaco wrote the best-selling Parsival novels, 1977-2012, two of which were Pulitzer finalists. In addition he wrote over a dozen other books, plays, and screenplays. Monaco studied musical composition at Columbia, edited a national student newspaper and a poetry magazine, and had a radio talk show based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. In 1979 he co-founded a NYC literary agency and the online journal, Grand Central Review, in 2015.


Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We are committed to the discovery and rediscovery of immensely talented authors in the SFF genre, and continue to push boundaries in search of great literature. Join us as we venture across universes and unknown landscapes – past, present and future.

Blood and Dreams: Lost Years II

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

Blood and Dreams is the second instalment of the Lost Years series, which comes some time afterThe Quest for Avalon and before The Grail War. A rip-roaring tale perfect for any fan of the Arthurian legend, Blood and Dreams is a story full of adventure and learning what matters most.

Richard Monaco wrote the best-selling Parsival novels, 1977-2012, two of which were Pulitzer finalists. In addition he wrote over a dozen other books, plays, and screenplays. Monaco studied musical composition at Columbia, edited a national student newspaper and a poetry magazine, and had a radio talk show based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. In 1979 he co-founded a NYC literary agency and the online journal, Grand Central Review, in 2015.


Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We are committed to the discovery and rediscovery of immensely talented authors in the SFF genre, and continue to push boundaries in search of great literature. Join us as we venture across universes and unknown landscapes – past, present and future.

Lost Years: the Quest for Avalon

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

The Lost Years – Parsival returns in this gripping fantasy novel, a continuation of his saga.

Avalon needs the Knights of the Round Table.

Lost Years: Quest for Avalon is a gripping fantasy novel, set between the events of Parsival andThe Grail War. Here, Richard Monaco yet again crafts perfectly flawed characters and weaves multiple storylines into overlapping journeys of discovery.

Richard Monaco wrote the best-selling Parsival novels, 1977-2012, two of which were Pulitzer finalists. In addition he wrote over a dozen other books, plays, and screenplays. Monaco studied musical composition at Columbia, edited a national student newspaper and a poetry magazine, and had a radio talk show based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. In 1979 he co-founded a NYC literary agency and the online journal, Grand Central Review, in 2015.


Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We are committed to the discovery and rediscovery of immensely talented authors in the SFF genre, and continue to push boundaries in search of great literature. Join us as we venture across universes and unknown landscapes – past, present and future.

The Final Quest

Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and now in ebook!

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

Medieval England has been left in ruins, plague-ridden and war-weary.

Now, Sir Parsival must embark on his final quest … to search for his lost wife, Layla, and son, Lohengrin.

But death and fantasy prey hand in hand in the once-enchanted kingdom.

Richard Monaco’s intensely gripping novel, The Final Quest is the third installment to his Parsival series. The Final Quest was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, as was Monaco’s first novel in the series, Parsival, or a Knight’s Tale.

 

 

Richard Monaco wrote the best-selling Parsival novels, 1977-2012, two of which were Pulitzer finalists. In addition he wrote over a dozen other books, plays, and screenplays. Monaco studied musical composition at Columbia, edited a national student newspaper and a poetry magazine, and had a radio talk show based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. In 1979 he co-founded a NYC literary agency and the online journal, Grand Central Review, in 2015.


Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We are committed to the discovery and rediscovery of immensely talented authors in the SFF genre, and continue to push boundaries in search of great literature. Join us as we venture across universes and unknown landscapes – past, present and future.

The Grail War

Parsival must take up his sword once more…

“Captivating…” – Associated Press

 

Richard Monaco provides a fascinating interpretation of one of the oldest legends in English history. Set in the early medieval period, following the Arthurian tales, Monaco’s fantasy world is deeply rich and gripping.

THE GRAIL WAR is a thrilling fantasy epic told in the high tradition of Arthurian literature. It is the second book in the Saga of Parsival series.

 

Richard Monaco wrote the best-selling Parsival novels, 1977-2012, two of which were Pulitzer finalists. In addition he wrote over a dozen other books, plays, and screenplays. Monaco studied musical composition at Columbia, edited a national student newspaper and a poetry magazine, and had a radio talk show based on his textbook The Logic of Poetry. In 1979 he co-founded a NYC literary agency and the online journal, Grand Central Review, in 2015.


Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We are committed to the discovery and rediscovery of immensely talented authors in the SFF genre, and continue to push boundaries in search of great literature. Join us as we venture across universes and unknown landscapes – past, present and future.