Volume Three of the Rider of the Black Horse pentalogy, Twilightfall continues the story of Monsters. Flora E’Lyn is being hunted by an extraplanar bounty hunter who wants the amulet given to her by Jason Vogan. Flora seeks out the aid of the eccentric black magician Zack Sands in order to defeat the bounty hunter and track down whoever he is working for. Zack’s obnoxious style and bad attitude land them in one extreme situation after another. As they learn that a powerful magician thought dead for thousands of years has returned, they must reluctantly turn to someone they despise for assistance, lest the returned magician brings about a new, dark age in Arghard. Neither of them suspects that a much greater threat is around the corner for which none of them is prepared. We are mere days away from Twilightfall…
Rider of the Black horse is a dark tale in a twisted land where heroes in the classical meaning of the word do not exist. At times bordering on horror the story contains elements of violence and foul language; not recommended for the faint of heart, but highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy, antiheroes, and character driven stories.
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The only real comparison I can make is with non-fiction scientific literature (as I am a physicist and have over 60 published scientific journal articles), and there the difference is quite obvious. In scientific articles one writes about dry facts while in fiction, whether comedy or my main genre of dark fantasy, one makes up a story, characters, even worlds using one’s imagination. These are elements that have no place in scientific journals, obviously.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
When you find that you suddenly have inspiration to write, sit down and get to work right away. If it comes at an inconvenient time when you can’t sit there for hours, just put down bullet points, your ideas that suddenly come to you, but in as much detail as possible. It is surprisingly easy to forget these things over time, hence it is best to write them down as fast as possible.
When you finish a manuscript, leave it alone for half a year or so. Work on something else, then read the finished manuscript again. You will find many mistakes to correct that you would have missed otherwise. Likewise, get some constructive people to test read your work. Constructive criticism is very useful.
Viktor Zólyomi is a theoretical physicist working as a researcher in the UK. He writes fiction in his spare time having published a five-part dark fantasy novel (Rider of the Black Horse) and a dark comedy action/adventure novel (Con City). He is also the founder of the dark comedy website bearwithadeathlist.co.uk where among other things he hosts a dark comedy web show based on the characters of Con City.
Rider of the Black Horse was inspired by many different sources but the biggest inspiration has to be the Baldur’s Gate computer game series. Originally this story was meant to be a playable module in the scenario editor of the game Neverwinter Nights but that project died due to lack of time. The story however survived and in the end I decided to write it down, at first for my own amusement, and later, upon encouragement from friends who had read and liked the manuscript, I decided to publish it.
The novel takes inspiration from a good variety of sources beyond the Baldur’s Gate games including the Elric novels of Michael Moorcock, the Twins trilogy of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, as well as plenty of films, comics, and even web shows. The easiest way to describe the novel is that if you like dark fantasy, computer games, or Quentin Tarantino style movies, you will absolutely love Rider of the Black Horse.