Three Time Travellers Walk Into…

9fe8ca763a41bf143a5529820ada4856_originalAfter being nearly somnolent for a year and a half due to the pandemic, Fantastic Books is roaring back into activity. We published Horror for the Throne last month, announced the forthcoming On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren edited by Bill Wood and Sanctuary by Allen Steele, and now we’ve launched our first Kickstarter campaign in a long time.

Michael A. Ventrella returns to the Fantastic Books fold, editing the anthology Three Time Travellers Walk Into…. The authors were told simply “take three unconnected historical figures, throw them together, and see what fun/mayhem/pathos/what-have-you ensues.” Please check it out at, and tell your friends. (I clicked the “launch the campaign” button minutes ago, and before I could post here, there were already five backers. I’m very excited!)

Sometimes you don’t want to be chosen

A press release from Fantastic Books:

1515424170He is the chosen one.

Chosen for what?

No one will tell him.

Chosen by whom?

No one knows.

Chosen for a good reason?

Even that is open to debate.

When you’re a young bard on the road, and an 847-year-old prophecy hurls these slings and arrows of outrageous fortune at you, life is going to get very uncomfortable very quickly.

1515424189Terin Ostler was living a happily anonymous life when two squires grabbed out of a tavern and brought before the Duke of Ashbury. Told that he was the object of a prophecy—but that no one would tell him what the prophecy says—he is forced onto a quest in which his life will be threatened by the enemies of the Duke, and by the Duke’s allies. His quest is to save the world from an apocalyptic war, which started nine centuries ago, and seems to be on pause. Terin Ostler is a man on the run… if only he could figure out where he’s going.

Author Michael A. Ventrella was one of the creators of live action roleplaying, and after creating the world of Fortannis, started writing stories set within that realm. In 2008, his comic epic fantasy novel Arch Enemies was published. In 2020, he was able to rewrite it, improve it, and turn it into the two books Fantastic Books is now thrilled to be publishing: Terin Ostler and the Arch Enemies, and Terin Ostler and the War of the Words.

Terin Ostler and the Arch Enemies, Book 1 of the Tales of Fortannis
$13.99, trade paperback, 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-5154-2417-8
$5.99 ebook

Terin Ostler and the War of the Words, Book 2 of the Tales of Fortannis
$13.99, trade paperback, 186 pages, ISBN 978-1-5154-2418-5
$5.99 ebook

The Tales of Fortannis—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from the publisher.