The Collector of Tales

David Payne

The Collector of Tales

The Blurb

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I have travelled far to the south where the sun scorches the sky and where the great desert stretches out into the lights of oblivion. I have crossed the great sea to the east where I have seen the nations of people who are not people. I can tell that you don't believe the hyperbole but there is a general truth to it but there was a general truth to it.




Synopsis

The Collector of Tales is a story about an itinerant storyteller who has more than passed midlife and is trying to come to terms with his own mortality and the simple realisation that he has absolutely no control over the way that his life is played out. It is set in a medieval-like world somewhere in the future where books and learning are rarities and where pleasantries and politeness that we may take for granted can get you killed.

After a chance encounter on the road, the Collector sets off in search of a tale about a group of people called the Firedancers.




Readers Views

The following comments are observations from around the internet made my those who have read The Collector of Tales.

My favourite, simply because Sam Becket is in my opinion one of the great writers of the 20th Century, is the following:

"This is fantastic writing. Surely a modern classic? Am I the first to observe that it's a little Waiting for Godotesqe?"

Very well written, different, thorough exposition - highly recommended.




Listen to The Prologue

The Collector of Tales is a story about an itinerant storyteller who has more than passed midlife and is trying to come to terms with his own mortality and the simple realisation that he has absolutely no control over the way that his life is played out. It is set in a medieval-like world somewhere in the future where books and learning are rarities and where pleasantries and politeness that we may take for granted can get you killed.

After a chance encounter on the road, the Collector sets off in search of a tale about a group of people called the Firedancers.



Two Choices

Chapter I

Seagrum awakes from his night of debauchery with the witch, Persephone and discovers that he has been immolated. This doesn't seem to put him out too much and after a robust breakfast he makes his way to the offices of the Hue and Cry. Here he meets with his employer, the Magister, a human that he dislikes with some considerable strength.

Here we meet the werewolves and the hagiographer, Jonas the Strangler.


Completed Novels by David

Seagrum the Dwarf

Flash Fiction and Work in Progress by David

Aldrovandi's Chickens A Confusion Of Crows The Prawns of Lebowa The Head Gardener

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