Martyn Stanley

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Award winning writer, Martyn Stanley is married to his wife, Rachael, and has two young children. He lives in a small village and is a director at a small manufacturing unit. He has always been interested in writing, and over the years has spent many hours writing for pleasure on forums, as well as writing some short stories. "The Last Dragon Slayer" is his first novel, and his second and third books, “The Verkreath Horror” and "The Blood Queen" (along with other planned books), form part of the “Deathsworn Arc” series.

He has also authored the 'Lambton Worm' and 'Return of the Worm Slayer' a re-telling of an old English folktale and a sequel.

He has long been an avid reader of Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld,” and it was partly due to his love
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I have a full plot for the entire series scratched out in rough. The main villain of the series gets introduced late in book 4. I expect book 4 will be titled 'The Temple of the Mad God'

At that point we'll be about half way through the overall plot. I have titles for other books, I expect the finale to be called 'God Slayer'. For book 5 at the moment I imagine it will be either 'Emergence' or 'Mark of the Deathsworn' but I'm not sure yet.

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First of all, apologies to the fans (both of them!) but this isn't a Deathsworn Arc novel. This is something new. I've been working on it alongside Deathsworn Arc 6 for the last two years and I'm really pleased with how this has turned out. It still needs a few tweaks, but I think this is a great novel that will be enjoyed by anyone who likes the Deathsworn Arc. Yes it's a vampire story - but I th Read more of this blog post »
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“The trouble was, love was such a strong emotion. It made everything else unimportant. It grabbed you and imprisoned you in the moment."

Deathsworn Arc 4: The Temple of the Mad God”
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“Enough Truthseeker! Do not utter another word about religion! We have debated it to death! If you so much as mention it again while I am present, I will resume my heart-carving. Not for the honour of Avanti, but to shut you up!"

~ Vexis Zaelwarsh to Brael Truthseeker
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“Our lives are a flicker of light in the shadowy darkness of eternity. Disease, famine, war, death, sorrow... Life is a cycle of pain, perhaps the one thing we should do with our short lives is to try to leave the world a better place than we entered it?’"

~Vexis Zaelwarsh - Low Priestess to Avanti
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“Interesting Avil, the priests and the acolytes of the various religions and temples of Torea build their whole lives on a lie. At first, as children they believe it. Maybe as they grow older and more wise they see the absurdness of their beliefs, but by that time they have invested time and emotional energy into those beliefs, then seeing them crumble and fall apart would be too hard for them to bear. So the protect the lie, they shore it up with more lies and they ebb out their short lives, knowing what they preach is untrue, but preaching it all the same... Almost as if preaching it hard enough will make it true... Are they trying to convince their congregation? Or themselves? You are wiser than you look Avil.”
Martyn Stanley, The Verkreath Horror

“On the revelation that there are no gods or afterlife:-

"I do not 'like' the truth any more than you Avil, or anyone. I wrestled with it for a long time, for a while I was distraught, desperate to find that my research had been wrong - the more I searched, the deeper I delved the more clear it became that the truth was what it is. After much reflection, I came to the conclusion that though accepting the truth is hard, moving on from that, it becomes clear that the important thing is to make the world we live in a better place. We get one life, it's our duty to make the most of it."

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“All things are possible through belief. When we believe others can be so powerful that they can take away from us what is rightfully ours - then it will happen. We surrender our powers, and give them to others who wish to control.”
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Martyn Stanley Erin wrote: "Thanks for the friend request."

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Erin Thanks for the friend request.


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Martyn Stanley Leila wrote: "I too have to admit to collecting and loving all the original Arnie films about Conan Martyn. I still have them and still enjoy watching them now and again, without having to worry about suspending..."

Thanks Leila, I'll be honest I need a break from Conan. I ought to focus on reading my own books then getting book 5 and my subscriber exclusive prequel out. I'm really busy at the moment! Thanks for the kind offer of the Conan book. You should give them a go! The Red Nails story is really very good, the Black Seers one is too!


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Leila I too have to admit to collecting and loving all the original Arnie films about Conan Martyn. I still have them and still enjoy watching them now and again, without having to worry about suspending belief about what they are, with any of the the faults they may have, or how Arnie steps up to the character he portrays. Quite simply, I'm a sucker for this type of film with any or all of the faults they may be reputed to have, without going into what might be wrong with them. So what! I love them all!

Martyn I have a treasured rather large book on my shelves I bought in the late nineteen eighties I think for £20.00. It has 896 pages, is bound with leather (I think) and on the front in gold lettering it says 'Centenary Edition'at the top, then the title - 'The Complete Chronicles of Conan' Underneath the title is a sketch in gold of a helmet worn I presume by Conan and at the bottom the name of the author - Robert E. Howard. At the end of this huge tome is an afterword about the author and Conan by someone called Stephen Jones. This book contains all the stories you have described and many more. I wish I lived nearer to you for I would gladly gift it to you as I don't think I will be reading it now at this late stage in my life. I would gladly post it to you but it is pretty heavy! LOL.

Take care now

Leila

PS... I do have two paperback copies of book 1 of your series and book4 - 'The Rise of the Archmage' which is due to my inefficient system of buying books. If you don't have the actual paperbacks of these two books I would be happy to send them to you.


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Martyn Stanley Orient wrote: "Thank you for the friendvite :) Great that we share love for Pullman books :)"

I'm looking forward to the sequel trilogy he's announced to 'Dark Materials'


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Orient Thank you for the friendvite :) Great that we share love for Pullman books :)


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Martyn Stanley Nicole wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Martyn :)"

Thanks for accepting! Glad to meet you! :)


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Nicole Thanks for the friend request, Martyn :)


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Martyn Stanley Tosh wrote: "Thanks for the invite, Martyn:)"

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Tosh Thanks for the invite, Martyn:)


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Martyn Stanley Natalie wrote: "I'm glad to hear your daughter likes Teen Titans. It was one of my favorite shows as a kid (still is in fact!)"

She's actually seen all of Teen Titans season 1 and 2 now! Iv'e seen a lot with her. My favourite is the one with the retro games in it - that was brilliant. I think my favourite character is Raven. She's awesome!


Martyn Stanley Anya wrote: "Thank you for the Friendvite, Martyn! I look forward to your thoughts on King's UR. I found it deliciously creepy.

Hope you have a lovely day! ^.^"


Thanks Anya, I must admit I've had a bit of a 'King' hiatus. Once I've got my studies out of the way and I'm back into my reading I'll have to try another King! I read almost all of the early ones years ago, can't remember the last one I read - might have been Desperation?


Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~) Thank you for the Friendvite, Martyn! I look forward to your thoughts on King's UR. I found it deliciously creepy.

Hope you have a lovely day! ^.^


Cristina Monica Again, thank you very much Martyn!! Hope you have a pleasant day! :D


Martyn Stanley MLE wrote: "Thank you for asking."

Glad to!


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MLE  Thank you for asking.


Martyn Stanley Destini Mia~ ♕ Sassy Lassie wrote: "Thanks for the invite, Martyn :)"

NP! Glad to hook up!


destini mia Thanks for the invite, Martyn :)


Martyn Stanley I ought to try to get her some more episodes - she has the one with a villain called Billy Numerous in it!


Natalie Monroe I'm glad to hear your daughter likes Teen Titans. It was one of my favorite shows as a kid (still is in fact!)


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