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T.C. Rypel

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T.C. Rypel Hi again, Dean.

A Gonji movie, or mini-series, has been a dream talking-point by many people over the years. I have a lot of visual-effects friends in…more
Hi again, Dean.

A Gonji movie, or mini-series, has been a dream talking-point by many people over the years. I have a lot of visual-effects friends in Hollywood, in particular, who have expressed a desire to work on such a project. Alas, none of them has the clout to win over the deep-pockets producer that would be needed.

I have one VFX pal of many years' standing, in fact, who works on GAME OF THRONES for HBO and has been known to leave copies of Gonji books lying around the Belfast set of that popular show! His own indie production company has bought the screen rights to an old horror story of mine (as yet unproduced). He'd love to do Gonji. But that dream remains out of reach.

As for an ideal actor to play Gonji... I don't have a definitive known actor I'd favor. DARK VENTURES cover artist Larry Blamire and I discussed this in depth during his creation of the DARK VENTURES cover painting. Gonji Japanese/Norwegian, so we looked at some pix of the rare folks of that particular mixed extraction. Larry's DV cover character comes as close as I've seen to my own vague notion. We threw out various names out of movie history for reference. The nearest approximation we could agree on in terms of Gonji's rather exotic blend was, ironically, also a "Dean": 1960s actor Dean Fredericks, when he wasn't going blond in films like THE PHANTOM PLANET.(less)
T.C. Rypel Hi, Dean. Thanks for the interest!

As you no doubt are aware, the five extant novels of the Gonji series, originally released by Zebra Books in the…more
Hi, Dean. Thanks for the interest!

As you no doubt are aware, the five extant novels of the Gonji series, originally released by Zebra Books in the 1980s, are all available in handsome re-issued editions (and Kindle and audio books) from Wildside Press. I've tweaked and expanded all of them. So those are the authorized editions.

The latest book, DARK VENTURES, features the only two shorter Gonji stories, a definitive series creation/publication history, and a teaser excerpt from the coming Gonji origin epic, BORN OF FLAME AND STEEL.

The listing of the books here at Goodreads is kind of chaotic, and I'm not sure how to straighten it out. Here are the Wildside titles, available at Amazon, in the order I'd recommend reading them:

DARK VENTURES
RED BLADE FROM THE EAST
THE SOUL WITHIN THE STEEL
DEATHWIND OF VEDUN
FORTRESS OF LOST WORLDS
A HUNGERING OF WOLVES

You can check out my Amazon Author page, which lists them a little more coherently. Friend me (as "Ted Rypel") on FB. There's also a "Gonji Fictional Character" FB page, with pix and info. And you can read a sample chapter from the DARK VENTURES anchor story at BookDaily.

No current plans for a hardcover release. But that would be grand!(less)
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Deathwind of Vedun

4.22 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1982 — 7 editions
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Samurai Steel (Gonji, #2)

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Samurai Combat (Gonji, #3)

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Gonji: Red Blade from the East

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Fortress of Lost Worlds (Go...

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Knights of Wonder (Gonji, #5)

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Gonji: A Hungering of Wolves

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Gonji: Dark Ventures

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