My name is John R. Fultz, and I’m a storyteller.

My latest novel, THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE, is available now from Ragnarok Publications. My Books of the Shaper trilogy includes the novels SEVEN PRINCES, SEVEN KINGS, and SEVEN SORCERERS (Orbit Books). THE REVELATIONS OF ZANG (01Publishing/FantasticBooks) collects 12 dark fantasy tales set in the magical World of Zang.

I live in the North Bay Area, California, but I’m originally from Kentucky. My short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION, SHATTERED SHIELDS, THE WAY OF THE WIZARD, CTHULHU’S REIGN, THE BOOK OF CTHULHU II, THAT IS NOT DEAD, and NEW TALES OF HYPERBOREA. I’ve also had stories in these fine magazines: BLACK GATE, WEIRD TALES, LIGHTSPEED, WEIRDBOOK, THE AUDIENT VOID, and SPACE & TIME. I’ve written comics for Boom Studios’ ZOMBIE TALES and CTHULHU TALES. My graphic novel of epic fantasy PRIMORDIA (illustrated by the great Roel Wielinga) was published by Archaia Comics in an “ultimate hardcover edition” in 2012.

I am not a critic, nor do I claim to be, so any reviews on my blog are simply my own personal opinions. I like to shout a lot about the things I love.

E-mail me: johnny-nine@comcast.net

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“Fultz’s debut novel is flawless … SEVEN PRINCES is as good as it gets.”
–Paul Goat Allen

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“A richly detailed background history filled with the legends of many cultures lends depth to a stand-out fantasy series from an author with an exceptional talent for characterization and world building.”
–THE LIBRARY JOURNAL

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“Here is a fantasy novel that manages to be as dark and gritty as an Abercrombie or Martin creation yet also sits comfortably within the realm of fairy tale, folklore, and myth, with its emotional verisimilitude never threatening to rob the series of magic or heroism, and its classic fantasy tropes never undermining its emotional complexity and heft.”
–Robert William Berg

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“[SEVEN KINGS] confirms Fultz as the master of fantasy characterization and plot. Epic fantasy on a grand scale.”
— BOOKS MONTHLY

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“Tarantino and Tolkien have a literary love child and his name is John R. Fultz. [Fultz] creates filmic mind-pictures with few words, contrasting scenes of beauty, devastation and spectacular battles. He can extract strong emotions with only a few words…”
–Ani Johnson, THE BOOKBAG

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“…when you add cracking characters to the wonderful sense of prose, the cracking descriptiveness of the world and of course the twisted nature of the plot, all round makes this a series that you’ll have a hard time putting down.”
–FALCATA TIMES

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“Book two in Fultz’s imaginative visionary tale is the epitome of fantasy. His world-building is in a class by itself. His battle scenes explode with inconceivable actions, his imagery and descriptive narrative gives voice and life to his awe-inspiring characters and his heroes and nightmarish creatures give face to his epic tale.”
–RT BOOK REVIEWS

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“There’s a determined rejection of the epic fantasy ethos of deferred gratification. The whole book contains about 10 books’ worth of story ideas and plot twists, in under 500 pages…You sort of wish Frazetta was still alive, just so he could illustrate some scenes from this book [SEVEN PRINCES].”
–Charlie Jane Anders, Author of ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY

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“When I was a kid, I read fantasy novels because the men were heroes, the villains were the most vile, despicable creatures possible, and the battles were epic. The stories were magical to my young mind, and I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in the realms of dragons and wizards each day after school. Thanks to John R. Fultz’s debut novel, SEVEN PRINCES, that magic is back in a big way.”
–James W. Powell, The Debut Review

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“This is fantasy of the Dunsany, Smith and Vance school, where breathless wonders spill off the page in spendthrift profusion. I can imagine a reader familiar only with the more prosaic, predictable and ‘realistic’ approaches to fantasy finding this novel to be the equivalent of a powerful dose of Black Lotus—dizzying, spellbinding, maybe even hallucinatory.”
–John Hocking, Author of CONAN AND THE EMERALD LOTUS

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“Here magic is the force than binds every single element and every single character. Without magic this book cannot exist. This is what draws you in, for in this world there are no limits, and, honestly, Fultz just runs with this amazing display of imagination in every single page.”
–Cristian Caroli

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“SEVEN PRINCES is bold, brash, and big. This is a novel written with bright strokes of character and setting, bursting with world-shaking adventure, intrigue, and conflict. It reads big, and feels big, and it’s unrepentantly so.”
— Brian Murphy, blackgate.com

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“John goes beyond the tropes and conventions of big fantasy; he makes them his own with original twists, and he always, always tells a human tale, the story of characters that engage us.” — Frederic S. Durbin, Author of DRAGONFLY and THE STAR SHARD

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“… exciting and delightful … thoroughly entertaining … characters you want to read more about…”
— MyShelf.com

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“Fultz’s grand saga concludes in true epic fashion, with a blood-soaked, good-versus-evil finish to the ongoing conflict. The worldbuilding is amazing; Fultz’s narrative paints both a graphic and magical picture of war, and his characters are all perfectly rendered — from the fearsomely nightmarish villains to noble heroes, both immortal and human. (4.5 stars; Top Pick)”–Romantic Times Book Review

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THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE is myth-making of epic scope. Fultz has rapidly matured into a major fantasist.”
—Laird Barron, Author of THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL
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“…mythic and compelling: Fultz delivers the goods.”
—Howard Andrew Jones, Author of THE DESERT OF SOULS

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“An addictively readable blend of adventure fantasy à la Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Moorcock and classic western pulp from authors like Max Brand, THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE takes two tried-and-true categories (adventure fantasy and western fiction) and creates something utterly delectable…”
–Paul Goat Allen

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“John R. Fultz blends swords-and-sorcery fantasy with elements that echo Native American mythology and culture to create a memorable hero-tale. Fans of Fultz’s Shaper trilogy will certainly find the same vivid characterizations and thrilling action scenes that marked his debut work, this time in service to a story that intriguingly plays against the traditional faux-European inspirations of so many fantasy writers. The influence of Fultz’s literary hero, Robert E. Howard, is certainly evident in the brawny, frontier ethos of his characters; the harsh, danger-filled setting in which they struggle for life and for love; and the pervasive sense of impending, creeping doom that ultimately drives them to seek an escape to the Land Beyond the Sun. A thrilling rollercoaster of a read!”
— Mark Smylie, Author of THE BARROW and ARTESIA