Silver Hand

, slightly later than planned, I released the fourth part of the Knights of Elevar series, again, through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform.

Silver Hand returns to Ilias’s adventures during the Elevar civil war and how he finds a replacement for his missing arm. The story is inspired by a number of myths and legends and loosely follows the Hero’s Journey (travel to a strange place, stuff, setbacks, stuff, riches, return). The writing is highly stylised in a pseudo-Medieval fashion heavily influenced by Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. I’m an avid reader of Medieval literature but by no means an expert, so there are likely errors which would sound horrendous to an expert’s ears.

I love writing in this style as it feels very minimalist and is all about the immediate action — description is overlooked unless it’s absolutely relevant. When I’m writing normally I often feel like I’m getting bogged down in too many irrelevant details, with this style there’s none of that (this may be part of why I love Chuck Palahniuk’s work as he’s similarly light on description).

Silver Hand was originally written towards the end of 2007 and required surprisingly little editing. I don’t know if that’s because I was writing a lot at the time and improving my craft or due to the style of the piece. Probably the style!

If you read Silver Hand please feel free to write a review, I’d love to hear what you think about it!

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Stoo Goff

Stoo Goff is a writer, musician and programmer hailing from Norwich and now living in Glasgow. When not buried beneath a mountain of programming code or torturing guitars he can be found creating strange new lands and conjuring dreams from nothing. He regularly promises himself that he will finish the next novel and album.

He is heavily influenced by a number of writers and musicians, including: Tom Waits, Ursula Le Guin, Trent Reznor, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Gene Wolfe, Frank Miller and a host of Finnish Folk Metal.

Follow him on Twitter @stoogoff.