Finally available in English:
The Fabulous ‘Amsterdam Novels’ by Koos Verkaik!
Angry Eagle Publishing, USA, published All-Father and Wolf Tears.
De Arbeiderspers, one of the most prestigious Dutch publishing houses, established in Amsterdam, published two of Koos Verkaik’s most important novels, ‘Alvader’ and ‘Wolftranen’.
Now both books are also available in English.
Koos Verkaik is a master in his genre – Magic, Mystery and Adventure – and wrote more than sixty different titles under his own name and even more titles under different pseudonyms.
In this exclusive interview the author tells all about All-Father and Wolf Tears; the cream of the crop!
These books immediately gave you the name of The Dutch Stephen King. How did that feel?
A weekly, ‘Aktueel’, was in search of the Dutch Stephen King and they ended up with me. It didn’t feel special, I never liked it to compare different authors. Fortunately shortly after that I had an interview in Penthouse and the journalist wrote: “Verkaik is always flirting with the paranormal. The tight, balanced style of his works give away his great craftsmanship. Koos Verkaik is called the Dutch Stephen King. Where productivity is concerned, this is right, but where his work is concerned I think that Koos is just himself and that is quite a lot!” That set things right.
But King’s editor, Bill Thompson, invited you to his office in New York, because he wanted to meet you and discuss your manuscripts.
Right. Such a great personality. In my book The Dance of The Jester I wrote: My agent in the USA suggested I ask Bill Thompson to read The Dance of the Jester. Bill was the editor of the first books of Stephen King and John Grisham, a charismatic man of great reputation. He read the manuscript and invited me to discuss it with him.
On a scorching hot day, we found ourselves in his office in the Empire State Building in New York and together we revised and polished the manuscript and made changes in the plot. He was more than satisfied with the story, and in the meantime, he has read more of my manuscripts. I thank Big Bill Thompson for his help and friendship.
Can you tell in short about All-Father and Wolf Tears?
Both books have to do with European history. And immortality, jesters, ancient gods… I have hundreds and hundreds of nonfiction books about history and the strange mysteries of life.
Everyone who reads one of my books, wonders how the story will end – I always give explanations, at the end everyone knows what it was all about. I keep my readers in the dark, but finally they will know that it all made sense. I do not like to read books that end without telling me what had actually happened.
So, this is what happens in All-Father:
Peter Jonker has the disposal of special talents.
Once he was a provoked, terrified kid, completely under the spell of painter Poolman and his suggestive, horrible works of art. Poolman has told him stories about the god of the German tribes, Wodan (also known as Odin and All-father), who comes with the thunder and crosses the sky in the company of his cruel Army of the Dead.
It seems that Peter sees the magical reality behind the legends; the stories and paintings of Poolman almost choke him and in his agony he changes – unsuspected powers come into being. And how human is someone who is able to destroy everything he wants? Chased by the phantoms of his youth, the adult Peter begins to feel weaker and weaker.
He has become a great copywriter – everything he writes down, actually happens! But his talents are slowly beginning to fade away.
And in this vulnerable period, other people interfere and try to realize their own goals with the help of Peter’s gifts. A macabre Berserker (a descendant of a Viking warrior who dressed in bear’s skin and didn’t fear fire or steel) crosses his path and it looks like Peter has become a cruel murder who killed four men at least…
And this is what happens in Wolf Tears:
A mesmerizing supernatural tale of immortality, jealousy and tortured love, a hunger for blood and the appearance of a scary jester…
This is what happens in Wolf Tears:
Wolf Tears is the story of Paul Brand, who comes to the incredible realization that he has been reinventing himself for centuries in order to keep the knowledge of his immortality a secret, even from himself.
Brand, a talented musician, is befriended by Francis Beck, a world-famous composer who possesses a unique psychic power to make his audience see, think and feel whatever he wishes through the music he plays. Terrifying visions, rapturous love, his listeners are his unwitting pawns.
When Beck is apparently killed in an automobile accident, Brand opens an envelope left for him by Beck and finds inside a photo of the two men taken in 1932 – long before Brand thought he was even born.
This is a tale of jealousy, and of a terrible clash over a beautiful woman, that leads three friends, Brand, Beck and Miethe, to an alchemist’s lair in the woods of Germany, where they are given the gift of almost eternal youth.
Not long ago there was an essay about you and these books in a Fantasy Magazine. They underlined the importance of your work.
Yes, you mean the Dutch ‘Fantastische Vertellingen’ (Fantastic Tales). Historian Max Moragie had studied my work and was very determined about it:
“Anyone who has read or reread a novel by Koos Verkaik (I am now rereading it for the second time) has enjoyed a story that continues to fascinate and surprise, even if you know the outcome, but is also encouraged to muse about the essence of existence. A pulp writer doesn’t make you think like that, sometimes a literary author, but apparently a Verkaik always does.”
“Especially All-Father is a book that offers a wealth of sub-stories and a downright beautiful atmosphere under the undeniably exciting main story. Verkaik effortlessly switches from one to the other, from the present to the past and from reality to myth, without losing the attention of his reader. The latter is the characteristic of a great storyteller, but of a storyteller that touches you as a reader on different levels.”
All-Father was published earlier in the USA, a clever try-out. You received the very best reviews!
I was very happy with the reviews, that’s for sure!
All-Father by Koos Verkaik is a page turner. You need to make sure that you have your seatbelt on because you’re going on one suspenseful ride you don’t know what’s coming. There’s a few twists and turns thrown in to keep you in even more suspense. Once you open this book, it will grab you, hold you down tightly and you’ll watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the end. Then you’ll wonder if you read what you read. You’ll start reading it again. It’s about good and bad. But, what is good and what is bad? Maybe bad is good and good is bad. It’s all about perception and the situations presented. Is there a hero? Is there a villain? Do you even know? Does this story even have a hero? You are the one who decides —– Remember it’s all about perception. This book is fantastic, I loved it and I know you will too. It would be a great addition to your bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves so many more. I highly recommend to all.
Merril Anil’s review:
I have read quite a few of his books that I know what a master story teller he is and there is no doubt that all of his books are completely in a different league, It’s a challenge with his books to predict how it is all going to end because no matter what arc you feel the story is travelling in, the author manages to demolish all your predictions
Characters are very real life and stark. Each one in the book had been so complexly constructed that you can’t judge who is right and who is wrong to a certain point. Each of them comes as grey as they can.
Story is amazingly multi layered and the flow is good too but there are certain points that I feel should be mentioned here. One has to have patience as in the initial run everything is served in pieces and this I know from experience that you have to sit intact to see how all these pieces gets glued together in the later stage of the book and that is the part fun in reading the author’ s book.
You have to calm yourself and sit down to experience an Koos Verkaik book because his books are not an easy read ones, His narration, characters and story in general is very complex and requires a good deal of your mind and time to see its beauty. I love how unpredictable his stories are and the way he spreads around pieces of the story in the beginning and gradually brings everything to paint the bigger picture making it the best thing about the author’s book!
Angry Eagle Publishing contracted you.
Mrs. DJ Cooper from Angry Eagle made it possible. I think angry Eagle is the right publisher for these books – a young company with a fresh look at the difficult publishing business. They do both e-books and paperbacks. Very important! E-books are popular, but fortunately there are many, many people who love to buy a printed version. Feel the weight of a book when you balance it on your fingers, look at the cover, look at the white pages… I am more than happy to work together with Angry Eagle on this two novels – both books that are so dear to me!
Information about Koos Verkaik and his work:
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About Author Koos Verkaik:
Koos Verkaik, a ‘Dutchy’ with spunk and an inexhaustible drive and fathomless imagination, is one of the most productive authors of the moment.
Besides a fast growing pile of novels in his specific genre: Mystery, Adventure and Magic, he also writes children’s books.
Koos wrote his first novel, a sci-fi, when he was only eighteen years old, during a weekend; it was published immediately—he was only sixteen when he wrote a series about a young space traveler who went in search of adventures on a far-away planet; it got published in the weekly newspaper (three pages each week). He wrote his first novel, the Sci Fi Adolar, in a weekend! It got published right away… He published with big Dutch publishers such as De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam.
Koos Verkaik is the writer of more than 60 books, both children’s books and novels, many hundreds of comic scripts, he has been a copy writer and is working on different screenplays and new novels now.
Find the best reviews right here – ALL-FATHER Goodreads Reviews:
“Certainly one of the best paranormal mystery books I have read, I especially like the Nordic myth that is mixed in. The author, Koos Verkaik did an awesome job with the characters – with their faults and virtues we can feel like we are there with them going through the same emotions.”
Jessica: “I could easily see his work next to greats such as Stephen King, or Dean Koontz. Keep up the amazing work!”
“The story moves at a steady pace with attention to details, pulling you into this fantastic magical thrilling story. The plot is original with the perfect balance of drama, suspense, action and adventure. A definite five-star read. I highly recommend to young/adult as well as adult lovers of action/adventure/magic!”
“All-Father by Koos Verkaik is a page turner. You need to make sure that you have your seatbelt on because you’re going on one suspenseful ride you don’t know what’s coming. There’s a few twists and turns thrown in to keep you in even more suspense. Once you open this book, it will grab you, hold you down tightly and you’ll watch those pages turn and turn and turn some more until you get to the end. This book is fantastic, I loved it and I know you will too. It would be a great addition to your bookshelf. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves so many more. I highly recommend to all.”
“It is a paranormal suspense-filled mystery that is a fast reading book. It also touches on mythology & is captivating. I gave it five stars.”
“Peter Jonker is a young boy in a dysfunctional family. He and his father are in an accident and Peter is sent to stay with an Artist friend while his father recovers. Peter refuses to speak. There Peter is introduced to Wodan, God of the Germanic tribes and Scandinavian Berserkers. He gets mesmerized by the paintings and finds if he writes something, it happens! He uses this power to get what he wants but figures out Wodan be hunting him. Others figure it out too. What happens when his powers start to fade and someone can help him, for a price. Well, Peter decides to pay the price! But really who is in charge? You won’t see the ending coming at all.”
“I have read quite a few of his books that I know what a master story teller he is! Characters are very real life and stark. Each one in the book had been so complexly constructed that you can’t judge who is right and who is wrong to a certain point. Each of them comes as grey as they can. The story is amazingly multi layered and the flow is good too but there are certain points that I feel I love how unpredictable his stories are and the way he spreads around pieces of the story in the beginning and gradually brings everything to paint the bigger picture making it the best thing about the author’s book.”