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Before and Beyond
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ISBN-10: 1-89484-176-X
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Genre: Fantasy/SF
eBook Length: 289 Pages
Published: August 2002



From inside the flap

Before & Beyond is a collection of stories by the supreme master of fantasy... Patrick Welch
...What can you expect to find within this volume? I won't even try to describe it. Nothing I say can prepare you for Patrick Welch. Even a man of words like me, can scarcely think of the appropriate adjectives to heap upon him. And being the modest fellow he is, it's unlikely that he'd do more than blush and turn away in any case.

At least on one level, I truly envy some of the people reading this intro. Those of you that have yet to experience your first Patrick Welch story ...because you have no idea of what's in store for you.

Those of you that have read him, know exactly what I'm talking about.

Steve Lazarowitz

Reviews and Awards

Reviewed by SCRIBESWORLD REVIEWS

5 Stars

BEFORE AND BEYOND
Patrick Welch

Collection of Short Stories
Double Dragon eBooks
ISBN:1-894841-67-X


The opening story Demon in a Box appeared first in Twilight Times. It is a good strong commencement piece for the complete volume. Demon Ahibhenzen has been given to mage Cylydar by chief demon Fhennezel. Ahibenzen does not understand or like the new situation much. Bingo is a family pet with a mind of his own and his family’s decisions may not be the best. Ghosts of Dawn is a tale starring my favorite Criminal Consultants: Doakes and Haig. The Cage Within with its enemy of the state preparing
for trial is a stark presentation. Setting off for exile the prisoner is already plotting his return. Professor Prumpe plays an integral part in A Frozen Moment. Prumpe utters his immortal line ?a niche in stein saves time.?


Writer Welch has gathered an aggregation of certain of his best short works into one delightful offering. This acclaimed author’s compositions have appeared in well-known periodicals: The Orphic, Chronicle, Jackhammer, Pegasus Online, Titan, Dark Muse and other works.


Welch as always presents the reader with judiciously interwoven scenarios, engrossing characters, and generously drawn environments. In his foreword Welch states he has rearranged the tales so that the Science Fiction-Fantasy are kept together. Excellent choice. This master storyteller cleverly presents each of the well-written tales showcased in this work. The one change I might suggest would be a table of contents per se so that the reader with limited time available can quickly choose one tale to read and not have to hunt for one.


From demons to Pandora, to criminal consultants or funny cliches Writer Welch hones his shrewd forte for knowing unequivocally what will keep the reader absorbed and turning the page. Each tale is fully developed in itself, with each presenting well-engineered characters, appealing scenarios and effective colloquy. The tales are long enough to satisfy, short enough to be read ?on the fly? so to speak.

Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.


Reviewed by: Molly Martin



Before and Beyond (Excerpt)


Before & Beyond is a collection of stories by the supreme master of fantasy... Patrick Welch
...What can you expect to find within this volume? I won't even try to describe it. Nothing I say can prepare you for Patrick Welch. Even a man of words like me, can scarcely think of the appropriate adjectives to heap upon him. And being the modest fellow he is, it's unlikely that he'd do more than blush and turn away in any case.

At least on one level, I truly envy some of the people reading this intro. Those of you that have yet to experience your first Patrick Welch story ...because you have no idea of what's in store for you.

Those of you that have read him, know exactly what I'm talking about.

Steve Lazarowitz