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Patrick Welch received a B.A. and M.A. in English from Bowling Green State University. While in college he published his first fiction in university publications, Riverside Quarterly and Analog. He basically stopped writing fiction for 20 years while doing freelance articles and advertising work for Toledo area markets. During that time he also taught special needs children, sold insurance, was an assistant retail manager, a guitar teacher, full and part-time musician and advertising copywriter.
The Internet helped bring him back to fiction writing roughly four years ago. He has placed more than 40 stories in e-zine and small press magazines and published five e-books. Besides Westchester Station, he has The Thirteenth Magician and The Casebook of Doakes and Haig currently available.
He is divorced and lives with his growing collection of musical instruments and empty beer cans.
I, Robert Winstead, was brought here by someone I did not know for some purpose I had yet to discover. But I also knew that only by fulfilling that purpose would I be allowed to leave...assuming I survived the journey. Somewhere among the hallways and denizens of this haunted environment I would find the answer. I had to.
Collected herein are the stories of another character created by Pat Welch that will please those of us who still miss the Grey Mouser stories of Fritz Leiber and the Retief stories of Keith Laumer. Brendell is a member of the Thieves Guild and these are his adventures as he tries to gain his Journeyman status. On this world there are thieves but they have a code of honor and only steal when under contract and have a set of rules to live by. In these stories, Brendall must obey the rules but he will bend them as much as possible in order to do the right thing by his own instincts. There is plenty of magic, twists, double-crosses, dragons, demons, and delightful reading and if you are a fan of well written light fantasy with a well drawn lead character, this is one of the best ones to come along in a while.
The Body Shop consists of a novella and twelve short stories. The title piece is the most engaging and original story in the whole collection. Its 40,000 odd words pack in a fair amount of black satirical horror. Set in a post apocalyptic future where life is very cheap and rapidly cannibalised, we discover the human body to be very much in need of a Dr. Frankenstein figure (Edgerton) to put us back together. Of course there's a high monetary cost, and disregard of gender and ethics. For our hideous human vanity will do anything to procure a functional body. My favourite moments are when the heads (only), of the injured rich, argue about their needs. They've been waiting for a body for years. Even become a little community, that gets to sing carols with Edgerton once a year!
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.
[sequel to Westchester Station] Return to Westhester Station, an intertimensional train station where you'll meet every manner of person from the Goddess Venus (for a make-over) to the keeper of the station. If you've read Westchester Station, you must read Westchester Station: The Assault!
Immortality isn?t all itís cracked up to be. Yet what if you have no choice? Worse, what if you do have a choice? Enjoy a dark fantasy from the word processor of award-winning author Patrick Welch, author of The Body Shop, Westchester Station and Brendell; Apprentice Thief.
Raised in the giant state-run orphanages, John Smith risked everything to purchase his freedom and become one of the Privileged. But when he discovers he has been betrayed, he realizes only he can save himself from those seeking him both on Earth and in space. But can he?
Brendell, the hero(?) of the Dream Realm Award-winning Brendell; Apprentice Thief collection, returns in an all-new adventure. As an apprentice thief, he has little choice but to take any contract offered. This one, however, could end his career before it even begins. And watch for the new Brendell novel, Brendell/Rogue Thief coming soon from Double-Dragon!
The Internetís favorite thief is back, and his world will never be the same! The sequel to the award-winning Brendell; Apprentice Thief finds Brendell in conflict with his own Guild as he battles to save himself from their treachery. But in order to win, he will have to face not only the Thiefís Guild, but all the Guilds which control his world. Is he seeking a prize even a thief with his unmatched skills cannot steal?
A man who avenges ghosts ? a woman who hates Santa Claus ? a traveling band with a difference ?a midwife with a terrifying secret. If you think you have a dead-end job, then you may change your mind after reading Avenging Dreams and Other Curious Occupations.
This latest from Patrick Welch follows the journey of Marlow and his rover tank through a decimated post-apocalyptic America. Torn by war, starvation and panic, this once great nation is reduced to a series of military "city-states". If you like the television show Jericho, or relished the social disorder of A Boy and His Dog youíll love The King of California!
Are heroes born or made? For Barnalby the Grape, that is not a simple question, as he isnít sure that he is a hero at all.
Babu desperately wants to pass its apprenticeship as a familiar to a wizard, and to do so it must help an apprentice wizard pass his own. By accident however, Babu becomes the companion to Kylph who has no interest in or talent for magic. Yet neither has a choice; they must try to pass their respective apprenticeships together. As they set out on their journey, Babu must teach Kylph about magic while Kylph must teach Babu about humans. Neither has an easy task.
Adam Cain is a troubleshooter for Piers Enterprises. His employer makes Genetechs: modified biological constructs which serve as workers for other companies. Cainís role is to pass as a Genetech to discover why various clients are experiencing problems with production or other reasons. His boss, Karo Piers, is CEO of the company. She is engaged in frequent battles with competitors and her own board of directors. Itís a battle she must win; otherwise, both she and Cain are doomed.
They are credited with driving the dinosaurs to extinction. To wiping out Atlantis, and the original Roanoke, Virginia colony. And all the signs point to another demon migration striking somewhere in the near future.