Allen L. Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan. He began writing on an old portable typewriter when he was about eight. He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he became a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, which occupied him completely for about three years. He and his family lived in England from 1995 to 1998.

He has published nine novels (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (he's completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Under his own imprint, Ogden House, he has published Stroad’s Cross; Sturgis; Dead Hand; Freefoot, his collected stories for Blood of Ten Chiefs; A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales; and Cat Tales — Reminiscences. He is still working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; a space-opera in six parts; and a pseudo-Victorian faerie story.

Allen has been running his Writers’ Workshop at sf conventions for more than thirty years. Several who have taken it have sold stories they started in the workshop, and a couple have even won awards. He also runs a plotting workshop, an interactive lecture, which is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

Titles Available from Allen L. Wold



Our world is just one thread among uncounted others in the weave of the greater reality. Each of these threads is another world, some rather similar to ours, some bizarrely different. Each world has a rich culture, which the agent of a dark outside force is seeking to destroy.

Jeanette Delgado, small and young, struggles to make a success of the bookstore she runs with her husband, Steve. After he is killed in a freak accident, she is chosen, while still grieving, by powers she doesn’t understand, to go to one threatened world, then another, and another, each time to assume the role of the hero. She has never been independent a day in her life.

Like her predecessors, her task is to try to prevent the agent of destruction from achieving its goal. In each world she is tested, and must discover the curage, the strength, and the leadership she never knew she had. In the end, she learns to accept her role, and decides to anticipate her enemy, by going to the next threatened world under her own power.

It all begins at the bonfire in her back yard, when she is dropped suddenly into the cavern of blue flames.
The five peoples of the world of winds, which always blow from where the sun sets to where the sun rises, are physically, psychologically, and culturally different from each other, more than even different species.

The cultures of all the people are sustained by the Spiral, a matrix of connection, relation, concept, and meaning, within an extramundane layer of reality. The Main Quey maintains order and balance within the Spiral, and between it and the people. When he is kidnapped by Empa Tethicho, the Chancellor of Shotoban, the cultures of all five peoples are threatened with dissolution and descent into savagery and chaos.

The Chancellor enforces a brutal rule of conformity, but there is an underground. Every attempt to rescue the Main Quey ends in failure. Property is confiscated, families are exiled, and those who made the attempt are executed.

In desperation, a group of people, more than usually sensitive to the extramundane, is trying to call a demon from another layer of reality, an intelligence which can pass through walls and locked doors, hoping that it will find the Main Quey and bring him back. What they get is Jeanete Delgado.
Jeanette steps from a moving train into a multidimensional maze, which is a part of something greater. The miniature world at the center of the maze is the center of all things, even beyond the maze. The dark outside force has sent a tempter to bring about its downfall.

Jeanette goes to a world of layers: the Sea of Grass; huge mesas of untouched forest; the Midlands of the people, whose culture is hundreds of thousands of years old; and the desert Uplands where demons dwell. An old enemy has come, and Jeanette, believed to be a demon, must keep him from enslaving the people.

An agent of the enemy brings unnatural winter to her world, and comes itself to attack her in her home at night. In a world similar to her own, she must first deal with the unnatural winter, then find the agent, in a stolen tower house, bigger on the inside than on the outside.

She must prove herself again, and again. She must show not only her greater courage, strength, and leadership, but learn to control her rage, and show compassion.
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