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Фитильки свечей дернулись, желтое пламя нервно замигало... Лишь одна толстая оплывшая свеча в дальнем углу осталась гореть. Ты постоял, потом направился к ней и, не мудрствуя лукаво, пальцами задавил дрожащий огонек.
— Как вы называете это? — бесстрастно прозвучал в темноте голос старика.
— Мы? Стихи...
— Стихи... А мы — стихии. Уже поздно. Пошли спать... Мастер.

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SOME BOOKS WRITTEN BY HENRY LION OLDIE

(Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky)

ABSTRACTS

Here we propose to Your attention a set of abstracts describing Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, noveletts and short stories written by two authors working in collaboration - Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky (they are known under the joint pen-name of Henry Lion Oldie). Their stories, long and short, are rather various in style, but all their novels belong to a very specific kind of "fantasy": the authors themselves define it as "philosophical fantasy hit" while the literary critics call it "mythological realism of the postmodern period". In any way these works overstep the frames of usual fantasy.

    At “EuroCon-2006” International European SF & Fantasy Convention H. L. Oldie got a title of The Best European SF & Fantasy Writer of 2006, by the voting of representatives of 22 European countries.

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"ABYSS OF HUNGRY EYES": A Cycle

1. "WAITING AT CROSSROADS" (novella, about 39.000 words, 1992-1993.)
An alternate world. Early Middle Ages. A special kind of wizards and priests, the so-called "Precursors" exists in this world. They feed on the human beliefs in various Gods, myths, legends and supernatural things in general. But all of these Precursors compete with each other for the human faith. And the moment comes when the five strongest among them decide to unite their strength and to build a specific "HOUSE-AT-CROSSROAD" intended for accumulating the energy of human faith. But soon the House-at-Crossroad acquires a kind of conscience of its own and begins to accumulate human faith actively giving nothing in exchange.
Thus the balance of faith in the world was broken, and the spiritual degeneration began. Supernatural things vanish one by one, taking with them myths and legends, fairy-tales and songs; the life becomes grey and dull. And so the assistants of the Precursors, the "Myth Creators", broke their usual obedience and rebelled against the Precursors and the House-at-Crossroad.
The heroes of the story go through many mystical and real adventures, they lose their friends, but finally the House-at-Crossroad is destroyed... Besides very dynamic action, the novel contains the philosophical basis explaining the existence of supernatural things.

This novella got the 2nd place at the Fantasy Competition dedicated to Howard Phillips Lovecraft in Ekaterinburg (Russia) in 1994. It was also nominated for the "Interpresscon" (third place according the results of voting) and "Bronze snail" prizes in 1996.

2. "THE WAY" (novel, about 51.000 words, 1991-1992.)
The scene of this novel is the Earth (in present and future times) and in alternative parallel world.
The technotronic civilization has resulted in a kind of a dead, mechanical life completely alien to human beings. There was no robot revolts, no supercomputers usurping the power - simply the things which became alive began gradually to force the people out from Earth. The so-called "Voiders" (a kind of people with strong extrasensual abilities) tried to save the dramatically decreasing population of the Earth. They began to convey them into the parallel world. But soon they learn that in this world people lose their memory although they grow immortal. Still some specific particles of human souls, called "necroids", "responsible" for the death of physical bodies, remain on the Earth. And soon these particles form a "Necrosphere" - the embryo of the Hell on Earth. The Necrosphere begins to change the surrounding reality destroying both time and space with the intention to gain superiority over Earth forever.
The principal hero of the novel, an immortal gladiator Marcell, suceeds in regaining his memory. He learns that he is a former Voider and with the help of his reincarnations he tries to change the destiny of Earth...

Extracts from this novel were included to the "Master-Radio" show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994).

3. "THE TWILIGHT OF THE WORLD" (novel, about, 56.000 words, 1992.)
The alternative world which is inhabited, apart from ordinary people by werwolves, vampires and Ninefold-Living people (descendants of the Immortals). The Ninefold-Living were trying to defend ordinary people from werwolves. But in the course of time it appeared that the situation is not so simple: often the Ninefold-Living themselves provoke the werevolves to attack and the latter must defend themselves. Because of mutual envy, fear and misunderstanding a real bloody war expands in this world. And only after the appearance of the new general enemy, the vampires (so-called "Varks") ordinary people and werwolves find it possible to forget the strife and unite in order to fight them.
Against the background of the changing fates of the whole world unfolds the romantic story of a young werewolf's love to a Ninefold-Living girl; the irreconsilable enemies become friends, but the ominous eyes of a "vark" search them in the night... The dynamic plot of the novel is combined with a deep humanistic idea.

This novel was listed in "The Best 10 SF And Fantasy Novels of the former USSR" "The Great Ring" in 1993 (# 4).

4. "LIVE FOR THE LAST TIME" (novella, about 25.000 words, 1991.)
The action of the novel unfolds in the world inhabited by the Ninefold-Living people and the vampires ("varks"). The principal hero is a boy who was born "a cripple" (from the point of view of people surrounding him) - he lives only once ("for the last time"), which means that he can't return to life after death. But the boy (later the young man) wants to prove both to himself and to all the people that he is normal and manly. So he becomes a warrior. Some time later he met a beauty from a famous family and fell in love with her. But soon it turned out that the girl is a vampire! She loves him sincerely and doesn't want to bite him and thus make him a vampire too, but Senior Vampires consider this to be a treason and put an invocation on her. So she cannot rise from her grave any more. Only human blood can break the invocation. And the hero comes to her grave and allows her to "kiss" his neck. And he becomes a "vark" himself.
Still something human has remained in the souls of the vampire-hero and his vampire-girl; they began to search for the special invocation ("The Word of the Last Ones") which turns a vampire back into normal man. After many morbid adventures they found the "Word of the Last Ones", but it turns out that it can be applied only to the Senior Vampires ("High Varks"). They cannot use the "Word of the Last Ones" till they become High Varks, but then they'll become completely unhuman and would never want to return into their human image!
The solving of this problem was long and hard; at the end of the novel the hero and his girl succeded to acquire human features again; but other vampires found the opened door to Earth...

This novella was listed in "The Best 10 SF And Fantasy Novels of the former USSR" "The Great Ring" in 1992 (#6).

5. "FEAR" (novelette, about 16.000 words, 1991.)
The late Middle Ages on the Earth. A strange Asiatic town. In this town people begin to die for no reason, but each time the inexpressible horror is reflected in the eyes of the dead. The town physician Yakub decides to find the reason of these awful cases. The search leads him to a deserted and gloomy old temple in the mountains. An idol standing there becomes alive in the night, and it tells Yakub who kills the inhabitants of the town. It is an old priest who lives in the town and puts people to death by fear in order to feed himself upon their life forces. Neither poison nor steel can do any harm to this monster. Then Yakub brings his newly-born son to the house of the old priest. And the priest dies trying in vain to scare and thus to kill the boy, because the baby has no fear...

This novelette got the 1st place at the Fantasy Competition dedicated to Howard Phillips Lovecraft in Ekaterinburg (Russia) in 1994. "Fear" was nominated for the "Interpresscon" and "Bronze snail" prizes. This story won the second place in the "Horror Fantasy" nomination of the "Stranger" prize. It is also listed in the "Great Ring" list of the most popular fantasy novels and stories of the former USSR in 1994 (second place according the results of voting).

6. "THE STAIN-GLASSES OF PATRIARCHS" (novelette, about 10.000 words, 1990-1991.)
An alternative world. The world where the word is a force. Verses act as invocations. And the man from Earth gets into this world...
This is a romantic story of magic and verses, friendship and treason, love and cruel fighting.

7. "TO ENTER INTO IMAGE" (novella, about 39.000 words, 1991.)
Another strange world without any religion and any arts. Spiritual progress is almost impossible, and this world gradually plunges in primitivity. But a talented actor happens to arrive from Earthjust to this world. He cannot live without acting. And the religion begins to build up very quickly around him.
But who had conveyed the actor into this world? What was the purpose? For religion gives not only spiritual culture but, especially at early stages, severe conflicts and wars as well...
And then comes the moment when two great armies of religious fanatic confront each other, directed by supernatural forces. The Hell forces incarnated in blood-thirsty human beings were nearly ready to break through, BUT...

Listed in "The Best 10 SF & Fantasy Novels And Stories" of the former USSR in 1994.

8. "ARISEN FROM THE PARADISE" (novel, about 65.000 words, 1993.)
Three men, just ordinary ones, meet a witch and casually acquire from her some supernatural ability which conveys them to a parallel world. There they become ghosts. From their new friends they learn that this is a very strange and cruel world. There rules the mysterious Beast-Book. Under its influence almost all the people living in this world lost their freedom of will; they turned into letters, words, phrases, lines and pages of the Beast-Book.
Captivating adventures, severe fighting, both mystical and real, against the Beast-Book, all this combined with philosophical ideas concerning the place of a human being in the world, his responsibility for all his doings - such is the contents of the novel.

All these 8 novels, novellas and novelettes are separate pieces. But they form a big cycle telling about the destinies of three worlds and many people. The authors' style may be determined as "science fantasy", but the authors prefer to call it "philosophical fantasy hit" or "philosophical fantasy blockbuster" - it's the original H. L. Oldie's style in Fantasy Literature.

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"THE WAY OF THE SWORD" (novel; about 147.000 words, 1994.)

    Book 1: Kabir

    The world described in the novel is unprecedented among the works of the world fantasy. Its history and geography is very like the Earth in Middle Ages, but with an essential difference: here all arms such as swords, spears etc. have a mind of their own. Arms of the same type form something like human families or clans. The living swords etc. call themselves "Brilliants", and they consider the human beings to be but their "Carriers", like dogs or horses, and don't even suppose that they are intelligent too. And the people in their turn have not the slightest idea about the way things are. Nevertheless, this society is rather stable: the skill of fencing being raised to the level of high art any duels never result in the blood-spilling or Carriers's death. Thanks to easily understandable reasons the wars have also been forgotten long ago. In one word, this world is a kind of "feudal utopia".
    But we learn that something is going wrong there. Mysterious and bloody murders began to happen in a number of towns. Not only people are killed, but also the intelligent arms happen to be destroyed. Such things have not happened here for almost eight centuries!
    The main heroes of the novel are the upright sword Dan Ghien called the Unicorn and its Carrier - a young nobleman Chan Unkor.
    The scimitar Sheshez ruling over the Emirate (from the Brilliants' point of view) invites the Unicorn to investigate those crimes. The same task is given by the man-Emir Daud to Chan Unkor.
    As the result Chan himself gets into trouble: during a fencing competition his right hand was cut away. Being under the psychic influence (unaware of it) exercized by his sword, the young man feels that he cannot live without fencing and tries the last remedy: following the advice given to him by the Emir's jester Druddle he orders a smith to forge an iron hand for him, although he understood very clearly that this was a nonsense.
    But as the result of secret ancient rites the iron hand acquires life of its own! It becomes the intermediary between the man and his sword, a link between the two intelligent races. The heroes understand that in order to oppose the murderers they have now to change their minds; soon they manage to overcome the interdiction to kill inherent to both of them while saving the life of the jester Druddle in a city street at night. The same night the man and his sword together with the jester's blunt dagger Dziuttee which is more widely known as the Kabir Executioner leave the capital following the footsteps of the murderers towards the native country of Chan's ancestors, Maylan (closely reminding the ancient China). Their butlers (the man Kos Antanya and the Estoc sword Zarrahid) decide to accompany their masters during the dangerous journey in spite of the orders given to them to stay at home.
    But the heroes had still to learn that some other companions were going after them. Should they had known that in advance...

    Book 2: Maylan

    The road to Maylan was abundant with adventures; the heroes got better acquainted with one another, now they not only cooperate but from time to time create a new entity, "man-sword". They meet a smart old woman called Mother Tsi who is searching for some ancient secrets, they learn the details of Kabirean history and inform their companions about the symbiosis they live in, and at last arrive safely to Maylan. Here the heroes enter into possession of their family inheritance and at the same time they find out that the princess of Maylan who had become a widow being still very young is aspiring to marry Chan. Their investigation is likely to be interrupted, but suddenly a number of strange events happens around the heroes, all of them evidently having the goal to destroy the wedding. In the whirl of these around-wedding events the heroes manage to find the trace of the murderers (both men and the Brilliants) leading to an ancient Batinite sect whose members use the mortal duels in their rituals.
    The Batinites (men and their swords called "the Tarnished" consider that the original destination of both human beings and arms was to kill, and they are obliged not to forget it.
    But it is found out that the sectarians didn't take part in the crimes committed in Kabir! The real murderers are at last found (and among them the man and the sword who had cut away Chan's hand). The night murderers turned out to be the citizens of Kabir who had been taken prisoners by the nomad tribe in a distant land of Shulma and ran away in order to rescue their native land. The point is that the savage nomads are going to attack Kabir, and the murderers decided to sacrifice themselves: to rouse the inhabitants of Kabir, to remind them of the old warrior skills and in such a way to save the land from perishing. In a secret underground temple many people and their arms meet to fulfill the ritual duel-sacrifice: the Batinites, the runaway Kabireans, a revenger pursuing his foes (who earlier had been shown as an episodic character), Chan Unkor with his Unicorn, the Kabir Executioner and other personnages...
    When the duel was in its full swing, a woman messenger arrived from a village situated near the border: it has been attacked by the nomads. The invasion began! The ritual was interrupted; the heroes ride as soon as possible to meet the fate awaiting them in the ravaged village...

    Book 3: Shulma

    The inhabitants of the village have been all slaughtered; their Brilliants are also dead and thrown down into a well. The advanced detachment of the Shulmus attack the company of the heroes, the battle begins; in the last moment the Kabireans are supported by their friends (both men and their Brilliants) who had followed them secretly. During the battle the Kabireans managed to overcome the interdiction to kill and defeat the Shulmus utterly; those who were lucky to stay alive were taken as prisoners. The nomads are overwhelmed by the fighting skills of their enemies, moreover, due to a casual coincidence of words they suppose Chan Unkor to be the incarnation of the Yellow God Mo, the highest war deity of Shulma. During the duel between Chan Unkor and the chief of Shulmus scouts Chan's right hand, made of iron, is uncovered by chance, and this put an end to all doubts of the Shulmus.
    The Kabireans go to Shulma; Kush-Tengry, a clairvoyant shaman abiding in the steppe goes to meet them because he forebodes great changes. Having arrived to a holy place where it is forbidden to fight, the Kabireans and the shaman soon found common language. It comes out that some time ago a High Gurkhan (chief governor) had appeared in Shulma and united all tribes in order to lead them to Kabir. This Gurkhan is evidently a native Kabirean. And Cinqueda, a short sword (his Brilliant) in its turn united the intelligent arms of the Shulmus that stayed until then in a savage state. In the holy place a variety of events happen until the Shulmus hords surround it.
    There follows a duel between Gurkhan and Chan Unkor. A stone thrown unexpectedly from a sling stunned the Kabirean, but the Unicorn and the iron hand save his life; while Chan is unconscious, the Unicorn, controls the iron hand holding it and continues to fight. When Chan comes to his senses he joins the battle, tears off the armour of the defeated Gurkhan - and finds out that the leader of the Shulmus is a woman!
    The ashamed nomads try to kill their former leader, but the Kabireans prevent them from doing this. The body-guards of the impostor Gurkhan take Chan's side believing him to be the god.

    Epilogue: Ambassadors from Shulma (the shaman Kush-Tengry and a friend of Chan Unkor's) come to the Kabirean Emirate. They meet the old Emir and the jester Druddle who had survived only by pure chance. There's no peace in the Emirate. The extremist part of the Batinites raised their heads. The peace treaty with Shulma seems to promise a happy end - but already a smith and an alchemist demonstrate in the presence of Emir the first sample of an arquebuse and the action of a powder bomb, proposing to use the new arms for the overcoming of the inner and external enemies.
    A new epoch stnds on the threshold. This world would never again be the same it had been before...

    This tale is told in turns by the sword Unicorn and its Carrier Chan Unkor. The action unfolds on the background of the crucial changing of the whole world's destinies. The numerous battle episodes are followed by philosophical discourses and dialogues, together with the psychological portraits of the heroes; original ideas are formulated, both ethic and fantastic. The adventures of the main heroes sometimes are tragical, but here and there humour and soft irony are woven into them. Besides this the novel contains several poetic fragments.
    The novel is written on the merge of "fantasy" and "alternative history". It combines dynamic plot with deep philosophical and psychological problems, in particular with moral aspects of fighting arts.

    The novel "THE WAY OF THE SWORD" was highly appreciated by the readers; it became an extremely popular book. This novel was published eight times in Russia, the number of copies amount more then 125.000.
    The novel "The Way of the Sword" got "The Great Zilant" prize at "ZilantCon" SF & Fantasy Festival in Kazan (Russia) in 1999.

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"A HERO MUST BE ALONE" (novel in two parts, the whole volume is about 149.000 words, 1995.)

First part: "THE SACRIFICES".
The first book (written in the style that can be named "mythological realism") tells about a scarcely known period in the life of Hercules, the greatest hero of Ancient Greece: from his conceivement to the beginning of his famous deeds. The young Alcydes (such is the real name of Hercules) becomes the point where different interests are clashed: those of the Olympic family, of the Tytans overthrown into the Tartar and the mysterious Fallen that shared the fate of the older generation of the Immortal as well as of many people. As the result the future hero and his twin brother Iphycles (whom Pindar, Homer and Appolodor remembered but the later authors have forgotten) become the hostages of alien intrigues. Attempt upon the life of Alkmene, the last beloved of Zeus the Thunderer even before she gave birth to the twins, ominous fits of madness that pursue the young hero from his childhood, the altars of the Obsessed by Tartar smoking with the blood of human sacrifices, a deadly dangerous secret that the earthly father of Alcydes, Amphitrion the grandson of Perseus, must keep all his life and even after his death; and all this accompanied with concrete, specific details of the period that later on the scientists will call the XIII century B. C.
The Amphitriad brothers, their mother Alkmene and father Amphitrion, Olympic gods, satyres and centaurs are shown as live beings, without the conventional features well-known to everybody who is acquainted with adapted editions of Greek myths. The events and characters that are mentioned in the books only in passing come unexpectedly to the scene, and the pretty fairy-tale becomes a stern reality. The gods are tormented with doubts, the heroes shed tears, and the inexorable shadow of the Iron Age, cold and strange, hangs over the sunny Hellas.

Second part: "THE PRIESTS".
The second book tells about the events that took place after Hercules (with the help of his twin brother) fulfilled his famous twelve deeds (the deeds as such are but briefly mentioned).
Now Hercules must perform the most difficult deed: to overcome his own madness. Even the almighty gods cannot help him (indeed they are not too eager to help him). The gods need Hercules only as a weapon for the future apocalyptic battle with the tribe of Giants, unassailable for the Olympians but assailable for the mortal warriors.
And the hour of the decisive battle comes, and Hercules sees in reality the nightmares that pursued him during many years.
The brothers together with the gods win the battle. But after it the gods betray their saviours because their strength frightens them. And they begin to persecute the heroes systematically throughout Hellas.

The elite Collector's edition of this novel was published in Ukraine in 2004.
The novel "A Hero Must Be Alone" got the Prize of the Writers' Association of Moldavian Pridnestrovyan Republic in 1997.

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"STEPCHILDREN OF THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT" (novel, about 58.000 words, 1996.)
In a distant village Shaflary in the lower part of Tatra mountains lives an old man Samuel-batsa; his adopted children are strangely gifted: they seem to be like all other people, but they can do such things that ordinary people shouldn't be able to do. They are thieves, all of them, but not those who rob somebody's money or break into the houses; they take only the other people's thoughts, hopes, abilities and knowledge and they use all this for themselves. And those whom they robbed forget completely all that had been taken from them and even ignore that they have been robbed at all. Samuel's children live rather well: Jan is the abbot in a Benedictine monastery, and he's soon to become a bishop, for many people believe him to be a saint, because they feel relieved of all sins and fears after they confessed to the reverend Jan; Teresa is the wife of a rich merchant and her husband owes much of his success to her. Michal is the voivode in a noble lord's castle, he married a girl whom he loved, and not without profit; such luck is a rare thing, and besides he's a skilled master of fencing and in XVII century such skills are very good payed for. Only the youngest sister Martha was unlucky: she had been the companion and the best friend of the Baroness von Eisendorf who introduced her to the high society in Vienna, but she had lost her place because she fell in love with a common thieve, the merry Joseph. And when she got seriously ill and was at the verge of dying Joseph payed the price of her life to the Death by selling his own soul to the Devil. They agreed that in an appointed moment Joseph should commit the suicide. But when the moment comes Martha succeeds to take the soul of her beloved from the One who had the right to possess it. But a human soul is heavy, heavier than petty thoughts or knowledge, it's difficult to carry it, and Martha failed to retain Joseph's soul; it entered the body of his dog that was sitting and vailing at his master's body... And the lovers flee from the Devil, they cross many countries until they come to Martha's native land and ask her borther Jan the abbot for help. But even within the walls of his monastery evil people and strange creatures lie in wait for Martha. When the news comes that the old Samuel had died in some strange way all his adopted children come together. Short was their travel to Shaflary, but full of dangers and adventures. There at last they learn everything. The end is rather unexpected and almost happy...
This novel is written in a style usual for H. L. Oldie, that of "philosophical fantasy hit", but this time it is more like a classical historical novel and contains accordingly a good deal of romance, jealousy, happy and unhappy love, duels, misticism and so on. The plot is as complicated as it should be in the violent XVII century.

The novel "Stepchildren of the Eighth Commandment" was awarded in 1997 with the "MoonSword" Prize as "the best mistic and horror novel"; some parts of it were used for a radio show.

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"MESSIAH CLEARS THE DISK" (novel, about 156.000 words, 1996.)
The Shaolin monastery is famous in the Chinese Empire in the enlightened XV century. There live the monks highly skilled in the arts of fighting and the Emperor himself regards them with favour. The reverend Chzhan Vo belonging to the highest rank of the monastery administration is at the same time the chief of the Emperor's secret police; the Shaolin treasury is full ofprecious things, thousands of peasants work in the fields belonging to the monastery. It is not strang because about half a century ago the warriors clad in yellow attires to the leader of the uprising of "red bandages" assisting him to drive the Mongol invaders back to the northern steppes and helped him, a simple peasant Chzhu Younchzhan, to ascend the throne of the Emperors of China. The policy of the Middle Empire is silently and inevitably directed by the invisible hands bearing the signs of the dragon and tiger. But strange things do happen in this world of vanity... In one of the towns of China an esteemed merchant all of a sudden came secretly to the house of an eminent dignitary and tore to pieces a rare flower and then pierced his own heart with a knife; then the Eighth Aunt, the wife of a humble dyer, attacked the bodyguards of the Emperor's brother and killed half of them, after which she broke the spine of the favourite little dog of the concubine Suan and cut her own throat with the governor's sword. Never before had the esteemed merchant attempted to be a thieve, never had the Eighth Aunt been skilled in any fighting arts, but on the third day after the death of both criminals very strange spot appeared on their bodies: the signs of the dragon and tiger.
And it is not by chance that the monk with shaven head advised the judge Bao who was appointed to investigate these strange cases to be not too diligent in his enquiries. What in fact is going on in the famous monastery, why the shadow of the patriarch Damo haunts it? It is he, the Bearded Barbarian, who long ago founded the monastery, but his goal had been neither the hoarding of gold nor the political games... Why were the Laws of Karma broken, where did the epidemic of the Buddah Madness come from, why are the dead rising from their graves and how could enter the monastery the strange boy now and then employing in his speech the hackers' slang of the end of the XXth century? The answers to all these questions the reader is to find together with the judge Bao, the Daosian wizard Lan Daosin and other personnages of this novel combining several genre of fiction: mistical fantasy, cyberpunk, alternative history and, of course, the "philosophical thriller", which still is the favourite style of Henry Lion Oldie.

The novel "Messiah Clears the Disk" was admitted to the list of the Moscow bestsellers (9th place in the general rating).
In 1997 it was given the prize of the Association of Russian-Language Writers of Israel "For an outstanding contribution in the development of modern Russian litterature".
In 1999, at "Star Bridge" SF & Fantasy Festival in Kharkov (Ukraine) H. L. Oldie got "The Black Belt" (1-st dergee) as a "Fan-Do Master" - for some fighting fragments from the novel "Messiah Clears the Disk".
In 2001, at "Star Bridge" SF & Fantasy Festival in Kharkov (Ukraine) H. L. Oldie got "The Golden Medals of Shaolin" (China-Russia, Shaolin U-Shu Association of Russia) for their novel "Messiah Clears the Disc".

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"LET THEM DIE" (novel, about 67.000 words, 1996.)
This is the world described in the novel "The Way of the Sword", but now about three or four hundred years have passed there. The few "Brilliants" (cold arms having the mind of their own) that survived dwell in "prisons" and "almhouse", i.e. in museums and private collections. Human civilisation went completely out of their influence, and intelligent swords and halberds remain only in the fairy-tales or in endless TV "fantasy" serials like the famous "Chan-with-the-Iron-Hand". The progress had been developing fast and wide during all these centuries, and the former world of Chan Unkor his sword Unicorn became almost similar the one familiar to us: skyscraper buildings, telephones, television, automobiles, computers, fire arms and the regional conflicts between the countries that appeared after the splitting of the Kabirean Emirate... In short, the world becomes simple and comprehencive. But... In this "simple and comprehencive" world very unusual things happen. Almost for a month an epidemic of sleepiness rages throughout the whole country which nobody can explain, people perish by tens because of a mysterious and also unexplained "self-shooting" disease; it is manifested in the sudden explosions of the fire arms held by one's hand or in the arms beginning to shoot all by themselves; sometimes one and the same nightmare haunts hundreds of people until, being not able to support it any longer, they kill themselves...
In this novel the reader gets acquainted with a strange little girl hiding beneath her old shawl a dozen of missile knives and killing with them four heavily armed terrorists, with a historian Rashid-al-Shinby who sees wonderful dreams, with the doctor Cadal Khanuman who tries to cure people suffering from the schysoid nightmares and many others. Troubles happened within the criminal klan "Alamut"; policemen began secret investigation. And they found that all ways are leading to the priveleged mekhteb (colledge) "Star hour" where all members of administration are a bit too fond of astrology. When comes the night of Nauruse, the New Year, all of the main heroes gather inside the colledge fence. What will be the price that they'll have to pay in order to go out, to remain humans, not to fall to the abyss of fear, and inevitable tragedy? Is it easy to be human when one can't discern visions from reality, when former friends become enemies, the pistols fail to shoot but the knives don't miss their targets as usual. Soon the atmosphere becomes tense, the "spiders in the glass" are ready to fight for their lives, and the first blood has been already spilled... What will be the end of this crazy night of Nauruse? What will the coming year bring to the people locked in the mekhteb - and not only to them but to the whole Mankind?
This novel is not directly (by its plot) connected with "The Way of the Sword" although the action takes place in the same world. Both books can be read separately. But together they form a kind of dilogy.

The book "Let Them Die" was admitted to the list of the Moscow bestsellers (3rd place in the general rating).

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"TO PUT THE SOUL IN" (novelette, about 12.000 words, 1996.)
The troubles began in the fishermen settlement at the little Stream Island near the South Carolina shores when the white shark had been caught whose belly was ornamented with the blue patterns highly reminding the tattooing. The McEvans brothers who caught the rare fish wanted to sell it to the scientists, but nobody wanted to buy it. Then the brothers got enraged and decided to kill the useless creature. But they failed to do that because the net with which the bay was fenced turned out to be broken and the shark had disappeared through a big hole. The following day the sea became empty: the fishermen could catch not a single fish and returned home empty-handed. Only the ominous triangular could be seen at the sea surface around the unlucky island. So what had happened? Did the shark itself broke the net or somebody helped it? How is related to these dark events the mysterious death of an emigrant youth who at the beginning asked himself for the permission to feed the keen-toothed prisoner? The death of one of the McEvans brothers seems not very decent too... All this story unfolds in the presence of a learned ichtiologist Dr Alexander Flaxman who in his turn arrived to the Stream Island in rather an unusual way. The tensions between people in the local bar grow quickly for while the eye-witnesses are telling what they have seen still new and new details come to the light, and in the end the last and bloody act of the tragedy which began a fortnight ago was played. But only the old priest Mbete Lakemba who once lived in the Fiji Isles seems to be aware of the real state of affairs: the white people have awakened the mighty spirit N'daku-Wanga and now are reaping the fruits of their own imprudence...

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"THE BLACK TROUBLE-MAKER" (novel in three volumes: "Thunderstorm In Begininglessness" (about 108.000 words), "Net For World Lords" (about 112.000 words) and "Go Where You Want" (about 102.000 words); 1996-1997.)
Our world stands on the verge of Kali-Youga, the Era of Darkness. The lightnings of the heavenly weapons sparkle over the Fields of Kuru, which became the scene of the greatest of battles. Great heroes and ordinary warriors perish one after another and even Gods themselves are now unable to stop this slaughter. The world approaches its end, daemons penetrate to the gardens of Paradise, the souls of the dead refuse to go to the Blissful halls and to the Hell, and a shadow of the future rises over the ashes of past: it is the Lord Krishna, the Black Trouble-Maker with his favourite flute in hand. Who is he in fact, a rebellious avatar of divine entity, what does he want? But the Era of Darkness wasn't finished after the world's end, it just began, as well as the stories of the terrible god Indra the Thunderer the bull among the followers of Rama-with-an-Axe, and three of his disciples who perished at the Fields of Kuru. After you have read the book it is impossible to forget the images of the giant Gangea the Terrible, or the priest-homunculus Brahman-of-the-Casket, both passionate and passionless, or the merry Karna-Long Ears who gave his invulnerability and the divine rank for the possibility to live and to die by his own choice. In this book each personnage has the personality of his own easily discernible from the others.
"The Black Trouble-Maker" is a grandiose epopee in three volumes based on the "Mahabharata", one of the greatest books of Mankind, but it is not a retelling but a specific, individual approach to the destinies of the Three worlds which became our reality, to the origins of the Universe and the place of the Man in it. This is the book which is worth reading many times.

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"WE ARE TO LIVE HERE" (novel in two volumes: volume 1 - "Armageddon Happened Yesterday", volume 2 - "To Drink Blood by Handfuls", written in collaboration with A. Valentinov, each volume about 85.000 words, 1995-1998.)
Amazing collaboration of the two authors differing so much from each other could not but result in an interesting book. This novel was begun as far as in 1995 and the last words were written in the summer of 1998. And here it is: white letters run across the blue screen, offerings to the gods of water-pipes and repairs are reeking at the "altars" made of the household gas-stoves; centaurs on two wheels bring to the heart attack the militia-men on duty at the roads, and the City is slowly rehabilitating itself after the cataclism of the Great Toy War... But soon the tanks get immersed into the asphalt pavement, the motorized infantry shoots the inoffencive Minotaurus clad in jeans, and the radio casts a desperate cry: "To all who hear us! We are the City, we perish!" This cry for help will be heard.
The main heroes of the novel are: the writer Alik Zalessky, the detective Era Giselo, the city centaur Faul and the corned Minnie in jeans... human beings all of them. They don't know that the world has changed without asking their permission; they want to live but they're not allowed to. And so comes the day when the sons of the Yellow Serpent Keynary come on the wings of a great storm and they dance over the perishing City and transmute the elements one into another, taking under their control the things created. "We are to live here!" - and the sky splitted forever is smiling with a precious smile. Fine humour and tragic catharsis, conflicts of modernity and sparkles of mythology, dynamic plot and philosophical view on the reality - all this provides real pleasure even to the most exigent readers.

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"THE BORDER" (novel in two volumes: volume 1 - "Orphans Cost Much in Winter" (about 95.000 words), volume 2 - "The Time to Break a Bans" (about 110.000 words); the novel is written in collaboration with Andrey Valentinov and Marina & Sergey Dyachenko, 1998-1999.)
Beginning from the first pages of this novel the reader becomes highly delighted and cannot stop until the whole book is read. We enter a world which is divided by many borders and consists of a number of separate worlds-containers. The Malakh angels have been guarding those borders prohibiting the worlds to contact each other. The containers perish one by one like the members of a body where the blood does not circulate. And once a strange meeting took place: the two-souled hero, the Wild Lord, the courageous captain's daughter Yaryna, the murderous wizard Yehuda-ben-Joseph, the wise bee-master Rudy Panko and the enchantress Salle Keval who is a kind of conductor between the worlds. Among them is also a strange baby, the newly-born "devil's son", the future Saviour, or may be the Antichrist? They met at their ultimate border, and the majestic Malakhs shivered, those whose flesh is made of light and the soul... but they have got no soul at all. Ukraine of the Gogol times, ancient Judaic mistical theories of Kabbala, exotic lands of fantasy and realistic village huts near Poltava; and among all this there is a man, an ordinary man who strives to find his own personality, and his fate and his dignity.
    This wonderful novel combines the features of philosophical discourse, historical novel, thriller and melodrama. The collective project of the writers widely known in the former USSR and abroad is a success, and it's no wonder because Marina and Sergey Dyachenko from Kiev and H. L. Oldie (Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky) and Andrey Valentinov from Kharkov are the laureats of most prestigeous prizes in the field of fantasy in Ukraine, Russia, Moldavia in Europe and in Israel. Each of their novels was successfully published and republished. In general the volume of their work during last years amounts to almost a million copies! The book written by such a team thanks to its high level will be enjoyed both by most refined experts and by ordinary reader.

This novel was published in Russia in 1999 as a Club (Collector's) Edition.
This novel got The Golden Prize as "The Best SF & Fantasy Novel" at "Star Bridge" SF & Fantasy Festival in Kharkov (Ukraine) in 2000.

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"I'LL TAKE IT MYSELF" (novel, about 109.000 words, 1998.)
Although this novel has a real historical background it is closely connected with the worlds of the "ABYSS OF HUNGRY EYES" and "THE WAY OF THE SWORD". It's plot is quite separate but to a certain extent this book is the first part of the cycle "THE WAY OF THE SWORD" because its action begins some centuries earlier. The Arabian poet of the Xth century al-Mutanabbi is the man of the sword and the man of the word and... simply a man in the full meaning of this word. But in the first place he's a poet although he can wield his sword skillfully. And the life of a poet is his song. "I'll take it myself" is a brilliant allegoric poem about the fate of Mutanabbi who had been an emir if not even a shakh-in-shakh but rejected the sword and entered the history as a poet. And this fate was not at all easy... At the beginning of the book he succeded to survive in a duel with a wild nomad, but very soon he failed to withstand a samoum - and got to another world where he became not only a shakh but a carrier of the "farre". This world is for him a hell (although for somebody else it could be like a paradise), but thanks to the "farre" everyone becomes obedient to his wishes. And, what is more, they're sincerely obedient, people render their services with joy, their souls are changed as the pictures at the computer display. The former rival becomes a devoted friend, women are ready to come to him and even a night brigand attacks the shakh only because the latter yearns for battle. Such a life is in fact real torment for a poet who used to deal with a word which had been cruel - but real. And the war victories over Kabir cannot change the situation because the trouble is rooted in his own soul. He refuses to accept life as alms and shouts desperately: "I'll take it myself!" What is life and death, honour and dishonour, power and responsibility - all of these great questions are raised in this novel, and there can hardly be a reader who'd remain indifferent to it.

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"NOPERAPON OR IN IMAGE" (novel, about 89.000 words, 1998.)
Japan of the XV century and Kharkov of the XX. Legendary actors of the "No" theatre and our contemporaries, the art of ancient actors and modern karate schools, curved streets of Kyoto and avenues lit with bright neon lights, the meeting at the cimetery with a night creature without face and an advertisment with an amazing slogan: "Your task is to survive". It seems that there is nothing in common between all these things. But there is a man, an ordinary man who was driven out of the frames of time and space in order to win or to perish. When the young actor Motoyoshi killed a "noperapon"-thieve with a wooden sword, when one man became a mirror and the other a weapon; when Death was approaching the Temple of Clear Waters, and the young postgraduate girl-student sent to the hospital one after another six violators - it means that the times meet, their edges coincide and it becomes impossible to define who had been living yesterday and who is living now, if everyone cherishes deep in soul the wish to possess everything at a time and free of charge... But since we get what we have wanted we cease to be human... Try to take the place of the heroes of the new novel by H.L.Oldie, and the dull reality of our usual world would seem not so dull to you... and not so real at all.

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"A MAGE IN LAW" ("MAGIOSO") (novel of 2 volumes, about 179.000 words, 1999).
Vol. 1: "Let's Be Their Way Dark and Slippery" ("Magioso"), about 87.000 words.
    Vol. 2: "...And My Sin is Always in front of Me" ("Magent"), about 92.000 words.

    The alternative history with magic. Alternative Russia, the end of XIX – the early beginning of XX century. The magic exists in this alternative variant of our world, but all magic actions are un-lawful. And all magicians are considered to be criminal. The special police service called "The Raiding Corps “Barbarian”" traces the magicians (mages) in Russia to put them into jail. The "Barbarians" are unreceptive to magic influences.
    The system of magic in this world is unusual. Every mage must have a pupil to be able to cast spell. A mage is powerless without a pupil. A mage signs a special mystical contract with their future pupil. And then when the mage casts some spells, their pupil learns these spells automatically, without an individual process of teaching and learning. The energy needed in the case of "ordinary teaching" is not spent in the case of such "direct teaching". And the "teacher"-mage uses this saved energy for their spell. They have no different source of magic energy.
    But all these actions and contracts are not only completely illegal. The system of "direct magic teaching" leads to magic's degradation. Actually a "teacher” prints their own magic "matrix" on their pupil. But a copy is always worse than an original. And a copy of a copy is much worse – and all the following copies are even worse, and worse, and worse... So, in the present time all mages are much weaker than hundreds years or even decades ago.
    The main characters of this novel are two mages: a man and a woman, their pupils (a young lad and a young girl) – and a lieutenant-colonel ("half-colonel") of "Barbarian" Raiding Corps, who resists the mages. Two mages without pupils, who were exiled to Siberia for their criminal actions, find themselves in a very dangerous situation. They find new pupils and escape from Siberia to European part of Russia with the help of their magic. Some criminal and magic adventures follow.
    At the same time the half-colonel begins a new secret but unlawful police operation of killing magician's pupils in order not to teach new people magic. But during this operation the half-colonel begins to understand, that the magic system of "direct teaching" may be useful in other fields of human activity. Finally he puts a stop to the secret operation, meets the above-mentioned mages with their pupils and offers them collaboration to investigate the magic system of teaching.
    But in a process of collaboration with half-colonel the mages and their pupils begin to understand, that spreading  "the direct teaching" system in other fields of human activity may lead to the end of the human civilization...
    The dynamic plot, interesting entourage of alternative Russia, romantic love story, magic and criminal adventures, some fighting, psychological portraits of the heroes and some philosophical and ethical ideas included.

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    "OIKUMENE" (novel of 3 volumes, about 275.000 words, 2006-2007. Published 2006-2007, re-published 2008, 2009 (Russia). The total quantity of copies sold is about 60.000 (all volumes together)).
Vol. 1: "Puppeteer", 2006, about 91.000 words.
    Vol. 2: "Pupa", 2006-2007, about 92.000 words.
    Vol. 3: "The Puppet Master", 2007, about 92.000 words.

    "Oikumene" is a "space symphony" novel (some more complex and interesting kind of "space opera"). A far future. Many human races with unusual "energetic abilities" live in the Galaxy on different planets near different stars. Fantastic future technologies: many kinds of starships, bio-computers and bio-technologies, new materials, nano-technologies, virtual reality ("virt"), travels in hyper-space, plasma- and ray-guns, "inter-faze" powerful guns, a people with extra psycho-abilities and etc.
    The main races (all are humans):
    "The Energets" ("energetic races"):
    – The Bramaines: they accumulate and use energy of personal sufferings.
    – The Gematres: the genius-mathematics, they create so-called "gematrixes" which accumulate energy of Universe' structure.
    – The Pompilians: they use the slaves for all their needs. The Pompilians can turn any person into a slave with the help of their specific psycho-abilities. They use energy of decreasing their slaves’ freedom degrees.
    – The Vehdens: they develop and use their "inside fire" with the help of many bans and limitations they made for their own race.
    – The Voodoons: they use the energy of spirits ("Loa") of all creatures and things. Also the Voodoons are very good doctors.
    The non-energetic races:
    – The Barbarians: the ordinary people who don’t have any developed technologies.
    – The Technophilists (The Technologists): the ordinary people who have developed technologies.
    The very special people:
    – The Antises: the very little group of people from different "energetic races" (except Pompilians). About 150 persons in the Galaxy. The Antises can transform their material body into a wave-body and travel in space and in hyper-space without any starships or space-suits. The Antises have a very powerful energetic potential.
    But the children who were born as a result of inter-races marriages, have no specific abilities.
    Some dangerous creatures called "the space-time continuum fluctuations" can live in space. Some of them can destroy spaceships and/or kill people inside. Some special patrol spaceships and the Antises in their wave-form destroy the space-time continuum fluctuations to defend other starships. But even few men in the Galaxy consider that some higher and most complex fluctuations are intelligent, and if so, some contact is possible...
    The main character of the novel is Lucciano Borgotta from one of the "Technophilists'" planets, a director of a traveling theatre of contact impersonality. The artists of this theatre are so-called "neuropasts" (as Lucciano Borgotta too). Neuropasts are a kind of very weak telepaths, they help other people (according to their agreement, of course!) to do some hard work to pronounce an important speech as a professional orator, to play a role as a professional actor etc.
    Borgotta makes one fatal mistake. So, he was prosecuted, and according to the judge's decision he became a slave of a Pompilian legate Guy Octavian Tumidus. As one of Tumidus’ slaves – "living batteries" – he works on the legate's personal starship. The starship comes to an unknown "barbarian" planet – to catch new slaves. After some dramatic fighting episodes on this planet Borgotta saves  legate Tumidus and helps him to return to the starship on the orbit.
    During the starship's coming back to civilized part of Galaxy a group of the space-time continuum fluctuations attacks the starship. During the space battle a little fragment of continuum fluctuation penetrates to Lucciano's body and mind. In the nearest future with the help of this fluctuation fragment Borgotta gets some new abilities. Now he can see and hear some true events of the past 50 years he has never really seen.
    When they come to a civilized planet, legate Tumidus gives Borgotta new status: "semilibertus" – a half slave and a half free person. Now Borgotta must take part in some specific shows for the Pompilians. Also he must nurse after a big and strong idiot who is imprisoned in a chamber in the basement. Lucciano doesn't understand why he must do it, but he has to obey.
    A pompilian woman Julia is interested in Borgotta’s unusual abilities for some secret psycho-investigations. She proposes Lucciano a contract and promises him help with his complete liberation. But at this time a group of Vehden terrorists kidnapped Lucciano, Julia and two little strange children – Gematres-twins.
    Many interesting, dangerous events and adventures happen to Lucciano Borgotta further. He gets to know a secret of Gematres-twins, who turn out to be a result of the genetic experiment to pass specific "energetic" abilities to the children who were born in inter-races marriage. The big strong idiot from the jail chamber turned out to be a mad Antis after some psycho-attack...
    The terrorists' starship meets the fluctuations, the former kidnappers and the kidnapped try to save themselves and stay alive together. Then they all come to the planet and get into a trap of a local sheriff-maniac. Borgotta and the terrorists together escape from that planet.
    The strange and very complex net of intrigues around the mad leader-Antis of Vehden empire and Gematres-twins become more and more clear to Borgotta with the help of the extra abilities given to Lucciano by his symbiont-fluctuation. Finally he helps Antis to return to his normal condition; Gematres-twins found their father who knows the secret of their birth. Lucciano Borgotta together with Julia and some new friends finds a method to form a collective Antis ("Collant") from some ordinary people from different races. Now all the people in Galaxy can live and travel in space in wave-form without any spaceships.
    The dynamic plot, striking characters, many adventures and some space and on-planet battles, psychological nuances, humanistic and philosophical ideas included.

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    "PETER SLYADEK'S SONGS" (the novel, consists of the cycle of novelettes; total volume is about 126.000 words, 2001-2003).
About some stories from "Peter Slyadek's Songs" novel-cycle:
1. "Here and Now" (the 1st story from the cycle).
Some people (a pupil of the magician, a wounded robber, an old teacher of fencing, a little girl with her mother and a young girl) hide in the basement of tavern from the invaders from neighboring country. A pupil of magician has a box with a magical game (like a magical chess). With the help of this game anyone can change a nearest past. The heroes of the story try to change the past to stop the invaders or to kill their king. But all of them do some mistakes, and they can't to change the past! And this time the invaders' king with his bodyguards comes to the tavern. And the mother of the little girl comes out from the basment and tries to kill the invaders' king without any magic. He wounds one of the bodyguards of the king, but the king kills her.
Next day. A big battle. Invaders attack. And unexpectly a little detachment of warriors (including a wounded robber, a pupil of the magician and an old teacher of fencing) attacks a king of invaders and his bodyguards. A bodyguard wounded yesterday cannot to shield his king in time, and a robber's arrow kills the invaders' king! The invaders are loosing. The heroes stopped the invasion here and now, no by magic, no in the past - here and now.
2. "A Price of Money" (the 5th story from the cycle).
A main hero of this story get lost in the snow-storm and hits to the strange little town. Here he can to eat, to drink, to take any things or goods no paing any money. He thinks that all people in this town are fools, or he arrived to Paradise. But when he wants to leave this town, he gets to know, that the price for all things in this town is the time of one's life. The time of the life is the money in this town. And so, he has only few days before he'll die...

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    "ShMAGIC" (novel, 2003-2004, about 84.000 words).
    It's an adventure fantasy novel with some irony. Andrea Musculus, the malefic from the Capitol of Rettia Kingdom, comes to the little provincial town Jatritsa. He has an inportant mission: to take off a skins from three virgins for the covers of magical manuscripts. But some strange events happen in Jatritsa, and Musculus have been forced to take part in the investigation of these events.
    Some little children disappear and appear again during some days. After returning they tell about a strange place where the strange little girl was play with them. The young gue Janosh and old dyer Leonard Channel are seems a true mages, but they are not a mages! The local witch Malice has some secrets concerning an attempt upon the life of King happened near Jatritsa five years ago. Many strange things happen in Jatritsa, and Musculus begins to puzzle out this conundrum.
    He gets to know about a "syndrome of fake mana" (or so-called "charlatan magic" or "ChMagic"), make the aquaintances with disappeared five years ago Higher Qualification Mage Fortunate Nail, with centaurus from the circus and with a Liliputian girl from the same circus who has "ChMagic syndrome". He gets to know many new interesting information about nature of demons and about an events happened here five years ago...
    Finally, using his own magical abilities of malefic, Musculus brings together in the battle his colleague-mage with mage's personal demon who can change a people's destinies. Only the person who generate the demon can win this demon, in his own soul. We generate our demons ourselves, and only we can stop them. So, Musculus understood this fact, and with his help Fortunate Nail met his own demon face-to-face and destroyed him.
    But it's a very short synopsis of the novel, it not even show all plot lines. Really the novel is much more complex, with original author's ironic-adventural style and mood. Some secondary plot lines and characters, philosophical and psychological elements and background nuances are important enough too.

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"THE DUEL" (short story).
Two old friends, a great magician and a great warrior, was provoked to the controversy: who is the best warrior, who is stronger? What's better: a magic, or a cold steel? But they decided not to figft, but to take a new pupils, one pupil each of  them, and to train their pupils during one year. And then a pupils will have to fight up to death. The teacher, who's pupil will won, will get a victory. And durig a training both of teacher came to like their pupils. Both of them don't want to send their pupils to the death duel. And at the end of the year both of them send their pupils to another town convoyed by theid elder pupils. But on the way pupils meets each other. Young pupils fight against elder pupils. Young pupil of mage stuns elder pupil of warrior, and young pupil of warrior stuns elder pupil of mage. Young pupils desided to return for fighting. During their returning they fight together against verwolves, gnomes, fairies and some other creatures. And they came to arena of duel. Young foolish pupils are ready to die for their teachers, but their teachers don't want them to fight up to death. And the king desides: the duel ALREADY took place. No winner, no looser: a draw!

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"THE WAY OF THE DAMNED" (novella by Dmitry Gromov "solo", about 31.000 words, 1996-1999.)
This is a story about two vampires (a man and a young girl) in the modern town. The main hero of the novelette, Vlad (but not Dracula-Tsepesh!) exists as a vampire about 20 years. He is bored with his sensless existance and by endless bloody deathes for his feeding - but Vlad meets very young girl Elvira and falls in love with her. Elvira gets to know that Vlad is a vampire, she falls in love too and asks Vlad to make her a vampiress too. Vlad doesn't want to make her a vampiress, course he knows that the vampire's "life" is not so good and romantic, as Elvira thinks. But it was their (or her?) destiny, and finally Vlad makes her a vampiress. They love each other, they are almost happy, but Elvira is a stupid yang girl, and he makes two of her former friends a vampires too. The quantity of vampires in the town increases up to the critical level, and the vampire hunter Immortal Monk arrives to the town with his monks-soldiers. The bloody battle between vampires and Immortal Monk begins.
But during all the plot line it seems to Vlad (and later to Elvira too) that their life is unreal, it's only an illusion. They see the same strange dreams of another place. Maybe, they are a sacrifices of the crazy experiment? Or they are dying, and they escape from the death to this illusionary reality created by their own dying brains? And that is why Vlad gets to recognize some cinema and literary cliches in reality around him?
During the fighting against Immortal Monk, escaping from him, next battles and etc. Vlad found in himself and in Elvira some new extraordinary abilities. He must to trust in himself, that he can to fly, to turn into a mist, to regulate his temperature, to break some technique at the distance and etc. - and he'll realy be able to do such things! But finally Vlad and Elvira fell into the Monk's trap. The sun is rising, and it will burnt the vampires. At the last seconds Vlad and Elvira use auto-suggestion method, and their spirits dislocate to another reality where they meet an astral creature called Curator. Curator tells them, that they came to the next level of existance, they are free from their fears, hopes, attachments... and bodies. But Vlad and Elvira don't want to exist in this astral world, and they return to their bodies - but with new extra-abilities. They don't need no more blood for feeding, a sun can't burnt them, and etc... But their vampiric essence haven't changed!.. And is the realiry around a true reality? Or it's a next level of illusion?..
It's a very primitive plot line of the novelette. Really the novelette is much more complex, the necro-romantic mood and some philosophical and psychological elements and nuances are very important too.


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Also some other new novels and novelettes written by Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky ("Henry Lion Oldie") can be proposed for publishing (see "Novels" list).

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A lot of short stories also can be proposed for publishing. Some of them are:

HUMOROUS FANTASY:

1. "Collapse". Included to the "Master-Radio" show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994).
2. "The Hidden Wiring".
3. "The Lacking Ingredient".
4. "Happiness in the Written Form"/
5. "The Cassandra Syndrome"/
6. "Mythurg".
7. "The Nightmares of Pavel Lavrentievich". Included to the "Master-Radio" show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994).
8. "How the Atlantis Fell". Included to the "Master-Radio" show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994). Listed in "The Best 10 SF & Fantasy Short Stories" of the former USSR in 1994. (1st place)
9. "The Second Day of Abundance".
10. "The Cinema until Coffin And...".
11. "The Grandfather Vampire Tales". Included to the "Master-Radio" show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994).
12. "The Report".
13. "The Last God's Assumption".
14. "Khipesh-Town" (By Dmitry Gromov, Oleg Ladyzhensky, Andrey Valentinov and Alexander Krasovitzky).
15. "The Duel".
16. "The Princess without Dragon".
17. "Good Old Evil".

THRILLERS:

1. "Nevermore".
2. "Nobody's Home" (This story was listed in "The Best 10 SF Stories" at International SF Authors Meeting in Biysk (former USSR) in 1990 (#7).
3. "Monster".
4. "The Eighth Circle of the Underground". Included to the "Master-Radio" radio show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994).
5. "The Prophet"ю
6. "Requiem to the Dream".
     7. “Satanory”.

PHILOSOPHICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND LYRIC FANTASY:

1. "Master"ю Included to the "Master-Radio" show (Kharkov, Ukraine, 1994). This short story got in 1995 the "FANCON-95" Prize as "The Best 1994-95 SF & Fantasy Short Story".
2. "Tiger".
3. "A Discount For The Talent".
4. "5 Minutes To Lend".
5. "Annabel-Lea".
6. "The Laughter Of Dionysus".
7. "The Last".
8. "A Broken Circle".
9. "Hoanga".
10. "The Missed Life".

Some of these short stories were integrated as parts into the novels "To Enter into Image" and "The Way".
All short stories are (c) H. L. Oldie, 1990-2009.

There are some other new short stories, novelettes and novels by H. L. Oldie avaliable (see the short list of H. L. Oldie's novels and novelettes), but short abstracts to this new texts written in 2000-2011 are not ready yet.

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The abstracts given above are very brief and simplified; they don't even follow all plot lines.
All texts are availible as text files, in Russian.

HENRY LION OLDIE is a joint pen-name of two authors:
GROMOV DMITRY and
LADYZHENSKY OLEG.

ADDRESSES:
Mr. Dmitry Gromov: Pushkinsky entry, # 10, apt. 28, Kharkov-24, 61024, Ukraine. tel.(home): +38 (057) 700-23-81.
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