Authors Showcase: The Seals of Abgal by Woelf Dietrich


The Book: The Seals of Abgal

The Author: Woelf Dietrich

The Story: Bookstore owner and novice antiquarian, Sebastian Kaine is proud of his new profession and even prouder still of the collection of antique books on the occult that he keeps locked away in the basement of his bookstore. But his little utopia is shattered one night when he wakes up in that same basement, bound and bloodied, and his prized collection all but destroyed.

Making matters worse are the two strange men responsible for the carnage. They want The Seals of Abgal and insist Sebastian is in possession of it. Though he denies having any knowledge of the book, Sebastian soon finds himself at the receiving end of a brutal interrogation–one, he fears, he may not survive.

As he tries to stay alive, Sebastian discovers The Seals of Abgal is far more than just an ordinary grimoire for it holds powerful secrets. Secrets that are older than time itself, and these men searching for it are no ordinary thugs.

But then, Sebastian is no ordinary bookseller.

About Woelf Dietrich:

7acabcaaba320ad8976f46.L._V395990801_SY470_As a kid I consumed books and comics by the truckloads, reading anything from fantasy to westerns to science fiction. I wanted to stay in that dream state so I began making up my own stories, writing my first short story at twelve. I also started drawing my own comics–little stick figures with dialogue balloons that later evolved into musclebound warriors and scantly clad vixens. I gave them battle axes and broadswords and unleashed them onto the world. A silent chaos ensued followed by crickets chirping and nothing much else, but boy, did I entertain myself. Alas, life kept interfering and I allowed it, and so nothing came from my artistic endeavors.

After graduating high school I served a year in the military where I learned how to dig trenches, eat quickly, and miss girls. I travelled to Israel and lived on a Kibbutz for eight months, working in avocado fields and drinking cheap vodka. I sold pots and pans and educational toys in Africa for a while and almost got shot in Zimbabwe. I did a brief stint as a cartoonist somewhere and an even briefer stint as reporter somewhere else. Somehow, and maybe by accident, I ended up in law school and became a lawyer. I did that for almost a decade.

These days I’m back to writing stories. A calling I ignored for far too long. I now live in New Zealand, and with a wife and kids, and a dog, I’ll be staying put for the foreseeable future.

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Review by Tania: What a cool, engrossing story. It has the beginnings of a paranormal adventure interweaved with elements of dark-fantasy, adding to that mix some seriously ancient folklore. I’m an old fantasy-adventure fan, so I feel equipped to say there’s something fresh about this one.

I really appreciated the way the story was revealed as Sebastian was going through his ordeal. The writer made me feel like I was right there in the basement with him. At once appealing to the historian/book lover side in me, while at the same time, making me cringe at the abuse. What I wouldn’t give to visit this bookstore so richly described.

Review by Rebeca Flippen: Sinister assailants, a hidden grimoire missing since the beginning of the age of man, and one of the most well-written twists I’ve seen in a novella (that actually works!).
Seals of Abal, by Woelf Dietrich, is a wonderful 128-page novella about a powerfully magical grimoire, The Seals of Abgal, a bookstore owner, Sebastian Kaine (who may or may not have possession of the book) and the ancient, putrid evil that seeks to own it at all costs and change life as mankind knows it once he does. Sebastian’s only goal is to stay alive… or is it?

Lots of layers to this little book, but not so much as to make it a muddled mess. Because I’m a book addict, I appreciated the mental masterpiece Dietrich orchestrated in his elaborate detail of Sebastian’s antiquarian book cache, including even the shelving selected for different sets of books. Not only was the mental visual entertaining for me, but it added another layer to our young Sebastian’s character. But, there are people who are not interested in these sorts of things and that much detail about them, and a longer novel might lose some readers because of this. I, however, enjoyed it. And read it twice! And will read it again!

Most novellas leave many questions unanswered concerning the background of its characters, but I felt Dietrich did an outstanding job of not letting his short story fall into that tar pit. In the end, we find out pretty much who everyone really is, what their skills and powers are, and what the Seals of Abgal really is. This book can certainly stand alone as an independent story, or Dietrich could write a prequel (s) to this story, and a sequel (s) of the story. I would LOVE to see both. And here’s the only spoiler I’m giving away-I was gleeful to see the appearance of Odin’s Chosen.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book.

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