This volume is so named because every short story therein deals in some fashion with the exploits of Professor Anton Vorchek or sorcerer Jacob Bleek.
The Twenty-First Extract From the Black Book of Jacob Bleek
At the Bottom of Montezuma Well (ss)
This story is what, by this time, may be considered a typical Vorchek tale. He is called in, accompanied by Theresa Delaney, to investigate a grotesque death in the wilds of Arizona. Discovering evidence of hideous doings, he sets out to master the situation as he sees fit. Montezuma Well is a pretty limestone sinkhole noted for its former occupancy by prehistoric Indians.Published in Science and Sorcery by the Press of Dyrezan.
A Nature Scene (ss)
Vorchek and Theresa investigate weirdness in a-- for Arizona-- rare watery environment. The locale described in the story is the Tavasci Marsh in the vicinity of the Tuzigoot ruins of the Verde Valley, with a bit of nearby Dead Horse Ranch State Park thrown in.Published in Science and Sorcery by the Press of Dyrezan.
The Wizards of Dyrezan
The Twenty-Second Extract From the Black Book of Jacob Bleek
A Tale of Dyrezan (ss)
As is often the case with poems, I occasionally write stories as told by Jacob Bleek, a keen scholar of the forgotten past. Here is presented his take on the history or legend of a famous event from the heyday of glorious Dyrezan, ancient city of magicians.Published by Voluted Tales.
Under the Natural Bridge (ss)
Vorchek and Theresa, with a pathetic graduate student scrambling for credits, look into the alarming tales long associated with a grandiose geological AZ feature. The professor is determined to learn the truth at any cost. The locale is the stunning Tonto Natural Bridge, an incredible wonder, fairly accurately described in the story, though not so isolated as indicated (which is often the case with the real locations I put to literary use).Published in Science and Sorcery by the Press of Dyrezan.
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The Twenty-Fourth Extract From the Black Book of Jacob Bleek
Vorchek's Vacation (ss)
Theresa, certainly, understands it to be a vacation, but it soon turns out that Vorchek has rented that rustic cabin at the resort in Oak Creek Canyon by the banks of the stream for darkly scholarly purposes. That precise spot seems to matter to him. The locale is based on a number of such commercial get-aways found in the AZ canyon.Published in Science and Sorcery by the Press of Dyrezan.
The Companion of Jacob Bleek (ss)
That wizard, ever eager for dangerous knowledge, loots an Egyptian tomb to his cost. After completing The Journey of Jacob Bleek I wrote more tales which might be considered lost chapters from that book, single adventures obviously forming part of his long quest. This is a fair example.
Published in The Scroll of Anubis, by the Horror Library Press.
The God In the Machine (ss)
This lengthy story starring Vorchek and Theresa starts off like a science fiction tale, then takes a weird detour. The professor is called in by a high-tech firm to resolve the grotesque consequences of an apparent industrial accident. Vorchek realizes that age-old evil is behind it all. The story bears certain similarities to "The Man Who Sought Blug".
Published by Chaos Theory: Tales Askew.
The Twenty-Fifth Extract From the Black Book of Jacob Bleek
The Search For Maltheus the Wise (ss)
Jacob Bleek, endeavoring to acquire wisdom from an esteemed colleague, tracks him to the vomitous lair of unholy Blug. Again, this tale is reminiscent of the preceding story. I had that vile theme much in mind just then.Published in Science and Sorcery by the Press of Dyrezan.
An Eastern Tale (ss)
On a somewhat lighter note, Jacob Bleek records an olden account of weirdness and greed set in the city of Elibama, first mentioned in the previous tale. The stories share incidental trappings. I may write of Elibama again.Published in Science and Sorcery by the Press of Dyrezan.
The Seal of Jacob Bleek (ss)
Despite the title, this long piece is properly understood as a Vorchek and Theresa story. They battle evil cultists determined to steal the infamous seal for nefarious purposes. Whoever wins, does any gain ever accrue from tampering with the secret knowledge of that dead wizard?
Published by Chaos Theory: Tales Askew.
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