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September 1, 2013

Fantasy writing takes Lockport man national

Niagara Gazette — A Lockport author has had his name spread nationwide over the past couple weeks.

Robert Souliske is the author of "Ancient Darkness," a story he crafted through three to four years worth of on and off writing.

"The idea for the story came from an allegory," Souliske said. "I picked things from the Bible. I started thinking, 'What if this happened?' and 'What if this was different?'"

He explained that his story took some twists and turns and the allegorical references also include "every piece of mythology and legend I could think of."

"I wrote the story as if to say, 'What if there was a world where all this stuff really exists?'" Souliske said.

According to a press release announcing the book's availability, Ancient Darkness is a "holy war" story. It is a good vs. evil tale that pits demons and self-proclaimed gods against a group brave enough to "defend the light" and stand against "the risen ancient darkness."

A huge science fiction and fantasy fan, Souliske said many of the characters in his novel are based on friends of his. The names are changed, but he said his friends know who is who in the book. It was thanks to his friends, he said, that the national distribution happened.

"I first went the self-publishing route, but I became friends with another author and he suggested I send the book to Tate, and they went with it," Souliske recalled.

Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC found the book had a major quality that it searched for in its products: marketability.

"Even though it's a book in a popular genre, we felt it tells a different story," said Jim Miller, a Tate marketing representative. Tate is a Christian-owned company and he said while the books published are not religious, per se, Souliske's work "has a definite Christian resonance."

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