Currently residing in College Station, Texas, Chris Pourteau has made a living at one time or another as a teacher, a lab technician helping to recover one of Christopher Columbus’s ships, and a technical writer and editor.
Pourteau cites writers both modern and classical as influences, notable among them Bernard Cornwell, Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Toni Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Mark Twain. Other major influences include fellow Texan and singer-songwriter James McMurtry, Groucho Marx, and a little-known comedy troupe from England you’ve probably never heard of named Monty Python. (Python is always happy to have someone shill their name as long as they don’t have to pay for it and might get a chance to sell you something, so there you go, guys. Regards from Texas.)
As far as reading interests go, Pourteau prefers fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction, which you could probably guess from his list of influences. Occasionally, he likes taking random chances on new writers–new to him, anyway–and has recently become enamored of the works of Roberto Calas, Nick Cole, Suzanne Collins, Tess Gerritsen, Manel Loureiro, and John Scalzi among others. He’s also a die-hard Star Trek fan and prefers gritty dramas like Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, Homeland, and The Killing when he flips on the tube.Official Website
Thorson Hammerfist hails from the Stone Kingdom of King Odric and the Grey Dwarves. His older brother Garkist joined the Longbeards, Odric’s elite personal guard, and Thorson’s lot as a second son saw him cloistered in the retreat known as Moradin’s Mountain.
At the age of twelve, he became an acolyte there and only recently entered formal service as a cleric of Moradin. Thorson proudly wears the headband of Moradin, the oldest of the Dwarven gods and patron deity of Creation, Earth, Good, Law, and Protection.
Several weeks ago, he left the Mountain, ready to spread the hand of measured justice across Odric’s kingdom. But as he neared his home, as the familiar, rocky face of the Stone Kingdom rose to welcome its returning son, the earth beneath Thorson’s feet began to shake violently. Great fissures opened in the road, ancient trees became uprooted and snapped like matchsticks, and animals fled for their lives from the surrounding forest—these chaotic flashes of memory are the only thing Thorson can recall of the event.
When the Great Upheaval subsided, the Stone Kingdom lay in ruin, thousands dead, including King Odric. From harried survivors, Thorson learned of rumors from the east that had not reached his ears in the faraway monastery—rumors of an Ancient Evil awakening. With Moradin’s call to witness for justice burning within him, Thorson takes up the quest to seek an accounting for the suffering of his people—and to protect others from the evil rising in the east. He’s made his way to a lonely keep, the last symbol of civilization, a gateway to the Great Eastern Wastes.