CATEGORY: All the Authors Works listed here are Literary and Film Projects http://www.3cornersentertainment.com/project/him/
INTRODUCING AUTHOR, KOOS VERKAIK!!!
Prolific Author and Super Nova Musician – A sweet combination of talent to make a strong impact on the industry! Listen to his message and feel the vibes!
LATEST BOOK OUT!!! AN AMAZING WORK THAT CARRIES A SIGNIFICANT MESSAGE!!
Suddenly, at the end of the twenty-first century, the world changes. The tycoons rule and name themselves kings. The times are rife with extravagance and decadence, extreme power and richness. The world is one big party. And there is chaos!
No one seems to wonder how this all came to be. No one seems to wonder what is actually happening. No one seems to care about anything anymore. Except for some odd outsiders. One of them is Oscar Man, the illegitimate son of tycoon Otto Man. Once he was a prince; then he became a pariah, a jester, with nothing to lose for himself and so much to win for the world…
In these turbulent times, the Second Renaissance, strange creatures come into power and try to subject every single human being to their will. They make the poor jester Oscar Man dance.
More About Koos at the following links below:
Koos Verkaik a ‘Dutchie’ with spunk and a heart of gold, and an inexhaustible drive and fathomless imagination, is one of the most productive authors of the moment. Koos is not only an author but an accomplished Musician. We deem it our special privilege to work with an author of his caliber and have him on board. Besides a fast-growing pile of novels in his specific genre: Mystery, Adventure, and Magic, he also writes children’s books. Well-known is his enchanting series of children’s books Alex and the Wolpertinger, published by LadyBee Publishing, Canada.
Koos wrote his first novel, a sci-fi, when he was only eighteen years old, during a weekend; it was published immediately—he was only sixteen when he wrote a series about a young space traveler who went in search of adventures on a far-away planet; it got published in the weekly newspaper (three pages each week). He published with big Dutch publishers as De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam. With his books All-Father and Wolf Tears, he earned the name critics gave him of The Dutch Stephen King.
September 18, 2016 Exciting Newsflash
“Came back from vacation and found an envelope on my doormat: 50 (!) pages film contract, signed by all parties, for my novel HIM, After the UFO Crash. Yes, Al: Onward & Upward now! We will reach our goal! My Thanks goes to: Al, Jeffrey and Richard from Three Corners Entertainment (and their Publishing Division at Righters Mill Press) – Emerantia, my agent from New Zealand .
A wonderful new author on the rise! Gripping story! Page turning suspense/adventure and mystery, an all-night read! A master storyteller!
A fantastic and spectacular intrigue; Dutch Koos Verkaik can hold his own with the best foreign names in this field! A.P. magazine.
“I am a very fast worker; always have been, always sitting behind the keyboard and write! It is not a neurosis or so, it’s just that I have a lot to tell…” Haagse Courant.
The Dutch Stephen King, that’s the best compliment we can give horror writer Koos Verkaik. With his novels he fills a gap in the market – he is writing original fantasy and horror. Verkaik has a personal, original style! Aktueel.
Verkaik is always flirting with the paranormal. The tight, balanced style of his works give away his great craftsmanship. Koos Verkaik is called the Dutch Stephen King. Where productivity is concerned, this is right, but where his work is concerned I think that Koos is just himself and that is quite a lot! Penthouse.
Koos Verkaik gives a new substance to the literary thriller! The new book of Koos Verkaik is a well-constructed thriller with an original storyline wherein cleverly is made use of horror elements. But Koos Verkaik has more to offer than just a thrilling story. Weaving mythical and psychological elements in it, in a very subtle way, he makes novels with many mentions and gives a new substance to the literary thriller. And that is a remarkable performance for an author who writes through the years in order to make a living, publishing countless novels and comics. De Persunie, Holland, De Standaard, Belgium.
“I knew I would become a writer when I was only six years old,” tells Koos Verkaik. “I have always been working on stories.”And so it went – he wrote during his high school years, walked away from home and lived by his pen. He worked for countless publishers and wrote what they asked for: children’s books, novels, comics, scripts, name it. He has become a well-known fantasy writer; one of the best! Aktueel.
Interview conducted by Penny Adams
(May Our Dear Friend Rest in Peace, as we shall fondly Remember Her).
“THE NIBELUNG GOLD” THE LATEST PUBLICATION OUT NOW!
ABOUT “THE NIBELUNG GOLD” Published as a 2nd edition under a new cover by
Outerbanks Publishing Group.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the rich have great interest in the occult; tables dance everywhere, and ghosts speak in many a darkened room. Willem Wolf, a wealthy young man, has a passion for exploring psychic phenomena and exposing the charlatans. He believes many are fraudulent and he becomes a one-man inquisition hunting for the truth, first giving the psychics the benefit of the doubt until he sees through their trickery.Then he decides to find out what happens when more than a dozen mediums concentrate on the same thing at the same time. He finds himself in a mesmerizing world where the intriguing story of the long-lost Nibelung Gold seems to be a fact.Wolf begins a journey he never expected, dealing with dishonest and evil people while searching for the truth of the legendary Nibelung treasure or Rhine Gold that has been lost since the 5th century along Germany’s Rhine River.”…A very interesting story. I really liked Wolf and the story being set late in the 19th century. The magic, spiritism, ghosts and of course finding out the story behind the legend, along with the suspense, mystery and adventure made for a delightful read. I highly recommend The Nibelung Gold to those who love a great mystery/adventure/suspense story.” – Amazon review by Sheri A. Wilkinson
Ironically, to say a wonderful new author is on the rise, Koos Verkaik has been writing since he was a young teenager and had a series of books published in Holland, and had already found his fame in his beloved home country at a very young age. Both “Nibelung Gold” and “Heavenly Vision” are Novels that coming under the heading “Must Reads!”
Both Novels are Gripping and suspense filled stories you will never forget!
Page turning suspense/adventure and mystery, this author’s books are promising to be your all-night reads!
Here is a master storyteller borne to his craft and that caliber of writer don’t come any the better and more impacting upon his ever-growing readership around the world!
“Heavenly Vision” by Koos Verkaik
“HEAVENLY VISION” BLUES TRACK
Nothing is what it seems, in this new, exciting Koos Verkaik novel…
It starts with the finding of an old manuscript hidden in an old atlas of the Cape of Good Hope, around the year 1745.
“Allart Vroom climbed down from the ship, and we stood ready to catch him,” wrote Captain Adriaen Kalf. “His clothes, his flesh, his bones pulverized in our hands. He formed a small heap of powder at our feet. Please, believe me—it is not, like someone suggested, the contents of broken hourglasses.”
Jan Glas, an Amsterdam publicist, reads about a machine that could cause the end of the entire world! Of course, he wants to find out the truth about the remarkable manuscript!
A long journey takes him to England and the USA.
A peculiar man crosses his path – Wesley Dunn, Raso Preacher, Center of the Heavenly Vision, Franks Knight, Florida, USA.
This man says that the world will be destroyed by ‘the Machine of Colton’, which is also mentioned in the manuscript that Jan found! Only a few people will survive – the true followers of the odd Mr. Wesley Dunn, and the Raso way of life!
Murder, mystery, and intrigue will keep the reader guessing as to what is going on. Is the world coming to an end, and if so, who will survive?
OTHER THRILLING TITLES BY KOOS VERKAIK
Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group
Wolpertinger website: www.alexandthewolpertinger.com
The end of the nineteenth century—the rich have a great interest in the occult; tables dance everywhere, and ghosts speak in many a darkened room.
Wolf can make or break reputations in the field of spiritism. A one-man inquisition, hunting for the truth, he makes the inexplicable or gives it the benefit of the doubt until he finally sees through the trick. When he discovers that certain phenomena seem to be real, his heart overflows with enthusiasm.
His name fits perfectly; like a wolf, he follows every track leading to solving complex riddles. His wealth opens doors wide for him.
Then he decides to find out what happens when more than a dozen mediums concentrate on the same thing at the same time. Big troubles—Wolf seems to be the victim of the occult! He finds himself in a mesmerizing world where the intriguing story of the Nibelung Gold seems to be a fact.
Koos Verkaik is a true master in his genre: Mystery, Adventure, and Magic. He published over fifty different titles, both novels for adults and children’s books. Author of more than 60 different titles! He works hard on a new series of children’s books, ALEX AND THE WOLPERTINGER, sold in Europe and Canada.
He wrote his first novel, a sci-fi, when he was only eighteen years old, during a weekend; it was published immediately—he was only sixteen when he wrote a series about a young space traveler who went in search of adventures on a far-away planet; it got published in the weekly newspaper (three pages each week). He published with big Dutch publishers as De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam. With his books ALL FATHER and WOLF TEARS, he earned the name critics gave him of The Dutch Stephen King. Several new books will be published this year: DE DANS VAN DE NAR (THE DANCE OF THE JESTER), NEANDERTHALER DROMEN (NEANDERTHAL DREAMS) and many new books in his series of children’s books. Koos Verkaik is one of the most productive authors of the moment—and never ever had a writer’s block. He works very hard, writing every day.
2713 AT Zoetermeer
The first 3 Wolpertinger Titles in a series of 8 books, this amazing Children’s Series is under consideration for a substantial Animation Project.
OUT NOW!!! “LUDO THE WOLPERTINGER!”
A NEW HERO HAS ARRIVED: LUDO THE WOLPERTINGER!
The amazing friendship between a clever boy and a mean, wonderful, odd, mysterious, magic, terrifying, great, supernatural, awesome, amazing, clever, unequalled, unbelievable wolpertinger…
ALEX AND THE WOLPERTINGER by Koos Verkaik. An extensive series of children’s books of 14 different titles so far (intending to write 30 books)!
Publisher: Outer Banks Publishing Group, North Carolina, USA
Website Koos Verkaik: www.koosverkaik.com
Interview about Alex and The Wolpertinger:
News Update for Dutch Readership
ANOTHER THRILLING NOVEL TITLED “ALL FATHER” ON SALE NOW AT AMAZON.COM
ABOUT THE BOOK
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Righter’s Mill Press and the 3 Corners Entertainment Group Category: Literary and Film Project
Paperback version is on its way!!!
AIM: Optioned for Film by Three Corners Entertainment Media Group
Peter Jonker has special gifts at his disposal. As a provoked, frightened child, he has come under the spell of master painter Poolman and his evocative, terrifying canvases. Poolman has spun gory tales about Wodan, god of the Germanic tribes, and the fearless Scandinavian berserkers. And now it seems Peter has seen the magic truth behind those sagas. In his agony, he discovers unknown talents, and soon it is said he has the possession of immortal powers! Haunted by the fantasies of his youth, the adult Peter is going downhill, and in his vulnerable state strangers intervene trying to reach their own dubious goals by taking advantage of him.
Wodan is looking for him and wants him to join the Army of the Dead – Berserkers who carry death and destruction… Peter’s life becomes a choking nightmare. Is he responsible for the death of four people, or being set up by unknown forces? Brought under hypnosis, the horrible truth may come out… Koos Verkaik, born in Bolnes, near Rotterdam, is a prolific Dutch author of fantasy, science fiction and horror – a master at creating sensational work full of magic, horror, mystery, and adventure! At the age of 16, Koos published the comic Scotty Clay in weekly Sjors, four pages every week. At 18, he wrote his first science fiction thriller, ADOLAR, during one weekend. He now he has over sixty titles in publication.
After meeting Bill Thompson, editor of both Stephen King and John Grisham, in the USA, Thompson became very enthusiastic about the work of Verkaik, working together with Koos on several manuscripts. Sarah Book Publishing is proud to be chosen to publish Verkaik’s All-Father!
Paperback: 296 pages
Original Publisher: Sarah Book Publishing; 2nd edition (November 23, 2015)
Publisher: Righters Mill Publishing (and 3 Corners Entertainment Group for Film)
HIM (After the USO Crash)
How apt that this work should now become a movie at this time as the world is on the brink of meeting our distant cousins from other galaxies.
HIM (After the UFO Crash) by Koos Verkaik
ABOUT THE BOOK Title of the Book: HIM, after the UFO Crash) Author: Koos Verkaik Genre: Urban Fantasy Novel, 86.868 words Fan Publisher: Righter Mill Press
Release Date: Out Now and available from Amazon.com and all Book Retailers
Latest Review on HIM by Denise De Rose, October 2019
Koos Verkaik’s HIM After The UFO Crash explores the very interesting concept of Synchronicity, things happen for a reason or reasons even though we might not know what they are. Things often happen that are simply unexplainable. He makes the reader think, something a good author hopes to achieve with every novel he or she pens. I read HIM in just a few days. In fact, Koos was helping me turn the pages, through his riveting storytelling. When Konrad discovered a naked mystery man in the mountains, I was there, like a fly on your wall. When Nichole confronted eight men in a secret meeting, I was there standing next to her. When Jasper grabbed Antoine to prevent him from breaking his neck, I supported Jasper to keep him steady. He couldn’t see me. I stood directly behind him. I was part of the action at every turn while reading HIM. Koos achieved his goal- to make the reader feel like he or she is in the story.
Brian Hailes’ front cover attracted me as soon as I unwrapped the book. His color scheme is bright and eye-catching. Righter’s Mill Press’ formatting and choice of font is very easy on the eyes, a necessity for most readers. Koos’ back cover blurb is easy to read using white print and a high-contract background. If Righter’s Mill edited Koos’ manuscript they might want to up their game or slow down a tad, other than that this book was a fantastic fast-paced read. Koos, keep writing. You rock. I look forward to reading more Verkaik creations. Koos sent me his book to read and review and I was more than happy to do so. This is not a paid review.
“Thank you, Koos, for hours of reading pleasure…” Dennis @ Moneysaver Editing
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To begin with, prepare yourself to commit to the book because it is not going to be an easy and smooth reading experience for some, as the book deals with UFO technology and ETs, and the approach is highly scientific and not the comic book type so favored by studios like MARVEL. This story, especially now in the light of NASA’s new discoveries that are being made every day as my SPACE subscription tells me in my personalized taskbar, this subject has been dealt with from a little more comprehensive approach, which also testifies to the Author’s personal research done on the topic, and hence not all readers may be able to anticipate diving into the book with the ease of reading an Archie comic type of work, or plain romance novel. But for those who persevere and do a little research along the way to gain a smidgen more insight into some technical information to back up this concept, (information you will find online), will find it an entirely refreshing. but above all a most exciting reading experience they will never forget.
ABOUT – ” HIM” (After the UFO Crash)
Arthur Croft is a Rocket engineer. He sends a rocket up into space hoping to find extraterrestrial beings. But then the unexpected happens, he commits suicide. Jasper Frost, an American learns how to control synchronicity. A Swiss doctor asks Jasper to befriend Francis Lockhart, a wealthy American. Jasper agrees, and soon he is about to learn all about Arthur, aliens and his life will never be the same again.
Nicole Ginella, his secretary, knows all about the fascination held for the great Arthur Croft and numerous other professional men and women who deal with space travel: they strongly believe that UFO’s are a reality. Together with CIA personnel and military and scientific professionals from the various government divisions, they form a strong and cohesive collaborative organization that will do everything they can to capture a UFO.
After the funeral of Arthur Croft, Nicole goes to Miami Beach. A CIA agent, Wilbur Elliott, finds her there and has lots of questions for her.
In the meanwhile in Paris.
Jasper Froch is an American hippie, traveling through Europe. He is a pickpocket and an adventurer but has no goal in his life. Then he meets Antoine Faverel, a clochard. The clochard finds out that Jasper Froch has an extraordinary talent: without realizing it, he makes use of synchronicity. One of my favorite reads by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, in fact, gave this label to this very phenomenon, this Novel is dealing with and is an analytical concept Jung deals within many of his works.
The clochard explains: “First I’ll tell you about synchronicity. It literally means simultaneity. It is an intriguing phenomenon! It is a marvelous coincidence. Two events that apparently have nothing to do with each other and of which the one is absolutely not the result of the other, gives one food for thought! Many people see it as an important warning or a sign. It was the famous Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung who came up with the term synchronicity and studied the phenomena profoundly. Synchronicity is unexplainable.
My opinion of this work:
The thrilling and very ‘today’ Novel HIM (After the UFO Crash) by Koos Verkaik, is a book that you’ll read and then you’ll wonder did you really read what you did? Could it be possible? You will never forget it. Well, today it is a reality in my view as a staunch adherent supporter of ET and UFO technology.
Before you dive into the book though, ensure you have a couple of hours to while away as it will be hard to pull yourself away from this page-turner, be sure your seat belt is hugging you nice and tight. Then hold on fiercely because you’re about to go on a pure adrenalin-driven roller coaster ride of your life. From the first page to the final last page of this wonderful book, you will have become a participating entity yourself as you gradually lose yourself and your ‘earthly status’, and allow yourself to merge within this amazing mind-boggling journey, and bigger than life Novel. HIM contracted by a US film company is under close scrutiny as I speak, as a strong contender for one of the most exciting stories that has to date come out of Holland. You GO koos!!! :)😊
Title of the Book: HIM, after the UFO Crash)
Author: by Koos Verkaik
Genre: Urban Fantasy Novel, 86.868 words
Publisher: Righters Mill Press
Film Company: Three Corners Entertainment
REVIEWS Amazon.com for ALL FATHER Novel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Sheri A. Wilkinson on November 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
All Father Overview by Koos Verkaik
Peter Jonker has special magical gifts. He is told of the horrifying tales of Wodan, God of the Germanic tribes and Scandinavian Berserkers. Then he finds out he has immortal powers, something some would like to take advantage of. Wodan is on the hunt for him to join his evil army, the Berserkers who bring destruction and death. Soon he is not sure what is truth, or merely a horrible dream from which he would soon wake up, or is he really responsible for the death of people? Peter decides to find out by being hypnotized, and soon his world as he knows it is about to change.
Peter is very likable, he wants to do what is right and is faced with challenges. He encounters good and bad people/events. The story moves at a steady pace with attention to details, pulling you into this fantastic magical thrilling story. The plot is original with the perfect balance of drama, suspense, action, and adventure. A definite five-star read. I highly recommend to young/adult as well as adult lovers of action/adventure/magic.
By Yvonne Crowe on November 24, 2015
Or is the All-father with his army of the dead directing other receptors?
Buy the book and find out. You are in for the ride of your life.
” I could easily see some of his work next to greats such as Stephen King, or Dean Koontz.”
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Fanatic Review’s sat down with Koos Verkaik to learn more about him, this is what we learned.
15 Questions about you, and your work (s).
1.) What would you say inspired you to write your story?
I wrote All-Father in Dutch, it was first published by De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam. I read a lot about history and love the old stories about the Celtic and Germanic tribes. In All-Father we learn how Woden (Odin, All-Father) rides the sky with his Army of the Death and about Berserkers who fear steel nor blood. (We still talk about going berserk!).
2.) Are some of the details rendered in your story from real-life situations?
Yes, it enacts in The Netherlands of the seventies. With real people in a recognizable setting. The story is about a little boy who becomes so afraid of the horrible stories a Rembrandt-like painter tells him about Woden and berserkers, that he almost dies… but then he finds out that he has special powers and he is going to use them.
3.) At what age did you begin writing? When did you know you would make writing a career path?
I started writing at the age of seven and never stopped. I still have a pile of notebooks from my youth, full of stories. I knew I would become a writer when I was about twelve.
4.) Who is your favorite character in your book(s)?
I have no favorite characters. Mostly I create them during the writing process and suddenly I know everything about their specific character. It is great to be able to bring the most peculiars persons together in a novel!
5.) How long did it take you to write your first novel?
I am so happy that you ask me this. My first novel was a sci-fi of 160 pages and I wrote it during a long weekend when I was only 18 years old. It was published immediately and I was very proud when I saw it in the window of a bookshop.
6.) Where can we find your work(s)?
I have published about 60 different titles in the Netherlands and they are available in the bookshops and on the internet. You can find my books in English on the internet:http://www.amazon.com/Koos-Verkaik/e/B001JXJGMA,
The reprint for All-Father is published by Koos’ new publisher at Righters Mill Publishing Division of Three Corners Entertainment Group.
Suspense-filled mystery that is a fast reading book…captivating…this intriguing book kept my attention & was fascinating.
-5 Star Amazon Review
More flattering Reviews for a most deserving and hard-working Author who never gives up the temp of his promotions and marketing strategies. All Author take note! 🙂
With Compliments from Sarah Book Publishing!
“Alex and The Wolpertinger” by Koos Verkaik
(More Wolpertinger Volumes recently published will be added this week)
Alex and his friends, Shabby Tabby Chum and Ludo the wolpertinger are on a mission to save the magician Halo. Halo is being held prisoner by Prince Ruff Rumble. The giant prince wants the magician to make gold for him. Halo’s magic books are now unreadable after falling into the lake but he couldn’t have made the gold even if his books hadn’t gotten wet. The prince doesn’t know that, and Alex’s real mission is to find a magician that can help Halo and get him set free.
Excerpt: Halo put me under a spell that shrank me till I was just as little as Chum the old tomcat. And suddenly I was able to speak the language of the animals! On the back of the fat cat, I traveled to an oak wood. On the way, I met two friends, William Wing the miller and Alfred Axe the woodcutter. With their help, I reached the tallest oak of the wood. It was there that I first met Ludo the wolpertinger. He had blue fur and a lanky figure. His feet were very, very big. When I asked the wolpertinger how we could reach the Downhills, he said: “You have to believe in the Downhills. If you don’t believe in them, then you will bump your head on the trunk of the oak tree. If you do believe in them, then you will walk straight through it, and you will be where you want to be.”
He was right! Chum and I believed in the Downhills, walked right into the oak, stepped right through the bark, and ended up in a tunnel. There we reached a mysterious land and saw a big, red sun in the sky.
“I’ve loved illustrated children’s chapter books since I was a young sprite. Their usually epic stories that carry with you a lifetime of happy memories. Especially, those that remind me of warm nights nestled by the fire, listening to Hans Christian Anderson cassette tapes on the radio in the living room. While reading, I reminisced back to how truly remarkable those stories were, and of how they caught and easily kept my attention. Mr. Verkaik has done it again! This time it came in the guise of a children’s book. I fell in love with this timeless story, and so will you.”
From the Reviewer About the book:
“Mr. Verkaik paints a vivid portrait of the life of Alex, a boy from the Alps, who works in the land of the Giant Clover King. Alex is sent to help a magician and finds a world of adventure before him. Alex meets Ludo the Wolpertinger, and the two embark on a creative trek filled with shrinking, talking animals, and giants beyond measure!
I rather enjoyed the tempo of this short, yet remarkably expansive story. I will definitely be getting this in paperback for my daughter to read when she is old enough. It has such colorful illustrations, and engaging artwork, that will easily keep your child entertained. The best part about this book is that it’s really for all ages. It reads like an adventure, one that any age can get behind. Five stars Mr. Verkaik. Truly an adventurous read!”
April 2016 Reviews:-
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Sarah Book Publishing (May 11, 2016)
THE LATEST INTERVIEW Conducted by Byron Lafayette
Byron: Being a prolific writer, where do you find your inspiration comes from to write your various stories?
Koos: I have written stories all my life, from the age of 7. Wrote my first novel when I was 18 and it got published right away – and I had published many, many comics in weeklies when I was only 16. Often one single line is enough for me to write a novel. It can be just a thought: “What will happen is a dozen mediums concentrate on conjuring up one and the same spirit?” That is the start of The Nibelung Gold, which will be published in a few weeks. Or: “Can a little boy ever become friends with a mean wolpertinger?” So I started writing a series of children’s book, working on part 14 now and will eventually write 30 different titles. There is always inspiration, never had a writer’s block in my life.
Byron: You have written in many different genres of fiction, is there one that stands out as your favorite to write in?
Koos: No. I am used to writing different books at the same time, mostly a novel and a children’s book. In The Netherlands, one of the big publishers, De Arbeiderspers in Amsterdam, placed three words on the covers of my books to describe my genre: Magic, Mystery & Adventure. Sometimes I burst out laughing when I write Alex and The Wolpertinger books and I can look rather angry when I write dark passages for novels. I love to write about fantastic things in a normal setting. And I always explain what it is all about, I never keep my readers in the dark; after they have finished my books, they will understand everything. When you read Heavenly Vision, for instance, you really only know what it is all about after you have read the last page.
Byron: Being from Europe, do you find that the taste for fiction is the same everywhere? Or is there some fiction that does better in Europe say then America?
Koos: One of my favorite authors is Jack Vance. He is a great American writer, but I think he was more popular in Europe (here in The Netherlands, where I live, in France etc.). Books from the USA dominated the world for a long time, especially with science fiction and fantasy; horror was more European (but I immediately have to mention the great Edgar Allan Poe from Boston!). Jules Verne from France was unique and influenced many other writers. And now the world has grown smaller thanks to the internet and we notice quicker what happens in other countries.
Byron: All Father has a very interesting premise; how did you go about creating that story?
Koos: I read lots of nonfiction books and love history. For All-Father I studied the old European gods. The All-Father and Wodan and Odin are the same. Long, long ago the Germanic tribes had special feasts and ecstatic men joined the Army of The Dead that traversed the skies following Wodan with his black ravens and his white horse. It is said that the Army of The Dead was seen through the ages, even in modern times. But it goes further – in those dark ages there were parades of men who entered all houses to steal something (bread or beer, you name it), the had the right to do so on such days. That was how jesters came into being and I studied jesters as well for several novels.
All-Father is special to me. The leading character is a copywriter. Everything he writes actually happens! I have worked as a copywriter myself for a big agency in Rotterdam.
This is how the story of All-Father goes:
Peter Jonker has special gifts at his disposal. As a provoked, frightened child, he has come under the spell of master painter Poolman and his evocative, terrifying canvases. Poolman has spun gory tales about Wodan, god of the Germanic tribes, and the fearless Scandinavian berserkers. And now it seems Peter has seen the magic truth behind those sagas. In his agony, he discovers unknown talents, and soon it is said he has the possession of immortal powers! Haunted by the fantasies of his youth, the adult Peter is going downhill, and in his vulnerable state strangers intervene trying to reach their own dubious goals by taking advantage of him. Wodan is looking for him and wants him to join the Army of the Dead – Berserkers who carry death and destruction… Peter’s life becomes a choking nightmare. Is he responsible for the death of four people, or being set up by unknown forces? Brought under hypnosis, the horrible truth may come out…
All-Father will be published again by Righter’s Mill Press in Princeton and for film it is contracted by Three Corners Entertainment, also in Princeton; both companies have contracted me for 10 different titles; Mr. Al Longden (who was my former literary agent, now the president and publisher) allows me to play with the big boys now! I consider myself lucky that I know so many people in the USA now who are giving me a chance to publish.
Byron: You have been called “The Dutch Stephen King” how does that feel to be likened to such a famous author?
Koos: There was that Dutch magazine, Aktueel, that was looking for the Dutch Stephen King and in an article, they wrote that I was the one – later Penthouse picked it up and then everyone was talking about it.
And this is very curious: years later one of my agents in the USA asked me if he was allowed to show one of my manuscripts, Dance of The Jester, to Bill Thompson, the editor of the first Stephen King Books (Carry, Cujo) and the first John Grisham books. That was quite a challenge. Bill Thompson was so excited that the invited me to come to his office in the Empire State Building in New York and so I took a plane to the USA. We worked on the manuscript to make it perfect. It will be published again this year, also by Righter’s Mill Press and Three Corners have it for film rights.
Having said this all, I don’t want to be compared with anyone, I write typical Koos Verkaik books. It is just that the press in small countries like The Netherlands likes to compare native authors with writers in the ‘big USA’.
Byron: Do you have a favorite novel or author?
Koos: Many. In already mentioned Jack Vance. There are Theodore Sturgeon and Roger Zelazny. But my number one had always been Edgar Allan Poe. Not long ago I was asked to tell about him. For the people who are able to read Dutch: http://www.edgarallanpoe.nl/het-rendez-vous-met-koos-verkaik/The work of Poe is so intense. I must have read some short stories a dozen times or more.
Byron: In a few of your book ads you play music (Very well I might add) Do you listen to music to get into the mood for writing a certain type of story?
Koos: Yes, I have my own recording equipment here in my workroom and play lead and rhythm guitar, bass, drums, mouth harps and so on. And I always listen to music when I write. Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde has been a favorite for years. These days I listen to Johnny Winter records, Eric Sardinas, Dave Hole, and other guitar heroes. And I play my great Fender ’63 every day! You can find some songs here: https://soundcloud.com/user-224641692
Byron: Are you working on any new books at the moment?
Koos: Finished another novel yesterday (Nicolaes Nimbus)! In Dutch, of course, so now I have to translate it. But it is already contracted by Outer Banks Publishing Group in North Carolina; they also publish my series of children’s books Saladin the Wonder Horse and Alex and The Wolpertinger and other novels. And I am working on book 14 of the Wolpertinger series. After translating the novel, I will start writing another one immediately.
Byron: Out of the more than 60 titles you have written, do you have a favorite?
Koos: I have 60 titles under my own name, more than 60 other ones under a pseudonym to make a living. I have written 4 books per month. IBM once asked me to come and write in a lab, connected to a computer, so they could see what was happening in that odd brain of mine while writing. It never happened, but it was an intriguing idea. My favorite book is always my last one and I finished Nicolaes Nimbus yesterday, a book about our scientists working on a fantastic future with artificial intelligence, and human hybrids etc. But Nicolaes Nimbus is a phenomenon from the past who might know all about eternal life. Scientists start tracking him down. This is a book for the present, a book with all ingredients for curious, modern people. But okay, my real favorite novel is Dance of The Jester – there is a lot of me in the main character, Prince Oscar Man, the crazy jester…
Byron: Lastly, what is your favorite movie?
Koos: I seldom have the patience to sit and watch a movie on TV and also seldom go to a theatre. I think The Godfather is still one of the most impressive movies made. 3Corners Entertainment (www.3cornersentertainment.com) is working hard with my books for film and it starts with “HIM – After the UFO Crash” this year. That will be a great movie. Well, let’s wait and see…
Byron: Thank you, Mr. Verkaik, for taking the time for this interview, it was a true pleasure!