The Gnoll Credo

by J. Stanton

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Trade paperback, 8×5, 184 pp.
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ISBN 978-0-9826671-3-2
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“More than just a realistic fantasy tale…a brilliant commentary…This book will make you think, question, think more, and question again.”
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“We are born and we die.
No one cares, no one remembers,
and it doesn’t matter.
This is why we laugh.”

There are no such things as gnolls, they never kill and eat people, and they can’t read or write – much less write something so stark, so raw, so beautifully bleak.


Because if there were, someone might have risked a violent and painful death to find them, study them, and bring back this book.

Then you might read it.

And then you might have a joyous and bloody and terribly strange adventure, and you might find yourself laughing with the gnolls.

And then what?

     From a world in which Avatar is Fight Club instead of Disney’s Pocahontas, James Tiptree, Jr. wrote The Dice Man, and magic doesn’t work any better than it does here…
…we bring you The Gnoll Credo.
Sell that ‘enchanted’ sword and come join the hyena-people. Don’t wear your good clothes.

About the Author

J. Stanton has written and published home and arcade video games, rock, electronic, and tribal music, automobile reviews, US and foreign patents, business plans, political campaign websites, and advertising copy. He spends much of his time ascending and descending mountains on skis, on bicycles, and on foot.

More About The Book

Against all advice, an unsuspecting ethnologist (Aidan O’Rourke) travels to the frontier of human civilization to study gnolls—a tall, fearsome race of feral hyena-people best known for uncompromising savagery in battle and a propensity to eat their victims. Expecting yet another simple and brutal primitive tribe, he finds instead a complex society of matriarchal, pack-hunting predators with a stark and beautifully bleak philosophy of existence.

Gryka, the gnolls’ charismatic liaison to humans, quickly draws Aidan out of his scholarly detachment, and into her violent yet compelling life. And as Aidan’s extraordinary adventures with a fierce, joyous, and hilariously blunt carnivore transform into a complex and intense relationship, Aidan becomes entangled in the gnolls’ transition from their purely animal past to a difficult and uncertain future among humans who would gladly kill them all if they could—culminating in a violent confrontation between the two worlds.

The Gnoll Credo is first-class ethnological research. It’s a biography of a charismatic and compelling monster. It’s a fervent celebration of what it means to be human. Most importantly, it’s a damn good story.

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