The Dark Lord's Handbook

To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward but it's not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, battles to be fought, hours of endless soliloquy in front of the mirror – it's a never ending job. Not to mention deciding what to wear. (After hours, days, even weeks of consideration it will be black.)

After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would be tyrants. He wrote an easy to follow Dark Lord's Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others.

It had been hundreds of years, and the Handbook was lost in the annals of time, along with all that was mythic and exciting in the world. Then one day a randy dragon had a chance encounter. Nine months later a Dark Lord was born.

In time, the Handbook found its way to this new contender, Morden.

To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. Morden had better be a quick study.


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To be released August 29th 2013, The Dark Lord's Handbook will be available from Fanucci Editore translated into Italian.



"very well written and a amusingly told story.
If you are a pratchett fan and remember Evil Harry from "The Last Hero" ,then you will have a pretty good idea what's in store."


"Paul Dale takes us into a world where the Dark Lord has not even risen yet, not only that, but he still has to learn how to rise... then there is the small matter of what to wear, and whether he should simply pillage, or burn a city. This very funny book brings the angst of becoming a Dark Lord to the fore. Morden is a wholy believable character, and his orcs are wonderfully created.
A most exciting book from a very promising author. More please."


Terry Pratchett meets Tolkien, if your a fan of either/both, then you will probably enjoy this, I know I did, had a job to put down.


I really enjoyed this book. It made me smile and I must admit groan in parts at a bad joke but it makes up for it by making me care about the dark lord and hate the hero and how it turns upside down the usual fantasy.