About Tasakeru


About Tasakeru

***Author’s Note: The pages in this category can be considered appendices to the main text. They contain in-depth information about the series and its world, but are by no means required to follow the plot. Think of them as bonus content. – BHS***


Somewhere far away, there exists another Earth… a parallel reality to our own where man has never existed, but animals speak, think, and act like us. Not fully human and not fully animal, they emulate the best and worst of mankind without ever being aware of it. This is the story of a group of exiles trying to survive, a noble but flawed society constantly teetering on the edge of chaos, and a world that will need the very outcasts it has rejected to save it from destruction. This is TASAKERU.


About the Series

TASAKERU is a planned 24-part young adult fantasy series, a project that has been more than a decade in the making. Using anthropomorphic animal characters to reflect on human nature, the aim of the series is to emotionally engage readers in a world where none of the characters are human. The series will focus primarily on the lives and struggles of the exiled main characters, but will also tackle the challenges of philosophy, duty, morality, and religious traditions. No one sentient species is entirely good or entirely evil, and the problems the Outcasts face do not always have easy solutions. The complexities of the world will be revealed little by little, leading up to a stunning climax in which the exiled heroes find themselves responsible for saving all that they know.

The first book in the series, Without a Name, was finished in Spring 2007, and in 2009 it won the annual Clyde Jones Award for Excellence in Creative Writing Fiction. The first of eight volumes was finished in 2010. A substantial revision of the entire series so far began in 2015, and is ongoing.

Chapters will be published here while the author (yours truly) looks for publishing solutions. Any questions and/or constructive criticisms are welcome. Help spreading the word is also appreciated.

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Content Advisory: Tasakeru contains mild graphic violence, mature subject matter, and mild language, and is recommended for ages 12 and up.


About the Author

BHS (Brian H. Stanley) is an aspiring author with a passion for Japanese culture and fantasy in general. He currently lives in Virginia. More about him can be found at his DeviantART page, or you may send any personal inquiries here.


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