"Joab Stieglitz was born and raised in the Warren, New Jersey. He is an Application Consultant for a software company.
He has also worked as a software trainer, a network engineer, a project manager, and a technical writer over his 30 year career.
Joab is an avid tabletop RPG player and game master of horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres, including
Call of Cthulhu, Savage Worlds (Mars, Deadlands, Agents of Oblivion, Apocalypse Prevention Inc, Herald: Tesla and Lovecraft,
Thrilling Tales, and others), Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition)
Within the Utgarda Series of pulp adventure novels, Joab has published six books [two trilogy], with his most recent release [#6], in
December 2021. The Utgarda Series occurs with Lovecraftian influences set in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He has also written short
stories about occult investigators, colonizing Venus, and the Luckiest Woman in the World.
THREE GREAT THINGS ABOUT COSMIC HORROR
with Joab Stieglitz
Joab has a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Language and Literature from Rutgers University, and a Masters of Science in Organization
and Management with a Leadership focus from Capella University."
After the adventures in The Utgarda Trilogy, Anna Rykov is back for another series of adventures in The Thule Trilogy by Joab Stieglitz.
In Joab Stieglitz’s first pulp adventure trilogy, The Utgarda series, we met several interesting characters.
One of them is the Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov. Rykov is part of the trio with Father Sean O’Malley
and Dr. Harry Lamb, the three main protagonists in the series. The Thule Trilogy is a spin-off from the
previous series and focuses on Anna Rykov and her latest adventures. In 2019, Joab Stieglitz released the
first two books – The Hunter in the Shadows (May) and The Worlds I Know (October)." The third released December 2021..
ReadersMagnet Review takes a look at The Thule Trilogy by Joab Stieglitz.
The Old Man's Request - Utgarda 1
Fifty years ago, a group of college friends dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on
the world. Now, on his deathbed, the last of the students, now a trustee of Reister University enlists
the aid of three newcomers to banish the thing they summoned.
The Old Man's Request, is Joab's first published work in the Utgarda Series of books, which is (at
this time) into its second trilogy.
Joab has been writing short stories for a good portion of his life, influenced by his interest in a
wide range of reading interests and his immersion in the RPG gaming world, all of which have influenced
The Old Man's Request is an occult mystery. In a summoning gone awry, five men
brought forth a creature from a parallel dimension occupied by ancient beings. During the ritual,
the circle was broken and one was killed and the creature was released into the realm of men and it has
continued to kill.
The last living member of the group that botched the summoning, planned and assemble a team of gifted
individuals to tackle the job of sending the creature back to its own plane of existence. Russian
anthropologist Anna Rykov, Doctor Harry Lamb, and Father Sean O'Malley take on the dying man's request.
Joab's writing is precise and flowing. At the center of the story is Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov,
with Doctor Lamb and Father O'Malley making up the team to carry out the ritual to exorcise the creature.
It sounds simple, gather the ingredients, and plan the ritual, but there are complications and it is
easier said than done. Their lives are on the line.
Joab skillfully guides us through the twists and turns the trio encounter. It is a good first novel.
I am beginning the second in the series.
The Old Man's Request - Utgarda 1
As a life long gamer, many spent playing in the settings created by Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu,
the first thing that caught my eye was the cover of The Old Man's Request. The cover art captured
the feel and spirit of those worlds instantly and I knew I was going to be in for a treat with this story.
The characters are well thought out and guided by Joab's deft hand with physical descriptions, speech
nuances, and behavioral quirks they were brought to life quickly in my mind. Joab's attention
Fantasy Careers is a blog series where characters from fantasy books are interviewed
(via the author) about their interesting jobs and unusual careers.
Magic Writers interviews Utgarda heroin, Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov
Elise: Today, I’d like to welcome Tatyana Trevena Rykov to Magic Writer. Tatyana, can you tell us
a little about your job, please?
Anna: Please, call me Anna. I hold a doctorate from Columbia University in Anthropology. Until
recently, I had been an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Reister University, a small private
college in Wellersburg, New York. I am currently in the employ of the Longborough Foundation for
Ethnographic Research as a field researcher.