New novel “Artefactum” by J.E. Tobal is released, a thrilling, multiverse-spanning adventure story where an unlikely hero bends space and time in search of lost love

February 09 23:40 2023
New novel "Artefactum" by J.E. Tobal is released, a thrilling, multiverse-spanning adventure story where an unlikely hero bends space and time in search of lost love

“Artefactum” by J.E. Tobal has been released worldwide. This 448-page novel follows Sam, a bartender in New York City who discovers a way to travel among multiple realities. After the untimely passing of his girlfriend, Una, Sam begins a relentless search of the multiverse to reconnect with her. Tempting fate, bending the rules of reality, and struggling with his fraying sanity, things only become more complicated when Sam learns how to travel through time.

In this complex, conceptual novel that seamlessly moves through comedy, tragedy, and adventure, J.E. Tobal creates a vivid world of endless possibility. With palpable relationships, unexpected universes, and shocking twists, readers will be drawn into this unpredictable narrative and learn philosophical lessons along the way.

Running beneath the hilarious encounters, tragic love story, and universe-hopping antics is a consistent theme of self-discovery. Sam spends the majority of the novel searching for someone else, but throughout the process, learns about his own strengths and weaknesses. This message of self-acceptance and honesty unfolds in unique ways as Sam travels through time and disparate, bizarre universes, testing his fortitude and showing him parts of himself he didn’t know existed. 

Artefactum (ISBN: 9781958729526) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The paperback retails for $19.99. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.

From the back cover:

“Sam was only seven-years old when he destroyed his first universe. He didn’t do it on purpose, though. In fact, he had no idea what he was doing.”So begins the story of Sam, a New York City bartender who one day discovers that his girlfriend, Una, happens to own an Aboriginal idol that can transport them to alternate realities. But after Una’s sudden and untimely death, Sam’s sanity becomes a wobbling tightrope act as he convinces himself that Una must still be alive somewhere in the multiverse. As he searches for her with the reluctant help of Sal, a sardonic loner, and Hazel, Sam’s best friend, his understanding of reality rapidly unravels as he explores universes of Fear, Death, Dream, and even the Primordial Void. Of course, it’s when Sam learns how to travel through Time that things start to get really weird. 

Both hilarious and tragic, ARTEFACTUM tells the story of the more unfortunate side of fate where, for every knight destined to slay a dragon, someone else is destined to be the dragon. “Tobal’s narrative is a hell of a ride… Complex, conceptual speculative fiction that’s rendered with breathtaking ease.” – Kirkus Reviews

About the author:

J.E. Tobal was born and raised in south Florida. Many people would argue that this has ruined him for life. He left as soon as he was able and moved to New York City. It’s a smidge colder there, but there’s also a lot less alligators and deadly snakes around. He’s fine with this. 

Since graduating from New York University with a degree in English, he has written several short films for The Sparrow Film Project, co-created the comic book Detail: Nowhere, and contributed articles to Entertainment Weekly. He continues to reside in New York City with his daughter, who shares many of her father’s qualities. He’s less fine with this. Chances are, he doesn’t like you.

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