About me


My name’s Edward O’Toole and I was born in the English city of Chester. I studied at Isaac Newton’s old school, the King’s School, Grantham. Later, I read Cultural Studies at Norwich School of Art and Design and, later still, Religious Studies at Nation University.
I’ve travelled, and lived, in many different countries, but have called Slovakia “home” for the last 17 years. I live there with my wife, three children and Jack Russell.
My main interests are writing, art, traditional living skills, adventure and the unknown. Every book I write is a personal progression. In 2012 I appeared on National Geographic’s Preppers UK: Surviving Armageddon.
I split my time between living in the modern world and in a remote Ruthenian village, not far from Andy Warhol’s, where I try to live whilst incorporating traditional and primitive skills.
Out there in the bush, I am surrounded by the history and legends of the Carpathians, as well as the many beasts which roam the forests.
My books, paintings, and articles may be viewed at www.edwardotoole.com

My last book, the Tao of Prepping, may be downloaded for free in PDF format from HERE. The best book of mine to read is Zen Gnosis.

Two things are essential for personal growth – knowing what’s around you and knowing yourself

17 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi there, its nice to come across a fellow namesake,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated.
    Have a great Day, 🙂

  2. We have a fair bit in common… education in Norwich and a life in Slovakia… a great blog. Keep it up… eastern Slovakia for me holds a mystery few other places in Europe can rival…

  3. Hi Edward… I wrote to you a while back regarding the book A dream of Unknowing that is set in the Carpathian Mountains. Anyhow, the book was on sale so no PDF was available to send you…but I’ve decided to make it available for free download in PDF format as I was earning next to nothing anyway :).

    Anyway, the link is here:

    I hope you have the time to read and enjoy.


    PS: Great website by the way.

    1. I’ll give it a read.
      There are still witches around my way – they also go to church. Years back, my son had warts on his fingers so the doctor recommended we went to a witch. She did the matches in water thing. It worked.
      One point about your book that made me laugh, though – ‘Pohansky‘? Seriously? 🙂

      1. Ah, so you saw through my (not so) clever ruse. Unfortunately, the original Marus had a surname that needed help – Sedlak – hence the change. I thought Pohansky was kinder and more fitting with the book. You’ll find a few other names I’ve changed to fit the characters – Samo Ulik became Samo Koza due to him being a bit of a randy bugger. If I ever get a Slovak publisher there may need to be a few name changes.

        Here in Myjava we also have a few witches hanging on to their traditions…though they’d balk at being called one. It still amazes me how intertwined the Church and folk tradition can be. Enjoy the Autumn and good mushroom hunting.

  4. I’ve done the same with names before. I once wrote a vampire book (never published) which required very artistic use of Slavic words for names…. Most would be unpronounceable for the average western reader.
    i’ll read your book and let you know what i think. good subject matter!

  5. Hi, is it possible to discuss with you by email or whatever ?
    I have a big project in sight : building my own cabin in the Carpathian in two years and living there for 10 months. Maybe making a film on this adventure. I’m looking for a place and above all, contacts.
    (I’ve already made a film on Canadians trappers, sold in DVD. So I know in what I make a commitment)

    1. You’ll find that it will cost a lot more for land and the wood to make a cabin here than in canada. There are also far more restrictions. Plus the language barrier. And residency issues, visas, etc. The Carpathians are beautiful and have historic and mythological interest but if I were to build a cabin in the wilderness then I’d do so in Canada or alaska, definitely not here

      1. I’ve been told the same, so definitively the Carpthians isn’t a good destination … However I should stay in Europe because I can leave as long as I want in the schengen space. So even if Canada is a great country (to have been there already) I can’t stay longer.
        Now my choice focuses on Sweden or Norway. Excepted if you have other destination or contact in the Est of Europe ? (I prefer to go there instead of the North)

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