Author Profile

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(Illustration by Erik Wilson, © 2015.)

UPDATED: December 16, 2015

BOOKS: Richard is the author of seven books—three novels, including Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications, 2010), Disintegration (Random House Alibi, 2015) and The Breaker (Random House Alibi, 2016); three short story collections, Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press, 2012), Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press, 2013), and Tribulations (TBA, 2016); and a novel-in-novellas, The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books, 2015), where he wrote one of four novellas. He received his MFA from Murray State University in 2012, and is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.

AWARDS: Disintegration made two best lists, in 2015: Best Fiction Books of 2015 (Entropy Magazine) and Top Ten Books of 2015 (Cultured Vultures). He was the winner of the ChiZine Publications “Enter the World of Filaria” contest. His short story “Maker of Flight” was chosen by Filaria author Brent Hayward and Bram Stoker Award-Winning editor Brett Alexander Savory. It has since gone on to also win at Jotspeak, beating out over 200 entries. This short was based on the novel Filaria by Brent Hayward, published by ChiZine in 2009. He was also the winner of the 2011 Cafe Doom / One Buck Horror contest, for his short story “Wicker Park Pause.” He has been nominated for five Pushcart prizes, as well as awarded a writing residency at Writers in the Heartland in 2011, and participation in the Flying House co-op, resulting in a grant from Poets & Writers magazine, in 2012.

SHORT STORIES: His work has been accepted in over 100 publications, including—ANTHOLOGIES: Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing) with Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Peter Tremblay and an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk, Shivers VI  (Cemetery Dance) with Stephen King and Peter Straub, Warmed and Bound (Velvet Press), Noir at the Bar, Speedloader (Snubnose Press), In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words and Cipher Sisters (Thunderdome), Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books), Fear the Reaper (Crystal Lake Publishing), Reloaded: Both Barrels, Volume 2 (Shotgun Honey), Chiral Mad 2, Chiral Mad 3 and Qualia Nous (Written Backwards), Slave Stories: Scenes From the Slave State (Omnium Gatherum),  Into the Darkness (Necro Publishing), The Booked Anthology, Terror Scribes (Dog Horn Publishing), Daddy Cool (Artistically Declined Press), Nova Parade (Solarcide),  XIII (Resurrection House), Shadows Over Main Street (Hazardous Press), Truth or Dare? (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), Dead Harvest (Scarlet Galleon Publications), Gaia: Shadow and Breath, Volume 2 (Pantheon) and Trouble in the Heartland (Gutter Books). MAGAZINES: Cemetery Dance, Litro MagazinePenumbra, Menacing Hedge, Pantheon Magazine (three times), Arcadia, storySouth, Midwestern Gothic, ChiZine, Gargoyle, Murky Depths, PANK, Pear Noir!, 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Dogmatika, Opium, Vain, Weird Fiction Review, Crime Factory, Beat to a Pulp, Metazen, Circa Review, Beat the Dust, Blue Monday Review, Mayday Magazine, Emprise Review, Flywheel Magazine, Punchnel’s, Cannoli Pie, Surreal Grotesque, Conjectural Figments, Dirty Noir, Stepaway, Shotgun Honey, Cherry Bleeds, Zouch Magzine, Rotten Leaves, We Are Vespertine, Blink-Ink, Leodegraunce, Outsider Writers Collective, The Oddville Press, Colored Chalk, Cause and Effect, Gold Dust, Nefarious Muse, and Troubadour 21.

DARK HOUSE PRESS: Richard is also the Editor-in-Chief of Dark House Press (a Curbside Splendor imprint). For 2014 they are publishing the following titles: The New Black, a collection of the “best of neo-noir” from the past 5-10 years; Echo Lake by Letitia Trent, a Southern Gothic horror thriller; the first book in the Joshua City science fiction trilogy, The Doors Your Mark Are Your Own by Okla Elliott and Raul Clement; and the fifth dark fiction short story collection by Stephen Graham Jones, After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Winner for Best Short Story Collection at This is Horror, as well as a Bram Stoker Award finalist, and a Shirley Jackson Award nominee). For 2015 they are publishing Exigencies, a collection of the next wave of neo-noir short stories, as well as Vile Men (stories) by Rebecca Jones-Howe, and Paper Tigers (novel) by Damien Angelica Walters. For 2016, they have signed Steve Himmer for his lyrical rural legend novel, Scratch.

OTHER EDITING: For Black Lawrence Press, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, with work by such luminaries as Monica Drake, Holly Goddard Jones, Paula Bomer, Karen Brown, and many others. He was a workshop moderator at The Cult writer’s workshop where they have put together an anthology of transgressive short stories, Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press), which he co-edited with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer (where it has gone on to win Best Anthology at This is Horror, and become a Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award finalist). He has been an Editor for Colored Chalk (Issue #6 – Waking Up Strange and Issue #9 – Heaven and Hell) where he published work by Joe Meno, Karen Brown and Joey Goebel, and was Co-Editor and Designer at Sideshow Fables where they published work by Stephen Graham Jones and Steve Almond.

OTHER WRITING: He also writes book reviews and interviews for The Nervous Breakdown, as well a column, “Storyville” at Lit Reactor.

SCHOOL: He did his undergraduate studies at Bradley University (Peoria, IL), where he majored in Advertising and Communications, and minored in Psychology and received his MFA at Murray State University (Murray, KY) and studied under the Pulitzer nominated author, Dale Ray Phillips.

TEACHING: He has taught online at LitReactor.com, and in person at StoryStudio Chicago. He teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City, and traveled to Transylvania in 2015 to teach a workshop on horror writing in the shadow of Bram Stoker’s castle.

MISC: Richard is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was the Fiction and Poetry Curator for Around the Coyote, a Wicker Part art festival. He will be a major speaker at the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation in May of 2015. He is also attending conferences as a lecturer, panelist and teacher in San Antonio, Texas, as well as Oshkosh and West Bend, Wisconsin.

CONTACT: Richard lives in Chicago in the north suburbs. He can be reached at wickerkat@aol.com. His agent, Paula Munier, can be reached at pmunier@talcottnotch.net.

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