Biography of the author, R. Harper Mason
Richard was born in El Dorado, but spent his early years in Norphlet, Arkansas, a little town of 650 people located in the south Arkansas oil fields. When he was eight-years-old he moved a mile out of town to a farm on the edge of Flat Creek Swamp. The stories in The Red Scarf and Lyin' Like a Dog novels are based, in part, on his adventures in and around Flat Creek Swamp. While these stories are historical fiction, they are based on incidents and situations that happened to Richard and his good friend John Clayton as they prowled the swamp. Richard was the town paper boy for several years during this time and his relationship with many of the characters mentioned in The Red Scarf and Lyin' Like a Dog are based on his actual interaction with these people.
Richard graduated from Norphlet High School, enrolled in the University of Arkansas, and graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in geology. He spent six years working for Exxon; initially on the famous King Ranch in South Texas and then in Benghazi, Libya, where he worked in the desert as a well-site geologist. During his time in the desert he began to write his first novel, but before he could finish the manuscript, he was transferred back to Corpus Christi, Texas. It would be over thirty years before Richard would begin to write again. This time it was after he had quit Exxon, started his own company, and moved back from Texas to South Arkansas, and instead of a 1920 oil boom novel, it was The Red Scarf.
Richard has numerous interests, and he has received many awards for his environmental work and for historic preservation. He was president of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation for three years and was named Conservationist of the Year in 1989. He has received numerous awards for historic preservation, the most noteworthy being the highest statewide award given, The Parker Westbrook Award. In August of 2008 Richard was featured in the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat- Gazette.
Richard is 6’ 2” tall and weighs 170 pounds, an avid tennis player, collector of antique maps, nationally published author, and an honored conservationist
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How Me and John Clayton Saved the World
As a young boy, Richard Mason lived the life of the paperboy, ‘Richard, in the novel. His interactions with the people in the small town of Norphlet, Arkansas, and the surrounding woods and swamps, form the basis of his seven-book Richard, the Paperboy series. It was a time of brown, sunburned feet and shirtless summers, when a boy’s only entertainment was his imagination. This book recounts the t
From a Shotgun Shack - A Memoir
From a Shotgun Shack is the memoir of Richard Mason. Richard left a real shotgun shack to become a successful oil exploration geologist, an honored environmentalist---a three-term president of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, and in 2009, because of his work in downtown El Dorado, the downtown was named the top Main Street town in the U. S. Along the way he became a friend of President Clinton.
The River Rat, And a Catahoula Hog Dog
Author Richard Mason has been described as Americas' "New Mark Twain". This is the final book in Richard Mason's seven book series recounting the tales and adventures of Richard the paperboy, a young boy growing up in a small town in South Arkansas in the 1940s. He gets up to all sorts of adventures and in this book it is no exception.
The Mystery of the Canebrake
Thanksgiving Day, 1944, Norphlet, Arkansas
We was almost killed twice! Yeah, no kidding. We’re lucky to be alive.
Well, I just know you ain’t gonna believe this in a million, million years, ’cause sometimes things like what happen to me and John Clayton just sound so plain outta this world, that nobody ever believes us.
Follow the childhood adventures of Richard and his friend John Clayton...
Lyin' Like a Dog, The Yankee Doctor, The Danged Swamp! - 3 Volume Set
The Richard, the Paperboy Series comprises six novels set in a small village in the American-south during WW II. The first book in the series was The Red Scarf published in 2008 to much acclaim. This 3 volume set is book 2,3 and 4 in the series. The wild, funny, but sometimes touching escapades are told in a Tom-Sawyer-like style carrying the reader along on an emotional rollercoaster.
The Warlord's Daughter: Love and War in Afghanistan
R. Harper Mason, author of The Red Scarf, worked on the famous King Ranch in South Texas, followed by a geological work project deep in the Libyan Sahara Desert. Mason has taken his experiences in Muslim North Africa, combined them with his son’s Special Forces adventures during a recent Afghanistan assignment, and blended them into an international thriller.
"I Will Drink Your Blood" The Vampire-Werewolf of Flat Creek Swamp
Dec. 15, 1947
I know what you’re thinking, sitting there kinda smirking, like “are you kidding” ’bout this tale being a true story? “A vampire-werewolf in South Arkansas”—come on.” Yeah, I know that’s what’s going through your mind ’cause that’s what everybody in Norphlet thought while all this stuff was happening, and we were running around town trying to warn folks about the vampire-werewolves.
The Yankee Doctor
It’s 1945 in the small town of Norphlet, Arkansas, and 12-year-old Richard Mason and his best friend, John Clayton Reed, have a big problem. Not the distant War overseas, getting caught in Old Man Odom’s watermelon patch, or missing any of Walter Winchell’s rapid-fire radio broadcasts. This problem is that new Yankee Doctor in town who is welcoming shady “clients” to his office downtown.
Lyin' Like a Dog
Lyin’ Like a Dog is a first-person narrative told by Richard, a 12-year-old, Arkansas farm boy who, with his best friend, John Clayton, whiles away his time exploring blackberry patches and beaver ponds, hanging out at Echols Grocery, and planning frog-giggin trips to the Flat Creek Swamp.
The Danged Swamp!
Yeah, I remember that durn Thanksgiving really, really good, and shoot, who wouldn’t? It started out real quiet. Heck, I thought it was just gonna be one of them dress-up and eat days and that'd be it. Well, I was sure wrong. Dang, that day just went all haywire and none of it was my fault—uh, well, maybe a little bit of it was, but sometimes I get blamed for stuff that just happens...
Diary of a College Rebel
“Yeah, I guess I should have written this book under a pen name, or maybe just have moved to Texas when it came out. My God, I can’t believe some of the crap I pulled during those four short years. But, hey, nobody’s perfect, and if all those goodie-two-shoes who will stick up their noses when they read this book, really told what they did in college, I’ll bet it would open some eyes...
The Queen of Hamburger Row - A reluctant prostitute
Hays screamed and danced in the spray of oil as it covered everything in sight. Bill and the crew, who had never seen anything like this huge fountain of oil, were mesmerized as they stood there, getting drenched.
Clyde was the first to realize the obvious. “We’re rich! Rich! Rich! This fuckin’ well has done made us all rich!”
El Dorado, Arkansas is a real town.
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