Richard K. Weems

Biography

Richard K. Weems (weemsnet.net) is also the author of Anything He Wants, winner of the Spire Fiction Award and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize. He lives and teaches in New Jersey.

"Richard Weems' surging dialogue and rhapsodic narrative guide us through the humorous, albeit damning, interactions of people who are just like us. Confused, inspired, and sad, his characters are working to change their lives but are frustrated by both the every-day and the highly unusual. Detailed introspections are delivered through original prose, unlike anything I've ever read. Don't read him if you want the norm. His voice is part of an underground, cutting edge group of writers who are making wild changes to the way literature is created and enjoyed."
-Camille Renshaw, former Editor of Pif Magazine

"A pleasure to read, a pleasure to inhabit, the stories in Anything He Wants remind us why we want to read in the first place. Extraordinary work by a writer about whom too little is known."
-Frederick Barthelme

"Richard Weems is a big, generous, weird guy whose stories too are generous and weird. Weems is going to get weirder with time, and more generous and more large, and he will be fun to read."
-Padgett Powell

Where to find Richard K. Weems online


Where to buy in print


Books

Rules of Combat and Dangerous Theater - two essays
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,960. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography
The Cheap Stories series--short eBooks, cheap as hell. Two essays about the destructive drive to create art. Whether the effort is to desecrate books in the name of originality, or rescuing a biker from a beatdown in a mosh pit, these essays examine how art comes from the soul before it can be anything corporeal. Stories for a song! (Literally!)
Violence and Sitting Danny Rolling - two essays
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011. Category: Essay » Sociology
Two essays about violence--the self-inflicted and the absolutely psychotic. Professional wrestling, alcoholism, gambling and not to mention rape and mutilation--these define our humanity as much as our works of art and charity. In these two essays, Richard K. Weems digs down to find the human essence behind senseless acts of violence.
Mercy - three micro-fiction pieces
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Three micro-fictions that revolve around homelessness. The first two, "Poor Tree" and the title story, look at characters who wrestle with who they are and what they want without home or family to consider. The third, "Padre," examines the other side of the equation--the lives and faith of those who sacrifice their sanity and well-being on a mission to help out homeless, traumatized teenagers.
Soup - three flash fiction pieces
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Cheap Stories series--short eBooks, cheap as hell. Three flash fiction pieces that play with the reality behind the absurd. From a soup maker having to deal with walls made of chicken flesh, to a smart bomb that isn't so much into his chess game, to a poetic hill giant, these stories provide quick bursts of experience both alien and familiar.
The Need for Character - flash fiction
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Cheap Stories series--short eBooks, cheap as hell. Four flash fiction pieces that examine the short short story form. From a disgruntled Easter bunny to a reminiscence on the heyday of dwarf-tossing. From a short piece ironically titled, “Tell Everything,” to the art of NOT writing, these flash fiction pieces show the strength of suggestion and brevity. Stories for a song! (Literally!)
Falling - avant-garde fiction
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
The Cheap Stories series--short eBooks, cheap as hell. 5 avant-garde pieces that test the boundaries of fiction: a table of contents for an author's new vision for The New Yorker; footnotes to a work that has never existed; and experiments in form--repetition, parentheses and iambic pentameter. Fiction? Silliness? Is there a difference? Stories for a song! (Literally!)
Apples and Self-Interview - two stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Cheap Stories series--short eBooks, cheap as hell. The struggle for identity is a constant fight, but what if you can't remember your identity in the first place? In the first story, a man with little memory makes some discoveries about himself. But will those discoveries hold? In the second, an author interviews himself to find out why he writes such strange stories.
Paradigms and Curbside Boxes - two stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Cheap Stories series--short eBooks, cheap as hell. 2 short stories about the pressures of contemporary life. Whether a business runs into problems when workers discover that potbelly pigs have the ability to teleport, or if a persnickety mailman refuses to deliver, the main characters struggle to keep the images of themselves they once thought were obvious...
The Fine Art of Fletcherism and two more stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Three short stories by Richard K. Weems: "The Cat Strangler," the title story and "Together, the Choir Grows Old." Three stories linked by music and the grotesque--an artist who murders cats as part of his milieu, Dr. Josef Mengele alive and well and singing Mozart to a tribe of Amazonian rain forest natives, and a choir quite past their prime (and exceeding their maximum weight allowance)