Richard Freeland

Publisher info

I write horror and thriller fiction as well as non-fiction about gardens and landscapes. I'm a fair singer/songwriter, and a family man. I love to travel and hike with my wife Martha, play a little tennis when my bum knees let me, make and sip a great margarita, play on the water with boats, and go on adventures with my two boys.

I also love Jekyll Island, Georgia, our home-away-from-home, and have another website devoted just to our adventures on this wonderful island (

Hope you enjoy my writing, and keep a weather eye out for "Seed", my upcoming novel. You can preview it at DragonLyre Publishing.

Smashwords Interview

Your latest book is "Equinox - Six Declinations", a compilation of short stories. What's the story behind the book?
I'd been playing around with a few ideas, and over time had accumulated a stable of short stories, even published a few on on-line ezines like Fool-Motley (now defunct), Dark Fire, and eFiction, but hadn’t really tried to do much with them. I finally figured that I wasn't getting any younger, so I’d best put them out there, and see what developed.

I sent a few out to the print magazines, and had a several bites (along with a plethora of rejection slips!) so thought an ebook compilation might be a better way to go.

There are six stories in "Equinox: Six Declinations", ranging from horror to traditional quest fantasy to suspense.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Riches! Fame! Fortune! No, really. I like to write, like to explore ideas and situations. But what's a writer without a reader? I wanted to reach more people than just my friends and family! Then there's that whole fame and fortune thing...
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Where to find Richard Freeland online


Any Minute
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
After a business coup in Atlanta, Trevor Sloan and his co-workers are unwinding in a bar. Sloan only wants to return to his wife Ellen and son Jamie in Nashville. But when they leave the bar, they step into nightmare. A vampiric horde has chosen this moment to come out of hiding and wage war on humanity. Sloan must fight to survive while racing to reach his family before the vampires do.
Drinking Problem
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Six year old Amy Burkett was killed by Colen Locklear, a drunk driver. Her family is in mourning, trying to cope with the devastating loss. The Locklears, old money rich and powerful, have closed ranks around Colen, and blocked all attempts at justice. But Colen is about to realize a hard brand of justice - the ultimate cure for his "Drinking Problem."
Ironclad Contract
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Revenge is best served cold, but college freshman Jack Fleming wants his HOT - Hell hot! Summoning a demon from the netherworld was the easy part. Now all he has to do is negotiate an "Ironclad Contract". But Jack is fixing to realize a grim reality - sooner or later, the Devil always gets his due. Comes bundled with "Family Tradition", a free bonus gift story!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,940. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
"Something is wrong with the Gators. They're TOO good." When the Baton Rogue Gators, perennial losers in the Dixie football league, inexplicably start winning all their games, Rebels quarterback Jake Corbin is shocked. When he finds out how just how strange they really are, he's terrified. Now Jake has to stop a growing evil that threatens to consume his own team - but first he has to survive.
Price: Free! Words: 15,540. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
California! The land of plenty! John Nye and his wife Anna have answered California's siren call, and have joined the Donner party of emigrants to that "promised land". But they didn't count on the leaders of the train taking the new, unproven Hastings' Cutoff route. They didn't count on being snowed in and facing starvation. And they sure didn't count on the creature stalking the survivors.
A History of Cats
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Best selling author Jeanne Wetherford is under the gun. Her editor's greedy for the latest cat mystery book. Her mother wants to marry her off to a rich stuffed shirt. Shy, lonely Jeanne knows there's no Prince Charming waiting in the wings, and just wants to finish writing her scholarly book "A History of Cats". But Jeanne's cat Mingo has other ideas - as does Nate, the handyman next door.

Smashwords book reviews by Richard Freeland

  • Graves on March 16, 2011

    Great story by an outstanding author of suspense utilizing a unique twist with flair and imagination. If you thought walking past a graveyard was frightening, wait til the grave comes to you! Highly recommended. Hopefully, Crawthorne will see fit to expand this into a full-length novel, and further develop his protagonist for all our enjoyment.