Richard Kerr

Biography

Richard Kerr was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the end of 60s when the conflict began. He left for London 25 years later just in time for peace to break out. Despite this the 70s were a happy time and childhood was a place where everything was possible and school holidays were never long enough.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad - which I won in a competition. It was second prize. I missed out on a trip to Japan which was the first prize.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm at a loss to answer this one as I haven't used any techniques. I don't have much of an online presence. Even in the real world I'm the one at the back row of any group photo half hidden behind someone's shoulder. I suppose in a world where everyone is pushing their face you either have to join them or die. The thought of it makes me die inside.
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Books

Murder on the Road
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 48,420. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Classic whodunit mystery in a fantasy world setting. Wolf Hill joins a merchant caravan to further his yearning to get away from home. A small group of varied travelers get separated from the main group. When isolated in a forest glade one of their number gets brutally killed. Wolf joins forces with an enigmatic, little old gnome to discover the killer in their midst as the body count rises.
The Deep Dark Woods
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Price: Free! Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
A version of a classic fairytale set in the 1960s. Humourous and dark.
8 Fantasy Flashes
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Price: Free! Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Flash fiction is a very, very short story. These 8 are just 250 words each. They are fantasy and sci-fi themed.
Fairytale Confidential
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 87,900. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Andy Clarke is a kid from the wrong side of town. Except this town is where they used to make folktales. After years of decline they're finally making a new one and Andy gets his big break. Then an actor is murdered. Unwittingly Andy and his friend Beau are drawn into the corrupt underbelly of the folktale world. Everybody has something to hide and it leads all the way to the top.
Mrs McSorley Ain't Six Feet Under
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Price: Free! Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
(5.00 from 1 review)
Short horror story. Two kids get caught up in the desperate, occult life of the class bully. I think this is my favourite of my stories.
Not Really Galileo
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Price: Free! Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
All kids have a folklore about their neighbourhood, whether it's an old woman who's really a witch or, in this case, a derelict house that's haunted. Two boys decide to watch an eclipse at the dead of night. -0- The world is full of wonder and meaning yet, today, to understand it we seem to have to choose between science and superstition. I prefer the daydeaming, storytelling way.
A Right Stitch Up
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Price: Free! Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short, humourous alternative history of a famous horror story. Who is the real author?
1s Upon A Time
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Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » History of things
(4.00 from 1 review)
For those who hate numbers; and those who like them. Are numbers weird, annoying things that don't mean much? And where did they come from anyway? We don't learn the history of numbers in Math class. This gives them an unreal image that confuses a lot of people. But they came from somewhere for a reason and it helps to know where. This is a short article about the invention of 1, long, long ago.
Totally For Real
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 79,710. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
The white trash Watsons, are the working-class people I grew up with: opinionated, fake victims for whom everything is always someone else's fault. Not the imperilled, plucky heroes of middle-class novels. Science got me out of that and it does the same for the Watsons. They get pulled into the largest online fantasy game. Can they find redemption in a world where their reality has become unreal?

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Smashwords book reviews by Richard Kerr

  • Seeds of Healing on July 19, 2011

    This is a great short piece. It has a central idea which is essentialy simple. It takes a single, real-time, event to illustrate the idea. The character, her thoughts and history all condense around this. What comes out the other end is - a story; with pace, drama, emotions etc. Not normally my chosen theme I was won round.
  • Cookery on Feb. 12, 2012

    I'm so glad I read this. I love its humdrum beginning. The bleak middle. The twist near the end. And the final kick-ass conclusion. This is well written. I like the structure and motifs of weights and measures. Short and bitter, just like the lemonade. And all for free!
  • Steeplechase on Feb. 12, 2012

    Short and punchy. Lots of narrative energy and some introspective philosophy cut down into rapid thoughts. Don't read this expecting drippy, lyrical gay fiction.