Brandon L. Rucker


Brandon L. Rucker is the published author of over a dozen short stories, half a dozen poems and numerous articles of non-fiction and journalism. He writes a rather motley brand of fiction, dipping in and out of a variety of genres as well as sometimes blending them together. Currently he uses Smashwords for online and digital archiving purposes, particularly for works that were previously published in print, but are no longer available. His short fiction and poetry has appeared online at BLINK|INK, LIQUID IMAGINATION and DEAD GUNS PRESS, as well as in small press print anthologies published by DFE QUARTERLY (via PILL HILL PRESS), STATIC MOVEMENT and HOUSE OF HORROR. He was also the editor of the print anthology LOCAL HEROES published in 2011. To learn more, please visit his website at:

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Necessity, more than anything, I suppose. An avoidance to the odds that are insurmountably stacked against a no-name author. But also a kind D-i-Y punk mindset of doing things yourself with little reliance on the establishment because they’re not going to go out of their way to make it easy on the un-agented and under-represented, nor would you expect them to. I was just getting my feet wet publishing in the Small Press when I discovered Smashwords as a viable partner and helpful tool for D-i-Y publishing. Not that I’m currently in this for the money (ha!), but in terms of the monetary breakdown self-publishing via digital partners like Smashwords and other, the distribution of earnings from sales is flip-flopped compared to traditional commercial publishing. I’m a musician as well so D-i-Y ethos is in my blood. I suppose the overriding aspect is a sense of control.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a few “latest” books since I’ve uploaded several short stories. The situation with these is simple, it’s part of what I jokingly refer to on my website as Operation: Remember Me? Basically, I’ve taken old stories that were first published in print anthologies a few years back, and have since gone out of print, and have republished them on Smashwords in an effort to archive them digitally and electronically (for online reading and downloading). Aside from microfiction and poetry, I really do not have anything published online, so this initiative will help increase my online presence. It’s nice to be able to point people to an accessible source to sample your talent (and this is even despite the fact that these works do not represent the best of my writing abilities).
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Where to find Brandon L. Rucker online


The Underneath: A Bizarro Flash of Horror
Price: Free! Words: 970. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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After Ramsey discovers a strange blemish his life takes a swift turn into a painful, surreal experience, leaving him to wonder: is this real life?
Finder Kept: A Tale of Unintended Fate
Price: Free! Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Like Pandora's Box, some things are simply best left buried or undisturbed. When a drunken homeless person unwittingly acquires a strange object from a man who is obviously running for his life, the homeless person's apparent new fortune takes an instant turn for the worse. This is an unfortunate tale of unintended fate.
Pieces of Candice: A Horror Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A short story. Told in a voice of madness and menace inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, "Pieces of Candice" is the first-person account of what happened when a helpless young woman in a desperate situation ventured into the dark woods for help. It's psychological horror right in step with classics by the likes of Poe, Stephen King, Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell. Also has serial killer aspects.
Shard: A Bloody Microfiction
Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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Short, sweet, bloody vengeance. His misdeeds will not go unpunished.