RD Francis


Schooled as an architectural draftsman and radio broadcaster, and after a detour as a sometimes music journalist, roadie, and rock bassist, a move from behind the microphone to the front of the camera led to my current endeavors as a screenwriter specializing in sci-fi, horror, and comedy.

I am the writer of the Ghosts of Jim Morrison, The Phantom of Detriot and the Fates of Rock n' Roll.

I have just published my first novel, the erotic, Gothic horror tale, The Devil's Anatomy. My new, second novel, another Gothic horror tale, The Small Hours, is out now.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The "first" first? I was in grade school. It was a sci-fi short story about whales; I got a passing grade, even with my awful penmanship. The bulk of my writing was technical specs in my days as an architectural draftsman for the construction industry; then as a continuity writer in broadcasting, that is, composing copy for commercials and radio shows. I've also done a bit of writing as a music journalist for localized music rags. The creative side of my writing exploded when I discovered screenwriting, which transported me into the world of fiction and non-fiction writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was in middle school. For short stories; The Rollerball Murders by William Harrison, which was adapted and directed brilliantly by Norman Jewison. For novels, it was 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. I wrote book reports on each. Clarke is right up there with Stephen King. He just takes your breath away, with you wishing this "world" really did exist.
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Where to find RD Francis online


Tales from a Wizard: The Oral History of Walpurgis: The Band Behind Phantom's Divine Comedy: Part 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,340. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Music » Heavy Metal
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Tales from a Wizard: The Oral History of Walpurgis recreates the tales of the band behind the ethereal and mysterious The Divine Comedy—an album known to the world as Phantom’s Divine Comedy: Part 1.
The Small Hours
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,740. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
Two morally corrupt American males and three females, vacationing in the city of Chartres, France, confess their sins in a “Grand Guignol” overseen by Liutprand, an 8th century Chartres Cathedral monk convicted of heresy for introducing the hourglass to Europe. Liutprand sees you’re ready to confess. So shall fall the sands of your . . . small hours.
The Devil's Anatomy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,150. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
The Devil’s Anatomy, an erotic, gothic horror tale inspired by Italian Giallo and the films of Hammer and Amicus Studios, is the first novel of R.D Francis. Also available by R.D Francis is the historical rock 'n' roll tome, The Ghosts of Jim Morrison, the Phantom of Detroit, and the Fates of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
The Ghosts of Jim Morrison, The Phantom of Detroit, and the Fates of Rock 'n' Roll
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 129,890. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music, Nonfiction » Music » Music business
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This is the story of the Phantom, the enigmatic musician behind the mysterious rock opera Phantom's Divine Comedy: Part 1 who replaced Jim Morrison in the Doors.

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