RD Francis

Biography

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 the current endeavors of R.D Francis as a screenwriter specializing in sci-fi, horror, and comedy.

He is the writer of The Ghosts of Jim Morrison, The Phantom of Detroit, and the Fates of Rock 'n' Roll and its sequel, Tales from a Wizard: The Oral History of Walpurgis. Both are rock journalism tomes concerned with the 1974 Jim Morrison "solo album," Phantom's Divine Comedy: Part 1.

He has also published the erotic, Gothic horror tales, The Devil's Anatomy and The Small Hours, and the introspective science fiction adventure, Luminosity.

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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Books

Planet of Vampires
Price: Free! Words: 22,220. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
On July 4, 2076, a Mars astronaut defies his father and liberates a post-apocalyptic Detroit—where the gross national product is human flesh.
Luminosity
Price: Free! Words: 31,840. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the year 2045 a team of astronauts set sail for the edge of the solar system on the U.S.S Burdett to search for man’s DNA origins and discover a path to man’s ambitions beyond the confines of Earth.
Tales from a Wizard: The Oral History of Walpurgis: The Band Behind Phantom's Divine Comedy: Part 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,340. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Music » Heavy Metal
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: $1.99 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,150. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
As a decadent Greenwich, Connecticut, surgeon unlocks the mysteries to eternal life, his pharmaceutical-dealing German mistress enslaves his will to serve her own hellish goals.
The Ghosts of Jim Morrison, The Phantom of Detroit, and the Fates of Rock 'n' Roll
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,890. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Rock music, Nonfiction » Music » Music business
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.

Smashwords book reviews by RD Francis

  • The Crypt Thieves on Oct. 13, 2019

    I purchased this book in a purchasing frenzy for Smashwords March "Read an eBook Month." Took a while for me to read them all. I specifically searched for horror tales and I'm glad I discovered this one. It has a great title and nicely done cover that tells me what I needed to know without even reading the sample. It's catagorized as psychological, thriller, suspense, and horror--and it has all of that--along with a mystery behind a dangerous document that can upset the balance the world.
  • Tesla's Stepdaughters on Oct. 13, 2019

    I purchased this book in a purchasing frenzy for Smashwords March "Read an eBook Month.” It took a while for me to read them all. If you love sci-fi tales (especially post-apoc literature and alternate-timeline tales, which I do) and rock ‘n’ roll tales (yes, please), then you just hit a literary Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. What a wild ride! If a studio is ever up to make a rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi flick (such as Six-String Samurai), then this is the book to adapt.
  • Stars of Black on Oct. 13, 2019

    I purchased this book in a purchasing frenzy for Smashwords March "Read an eBook Month.” It took a while for me to read them all. Mr. Miles sites the works of Robert W. Chambers and Ambrose Bierce in his synopsis and that is not a gross overstatement in the least. Miles knows his weird, atmospheric horror and crafts twisty, original tales. I love the cover. Simple, clean and to the point.
  • Sex, Rock & History on Oct. 13, 2019

    I purchased this book in a purchasing frenzy for Smashwords’ March "Read an eBook Month.” It took a while for me to read them all. I discovered this book by way of the social media platforms of the great, last word on all things AC/DC: Jesse Fink. This book kept popping us as a suggestion next to Jesse’s. I was so happy to see it was on Smashwords. As someone who works in the rock journalism field, it’s true: Mr. Shorter, as we all, are historians. And he preserves history with aplomb.
  • Killers and Demons on Oct. 13, 2019

    I purchased this book in a purchasing frenzy for Smashwords’ March "Read an eBook Month.” It took a while for me to read them all. I love portmanteau. I love Amicus anthologies. I love Sheridan Le Fanu and Ambrose Bierce. Five tight, seat grabbing tales that take me back to the Gothic Tales of old.
  • Undiscovered Dinosaur: Adventures with Rock Legends of the 60s, 70s and 80s on Dec. 02, 2019

    I read a lot of rock 'n' roll literature and this book does not disappoint. It's a smooth and breezy read that whisks you away and puts you right "in-time" as it happened. If you love rock 'n' roll before the digital realm, then Undiscovered Dinosaur is a must read.
  • Dark Vengeance on Dec. 03, 2019

    Once I got started, I kept on going and finished Dark Vengeance in record time as result of its great characters in a story filled with action. E.R Mason's imagination is astounding. If you love sci-fi, this is a highly recommended read for a long holiday weekend/vacation . . . or any weekend.
  • This Corner of the Universe on Dec. 03, 2019

    This book is a mind scamble. Gripped me right away with "Dagger Class Corvette," which made me think of the opening of the animated film, Heavy Metal. In addition to a well-plotted tale, there's maps, diagrams, and really nice illustrations of the ships in the tale. Enjoyed it.