Richard Gazala


I was born in Ohio, at the bleeding edge of the 1960s. When I was young, my family moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where we lived until the Lebanese Civil War erupted. After Beirut, I finished high school in Belmont, Massachusetts, and London, England. While living abroad I traveled around the Middle East and Europe, picking up enough Arabic and French to embrace or avoid trouble as circumstances dictated. I attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I earned a B.A. and a J.D. I've practiced law for over twenty years, and I'm a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court. I currently live in Vienna, Virginia, where I'm a thriller author, voracious reader and reviewer, lawyer, music aficionado, youth sports coach, guerrilla chef, excursionist, and public speaker.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I'm very proud of the cover for "Trust & Other Nightmares." It's an original artwork done for me under commission by a gifted young Virginia artist named Abigail Fundling. At the time I hired Abbie to create the cover for this book, she was a high school senior, seeking admission to art school to further her professional dreams. I'm pleased to report Abbie achieved her goal, in some small part because of the inclusion of her cover work for me in her professional portfolio. Since then Abbie's talents have continued to blossom admirably. See for yourself at
What do you read for pleasure?
I read voraciously from a wide array of genres for pleasure. When I was a boy my mother taught me no author is any greater a writer than he is a reader. I've followed Mom's advice unwaveringly. My favorite authors include Hunter S. Thompson, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and especially Edgar Allan Poe.
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Trust and Other Nightmares
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,340. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Each of these stories has its germination in nights when my sleep was suddenly savaged by ethereal visions and sounds sufficiently disturbing to wrench me from tangled, sweat-drenched sheets. All of them are spawned of the dancing skeletons and reanimated corpses that plague the bleakest, blackest hours preceding my blessed dawns. Why keep my nightmares to myself, when I can share them with you?

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