Richard Taylor


RICHARD TAYLOR has been a writer most of his life. He is a produced screenwriter as well as a published author. His Showtime Premier film DECEPTIONS was nominated for a CableACE Best Picture Award. The SciFi Channel Original TV movie ENCRYPT was produced from his spec screenplay. Richard has written short stories, articles and essays. His debut novel THE HAUNTING OF CAMBRIA, published by St. Martin's Press/TOR has received rave reviews.

A native of Southern California, Richard now lives with his wife and two cats in the lovely seaside village of Cambria on the California Central Coast near the famous Hearst Castle.

Read Chapter One of THE HAUNTING OF CAMBRIA, a scary, funny, sexy novel of horror and humor at

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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,030. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Film-Noir
Lionel Keats. Killer good looks. Wealthy, witty, charming. He can’t take no for an answer. Maggie Malone. Take your breath away. Smart, savvy, independent. She can’t say yes. One of them is going to die.
Angel's Flight
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,490. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Horror, Screenplays » Drama
A passenger jet en route from Hawaii. Aboard, a dozen first class travelers. The crass, the haunted, the arrogant, and the lost. The passengers in coach are missing. The air crew, too. Flying on autopilot. Destination unknown.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,340. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Crime
A dead girl with political connections. A pain-in-the-butt NY cop sent to chase geese in LA. A health food-eating, house-sitting LA cop ordered to babysit the NY detective. A killer with a penchant for lethal toys. A college kid kidnaped to break through a firewall. Fire Season in L.A. Uh-oh.
The Streak
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,660. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi, Screenplays » Action Adventure
Twenty-one-year-old Cooper Galt is adrift. College? ...sorta. Job? ...kinda. Romance? ...nope. An accident leaves Coop with the ability to run so fast his street clothes burn off his body. So fast he can vibrate through walls. His old high school chum Malorie thinks he should become The Streak and serve Mankind. Cooper thinks endorsements! A super fast killer called The Ghost forces the issue.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,590. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi
Two psychics meet. One, a serial killer. The other, walking wounded. In the heat of a killing spree they duel over the life of a woman who hides a secret that threatens to destroy them both. Psyche swirls around life and death like smoke around a fire, twisting and undulating in a dance of psychic possibility.
THEM! Came From Outer Space!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,760. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi, Screenplays » Comedy
Terror visits the little town of Flannel, Oregon, when a body is discovered on the pool table of a prominent bus bench writer. Soon Flannel’s eclectic young doctor, Milo Bushnell learns Flannel is being invaded by Brussels sprouts from space, ill-tempered little vegetables that metamorphose into duplicates of Flannel’s citizenry. Can Milo save the day or is he just dead meat in a vegan world?
Unknown Causes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,380. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Thriller, Screenplays » Mystery
Lights in the night sky. Mutilated cattle in a Montana meadow. Iconic rancher Dodd Quigley, missing and presumed dead. Allison, Dodd’s daughter, dismissed and friendless. Discredited reporter Tom McQuay, following the leads. Back to a giant corporation and a vast conspiracy conceived in the final moments of the Third Reich. To the cause of Unknown Causes.
Touch of Darkness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,940. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi
A mysterious blind man known only as The Collector arrives to tour the mansion of a dead eccentric. The estate is filled with artifacts – mementoes with stories to tell – and only the Collector can “see” the tales associated with them by touching the objects. The Collector's intent is revealed as he entraps a murderer to expose himself, and dispenses justice only he knows how to impose.
Bicycle Rider
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,650. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Drama
Having touched mortality with a recent heart attack, Tom Ryder sets off across the desert on his bicycle in an odyssey of meaning. His destination – Phoenix, the city of rebirth. Behind him is an abandoned wife, a discarded job, and a life of conformity so heavy it threatened to crush him. Ahead is a rendezvous with fate and a truth long hidden in the recesses of his mind.
Native State
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,770. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi, Screenplays » Mystery
Two hundred years after Earth's environmental collapse humankind survives in satellites. A handful of humans work on the planet’s surface destroying every vestige of the industrial age. But now someone, or something, is killing them. Two cops attempt to solve the murders, and a greater mystery, a conspiracy to exterminate Earth’s newest species, the one that may have taken Man’s place.
Cracking Wise - A Screwball Comedy
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,610. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
30sh virgin recluse Leon will inherit billions if he can just get out of his house, date a girl, and get a job. Problem is, he's allergic to the sun and almost everything else. His late father's attorney hires marine biologist Grace to reluctantly become his life coach, but she can't protect him from a gold-digger on the prowl. Screwball comedy is reborn in this homage to Hollywood's golden age.
The Star Wish
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,340. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi, Screenplays » Drama
A young girl who dreams. A father who yearns for redemption. A mother who wants to believe. And a dying star traveler who needs them.
Asphalt John - Careful Who You Screw With
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,970. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Thriller, Screenplays » Film-Noir
When fatherless boy Raul is attacked by a gang, he hires John, a homeless man, to protect him because Raul thinks he's a missing heroic FBI agent. John makes a clean spot in Raul's life, and soon must widen it, saving his mother from a predatory cop, and eventually facing off against the mob bent on revenge. They all think he's the FBI agent, but maybe John is someone far, far more dangerous.
Country Life, Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,480. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Screenplays » Comedy
Hard charging capitalist MAGGIE DUNBAR is sent to a small town to oversee the sale of its last source of jobs and income, a rustbelt factory. But soon Maggie finds herself being wooed by the local crusading newspaper editor and the townies themselves, which beckons a crisis in her life — which to put first, people or money?
Naked in the Roses
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Drama, Screenplays » Comedy
A Nakedly Romantic Comedy. When art-nudes photographer Bob Dreyfus and National Association for Women Director Carol Laughton square off in a political fight about the objectification of women, neither expects to fall in love, and certainly not with each other. Even as the public fight goes on, the ancient dance between Man and Woman plays out in private revealing the naked truth about them both.
Paperback Writer
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,470. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy
A wild comedy in the spirit of the classic films of Danny Kaye (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Wonder Man) and Bob Hope (My Favorite Brunette, The Ghost Breakers), Paperback Writer is the story of a pulp fiction writer whose characters are just a little too real to him, particularly Nikki Sapphire, the Distaff Dick, a '40s-era hard boiled detective whose gender was changed by his publisher.
American Mythic A Boy's Adventure with the U.S. Cavalry in India
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,260. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2010. Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
1886: U.S. Cavalry Colonel Luther Wingate retires and sets off to visit his daughter, whose husband is an officer of the British Raj in India. Snowfox, his half-breed American Indian son, and Keogh, his Sergeant Major, tag along. They arrive in India and learn that Wingate's daughter Alice has been captured by a warlord. Wingate, Snowfox and Keogh must don buckskins one last time to save Alice.
Stones Skipping on Water
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,010. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A drug to see past lives. Lust, love, envy and murder in a mind-state of total recall. John Kincaide has developed a memory enhancement drug. Having overdosed on it, his chief chemist says it’s made him see past lives. In one of those lives Kincaide killed him and his lover who has since reincarnated and is now involved in a torrid romance with Kincaide. He wants her back, and Kincaide dead.
Evergreen A Christmas Tale
Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 1 review)
A dying grandfather tells the story of the first Christmas tree to a family wrenched by strife.
Dark Reflection and Other Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,230. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A collection of selected short stores and humorous essays by the author of Red Mist and The Haunting of Cambria featuring such titles as How Boring! I'm a Bore!, and I Predict the End of the World.
Dark Reflection and Other Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,240. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A collection of selected short stores and humorous essays by the author of Red Mist and The Haunting of Cambria featuring such titles as How Boring! I'm a Bore!, and I Predict the End of the World.
Red Mist
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 58,220. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Historical » General
You are a U.S. Army Military Intelligence trainee. Following Army M.I. protocol, you are sent on a training exercise to a city you've never visited before and ordered to surveil a public person ('public persons' having little recourse if their privacy is invaded). You are assigned to surveil Marilyn Monroe. It is early August, 1962, and you are destined to witness her murder.

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