Rigby Taylor


I live with my partner as naturally as possible in today’s world, on several forested acres in sub-tropical Queensland.
My first twenty-four years on this planet are recorded in a lighthearted memoir, Dancing Bare, in which my doings in nineteen sixties London, Paris, Europe and North Africa are recalled.
I write the sort of books I like to read— stories that are reasonably fast-paced, with sufficient but minimal description that doesn’t interrupt the unfolding plot, which is clear and about something more than just action. A bit if philosophising and the occasional polemic always please me. I reckon fictional characters should be believable, not ‘supermen’, just slightly larger than life. I want to be unaware I’m reading as I’m transported to a more interesting reality where there are at least a couple of people I can relate to. I don’t mind reading about sexual activity if it’s part of the plot and demonstrates character, but graphic sex bores me witless. I am disappointed that most so-called ‘gay’ novels seem to be mere excuses for empty erotica.
I can’t see the point in having ‘heroes’ who are unable to escape the compromises, petty disagreements, hopes, disappointments, mistakes, regrets, and pointless ‘pleasures’ that make up most people’s lives. We all know what that’s like. My ‘heroes’ live in that world, but face their predicaments stoutly, inspiring us lesser mortals to follow their example and strive with a little more perseverance to attain our goals.
But what goals? I despair at otherwise excellent books in which everyone accepts the grossly wasteful consumerism of everyday life as not only normal but desirable. I like to read and write about people who genuinely understand that more than enough is too much. Who value what is truly valuable. I realise I'm sometimes guilty of a bit of tub-thumping, but I like that in other writers because without strong convictions a writer has little to offer apart from amusement.
email: rigbyte@gmail.com

Where to find Rigby Taylor online


Frankie Fey
Price: Free! Words: 161,420. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Frankie approaches life head on with a logical brain and healthy contempt for everyone not as smart as him, so it’s natural that his life isn't straightforward. A death in the family, abduction, theatrical success, life-threatening encounters with property developers, run-ins with gender-equality fanatics, outsmarting a gang of con-men and women, are mere preludes to a trip to India where...
Price: Free! Words: 142,690. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Fidel is on the run when religious fundamentalists take over the state. He falls foul of the government and during a series of adventures and horrifying experiences, joins forces with Robert and Bart, Peter and Jon, Sebastian and Jarek, Mortaumal and Zadig. Fidel is a prequel to NumbaCruncha, and a sequel to my other five novels—Rough Justice, Dome of Death, Sebastian, Jarek and Mortaumal.
Price: Free! Words: 164,800. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This is a light-hearted tale about death and dying, affection and callous indifference, independence and love, somewhere in tropical Queensland. Mortaumal gets himself into and out of very hot water while learning to defend himself both physically and mentally in a fast paced romp in which there’s sentiment but not sentimentality, social criticism, excitement, fun, and a bit of everything else.
Price: Free! Words: 58,870. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
After a chilling peek at the near-future, NumbaCruncha takes a thousand year leap into the future, where the activities of humans have reached their logical culmination in a flesh-crawlingly evil dystopia ruled by the most unpleasant gang of conmen and women you're ever likely to encounter. Meanwhile, back in the forest, Sebastian and Jarek’s genetically evolved Men are waiting.
Price: Free! Words: 98,740. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In this sequel to ‘Sebastian’ that begins in an isolated tropical Australian town, the refusal of a student to be victimized by a female teacher leads to his being drafted to assist at a rainforest camp where he teams up with the activities teacher, Jarek, who dumps his girlfriend and becomes the unwitting target of a small group of women dedicated to the elimination of misogynistic males.
Time to Think
Price: Free! Words: 42,050. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Time To Think is an amusing, thoughtful and sexy collection of eight short tales about the human condition and how some gays cope with such things as visiting evangelists, unwelcome visitors, too much praise, unwanted sexual attentions from women, living in a nursing home, unpleasant relations, genetic modification and newly awakened sexual urges.
Price: Free! Words: 63,230. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sebastian is an enigma. Everyone likes him, but no one knows anything about him. He wears clothes only under protest, but no one seems to mind. To say his home life is unusual would be like saying the Amazon is a stream. Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe his upbringing. He doesn’t know who his father was, he’s used as a therapist for broken youths, and yet he’s ‘normal’.
Dancing Bare
Price: Free! Words: 124,570. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Europe
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
Dancing Bare is an amusing tale about Rigby, an impossibly innocent young man who swaps the suffocating confines of middle class New Zealand for love and liberation in nineteen-sixties London and Europe. Revelling in the freedom conferred by anonymity, he becomes an actor, stripper, rent boy, lover, teacher and dedicated traveller through Europe and North Africa.
Dome of Death
Price: Free! Words: 103,830. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Dome of Death is a thriller; shocking, funny, romantic and thought provoking. When the director of an Art Gallery in Queensland falls to his death from the central dome, his lover, Peter, unwillingly takes over the job. Murder, torture, cyclones, tidal surges, snuff porn shows – are but a few of the complications to be navigated in his search for justice, happiness and love.
Rough Justice
Price: Free! Words: 104,430. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
Two young men in subtropical Queensland fight for their lives when threatened by homophobic students.

Rigby Taylor's favorite authors on Smashwords

Charles Hibbard
Latest book: Yard Sale.
Published October 30, 2021. (5.00 from 1 review)
Dave McGee
Latest book: Kris Karton MD.
Published May 11, 2011.

Smashwords book reviews by Rigby Taylor

  • What I did next does me no credit at all on Feb. 12, 2011

    An amusing tale of deception in the age of internet assignations. The indeterminate gender of the narrator adds both a little spice and a subtle lesson; reminding us that it’s the character of the person we fall for that’s important, not whether they’re male or female.
  • Market Forces on Feb. 12, 2011

    Market Forces is one of the best self discovery stories I’ve read. With sharp, dispassionate description the writer effortlessly creates the characters and ambivalent atmosphere of a county market in winter. We experience the reluctance of a teenager to man the stall with his domineering mother, the fear and discomfort gays usually feel when with their apparently self-possessed peers. The scene is set for a miserable afternoon, but then… a ray of light. What follows is unsentimental, yet it brought tears of self recognition and delight. Yes, this is exactly what it was like. This is what I felt and how I managed to cope. Truly, a wonderful tale by a master of his craft.
  • The Watch on Feb. 20, 2011

    “The Watch” is an absorbing short tale in which the author leads the reader calmly yet irresistibly with spare yet perfectly modulated descriptive prose back in time to pre-war England, perfectly capturing the atmosphere of the great railways, while reminding us of how much more precarious life was then. We feel empathy and affection for the elderly politician, and pity for the hopeless social situation of the young steward. A haunting piece that left me wondering if my life had been too narrowly focussed, reminding me not to miss opportunities.
  • Rum: Brothers - Book One on Feb. 27, 2011

    Rum Brothers. A well written book, lots of fine adventure, although I found myself skipping over some of the ‘domestic’, family stuff. Each title in a series should be able to be read as a complete and separate book, and subsequent books will contain more adventures building on the foundations of book one. This is not that case here. Just when everything seems to be ready for the brothers to revenge themselves, the story stops. All that build up, a best friend is in danger, forces are being arraigned against them, and that’s it. The end. This turns out to be a serial; buy the next instalment if you want to know what happens next. Mmmm… perhaps.
  • Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery on March 08, 2011

    A fun plot with lots of convoluted intricacies. Johnny Denovo is a self-absorbed and wondrously vain character. I hope he never get's embroiled with his partner -- she is the most dangerous person in his life. A lot of fun, thanks.
  • Just WAKE UP! on March 26, 2012

    Excellent pencil drawings, and a sad tale... so many Mexican dreams must be nightmares.
  • The Naga's Treasure on April 05, 2012

    What a wondrous romp! Arousing, erotic, sumptuously encased in the ancient court of Ankor Wat. Well written and edited, a fun read and unashamedly sexy. Truly a 'Divine' comedy.
  • Payback on Feb. 13, 2013

    Payback is an action thriller set in the UK. The well thought out and socially relevant plot is excellent and provides plenty of twists and surprises as the reader discovers what is really going on. For me, an impatient reader who likes to cut to the chase, the interspersed chapters describing the thoughts and daily doings of other involved characters were a distraction that interfered with the flow—they could have been cut to the bare bones leaving the reader to work out from the characters’ actions how they were responding emotionally and psychologically. But it was easy to skip over them and enjoy the chase which ends dramatically and explosively. My one real problem is with the final chapter. It makes no sense to me, and that irritates.
  • In Motion on April 20, 2013

    What a ride. The story grabbed me from the start, and is a wild and well-paced tale right to the end. Excellent character and place description, an alarming cast of corrupt characters, extreme violence, and a complicated plot that unfolds exactly as it should. I kept stumbling over the constant use of lie instead of lay; for example, ‘he lie with his head on the judge’s lap.’ ‘He lie on his back and he choked on the puke…’. There’s plenty of good advice, and loads of political and social observations with which I agree. While the story is timely and the social criticism valid, I found the characterisation of the boys a little unbelievable. The few I’ve met are not so insouciant; more feral and fearful and neurotic. The major fault for me in the story is the lack of a good gay guy. All the decent adult males are heterosexual, all the other males are child molesters. An uninformed reader will draw the conclusion that all adult male homosexual men are paedophiles, whereas, statistically, heterosexuals are twice as likely to be child molesters than gays. In other words, your boy is twice as safe with a gay, than your daughter is with a heterosexual.
  • Sentence of Marriage (Promises to Keep: Book 1) on June 04, 2013

    From the first page to the last this book is compelling - not a word too many or too few. The descriptions of life on a farm in the Bay of Plenty are real, Amy is one of the most pleasant and likeable young girls I’ve ever encountered in a story. Like a Greek Tragedy the plot unfolds relentlessly, distressingly, pitiable. This isn’t the sort of book I’d normally read, yet I’m very pleased I did, it is so well written and such an evocative reminder of a past we would do well to remember as a counter to religious revivalists and conservative politicians who exhort us to return to the ‘family’ values of the past where the father was head of the house, the mother his servant, and the children kept ignorant of life.
  • The Inelegant Universe on Jan. 15, 2017

    One of the best collections of short stories I've read. Witty, observant, thoughtful and brilliantly descriptive of both the humans and their environment. Mr. Hibbard is a detached, but not unsympathetic observer of human frailty, using wonderfully elegant and eminently readable English to depict the inelegant stumbling of humans as they sort out their lives.
  • A Time Before Me on Nov. 14, 2018

    This is a captivating tale of two young men who manage to escape societal and family pressures, and set off into the wider world in the hope of finally being free to live the way their natures demand. We follow Mason, who [with a bit of help] rejects the conventional path and eventually finds what he’s looking for, while his somewhat more daring friend Billy, does the same. The story is very well written with excellent descriptions of place and people, especially the claustrophobic horror of being unacceptably different in a small, bigoted town.
  • The Body Waiter on July 31, 2019

    A somewhat sedate medical assistant allows a free-spirited, delightful young exhibitionist into his life, with liberating consequences. Their brave new enterprise that develops into a successful partnership utilising the talents of both, is equally well depicted as their maturing relationship. Believable backstories that include wise observations on a host of social problems, and an interesting collection of friends, make for an enjoyable and sexy read.
  • Body for Pleasure and Pain on Sep. 06, 2019

    Body for Pleasure and Pain. Take an insanely wealthy couple, their lovers and other devoted workers, an ex-soldier with masochistic inclinations, his lover and friends and their lovers and friends, and you’ve a caste of characters whose lives contradict the notion that suburban life is dull. A caterer, a creative and decorative entertainer with a penchant for body ornament, a designer of exquisite jewellery, a dancer, a couple of nurses, an ex drag queen, and a personal secretary who knows every secret, all live, laugh, argue, flirt, and enjoy themselves with unwavering politeness, in the best of all possible taste—usually. The pace is fast, the situations fun, and the story constantly entertaining with interesting snippets of history and other background information about life in Australia. A good companion to 'The Body Waiter'.
  • Closer than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey on Dec. 30, 2020

    ‘Closer than Breathing’ has everything necessary for a good read – a likeable, realistic hero who faces life with intelligence, curiosity, courage and common sense as he meets with an interesting variety of people and situations that demand he ignores peer pressure and thinks carefully about what is best for him. As the sub-title suggests, his life is an odyssey, as it is for us all - a journey in which we learn from mistakes, make adjustments, and discover in the process who we are and what we really need if we want to live a contented, fulfilled life. As a role model for young gay men, Ben is excellent; drinking in moderation, no drugs, reliable, hard working, yet modest and sensitive. What I also like, is that this is not just about being gay; it’s about real life, in which one’s sexual identity is simply another aspect of our character. A beautiful tale; I feel better for reading it.