Rick Stepp-Bolling


I’ve been writing poetry and fiction for longer than I can remember, but my money-making occupation was as a community college professor in Southern California. My life is currently filled with writing, golfing, and taking care of animals. My wife I look after a menagerie of rescue animals including dogs, cats, turtles, tortoises, horses, a pig and innumerable snakes. Some people think I draw my writing inspiration from my animal friends, and while that does ring true (especially from Penny, our rescued 500 pound Russian sow), life in general offers me enough challenges to inspire the slightly off centered approach to most of my stories. SMOKE AND MIRRORS, my collection of poems, and AUTOCIDE, my collection of short stories can be found on Amazon. PATCH MAN, the first in a fantasy series has been published by Crimson Cloak Publications.


Patch Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,560. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2018 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
An old man sells magical patches on the ruined streets of Hagra-Dis when a small, one-armed girl begs him to fix her doll. An Imperial missile blast kills the little girl, Meesha, but Var patches her back to life, and they flee marauding storm troopers. Pursued through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters, it seems little Meesha is the secret key to ultimate victory and peace.
The Rider
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,810. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The Winners of the 2016 Crimson Cloak Fantasy short story writing competition, along with a selection of the best runners-up, are presented here in a compilation volume entitled THE RIDER. Writers were asked to write a story of 1500-3000 words based around a stock picture showing a hooded rider in a fantasy landscape. Buy this book to read the cream of the crop.

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