Tony Richards


I'm the author of more than a dozen novels in the supernatural and detective genres, and often combine the two. My latest 2 books, the Helsinki-based chiller 'Under the Ice' and my dark fantasy epic 'Hot Blood' are currently out from Samhain Publishing. My shorter work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Asimov's SF, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Weird Tales and numerous top anthologies ... enough of it to fill up seven short story collections, many of them available from Dark Regions/Dark Renaissance Press. Widely traveled, I frequently use places I have visited in my work, with fiction set all over North and South America, through the whole of Europe, in North and southern Africa and in the Far East. My self-published e-books include a huge collection of my best short horror fiction, and the latest in my series of fantasy thrillers set in the fictional town of Raine's Landing, Massachusetts. My debut novel 'The Harvest Bride' (Tor Books) was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, and in 2008 my collection 'Going Back' was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very ordinary, unremarkable suburb in north-west London. Except I didn't know it was ordinary and unremarkable when I was a little kid ... below about the age of twelve, your mind simply doesn't work that way. There was a very large park near my home, with a stream running through it and a big stone bridge, high reeds along the bank which cut you off from sight of the everyday world, little fish in the stream that you could catch in nets and put in jars. That kind of stuff is quite magical when you're small. I suppose it started opening my mind to what a fascinating place the world can sometimes be.

But then -- of course -- I hit my teenage years, grew up past all that, and started noticing how dull my district really was. And that's about the point that my imagination started kicking into overdrive, and I began reading voraciously and writing my own stories.
When did you first start writing?
I actually wrote -- by hand, in a hardbound exercise book -- most of a whole novel when I was about fourteen. It was science fiction, was called 'The Wars of the Reptiles', and was probably quite awful. But I started writing in earnest about a year before I left college. I was studying for a law degree but had already realised that I didn't want to be a lawyer. Okay, so I had to find something that I actually DID want to do. And the whole business of fiction and writing had always fascinated me, and so I started writing short stories and sending them to editors. Lo and behold, three months before I graduated, I sold one. It was sf again, was titled 'Out of an Ocean, Long Ago,' and appeared in a long-defunct anthology series, Space:5, put together by a well-known editor (at the time) called Richard Davis.
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Where to find Tony Richards online


Classic Pan and Fontana Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,980. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Anthologies like the Pan Book of Horror and the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories gave a lot of writers their first break. Here’s a handful of tales from that period, chosen by editors like Herbert van Thal, Ronald-Chetwynd-Hayes and Mary Danby. Every story comes with notes on its origin and how it made it into print – a fascinating glimpse into the horror fiction scene back in the early 80s.
Dark Rain (Raine's Landing #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,450. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
There’s something very strange about Raine’s Landing, Mass. Could there be some force at work … like witchcraft? Now the town has a new visitor, a demon in human form . And when he starts his deadly games, not even the best magicians can stop him. So it's left to Ross Devries and Cassie Mallory. They don’t have any magic, just their guns and fists and their sharp wits. But will those be enough?
Speak of the Devil (Raine's Landing # 5)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,840. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Raine’s Landing, Mass, should be in the grip of winter. But an early thaw has come. As the snows melt, corpses are discovered, each one carved with ritual marks. Somebody is practicing black magic of the foulest kind. Demons have been summoned. And then the Landing’s adepts are attacked. And ex-cop Ross Devries is facing his most brutal fight. Because this time, he’s battling the Hordes of Hell.
Deadly Violet (Raine's Landing #4)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,890. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Welcome to Raine’s Landing, a town full of magic and trapped by a curse. Everyone’s preparing for Xmas, not guessing what’s coming next. Because a girl in the past has gotten hold of a magic jewel, then reached out through time. Except she’s managed to warp reality. Houses begin vanishing. Creatures roam the streets. And if Ross Devries is going to save the place, he’s going to need a lot of help.
The Rose Cottage
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When Debra Chase inherits a small house in Devon from an aunt she never knew, she wonders why. But when she moves into The Rose Cottage, It turns out that her great-aunt was an artist too, and has left sketches scattered through the house. And -- since Aunt June was a touch clairvoyant too -- might those sketches now be guiding Debra towards a wonderful, bright future?
The Immortal Sherlock Holmes: Volume I
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,580. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Did you know that Sherlock Holmes is immortal? Well he is ... he's still among us to this very day, traveling the world and solving all the most confounding crimes. The problem is, these new mysteries are not simply man-made. Supernatural powers are in play, and Holmes finds himself facing the most baffling cases of his entire life ... and the most dangerous. “A master of the art” - Black Static.
Dark Futures: SF meets Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,040. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
Alien? Predator? Who can deny it … science fiction and horror can go together like a hand inside a glove. And they do in this collection of stories by one of Britain’s most highly-praised practitioners of imaginative fiction. 7 stories and a novelette. It’s time to have your close encounter … of the fear kind. “Richards is a master” - RT Book Reviews. “A hell of a writer” - Horror World.

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