Lee Robert Adams

Biography

I am a writer living & working in Brno, Czech Republic. I write short stories and movie criticism, and I'm currently working on a children's book.

I've been writing since the age of five. As a little boy, I was into dinosaurs, castles, digging holes and riding my bike. I also wrote endlessly, all the way through to my late teens.

I always thought I'd be a writer, but life and circumstance got in the way. For about a decade, I didn't write a single piece of original fiction, other than a silly, rude comedy horror one afternoon in a Prague pub called "The Demon Chimp of Prague".

When I moved to the Czech Republic in 2009, I gradually forced myself to write again, starting with restaurant and movie reviews. After suffering testicular cancer in 2011, I started writing fiction again. It was a long process, but my children's novel, "A Strange & Terrible Wonder", is almost complete.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I like to write in the pub. My current desk is third table on the right at the East Village Bar & Diner in Brno, Czech Republic. During the day it is quiet - it helps me to have a few people around, but not a crowd, and a few tunes in the background, but not blaring out. I like to have a good view of the room and the bar. I'm quite specific about the exact atmosphere I want to help me write, and the East Village is the closest I've found to my ideal in Brno.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ipswich, a provincial town about eighty miles from London. For a long time, I didn't think it influenced my writing - I always dreamed about getting out, living in a city and write big, challenging, world-changing novels.

More recently I've begun to realise I'm not from the City, I'm from the Provinces, and now I've started to allow my experiences growing up on an estate in a nowhere sort of town influence my writing more. As a result, my writing has become more natural and more personal.
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Books

Video Krypt's Bumper Book of Movie Reviews 2011-2013
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,500. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Video Krypt's Bumper Book of Movie Reviews is a must for all film buffs. Packed with insight, analysis, criticism, pithy observation and blunt sarcasm, this collection of over sixty reviews takes you on a cinematic journey from Rick's Cafe to the barren wastes of the Antarctic; from the beginning of the universe to the distant future!
The Woman Who Danced In Church
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Price: Free! Words: 2,890. Language: British English. Published: January 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Květa is a gypsy. She hangs around the churches of Brno, Czech Republic smoking, drinking, begging and annoying the congregation. She also dances. A young man is intrigued by the strange figure he sees dancing in the vestibules of the city's churches, because whatever she is listening to on her Walkman, it doesn't look like devotional music...
A Man Walks Into A Pub
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Price: Free! Words: 5,800. Language: British English. Published: December 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A stranger walks into a quiet pub on a grey day. It is his birthday, and he is armed. He is determined to celebrate his day with the locals, whether they like it or not... As the situation escalates, it soon becomes clear the man is not the stranger he first appears, and has a bitter and deadly connection with his unwilling birthday guests.
Things Got Ugly
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Price: Free! Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When a young couple escape a gang of muggers in the early hours of a Prague morning, they can't wait to return to the comfort of home. Except they return to a very uncomfortable situation - it is December 2006, and their home town Ipswich is in the grip of a serial killer...
Ripping Yarns & Roaring Myths
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Meet Henry Madigan-Carter, card shark, raconteur, inspiration for Leroux's Phantom, and time traveller extraordinaire.
Three Articles: The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson & The Prestige
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Price: Free! Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Christopher Nolan is one of the most profitable and influential directors of the last decade, with films such as the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. But is Nolan an inherently boring director, or, a "man who dreams by Powerpoint"?
Kubrick vs King - The Shining (1980) vs The Shining (1997)
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Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Stephen King disliked Stanley Kubrick's interpretation of his novel The Shining so much he produced his own six hour made for TV version. This article compares King's efforts to restore his original vision with Kubrick's supernatural masterpiece.
The Piss Artist
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Campbell is an alcoholic. He has been drunk for so long that he doesn't remember who he is or where he came from. As he lurches from the blackness to engage in a series of bizarre and disastrous misadventures, he begins to realise the true nature of his affliction... A bitter, passionate parable laced with black humor, The Piss Artist finds life at the bottom of the bottle.
The Demon Chimp of Prague
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Price: Free! Words: 4,300. Language: British English. Published: November 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.00 from 1 review)
Brian is well-read and well-dressed, with style and a killer sauerkraut recipe. He's a hit with the ladies and he's flash with the cash. He is also a chimp with world domination on his mind... Our hero thinks he's got a bargain when he buys a chimp for £50 down the pub. Soon he notices a startling change in his new friend, and finds a shocking secret behind Brian's emergence on the expat scene.

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  • Falling on Feb. 17, 2013

    I think "Falling" does a grand job of building tension and creating a sense of vertigo. Loses a star for me for a few cliched phrases (pounding like a hammer) and odd word choices, but otherwise a neat little story.
  • A Medical Exam on Feb. 18, 2013

    Tight, economical and chilling. While I felt the characters never really came to life, the dialogue was clinical and precise, and the precision of the dialogue generated a tension all of its own. I didn't quite understand the wider purpose of the treatment, but the final twist gave a pleasurable sinking feeling of a dystopian society where everyone is hypnotised. I think this piece could be spun out to examine its characters and its themes more closely.
  • Pieces on Feb. 19, 2013

    I was impressed by the strong voice of the character in "Pieces". The concise style of the prose really brought her to life. The story loses a Star for me because of the huge dense blocks of text - on one hand, it reads like a transcription, but dividing it up into smaller, easier to digest paragraphs would make it a much more enjoyable read. Still impressive work, though.
  • Dehydration on March 31, 2013

    The two female characters come across very strongly in this piece, although there is little physical description of them. Their personalities resonate in the dialogue, which is terse and realistic.
  • A Small Measure of Anxious Grace on Jan. 11, 2014

    I really liked the calm, dignified tone of this story. Perhaps it could be a little longer to give the characters chance to expand, but otherwise you did a fine job - I was certainly engaged enough to care about them come the inevitable disaster at the end.