R. Allen Leider


Film reviewer/screenwriter R. Allen Leider began his career in 1970 at CBS news as copy boy for The Walter Cronkite News. In 1973, he became features writer for The Monster Times and went on to work at Show, Celebrity and Glitter magazines and other international publications. In 1984, he created the original story and screenplay for The Oracle (1985), and hosted his own radio show, Cinemascene, on WWFM for five years.
He has contributed many short stories for the anthologies, Dark Furies, Hear Them Roar, Crypto-Critters I, Bad Ass Faeries I, and Barbarians at the Jumpgate and The Walrii Project. In 2004, he was co-writer of The Field Guide to Monsters and The Field Guide to Aliens. Presently, he writes and edits the online Black Cat Review. He edits Awesome Tales, a pulp-fiction mini-magazine, and the Wicca Girl-based anthologies The Hellfire Lounge.
The first outline for the Wicca Girl project was written in 1961 in high school English class. His photojournalistic work has been syndicated worldwide. He lives in Manhattan with wife Barbara, a professional photographer, and an assortment of Egyptian feline gods.

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Signed in Blood: Deals With the Devil Gone Bad
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,620. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2018 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
"We the undersigned, fully understanding of the risks involved, do willingly present our tales of infernal dealings, agreement and contracts." Thirteen authors submit cautionary tales against doing business with a certain gentleman. Twisted “soulful” tales of terror and humor about those who seek fame, fortune and power the easy way — but at “the greatest expense.”
Awesome Tales #2: Der Fuerer Mabuse
Series: Awesome Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,330. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Horror » Occult
World War II, hardboiled cops, and a band of amateur ghost-hunters! Awesome Tales returns with a new spine-tingler by R. Allen Leider -- "Der Feurher Mabuse," documents a heretofore unchronicled exploit of Dr. Mabuse, the legendary super-criminal from novels and silent films! Is the mind of Dr. Mabuse pulling the nefarious strings in Hitler's plans?
Hellfire Lounge # 5: Purgatory Potpourri
Series: The Hellfire Lounge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,210. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Friday night at the Hellfire Lounge, the swankiest club this side of purgatory ... A rowdy crowd of eleven magical storytellers gathers at the bar. Amidst the fun and frolic at Satan’s playground, they will amaze and terrify you with supernatural tales. Pull up a chair and listen, but be warned — these tales will haunt your dreams long after last call.
Awesome Tales #1: Pretenders to the Throne
Series: Awesome Tales. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,540. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
"Pretenders to the Throne" by Rich Harvey with R. Allen Leider -- The Domino Lady, the original pulp fiction femme fatale, and Wicca Girl, a 900-year-old witch turned MI-6 agent, join forces to combat a malevolent Axis force aimed at war-darkened London. Short back-up features include "Seven Pictures" by Jean Marie Ward and "The Warlock Murders" by R. Allen Leider.

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