Ran was born in Salem, Ohio on a cold winter’s day. He doesn’t remember much of those early days, but he does remember watching Echo 1, a faint dot amongst the stars, cross the sky one dark and clear night in1961. That small event generated a lifelong interest in science and literature. The literature interest began with the science and science fiction works of Asimov and Clarke and exploded from there into just about anyone and everyone who wrote in the genre. Ran has a few particular favorites that still include Asimov and Clarke.
Horror started with Saturday night double features that were aired on Chiller Theater out of Pittsburgh and hosted by Chilly Billy Cardille. That led to horror stories and novels, few at the time (more were available in films than in books), but Poe was a favorite. The early seventies brought H P Lovecraft into Ran’s dark nights (and days).
After reading so much horror and science fiction, Ran thought it would be fun to try his hand at writing in the two genres. He had dabbled years earlier for a brief period of time with a little ditty he called “Journey to Messier 51.” Thankfully, that item has long been lost. But he never gave up, and, as they say, the rest is history.
Ran has written in a variety of forms and formats for years. He prefers horror, of course, but has also written science fiction, fantasy, and historical drama. Two of his short horror stories were recommended for Bram Stoker awards in 2000.
And Ran’s interest in science? Well, he’s a retired archaeologist. Interests? Ran’s a biker, makes Indian chokers, and travels around the country in an RV with his biker/writer wife, Christene, and their three cats, Rufus, Clyde, and Pixie. You never know where they might end up.
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As an added note, Ran has a single short story eBook also available at Smashwords. Entitled "A Criminal Portrait," it was written under Ran's pen name of Robert Tangiers, and published by Hellfire Publishing.
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Selections from...The Illustrious Annals of Slagheepian History
by Ran Cartwright
Slagheep, a slimy cesspool dive of a place if there ever was one. Come for a raucous ride on the Spaceways across the multiverse and join an amalgam of colorful characters and other such ne’er-do-well nitwits in their galvanizing misadventures.
A little irreverent.
Some adult content.
A lot of fun.
You’ll be on Slagheep in no time!
Dreams & Nightmares
by Ran Cartwright
A collection of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and classic childhood fears. These stories will take you from war torn London to deserted stretches of Nevada highways to the bayous of Louisiana to the dark corners of a bedroom closet where terrors wait to inhabit your dreams and nightmares.
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