Richard Blakemore

Biography

Richard Blakemore (1900 – 1994) was a prolific writer of pulp fiction. Nowadays, he is best remembered for creating the Silencer, a masked vigilante in the vein of the Shadow or the Spider, during the hero pulp boom of the 1930s. But Richard Blakemore also wrote in many other genres, including an early sword and sorcery series about the adventures of a sellsword named Thurvok and his companions.

Richard Blakemore's private life was almost as exciting as his fiction. He was a veteran of World War I and II as well as a skilled sportsman and adventurer who travelled the world during the 1920s. He may also have been the person behind the mask of the real life Silencer who prowled New York City between 1933 and 1942, fighting crime, protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty, though nothing has ever been proven.

Richard Blakemore was married for more than fifty years to Constance Allen Blakemore and the couple had four children.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and bred in New York City. As a young man, I went to Europe to fight in the Great War and then traveled the world, before I returned home in '32.

Both my hometown and my travels have influenced my writing. The Silencer stories are mostly set in New York City - except for a handful of stories, where the Silencer travels abroad - because that's the world I know and see every day. Meanwhile, many of the adventure and war stories I have written for Jake Levonsky's pulp magazines have been influenced by my travels and by my experiences during the Great War. My new fantasy series about Thurvok, finally, has been influenced both by my travels and my life in New York City.
When did you first start writing?
Even as a boy, I had a great love for stories and was a voracious reader of dime novels, pulp magazines and everything I could get my hands on. But I only started writing fiction, when I returned to New York City in '32 after more than a decade away. After all those years of travelling, I was restless, so I decided to try my hand at writing a story for the pulp magazines that had helped me through so many difficult times. I submitted it to Jake Levonsky at Levonsky Publishing, he bought it and the rest is history.
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Where to find Richard Blakemore online

Videos

The Adventures of the Silencer
A short trailer for the Silencer series

Who is the Silencer?
Yet another trailer for the Silencer series.

Series

Kurval
This pulpy sword and sorcery series chronicles the adventures of Kurval, barbarian turned King of Azakoria, and his struggles to be a good and just king to his people. So follow Kurval as he deals with treason, assassination attempts, monsters and the day to day troubles of kinghood.
The Plains of Shadow
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The Wolf of Rajala
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The Frozen Citadel
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The Tear of Chronos
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Twelve Nooses
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King's Justice
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Thurvok
This pulpy sword and sorcery series chronicles the adventures of Thurvok, the sellsword, and his companions: Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, the sorceress Sharenna and Lysha, Meldom’s childhood sweetheart whom the adventurers saved from the gallows. Follow Thurvok and his friends as they travel the world, looking for loot and treasure and fighting demons, dragons and monsters.
The Road of Skeletons
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The Forest of the Hanged
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The Bleak Heath
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The Cave of the Dragon
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Books

The Black Knight
Series: Kurval, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,360. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2021 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Lords of Angilbert have long refused to accept the authority of the throne. Kurval, King of Azakoria, inherited the conflict with the Black Knight of Angilbert from his predecessor. But when Kurval faces with the Black Knight, he's in for a shock. The law demands that the Black Knight be executed. Can Kurval find a peaceful find a peaceful solution or must the conflict end in bloodshed?
The Wolf of Rajala
Series: Kurval, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,580. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2021 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Before Kurval became King of Azakoria, he was a wandering mercenary and monster slayer for hire. One day, Kurval is hired to take out the monstrous wolves that have been besetting the village of Rajala. However, he quickly finds that the wolves are not what they seem. He also realises that the wolves have a very good reason for attacking the villagers… 8700 words
Worm Fodder
Series: Kurval, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2021 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
After a hunt, King Kurval of Azakoria and his entourage make camp at a village. However, the villagers are afraid of something. Kurval learns that the villagers are planning to sacrifice the young Celisa to the dread worm Thibunoth. Kurval is furious, for he outlawed human sacrifice in Azakoria. So he sets out to save Celisa, kill the monster and punish those who ignore his decree…
The Plains of Shadow
Series: Kurval, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,760. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2021 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
King Talgat orders Guard Captain Kurval to escort the condemned witch Aelisia to the Plains of Shadow and behead her, so her blood may feed the dark gods who dwell there. Kurval does not want to behead Aelisia, once he learns she is innocent. But if he lets Aelisia go free, he will not only have to face the wrath of Talgat, but also the fury of the dark gods who dwell upon the Plains of Shadow.
King's Justice
Series: Kurval, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,000. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2020 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Kurval came from beyond the sea, slew King Orkol and became King of Azakoria. But the people despise him and the nobles plot against him. One day, a hooded assassin tries to stab him. The assassin is revealed to be Nelaira, daughter of a minor noble. But what are her reasons? As Kurval investigates her motives, he finds that he does not want to hang her. But a king has to do his duty. Or does he?
The Beast from the Sea of Blood
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,710. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2020 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
They seek a treasure and find a monster… Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friends Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, the sorceress Sharenna and Meldom’s sweetheart Lysha are on the hunt for a legendary pirate treasure, when they find themselves marooned on a desolate isle. To add insult to injury, there is no treasure on the island. There are, however, monsters…
The Tentacled Terror
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2020 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friends Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, the sorceress Sharenna and Meldom’s sweetheart Lysha set sail for the sunken city of Nhom’zonac, looking for the lost treasure of the Sea Kings. But they have to get past the Lovecraftian horror guarding the city first. Short story of 5300 words in the Thurvok sword and sorcery series.
The Thing From the Dread Swamp
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
While travelling through the Dread Swamp, Thurvok and his friends Meldom, Lysha and Sharenna come across an overturned wagon and the terrified merchant Polyxo who babbles that a monster has taken his daughter Cerissa. Because they are heroes – and because Polyxo has offered them a sizeable reward – the quartet of adventurers offer to rescue Cerissa from the thing that lives in the Dread Swamp.
The Temple of the Snake God
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
It was supposed to be an easy job. Go in, grab the eye of the idol and get out. But the Temple of the Snake God Tseghirun is unexpectedly busy, when Thurvok, Meldom, Sharenna and Lysha attempt to steal the eye. What started out as a simple heist turns into a rescue mission, for not only is there a ceremony in progress, no, the cultists are also about to sacrifice several young girls to Tseghirun.
The Night Court
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The city of Vanadur suffers under the Night Court, whose masked judges know only one verdict: guilty. Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, is put on trial by the Night Court. The accusation: murder. But while Meldom did many questionable things, he did not commit this murder. But the Night Court does not believe him and so Thurvok, Sharenna and Lysha must save him from the gallows.
The Cave of the Dragon
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Thurvok, the sellsword, is enjoying a meal with his friends, the thief Meldom, his sweetheart Lysha and the sorceresss Sharenna, when a peasant woman asks them for help. Her young daughter Thali has been chosen to be sacrificed to the dragon that terrorises the area. Thurvok and his friends want to help her and save Thali. But slaying a dragon is a lot more difficult and dangerous than expected.
The Bleak Heath
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Thurvok the sellsword and his companions Meldom, thief and occasional assassin, and the sorceress Sharenna are fleeing across the Bleak Heath after saving Meldom's childhood sweetheart Lysha from the gallows. Weary and exhausted, they are relieved to come upon a hut on the heath. But what they find inside that hut may well be more dangerous than the heath itself.
The Forest of the Hanged
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Whenever one of the Rhadur is killed in a city they have conquered, 12 citizens chosen at random must die in turn. The Rhadur governor of Greyvault has been murdered and 12 maidens shall hang. One of those to be hanged is Lysha, childhood sweetheart of Meldom, thief, cutpurse and assassin. Meldom sets off to rescue her, together with his friends Thurvok, the sellsword, and the sorceress Sharenna…
The Road of Skeletons
Series: Thurvok. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
On their way to Khon Orzad, Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friend Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, travel along a road lined with the skeletons of executed heretics. But then Thurvok and Meldom come upon a blindfolded woman who is still alive tied to a stake by the roadside. Should they continue on their journey or rescue the woman and risk the wrath of the priest kings…
The Tomb of the Undead Slaves
Series: Thurvok, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,220. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The sellsword Thurvok and his friend and companion Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, venture into the Rusted Desert to seek the tomb of the ancient king Chagurdai and the legendary treasure supposedly hidden there. But once Thurvok and Meldom venture into the tomb, they find that a treasure is not all that's buried there. This is a short story of 4100 words in the Thurvok series
The Valley of the Man Vultures
Series: Thurvok, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2019 by Cora Buhlert. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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Thurvok, the sellsword, must pass through the Valley of the Accursed Blood. Travellers make offerings at a temple in exchange for protection on their journey. But Thurvok scoffs at this and decides to continue his journey without protection. This infuriates the priest Alberon who curses Thurvok. Thurvok is not bothered – he does not believe in curses. But the valley holds unexpected dangers…