Richard Shury


Richard A. Shury (is it too soon to tell you the A is for Awesome?) is the author of three novels and some short stories. He works in Security and Compliance, so doesn't write as much as he should; lives in London and writes about himself in the third person. He is terrible at succinct self-summary (but awesome at alliteration).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand, but now live in London. This means the speech I use for characters, particularly in contemporary settings, is sometimes mixed. I have to be careful about the slang I employ to make sure it sounds right. During my studies, I encountered New Zealand authors, and some of the style of their writing has probably crept into my work. I particularly like Mansfield's short stories, and the novels of Robin Hyde, as there is a real humanity in them. That said, I have never written a story specifically about or set in New Zealand; this is something I may come to do at some point.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in earnest when I was at University, in Dunedin. I would have been twenty one. I remember having the idea of writing a book floating around in my head for a while, and I had done a few bits and pieces during college (mainly science fiction, as I recall), but at the time I started it was because I was inspired by a book I read to go ahead and begin my own. It took a long time for Laid Hold The Dragon to be written, and longer for it to be published, but seeing it complete was the spur for me to create more.
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Where to find Richard Shury online

Where to buy in print


Shallow Songs
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 35,210. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Shallow Songs is a collection containing three 'pure' science fiction stories, and a further four of a more contemporary nature. The stories are centred around the concept of humanity - what it means and how we embrace it, as well as how our own definitions of humanity affect our daily lives and our wider moral outlook. These are stories of action, adventure, and emotion.
Wading, All
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 21,100. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Wading, All is a collection of seven short stories, dealing with the themes of life, love, demons, and mental disorder. It is an examination of the strange and noble aspects of individual lives, set against the backdrop of everyday human existence. Atmospheric, moody, and unrelenting, this collection is scattered with moments of insight, and joy.
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 72,240. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Now updated with bonus material! Rook is the story of a hardened mercenary who steals valuable items - for a price. After he steals a vaccine for a deadly virus, he finds himself in a crisis of conscience, one that will put him in the firing line of anyone who stands to profit from the virus’ spread. Will he be able to survive long enough to do the right thing?
Hannah Black
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Hannah Black is a short story involving the disappearance of the girl of the same name. She vanished in mysterious circumstances, leaving behind only a notebook, which was discovered later by a local vagrant. The notebook is in Hannah’s handwriting, and describes her last hours; it is a compelling and at times shocking portrait of a young girl whose life was suddenly changed beyond recognition.
In The Arms Of Sleep
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 33,220. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Sheldon is a troubled man. Suffering from nightmares in which he is pursued by an unnamed terror, the dreams begin to spill over into his waking life, until he is no longer sure what is real and what the product of his mind. Yet even as he fragments, he sees a solution which may help him regain control of his dreams, and his mind. The question is, will he be able to save himself from himself?
Laid Hold The Dragon
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 88,700. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Into a world of dust and anarchy, a young woman is thrown. How and why Janice arrived are mysteries. Someone or something has caused her to arrive and seems to be following her. The world she encounters is dark, the people she meets battered by the effort of living. Still, they have hope of a way out. Janice joins them, but she soon finds what looked like escape may be something else entirely.

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