Richard Lloyd Spanier


Richard Lloyd Spanier lives in Tucson, Arizona and writes fiction. His work has won awards from the Philadelphia Writers' Conference and the Society of Southwestern Authors.

Descending Gods, a collection of stories was published in December, 2013.

Works in progress include Empty Chairs a collection of stories based in his idiosyncratic thoughts on the lessons of history and Cold Call, a novel derived from his experiences as a salesman confronted by "the longing for love and the struggle for the legal tender." Both Empty Chairs and Cold call are scheduled for publication in 2014.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended the University of Wisconsin studying with Isaac Bashevis Singer for a semester. At Temple University he studied Philosophy of Education publishing in the Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior and Focus on Education. He and wife Wendy moved from Philadelphia to Tucson in 1993. They have been together since the earth cooled.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The story was called Dusties and involved a young man planning revenge on a landlord with the help of creatures living under his bed. It was awful.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Maybe not the first, but the biblical stories of Abraham being asked to sacrifice his son and of King Solomon's decision to award custody to both women claiming maternity of a baby, by slicing the child in half, both scared the hell out of me.
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Where to find Richard Lloyd Spanier online


Descending Gods
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,360. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Errol Stein confronts life's mysteries in four stories describing the transformation of a phantom being leaping blindly from one life form to another, the rescue of a ferocious beast from a swimming pool in a blinding Sonoran desert monsoon, a demand for the sacrifice of his only son by an ancient Mayan god and a blues inspired enlightenment of what happens and where we go when we die.

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