Roman Theodore Brandt


I was born in the wastelands of the American Midwest, and I still live there, much to everyone's regret. I started writing as a teenager as a side effect of what psychologists refer to as the "personal fable." I believed that I was unique, that my personal life story impacted the world, and that the world revolves around me. In my mid-twenties, I picked up writing again because I was sick of reading slosh and tired of having to go back fifty years to find books I actually want to read. I was especially over the only gay literature available in 2008 being soft core porn romance bullshit with jacked, oiled-up porn stars on the covers. I decided that if I wanted to read something that wasn't 500 pages of comma abuse and boners, I'd have to write it myself. So I did. It may not be the best, but it's what I want to read. Thank you for the support, and I hope my writing means something to you as well.

I don't do flashy covers, because a good story speaks beyond the cover. I want my stories to pull readers in by the weight of their contents.

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Smashwords Interview

What are your plans for the near future?
That's a good question. Lately, I've been struggling with some personal issues and I'm planning to take some time off starting mid-March, after the release of Illumination. I'm proud of Illumination, and I think it's a good place to pause, so to speak. Will there be a release in April, May, or even June? I don't know. I've got stories in my head I plan to write. I'm not stopping writing, mind you. I'm getting tired and moody, as writers are prone to doing, and I want to curl in and stop sharing for a while. I will be back, though. I have obligations to fulfill, including a few Novellas, which I will be working on. I'll be active until mid-March for sure, and I appreciate all the love and support I've been shown. The experience so far has been a lovely one, and I wouldn't trade any of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Last Bus Home is the story of a very lonely man who lives by himself in a concrete high-rise low income box and works at a factory making cat boxes and trash cans. He receives a bus ticket in the mail from his dead mother, and all the ticket says is Route Zero: Home.

This story is one that has been at the core of everything I've every written about a mother-son relationship and deals with some very rough emotions that I've dealt with these past few years since losing my mother to breast cancer. I think it's a very human wish to be able to see a dead parent again, and decided to put a paranormal spin on it.

It's free, as always, and I hope my readers enjoy it. Aside from Ghosts and some elements of Midnight at the Bowling Alley, it's my first true paranormal story.
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Before We Say Goodnight
Price: Free! Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Coming of age
Don't answer the phone at the end of the road. That's how they find you.
Life Among the Voids
Price: Free! Words: 11,130. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Somewhere on the lake, far down the highway, a gunshot echoed across the water. Birds took off from the trees, their fluttering silhouettes dark against the sunset, and then both my parents were gone. I was completely alone in this world, with no one to shield me from the oncoming voids of death and old age.
Our Constellations
Price: Free! Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Wade was a lonely grocery store clerk in a small town, a young man stuck in a world of numbered aisles and checkout lanes, parking lot wastelands and movies repeating in a theater below his apartment. Then, a stranger appeared in the cereal aisle, his eyes the color of the night sky, changing everything.
Empty Rooms and Hallways
Price: Free! Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Anthologies » General
Oh look, Half-finished stories :) these will have to do until I can finish something substantial. Soon! I promise. These aren't meant to be taken seriously.
I Left My Heart at Terminal Tower
Price: Free! Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Cleveland was darker without him. They shut the subway down when he left. I remember his voice in my ear, whispering. "Don't let it consume you." Well, I guess I did. I guess it happened, because here I am. He always said he'd come back.
All the Stars in the Sky
Price: Free! Words: 10,060. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Mom always told us to stay out of the woods behind the house. There was something final about the way she said it, like she had been there her whole life. She didn't always say a lot to us growing up. Sure, sometimes you couldn't shut her up, but she spent a lot of time just standing at one window or another, staring out at the woods behind the house.
A World Without You
Price: Free! Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Literature » Literary
My dad is a ghost. My life is in ruins. There's nothing more to tell.
Price: Free! Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
It's Mark's birthday, and he has a secret to tell his mother. But will the world as he knows it end before he can do it? Did it end years ago? Or did it ever exist? Mark: What if we're already dead? Cody: I think we would have noticed by now.
We Wore Our Scars like Wedding Rings
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
We were that last loud couple in the Midwest. We ended up sprawled out on the floor every night, bleeding and reborn. I guess this was what we wanted.
Chemical Prisons: Poetry
Price: Free! Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
I performed electric transfusions in the dark, With your blood circulating sparks inside me I left my heart on the tracks at Terminal Tower, And here comes the train, Thirty years late. --From "Re-Entry" Chemical Prisons is a collection of poetry.
The Body Double
Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
"Have we met?" He laughs again and turns to look at me. "Every day of our lives," he says. His face is familiar. I've seen him before, the stubble and the angles of his jaw. "Where have I seen you? I’m usually good with faces." He smiles and turns back to his coffee. "Oh, just about everywhere," he says.
Spin the Bottle
Price: Free! Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A buzzed game of Spin the Bottle has the power to destroy friendships and ruin lives. It might even be the end of the road for one unfortunate young man.
Future Spacemen
Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
On a vast space station rotating in the void of space, two babies are born. Their lives will be connected from this day forward.
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
The night I drove Roger home from a party was the night I had to relive all of my childhood mistakes.
Meet Me at the End of the World
Price: Free! Words: 15,980. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Joey is a lonely, nineteen-year-old living with his mother and brother in a truck stop town after his father's suicide. Life since graduation has been a holding pattern. That is, until he meets Franklin, a young man working at the local grocery. Franklin is everything Joey has wanted in a friend, but what are his intentions? Is their friendship really healthy?
A Column of Ash
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A Column of Ash is the story of two brothers, one away at college and the other stuck at home, and the small but game-changing betrayal between them. Jim has been away at college for over a year, visiting on holidays. Jeremy has been stuck at home with their verbally and emotionally abusive mom, but his time to leave home is coming. When Jim is invited home for dinner, the family secrets come out.
The Last Bus Home
Price: Free! Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A man receives a bus ticket in the mail from his dead mother. The ticket says Route Zero: Home. Everything in his life from his mother's death up to this point has been as dull as cinder blocks and just as dirty. Should he take the Zero bus? What waits for him at the end of the line?
Country Roads are Why I Moved Away
Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
All I wanted was for us to grow old together. Country roads are the worst way to part, because even when he's gone, I have to watch him drive away.
Midnight at the Bowling Alley
Price: Free! Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Midnight at the Bowling Alley is the story of Oscar, who attends his partner's mother's bizarre late night birthday party at a remote bowling alley and wants nothing more than to go home. But will he find that he's doomed to be stuck with Zeke's family forever? Is this possibly the last night on Earth? Was anything ever real? (Note: this is the revised text, posted 07/30/2014)
Price: Free! Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Coming of age
Michael has always been there, waiting outside windows and watching from the mirror, pulling me out of my college mistakes. I spent whole years trying to figure out how to get rid of him. Adults aren't supposed to have imaginary friends. Sometimes, though, I think he's the only thing that's real. We hurt one another, but in the end, the wounds are all mine.
Price: Free! Words: 870. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
We came here to get away, and to be in love. What we found was a lonely home in the Midwest.That's life, they tell us. That's normal. Get up, eat, wash the dishes, go to bed. Live life in the living room. When you die, you'll be buried face down on top of your father and his father, each new arrival sending the last closer to hell. Suppose I don't want to live this way anymore?
Price: Free! Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Suppose that a single phone call is the only thing between you and the opportunity to start over? For a lonely man, that call comes in the middle of a heat wave, the phone ringing and overpowering the sounds of a dying air conditioner and thundering car stereos outside. The bags are packed, the house is empty. So what do you do next? You drive, of course.

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