Ryan Speck is a writer, or at least that's what he keeps teling himself.
Hailing originally from Atlanta, he made the journey cross-country in a covered wagon to Seattle, losing a wife and three children along the way to smallpox, diptheria, and the consumption.
He's written quite a few short stories and spent several years writing music reviews and columns for Industrial Nation magazine and ReGen webzine, though he's best-unknown for the publication of The Big Rusty Lie, a non-mystery revolving around the exploits of Bernardo Walterhaus, detective extrordinaire.
When not avoiding writing by doing almost anything else, Ryan can be found sleeping or yelling at his cats.
A free 15,000 word collection of short stories ranging from the strange to the absurd, The Charles Whitman Sampler features five darkly comedic and satirical tales about blind dates gone wrong, mobsters extorting money for overdue library books, one man's doom, espionage of the far-flung future, and the occasional "charming" Christmas story.