R. Michael Burns is an October child with a background in philosophy, theater and other occult arts, and holds two BAs from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group, and the Gainesville Fiction Writers. His fiction has appeared in various venues including Dreams of Decadence, City Slab, Dark Regions, Andromeda Spaceways, Dark Recesses, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Arkham Tales, and Shroud, as well as in such anthologies as Bell, Book & Beyond, Cthulhu Express, Extremes 5, Bound for Evil, Horror Library III, and Made You Flinch. His article "Creative Writing 301" was picked in a Predators and Editors poll as the second-best non-fiction article of 2006. His first novel, Windwalkers, was published in fall of 2012 by Evil Jester Press. A Colorado native, he lived for the better part of five years in Japan, where he taught English to Japanese students from 1 to 70. He currently resides in the deep dark swamps of Florida, with his feline familiar, Lilith. More of his work, both fiction and non, can be found at http://www.coloradospringsfictionwritersgroup.org/members/r-michael-burns/index.php

Articles by Rick

Already Available — The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Volume I!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Of all the anthologies in which my work has appeared, this one is truly among the best.  Not a single weak entry among them — not even my own. My contribution is the first tale of samurai Hokage, “Shadows from Firelight.”  I am very pleased that the editors of HFQ selected my tale of medieval […]

Coming Soon!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Very pleased to say that my first-ever paid publication, a short story entitled “The Eyes of a Stranger” will be appearing in Ariel Jade’s forthcoming anthology Ravenous. It is, as you might guess, an anthology of darkly romantic vampire tales. It is also available for pre-order on Amazon.com!   Ravenous on Amazon I, for one, […]

Now Available!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (Volume 1) is now available on Amazon.com! The anthology features the very first of the Hokage stories, “Shadows from Firelight”, along with fiction by Richard Marsden, James Lecky, William Gerke, Christopher Wood, Robert Rhodes, Dariel R. A. Quiogue, Jesse Bangs, P. Djeli Clark, and David Pilling, and poetry by […]

Coming Soon! Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (Volume 1)

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

The fine folks at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly have just released this truly excellent cover art by Justin Sweet for their first “Best Of” volume, which features my first tale of Hokage the samurai, “Shadows from Firelight”. The anthology will soon be available in both e-book and paperback form! Stay tuned here for more exciting information […]


Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Now Available:  From the newly-launched Strigidae Publishing, One, an anthology of tales from the members of the Fiction Foundry, featuring my until-now out-of-print story “The Gallery” — a morbid tale of love, loss, and art — and dressed up in this awesome cover created by publisher Henry Snider: You can purchase your copy of One right […]

Shadows and Foxfire

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

My latest tale of the samurai Hokage, “Shadows and Foxfire”, is now available on the Heroic Fantasy Quarterly website! If you’ve read the other tales, don’t miss this one — my personal favorite, and a tale that answers a long-standing question you might well have had… Check it out here:  http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/?p=1708


Thursday, March 26th, 2015

It’s now available!  The Horror Society’s new anthology, Forgotten Places, featuring my story “The Treehouse”! This is probably the most personal short story I’ve ever written, and one that means a great deal to me, fictional though it is.  The anthology also contains tales by a number of other talented writers, including the great William […]

More short story news!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

First, I’m very happy to announce that Carnival of the Damned is now available from Evil Jester Press (in both paperback and e-book format) via Amazon.com — http://www.amazon.com/Carnival-Damned-Gregory-L-Norris/dp/0692247815/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1413134554&sr=8-10&keywords=R.+Michael+Burns Second, I’m ALSO happy to announce that my ever-so-slightly-in-the-most-highly-fictionalized-sense autobiographical short story “The Treehouse” has been selected to appear in the The Horror Society (http://www.the-horror-society.com )’s forthcoming […]

Forthcoming short story!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Very pleased to announce that my short story, “The Roar of the Greasepaint” will be out in August in the new Evil Jester Press anthology Carnival of the Damned. What happens when an aging clown realizes he’s sold his soul for cheap laughs?  Pick up a copy and find out! The antho also contains works by […]


Friday, August 30th, 2013

So it appears that there’s a new movie coming out coincidentally(?) called “Wind Walkers” and coincidentally (?)  featuring people menaced by cannibalistic spirits (which is to say, wendigoes). Just for the record — so to speak — my novel was, of course, released a year ago, and the first draft (under the same title) was […]

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