Rick

About

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

Free Holiday Fiction — “It’s the Most Wonderful Time…”

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Once upon a time, it was tradition to tell ghost stories around Christmas. This is the origin of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and the reason for the line “There’ll be scary ghost stories” in the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” What follows is my first effort at telling a Christmas ghost […]

Publications in 2020!

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

As well as my new supernatural crime novel MR MENACE, I have some short stories coming out (or already out) this year: “At the Cat Parade” in Books of Horror Community Anthology #2 — Two young American tourists find themselves caught up in an ancient and terrifying festival in an out-of-the-way English town. “Cravings” in […]

MR. MENACE is here!

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

When a mysterious woman saunters into his office and begs him to help her find a missing person — herself — detective Frank Orpheus is intrigued on more than just a professional level.  The perplexing puzzle of his client’s lost memory is the most interesting case he’s gotten in years . . . and the […]

MR. MENACE now available for pre-order!

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

My new novel MR. MENACE, a classic film noir tale with a mythic twist, is now available for pre-order from WordFire Press!

My forthcoming novel MR. MENACE featured in WordStar Press’s new Chills & Wonder story bundle!

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

THE CHILLS & WONDER BUNDLE The Chills & Wonder Bundle – Curated by Kevin J. Anderson We live in creepy times. It’s summer, when we sit around the campfire and tell fun and chilling tales. Better yet, sit back with your e-reader and enjoy these thirteen books in the “Chills and Wonder” StoryBundle curated by […]

New Publications Available!

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly’s latest Best of anthology (volume 3) is now available!  Included is my short story “Shadows and Foxfire”, the fourth of the tales of the samurai Hokage.  I won’t lie — it’s my favorite of those stories. HFQ’s other anthologies have been excellent, and I expect this one will be as well.  I am especially […]

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 […]

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