My 2016 short story collection has new life, a new dedication and a new acknowledgment section. The stories are still just as crazy, magical and yes, world-changing. Or something. Snatch it up here in any format your sweet little heart desires.
NEW RICHARD DEAN BUCKNER ON THE HORIZON
So, it’s been a hall of a long time since an update here. My bad. I was, uhhh… off fighting the Soviets. True story. Anyway, guess what? The new RDB book will drop in April.
It opens with RDB and Clevenger standing over the murdered bodies of two nuns. The women were trying to bring shelter, food and mercy to the streets of a bad neighborhood. The bad neighborhood did what bad neighborhoods do. The problem for the neighborhood now is that RDB got involved.
RDB zeros in on a suspect while Clevenger zeros in on another suspect and it becomes a race against time to get the right one. Not to mention RDB sees the uncomfortable parallel between this case and one from years ago when he railroaded the wrong guy because RDB thought he was right. He doesn’t want that same mistake here.
The new novella has launched through One Eye Press. You should snatch it up right here, real quick-like. "Family man Carl, with his wife and daughter, are on their way check on his young son who had been hospitalized for an ear infection complicated by the boy’s Type 1 Diabetes. Stopped at a light they are confronted by a gunman who pulls Carl from the vehicle, stealing the vehicle and his family with it.
Desperate, Carl, will do anything to save his family, even commit a carjacking himself. Carl finds himself chasing after his family, being chased by the police, and confront the reason for this random act of violence.
When all seems lost, Carl finds a reason to believe, and finds himself amidst a conflict of good and evil.”
New short story collection, folks. It’s available right here. All Due Respect Books has put it out. Their house has published a lot of hard-hitting, engrossing fiction lately and I encourage you to scroll through their catalog and get ’em all. For realsies.
Here’s the blurb: “From a bank robbery gone horribly wrong to a shipwrecked man with a serious anger problem to a lonely teenage Peeping Tom, Ryan Sayles’s second collection of stories steam rolls along. Need a transvestite beating up her drug dealer? Got it. What about a guy trying to stuff a dead hooker into his trunk? Got it also. Need a Richard Dean Buckner story? Got two of ’em. Come on in and join the mayhem.”
A while ago Literary Orphans, a website that very comfortably straddles the line between poetry, lit and street crime (I know; odd) put out a call for submissions for Marvel-esque superhero tales. I responded. I honestly don’t think anybody else did.
My story, entitled “The Invincible Ironclad,” tells the story of a WWII vet named Henry who discovered he couldn’t be killed during the invasion of Normandy. When he returned from the war he continued fighting evil in his home town. One night Henry encountered an enemy who could kill him, and afterwards a severely injured Henry had to retire. Now, so many years later, a new hero has risen up to take Henry’s place. But when that hero faces off against the one enemy that could kill Henry, Henry must come out of retirement to help to save the life of a threatened little boy. Along the way he learns a few secrets that will change him forever.
Read the illustrated story right here.
My debut novel from back in 2012 is enjoying new life through Down and Out Books. You can grab it here. They’ve picked up my private detective character, Richard Dean Buckner, and swung the door wide open for me to continue his series. They’ve got their hands on the sequel, Warpath, and will release that in October of this year. Next year, he’s slated to be out there again.
From the book description: “The girl has gone missing. Again. But this time people are trying to kill her. Trying to burn down everything she has touched or left behind. The girl’s surrogate father feels responsible and to assuage his guilt, he hires Richard Dean Buckner, former Saint Ansgar homicide detective turned private eye to ferret her out. Buckner was doing fine as a bare-knuckles detective for the PD until he was rendered “unserviceable” by a hit attempt. Early retirement doesn’t sit well with that type of man, half predator and half savior. He takes the case, and from two ex-boyfriends who ruined their lives for the girl, her rapist dad, drug dealers she burned for thousands, an uncomfortable meeting at the local Incest Survivors group to whoever is setting fire to her life, Buckner is going to need all his guts, instinct and .44 Magnum to finish the job. Because in Saint Ansgar, what doesn’t kill you only makes you wish it did.”
Down and Out have been tremendously supportive. Publisher Eric Campbell loves Warpath. Come October you’ll see why.*
*Or you won’t. Buy the book either way. I have kids to feed.