Don’t forget that I’ll be signing copies of “Super Cooper Saves the Day” today at Shop 607 at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. I’ll be there from 1-3pm. If you plan to grab a copy at the store, arrive early because supplies are limited. More books can always be purchased at Amazon.com. I’m excited to meet Super Cooper fans!
“King’s Tavern Blues” is an early story that I had forgotten, frankly. So it was a true surprise to learn that Jitter would be including it in their 6th issue of short stories. Not a tale for the faint of heart! Please consider buying a paperback copy of the issue here.
My story “The Red Colossus” appeared at Storyland Literary Review this summer. This short piece concerns a pair of couples and the souring of their vacation at a beach resort. Read it here.
My horror story “Sizza’s Clippaz” appears in the Yellow Booke Journal, Volume 6. The publisher planned to create an illustration for my story, but was gracious enough to allow my son, Oliver, to produce something instead. With sincere objectivity, I say Oliver’s piece is the best in the book. Thank you to Grant Kellermeyer for making this proud-papa moment possible–and for publishing my story. ‘Tis joy squared.
I am honored to have my story, “Rastaghosta,” included first in Fabula Argentea’s online issue this past July, and then in their fifth anniversary anthology in print. FA is a rare publisher that not only compensates their authors, but also explains publicly why the work was chosen. Here’s what they said about my story:
Super Cooper Saves the Day
Written & Illustrated by Russell Richardson
In late September, a Room to Heal / Make-A-Wish volunteer asked if I could illustrate a poster for a sick little boy. She explained that 4-year old Cooper Busch was born with Down Syndrome and is battling Leukemia. My heart strings sufficiently tugged, I offered to create a book instead–one which would not only celebrate Cooper, but could be used as a fund-raising tool.
Super Cooper Saves the Day is the result.