short fiction

WLTM… The Dice Man (2003)

wltm the dice man

In April 2003, Manchester’s City Life magazine commissioned a short piece from Richard as part of a series asking key authors and arts figures which fictional characters they would most like to meet. Richard selected The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart and the column is reprinted here, by kind permission of City Life (click image to left).

 

 

 

Half Life (2007)

The Flash front coverThe year is 2310. Centropolis is the perfect, managed city. Vincent Quaid stands atop a building floating a kilometre above the surface of a sprawling urban landscape built inside a vast meteor crater – Nina Vasquez crawls out onto the ledge to find out why he’s there.

In The Flash (Social Disease, 2007)

 

 

Touch Sensitive (2007)

Perverted by Language front cover“Touch Sensitive is moving and delicately written – one of the anthology’s clear front runners” (The Stool Pigeon)

Set in Kobe in 2030. As the deep snow of a long winter falls outside his apartment window, Takumi Hanada fears the imminent arrival of his 65th birthday. His mood changes when Nanami, his daughter, arrives with an unusual present in tow.

In Perverted by Language (Serpent’s Tail, 2007)

 

Girl Absorbed (2009)

Litro-logo‘Brilliant’ – Litro Magazine

Osaka, 2072. Noriko wants more attention from Eddie, a trader in 20th century pop culture ephemera. When Eddie brings another woman home one evening, Noriko’s world begins to fall apart.

In Litro (Litro Magazine, 2009)

 

 

 

Freak Of Nature / Girl Absorbed / Half Life / Trick Machine (2011)

Cabala-front-cover‘Thoughtful, well-written & eclectic’ – Neon Magazine

An anthology of work by different authors featuring four of Richard’s short stories – Half Life and Girl Absorbed alongside two new works Trick Machine and Freak of Nature.

Trick Machine – flash fiction. Kenji finds himself on a blind date in the twilight zone.

Freak of Nature – a virus is spreading through a lunar mining base. To save her daughter, Dr Mai Kato must return to earth, where scientists await who want more than just to cure the child.

In Cabala (Dog Horn, 2011).

 

Priest (2012)

An audio-only short story, produced by They Eat Culture and Made in Manchester for Preston3Twenty.

Aleph is a Priest, a bio-engineered pilot whose plane is brought down in the night-time city, amidst talking buildings and deserted streets. Desperate to survive, he discovers a tragic bond to the area and to Shafia, one of the rebels whom he has been sent to destroy. 

Read the background to the story here.