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Richard Lee Byers
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For those who are interested, my Dragon Con 2015 schedule. Hope to see some of you there.

Title: Writing A Horror Book Series
Description: Pros share tips on designing and maintaining multibook narratives
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Scott Sigler, Jake Bible, James R. Tuck, Michelle Belanger, Karen E. Taylor, Richard Lee Byers)

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Title: Cthulhu: New Spins on Old Mythos
Description: Authors discuss keeping the core roots of the Cthulhu Mythos relevant for contemporary audiences
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kenneth Hite, Richard Lee Byers, John Hornor Jacobs, Michael J. Martinez, James R. Tuck, Jonathan Maberry)

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Title: 21st Century Zombies
Description: The public's hunger for zombies is insatiable, and this hour explores how writers keep the topic fresh
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Madeleine Roux, Jake Bible, Richard Lee Byers, Jonathan Maberry, John Hornor Jacobs)

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Title: Squeamish Folks Need Not Apply
Description: Panelists discuss writing horror, dark fantasy and just plain scary, horrible, gory, putrid stuff.Bring your own air-sick bag.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Embassy D-F - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Richard Lee Byers, L. Andrew Cooper, Cherie Priest, Steve Saffel, Scott Sigler)
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Time for the Ape of the Day!

(Today’s ape present by implication.)

Fun fact: With his witty comeback all teed up, Fong lived for the day when someone would tell him, “I’m your biggest fan.”
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Goodbye, Wes Craven, and thank you. You made a bunch of movies I enjoyed including this one .
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Time for the Ape of the Day!

Fun fact: Whenever Galen (Roddy McDowell) wasn’t in a scene, the makers of the PLANET OF THE APES TV series cut costs by simply splicing in test footage from STARSKY AND HUTCH.
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It's been quite a while since I've mentioned the existence of this eBook, so perhaps I won't try your patience too much if I plug it again. It's a collection of some of my best sword-and-sorcery stories, and it's got a 5-star rating. (That's good, right?) If you're interested, follow the link.

http://www.amazon.com/Plague-Knight-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B00H1EN9BU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1440893355&sr=1-1&keywords=the+plague+knight+and+other+stories
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Happy birthday to John Locke, born on this day in 1632!

Almost 400 years later, he still passes the test for a good philosopher. It’s not hard to follow his arguments, and his ideas don’t instantly strike you as bullshit.

“To prejudge other men’s notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.”
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Time for the Ape of the Day!

Fun fact: 400 miles and two stops into the journey, it was becoming sadly apparent that Caesar had no intention of chipping in for gas.
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Happy birthday to the title Marquess of Pembroke, created on this day in 1532!

It was England’s first hereditary peerage awarded to a woman. Henry VIII bestowed it on his mistress and future wife Anne Boleyn.

At the time, she must have felt like things were going really well.
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Time for the Ape of the Day!

Fun fact: After Season 11, producer-director Mike Fleiss and host Chris Harrison agreed never to feature a gorilla on THE BACHELOR again. J’Bogo was popular with viewers, but people who had to work on the show lost patience with his penchant for eating the roses.
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Happy birthday to Caligula (12 AD) and Commodus (161 AD)!

Caligula allegedly appointed his horse Incitatus a priest, had plans to make the nag a consul, and once, at games where he was presiding, had a section of the crowd tossed into the arena for animals to kill and eat. When they’d had enough of such shenanigans, the Senate and the Praetorian Guard put together a gang-stabbing, old-school Julius Caesar-style.

Commodus had a Hercules fixation. He had amputees taken to the area and tied up. Then, pretending he was the demigod and they were giants, he beat them to death with a club. When they got sick of him, the prefect Laetus and a couple coconspirators poisoned him and afterward, when the poison didn’t take, sent his wrestling partner Narcissus to strangle him in the bath. That did take.

Clearly, August 31st is an auspicious day to be born if you aspire to be a bat-shit crazy Roman Emperor who ends up getting assassinated. So if it happens to be your birthday, good luck with that.
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Happy birthday to the Burgess Shale Formation, or rather, our knowledge of it! Charles Walcott discovered it on this day in 1909.

The formation contains the fossils of many a Middle Cambrian life form, including some weird ones. The Opabina had five eyes and a long snout, and Hallucigenia walked on bilaterally symmetrical spines.

The formation has also proved useful to scientists attempting to determine what the Earth will be like in the future when the sun warms and expands and CO2 levels decline.

So those of us who like science that explores deep time or has a dash of Stapledon or Lovecraft in it can be glad Walcott explored this particular patch of the Canadian Rockies.
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Time for the Ape of the Day!

Fun fact: After its rediscovery on long-lost DVD’s, the oeuvre of Fess Parker enjoyed an astonishing renaissance.
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Employment
  • Self
    Writer, 1986 - present
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Tampa, FL - Plant City, FL - Lakeland, FL - Columbus, Ohio
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Tagline
I write fantasy and horror fiction.
Introduction
I'm Richard Lee Byers, the author of over thirty fantasy and horror novels including a number set in the Forgotten Realm universe. My current projects include The Brotherhood of the Griffon, an ongoing series about a mercenary (excuse me, sellsword) company in the Forgotten Realms, and The Impostor, an ongoing series that's either a superhero comic in prose or a modern version of a hero pulp depending on your frame of reference.
Bragging rights
From a recent review of The Impostor #1: Half a Hero: The Impostor #1: Half a Hero succeeds in everything that it was trying to accomplish. It was entertaining, had interesting and likable characters, an intriguing story and world, and leaves you wanting more. It’s something that I can see myself following as more of this series comes out. It’s definitely worth checking out. http://travizzt.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/the-impostor-1-half-a-hero-by-richard-lee-byers/
Education
  • University of South Florida
    Psychology, 1972 - 1975
  • Ohio State University
    Psychology, 1968 - 1972
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