The Stoned Theory Of My Own Destruction is an adult picaresque story that immediately plunges the reader into the dark, seamy side of life for twenty-nine-year-old Ray, whose troubles with hallucinogens and struggles with schizophrenia lead him down a crazy path where he must deal with his dysfunctional family and reality. This book will be published and available in November 2022.
“I think you've got something really interesting here. The drug-addled stream-of-consciousness viewpoint is ambitious, but when it works it's very effective -- almost visceral.”
(Jane, The Editorial Department)
“As the novel stands it is mesmerising. The almost pure poetry that the author uses helps elevate this novel to a higher level than just a story of a crazy person on drugs.”
(Alison, Beta Readers)
“The book is interesting to read. It’s tone is almost like Kerouac’s and rewarding to persist through.”
(Justin, Beta Readers)
“I found the story profound. I can honestly say that I have never read anything like this and I will remember it for a very long time to come.”
(Robyn, Beta Readers)
"I finished reading your novel. What a tour de force! The last quarter of the book was brimming with excitement -- well worth the read.”
"Ray’s narrative voice similarly has a lot of energy and Ray’s personality is entertaining and enjoyable. Although he is miserable and suffering in many ways, he has an ironic verve and a great sense of humour about his situation and the people around him and the unfolding events. Ray’s an engaging character and the narrative voice has a lot of charm."
"I thought your novel has a lot of potential to be one enjoyed by readers of literary fiction. This was an interesting experience and I think you did a fantastic job making it all seem realistic. A lot of your themes fit in with the type of ones I studied in college. I could see college classes reading and discussing this book at length. "
Read Richard's good short story available to read online: Pink Bunny Rabbits was accepted for the July/August 2018 issue of Down in the Dirt magazine.
The Literary Yard recently published his latest flash fiction or you can look forward to one day reading Richard's wildly imaginative but mostly amusing short story on traffic that draws on his interest in media.
"Winter road conditions reports on The Traffic Channel saved lives in the flourishing town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Traffic Channel was a major employer. Wyatt A. McReynolds was hired to a handsome contract in the Fall of 2001. Soon the traffic reports were a staple of early morning satellite television spreading across the Canadian Prairies."
See my last video appearance with French Press Bookworks Author Roundtable. I had some guest comments about reading daily. Just follow the YouTube link:
Richard's body of work in poetry includes reflections, narrative verse, and ranges from conventional to whole unconventional, from confessional to bizarre forms of free verse.
"Spring leads a man to work with tin
And a crow to scare beyond a field,
A rebel kingdom where hearts spin."
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