A middle-aged gay man clinging on to a dream of retiring on the proceeds of his writing. Seemingly at his most creative while in his underwear.
"When the urge takes you, write something. Write anything."
Richard returns with a heterogeneous collection of short stories. Once more drawing on the past, having rifled through old papers and manuscripts from his youth. Each idea has been revisited with older eyes. Some have been modernised, a couple left firmly set in the past. And, as with the title story, If I had Died Last Summer, there are some entirely new creations from his adult mind.
There are tales of time travel, horror, and adultery. A foray into the supernatural. A story of corporate jealousy and a somewhat embarrassingly misogynistic attempt at erotica. And halfway through, there is even an attempt to reimagine a literary classic! All in all, a plethora of stories covering murder, mystery, sex, greed, tragedy, and downright betrayal, ranging in length from flash-fiction to the cusp of a novella.
As a gay author, you can expect a thread of homosexuality throughout. But this is not gay fiction. These are just stories with some gay characters, as in everyday life.
“What a remarkable book. I have never read something written in such a uniquely creative way. Clever story and an insight to a fascinating life, an author with raw talent and intellect.”
Josh Pittaway, Amazon
“An interesting concept intertwining the author’s biography with a work of his own unabridged fiction written as a teenage boy. Both threads are captivating in themselves but the analysis and self reflection brings the whodunnit to life. Very much a page turner. A clever, enjoyable read.”
Geraint Jones, Amazon
“Really enjoyed this book, a refreshing different concept that I have never come across before. A mystery entwined with the authors own personal coming of age. Brilliant”
Carol Hemming, Amazon