Patrick Morgan is a loner at school but finds solace in his magic. Following a disastrous performance at the end-of-term school show, Craig Newman comes to his rescue and a secret romance blossoms.
They will face tragedy after Patrick's religious parents uncover the truth of their friendship, but their relationship will stand the test of time until one day, Patrick's need for adulation leads him to audition for a TV talent show.
His magic astounds the audience and judges alike during his audition, but when the program later goes to air, Patrick's credibility is challenged when controversial journalist, Matt Turner, questions his abilities and makes allegations surrounding some uncomfortable events from Patrick's past.
Of course, nothing is ever as it seems…
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 cover 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.
A unique concept in storytelling for a debut novel/biography.
A past ambition to be an author revisited during the COVID pandemic lockdown spawned this concept piece which takes an original crime fiction novella written in the author's late teens and wraps around it the biography of his life to date.
A murder-mystery set on the grounds of a boys' boarding school, and an insight into the mind of the author, the events that shaped the fiction, and the subsequent years filled with echoes from the past.
A whodunit, by whodidit, and why…