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Jason S. Ridler

Anodos Amongst the Elves, fiction, Issue 8, September 1, 2009

Salvation, fiction, March 1, 2009

Last Ride of the Hell City Angels, 1959, fiction, Issue 25, December 1, 2013

Jason S. Ridler is a writer and historian. He is the author of Blood and Sawdust, the Spar Battersea thrillers (Death MatchCon Job, and Dice Roll), the short story collection Knockouts, and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big ClickBeneath Ceaseless SkiesOut of the Gutter, and more. His popular non-fiction has appeared in ClarkesworldDark Scribe, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Visit him at twitter at, Facebook ,, or his writing blog, Ridlerville, at

Get to know Jason...

Birthdate? Let's just say I saw Star Wars Episode IV in the theater.

When did you start writing? October 1999, when I should have been
writing an essay on civil/military relations during the Franco/Prussian War of 1870-1871.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first published story, for which I only received contributor’s copies, was called “Treasure Chamber.” It was a horror/fantasy story about a child abandoned in a room full of toys while his parents enjoy a party. The kid has some adventures with the toys, but eventually the sun goes down, the parents leave, and the kid dies thinking he’s befriended by a white dragon on a puzzle box. It was published by a magazine called The Lamp Post of the Southern California C. S. Lewis Society in 2001.

Why do you write? For better or worse, it’s my vocation. And I love it.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I like the freedom it provides, and the iconography.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Impossible to name just one. Biggest influences are likely Gary Braunbeck and Joe Lansdale. Check out Gary’s “Duty” and Lansdale’s “Bubba Ho-Tep.”

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Tough one. Current favorite: Gary Braunbeck. Favorite story of his? "Duty," Stoker award winner. Favorite novel, In Silent Graves. All time favorites, Harlan Ellison, Joe Lansdale and Ernest Hemingway. But this list is subject to change.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Not sure if I have a singular theme. Some common ones are how we recover from the death of dreams, the danger and appeal of rage, the value of kindness, the danger and value of family. Most are permutations on Faulkner’s point on “the human heart at war with itself.”

Do you blog? Where? I have a writing blog: I’m also a member of the Homeless Moon writing group. Check out our chapbook and blog!

My story, “Cemetery Romance,’ is based on my experience as a cemetery groundskeeper.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? You Buried The Wrong Guy!

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