Richard writes fiction in which ordinary people are thrown into extraordinary circumstances in order to witness the results. From horror to comedy, his stories and novels seek to entertain, inspire, enlighten, and amuse.

Crawford writes with a certain ease, showing a world where the strange is considered normal…
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Richard S. Crawford, that master of making the weird weirder…
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Published Stories

Trying to Stay Dead can be found on the April 26, 2024 episode of Tales to Terrify.

The Apocalypses of Cheryl Dean” can be found in Issue No. 1 of Inner Worlds, the November 29th, 2023 issue.

“How the Old Ones Saved Christmas” was published in LOLCraft: A Compendium of Eldritch Horror in 2022.


“Blank” was published on the Dark Recesses website on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Find it here.

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“Arkham House Rules” can be found in the Autumn 2021 issue of SciFi Lampoon.

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“The Hunt” can be found in Issue #12 of The Literary Hatchet


“Trying to Stay Dead”, read in the October 28, 2011 edition of Pseudopod.


“A Most Heinous Man” was also featured in Best of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Volume 2.


“Night of the Frozen Elf” can also be found in The Undead that Saved Christmas


“The Bride Price”, published in Issue #10 of Shimmer, March 2009. There’s an author interview with me up at their site as well. You should check it out.


Night of the Frozen Elf” is online at Tales of the Zombie War.


“A Most Heinous Man”, published in Issue #33 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Check out the accompanying illustration:


“Who Remembers Molly” can also be found in Don’t Turn the Lights On. Sales of this book benefit the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.


“In the Living Room, a Painting” won third place in the WritersWeekly Fall 2007 24-Hour Short Story Contest


Capitol Public Radio (the Sacramento NPR affiliate) did an interview with me about National Novel Writing Month on their show Insight in 2006: (Listen here)


“Indications”, read in the October 20, 2006 edition of Pseudopod. (Listen here)


“Who Remembers Molly”, published in the January 2006 issue of The Harrow (the site appears to have been the victim of hacking, so I am reprinting the story on my site; you can find it to the right)


“An Interrupted Nap”, published in the Autumn 2005 issue of Shimmer (see contributors’ page)


“The Unrevealed Tort, Revealed”, published in the July 2005 issue of Sorcery and Science (Sadly, the ‘zine has folded, but the story can be found to the right)


“Ten Foot Tall He Was, with Eyes of Fire”, published in Anotherealm in July 2003