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2019 and The Decade–That’s a Wrap!

As the entire decade of the 2010s comes to a close, Raymond humbly shares with you what an amazing and busy ten years it has been.

Blues in the Dark Cover

In 2010, HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON’S WEB was published, along with CHOICE OF WEAPONS, an anthology containing three of Raymond’s earlier James Bond novels.

2011 saw the publication of the first entry in a five-book serial that Raymond calls his “magnum opus”–THE BLACK STILETTO (from Oceanview Publishing). Additionally, two other novels were published as e-books (and subsequently became available in print and audiobook)–ARTIFACT OF EVIL and TORMENT–A LOVE STORY. Finally, Raymond’s tie-in, co-authored with filmmaker John Milius, HOMEFRONT–THE VOICE OF FREEDOM, was published. Crossroad Press also began publishing Raymond’s BACK LIST of original novels as e-books and audiobooks.

In 2012, THE BLACK STILETTO–BLACK & WHITE and HITMAN: DAMNATION were published. Additionally, all six of Raymond’s JAMES BOND NOVELS (originally published between 1997 and 2002) were made available as e-books.

James Bond Ebooks

In 2013, THE BLACK STILETTO–STARS & STRIPES made its debut from Oceanview Publishing.

The year 2014 was a busy one. THE BLACK STILETTO–SECRETS & LIES premiered, followed by Raymond’s collaboration with fellow 007 author Jeffery Deaver as co-editors of the annual Mystery Writers of America anthology, entitled ICE COLD–TALES OF INTRIGUE FROM THE COLD WAR. The collection contained short stories by both Raymond and Jeff, along with many other terrific authors and members of MWA. The year closed with the publication of the final book in the serial, THE BLACK STILETTO–ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS.

In 2015, Crossroad Press published an anthology of Raymond’s unpublished and previously published short stories, along with a stage play, entitled 12+1–TWELVE SHORT THRILLERS AND A PLAY. Raymond’s tie-in to the popular videogame, DYING LIGHT–NIGHTMARE ROW, was published in Poland. Finally, Oceanview published as an e-book anthology, THE BLACK STILETTO–THE COMPLETE SAGA.

12 + 1 by Raymond Benson

2016: DYING LIGHT–NIGHTMARE ROW was published in English.

In 2017, Raymond began a relationship with Skyhorse Publishing with the appearance of THE SECRETS ON CHICORY LANE. His short story, THE MacGUFFIN, was published as an e-book after appearing as “The Purple Bag” in the online magazine, HOP Media, in 2016.

2018 saw the publication of IN THE HUSH OF THE NIGHT.

In 2019, Raymond’s latest suspense novel, BLUES IN THE DARK, was published by Skyhorse’s new imprint, Arcade CrimeWise, and his musical score for the short film, GHOSTS IN THE INK, won the award for Best Score at the Vegas Movie Awards.

All of these works, as well as Raymond’s back list from the 80s, 90s, and 00s, are available for purchase on the various Books pages:
Fiction and Non-Fiction
The Black Stiletto Serial
James Bond Novels
Media Tie-Ins

RAYMOND WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A MERRY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

ONWARD TO THE 2020s!

Black Stiletto E-Books Again On Sale!

Once again! THE BLACK STILETTO: THE COMPLETE SAGA e-book (5 books in 1!) is on sale for $2.99 on Amazon Kindle & KOBO thru July 17! The five individual titles are only 99 cents each. Sandra Brown says about The Black Stiletto: “…one of the most original heroines I’ve read in a long time.” Here’s the Amazon link.

Black Stiletto Complete Saga 99 Cent BookBub Sale!

#BookBub is at it again! For ten days only, March 15 through March 25, 2017, THE BLACK STILETTO: THE COMPLETE SAGA e-book is on sale for only 99 cents. That’s all five books in the serial contained in one e-book! It’s available for Kindle, Nook, and other e-book formats. Here is the link for Amazon Kindle.

Lee Child says, “If the Black Stiletto series is under your radar, there’s something wrong with your radar. This is a five-book sequence of the highest quality, full of thrills and suspense, and fun and humanity, too.”

GERMAN “BLACK STILETTO” NOW AVAILABLE!

The German edition of THE BLACK STILETTO, published by Luzifer-Verlag, is now available in paperback and e-book! Here is the Amazon Germany link.

GERMAN “BLACK STILETTO” TRAILER ONLINE!

The trailer for the German edition of “The Black Stiletto” is now online. You can view it here. The book will be published at the end of October by Luzifer-Verlag.

GERMAN EDITION OF “THE BLACK STILETTO” ANNOUNCED!

The German edition of THE BLACK STILETTO will be published October 31 by Luzifer Verlag!

INTERVIEW WITH RAYMOND ON BLACK STILETTO ABC DEAL

An interview with Raymond regarding the Black Stiletto and the ABC television deal is on the website of the College of DuPage, where Raymond teaches Film History. You can access it here.

MILA KUNIS EXEC PRODUCING “THE BLACK STILETTO”

ABC Studios has announced that Mila Kunis will be executive producing THE BLACK STILETTO as a possible television series. Check out news items here and here and here!

THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS “HONORABLE MENTION” AT CWA

THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS received an Honorable Mention for Best Traditionally-Published Fiction of 2014, Chicago Writers Association Awards!

THE BLACK STILETTO: THE COMPLETE SAGA

Now available as an e-book! THE BLACK STILETTO: THE COMPLETE SAGA box collection! Get all five novels—the full story—in one bundle. Lee Child says, “If The Black Stiletto series is under your radar, there’s something wrong with your radar. This is a five-book sequence of the highest quality, full of thrills and suspense, and fun and humanity too.” You can order it from Amazon.

Watch this space for more exciting news in the works!

Attention Movie Fans! Beginning September 3, 2015, on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month is—live and in person—the *NINTH* SEASON of DANN & RAYMOND’S MOVIE CLUB! Dann Gire (film critic of Chicago suburban newspaper THE DAILY HERALD) and Raymond present evenings of cinema history, trivia, and mayhem. DANN & RAYMOND’S MOVIE CLUB takes place at the Schaumburg Township District Library (Central Branch). See the Appearances page for more info.

Also on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month is a re-run of the *EIGHTH* SEASON of DANN & RAYMOND’S MOVIE CLUB at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. See the Appearances page for more info.