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New Novel Coming in October 2022!

“The Mad, Mad Murders of Marigold Way” is Coming!

Raymond is pleased to announce the publication of a new novel, The Mad, Mad Murders of Marigold Way, coming in October 2022 from Beaufort Books!

From internationally acclaimed and best-selling author RAYMOND BENSON comes a wry and darkly comedic work in which a quaint suburb of Chicago finds itself rocked by more than just the uncertainties of 2020. Perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and the twisted prose of Tom Perrotta.

For Scott Hatcher, a former television writer turned struggling novelist with a failing marriage to boot, social-distancing and mask-wearing feel like fitting additions to his already surreal life. When his wife Marie and neighbor John Bergman disappear in the middle of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Scott is naturally mystified and disturbed, but he is also about to learn that his picturesque neighborhood hides more than just the mundane routines of suburban life.

When a fire claims the empty house for sale next door, the entire community is shocked when the charred remains of Marie and John are found inside. Stranger still, stockpiles of valuable Personal Protection Equipment, clearly stolen, were destroyed in the blaze alongside them. As the neighborhood reels from the loss, Scott and Bergman’s earthy and enticing widow, Rachel, not only find themselves under investigation for the crime, but also inexorably drawn to one another. As tensions reach a fever pitch, the tale—which is at once familiar and ordinary, yet bizarre and eerie—shows that, just like life in 2020’s uncertain times, dread and danger lurk below the hidden underside of everyday suburbia.

Fans of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town and films by the sardonic Coen Brothers will be captivated by the warped Americana of The Mad, Mad Murders of Marigold Way.

Pre-order now from the Fiction/Non-Fiction Page!

Onward Into 2022!

As the year 2022 rolls forward, Raymond would like to share with you some personal information.

“Greetings, friends, I hope you’re all doing okay. I’m afraid my 2021 wasn’t the best, as I somehow acquired lateral epicondylitis (also known as ‘tennis elbow,’ although it had nothing to do with tennis!) in both arms sometime in April/May 2021. My MAIN activities of typing on a computer and playing the piano were seriously affected. After visits to orthopedists, acupuncturists, and rheumatologists, I’m still not much better than I was last spring. Thus, my creativity over the past year was somewhat curtailed. My piano uploads to my YouTube channel ceased (at least I reached my goal of 100 videos!) and I have not been writing new material aside from my regular blogs (reviews of new release Blu-ray disks for Cinema Retro Magazine/Website). I have continued my Zoom presentations with the Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club (see the Appearances page for our schedule!). That said, 2022 does hold more promise–see the information below. In short, I’m not going anywhere! Take care, be safe, and Happy New Year!” — Raymond

NEWS!

FIRST, Raymond has just made a deal for his next novel, title to be announced, with Beaufort Books. The new mystery/suspense book was written in 2020 and will likely see publication in late 2022 or early 2023. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks!

SECOND, King’s Way Press is back in action… publishers of fancy, illustrated, hardcover limited editions of genre fiction. Raymond’s 2011 thriller/horror novel, ARTIFACT OF EVIL is coming in early 2022 in three collectible editions, all with cover art by the late Paul Baack and internal illustrations by Kristin Fox. Order now because each edition has a limited number being printed.

Artifact of Evil KWP Cover

Someone is out there killing babies. Ritualistic style serial killings of the most innocent among us. At the center of this whirlwind of evil is an ancient artifact. This artifact has been possessed by some of the most evil men throughout history. Saddam Hussein once owned it. Adolph Hitler once owned it. Attila the Hun once owned it. It even belonged to Judas at one time. What is this artifact of evil and how is it connected to these murders?

a. Noble Trade Edition: 50 copies available! Acid-free 60lb. natural papers, full color dustjacket, and four B&W illustrations. Order here!

b. Signed Regal Limited Edition: 100 copies available! Signed by myself and Kristin Fox. Acid-free 60lb. natural papers, full color dustjacket, four B&W illustrations, and one color illustration. Order here!

c. Signed Royal Lettered Edition: Only 26 copies available! Signed by myself and Kristin Fox. Acid-free 60lb. natural papers, full color dustjacket, six B&W illustrations, additional color illustrations, and different signature page. Order here!

THIRD, Raymond’s ghost story novel, HOTEL DESTINY–A Ghost Noir, published in September 2020 by Crossroad Press, is available as an e-book, trade paperback, and a spectacular audiobook from Audible.

Hotel Destiny Cover

WHAT IF YOU, AS A GHOST, HAD TO SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER? “HOTEL DESTINY–A Ghost Noir” is a ghost story with a distinctive noir sensibility mixed with David Lynchian surrealism.

FINALLY, Subscribe to Raymond’s YouTube Channel to see and hear his eclectic repertoire of 100+ classic rock, movie music, and original compositions on piano!

Raymond Benson Plays Piano

Raymond Benson plays piano at home.

OF COURSE, many of Raymond’s previous books go on sale as e-books at various times. It’s always best to follow Raymond’s Facebook and Twitter posts to take advantage of these sales. In the meantime, his recent novels like BLUES IN THE DARK, IN THE HUSH OF THE NIGHT, THE SECRETS ON CHICORY LANE, and the five-book serial, THE BLACK STILETTO, are all still available. Find them on the Books pages (James Bond; The Black Stiletto; Fiction & Non-Fiction; Tie-Ins)!

RAYMOND SENDS HUGS TO EVERYONE AND SAYS, “BE SAFE AND BE HEALTHY!”

2021 : BOOKS, MUSIC, AND MORE!

As the year 2021 rolls forward, Raymond would like to share with you some items of interest.

FIRST, Raymond’s ghost story novel, HOTEL DESTINY–A Ghost Noir, was published in September 2020 by Crossroad Press, and is available as an e-book, trade paperback, and a spectacular audiobook from Audible.

WHAT IF YOU, AS A GHOST, HAD TO SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER? “HOTEL DESTINY–A Ghost Noir” is a ghost story with a distinctive noir sensibility mixed with David Lynchian surrealism.

Hotel Destiny Cover

ALSO, Raymond has written the Introduction to the fabulous anthology, TURNING THE TIED, which contains short stories by members of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW). These new tales feature public domain characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein’s Monster, John Carter of Mars, Dracula, the Three Musketeers, and more. Sales will benefit the World Literacy Foundation. Now available as an e-book and trade paperback.

Turning the Tied cover

FINALLY, over the past pandemic year, Raymond has been recording piano solos at home during quarantine and uploading them to YouTube. To date he has uploaded 92 and the goal is to reach 100 by the time of the one-year anniversary of lockdowns in mid-March.

Raymond Benson Plays Piano

Raymond Benson plays piano at home.

Subscribe to Raymond’s YouTube Channel to see and hear his eclectic repertoire of classic rock, movie music, and original compositions!

OF COURSE, Raymond’s other recent books like BLUES IN THE DARK, IN THE HUSH OF THE NIGHT, THE SECRETS ON CHICORY LANE, and the five-book serial, THE BLACK STILETTO, are all still available. Find them on the Books–Fiction & Non-Fiction page, and the Books–Tie-Ins page!

RAYMOND SENDS HUGS TO EVERYONE AND SAYS, “BE SAFE AND BE HEALTHY!”

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!

“DYING LIGHT–NIGHTMARE ROW” NOW AVAILABLE!

DYING LIGHT–NIGHTMARE ROW, Raymond’s tie-in prequel story to Techland’s videogame “DYING LIGHT,” is now available as a trade paperback and e-book! The book was originally published in Polish in 2015, and now the English edition has been published by Techland. The story is seen through the eyes of Mel, a teenage American girl, who is caught in Harran when the Infected Outbreak occurs. Alone in a hostile, violent foreign city, Mel must find not only her missing younger brother, but also an antidote to the virus with which she is infected. You can order the book on the Books: Tie-In Page.

NEW FREE SERIAL THRILLER ONLINE

Raymond has written a six-part serial thriller that is featured on Cooper Hefner’s (son of Hugh Hefner) new web magazine/entertainment extravaganza, HOP. “THE PURPLE BAG” is a little tale about a MacGuffin.
Here’s the link to Part One! Links to subsequent parts will be added to this news entry as they are made available.
UPDATE 1/17/16: Part Two is up!
UPDATE 1/25/16: Part Three is up!
UPDATE 1/31/16: Part Four is up!
UPDATE 2/7/16: Part Five is up!
UPDATE 2/15/16: Part Six, the final episode, is up!

WEBSITE RECEIVES A FACELIFT!

You will notice that RaymondBenson.com has been re-designed and given a facelift! The same is true for The Official Website of The Black Stiletto. Please explore and have fun.

Some exciting news is coming in the near future, so watch this space!