Contact & Links

ALL PROFESSIONAL INQUIRIES should be directed to webguru (at)

APPEARANCE REQUESTS–SPEAKING AND/OR PIANO PERFORMANCE: Raymond is a sought-after lecturer and pianist. His slideshow/lecture “The James Bond Phenomenon” is extremely popular. He also lectures on film topics, writing, and his career as a freelancer. As a musician, Raymond is available to perform on piano at parties and other venues. Please direct inquiries to webguru (at)

CHARITY DONATION REQUESTS: Raymond receives literally dozens of charity donation requests per month. Because he has a limited amount of copies of his books to give to charity (or autographs, photos), Raymond MUST be selective of which charities he supports. He simply cannot accommodate every request. If you make a request and do not receive an answer, please understand that it is not a slight of your cause.

AUTOGRAPH REQUESTS must be made in writing to the mailing address below. Correct return postage MUST be included. When sending material to sign, please include your e-mail address to contact you in case there are questions. It is also recommended that you e-mail Raymond prior to sending anything in the mail to provide a “heads-up.” Vague received requests with unreadable names can often be interpreted as phishing attempts to gain signatures for re-sale or other dubious intents. Please be explicit in identifying who you are, or requests will be ignored.

If you have any questions or comments for Raymond, please use the address listed below. E-mail for Raymond will be forwarded and he will try to reply, pending his schedule.

To e-mail Raymond – webguru (at)

PO Box 7312
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-7312
United States of America

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Professional Affiliations

These are some of the professional organizations and publications with which Raymond is involved:

Cinema Retro – The New Film Magazine To Which Raymond Contributes

International Thriller Writers Inc. Website

Mystery Writers of America Website

Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter Website

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers

Crime and Mystery Genre Resource Guide

James Bond Sites

There are hundreds of excellent James Bond sites on the Internet. Here are just a few of the ones that Raymond likes:

Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

The Ian Fleming Foundation

Official 007 Man With the Red Tattoo Museum Website (in Japanese, but you can click “English” to translate)

The Spy Command (formerly Her Majesty’s Secret Servant)

The Book Bond

JamesBond007: From Sweden With Love (in English)

007 Forever

John Gardner’s Website

The James Bond Dossier (a nifty site about the films)

Other Sites

Just some of the stuff Raymond is into…

GB Entertainment Website (Company co-owned by Raymond’s son, Musician Max Benson)

The Website of Raymond’s Son, Musician Max Benson

The Official Website of Raymond’s Nephew, Opera Singer Weston Hurt

The Stanley Kubrick Site

The Official Ingmar Bergman Website

Park Ridge Classic Film

MoonJune Records—A Great Online Shop for Progressive and World Jazz Music

Wayside Music—Another Great Online Shop for Progressive and Experimental Music

The Official Jethro Tull Website

The Official Mike Oldfield Website

The Official Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin Website

A Robert Wyatt Website

The Official Gentle Giant Website

The Official Frank Zappa Website

The Official Neil Young Website

The Official Wim Mertens Website

The Mysterious Bookshop

Houston’s Murder by the Book

Gazing Into the Abyss—Raymond’s Late Friend Paul Baack’s Blog Site of Very Cool Stuff