BLOG BARRAGE! New Review of DEATH MATCH, Two Shots of the Good Stuff, The Astounding Steve Tem, “The Forest Inside the Castle,” and Frosty the Snowman!

Dusty old blog! Time to throw some mad goodness at you fine readers.

First, I received a wonderful review of DEATH MATCH from Elizabeth White. She says, in part, “And, ultimately, that’s what makes Death Match such an enjoyable read; it’s a genuinely interesting, well-written thriller/mystery about a guy trying to do right by his friend, and Ridler has skillfully balanced believable character development and motivation with some truly hair-raising action. I am definitely looking forward to the next puzzle the Ridler has to offer.” (you can read the full review here!)

Huzzah! The good news is, Spar’s next adventure is just about ready to launch. So keep your stationed tuned to Ridlerville for more rock ’em sock ’em action!

I’ve also gobbled up a lot of short stories. They’re a bit foggy now, but I dipped into the works of southern writer Barry Hannah (AIRSHIPS) and loved it. Also read some Barry Gifford, a collection called AMERICAN FALLS which I inherited from the Justin Howe Imaculate Book Collection, and thought the first ditty, about a Japanese family running a Motel in Idaho, was terrific. Quiet, smart, and terrific.

Speaking of the short stuff, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer conducted an absolute knock out interview with Steve Tem. Steve is a former teacher of mine and an absolutely wonderful and powerful short story writer. Most writers have the same advice to share, but Steve’s answers are full of considered, different, and valuable insights into writing. Go read it, then go pre order his long awaited novel, DEADFALL HOTEL.

And I even have some short story news! “The Forest Inside the Castle“, my flash fantasy piece, was published by the good folks at Every Day Fiction! It’s super short, so go read it and enjoy!

And last, but not least, I was at Trader Joe’s and heard an awesome Mexican version of Frosty The Snowman, with some absolutely bad ass accordion. Now THAT is Christmas music!

Whew, that’s about it. See, I may not post as often, but when I do, it’s a barrage!

As I have spent the past three nights marking papers, it is time to relax with Chipotle, Skyrim, and the wife!




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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