Well, 2013, and so much to do. Have not blogged much, but if you enjoy my posts you can find me more active at Ridlerville’s fan page on Facebook: 

Just wanted to stop and say thanks to everyone who has been buying my novels this past year. To all you fans of Spar’s adventures in DEATH MATCH, CON JOB, and DICE ROLL, I salute you!

To all you good folks who gave BLOOD AND SAWDUST a shot and found you got a kick out of Malcolm and Milkwood’s adventures, huzzah!

Got some goodies planned for the future. Keep your eyes peeled here for some Valentine’s Day gifts. I promise it won’t be candy and roses, but still pretty damn sweet!

Thanks again, folks. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013 for us all.


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Happy Halloween everyone! And what better way to celebrate than with a novel that can justly be described as “Fight Club . . . with a Vampire!” BLOOD AND SAWDUST IS HERE!!!

Just click the cover and check out the book for 2.99 on kindle!


“With wicked, playful prose that blends the best of pulp with the supernatural, Jason Ridler’s Blood and Sawdust creates an unholy, hell-raising hybrid, the kind of tale Christopher Moore and Jim Thompson might swap after a long night of drinking, trying to one-up one another with acerbic absurdity.” Joe Clifford, Author of CHOICE CUTS and JUNKIE LOVE

Hope you all enjoy it as much as Joe did!




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Quickie Thinks

When my energy sags, and I need a pick me up, some authors inspire me more than others. Something about not only what they write, but how they write, how they approach their work, acts like a catalyst in my own mind. These tend to be writers who enjoy the act of writing more than others. I know for some, writing is agony, and I’m sorry for them, but if I don’t love it, I can’t make it work. So, here’s some folks you should read because I like them.

Jeffrey Ford, Steve Tem, Melanie Tem, Elizabeth Hand, Joe Lansdale, Neal Barrett, Jr., Jack Cady, Nelson Algren, Charles Willford, and Charles Bukowski.

Now go write an essay about why all of them are amazing. Due in two weeks. No extensions.





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I’ve written a third installment of my own ruminations on speed and quality in writing fiction and history, but I’m still polishing it.

But wanted to mention, for those who enjoy “fast” writing, that one of best opinions on the subject came from Jay Lake, years ago, in Jay’s Rules of Writing. In his argument for the value of writing a story a week for a year, he came to the conclusion that not everything you write will be gold. Much of it will be crap. In fact, half of it will be worthless, 25% will need heavy lifting, and 25% will be ready for the slush pile with a little clean up.

These ratios won’t work for everyone, but they are a lot more realistic than those that thing a first draft are a last draft, in part because revisions are seen as valuable.

You can see Lake’s post here:

On to Saturday junk!



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“I Was A Teenage Umber Hulk!” An Homage to Dungeons and Dragons!

Elizabeth White, who has been kind enough to review the Spar books (and, thankfully, enjoyed them!) asked me back to do a post on any topic I wanted.

Given that role playing games are critical to DICE ROLL, I figured I’d share some memories of when I was rolling dice and killing dragons in dungeons in that lost era known as the 1980s! Please, go read and enjoy “I was a Teenage Umber Hulk!”

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Dice Roll is here!

In Ridlerville, when it rains, it pours.

Four neat things happened this week:

I sold one of my best stories to a well paying market.

My flash fiction piece, “Punchlines” is up at OUT OF THE GUTTER!

I’m interviewed about my favorite meal.

But the big daddy of them all . . .

DICE ROLL IS HERE! Go Buy The Latest, Greatest Spar Battersea Thriller Now! There’s roleplaying games, evil cults, a double tough lady cop in training, and an insane gal who only speaks in Beatles song titles while she cripples you with jujitsu!



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Fun at the Theater: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Yesterday, Nick Mamatas and I went to the Aurora Theater to watch Kristoffer Diaz’s play, and Pulitzer finalist, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY. It’s the story of a young Puerto Rican kid in the Bronx named Mace who loves the “Art” of pro wrestling, how two folks can work together and tell a violent story where no one gets hurt (think Bret Hart or Sean Michaels). He becomes a wrestler, but soon get schooled in the harder knocks of the “business”: the sexism, the racism, the pandering to the lowest common denominator, and the fact that the “art” is getting lost in a collective wish fullfillment of the crowd wanting to be just like the bad ass champ, Chad Deity (think Hulk Hogan), who doesn’t know a wristlock from a wristwatch, but has the swagger, the command of the crowd, and the body to put “asses in seats”. So Mace has to become a jobber, the guy who loses all the time and does all the heavy lifting in the ring to make the champ look good.

The evil promoter (think Vince McMahon) is a ignorant racist but understands how to manipulate folks to make money, so when Mace tries to bring in a local Indian kid who’s got star potential and a unique sense of humor and presence (VP) to help shake things up and make some art, the boss turns them both into racial sterotypes that take off like wildfire. Unlike Mace, VP soon tires of pandering to his boss and being the evil “Fundamentalist” with a terrible finisher, the sleeper cell kick!  VP has no childhood love of wrestling that’s precious, and soon won’t play by the rules. Mace is caught in the middle, and has to make a choice, and take a stand.

It was a great play. Funny, well written, and dominated by Mace’s monologues, that were funny, smart, and compelling (though a little too long in the first half). I commend the actor Tony Sancho for handling it so well. The theme of wrestling being both a creation and a mirror of American values was well done.

Check out the behind the scenes preview!

The playwright was an obvious die hard wrestling fan, knew not only the lingo and the backstage life and the awful racial and sexist stuff, but the actual philosophical underpinnings about pro wrestling that makes it stand out as a unique art form. The major theme, of myths of individual success (Chad Deity) really being the creation of someone else doing most of the hard work and not getting credit (Mace) was well conveyed.

The cast was great, and Beethoven Oden (real name!) as Chad Deity was terrific as the charismatic fellow with great looks and no talent who always wins, so long as wrestling fans want to be like him.

They also got a hand from a local wrestling company, Devil Mountain Wrestling, and some of those folks were in the audience, too! I suspect Nick and I were the only diehards, though it was fun to hear all the old guard talk about seeing wrestling as a kid, watching Gorgeous George and others.

They used a mild amount of video and jumbotron style moments, often to hilarious effect. Not so much that it broke the bubble, but just enough to get that canned weirdness of pro wrestling’s more absurdest angles in the mind of the audience.

Nick also took me to a hub of Food Trucks in Berkeley, and I got a pretty bad ass cajun sandwich at THE VOODOO VAN, polished off with a Mexican coke. And I bought a collection of letters, stand up routines, and other material from the late, great comedian Bill Hicks! A good night!









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