Rick R. Reed WRITER

Gay horror...with a Romantic Edge

Released August 2011: HeartRace

Horror. Romance. The two seem at odds, yet in provocative author Rick R. Reed's hands, the pair merge like a match made in heaven...or hell. Ranging from a chilling and ultimately redemptive ghost story, to a most unusual and shocking first-time meeting for two lovers, to a tale of ghostly revenge, and finally to a darkly comic take on the vampire mythos, this collection will make your heart race with passion...in all its forms.

Previously available only in electronic format, these four stories of gay horror and romance have now been combined for a paperback edition! Included are the tales:
Echoes (Rick and Ernie have found the perfect loft apartment, but soon discover they are not alone.)
How I Met My Man (How a guy meets his man can happen in a dozen different ways: online, at a bar, through friends, at a masquerade party, even at the scene of a murder.)
Speed Demon (Jealousy can be such an ugly emotion. But can it drive one to kill? Find out in this deliciously twisted and thwarted love triangle tale of revenge from beyond the grave.)
Sluggo Snares A Vampire (Sluggo thinks looking for love online is a good idea, until he finds a vampire with a similar idea.)

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ISBN: 978-1611249484

Released January 2011: Dignity Takes a Holiday

Pete Thickwhistle doesn’t live what one might call a charmed life. At age forty-seven, he’s a flamboyant gay man who believes no one knows he’s gay, still living at home with his harpy of a mother. Worse, he’s still a virgin, longing to find just the right man to make his life complete. Pete’s an upbeat kind of guy, yet he’s never learned that the answer to his motto “What could possibly go wrong?” is always: “Everything.”

Pete’s road to love and happiness is full of potholes, yet he never tires of searching, despite job losses, weight battles, clothing faux pas, and disastrous vacations, parties, and dating debacles. Pete is the ultimate underdog living a television situation comedy, one named Dignity Takes a Holiday.

ISBN-13: 978-1-61581-721-4 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61581-722-1 (Electronic)

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Released October 2010: Tricks

Tricks can mean many things: sex partners, deceptions, even magic. In Rick R. Reed’s searing love story, it means all three. Arliss is a gorgeous young dancer at Tricks, the hottest club in Chicago’s Boystown. Sean is the classic nerd, out of place in Tricks, but nursing his wounds from a recent break-up.

When the two spy each other, magic blooms.

But this opposites-attract tale does not run smooth. What happens when Arliss is approached by one of the biggest porn producers in the business? Can he make his dreams of stardom come true without throwing away the only real love he’s ever known? And will this question even matter if the mysterious producers realize their dark intentions?

Read an excerpt and buy your copy here.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60820-214-0 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60820-215-7 (Electronic)

Released June 2010: A Demon Inside

Hunter Beaumont doesn't understand his grandmother's deathbed wish: "Destroy Beaumont House." He'd never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother's wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House.

But will the house be the sanctuary he had hoped for? Soon after moving in, Hunter realizes he may not be alone. And who---or what---he shares the house may plunge him into a nightmare from which he may never escape. Sparks fly when he meets his handsome neighbor, a caretaker for the estate next door, but is the man salvation...or is he the source of Hunter's terror?

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ISBN-13: 978-1-60820-165-5 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60820-166-2 (Electronic)

Released July 2010: On the Edge

On the Edge is a collection of my best gay romance, previously only available in ebook format, now in a handsome new print edition. Includes the following stories:
Through the Closet Door,
Riding the El at Midnight,
Fugue, Incubus,
No Place Like Home,
Pottery Peter

Read excerpts and buy your copy here.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-779-3 (Paperback)

Released March 2010: The Blue Moon Cafe

Multiple Award Winner! Best Paranormal 2011 from the Rainbow Romance Awards for Excellence and 2011 EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Horror Erotic Romance!

Someone—or something—is killing Seattle’s gay men.
A creature moves through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon, taking them, one by one, from the rain city’s gay gathering areas.

Someone—or something—is falling in love with Thad Matthews.

Against a backdrop of horror and fear, young Thad finds his first true love in the most unlikely of places—a new Italian restaurant called The Blue Moon Café. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of in a man: compassionate, giving, handsome, and with brown eyes Thad feels he could sink into…and he can cook! But as the pair’s love begins to grow, so do the questions and uncertainties, the main one being: Why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

Prepare yourself for a unique blend of horror and erotic romance with The Blue Moon Café, written by the author Unzipped magazine called, “the Stephen King of gay horror.” You’re guaranteed an unforgettable reading experience, one that skillfully blends the hottest romance with the most chilling terror…

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ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-802-8 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-656-7 (Electronic)

Released March 2010: Tales from the Sexual Underground

I wanted to write about people who were not just out, but out there, people who lived their sexual lives in ways most of us could only imagine…and for whom the flavor vanilla had absolutely no appeal. I interviewed porn stars, prostitutes, self-proclaimed sex pigs, and delved into bizarre sexual practices. It was eye-opening, arousing, and a lot of fun (but never, never good clean fun). I also include here my favorite dirty stories. They all explore a side of life that exists not in the twilight zone, but in my favorite destination…the sexual underground.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-60820-140-2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-1-60820-141-9 (Electronic)

Released October 2009: Mute Witness

Sean and Austin have the perfect life. Their new relationship is only made more joyous by weekend visits from Sean's eight-year-old son, Jason.

And then their perfect world shatters.

Jason is missing.

When the boy turns up days later, he has been horribly abused and has lost the power to speak. Small town minds turn to the boy's gay father and his lover as the likely culprits.

Sean and Austin struggle to maintain their relationship amid the innuendo and the very real threat that Sean will, at the very least, lose the son he loves. Meanwhile, the real villain is much closer to home, intent on ensuring the boy's muteness is permanent.

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Released June 2009: M4M

Two great stories. One great love. Get between the covers with Ethan and Brian, the men whose hearts connected online and offline in the best-selling VGL Male Seeks Same.
Follow them on their continuing journey in
NEG UB2, where a shocking health diagnosis derails the couple’s blissful romance and teaches them both a lot about acceptance,
forgiveness, and faith...especially when it comes to love.

Previously available only in electronic format, these twin novellas of gay erotic romance have now been combined for a paperback edition!

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Released March 2009: Bashed

Three haters. Two lovers. And a collision course with tragedy.

When Donald and Mark left the Brig that October night, they had no idea their lives and love were about to be shattered by fag bashers, intent on pain, and armed with ridicule, fists, and an aluminum baseball bat.

The cowardly hate crime leaves one half of a couple alone and haunted--literally and figuratively--by the memories and denied promise of new love.

Bashed charts the course of a journey from grief to hope, from death to life, and from hate to redemption. Come along on a trip that encompasses suspense, horror, and--ultimately--romance.

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Released May 2007: IM

IM is the chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines story of a serial killing using preying on gay men using internet hookup sites. Reviewers have called the book "a fast-paced page-turner"; "a story any fan of mystery or crime fiction will enjoy"; a "deliciously nasty psychological thriller" and "ripe with genuine suspense and an escalating momentum that doesn't let up." IM has topped Amazon's gay men's mystery and thriller bestseller list several times.

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Released May 2008: Orientation

Christmas, 1983: A young man, Robert, tends to his soul mate, Keith, who is dying from AIDS. Robert tries valiantly to make this a special Christmas for his lover, but loses the fight late Christmas night.

Christmas, 2007: Robert ventures out late Christmas night and finds a young girl about to fling herself into the unforgiving waters of Lake Michigan. He rescues her, and the two form a bond forged from an odd feeling they share of familiarity, and even love. Neither understands it, since Jess is a lesbian and Robert has never been attracted to women. But there's more...Jess begins having strange dreams, reliving key moments she couldn't know about in Keith and Robert's life and courtship. Robert and Jess begin to wonder if their inexplicable feelings might be rooted in something much more mystical than a savior/victim relationship.

As the two move toward and pull away from each other, Ethan, Robert's younger lover, plots the unthinkable. His crystal meth-addled mind becomes convinced there's only one way to save himself, and that is through Robert's destruction. Christmas 2007 spirals downward to a shattering climax in which both love and lives hang in the balance.

There's a murder attempt...salvation...redemption...

And a new love is born.

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Released January 2008: Deadly Vision

Deadly Vision is the story of a small-town single mother who becomes a reluctant psychic after a head injury and begins having gruesome insight into the fates of some teenage girls who have fallen into the hands of some cult-like serial killers. NY Times bestselling true-crime author Gregg Olsen called the book both "smart and twisted," the kind of book that makes readers want to "double check the locks and windows." Victor J. Banis, author of Longhorns, said, "Reed moves to the head of the graveyard with this bone-chilling story of a reluctant psychic, a pair of maniacal killers, and the slaughter of innocence. Be warned: it will have you listening for footsteps on the stairs. Fiendishly good!"

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Released October 2008: DEAD END STREET

The Old House at the End of a Dead End Street was More of a Dead End Than Any of Them Realized...

They were five misfit kids who had banded together in their small Ohio River town. Over the years, they had organized various clubs and now they had formed the Halloween Horror Club. The premise was simple: each week, each teen would spin a horrifying tale and at the end of five weeks, the scariest story won a prize. The twist: the stories had to be told in the infamous and abandoned Tuttle house, where, fifteen years earlier, an entire family had been murdered in their beds. The idea seems like a good one, until the kids begin to realize they may not be alone in the Tuttle house. Is someone—or something—watching them? Is it Paul Tuttle, the teenage son who disappeared fifteen years ago, the night his parents and sister were killed? Or is it something even more sinister?
With each story (each a short, original horror tale that stands on its own), the tension mounts...and so does the fury of this mysterious inhabitant of the house. And his rage could mean a real dead end for those who dare to invade his home...

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Released February 2008: HIGH RISK

A secret sex life...


A handsome, twisted stranger...


And a journey into a nightmare.


Beth Walsh seemed like such a demure housewife. But while her attorney husband was away at work, she engaged in countless encounters with strangers...until she met the one stranger who would change everything--for the worst. Abbott Lowery was every woman's dream; but the monster lurking inside his handsome, chiseled exterior was terrifying. And Beth's behavior is about to unleash the rage and madness inside.


High Risk is a story of secrets, tainted histories, murder, and kidnapping--with an ending so searing and brutal, readers will be left breathless.



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Released September 2007: IN THE BLOOD

In the Blood is a tragic vampire love story about three very urbane, art-loving vampires whose love for visual art nearly surpasses their lust for blood. When their paths cross with Elise, a Chicago streetwalker by night and twisted, but gifted, artist by day, an explosive love triangle is set in motion. The book has been praised as "dark and eerily romantic"; "masterfully written"; and a "gripping, brutal vampire tale."

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Released 2006: OBSESSED (First edition, Dell, 1991)

"A harrowing ride through cutting-edge psychological horror, this one's got a vicious bite. Rick R. Reed's Obsessed is a twisted nightmare." Douglas Clegg, author of The Attraction and Afterlife.

From the back cover:

I kill, therefore I am…


Voices go slamming through the corridor of his wounded mind. The words of his dead sister cry out to him. His parents’ taunts fill the silent room where he sits and waits—waits for the murderous rage to come washing over him, filling him with strength, driving him to kill, to touch the cold flesh, taste the warm blood—to feel alive again…


A witness has seen him, but his killing only turns her on and now she wants to protect him. His wife suspects him, but the private detective she hired cannot stop him. Joe fears nothing—except that he may no longer be human. The thirst that drives him to his bloodletting is relentless, moving deeper and deeper into his own shattering, private realm, where each murder is a delicious new gift of life, where revulsion is beauty, and the obsession will never let him go.

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Released 2006: PENANCE (First Edition, Dell, 1993)

Bound by misery. Marked by sin. Set free by death.


Tough, cynical Jimmy. Little T, who's fifteen and looks twelve. Avery, the overweight con artist. Young Miranda in lace and alcoholic hopes. Without homes. Without families. They dwell in shadows cast by neon, the violent eddies of urban America. They trade their innocence for food, abuse their faded hopes, and then a monster comes among them, stalking…


He lives in the suburbs. In a house like any other. But he does not belong. It is their fault he has lost his wife, his family. Everything. Cruising Chicago's uptown, he vows to cleanse the streets of them...


Jimmy makes a desperate pact with a man of the cloth stained by his own sins. Together, the street hustler and the priest search for the madman whose suburban basement has become a chamber of horrors, the terrifying home for those who have no home...

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Released 2006: A FACE WITHOUT A HEART (First edition, Design Image Group, 2000)

A modern-day version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray


“Reed is able to produce a book that is brutally honest with its reader and doesn't flinch in the areas where Wilde had to look away…A rarity: a really well-done update that's as good as its source material.”  (Thomas Deja, Fangoria)


"Reed does himself, and his source material, proud... A penetrating morality tale, a trip into the very heart of darkness." (Hank Wagner, Hellnotes)


A young man bargains his soul away, while his painfully beautiful hologram mirrors every sin and each nightmarish step into depravity...even cold-blooded murder. Take a thought-provoking tour of the darkest sides of greed, lust, addiction, and violence. Named best novel of the year by QueerHorror.com.

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