NEWS - November 6, 2013
The fourth novel in the five-book Black Stiletto saga will be published on January 7, 2014, and is now available to pre-order! See the Shop page for more info! And if you haven't already, check out The Official Black Stiletto Website for all kinds of information about what author Sandra Brown called "one of the most original heroines I've read in a long time."
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Watch this space for more exciting news in the works!
Attention Movie Fans! Beginning September 5, 2013, on the FIRST THURSDAY of every month is--live and in person--the *SEVENTH* SEASON of DANN & RAYMOND'S MOVIE CLUB! Dann Gire (film critic of Chicago suburban newspaper THE DAILY HERALD) and Raymond present evenings of cinema history, trivia, and mayhem. DANN & RAYMOND'S MOVIE CLUB takes place at the Schaumburg Township District Library (Central Branch). See the Appearances page for more info.
Also on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month is a re-run of the *SIXTH* SEASON of DANN & RAYMOND'S MOVIE CLUB at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. See the Appearances page for more info.
September 30, 2013
Raymond is directing a staged reading of
MONSTROSITY, a play by Dan Duling
Signal Ensemble Theater
1802 W. Berenice Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 6, 2:00pm
September 23, 2013
Raymond has put up a couple of piano recordings on the Music Downloads page. One is an Ennio Morricone medley performed on WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio) in the summer of 2013. The other is a new recording, live in concert, of a piece from "Paper Tiger" and featuring Cantor Cheryl Wunch on vocals.
August 19, 2013
KWIK KRIMES is the new anthology of crime stories written with 1000 words or less. Edited by Otto Penzler, the collection includes Raymond's story, "Once Upon a Time in the Woods," plus works by 80 other great authors! Publication date: August 20, 2013! Available in trade paperback and e-book. Check it out at the Shop page.
June 12, 2013
A new video interview with Raymond, conducted by Joanna Penn, is on the Killer Thrillers TV Blog. He discusses the Black Stiletto, Bond, and much more. View it here.
April 1, 2013
April 2, 2013 is publication day for THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES! It's available in hardcover and e-book. Audiobook to come. You can order it on the Shop page.
A new trailer video has been produced for the book, and it can be viewed here.
February 27, 2013
Look what's on the cover of HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY MAGAZINE this week!
And here's the link to the article.
Raymond and Crossroad Press have revised and corrected THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION for e-book and it is available exclusively for Amazon Kindle. It isn't updated, but he's gone through and corrected stuff that has been proven wrong since the book was first published in 1984, as well as fixed many typos and curious glitches that occurred over the various years of scanning the original text. It's up for grabs now!
February 4, 2013
Raymond has started a blog! Check out BLOG BENSON by clicking the link in the menu to the left.
In anticipation of the publication of THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES (the third book in the series), Raymond is beginning to schedule public appearances. Check out the Appearances page for more info.
December 28, 2012
2012--THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Raymond was busy as usual this year.
THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE was published in hardcover by Oceanview Publishing on May 30, 2012. The first book, THE BLACK STILETTO, was published in trade paperback. Both books became available as audiobooks from Crossword Press and Audible.com. The series is currently in development by Lonetree Entertainment as a television series (producer Tony Eldridge is one of the producers of Denzel Washington's next film, "The Equalizer"). Raymond asks everyone to keep fingers crossed that a network/studio picks it up.
HITMAN: DAMNATION, based on the popular videogame franchise, was published October 30, 2012.
A number of Raymond's backlist titles were published as e-books and audiobooks. His original James Bond titles (ZERO MINUS TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, HIGH TIME TO KILL, DOUBLESHOT, NEVER DREAM OF DYING, and THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO) were published for Amazon Kindle; other e-reader formats for these will come in the future.
Additionally, Crossroad Press published "The Essential Raymond Benson Collection" of titles (EVIL HOURS, FACE BLIND, SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS, A HARD DAY'S DEATH, DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE, THE ROCK 'N' ROLL DETECTIVE'S GREATEST HITS, ARTIFACT OF EVIL, TORMENT, and THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION). These are all available as e-books in all formats, and several are available as audiobooks.
COMING IN 2013
THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES (the third book in the series) will be published April 2, 2013, and most likely in audiobook soon after that. BLACK & WHITE will appear in trade paperback.
More audiobooks of "The Essential Raymond Benson Collection" will be published by Crossroad Press and Audible.com.
Raymond's short story, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WOODS, will appear in an anthology entitled KWIK KRIMES, edited by Otto Penzler; the collection will contain mystery/thriller stories of 1000 words or less, written by dozens of famous authors (August 2013).
King's Way Press will publish fancy collectors editions of ARTIFACT OF EVIL, the signed and numbered kind, sometime in 2013.
Raymond will present a piano concert on March 18 in Schaumburg, and, of course, "Dann & Raymond's Movie Club" continues every month through May.
And that's not all, so stay tuned.
Raymond wishes everyone a Happy New Year and a Wonderful 2013!
October 30, 2012
HITMAN: DAMNATION is published today! This is a "prequel" to IO Interactive's upcoming videogame, "Hitman: Absolution." It also works as a stand-alone novel, so readers do not have to be familiar with the videogame to enjoy it.
RAYMOND'S JAMES BOND NOVELS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE!
Raymond's original James Bond 007 novels, originally published between 1997 and 2002, are now available as e-books for Kindle (other formats will come in the future)! They come with newly-designed covers (above) and they're at a nice price.
ZERO MINUS TEN
THE FACTS OF DEATH
HIGH TIME TO KILL
NEVER DREAM OF DYING
THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO
Check the Shop page to order!
October 15, 2012
THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE is now another unique 3-voice AUDIOBOOK from Crossroad Press and Audible.com. Get it from Amazon or Audible.com!
Raymond's "historical supernatural thriller," ARTIFACT OF EVIL, originally published as an e-book in 2011, is now available in print (trade paperback).
October 1, 2012
Speaking of Bond, Raymond has teamed up with fellow James Bond author Jeffery Deaver. The pair will be editing an anthology of new short stories for a Mystery Writers of America publication. ICE COLD--TALES OF MYSTERY AND INTRIGUE FROM THE COLD WAR will be published in 2014 by Grand Central.
Raymond talks about his novel HITMAN: DAMNATION, the prequel to the upcoming Hitman videogame, on ITW's "The Big Thrill" newsletter here. The book will be published October 30.
September 8, 2012
Crossroad Press and Audible.com have made available two of Raymond's early thrillers on AUDIOBOOK.
Both FACE BLIND (originally published 2003) and EVIL HOURS (originally published 2001, revised edition 2004) can be purchased in the Shop.
August 20, 2012
The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes
The Third Book in the Black Stiletto series will be published April 2013.
The James Bond Bedside Companion is now an AUDIOBOOK! You can get it at Audible.com or Amazon!
June 28, 2012
THE BLACK STILETTO is now a unique AUDIOBOOK with three narrators! Get it at Audible.
THE BLACK STILETTO will be published in trade paperback edition by Oceanview on August 8, 2012.
THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE is selling well! It's on sale for limited time at Amazon (Kindle $2.99!, Hardcover $17.45!)! Or save 40% if you buy directly from Oceanview Publishing and use Code Stiletto at checkout!
May 30, 2012
THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE is published today! It's on sale for limited time at Amazon (Kindle $2.99!, Hardcover $17.45!)! Or save 40% if you buy directly from Oceanview Publishing and use Code Stiletto at checkout!
May 1, 2012
THE BLACK STILETTO e-book reached the Amazon Kindle Store's Top Ten (#7!) recently. Things are gearing up for the publication of the sequel, THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE (May 30). Watch this space and Raymond's Facebook author page for updates, contest announcements, price drops, reviews, and other Black Stiletto news.
Check out the very nice interview with Raymond and the review of THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE on "The Big Thrill" e-newsletter from the International Thriller Writers: here!
Novelspot.com features a seven-part blog by Raymond about "How I Became a Writer." This link goes to Part 1; follow the links to the other parts.
April 12, 2012
Ten free signed hardcover copies of the first THE BLACK STILETTO book are up for grabs! If you're on Facebook, visit here, "like" the page, click on the Giveaways tab, and follow the directions to enter! If not on Facebook, go directly here. Contest goes through the end of April.
March 13, 2012
Two novels by Raymond will be published in the next few months:
First up is the second book in the thrilling BLACK STILETTO series: THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE, publication date May 30, 2012, in hardcover and e-book from Oceanview Publishing. Find out why the Library Journal called THE BLACK STILETTO a "mashup of the work of Gloria Steinem, Ian Fleming, and Mario Puzo, all under the editorship of Stan Lee."
Watch this space for news on Amazon e-book special prices for THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE and the first book in the series, THE BLACK STILETTO! In addition, the first book will be published in trade paperback in August 2012.
Secondly, Raymond's tie-in novel, HITMAN: DAMNATION, based on the popular HITMAN videogame series, is a prequel to IO Interactive's upcoming HITMAN: ABSOLUTION game. HITMAN: DAMNATION, from Del Rey, will be available sometime in July 2012!
February 11, 2012
The film rights to THE BLACK STILETTO have been picked up by Lonetree Entertainment. Benson was represented by veteran literary and film manager, Peter Miller, of Global Lion Intellectual Property Management, Inc.
"Stiletto was a real find and we're all very excited about the potential of this unique genre-bending project," said Lonetree producing partner Tony Eldridge. Lonetree Entertainment is currently partnered with Escape Artists and Sony Pictures on "The Equalizer" feature film starring Denzel Washington. The company has a number of other projects in development, including the epic WWII action drama, "The War Magician" with Marc Forster attached to direct, and "The Kitchen House", based on Kathleen Grissom's New York Times bestseller.
Lonetree is fast tracking Stiletto and is currently in discussions with several A-list screenwriters.
In other news, THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE (#2 in the series, publication date May 30, 2012) has received its first review from Bestsellersworld.com!
February 5, 2012
HOMEFRONT: THE VOICE OF FREEDOM, by John Milius and Raymond Benson, won the "Lovey" (Readers Choice) Award for Best Paranormal / Sci Fi / Horror Novel of 2011 at the Love is Murder writers conference in Chicago, Illinois!
January 10, 2012
Now Available! The classic 1980s reference book all about 007, THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION, has been re-published!
THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION was Raymond's very first published work (it originally appeared in 1984!). Crossroad Press will publish it again this week, first as an e-book, available for Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and all other e-reader formats. Coming later will be an downloadable audiobook edition, followed by a new print edition!
THE BEDSIDE COMPANION was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Biographical/Critical Work of 1984 by Mystery Writers of America and 007 fans still consider it to be a "Bond Bible."
Also Available! THE ESSENTIAL RAYMOND BENSON COLLECTION! Crossroad Press has also re-published all of Raymond's backlist original thrillers in e-book format. As with the BEDSIDE COMPANION, in the coming months each title will appear as a downloadable audiobook and print edition.
You can buy every e-book format directly from Crossroad Press here. Or, you can go directly to Amazon for the Kindle-only editions. The titles will appear soon on the Barnes & Noble site. All links will be added to the Shop page as they become available.
In other news, THE BLACK STILETTO continues to garner great reviews. Check out Praise page on the official Black Stiletto website for samples and links to full reviews. More will be added as they come in.
December 10, 2011
Coming Soon! THE ESSENTIAL RAYMOND BENSON COLLECTION! Crossroad Press is re-publishing all of Raymond's original thrillers in e-book format, followed soon by downloadable audiobook, and print editions! Watch this space for the launch dates. (Note: There may be a period of time when the books available on Amazon and other outlets will be unavailable until the switch-over is made.)
As part of the ESSENTIAL COLLECTION, Crossroad also plans to re-publish the classic THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION in all three formats as well!
September 19, 2011
Coming May 2012, the second book in the Black Stiletto series.
THE BLACK STILETTO is available now in hardcover and e-book. If your local bookseller doesn't have it, please ask that it be ordered. Or you can buy it right here on the Shop page.
Great reviews are pouring in...check out the Praise page on the official Black Stiletto website for samples and links to full reviews. More will be added as they come in.
Author Raymond Benson is making many personal appearances to promote the book. Check out the Appearances page for dates, locations, and times. Customers will receive a free limited edition of Will Arrington's "Black Stiletto Song" CD single!
September 3, 2011
THE BLACK STILETTO is shipping! Official publication date is September 5, but Amazon is already fulfilling orders and the book is trickling into retail markets. If your local bookseller doesn't have it, please ask that it be ordered. Or you can buy it right here on the Shop page. The e-book editions should be available (Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, etc.) on the publication date or a couple of days later, so keep checking the websites.
August 3, 2011
Finally! Originally supposed to be published in 2010, Raymond's pulp adventure novel HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB (written "with" fictional character Gabriel Hunt) is hitting stores on August 8. It's been available as an e-book for several months, but the print edition is now out in trade paperback from Dorchester. Each book in the Gabriel Hunt adventure series is written by a different author--HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB is Hunt's sixth escapade (but they can be read in any order). Order the print book or e-book from the Shop!
THE BLACK STILETTO has received a *starred* review from BOOKLIST, calling it "prime escapism"!
In anticipation of the publication of THE BLACK STILETTO in September, a FREE Black Stiletto short story has been made available.
THE BLACK STILETTO'S AUTOGRAPH is the story of one man's lucky night in New York City, 1958... when he and others experienced more than just a sighting of the legendary Black Stiletto!
The story is available in all digital formats--PDF (best for PC), Kindle, Nook, Apple... go to --
Download THE BLACK STILETTO'S AUTOGRAPH
-- over at Smashwords.com and choose the format you want.
THE BLACK STILETTO continues to generate buzz. If you haven't already, check out the official website at The Black Stiletto. Watch the video trailer and find other cool stuff. Also please go to Facebook and "Like" her fan page!
July 5, 2011
Announcing a new e-book anthology featuring the Spike Berenger "rock 'n' roll thrillers"--THE ROCK 'N' ROLL DETECTIVE'S GREATEST HITS!
The collection contains A HARD DAY'S DEATH, the Shamus Award-nominated DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE, and the short story ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DEATH. All for a low price...see the Shop to pick it up!
June 15, 2011
All of Raymond's original thrillers on e-book format are on sale for 99 cents through July 4:
TORMENT: a supernatural thriller involving love, obsession, and voodoo
ARTIFACT OF EVIL: a thriller that combines modern day crime, historical figures, and fantasy
SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS: a Tarantino-esque chase across America with a female protagonist
A HARD DAY'S DEATH: the first Spike Berenger "rock 'n' roll hit," a mystery with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll
DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE: nominated for Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel of 2009, 2nd Spike Berenger "rock 'n' roll hit"
FACE BLIND: a thriller about a woman who can't recognize faces... "Wait Until Dark" meets "Memento"
EVIL HOURS: a novel about a family dealing with a murder... "The Last Picture Show" meets "Blue Velvet"
All in the Kindle Store or at Smashwords for other formats!
May 14, 2011
Another one from the vault! Raymond's thriller, ARTIFACT OF EVIL, is now available as an exclusive e-book for all formats!
ARTIFACT OF EVIL is a unique suspense thriller that blends real-world modern-day crime, historical figures, and fantasy. Rusty "Red" River is a freelance forensics consultant who resides in West Texas. When his ranch hand’s newborn son is abducted from the hospital’s maternity ward and found dead hours later, River resolves to bring the perpetrators to justice. There is one peculiar clue: the child's head is marked with the Arabic equivalent to the letter "L." River and his ex, a Jewish historian, team up to help solve the mystery. Together they uncover a bizarre plot that stretches from war-torn Iraq to Israel, then to Mexico, Texas, and finally the Chicago area. What they don't know is that a mysterious, prehistoric relic is in the possession of the killers--a talisman that has been passed down through the centuries. What exactly is the artifact of evil?
The book can be ordered on the Shop page, and it's only $2.99!
April 17, 2011
From the vault! Due to be published in Europe, the English edition of Raymond's supernatural thriller, TORMENT, is now available as an exclusive e-book for all formats!
TORMENT is a unique story of voodoo, murder, love, and obsession. Rick Shepherd is an ordinary guy from the mid-west who is both "cursed" and "protected" by separate voodoo spells. Captivated by a mysterious woman he met on a Jamaican beach, Rick’s torturous journey is one of redemption; but it is also full of danger and excitement as one horrific thing happens after another. To find the love of his life, he must undergo unimaginable TORMENT.
The book can be ordered on the Shop page, and it's only $2.99!
March 13, 2011
The official website of THE BLACK STILETTO is launched! Go to The Black Stiletto and check out the video trailer and other cool stuff. The novel will be published by Oceanview Publishing in September! Please go to Facebook and "Like" her fan page!
In other news, HOMEFRONT--THE VOICE OF FREEDOM by John Milius and Raymond Benson is in the stores and garnering good reviews. Check out the Reviews page for a sample! There are also several new Interviews posted regarding HOMEFRONT, tie-in writing, and more.
January 13, 2011
HOMEFRONT--THE VOICE OF FREEDOM hits the stores on January 25! Raymond has penned with John Milius (co-screenwriter of APOCALYPSE NOW; writer/director of THE WIND & THE LION, RED DAWN, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and others; and co-creator/writer of HBO's ROME) this prequel to THQ's upcoming videogame HOMEFRONT. It is an apocalyptic story set in the near future in which Americans must fight a war on their home turf. Readers do not have to be gamers or familiar with the videogame--it is a stand-alone novel that any thriller-lover will enjoy.
BOONDOCKS FANTASY--Edited by Jean Rabe and Martin Greenberg, is on sale now! This collection of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi tales all take place in rural locations ("boondocks"). Raymond has contributed a short story entitled THE DEVIL IS A GENTLEMAN, about an unorthodox (so to speak) private eye in a small West Texas town. Available from DAW Publishers.
Both books can be ordered on the Shop page.
November 25, 2010
BOONDOCKS FANTASY--Edited by Jean Rabe and Martin Greenberg, this collection of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi tales all take place in rural locations ("boondocks"). Raymond has contributed a short story entitled THE DEVIL IS A GENTLEMAN, about an unorthodox (so to speak) private eye in a small West Texas town. Available from DAW Publishers on January 4, 2011 and now listed on the Shop page.
October 25, 2010
Raymond has penned with John Milius (co-screenwriter of APOCALYPSE NOW; writer/director of THE WIND & THE LION, RED DAWN, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and others; and co-creator/writer of HBO's ROME) the novel HOMEFRONT--THE VOICE OF FREEDOM, to be published in February 2011! The novel is a prequel to THQ's upcoming videogame HOMEFRONT. It is an apocalyptic story set in the near future in which Americans must fight a war on their home turf. Here's the official Homefront Press Release.
Also appearing in September 2011 will be Raymond's original thriller, THE BLACK STILETTO, to be published by Oceanview Publishing! More details to follow.
August 11, 2010
Raymond's novel DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original PI Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America!
For those of you eagerly awaiting Raymond's entry in the "Gabriel Hunt" pulp adventure series (HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB, originally scheduled to be published in October 2010), there is bad news. Dorchester, the publisher, has re-organized and cancelled all future mass market paperback production, including their Fall 2010 catalog (which included HUNT). The e-book editions on Kindle and other formats should be published on schedule, but as to whether a print edition will be see the light of day is up in the air; it certainly won't be in 2010. This is unfortunate, since the first five books in the series (all by different authors) came out over the last two years, and the sixth and final entry, by Raymond, will not.
The new James Bond anthology CHOICE OF WEAPONS (containing the novels ZERO MINUS TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, and THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO, plus the rare short stories "Live at Five" and "Midsummer Night's Doom") is trickling into stores (official pub date is August 17). The official book launch party for CHOICE OF WEAPONS will be September 12, 2010, at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, IL.
JANET DAVIES (from Chicago's Channel 7) appeared as herself, the "Bond-girl", in the short story "Live at Five," which is included in the anthology. She will be on hand at the party to sign books and original editions of TV GUIDE.
Again, watch the Appearances page for more info as it comes.
Several of Raymond's original novels and short stories are now available in e-book formats, including the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader. Besides Amazon (for the Kindle editions) and Barnes & Noble (for the Sony Reader editions), check Smashwords for other formats. See the Shop page for more info. And watch this space...Raymond's Bond novels may be available in these e-book formats very soon!
TIED IN: THE BUSINESS, HISTORY AND CRAFT OF MEDIA TIE-IN WRITING has just been published. Edited by Lee Goldberg, the book contains essays and articles from the top media tie-in writers of the day. Raymond contributes a chapter (an abridged version of his exclusive interview with John Cox about James Bond that originally appeared on commanderbond.net). Available now as an e-book at the Amazon Kindle Store and on Smashwords. A print edition is coming this month to Amazon.
THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS is in the stores! See Previous News, below, and the Shop page for more info.
May 7, 2010
Chicago's DAILY HERALD newspaper has begun a monthly column by film critic Dann Gire and Raymond entitled "Dann & Raymond's Movie Quips"--a tie-in to their popular live show DANN & RAYMOND'S MOVIE CLUB, which is performed from September through May in suburban libraries. The first column debuted on May 7 in the print edition of the paper, and online . Their first topic is, of course, JAMES BOND! Future columns will appear at the beginning of every month.
Fall River Press has published an exclusive and limited *hardcover* edition of my James Bond anthology, THE UNION TRILOGY, at a bargain price, available only at Barnes & Noble! Check it out at Barnes & Noble.
March 24, 2010
THRILLERS: 100 MUST-READS is a non-fiction anthology of 100 essays written by famous thriller authors about 100 important thrillers published in the 20th Century. The book is edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner and will be published July 2010 by Oceanview Publishing.
Raymond is one of the essay authors, and his topic is Ian Fleming's FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE!
Click to learn more
Coming July 2010
January 15, 2010
The Heritage Foundation of Odessa (Texas) will be awarding the "Distinguished Former Odessan" Award to Raymond on February 25, 2010! Raymond spent his formative years in Odessa and attended Permian High School, the famed institution featured in the book and film FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
November 9, 2009
A new thriller short story, AFTER THE GIG, has been published online at the Popcorn Fiction Website! Read it for free! After one week on the front page, you'll find it under "Read Previous Stories."
METAL GEAR SOLID 2--SONS OF LIBERTY is trickling into stores (official publication date is November 24)! This is the second book based on Konami's popular videogame series.
Several of Raymond's original novels are now available on Amazon Kindle! Go to Amazon and search for "Raymond Benson" in the Kindle Store section. They're also available on the Smashwords site!
October 5, 2009
A HARD DAY'S DEATH has been published in Italian by Alacran Edizioni! It can be ordered online here.
August 6, 2009
The Britannica.com website is presenting a two-week feature by Raymond about his favorite films of the year 1969 (originally written for CINEMA RETRO Magazine). Britannica is listing each film with comments by Raymond, one by one beginning with #10 all the way down to #1, on a daily basis with the Intro beginning Friday, August 7. It's in blog form, so readers are invited to comment. There's a contest to win a signed copy of DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE if you can guess Raymond's #1 pick! You can find the blog at the Britannica Blog Site--just follow the link (it won't be active until Friday, August 7).
July 20, 2009
The cover for Raymond's second next James Bond anthology, CHOICE OF WEAPONS, is herewith revealed. Pegasus Books will publish the omnibus in trade papaerback in late spring 2010. It contains the novels ZERO MINUS TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO, and the short stories LIVE AT FIVE and MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DOOM.
May 22, 2009
A new Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll Hit SINGLE (i.e., "short story") is in the new issue of CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE (#30, May/June). Entitled "ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DEATH," Spike and his Rockin' Security team tackle an incident at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. CRIMESPREE is available at most independent mystery bookstores or online at the CRIMESPREE Website.
April 6, 2009
Raymond's novelization of Konami's videogame METAL GEAR SOLID has been nominated for a Scribe Award (International Association of Media Tie-In Writers) for Best Gaming Scribe--Adaptation of 2008!
More information about Raymond's involvement in Hard Case Crime's pulp adventure series featuring the character GABRIEL HUNT has been posted on the Hunt for Adventure Website! The first book in the series comes out at the end of April. Raymond's entry in the series, HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB, is the sixth and final book, due out in 2010.
Raymond will be visiting the Houston, Texas area around Memorial Day weekend in May. Two book-signings are scheduled along with a special presentation of his "James Bond Phenomenon" lecture/slideshow. See the Appearances page for more info.
Besides contributing articles and reviews to CINEMA RETRO Magazine, Raymond will soon be contributing articles and reviews to PROGRESSION Magazine, a publication all about progressive rock. Look for his first entries in Issue #57, due out this summer!
Several new interviews with Raymond have been posted on the Interviews page.
Reviews for DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE are still coming in--check them out on the Reviews page.
March 2, 2009
Reviews for DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE are coming in--check them out on the Reviews page.
Several appearances, including a book launch party, have been set up and can be viewed on the Appearances page.
February 19, 2009
Lots of news!--A New Novel, James Bond, Metal Gear Solid, and More!
Raymond's new "Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll Hit," DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE, is trickling into stores and is shipping from Amazon.com! This is the second in the series and is already receiving some nice reviews (which will be posted, ongoing, on the Reviews page). You can also the order the book directly from the Shop page. DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE takes place in Chicago this time, with locations at various real music clubs in the city. The book is the usual blend of thrills, humor, mystery, references to music, cameos by real rock stars, and the expected sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll!
Several appearances, including a book launch party, have been set up and can be viewed on the Appearances page.
Here's some James Bond news: Pegasus Books will publish a second anthology of Raymond's 007 work, tentatively titled CHOICE OF WEAPONS. It will include the novels ZERO MINUS TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO, and the short stories LIVE AT FIVE and MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DOOM. Tentative publication date is late spring or early summer 2010.
Raymond's novelization of Konami's videogame, METAL GEAR SOLID, won the "Lovey" (Readers Choice Award) for Best Paranormal/Sci Fi/Horror Novel of 2008 at the Love is Murder Conference for Authors and Readers, held in Chicagoland in February! METAL GEAR SOLID 2--SONS OF LIBERTY has a tentative publication date of November 2009.
December 8, 2008
DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE is the sequel to last year's "Spike Berenger rock 'n' roll hit," A HARD DAY'S DEATH. It will be available beginning in March 2009, but it can be pre-ordered now from Amazon! You can find it on the Shop page!
Finally we can announce the 2009 publication of Raymond's novelization of Konami's popular videogame METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY! Look for it sometime next autumn!
Raymond's James Bond anthology THE UNION TRILOGY has sold out its first printing! The second printing should reach stores by mid-December.
Scheduled for late 2009 or early 2010 is Raymond's entry in Hard Case Crime's "Gabriel Hunt" pulp adventure series. Each book will be by different authors, credited to the fictional hero Hunt (but the actual authors will be credited on the cover page). Raymond's book is the sixth and last adventure, entitled HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB. You can see more at the Hunt for Adventure Website!
October 20, 2008
"THE UNION TRILOGY" James Bond anthology is trickling into stores and shipping from Amazon!
Raymond will be in Italy for the Premio Piemonte Grinzane Noir III edizione Orta San Giulio festival with James Bond presentations and more. He'll be in Milan on November 1 for a special 007 piano concert. Again, see the Appearances page for more info.
September 19, 2008
Raymond will be making an appearance at the New York opening of the BOND BOUND EXHIBIT of James Bond book cover artwork throughout the years. His anthology of 007 novels, THE UNION TRILOGY, will be launched there on Saturday, October 18. The exhibit will be at Bonhams Gallery at 580 Madison Avenue. MONEYPENNY DIARIES author Samantha Weinberg and JAMES BOND--THE MAN & HIS WORLD author Henry Chancellor will also be present. Watch the Appearances page for exact time, to be announced.
Many appearances throughout October, November, and December have been announced. The Chicago area book launch of THE UNION TRILOGY will be October 25. Other Chicago area appearances have been scheduled. Raymond will also visit St. Louis, Missouri, for the first time in December. Possible appearances in ITALY will take place Halloween weekend. Watch the Appearances page for more details!
Raymond has been signed to write the last of six planned pulp adventure novels to be published by Hard Case Crime. The books feature the character GABRIEL HUNT and will be in the tradition of Sax Rohmer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, and Indiana Jones. Each book will be by different authors, credited to the fictional hero Hunt (but the actual authors will be credited on the cover page). The other authors are Christa Faust, James Reasoner, David J. Schow, Nicholas Kaufmann, and Charles Ardai. Raymond's book is entitled HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB. You can see more at the Hunt for Adventure Website!
The Britannica.com website is presenting a two-week feature by Raymond about his favorite films of the year 1968 (originally written for CINEMA RETRO Magazine). Britannica is listing each film with comments by Raymond, one by one beginning with #10 all the way down to #1, on a daily basis beginning Monday, October 22. It's in blog form, so readers are invited to comment. There's a contest to win a signed copy of A HARD DAY'S DEATH if you can guess Raymond's #1 pick (shouldn't be that difficult for visitors to this site!) You can find the blog at the Britannica Blog Site--just follow the link.
July 19, 2008
The sequel to A HARD DAY'S DEATH is entitled DARK SIDE OF THE MORGUE. It will be published in March 2009.
Could METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY be in the works? Watch this space!
May 27, 2008
METAL GEAR SOLID is in the stores! This is the novel based on Konami's international best-selling videogame. If your local bookshop doesn't have it in stock, ask them to order it! Or you can buy it directly from Amazon through the Shop page!
Reviews for A HARD DAY'S DEATH are coming in! Check them out on the Reviews page!
April 1, 2008
A HARD DAY'S DEATH is in the stores! If your local bookshop doesn't have it in stock, ask them to order it! Or you can buy it directly from Amazon through the Shop page!
There are already some reviews. Check them out on the Reviews page! More will be added as they come in.
Besides book-signings in the Chicago area, Raymond will appear at a drop-in meet-and-greet at the Adrian Harrington Bookshop in London on April 15. He will also attend a James Bond Memorabilia Show and Weekend at Lake Garda, Italy on April 19-20. See the Appearances page for more info.
January 29, 2008
Raymond's James Bond novel anthology, THE UNION TRILOGY, will be published in October 2008 by Pegasus Books (see December 19 news entry). More details to follow when they're available. Here is the terrific cover, designed by Michael Fusco...!
December 19, 2007
This exciting news can now be revealed!
An anthology of some of Raymond's James Bond work will be published in the U.S. in October 2008 by Pegasus Books. The collection will contain the "Union Trilogy"-- HIGH TIME TO KILL, DOUBLESHOT, and NEVER DREAM OF DYING... plus, as a bonus, the complete uncut short story BLAST FROM THE PAST will be included. This story originally appeared in the January 1997 issue of Playboy in a truncated version. The full-length "director's cut," so to speak, was published in Italian and in French... and will appear for the first time in English. A new Introduction by the author will top off the omnibus. Pegasus hopes to publish a second volume of Raymond's remaining 007 novels and short stories in 2009 if the first collection does well. More details to follow when they're available.
November 27, 2007
Raymond has completed the first-in-a-series novel based on Konami's internationally-best-selling videogame, METAL GEAR SOLID! More information to come soon. It will be published in trade paperback by Del Rey in late May 2008. The book can be pre-ordered from Amazon on the Shop page.
A HARD DAY'S DEATH (due April 2008) can also be pre-ordered from Amazon on the Shop page.
October 22, 2007
Raymond appears in the new book of essays, HOW I GOT PUBLISHED, edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, published by Writer's Digest Books. In the book, famous authors tell you, in their own words, testimonials, revelations, and confessions about the publishing business. Raymond's essay is entitled "Bondage Paraphernalia" and deals with his James Bond work and his modus operandi. A must for anyone interested in writing! Authors in the book include Clive Cussler, Gayle Lynds, J. A. Jance, F. Paul Wilson, David Morrell, J. A. Konrath, John Lescroart, Gillian Roberts, Barry Eisler, and many more!
September 28, 2007
Raymond is one of the guests of honor at a major conference entitled BOND, JAMES BOND: THE WORLD OF 007 to be held at Hofstra University in New York on November 6, 7, and 8. Events will include the screening of a number of Bond films, panel discussions on topics related to Bond including Bond villians, Bond women and Bond gadgets; examination of Bond on the page and Bond on the screen, with the inclusion of a celebrity or two associated with the Bond films. See Hofstra's Website for more details.
August 8, 2007
Raymond's predecessor as James Bond novelist, John Gardner, passed away on August 3. Raymond writes this in tribute to his friend and fellow comrade-in-arms:
"I was saddened to hear of John Gardner's passing. I had my first book-signing (THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION) in 1984 alongside John Gardner at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York (he was signing ROLE OF HONOR). Even though I made criticisms, as well as praises, of his Bond novels in my BEDSIDE COMPANION, we became friends and stayed in touch throughout the years. I have fond memories of my visit to his Virginia home for a weekend in 1993 to write an extended piece on John and his works for 007 Magazine. I have nothing but respect for John and the legacy he left. We've lost an artist with true integrity."
John Gardner and Raymond Benson signing books together in 1984.
August 3, 2007
A new thriller will be published by Leisure Books in mass market paperback in the spring of 2008. A HARD DAY'S DEATH is the first "Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll Hit". It takes place in the nasty, dangerous world of rock 'n' roll and involves a private investigator who must solve the murder of a famous rock star. Told with tongue firmly in cheek, this humorous romp will especially appeal to readers who know their music. Real-life rock stars make cameo appearances throughout the story, and Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull has already said this about the book: "Raymond Benson cuts a frantic dash through the world of Rock and Roll. Thrills-a-plenty and backstage passes to the magical mystery musical twilight zone..." Watch this space in the future for more information about A HARD DAY'S DEATH!
Attention Movie Fans! Beginning September 6 and continuing on the first Thursday of every month will be--live and in person--DANN & RAYMOND'S MOVIE CLUB! Dann Gire (film critic of Chicago suburban newspaper THE DAILY HERALD) and Raymond will present evenings of cinema history, trivia, and mayhem. The two will discuss varying topics throughout the year and provide film clips for illustration. DANN & RAYMOND'S MOVIE CLUB will take place at the Schaumburg Township District Library (Central Branch). The first "episode" is entitled: IN THE LIBRARY, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM--Part One "It's Alive!"--The Horror Genre Begins (The Silent Era and 1930s). See the Appearances page for more info.
July 6, 2007
Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, has named Raymond as the 2007 JOSEPH G. ASTMAN DISTINGUISHED CONFERENCE SCHOLAR for their Conference on "Bond, James Bond--the World of 007" to be held November 7 and 8, 2007 at the university. The award was established in 1985 in recognition of the outstanding role of the late founder of the Hofstra Cultural Center. Previous recipients of the award include such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cage, Marilyn French, Lucine Amara, Tovah Feldshuh, Peter A. Quinn, Donald Spoto, Walter Isaacson, Peter Riddell, and many other scholars, historians, and artists. For more information on the Conference, watch this space as details emerge.
The first printing of the paperback edition of SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS sold out within a week of publication! So if your local bookseller is out and you're looking for a copy, Dorchester Publishing assures us that a second printing will be in the stores in the near future.
June 7, 2007
The mass market paperback edition of SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS (published by Leisure Books/Dorchester Publishing) is in the stores! Check out the Appearances page for book signings in the Chicagoland area.
Raymond talks about the book in an exclusive article appearing on the Dorchester Publishing Website.
April 10, 2007
There's another interview online at PARADIGM from Rain Farm Press. Raymond talks about Bond and his CASINO ROYALE stage play, Splinter Cell, and his other works. Go to Paradigm, click on FICTION and follow the link to Raymond Benson's interview.
March 2, 2007
Raymond gives a fairly detailed interview/webcast about his suspense novels, James Bond, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, the computer game industry, and his work regimen at Writers' Webcast. Go to the middle of the page, find the section called "Writers Webcast with Chris Angelos" and download the link dated February 28, which is the interview with Raymond and Robert Goldsborough. Bob is first, so his interview takes up about half the file. Then Raymond comes on. Enjoy!
February 22, 2007
The latest online edition of Kirkus Reviews features an article about the Top Ten Brands in Mystery and Thriller. Number One is JAMES BOND. Number Two is TOM CLANCY. It just so happens that Raymond is the only person in the world who has written for both top two brands! (Okay, so the list is presented alphabetically, but still...) See the article at Kirkus Reviews. (It's a PDF file so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
February 10, 2007
SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS won the "Lovey" (Readers' Choice Award) for Best Thriller of 2006 at the Love is Murder Conference, held February 2-4, 2007, in Rosemont, Illinois!
Raymond's manager, Peter Miller of PMA Literary and Film Management Inc., has produced a motivational and educational film for authors and screenwriters around the world. Raymond is interviewed as one of PMA's successful clients. In it, Peter addresses the challenges of writing for non-fiction, fiction, and film, with supporting commentaries and tips from a number of authors. For more information and to view the film's trailer, visit the PMA website. You can also view the trailer at You Tube.
January 4, 2007
Raymond has posted a tribute to his beloved dog Spike. Please take a look here.
November 11, 2006
Raymond has been interviewed by Elaine Flinn for "ON THE BUBBLE," a regular feature on the terrific author blog site MURDERATI! The interview will be on the front page from November 11 through November 17 (scroll down the page to "ON THE BUBBLE"), and afterwards can be accessed through the Archives links.
October 15, 2006
Check out the trailer that Italian publishers Alacran Edizioni created for their new edition of EVIL HOURS (titled LE ORE DEL MALE in Italian): Italian Evil Hours Trailer.
There are new "Raymond Benson USERBARS" available on the Shop page, free to download!
September 22, 2006
Raymond has contributed to two new publications concerning his old friend 007.
From Wiley Books is THE SCIENCE OF JAMES BOND by Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg, an often-humorous exploration of what is possible and what is improbable in the technology in the James Bond films. Raymond penned the Introduction to the book.
JAMES BOND IN THE 21st CENTURY--WHY WE STILL NEED 007 (edited by Glenn Yeffeth with Leah Wilson) has been published by Benbella Books. This is a collection of essays by various authors that examine all aspects of the Bond character from a pop culture point of view. Raymond wrote the opening essay, "Can the Cinematic Bond Ever Be the Literary Bond?" Other authors include John Cox, J. A. Konrath, Andrea Carlo Cappi, Lee Pfeiffer, Ray Dempsey, Raelynn Hillhouse, and more.
You can order BOTH books here on raymondbenson.com... just go to the Shop for details.
Available the first week of October is THESE GUNS FOR HIRE, an anthology of "hit men" short stories, edited by J. A. Konrath, and published by Bleak House Books. Raymond wrote the story "Another Rock 'n' Roll Hit," which blends murder and... rock 'n' roll. Other authors appearing in the book are David Morrell, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, J. A. Konrath, Robert W. Walker, Jay Bonansinga, Libby Fischer Hellmann, M. J. Rose, Michael A. Black, Julie A. Hyzy, David Ellis, Marcus Sakey, Jeff Abbott, William Kent Krueger, and more! See the Shop to order. And check out the official These Guns For Hire Website for some laughs!
July 13, 2006
SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS will appear in mass market paperback from Leisure Books in June 2007. Over in Italy, EVIL HOURS will be re-published (in Italian) by Alacran Edizioni in September, with SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS appearing there a year later.
May 19, 2006
Amazon Shorts strikes again! This new Amazon.com feature has published one of Raymond's long forgotten short stories... this time something completely different. "Time" is the key word, too, because it's a time travel story.
THE PLAGIARIST is about a writer in the future who travels back in time so that he can write the big best-sellers before the real writers do. It's certainly for fans of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, as it was originally conceived to be a half-hour teleplay for the 1980s edition of that television series. Amazon Shorts offers digital short stories for only 49 cents! Yep, only 49 cents. What a steal! Check out the Shop for details.
Raymond has been appointed to be an official Ambassador to Kagawa Prefecture in Japan! Locations in Kagawa Prefecture (namely Naoshima Island) figured in Raymond's final James Bond novel THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO and the Kagawa Prefectural government recently erected the permanent 007 MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO MUSEUM on the island (see News entry dated June 14, 2005 below). Raymond urges you to check out the various links regarding Kagawa Prefecture on the Links page for more information about this beautiful and wonderful area of Japan!
The fifth issue of CINEMA RETRO is out now! In this, the best issue yet, Raymond interviews Hugh Hefner about Playboy's film productions of the 1970s (i.e., MACBETH, MONTY PYTHON'S AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, and more), and also brings you his regular "Top Ten of the Year" article. See subscription details at the Cinema Retro Website!
March 25, 2006
Raymond's thriller short story THUMBS DOWN is now available as an Amazon Short! This is a new program from Amazon.com in which short stories can be purchased and downloaded to your computer for only 49 CENTS! Yes, that's right, only 49 cents. This story was originally written in 1986 while Raymond was still working in the off-off and off-Broadway theatre scene. Find out what happens when a disgruntled playwright decides to seek revenge against the theatre critic who panned his play.
Check out the Shop for details.
February 6, 2006
Raymond's brand new suspense thriller SWEETIE'S DIAMONDS is now available from Five Star/Thomson Gale publishers! Check out the Shop for details. (There's also a nice review for the book, linked from the Reviews page.)
In other news, Raymond's book TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL--OPERATION BARRACUDA (writing as "David Michaels") reached number nine on the NY TIMES mass market paperback best-seller list. NOTE: Raymond is now finished with SPLINTER CELL--the next book in the series will be written by a DIFFERENT "David Michaels"! Having written the first two books in the series, Raymond is now concentrating on other exciting projects, so watch this space for future news.
December 23, 2005
spent nearly three weeks in Italy promoting the
re-issue of his first 007 novel, ZERO MINUS TEN
(called CONTO ALLA ROVESCIA in Italian), and first
time publication of his original suspense novel
FACE BLIND (called PRIMA DEL BUIO in Italian). His
new Italian publishers, Alacran Edizioni, plan to
re-issue all of Raymond's James Bond novels over
the next three years in deluxe trade paperback editions,
as well as publish the author's stand-alone suspense
thrillers. Alacran sponsored Raymond's visits to
Naples, Rome, Florence, Bologne, and Milan, where
he signed books for both Bond fans and noir thriller
fans. One of the highlights was the signing at Mondedori
bookshop in Milan, where he was interviewed on stage
by "Elio," the so-called "Frank Zappa
of Italy," a popular rock star, front man,
and vocalist from the band Elio e le Storie Tese.
Raymond also spent a week serving on the jury of
the Courmayeur Noir in Festival, an international
film festival specializing in noir, suspense, thriller,
and crime pictures. Other members of the jury included
American actor Val Kilmer, American thriller writer
Jeffery Deaver, Czech/Italian actress Barbora Bobulova,
and Swiss film producer Tiziana Soudani. The jury
picked the Danish picture ADAM'S APPLES as Best
Film. While at the festival, Raymond and his publishers
presented the Alacran books at a special press conference
held for journalists from all over the globe.
"I feel like Jerry Lewis and the France thing,"
Raymond says. "Italy really made me feel welcome."
Finally! Music downloads are
here! Go to the Music
Composer Page and follow the link to the new page. Or
you can go directly to the page from here!
Every month a new set of songs will be
"007 THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO MUSEUM" opened in Japan on
July 24! Raymond and his wife attended the opening. For an
account written by Raymond, accompanied by photos, click here
has erected a museum honoring Raymond's Bond novel THE MAN
WITH THE RED TATTOO! It will open July 24, 2005. Here's the
official press release--
HONORS AMERICAN “007” AUTHOR WITH MUSEUM
government of Kagawa Prefecture in Japan has honored author
Raymond Benson with a museum dedicated to one of his James
Bond 007 novels. Between 1996 and 2002, Benson, a resident
of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, was the third writer officially
commissioned by the Estate of Ian Fleming, the original
creator of James Bond, to pen 007 continuation novels.
During his tenure, Benson wrote and published six original
007 novels, three film “novelization tie-ins,” and three
short stories. His sixth original novel, The Man With the
Red Tattoo (published in 2002 in the U.S. by Penguin/Putnam
and in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton), was set in
Japan. A major part of the story takes place on Naoshima
Island in Kagawa Prefecture.
the novel’s publication, Kagawa Prefecture, Naoshima Town,
and a number of other organizations have been working
together to promote the cinematic adaptation and filming of
the novel in a move to revitalize Naoshima and the wider
Seto Inland Sea region. Their efforts have been receiving a
great deal of attention in the Japanese media, leading to
the construction of a facility which could be used to
introduce the locations on the island.
“007 The Man With the Red Tattoo Museum” aims to present
Naoshima as a Bond location on a national scale, introduce
visitors to the story of The Man With the Red Tattoo and
other James Bond 007 novels, feature information on Benson
and the other successive authors who have contributed to the
legacy of 007, and exhibit material and memorabilia related
to the novels and films.
Hidemi Inoue of Inoue Commercial Space Planning, The 007 The
Man With the Red Tattoo Museum will open on July 24, 2005.
It is located at 2310 Miyanoura, Naoshima (one minute from
Myanoura Bay). For more information, contact the
International Affairs Division, Kagawa Prefectural
Government, Tel: 087-832-3026, Fax 087-837-4289.
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thanks for your interest!