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Richard Lange

USA flag (b.1961)

Richard Lange is an American writer. He is a long-time resident of the Silver Lake neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. Lange graduated from from Morro Bay High School, on California's Central Coast, in 1979. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California film school. Following college he traveled to Europe and taught English for Berlitz in Barcelona, Spain. He then lived for a brief time in New York City. Returning to Los Angeles, he was hired as a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications and eventually became managing editor of RIP, a heavy-metal music magazine. He later edited textbooks before becoming managing editor of Radio & Records, a radio-industry trade magazine.

Genres: Horror, Mystery
New and upcoming books
June 2024

Joe Hustle
   This Wicked World (2009)
   Angel Baby (2013)
   The Smack (2017)
   Rovers (2021)
   Joe Hustle (2024)
   Dead Boys (2007)
   Sweet Nothing (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Must Come Down (2012)
Richard Lange recommends
The Neon Lights Are Veins (2022)
Nolan Knight
"The Neon Lights Are Veins is a dope-fueled gutter-punk odyssey through a gaudy nightmare version of Los Angeles. With echoes of James Ellroy and Nathanael West, Knight carves out his own bit of L.A. crime-writing turf in this impressive debut."
Country Dark (2018)
Chris Offutt
"Country Dark is grim and funny and touching. It's a crime story, a novel of backwoods manners, and a family saga. It's many things at once, all of them great. Masterful descriptions of the natural world bump up against scenes of shocking violence, and you're left in awe, wondering how the hell Chris Offutt managed to pull this book off."
Dodgers (2016)
Bill Beverly
"Dodgers is a wickedly good amalgamation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Clockers that stands firmly on its own as a remarkable debut. A Harrowing road trip into the heart of America that will shock you, move you, and leave you marveling at its desolate poetry. A real accomplishment: a book that makes you see the familiar through new eyes. It will stick with me for a long, long time."
A Better Goodbye (2015)
John Schulian
"A Better goodbye is a peek at the grit beneath the glitter of the Southern California myth...nobody walks away unscathed. And neither will you."

Anthologies containing stories by Richard Lange
The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 (2015)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
James Patterson and Otto Penzler
The Best American Mystery Stories 2011 (2011)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
Harlan Coben and Otto Penzler
The Best American Mystery Stories 2004 (2004)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
Nelson DeMille and Otto Penzler

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