In just four decades Brandon L. Rucker has been an author and editor of short fiction, poetry and journalism, as well as a composer/producer/performer of music, and is a professional daydreamer and lifelong geek culturist. After having spent the majority of his young life obsessed with music and music-making, as a teenager he was bitten hard by the creative writing bug, propelled early on when an excerpt for his novella THE THIRD DAWN was a runner-up for the Indiana PRELUDE AWARDS in 1993 (back when they had a literary category). That year also saw his first piece of journalism published in the local township newspaper THE PIKE REGISTER (now defunct). Various short stories, poems, articles and interviews would follow years later as well as stints as an editor of short fiction. He conceived, compiled and edited the 2011 anthology LOCAL HEROES.
His short fiction publishing credits include "Pieces of Candice" (MADNESS OF THE MIND), "All Things Considered" (THE CEDAR CHEST), "Finder Kept" (lead-off story in BEST LEFT BURIED), "The Underneath" (LIKE FROZEN STATUES OF FLESH), "Shard" (A PINT OF BLOODY FICTION), "Hard At Work" (DAILY FLASHES OF EROTICA) and "Call of Duty: A Cop's Tale" (LOCAL HEROES). His poem "Dream a Little Scream of Me" was the introductory piece for the anthology DREAMS AND SCREAMS.
As an editor he has had edited fiction at Zoetrope: All-Story Extra (May – June 2000), Static Movement books (Oct 2010 – Nov 2011, culminating in the aforementioned Local Heroes anthology), and Liquid Imagination online webzine (Oct 2010 – Aug 2013).
As a journalist he has interviewed award-winning author BOB THURBER (Cinderella She Was Not), legendary independent cartoonist GILBERT HERNANDEZ (Love and Rockets), and comic book artist PATRICK ZIRCHER (The New 52: Future's End).
Some of his literary heroes include CLIVE BARKER, 1980s CHRIS CLAREMONT, WARREN ELLIS, JAIME HERNANDEZ, ELMORE LEONARD, 1980s STEPHEN KING, 1977-1995 DEAN KOONTZ, 1990s ANNE RICE, GREG RUCKA, NEAL SHUSTERMAN, MICKEY SPILLANE and the aforementioned Bob Thurber.
Brandon L. Rucker lives in the Midwest Region of the United States where the summers are humid and the winters are increasingly unbearable. He hopes to someday retire somewhere warm and sunny year-round. Unlikely to happen if he doesn't finish his novels.