Ricky German


Look for his new book CHASING MORTALITY ... coming soon

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THE RIDER consists of the prizewinning and best runner-up stories of 1500-3000 words, based around a stock picture, that were entered in the 2016 Crimson Cloak Publishing short story writing competition.
Ricky German is an aspiring writer and professional desk jockey.  When not doing either he is a keen practitioner of aikido, of which he is a black belt, and spends time hiking the moors and woodlands, exploring the paths less travelled. He is also torturing his neighbours with an ill-conceived attempt to learn the violin. Ever the escapist, he is currently evading real life to work on Aedan and Linet’s world in the form of several short stories.

His story VICTIMS OF VANITY won joint first prize in Crimson Cloak Publishing's 2016 short story writing competition and is published in the anthology compilation of the best entries THE RIDER.


Endings are a part of life's relentless cycle.

Here is a mixed genre selection of tales reflecting life's mirror.

Murder mysteries, ghost and war stories, fantasy and contemporary, this collection of work from Crimson Cloak Publishing's talented stable of authors offers a variety of reads within the pages of one book.

You won't want it to end!


The Beast, by Nkosi Ife Bandele

Skari's Tale, by Heather Cawte

Fare Thee Well, By Jess and Keith Flaherty

Swan Song, by Ricky German

Arrivals and Departures, by A. Lawati

The Art of Dying, by Will Neill

The Girl in the Blue Dress, by Esma Race, illustrated by Veronica Castle

A Meeting of Souls, by Esma Race

Mr. Mayor, by Patrick Shanahan

The Mysterious Case of the Brain Snatchers, by Rick Stepp-Bolling

Bob's Story, by Rick Stepp-Bolling

The Luckiest Man in Vietnam: (Marines 0, VC 1), by Gary Winstead

With bonus story A Mother’s Grief, a Mother’s Hope, by Pam Smith


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“I am your death Aedan, and so you are drawn to me…”

Aedan, an immortal sidhe, must journey through the land of mortals in pursuit of the one who has cursed him: a mysterious creature known as Linet. Aware that Linet’s sanity is quickly deteriorating, it is a race against time to find her before she becomes something that can bring ruin upon the lands of Eriu.

On his journey Aedan must come to grips with the culture of Milesians, mortals whose ways seem primitive and futile to his sensibilities, a race that still harbors resentment after the war between the two peoples a century ago. Still, Aedan must study their mannerisms, in the hope that he can understand the spark that so drives them, a spark that his own kind had lost long ago.

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