Books by Morgan Richter include the following titles:
DURANALYSIS: ESSAYS ON THE DURAN DURAN EXPERIENCE
No band epitomizes the eighties, a decade of stylish and absurd excesses, as much as Duran Duran. Certainly no band inspires the same dizzying range of emotions—adoration, delight, confusion, contempt—as those five beautiful boys from England who burst onto the New Wave scene like a glitter-encrusted wrecking ball at the start of the decade and, with the help of their spectacular music videos, held the public’s attention in a vise grip. Still (mostly) together and going strong, they’ve endured because no one could ever quite forget them, even when the end of the eighties threatened to turn them into relics of an era that overstayed its welcome. Duran Duran are pop music royalty: glamorous, ridiculous, larger than life, and absolutely hilarious.
With wit and affection, DURANALYSIS tackles the Duran Duran phenomenon. DURANALYSIS is composed of a series of insightful, informative, irreverent essays encompassing the complete history of Duran Duran, from their origins in working-class Birmingham through their MTV domination and the crazy chaos of megafame in the 1980’s, to their lower-profile but still glamorous present.
Welcome to DURANALYSIS. It’s going to be a wild ride.
“This book is filled with two of my favorite things: unrepentant 80s nostalgia and unbridled geek pop culture obsession. If you’re not already a fan, Richter will make you one. And if you already love Duran Duran, this book will make you love and appreciate them even more.”
—Ernest Cline, author of READY PLAYER ONE
Burned out and bitter after a string of disappointments, Nicola Strozyk takes a short-term gig assisting Laurie Sparks, the design world’s reigning enfant terrible. Barely in his twenties, Laurie has built himself an empire that encompasses a chic Manhattan boutique and a role on an obnoxious reality series. Part worldly sophisticate and part cheerful scatterbrain, Laurie is beautiful and extravagant; at nearly twice his age, Nicola is jaded and resolutely unglamorous. As Laurie’s burgeoning fame threatens to overwhelm him, Nicola finds herself struggling to keep him on solid ground.
When Laurie becomes obsessed with tracking down the designer of a mysterious coat, he drags Nicola along on a champagne-fueled quest that takes them from the New York catwalks to glittery Hollywood parties and swanky suites in Paris hotels. What begins as a lark takes an ominous turn when they uncover a decades-old mystery involving the murders of two young models. Along the way, the odd-couple camaraderie between Nicola and Laurie evolves into a fierce bond, which is put to the test when she must protect him from a pair of deadly threats: a mercurial fellow designer hell-bent on burying a dark secret, and an obsessive killer who has fixed his sights on Laurie.
“[F]resh and dark… Snappy dialogue and accomplished descriptions are effortlessly woven into the catty and surprisingly nebulous world of Fashion Week and Emmy Award after-parties… Well done.”
—Publishers Weekly, an independent organization (review based on an unpublished manuscript as part of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)
Winner, Silver Medal, Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPYs)
Semifinalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA)
In 1984, a global nuclear catastrophe almost destroyed the world. Thirty years later, American society struggles to rebuild in the face of widespread fear, sickness and paranoia, as the chasm between the haves and the have-nots continues to grow.
While fleeing from a gang of marauders, Laurie Sparks, a young monk with an appetite for the good life and a knack for finding trouble, seeks refuge within a sinister subterranean church and inadvertently exposes the dangerous secrets of his past. Laurie’s adventures take him from desert wastelands to the decaying ruins of once-great cities, from seedy strip clubs and casinos to glamorous yachts on the Pacific and luxurious Park Avenue penthouses. In between nursing a whopping crush on his handsome traveling companion, Jonathan, and dodging the attentions of lechers, miscreants and murderers, Laurie yearns for clean sheets and room service and dreams of becoming the first television star of the post-apocalyptic age.
An alternate-timeline reimagining of Morgan Richter’s IPPY-winning novel BIAS CUT, LONELY SATELLITE is a story about how hope may be found in the middle of desolation, how allies pop up in the unlikeliest of places, and how the apocalypse is easier to face with liberal doses of champagne and frequent bubble baths.
“Great voice for Laurie, very likeable and believable. Terrific language usage, word choice and sentence structure variety. Great dialogue. Really, this is fantastic.”
—Amazon Vine judge for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Quarterfinalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA)
When struggling actress Charlotte Dent is cast in a small role in a big, brainless summer blockbuster, the subsequent hiccup of fame sends a shock wave through her life. The perks of entry-level celebrity are balanced by the drawbacks: destructive filmmakers, online ridicule, entitled costars, and an awkward, unsatisfying relationship with the film’s fragile leading man. Self-aware to a fault, Charlotte fights to carve out a unique identity in an industry determined to categorize her as just another starlet, disposable and replaceable. Unless she can find a way to turn her small burst of good fortune into a durable career, she’s destined to sink back into obscurity.
“From start to end, this is a crisp, fun treatment of Hollywood life.”
—Publishers Weekly, an independent organization (review based upon an unpublished manuscript as a part of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)
Semifinalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA)
While serving hors d’oeuvres to the beautiful people at a glittery Hollywood party, an aspiring young screenwriter named Vish meets Sparky, a charismatic stranger who claims he can do amazing things for Vish’s career. Vish’s attempts to find out more about Sparky set in motion a string of bizarre events, leading to a cushy writing gig on a hit TV series and a too-good-to-be-true romance with Troy, a sweet-natured starlet with a dangerous alter ego. After Troy dumps him without explanation, a heartbroken Vish tries to uncover what went wrong in their relationship. His quest for answers leads him deep into Los Angeles’ seedy, supernatural underbelly, where struggling artists are a disposable commodity and fame often comes at a mortal cost. Vish finds himself at the center of a high-stakes battle between ancient demons for dominance in the entertainment industry. With a foul creature living in the earth beneath his apartment complex, a vicious coterie of murderous surf bums dogging his every move, and a disturbing lack of trustworthy allies, Vish’s best chance for survival lies with the mysterious and powerful Sparky. Vish must track down Sparky before he becomes the latest victim of Hollywood’s deadly appeal.
“I’ve never read a story quite like WRONG CITY and could not stop reading. Richter’s simple, yet sophisticated writing style makes for a fast, exciting read. The story takes the main character’s life in bizarre directions you never see coming or fully comprehend until, finally, Richter brings the story to a nail-biting close. I’d love to read more about this supernatural Hollywood underground!”
Felix Dockweiler—former model, current entertainment reporter, and the star of such films as Frat Party USA—yearns for fame at any cost. An Omaha native struggling to make an impact in image-obsessed, celebrity-driven Hollywood, Felix torments, exhausts, and starves himself while chasing after a goal that always lies just out of his grasp.
Felix’s fragile status quo is disrupted when a violent pair of fire demons blaze into town and rack up a body count while hunting down his troubled younger brother, Michael. As the temperature rises and out-of-control wildfires threaten the city, Felix’s search for Michael takes him from Hollywood parties to Skid Row flophouses and all points in between. To save Michael, Felix pursues a dangerous alliance with Sparky Mother, a charismatic and unfathomably powerful entertainment mogul with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Meanwhile, Felix’s attempts to secure the job of his dreams begin to look more and more like a negotiation for his mortal soul.
In her follow-up to WRONG CITY, Morgan Richter once again takes readers inside a treacherous, alluring version of Los Angeles, where enigmatic supernatural forces manipulate the oblivious inhabitants from behind the scenes.
“This is a great supernatural fantasy. I loved it. It’s intelligent without the need to check the dictionary for unfamiliar terms, witty without being stupid or low-brow in nature. Altogether a great read.”