Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoy the stories and poetry posted here. Most of the works are now new after having given the site a seven-year makeover.
As for me, what can I say? I live to write and write to live. The best of both worlds. I write far too much and hoard most of what I do, hence here. My website is a little place to highlight, and hopefully have people enjoy, the ones that got away.
I am the English author of The Eternals dark fantasy series – (Please see more about my Novels on their own page).. I have featured in Expanded Field Journal, Love Letters To Poe, After The Pause, and feel privileged to have appeared in many more.
When not writing, I love reading, running, all sports, and walking through beautiful scenery. If I lived in view of a mountain with a stream running through the bottom of my garden, I’d never resurface. I have the world’s worse memory and have caffeine-laced blood.
I have two sayings: 1. I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie. 2. Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. You can be.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you enjoy the poetry and prose on the site.
PS: You’re supposed to write these in third person, and professionally I would, but when dealing with friends, that’s far too impersonal.
Richard M. Ankers
Please feel free to find me on or in:
Goodreads Author Page: Richard M. Ankers
Amazon Author Page: Richard M. Ankers
Contact me@ firstname.lastname@example.org
Britannia Unleashed: Published by Next Chapter (LATEST RELEASE!)
The Eternals: Book 1 In The Eternals Series: Published by Next Chapter
Hunter Hunted: Book 2 In The Eternals Series: Published by Next Chapter
Into Eternity: Book 3 In The Eternals Series: Published by Next Chapter
The Snow Lily (UPDATE for those kind souls who have asked: On hold for rewrite): Authonomy.com by HarperCollins – Gold Medal Winner
DarkWinter Literary Magazine: Staring at a World Gone By (09/03/23)
Compass Rose: The Lost and the Dreamers
The Violet Hour: Louvred
Dream Noir: And. . .
Noctivagant Press: To Indigo Lost
Suburban Witchcraft Issue 3: Of Watching Mercury Flowers Bloom
Verum Literary Press: The Lighthouse Moon
Flora Fiction Literary Magazine: Unconventional Rita and the Water Fountain
Paragraph Planet: The Visitor
DarkWinter Literary Magazine: The Butterfly Heart Paradox
Filter Coffee Zine: Truths Told
Madhouse Books: Irregular Constructions (The Clockwork Chronicles Anthology)
Lothlorien Poetry Journal: Moonscapes and Melancholy
Lothlorien Poetry Journal: The Endless Night
Noctivagant Press (Issue 3): Cooler than the Sun
Typeslash Review: The Gossamer Curtain
White Enso (kaidankai): This Dust Between Us (Also in Audio)
Noctivagant Press (Issue 2): The Night Rain
Expanded Field Journal: Featherless
Noctivagant Press (Issue 1): Ancient in Ultramarine
After the Pause: The Taken Hand
Love Letters To Poe: The Human in Me (Also in Audio)
Distant Shore Publishing: Is This Leningrad?
Black Poppy Review: The Watched
The Dawntreader: Oaken Yearnings
Bunbury Magazine: The Longest Fall
Once Upon A Broken Dream: Creativia Anthology: Sapphire Heartbreaks
Phantaxis Issue 1: In Glass
DailyScienceFiction.com: Android One
The Fable Online: Phoenix Burned
Specklit.com: Cold Freedoms / Racing the Dead / Mermaid’s Tears
Devolution Z: Nocturne
Nonlocal Science Fiction Issue 4: Filtered Blue
Third Flatiron Publishing ‘The Time it Happened’ anthology: Armada Of Snow
Leap Books ‘Fright Before Christmas’ anthology: Clockwork Christmas
Litbreak.com: Primal Actions / Lost Lights / Glass Spiders
The New Accelerator Issue 4, iTunes digital magazine: Iced Hearts At World’s End
The Tophat Raven issue 2 (issuu.com): Hope
Quaterreads.com (now defunct) : Hush, Little Darlin’ / In The Arms Of A Dream / Spectral Nazis & The Empress Of Steam / Washed Away
Published to Spillwords.com
The Last (18/01/2023)
Published to Gobblers and Masticadores
The Boom Bangers
The Melancholy Divide
Patterned in Ebony
Of Loss and its Challenges
This Extraordinary Divide
Sleeping with the Lies
The Silent Raven Calls
Impspired: With Gina Maria Manchego – The Winter Lily
Lothlorien Poetry Journal: With Gina Maria Manchego – Other Autumns
Poetry as Promised Issue 3: The Frosting
Suburban Witchcraft Issue 4: The Pain and The Calm
Ephemeral Elegies: Crumbling
Molecule: Ice Sheets
fēlan Issue 1: The Heat (poem) Not Quite
fēlan Issue 2: Nightly
fēlan Issue 3: Beautiful (poem) Smile
fēlan Issue 4: Wetted (poem) Melancholy Moon
fēlan Issue 5: NO! (poem) & Guest Judge
fēlan issue 10: Ignition
The Tophat Raven issue 1: Lacrimosa (poem)/ My Angel (poem)/ Lost Gulls (haiku)
Thank you for reading
Richard M. Ankers
560 thoughts on “About / Writing Credits”
I admire your courage for pursuing what you love to do! I hope to do the same in the future. 🙂 By the way, a huge THANK YOU for following my blog and for the support. It is very much appreciated! 🙂
Thank you very much. I always enjoy your posts, so its a pleasure to follow you.
Thanks again!! 🙂
Thank you for being across my blog. Good to read your bio, that is how I am starting to feel about writing too, I only want to be left alone to take photographs and write about them! Really struggling with my day job! 🙂
Well, I wish you all the very best with whatever you decide 🙂
Just wanted to say hello and hope you are well.
Your poetry has been stellar as usual.
Making me howl (((awhoooo)))
Thanks, Lord Marcus, i appreciate that. 😄
It is wonderful to read about someone who is able to overcome his shyness and boldly show the world he has so much to offer. I look forward to checking your book and best of luck on your trilogy. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I am truly honoured.
Thank you very much. I’m very grateful for your kind words. I shall really look forward to reading more of your own work.
Thank you , Richard!
Congrats on following your passion. Many of us write and wonder about committing fully (publishing, books, etc.) like you’ve done. Thanks for showing the way. blessings, Brad
Thanks, Brad. It was just something I had to do. All the best to you too.
Hi Richard, I can’t see any comment sections any more on your posts? I was worried something happened? I hope you’re fine. Your poem are wonderful/ Hugs Lotta
Very kind of you. Don’t worry though just needed a break. Really busy with the writing at the moment. 😄
I’m the worrying kind…and your poems are always so strong, so I actually started to worry and was about to ask Charly if you were ok. Then I found a place to reach you.
Well, Richard Ankers is doing well…puh, check on my “worry list” 🙂
Have a great evening! And thanks for answering me.
You too. I appreciate it 😊
Are comments on your posts closed Richard..? I could not find any option to comment on the recent poem..
Yes, I’ve turned them off for a while.
are the comments on all your posts closed???? 😮
They are, K
Wow! I admire you for the courage to go after your dreams! Not many people have the courage to do so! Wonderful! I’m happy that you risked eveything just to live your dream! 🙂
I accidently stumpled upon your blog and I’m glad I did. So far I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read, so beware – I’ll be back! 😉
Thank you that’s very much appreciated 🙂
Lovely to have caught you in between running and writing Richard.. And thank you for following Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary, its only now I have some time to catch up with new subscribers.. You have a wonderful way with words and lovely blog.. .
May you continue to be inspired as you run, and I hope to read many more of your words to come..
Thank you very much. That’s really appreciated.
Hello! You have very excellent blog! It is a lot of interesting information! I enjoy you! Continue also! The best regards! – Vlad 🙂
Thank you very much, Vlad 🙂
It’s wonderful to be able to pursue what you love, I am trying to do the same!
Not always easy, but it was the best thing I ever did. I hope it is for you too.
Thank you Richard, I hope so still on my journey at the moment, hope to get there in the end!
If that’s what you’ve decided, then you will 😄
Yeah, I’m quite determined! 🙂
You have a very inspiring story… you are an inspiration to many wanna be writers here… Thank you for being so nice… and may God bless you more… 🙂
Thank you, very kind. 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂 be well… 🙂
Thanks for following my blog Richard I hope you find a blessing there.
Thank you very much.
Thank you for following my blog Richard. I read through some of your poems and liked what I read. It’s not often I read something that moves me or something I find similar to my own style. I will be following you back. I look forward to reading your work!
Thank you for the kind words, they are very much appreciated 🙂
Hi Richard! I nominated you for The Creative Blogger Award. If you’re interested please accept this award, and if you’re unable to for whatever reason, please accept the recognition and my sincere thanks.
Here is the link: https://danicapiche.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/creative-bloggers-award-thank-you/
That’s really kind of you, thanks a lot 🙂
You can I ask, but I ain’t telling LOL I’ve spent the last two years trying to forget my secrets!!!
Hello! I love your blog and so I have nominated you for the Versatile Award 🙂 I’m new to the nominating side of this world and had to nominate your blog. You’ve probably already been nominated lol but I really love your posts so had to nominate you anyway!
Here is a link to my page for more information on the rules and such..
Have a great day 🙂 x
Aww, thanks for thinking of me. Much appreciated 🙂
I enjoyed reading more about your background, Richard. You are an amazing writer who continually inspires me. I like the changes you’ve made here and wish you the very best always.
And you’re too kind, as always. 🙂
And you’re very humble, as always. 🙂
Thank you for thinking of me 🙂
Hey. I just spent around half an hour seeing most of your posts. Those poems were just beautiful. Keep writing. 🙂
Oh no! LOL
Does that mean I need to pay you half an hours wage?
:3 that would be nice.
Hi Richard – I appreciate your follow. I’ve been reading through some of your poems and have enjoyed what I’ve read. I hope to visit again to explore some more.
Thanks, Shery, very kind 🙂
Hi Richard, I have nominated you for The Premio Dardos Award! I bet you are quivering in excitement… or perhaps you might be hitting your head against a wall repeating the phrase “Not another award, not another award!” You don’t have to accept this award, but I would love for you to pop over to my blog and come celebrate! There will be imaginary champagne, disco balls and a drumming cat! What more could one want? Hehe.
I celebrate every time I visit your blog. And thanks, Amanda. 🙂
Well, in that case, you’d better fetch those disco shoes and party poppers! 😀
Love your story of how you came to write full time! I have a very similar story, so I say huzzah to you pursuing your dreams! It is no easy task to uproot everything and chase after the unknown. But it looks like you are absolutely doing what you were born to do, and that’s amazing. Great “About” section; I enjoyed learning about your story. Keep up the wonderful writing. I look forward to reading more of your work in the near future. In the meantime, happy writing. 🙂
Thank you, very kind.
And I’m glad you think so and hope it’s just as wonderful for you. 🙂
Why, thank you! It is amazing, yes. I appreciate your sentiment. Looking forward to watching your journey continue!
Thank you for following my blog and liking my work. It really is very much appreciated. I loved your writing and mostly your intro… Doing what we love the most is what success is all about.. I’m talking about the success of inner happiness 🙂 Looking forward to read more of your lovely work 🙂
Thank you very much. I’m glad I’m not the only one out there that values happiness 🙂
Aw!! That’s true 🙂 Keep enjoying your work and keep shinning 🙂
And you 🙂
I got very misty-eyed reading this, may have forgotten details–we have that wonky (?) memory thing in common, as I recall. Hope you’re doing well, enjoying good health and success, Raven Prince.
I was doing well but today I feel like someone has shoved a dagger in my left eye.
I hope you are all and that the novel is coming along nicely.
PS. I think it’s about time you started another blog to keep me on my toes.
You’re hilarious–unfinished novel and memoir still locked in turret, but I took the ankle chain off briefly to visit you. Ever so sorry about the dagger, poet-pal–I’ve had full-surround headache for days, sort of a helmet effect, so I’m both sympathetic and empathizing. Prayers on the way for your relief. Jorios coming up, if you’re interested….no obligation.
Gee whiz! Headaches full-surround, that’s not good. Look after yourself.
Thanks, and don’t worry–I’m a durable drama queen…
Thanks for thinking of me 🙂
I’m excited for the “Decadent Gothic” 🙂 I just stop by to thank you for liking my posts 😀 I love your poetry! 🙂 Best of luck to you 😀
Thank you, Nicole, that’s very much appreciated. 🙂
Thanks for the likes from my blog and for the follow. A published, award winning author eh? Still getting rejections myself, I am twisted with jealousy!
If I can do it anyone can. Just keep plugging away.
Hi Richard. I have thanked you for liking my pieces so here goes… Thanks, Richard.
I also think I nominated you to The Versatile Blogger Award. Pls go check https://rainefairy.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/another-wp-legit-award-versatility/
lemme correct that… I have NOT thanked you for…
Thank you very much for the award but I don’t do them. I really appreciate the thought though 🙂
Thank you for following me and liking my flash fiction. Your Decadent Gothic series sounds intriguing!
You’re welcome, and thanks to you too 🙂
So happy to have found your site. I believe everything happens as it is meant to. Call it what you will. So here I am with tears in my eyes from reading your About page -about you quitting you job because you realized you could not be happy unless writing. That is me, as well. I am coming into my true nature and trying to allow my dream(s) to come true. I tend to stop myself short. Still not totally believing I am deserving of this life I want….the writer’s life. Still trying to find support from others who live this life. So I have landed at the foot of your mountain as I begin to connect with those on the same path down by that sweet trickling stream with pen and paper in hand. The dreamers, the lovers, the creators connecting through cyberspace, a world far removed from nature, yet a vehicle in which to bring the like minded together…
Thanks for sharing your poetry, prose, and your journey.
Thanks, Suzanne, it’s nice to meet you. I’m glad my own tale resonated with you and wish you every future success 🙂
Did someone mention “fantasy”?
Yay! -happy dance-
Hello Richard !
It is great to know more about you through your writings. You do have something new to share with all of us every time.
Also, I love the fact that you appreciate my writings too and also many other bloggers, for most of the time. It is very generous of you.
And I am always happy to see you on InkMode.
Do stop by at my blog to leave your feedback whenever you get time.
Thanks a ton !
That’s really kind of you. Thanks very much 🙂
Thanks for all the follows Richard. I need to visit you more often. Have a great day!
You’re welcome, and thank you 🙂
It took me time to read the about
Impressively talented 🙂 am glad you write
each day!! is even better
All the best in the days to come
thank you for allowing me to comment 🙂
God Bless !!
Very kind. Thank you very much 🙂
Hello Richard! I’m so glad and grateful that you’re always checking my literary works out. It inspires me. Thank you so much! I’m lucky to be around such talented writers such as yourself, xx.
Likewise. And thank you very much. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! And yours, by the way, is very lovely from the fog surrounding the green mountain to your words of a new world for you. Congrats!
Thank you very much 🙂
“I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie.” I totally agree!!…but due to my kids I must “zombie” on…..for now!
Thanks, Matt, that’s a good reason to do so 🙂
Congratulations on your great achievements! No doubt more still to come. May your light keep shining!
Thank you, very kind 🙂
Love the poems I have read so far and congratulations on your achievements, only few are really able to follow their passion. Looking forward to catch up with all of your poems slowly. I am still working on my writing skills and after reading your poem, I am even more determined to improve and get to where I want one day. Stay connected and keep up the great work.
Thanks, Gaurav, that’s really kind of you.
I have to agree if I lived next to the lake in your background photo I would never leave either! I love reading your poems thank you x
Thank you very much.
PS I hope your blog is all alright now 🙂
I think it is back to normal but I haven’t heard about the job so maybe they saw the bad version 😦 oh well such is life!
Oh my, oh my, oh my! Here we have an humble celebrity! I just read the about page and how stupidly I was rambling 😳😁. Science fiction and Gothic themes and vampires ❤, wow, wow, wow! It must be so adventurous to be a writer… I well…my eyes are shining with that ‘I-am-honoured-to-meet-you-sir, it’s-a-once-in-a-lifetime-sort-of-thing’ look. Seems I got lucky, yay! (although I respected you as much without knowing your credentials, but it feels great!). Thanks once again, I got more than I deserve because of you. 😁
Good luck, best wishes and regards.
You don’t have to thank me. And that’s for the kind words even though I’m just another writer. I’m trying though. 😄
No, no, writers are never ‘just’ another. Each one is so special in some way, and currently you’re one of my favourites 😉 along with Erich von Däniken (his theory might be a little crazy but it’s intriguing and I like his courage to think of unique possibilities) and even Oscar Wilde and H.G. Wells. Oh I even like John Keats, Jerome K. Jerome and Pearl S. Buck. There are plenty of blog writers I love. And about poetry, well, I like poems by almost anybody with flair! I haven’t read too much but I know there are plenty of awesome writers and poets. There is much I can learn from your down-to-earth ways. 😏 You’re not trying anymore, you’re a hit already! 👏 Hmm.. Although your work has already surpassed our expectations, probably you expect from yourself to do even better, genius! I always love reading everything you write. There’s not one piece that I can say is mediocre sort or even just good or okay, all are masterpieces! Sometimes I feel frustrated – why can’t I hit ‘like’ a thousand times!? Oh, Mr. Famous and Fabulous might not have the time to read so much :p
Take care, best wishes and regards. 😀
Thank you very much. That was a good list 🙂
Do you not sleep? :p
Haunting photo background to this page. The presentation beckons. Wonderful.
Thank you very much 🙂
Thank you for liking “On Dying Slowly.” I wrote it as part of the Tupelo Press and Teen Creative Writing Center 30/30 Poetry Fundraiser at https://tupelopress.wordpress.com/3030-project/ I hope you consider donating. Every little bit helps. And, thanks again for supporting my writing. 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂
happy pauper than a wealthy zombie…so nice!
Thanks, and true 🙂
You have an absolutely amazing blog very creative and beautiful! Always love your poems ^-^
If you could check me out at : https://www.facebook.com/JM.Poems?ref=hl
and give my page a like (if you like it haha) that would be fab and let me know what you think???
Have a great day and keep blogging!!! xxxx
Thanks, Melissa, very kind. But I’m really sorry, I’m not on Facebook.
Hi Richard, I’m glad to have found you on here and look forward to finding your updates in my feed. Xxx
Thank you, Madelaine, nice to meet you 🙂
Hi Richard, just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog and I love how you’re inspiring people to follow their dreams. A big thank you. 🙂
Very kind. Thank you very much 🙂