VJ Books Presents Author Raymond Benson!
Raymond Benson was born on September 6, 1955, in Midland, Texas. At the age of five, his family moved to Odessa, Texas, where he spent his formative years until his graduation from Permian High School in 1973. He graduated from high school with honors in 1973. From a very early age, Raymond exhibited an interest in the arts, movies, and books.
Benson moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1973. He enrolled as an Acting major in the Drama Department, but after one semester, he changed his major to Directing. Throughout the early eighties, he directed several productions off-off-Broadway and composed music for a variety of projects.
His interest in James Bond (since age nine) never faltered. In 1981, he began a personal project of writing a non-fiction book about the character. At the time, nothing like it had ever been done before. He wanted it to include a history of the 007 phenomenon, a biography of Ian Fleming, and analyses of all the Bond books and movies. He received a contract for the book and he spent the next three years concentrating on the project, including traveling to England to research, and writing what eventually became THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION.
In 1987, Benson got married and became a father two years later. Faced with the prospect of raising a child in Manhattan, he decided to move his family back to Austin, Texas in 1990. An offer from MicroProse Software Inc., in Hunt Valley, Maryland, was too good to pass up, so in the summer of 1992, Benson moved his family across country again to become a full fledged "game designer."
Benson was commissioned by the James Bond literary copyright holders (between 1996-2002) to take over writing the 007 novels. In total he penned and published worldwide six original 007 novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories. An anthology of his 007 work, The Union Trilogy, was published in the fall of 2008, and a second anthology, Choice of Weapons, appeared summer 2010. His book The James Bond Bedside Companion, an encyclopedic work on the 007 phenomenon, was first published in 1984 and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award by Mystery Writers of America for Best Biographical/Critical Work.
Using the pseudonym "David Michaels," Benson is also the author of the NY Times best-selling books Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and its sequel Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda. In 2003, Raymond left the world of James Bond to write his own original works. The first of these, EVIL HOURS, was actually written between Bond novels and was originally published as an electronic book in early 2001 by Publishing Online. It has recently been revised and officially published by Twenty First Century Publishers in 2004.
Raymond is an active member of International Thriller Writers Inc., The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and ASCAP. He served on the Board of Directors of The Ian Fleming Foundation from 1995 to 2011.
Raymond Benson Bibliography
Black Stiletto Series
James Bond Novels
The Black Stiletto (2011)
- The Black Stiletto's Autograph (2011; Free Short Story)
- The Black Stiletto: Black & White (2012)
- The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes (2013)
- The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies (2014)
- The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings (2014)
James Bond Film Novelizations (based on the respective screenplays)
- Zero Minus Ten (1997)
- The Facts of Death (1998)
- High Time to Kill (1999)
- Doubleshot (2000)
- Never Dream of Dying (2001)
- The Man With the Red Tattoo (2002)
- The Union Trilogy (anthology, 2008)
- Choice of Weapons (anthology, 2010)
James Bond Short Stories
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
Stand Alone Novels
- Blast from the Past (1997)
- Midsummer Night's Doom (1999)
- Live at Five (1999)
Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll "hits"
- Evil Hours (2001; revised edition 2004)
- Face Blind (2003)
- Sweetie's Diamonds (2006)
- Torment (2011)
- Artifact of Evil (2011)
Gabriel Hunt "hunt for Adventure" Series
- A Hard Day's Death (2008)
- Dark Side of the Morgue (march 2009)
- On the Threshold of a Death (short Story) (may 2009)
- The Rock 'n' Roll Detective's Greatest Hits (anthology) (july 2011)
- Hunt Through Napoleon's Web by "Gabriel Hunt" (e-book 2010; print edition 2011)
Other Short Stories
- Hitman: Damnation (2012)
- Homefront--the Voice of Freedom (2011; by John Milius and Raymond Benson)
- Metal Gear Solid 1 (2008)
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2009)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2004; Raymond writing as "David Michaels")
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda (2005; Raymond writing as "David Michaels")
- Ice Cold--tales of Intrigue from the Cold War (2014) - Anthology co-edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson - Contains Raymond's story Ghosts.
- The Plagiarist (1986)
- Thumbs Down (1986)
- Another Rock 'n' Roll Hit (2006)
- On the Threshold of a Death (a Spike Berenger Rock 'n' Roll Hit Single) (2009)
- After the Gig (2009)
- The Devil Is a Gentleman (2011)
- Once Upon a Time in the Woods (2013)
Raymond Benson Awards
- The James Bond Bedside Companion (1984; revised 1988;)
- The Pocket Essential Guide to Jethro Tull (2002)
- Editors' Choice Award, Newsweek Magazine ("Are You Afraid of the Dark?--the Tale of Orpheo's Curse," 1994)
- Best CD-Rom, Print's Digital Art & Design Annual ("The Indian in the Cupboard," 1995)
- Best Children's CD-Rom, Print's Digital Art & Design Annual ("The Indian in the Cupoard," 1995)
- Best Thriller, Lovey Readers Choice Award, Love is Murder Conference ("Sweetie's Diamonds," 2006)
- Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar Award, Hofstra University, 2007
- Best Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Horror Novel, Lovey Readers Choice Award, Love is Murder Conference ("Metal Gear Solid," 2008)
- Distinguished Former Odessan, Heritage of Odessa Foundation, 2009
- Best Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Horror Novel, Lovey Readers Choice Award, Love is Murder Conference ("Homefront: the Voice of Freedom," 2011)
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