Richard Dean Starr

Richard Dean Starr

Infobox Writer
name = Richard Dean Starr

caption = Richard Dean Starr
birthdate = birth date and age|1968|3|6
birthplace = Torrance, California, United States
occupation = Editor
Short story writer
Newspaper Reporter
Film Critic
genre = Suspense
Science fiction
influences = Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Tim Powers, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert B. Parker, Philip Jose Farmer, John D. MacDonald, Stuart Woods, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Edgar Allan Poe, J. R. R. Tolkien, Elmer Kelton, James Reasoner, Loren D. Estleman
website =

Richard Dean Starr is an American copywriter, editor, and author of fiction and graphic novels whose work has featured characters including Hellboy, Zorro, The Phantom, , The Avenger, and Wyatt Earp, among others. He is also a former journalist and film critic who has written for both newspapers and magazines. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction he is also a leading generalist copywriter and expert on small-business marketing.


Starr was born in Torrance, California, but spent thirteen years in Florida. He recently returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a film and television director. To date, he has worked as a production coordinator and co-producer on three feature films and two short films. In addition to his motion picture work, he was named Special Projects Coordinator for Moonstone Books in 2007. Starr recently finished editing "Tales of Zorro", the first anthology of original Zorro short fiction ever authorized by Zorro Productions, Inc. The collection is scheduled for release in May 2008 in both trade and limited signed editions illustrated by Douglas Klauba, Ruben Procopio, and Sergio Martinez.




* "Hellboy: Odder Jobs" (Dark Horse, 2004)


* "Tales of Zorro" (Moonstone Books, 2007)
* "More Tales of Zorro" (Moonstone Books, forthcoming 2009)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

* " Casebook" (Moonstone Books, 2007)
* " Chronicles" (Moonstone Books, 2005)

The Phantom

* "The Phantom Chronicles" (Moonstone Books, 2007)

The Avenger

* "The Avenger Chronicles" (Moonstone Books, 2008)

Other Short Fiction

* "Fear Itself" ("Cemetery Dance" magazine, Stephen King Halloween issue, 2005)


* "The Hurricane Key" (Forthcoming, 2010)
* "Dead Beat: A Jack Switcher Auction Mystery" (Forthcoming, 2010)

Graphic Novels

* "Wyatt Earp: The Justice Riders" (Moonstone Books, 2008)


* "The Dean Koontz Encyclopedia" (Moonstone Books, forthcoming)
* "The Zorro Trivia Book" (forthcoming)
* "The Art of Zorro" (forthcoming)


* "A Conversation with Piers Anthony" ("Science Fiction Chronicle", September 1994)
* "A Conversation with Tim Powers" ("Science Fiction Chronicle", May 1994)
* "A Conversation with John Barnes" ("Science Fiction Chronicle", date unknown)
* "Fantasy's Technique" ("Starlog Magazine", April 1991)

As Editor

* "Tales of Zorro" (Moonstone Books, 2008)
* "Sex, Lies and Private Eyes" (Moonstone Books, 2008)
* "More Tales of Zorro" (Moonstone Books, forthcoming 2009)
* "Captain Action: Classified" (Moonstone Books, forthcoming 2009)
* "Succubus: Tales of Erotic Horror" (Moonstone Books, forthcoming 2009)


* "Storm Warning" (alt. title: "Storm Front") - screenplay - Four Score Films (option only), 1991
* "Wednesday Again" - production coordinator, 2007
* "Shadowheart" - production coordinator, 2007 (Uncredited)
* "Space Reserved" - co-producer and production coordinator, 2007 (Unproduced)

Professional Affiliations

* Horror Writers Association (HWA), Active Member, 2007
* International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW), Active Member, 2007
* Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Former Member, 1991-1994
* Georgia Press Association, Former Member, 1989

External links

* [ Official Web Site]
* [ Copywriting and Marketing Web Site]
* Tales of Zorro Interview with [;f=36;t=007072 "Richard Dean Starr"] and other contributors at [;f=36;t=007072 The Pulse]
* Interview with [ "Richard Dean Starr"] at [ The Auden Interviews]
* News Coverage of the [;f=36;t=006562 "2007 San Diego Comic-Con Tales of Zorro Panel"] at [ Comic-Con International]

NAME=Starr, Richard Dean
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American science fiction author, editor, journalist, screenwriter
DATE OF BIRTH=March 6, 1968

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