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This is the official website of author Rick Chiantaretto.


Death of the Spirit

Crossing Death: Book Two

Release Date: March 13, 2015


I have no idea who I am anymore.

In Los Angeles, I would have given anything to go home to Orenda, my world where magic was alive and nature spoke to me. Now that I’m back I feel out of place, burdened with responsibility. The human part of me misses the simplicity of Earth, the mage part begs for connection with magic, and the demon part? I don’t want to admit that exists.

As the darkness inside me grows, I’ll learn to sacrifice for the greater good, as my people have always done. In order to save my family (both mage and human alike), I must face my nightmare, embrace the demon, and descend into the shadowy world of my enemy—the Hell of the Damned.

Once there, I will have nothing left to fear but myself: Edmund Gavel, human, mage, demon… maybe monster.

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Twice Upon a Time

Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth.
Reimagined & Remastered.
Twice Upon a Time

Cover by Luke Spooner

Release Date: January 14, 2015

Synopsis: Not all stories end happily ever after, and not all stories only happen once upon a time. Sometimes Beauty is the only hope to save the Beast—not from a curse, but something darker. Other times, there’s a reason why Sleeping Beauty is slumbering—and waking her could quite possibly be the worst thing the Prince could have done…

Join Joshua Allen Mercier and The Bearded Scribe Press as they bring you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Treasured stories from your childhood are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.

Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.
Featuring stories from Bo Balder, AJ Bauers, Carina Bissett, Rose Blackthorn, S.M. Blooding, Rick Chiantaretto, Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Court Ellyn, S.Q. Eries, Steven Anthony George, Dale W. Glaser, Jax Goss, K.R. Green, Kelly Hale, Kelly A. Harmon, Tonia Marie Harris, Brian T. Hodges, Tarran Jones, Jason Kimble, Shari L. Klase, Alethea Kontis, Hannah Lesniak, Wayne Ligon, RS McCoy, Joshua Allen Mercier, Robert D. Moores, Diana Murdock, Nick Nafpliotis, Elizabeth J. Norton, Bobbie Palmer, William Petersen, Rebekah Phillips, Asa Powers, Joe Powers, Brian Rathbone, Julianne Snow, Tracy Arthur Soldan, C.L. Stegall, Brian W. Taylor, Kenechi Udogu, Onser von Fullon, Deborah Walker, Angela Wallace, and Cynthia Ward.

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Facade of Shadows

Second Edition

Release Date: June 13, 2014

Synopsis: Judas Iscariot (portrayed as the first of the undead), the gods and myths of ancient Egypt, and vampires all play a role in this novel of the clash between good and evil on Earth. In Façade of Shadows, the supernatural beings of Egyptian lore work together with modern-day vampire slayers to wage a pivotal battle against the dark powers of the underworld. A group of young slayers and their immortal Protector, the son of ancient gods, travel through time and space while struggling to save the population of an unsuspecting town—the first target for domination by the vampires—in a conflict that foreshadows the fate of the world. If you enjoy action, humor, tragedy, even romance involving the genre of vampires and their nemeses, this is a riveting read to add to your collection.

Additional Details: Facade of Shadows is being re-released with only minimal editing, preserving the juvenile writing style and original tone of the manuscript.  I wrote this book in high school, and wants to make sure it remains true to who I was when I wrote the book.

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Release Date: December 13, 2013

Synopsis: I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind.

But I didn’t stay dead.

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must find out who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

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What People are Saying


Facade of Shadows


Rick Chiantaretto might be a name new to you, but you will definitely run across his name again. An emerging writer who works with old myths and legends and folklore of a spiritual nature, Rick manages to weave entertaining and telling tales. Keep an eye out for Rick Chiantaretto.

~Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined

From a small-town school to the middle of the Sahara desert and beyond, this ambitious and expansive novel will take you on a journey from normality to the edge of oblivion and leave you gasping for breath!

~David Moody, author AUTUMN, the living dead series


I was unable to tear myself away…

~Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, author of The Two


Death of the Body

Crossing Death: Book One


Death of the Body is a roller-coaster ride that will leave you questioning reality, religion, and everything you thought you knew. Be ready to lose yourself in this amazing story.

~Rebecca Ethington, author of the Imdalind and Glass series

GREAT story and with all the elements I would want in a novel, by far. You are great at developing characters and I actually felt like I was dealing with REAL people by the time I finished the manuscript.

The elements of religion were fascinating to me and were woven into the story with skill!

~Bev R Sninchak, author and editor at Abraxas Writing & Editing Services


Death of the Body wasn’t what I expected it to be…. It was so much more! It honestly scared the daylights out of me.

~Helena Ison, Book Blogger at Accepted Wisdom