R. Daniel Lester writes into the void. Sometimes the void wins. Other times the words win.

His writing, across a range of genres, has appeared in print and online in multiple places, including 365 Tomorrows, Pulp Literature, Switchblade, Points In Case, EconoClash Review, Slackjaw and the clown noir anthology, Greasepaint & 45s. And recently he’s contributed multiple articles and tag lines to dystopian satire website, Omnarchy, and financial news satire site, Hard Money.

He’s also the author of the hardboiled humour Carnegie Fitch Mystery Fiasco series from Shotgun Honey and Down & Out Books. Book 1, Dead Clown Blues, was nominated for a 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novella and Kirkus Reviews called it “An absorbing, wry mystery with a charming, rather indifferent sleuth.” The follow up, 40 Nickels, released in August 2019, was also well reviewed by KR and said to be “a zealous, persistently amusing detective tale.”

Previously a longtime Vancouver resident, he currently lives in Toronto with his spouse and daughter.

The battle with the void continues daily.


Dead Clown Blues cover_new small  40 Nickels cover_small

  • 40 NickelsShotgun Honey/Down & Out Books, 2019
  • Dead Clown BluesShotgun Honey/Down & Out Books, 2017
  • Die, Famous! – Dirt Starling Press (self-published), 2009
  • Caffeine Fueled Revelation Machines (Stories) – Dirt Starling Press (self-published), 2009
  • It’s All in the Interpretation (Poems) – Dirt Starling Press (self-published), 2009
  • Repetition Can Be Beautiful  – VFS Press (handmade run of 100 copies, numbered), 2005


 The Lascaux Prize 2015    Switchblade: Issue Seven    Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology    Greasepaint & .45s    EconoClash Review #5: Quality Cheap Thrills

Short Form Humour:






  • Semi-Finalist, 2018 Broken Pencil Indie Writers’ Deathmatch
  • Finalist, 2015 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction
  • Winner, Mash Stories Competition #5
  • Finalist, 2014 NYC Midnight Short Story Competition
  • Semi-Finalist, 2014 Broken Pencil Indie Writers’ Deathmatch
  • Honourable Mention, 8th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest