Richard A Lester

Author, Filmmaker, Musician

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Thanks to everyone who got The Check Out on sale! Have a Happy New Year and be safe!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Check Out: Just 99 Cents!
Is there an Ereader on your Xmas list? Are you getting one for someone else? Well, in order to make sure you've got something to read on it, I've lowered the price on The Check Out, for a limited time, to .99 cents!

Happy Holidays!

Buy From Amazon

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NEWS: 10/29/13

I Filmed Your Death

I have a cameo in a new film entitled I Filmed Your Death, which is making its world premiere in Memphis, TN at Studio On the Square on Halloween night at 10 pm. A song that I wrote is also featured in the movie.

IFYD stars Michael Horse of Twin Peaks, Peter Tork of the Monkees, Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films, Merle Allen, and a fantastic cast of up and coming actors.

Here is the trailer:

I FILMED YOUR DEATH New Trailer from Azbest Films on Vimeo.
 The Check Out: Everywhere Nov 2

On November 2, The Check Out will be available in Ebook form from all major digital retailers. You will be able to download a copy to your Ipad, Nook, or any other e-reader. Up until this point, it has only been available in Amazon's Kindle format. 

Buy The Paperback, Get the Kindle Copy For Free!

Starting today, anyone who has purchased a physical copy of The Check Out from Amazon will be able to download the Kindle version for free. This also applies to previous purchases. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ingrid Hall Interview

I was interviewed by author Ingrid Hall.

Here's a link to the interview!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dizzy Ramblers October Podcasts

Just wanted to let you know that I'm a guest for 3 weeks this month on The Dizzy Ramblers podcast. We watch (bad) movies, and attempt to make them more entertaining. We discuss Freddy's Dead, Jason Lives, and Halloween 6 this month!

To listen: Go to

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Indie Film Director Finds Success With First Novel

For Immediate Release
Richard A Lester

Indie Film Director Finds Success With First Novel

Memphis, TN – October 9, 2013 –  Murder, greed, revenge, and groceries. Indie filmmaker Richard A Lester unleashes his latest tale in the form of a novel entitled The Check Out (220pp,tpb, $12.99), now available from, Booksellers At Laurelwood, and Ingram Distribution. The book follows an ensemble of characters in their exploits at a failing grocery store. Mired in their own dismal circumstances, the employees decide, independently of each other, to heist $10,000 prize money from the store on the same night.

The novel is rooted in film noir, exploitation cinema, and heavy on visual style. So, why release The Check Out as a novel, rather than a film? “I got tired of trying to raise money, hire a crew, and find actors,” the filmmaker jokes. “It’s a lot easier to sit down and do it by yourself than it is to form the small army it takes to make movies.”

Director Richard A Lester first found fame as the director of the independent horror/comedy Night of the Snakehead Fish, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Since that film, he has worked on numerous shorts, both for himself and others, as well as spending a few years working in theater. This year, he not only releases his first novel, but returns to his cinema roots with a cameo in the upcoming movie I Filmed Your Death from Azbest Films.

The Check Out has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on and social media site Goodreads. Readers are drawn to the characters, and the fast-paced nature of the plot. Andy Gyurisin, film review blogger and the head of Film Club 3.0, writes “Richard Lester's novel, The Check Out, will grip you from the very beginning and not let go until the final, violent, conclusion…This was a great read!”

To promote the book, Lester has appeared on internet radio station Radio Memphis, appeared at Bookstock 2013 in Memphis, TN, and has had impressive turnouts at his book signings. “I’m really amazed at the support I’ve received with this book,” Lester says. 

For now, Lester intends to focus on his writing career. He maintains a hand in the indie film industry, however, by running movie review blog A Reel He also maintains an author website,, an author blog entitled On The Page, and has a very active social media life on Twitter and Facebook. “Frankly, I get bored if I’m not constantly working,” he states.

ISBN: 1626208239

To place orders for the book, contact:
Ingram Content Group Inc.
1 Ingram Blvd.
La Vergne, TN 37086
phone  615.793.5000

To arrange a book signing or interview, contact Richard A Lester at


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bookstock on October 5th!

I'll be signing and selling copies of The Check Out on October 5th at the Benjamin Hooks Library in Memphis, TN. I'll be one of dozens of authors discussing their work, so come by and say hello to everyone. It's also a free event!

For More Information, Visit the Memphis Library Web Page.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Check Out: Free For The Weekend!

You can get The Check Out free this weekend for the Amazon Kindle. That's right, FREE!

Here's the link.

If you enjoy it, or if you don't, I'd appreciate it if you'd review it on Amazon.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Radio Memphis Interview!

I will be interviewed "on air" on Radio Memphis on September 3rd at 3PM.

You can listen anywhere in the world at:

I'll be discussing my book, The Check Out, and promoting my book signing that happens at 6PM that day at The Booksellers At Laurelwood. 

Tune in!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Great Review of The Check Out

Just wanted to share this review of The Check Out!

Richard Lester's novel, THE CHECK OUT, will grip you from the very beginning and not let go until the final, violent, conclusion. Set under the roof of a local grocery store, Lester strongly weaves the stories of upper management and employees along a darkened path of corruption, sex, and violence. It is a story reeling in dirt, as each chapter introduces a voice to the MegaSaver, each with their own evil plan in mind.

It is story rooted in the corruption of man, the struggles of daily life, and the sometimes painful consequences to choices. A superb first novel, Lester takes pride in crafting each character, each plot device, and each scene intricately stepping us toward that inevitable ending. He knows these characters, hell, we all know these sort of characters, which makes Lester's story more than just a one-genre-tale. It successfully blends a bit of Elmore Leonard, Roger Avery, and Gregory Crewsdon into 200-pages, gripping you at every turn.

My only struggle, if I had to name one, would be the timing of this book. I lost focus sometimes on the timeline itself (how many days did this story cover), but that was after the completion of the story. The story is where the core of Lester's talent lies, and it is obvious he did his research and left no question unanswered.

A very strong outing by a first time author, I would suggest asking your local bookstore to carry this gritty pulp story. The packaging is fantastic and it makes for a superb wind-down to the summer season. Well worth the time. This was a great read!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Check Out Prologue

The Check Out will be available in less than a week! You'll be able to get it in Kindle and Paperback format on August 6th.

If you want a little taste now, head over to my blog to read the Prologue.

On The Page Blog

Let me know what you think.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Check Out Trailer

There's less than a month until the release of my novel, The Check Out. It's getting good reviews so far, and I've got some interviews lined up. The big news right now, however, is that you can see the brand new trailer for the book! Enjoy. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oklahoma Donations

The damage done by the tornado in Oklahoma is absolutely devastating. I would like to help out, in some small way. Therefore, from now until August 1, I will donate any proceeds from my short stories to the Red Cross.

Join The Email List!

I have added an email list to the web site. Please sign up so that you can stay up to date with information about, me, The Check Out, and other works. I will also be offering freebies (like short stories) from time to time. You will only receive those if you are on the mailing list. Thanks!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Check Out: Out August 6th!

My novel, The Check Out, will be available on August 6th from Amazon. It will be available in both paperback and ebook form.

The ebook version will be FREE for Amazon Prime members to read. For those without a Prime membership, the cost is only $3.99.

The paperback version will also be available for $12.99 from Amazon.

If you have not already, please take a look at the teaser trailer for the novel.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Site Design is Here!

Hope you like the new layout of the web site. There are a lot of links to follow at the top. You can find the teaser trailer to The Check Out on the right, as well as links to buy my short stories.

There is a lot of new stuff coming in the following weeks, so be sure to check back here often!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Site Design Coming Soon

Just wanted to let you know that a new site design will be uploaded soon. Also, be on the lookout for the official page of my novel, The Check Out.

If that's not enough, then stay tuned for the full length trailer for the book, as well!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Vote On The Check Out Cover!

I thought I would get you guys to help me pick out the cover to my novel, The Check Out.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Teaser Trailer For My Novel: The Check Out

Though publication is still a few months away, I wanted to show you all a sneak peak.

Here's the teaser for The Check Out. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Amazon Kindle Stories

Here are links to my short stories that are available on the Amazon Kindle store. Hope you enjoy them.

Father McKenzie [Kindle Edition]

Digital List Price: $0.99 
Kindle Purchase Price: $0.99  
A satirical tale of a priest with "unnatural feelings" who visits an unlikely source for relief.

Dinner For One [Kindle Edition]

Digital List Price: $0.99 
Kindle Purchase Price: $0.99

 A man having a rough day unexpectedly finds a human connection.

Welcome to My Author Site

Please take time to visit my Amazon page where you will find 2 short stories that are available. I will be publishing my novel later on this year. Stay tuned for news related to this release. My Amazon Author Page

Richard A Lester's Movies

Night of the Snakehead Fish (2003)

Laura was looking forward to a romantic camping trip with her boyfriend to rekindle the flames of passion. Unfortunately for her, he had other plans. Now Laura and a group of friends are trapped in the woods, surrounded by aggressive killer fish. Ripped from last summer's headlines, this movie will have you asking the question, "Can love really beat the snakehead fish?"

  • Starring: Charity Mulder, Julia Finch, Lacy Norman, Jeremy Blankenship, Vince Rogers, James Godwin, Josh Summitt, and Geoff Albert.
  • Original Music: Josh Summitt, Geoff Albert, and Richard A Lester
  • A Fight The Bite Production
  • Written and Directed by Richard A Lester.

Richard A Lester's Movies

Stacked Deck (2015)

Jeff Tate racks up an insurmountable debt at the poker table. Unable to make even a modest payment, he is given one option to walk away: Russian Roulette. 'Luck's a dime a dance girl,' the mob boss tells him. 'Let's see if you can soft shoe your way to ten cents or a bullet.' Jeff places the gun to his head, not knowing the outcome for himself or those around him.

  • Starring: Brett Trail, Charisse Norment, Thomas Hunt, and Joshua Shipp.
  • Cinematographer: Stephen Hildreth
  • Sound: Sam Bahre
  • Production Assistants: Celeste Dixon, David Virone
  • Titles: Andrew Fleming
  • Original Music: Kevin Macleod
  • Produced by Sam Bahre and Richard A Lester.
  • An Azbest Films/Piano Man Pictures Production
  • Written and Directed by Richard A Lester.

Richard A Lester's Movies

Azbest Films

For the past two years, I have had the immense pleasure of working with Azbest Films. We have a growing roster of short films, music videos, music projects, and other odds and ends. Please visit the Azbest site to see what we are up to!

Visit Azbest Studios' Web Site

Piano Man Pictures

I have also been fortunate enough to work on a number of productions for Piano Man Pictures. I have been involved in music videos, documentaries, cooking shows, and even appeared in a few shorts. Stacked Deck was a co-production of Azbest and Piano Man Pictures.

Visit Piano Man Pictures' Web Site

The Check Out

Failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott just wants a quickie. With a frigid wife waiting at home, Larry decides to have some extramarital fun with an employee named Maxine Watkins. Though he has no way of knowing it, Larry is sowing the seeds for a crime spree that will be dubbed "The MegaSaver Massacre."

The Check Out is a satirical thriller that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. It is the story of a $10,000 giveaway, and the employees who independently decide to heist the money on the same night. An ensemble piece, each chapter focuses on the motivations and actions of a different main character. Larry Prescott is an arrogant drunk whose affair quickly spirals towards danger. Maxine Watkins is a scheming liar, determined to claw her way out of indigence. Terrence Claybrook, the assistant manager, is an escaped convict trying to keep his past from catching up to him. Roland Tillman, a blood thirsty fugitive, reunites with his former cellmate during the MegaSaver robbery. Brad, an addiction ridden stocker, tries to turn his life around while picking up the pieces of a broken marriage. They each see the prize money as their only lifeline, and are determined to do everything necessary to grab it.


Richard A Lester's Podcasts

Creative Differences:

Author/Filmmaker Richard A Lester interviews the creative types in their natural environments around Memphis, TN. You can listen on Podomatic or Youtube!

The Dizzy Ramblers:

The bad boys of Azbest take lesser loved movies for a spin. Richard was a guest numerous times on the podcast. You can listen here!

Richard A Lester's Music

The Renault Brothers

David Joseph Virone and I have started an acoustic duo called The Renault Brothers. We perform originals and more obscure covers. I play acoustic guitar, foot tambourine, and harmonica. I am also a vocalist and songwriter for the duo. Dave plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandoline, and does vocals. He also writes songs for us.

You can keep up with all of our dates on our Facebook Page.