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