Richard A Lester

Author, Filmmaker, Musician

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


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.