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

He is 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 by the Crime Writers of Canada. The follow up, 40 Nickels, was released in August 2019. Shot to Nothing, 3rd in series, is scheduled for publication in Summer 2021.

His writing has also appeared in print and online in such places as Adbusters, Geist, Shotgun Honey, 365 Tomorrows, Pulp Literature, Switchblade, Points In Case and the clown noir anthology, Greasepaint & 45s. He’s won the Mash Stories flash fiction contest and twice made it to the semi-finals of the Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch.

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

The battle with the void continues daily.


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  • Shot to Nothing, Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books, 2021


  • 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


Pulp Literature Issue 5 Winter 2015    The Lascaux Prize 2015    Switchblade: Issue Seven    Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology    Greasepaint & .45s


  • “Mobility Walkers Needed! Help Disgraced Male Moguls Appear Sympathetic and Earn Big $$$” –  Slackjaw (Jan 31, 2020) – 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