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R.S. Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters work in Forensic Science at The George Washington University and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly.

The Grand Prize winner of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Anthology contest, Rod's short story “Orphans” was published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 9 published by Simon and Schuster in 2006. It was his first professional fiction sale.

Rod’s first novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was published by Tor Books in 2013. The sequel, The Shotgun Arcana, was published in 2014 and the third book in the Golgotha series, The Queen of Swords was published in 2017. The fourth book in the series, The Ghost Dance Judgement, will be released by Falstaff Books in June of 2020.

His novel, Nightwise, was released in August 2015, and was reissued with additional material in January of 2018. The sequel to Nightwise, The Night Dahlia, was published in April of 2018. Rod hopes to begin work on the third Nightwise book, Mother of Night, in 2021.

Rod's novel, The Brotherhood of the Wheel was published by Tor in March of 2016. It was a Locus Awards finalist for Horror in 2017 and is currently in development as a television series. The sequel to Brotherhood, The King of the Road, was released by Tor in December 2018. He will begin work on the third Brotherhood novel, The Zodiac Lodge, in early 2021.

His novel adaptation of the film, MiB International was published by Titan Books in the Summer of 2019. Rod's original audiobook space opera series for Audible debuted the first novel, The Queen's Road, in December of 2019. It has hit the Audible Originals Top Ten releases.
Rod has spoken at numerous schools, colleges, and universities on the subject of being a full-time working writer and the craft of writing.

He is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

He lives in Roanoke, Virginia with his children, Jonathan and Emily.