About The Author:
R. Perez de Pereda
Books Published Through Darkwater Syndicate
Born in Cuba in 1941, Ramiro Perez de Pereda has seen it all. Growing up in a time when then-democratic Cuba was experiencing unprecedented foreign investment, he was exposed to the U.S. pop culture items of the day. Among them: pulp fiction magazines, which young Ramiro avidly read and collected. Far and away, his favorites were the Conan the Barbarian stories by Robert E. Howard.
In 1959, communists seized control of Cuba. Ramiro left for Miami with naught but the clothes on his back and a fair grasp of the English language. Upon arriving, he found work in a produce warehouse. Several years and several jobs later, he landed an entry-level position at a blue-chip company and worked his way up the corporate ladder. By the mid-1960's he was living the American Dream -- he had a wife, a car, and a mortgage. It was about this time that he tried his hand at writing, and after two years of diligent work at the typewriter, in 1967 he finished -- in his native Spanish -- The Many Deaths of Cyan Wraithwate. It was, in his estimation, a story of the sort he enjoyed growing up, replete with fantasy creatures and plenty of hack-and-slash action. Then life intervened, as life has a habit of doing, and when news came later that year that he had a baby daughter on the way, he all but shelved his dreams of becoming a published author. His novel would not be published until 2014, after sitting at the bottom of a desk drawer for over forty years.
Ramiro, now retired from the corporate life, is a grandfather of five. He devotes himself to his family, his writing, and the occasional pen-and-ink sketch. He writes poetry and short fiction under the name R. Perez de Pereda.
Ramiro serves Darkwater Syndicate as its Head Acquisitions Editor -- he heads the department, he does not collect heads, which is a point he has grown quite fond of making. Indeed, it's one reason he likes his job so much.
He contributed the foreword to the horror anthology, Shadows And Teeth, Volume 1.