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Roy M. Griffis

Tuscany Bay Books

Self-Published, Traditional
Fantasy, Adventure, Dystopian, Historical fiction
United States

Roy “Griff” Griffis calls himself a “Storyteller” for a lot of reasons.He decided to be a writer at age ten when he went to Mars with John Carter, courtesy of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and never looked back. Along the way, he’s done all the usual starving artist jobs (janitor, waiter, bookstore clerk) and a few unusual ones (he was the 62nd Aviation Rescue Swimmer in US Coast Guard––he doesn’t just write action-adventure, he lived a little of it himself). He’s written poetry, plays, and screenplays. He’s also the author of twelve novels, including the epic historical fiction saga By the Hands of Men and the alternative history series The Lonesome George Chronicles. For a change of pace, he turned his hand to comic horror, resulting in his internationally best-selling The Thing from HR, the first book in his award-winning Cthulhu, Amalgamated cycle. The audiobook of that first novel is pretty damn funny, to be honest, and it’s a story which reviewers have compared (in a nice way) to Terry Pratchett, Douglass Adams, Harry Harrison, and Mel Brooks. Griff will be the first to admit that’s pretty fast company in which to be included. In 2018 he received the first The John Milius Screenwriting Award for his original film script Cold Day in Hell. He’s currently hard at work on a fourth book featuring Narg, the every-Thing hero of the Cthulhu, Amalgamated novels, to be followed by the 7th By the Hands of Men novel, as wellas stories to be named later.

  • By the Hands of Men Series (Historical Fiction)
    • Book 1 - The Old World
    • Book 2 - Charlotte: Through the Ocean of Fire
    • Book 3 - Robert: The Ingenuities of Hell
    • Book 4 - Charlotte: The Blind Machinery of the World
    • Book 5 - Robert: The Wrath of a Righteous Man
    • Book 6 - Ringside at the Circus of the Fallen
  • The Cthulhu, Amalgamated series - Comic Horror/Fantasy (aka "Lovecraft with Laughs")
    • Book 1 - The Thing from HR
    • Book 2 - The Auditors of Doom
    • Book 3 - The Breakroom of a Thousand Nightmares

If I have a self-help philosophy, this is it: "Change your story, change your life." We act as if the stories we tell ourselves about the world are true. So if our story about the world is "the system is out to get me, the Man is keeping me down, I'll never succeed," then you are going to be able to find plenty of evidence to support that, and your brain believes you, because, you know, you're the boss. But if the story you tell you is more open-ended, more hopeful, like "man, it's a big world, there are an infinity of good amazing things happening at any given moment, and I am entirely capable of succeeding if I make wise choices and apply a little discipline, the sky is the limit!" Your brain will believe that. It's one reason I think stories are so important. They are like maps of possibility. And, because I, too, changed my story...and I changed my life. But that is, as they say, another story.