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1985-1988: (Aged 12-16): Risk (Also known as The New York Job) This was the second version of what eventually became In Risk We Trust, completed in 1989.

1991-1999: (Aged 18-25) Fixing Truth: This was the manuscript soon to be expanded into a trilogy called The Truth Variations. Also a period during which I began first attempts to write short fiction. Also the period during which a rather lengthy subsequent screenplay was written.


2000-2002: fourteen short stories written which became The Great American Night, later referred to as the first volume of The Night Show Collection. The Limited Edition version is self published in 2002 to no fanfare. Not even a press release sent out; that's how busy I was on subsequent projects. Remember: I'm wearing all the hats. Other "outtakes" exist for this collection that remain buried for the time being--, although one in particular, "Both Sides, Same Coin" almost made it into the soon-to-be released Random Avenues anthology; officially making the short story an "outtake-twice-removed." Some of the short fiction produced was held over for a known second and third volumes--at the time both untitled--but what would eventually become Signals from Noise, the second volume of The Night Show Collection, and Crackpot Visionaries, the third volume. Signals was completed in 2011. Crackpots continues to evolve.

2003: Primaland published to no fanfare whatsover, suffering the same fate as The Great American Night. Still wearing too many hats, and quickly learning that promotion is a full-time job. So is the writing, itself. So is the research. And on, and on. It's initial printing was 110 copies. By 2003, Lazarus Cane was also underway. Also, the vision for Signals was coming closer to fruition, this via exhaustive and obsessive research on four specific topics: UFOs, JFK's assassination, RFK's assassination, and mind control.

2004: The Great American Night enjoys it's official first printing, with a variation on the original cover and a different order to the stories included. Once again, I have no time to promote it. Lazarus Cane is in full swing.

2005: Lazarus Cane is completed, with an evolving understanding that the story is not to be contained within a single volume. Thus, a sequel is planned, which will eventually become Running the Infinite, volume 2 of a trilogy which won't find it's umbrella title for another 5 years.  As for Cane, an excerpt is released in the 2004 printing of The Great American Night, from the chapter "The Quincey Ballroom Incident." The novel itself has yet to see the light of a full moon.

The Mosaic Apparatus becomes the baby of my alter ego, Ray Daniels, the one who often has his head in the clouds, the one who thinks anything can be achieved if one possesses the strength of desire. With the exception of Primaland, Ray writes the stuff that's "far out," "strange," "ensconced in the grandest, most mythical and legendary realms of storytelling." Also, he likes Westerns. By contrast, Dan is more receptive to the down-to-earth ideas: Risk, Flip City Blues, Things that Never Happen, and the literary portions of the The Night Show.

2006: In order to learn whether I can write a novel that isn't grounded in suspenseful overtones, I embark on a short novel referred to as Things that Never Happen. The subsequent result is are only half-successful, but I learn I can write in "literary" parlance. I also realize I missed my signature compulsion for writing. Inherently, I equate the absence of suspense to the absence of a woman you were kind of fond of.

2007: It's time to liberate Risk from the drawer, sweep it out, put a coat or two of paint on it. I no longer remember why I had to expand it; probably by then, because the core facets of "The New York Job"'s had been done to death in so many ways in the past 15 or so years since the last time I'd focused on this project. The new aspects that eventually occurred to me were thankfully compelling enough to re-emerse myself in a project I'd basically first cut my teeth on. For me, Risk was a friend I'd lost touch with, and this time, I wanted to know where he was from, what his family was like, what had made him the kind of lone wolf vigilante we saw in New York. The final result culminates in a manuscript of approximately 441 pages, or 188,275 words, compared to "The New York Job"'s. The title World of Risk was applied to this sweeping tale for the next few years while I worked on other things, but was (once and for all) renamed In Risk We Trust, a title I truly love.

2008: The sequel to Lazarus Cane is underway by the Winter of 2008, and loosely titled Running the Infinite.  A first draft is completed within three months. Unsurprisingly, the characters from Lazarus Cane virtually write themselves. Losing my best friend 5 days before Christmas (six months after his father, another friend) left me grateful I had another world to escape to for a while. Not for the first time, my work has made life tolerable.

2009: Signals from Noise is in full swing by this time. The collection is shaping up to be an interesting piece of work, but there's one pitfall: for people completely unacquainted with the "greatest conspiracy theories of the twentieth century," the collection will find itself seeking a diminished audience of those who study these shadowy factions of the government. By '09, I've been studying since the mid-nineties. The subjects involve the abovementioned UFO/JFK/RFK/Mind control quartet, as well as (by association) secret underground facilities (Area 51, the Dulce Complex, etc.), MLK's assassination, Iran/Contra, Watergate, and a host of others. Therefore, the decision is made to provide individual forewords for each story, providing a relevant context for the subsequent story it prefaces. These forewords, fourteen in all, significantly expand the scope and size of the book. Twelve of them are available in thier entirety on this website, for those who want a headstart before the collection comes out. The first offering from this second volume is "The Collective" & "A Yard Sale in Conspiracy Heaven," available now exclusively on Amazon Kindle.

2011: In December, 2011, Signals from Noise is finally completed, a project that's been ongoing since 2000.


2012: An early outtake from The Great American Night (and among the
first to draw specific origins from my conspiracy research) is a short story about
a CIA contract assassin with a "bent" toward saving the life of someone
for every one he takes in the name of country. The time during which
the story takes place is Christmas so many of the same staples worked
themselves into the motion of the story itself. Thus the title
Santa's Secret Weapon.

2013: The third part of a novel now called Flip City Blues is completed, called "The Hostage," with intentions for a fourth and final part, "Memory Train," actively in the works.

The last great obstacle: the completion of a trilogy by now loosely referred to as The Mosaic--begins with the writing of Godwin & Deville. An intended 3-month project carries over into 2014.

2014: A watershed year:

In Risk We Trust (formerly World of Risk, formerly just Risk) undergoes an extensive editing session in preparation to release it's first part ("The Call of the Riled") in an anthology called Twilight Junction. The intention is to release Junction as a limited edition in the summer of 2014, with Santa's Secret Weapon to be released during the Christmas holiday as my first released novel since 2003's Primaland. This is the plan, anyway.

Godwin & Deville is completed.

Santa's Secret Weapon is completed.

Things that Never Happen undergoes the most extensive editing session it's ever seen, and reaches the status of completed novel.


Due to various setbacks, it is decided that only Twilight Junction (albeit an illustrated version) will be released. The anthology presents significant chunks of Santa's Secret Weapon, Flip City Blues, Godwin & Deville, Things that Never Happen, and In Risk We Trust, as well as full short stories from 3 volumes of The Night Show Collection which began with The Great American Night. These subsequent three volumes are Signals from Noise, Crackpot Visionaries, and the fourth volume, In the Parlance of Our Crimes, although the latter two volumes remain uncompleted.

In the summer of 2015, a three-hour script called Black Tapestry is completed, which aspires to pick up where Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK left off. Though certain characters make a showing from that film (David Ferrie, et. al), this script seeks to show everything Stone's movie didn't; in other words, Black Tapestry adds three additional hours to the existing story, culled from 25 years of research and featuring characters fleetingly mentioned in JFK: Tippit, Robert Randolph Carr, Robert Groden, LBJ, J Edgar Hoover, Beverly Oliver, and many others. Oswald and Ruby are, of course, included necessarily, but they play more of a background role, as characters never previously mentioned are brought to the forefront. For example, various individuals who had prior knowledge about JFK's assassination (or witnessed something they shouldn't have) later died under suspicious circumstances. A great deal of the film comprises scenes witnessed through their eyes: Dorothy Kilgallen, Rose Cherami, Hank Killam, and Gary Underhill, to name a few examples. Another staple of this script is the spotlight finally being shown on certain researchers who've basically dedicated their lives to finding the truth: Groden (as already mentioned), Mark Lane, and Jean Daniel. Various facets of the story are fictionalized for the first time, yet seek to fill in certain blanks with admitted speculation: the "farmhouse" scene, which features members of the military, mafia and anti-Castro Cubans working together to coordinate the assassination; the interview of Jack Ruby's roomate George Senator on the evening of Ruby's arrest; the murder of Dorothy Kilgallen; the courtrooms of the House Select Committee on Assassinations; the strange behavior of Officer JD Tippit on the morning of the assassination; and the interrogations of Lee Harvey Oswald after his arrest.

Also, in a case of the chicken before the egg, a half-hour script is written called Heroes, which is based on the idea for an unwritten short story called "She Remembers Flying." As of June, 2016, this script is under consideration for production by Haven Productions' film division, Fringe Classics. Likewise, Lazarus Cane is under consideration for representation by a literary agency whose name will go unreleased at this time.

Blackwoods Drive: The first three stories ("Staged Lightning," "Majestic Airlines," and "Frisky's Weekend Pass") are completed for the first book (The MAJIC Show) in a new trilogy called Blackwoods Drive, in which each chapter will be it's own short story. As an experiment, these "chapters" can be read out of order, since each has it's own beginning, middle and end. Excerpts will soon be forthcoming.

Satisfying a long desire to change my name to something a little more unique than Daniel R. Nelson, I finally change it to "Ray Daniels." My first two books, The Great American Night and Primaland, will remain under the authorship of my original name, in order to avoid confusion.

Look for the 15th Anniversary Expanded Edition of The Great American Night around Christmas of 2016.