Richard Prosch grew up planting corn, tending cattle, and riding the Nebraska range in a beat-up pickup and a ’74 Camaro. He worked as a professional writer, artist, and teacher in Wyoming, South Carolina, and Missouri, while amassing enormous collections of paperback fiction, comic books, MEGO action figures, and vintage vinyl.
With his wife, Gina, Richard Prosch created “Comics and Emma Davenport,” a strip that ran in the Comics Buyers Guide newspaper and spawned ten issues of Emma’s own comic book. The duo continued their creative endeavors, developing licensing style guides for several cartoon properties and working with Tribune Media Services and the Hallmark Channel. In the 2000s, Richard built a web development studio while winning awards for illustration and writing (including a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America). His work has appeared in novels, numerous anthologies, True West, Roundup, and Saddlebag Dispatches magazines, and online at Boys’ Life.
Richard Prosch’s western fiction captures the fleeting history and lonely frontier stories of his youth, where characters aren’t always what they seem, and the windburned landscapes are filled with swift, deadly danger. His Peregrine stories follow the trials of John Coburn, a wandering man of the 1870s, while the Holt County tales are rooted in Deputy Whit Branham’s historic Nebraska.
His crime stories are equally rooted in place with police procedurals in Meadows Ford, Nebraska, or dark thrillers like the Dan Spalding novels, set in the heart of the Ozarks.
Richard Prosch lives on a Missouri acreage with his wife, Gina, son, Wyatt, assorted cats, and a Great Pyrenees named Moose.