Seriously, don’t fuck with the community

I’ve just been catching up on this situation, so I’m a bit behind on time, but I wanted to add my voice to the outrage. It seems we have a plagiarist in our midst. Now, I can’t even begin to imagine the point of plagiarism. Are some people so insecure that they want to see their name in print but can’t risk using their own words? Are they just so keen to see their name as a published credit that they’ll use any means necessary? Well, yes, it would seem so. But what kind of pleasure or sense of success is there in that? Any writer surely wants their published stuff to be earned by the honing of their craft.

Not so Richard Ridyard. This guy has been caught out big time while picking on the spec fic community. It began when US writer Angel Zapata spotted some of his lines plagiarised in a Ridyard “story”. Angel investigated and exposed Ridyard as a serial plagiarist. This bottom-feeding fuck-knuckle has even taken the words of H P Lovecraft and Stephen King and tried to palm them off as his own. Seriously, the man is deranged and should probably seek psychiatric help.

But it is very heart warming to see how the online community of writers has risen to the challenge and made sure that this guy never gets anywhere again. Have a look at Lee Battersby’s blog for some entertaining news about his encounter with Ridyard and check out Angel Zapata’s blog, where he’s listed a number of online responses to Ridyard lunacy. And let’s keep our eyes open, folks – I get the feeling Ridyard might come back under a nom de plume before long.

Go team!


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15 thoughts on “Seriously, don’t fuck with the community

  1. bottom-feeding fuck-knuckle:
    This is quite possibly my favorite derogatory term of the week. I can’t wait to work into a conversation at work.

  2. It gets worse.

    Some years ago, my husband was notified by a fan that his award-winning story “How to Roll a Perfect Cigarette” was published in an online magazine under a different name. It turned out some university student had vbeen required to get three pieces accepted for publication for his degree. All three pieces he had accepted were plagiarized IN FULL from other authors published online.

    My husband contacted the university, which is how we knew there were two other plagiarized stories out there. (I mean, this included the initials of my husband’s friends, which he used as character names.)

    Guess where the student had gone after he earned his degree with stolen fiction? That’s right. Law school.

    Ridyard is one, folks. There are others.


  3. Laura – the only reason is because they don’t know yet. That’s why I posted about this – spread the word and sink the fucker. I bet if you tell Powder Burn they’ll change their minds.

  4. Actually, Laura, I’m guessing that story at Powder Burn isn’t plagiarised – it’s terrible. I’m surprised it was published at all.

  5. Wow! Just…. can’t find the words (though ‘fuck knuckle’ was excellent!) Too bad we can’t trick him into plagiarizing some seriously shitty writer like Robert St@nek or Nickolaus P@cione.

  6. Al, youd LOVE the English teaching industry in Japan!!!

    While perusing a text(purchased by a Japanese staff member posing as a potential client…) from a rival company, for ideas to rip-off, I noticed it included a lesson I wrote about 3 years ago, word for word!!! (Most likely copied from notes taken by rival Japanese staff posing as a potential client…) Now…the SAME lesson appears in ANOTHER rival companys` text too!!!

    At least I know some of my stuff is good! :b

    Makes me wonder about the paths of distribution… lol…

  7. Gordo, that’s mad. But at least your stuff is being stolen for the benefit other students. One stage better than being stolen to stroke one loser’s ego.

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