Ronald K. Myers

Whether American novelist and short-story writer, Myers, is remembering the brutalities of being beaten when he could scarcely walk, being outweighed and outclassed in the boxing ring, or dying and coming back to life, his writing reveals things we could not have expected.

Locally noted for his humor-sprinkled short stories and novels of life among the depressed economic classes of the U.S. children of mill workers of Pennsylvania, I’m Gonna Cut Your Ears Off is perhaps the best of those wild tales. His futuristic novels include Pygmy Wars, The Orange Turn, and Stay On the Blue Grass. Characters in his thrillers Dillinger’s Deception and Impossible Gold are forced to jam years of living into a few days. Dangerous Detour gives us a glimpse of the isolated island of The Rock, Shemya, Alaska.

When Myers and, Kenny, a brother he never knew he had, were united and they exchanged life histories. In disbelief, Kenny asked him if he had all his oars in the water. And it is no wonder. Butcher-knife-carrying bullies chased four-year-old Myers and threatened to cut his ears off. When he was a little older, he worked for months with a broken shovel and dug a pond in a creek. Fish and other wildlife came, and he used the pond water to raise over a hundred rabbits. Then neighbors ran raw sewage into the creek, poisoned his rabbits and killed the fish. And wildlife no longer came. He was told that it was progress, and that nothing could be done about it. This is the driving force behind his futuristic novels Stay On the Blue Grass and The Orange Turn.

At the age of twelve, completely paralyzed with rheumatic fever, Myers was condemned to be a cripple for the rest of his life. He fought his way back to his feet, went back to school; and because he couldn’t fight back; and was considered an other-side-of-the-tracks slum kid who swam and hung around a polluted river; he was immediately pummeled by the cruel rich kids. He took the beatings, fought the crippling legacy of the disease and became a championship high school wrestler. With a college scholarship almost in his pocket, he got married, joined the Army Security Agency, and made it through a cryptic school where a few candidates who washed out were taken away in straight jackets. Then he was transported to Shemya, an isolated island at the end of the Aleutian chain, called, “The Rock.” Under the cloud of threatening Russian capture, he became a Ginny pig in a nuclear test called Long Shot. During the 1968 Washington, DC race riots, he was a gas station shift-leader and experienced the violent racial side of the American dream. In the late sixties he was a semi-drunk in Chitose, Japan. Back in the states, he landed in a steel mill, operating a 225-ton Hot Metal Crane from six stories up, where he watched many men get crippled and killed. When he boxed, he was called an animal. When he jumped on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, he became a hill-climbing nut. He has won arm wrestling championships. On calmer more civilized days, he attended The University of Virginia, was a tour guide, a mailbox painter, tree trimmer, clerk on the Erie and B&O Railroads, diesel locomotive mechanic, high school wrestling coach, salesman, construction worker, roofer, scuba diver, power lifter, union representative, electrician, and newsletter publisher. He is also the inventor of magical trick rope called Flick It. What else has he done? Died in 1998, came back to write. His varied life experiences are reflected in his writings. When he’s not swimming, fishing, or at a writer’s meeting, he can be found in Pennsylvania, reading and writing.

Titles Available from Ronald K. Myers

Looking like a white-headed weasel, hunched over the steering wheel of a 1950 red Mercury, socially incompetent Fast Eddie impatiently waits. Escaping from horror-filled corridors of frustration and despair, Breed lifts a hand in farewell and slides in. Eager for what is about to happen, his bright-faced friends pile in. Doors bam shut. Tires roll. Sparkling spinner-hubcaps whirl into the magic of a starlit night. To make a dream come true, the strangely assorted set of young men are on their way.
Pushing a '40 hot rod Ford to the limit, sensible Freddy, wise guy Rafferty, and the incandescent Neal McCord race over the border to borrow a Canadian flag but run smack into a wicked brooding mass of ugly, stone-faced Mafiosi wanna be’s. In a ‘refusing-to-die’ game, they end up with a bank bag that leads them to the Jungle Inn Casino. Although the notorious Purple Gang, John Dillinger, and gangsters from all over the country no longer visit the former gun-turret protected safe haven, the sprawling building creates chaos.
Blond hair flowing from a gorgeous girl’s head caught his eye. A red dress accented her sensuous curves, and her tanned legs flowed down to her baby doll shoes. With her hair swaying lazily behind her and her face partially hidden by sunglass, she slipped lithely past and stopped at the door of a 1962 white Cadillac convertible. She opened the door, hitched up her skirt, and slipped behind the wheel. Waiting for a hint of recognition, Neal stood alongside the Cadillac. But as if he weren’t there, Samantha shifted the transmission into gear and tossed her head. With her hair cascading over her shoulder, she pulled away. She never turned back at Neal. If she had, she would have seen his baby blue eyes and a smile that could sell toothpaste. She would have felt his incandescent presence that emanated an unseen power. And best of all, she would found out that Neal and his friends were holding a key that could lead them to Al Capone’s gold vault.

In this masterpiece, young meets old. Blondie and the trio from Dillinger’s Deception are a little wiser, but can they avoid car bombs, cross-raging rapids, or survive the machine guns protecting Jungle Inn Casino and win the battle for impossible gold?

Using old timer’s stories about “Youngstown tune ups”, John Dillinger dealing cards at the Green Parrot Tavern, the turret-protected Jungle Inn Casino, and hand-and-knee coal mines, Myers brings the past to the present and takes the reader on a wild ride.
Chief Earth Officer Nelson controls a blue town where the influxes of ignorant pig people into unearned positions of honor have taken over every field of research. If people go off the blue grass they are exposure to a virus that causes them to mutate into Dinkies and be condemned to a life as agricultural slaves.
Where the lure of steel mills and alcohol has replaced God, adolescents struggle to free themselves from, child molesters, gang members, crooked cops, and sickos who use puppies for baseballs.
Chief Earth Officer McQueen has been led to believe his leadership is healing the wounded earth, but complacency, the narcotic of weakness, is allowing corruption and pollution to flourish.
After a knee-high pygmy’s father is killed, the pygmy searches for a safe place to live, but cannibalism creates a disease that causes pygmies to go mad and eat every living thing.
In Almost Free is what some veterans were and what some were not. The Army Security Agency’s highly-classified practice of compartmentalizing people, based on a need to know, keeps operations essential to national security secure, and it makes it impossible for any one person to know or write the whole truth about Freddy Crane’s dangerous detour. After all, he wasn’t there.

In Vietnam a five hundred dollar bounty had been placed on any ASA member captured.
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