Richard Lange was born in Oakland, CA, in 1961 and spent his childhood in various small towns in California's Central Valley. He moved to Los Angeles at 17 to attend film school at the University of Southern California. While there, he took fiction writing courses taught by T.C. Boyle and was awarded the Ed Moses Fiction Writing Grant two years running. He also worked 32 hours a week at a supermarket in order to pay for costs his scholarship didn't cover and feels that he learned as much there as he did in school.
After college, Lange traveled in Europe, teaching English in Barcelona when his money ran out. He did a short stint in New York City, then returned to L.A., where he began working a series of jobs in magazine and book publishing. He was a copy editor for Larry Flynt Publications; managing editor of RIP, a heavy-metal music magazine; a text-book production editor; and managing editor of Radio & Records, a radio-industry trade magazine.
Lange published his first short story in 1994, in New Delta Review, and his story "Bank of America"was selected for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories of 2004. His collection Dead Boys contains the ten stories he has published in various literary journals plus two new ones. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently at work on a novel.
Some of Lange's favorite books are Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time, Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son, William Vollmann's Whores for Gloria, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim, Art Pepper's Straight Life and pretty much everything by Elmore Leonard.