Richard Anthony Valicek was born in 1965 to parents of Croatian descent in Toronto, Canada. He is proud of his heritage, as his great grandfather use to take care of the Austrian kings horses before the first world war. He became intrigued by great storytelling being brought to life on paper. As he grew up, his ambitions as a storyteller merged into a career in visual arts, and he graduated with a degree in graphic design.
In 2001, he began taking courses in writing and graduated with a diploma in the Liberal Studies program. He slowly began to develop what would become his first major work.
His first book entitled: 'Alamptria: Red Moon Rising' was published in 2010 and went on to win the Buzzillions Reviewers Choice Award. Richard created a world we have never seen before. His creativity spawned fictional characters that would be a classic tale of futuristic knights in conflict with vampires. But this is not an ordinary story of knights; they have been given great power from what Richard calls the vim of Petoshine. The great elf wizard - Grongone; bestowed the swords of power to three knights from the city of Elysium; who would go on to shape the world to bestow freedom and peace. The dark lord has his eyes on the people of Alamptria and seeks to dominate the lands. They great oracle - Felicia the golden fleece guides the knights of Petoshine.
Richard is working on a series of books of the Dead Path Chronicles.