Richard Agemo writes short stories and historical novels, and blogs about Shakespeare. His stories span different genre while his highly-researched novels (works in progress) explore alternative, yet plausible, views of historical events. One, set in 17th century London, delves into the complex relationship between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I. The other takes a fresh look at Thomas Edison and events leading to a ghastly movie shot by his film company in the early 20th century.

Richard Agemo grew up in the rural Midwest. He now lives in Washington, D.C. and devotes full-time to writing.

On the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace at times was called Avon, a short version of Avondunum, an ancient word meaning “fort by the river.” Plays by Shakespeare — the “Sweet Swan of Avon” — were staged at the palace during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I. Photo by Brian Brantner.