Beneath Caaqi’s Wings

Published 2023

Join a girl on the cusp of womanhood in a primeval jungle, and brave a descent into our dark origins.

Dreams of Delphine

Published 2022

Travel into dream with a man haunted by his lost twin sister, and share the insights and power of the subconscious mind.

The Slide That Buried Rightful

Published 2022

Join a self-exiled carpenter and the teenage daughter he aims to protect as they struggle to rise above the cynicism of a cold-blooded world. The Slide That Buried Rightful will confound your most deeply-held assumptions about right and wrong.


Published 2021

Indulge the obsession of a dying man whose stubborn quest for an ecstatic send-off tests the liberating potentials of belief.

Island Fruit Remedy

Published 2020

Escape with a spurned romance writer and fantasist into an outrageous tropical burlesque, where a cast of metaphorical fruits dares you to surrender to an allegory with deeper resonances. The reward is an unexpectedly sober discovery about the creative act of finding and keeping love.

Balcony of Fog

Published 2020

Decamp with an innocent toiler and his mysterious female companion to a metaphoric world in the clouds—a strange, vertiginous perch that reveals startling insights about the twisted dynamics of love and power.

Rin, Tongue and Dorner

Published 2018

Take a delirious hyper-metaphorical ride with a love triangle into a fiery cosmos. Shapero’s outer space uncannily mirrors inner space, daring us to ditch our expectations and probe the depths of human desire.

Arms from the Sea

Published 2016

Escape with a disaffected young sculptor from a desert dystopia to “heaven,” a blue ocean realm ruled by a perverse, tentacled god with a mysterious purpose. Your trust may be outraged, but dive deeper and you’ll uncover clues to the creative sea change in our ideals that could redeem a desolate world.

The Hope We Seek

Published 2014

Sail north with a sharpshooting telepath and his female companion to a gold-mining camp, whose unhinged boss rules over a bizarre cult. At its center lurks an elusive goddess, who lures us into an intoxicating metaphoric netherworld where aspiration will unlock an unearthly reward.

Too Far

Published 2010

Blaze a trail with two wayward kids as they explore a private forest whose supernatural potentials illuminate the triumphs and follies of desperate imagination.

Wild Animus

Published 2004

Quest with a young idealist for a bliss beyond fear in an unforgiving visionary wilderness, whose ruling deity portends sublime love or self-destruction.

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Rich Shapero’s novels dare readers with giant metaphors, magnificent obsessions and potent ideas. His casts of idealistic lovers, laboring miners, and rebellious artists all rate ideas as paramount, more important than life itself. They traverse wild landscapes and visionary realms, imagining gods who in turn imagine them. Like the seekers themselves, readers grapple with revealing truths about human potential.

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