Robert Stanek



Who is Robert Stanek? He is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author of over 100 books for young children and adults. His book, The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches, is a “#1 Fiction Bestseller” and a “Top 50 All Time Bestseller”. The companion novel, Keeper Martin’s Tale, was the #1 Fantasy of the Year in 2002, spent 26 weeks on Amazon’s SciFi Top 50, and was “Voted Top 10 Fantasy 2004”.

Or so he would have you believe. Actually, Robert Stanek is a self-published author. As far as I can tell, his books have never appeared on any bestseller lists, he has never won any kind of literary award, and almost all of his business comes from him creating hundreds of sockpuppet accounts on and elsewhere, and using these accounts to give his books glowing five-star reviews and trick people into buying them. Naturally, I don’t expect you to just take my word for it. The following pages are a rather exhaustive account of everything Stanek-related and the culmination of a great deal of time and research. I spent the time doing this for two reasons: First, what Stanek was doing disgusted me, and I thought people should know about it; and second, he’s a rather fascinating character and I thought the story would be entertaining.

I would like to keep this up-to-date as an exhaustive record of all things Stanek-related. If you are aware of any inaccuracies contained on the following pages, please do not hesitate to email me at

The Life and Lies of Robert Stanek

The Sporkings

In an attempt to provide definitive proof that Robert Stanek is responsible for all of the fake reviews that his books have received, here is an in-depth, page-by-page analysis of the entire series. To make it actually enjoyable to read, I mock it as well.

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To Robert Stanek: Given how frequently you Google your name, I’m sure you’ll be reading this. Please do not email me posing as a lawyer, it’s not going to work. However, if you disagree with anything you find on these pages, feel free to email me. I will happily post your response, complete and unabridged, next to my own analysis. Furthermore, if you can provide evidence that any of my claims are incorrect, I will immediately take down the incorrect information, explain that I was wrong, and apologize.


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  • misteebluz

    Check out He’s giving himself 5 star reviews all up in there. What a dork.

  • Josh Vogt

    Rather funny. Just sharing this link on Twitter got me in his sights, whereupon he confirmed pretty much everything you’d expect of someone who loves to distort, lie, and resort to personal attacks.

  • Mork

    Dear dog, what a nightmare this man must live.

    He claims to be all about God and country and teaching positive lessons to widdle kids, and every other wholesome thing you can name, if you’re a treacly preacher of Sunday-school morality. Yet when he looks in the mirror, some part of his mind must see the mendacious little fraud he really is. Such an atrocious enterprise. “I deserve to be a bestselling author, I worked really hard on my books, and if I just keep saying it’s so, long enough and loud enough, surely someday I’ll get my reward. I know, maybe I can trick some librarians into buying my stuff if I just put ‘bestselling author’ in every other sentence.”

    Just the creepiness alone of his abominable “Bugville Critters” cartoons should be enough to class him as a registered child molester, in the spiritual sense. One of them actually looks like an animated dog turd. 

    Finding this article linked on the “Zite” aggregator on my iPad sent me off into an embarrassingly long exploration of internet Stanek lore. But for all the information that’s out there, I honestly don’t think enough attention has been paid to him as a cultural phenomenon. Your joint-by-joint flaying of the man is a great start, and probably the most systematic takedown I’ve found so far, but I’d like to see more. What does it say about the culture’s attitude to the written word that he has been able to get away with blatant fraud for so long?  Yes, Amazon has finally deleted all his reviews, good and bad, but is that any kind of adequate response? Amazon seems to have acted very cowardly in all of this. 

    Also instructive would be a proper deconstruction of his horrifying abuse of the English language, starting with the name “Ruin Mist” as not only the utterly nonsensical title for his series but (in all earnestness!) the name of his “world”. What conceivable world would name itself with two unrelated nouns like that? It’s beyond beyond. Ahem. You might as well call your alternate universe “Flower Glare”, or like that. 

    And even today, although his phony message board hasn’t had an update in months (not even from the ubiquitous “Shire Hobbit”), the man seems to be unstoppable in his brazen mendacity. Check out the very latest from one of his many blogs, “Robert Stanek’s Books + Things Blog”:

    He’s promising the world that we’ll soon have translations of “Ruin Mist” into several major world languages: German, French, Spanish, and Italian, and maybe, if the world is very very lucky, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, and Chinese, as well. But if you go back to things he was writing ten or more years ago, you’ll see that even then he claimed he had already been translated into, oh, I don’t know, *dozens* of foreign languages. So I guess the eight languages listed above had to wait while more important markets were covered. Right, Robert? Because the German and French and Italian publishers are such slouches when it comes to cashing in on American mega-phenoms like the Ruin Mist craze. (To be fair, the first volume of his wildly popular fantasy series has apparently been rendered into some sort of Spanish, though one suspects that it might be of the Babelfish variety.)

    Maybe the world has decided to look away in horrified embarrassment rather than point and laugh at this man, but I for one think that’s too kind a fate. He deserves fisking and sporking in a major venue, like Vanity Fair or The New Yorker, or at least a prominent mention in the Annals of Abnormal Psychology. In any case, I thank you for getting me started on several hours’ worth of morbidly fascinating entertainment. Just the sight of that beady-eyed, overserious, “love me, I’m a great guy” expression in his pictures makes one wish he could end up starring with his shirt off as an arrestee on “Cops”, doesn’t it? Now for a shower.  

  • Mork

    P.S. If you poke around that blog a bit, you’ll find that “Mr. Stanek” has gone from strength to strength recently. A million visitors to some site or other, 700,000 fans or readers of Ruin Mist (nice, unverifiable round numbers, aren’t they?), and guess what – there’s talk of a movie again! All that hard work is finally paying off. It’s a bit sad, then, to see that the blog itself gets at most one comment per entry (most of his maunderings get none at all), and at the end of the day, poor William Robert has to content himself with celebratory cookies in the company of Buster, the awful, frighteningly smiling, bee-like critter from Bugville. Come to think of it – “Bugville”? Hmm. Maybe your subconscious is trying to tell you something, Mr. Stank.

    The man exists in a closed loop of childish delusion, self-gratification and misunderstood martyrdom. Imagine being one of his kids.

  • nicoleb

    I feel so sorry for his kids. Stanek probably forces them to read his awful children’s books over and over and throws a fit whenever they try to read anything else. I can so easily picture one of his kids saying, “Hey, Daddy, can you buy or borrow Harry Potter? I want to try it,” and Stanek replying, “You don’t need to read Harry Potter. My books are much better. Why don’t you go read the Ruin Mist series again?” and the poor kid wandering away in defeat.

  • sage

    Robert Stanek is so full of shi*t:

  • Savolainen

    Thanks. I was reading Amazon reviews about his book without knowing anything of this. There was couple good reviews and link to this page in comment section. This prevented me to consider buying his Pocket consultant book for Server 2012.

  • Tong Zhi

    This guy puts a lot of effort into into his delusions of being a great author. He’s even got an “Go Indie” blog (here: ) hawking mostly his books and a few other self-published authors, including what appears to be a coming of age story of two brothers who find themselves in a garden of conscious plants. The “Featured Authors!” section contains probably a hundred names, including “Betty Dravis”, and “Brooklyn Hudson” (just what caught my eye, there are probably other funny ones in there).

  • Kira

    Have you ever questioned where he gets his cover art from? Given how little effort he puts into his writing and mass publishing of the same title, I was wondering if the cover art is all pinched as well.
    There’s a damn good film to be made from all this when it’s over you know. I want Leigh Francis to play Stanek :)

  • Mork

    The pathetic creature now spends a bit of time on his Facebook page every day, posting cheesy images from what looks like a collection of stock photos for use in the kind of “picturesque” calendar you might get from a cheap insurance agency at Christmastime. For some reason, most of his “likes” seem to be from supposed fans in Turkey. So every day or so he posts another kitschy landscape image and gets a few comments in Turkish from readers who especially enjoy kitschy Turkish landscapes (the man does know how to pander). The info page contains his standard lies about being a bestselling author on Amazon and Audible, and the usual boilerplate wheeze about eating flour pancakes three times a day as an impoverished kid. Come to think of it, that bit rings true: malnutrition-induced feeblemindedness would explain his seemingly unconquerable, obstinate, stupid adherence to his fantasy world as well as anything else, wouldn’t it? At any rate we will all be reassured to know that he’s working on a new “Ruin Mist” story. I’m sure the Turkish translation is already in the works.

  • Rupert Stanbek

    This is slander ! I happen to know Robert Stanek personnally and he is one the greatest author on Earth ! His writings are a gift to mankind, and he will go down in history as the best fantasy/SF writer the world of litterature has and will ever know ! Buy his books !

    … Please, please buy’em. PLEASE.

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  • Anthony

    Since Amazon will not let me post my review, I will do it here, at the next best place!


    I am glad that Amazon has had the courage to stand up to Robert Stink, sorry, STANEK – an abysmal author that represents the worst of self-published authors, and delete the hundreds of reviews on his books that were so clearly fake.
    This is an honest review; a review that, hopefully, will convince you not to spend your hard-earned money on a piece of trash like Keeper Martin’s Tale, without having to resort to listing all the synonyms of the word “BAD”.
    Without further ado:
    1. Robert Stanek is a nasty person. He is not a good author OR character, and he seems to know it. So he resorts to the lowest possible ways of self-promotion, including:
    –FAKE REVIEWS (It is no secret that Robert Stanek has either A: created hundreds of fake Amazon accounts to post positive reviews on his steaming pile of a book, or B: paid hundreds of Amazon reviewers to write positive, almost laughably glowing reviews on his steaming pile of a book. Many of these “reviews” liken Stanek to the true greats of fantasy – Tolkien, Martin, Abercrombie. The bottom line is, they are false, illegal, lowdown, cheap, and dishonest.)

    –INSULTING (To his critics, and there are many (though he would not have you believe that), to criticize Stanek is to subject yourself to a torrent of personal childish and illogical abuse. But I am ready for it. Come at me Stanek, if you dare.)

    –MISLEADING ADVERTISING (If you were to read Stanek’s “biography”, or any of the blurbs on his books, you would seriously get the impression that this man was a threat to Steven King and Lee Child. You’d think he was an international bestselling author, whose books have been at the top of Amazon and Audible bestselling lists, whose bestselling book The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches debuted a #1 Fiction, and Top 50 All Time Bestseller. His works are available in every major bookstore, have been translated into dozens of languages, and have been optioned for film by DreamWorks, Fox, and MGM. Well, it’s time to smell the roses. It’s all lies.
    And he resorts to lower methods, such as impersonating a lawyer, sending threatening letters, borderline harassment, and actually photoshopping himself into a picture of Brian Jacques at a fantasy panel. But as with most things about Robert Stanek, it wasn’t very good – Stanek’s head and torso was added above the panel table, but his legs below were all but missing.)

    –CRIMINAL LYING (Now this is where it really gets disgusting. And I mean criminally, loathesome-ly disgusting. On one of Robert Stanek’s many websites, you come across the following words: “William Robert Stanek’s distinguished accomplishments during his 11-year military career earned him 29 commendations, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.”
    Another website reveals: “I am a Gulf War veteran and the recipient of 29 medals during my 11 years of honorable military service. I received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Air Medal, and several other medals for my service in the Gulf War.”
    OK, that seemed to me like something that could be tested. So off I went, searching through official military documents, Googling extensively, and doing research. Now, read these next words carefully: Nowhere have I found proof of Stanek winning the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, or the Air Medal. No, I did not check all of the medals, and no, I did not call up the Pentagon to read official documents.
    But I did find a list of EVERY SINGLE Distinguished Flying Cross Award recipient (contact me for link). And guess what. William Robert Stanek has NEVER WON this medal.
    It appears clear that he lied. And I’m no expert, but I am pretty sure that is criminal. The only way you can convince me otherwise, Mr. Stanek, is if you send me a picture of YOU with YOUR 29 medals. Don’t photoshop this time.)

    2. Keeper Martin’s Tale is terribly, terribly written. Period. End of story. Now, I hate attacking someone’s person, but books are written by people, and in this case, Robert Stanek is at fault. He possesses not one single iota of writing talent. He makes Stephanie Meyer and Christopher Paolini look like Tolstoy and Tolkien.
    His descriptions are awful. His grammar and punctuation is terrible. His characters are dull, clichéd, and just plain bad. His plots are so turgid they could have come from a 12-year olds Dungeons and Dragons game. His covers are cheap and make you want to bleed from the eyes. His maps are confusing. His illustrations do nothing to complement the plot.
    I really don’t have to go into much detail. I can describe the entire book (and all the 150 other books that Stanek has written) with one single word: Bee Aay Dee. BAD. Shall I enumerate? Appalling, off-putting, dull, terrible, poor, clichéd, predictable, nasty, ridiculous, unmemorable, avoidable, AWFUL. You really don’t want me to go on, but I think I should.
    There is not one single page that makes one want to go on. There is not one line of dialogue that does not feel stilted, fake, forced, and as wooden as an old stick. There is not one description in this book that could be unsurpassed by a 5th-grader writing fan-fiction. Stanek steals, sorry – borrows from the greats, but forgets to put anything original in his mess of a book.
    The result is not just a mediocre book such as Brisingr, but a book that is actively bad, a book whose reading experiences gives all the pleasure of a bad rash, a book so terribly poor that it should not have been published in the first place. All of this would have been easier to take, however, if there had been a better man standing behind them. Instead, we are presented a terrible, sordid, plodding, awful book written by a liar, self-promoter, and a nasty character.
    Is there a more straightforward way to say: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK? Well, do not read this book, or, for that matter, anything else that Stanek has written.
    If you want proof or references for anything I said above, feel free to contact me in the comments. I am an avid, veteran reader of fantasy – Tolkien, Martin, Lewis, Jordan, Erickson, Abercrombie, Rothfuss, Sanderson, Paolini, Flanagan, and Peake, so I think I know what I am talking about. Learn from the mistakes of others, and do not buy this book. Don’t even try a taste to see what everyone is talking about. Run like the wind, and do not touch with a ten-foot pole.
    As for my rating, I give this book NEGATIVE five stars. 3, yes, THREE thumbs down for this trainwrecked drivel of a book.

    P.S. Stanek, I don’t like to pick on you. I am sure you are a nice person at heart, but you certainly don’t act like it, or write like it. I am sure your goons and sock-puppet accounts are out there ready to dislike this review as soon as it comes out. I am ready for you. I hope that you learn how to write, and wish you good luck in the future. Learn from your mistakes.

    P.P.S. If you liked this review, or if it was helpful, say so in the comments, give it a “like”, and read my other reviews. Cheers.

  • Stanekhater

    I bet that you’re Robert stanbek I mean look at your name it’s Rupert stanbek are you that stupid to make your fake name so close to your real name. What
    A loser

  • SarahJesness

    Just like Tesch, what’s particularly sad about all this is that Stanek puts a lot of time and effort in his “pretend to be famous” shtick. I mean, if he put even half that amount of effort into making his books good, or even just mediocre, and did some proper marketing, maybe he could get himself a real fanbase. Probably nothing the size of Rowling’s or Pratchett’s or any other big fantasy author, but he would have something real.

  • zen zook

    Robert Stanek joins “A Forum of Fire and Ice”, answers questions regarding his awards/best-selling claims/reviews, expresses his love for the original Beauty and the Beast TV show, and explains why he doesn’t even have the time to take a piss:

  • Sisi

    So have you heard about this?

    It reminds me of this blog post from a few months ago:
    Melissa Foster said she helped get someone with lots of sockpuppet accounts banned from Goodreads. Hmmmm….

  • thesatirelovingperson

    Um… have you ever heard of satire?

  • nicoleb

    Seems the guy’s promoting himself on goodreads now. What an ass.

  • Angelia

    Gee, do you think there’s anything else you can attack Stanek for? All of you who’re picking on this man are a pitiful bunch of human beings. I’m disgusted!

  • Marion Freeman

    He did not do false advertising, this is bullshit, he did not write shitty books, he did noooooooot.

    Oh hi, Robert.

  • Anon,167855.0.html

    Robert Stanek in a thread with Hugh Howey and Melissa Foster. This is popcorn-worthy because rumor is he’s behind the Fiverr Report.

    For those who don’t know, it’s 2-3 mirror blogs fixated on an author named Melissa Foster, but also accuses the likes of Hugh Howey and Ilona Andrews (lol!) of buying fake reviews. No evidence. No comments allowed. Lots of fake-looking quotes.

    Why is Stanek rumored to be behind the blogs? Why is he fixated on this Foster person?,162910.msg2338683.html#msg2338683

    This person has been doing this for weeks. I had him banned at Goodreads for creating fake accounts, fake reviews, and threatening authors using the Goodreads PM system (hence their new cyber bullying policy). He began the nightmare back in August and attacked 50 authors, which is when they began contacting me. I advised to “ignore” and not engage. Unfortunately, the people who engaged and left comments were then attacked. The cowardly poster has two twitter accounts and has conversations with himself about being “ruined” and “ruining” others. He’s got tons of websites set up and they all are copied and pasted from, the WordPress site–all set up with accounts not self-hosted. It’s easy to accuse with no basis when you are anonymous. I think if you look around for an indie author who writes fantasy/children’s work and is disgruntled about reviews being removed on his books (because he faked them) and being caught faking awards you may find the culprit. Just

  • zen zook

    Robert Stanek wrote about Melissa Foster recently on one of weird blogs:

    Having read all the anonymous blogs about Foster and Hugh buying reviews, I am certain it is Robert Stanek. There are many similarities in the writing styles (and in the attack on Rothfuss several years ago which was considered by many to be the work of Stanek

  • Anon

    On another blog, in a post bizarrely speaking out against “authors writing their own reviews” (really, Robert?), Robert Stanek says he personally found authors “buying reviews in bulk.”

    He also “pasted” a bunch of “Facebook conversations” in the comments that I haven’t been able to locate in Facebook. Shocking, I know.

    Those smear blogs really look like Stanek’s work. They’re so his style. Thing is, we couldn’t say for sure whether it would be the craziest thing he’s ever done.

  • lol

    I kinda feel sorry for him….

  • The Narcissistic One

    Hello Mr Stanek!

  • zen zook

    He is a scumbag.

    Not only did has he been writing fake rave reviews for all his self published crap for years – he has lately been accusing other authors of it anonymously in various wacko blog posts.

  • Larry

    Stanek has been posting on the Kboards for the past month. It’s always the same thing. “I’m a big shot. Everyone look at me! I have over 100 million in sales. Etc. Etc.” For such a big shot, he still has almost no reviews on Amazon. (If you look at his author page (for fiction) and sort by most reviews, the top book has three reviews. What a goober. And the really sad thing is, I’m pretty sure there’s a pill that would solve all his problems.)

  • jumper297,172060.0.html

    He’s claiming somewhere north of a few hundred MILLION in sales… this guy is a world class douche bag and someone with serious, serious mental issues.

  • Anon

    The thing is, he probably has sold a lot of his technical non-fiction under his other name. However, he’s vague about how much fiction he’s sold comparatively. He just says “I’ve been successful at all.”

  • zen zook

    Maybe he feels entitled because he happened to be in the air force during a war.

    Hey I’m a veteran, so I deserve to be a best selling author of beloved children’s books too! Hey – adults should also like my books so I’ll just change the cover design and title and make them adult fantasy novels! Hey – they are best selling beloved books for all ages! I served in a war and I’m famous too!

  • nicoleb

    He’s also accused people who give point out he’s a fraud of being child abusers.

  • Alex

    I just went to his Twitter and Facebook pages. He’s pretty blatantly bought Twitter followers and Facebook likes, and embarassingly, his feed is filled with stock landscape photography. Your expose is HILARIOUS. I’ve never seen such well-documented cringe before.

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  • Bob Stanek

    You people need to get a life and stop bashing Robert Stanek. What did he do to you that you have to dump on him so much. My bet is that you would trash your own mother if you were given a chance. So take a chill pill and leave the guy alone. Respectfully, Bob Stanek

  • Wolf

    I’m Stanek’s lawyer, and I would like to inform you that that image at the head of the article is, uh, “using his image for malicious intent.” You have to take it down.


  • Wolf

    To be honest, I wonder how Stanek gets out of bed every day. I think the whole “famous authors and their relatives,” is his Protocols of the Elders of Zion. His way of justifying his behavior and his superiority complex. These famous authors are keeping him from being a bigshot, these five-star sockpuppet ratings are just to level the playing field.

  • Anon

    Now the blog is going after David Dalglish:

    [blockquote]David Dalglish – David Dalglish has the dubious distinction of quite possibly being the most hateful author alive as he regularly purchases reviews to trash other authors.[/blockquote]

    Dalglish is just laughing:,178451.0.html

    In the past, Dalglish has dissed Robert Stanek over fake reviews in multiple kboards posts:,54734.msg930882.html#msg930882,45673.msg797941.html#msg797941,51943.msg891834.html#msg891834

    Then there’s this:,167832.0.html

    C’mon, Conjugal Felicity. We need a page on this!

  • Larry

    The craziest thing about zonalert is that if you’re a doing a website about authors who fake reviews, how can you leave Robert Stanek off the list? He’s the granddaddy of sock puppets. This would be like creating a website about actors who murder hookers and accusing everyone except Ben Affleck.

  • Anon

    Also, Dalglish tagged one of Stanek’s books as “awful.”

    Anyone have some kind of connection…a possible reason why Stanek would be pissed at Hugh Howey?

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  • bludvein

    I’m surprised the whole J.R. King thing wasn’t added. I’ve looked elsewhere reading some funny articles about this hack, and there is a new “teen writer” listed with Reagent Press. Opinions were split on whether it was really Stanek himself or not, but the writing and marketing tactic were everything expected of Stanek(crap and fraud respectively).

    It was also pointed out that J.R. King is clearly a pseudonym based off popular authors. With the craze around teen authors selling well, I think Stanek sunk to a new low to sell his books; pretending to be a child.

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  • Rags

    LOL, a small part of me wants him to get caught, get fined and exposed (for the wider audience anyhow) as the fraud he is. A much larger part of me thanks him for the endless entertainment and hopes he continues to comb the depths of the classless tool he is.
    The hidden comment is gold, thanks for sharing!

  • To the one I hate the most,

    Oh fuck you Stanek! You deserve any criticism coming to you. You’re a terrible author, you’re a terrible liar, and you’re a terrible human being and a fraud. Now excuse me as I wipe my ass with your so called novels. Fucker.

  • CharityB

    What are you saying about Ben Affleck???

  • Anon

    Is this another Stanek sockpuppet blog? It brings up the Fiverr Report A LOT, and mentions “successful writer” Robert Stanek more than

    once. You see, he’s written 150 books over twenty years. Not like that fraud Hugh Howey and those other kboards writers. Yup, the blog

    rants against them too. It even links to Conjugal Felicity. Everyone wave.

    “the honey pot attracted an interesting guest in the form of a successful writer, complaining about one of the forums bugaboo topics:

    Piracy. ”

    The thread:

    “Visit this link for an article about another familiar face over at Kboards Writer’s Cafe and more rumors about who wrote the Fiverr Report

    – and the plot sickens:

    Also, here is that author’s rebuttal to the cascade of criticism and accusations. He has written 150 books over the course of a couple of

    decades, according to his blog – for sure, you can make a living with 150 books if any of them are any good, at all. I find such a success

    story far more credible than a dark horse out of nowhere, with no connections and no assistance from anyone, hitting it big:

  • Anon

    I’m just going to post this here.

    Why I think the Witch Rants blog is suspect. (Don’t worry, it has to do with Robert Stanek, so it’s on-topic.)

    I know people have said to let trolls troll in a vacuum, but I can’t let this stand. Reasonable people like Jane Litte, Mike Cane, and katiebabs have linked to and discussed that blog, and I don’t want to see them conned.

    Reason One: Any blog that is really about bad author behavior would not link to Conjugal Felicity’s Robert Stanek report and then dismiss it.

    The Witch Rants author believes Robert Stanek’s rebuttal? That David Langford, Stephen Leigh, Jim C. Hines, Victoria Strauss, Maureen
    Johnson, David Louis Edelman, Patrick Rothfuss and Tim Spalding are out to get Stanek? It doesn’t sound the least bit crazypants? Anyone who actually read Conjugal Felicity knows why Tim Spalding is on Stanek’s list. Spalding, the owner of LibraryThing, saw himself Stanek’s IP shenanigans and put a warning on Stanek’s page. But Spalding is just out to get Stanek. Just cause.

    Reason Two: Any blog that is really about bad author behavior would not refer to Robert Stanek as a “successful writer.” It would refer to him as “infamous for bad author behavior.” It would have a whole post on Robert Stanek because as a commenter here
    said, he’s the granddaddy of bad author behavior. His history goes back
    over ten years.

    Reason Three: ZonAlert. Look up “ZonAlert” “Fiverr Report” “AlertAmazon” on Twitter. You’ll find a lot of suspicion, if not outright dismissal of those blogs.

    “Don’t know how much stock I’d put in ZonAlert though”

    “Website shames authors who “buy reviews”, but cites no sources”

    “Article seems long on allegations/short on evidence”

    “Gotta hate such blatant SEO writing. Axes to grind a-plenty”

    Victoria Strauss devoted a Facebook post to why she thinks it’s nothing more than a revenge hatchet job.

    But Witch Rants keeps running with the ZonAlert torch, bringing it up all the time, telling everyone that’s true and that Robert Stanek is totally not behind it. After supposedly reading this blog, and all the evidence posted here.

    Pretty suspicious.

    Actually, I have a bunch more reasons. They have to do with Witch Rants’ Hugh Howey fixation, and how Witch Rants just happens to share Robert Stanek’s (ironic) crusade against bad author behavior. However, I’d be writing way too much.

    I’m not saying Witch Rants is Robert Stanek. Just that the blog is suspect. Look around for yourself, and if you see anyone talking about Witch Rants, link them here. I want them to know that Robert Stanek’s M.O. supposedly consists of sockpuppet reviews, sockpuppet comments, sockpuppet accounts and sockpuppet BLOGS.

  • Caleb

    One of his fake accounts on his forum starts randomly making yo mama-type jokes about Harry Potter, calling him ugly and fat. Harry’s ugliness is debatable, but the fat jokes don’t make any fucking sense. Immature little brat.

  • Anon

    More sites in the sockpuppet network.

    Bagged and Tagged

    Shame On You

    Kindle Readers Beware

  • Anon

    It has a new addendum. Don’t forget to wave back, everyone. Highlights and a reply in another post.

    The discussion in the comments section at Conjugal Felicity
    (previously linked to above) now includes another hilarious, paranoid
    attack on the author of this blog, A Witch Rants, in which it is
    suggested that I might actually be Robert Stanek, as in a “sockpuppet”
    identity of his. (The two “anon” comments are dated 2 and 4 days ago,
    which corresponds to the timing of the posts made by couple of newbie
    posters at Writer’s Cafe Kboards, as discussed in my recent post, “Lies, Fraud and Crimes: Why It’s Important to Talk About This,”
    so it’s easy to guess where the paranoid, anonymous commenter
    probably came from – and if not, it’s an amusing coincidence.) As I
    previously pointed out, Stanek has been the boogie man of some of the people on the Zonalert list as you can see in the Writer’s Cafe Kboards
    link above – he’s like Lord Voldemort in that they won’t outright name
    him, but it’s clear to me that he’s their favorite scapegoat for reasons
    I have not yet been able to discover. The author of the Conjugal
    Felicity blog has a long series of posts questioning Stanek’s
    credibility, which I linked to above. In the comments section there,
    some people speculate that he is the real author of the Fiverr Report
    because his name is omitted from the discussion there – a similar
    suggestion about Stanek is made in the Writer’s Cafe Kboards thread
    above and it’s made again by the new, paranoid commenter at Conjugal
    Felicity. Apparently, this commenter is upset with me because my own
    investigation has led me to believe that the author of the Fiverr Report
    is, in fact, a former marketing person and, therefore, not Stanek. I
    have not seen any evidence whatsoever pointing in the direction of
    Stanek as the author of the Fiverr Report. In fact, this absurd fingering of Stanek seems like nothing more than a desperate attempt on
    the part of some very guilty-acting people to divert attention away from
    something they want to hide. Some things that the author of Conjugal
    Felicity points out at his site about Stanek, for instance, regarding
    the “best selling” status of some of his books, do look odd in that they
    are not specific or easily verified, however, I haven’t seen the
    smoking gun – the hand in the cookie jar. In other words, I have not
    personally seen the evidence of an outright lie on Stanek’s part that I
    can point you, the reader willing to click a link, to and say, “Ah-ha!”
    Whereas, here at my blog I show you the deception, if you
    bother to follow the links. I am accused by the paranoid commenter of
    dismissing this blog (Conjugal Felicity), but as you can see I have
    linked to it along with Stanek’s rebuttal at one of his sites so you can
    make up your own mind. Linking to a rebuttal can hardly be reasonably
    construed as dismissing something and doing so only seemed fair
    considering the attacks on Stanek at that blog, some of which are
    relentlessly nasty and not supported by any tangible evidence. As it
    happened, I, also, linked to a Writer’s Cafe thread started by Stanek on
    the subject of piracy right before this whole thing with public
    author-fraudstering seemed to get very deep, which was taken as evidence
    by the paranoid commenter there that I’m a supporter of his. I do
    absolutely support what he says about piracy at the link. I did not
    really know who he was at the time I posted it and didn’t make the
    connection until it was pointed out by the paranoid commenter in the
    comments section of the Conjugal Felicity site. At that time, I had no
    idea he that was the subject of so much vicious ire and controversy. I
    will say that anyone who sells enough books to have to worry about
    piracy is probably successful to some degree. Furthermore, anyone who
    has produced 150 books, provided that claim is true, has worked very
    hard at writing for a very long time. I find it very bizarre that Stanek
    is the subject of so much vitriol when some other fellows – who anyone
    can see, if they bother to actually go look – who have committed some
    acts that might be considered ethically questionable are supported no
    matter what they do – even when they get caught with the hand in the
    cookie jar, even when they admit to having faked reviews, etc. It is
    strange to me that there is a mob of people defending certain
    controversial persons while cyber-flogging others. I am also suspicious
    when that mob involves those people I regularly refer to here as “the
    usual suspects” because I’m already familiar with their M.O.)

  • Anon

    I have not seen any evidence whatsoever pointing in the direction of Stanek as the author of the Fiverr Report. In fact, this absurd fingering of Stanek seems like nothing more than a desperate attempt on the part of some very guilty-acting people to divert attention away from something they want to hide.

    If the Witch Rants author wants to accuse Melissa Foster of lying, the author should just do so. Foster is the one who first pointed a finger at Stanek and started all this.,162910.msg2338683.html#msg2338683

    Some things that the author of Conjugal Felicity points out at his site about Stanek, for instance, regarding the “best selling” status of some of his books, do look odd in that they are not specific or easily verified, however, I haven’t seen the smoking gun – the hand in the cookie jar. In other words, I have not personally seen the evidence of an outright lie on Stanek’s part that I can point you, the reader willing to click a link, to and say, “Ah-ha!”

    I’ve got a cookie jar right here:,167855

    Robert Stanek starts a thread titled “Where have your books appeared?” Says he and his books were mentioned in the WSJ. Melissa Foster asks him for proof (she’s in his face because of ZonAlert). He gives a link–not to the article, but his own website. The website shows an interview discussing #1 Audible bestseller Robert Stanek and his audio books. A Google search of the actual article reveals that only Reagent Press is mentioned, not Stanek or his books.

    This article doesn’t look like what Stanek posted on his website. When confronted by Foster and the Kboards mod, Stanek replies:

    In the print article, there was originally a paragraph on Victoria Charters and her voicing for Bugville Critters. Bugville Critters are my books.

    Conjugal Felicity has a scan of that article.

    How’s that for red-handed?

    Oh, and Stanek later went and ranted about Melissa Foster:

  • Anon

    Wow, that must have hit a nerve, because Amazon Alert just went full hate ahead straight at Melissa Foster.

    He probably thinks I’m Foster just like he thought Victoria Strauss was Conjugal Felicity. No, dude. I just don’t want to see someone with an Encyclopedia Dramatica page get away with this shit.

  • Guest

    “Angelia,” everyone.


    Thank you for telling your story. I’m sorry about what they did to you. It is so unfortunate that an author would do this to another author. I have had a similar experience with Ms. Strauss and company. I believe she got my reviews removed as well. I think her issue is jealousy, because she is such an atrocious writer. I have decided to publish my future work under a pen name.

    We’re talking about noted scam outer Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware here.

  • Guest

    You know why it’s easy to draw a line between Robert Stanek and Amazon Alert? It’s the idea that fiction writers compete against each other. That genre fiction is some kind of dog-eat-dog industry were authors need to backstab each other to stay afloat.

    Readers can buy two, three…ten books in the same genre. In the real world, writers enjoy a sense of community with each other.

    In Stanek’s world, however:

    so did the gorilla [sic] tactics used
    to damage my reputation and sales.

    In 2007 when Patrick Rothfuss got up on his
    soapbox and ranted to stir up a mob, I had 100 published books to my
    credit, translations in over 20 countries and over 5 million books sold — something
    Patrick Rothfuss likely knew when he came out swinging after his first book was
    published and publicly enlisted friends and family to do his dirty work.

    But Patrick Rothfuss was by no means the first who thought
    he could quietly take me out behind the barn, dig a hole, and put me in the ground. Why?
    Because the Internet makes it all too easy for unethical competitors to do and
    say just about anything they want to.

    It sounds so much like ZonAlert, doesn’t it? Compare it to the June 7th and June 9th posts.

    These odd reviews continued and spread until sales of the books were
    damaged enough to fall out of competition with Foster or Friend of
    Foster books.

    The scale of the fraud suggests Hugh Howey didn’t act alone and likely enlisted his wife and others in the scheme.

    Something else we encountered but didn’t understand until recently was
    how Howey’s fake accounts were used to attack other authors.

  • Guest

    The LJ account was created October 31, 2013, the same day it left a comment on Stanek’s blog. It is also the same time “Angelia” showed up here. The LJ is empty. Sock.

  • Guest

    Pay close attention to these two sentences:

    “Patrick Rothfuss likely knew when he came out swinging after his first book was published and publicly enlisted friends and family to do his dirty work.”

    “The scale of the fraud suggests Hugh Howey didn’t act alone and likely enlisted his wife and others in the scheme.”

  • Angelia Monroe

    Actually, no it’s not!

  • Guest

    He really has it out for Victoria Strauss. I don’t understand why he thinks this clumsily employed deflection technique will work. Accusing someone like Victoria Strauss of doing the stuff he does is bonkers. Just bonkers.

    (Scroll to comments)

    How nice for unethical competitors like her to keep opening their big mouths and vomiting all over the place when her and people like her are the actual ones writing fake 1 and 2 star reviews of books using dozens of sock puppet accounts.

    I’ve been blogging about Victoria Strauss’s unethical practices for years. She isn’t the first to work herself into a certain type of position so she could use it to hide misdeeds. What better place for someone who is abusive and unethical to hide.

    People like Victoria Strauss seem to have no shortage of friends who will open their mouths and spout lies for them. Meanwhile they use dozens of sock puppets and fake accounts to endlessly trash competitors.

    The most interesting thing about people like Victoria Strauss isn’t that they use fake accounts to trash competitors or that they set up web sites to do the same, it’s that at the same time they use fake accounts to endlesslessly promote themselves, write their own reviews and other glowing commentary.

  • Guest


  • Krosis

    Robert Stanek should join in with Dr. Orly Taitz. It would be very entertaining.

  • Marion Freeman

    Just to let you know, two of Stanek’s books are on sale for Kindle, for 0,00 USD. I got them both, of course. I just love the trainwreck.

  • Marion Freeman


    I just started reading the oh so originally named “The Dragon, the Wizard & the Great Door” and I see THIS:

    “The great kings of old traveled between realms using gates forged of ore
    minded from the deepest, darkest place in the known worlds. Two gates
    each for men, elves and dwarves. One master gate for those who ruled
    over them all.”

    This is the opening paragraph.

    Poor Tolkien’s ghost, the man has even less shame than I thought.

  • Hugh Howey

    Because I stuck up for Melissa Foster when he went after her.

    Also, because I have a lot of happy readers. This drives Robert bonkers. :)

  • Ronald K.

    What are you talking about, Hugh? For years you and Melissa Foster have done nothing but take Mr. Stanek down off bestseller lists on Amazon. What you’ve done is wrong and YOU KNOW IT. You should be ashamed of yourself, because I’m disgusted!!! Also, one more thing: I hope you get your teeth knocked out for bad mouthing such a brilliant author, father, and veteran, you dirt bag!!!!!!

  • Hugh Howey

    Hey Robert!

  • Cynthia B.

    Yeah, Hugh. You need to listen to Ronald. You and Foster both are immoral and used different tactics to destroy Mr. Stanek’s reputation. Luckily, everyone has seen through your tactics. Mr. Stanek has millions, maybe even billions, of readers, all of whom love his books very much. Yet, you have the audacity to even say ANYTHING wrong about Mr. Stanek. How dare you!

  • Cynthia B.

    Why aren’t you answering, Howey boy? Afraid that your obvious lies have caught up to you, and that you can’t parade them around like trophies? You’re a bad, bad man. Also, the Ruin Mist movie premieres summer 2017, and it”s gonna ROCK! It will be a lot better than any of your nonsensical adaptations.

  • Hugh Howey

    Billions of fans, and he’s sold over 100 million books, but he never hit a bestseller list anywhere! It’s a miracle. :)

  • Cynthia B.

    Again with the lies. You never seem to stop, do you?

  • Ronald K.

    Funny you suppose I’m Mr. Stanek himself. But he doesn’t use alts like piles of doggy dung like you and Foster.

  • Robert Stanek

    I’m right here, thank you very much. Seems like you’re harassing fans again. Won’t be long till Jeff Darcy joins in on the hatefest.

  • Robert Stanek

    Wow, Rorschach! You have a site dedicated to spreading untrue, malicious rumors about me! What a great person YOU are! Kidding. You’re awful, and I hope you feel shame later on in life for spooning my books. Or was it forking? Gosh, you people are sick.

  • Hugh Howey

    Why not just post under your name, Robert? I’d love to discuss this with you. I find you fascinating.

    Hey, what if we co-wrote your life story together? I’d split the money 50/50. I promise you it would sell millions. You’d be rich and famous.

    I’m not being sarcastic at all. It’s a real offer. I think people would find your story riveting. I mean, look at how many people read this website about you. And all the work CF put into this.

    It’s a great story. You should consider letting someone write it. Get in touch if you’re interested.

  • Hugh Howey

    I can’t wait to see it! Best of luck, Robert.

  • Hugh Howey

    This is so bizarre. Do you use multiple computers to do this? Or log in and out a bunch? I’d love to have a documentary crew over there to film all this.

    You know, the most important thing you’ll ever do in your life is this incredible years-long scam. It’s a masterpiece of diligent psychosis. Check out a film called EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP sometime. You could be famous like that guy. Get in touch. We’ll write the story together. I’m dead serious. You’ll make millions. All you have to do is drop the crazy act for a few minutes and team up.

  • Hugh Howey

    I don’t hate you. I like you. I think you’re fascinating.

  • Robert Stanek

    You’re just trying to be nice, for some weird reason, because you are one of the weirdest and meanest human beings in all of mankind. This site should be about you! Maybe you should be the made-for-TV-movie psycho.Now THAT would be hilarious.

  • Robert Stanek

    Why would I team up with you? That’s like Superman teaming up with Batman. You’ll ruin everything with your non-abilities when it comes to writing skills.

  • Hugh Howey

    I hate that you feel that way. This is just who I am. I don’t let the things people say about me get me down. It tells me more about them than it says about me. I have a pretty good idea of who I am.

    I think you have goodness in you, Robert. I think you want to be loved and admired. I know you have people in your life who know you and love and admire you, like your wife and kids. What often happens is that we take a stance, and it gets us in a bad spot, so we dig in deeper, and next thing we know we’re in a hole. And we don’t know how to get out. We don’t know how to reset. How to just say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Forgive me.”

    You know what would be the most transformative thing you could ever do? Just forgive yourself. Not me. Not any of the authors you’ve tussled with. None of that matters. That’s books. I’m talking about real, human choices. Imagine how liberating it would be to come out, tell your story, apologize to yourself and be forgiven by others, and let people know how hard you’ve worked, and that you just want a little recognition.

    The offer will stand for as long as you like. And if you write something new, and it’s something you’re proud of, send it my way. All I have to do is Tweet and FB about a book for sale, and it usually goes into the top 100 on Amazon. I’d do that for you, if you write something wonderful.

    And I’m serious about the story of your life. Dead serious. I’m dying to write that book. I could come to Washington and meet with you to discuss it if you’re interested.

  • Robert Stanek

    You can bitch and moan about perceived slights about me all you want. It’ll never work. How about this:
    Admit I’m better than you’ll ever be, and I’ll leave. All you have to do.

  • Hugh Howey

    You are better than me in every possible way. You are taller, better looking, a better lover, a proven veteran, a great father, a loving husband, a fantastic writer. I will never be as good as you at anything I ever do.

    And I’d love to be Robin to your Batman. Let’s write that book. Can I call you tomorrow to discuss? The number I have ends with 7142. Let me know.

  • Robert Stanek

    You know, there are some things I’ve been wanting to get off my chest:
    I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2010.
    I don’t always know how to act right, and I don’t always know how to respond to certain situations correctly. In 2001, I was pissed about how when I wrote, I wasn’t able to properly channel human emotion through my characters. I’ve always been that way, though. I’ve always felt like an emotionless robot. I wanted people to like my books, but no one wanted them. I was angry, and made fake reviews, and everything spiraled out of control. I was drunk with madness, and it’s time for me to sober up. I’m sorry

  • Hugh Howey

    Hey Robert, it doesn’t matter what I think, but I just want to say that I forgive you.

    The important part, of course, is that you forgive yourself. And it sounds like you are on your way. If you need to talk further, feel free to email me. The address is easy to find.

    The best part about telling your story? The lessons we all can learn from it. We can all be better people. I’ve done some stupid stuff in my time, and you have inspired me to write an email to someone right now to ask them to forgive me. Thanks for that.

  • Robert Stanek

    You’re welcome. It’s about time I cleaned up my act. I’m going to my room. Maybe I need to start on a new book series, one where the hero needs to find himself again after putting himself into a world of pain. He should ask himself: What have I done?

  • Robert Stanek

    Heheh. Sorry ’bout all that, man. I might call, I don’t really know. I will when I can.

  • Robert Stanek

    Even though you’re not exactly someone I have to own up to, I just want to say, I’m sorry. I deserve any criticism coming to me, and, to be honest, I’m glad I made you happy, even if it’s not my preferred sort of happiness.

  • Hugh Howey

    I’d say your writing skills have already improved since coming clean! Remarkably so. I believe your next work will sell 100 million copies. Go get ’em, Tiger!

  • vitor569

    For what it’s worth, I’d kill a full herd of buffalos in your behalf if you go back to sporking Stanek’s works, instead of Dragons Lexicon. Those were the most hillarious of your sporks. The sheer nonsense, the utterly eschizophrenic writing, the glorious badness… You just can’t compare.

  • Kat Phish

    You don’t honestly believe this is all a big conspiracy to ruin you do you? I don’t mean to be mean but you are just not that good of an author, the prose is amateur, the characters flat, the stories boring. You know deep down that you don’t really have these legions of fans, your facebook likes are all paid for and it’s obvious to anyone who looks.I’m sorry but deep down you know this is not a conspiracy and that you just dont have many fans and the way you behave and talk to people does not help the fact is you are no Robert Jordan or J.R.R Tolkien you never were on these best seller lists and this site PROVES that the only awards you have won are ones you made up yourself.

    This site debunks your lies and this makes you mad so you lash out at everyone. Get a grip man stop accusing people of harassing fans be a man you know that it isn’t true. Ask yourself what is more probable.

    That there is a huge internet wide conspiracy involving thousands of people and authors(many of which are actually wealthy famous and successful) trying to sabotage a simple self published author who hardly anyone has heard of(sorry but you know deep down it’s true).

    OR that you are a mediocre to bad author who’s stories are just bad and don’t attract fans your career was not ruined it was non existent to begin with the hate you get you bring on yourself with your nasty attitude and refusal to accept accountability for your own actions.

    Get some help man you are mentally ill and need to get some help, and I mean that you will feel much better once you do this and just stop blaming the world for your faults. best of luck

  • zen zook

    I really doubt that this is the real Robert Stanek or HUgh Howey.

  • Guest

    If you click on Hugh Howey, you’ll find a comment history that looks real.

  • Rorschach

    That is actually Hugh Howey. I don’t have any reason to believe it’s really Stanek.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Stop being so nice to that guy! Go all Joe Konrath on him!

  • Heywood Jablowme

    It isn’t illegal to lay false claims to military awards. It should be, but it isn’t. A DD214 from Mr. Stanek would show all the military awards he’s ever earned.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Have you ever tried drinking bleach? It’ll do wonders for the digestion.

  • Robert Stanek

    Maybe I will, asshole!

  • Robert Stanek

    Schizophrenic? I’m not Schizophrenic! You’re just some basement-dwelling- no-life- whatsoever-sad-sack-of-shit just waiting for the devil to reap you into hell…… So Fuck You! Big old’ cock sucker!

  • Robert Stanek

    Bet you’re some Encyclopedia Dramatic a user waiting to piss me off so you can contribute to that shitty-ass article about me! Want to anger me? Well guess what, mofo, its Stanek day, and I’ll pound your fuckin’ head in with a mallet.
    That felt so fucking good, you don’t even know.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    I was in a gas station bathroom and took notice of the plentiful graffiti. I thought, “Wow, these half-literate delinquents have more talent than Robert Stanek.”

    That’ll be a new meme. Kind of like “Still a better love story than Twilight”. Every time a toddler paints the walls with his own feces, More Talent than Robert Stanek. A weird financial offer from a Nigerian prince, More Talent than Robert Stanek. The new zero star rating on GoodReads? More Talent than Robert Stanek.

  • LoneWolf

    I always found Stanek just boring. Even the sporks couldn’t change this. Unlike most, I didn’t find him to be incomprehensible – just standard quasi-medieval fantasy generica in which characters perfunctorily do their paint-by-numbers, generic fantasyish things.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Oh please oh please oh please

  • Robert Stanek

    Oh, fuck you, you troll! When you die, I’ll masturbate on your grave! Ha! How about THAT? Huh? How about that, Heywood? I’ll create memes about YOOOOOUUUUU! You don’t understand me. I will create memes about you, I’ll troll you, and I will hunt you down until I cant , until I find the courage to kick the bucket! get just have for very via BlackBerry let quit room read this so cute zero plan could if except Arnold Schwarzenegger zone that but but good point squirrel Max hivib tho Dark more xylophone BITCH!

  • Guest

    This isn’t Robert Stanek. If this was really Stanek apologizing, then those fake-ass blogs would be gone by now. Instead, Zon Alert now claims Hugh Howey is a raging racist. Its source? A “former co-worker.”

    ZonAlert claims Kindle Readers Beware put it in touch with this coworker. Yup, it still claims the blogs are totally separate. LOL. So, yeah, I’m pretty sure this co-worker isn’t real.

  • vitor569

    Okay. The herd of buffalos has been slaughtered. I’ll be sending the heads to your home address, with the name “Rohrschach” written in each one with a scapel.

  • vitor569

    yep, including the spelling error.

  • Wolf

    I cannot understand in the slightest how Robert Stanek manages to look in the mirror everyday, and rationalize all the fake reviews, sock puppets, and accusing someone of child abuse. I’m rather sure I don’t want to.

    Say what you will about Tesch, but at least she has an excuse for her actions (her parents on the other hand…) which are more naive than downright malicious and manipulative. While her “books” are idiotic, she actually manages to write something that could actually be semi-good (though mediocre) if she actually took the time to sit down and try to learn. Stanek’s, on the other hand, are generic fantasy stories that lack even basic consistency and prose (not much different from Tesch’s in that regard).

    Maybe my faith in humanity is misplaced, but I’d expect a grown man to be more mature than Stanek behaves.

  • Guest

    Stanek wants to sue Amazon. It’s on the front page of the Reagent Press site.

    RP Media is seeking class-action participants in a potentially $1B lawsuit against Amazon. Contact for more info.

    Amazon Class-action Lawsuit
    PO Box 362
    East Olympia, WA

    Doesn’t say what it’s about.

  • Guest

    Scholastic has an imprint called “The Blue Sky Press,” often shortened to “Blue Sky Press.” They do children’s picture books.

    Stanek is now publishing books under the name “Big Blue Sky Press.”

  • Guest

    C’mon, Conjugal Felicity. We need a page on this!

    In case people missed it, there’s one now.

  • Guest

    His “competitor,” Patrick Rothfuss? 0_0

    Robert Stanek January 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Everyone wave and say Hi to my stalker. Poor guy’s been on a tear since 2005 and will be behind bars very soon if he keeps up this nonsense.

    Robert Stanek January 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Patrick St. Dennis runs Pat’s Fantasy Hot List and is a friend of a competitor, Patrick Rothfuss. You’d think they’d grow up eventually, but sadly not so.

  • Marion Freeman

    You realize Superman and Batman are actually the founders of the Justice Le- no, why do I bother? If you’re a poe, it was on purpose, if you’re Stanek, you’re too far gone.

  • Charby

    One thing I admire about Stanek is his complete and thorough lack of shame or any kind of respect for others. It really is somewhat astonishing. If he were a burglar, he would be the kind of burglar who breaks into your house, gathers all of your valuables into a burlap sack, and then plops down on your couch and starts watching TV. When you get home, he will dismissively pack you off to the kitchen to fix him a sandwich.

  • Charby

    Stanek never needs a reason. Stanek is not merely a man, but an agent of fate, a force of creation, the architect of all reality. He decides who lives and who dies, and who weeps and who cries.

  • Guest

    That implies he takes responsibility for the things he does.

    He often is like the guy in the whodunnits who did it, but puts on a front in order to throw people off. I don’t know why he thinks it works. It’s comically transparent.

    “I don’t fake reviews. I am a crusader against such an awful deception.”,172060.msg2446278.html#msg2446278

    “I heard someone attacked Hugh Howey. What an awful thing to do. You wouldn’t want to do the same thing to me, would you?”

    I still shake my head at the chutzpah of that second link.

  • Charby

    Here’s the thing though — no one believes him. In a whodunit, he would wear a comically fake mustache to commit a murder in front of dozens of witnesses. Then, as everyone is freaking out, he would peel off his mustache and try to mingle with the crowd, completely oblivious to the fact that everyone saw him and no one is fooled by his transformation. Stanek’s lies are repellent but they are also transparent that it’s hard to believe that he seriously thinks he’s fooling anyone. The fact that he really does seem to think that he is pulling off the most brilliant scheme actually makes it more shocking.

  • Guest

    On 9/15/14, he put her on his “architects of hate” list.

    David Langford (author)

    Stephen Leigh (author)

    Jim C. Hines (author)

    Victoria Strauss (author)

    David Louis Edelman (author)

    Patrick Rothfuss (author)

    Tim Spalding (Library Thing)

    Maureen Johnson (author)

    Melissa Foster (author)

    Adam Whitehead (Wertzone, Best Fantasy Books)

    Patrick Dennis (Pat’s Fantasy Hot List, Best Fantasy Books)

  • DeezyCheezy

    Stanek’s stuff is just fucking boring to me because I can’t get a grasp on the sheer stupidity of it due to having no idea what the fuck is going on in his horrible, horrible books. The Maradonia sporkings are my favorite to be honest, followed by Rah, and then the Seven Sleepers.

  • Guest

    When Melissa Foster wrote in the kboards Fiverr Report thread “The cowardly poster has two Twitter accounts and has conversations with himself about being “ruined” and “ruining” others,” I looked and thought perhaps the @roxbasecsu could be the account she was referring to. The account is now locked, but at the time, I remember it tweeting at @alertamazon (Zonalert) stuff to that effect.

    Anyway, as of October 2014, the suspected sockpuppet is also following the William Stanek Twitter account and @badauthors (Witch Rants).

    Didn’t think to look for the follow connections back then. Wish I did. The Witch Rants connection is especially LOL. It’s pretty much why I’m bothering to post this.

    Disclaimer: this is all speculation and line drawing. The only evidence I have is what I present here.

  • citizensugarcane

    I just deleted all my reviews from Amazon and will never ever provide them with feedback again. Unfortunately I am not Robert Stankek.

  • Guest

    ZonAlert and Witch Rants are similarly dramatic re: Hugh Howey.

    Witch Rants 3/21/14: “his twisted soul”

    ZonAlert 8/8/14: “Howey’s broken psyche”

  • Guest
    @rcgrandinetti Please contact Jeannie Kim
    This tweet at first appears to be a reply to Amazon VP Russell Grandinetti, but there’s no other tweet. It isn’t replying to anything.
    On the date of this tweet, Grandinetti’s name appeared in some articles about Amazon’s new crowdsourcing publisher, Kindle Scout. People vote for books, and Amazon selects books to publish among those that do well.

  • Guest

    “I can see why Rothfuss doesn’t want people to read Stanek. Stanek’s a much more capable writer.” –Emily Asimov, author

    This “author blurb” is part of Reagent Press’ official marketing. Holy fuck.

    I did a search for this “Emily Asimov.” She has titles with Reagent Press. (click on “publication details”)

    The Amazon author page uses a stock photo as its author picture. Could it be a Stanek pen name?

    BRB with info on the other names–the ones with less crazy blurbs.

  • Guest

    The other names are all with Reagent Press or one of its imprints such as Wonderful World Press, Your Reading Steps Books, and My World Books. You can find them in Reagent Press’ Overdrive catalog.

    The names that have Amazon author pages all use stock photos as the author picture.

    Stanek did not disclose in these blog posts that some of the “featured authors” are published by his own company, or perhaps his own pen names.–book-celebration-1.html

    Many of the names are similar to known authors. Margaret Wise Brown wrote Goodnight Moon. Another Julia Cook is a prolific children’s author, not to be mixed up with the stock photo Julia Cook with one book on sea turtles.

    Speaking of “Julia Cook” and that sea turtle book, I clicked on the profile of one the book’s reviewers.

    Check out the Stanek name drop in a review of a Kathryne Kennedy novel of all things.

  • The Flobbit

    I believe the word you’re looking for here is irony.

  • Liquid Snake

    Conjugal Felicity has taken a life:
    In his latest blog post Stanek claims a friend of his took their own life directly because of the online hate directed toward Stanek and his books.

  • Robert Stanek

    How dare you accusers find it so hilarious to spread malicious lies about me. I would have never done the things you say I have done, and I do not believe in lying for either self-defense or sympathy. How everyone from casual Internet users to Hugh Howey accuse me of such wrongs I do not know; but what I do know is that if I had an attorney I would sue all of you. Merry Christmas you liars.

  • Guest

    Stanek’s delusions and personality disorder(s) are really over the top. How narcissistic is this guy? WTF!

    I don’t believe any of it though. It’s just another lie from a pathological liar.

  • Guest

    In case this isn’t a troll, or the real Robert Stanek comes by.

    You see all the links? The screenshots? That’s called EVIDENCE, which this site has in spades.

  • J. MacIntyre

    The bastard blocked me on Twitter for some reason. Maybe I hit a nerve when I linked to this site, or maybe because I made a blog post in defense of his recent accusations to Hugh Howey.

  • Asha Leu

    Like so many of Stanek’s claims, this truly makes no sense whatsoever. I could buy an author killing themselves over such negative attention, but someone taking their life because a friend had a bad reputation on the internet? Just… why? I’m struggling to grasp the logic behind this.

    Stanek really doesn’t understand how the human mind works, does he?

  • WeFoundAWitch
  • WeFoundAWitch

    Whoops! Meant to write more than the link. I was going to say that the author of the Sorcerer’s Ring appears to have done the same in terms of fake reviews which initially propelled her book to the bestselling fantasy email blasts that Amazon does. Karma has started to catch up, but not before she cashed in on all these people paying for her book under the false pretense that it was a quality work. And then she had the gumption to make it a 13 (maybe more) book series. Take a look.

  • Random

    Wow… I was actually going to see what everyone was going on about before and read his book, but you’ve sort of persuaded me otherwise…

  • Jim

    Society and / or the (lack of) law presents the opportunity, the criminal merely completes the crime. You can say anything on the internet anonymously with impunity, those that get caught or exposed are in the minority.

    This is the internet, section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is still in force.

    Stanek is bad, if it wasn’t Stanek it would have been someone else, and of course he’s not the only one.

  • canaduck

    My name is Mr. Snrub and I agree wholeheartedly with this Rupert Stanbek fellow.

  • Writer_Josh

    Minded? MINDED?

    So this ore from which the gates were forged were WATCHED OVER from the deepest, darkest places of the world?

    Oh, yeah, this guy’s the next Rowling. Brilliant.

  • Writer_Josh

    Hey, Billy-Bob, if that’s really you.

    Here’s what you want to do if you have any hope of being taken seriously: Spork these pages.

    Seriously, take this page and refute, point by point, with VERIFIABLE LINKS to RECOGNIZED SOURCES, everything CF has said against you. Post a hi-res image of the original photo with Brian Jacques. Post a photo of you holding your “Best New Voice in Fantasy” award and name the group that gave it to you, and post a link to their website. Post a photo of you holding your Distinguished Flying Cross award. And be aware that Photoshop has all sorts of “tells” that can be spotted by the most rank amateur.

    Find actual reviews posted through official publications that review other authors in your field. I’m not talking about articles where you are mentioned; I mean show us a New York Times or Washington Post review. Post links that prove you were ever an Amazon or Audible best-seller. Show us proof that would stand up in court that CF is just making stuff up.

    In short, do to this write-up what it did so thoroughly and so convincingly to you. If you can do that, you might change some minds. So far you have changed precisely ZERO.

    Frankly, at this point, if you sued CF for defamation and I were the judge in the case, and your “evidence” was as shoddy as what you’ve offered so far, I’d be forced to find in favor of CF and would be tempted to punish you as far as the law would allow.

  • Writer_Josh

    This was another SMH moment as he said at one point that he’s been a “professionally published author since 1995” on his site, one of the sites dedicated to his fiction, implying he’s been publishing fiction for that long. Then later he admits the first book he published was one of his computer books. He never qualifies how much of his “best-selling” work was actually his fiction. As far as I can tell, his fiction has hardly sold at all.

  • Writer_Josh

    “Readers can buy two, three…ten books in the same genre”

    This is something else I’ve wondered about; why is Stanek so convinced that other authors, or these authors’ fans, are out to destroy him because they’re threatened that he might out-sell their favorite?

    For one thing, most readers don’t care about sales, and most authors who are doing well don’t care if there’s someone else doing better. If they do, it’s only to aspire to reach those sales figures themselves some day.

    Could you imagine if Tad Williams had written something like “In 1990 when Robert Jordan got up on his soapbox and ranted to stir up a mob, I was a multi-published author with over 20 grand in sales to my name, translations in over 20 countries and over 5 million books sold — something Robert Jordan likely knew when he came out swinging after his first book was published and publicly enlisted friends and family to do his dirty work.” (even though EOTW wasn’t Jordan’s first; it has, however, been widely perceived as such).

    He’d be a laughing stock. And he’d never do it because he would consider Jordan a colleague; a peer.

    NOT a competitor.

  • William R. Stanek

    You know, I find it extremely funny that you say no one is trying to defame me, but isn’t that what you have done in this very series of articles? Your website is a joke, and you’re nothing but a fucking troll. As I recall, I had my novels revised by the the proofreaders at Tor, and when they sent back my manuscript they told me that they
    ” thoroughly enjoyed your work, but as of right now we have too many manuscripts sent beyond our control. ” I published my work on my own, and my sales were doing fine, but, since no one could believe that a SELF-PUBLISHED novel was actually successful, the major fantasy authors of the time downplayed my efforts with fake, negative reviews and nasty blog posts.
    And you’re just doing the same thing. How fucking original, you dork.

  • Bob Boberson

    Yeah, right, Stanek – YOU were the one posting “fake, negative reviews” about everyone else… as for “nasty” blog posts and reviews – well, when the work under discussion WAS nasty and awful, that kind of goes with the territory…. :)

  • Anonymous for This

    I sincerely doubt this is Robert Stanek. But regardless of who it is, I have a serious bone to pick with this person.
    Asperger’s does not cause people to do morally wrong things. Asperger’s does not cause people to feel emotionless.
    Asperger’s main trait tends to manifest in making people very logical, and since social norms and emotions aren’t always logical, people with it are generally naturally bad at understanding them. So social awkwardness and confusion results. Awkward responses do not translate to morally wrong responses. Another common trait is poor empathy, but that does NOT mean people with Asperger’s are emotionless. That means they’re bad at understanding other people’s viewpoints. Since most other people are better at understanding social and emotional stuff, that mostly increases the confusion.
    How do I know this? *waves* Hi, Aspie here!
    (And before anyone asks, I was diagnosed twice by two different psychiatrists with doctorates and stuff. Hours of testing. Not fun)
    Obviously, there are going to be some people with Asperger’s who are jerks and/or criminals and/or morally reprehensible, but that is not due to their Asperger’s. It could be due to their reaction to people’s treatment of them stemming from their Asperger’s behaviors or something like that. But it is not directly because they have Asperger’s.
    (Also, fun fact: Asperger’s doesn’t officially exist anymore; it’s now considered high-functioning autism. But since he used the term, I’m sticking with it)

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