Christopher Ruz

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Reviews

“Tension. Desperation. Guilt. Second chances.What Christopher Ruz has done with Century of Sand is genuinely brilliant.”

- Tom F, Amazon Reviewer
“It’s like if Michael Bay directed Pride and Prejudice. Agent 806 is a bulletproof Kevlar bodice ripper!”

- Fred, Amazon Reviewer
“In The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan, Ruz utilizes his signature dark, excellent quality writing to deliver a sharp science fiction adventure.”

- Will Weisser, Metanautics

Recent Stories:

  1. The Ant Tower

    Parkin, a soldier-turned-mercenary, has been hired by the King’s Magician to accompany him on...

Christopher 'Ruz' Hayes-Kossmann

I’m Christopher Ruz, Australian author. I tell lies for money.

I’m a full-time author/publisher working under two pseudonyms. Christopher Ruz is where I publish my serious science fiction and fantasy work, such as my ongoing epic fantasy trilogy Century of Sand and my recent science fiction novella The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan. Meanwhile, I publish pulp spy novellas under the name D. D. Marks, including my most popular omnibus, Agent 806.


  1. Rust, Century of Sand, funding and free junk

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    So many updates, not enough time. ONE: The complete RUST: SEASON TWO is now available on Amazon! No need for episodes – just grab the novel and dive into some seriously messed up horror. TWO: Century of Sand 2 is almost done. The final draft has been transcribed from all my redline notes, and all that’s left are a few quick additions and a proof read. I’ll be self-pubbing through all major ebook retailers for $5.99, but you can preorder...
  2. Rust: Season Two is hitting Amazon!

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    What sort of butthead finishes a novel but forgets to post about it on his own blog? This butthead, obviously. Rust: Season Two is finished and, as with Season One, being released as a weekly serial via Amazon, iBooks, Barnes&Noble and Kobo. The Amazon releases are landing every Friday, and the rest of the retailers… well, they’re taking a little longer to process, but they’ll catch up eventually. Rust: Season Two starts where Season One left off – with Kimberly...
  3. Breakaway (novel opening)

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    We burned the evidence in a gravel pit two miles outside town. I shivered in my bra and underwear as my clothes turned to ash and nylon sludge. The paper masks we’d worn as disguises flared as flames lapped across their curves. The orange hi-vis vests and BB guns became plastic puddles. Dad shovelled pebbles and dirt across the whole mess before we left. The sun was setting above the ridges to the west as we dressed in fresh clothes....
  4. On Aussie Privilege, and Self-Made Men

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    You are not a self-made man. Yes, I know you started that business solo. Yes, I know you worked your way up from the bottom of the ladder. Yes, I know you put a lot of hard hours into getting your business degree. You’re still not a self-made man. I know this because I know you. You’re not a self-made man because you were born on the top rung. You’re white and male, which are both automatic bonus points. You...
  5. Update! Rust: Season Two is prepping for launch.

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    Both my blog and my newsletter have been quiet recently because I’ve been really, really busy. Like, busy. Italicised busy. When I’m not doing my teaching placement (6am-6pm, five days a week – the mother of unpaid internships), I’m studying and writing essays. When I’m not writing essays, I’m repairing the house. When I’m not repairing the house, I’m cleaning it, or cooking bulk-loads of bolognaise sauce. And when I’m not doing that, I’m writing for you. Eighteen months to...
  6. One year, three novels. Help me do it!

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    Making a living as a writer is a tough gig. Sometimes it turns out to be impossible. For me, now having returned to full-time study so I can become a high-school teacher, it’s the latter. Essentially, after almost two years of living off the proceeds of my book sales, things have kinda… collapsed. That’s the market, man. I could blame any number of factors but the simple truth is that not everyone gets to have a mega-hit, or even a...
  7. RUST: Episode One, now free on iBooks!

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    As the second season of RUST ticks ever closer to release (the first two episodes are with test readers, and the rest soon to follow), I’ve finally pushed the first season of RUST on the iBooks and Barnes & Noble Nook stores. Which is awesome for people who don’t use a Kindle e-reader, but what’s even more awesome is that it means I can give more stuff away. You see, while Amazon doesn’t allow you to publish a book for...
  8. SciFi and Horror: Genre BFFs?

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    Recently, I’ve been writing an extended piece on the close relationship between Science Fiction and Horror in both prose and film. It’s being published in sections on the new SFF site 42nd Parallel, so if you have even a passing interest in scifi or horror, check it out!
  9. The 5 Best Albums of 2013

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    I like music! I talk about it so much you’d think I was getting paid for it (I’m not). I write about video-game music and I recently discussed my personal ten best albums of the decade. Now, one month into 2014, I’m going to lay down the albums that had me grooving all through 2013. First, let’s do fifth through second place in no real order: Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady Janelle Monae’s first full-length release, The Archandroid, was...
  10. Burning Bridges: Olesia Anderson #5

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    Olesia Anderson, corporate spy-for-hire, is headed to Venice for what’s supposed to be a low-key fraud investigation job. Step 1: steal financial data from Aureo Real Estate. Step 2: deliver it to the client. Step 3: enjoy some private time with a pair of gorgeous Italian twins, eat gelato and get a tan, all paid for by Olesia’s mysterious employers, the Blackrock Association. But Olesia’s only been in town a day when she uncovers a multi-million Euro insurance scam built...