Native New Yorker Richard Amari attended School of Visual Arts and received a B.F.A. in Graphic Art. He has worked on staff in various roles (designer, assistant art director, associate art director) for Dutton Children’s Books, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Philomel Books, and Scholastic.

He has also designed and illustrated books on a freelance basis for Mud Puddle, Macmillan, Scholastic Press, Orchard Books, Arthur A. Levine Books, Sterling Children’s Books, Z-File, and several imprints of Penguin Books for Young Readers.

Richard also enjoys creating package designs for Mud Puddle.

As a kid on Staten Island, Richard was consumed by Tin Tin, Marvel Comics, and those gruesome horror comics from the 50s. He was delighted to merge his interest in comics with a paycheck when he designed graphic novels such as Queen Bee and the Goosebumps series for Graphix. He also loved working on Graphix’s color editions of Jeff Smith’s Bone series.

He has written, illustrated, and designed his own graphic novels. His latest, The Mystery of the Summer House, is hot off the presses. Christmas at Weatherbridge, The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost, The Mystery of the Night Visitor, The Witch of Bannerman Castle, and The Haunting of the Coach Inn all feature Carnacki the Ghost-Finder. 

Richard is currently working on a new supernatural story that takes place in New York’s Chinatown during the 1920s.

You may find Richard drawing, designing, writing, and playing drums at home in a pre-war building built and occupied by famously corrupt Mayor “Boss” Hague in Jersey City, New Jersey.

R in Tavern

The author writing in his natural habitat.


© Richard Amari 2017