About Robert Vermillion, Jr.

Robert P. Vermillion, Jr.


Robert is a prolific writer and puzzlist. We discovered him in our booth at the Maryland Renaissance Festival circa 2011 and learned that he and his mom had been customers since 1995. So of course we recruited him immediately for a variety of chores in researching, writing, graphics and explaining our puzzles, and having long philosophical discussions.

About himself, Robert writes: "I'm always willing to engage in a scientific or philosophical discussion. Solving puzzles and figuring out how magic illusions are done are key interests. I'm a passionate word-lover and am always up for a chat about how little sense English grammar rules make. Though I'm not a car nut, I always go for car movies (Fast and Furious, Breakdown, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Junkman, etc.)."

Robert was born December 23, 1982, in Maryland, where he still lives. He studied Engineering and Architectural Design at the College of Southern Maryland and has been a dairy stocker at McKay's (putting stuff on shelves) since 2007. That gives him plenty of time to think about other, more interesting things.

Some of the results of that thinking are highly imaginative short stories and novels. (Think Rod Serling meets Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King.) Four of his novellas will be published shortly and be on Amazon by Spring 2016. More news as they happen.

Here are some of Robert's favorite quotes:

One should forgive one's enemies but not before they are hanged. (Heinrich Heine)

My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives. (Rita Rudner)

A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. (Oscar Wilde)

Outside of a dog, books are a man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)

Life is rather like a tin of sardines: we're all of us looking for the key. (Alan Bennett)

It is my belief that children should be not seen and not heard. (Robert Vermillion, Jr.)

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. (Arthur C. Clarke)


Photo by Dick Jones

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