Rick Ley is an independent environmental consultant who works from his home office on the Allegheny River in Venango County, Pennsylvania. Rick has a Master of Environmental Science degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and an undergraduate degree in geology from Waynesburg College, Pennsylvania. Rick enjoys hockey, fishing, and peaceful walks on the local rails-to-trail that follows the river. His writing interests span the horror, thriller, and action-adventure genres.
Components central to each of Rick’s writing projects include: engaging locations; in-depth descriptions of character’s thoughts; vivid depiction of external stimuli that influence a character’s actions and enhance a scene’s ambiance; and, where relevant, the inclusion of factual or historical information.

Title by Rick Ley

  • A Ghost Creek Novel

    Released: March 2021

    Genre: Novels

    It started out as a walk in the woods: look for two gravesites and get out. Moments later, Michelle and Melanie are fighting for their lives on a desolate Colorado mountainside.

    Cryptic emails warned Michelle not to meddle in the past. Little did she know, when researching her latest book, that the Tarryall Mountain Foundation was a front for a ruthless international crime ring with ties to the Sacred Lands disaster that nearly claimed her life in 1988.

    Meanwhile in Charleston, South Carolina, Michelle’s husband, Nick, pursues an environmental litigation case, weighing the implications of disturbing field data that suggest a natural disaster is imminent. He’s soon forced to make his own escape from Tarryall’s clutches.

    In this thrilling sequel to Ghost Creek and continuation of Jolie Rouge, tension boils over when Michelle and Melanie make their stands, and Nick’s worst fear comes true.