Robert Castle studied English and got a degree in the Writing Program at Penn State in the early seventies. After attending Columbia University School of the Arts for a brief time, he traveled around Europe and lived on and off in Florence, Italy. For fifteen years he lived off his earnings as a cook at a New Jersey seaside town before finally giving up and getting a full-time job as a teacher of History, Sociology, and Film.
Bob has regularly published articles for Bright Lights Film Journal since 2002. Other of his film essays have appeared in Film Comment, The Film Journal, The Journal of Religion and Film, Talking Pictures,Cinetext, and Metaphilm. He has had other regular gigs at Unlikely Stories and at The Circle Magazine with a quarterly column called "Half-Baked Ideas." He has also written two essays about teaching History for Archipelago, has several articles about his travels in Europe at The Paumanok Review, and has three literary pieces at elimae. His fiction can be found at many places online: Fiction Funhouse, Fiction Warehouse, Wilmington Blues, 3 AM, 5_trope, The Sidewalk's End, Octavo, Double Dare Press, Arbutus, Eclectica, Facets, Skive magazine, and InDigest. His pre-Internet publications included literary magazines like The Sun, Gadfly, Timber Creek Review, Curriculum Vitae, The MacGuffin, The Monocacy Valley Review, The Iconoclast, and A Summer's Reading.
His first three book's include A Sardine on Vacation, a novel (Spuyten Duyvil), The End of Travel, a memoir (Ravenna Press), and Odd Pursuits, a collection of stories (Wild Child Publishing). All of these books were published in 2006.
In the last year, new books by Bob have appeared in Kindle. First was Berthcut & Sons, his first novel, the story of the birth of a salesman (sorry, Willie Loman). Then he converted his short story collection, Odd Pursuits, into a digital format. Two other works of his fiction now available are a second collection of stories, Fits of Generosity, and a book of three novellas called The Lies Commonly Agreed Upon. He also has two nonfiction works: The Interpretive Odyssey of Stanley Kubrick and The Education Battleground.