Welcome to My Website!

This website is meant to provide the reader with reference material about R.E.”Gus” Payne, my works, my projects, my life.

After a series of published failures and a few successes, my reputation as an author seems to rest on “Caught in the Crossfire: The R.E. “Gus” Payne Story”, a book published in 1994 and a NBC-TV movie produced in 1995 starring Dennis Franz, who portrayed me. The movie is still showing on various cable networks and I have received correspondence from Central America, South America, Canada, the UK and elsewhere where the movie was shown. The book sold out several printings and has not been available for a couple of years, until now, when it is offered at a special price. While the contents of the book are significant only to me, there is a worldwide interest in my story and I appreciate it. I am overwhelmed, even at this date, by those still interested in “Crossfire”.

Frankly, “The Death of Brandon Lee: The Untold Story,” published as a newsstand periodical in 1996, was my most financially successful work, with more than 100,000 copies sold! I am offering this investigative report here, on this website only, as a CD at a special price. For years we have received orders and letters from the publisher asking that we agree to release this story again. This amazing story of official deception is here for your consideration.

“Outrage in Kansas” is an entirely different story and it is published here in its entirety free of charge because I want to publicize what happened. At one time I had this story optioned by a major motion picture studio but in the end the producers decided the story was too controversial. Read it and decide for yourself.

My newest book “Guerilla Tactics for Job Seekers” is meant to help get you get that job you want using proven methods which I’ve seen work time and time again.

I hope you take the time to examine the website. If I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know.

Here are a list of “How To” subjects that I am happy to share with anyone who asks.

Secrets of Self-published Authors!!!

Write and Publish Your Own Story!

People always ask me, “How did I get a movie made about my life?”

My answer is simple, but the better question is, “How can you???”

Taking a few minutes now to read this may put several thousand dollars in your pocket, enhance your prestige, and result in a book or movie about your life!

It may surprise you to know that many famous authors self-published books, including Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein! Being a published author makes a difference in your life.

I’d like to share with you the secrets of self-publishing. I’m inviting you to contact me via E-mail for a strictly confidential free consultation to determine whether self-publishing is a realistic alternative for you to consider. Remember, movies are made from books!

Tell me about your idea or project. I’ll suggest to you the quickest, least expensive methods of successfully writing, editing, publishing, and marketing your book. You get all of this from me FREE!


Consider what being a published author does for your prestige, your professional and social contacts, and your income!

If your project is viable, we will explain how to:

Write a salable book within 90 days.
Prepare a low-budget, realistic marketing plan.
Price for maximum return.
Protect yourself legally.
Get your book distributed and into the stores.
Approach special “niche” or target markets.
Promote yourself and your book.
Contact me via E-mail – it is your opportunity to discover just how you can publish your project for a modest investment and maybe even make money! And only you will know the details.

By the way, people frequently ask me to reveal the “secrets” of how I got noticed by Hollywood, to get a movie made of my life. When I am retained as your Consultant, I will do more than answer these questions.


Attorneys, physicians, politicians, business executives, and others have much to gain by publishing a book. Typically, a book can be published with an initial run of 1,000 copies for far less than the cost of single large ad in your daily newspaper. And I should not have to remind you where that day’s paper ends up! (And movies are never made from ads!)