R. B. Young is a writer, visual artist, and the author of the novel Crimes of Disrespect.
He has published short stories in literary journals including Postscripts to Darkness, Other Voices, and Great Lakes Review. His short story "Paper Icon" appears in the book Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction, published by Guernica Editions, Toronto, in 2017.
He has worked as an architect, urban planner, and web designer. But since 2009, he has devoted himself to writing.
On CBC Radio One in 2012, Aalya Ahmad — an Ottawa literature professor and co-editor of the horror anthology Postscripts to Darkness 2 — praised Young for his innovative writing:
"We did look for writing that touched on maybe a new theme or a new idea, or re-framed a story in a new way. For example ... 'Old Softie,' by R.B. Young, involves a Facebook ghost. And so we thought, 'How interesting is that.' There's not been a lot of stories ... about how horrific Facebook might be."