Richard S Prather
- Category : 1921-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Dominion 2
American mystery novelist, best known for creating the Shell Scott series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring. The first Shell Scott mystery, Case of the Vanishing Beauty, was published in 1950. It would be the start of a long series that numbered more than three dozen titles featuring the Shell Scott character. He died on 14 February 2007, aged 85, in Sedona, Arizona.