Curbside Splendor and Dark House Press named “Best Indie Book Publisher” by Chicago Magazine

 

In case you missed it, Curbside Splendor (and Dark House Press, which I run) were just named Chicago Magazine’s, “Best Indie Book Publisher.” Great article in the magazine, and online. Our three titles for the year, THE NEW BLACK, which I edited, ECHO LAKE by Letitia Trent, and AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF by Stephen Graham Jones, are pictured in the story. Honored.

Up in 2015 is EXIGENCIES, another neo-noir anthology I’m editing (all new stories), the first book in the Joshua City Trilogy, THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN by Okla Eliott and Raul Clement, and Vile Men by Rebecca Jones-Howe. 2016 will give us Steve Himmer’s SCRATCH. More news to come.

The New Black (Dark House Press) releases TODAY!

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Today is the official release date of THE NEW BLACK! This neo-noir anthology is the first I’ve ever edited and it’s also the first Dark House Press title. I’m honored that so many gifted authors were willing to be a part of this book. I can’t thank them enough for taking the time, and for supporting this title, and the press. It’s getting great reviews everywhere, too. If you’re thinking of picking up a copy, consider doing so today, so maybe we can push it up the charts. If this book does well, and Dark House Press succeeds, we can continue to publish the kind of neo-noir, speculative fiction that needs to be read and experienced. Foreword by Laird Barron, with stories by Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevenger, Paul Tremblay, Lindsay Hunter, Roxane Gay, Kyle Minor, Benjamin Percy, Roy Kesey, Craig Davidson, Matt Bell, Richard Lange, Micaela Morrissette, Joe Meno, Vanessa Veselka, Nik Korpon, Antonia Crane, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Tara Laskowski, and Craig Wallwork. There are also 15 interior illustrations by Luke Spooner of Carrion House. Feel free to share this news, and to spread the word. THANK YOU!

I’ve signed with Random House Alibi for TWO BOOKS.

BIG NEWS! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed with Random House Alibi for a two-book deal. The first book is DISINTEGRATION—the second is still TBD. This will only be available in eBook format, to start. For those that know me, you’ve been hearing about this book for many (six?) years—a neo-noir transgressive thriller that is a mix of Dexter and Falling Down, the story of a man who sees his family die in a car crash right in front of him, and falls apart. I think it’s some of my best work to date. Special thanks to my agent, Paula Munier for supporting me, and believing in my voice, and this novel. I’m really excited to work with Dana Isaacson, my editor at RHA, as well—he’s been at Random House for many years, and has done a lot of great work for them. There is a target release date of May 2015. Thank you all of my friends and peers that kept telling me this book would find a home. That day has come.

The first blurb for THE NEW BLACK is Jack Ketchum

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The first blurb for THE NEW BLACK, a neo-noir anthology that I edited for Dark House Press, is now in. It’s from horror giant, Jack Ketchum:

“THE NEW BLACK ought to be the New High Standard for dark fiction anthologies. It’s loaded with intelligence and talent. Every one of the pieces in this extraordinary compilation is worthy of your full attention.”—Jack Ketchum

Thrilled to have this excellent blurb. This book will be out in May, with a foreword by Laird Barron. Stories by Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevenger, Paul Tremblay, Lindsay Hunter, Roxane Gay, Kyle Minor, Benjamin Percy, Roy Kesey, Craig Davidson, Matt Bell, Richard Lange, Micaela Morrissette, Joe Meno, Vanessa Veselka, Nik Korpon, Antonia Crane, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Tara Laskowski, and Craig Wallwork. 15 interior illustrations by Luke Spooner of Carrion House. Cover design by Alban Fischer.

Book Covers, Edited and/or Published by Richard Thomas

I wanted to start a list of the beautiful book covers that I’ve either edited or published or both. I hope you enjoy the art and if you want more information, I’ve included links to Amazon, for those books that are already on the website. They are in reverse chronological order.

UPDATED: June 25, 2014

Exigencies

Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas (anthology)
Publisher: Dark House Press
Release Date: March 2015
Stories by David James Keaton, Letitia Trent, Kevin Catalano, Usman Malik, Faith Gardner, Axel Taiari, Damien Angelica Walters, Kenneth Cain, Amanda Gowin, Jason Metz, Joshua Blair, Rebecca-Jones Howe, Brendan Detzner, Sarah Read, Bill Johnson, Barbara Duffey, Adam Peterson, Marytza Rubio, Nathan Beauchamp, Heather Foster, Alex Kane, and Mark Jaskowski.

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The Doors You Mark Are Your Own by Okla Elliott and Raul Clement (novel, trilogy)
Publisher: Dark House Press
Cover Design: George C. Cotronis
Release Date: March 2015

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TO COME: The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers, edited by Richard Thomas (anthology)
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Foreword: Cheryl Strayed.
Release Date: August 2014
Stories by Holly Goddard Jones, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Roxane Gay, Tina May Hall, Ethel Rohan, Monica Drake, Amber Sparks, Gina Frangello, Laura van den Berg, Jac Jemc, Janet Mitchell, Shannon Cain, Kim Chinquee, Jessica Hollander, Mary Miller, Kathy Fish, Paula Bomer, Karen Brown, Stacey Levine, Amina Gautier, Claire Vaye Watkins, Nina McConigley, Elizabeth Ellen, and xTx.

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After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones (stories)
Publisher: Dark House Press
Introduction: Joe R. Lansdale
Cover Design: George C. Cotronis
Interior Illustrations: Luke Spooner
Release Date: July 2014

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US Version (Medallion)

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UK Version (Titan)

Burnt Tongues, edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer (anthology)
US Publisher: Medallion Press / UK Publisher: Titan UK
Introduction: Chuck Palahniuk
Cover Design: US – Jay Shaw
Release Date: US August 12, 2014 / UK September 5, 2014
Stories by Neil Krolicki, Chris Lewis Carter, Gayle Towell, Tony Liebhard, Michael De Vito, Jr., Tyler Jones, Phil Jourdan, Richard Lemmer, Amanda Gowin, Matt Egan, Fred Venturini, Brandon Tietz, Adam Skorupskas, Bryan Howie, Brien Piechos, Jason M. Fylan, Terence James Eeles, Keith Buie, Gus Moreno, and Daniel W. Broallt.

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Echo Lake by Letitia Trent (novel)
Publisher: Dark House Press
Design/Layout: Alban Fischer
Photography: Helena Kvarnstrom
Release Date: July 22, 2014

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The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas (anthology)
Foreword: Laird Barron
Publisher: Dark House Press
Design/Layout: Alban FischerRelease
Interior Illustrations: Luke Spooner
Date: May 13, 2014
Stories by: Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevenger, Paul Tremblay, Lindsay Hunter, Roxane Gay, Kyle Minor, Benjamin Percy, Roy Kesey, Craig Davidson, Matt Bell, Richard Lange, Micaela Morrissette, Joe Meno, Vanessa Veselka, Nik Korpon, Antonia Crane, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Tara Laskowski, and Craig Wallwork.

Chiral Mad 2 Table of Contents Set

Love the cover art, and this TOC is so amazing. Honored to have my story “Playing With Fire” in here. It’s got more wolves, fireflies, a hut on a hill, a man alone trying to fix his broken heart, and a giant tree branch that may be his undoing.

Looks like Michael Bailey and Written Backwards have done a great job with this.

OUT SOON!

1. “TIGHT PARTNERS” by GENE O’NEILL
2. “THE CHUTE” by GARY McMAHON
3. “WELCOME HOME, ALL YOU UNINVITED” by ERIK T. JOHNSON
4. “INTERFERENCE” by ANDREW HOOK
5. “THE WORD” by RAMSEY CAMPBELL
6. “THE COUNSELOR” by MORT CASTLE
7. “ORANGE IS FOR ANGUISH, BLUE FOR INSANITY” by DAVID MORRELL
8. “THE RIGHT THING” by JACK KETCHUM
9. “FLOWERS BLOOMING IN THE SEASON OF ATROPHY” by MAX BOOTH III
10. “ANOTHER MAN’S BONES” by MASON IAN BUNDSCHUH
11. ”WHITECHAPEL” by P. GARDNER GOLDSMITH
12. ”PLAYING WITH FIRE” by RICHARD THOMAS
13. ”A GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND COMPORTMENT FOR THE SISTERS OF HENLEY HOUSE” by EMILY CATANEO
14. ”EMPATHY” by JOHN SKIPP
15. ”MNEMONICIDE” by JAMES CHAMBERS
16. “PASSING AFFLICTION” by PATRICK O’NEILL
17. “PICTURE-IN-PICTURE” by DUSTIN LaVALLEY
18. ”WHEN I WAS” by THOMAS F. MONTELEONE
19. ”DEAR BOY” by JOHN BIGGS
20. ”SCAVENGING” by KEVIN LUCIA
21. ”THE GEMINIS” by JOHN PALISANO
22. “IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER” by ANN K. BOYER
23. “THE TENDED FIELD OF EIDO YAMATA” by JON MICHAEL EMORY
24. “INDIAN SUMMER” by PHILIP C. PERON
25. “APPROACHING LAVENDER” by LUCY A. SNYDER
26. “THE GREAT PITY” by GARY A. BRAUNBECK
27. “BLOOD WOMEN” by USMAN T. MALIK
28. “VERSIONS” by E.L. KEMPER

Complete List of Stories in Print

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Here is a complete list of all of my stories that are in print, or digital only format.
It’s in reverse chronological order. Enjoy!

UPDATED: August 27, 2014

Dark Harvest (Scarlett Galleon Publications) – “Bringing in the Sheaves”

DarkHarvestQualia Nous (Written Backwards) – “The Jenny Store”

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Pantheon Magazine (Ares Issue) – “The God of War”

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Penumbra Magazine (Pain Issue) – “Balance Sheet”

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Horror 101: This Way Forward – essay,
“The Journey of ‘Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears'”

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Shadows Over Main Street – “White Picket Fences”

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Gaia: Shadow and Breath – “Flowers for Jessica”

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Vignettes from the End of the World  – “This is How It Ends, My Love.”

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Pantheon Magazine (Aphrodite Issue) – “Rapture”

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Trouble in the Heartland – “Because the Night”

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Pantheon Magazine (Dionysus Issue) – “Head Like a Hole”

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Chiral Mad 2 – “Playing With Fire”

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Fear the Reaper – “The Culling”

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Best of the Horror Society 2013 – “Victimized”

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Reloaded: Both Barrels, Volume 2 – “Trinity”

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Bleed – “Death Knell”

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Cipher Sisters – “Dance, Darling”

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Booked Anthology – “Surrender”

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Daddy Cool – “Bloodline”

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Best of Surreal Grotesque – “Vision Quest”

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Midwestern Gothic – “Garage Sales”

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Arcadia Magazine – “Chrysalis”

“Transmogrify”

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Sanitarium Magazine – “Bringing in the Sheaves”

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Weird Fiction Review – “Flowers for Jessica”

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Into the Darkness – “The Wastelands”

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Nova Parade – “On a Bent Nail Head”

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Terror Scribes – “Transmogrify”

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One Buck Horror – “Wicker Park Pause”

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Gargoyle Magazine – “Tinkering With the Moon”

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Curbside Splendor – “Divining”

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Slices of Flesh – “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears”

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In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words – “The Jenny Store”

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Dark Moon Digest Presents: Vampires! – “Transmogrify”

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Warmed and Bound – “Say Yes to Pleasure”

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Speedloader – “Herniated Roots”

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“Victimized”

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Shivers VI – “Stillness””

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