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: January 30, 3014

TO COME: 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, Pela Via, 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

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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Burnt Tongues, edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer (anthology)
Publisher: Medallion Press
Introduction: Chuck Palahniuk
Cover Design: Jay Shaw
Release Date: August 12, 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 8, 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: April 2, 2014

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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Fear the Reaper is OUT NOW. Includes my story, “The Culling.”

Fear the Reaper (Crystal Lake Publishing) is now out (print and ebook). My story “The Culling” is in here. Thrilled to share a spine with so many talented authors. Just in time for Halloween! Here’s the opening line from my story:

“Danielle stands at the long mirror brushing her dirty blonde hair, tears running down her cheeks, as the rest of us sit at the table, the howling in the distance, my reassurances falling on deaf ears.”

Final TOC:

The Life of Death by Mark Sheldon
Stumps by Jeff Strand
Death Squared by Rena Mason
Rapid Eye Movement by Stephen Bacon
The Final Room by John Kenny
The Culling by Richard Thomas
Crow by Steve Lockley
Instructions on the Use of The M-57 Clacker by Lawrence Santoro
The Death Catcher by Robert S. Wilson
Cedo Looked like people by E.C. McMullen Jr.
Spectres by Taylor Grant
The Tubes by Jeremy C. Shipp
A Life in Five Objects by Ross Warren
Death Comes for us All by Eric S. Brown
The Last Resort by Sam Stone
At the ‘Pay Here, Please’ Table by Gary A. Braunbeck
Der Engel der Liebe by Dean M. Drinkel
The Frequency of Death by Marty Young
The Final Peace by Gary Fry
Do No Harm by Joe McKinney
Non-Returnable by Rick Hautala

Includes a poem by Adam Lowe and interior artwork by Will Jacques.
Introduction by: Gary McMahon
Cover artist: Ben Baldwin (www.benbaldwin.co.uk)
Editor: Joe Mynhardt

“Playing With Fire” accepted for Chiral Mad 2, out in December

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Thrilled to join Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell, Mort Castle, Max Booth III, Gene O’Neill, Gary MacMahon, Erik T. Johnson,  Andrew Hook, David Morrell, and many others in this anthology of psychological horror, edited by Michael Bailey for Written Backwards press, and out this December. Chiral Mad was nominated for a number of awards, and even won a few, so I have great expectations for this anthology. 

In my story, “Playing With Fire,” expect wolves, fireflies, waking up in a field, a lost love, a hut on a hill—you know, the usual. Honored, humbled, and stoked.

Complete List of Online Interviews by Richard Thomas

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This is a list of interviews that I’ve conducted over the
years, all in one place. More coming soon. Enjoy!

With Noir at the Bar (Jed Ayres) at Walrus Publishing 7/2013

With xTx at The Rumpus 7/2013

With Amelia Gray at The Nervous Breakdown 10/2010

With Kevin Guilfoile at What Does Not Kill Me 3/2009