Shivers VI Announced – Stephen King, Peter Straub and ME!

Shivers VI - Cemetery Dance

Wow, got the announcement tonight, and Shivers VI, which I knew was coming (produced by Cemetery Dance) will have a novella by Stephen King and Peter Straub in it. WOW. My story “Stillness” will be in such great company, I mean, these are the guys I grew up reading, my idols. I’m floored. It’s a huge book, 400 pages, and they’re issuing it as a limited lettered, limited edition, and paperback. While they last.

This could really win a Bram Stoker award.

SHIVERS VI

Table of Contents:
“Serial” by Blake Crouch & Jack Kilborn
“The Crate” a novella by Stephen King
“The Last Beautiful Day” by Brian James Freeman
“Cobwebs” by Kealan Patrick Burke
“The Old Ways” by Norman Prentiss
“Waiting for Darkness” by Brian Keene
“Like Lick ‘Em Sticks, Like Tina Fey” by Glen Hirshberg
“Ghost Writer in My Eye” by Wayne Allen Sallee
“Palisado” by Alan Peter Ryan
“Stillness” by Richard Thomas
“In the Raw” by Brian Hodge
“I Found A Little Hole” by Nate Southard
“Fallow” by Scott Nicholson
“Last” by Al Sarrantonio
“Mole” by Jay Bonansinga
“The Shoes” by Melanie Tem
“Bits and Pieces” by Lisa Tuttle
“Trouble Follows” by David B. Silva
“Keeping It in the Family” by Robert Morrish
“It Is the Tale” by Bev Vincent
“A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter” a novella by Peter Straub

Interview at Oxyfication (with Justin Holt)

Justin Holt spent the last week interviewing me about Transubstantiate, and other things too – how I got started, what my influences were, my thoughts on various genres, and what my plans are for the future. Be sure to check it out.

OXYFICATION

Intro:

Richard Thomas is a busy man. He’s a husband and father of twins. He’s a graphic designer. He helps moderate a writing workshop at The Cult, one of the most popular author websites in the world. He’s helped edit zines and magazines alike. He’s pursuing his MFA in Fiction. He’s part of a group of up-and-coming writers who each year help each other through the hardships of writing a novel. And yeah, he’s also a writer whose debut novel, a neo-noir thriller called Transubstantiate, was published in July 2010, the flagship novel of the upstart independent press Otherworld Publications. High on life and hell-bent on sharing in the revelry of being part of a new movement of fresh voices to the literary world Richard stopped by Oxyfication to share a little bit about himself, how his debut novel Transubstantiate came to be, and what it’s like when one of your literary heroes tells you that your writing reminds them of their literary heroes.

Amazon Bots Giving Me Some Love

So, I got an email from Amazon yesterday, and it kind of caught me off guard. It wanted to know if I was interested in some other thrillers, some books. Of course I’m interested, let me open that email and see what you’ve got for me today. And what was it?

Wow. There’s my own book. How many people did this email go out to? I actually haven’t bought my OWN book on Amazon yet (believe it or not) but I’ve thought about it. It might generate some links to “other books” of a similar nature, other books I’ve bought. Other authors that I love – King, Straub, SGJ, Baer, Clevenger, Palahniuk, Mieville, etc. So I’m not really sure how or why I got this email. But I LIKE IT!

And, I’m in pretty good company. Kristopher Young, I know this guy, have actually read Click, it’s a good book. But Brian Evenson? I mean, he’s a GIANT. I’ve seen him at several panels at AWP, have talked to him a little bit, he’s larger than life. I’ve read a lot of his stories, and strangely enough, have Fugue State in my “wishlist” at Amazon, been meaning to read it, that and Last Days. And then there’s Audition, a very dark movie, and I can only assume, a very dark and strange book. But it’s nothing like Transubstantiate, as far as I know. Except they’re both dark, and thrillers, I guess.

But, whatever happened here, I’m happy that Amazon has done something for me, sent out this email to I’m hoping MILLIONS of people. Okay, maybe dozens, but I’ll take it. I even heard from some friends of mine that they got the same email. So, it wasn’t just me.

It’s one of those little things, like chatting with people at GENCON, answering their questions, signing books. I sold THREE signed/limited editions! At $40 a pop! To total strangers. That’s kind of cool (and a bit intense). Or getting a random IM on Facebook from somebody that just says LOVING YOUR BOOK, and then POOF, the guy is gone. A fan in the UK, happy with the book, but maybe too shy to actually talk to me about it. Guess I’m BIG TIME now.

Not really. I’m as humble as ever, thrilled to see so many people enjoying the book. Busy with Disintegration, the next one. And loving every minute of it.

Thanks Amazon, spawn of Satan, giant book beast, my crack cocaine addiction. Thanks for spreading the word, giving me a little love. I’ll take it.

Epic review of Transubstantiate at Oxyfication

Jason Kane reviews Transubstantiate at Oxyfication

Jason Kane has written a fantastic review of my novel Transubstantiate up at Oxyfication. THIS is my audience, he gets it, and he really likes it. Such an elegant, insightful review. WARNING: There are mild spoilers throughout, but nothing that will detract from the novel, but purists may want to read it after the book.

OXYFICATION REVIEW OF TRANSUBSTANTIATE

Here’s a snippet:

Casual brutality, sex, and disorder: the heroes of noir have never been terribly endearing to the heart, but the seven nihilistic souls of Richard Thomas’ Transubstantiate seem like they were born ruined, and are likely to die that way. The story draws heavily on all the beloved accouterments of the neo-noir tradition—fractured narratives; cynicism; disorientation; ruthless beatings—but the story branches out into other areas, exploring themes of mysticism and the unknowable, even broaching the peripheral terrors of Lovecraftian horror.