My review of Zazen by Vanessa Veselka is now up at The Nervous Breakdown.

My review of Zazen by Vanessa Veselka (Red Lemonade) is now up at TNB. Great book, great new press. Funny, touching, sad, frightening, this book puts you through the emotional wringer. Well worth the ride.

Warmed and Bound Cover Art

Finally revealed, the cover and back of the Warmed and Bound (Velvet Press) anthology. Looks SO good. I’m honored to be in here. Great job, Pela. Also, just announced that Steve Erickson has written the foreword. WOW. Who ELSE is in here? Oh man, where to start?

My review of Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau is live at The Nervous Breakdown.

My review of Jessica Anya Blau’s hilarious, touching and heartbreaking novel, Drinking Closer to Home, is now live at The Nervous Breakdown. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book. It starts off with a ton of characters, and I kept thinking, oh man, this is going to be too soft, to sweet and nice, I hope it doesn’t turn into (dare I say it) CHICK LIT. Well, it’s far from that. This is a loving portrait of family, with all of its warts and dirty laundry. You know the old cliche, I laughed, I cried? True. The stories are so vivid, so real, that you feel like you are hearing a friend recount her childhood misadventures. And Jessica isn’t afraid to get dirty, cussing up a storm and giving us all of the cum-stained details. But in the end, it’s really the love that shines through, the way that we keep our family close, even when they screw up, and love them in spite of their mistakes. I really loved this book. Head over to TNB for all of the details.

“Daybreak” is up live at Stepaway Magazine, Issue Two

My story “Daybreak” is up live at Stepaway Magazine.

Some very kind words from editor Darren Richard Carlaw: “Thomas skilfully disturbs our perceptions of the walk, transforming it into a devastating act of catharsis, a manner of slipping from the emotional trappings of the urban carapace.”

I’m running a contest to give away a signed copy of Shivers VI!

Here’s the deal. If you have any questions just post them up here or wherever you see the contest rules:

Win a Richard Thomas SIGNED copy of Shivers VI by promoting my Facebook Fan Page (FBFP)!

6/10-6/18/11 you get entries for promoting my neo-noir fiction:

Join (5 entries), Tweet (1 per day max), “Share” (1 per day max). 

1. Join my FBFP and post the comment “I’m in.”
2. “Share” my FBFP on your FB Wall (tag @richardthomas).
3. Follow me and tweet my FBFP at your Twitter (tag @wickerkat).

I’ve been awarded a residency at Writers in the Heartland for this October!


Exciting news. I just confirmed today that I’ll be one of a handful of authors that will be attending a residency at Writers in the Heartland this October. They only take ten authors a year. I’ll have a week in a house out in the middle of Illinois, three square meals a day and nothing but time to write.

Now the hard part, what to write? Do I get a bunch of stories started, play around with some steampunk, neo-noir, edgy lit, horror, magical realism, and aim high with journals and magazines? Or do I start my third novel? I have an idea for the third one (I’m shopping my second, Disintegration right now) that might be steampunkish, in the Stephen King, Dark Tower kind of way, with a tentative title of Incarnate. I was abe to write 40,000 words in one week for Disintegration, over four days, can I keep up that 10k word pace over seven days? Time to do some research and re-read some books that have inspired me in the past.

Whatever I write, don’t worry, it’ll be dark, sexy and strange. In other words, the usual.

Seven Spanish Angels by Stephen Graham Jones and Dzanc Books – Special Offer

As you may have heard Dzanc Books signed Stephen Graham Jones to a three book deal, one of which is the long awaited Seven Spanish Angels.

SYNOPSIS: Life isn’t easy in El Paso, Texas. Neither is death. Caught between them is crime-scene tech in-training Marta Villarreal, trying to work a case that may very well be her last. And she’s having to work it without her assigned homicide escort, who’s also kind of her boyfriend, and would look a lot more innocent if he would just come in, answer some questions about all these dead girls. Have the Juarez murders come north of the border now, or is it a copycat? And, why these women, why now? For as long as Marta can remember, the El Paso sun has baked the ground into a hard shell, so the dead can’t climb out. Not this week, though. This week the dead are all over town. And Marta may be among them.

It will be released as an eBook this August but for special fans and friends of Stephen here is a deal direct from the man at the top of Dzanc Books, Dan Wickett:

The July selection for our eBook club is going to be Seven Spanish Angels.  And we’re doing two things with it:

a)  making it exclusive to the eBook club for that first month—it won’t be for sale anywhere else, including our website, until August 1, so the only way to get it before then is via the eBook Club.

b)  setting up a special deal for SGJ fans for the eBook Club.  We now have a bunch of different ways you can join, but for this offer in particular, we’ve set up a hidden url.

Where we now have as our basic deal, $55 for one full year, we are chopping that to $50 from this url.  So, basically, anybody purchasing this link is getting SSA for free, and getting it July 1 and not having to wait longer for it.

http://www.dzancbooks.org/ssa/

So head over now and snatch that up. If you don’t have a Kindle, now may be the time. But you can also download the Kindle app and read this book on your computer so NO EXCUSES! All of the details are up at the Dzanc site, just follow the link.

My story “Gateway” is up at Dirty Noir

My story “Gateway” is up now at Dirty Noir, a new crime, neo-noir, dark fiction, sexy pants webzine. “Gateway” is a bit of hot St. Louis, something I thought of while I was just down there, memories of heading across the Mississippi river to the “East Side” to buy beer in high school (and other things too).

They’re looking for dirty realism + noir of all kinds, under 1000 words. Happy to be up here for the launch issue with Eddy Rathke, McKay Williams, David James Keaton, and Andrez Bergen. Hop on over and give it a peek. If you DARE.