Podcasts – An Update of My Recorded Work

If you’re not absolutely sick of hearing my voice, here’s some stuff to consider—podcasts! With so much going on these days, I thought I’d post up some of my podcasts that I’ve done over the last couple of years. Two places that you should for sure keep on your lists, and subscribe to if possible (iTunes, etc.) are the Velvet Podcast series and the Booked Podcasts,who are currently running a series on the Warmed and Bound authors. Lots of great information and entertainment at both of these sites, so be sure to bookmark, get your RSS Feed on, whatever.

1. Episode 16: Great Writers Edit. Bad Writers Discuss Editing on a Podcast.

I join authors Caleb J. Ross (Stranger Will), Gordon Highland (Major Inversions) and Gavin Pate (The Way to Get Here). Nobody enjoys editing, but we all go at it differently.
Don’t mind the tornadoes in the background. I was hiding in the basement for a bit, if you notice me dropping off the recording for awhile.

VELVET PODCAST 016

2. Richard Thomas Booked Podcast Inverview

I join Livius Nedin and Robb Ols0n over at Booked Podcast to talk about Warmed and Bound, and a lot of other stuff: my novel Transubstantiate,
The Cult, Speedloader and my reviewing at The Nervous Breakdown. Great time.

BOOKED PODCAST SESSION 023

3. Episode 008: Don’t Pull My Hair Unless You Mean It

I join writers Nik Korpon (Stay God), Pela Via (Warmed and Bound) and Nic Young to grind out the topic of sex and violence in fiction
and their complex relationship to sadistic bedfellows, love and shock.

VELVET PODCAST 008

4. AWP Live Reading at Leela’s (Denver, Colorado)

Live reading from my novel Transubstantiate.

DENVER READING

5. BOOKS AND BOOZE

Questions and answers. You know the drill.

My review of Cape Cod Noir (Akashic Books) is now live at The Cult

I know, the first thought out of your head must be, Cape Cod? What the hell does Cape Cod have to do with noir? Well, quite a lot it turns out. When you have an elite upper class that is butting up against a beaten down working class, long time residents dealing with obnoxious tourists with a sense of entitlement, things are going to boil over. This collection, Cape Cod Noir from Akashic Books is edited by David L. Ulin who does an excellent job of wrangling a strong mix of authors, including one of my favorite authors going, Paul Tremblay. They’ve put out some 40+ versions on noir such as Chicago Noir, Baltimore Noir, New York Noir, etc. and each book brings you local authors or writers with a unique perspective on a city and its people. Read my full review up at The Cult.

Blurbs are leaking for the Noir at the Bar anthology

“Come on in and please grab yourself a drink or two before we start, you’ll want to brace yourself for these stories of crime and transgression from the scourge of St. Louis’s literate.”
—Noir at the Bar

WARM REACTIONS TO N@B FROM PILLARS OF THE CRIME FICTION COMMUNITY:

“I’ve told you repeatedly that I do not give blurbs and in any event, I wouldn’t dream of giving one for this piece of crap. Don’t even think of using my name or any words of mine to promote this drivel.”
—Lawrence Block, author of A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF

“I’m not sure what offends me more about this morally and intellectually bankrupt venture—the waste of good booze, or the complete lack of entertainment value? Fuck these guys. Fuck them in their nostrils.”
—Duane Swierczynski, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of POLE POSITION: A MEMOIR

“Short of climbing into a wringer box during a live magic act staged by Leopold and Loeb, it is hard to imagine a venue in which I’d less like to appear. And yet I’ve never been asked.”
—Megan Abbott, author of THE END OF EVERYTHING

“Noir at the Bar is to crime fiction what Michael Jordan was…to crime fiction.”
—Todd Robinson, editor of THUGLIT

“A collection of drunken scribbles lifted from beer coasters and restroom walls. Dark days indeed when barflies from flyover country are the keepers of the noir flame.”
—Roger Smith, author of DUST DEVILS

“I hear that lost of fighting and fucking goes on at these things. Or there would, if anybody gave a shit enough to invite me. Stay classy, bitches.”
—Tom Piccirilli, author of THE COLD SPOT

“Been hearing about these goings-on in St. Louis. I live a cool thousand miles away. And I’m thinking maybe that’s too close.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY

“Like…it…full of…Good…”
—Sara Gran, author of CLAIRE DEWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD

NOTE: ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO BENEFIT SUBTERRANEAN BOOKS IN ST. LOUIS. BOOK CAN ONLY BE BOUGHT FROM THEIR SITE. OUT NOW.

Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology releases TODAY—go get it!

Warmed and Bound is out. And for a LIMITED TIME, until 7/30 it is 38% off at Barnes and Noble ONLY. Amazon and eBooks will be out later. So it’s only $9.74 right now! Buy two or three!

Table of Contents

Intro: Steve Erickson
Death Juggler by Axel Taiari
Click-Clack by Caleb J Ross
The World Was Clocks by Amanda Gowin
Mantodea by Matt Bell
All the Acid in the World by Gavin Pate
Crazy Love by Cameron Pierce
Chance the Dick by Paul G Tremblay
Soccer Moms and Pro Wrestler Dads by Bradley Sands
Take Arms Against a Sea by Mark Jaskowski
This Will All End Well by Nik Korpon
Midnight Souls by Christopher J Dwyer
The Tree of Life by Edward J Rathke
The Killer by Brian Evenson
Headshot by Gordon Highland
Inside Out by Sean Ferguson
Laws of Virulence by Jeremy Robert Johnson
Bruised Flesh by Craig Wallwork
Bad, Bad, Bad Bad Men by Craig Davidson
Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily by by J David Osborne
The Road Lester Took by Stephen Graham Jones
My German Daughter by Nic Young
What Was There Inside the Child by Blake Butler
Seed by Gayle Towell
They Take You by Kyle Minor
The Redemption of Garvey Flint by Vincent Louis Carrella
Blood Atonement by DeLeon DeMicoli
The Liberation of Edward Kellor by Anthony David Jacques
Act of Contrition by Craig Clevenger
Say Yes to Pleasure by Richard Thomas
The Weight of Consciousness by Tim Beverstock
If You Love Me by Doc O’Donnell
Touch by Pela Via
Love by JR Harlan
Practice by Bob Pastorella
Fading Glory by Brandon Tietz
Little Deaths by Gary Paul Libero
We Sing the Bawdy Electric by Rob Parker
In Exile by Chris Deal

They’re saying good things about Speedloader (Snubnose Press)

So I’m always curious to see what total strangers have to say about my writing. Speedloader (Snubnose Press) is getting some love over at Amazon and Goodreads, so I thought I’d share the kind words that these readers had to say about my story “Herniated Roots.” So far mostly five stars, nothing worse than four, from what I’ve seen.

“…trust me–this is noir burned to a crisp. I’ve seen a lot of Richard Thomas lately (Shotgun Honey, Dirty Noir). He delivers here with the seriously depressing Herniated Roots. A recovering alcoholic finds a girl who proves to be his true love. Or the cause of his slow death. Something like that. The message that “You’re screwed!” comes through loud and clear and brilliant. The character’s meandering yet inevitable demise proves to be (somehow) very satisfying.”

“What a nicely balanced group of stories to debut from Snubnose Press. They are companionable yet each one has a different tone, setting, style. Of course, as if often the case, a writer will choose the story most like he/she would write, or hope to write, and in my case I would single out the story that leaked the least amount of testosterone: Herniated Roots by Richard Thomas. (Not meant to offend, Mr. Thomas) It was a story that was most about prose. The language was lovely, the story well told. Thanks for a great debut from a wonderful group of writers. Nary a miss in the collection.”

“Richard Thomas’ Transubstantiate (currently on promo at 71p ) has just landed on my Kindle based on how good his effort here was.”

NOT BAD, yeah?

Noir at the Bar (St. Louis) anthology out soon, to benefit Subterranean Books

I am really excited about this anthology that Jed and Scott have put together. It’s to benefit Subterranean Books in St. Louis, as they are struggling these days. Would you look at all of the talent in this collection? I’m honored to be a part of it. Peep the TOC:
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Foreword, Jed & Scott
Gunpowder & Aluminum Foil, Matthew McBride
One Fine Bird, Cameron Ashley
The Girl Who Kissed Barnaby Jones, Scott Phillips
Thin Mints, Daniel O’Shea
Doe Run Road, Dennis Tafoya
They Take You, Kyle Minor
Deviances, Frank Bill
Pig Helmet & The Wall of Life, Pinckney Benedict
An Orphan’s Tale, Jonathan Woods
Ballad of Larry Plank, Derek Nikita
Five Revelations Concerning Jenny L. as Told to  Maura C. by a Compassionate Angel, Laura Benedict
Care of the Circumcised Penis, Sean Doolittle
The Morning After, Jedidiah Ayres
Underground Wonder Bound, Richard Thomas
Outside Lou’s, David Cirillo, Illustrations by Matt Kindt
Everyone Grieves in a Unique Way, Anthony Neil Smith
Big Artie, Malachi Stone
Vampires are Pussies, Chris La Tray
Afterword, Rod Wiethop
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Here’s what Jed had to say over at his blog about the book:

“We are now down to the waiting for hard copies to land and I’m terribly pleased with the book. Just goes to show what you can accomplish when you’re surrounded by generous, talented people and you don’t give two shits about punctuation or spelling.

Y’know who gets a big fat round of applause for this book tho? Fuckin Jon Bassoff and Matt Kindt, thems who. Bassoff formatted it and pulled some strings for my cherry ass and Kindt designed the shit outta it. Y’know who else gets a big thanks? Our blurbers – Lawrence Block, Duane Swierczynski, Megan Abbott, Todd Robinson, Roger Smith, Tom Piccirilli, Stephen Graham Jones and Sara Gran. Without their cavalier attitudes toward public decency in the information age I would’ve been without the leverage to wrangle some juicy recommendations outta that prestigious lot.

So, who wants a copy?

Here’s what you need to know: this has been put together as N@B’s effort to help out our local bookselling heroes at Subterranean Books, which is why they’re the only place you can get it. As soon as it’s available, I’ll make that announcement and you can order one off their website or send me a suitcase full of cash to trade for it. What? You don’t order books online? Fine, come on out to a N@B event ’cause you know we’ll pimp ’em there. Are you attending Bouchercon in September? Subterranean Books will have a table in the book room and you can make for to purchase it there too. There will be no eBook.

Not good enough? Kiss my ass. Publish your own damn book.”