Gamut Magazine: What’s This Website All About?

Gamut Idea-001(Art by Luke Spooner)

“Now that short fiction has become as standardized as the SATs and Common Core—all in order to ‘judge’ and ‘rank’ writers—I’m excited to see what Richard Thomas brings to the game. Gamut will be the new magazine not written for the little old lady in Dubuque.”
—Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club

Gamut will be cool, and it will be out there, right on the edges of fiction. I can’t wait.”
—Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

“As publishing venues grow ever more polarized—niche market over here,
stadium rock over there—the need for passionate, thoughtful, unafraid publishing
space is crucial. Enter Gamut.”
—Marcus Sakey, author of Brilliance

“I beg to differ with Mr. Palahniuk: There’s a fabulous indie bookstore in Dubuque, and little old ladies have been known to write some astonishing speculative fiction. Some of it might even end up in this magazine, which promises to bring together the fresh and the dark and the extraordinary. Look for great, weird things from [Gamut].”
—Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House

“A killer lineup of creators.”
—Rose O’Keefe, Publisher, Eraserhead Press

“The heavyweight talent behind Gamut is a promise of great things to come.”
—K. Allen Wood, Publisher, Shock Totem Publications

“It doesn’t matter if a writer has a big name, a pen name, or no name, if they’re writing excellent and edgy fiction, Richard Thomas has probably read their work. But Richard’s a busy guy—seriously, read his bio—and doesn’t have time to meet for coffee or martinis or bowling anytime someone wants to talk about what they should be reading next. Thankfully, now there is Gamut, which is sure to become an index of some of the best fiction writers working today.”
—Diane Goettel, Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press

GAMUT (Updated 1/29/2016)

So what’s all of this talk about Gamut? For a long time I’ve wanted to start a magazine. I crunched the numbers for years, but in the end couldn’t make it work. Why? PRINT COSTS. So, over the past year I’ve been looking at it again, and decided the way to go would be to Kickstart it, and have it exist online. I hope to do the Kickstarter in February of 2016, and launch the website on 1/1/2017, if we are successful. For the past several months I’ve been getting things lined up—authors, website, costs, content, the Kickstarter page, etc. We will offer subscriptions via the special Kickstarter for $25-30, with the regular annual price being $50-60. That’s only $5 a month, at the most expensive price point. (Gamut just means a wide range, and it’s usually applied to emotions, but here, it refers to fiction, and more specifically, dark fiction.)


It will include mostly fiction (some original, some reprints) but also columns, non-fiction, art, and maybe even a serial memoir or novella. I have a word count per month in mind, based on my budget, and I’m looking to release new content several times a week. I will start off by publishing work via solicitations and will then open it up to submissions. We will pay 10 cents per word for original fiction, and 3 cents per word for reprints.


Well, if you’ve read any of the anthologies I’ve edited (The New Black, Burnt Tongues, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, or Exigencies) then you know what my aesthetic is, for sure. Also, you can see the work (and authors) I’ve published at Dark House Press. And of course, my own writing (and YES, I will be publishing some of my own work at Gamut as well, new and reprint). So I’m open to fantasy, science fiction, horror, neo-noir, crime, magical realism, transgressive, Southern gothic, and literary—anything done with innovation, heart and emotion. Everything I enjoy reading and writing typically leans toward the dark side, but I have been known to embrace lighter work, and humor, now and then. It just has to MOVE me. And I like to be surprised.


To date, here are the people that have given me a verbal commitment to publish original and/or reprint fiction at Gamut: Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, Brian Evenson, Usman T. Malik, Matt Bell, Damien Angelica Walters, Letitia Trent, Mercedes M. Yardley, Alyssa Wong, Benjamin Percy, Lindsay Hunter, Axel Taiari, Amanda Gowin, Laura Benedict, Nathan Ballingrud, Dino Parenti, Ted E. Grau, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Sarah Read, Paula Bomer, Kelly Luce, Livia Llewellyn, Josh Malerman, Carmen Machado, Peter Tieryas, Kevin Catalano, Paul Tremblay, John Langan, Nina McConigley, Nik Korpon, Craig Wallwork, Steve Himmer, Antonia Crane, Steve Rasnic Tem, Kristi DeMeester, Tara Ison, David James Keaton, Cassandra Khaw, Nikki Guerlain, Lucy A. Snyder, JS Breukelaar, Helen Marshall, Amelia Gray, H. L. Nelson, Craig Davidson, Jacklyn Dre Marceau, and Lincoln Michel. Poets will include Jeffrey Skinner, Nickole Brown, Cate Marvin, Paul Guest, Blas Falconer, Carrie Jerrell, Gary Jackson, Erica Dawson, Laura Van Prooyen, Simone Muench, Charles Jensen, Ace Boggess, and Jeannine Hall Gailey.


I’ve asked the following artists to be a part of Gamut: Luke Spooner, George C. Cotronis, Daniele Serra, and Bob Crum, as well as photographer Jennifer Moore.


As of right now, I’m excited to have non-fiction, reviews and commentary from Keith Rawson, Max Booth, and RK Arceneaux.


Even though poetry is not my strength, I want there to be a place for it at Gamut, so I’m putting Heather Foster (one of my favorite poets) in charge. She’ll be assisted by Whittney Jones.


Speaking of which, Dino Parenti, Mercedes M. Yardley, and Casey Frechette are going to be my fiction editors, and first readers. They all understand my aesthetic and are excellent writers as well. They’re really going to help shape the voice and look of Gamut.


I’m sure this doesn’t answer all of your questions, some things are still being ironed out, but I’m very excited to see if we can make this work. I love Tor, as well as Nightmare, Shimmer, Apex, Clarkesworld, Black Static, Shock Totem, Cemetery Dance and so many other publications. I hope that Gamut can become a part of the landscape and continue to provide opportunities for authors to share their work, get paid a decent rate, and maybe even get discovered. There is no shortage of talent out there, I can tell you that much. Thanks for reading, and wish us luck! I hope you’ll be a part of this.

44 comments on “Gamut Magazine: What’s This Website All About?

  1. Wicked. The author line up is amazing. Well done Richard. Looking forward to this.

  2. […] Richard is planning to Kickstart a new online litmag: Gamut. […]

  3. I can’t think of a better person to be doing a magazine. I wish you the best in this, sir. It’s a tough gig, but you got this!

  4. This magazine sounds awesome! I’m an author. So far I have a children’s book that’s doing amazingly well and my novel, The Jumping Off Place, will be released soon, I hope. I also have a column in an online magazine which is called, What’s Your Problem – Wisdom of MaryDreds.

    I’m interested in writing for your magazine. You can contact me here:

    Marybeth Jeitner

    • Hey Marybeth. Thanks for the note. We’ll eventually open up for submissions IF the Kickstarter is successful. Best thing you can do is to help spread the word and support that event next February. But I’d love to see something from you when the time is right. You can also check out any of the four anthologies I edited (linked above) to see if I’m publishing the kind of writing you’re creating. THANKS!

  5. emilyslaney says:

    Sound great, Richard. Good luck!

  6. laurajsim says:

    I’d love to submit something! Are you still taking writers? Thanks in advance.

    • We’ll start off by publishing the stories I’ve solicited, then open up to submissions, probably later in 2016, assuming the Kickstarter is successful! Look forward to seeing something from you!

  7. Shane Keene says:

    That’s one hell of a list of authors. Reads like a who’s who of some of the best authors in the business, and some of my favorites.

  8. This looks great. Would like to be included if you need more fiction.
    Just let me know!

  9. sheryl monks says:

    Sounds fabulous. Will be looking forward to it, Richard.

  10. ryansayles says:

    Fantastic to see you’re going this route, Richard. I’m looking forward to it. Best of luck.

  11. Larina says:

    This is the most exciting literary news I’ve gotten in a while. Let me know how I can help!

  12. Phenomenal. Your taste is excellent, and I’m thrilled and delighted you’re putting this out there. I look forward to GAMUT very much.

  13. Rusty Barnes says:

    Looks like a good deal. I’ll look forward to it.

  14. rbwood says:


    Marvelous idea and concept. Looking forward to the Kickstarter and the first issue in ’17.



  15. Hi Richard. This is an intriguing idea for a magazine. What are your word count limitations for submissions?

  16. […] neo-noir magazine put out by Richard Thomas.  Richard wrote a wonderful blog post describing Gamut here. Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for a little bit of […]

  17. David Spell says:

    Reblogged this on The Scary Reviews and commented:
    GAMUT is a great idea and new project from Richard Thomas ,launching in just about a week (1/17). The Kickstarter campaign will begin (2/16). I will have Richard Thomas stopping by the day after (2/17) to talk about GAMUT. This is exciting project has many authors I have read before so I’m really looking forward to this online magazine. Check back next month for the guest post with Richard. You can also follow the GAMUT Twitter page @gamutmagazine and the Facebook page GAMUT for updates.

  18. Adam Ickes says:

    Reblogged this on Adam Ickes and commented:
    Could be interesting. Definitely worth keeping an eye on.

  19. Sounds really interesting. —– Suzanne Joshi

  20. […] Here’s the original announcement: […]

  21. […] paying markets for your work. My friend Richard Thomas is hoping to change all that by launching Gamut, an online magazine for neo-noir, speculative, literary fiction. Gamut will pay industry rates […]

  22. […] inspiration for many writers and instrumental in bringing excellent stories to readers nationwide. Gamut is one of many projects he has under his belt and I thought the unveiling of it was a good time to […]

  23. […] stopping by to tell us more about Gamut. Please ask questions or make comments after you check out Gamut […]

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