Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories is OUT!

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Last year I only wrote four short stories, one of which, “Repent,” made it into this amazing anthology, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward. This is the second anthology I’ve been in with these guys, the first being Shadows Over Main Street. Oh yeah, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman? Nice.

I’m fascinated by the idea of beautiful horror, the intersection between hope and terror, between vengeance and redemption, between action and consequence. I think this is some of my best work to date, and I hope you’ll pick up a copy. “Repent” is about a father who has done some pretty dark things in his past, and the chance he has to do something right, to protect his son.  Here’s more about the book:

From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories–a disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness. Awe meets ache. Terror becomes transcendence. Regret gives way to rebirth. Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres: A woman experiences an emotional reckoning inside a haunted house. A father sees his daughter rescued after a cold case is solved, only to learn the tragic limits of his love. A man awakens a vengeful spirit and learns the terrible price of settling scores. A boy comes of age into awareness of a secret universe of Lovecraftian scale. A young woman confronts the deathly price of existence inside a German concentration camp during the Holocaust. And much, much more… Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting new talents: Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia. Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward. With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.

ENJOY!

Cover Reveal for Tribulations

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Cover reveal today for my third short story collection, Tribulations. Art by Ben Baldwin—don’t you love it? So much texture and emotion. Creepy, too. This will be out in April with Crystal Lake Publishing. See below for the full table of contents:

Introduction: Stephen Graham Jones
Fireflies (art)
Chrysalis
Love Letters
Vision Quest
Surrender
The Wastelands (art)
Misty
The Handyman
Bringing in the Sheaves
Divining
The Culling
Flowers for Jessica (art)
Wicker Park Pause
On a Bent Nail Head
Dance, Darling
The Fix-It Man
Gandaberunda (art)
Shackled to the Shadows
Playing with Fire
Little Red Wagon
Asking for Forgiveness
Balance Sheet
White Picket Fences (art)
Chasing Ghosts
The Offering on the Hill

EARLY PRAISE FOR TRIBULATIONS:

“The stories Richard Thomas tells are dark rooms. Sometimes they are filled with terrors—ghosts and jealousies and strange beasts. Sometimes they are empty. And this might be the most terrifying thing of all. At times sharp and biting and other times dreamy and lyrical, Thomas is a powerful writer and Tribulations is a stellar collection.”
—Kristi DeMeester, author of Split Tongues

Tribulations is a dark fiction collection for all readers. No matter your preference: this book ducks, dives, and bounces between genres like an Olympic skier taking on a hillside of slalom. Rarely is reading a collection straight-through as eclectic (or purely enjoyable) an experience. If you’re not already a fan of Thomas: prepare to be.”
—Adam Cesare, author of Tribesmen and Zero Lives Remaining

“…one of the most productive and unique writers on the hardboiled and horror short story markets…Tribulations contains some of his best work…the end result is richer and more visceral than anything he’s ever done before.”
Dead End Follies

“Richard Thomas is on the cutting edge of neo-noir fiction and I dare anyone to say different. Tribulations is his best yet: elegantly twisted, superbly creepy, and dripping darkness. This is required reading for anyone into the shadow side of literature.”
Dread Central

Tribulations shows that Richard Thomas not only knows his craft, but excels in it. Readers owe Richard Thomas a letter to thank him for sharing his brilliant work, and Richard Thomas owes readers a letter to apologize for giving them more reasons to never turn off the light”
Cultured Vultures.

“Richard Thomas does this thing where he introduces us to his friends, folks just like you or me, good, hard-working, honest folks. People we can relate to on many levels. And then, for whatever reason, he drops them right into the middle of hell. Maybe he just enjoys making them suffer. Maybe he knows that we enjoy watching. Whatever the case, with Tribulations he has let us get a little closer, made the glass between us and the suffering a little thinner, and reminded us that we just might be next in line.”
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Gamut is over $40,000! Huge new add-on today.

We’re over $40,000! Wow.

Thank you all for spreading the word, pledging, and upgrading, it’s been so exciting to watch us get closer and closer to our goal. Only five days left to get to $52,000. I know we can do it. Here’s one way that may help—it’s a small amount of money, for a big reward. Imagine if all 580 supporters added it in! That would be $6,380! Here are the details.

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HUGE NEW ADD-ON: 11 eBooks for $11. Staring Into the Abyss by Richard Thomas (Kraken Press); two from Dark House Press—The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas, and Echo Lake by Letitia Trent; five from Crystal Lake Publishing—Nameless and Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley, Horror 101: The Way Forward and Fear the Reaper, both edited by Joe Mynhardt, and Through a Mirror, Darkly by Kevin Lucia; two from This is Horror—Water For Drowning by Ray Cluley and The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones; and Choosing Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good edited by H.L. Nelson & Joanne Merriam (Upper Rubber Boot Books). It’s just our way of saying thank you. 1111, make a wish! FINE PRINT: Not a separate reward. May only be added on to your current pledge of $30 or more.

HOW TO DO IT: Just add $11 to your current pledge and BAM, you get the eBooks. I purposefully made it an odd number so that you know (and I know) that you will be included in this special offer. This is not a reward, it is not located in the reward section. Enjoy!

Thanks,
Richard

(Not in yet? Haven’t pledged yet? Back any reward at the $30 level and then add the $11—you’re all set!)

Gamut: Day 22 and over $35,000!

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$36,727 with eight days left!

I took a few days off from the updates to give you a break, but so many cool new rewards have been added that I wanted to let you know. In fact, the Dark Moon Digest package sold before I could even get this note out!

SUBSCRIPTION + STEPHANIE M WYTOVICH $125
Everything in Reward #3, plus the complete Stephanie M. Wytovich poetry package—Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels (Raw Dog Screaming Press). PLUS a full poetry manuscript edit (up to 110 pages). (MSRP: $250)

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SUBSCRIPTION + ASHLEY DAVIS CONSULTATION $150
Since 2010 Evensong Editing has worked on over 1,000 manuscripts with hundreds of authors and publishing companies. They specialize in horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and speculative/weird fiction. You may send Ashley a writing sample, a list of questions/topics to go over, or a manuscript at least 24 hours before the 30-minute consultation. Plus free subscription. (MSRP: $310)

SUBSCRIPTION + LAYOUT / FORMATTING $100
Have your book professionally formatted by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s co-owner Lori Michelle. Lori formats books for not only PMMP, but also Dark Moon Digest, BloodBound Books, Crystal Lake Publishing, and Bizarro Pulp Press. She will take your manuscript, clean it up, add proper headers, and give your book the punch you need to make it the work of art it is. She will also make your book ready for Kindle and Nook uploading. No more fooling with CSS code for you. LIMITED (MSRP: $210.00)

PLUS, we still have the custom photo shoots, coasters, video sessions, consultations, tons of books, postcards, editing, classes, etc. Consider upgrading if you can.

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AND we’ll continue to give away lifetime memberships every 100 backers (we just crossed 500!) and every $5,000. So invite a friend in—can’t win, if you’re not in!

NOTE: We currently have 516 backers from 96 different countries. How cool is that? This morning alone I added in people from the US (LA, NYC, Chicago, Portland), several from the UK, AUS, and Italy! There are only 88 countries in the world that have English as their official language. That’s why I wanted to do this online, and not in print. It’s the only way we could be this inclusive, and have such reach.

Thank you to all of you for supporting Gamut, and for all of the people that have stepped up to donate.

Peace,
Richard

“Repent” accepted for Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories anthology

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(Cover art by Caitlin Hackett )

Thrilled to announce my 6,000-word story, “Repent” has just been accepted for Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, alongside Neil Gaiman! Did you read that there—Neil Gaiman! Wow. I mean, I’ve published alongside Stephen King four times now (Shivers VI, Cemetery Dance #72, and Chiral Mad 2 & 3) but this is the first time with Neil. I’m a big fan of his work, loved American Gods and Anansi Boys, as well as Neverwhere, Coraline, and of course The Sandman series.

Edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward (who also edited Shadows Over Main Street, which included my story, “White Picket Fences”) this anthology also includes fiction from Amanda Gowin, Brian Kirk, and John F.D. Taff. More names and stories TBD/TBA, but I’m really excited to see who else joins us.

Out with Crystal Lake Publishing in 2016. I’m a big fan of CLP, and I’ll have an announcement about another project I’m doing with them in 2016, but I did publish a story with them in the Fear the Reaper anthology and some non-fiction in the Horror 101: The Way Forward anthology as well. Joe Myndhardt is doing great things over there.

More news to come!

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: July 20, 2016

The Soul Standard – Golden Geese (novella) (Dzanc Books)

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Blue Monday Review, Vol. 3, No. 2 – “How Not to Come Undone”

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Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories – “Repent” (Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Tribulations (Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance)

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Chiral Mad 3 – “The Offering on the Hill” (Written Backwards)

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Blue Monday Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 – “Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave”

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Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 2 – “Asking for Forgiveness” (Pantheon Magazine)

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Slave Stories – “From Within” (Omnium Gatherum)

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Cemetery Dance #72 – “Chasing Ghosts”

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XIII: Stories of Transformation – “Chrysalis” (Resurrection House)

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Truth or Dare? – “Shackled to the Shadows” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

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22 More Quick Shivers – “Homecoming” (Daily Nightmare)

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Dead Harvest – “Bringing in the Sheaves” (Scarlett Galleon Publications)

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Qualia Nous – “The Jenny Store” (Written Backwards)

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Pantheon Magazine (Ares Issue) – “The God of War”

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Penumbra Magazine (Pain Issue) – “Balance Sheet”

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Horror 101: This Way Forward – essay,
“The Journey of ‘Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears'”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Shadows Over Main Street – “White Picket Fences”
(Hazardous Press / Cutting Block Books)

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Gaia: Shadow and Breath – “Flowers for Jessica” (Pantheon Magazine)

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Vignettes from the End of the World  – “This is How It Ends, My Love.”

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Pantheon Magazine (Aphrodite Issue) – “Rapture”

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Trouble in the Heartland – “Because the Night” (Gutter Books)

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Pantheon Magazine (Dionysus Issue) – “Head Like a Hole”

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Chiral Mad 2 – “Playing With Fire” (Written Backwards)

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Fear the Reaper – “The Culling” (Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Best of the Horror Society 2013 – “Victimized”

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Reloaded: Both Barrels, Volume 2 – “Trinity” (One Eye Press)

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Bleed – “Death Knell” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

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Cipher Sisters – “Dance, Darling” (Thunderdome Press)

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Booked Anthology – “Surrender” (Booked Podcast)

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Daddy Cool – “Bloodline” (Artistically Declined Press)

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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” (Necro Publications)

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Nova Parade – “On a Bent Nail Head” (Solarcide)

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Terror Scribes – “Transmogrify” (Dog Horn Publishing)

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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” (Dark Moon Books)

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In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words – “The Jenny Store” (Thunderdome Press)

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Dark Moon Digest Presents: Vampires! – “Transmogrify” (Dark Moon Books)

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Warmed and Bound – “Say Yes to Pleasure” (Velvet Press)

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Speedloader – “Herniated Roots” (Snubnose Press)

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“Victimized”

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Shivers VI – “Stillness” (Cemetery Dance)

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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