Storyville Studio is NOW LIVE!

My newly expanded teaching “empire” is now LIVE! Head on over to Storyville Studio to see what we’ve done, especially the reboot of Day of Reckoning (signing up now for 2020). Lots of classes, something for everyone. This is basically just a dedicated website for all of the previous classes I’ve taught, plus some new ventures:

  • Short Story Mechanics—still at LitReactor.com, the essentials of storytelling
  • Short Story Mechanics (At Your Own Pace)—a NEW version of this popular class at your own pace
  • Keep It Brief—still at LitReactor.com, a class on flash fiction
  • Contemporary Dark Fiction—still being taught online, sold out for Jan 2020, a few spots left for Sept 2020
  • Advanced Creative Writing Workshop—still being taught online, sold out for Jan and May 2020, a few spots left for Sept 2020
  • Novel in a Year—still being taught online, only one session for 2020, sold out
  • NEW: Day of Reckoning—one day, monthly, with seven teachers, a wide range of topics, as well as feedback, a great class
  • NEW: Guest Authors—a range of authors will be teaching stand-alone classes, monthly, as well

Feel free to share, retweet, invite your friends, etc. Thank you for the continued support. Means a lot.

PS: Look at the amazing authors that will be a part of Day of Reckoning—Carina Bissett, S. L. Coney, Brian Evenson, Brian Hodge, Sarah Gailey, Lindsay Hunter, Gabino Iglesias, John Langan, Livia Llewellyn, Jacklyn Dre Marceau, Sarah Read, Kelly Robson, Eden Royce, Karen Runge, Priya Sharma, Angela Slatter, Lucy A. Snyder, A.C. Wise, Mercedes M. Yardley, Richard Wood, Richard Thomas—Moderator.

Lost Highways Anthology is Now Out! With My Story, “Requital.”

Brand new anthology out today! Very excited to be a part of this book, so many talented authors and friends in here. My story, “Requital” is inspired by the David Lynch film, Lost Highway, and it also (hopefully) taps into the idea of justice, karma, death, and purgatory. Hope you enjoy my work, and the entire collection. From Crystal Lake Publishing:

It’s dangerous out there…on the road.

The highways, byways and backroads of America are teeming day and night with regular folks. Moms and dads making long commutes. Teenagers headed to the beach. Bands on their way to the next gig. Truckers pulling long hauls. Families driving cross country to visit their kin.

But there are others, too. The desperate and the lost. The cruel and the criminal.

Theirs is a world of roadside honky-tonks, truck stops, motels, and the empty miles between destinations. The unseen spaces.

And there are even stranger things. Places that aren’t on any map. Wayfaring terrors and haunted legends about which seasoned and road-weary travelers only whisper.

But those are just stories. Aren’t they?

Find out for yourself as you get behind the wheel with some of today’s finest authors of the dark and horrific as they bring you these harrowing tales from the road.

Tales that could only be spawned by the endless miles of America’s lost highways.

So go ahead and hop in. Let’s take a ride.

Lineup:
• Introduction by Brian Keene
• doungjai gam & Ed Kurtz — “Crossroads of Opportunity”
• Matt Hayward — “Where the Wild Winds Blow”
• Joe R. Lansdale — “Not from Detroit”
• Kristi DeMeester — “A Life That is Not Mine”
• Robert Ford — “Mr. Hugsy”
• Lisa Kröger — “Swamp Dog”
• Orrin Grey — “No Exit”
• Michael Bailey — “The Long White Line”
• Kelli Owen — “Jim’s Meats”
• Bracken MacLeod — “Back Seat”
• Jess Landry — “The Heart Stops at the End of Laurel Lane”
• Jonathan Janz — “Titan, Tyger”
• Nick Kolakowski — “Your Pound of Flesh”
• Richard Thomas — “Requital”
• Damien Angelica Walters — “That Pilgrims’ Hands Do Touch”
• Cullen Bunn — “Outrunning the End”
• Christopher Buehlman — “Motel Nine”
• Rachel Autumn Deering — “Dew Upon the Wing”
• Josh Malerman — “Room 4 at the Haymaker”
• Rio Youers — “The Widow”

Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.

Amazon: http://getbook.at/LostHighways
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40609864-lost-highways
Shirt: https://bit.ly/2NnKVFw

Special Subscription Offer at Gamut for February! Buy One, Get One Free!

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For the month of February we will have a special buy one, get one subscription free offer. So sign up now, and enjoy! The first two issues are out and/or uploading this month, and there are plenty of free samples to check out as well. Stop by and give us a look. We also pay ten cents a word for original fiction.

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“From Within” a 2016 Notable Story at storySouth Million Writers Awards

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Well, here’s some great news. My story, “From Within” was just named a 2016 Notable Story by storySouth, as part of the Million Writers Award. In great company. This story was originally published in Slave Stories: Scenes from the Slave State (Omnium Gatherum) edited by Chris Kelso, and reprinted at Cease, Cows. Thanks, H.L. Nelson and Kate Jonez for the support. (It was also long-listed for Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow.) Nice way to end the year!

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 has 61 Hours Left to Reach $52,000!

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(The eleven ebooks for eleven dollars package.)

We’re into the home stretch here at Gamut, only 61 hours left to raise the final $5,600. How can we do this? Well, we still have a lot of great rewards left, so take a look at the list here, and then head over to the Kickstarter for more information. Most are 50% OFF MSRP.

INCENTIVES

$200+ gets automatic upgrade to website + ebooks.
11 ebooks for $11 may be added to any reward of $30 or more.

REWARDS

Limited:

SUBSCRIPTION + CONSULTATION (9) left $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + MEDALLION BOOKS PACKAGE (6) left $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + TAROT READING (8) left $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + CAL WILD CHRONICLES (3) left $70 (MSRP: $140)
SUBSCRIPTION + HANDMADE COASTERS (6) left $70 (MSRP: $140)
SUBSCRIPTION + TRIM THE FAT CLASS (10) left $150 (MSRP: $200)
SUBSCRIPTION + POETRY MANUSCRIPT EDIT (2) left $200 (MSRP: $400)
SUBSCRIPTION + CUSTOM PHOTO SHOOT  (2) left $250 (MSRP: $1,000)
SUBSCRIPTION + MANUSCRIPT EDIT AND CRITIQUE (4) left $1,000 (MSRP: $1,260)

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Unlimited:

SUBSCRIPTION $30 355 have picked this reward so far! (MSRP: $60)
POSTCARD SET $30 (MSRP: $60)
EBOOK SUBSCRIPTION $42 (MSRP: $84)
SUBSCRIPTION + POSTCARD SET $60 (MSRP: $120)
TWO SUBSCRIPTIONS $60 for you and a friend! (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION (WEBSITE + EBOOKS) $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + 5 GAMUT CRAFT VIDEOS $80 (MSRP: $210)
SUPER CRAFT PACK!  SUBSCRIPTION + 5 CRAFT VIDEOS + TRIM THE FAT CLASS $200 (MSRP: $260)

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Thank you for all of the support. It’s been inspiring. So many generous and helpful people not only spreading the word, but investing in us, which means so much to me. Help push us across the finish line, and maybe we can even get to some of those stretch goals—the first one being scholarships!

Peace,
Richard

Four Days Left, Gamut is Over $43,000—Plus 11 eBooks for $11 Offer

Wow did we have a great day yesterday, our third best day of the entire Kickstarter. So what happened? The new 11 eBooks for $11 was a big success, that’s for sure. A lot of people are speaking up to support us, and that means a lot. Check out the propaganda poster that Dyer Wilk designed for us!

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So, with only a few days left what can you do? Well, you can add on those 11 ebooks for $11, that’s a great start. You can considering just adding on additional money if you have it, that’s always appreciated, and can be done at any time. You can upgrade to a bigger reward. OR, you could just reach out to ONE FRIEND, somebody that you think would really enjoy this, and invite them over. And of course, if you’re tapped out, spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, newsletters, blogs, email—we’d love to get that support, too.

You’ve all been great. Let’s push this over the finish line and make it happen.

Thanks,
Richard