“Ten Steps” is now live at ChiZine (The Chiaroscuro)

"Ten Steps"

My story “Ten Steps” is now up at ChiZine (Chiaroscuro) as part of their major new relaunch. I wrote this at the Jack Ketchum intensive at The Cult. So many other great voices here, in the previous, and coming weeks, I can’t possibly list them all but let me shout out at least a few names that I’ve seen up already, or have novels published at ChiZine, or may be part of this launch in the upcoming weeks.

First, I won a contest here at ChiZine back in 2009, the “Enter the World of Filaria” contest with my story “Maker of Flight”. It was quite an honor. My story was selected by the author of Filaria, Brent Hayward, and the Stoker winning man that runs ChiZine, Brett Alexander Savory.

I’ve been a long time fan of Paul Tremblay who has In the Mean Time at ChiZine, as well as Craig Davidson, who has Sarah Court there as well (I reviewed both of these at The Nervous Breakdown, too). These guys are two of my favorite authors there. I’d expect them to have a story up here as a part of this. Also, in the past couple of weeks, we’ve had stories by Stewart O’Nan, Tom Piccirilli, and Neil Gaiman.

So head over and check out my story, but also stay awhile, peep the other stories, and pick up a book or two. Exceptional artwork by Erik Mohr as well. I’ve never read a bad book from ChiZine. Donate some $$$ if you have it, every dollar helps. These are some of the good guys, putting out excellent work, supporting unknown authors like myself, and really on the cutting edge of literary dark fiction.

Praise for “Maker of Flight”

From the editor of ChiZine Publications, Brett Alexander Savory, via their Facebook update:

ENTER THE WORLD OF FILARIA CONTEST RESULTS
The winning entries for the Enter the World of Filaria Contest
have been posted at the site. Richard Thomas’s “Maker of Flight”,
a disquieting tale of what might be happening behind a closed door on the top level of the structure, won first place.

Brent also had some nice things to say to me about it:

“That was a really nice piece you wrote, and in my head now it’s somehow forever tangled up in Filaria.”

I thought that was the ultimate compliment

“Maker of Flight” is live – Winner of Filaria Contest

Maker of Flight at ChiZine

"Maker of Flight" at ChiZine

Well, the story is now live. Hope you dig it, I really had fun with it. I’ve had some fantastic conversations with the author Brent Hayward, saying that this story will now be a part of the world he created, which is really just the nicest thing I could hear about this short. Brett Alexander Savory at ChiZine has also been very supportive and great to work with.

I just won the ChiZine Publications “Enter the World of Filaria” fiction writing contest

ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications

http://chizine.com/chizinepub/announcements/filaria-contest-winners.php

It is finally, public. I am the winner of the 2009 “Enter the World of Filaria” contest by ChiZine Publications. This is the first time I’ve ever won anything writing related. I get published online and $250 bucks! WOW! My first paycheck as a writer. The story, “Maker of Flight” will be posted April 1st.