It’s Release Day for DISINTEGRATION!

DisintegrationALL

I can’t even believe Disintegration is finally here, six years in the making. I started this in my MFA program back in 2009, writing the first half with my professor Lynn Pruett, who knew nothing about neo-noir. After I gave her copies of work by Will Christopher Baer and Craig Clevenger, she got what I was going for, and was extremely supportive. When I got to Dale Ray Phillips, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he said it might not be thesis material, which means—not good enough. I put it aside to work on literary short stories with him, and it was worth the wait. A year and a half later, I had a week between gigs and wrote the second half, 40,000-words in five days, my fingers bruised, my arms aching, practically in tears when I stopped, feeling like I might throw up. That began the year search for a small press, where it was rejected 20, 30, 40 times. Running out of options, I decided to try and get an agent, and over 100 rejections later, Paula Munier at Talctott Notch called me, only 100 pages in, to say she loved it and wanted to sign me. I said finish the book, it’s kind of dark. She did, and she signed me, and we went after the big six and their imprints. So many close calls, coming down to board votes in some cases, and then we got the offer from Random House Alibi. I knew we were taking a chance on this eBook only imprint, but it has been a fantastic experience, my editor there, Dana Isaacson, so supportive, helping to make this book so much better. A team of three copy editors, and four marketing/PR associates, gave me more support than I’ve ever gotten. Now, the day is here.

I hope you enjoy the book, this neo-noir, transgressive thriller that is the first book in the Windy City Dark Mystery Series. It’s kind of Dexter meets Falling Down. The second book, The Breaker, is also set in Chicago, with a different protagonist (out in late 2015, or early 2016). It’s more like what Stephen King did with small town Maine novels than the F. Paul Wilson series, and his Repairman Jack.

ENJOY!

Here are some early reviews:

THIS IS HORROR

THE HORROR BOOKSHELF 5/5

ENTROPY MAGAZINE

CRIME FICTION LOVER 4/5

MATT PUCCI BLOG

SPLATTERHOUSE FIVE 5/5

QUIET FURY BOOKS BLOG 5/5

SJ2B HOUSE OF BOOKS 5/5

PAUL READ OR DEAD

PANTHEON MAGAZINE

HELLNOTES

Here are some excerpts:

ZOUCH

PUNCHNEL’S

ENTROPY

Complete List of Online Interviews with Richard Thomas

This is a list of all of the interviews that I’ve done online over
the years, in reverse chronological order.

Last Updated: December 18. 2018

 

At Digital Media Ghost by Will Viharo (12/18/18)

At Gaheena and Hinnom by Joe Mynhardt (10/16/17)

At Crystal Lake Publishing by Joe Mynhardt (7/25/17)

At Dwarf + Giant by Mackenzie Kiera (6/1/17)

At Crystal Lake Publishing by Joe Mynhardt (5/20/17)

Author Spotlight at 13Dark by Joseph Sale (4/20/17)

At STORGY by Joseph Sale (1/1/2017)

At Shotgun Honey by Ron Earl Phillips (2/28/16)

At The Lit Pub by Megan Paonessa (2/22/16)

At Across the Margin podcast by Tristan Kneschke

At Pantheon Magazine by Sarah Read (2/19/16)

At Splatterhouse5 by Adrean Messmer (2/13/16)

At Larina Warnock’s Blog (2/13/16)

At Starburst by PM Buchan (2/11/16)

At the Drinking with Jason (Brant) podcast (2/10/16)

At Dead End Follies by Benoit Lelievre (2/10/16)

At My Bookish Ways by Kristin Centorcelli (2/10/16)

At The Martin Lastrapes Show podcast (2/8/16)

At The Darkness Dwells podcast with Jason White (2/8/16)

At Goreyesque by Todd Summar (2/8/16)

At Dread Central by Brent R. Oliver (2/5/16)

At Bizarro Central by Jeremy C. Shipp (2/5/15)

At This is Horror podcast by Michael Wilson & Bob Pastorella (2/3/16)

At Arcadia by Chase Dearinger (2/2/16)

At Horror Tree by Stuart Conover (2/1/16)

At Cultured Vultures by Jay Slayton-Joslin (2/1/16)

At Entropy by Peter Tieryas (2/1/16)

At This is Horror podcast with Michael Wilson & Dan Howarth (1/25/16)

At Mangled Matters by Justin Hamelin (9/17/15)

At Cultured Vultures by Jay Slayton-Joslin (7/10/15)

At Kari Wolfe’s Blog by Kari Wolfe (6/5/15)

At Thrillers With Attitude by LG Thomson (6/4/15)

At LitReactor by Keith Rawson (5/26/15)

At Hellnotes with Gordon White (Deep Cuts, “Asking for Forgiveness”) (3/13/15)

At This is Horror podcast (THREE of THREE) by Michael Wilson & Dan Howarth (2/24/15)

At This Is Horror podcast (TWO of THREE) by Michael Wilson & Dan Howarth (2/17/15)

At This Is Horror podcast (ONE of THREE) by Michael Wilson & Dan Howarth (1/6/15)

At Hellnotes with Gordon White (11/21/14)

At Writing in a Dead World by Raymond Esposito (6/3/14)

At My Bookish Ways by Kristin Centorcelli (5/1/14)

At This Is Horror by Michael Wilson & Dan Howarth (1/15/14)

At The Time Warriors by Owen Quinn (12/10/13)

At Radikal News by Renato Bratkovic (12/2/13)

At Cease, Cows by Heather L. Nelson (9/12/13)

At Solarcide by Martin Garrity (6/7/2013)

At Mourning Goats by The Goat (5/10/2013)

At Ginger Nuts of Horror by Jim Mcleod (4/4/2013)

At Midwestern Gothic by Robert James Russell (4/2/2013)

At The Qwillery by Sally Janin (3/22/2013)

At Unnecessary Musings by J.A. Beard (3/15/2013)

At Creative Writing Help by Tracey Tressa (3/8/2013)

At Leah Rhyne’s blog by Leah Rhyne (2/22/2013)

At Out of the Gutter by Ryan Sayles (10/11/2012)

At The Slaughterhouse by Richard Godwin (4/30/2012)

At Slit Your Wrists Magazine by Laurance Kitts (4/14/2012)

At Jay Slayton-Joslin’s blog by Jay Slayton-Joslin (2/15/2012)

At Solarcide by Nathan Pettigrew (1/26/2012)

At Sea Minor by Nigel Bird (6/21/2011)

At PANK by Roxane Gay (4/22/2011)

At Yahoo Voices by Brian Alaspa (2/8/2011)

At Leodegraunce by Jolie du Pre (1/3/2011)

At The Write Place by Simon West-Bulford (10/28/2010)

At Word Riot by Pela Via (10/15/2010)

At 3:AM Magazine by Gregory Frye (9/28/2010)

At Bitten by Books by Rachel Smith (7/19/2010)

At The Cult by Brandon Tietz (3/30/2010)

At Craig Wallwork’s blog by Craig Wallwork (1/26/2009)

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