So here’s the big news: we are reprinting a story by STEPHEN KING in the March issue of Gamut! The story we’re publishing is a powerful post-9/11 tale entitled, “The Things They Left Behind.” I’ve read more of King’s writing than any other author—almost all of his novels, and the majority of his short stories. He’s a big part of the reason I love reading and writing. I’ve been lucky enough to publish alongside him four times as an author (Shivers VI, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 3, and Cemetery Dance #72) but this is really something special. They rarely allow reprints of stories this long, and hardly ever online, not to mention we’ll have it for three months (and in the eBook). So, if you have been looking for a reason to subscribe, here you go. (Also, the buy one, get one sale is still going on for February.) Very exciting.
Thrilled that I can finally announce the eBook of my third short story collection Tribulations is out now with Cemetery Dance Publications. Long time fan of CD, bought so many Stephen King titles from them over the years. I’ve previously published a short story, “Stillness” in Shivers VI (alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub) as well as “Chasing Ghosts” in Cemetery Dance #72 (also alongside Stephen King—it’s like the dude is stalking me).
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PRIZES! Today only: Signed copies of The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger. Subscribe or upgrade to win one of two copies (one paperback, one hardcover). If you haven’t read this fantastic neo-noir, transgressive novel, you are missing out. There were a few books that really influenced me when I first started writing, and this was one of them. Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas was another. Craig was also responsible for me getting my story, “Stillness” in Shivers VI alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub, my first professional sale. I never would have sent it out if he hadn’t encouraged me. When I was out in LA for AWP a few years ago, I embarrassed myself by pulling out a suitcase of books for him to sign (seriously, a SUITCASE) that’s what a fanboy I am. He’s also the only author I’ve taken TWO classes from, both fantastic.
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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!
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: May 6, 2017
Behold: Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders – “Hiraeth”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)
The Soul Standard – Golden Geese (novella) (Dzanc Books)
Blue Monday Review, Vol. 3, No. 2 – “How Not to Come Undone”
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories – “Repent” (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Tribulations (Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance)
Chiral Mad 3 – “The Offering on the Hill” (Written Backwards)
Blue Monday Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 – “Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave”
Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 2 – “Asking for Forgiveness” (Pantheon Magazine)
Slave Stories – “From Within” (Omnium Gatherum)
Cemetery Dance #72 – “Chasing Ghosts”
XIII: Stories of Transformation – “Chrysalis” (Resurrection House)
Truth or Dare? – “Shackled to the Shadows” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
22 More Quick Shivers – “Homecoming” (Daily Nightmare)
Dead Harvest – “Bringing in the Sheaves” (Scarlett Galleon Publications)
Qualia Nous – “The Jenny Store” (Written Backwards)
Pantheon Magazine (Ares Issue) – “The God of War”
Penumbra Magazine (Pain Issue) – “Balance Sheet”
Horror 101: This Way Forward – essay,
“The Journey of ‘Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears'”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)
Shadows Over Main Street – “White Picket Fences”
(Hazardous Press / Cutting Block Books)
Gaia: Shadow and Breath – “Flowers for Jessica” (Pantheon Magazine)
Vignettes from the End of the World – “This is How It Ends, My Love.”
Pantheon Magazine (Aphrodite Issue) – “Rapture”
Trouble in the Heartland – “Because the Night” (Gutter Books)
Pantheon Magazine (Dionysus Issue) – “Head Like a Hole”
Chiral Mad 2 – “Playing With Fire” (Written Backwards)
Fear the Reaper – “The Culling” (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Best of the Horror Society 2013 – “Victimized”
Reloaded: Both Barrels, Volume 2 – “Trinity” (One Eye Press)
Bleed – “Death Knell” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
Cipher Sisters – “Dance, Darling” (Thunderdome Press)
Booked Anthology – “Surrender” (Booked Podcast)
Daddy Cool – “Bloodline” (Artistically Declined Press)
Best of Surreal Grotesque – “Vision Quest”
Midwestern Gothic – “Garage Sales”
Arcadia Magazine – “Chrysalis”
Sanitarium Magazine – “Bringing in the Sheaves”
Weird Fiction Review – “Flowers for Jessica”
Into the Darkness – “The Wastelands” (Necro Publications)
Nova Parade – “On a Bent Nail Head” (Solarcide)
Terror Scribes – “Transmogrify” (Dog Horn Publishing)
One Buck Horror – “Wicker Park Pause”
Gargoyle Magazine – “Tinkering With the Moon”
Curbside Splendor – “Divining”
Slices of Flesh – “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” (Dark Moon Books)
In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words – “The Jenny Store” (Thunderdome Press)
Dark Moon Digest Presents: Vampires! – “Transmogrify” (Dark Moon Books)
Warmed and Bound – “Say Yes to Pleasure” (Velvet Press)
Speedloader – “Herniated Roots” (Snubnose Press)
Shivers VI – “Stillness” (Cemetery Dance)
We’re going to be giving away a FREE eSingle of my contemporary vampire short story, “Transmogrify” soon. Cinder (Cindy to her friends) feeds on negative energy—she’s a psychic vampire, or energivore, a bit of a twist on the classic tale. It’s in my upcoming collection of neo-noir and horror stories, Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press) which is out in March. I just wanted to share this excellent cover art by George Cotronis and get you excited about the collection.
There are some fantastic stories in here, including “Maker of Flight” which won a contest at ChiZine, “Stillness” which was in Shivers VI (Cemetery Dance) with Stephen King and Peter Straub, “Splintered” which was in PANK, “Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” which was in Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books) with Jack Ketchum, Ramsey Campbell and Graham Masterson, and “Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave,” which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Metazen. So STAY TUNED!
Table of Contents:
Maker of Flight
Underground Wonder Bound
Stephen King Ate My Brain
Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave
Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears
That’s right, my second short story collection, Staring Into the Abyss, will be out later this year from Kraken Press. It’s a collection of 20 dark stories, neo-noir leaning towards horror, and some of my best work to date. Want to know more? Head over to their website or just keep reading. We’re targeting March, but definitely the first half of 2013. And it looks like it will be a book club selection over at LitReactor as well, probably July or August. More information to come.
FROM THE JACKET: As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster; and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you.” In this collection of short stories Richard Thomas shows us in dark, layered prose the human condition in all of its beauty and dysfunction. A man sits in a high tower making tiny, mechanical birds, longing for the day when he might see the sky again. A couple spends an evening in an underground sex club where jealousy and possession are the means of barter. A woman is victimized as a child, and turns that rage and vengeance into a lifelong mission, only to self-destruct, and become exactly what she battled against. A couple hears the echo of the many reasons they’ve stayed together, and the one reason the finally have to part. And a boy deals with a beast that visits him on a nightly basis, not so much a shadow, as a fixture in his home. These 20 stories will take you into the darkness, and sometimes bring you back. But now and then there is no getting out, the lights have faded, the pitch black wrapping around you like a festering blanket of lies. What will you do now? It’s eat or be eaten—so bring a strong stomach and a hearty appetite.
It includes my contest winning “Maker of Flight,” my longest short story to date, “Victimized,” a Pushcart nominee in “Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave,” and much more. Full TOC below. I hope you’ll pick it up when it comes out. It’s a little over 130 pages, about 32,000 words.
Special thanks have to go out George Cotronis for his amazing cover design. That’s part of the reason I signed up with him, he’s a globally recognized illustrator and artist, and his work is just fantastic.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Maker of Flight 14
Steel-Toed Boots 18
Underground Wonder Bound 52
Twenty-Dollar Bill 80
Paying Up 94
Ten Steps 98
Stephen King Ate My Brain 112
Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave 116
Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears 130