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: August 7, 2019

 

At Kendall Reviews by Gavin Jefferson (7/30/2019)

At Inkheist by Shane Douglas Keene (5/6/19)

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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The Next Big Thing!

Today I am taking part in the networked blog interview, The Next Big Thing. I was nominated last week by Joe Mynhardt, a gifted editor at Crystal Lake Publishing. A preview of the novel that my agent (Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary Agency) and I are shopping, Disintegration, can be read below:

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Disintegration

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

After writing my first book, Transubstantiate, I wanted to write something that was not nearly as complicated. So a first-person, linear story was what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to tap into some of my personal fears and the worst possible situation that I could imagine was losing my family, seeing them die in front of me. That was the inception for this story. It’s basically Dexter meets Falling Down.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

I call it a neo-noir, transgressive thriller.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve always been drawn to Viggo Mortenson as an actor, he’s intense. I’m also a big fan of Christian Bale, he’d be perfect, I think. This is for the unnamed protagonist, the man who falls apart.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When a man sees his family die in a horrible car accident he quickly falls apart, disintegrates, into a life of vengeful crime and dark deeds.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

My agent is shopping it now. I think it’s only a matter of time.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I wrote the first half over six months in my first semester at Murray State University, under Lynn Pruett, as part of my MFA. I later wrote the second half in one week on a massive purge between freelance art direction gigs the following year.

8)8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Well, obviously the Darkly Dreaming Dexter series, as well as work by Dennis Lehane, Will Christopher Baer, Craig Clevenger, Stephen Graham Jones, Paul Tremblay. Maybe American Psycho.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The original push came from Christopher Dwyer, who wanted to see something neo-noir but simplified. And I wanted to honor my family, if that’s possible, by “killing them off” in this book.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s a tragedy, for sure. There is a lot of misery in this book, but there’s also love, hope, sex, drugs, violence, redemption, and vengeance. I think it works on several levels—as a fun, fast read, as a layered, dense, immersive cautionary tale, and also as a literary work filled with metaphor and imagery. Hopefully you won’t see the ending coming. I didn’t.

FOR A ROUGH DRAFT OF THE FIRST CHAPTER GO HERE!

Up NOW, December 5th, is Nik Korpon, Caleb J. Ross, Simon West-Bulford, David James Keaton, and Monica Drake.

Colored Chalk #10 – Ten Commandments

"Honor"

I hope you enjoy my story, Honor in this issue of CC, #10. I’m very happy to see Axel, Eddy, Colin and Simon in here too. Great work on the layout Mike. Thanks Jason for all of your hard work, special thanks to all of the other editors and designers, and all of the talented writers who contributed. You know who you are.

I’m proud to say that I am the only writer to be in every issue to date, editing and designing #6 and #9. We’ve really grown into quite a great little rag and I hope that 2010 is even better.

Peace,
Richard

Colored Chalk #6 – Waking Up Strange

Since I didn’t have any writing in here, I didn’t post this up under short stories, but I should have this up here anyway, since I edited and designed it, and obviously love every author in here.

Edited and designed by Richard Thomas

Edited and designed by Richard Thomas

Such a great list of authors:

Caleb J. Ross – always a very strong writer, wide range of genres

Joe Meno – many novels, teaches at Columbia College here in Chicago, great at AWP this year

Joey Goebel – another great novelist, very supportive and talented

Alex Cassun – know Alex mostly from The Cult, really a solid writer, need to see more of him

William T. Allen – new to me, loved this story

Rayo Casablanca – really blowing up, two novels out now

Axel Taiari – one of my favorite authors, his style and slipstream work, powerful and unique

Christopher Dwyer – a great neo-noir author, we hang at WC, Velvet, Cult, really a kindred spirit, rich writing

Craig Wallwork – really been on fire lately, this may have been my favorite in this issue, powerful

Nik Korpon – along with CJD, another neo-noir writer, always a strong contributor, wide range too

Joe Dornich – another new writer to me, really talented, has a lot going on, great stuff

Jeff Macfee – we go back to the Cult intensives, always a powerful writer, one of the best Culties out there

Richard Martin – great vision, funny, the latest MacAdam/Cage author to blow up, new novel out soon

Eddy Rathke – i really liked this story, surreal, powerful, intimate, really a great writer

Chris Deal – this was a good dark story, powerful stuff, another Velveteer

Simon West-Bulford – i never know what to expect with Simon, and that’s what is great, never holds back