Award Eligible Work

I have a few stories that are eligible for various award nominations—Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, etc.

“Ring of Fire” is a sf/fantasy/horror hybrid, set in an isolated arctic location. It’s novelette length, inspired by Annihilation, The Warren, and various A24 films. This was a real challenge to write, but I think it’s some of my best work to date. There are a number of threads that run through this story, and an ending that genuinely surprised me. It’s dark, but not without optimism.

PRAISE:

“’Ring of Fire’ by Richard Thomas—which tackles ‘lust’—is by far my favorite story in this collection and, in my opinion, the most skillfully rendered. First of all, like all the other stories, Thomas doesn’t give us a clichéd horror story about someone’s sexual urges leading them to a grisly death. However, this is Richard Thomas we’re talking about. I knew he wouldn’t lean on cliches going in. Instead, he tackles the intersection of loneliness, guilt, shame, grief, the desire for companionship, and, yes—sexuality. But sexuality through the lens of longing for companionship, for physical comfort and belonging, for intimate connection. I’m not going to say anything else about this story, except that lots of folks claim to write “science fiction/horror” blends, but few get it right. Thomas gets it extremely right in this.”
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“‘Ring of Fire’ is undoubtedly the most ‘horror’ of all the stories in this anthology, an unsettling pot-boiler that seethes with atmosphere and dread. Following a lone researcher at a facility in some unknown snowy location, Richard Thomas is the master of withholding information and creating mystery. It is always as much about what we do not know than what we know; what he refuses to say, as what he says. Our narrator for this story is straight-up unreliable, and the world around them is unreliable too. As we progress, however, and notice these disturbing deja vu moments, these chimes of coincidence, we begin to piece together the deeper narrative of what is happening…Richard Thomas plays with us, and our expectations, capturing the kind of paranoia of Blade Runner and mixing it with the existential dread of 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are sci-fi elements here, but they are subtle; our narrator seems to barely grasp them, describing his processes and encounters with unease and uncertainty, the vocabulary of a man at his wit’s end. This story is about lust, yet Richard makes sex conspicuous by absence, all the while amping up the pressure-cooker of sexual tension until we are, like our protagonist isolated in a lone facility, about to implode.
STORGY

“The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation” is a clown story, in four acts, and is a similar blend of sf/fantasy/horror, but much shorter, with an open-ended finish, influenced by Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone. I experimented with some POV shifts and timeline leaps (backwards and forwards) as well as an ending that is up to interpretation.

PRAISE:

“The final story, The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation, by Richard Thomas, feels like the culmination of the entire collection. I am biased as a huge fan of Richard’s work, but he genuinely pulls out all the stops in this Lovecraftian tale. It is a dark creation story, delving into the origin of all myths. Richard peels back the layers, gives us an almost glacial sequence of images that lead to revelation, like the atom-bomb episode of the third season of Twin Peaks, yet he condenses that extended form into something comparatively microscopic—the prose is so controlledAt the end, we are left with a sense of the entirety of what has happened, something bargained, something lost, something dark and terrible learned. Richard may not be as prolific as Stephen King, but his work is just as memorable.

The Mindflayer

If you would like a PDF of either story, please PM me, or drop me a note to richardgthomasiii@gmail.com. Thanks!

Shallow Creek Anthology Out—With My Latest Story

Shallow Creek (STORGY) is a shared world anthology that is going to blow you away. I was lucky enough to get Krinkles the Clown, which ended up being a pretty weird story told in four acts—with some shifting POVs. It’s part It part Twilight Zone with a smattering of Black Mirror. “The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation” is one of eight stories I have coming out this year and I think it’s some of my best work to date. Ross Jeffery is doing some great work over at STORGY, so be sure to pick this one up.

Full list list of stories and authors:

DAVE DANVERS’ LAST FORAY INTO ALL THINGS WOO WOO
by J. Stuart Croskell

BEHIND THESE EYES
by Alice Noel

ARROWHEAD
by Daniel Carpenter

THE SOIL OF STONIER HEARTS
by Erik Bergstrom

JANET’S VISION OF LOVE
by Tom Heaton

ANCHOR
by Marion Coleman

BACKWARDS
by Adrian J Walker

SECRET INGREDIENT
by Heather Cuthbertson

DISTRACTION
by Brian Wilson 

AND THE WORLD FADES TO BLACK
by Adam Lock

THE LURID TRANCE
by Gregg Williard

WE LIVE IN DIRT
by Ian Steadman

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNUCKLE BONE
by Allyson Kersel

PENTAMETER
by David Hartley

BLOOD MOON BOB
by Simon Billinton

THE EYES HAVE IT
by Sarah Lotz

THE ALTERATION
by Aliya Whiteley

TIDE
by Nick Adams

THE FULMAR’S CRY
by Andrea Hardaker

STRANGE BREW
by Eleanor Hickey

THE CAGED BIRD SINGS IN A DARKNESS OF ITS OWN CREATION
by Richard Thomas

With accompanying artwork by Michael To.

 

Complete List of Stories in Print

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: October 10, 2019

Shallow Waters: A Flash Fiction Anthology
“Maker of Flight” (reprint)
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

The Seven Deadliest
“Ring of Fire” novelette
(Cutting Block Books)

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Eleven
“Golden Sun” novelette
with Kristi DeMeester, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt
(Prime Books)

Shallow Creek
“The Caged Bird Sings in a Darkness of Its Own Creation”
(STORGY)

Grease Paint and .45s
“Clown Face”
(Down and Out Books)

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When the Clock Strikes 13
“Open Waters”
(In Your Face Books)

It’s Alive: Bringing Your Nightmares to Life
“The Many Faces of Horror: Craft Techniques” (non-fiction)
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations
“Golden Sun” novelette
with Kristi DeMeester, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt
(Written Backwards)

Mythos Magazine
“White Picket Fences”

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Gorgon: Stories of Emergence
“Undone”
(Pantheon)

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Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road
“Requital”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre
“Storytelling Techniques” (non-fiction)
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

Tales from the Shadow Booth: Volume 1
“White Picket Fences”

Deciduous Tales (Debut Issue)
“Nodus Tollens”

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Behold: Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders
“Hiraeth”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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The Soul Standard
Golden Geese
(novella)
(Dzanc Books)

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Blue Monday Review, Vol. 3, No. 2
“How Not to Come Undone”

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Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories
“Repent”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Tribulations
(Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance)

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Chiral Mad 3
“The Offering on the Hill”
(Written Backwards)

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Blue Monday Review, Vol. 2, No. 3
“Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave”

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Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 2
“Asking for Forgiveness”
(Pantheon)

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Slave Stories
“From Within”
(Omnium Gatherum)

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Cemetery Dance #72
“Chasing Ghosts”

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XIII: Stories of Transformation
“Chrysalis”
(Resurrection House)

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“Little Red Wagon”

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Truth or Dare?
“Shackled to the Shadows”
(Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

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22 More Quick Shivers
“Homecoming”
(Daily Nightmare)

Dead Harvest
“Bringing in the Sheaves”
(Scarlett Galleon Publications)

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Qualia Nous
“The Jenny Store”
(Written Backwards)

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Pantheon Magazine
(Ares Issue)
“The God of War”


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Penumbra Magazine
(Pain Issue)
“Balance Sheet”

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Horror 101: This Way Forward
“The Journey of ‘Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears” (non-fiction)
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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Shadows Over Main Street
“White Picket Fences”
(Hazardous Press / Cutting Block Books)

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Gaia: Shadow and Breath
“Flowers for Jessica”
(Pantheon Magazine)

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Vignettes from the End of the World
“This is How It Ends, My Love”

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Pantheon Magazine
(Aphrodite Issue)
“Rapture”

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Trouble in the Heartland
“Because the Night”
(Gutter Books)

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Pantheon Magazine
(Dionysus Issue)
“Head Like a Hole”

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Chiral Mad 2
“Playing With Fire”
(Written Backwards)

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Fear the Reaper
“The Culling”
(Crystal Lake Publishing)

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The Best of the Horror Society 2013
“Victimized”

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Reloaded: Both Barrels, Volume 2
“Trinity”
(One Eye Press)

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Bleed
“Death Knell”
(Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

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Cipher Sisters
“Dance, Darling”
(Thunderdome Press)

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Booked Anthology
“Surrender”
(Booked Podcast)

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Staring into the Abyss
(Kraken Press)


Daddy Cool
“Bloodline”
(Artistically Declined Press)

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Best of Surreal Grotesque
“Vision Quest”

Surreal
Midwestern Gothic
“Garage Sales”


Arcadia Magazine
“Chrysalis”

“Transmogrify”

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Sanitarium Magazine
“Bringing in the Sheaves”


SanitariumWeird Fiction Review
“Flowers for Jessica”

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Into the Darkness
“The Wastelands”
(Necro Publications)Darkness
Nova Parade
“On a Bent Nail Head”
(Solarcide)


NovaTerror Scribes
“Transmogrify”
(Dog Horn Publishing)

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One Buck Horror
“Wicker Park Pause”


OBHGargoyle Magazine
“Tinkering With the Moon”
(Paycock Press)

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Curbside Splendor – “Divining”


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“Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears”
(Dark Moon Books)

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In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words
“The Jenny Store”
(Thunderdome Press)

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Dark Moon Digest Presents: Vampires!
“Transmogrify”
(Dark Moon Books)

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Warmed and Bound
“Say Yes to Pleasure”
(Velvet Press)

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“Herniated Roots”
(Snubnose Press)

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“Victimized”

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Shivers VI
“Stillness”
(Cemetery Dance)

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