Steve Rasnic Tem (born 1950) was born in Jonesville, Virginia, which is in the heart of Appalachia. He went to college at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and also at Virginia Commonwealth University. He got a B.A. in English education. In 1974, he moved to Colorado and studied creative writing at Colorado State University. He is married to author Melanie Tem. The couple have three kids and live in a large house in Colorado.
Steve Rasnic Tem's short fiction has been compared to the work of Franz Kafka, Dino Buzzati, Ray Bradbury, and Raymond Carver, but to quote Joe R. Lansdale: "Steve Rasnic Tem is a school of writing unto himself." His 200 plus published pieces have garnered him a British Fantasy Award, World Fantasy  and a nomination for the Bram Stoker Awards.
- Excavation (1986)
- Daughters (2001) (with Melanie Tem)
- The Book of Days (2002)
- Deadfall Hotel (2012)
- Decoded Mirrors: Three Tales After Lovecraft (1978)
- Fairytales (1985)
- Absences: Charlie Goode's Ghosts (1991)
- Celestial Inventory (1991)
- Beautiful Stranger (1992) (with Melanie Tem)
- City Fishing (2000)
- The Far Side of the Lake (2001)
- The Hydrocephalic Ward (poems) (2003)
- The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry (1982)
- High Fantastic: Colorado's Fantasy, Dark Fantasy and Science Fiction (1987)