T. M. Wright

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T. M. Wright
T.M. Wright in 1992.jpg
Born Terrance Michael Wright
September 9, 1947
USA
Pen name T. M. Wright, F. W. Armstrong
Occupation writer, poet, artist, illustrator
Period 1968–
Genres Horror fiction, Speculative fiction
Notable work(s) Strange Seed, A Manhattan Ghost Story, Cold House

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Terrance Michael Wright (AKA T. M. Wright) is best known as a writer of horror fiction, speculative fiction, and poetry. He has written over 25 novels, novellas, and short stories over the last 40 years. His first novel, 1978's Strange Seed, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award, and his 2003 novel Cold House was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. His novels have been translated into many different languages around the world. His works have been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and many genre magazines.

T.M. Wright's first publication was the non-fiction study of unidentified flying objects, entitled The Intelligent Man's Guide to Flying Saucers in 1968 for AS Barnes. Strange Seed had five foreign editions.

His seventh novel, A Manhattan Ghost Story, has had 14 foreign editions and was optioned to be filmed in the 1980s. A screenplay was written by Ronald Bass for which he was paid two million US dollars, a record breaking amount for an adaptation of a novel to the screen. The option was taken over by Robert Lawrence Productions in 1991, and then exercised in 1993. Many actors and directors have been attached to the project over the years including Wayne Wang, Julia Roberts, and Sharon Stone (who received five million US dollars because of her pay or play contract). The film is currently in development at Touchstone Pictures.

T. M. Wright has written over 40 short stories that have appeared in several magazines including Twilight Zone Magazine, PostScripts, Cemetery Dance, Flesh and Blood Magazine, UpState, and Brutarian.

T. M. Wright has also painted book covers and done illustrations for magazines including Brutarian. He did the artwork for his own book covers of two foreign editions of Cold House (German and Italian language editions), The Eyes of the Carp from Cemetery Dance Publications in 2005, Blue Canoe from PS Publishing, Sleepeasy (from Leisure Books), and his forthcoming collection Bone Soup from Cemetery Dance Publications.

In 2004, T. M. Wright was given the honor to be judge for the inaugural Anubis Awards by Jeff Schwaner (owner of Broken Umbrella Press). He currently lives in Honeoye, New York.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Novels and Novellas[edit]

  • The Woman Next Door (Playboy Press, 1981 and Tor Books, 1990)
  • The Playground (Tor Books, 1982)
  • Carlisle Street (1983)
  • The Island (1988)
  • The Place (1989)
  • The School (1990)
  • Boundaries (1990)
  • The Last Vampire (1991)
  • Little Boy Lost (1992)
  • The Ascending (1994)
  • Cold House (Catalyst Press, 2003) (featuring an introduction by Jack Ketchum)
  • The House on Orchid Street (2003)
  • Visiting the Edge (2004) (a collection)
  • The Eyes of the Carp (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2005) (a novella) ISBN 1-58767-111-5
  • I Am the Bird (2006) (a novella)
  • Blue Canoe (2008)
  • Sally Pinup (2010) (a novella)

Ryerson Biergarten series[edit]

Series of novels featuring a detective named Ryerson Biergarten:

  1. The Changing (as F. W. Armstrong) (Tor Books, 1985)
  2. The Devouring (as F. W. Armstrong) (Tor Books, 1987)
  3. Goodlow's Ghosts (1992)
  4. The Ascending (1994)
  • Sleepeasy (Victor Gollancz 1993, Leisure, 2001) (connected, but not a direct sequel)

Strange Seed series[edit]

  1. Strange Seed (Everest House, NYC, 1978) (revised in 2005 for a limited hardcover re-release by Etwisted Publishing)
  2. Nursery Tale (Playboy Press, 1982)
  3. Children of the Island (Jove, 1983)
  4. The People of the Dark (1984)
  5. Erthmun / Laughing Man (1995/2005) (originally released as Erthmun in 1995)

A Manhattan Ghost Story series[edit]

  1. A Manhattan Ghost Story (1984, revised for Telos Publishing Ltd. in 2006)
  2. The Waiting Room (1986)
  3. A Spider on My Tongue (Nyx Books, 2006)

Short stories[edit]

Chapbooks[edit]

  • "The People on the Island" (Bandersnatch Books, 2010)
  • unnamed release (Bandersnatch Books, 2010)
  • unnamed release (Bandersnatch Books, 2010)

Short Story collections[edit]

  • Bone Soup (a collection of short stories, art, poems, and revised version of the novel Cold House) (Cemetery Dance Publications, scheduled 2010) Featuring:
Cold House (a revised version of the novel of the same name)
"The People on the Island"
"His Mother's Eyes"
"Rainy Day People"
"Tower Man"
poems
artwork
and more...

Non-fiction[edit]

  • The Intelligent Man's Guide to Flying Saucers (AS Barnes, 1968)

Other publications[edit]

Interviews[edit]

  • "A Conversation with T. M. Wright," interview by Douglas A. Anderson for 2AM (Summer, 1989)
  • "Tall Tales from a Master," interview by Susan M. Burdorf for The Sterling Web (Winter, 1991)
  • "A Conversation with T. M. Wright" interview by William P. Simmons for Cemetery Dance (#37, 2002)
  • "An Interview with T. M. Wright" interview by James R. Beach for Dark Discoveries #9 (Winter, 2007)
  • "An Interview with T. M. Wright" interview by Scott Colbert for Talkbacker.com website, October, 2013

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