Richard Thomas (author)

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Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas in Wicker Park, Illinois in 2010
Richard Thomas in Wicker Park, Illinois in 2010
Born (1967-11-21) November 21, 1967 (age 55)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • editor
  • teacher
  • publisher
EducationBradley University (BS); Murray State University (MFA)
GenreNeo-noir, horror, fantasy, science fiction, new-weird
Notable worksBreaker (Thriller Award finalist), Spontaneous Human Combustion (Bram Stoker Award finalist)

Richard Thomas (born November 21, 1967) is an American author. His focus is on neo-noir, new_weird, and speculative fiction, typically including elements of violence, mental instability, breaks in reality, unreliable narrators, and tragedies. His work is rich in setting and sensory details—often called maximalism. His writing has also been called transgressive[1] and grotesque. In recent years, his dark fiction has added more hope, leaning into hopepunk.[2] He was Editor-in-Chief at both Dark House Press (2012-2016) and Gamut Magazine (2017-2019).


Thomas was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Webster Groves. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois, and in 2012 an MFA at Murray State University. He currently lives in Chicago.

Thomas was Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press [1], an imprint of Curbside Splendor Publishing that launched in 2014 with The New Black.[3][4] Work there was nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. He was also the Editor of Gamut Magazine, [2] a new online publication focusing on neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent, that was funded by a successful Kickstarter, raising over $55,000. It was launched on January 1, 2017.

In addition to his fiction he writes a Storyville [3] column at[5] He has taught creative writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival [4], Story Studio Chicago [5], [6], and his own classes (online) [7].

Novels and short story collections[edit]

  • Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications) April, 2010[6][7]
  • Herniated Roots: Stories (Snubnose Press) September, 2012[8]
  • Staring Into the Abyss: Stories (Kraken Press) April, 2013[1][9][10]
  • Disintegration (Random House Alibi) May, 2015 [11]
  • Breaker (Random House Alibi) January, 2016 [12]
  • Tribulations: Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance) April, 2016 [8] [9]
  • The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books) with Caleb J. Ross, Nik Korpon, and Axel Taiari, June, 2016[13]
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion (Turner Publishing), February, 2022[14]

Nominations, awards and contests[edit]

  • Winner, "Enter the World of Filaria" contest, 2009, at ChiZine for "Maker of Flight." [10]
  • Winner of the 2011 Cafe Doom / One Buck Horror short story contest for "Wicker Park Pause."
  • “Terrapin Station,” Pear Noir #5, January 2011 (Pushcart nomination)
  • “Fireflies,” Polluto #8, May 2012 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [11]
  • “The Jenny Store,” Qualia Nous, Written Backwards, October 2014 (Bram Stoker-nominated anthology) [12]
  • "White Picket Fences," Shadows over Main Street, Hazardous Press, January 2015 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [13]
  • "From Within," Slave Stories: Scenes from the Slave State, Omnium Gatherum, April 2015 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [14]
  • Bram Stoker Award. 2014: nominated for Best Anthology—Burnt Tongues, Medallion Press (Co-Editor) and Qualia Nous, Written Backwards ("Jenny Store"); nominated for Best Short Story Collection: After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press (Publisher); nominated for Non-Fiction: Horror 101: The Way Forward, Crystal Lake Publishing ("The Journey: Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears").[15]| 2016: nominated for Best Anthology—Chiral Mad 3 edited by Michael Bailey ("The Offering on the Hill") AND Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward ("Repent") [16]| 2017: Winner for Best Anthology—Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, edited by Doug Murano ("Hireath"; nominated for Non-Fiction for Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre edited by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson;[17] 2022: nominated for Best Fiction Collection—Spontaneous Human Combustion, Turner Publishing (Keylight);[18]
  • Shirley Jackson Award. 2014: nominated for Best Short Story Collection—After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press (Publisher) [19]| 2015: nominated for Best Anthology—Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas; nominated for Best Short Fiction: "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent, in Exigencies (Editor and Publisher) [20]
  • This is Horror Award. 2014: Winner for Best Anthology: Burnt Tongues, Medallion Press (Co-Editor); Winner for Best Short Story Collection: After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press (Publisher).[21]| 2015: Nominee for Best Short Story Collection: Vile Men, by Rebecca Jones-Howe, Dark House Press (Publisher); Nominee for Best Anthology: Exigences, Dark House Press (Editor and Publisher); Nominee for Best Press, Dark House Press (Editor-in-Chief).[22]| 2016: Nominee for Best Novel: Paper Tigers, by Damien Angelica Walters, Medallion Press (Publisher).[23]| 2017: Nominee for Best Magazine: Gamut (Editor, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief).[24]|
  • Disintegration (Random House Alibi), 2015: Best Fiction Books of 2015 (Entropy Magazine);[25] Top Ten Books of 2015 (Cultured Vultures);[26] Favorite Reads of 2015 (Shotgun Logic).[27] Best Fiction Reads of 2015 (Quiet Fury Books).[28]
  • Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight, June, 2016: "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent, in Exigencies (Editor and Publisher).[29]
  • "Repent," Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Crystal Lake Publishing and "The Offering on the Hill," Chiral Mad 3, Written Backwards, 2016 (Bram Stoker Winner, Best Anthology) [15]
  • International Thriller Writers Awards. 2016: Finalist for Best eBook Novel: Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi) [30]
  • Million Writers Awards. 2016: Notable story, "From Within" (reprinted online at Cease, Cows).[31]
  • “The Offering on the Hill,” Chiral Mad 3, March 2016 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [16]
  • “Repent,” Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, June 2016 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [17]
  • Gamut magazine had eighteen stories and poems listed as Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year) [18]. (Editor and Editor-in-Chief)
  • "Golden Sun," Chiral Mad 4 included in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Eleven. Co-written with Kristi DeMeester, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt [19]


  1. ^ a b seanofthedead (March 5, 2013). "Book Review: Staring Into the Abyss – Author Richard Thomas". Horror News.
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  3. ^ Chavez, Danette (May 27, 2014). "Dark House Press Bets on 'The New Black'". Gaper's Block.
  4. ^ Barone, Matt (July 4, 2014). "Permanent Midnight: The Year's Best Genre Fiction Books (So Far)". The New Black is the hands-down best new short story collection I've read since 2008's Poe's Children.
  5. ^ "Chuck Palahnuik Throws Caution To The Wind With His New Anthology, Burnt Tongues". Book Trade Info (Press release). April 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Remp, Timothy P. (April 23, 2011). "Book reviews: Transubstantiate by Edward Thomas". Shroud magazine.
  7. ^ Skelhorn, Barry (February 16, 2013). "Kraken Press Announces 'Staring into the Abyss', by Richard Thomas". Sanitarium magazine.
  8. ^ Ben (August 19, 2013). "Book Review: Richard Thomas - Herniated Roots". Dead End Follies.
  9. ^ Lockley, Craig (October 14, 2013). "Staring Into The Abyss by Richard Thomas. Book review". The British Fantasy Society.
  10. ^ Buchan, P. M. (March 8, 2013). "Book Review: Staring Into the Abyss". Starburst Magazine.
  11. ^ Disintegration | Richard Thomas | 9781101882627. 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  12. ^ Breaker | Richard Thomas | 9781101882627. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  13. ^ Ross, Caleb; Thomas, Richard; Korpon, Nik; Taiari, Axel (2016). Soul Standard (9781938103049): Richard Thomas, Caleb Ross, Axel Taiari, Nik Korpon: Books. ISBN 978-1938103049.
  14. ^ Thomas, Richard (2022). Spontaneous Human Combustion (9781684427550): Richard Thomas: Books. ISBN 978-1684427550.
  15. ^ "Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards 2014". Horror Writers Association. February 23, 2015.
  16. ^ "Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards 2016". Horror Writers Association. February 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Bram Stoker Winners 2017". Horror Writers Association. March 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "2022 Stoker Awards Final Ballot". 24 February 2023.
  19. ^ "2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees". Shirley Jackson Awards. May 2015.
  20. ^ "2015 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees". Shirley Jackson Awards. May 2016.
  21. ^ "This Is Horror Awards 2014: Winners". This is Horror. February 24, 2015.
  22. ^ "This Is Horror Nominees 2015". This is Horror. January 7, 2016.
  23. ^ "This Is Horror Awards 2016: Nominees". This is Horror. January 2, 2017.
  24. ^ "This Is Horror Awards 2017: Nominees". This is Horror. February 9, 2018.
  25. ^ "Best of 2015: Best Fiction Books". Entropy Magazine. December 8, 2015.
  26. ^ "Top 10 Books of 2015". Cultured Vultures. December 7, 2015.
  27. ^ "Favorite Reads of 2015". Shotgun Logic. December 18, 2015.
  28. ^ "Best Fiction Reads of 2015". Shotgun Logic. January 5, 2016.
  29. ^ "Best Horror of the Year 8". Night Shade Books. June 7, 2016.
  30. ^ "Best E-Book Original Novel". Random House Alibi. April 5, 2017.
  31. ^ "Notable Short Story". Cease, Cows. December 31, 2016.

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