Richard Thomas (author)

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Richard Thomas
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Richard Thomas in Wicker Park, Illinois in 2010
Born (1967-11-21) November 21, 1967 (age 49)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, editor, teacher, publisher
Nationality American
Education Bradley University (BS); Murray State University (MFA)
Genre Neo-noir, horror, fantasy, science fiction
Website
www.whatdoesnotkillme.com

Richard Thomas (born November 21, 1967) is an American author. His focus is on neo-noir fiction, typically including elements of violence, mental instability, breaks in reality, and tragedies. His work is rich in setting and sensory details, and often has a sexual element to it. It has also been called transgressive[1] and grotesque. He was Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press (2012-2016) and is currently Editor-in-Chief ofGamut Magazine.

Biography[edit]

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.[2][3]He is 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 LitReactor.com,[4] book reviews for The Nervous Breakdown, and articles for BuzzFeed and Flavorwire. He has taught creative writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival[4], Story Studio Chicago[5], and LitReactor.com[6].

Novels and short story collections[edit]

  • Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications) 2010[5][6]
  • Herniated Roots: Stories (Snubnose Press) September, 2012[7]
  • Staring Into the Abyss: Stories (Kraken Press) April, 2013[1][8][9]
  • Disintegration (Random House Alibi) May, 2015 [10]
  • Breaker (Random House Alibi) January, 2016 [11]
  • Tribulations: Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance) April, 2016 [7] [8]
  • The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books) with Caleb J. Ross, Nik Korpon, and Axel Taiari, June, 2016[12]

Nominations, awards and contests[edit]

  • Winner, "Enter the World of Filaria" contest, 2009, at ChiZine for "Maker of Flight." [9]
  • 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) [10]
  • “The Jenny Store,” Qualia Nous, Written Backwards, October 2014 (Bram Stoker-nominated anthology) [11]
  • "From Within," Slave Stories: Scenes from the Slave State, Omnium Gatherum, April 2015 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [12]
  • "White Picket Fences," Shadows over Main Street, Hazardous Press, January 2015 (Honorable mention, Best Horror of the Year) [13]
  • Bram Stoker Award, 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") [13]| 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").[14]
  • Shirley Jackson Award. 2015: nominated for Best Anthology: Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas; nominated for Best Short Fiction: "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent, in Exigencies (Editor and Publisher) [15]| 2014: nominated for Best Short Story Collection: After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press (Publisher) [16]
  • This is Horror, 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).[17]
  • Disintegration (Random House Alibi), 2015: Best Fiction Books of 2015 (Entropy Magazine);[18] Top Ten Books of 2015 (Cultured Vultures);[19] Favorite Reads of 2015 (Shotgun Logic).[20] Best Fiction Reads of 2015 (Quiet Fury Books).[21]
  • Best Horror of the Year: VOLUME EIGHT: "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent, in Exigencies (Editor and Publisher). [22]
  • "Repent," Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Crystal Lake Publishing and "The Offering on the Hill," Chiral Mad 3, Written Backwards, 2016 (Bram Stoker-nominated anthologies) [14]
  • International Thriller Writers Awards. 2016: Finalist for Best eBook Novel: Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi) [23]
  • Million Writers Awards. 2016: Notable story, "From Within" (reprinted online at Cease, Cows). [24]

References[edit]

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

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