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 48)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, editor
Nationality American
Education Bradley University (BS); Murray State University (MFA)
Genre Neo-noir, horror, fantasy, science fiction

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 is also Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press and Gamut Magazine.


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 is Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press, an imprint of Curbside Splendor Publishing that launched in 2014 with The New Black.[2][3]He is also the Editor of Gamut Magazine, 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 will launch on January 1, 2017.

In addition to his fiction he writes a Storyville column at,[4] book reviews for The Nervous Breakdown, and articles for BuzzFeed and Flavorwire. He has taught creative writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Story Studio Chicago, and

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
  • Tribulations: Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing / Cemetery Dance, April, 2016)
  • The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books) with Caleb J. Ross, Nik Korpon, and Axel Taiari, June 2016[11]

Nominations, awards and contests[edit]

  • Winner, "Enter the World of Filaria" contest, 2009, at ChiZine for "Maker of Flight." [1]
  • 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)
  • “The Jenny Story,” Qualia Nous, Written Backwards, October 2014 (Bram Stoker-nominated anthology)
  • 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").[12]
  • 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) [13]| 2014: nominated for Best Short Story Collection: After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press (Publisher) [14]
  • 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).[15]
  • Disintegration (Random House Alibi), 2015: Best Fiction Books of 2015 (Entropy Magazine);[16] Top Ten Books of 2015 (Cultured Vultures);[17] Favorite Reads of 2015 (Shotgun Logic).[18] Best Fiction Reads of 2015 (Quiet Fury Books).[19]
  • Best Horror of the Year: "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent, in Exigencies (Editor and Publisher). [20]


  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)". 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". 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  11. ^ "Soul Standard (9781938103049): Richard Thomas, Caleb Ross, Axel Taiari, Nik Korpon: Books". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  12. ^ "Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards 2014". Horror Writers Association. February 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "2015 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees". Shirley Jackson Awards. May 2016. 
  14. ^ "2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees". Shirley Jackson Awards. May 2015. 
  15. ^ "This Is Horror Awards 2014: Winners". This is Horror. February 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2015: Best Fiction Books". Entropy Magazine. December 8, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Top 10 Books of 2015". Cultured Vultures. December 7, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Favorite Reads of 2015". Shotgun Logic. December 18, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Best Fiction Reads of 2015". Shotgun Logic. January 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Best Horror of the Year 8". Night Shade Books. June 7, 2016. 

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