Author of the Week, Richard Thomas, May 15



Richard Thomas

( Dark Fiction, Horror Novels, Short Stories. Publisher, Editor, Teacher)

“To me, the best horror is a balance between terror and horror—the clues, the foreshadowing, the uncertainty, the unknown paired with the horror of the reveal, the truth, the violence, the monster come home to roost.

“I’m also drawn to more psychological horror, how the layers of body, mind, and soul go deep into the storytelling to get you to turn the page, feel strong emotions, and then blow your mind, staying with you long after you put the book or story down.”

“You know that part of your writing that you question—that’s weird and doesn’t fit neatly into a genre or mold? Write more of that. Please.”

“What I’m looking for in my writing these days is the journey—up and down, left and right, dark and light—landing somewhere that holds promise, wonder, and hope.”


Spontaneous Human Combustion has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award 2023 in the Fiction Collection category.

Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books―Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Staring into the Abyss, Herniated Roots, Tribulations, and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). Short stories in print include The Best Horror of the Year (Volume Eleven), Cemetery Dance  Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (Bram Stoker winner), PANK, and many more.

His work has been accepted in over 150 publications.

He was also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk.

“Equally devastating and refreshing, this is a collection to be savored by horror fans and literary readers alike.” Publisher’s Weekly (starred review).

“Horror fans will be drawn to this compelling anthology.” —Booklist


Richard has been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards. In his spare time he is a columnist at Lit Reactor. He was the Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press and Gamut Magazine, and lives in Mundelein, Illinois.


Interview with Richard at Lovecraft Ezine Podcast with Mike Davis:


“In range alone, Richard Thomas is boundless. He is Lovecraft. He is Bradbury. He is Gaiman.” —Chuck Palahniuk













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  1. Reblogged this on – Richard Thomas – and commented:
    Getting some love here from Paula. THANKS!


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