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BIO: Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of eight books: three novels—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), as well as Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications); four short story collections—Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press), Tribulations (Cemetery Dance), and Spontaneous Human Combustion (Turner Publishing); and one novella in The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). With over 165 stories published, his credits include The Best Horror of the Year (Volume Eleven), Cemetery Dance (twice), Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders (Bram Stoker winner), PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Shallow Creek, The Seven Deadliest, Gutted: Beautiful ...more

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Richard Thomas Maybe my path to becoming a writer. I started later in life, at the age of 40. I woke up one day unhappy with my advertising career and decided to tak…moreMaybe my path to becoming a writer. I started later in life, at the age of 40. I woke up one day unhappy with my advertising career and decided to take a class, with author Craig Clevenger, after seeing the movie Fight Club (the book written by Chuck Palahiuk). In that class I wrote a story, "Stillness," that Craig encourage me to send out, which ended up in Shivers VI (Cemetery Dance) alongside Stephen King and Peter Straub, amongst others. Later, I would edit an anthology with Chuck, Burnt Tongues, that would be nominated for a Bram Stoker award. (less)
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We were renovating a clothing store in a strip mall outside the city. Nothing tremendous. I finished the proposal on a Friday morning and dropped it on his desk with a cheerful little note—“Let me know what you think!”—while he was in a meeting with a new client in the conference room.
My father was an architect. He's now gone, but when I was writing this, he helped me with the details in Amanda's work life. He got a kick out of the fact that I made Amanda an architect. I chose architecture for her because a lot of architects are frustrated fine artists, and while this doesn't come up often in the story, I thought it was fitting for her character.
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This funny little thing about the tapping in the apartment has, by far, the greatest reach of anything I've ever written. I hear from readers regularly about strange noises in their apartments. I am unable to help.
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“We trigger each other, it seems, some dysfunctional Rube Goldberg mousetrap, a laugh, then a slap, a razor gliding over a mirror, a glass filled, a glass emptied, a ball rolling down a length of pipe, a pipe filling up and overflowing with smoke. On our best days, we see each other for all that we are, and we find a way to make each other better.”
Richard Thomas, Breaker

“In a city of almost three million people, a white van stands out about as much as a pigeon in a park. White vans deliver flowers, they carry plumbers, and boxes destined for front porches. This white van is unlike the rest; it has been customized. The flooring has been torn up and replaced with sheets of steel, powder-coated with black paint so they won’t rust or show stains. Metal drains have been installed, complete with catches, drilled in three separate places for easy maintenance and cleaning. There are thick metal eyebolts fastened into the frame in several spots, impossible to remove, at various heights up and down the walls. The gas tank is a custom installation, almost double the normal size, holding up to thirty gallons of gas, which means that it can drive for almost six hundred miles, to St. Louis and back, without running out of fuel. It can also cruise the dark streets all night long—for days, even weeks—before finally becoming empty, frequent gas station stops to be avoided. And the windows are tinted black, illegal of course, but hardly drawing any attention, so dark that even standing up next to them, it’s impossible to see inside. And for the driver, that’s a good thing—a very good thing, indeed.”
Richard Thomas, Breaker

“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.”
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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“A friend said to me, “Hey you need to grow a pair. Grow a pair, Bro.” It’s when someone calls you weak, but they associate it with a lack of testicles. Which is weird, because testicles are the most sensitive things in the world. If you suddenly just grew a pair, you’d be a lot more vulnerable. If you want to be tough, you should lose a pair. If you want to be real tough, you should grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”
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“Between the end of that strange summer and the approach of winter, my life went on without change. Each day would dawn without incident and end as it had begun. It rained a lot in September. October had several warm, sweaty days. Aside from the weather, there was hardly anything to distinguish one day from the next. I worked at concentrating my attention on the real and useful. I would go to the pool almost every day for a long swim, take walks, make myself three meals.

But even so, every now and then I would feel a violent stab of loneliness. The very water I drank, the very air I breathed, would feel like long, sharp needles. The pages of a book in my hands would take on the threatening metallic gleam of razor blades. I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o'clock in the morning.”
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“Beautiful writing is more than pretty prose. It creates resonance in readers’ minds with parallels, reversals, and symbols. It conjures a story world that is unique, highly detailed, and brought alive by the characters that dwell there. It offers moments of breath-catching surprise, heart-gripping insight, revelation, and self-understanding. It engages the reader’s mind with an urgent point, which we might call theme.”
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“But on another, more potent level, the work of horror really is a dance—a moving, rhythmic search. And what it’s looking for is the place where you, the viewer or the reader, live at your most primitive level. The work of horror is not interested in the civilized furniture of our lives. Such a work dances through these rooms which we have fitted out one piece at a time, each piece expressing—we hope!—our socially acceptable and pleasantly enlightened character. It is in search of another place, a room which may sometimes resemble the secret den of a Victorian gentleman, sometimes the torture chamber of the Spanish Inquisition . . . but perhaps most frequently and most successfully, the simple and brutally plain hole of a Stone Age cave-dweller. Is horror art? On this second level, the work of horror can be nothing else; it achieves the level of art simply because it is looking for something beyond art, something that predates art: it is looking for what I would call phobic pressure points. The good horror tale will dance its way to the center of your life and find the secret door to the room you believed no one but you knew of—as both Albert Camus and Billy Joel have pointed out. The Stranger makes us nervous . . . but we love to try on his face in secret.”
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Tom Walsh Bless Me Father by T Walsh
Hi, I hope you might consider reading and reviewing my new mystery thriller "Bless Me Father" at your convenience, thank you. All the best, Tom
https://youtu.be/XSOvTbMxS_Q


message 29: by Richard

Richard Thomas hey cheryl, good to see you on here. mostly i've been publishing short stories, had work out this year in Midwestern Gothic and Arcadia, and i'll have a story in Cemetery Dance next year. my agent is shopping my 2nd novel, gotten close, but no luck in selling it yet. at Dark House Press we have a big announcement soon about our 4th title of 2014, but The New Black, a collection of neo-noir stories, a "best of" is our first title out in 2014, then Echo Lake by Letitia Trent. very excited.


message 28: by Cheryl

Cheryl Koevoet Hi Richard,

Thanks for finding me here and for the friend request! How have things been going lately with your latest book release? Looking forward to reading your reviews. :0)

Cheryl


message 27: by Hibido

Hibido Thanks for the request, see you around.


Christopher Mattick Oi. Herniated Roots is simply amazing.


message 25: by Richard

Richard Thomas Holly wrote: "Thanks for the friend reguest!

Happy reading!"


thanks for saying yes! onward and upward.


message 24: by Richard

Richard Thomas Nas wrote: "Hey Richard,

I noticed that you recently put Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins on your "to read" shelf.

I thought you might be interested to see a recent post of mine about Watkins' very good sh..."


Thanks so much, sorry just seeing this now for some reason. I have the book, partially because of your comments, I'm stoked to dig in, and may publish some of her work, so I appreciate the message and the article. Peace, Richard


message 23: by Holly

Holly Thanks for the friend reguest!

Happy reading!


message 22: by Nas

Nas Hedron Hey Richard,

I noticed that you recently put Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins on your "to read" shelf.

I thought you might be interested to see a recent post of mine about Watkins' very good short story "Wasteland, Wasteland, Wasteland," one of three stories commissioned by the BBC for their Future Anatomies series in March and broadcast on their show The Strand.

The post includes a link to the episode of The Strand that features a reading of the story, so you can listen to it online, as well as contextual material on deep time, including an online excerpt from Gregory Benford's excellent non-fiction book "Deep Time."

The post is on my Homo Artificialis page, which deals with the science and culture of artificial humanity (the science being real, the culture sometimes involving fiction, as in this case), one of three topical blogs that relate to my novel Luck and Death at the Edge of the World.

If you're interested you can find the post here: http://homoartificialis.wordpress.com...

Nas


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Richard Thomas Lee wrote: "Thanks for the request, Richard."

pleasure to meet you too


message 20: by Richard

Richard Thomas Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Richard."

thanks for accepting it!


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Richard Thomas David wrote: "Thanks for the add, Richard. It's nice to meet you."

ditto


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Lee Thompson Thanks for the request, Richard.


message 17: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, Richard.


message 16: by David

David Fleming Thanks for the add, Richard. It's nice to meet you.


message 15: by Richard

Richard Thomas lol, i thought the same thing


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Matthew Vaughn Hey Richard, it's funny I thought we were already friends on here, I guess were just using too many social networking sites haha


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Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Hi! Thanks for recommendation for Noir at the Bar! Though it seems not exactly my kind of book, it sounds interesting and supports a good cause! Best wishes! LET THE WONDERFUL NOISE OF THE SEA ALWAYS SOUNDS IN YOUR EARS! (a greeting of the water dragons' hunters - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).


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Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider reading this book for dramatic entertainment full of African passion and flavour, culture, social life and politics.


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Richard Thomas Sangria3 wrote: "Thanks for your friendship, Richard! :D"

my pleasure


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Richard Thomas John wrote: "You had me at "bad-ass". Just downloaded Victimized. This ought to be a fun weekend."

HA. Thanks, John! Appreciate the support, hope you dig it.


message 9: by John

John Allen You had me at "bad-ass". Just downloaded Victimized. This ought to be a fun weekend.


message 8: by Ivan

Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Hi! Thank you for accepting my request! I'll be glad to exchange a lot of opinions, recommendations, tips, etc in the future! Best wishes! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greeting of my water dragons' hunters - my 1st Tale Of the Rock Pieces).


Richard Thomas FWIW I hated Pygmy.


message 6: by Colin

Colin Miller Richard wrote: "I figure, life is short, why waste time on books you don't love?"

I have the same view, mate, but I must've overestimated your ability to be disappointed. (Removes a gold star from your snobbery card.)


Richard Thomas I'm starting with the ones I love. If I have time, I'll add in the ones I don't. I figure, life is short, why waste time on books you don't love?


message 4: by Colin

Colin Miller Look at all this five-star love! Where are the books you don't like?


Richard Thomas ha...thanks valerie, and my book isn't even out yet...had a couple things that were up here already - sideshow fables and the vampire anthology - very cool


Richard Thomas Ha. Thanks. I've been putting this off, but thought it was about time.


Gordon Welcome to Goodreads, where the true playas hang! Er, no. Mostly we just geek out over books.


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