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Richard Thomas
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Richard Thomas c. 2010
Birth Date November 21, 1967
Birthplace St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, art director
Education Bradley University (BS); Murray State University (MFA)
Genre Neo-noir, horror, transgressive, speculative, magical realism
Influences Stephen King, Will Christopher Baer, Stephen Graham Jones, Craig Clevenger, Philip K. Dick, Chuck Palahniuk
Website http://www.wwhatdoesnotkillme.com/


Richard Thomas (born November 21, 1967) is an American author. His focus is on neo-noir fiction, typically touching on the darker aspects of life, 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.

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Biography

Richard was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in Webster Groves, and went to Webster Groves High School. He pursued his undergraduate studies, and obtained a Bachelor of Science at Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois. He completed his MFA at Murray State University in 2012, where he studied under Pulitzer nominated professor, Dale Ray Phillips. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, and he is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch. He is also the Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press.


Influences

Growing up he was heavily influenced by Stephen King. He also read work by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Peter Straub and Dean Koontz. Later in life, around the time that Fight Club the movie came out, he discovered Chuck Palahniuk, which led him to the Velvet trio of Will Christopher Baer, Craig Clevenger and Stephen Graham Jones, all authors that deal with the transgressive, and many of whom have called their work "neo-noir". Other influences include Philip K. Dick, China Miéville and Clive Barker as well as literary authors like Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor.


Published Novels and Short Story Collections

  • Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press) 2013 [1]
  • Herniated Roots: Stories (Snubnose Press) 2012
  • Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications, 2010) [2]
  • Disintegration (WIP)


Published Short Stories

2014

  • "Chasing Ghosts" in Cemetery Dance, TBD [3]


2013

  • "Head Like a Hole" in Pantheon Magazine, December 2013 [4]
  • "Bloodline" in Daddy Cool (Artistically Declined Press) May, 2013 [5]
  • "Chrysalis" in Arcadia Magazine #6, May 2013 [6]
  • "Garage Sales" in Midwestern Gothic #9, April 2013 [7]
  • "Fix-It Man" at Black Heart Magazine February 2013 [8]
  • "The Wastelands" in Into the Darkness (Necro Publications) January 2013 [9]


2012

  • "Something's Broken" at Flywheel Magazine June 2012 [10]
  • "Bringing In the Sheaves" at Beat the Dust, May 2012 [11]
  • "Divining" in Curbside Splendor #3, May 2012 [12]
  • "Tinkering With the Moon" in Gargoyle #58 [13] June 2012
  • "Fireflies" in Polluto April 2012
  • "Rudy Jenkins Buries His Fears" in the Slices of Flesh anthology, from Dark Moon Books [14] March 2012
  • "Dyer" at Beat to a Pulp [15]
  • "The Handyman" at Conjectural Figments [16]
  • "Misty" at MarArchy [17]


2011

  • "Farmland" in Stories From a Holiday Heart (DWB Publishing) [18]
  • "Transmogrify" in Dark Moon Presents: Vampires (Dark Moon Books) [19]
  • "The Jenny Store" in In Search Of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words (Thunderdome Press) [20]
  • "Kiss Off" in Emprise Review #21 [21]
  • "Buried" at Rotten Leaves [22]
  • "Death Knell" at Thunderdome [23]
  • "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave" at Metazen [24]
  • "Love Letters" at Cannoli Pie [25]
  • "Underground Wonder Bound" reprinted in the Noir at the Bar anthology, to benefit Subterranean Books [26]
  • "Seeing Red" in Crime Factory #7 [27]
  • "Say Yes to Pleasure" in the Warmed and Bound anthology [28]
  • "Herniated Roots" in the Speedloader anthology, from Snubnose Press, an imprint of Spinetingler Magazine. [29]
  • "Daybreak" at Stepaway Magazine [30]
  • "After She Has Gone" at Shotgun Honey [31]
  • "Gateway" at Dirty Noir [32]
  • "Ten Steps" at ChiZine (The Chiaroscuro)
  • "Splintered" at PANK [33]
  • "Stillness" in the Shivers VI anthology (Cemetery Dance) [34]
  • "Victimized" in Murky Depths #15 [35]
  • "Victimized" (extended version) as an esingle at Amazon (self-published) [36]
  • "Terrapin Station" in Pear Noir #5 [37]


2010

  • "Released" at Outsider Writers Collective [38]
  • "Transmogrify" in Eternal Night: A Vampire Anthology (Living Dead Press) [39]
  • "Condemned" at Cherry Bleeds [40]


2009

  • "Honor" in Colored Chalk #10 [41]
  • "Interview" at Troubadour 21 [42]
  • "Your Enemies Will Devour You" in The Oddville Press Volume 1, Issue 4 [43]
  • "Paying Up" in Colored Chalk #8 [44]
  • "A Bird in the Hand" at 3:AM Magazine [45]
  • "Three Mistakes" at Word Riot [46]
  • "Twenty-Dollar Bill" in Colored Chalk #7 [47]
  • "Unzipped" at Dogmatika [48]
  • "Underground Wonder Bound" in Vain Winter Issue [49]
  • "Freedom" at Nefarious Muse [50]
  • "Fate" in Cause & Effect #5


2008

  • "Amazement" in Colored Chalk #5 [51]
  • "Fringe" in Colored Chalk #4 [52]
  • "Fallible" in Colored Chalk #3 [53]
  • "Committed" in Colored Chalk #2 [54]
  • "Steel-Toed Boots" in Colored Chalk #1 [55]
  • "Redemption" in Gold Dust Magazine #15 [56]
  • "Animal Magnetism" at Opium Magazine [57]


Editing

  • Exigencies - Editor, Dark House Press, May 2015
  • The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers - Editor, Black Lawrence Press, October 2014 [58] October, 2014
  • Burnt Tongues - Editor, Medallion Press, with Chuck Palahniuk, Dennis Widmyer, August 2014 [59] August, 2014
  • The New Black - Editor, Dark House Press, May 2014
  • New Madrid - Contributing Editor, Summer 2010 [60]
  • Sideshow Fables #2 - Co-Edited and designed [61] 2009
  • Sideshow Fables #1 - Co-Edited and designed [62] 2009
  • Colored Chalk #9 - Edited and designed [63] 2009
  • Colored Chalk #6 - Edited and designed [64] 2009


Awards and Contests

  • "Jimmy Five Ways" is one of five stories chosen as a winner of the 2011 Punchnel's Hard-Boiled Down Noir Fiction contest [65]
  • Awarded a 2011 writing residency at Writers in the Heartland (Gilman, IL). [66]
  • Winner of the 2011 Cafe Doom / One Buck Horror fiction contest, for his story "Wicker Park Pause."
  • Nominated for four 2010 Pushcart Prizes for "Terrapin Station," "Twenty Reasons to Stay and One to Leave," "Carve Away Everything That Isn't a Turtle," and "Daybreak."
  • Winner of the 2010 Jotspeak short story contest (August) for his story "Maker of Flight."
  • Winner of the 2009 "Enter the World of Filaria" contest, at ChiZine [67] for his story "Maker of Flight."


Interviews

  • Booked Podcast, the Warmed and Bound Sessions [68]
  • 3:AM Magazine [69]
  • The Cult [70]
  • Word Riot [71]
  • Associated Content [72]
  • Jay Slayton-Joslin [73]
  • Oxyfication [74]


Podcasts

  • Velvet Podcast Episode 016: Great Writers Edit. Bad Writers Discuss Editing on a Podcast. [75]
  • Velvet Podcast Episode 008: Don’t Pull My Hair Unless You Mean It [76]


External links

  • The Official Richard Thomas Blog [77]
  • His debut novel website, Transubstantiate [78]
  • Richard Thomas Fan Page at Facebook [79]
  • Twitter [80]
  • Book reviews written for The Nervous Breakdown [81]
  • Storyville column at Lit Reactor [82]


This article uses Creative Commons licensed content from Wikipedia's Richard Thomas, See History:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Thomas 04/01/2011.
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