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  • RichardThomas
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    My debut collection of short stories, Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press) is now out on the Kindle. There are sixteen stories in this book, several that aren't available anywhere else, a few that are only in print, and it includes two stories that were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Only $3! Enjoy. And thanks for your continued support.

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    A tremor of desperation runs through Herniated Roots, the debut story collection from acclaimed short story writer Richard Thomas. Herniated Roots is filled with desperate characters that could be someone you know in these hard times: sexy pool hustlers, husband and wife teams, spurned lovers. In these stories you'll read about a payoff with counterfeit bills and things that may or may not be happening. Thomas' fiction will grab you hard and leave you wanting more.

    PRAISE:

    “Richard Thomas’s stories are filled with a kind of dark magic shot through with danger. These are beautiful roses loaded with thorns. Take hold of them at your own risk and reward—be prepared for the most exquisite, ecstatic kind of pain.”
    —Amber Sparks, MAY WE SHED THESE HUMAN BODIES

    “Richard Thomas writes from the inglorious depths of human experience. Each sentence, blooming like a bruise, articulates the unspeakable truth of our own disappointment. In Herniated Roots, an aggressive collection of modern fables and cautionary tales, Thomas delivers the kind of prose that leaves you bloody on the inside. This is the kind of book that demands a second reading long before your ribs begin to heal.”
    —Daniel Casebeer, PEAR NOIR

    “Richard Thomas writes seductively mordant prose. His powerful short stories are noir fables for the twenty-first century—gracefully controlled yet executed with a lethal precision. Precious few writers can provide a vital anatomy of the inner self. Thomas does so masterfully, presenting the darkest slices of the human soul.”
    —Darren Richard Carlaw, STEPAWAY MAGAZINE

    “Richard Thomas can make his readers feel what he wants them to feel. He distills life into the moments that charge us, and he works them into honest and gripping prose, with visuals that invariably leave a mark.”
    —Pela Via, WARMED AND BOUND

    “An outstanding short story writer who consistently nails the bull’s-eye.”
    —David Cranmer, BEAT TO A PULP

    “Herniated Roots by Richard Thomas demonstrates a masterly use of tension. Real page-turning fiction that never resorts to cliché or stereotype.”
    —Doug Johnstone, HIT AND RUN

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    Unzipped
    Your Enemies Will Devour You
    A Bird in the Hand
    Released
    Herniated Roots
    Seeing Red
    Gateway
    Say Yes to Pleasure
    Terrapin Station
    Daybreak
    Three Mistakes
    Descent
    The Jenny Store
    Tinkering With the Moon
    Kiss Off
    Dyer

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  • Randy D. Rubin
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    Fellow writer buddies, I come bearing fruit. There is a place I found on Wicked East Press Forum that is called Juniper Grove (something something) .com that is a blog type thing where the young lady wants to do interviews with writers for her "writer's service" and is asking us if we'd be interested. If anyone is interested in getting more exposure in the form of an interview contact her. I'll get the exact info shortly. Also if someone knows how to transfer a picture from my e-mail acct over at G-mail to the forum I'd love to show you all the cover art for my novella coming out next month from Secret Cravings Press. I don't know how to transfer it over here. That site is junipergrove.net/featured-authors/ and also junipergrovebooksolutions.com and the lady's name is Jaidis Shaw
    Last edited by Randy D. Rubin; 09-16-2012, 09:06 PM.

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  • RichardThomas
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    thanks, randy! my noir leaning collection will be out on tomorrow. the horror collection is likely falling through with Kraken Press, so my agent and i are going to shop it, so that could be a long time.

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  • Randy D. Rubin
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    Another good one, Richard. When's your single author collection coming out?

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  • RichardThomas
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    thanks!

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  • Xiabei
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    Creepy with a minimal amount of words. Quite excellent.

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  • RichardThomas
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    I have a story up at The Dying Goose, "Ten Steps." It originally ran for a short time at ChiZine, as part of their Chiaroscuro relaunch.

    http://thedyinggoose.com/short-stori...ichard-thomas/

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  • RichardThomas
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    Originally posted by Xiabei View Post
    Nice. Too many writers seem to forget that no matter what they're writing about they are, in essence, telling a story, so many reviews end up reading like a cooking recipe, but yours was actually interesting and very well-written.
    thanks. this collection is not that "horrific" but i know we all read more than just horror here. if you want to see other titles that i've reviewed, here's a link to all of my book reviews at TNB. i do tend to lean towards dark fiction, but there's a range in my reviews: Matt Bell, Ben Percy, Paul Tremblay, Stephen Graham Jones, and Craig Davidson, for example. And several dark ladies as well, Tina May Hall, Lindsay Hunter, Jac Jemc, Amelia Gray, Kio Stark, Ethel Rohan, etc.

    http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/author/rthomas/

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  • Xiabei
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    Nice. Too many writers seem to forget that no matter what they're writing about they are, in essence, telling a story, so many reviews end up reading like a cooking recipe, but yours was actually interesting and very well-written.

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  • RichardThomas
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    My review of Little Sinners by Karen Brown is now live over at The Nervous Breakdown.

    http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/r...y-karen-brown/

    A fantastic collection of stories.

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  • RichardThomas
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    I have a story, "Something's Broken," in the latest issue of Flywheel Magazine. Lots of talent in here, Mel Bosworth, Chris Deal, and my MSU MFA pal, Heather Foster has three gripping poems. Check it out.

    http://www.flywheelmag.com/category/...s/issue-three/

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  • RichardThomas
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    Thanks, Oz.

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    My new Storyville column about writing sex scenes is now live. YOWZA.

    http://litreactor.com/columns/storyv...ting-about-sex

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  • ozmosis7
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    Liked your story, Richard. Good job.

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  • RichardThomas
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    My review of Paul Tremblay's Swallowing a Donkey's Eye is now live at The Nervous Breakdown. A satirical, near future look at a dystopian world. Loved it.

    http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/r...paul-tremblay/

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  • Randy D. Rubin
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    Thank you all my friends. Richard your story was very good, as usual. Well done!
    Last edited by Randy D. Rubin; 09-01-2012, 09:15 AM.

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