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Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

Richard was the winner of the ChiZine Publications 2009 “Enter the World of Filaria” contest. His debut novel, a neo-noir thriller entitled Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications) was released in July of 2010. His work is published or forthcoming in such places as Shivers VI (Cemetery Dance) with Stephen King and Peter Straub, Murky Depths, Pear Noir!, 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Dogmatika, Opium, Vain, and PANK. In his spare time he moderates at The Cult writer’s workshop.

Monday, 22 August 2011 05:16

Death Knell

It is like drowning—except where there should be water—there is my grief. I live in the shadows, always on a delay, a dull echo filling my head with murky tar. Everything is hollow around me—the apartment flickering shades of gray, boxes and spaces that make no sense to me. The harsh lighting of the diner is a magnifying glass bearing down on me, burning me to a crisp as the dishes and metal play a symphony for the dead. As a waitress I can wait for nothing, constantly itchy and unsettled. The word home has lost all of its meaning.

Monday, 31 January 2011 18:35


She fractures my dreams.

I wake up coated in a sheen of sweat, a shadow passing in front of my apartment window. Cotton in my mouth, teeth marks on my chest, there is a stinging sensation up and down my back, my sheets dotted with blood.