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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard Thomas  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery Other Science Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in St. Louis, MO

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Illinois Connection

Thomas has lived in Chicago area since 1990. He graduated from Bradlely University in Peoria. Many of his stories are set in Illinois/Chicago, including ''Terrapin Station in Pear Noir!'' that was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Thomas was the winner of the 2009 "Enter the World of Filaria" contest at ChiZine. He has published dozens of stories online and in print, including the ''Shivers VI'' anthology (Cemetery Dance) with Stephen King and Peter Straub, Murky Depths, PANK, Pear Noir!, Word Riot, 3:AM Magazine, Dogmatika, Vain and Opium. His debut novel ''Transubstantiate'' was released in July of 2010. He writes book reviews at ''The Nervous Breakdown'', and is a workshop moderator at ''The Cult'' ( He is pursuing his MFA at Murray State University.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0982607245

Otherworld Publications LLC. 2010

"They say Jimmy made it out. But the postcards we get, well, they don't seem...real." When an experiment with population control works too well, and the planet is decimated, seven broken people are united by a supernatural bond in a modern day Eden. Most on the island are fully aware of this prison disguised as an oasis. Unfortunately, Jimmy is on the mainland, desperate to get back, in a post-apocalyptic stand-off, fighting for his survival and that of his unborn child. Back on the island, Jacob stares at the ocean through his telescope and plots his escape, reluctant to aid the cause. Marcy tries to hide from her past sexual escapades that may be her saving grace. X sits in his compound, a quiet, massive presence, trapped in his body by ancient whispers and yet free in spirit to visit other places and times. Roland, the angry, bitter son of Marcy is determined to leave, and sets out on his own. Watching over it all is Assigned, the ghost in the machine. And coming for them, to exact revenge, and finish the job that the virus started, is Gordon. He just landed on the island and he has help. Transubstantiate is a neo-noir thriller, filled with uncertainty at every portal, and jungles infiltrated with The Darkness. Vivid settings, lyrical language, and a slow reveal of plot, motivation, past crimes and future hope collide in a showdown that keeps you guessing until the final haunting words. Transubstantiate: to change from one substance into another.

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