Welcome to my website. Here you can read about my latest writings and activities, see some pictures, access my bibliographycontact me, or order booksebooks, and audiobooks via the links provided on those pages. A link in the menu takes you to a special section about Melanie Tem and her work. Be sure to take a look at my new Climate Change page. Also check out my FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest pages, as well as view some YouTube videos, by clicking the buttons below or to the right on interior pages.

For information about the Steve & Melanie Tem Collection at Texas A&M click here.


What It Means To Adopt a Child

A few of you may know that for many years my late wife Melanie was a social worker specializing in adoptions. She wrote and spoke passionately about the subject. At last these writings have been gathered into an e-book–THIS CHILD IS MINE: What It Means to Adopt a Child. “Essential reading for those currently adopting a child, thinking about adopting a child, or simply interested in the subjects of adoption and parenting older children, this concise handbook provides a unique perspective on the difficult and wonderful adventure of parenting older children.”

She offers a way of looking at the adoption and parenting processes that is both simple and radically different from the norm. Central to her writings is the act of claiming, the process by which a parent says, once and for all, “This is my child.”

(Writers will be particularly interested in the chapter on power and developmental stages and their effects on behavior.)

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“One of the finest and most productive writers of imaginative literature in North America.”—Dan Simmons

Steve Rasnic Tem’s writing career spans over 40 years, including poetry, plays, short stories, and novels in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, crime, regional fiction set in the Appalachian South, as well as a less-classifiable imaginative prose more than one critic has called “Temism.” His collaborative novella with his late wife Melanie Tem, The Man On The Ceiling, won the World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and International Horror Guild awards in 2001. He has also won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, and British Fantasy Awards for his solo work. His recent novel UBO (Solaris, January 2017) is a dark science fictional tale about violence and its origins, featuring such historical viewpoint characters as Jack the Ripper, Stalin, and Heinrich Himmler. Steve’s southern gothic novel Blood Kin (Solaris, March 2014), won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award. His other novels are  his YA The Mask Shop  of Doctor Blaack  (Hex, 2018)Deadfall Hotel (Solaris, 2012), The Man On The Ceiling (Wizards of the Coast Discoveries, 2008, written with Melanie Tem as an expansion of their novella), The Book of Days (Subterranean, 2002), Daughters (Grand Central, 2001, also written with Melanie Tem), and Excavation (Avon, 1987). A handbook on writing, Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Fiction, also written with Melanie, appeared in 2017 from Apex Books.

Steve has published over 450 short stories. His first collection of stories, Ombres sur la Route, was published by the French publisher Denoël in 1994. His first English language collection, City Fishing (Silver Salamander, 2000) won the International Horror Guild Award. His other story collections are The Far Side of the Lake (Ash Tree, 2001), In Concert (Centipede, 2010-collaborations with Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior (New Pulp, 2012-noir fiction), Onion Songs (Chomu, 2013), Celestial Inventories (ChiZine, 2013), Twember (NewCon, 2013-science fiction), Here With The Shadows (Swan River Press, 2014), the giant 72-story treasury, Out of the Dark: A Storybook of Horrors, (Centipede Press), Figures Unseen: Selected Stories (Valancourt, 2018), The Harvest Child And Other Fantasies (Crossroads, 2018), the YA-oriented Everything Is Fine Now (Omnium Gatherum, 2019), and The Night Doctor and Other Tales (Centipede, 2019).

A transplanted Southerner from Lee County Virginia, Steve is a long-time resident of Colorado. He has a BA in English Education from VPI and a MA in Creative Writing from Colorado State, where he studied fiction under Warren Fine and poetry under Bill Tremblay.


The second half of my interview with the This Is Horror podcast: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-261-steve-rasnic-tem-on-figures-unseen-the-art-and-practice-of-writing-and-the-man-on-the-ceiling/?fbclid=IwAR3hCcIB5xDnHyRh4pkmweQN6dAnRqgUB8L5SXhW8GBVU6WRR5niN4gexek

The first half of my interview with the This Is Horror podcast: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-260-steve-rasnic-tem-on-secret-realities-city-fishing-and-early-life-lessons/

Interview at the Darkness Dwells podcast concerning my new collection Everything Is Fine Now, existential dread, love and loss, and a few writing tips.

Interviewed by Scott Edelman on the Eating the Fantastic podcast.

New interview concerning Doctor Blaack up at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape.

New interview up on Kendall Reviews concerning my writing in general as well as The Mask Shop of Doctor Blaack.

New interview at Cat After Dark concerning my new middle-grade novel The Mask Shop of Doctor Blaack and other things.

Read the long interview with Steve in the upcoming second issue of Thinking Horror: A Journal of Horror Philosophy.

June 2018 Interview with Steve on theLovecraft eZine Podcast.

See a complete list of interviews on the
Interviews page.

Free Fiction

For All His Eyes Can See,” The Dark,  August 2018

Miguel Prays While His Mother Cries,” Daily Science Fiction, 8/8/2019

Night Vision,” Daily Science Fiction, 4/16/2019

“Red Rabbit,” Borderlands # 6 (reprinted in Figures Unseen)

The Men and Women of Rivendale,” Nightmare #35.

A Space of One’s Own,” Clarkesworld #141, June 2018.

Cats, Dogs, & Other Creatures,” Talebones.

See a complete list of free fiction on the Free Fiction page,
including the full text of Steve’s story “The Common Sea”.

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Steve’s 2013 collection ONION SONGS has a new e-book edition (the only one available): 42 short stories (5 previously unpublished) with an emphasis on the bizarre, the absurd,  and the meditative, ranging from prose poetry vignettes to such unusual items as the text for his all-puppet theatrical, “The Mask Child.”

“Tem lets his characters, their situations, and their emotions creep up slowly on the reader. His style is thoughtful and poetic, and the tension he builds effectively sustains well-crafted plots. He has found a perfect balance between the bizarre and the straight-forward…” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Consistent in quality and diverse in content, as impressive as it is impressionistic… Onion Songs is the strongest collection of short stories that I’ve read in the last year. – Peter Tennant in Black Static
“The 42 stories in this collection showcase the often bizarre, always enlightening works of one of the most distinctive voices in imaginative literature. Tem’s prose paints vivid and compelling images. His stories feature people who contemplate death, sanity, love, loss, and other human issues from original points of view.” –Library Journal

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 In this new collection award-winning horror author Steve Rasnic Tem showcases a variety of ghosts and other creatures aiming to keep you up all night with the lights on. Read about the two best friends chased by a strangely familiar figure. Or the teenager who woke up one morning with fur sprouting from every nook and cranny on his body. Or the fellow from a poor family who has to take care of both his little sister and his crazy mom whose magical powers only make things worse. Or an old man who finally tells his grandson the terrible thing that makes their crops grow. Or the mechanic who keeps his cars running on oil, gasoline, blood, and broken bones. The stories in Everything Is Fine Now range from subtle supernatural tales to the legends you might hear sitting by a campfire. For adults, teenagers, and mature middle-grade readers.

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THE HARVEST CHILD And Other Fantasies is a massive collection of the wide range of Steve Rasnic Tem’s fantasy tales. These 39 stories include sword & sorcery sagas, chronicles of fairies, elves, witches, wizards, magical creatures, Robin Hood, funny fantasy, and a smattering of science fantasy, as well as some uncollected dark fantasy tales which emphasize the fantasy over the horror. None have appeared in his previous collections. These fictions originally appeared in both major markets and hard-to-find small magazines. Just a sampling of sources: After Hours, Paradox, Asimov’s, Dragon Magazine, Elsewhere, Infinite Loop, New Frontiers, Jabberwocky, Chrysalis, Grue, Mythellany, Fantasy Book, Extro, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

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Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, Steve Rasnic Tem has earned a reputation as one of the finest and most original short fiction writers of our time, blending elements of horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and surreal nightmare into a genre uniquely his own. This new volume collects for the first time thirty-five of Tem’s best tales, selected by the author, and includes an introduction by Simon Strantzas.  “His writing deftly weaves together fantasy, horror, science fiction, and surrealistic weirdness into tales that are both frightening and beautiful … Consider this collection a must-read for aficionados of the surreal.” Maria Haskins, Barnes & Noble Blog.

“One of the finest and most productive writers of imaginative literature in North America.” – Dan Simmons

“It’s a masterful collection. Story after story grabs you from the first sentence or image, shoehorns you effortlessly into familiar places you’ve never been, allows you into another life as it’s coming apart or, perhaps, just coming to rest. These are sensuous tales, with gorgeously worked language and cadences. They breathe. Their hearts beat soundly beneath your own…The stories of Figures Unseen shimmer with beauty, with felt reality, and with the mysteries forever at the heart of all our lives.” – James Sallis, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing

(co-written with Melanie Tem)

Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem are no strangers to the writing business. Between the two of them, they have published more than 600 short stories, 20 novels, and 10 short story collections. Not to mention numerous articles, essays, poems, and plays. They’ve won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and Bram Stoker Award. In this book they go over everything from the mechanics of writing, to how to find the time to write, to dealing with all the paper writers tend to collect. They discuss plot, point of view, setting, characterization, and more, all in an informal tone that invites you to become part of their conversation. Learn how to find your stories because they are Yours to Tell.

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For more new book information go to the Books page.

Latest News

Mile Hi Con 51 Schedule

My (tentative) schedule for Mile Hi Con 51, Oct 18-20, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO:Friday Oct 18: 5PM Mesa Verde B, Project In a Drawer (revising early works) along with Stace Johnson, Elizabeth Leggett, James Van Pelt, Carrie...

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Des Lewis Reviews Out of the Dark

Des Lewis has completed his marathon review of my collection Out of the Dark, A Storybook of Horrors: 72 stories first published between 1981 and 2016. He calls it “possibly to have been the most important book yet in my life.”...

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Q&A With Analog Magazine

I have a Q&A with Analog magazine regarding the publication of my story "Captain Zack and The Data Raiders." https://theastoundinganalogcompanion.com/2019/07/09/qa-with-steve-rasnic-tem/

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“Captain Zack and the Data Raiders”

The July/August issue of Analog includes my "Captain Zack and the Data Raiders," a story about hacking, climate change, and fake news. Some of you may find Analog an unexpected venue for me. In fact, after almost 40 years of professional sales, this is my first...

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Mile Hi Con 51

My (tentative) schedule for Mile Hi Con 51, Oct 18-20, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO:
Friday Oct 18: 5PM Mesa Verde B, Project In a Drawer (revising early works) along with Stace Johnson, Elizabeth Leggett, James Van Pelt, Carrie Vaughn
Saturday Oct 19: 11AM Mesa Verde B, Setting As Character along with Carol Berg, Marie Brennan, A. Roquet, James Van Pelt
Sunday Oct 20: 5PM Mesa Verde B, Closing Ceremonies

Straight Outta Deadwood

Reading & Signing

Thursday, November 7, 6:30-9 PM Barnes & Noble, 960 S Colorado Blvd., Glendale CO. Along with several other contributors I’ll be reading and signing the Straight Outta Deadwood weird western anthology edited by David Boop.

Horror Writers Association

Red Tinsel Event

Saturday, November 9, 2-4PM, BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St, Denver, CO

Colorado HWA’s annual holiday event. Join me and other horror writers as we read, sign, and discuss writing, editing, publishing, etc.



See a complete list of events on the Events page.