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“A light, enjoyable horror story, with just the right amount of creepiness for younger readers.” — Kirkus Reviews

The new middle-grade novel about Halloween from Steve Rasnic Tem. Attend the launch Oct. 9, 7 PM, Tattered Cover Colfax in Denver. Free masks and treats for the kids!

Fall is Laura’s favorite time of year, but this autumn, things are different. She’s a teenager now, and the season brings new changes and challenges. Laura’s decided she’s too old for trick-or-treating and wants a more grown-up Halloween experience with her friends. Unfortunately for Laura, her parents tell her she has to take her little brother, Trevor, out trick-or-treating first. When they go shopping for Halloween costumes, they stumble upon a very strange shop and its even stranger proprietor. When Trevor tries on the wrong mask, the consequences are exciting…and dangerous.

Written by Bram Stoker-, International Horror Guild-, World Fantasy-, British Fantasy Award-winner, Steve Rasnic Tem

Available in hardback, paperback and eBook.

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

Steve Rasnic Tem’s 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 novel Blood Kin (Solaris, March 2014), won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award. His previous novels are 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 400 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), and the giant 72-story treasury, Out of the Dark: A Storybook of Horrors, from Centipede Press, featuring the best of his uncollected horror.

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.


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

“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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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

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“Steve Rasnic Tem’s UBO is unlike any of the other novels in this group, a nightmarish fantasy in which the protagonist is abducted from his bed by monstrous insects and brought to a world where he is forced to inhabit the consciousnesses of history’s great villains. An exploration of the problem of (human) evil, Tem’s narrative cuts to the bone with the brute efficiency of a meat cleaver; it’s a reminder of his continuing ambition as a writer, decades into a career whose achievement is already considerable.” – John Langan in Locus



For more new book information go to the Books page.

Latest News

Interview at Kendall Reviews

There's a new interview with me up on Kendall Reviews. http://kendallreviews.com/multi-award-winning-author-steve-rasnic-tem-talks-to-kendall-reviews/

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Everything Is Fine Now Available for Pre-Order

Omnium Gatherum has my next collection Everything Is Fine Now available for pre-order now. Publication is January of next year. 25 stories including 2 originals and 2 collaborations with my late wife Melanie....

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New stories

A couple of new stories: "By the Sea" in Nightscript IV, and "Reflections in Black" in The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories edited by Stephen Jones.

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The cover for Everything Is Fine Now

EVERYTHING IS FINE NOW. Here's the cover of my forthcoming collection coming out from Omnium Gatherum late January of next year. This one features younger protagonists for the most part and should appeal not only to adults but to teenagers and mature middle-grade...

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October 9, Tuesday, 7 PM, Tattered Cover on Colfax, Denver, presenting Steve Rasnic Tem – The Mask Shop of Doctor BlaackA Strange Shop, a Stranger Proprietor, & the Wrong Mask, a Middle-Grade Book Talk & Signing. Free masks and Halloween candy for the kids.



October 19-21: Greenwood Village, CO. Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Mile Hi’s 50th Anniversary.

Steve’s schedule: 

Fri Oct 19, 2 PM, Mesa Verde C, “Short Fiction Still Got Reasons” with D.Beason, J.Brazee, C.Heintze, L.Teffeau
Fri Oct 19, 4 PM, Mesa Verde B, “Basing Characters on Real People” with D.Beason, AM Burns, M.Des-Jardin, R.Owens
Sun Oct 21, 2 PM, Chasm Creek B, “Next Big Fad Monster” with J.Barnes, S.Litore, C.Montrose, D.Willis


See a complete list of events on the Events page.