Several of Steve’s recent books are available as ebooks from the publisher or from your favorite digital content provider. These books include The Mask Shop of Doctor Blaack, Figures Unseen, Ubo, Blood Kin, Deadfall Hotel, Yours To Tell (co-written with Melanie Tem),Celestial Inventories, Onion Songs, In the Lovecraft Museum, Twember, and Ugly Behavior.
For example, see the Amazon Steve Rasnic Tem page.
The remainder of Steve’s ebooks may be ordered through the Crossroad Press Steve Rasnic Tem page.
This includes the relatively recent releases of two collections: Out of the Dark: A Storybook of Horrors and Absent Company.
Each book page allows you to choose an option to buy this ebook from either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, or Smashwords. There are also audiobook versions of some titles.
ABSENT COMPANY collects two of Steve Rasnic Tem’s early books of ghostly, supernatural tales: the 33 stories in The Far Side of the Lake combined with his haunting exploration of the intersection of reality and delusion, the novelette Among the Living. “It’s not uncommon to believe yourself awake when you are, in fact, sleeping. Far less common is to believe yourself sleeping when you are, in fact, awake.”
One of the most prolific and respected voices in modern supernatural fiction, Tem’s stories reveal the enduring power of the past over a seemingly safe present day world in which both real and imaginary horrors lurk along the edges of vision.
These books are hard to find except in expensive hardcover limited editions. ABSENT COMPANY is the only available source for the electronic editions of these tales.
Comments on some individual stories: “Crutches”–“an unforgettable surrealistic nightmare” — Washington Post Book World
“The Sky Come Down to Earth”–“No one has written so well of the inward spirit of the unwanted child since Shirley Jackson.” — Stephen King
“Leaks”–winner of the British Fantasy Award
City Fishing is the long out of print short fiction collection by award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem. This book collects 38 short stories drawn from the deep recesses of a very creative mind.
Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award
Winner, International Horror Guild Award, 2000
“The major collection his work has long deserved.” — The Denver Post
“You’re in for a treat!” — Douglas Clegg
“No critical analysis seems adequate to describe the twisted realities and unexpected terrors summoned by his fiction.” — William P. Simmons, Horrorfind
“City Fishing constitutes a major work both in content and in sheer mass . . . While a master of nuance, Tem also knows when to achieve his desired effect through sheer, raw, power. There are moments when it’s tempting to submit this author might be the world’s most softspoken splatterpunk.” — Ed Bryant, Locus
“These are new myths for the weird and dislocated times we live in . . . all [the stories] are excellent, and the best of them stand comparison with the best of any writer working in the field.” — Steve Duffy, All Hallows
(co-written with Melanie Tem)
Four diverse characters collide in an ancient world of darkness and magic: the amazon Gwynn, the princess Evonna, the wizard Alden, and the beast Thet. Out of that collision comes an unforgettable novel of endings and reconciliations, the death of magic and the birth of technology, and the eternal struggle between darkness and light.
Highborn Evonna is unhappy with her constricted choices and troubled by her brother Alden’s dabblings in wizardry. In the great city that is her home, where nothing unplanned ever happens, something has gone terribly wrong. Everywhere are signs of chaos and creeping madness, rumors of plague, and intimations of worse to come. But what can Evonna or Alden do? The answer comes unexpectedly, with the terrifying visit of the subhuman Thet and the sudden appearance of the amazon Gwynn, who harbors a shocking secret. Together, the four unlikely companions bring unimagined change to the city… and are themselves changed in unimaginable ways.
Archaeologist Reed Taylor is called back to his hometown of Simpson Creeks, Kentucky—a town devastated by the collapse of a coal waste dam—to dig into the earth now covering his family’s old farm, and the bodies of his mother and father. But in a terrifying rendezvous with his own past he discovers that his memories of the dead are not only palpable, but capable of fantastic transformation. Bram Stoker Award finalist.
“Tem’s extraordinary skill with words and images, as well as his tendency to write about the human qualities that really count, make this first novel a publishing event worth noting.” — Twilight Zone Magazine
“The power of this novel flows from its coherence; it is constructed like a fine watch, and at the end, as the psyches of its guilt-ridden characters and the raging heart of its locale merge, Excavation attains a powerful, unusually moving climax.” — Fantasy Review
Bram Stoker Award Nominee: First Novel
(co-written with Melanie Tem)
Steve Rasnic & Melanie Tem: In Concert collects the collaborative short fiction of Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem, who have worked at the cutting edge of imaginative fiction for over a quarter century. In the twenty-one tales herein, the reader will find fear, joy, and mystery. In Concert showcases the wide range of their collaborative work. The title story tells of a lonely elderly woman who achieves rapport with a lost astronaut through the power of music. In “The Icy Region My Heart Encircles,” an aging Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, keeps the heart of her late husband on the mantel and is haunted by her dead children and the living incarnation of her Monster. And in “The Man on the Ceiling,” the authors take turns telling of the fears and darkness common to all families, while reminding the reader that “everything I tell you is true.” The publication of In Concert is an event well worth celebrating.
Also available as an audio book
THE BOOK OF DAYS
The author’s second novel, The Book of Days consists of a short story told each day by a man trying to talk himself back to sanity. A kind of literary sampler quilt, these daily inventions emulate the styles of everything from traditional ghost stories to the works of O’Henry and James Whitcomb Riley, from westerns to fifties science fiction to boy’s own adventure stories. As a sequence illustrating the narrator’s deep internal struggle, these dark stories take on additional weight, making each one a sharp shock that builds to an electrifying whole.
“The traditional book of days, filled with readings commemorating each day’s historical significance, provides a structure for this reflective fantasia on a father’s love of family and despair at the challenges of parenthood. In a brief introduction, Tem (City Fishing) introduces Cal, a man so distraught at life’s risks and the natural vulnerability of his children that he abandons them for his childhood home where, alone with his thoughts and $300 worth of calendars, he endures dark days and nights of the soul extending nearly seven months. Cal’s attempts to come to terms with his fears yield a daily succession of diary-type entries in which one or more historical events specific to the day shape his meditations. For some days the connections are obvious: September 17, the birthday of William Carlos Williams, inspires a perfect pastiche of the poet’s spare verse in which children fill the sandbox of the world with their play. Other days forge more oblique connections: on December 5, the date of Mozart’s death and Walt Disney’s birth, Cal poignantly compares children to prodigies and cartoon characters, “brilliant and dazzling and colorful and full of pain.” Though some entries stray from the book’s theme, all showcase Tem’s poetic skill at grounding abstract ideas and volatile emotions in perfectly polished metaphors and images judiciously distilled from literature, history, dark fantasy and popular culture. Not quite a novel or a story collection, this contemplative odyssey is easily one of the more risk-taking and rewarding books of fantasy published this year.” – Publishers Weekly
Also available as an Audiobook
THE MAN ON THE CEILING
(co-written with Melanie Tem)
Two interwoven memoirs of love, loss, and family with a haunted, frightening edge.
In 2000, American Fantasy Press published an unassuming chapbook titled The Man on the Ceiling. Inside was a dark, surreal, discomfiting story of the horrors that can befall a family. It was so powerful that it won the Bram Stoker Award, International Horror Guild Award, and World Fantasy Award–the only work ever to win all three. Now, Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem have re-imagined the story, expanding on the ideas to create a compelling work that examines how people find a family, how they hold a family together despite incomprehensible tragedy, and how, in the end, they find love.
Loosely autobiographical, The Man on the Ceiling has the feel of a family portrait painted by Salvador Dali, where story and reality blend to find the one thing that neither can offer alone: truth.
“Joining their voices in The Man on the Ceiling, the Tems have composed a chorus that is at once incredibly frightening, ineffably sweet, and absolutely unforgettable.” – Dam Simmons
Shirley Jackson Award finalist.