Welcome to my new website. Here you can read about my latest writings and activities, see some pictures, access my bibliography, contact me, or order books, ebooks, 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. Check out my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages, as well as view some YouTube videos, by clicking the buttons below or to the right on interior pages.
“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.
“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”.
Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy
“One of the finest and most productive writers of imaginative literature in North America.” – Dan Simmons
“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.
The new PseudoPod (#601) has a reading of one of my earliest stories, "At the Bureau," from Shadows 3. Spencer Disparti is the reader.read more
You can read the first chapter, “Why write?” of Melanie & Steve Tem’s Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing at the Apex Books website.read more
Announcing a new collection from Centipede Press, The Night Doctor & Others, coming Spring 2019, part of a new line of more affordable hardcover originals. The Night Doctor collects 25 stories, including two unpublished originals, reflecting my best short horror...read more
My novel UBO has made the 2017 Locus Recommended List. It’s also a finalist in the Locus Poll Award in the Horror Novel category. Read my Locus essay “The Long Gestation Period of...read more
Welcome to my new website. Here you can read about my latest writings and activities, see some pictures, access my bibliography, contact me, or order books, ebooks, and audiobooks via the links provided on those pages. A link in the menu takes you to a special section...read more
A TATTERED COVER EVENT
October 9, Tuesday, 7 PM, Tattered Cover on Colfax, Denver, presenting Steve Rasnic Tem – The Mask Shop of Doctor Blaack: A Strange Shop, a Stranger Proprietor, & the Wrong Mask, a Middle-Grade Book Talk & Signing. Free masks and Halloween candy for the kids.
MILE HI CON
October 19-21: Greenwood Village, CO. Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Mile Hi’s 50th Anniversary.
Steve’s schedule is pending. http://milehicon.org/
See a complete list of events on the Events page.