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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
New interview up on Kendall Reviews concerning my writing in general as well as The Mask Shop of Doctor
New interview at Cat After Dark concerning my new middle-grade novel The Mask Shop of Doctor
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
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“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”.
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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EVERYTHING IS FINE NOW
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
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,
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Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy
“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
YOURS TO TELL:
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
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For more new book information go to the Books page.
Episode 49 of the Nocturnal Transmissions short horror story podcast is now live, featuring a terrific performance of my story "Between the Pilings."https://www.nocturnaltransmissions.com.au/single-post/2019/05/07/NOCTURNAL-TRANSMISSIONS---Episode-49
I have a new piece of dark fiction, "Night Vision," up at Daily Science Fiction: https://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/magic-realism/steve-rasnic-tem/night-vision
Des Lewis has completed his real-time review of my latest collection Everything Is Fine Now. https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/everything-is-fine-now-steve-rasnic-tem/?fbclid=IwAR1hNSpRtUxcpzW_Q9Pc4_GRKnhijrHn7bQQvYoi4W19HUs3Bsh91et_fRg
MAKING LOVE, the first novel collaboration between Melanie and Nancy Holder is now available as an ebook. Smashwords ordering link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/930391 Amazon ordering link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q227DPX/
Edward E. French does a marvelous performance of my early short story "The Painters Are Coming Today" (originally published in Other Worlds 1, ed. Roy Torgeson, 1979). Reprinted in my collection CITY FISHING. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wAs66YQx7w
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.