My latest collection, THANATRAUMA, is now available from online retailers in paperback, ebook, and audio formats.
The first night of the 2nd Annual NY Ghost Story Festival is complete, featuring Daniel Braum, Venita Coehlo, Gwendolyn Kiste, Jon Padgett, and myself. You can watch the YouTube recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnucDDtVc4E
A young man slowly surrenders his senses in “Bees from the Hive.” Read for free at: http://stevetem.com/free-fiction/
Wondering which of Steve’s many short story collections to buy or just curious about the differences? You can find that info here.
You can now subscribe to the Steve Rasnic Tem YouTube Channel here.
For information about the Steve & Melanie Tem Collection at Texas A&M click here.
“His work…will haunt your imagination and your heart in equal measure, and it both expands and defines the genre. ” Adam Mills, Weird Fiction Review
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.
Interview at Asimov’s SF Magazine From Earth to the Stars blog: https://fromearthtothestars.com/2022/02/18/qa-with-steve-rasnic-tem/?fbclid=IwAR1OFjm1LhrGMlGoqwpjngTebNNLUhcVy5iyTsuT94cMi4ziZoysXMXeRmc
Interview in Westword, Denver’s alternative weekly: https://www.westword.com/arts/steve-rasnic-tem-colorado-author-consumed-horror-11897235
YouTube interview at Visited By Voices Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBdaGPwwPxI&fbclid=IwAR3jps8mwqpsJ1xunb7u3gdrAv8AItxQSmLlXT0W4BLqq3p5PL0M7I3uBQA
Reading & interview for Nebraska Wesleyan’s Nights of Horror: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3vyiPvOoG4
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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A young man slowly surrenders his senses in “Bees from the Hive,” a tale of the strangely dependent and manipulative relationship of three friends. Read for free at: http://stevetem.com/free-fiction/
“Eye of the Storm,” Daily Science Fiction
“The Last Sound You Hear,” The Dark, Dec 2021
“Mummies,” Reckoning #5
“Late Sleepers,” PseudoPod #733
“Forwarded,” The Dark Magazine, January 2020
“The Family Man,” Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction, October 2019
“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.
Here’s my schedule for STOKERCON 2022, May 12-15, downtown Denver, Curtis Hotel
I’ll also be on a virtual, pre-recorded panel on the Gothic tradition.
Friday, May 13
10:00am MDT–Chilling Voices: A look at works and authors who have brought new, different, and personal visions to horror fiction. Erika Wurth, John Edward Lawson, Zin E. Rocklyn, Steve Rasnic Tem, Wendy N. Wagner
2:00pm MDT–Creating Short Fiction: How can writers create fully realized, compelling stories in 5,000 words or less. John F. D. Taff, Kristina (KC) Grifant, Michelle Renee Lane, Hailey Piper, Sarah Read, Steve Rasnic Tem
5:00pm MDT–Mass Author Signing and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, May 14
9:00am MDT–Psychological Horror: When the monster is human! Tim Waggoner, Michael Arnzen, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, Sarah Langan, Steve Rasnic Tem
See a complete list of events on the Events page.
FRY DAY: Plays & Poems
Melanie Tem’s FRY DAY, Plays & Poems. Over a career of 30+ years, Melanie Tem received the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards for her writing, which included almost a hundred short stories, twelve solo novels, as well as scripts, poems, and storytelling performances. At the time of her death in 2015, she left behind numerous plays, several of which have been produced, but none have appeared in print. These plays arguably contain some of the finest writing of her final ten years. Those who love her fiction will find familiar subjects here: the anxieties and fears which beset families, or anyone involved in an intimate relationship. FRY DAY collects the best of her plays, along with a selection of her poetry. It’s available as an eBook for now from the usual online retailers but is scheduled for a paperback release at a later date.
YOURS TO TELL:
Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing
The writing guide I wrote with my late wife Melanie, Yours to Tell, recently went out of print. I’m pleased to announce this new digital edition from Crossroads Press. In this book we discuss plot, point of view, setting, characterization, and more, all in an informal tone that invites you to become part of our conversation. Learn how to find your stories because they are Yours to Tell.
“As I sat in the Odyssey Writing Workshop classroom where Melanie and Steve Tem were serving as writers-in-residence, I thought how fortunate the students were to participate in that magical experience. Through their unique ‘dialogues on writing,’ Melanie and Steve explored topics in a way that was both liberating and illuminating. Writers could disagree on how to write! And they could prompt each other to dig deeper into their thoughts and processes, eliciting unique insights. Students were delighted and fascinated. Now this book allows more writers to benefit from their invaluable explorations.”
—Jeanne Cavelos, bestselling author and director of the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust
Melanie’s posthumous YA science fiction novel is now available in paperback and ebook formats.
Nothing is simple in fifteen-year-old Casey’s life. She has two families and two houses and two rooms of her own. Sometimes this makes her feel lucky, but other times she feels practically homeless. She also has a brother with Asperger’s. He’s interesting to have around, and she loves him very much, but he’s also complicated.
And speaking of complicated, Casey discovers she’s a time traveler.
She’ll be doing her Algebra homework, or on her way to work at the restaurant, when suddenly she’s in some other time and place, in some other body, and she’s supposed to do something. Help somebody. Fix some problem. But how?
Order from Amazon here.
THE NIGHT DOCTOR And Other Tales
THE NIGHT DOCTOR AND OTHER TALES recently went out of print in hardcover from Centipede Press. But you can now get an ebook edition with a paperback to follow later. 25 stories including 2 originals. Purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09VK895WB
Also available from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1137613
You can view a YouTube video of Steve reading the title story here.
Publishers Weekly starred review: “’Sometimes it takes all our effort to keep the anxiety of simply being human at bay’ … Tem treads a fine line between the weird and the horrific in these stories, and they are memorable for their subtle power and insidious eeriness. This haunting collection is the perfect Halloween accompaniment.”
John Boden at Ginger Nuts of Horror: “Every story in this collection is marvelous. All of them emotionally heavy and steeped in themes of loss, regret, grief (triple helpings on that one) and despair. All painted in lush realistically thick strokes and colors. All of them masterpieces.”
Char’s Horror Corner: “UNSETTLING! My highest recommendation-especially to fans of the weird tales!”
Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy
“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
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. 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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EVERYTHING IS FINE NOW
In this all ages 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 wakes up with fur sprouting from every nook and cranny on his body. Or the fellow with a crazy mom whose magical powers only make things worse. Or the mechanic who keeps his cars running on oil, gasoline, and blood. These stories range from subtle supernatural tales to the legends heard sitting by a campfire.
“Some sheer literary classics in this book.” – Des Lewis Reviews
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For more new book information go to the Books page.
"Late Sleepers," my day after Thanksgiving story, originally published in It Came From the Multiplex (ed. Josh Viola), has been performed by David Powell on PseudoPod #733. https://pseudopod.org/2020/11/27/pseudopod-733-late-sleepers/
There is now a Steve Rasnic Tem YouTube channel. Subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsOlGDVbK6z29QbPKrvG45w
My and Melanie's The Man on the Ceiling is featured in TOR Nightfire's Tales from the Backlist column in a long and thoughtful review. They include ordering links (the ebook is now only $3.99). “It’s the underpinnings of the real, that grounding in emotional truth,...
My first fiction of 2020 has gone live at The Dark Magazine: a brand new tale, "Forwarded," which you can read for free (although I urge you to subscribe). http://thedarkmagazine.com/forwarded/