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Happy October! The best month of the year!
- Nightmare Magazine’s Queers Destroy Horror issue is now available. This mega-issue of the popular online magazine is available as an ebook or paperback and features stories by Caitlin Rebekah Kiernan, Billy Martin (née Poppy Z Brite), Chuck Palahniuk, Matthew Bright, Alyssa Wong, and my own "The Lord of Corrosion." Plus poetry and nonfiction from the likes of Joel Lane, Lucy A. Snyder, W. H. Pugmire, Brit Mandelo, Catherine Lundoff, and many other fine talents. Get in on the destruction!
- Also, I’m participating in a project with Sinister Grin Press, called Vicious Circle. Several authors have created stories that have been dissected and presented in “soap opera” format, all occurring on the fictional cul-de-sac of Vicious Cr. New installments every week! You can find the episodes here.
- Later this month, look for Unspeakable Horror II: Abominations of Desire, coming from Evil Jester Press. The anthology includes my story, “The Grief Season.”
Cemetery Dance has released a mini-collection, bringing together my best short stories. Cemetery Dance Select: Lee Thomas is now available at all your favorite ebook retailers!
I will be a panel guest at Armadillocon! July 24-26 in Austin, Texas. Come on out and say, “Hi!”
My story, “The Grief Season” will appear in Unspeakable Horror II: Abominations of Desire, edited by Vince Liaguno and Chad Helder and released through Evil Jester Press this October.
My story, “The Lord of Corrosion” will appear in Nightmare Magazine’s special Queers Destroy Horror issue, edited by Wendy N. Wagner and releasing this October.
My story, “Pincushion” will appear later this year in Vicious Circle, an anthology from Sinister Grin Press.
Butcher’s Road has been named a Finalist for the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award SF/F/H!
My essay “1984 in 1980” will appear in Lightspeed Magazine’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction Issue, coming later this year. For information about this special issue, click here!
Butcher’s Road was named to the American Library Association’s short list (only 5 books made the cut!) for outstanding horror in 2014.
My short story, “The Grief Season” will be anthologized later this year. Details forthcoming!
I will be a guest at the Northeast Texas Writers Organization Spring Conference. In addition to panels, I will be presenting a seminar, “The Ones You Love to Hate: Writing Compelling Villains.”
Hope to see some of you there!
I will be teaching a half-day seminar for the Writers’ League of Texas on how to craft thrilling villains. Come on out and join us. For more information click here.
Kirkus Reviews calls Butcher’s Road, “A well-crafted noir story that reads like The Untouchables by way of Stephen King.” Catch the full review here.
In their review of Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 6, SF Revue notes of my contribution: "'Fine in the Fire' by Lee Thomas is an outstanding, strong tale of sorrow, ignorance and horror...” For the full review: SF Revue
I will be appearing at the Texas Writers League Agents and Editors Conference this Saturday. Click here for more information.
I will be attending Readercon this year – July 10-13, 2014. Stop on by and say, “Hi.”
Rue Morgue Magazine interviewed me for their Hell’s Shelves feature.
Barber’s and Beauties, which includes my story “In the Time of Thunder and Blood,” is now available in trade paperback.
John Boden of Shock Totem Magazine says of Butcher’s Road: “From Chicago to New Orleans, Butcher’s Road is a long and winding road, unpaved and rough at times…but what a satisfying journey it is.” Click here for the full review.
Butcher’s Road is now available for your iBook!
“Butcher’s Road is tough and tender, with plenty of fight, sympathy and harsh beauty.” – Hellnotes. For the full review go here.
LOCUS MAGAZINE has printed a killer review of BUTCHER’S ROAD in the June 2014 issue. They note, "Thomas provides a corker of an antihero in Butch Cardinal, a washed-up, foul-mouthed ex-wrestler whose glory days are just a fading memory." For a longer quote click through to the Butcher’s Road page. For the full review, pick up a copy of LOCUS at your favorite bookshop (or download an electronic copy).
Shock Totem has posted a couple of pieces about my work. The first is an overview of several of my titles. The other is an interview with me, conducted by John Boden.
The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 6, edited by Ellen Datlow, which includes my story, “Fine in the Fire,” is now available!
Out in Print calls BUTCHER’S ROAD, “…A powerful, riveting thriller that will satisfy anyone’s hunger for compulsive reading.”
Chelsea Station notes of BUTCHER’S ROAD, “Gritty, tense, this dark novel grabs hold of you by the lapels and doesn't let go once you begin. Thomas maintains a break-neck pace throughout…”
Ash Street is now available for your Kobo devices!
HELLNOTES reviews Ash Street! “… Ash Street is one of the best ghost stories I’ve ever read. It’s gripping, scary and full of unexpected moments.”
Publishers Weekly says of BUTCHER'S ROAD, “Stoker- and Lambda-winner Thomas (The German) creates a heady blend of gangster noir and supernatural horror… Butch’s imaginatively realized world of gangsters, crooked cops, ruthless killers, and magic users is full of violence and cruelty, and is also intensely masculine...”
I'm running a giveaway through GOODREADS. Sign up for the chance to win a signed copy of Butcher's Road.
We've got a great new cover for LIKE LIGHT FOR FLIES!
The new novel, BUTCHER’S ROAD, releases on May 3, 2014. It’s now available for pre-order!
LIKE LIGHT FOR FLIES named a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award!
“Fine in the Fire” from LIKE LIGHT FOR FLIES will appear in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR, VOL. 6.
Rue Morgue Magazine calls Like Light for Flies, “A truly terrifying and uncomfortable read…”
Join me on Thursday, October 17 at Austin’s stellar indie, Bookpeople, for a panel discussion and book signing. Third floor. 7:00 pm.
Barbers and Beauties, which includes my story, “In the Time of Thunder and Blood,” is now available from Hummingbird House Press.
The Lavender Menace, which includes my story, “The Third Estate,” is now available from Northwest Press.
— Hello all. It’s been a while since I’ve updated here. I quit smoking four months ago. I owe dozens of people emails and a couple of editors stories. Please be patient. I’m getting back on track; it’s just going slower than I had expected.
— Like Light for Flies, my new short story collection is now available from Lethe Press!
— Like Light for Flies receives Starred Review from Publishers Weekly!
— Lethe Press will publish my novel Butcher’s Road in May 2014!
— My story “In the Time of Thunder and Blood” will appear in the Barbers and Beauties anthology from Hummingbird House Press, releasing at the World Horror Convention 2013 in New Orleans.
— My story, “The Third Estate,” will appear in The Lavender Menace, edited by Tom Cardamone.
My new novel, ASH STREET, will be available this Halloween from Sinister Grin Press.
I will be appearing at NOIR AT THE BAR
, sponsored by BookPeople on October 25.
The German wins the Lambda Literary Award SF/F/H!
Booklist calls Torn, "…a full-on guns-versus-monsters blastathon…"
The Limited Edition of Torn is nearly sold out. Order yours now!
More Torn news coming soon. Check back!
The Dust of Wonderland is now available in paperback and Kindle editions. Additional electronic editions are also available at Smashwords!
I will be appearing at BOOKPEOPLE in Austin, TX on Thursday May 3, at 7:00 pm for a discussion and signing. For more information click through to the BOOKPEOPLE site.
The German has been honored with a new award, the inaugural Il Posto Negro (The Black Spot) Award: Excellence 2012: Foreign Fiction Book!
Horror for Good, a charitable anthology that includes my story, "A Man in Shape Alone," is now available! All proceeds benefit amfAR!
My short story, "The Hollow is Filled with Beautiful Monsters," will appear in the Night Shadows anthology from Bold Strokes Books.
Cemetery Dance is still taking pre-orders for the signed limited and lettered editions of my novella Torn.
The German has been named a finalist for The Lambda Literary Award SF/F/H!
The German has been named a finalist for the TLA Video Awards!
My story "Comfortable in Her Skin," which originally appeared in Supernatural Noir has received an Honorable Mention in The Best Horror of the Year #4.
My Lambda Literary Award-winning novel, The Dust of Wonderland, will soon be available in paperback and ebook editions. Check back for more info.
My Stoker-nominated short story, "An Apiary of White Bees," will be reprinted in the anthology, Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire, edited by Paula Guran.
The German has been nominated for an EDGE Award! This is a people's choice award, so if you're so inclined click through and vote (you have to scroll down past the pop stars).
The German has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Novel category.
The German has been named to the American Library Association’s 2012 Over the Rainbow Reading List: Mystery.
For a limited time, get The German at 50% off cover price at Smashwords. All ebook formats are available. Just use code: YT49L Click here!
Supernatural Noir, which includes my story, "Comfortable in Her Skin," has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Anthology category.
Cemetery Dance is still taking pre-orders for the signed limited and lettered editions of my novella Torn.
My short story, “A Man in Shape Only,” has been accepted for the Horror for Good charity anthology. Details forthcoming.
My short story, “Fine in the Fire,” has been accepted for The Uninvited webzine. Details forthcoming.
In 2013, I will be releasing my second short story collection, Like Light for Flies. Details forthcoming.
Cemetery Dance is now taking pre-orders for the signed limited and lettered editions of my novella Torn.
The Advocate has named The German one of the Best Books of 2011!
Black Static Magazine
calls The German
, "… an important novel, one that uses the tropes of horror fiction to address matters that are still vitally relevant today, more than sixty years after the time in which it is set." Pick up a copy of Black Static #25
for the full review!
And more great reviews have been coming in for The German
, edited by Ellen Datlow for Dark Horse is now available
! Features my story, "Comfortable in Her Skin."
Tales from the Den
, edited by R. Jackson for Lethe Press is now available
! Features my story, "The House by the Park."
, edited by Shane McKenzie for Pill Hill Press will be available soon! Features my story, "Ghunt."
Focus, co-written with Nate Southard, will launch at World Horror Convention 2011.
Swallowed by the Cracks, collecting works by Michael Marshall Smith, Gary McMahon, S.G. Browne and yours truly, launches at World Horror Convention 2011. Available for pre-order now!
Several excellent reviews have been coming in for The German.
My story "Marion's Knot" will appear in the Chizine Mega-Issue.
I will be a guest at Mo*Con in Indianapolis this May. Come on out and say, "Hi."
I will be a guest at Armadillocon in Austin, Texas this August. You can say, "Hi," there as well.
Don't forget to follow my antics at SF Signal as I continue my monthly Be My Victim column.
For frequent updates or if you'd just like to chat, find me on Brian Keene's Forums.
Find me now on Brian Keene’s Forum.
Watch the Trailer for THE GERMAN.
THE GERMAN, is available for Pre-Order. Releases March, 2011.
"Crack Smokin' Grandpa" AVAILABLE NOW in BEST GAY STORIES 2010, edited by Steve Berman
"The Fall of the Mountain King," AVAILABLE NOW in SPECTERS IN COAL DUST, a new anthology from Woodland Press, edited by Michael Knost.
"Flicker" AVAILABLE NOW in HORROR LIBRARY, Vol. 4, from Cutting Block Press.
"Testify" AVAILABLE NOW in BLOOD SPLATTERED AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT.
Lethe Press will release my novel, THE GERMAN, a historical-thriller, in March, 2011.
"The Fall of the Mountain King," will appear in SPECTERS IN COAL DUST, a new anthology from Woodland Press, edited by Michael Knost.
"Comfortable in Her Skin" will appear in the anthology SUPERNATURAL NOIR edited by Ellen Datlow for Dark Horse.
"Flicker" will appear in HORROR LIBRARY, Vol. 4, from Cutting Block Press.
“The Dodd Contrivance” – (Details forthcoming)
“Focus” (Co-written with Nate Southard) (Details forthcoming)
"Testify" - (Details forthcoming)
A bunch of us Texas writers will be swilling coffee and telling tales at BLOOD OF THE BEAN II. The event takes place October 16, 2010 from 5pm to 9pm at Kick Butt Coffee in Austin, Texas (at 5775 Airport Blvd). Featured authors include Joe McKinney, Gabrielle Faust, Nate Southard, Stina Leicht, Rhodi Hawk, and Hank Schwaeble.
As one of the co-chairs of the World Horror Convention 2011, you will probably find me in and around that convention – April 28-May 1, 2011.
I will be a guest at Mo*Con VI
, May 20-22. The event, sponsored by The Indiana Horror Writers, will be held in Indianapolis. I’ve never been there before. Can’t wait.
My novella, THE BLACK SUN SET, is now available from Burning Effigy Press!
CRISIS, a novella of corporate greed and the undead, is available now as a Kindle exclusive.
DEAD SET, featuring my story “Inside Where It’s Warm” is available now. All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
THIRLLERS: 100 MUST READS edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, and featuring my essay on Dean Koontz’s Watchers is now available for pre-order.
TURTLE, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated short story that originally appeared in Doorways Magazine is now live on the Stories Page.
In the Closet, Under the Bed has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.
In the Closet, Under the Bed has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the “Superior Achievement in a Collection” category.
“Inside Where It’s Warm,” appears in Dead Set, an anthology of zombie fiction from 23 House. Dead Set is available for pre-order now.
My short story “Flicker” will appear in the anthology Horror Library, Vol. 4.
Darkness on the Edge: Stories Inspired by the Music of Bruce Springsteen (PS Publishing), edited by Harrison Howe will be debuted at the World Horror Convention 2010 in Brighton, UK. The anthology includes my story “Nothing Forgiven.”
My Essay, “Swapping Head: Hellbent,” will appear in Butcher Knives and Body Counts, forthcoming from Dark Scribe Press. The essay takes a fond look at the queer-slasher flick Hellbent.
My short story collection, In the Closet, Under the Bed (Dark Scribe, 2009) is now available for order at Amazon.com. The collection includes eight original stories and seven previously published titles, which have appeared in such critically acclaimed and award-winning anthologies as Inferno (Tor), A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), and Unspeakable Horror (Dark Scribe). Information about additional points of sale will be coming soon.
“Crack Smokin’ Grandpa” — one of the stories original to In the Closet, Under the Bed — has been chosen for inclusion in Best Gay Stories 2010 (Lethe Press).
My short story “I’m Your Violence,” which originally appeared in Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, will be included in Lethe Press’s Wilde Stories 09: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction, edited by Steve Berman.
My novella The Black Sun Set will be published by Burning Effigy Press in 2010.
UK pre-orders are now being taken for Darkness on the Edge: Stories Inspired by the Music of Bruce Springsteen (PS Publishing), edited by Harrison Howe. The anthology includes my story “Nothing Forgiven.”
My short story “Inside Where It’s Warm,” has been acquired by editor Joe McKinney for an upcoming zombie-themed anthology. Details coming soon.
My short story collection In the Closet, Under the Bed has been picked up by DARK SCRIBE PRESS for an Autumn 2009 release. Check back soon for ordering information.
My story “Turtle” from Doorways Magazine #4 has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the short fiction category.
FEAR ZONE is running my second novel DAMAGE as an online serial through most of 2009! DAMAGE was originally published by Sarob Press in two extremely limited editions. Now, everyone has a chance to read it. FEAR ZONE will be releasing a new chapter every Saturday, and they will be running the novel in its entirety. Click the banner above to check it out, and then visit FEAR ZONE often to follow the story.
UNSPEAKABLE HORROR, featuring my story “I'm Your Violence,” is now available. Click HERE to order.
KILLERS, featuring my story “The Good and Gone,” is now available. Click HERE to order.
NEW book announcement forthcoming. Check back!
MASON is now available!
Check out the new interview Cynthia Leitich Smith conducted with me at
We discuss MASON and some new projects coming down the road.
THE DUST OF WONDERLAND wins the Lambda Literary Award for SF/Fantasy/Horror! The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. Each year, over 80 judges – writers, booksellers, librarians, journalists – assess the entries in more than 20 categories.
“Jackie the Slayer” appears in the anthology Jack Haringa Must Die!, a fundraising project for the Shirley Jackson Awards. The anthology – edited by Nicholas Kaufmann and published by Merricat Publications – compiles an assortment of blog entries, written by such folks as Jack Ketchum, Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, James A. Moore, Paul Tremblay, Laird Barron and dozens of others who imagined some untimely and unpleasant deaths for Mr. Haringa.
“Tuesday” a work of zombie flash fiction will appear in the Bits of the Dead anthology from Coscom Entertainment, edited by Keith Gouveia. Additional contributors include Piers Anthony, Nick Cato, Nancy Kilpatrick, Michael Laimo, James Newman, Steven Savile, Julia Sevin, R.J. Sevin, Nate Southard, Jeff Strand, and Tim Waggoner.
My Bram Stoker Award-nominated story “An Apiary of White Bees,” which originally appeared in the anthology Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow, will be reprinted in Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction. The anthology is edited by Steve Berman and will be published by Lethe Press. Ordering information is forthcoming.
“The Good and Gone” will appear in Killers an anthology from Swimming Kangaroo Books, edited by Colin Harvey. Ordering information is forthcoming.
“I’m Your Violence” will appear in Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder. Additional contributors include Sarah Langan, Kealan Patrick Burke, Scott Nicholson, C. Michael Cook, Lisa Morton, Gary McMahon, and Michelle Scalise. Ordering information is forthcoming.
WICKED DEAD: CRUSH is available now! Find it at booksellers everywhere.
MASON, my novel for young adults (writing as Thomas Pendleton) releases July 1.
THE DUST OF WONDERLAND has been named a Lambda Literary Award finalist.
SNARED, the third book in the Wicked Dead series, is now available at
MASON, a supernatural thriller for young adults (under the Thomas
Pendleton name), is now available for pre-order.
My short story "I'm Your Violence" will appear in a very cool anthology
project to be published this fall. Official announcement will be coming
My story "An Apiary of White Bees" from the anthology INFERNO (Tor) has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Long Fiction Category.
I will be making appearances at the following conventions in 2008. If
you're in the area(s) stop on in and say "Hello." I will have copies of
my books on hand to sign. If you want something rare (Stained, Damage)
drop me a note ahead of time and I'll see what I can do. Happy 2008!
- February 22-24: Texas Frightmare Weekend (Dallas) Author Guest
- March 27-30: World Horror Convention (Salt Lake City) Signings, panels, what not
- May 8-11: Saints and Sinners Literary Festival (New Orleans) Signings, panels, what not.
- July 17-20: NECON (Bristol, RI) I'll be there. What I'll be doing is anyone's guess.
INFERNO which was named one of the Top 7 horror/fantasy/sci-fi books of the year by Publishers Weekly and includes my story "An Apiary of White Bees" is available now at booksellers everywhere.
TORN, the second book in the Wicked Dead series is now available at booksellers everywhere.
THE DUST OF WONDERLAND has been nominated for a Black Quill Award in the novel category. Thank you Dark Scribe. I'm honored.
Doorways Magazine Winter Issue is available now. It features a new piece of my short fiction "Turtle" and an interview, plus a lot of great material from folks like Mort Castle, Di Barron, James Dorr and others.
HarperCollins has acquired my novel EXILED in a three-book deal. EXILED is the first book in an urban fantasy trilogy for young adults, which follows a group of estranged teenagers cursed from birth with startling and dangerous powers. Release dates are forthcoming.
J. G. Faherty has conducted an extensive interview with me. It's currently one of the lead stories at Fearzone.com. Check it out, here.
INFERNO edited by Ellen Datlow, an anthology that includes my short story "An Apiary of White Bees," will be released by Tor books this December. Already it's received a rave review at Greenman Review and has garnered a starred review at Publishers Weekly. Pre-order your copy now.
Dark Scribe Magazine is running an in-depth and glowing review of THE DUST OF WONDERLAND. You have to sign up for the site, but it's free and quick.
My story “Turtle” will appear in the Winter Issue of Doorways Magazine. Additionally, they will have an in-depth interview with me, discussing THE DUST OF WONDERLAND, WICKED DEAD, MASON and coffee.
My short story “The Good and Gone” has been accepted by a British anthology. I'll spill all when I can.
My co-writer on the WICKED DEAD series, Stefan Petrucha, and I eat pizza and discuss the series over at Fear Zone.
WICKED DEAD: LURKER the first book in an edgy horror series for teens (co-written with Stefan Petrucha) is now available everywhere!
THE DUST OF WONDERLAND is now available everywhere! Check out new reviews and author quotes by clicking the book cover above. The page also has ordering information, so get your copy now.
My short story "Nothing Forgiven" will appear in the anthology, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE, edited by Harrison Howe coming next year from PS Publishing.
INFERNO, edited by Ellen Datlow, which includes my short story “An Apiary of White Bees,” is now available for preorder.
My short story "They Would Say She Danced" is featured this month at Horror World (April only).
Space & Time Magazine #100, featuring my short story "Sweet Fields," is now available.
I'm now on MySpace. Be sure to drop by and add me as a friend!
THE DUST OF WONDERLAND (Alyson Books) is now available for preorder! The hardcover will be released August 1, 2007. You can order your copy from Shocklines.com or Amazon.com, but all copies preordered from Shocklines will be signed.
ON WRITING HORROR (Writer’s Digest Books) edited by Mort Castle is now available. My essay “Youth Gone Wild,” about writing horror for a teen audience appears alongside essays from such genre heavyweights as Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Tom Piccirilli, Harlan Ellison and Ramsey Campbell. Additional contributions come from talented new voices such as Weston Ochse, Joe Nassise, Lisa Morton, Richard E. Dansky, Bev Vincent, Nicholas Kaufmann and Nick Mamatas. Plus many more.
DAMAGE is now available in hardcover limited and deluxe editions from World Fantasy Award-winning publisher Sarob Press.
My story "An Apiary of White Bees" will appear in the anthology, INFERNO, edited by Ellen Datlow coming next fall from Tor Books.
"It’s What Isn’t There" available now in Sybil’s Garage, issue #3.
"To Wake Screaming from The American Dream," available now in Red Scream Magazine, issue #2
In the Closet, Under the Bed acquired by Haworth Press. My queer-themed horror collection, In the Closet, Under the Bed will be published by Haworth Press in late 2007. In addition to original stories, the collection will include reprinted tales from such markets as The Book of Final Flesh (Eden Studios), A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), Fortean Bureau and forthcoming publications yet to be announced.
Close on the heels of WICKED DEAD, my Young Adult novel MASON has been acquired by HarperCollins in a three-book deal.
WICKED DEAD, cowritten with Stefan Petrucha, has been acquired by HarperCollins in a six-book deal. WICKED DEAD is a series of edgy horror novels for Young Adult audiences.