I thought I'd offer up a little deal to the members of Lit Reactor. I'm not sure how many people will see this and respond, so for now, I'll say the FIRST TEN to respond will be IN.
1. Buy a copy of Herniated Roots, my new neo-noir short story collection, only $3 for the Kindle. Don't have a Kindle? You can still read it with a free Kindle reader, OR gift it to somebody. I can always send you a PDF to read.
2. Tweet about it, make some Facebook posts, put up a review and stars at Amazon and Goodreads.
3. I'll mail you a copy of the signed/limited edition of the now out of print Transubstantiate. It's hardcover, only 100 were made, it includes a bonus interview and a cd of several stories recorded by myself and this great actress. Originally sold for $40.
4. Must be USA only, sorry. Postage.
Herniated Roots: http://www.amazon.com/Herniated-Roots-ebook/dp/B009AHRWXC
Thanks so much. I really appreciate the support.
“Richard Thomas's stories are filled with a kind of dark magic shot through with danger. These are beautiful roses loaded with thorns. Take hold of them at your own risk and reward—be prepared for the most exquisite, ecstatic kind of pain.” - Amber Sparks, May We Shed These Human Bodies
“Richard Thomas writes seductively mordant prose. His powerful short stories are noir fables for the twenty-first century—gracefully controlled yet executed with a lethal precision. Precious few writers can provide a vital anatomy of the inner self. Thomas does so masterfully, presenting the darkest slices of the human soul.” - Darren Richard Carlaw, StepAway Magazine
"Richard Thomas can make his readers feel what he wants them to feel. He distills life into the moments that charge us, and he works them into honest and gripping prose, with visuals that invariably leave a mark." - Pela Via, Warmed and Bound
“An outstanding short story writer who consistently nails the bull's-eye.” - David Cranmer, Beat to a Pulp
"Richard Thomas writes from the inglorious depths of human experience. Each sentence, blooming like a bruise, articulates the unspeakable truth of our own disappointment. In Herniated Roots, an aggressive collection of modern fables and cautionary tales, Thomas delivers the kind of prose that leaves you bloody on the inside. This is the kind of book that demands a second reading long before your ribs begin to heal." -Daniel Casebeer, Pear Noir
"Transubstantiate is, is -- it's a visual: that 2001 baby opening its eyes in the monolith, but the monolith is shrouded in this story of loss and hope and identity, and encoded in the cadence of that story, if you listen close, is the genetic map with which to draw this impossible celestial infant, opening its eyes on the page, looking right into you."
--Stephen Graham Jones
All The Beautiful Sinners, Bleed Into Me: A Book of Stories, Ledfeather, The Ones That Got Away
"Transubstantiate is an intricately-woven dystopian thriller, with every thread pulled tight. This is a solid debut from Richard Thomas."
The Contortionist's Handbook, Dermaphoria
"Richard Thomas's Transubstantiate constructs a collection of voices that reveals a disturbing futuristic vision of terror and beauty. The novel's island paradise, its imprisoned inhabitants, and the digital presence that works to control them, merge with ancient forces of rite and belief to create a surreal and devastating collage. This is a work that captures a world we almost know, its realities enough to raise an uneasy sense of potentiality."
Pins and Needles, Littles Sinners, The Best American Short Stories 2008 (contributor)
"Told through various shadowy narrators, Transubstantiate is a trippy, intriguing novel that forecasts dystopia for our near-future. Thomas successfully blends several genres here--noir, literary fiction, sci-fi--all with abrasive, haunting language."
Torture the Artist, The Anomalies, Commonwealth
I'm lazy and I know other people are too, so I updated your post to include a clickable link.
Then, once the link was clickable, I bought it.
thanks, kirk! i didn't realize i screwed that up. if you email me your mailing address i'll send you a copy of Transubstantiate. email@example.com, but you knew that. much appreciation, brother.
Nah, I'll let someone else take that off yer hands. I'm not a big fan of books these days. Let it go to someone who would appreciate such a thing :)
Well hell yes and a half I'll do that. Have people flooded your inbox already or am I in?
I don't have a Kindle, sadly (got suckered into a Nook), but I have wanted to read Transubstantiate, and if you're throwing in a PDF of Herniated Roots, then I'd be good to go. Exciting!
EDIT - Waiting is lame. In or out, I'm all about the support. You sold another copy and got tweets and facebookings. I'll leave you stars and reviews once I actually get to read the thing. If I'm in, I'll send you my mailing address. If I'm out, any chance you'd mind sharing a PDF with a brother? (Though actually this Kindle Cloud thing isn't too shabby.)
I just bought it - I'm very excited to read it. I've always loved novels, but short stories have forever been my favorite form of writing. Cheers Richard!
Aw, thanks, Kirk. Well, let me know if there is anything else I can send you.
@michaelj.riser - you're in. Kirk is passing, so you're still technically the FIRST. PM me your mailing address and I'll send out a copy. thanks so much for the support.
@jefferygrantbarr - thanks! you're #2. pm me your mailing address and i'll drop you a copy as well. THAT'S TWO.
ALSO, let me know if you want it personalized or just flat-signed. some people don't want them signed TO them, others do.
I just got it too. Shared on facebook. Pretty sure my sister will be all over this one too. She loves your short stories that I've shown her.
thanks, devon! awesome. glad she digs my work. email me your mailing address and i'll send you a copy. does your sister want a copy too? let me know.
THAT'S THREE! (or FOUR?)
Just bought it. Will link you a review very soon.
All of the books have been mailed, thank you so much for your support. Please don't forget to Tweet and Facebook about Herniated Roots, and when you're done reading it, please post up your reviews and stars at Amazon and Goodreads. Obviously, do whatever you can. If you don't have a Twitter or Goodreads, just say some nice words wherever you have accounts. They don't have to be long reviews, just speak from the heart, and hopefully you enjoyed the collection. I know not every story is a home run, but I hope there is at least one in there that blows you away.
Thanks Richard! Transubstantiate showed up the other day. Looking forward to diving into both soon as I can. I owe you and Gordon what little free time I've got.
awesome, michael, hope you enjoy them both. thanks for the support.
I received my copy of Transubstantiate earlier this week. My kids took one look at the cover and said: 'Is this a scary book?' and I said: 'Yes. Yes it is. And the man who wrote it is a scary man.' My wife vetoed the idea of reading selected passages as bedtime stories, but the lovely signed copy goes in the will. Thanks Richard!
hahahahahah...i'm sure there are parts you could read to them. i actually have read this story to my kids before (twins, they are eight) entitled "Maker of Flight"
it's about a guy who makes mechanical birds. won a contest!
thanks for the support and the kind words in your reviews. i really appreciate it.
Ah that "Maker of Flight" story is a great one.
thanks! i also read my son a 500 word bit of flash horror i wrote entitled "Gandaberunda" (which will be up at ManArchy soon, for halloween). every once in awhile one of my kids will say to me, "I wonder if the sky is still blue?" the last line of the MOF story. which is pretty cool. hard to find stuff i can actually read to them, but i do have a few!
Richard, that is awesome! I also have twins, a bit younger than yours. I'll definitely read them 'Maker of Flight' and 'Gandaberunda'. They are just now starting to really 'get' the idea of stories as a written art form, and it's so great seeing them start to wrap their heads around the concept.
My kid isn't even old enough to read, but this year he has decided to do Nanowrimo with me and my girlfriend, who is the Municipal Liason. He says he is going to draw a comic called "The Adventures of Monster Boy." I gave him a journal and asked if he needed his crayons. He said yes, but only the black ones, because it is a scary story. It is really cool to see him wanting to take part in it all with us.
lol...i love it. so is he shooting for 40 pages?