Tribulations, written by Richard Thomas, and published by Crystal Lake Publishing and Joe Mynhardt, is now out for your reading pleasure in paperback version. This is a powerful short story collection. Richard writes horror in such a manner as to keep you sitting on the edge of your chair. You like your horror like that, do you not? Hustle over to Amazon and pick up a copy now. You won't be disappointed.
In the third short story collection by Richard Thomas, Tribulations, the stories cover a wide range of dark fiction--from fantasy, science fiction and horror, to magical realism, neo-noir, and transgressive fiction. The common thread that weaves these tragic tales together is suffering and sorrow, and the ways we emerge from such heartbreak stronger, more appreciative of what we have left--a spark of hope enough to guide us though the valley of death. Fireflies and wolves, ghosts and golems, tentacled beasts and demonic spirits--these psychological thrillers will hypnotize you as they slide the blade between your ribs, up close and personal, whispering in your ear as you gasp and pull them closer. Tribulations includes 25 short stories--including two that were long-listed for Best Horror of the Year. There are also five original full-page illustrations by Luke Spooner.
"The stories Richard Thomas tells are dark rooms. Sometimes they are filled with terrors--ghosts and jealousies and strange beasts. Sometimes they are empty. And this might be the most terrifying thing of all. At times sharp and biting and other times dreamy and lyrical, Thomas is a powerful writer and Tribulations is a stellar collection."
--Kristi DeMeester, author of Split Tongues
"Tribulations is a dark fiction collection for all readers. No matter your preference: this book ducks, dives, and bounces between genres like an Olympic skier taking on a hillside of slalom. Rarely is reading a collection straight-through as eclectic (or purely enjoyable) an experience. If you're not already a fan of Thomas: prepare to be."
--AdamCesare, author of Zero Lives Remaining
Review"Tribulations shows that Richard Thomas not only knows his craft, but excels in it. Readers owe Richard Thomas a letter to thank him for sharing hisbrilliant work, and Richard Thomas owes readers a letter to apologizefor giving them more reasons to never turn off the light"--Cultured Vultures.
"Richard Thomas doesthis thing where he introduces us to his friends, folks just like you or me, good, hard-working, honest folks. People we can relate to on manylevels. And then, for whatever reason, he drops them right into themiddle of hell. Maybe he just enjoys making them suffer. Maybe he knowsthat we enjoy watching. Whatever the case, with Tribulations he has let us get a little closer, made the glass between us and thesuffering a little thinner, and reminded us that we just might be nextin line."--Horrornews.net
"At his best Thomaswrites like his life depends on it, while his restraint and careful useof language ensure that these stories hit in all the right places.Whether it's with a dash of stream-of-consciousness here, a bit of prose poem there, or a starkly minimalist passage, these stories speak to the things that haunt the darkest corners of the mind."--Hellnotes
"Richard Thomas is on the cutting edge of neo-noir fiction and I dare anyone to say different. Tribulations is his best yet: elegantly twisted, superbly creepy, and dripping darkness. This is required reading for anyone into the shadow side of literature."--Dread Central