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by Richard Thomas

In the near future, Annabelle lives a fractured life, haunted by the shadows of her past, dark moments of abuse and freedom at the hands of her own kin. (This is a 7000 word short story)


In the near future, Annabelle lives a fractured life, haunted by the shadows of her past, dark moments of abuse and freedom at the hands of her own kin. (This is a 7000 word short story)

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Richard was the winner of the ChiZine Publications 2009 “Enter the World of Filaria” contest. His short story “Maker of Flight” was chosen by Filaria author Brent Hayward and Bram Stoker Award-Winning editor Brett Alexander Savory. It has since gone on to also win at Jotspeak, beating out over 200 entries. This short was based on the novel Filaria by Brent Hayward, published by ChiZine in 2009. He was also the winner of the 2011 Cafe Doom / One Buck Horror contest, for his short story “Wicker Park Pause.” In 2011, he was nominated for three Pushcart prizes, as well as awarded a writing residency at Writers in the Heartland.

His debut novel, a neo-noir thriller entitled Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications) was released in July of 2010 and includes a signed, limited edition of 100 hardcovers with bonus items (extra chapter, extended interview from chuckpalahniuk.net, and audio CD with five short stories), as well as a paperback and ebook.

His work is published or forthcoming in the Shivers VI anthology (Cemetery Dance) with Stephen King and Peter Straub, the Warmed and Bound anthology (Velvet Press), the Noir at the Bar anthology, Speedloader (Snubnose Press), In Search of a City: Los Angeles in 1,000 Words, Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books), ChiZine, Gargoyle, Murky Depths, PANK, Pear Noir!, 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Dogmatika, Opium, Vain, Crime Factory, Metazen, Emprise Review, Cannoli Pie, Dirty Noir, Stepaway, Shotgun Honey, Cherry Bleeds, Zouch Magzine, Rotten Leaves, We Are Vespertine, Blink-Ink, Leodegraunce, Eternal Night: A Vampire Anthology (Living Dead Press), Outsider Writers Collective, The Oddville Press, Colored Chalk, Cause and Effect, Gold Dust, Nefarious Muse, and Troubadour 21. His short story collection, Herniated Roots: Stories, will be published by Snubnose Press in 2012.

In his spare time he moderates at The Cult writer’s workshop where they are putting together an anthology that Chuck Palahniuk will publish in 2012. He has been an Editor for Colored Chalk (Issue #6 – Waking Up Strange and Issue #9 – Heaven and Hell) and is Co-Editor and Designer at Sideshow Fables. He also writes book reviews and interviews for The Nervous Breakdown, as well as pieces for Lit Reactor, Bookslut, Outsider Writers Collective, The Cult, and Emerging Writers Network. Richard is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. He was the Fiction and Poetry Curator for Around the Coyote, a Wicker Part art festival.

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Victimized 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
PGoutis More than 1 year ago
I went into Victimized without reading anything about it. I just purchased it knowing that I enjoyed Richard's first novel (Transubstantiate) and wanted to read something else by him. This story had a lot of the elements that I loved about Transubstantiate. It starts out vague - really vague. And tells a little story, gives some emotion, reveals a little more. It really eases you into the story and keeps you screaming, "Just tell me what's going on already!" But that's what I liked about it. I like when an author can build the tension to the point that you're begging for more, where the author has you guessing what's going on. And when everything finally does come together and you figure out what's happening (and what's probably going to happen), when that realization hits - you can't help but smile. If you've read Transubstantiate by Richard, then you'll recognize his style and tone. The prose is his. The style is his. He's perfecting his craft. This story is tight, it's focused. And I really enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Story wise - without giving any spoilers - it has the feel of Craig Davidson's The Fighter meets Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. Like I said before though, this story is all Richard's. It pulls you in and keeps you reading. I read it much faster than I thought I would or should have. I had things that needed to get done, but I made myself finish reading this first. Was it perfect? Probably not. There was little section at the end where I wish there was more to it. Like explain what the point of that little bit at the end was for. But really I'm nit picking at this point. This story is highly recommended. And for a buck, you're not going to get much better than this.