Richard Thomas (Author)

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Richard Thomas
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, art director
Education Bradley University (BS); Murray State University (MFA)
Genres Neo-noir, horror, transgressive, speculative, magical realism

Richard Thomas (born November 21, 1967) in an American author. His focus is on neo-noir fiction, typically touching on the darker aspects of life, including elements of violence, mental instability, breaks in reality, and tragedies. His work is rich in setting and sensory details, and often has a sexual element to it.



Richard was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in Webster Groves, and went to Webster Groves High School. He pursued his undergraduate studies, and obtained a Bachelor of Science at Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois. He is completing his MFA at Murray State University, where he is studying under Pulitzer nominated professor, Dale Ray Phillips. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.


Growing up he was heavily influenced by Stephen King. He also read work by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Peter Straub and Dean Koontz. Later in life, around the time that Fight Club the movie came out, he discovered Chuck Palahniuk, which led him to the Velvet trio of Will Christopher Baer, Craig Clevenger and Stephen Graham Jones, all authors that deal with the transgressive, and many of whom have called their work "neo-noir". Other influences include Philip K. Dick, China MiƩville and Clive Barker as well as literary authors like Mary Gaitskill, Denis Johnson, Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor.

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