Short Story Collaborations
This is a complete list of the short story collaborations between Steve and Melanie Tem. They were collected in book form in In Concert (Centipede Press, 2010), soon to be an ebook from Crossroads Press.
"Prosthesis," Asimov's June 1986
"The Sing," SF International 1, Jan/Feb 1987
"Resettling", Postmortem, ed. Dave Silva & Paul Olson, 1989
"Kite," Starshore 2, Fall 1990
"The Tenth Scholar," The Ultimate Dracula, ed. Byron Preiss, 1991
"This Icy Region My Heart Encircles," The Ultimate Frankenstein, ed. Byron Preiss, 1991
"Mask of the Hero," Chilled To The Bone, ed. Robert Garcia, 1991
"Beautiful Strangers," as a Roadkill Press chapbook, 1992
"Safe At Home," Hottest Blood, eds. Jeff Gelb & Michael Garrett, 1993
"The Marriage," Love in Vein, ed. Poppy Brite, 1994
"More Than Should Be Asked," Scream Factory 15, Autumn 1994
"Mama," Sisters of the Night, eds. Barbara Hambly & Martin Greenberg, 1995
"Nvumbi," Xanadu 3, ed. Jane Yolen, 1995
?The Perfect Diamond? Fantastic Worlds 1, 1996
"Lost," Imagination Fully Dilated, eds. Alan Clark & Elizabeth Engstrom, 1998
"North," Extremes 2, Brian Hopkins editor, 2001
?Empty Morning,? The Many Faces of Van Helsing, ed. Jeanne Cavelos, 2004
"Pit's Edge," Mondo Zombie, John Skipp editor, 2006
"In Concert" Asimov's SF Magazine, December, 2009
"Bees from the Hive" (original to In Concert)
"The Man On the Ceiling" was a chapbook published by American Fantasy Press, 2000
IN CONCERT Available 30 Days Exclusively for the Nook
Through arrangement with Barnes&Noble an ebook version of our 2010 Centipede Press book, collecting all our short story collaborations, is available for 30 days exclusively for the Nook- http://tinyurl.com/83yex7j. Previously only available as a rare $70 hardcover, this ebook version containing the text of all the stories is $3.99. After the 30 day period it will be released for the Kindle & all other reading devices. In Concert received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
From Booklist- Their exuberant dual creativity has yielded a smorgasbord of jarringly original ideas that cross genres from horror to sf to mainstream fiction. Tem aficionados will celebrate their rich collaboration, while newcomers to their joint work will enjoy being introduced to two of speculative fiction's most gifted authors.
In Concert (Centipede Press, 2010)
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Stoker and World Fantasy Award?winners Tem and Tem (The Man on the Ceiling) present their first collaborative collection since 1992's Beautiful Strangers. The 21 stories range from reimagining the classic creations of Frankenstein (This Icy Region My Heart Encircles) and Dracula (The Tenth Scholar) to pseudo-autobiographical horror (The Man on the Ceiling). Eschewing blood and gore in favor of dread, Bees from the Hive focuses on lack of control as a character slowly loses his senses, while In Concert demonstrates that the Tems can also evoke powerful feelings of sorrow and beauty. The stories will appeal to those who prefer thoughtful, subtle horror over creepy-crawlies and violence, and though the hefty price tag may deter those who have not already discovered the Tems' fiction, their longtime fans will be thrilled. (May)
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In their separate writing careers, each of the Tems, husband and wife, has produced hundreds of short stories and more than a dozen novels, gleaning several fantasy and horror awards in the process. As collaborators, they've published two more novels and the 21 pieces gathered in this first collection of their coauthored stories. Their exuberant dual creativity has yielded a smorgasbord of jarringly original ideas that cross genres from horror to sf to mainstream fiction. A reporter in ?Prosthesis? visits a planet where the aliens satisfy a fetish for earthly things by wearing fake humanoid wigs and limbs. The dark novelette ?Bees from the Hive? highlights a common Tem theme?losing control?as an injured man slowly surrenders his senses. The autobiographical ?The Man on the Ceiling? probes their domestic, day-to-day fears about accidental calamities symbolized by a dark shape hovering near the ceiling. Tem aficionados will celebrate their rich collaboration, while newcomers to their joint work will enjoy being introduced to two of speculative fiction's most gifted authors. --Carl Hays
Daughters, currently available in ebook form from Crossroads Press
High adventure fantasy by the co-authors of The Man On The Ceiling.
Four diverse characters collide in an ancient world of darkness and magic: the amazon Gwynn, the princess Evonna, the wizard Alden, and the beast Thet. Out of that collision comes an unforgettable novel of endings and reconciliations, the death of magic and the birth of technology, and the eternal struggle between darkness and light.
Highborn Evonna is unhappy with her constricted choices and troubled by her brother Alden?s dabblings in wizardry. In the great city that is her home, where nothing unplanned ever happens, something has gone terribly wrong. Everywhere are signs of chaos and creeping madness, rumors of plague, and intimations of worse to come. But what can Evonna or Alden do? The answer comes unexpectedly, with the terrifying visit of the subhuman Thet and the sudden appearance of the amazon Gwynn, who harbors a shocking secret. Together, the four unlikely companions bring unimagined change to the city? and are themselves changed in unimaginable ways.
Yet the chaos continues to spread. Desperate, our heroes leave their dying home and embark on a hellish journey to the far mountains. There they will come face-to-face with a malignant darkness determined to forever unbalance the world? a darkness as insane as it is evil.
The Man On The Ceiling (Wizards Discoveries, 2009)
From Publishers Weekly: With this nightmarish series of vignettes, the Tems take the reader on a jolting, surreal journey through partially autobiographical episodes of their family life. This narrative is a complete reworking of their novella (winner of the 2000 World Fantasy, Bram Stoker and IHG awards) of the same name, expanding on the themes of family, loss and dreadful imagination. How does the tragic death of a child affect the entire family and even the house they live in? Why do they wrestle so with the demons of imagination and guilt? The authors addresss these questions in a stylized, stream-of-consciousness give and take, painting heartrending pictures of day-to-day life as parents, children and lovers. This visceral, psychological view of the horrors that occur in an average person's life will draw in readers with delicate, exquisitely detailed and almost hypnotic language. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
From Booklist: The Tems? extraordinary autobiographical novella ?The Man on the Ceiling? garnered an unprecedented number of major horror and fantasy awards. In this set of loosely connected essays and semifictional discourses, the husband-and-wife horror-writing duo supplements the novella with sober meditations on aging, loss, and the writing process. Except as illustrative digressions from a given autobiographical topic, there are few actual stories in the volume, and, indeed, the Tems repeatedly emphasize that ?everything we?re telling you here is true.? Yet certain events and predicaments dance in and out of each chapter, among them the suicidal death of the couple?s eldest adopted son and the penchant for storytelling that afflicts the members of the Tems? extended family. The titular specter is a recurring metaphor for the dark, fleetingly glimpsed shadows that linger in the background of daily life and quicken fear. The Tems? assemblage of brooding, often surrealistic prose experiments defies easy categorization but succeeds as compelling, perhaps compulsory, reading for true horror fans. --Carl Hays