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FIGURES UNSEEN: Selected Stories

Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, Steve Rasnic Tem has earned a reputation as one of the finest and most original short fiction writers of our time, blending elements of horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and surreal nightmare into a genre uniquely his own. This new volume from Valancourt Books collects for the first time thirty-five of Tem's best tales, selected by the author, and includes an introduction by Simon Strantzas.

In the worlds of Steve Rasnic Tem a father takes his son "fishing" in the deepest part of downtown, flayed rabbits visit a suburban back yard, a man is haunted by a surrealistic nightmare of crutches, a father is unable to rescue his son from a nightmare of trees, a bereaved man transforms memories of his wife into performance art, great moving cliffs of detritus randomly prowl the world, a seemingly pointless life finds final expression in bits of folded paper, a nuclear holocaust brings about a new mythology, an isolated man discovers he's part of a terrifying community, a photographer discovers the unexpected in the faces of dead children, and a couple's aging dismantles reality. 

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"One of the finest and most productive writers of imaginative literature in North America." Dan Simmons

"Steve Rasnic Tem is a school of writing unto himself."  Joe R. Lansdale

"He's one of the true masters." Ed Gorman

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 New Deadfall Hotel Audiobook!

Deadfall Audiobook

Unabridged narration by Matt Godfrey. Cover art by John Kenn Mortensen

AVAILABLE NOW from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

I'm pleased to announce that a wonderful voice actor, Matt Godfrey, has performed the narration for the first audio version of my novel Deadfall Hotel.

The Deadfall Hotel is where our nightmares go, it's where the dead pause to rest between worlds, and it's where Richard Carter and his daughter Serena go to rediscover life--if the things at the hotel don't kill them first. Think of it as the vacation resort of the collective unconscious.

With the powerful prose that has earned him awards and accolades, Steve Rasnic Tem explores the roots of fear and society's fascination with things horrific, using the many-layered metaphor of the Deadfall Hotel. Drawing inspiration from literary touchstones John Gardner and Peter Straub, Tem elegantly delves into the dark corners of the human spirit. There he finds not only our fears, but ultimately our hopes.

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YOURS TO TELL: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing

Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem are no strangers to the writing business. Between the two of them, they have published more than 600 short stories, 20 novels, and 10 short story collections. Not to mention numerous articles, essays, poems, and plays. They've won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and Bram Stoker Award. In this book they go over everything from the mechanics of writing, to how to find the time to write, to dealing with all the paper writers tend to collect. They discuss plot, point of view, setting, characterization, and more, all in an informal tone that invites you to become part of their conversation. Learn how to find your stories because they are Yours to Tell.

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 UBO

Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches. Every resident has a similar memory of the journey to Ubo: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects dropping swiftly over the houses of the neighborhood, passing through walls and windows as if by magic, or science. The creatures, like a deck of baroquely ornamented cards, fanning themselves from one hidden world into the next. And now each day they force Daniel to play a different figure from humanity's violent history, from a frenzied Jack the Ripper to a stumbling and confused Stalin to a self-proclaimed god executing survivors atop the ruins of the world. The scenarios mutate day after day in this camp somewhere beyond the rules of time. As skies burn and prisoners go mad, identities dissolve as the experiments evolve, and no one can foretell their mysterious end.

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"Steve Rasnic Tem's UBO is unlike any of the other novels in this group, a nightmarish fantasy in which the protagonist is abducted from his bed by monstrous insects and brought to a world where he is forced to inhabit the consciousnesses of history's great villains. An exploration of the problem of (human) evil, Tem's narrative cuts to the bone with the brute efficiency of a meat cleaver; it's a reminder of his continuing ambition as a writer, decades into a career whose achievement is already considerable." John Langan in Locus

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 Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem eBooks

Several of Steve's recent books are available as ebooks from the publisher or from your favorite digital content provider. These books include Ubo, Blood Kin, Deadfall Hotel, Yours To Tell (co-written with Melanie Tem),Celestial Inventories, Onion Songs, In the Lovecraft Museum, Twember, and Ugly Behavior.

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The remainder of Steve's ebooks may be ordered through the Crossroad Press Steve Rasnic Tem page. Click here to go there.

This includes the relatively recent releases of two collections: the massive career-spanning Out of the Dark: A Storybook of Horrors and Absent Company.

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Each book page allows you to choose an option to buy this ebook from either Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, or Smashwords. There are also audiobook versions of some titles.

Melanie's eBooks are available from Crossroad Press.  This also includes her giant, career-spanning collection Singularity. Click here to go to the Crossroad Press Melanie Tem page.

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Melanie Tem

Meanie Tem

Melanie Tem, my wife of 35 years, passed away Feb 9, 2015. She was a writer, an oral storyteller, a teacher, a social worker, a mother and grandmother, my best friend, the love of my life. She received the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards for her writing, which included almost a hundred short stories, twelve solo novels, and numerous plays, poems, and storytelling performances. Among her novels: Prodigal, Wilding, Revenant, The Yellow Wood (her latest, now out from ChiZine), and Black River, a fictional exploration of grief as a hero's journey. As a social worker and administrator she worked for the elderly, the disabled, and adoptive children and parents. A speech of hers on unconditional commitment is still used in parts of the country in the training of prospective adoptive parents. Our life together was about writing and literature, art and music, children and grandchildren, good humor, and our love for each other. More than anyone I've ever known she was committed to good works and trying to do the right thing, and at a time when people are deeply divided over religion and politics she always tried to respect other people's beliefs and opinions even when she didn't understand them. I learned from her that even at its worst life is infinitely interesting, a lesson that got me through the death of our son Anthony in 1988, and which we wrote about in The Man on the Ceiling. I believe that lesson will get me through the days to come. 

 

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