Richard Thomas is the author of seven books—the novels Disintegration and Breaker (Random House Alibi), The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books) and Transubstantiate, as well as the collections Herniated Roots, Staring Into the Abyss and Tribulations. His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, storySouth, Chiral Mad 2 & 3, and Shivers VI. He is also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues(Medallion Press, a Bram Stoker finalist) with Chuck Palahniuk. In his spare time he writes for LitReactor and is Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. For more information visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com or contact Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.
Original version published in Slave Stories: Scenes from the Slave State (Omnium Gatherum)